Wheeling Park High School’s Newest Patriots Getting Their Bearings
photo by: Alan Olson
WHEELING – Joining a new high school, whether as an incoming freshman or as a transfer student, can be a daunting task. Wheeling Park High School staff and students were on hand Thursday to help make those new students’ debut at their new school a little more comfortable.
The Freshman & New Student Tailgate was held Thursday afternoon for the hundreds of new students who would be attending their first semester on the hill. Principal Merideth Dailer said the incoming freshman class would consist of around 400 students.
At the tailgate, students are given the opportunity to tour the facility, see where their classrooms will be, and get a first look at the campus before their first day. Students are also given their class schedules, school supplies and snacks.
“It’s a really great night to help our new and incoming students feel comfortable in the building,” Dailer said. “… We’re lucky our teachers stay, help hand out things and welcome our students, and we train our freshman mentors earlier today, so they’re ready to be very welcoming and helpful to our families.”
Incoming students were guided through the school by a fleet of freshman mentors, juniors and seniors who had been selected to best represent the school to the fresh faces, like MaKiyah Strothers. Strothers said she embraced her role as freshman mentor as a way of paying forward the experience she had as an incoming student.
photo by: Alan Olson
“I really enjoy being a mentor – I think it’s a really good way for students to be able to show kids our age the opportunities we have here at Park,” she said. “It can be a little scary, so I think it’s really helpful that these kids have someone to look up to, someone to ask in the hallway if they need something, and I know that when I was a freshman, it was really encouraging knowing that I had people similar to my age to help me.
“I hope to let all the incoming freshmen know about all the opportunities we have here at Park,” she added. “I feel like sometimes it’s overlooked, but Park does have something for everyone, so I’m excited to show the freshmen what we have.”