Welcoming incoming freshmen: Eighth Grade Information Night

On the night of Jan. 26, Associated Student Body (ASB) and the school administration hosted the annual 8th Grade Information Night to introduce prospective Chargers to the school.

As the next academic year approaches, schools across the country prepare for graduations, introductions and welcoming ceremonies. Students and parents filed into the gym on Jan. 26 for 8th Grade Information Night, a preview of the school held annually for incoming freshmen families.

Numerous clubs and facilities represented by students and teachers were present at the event to recruit incoming freshmen. Programs including Cheer, Robotics, Dance, Journalism, Drama, Speech and Debate and ASB were among many that hoped to interest eighth-graders and their parents. Academic counselors and representatives of athletics and peer tutoring also had information booths at the event. Alex Thiemann, Social Studies Department, and Veronica Snider, Math Department were present along with other teachers to provide information about classes.

The night started off with hosts Senior Reva Kulkarni, Senior Class Officer,and Senior Connor Curley, ASB Officer, introducing themselves and welcoming parents and eighth grade students to the event. The cheer team then took the stage to perform to the fight song, a representation of school pride and culture. Principal Brad Craycroft spoke about the proficiency of the many academic and extracurricular programs available on campus. His brief overview of the activities at the school was followed by a few words from Gay Brasher, Speech Department, who introduced the speech and debate program, as well as Sophomore Sam Hirst, who performed the highlights of his humorous interpretation speech. After the presentation, Rian Rodriguez, Music Department, introduced the music class which played a jazz composition called Outlier. As the crowd grew increasingly impressed, the dance team followed with a performance.

“We represent the dance team at information night because we want to answer any questions that incoming freshmen have regarding dance and increase the turnout at our tryouts once the year begins,” Junior Michaela Kearton, a member of the dance team, said.
Robotics president Senior Rayna Mehta and vice president Junior Thuy Nguyen then spoke about their team’s aim to spread science, technology, engineering and art throughout the Charger community. The team then continued tradition by demonstrating to the crowd their t-shirt shooting robot, which aimed school spirit t-shirts at different places in the audience based on the volume of their cheering.

“This event is so important to us, because it allows to recruit new members for our team, as well as offer a chance to get students involved in science and engineering,”Nguyen said.

Peter Park, Assistant Principal of Instruction, concluded with a few words regarding the school’s academic prowess, strong diversity in activities and ambitious culture. After the brief speech, students and their parents were free to explore different booths around the gym based on their interests.

“It will be much easier to sign up for classes because we were able to talk to people and get information,” prospective Chargers Olivia Garcia and Audrey Lang said.