Florescent shirts, animal ear headbands, leis and sombreros. That’s how Carson High School got the Class of 2020 pumped for the next four years.
Incoming freshmen mingled in the hallways during orientation Tuesday morning, in preparation for the first day of school Aug. 22.
Upperclassmen who are part of the CHS Link club volunteered as mentors to give the newcomers a grand tour of the school.
“I want to be approachable,” said Shayleen Cessna, a sophomore and volunteer mentor. “I had a great experience with my mentor when I first started and it encourages you to be a role model.”
Student mentors also ensured freshmen were familiarized and comfortable with the transition, by splitting into groups for classroom introductions and games. Groups then assembled in the gymnasium to receive Senator mascot drawstring bags and shirts to wear for Homecoming.
“They need guidance, even though they might not want it,” said Isabelle Dullancy, a senior and volunteer mentor. “I didn’t have this when I was a freshmen and that’s why I wanted to get involved.”
Meanwhile, parents convened at the High Tech Center to meet administrators and counselors.
Principal Tasha Fuson said she’s excited to be serving in her third year. She said there are about 580 freshmen enrolled and more are expected.
“We have a very large class this year,” she said. “It’s important that parents are attending this orientation.”
For those who were unable to attend the parents’ meeting, presentations can be found at the CHS website, www.carsonhigh.com.