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A fresh start for freshman year

Pictured left to right: Kate Koury, president of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS), Megan Hassler and Faith Kolberg spoke to future freshman at the NAHS booth on January 16 for Future Jags Night, where they gave out information on arts classes.

Article and photos by Amanda Brauchler, RCHS intern writer

With overwhelming possibilities for their futures, incoming high school freshmen could be at a loss for how to start getting involved in their new school. Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) held their Future Jags Night on January 16 to showcase many of the school-sponsored clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities that are available. RCHS has more than 87 clubs and activities, ranging from chess club, gluten-free club, choir and everything in between.

Current eighth-graders, the Class of 2023, had the opportunity to explore the multitude of activities featured at Future Jags Night as well as watch a presentation on honors and advanced placement classes. RCHS Principal Andy Abner gave an introduction to the school presentation and the RCHS band performed in the gym. Future freshmen meandered the halls, where the club booths were set up, waiting for something to catch their eye.

RCHS senior, 80108 resident, and president of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) Kate Koury, volunteered for the NAHS booth at the event in hopes of recruiting future Jags to an art class. “It can be overwhelming, but just remember that you have time,” Koury said about how to handle freshman year. “I recommend the art classes; they’re a lot of fun. Try as many as you can. It’s a really supportive and creative community.”

Emily Wilding, 80108 resident and junior at RCHS, spoke in front of the Société Honoraire de Français, or French Honor Society, at Future Jags Night.

Another booth helping the Class of 2023 choose classes was the Société Honoraire de Français, the French Honor Society, (SHF), which answered questions about language classes and activities. “Try as much as you can your freshman year,” Emily Wilding, an 80108 resident and junior in SHF said. “It’s really easy to get involved in things and it’s a very welcoming environment for freshmen, so try to get involved in as much as you can.”

Emma Cusick, a junior and 80108 resident, echoed the same advice and added, “High school goes by quickly; before you know it, you’ll run out of classes to take and opportunities.”

For the future freshmen out there … no matter your interests or hobbies, you will find a place for yourself in high school. You will find your niche and your people who will uplift and support you. You might find them in unexpected places. Get involved.

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