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After the orientation, freshman Zach Long was in search of his homeroom. "I'm adjusting," he said.

Despite the rain and inclement weather, the halls were bustling with students heading to their classes. On August 8, the Big Red opened their doors to new and returning students and their families. The halls were packed with intramural clubs and teams aiming to introduce their values.

To start it off, freshmen and transferring students attended an orientation in which they were given expectations for the year. The band’s driving beat also resonated throughout the halls welcoming them. The cheerleaders and dancerettes also performed. “Looking around it seems pretty good, it seems okay adjusting,” incoming IB freshman Zach Long said after the presentation,

For another rising freshman Mekenzi Johnson, Open House felt overwhelming. “Once you start to see your friends, you start to get used to it and it feels like your old school again,” she said.

After the orientation, all IB students reported to their homeroom for their schedules. Traditional freshmen and sophomores received their schedules in the cafeteria and traditional juniors and seniors went to the second floor. Once students collected their schedules, they visited their classrooms to meet their teachers, become accustomed to their guidelines and receive supply lists.

Guidance has worked over nine weeks to assemble schedules for Open House with the aim to accommodate the requests of the students. “It only happens once a year for the beginning of the first Open House so we try to make it special and an event for everyone to enjoy,” Assistant Principal of Student Affairs, Henry Burns said.

Throughout the school, tables were also set up to promote various clubs and sell items. The swim captains have tried to develop their program by being involved at freshman events. Senior captain Serena Jonas felt Open House had a good outcome. “A lot of people have been interested, we’ve seen a lot of new faces and it’s exciting!” Jonas said.

The ROTC table, sophomore Rodean Perez said there is a misconception about ROTC that it is solely focused on military. “ROTC teaches students how to be better in life,” he said. “We have been going around here, and like I said it’s not easy, but people were encouraged to join.”

The outdoor tables also faced the issue of rain and the heat. “A teacher came up to me asking if I was gonna get a heatstroke,” Senior Jeena Patel, captain of MUN, OTB and representative of orchestra, said. “Recruiting was difficult because it started raining but there will be better luck during club rush.”

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