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Hundreds Apply For Delta High School in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- A new high school is just five months away from opening its doors.

Deidre Holmberg is the principal at the new delta high school. One that will focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

"We'll start the interior work probably in the next couple weeks, I'm really excited about that," said Holmberg.

While Holmberg is excited, it's fair to say so are future applicants.

"We've had more than 200 applications for the 100 spots," said Holmberg.

For Kennewick's 39 spots, so far there's been more 45 applications. For Richland's 27, more than 70; and for Pasco's 34 spots, more than 120 applications.

Staff at Battelle, a big supporter of the school, say the more applicants the better.

"We're not surprised, we believe it's going to be an excellent opportunity for some kids here in the Tri-Cities," said Greg Koller, with Battelle.

For those who don't get a spot there will be a lottery system, and also the chance to get on a waiting list.

Staff at Battelle say they're hoping the school will encourage students to get more involved in science and tech.

"And perhaps some of those would stay here in Tri-Cities to help expand and grow our technology base here," said Koller.