Dazzling display

Prospective families tour campus during the annual Open House.

SMCHS is well-known for its academics, athletics, and arts. On Oct. 23, incoming freshman and their families were able to catch a glimpse of the campus and all it has to offer by participating in Student Ambassador led tours, hearing presentations by the Administration department and learning more about extracurricular activities present at SMCHS. Senior Gillian Yosenick, a Student Ambassador, reflects on why she chose to get involved and represent the school at Open House.

“SM has always felt like a second home to me and it brings me so much joy to see kids fall in love with it the same way I did,” Yosenick said.

Besides showing the buildings and key locations on campus, Open House also offers a chance for future students to picture themselves walking the school’s halls. Yosenick recalls what her own Open House was like four years ago.

“My open house experience was unbelievable because once I stepped onto the SM campus my mind was blown,” Yosenick said. “My favorite part was seeing the grotto because I remember seeing it lit up at night and thinking of how beautiful this place is.”

Groups from all over campus are present to demonstrate how involved students can get during their time at SMCHS. ASB, Equestrian, MUN, Dance Team and many other groups had informational tables inside the gym. The excitement went beyond the doors of the gym, as the Marching Band and Color Guard performed for families in front of the B-building throughout the night.

“I know I wanted to be involved with soccer, CHOC club and Steel Drums,” Yosenick said.

With the trees lit up, prospective families entered the front gates, marveling at the beauty of the campus. Learning about everything from faith life and retreats to available AP or IB courses, attendees realized why so many students and alumni made the decision to spend their four years of high school on campus.

“I am so happy I chose SM,” Yosenick said. “It has made me not only a better student, but also a better person by instilling in me great life lessons that will guide me through my future and allow me to grow every day.”