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PREVIEW: Open House on Oct 29

Jesuit ambassadors help people find their way around campus.

Jesuit Open House, Sunday, October 29 from 1-4 pm, is a key event for prospective families to get to know our community.

“It’s an event that attempts to show our community to the world, and teach families about our programs, culture, and mission,” Admissions Director Erin DeKlotz said. Mrs. DeKlotz, along with the help of many others, puts a lot of effort and thought into planning this special day.

Open House is so important because the goal is to reach all kinds of families, from alumni and current JHS families to those who have never heard of Jesuit.

“Open House gives families a firsthand experience of our community,” DeKlotz said.

She points out that coming to Open House also means that you can get to know our school on a more personal level. Though the Jesuit website has lots of information about our programs, teams, and clubs, Open House lets prospective students get a feel for the environment.

Remembering how hard it was to show prospective students the essence of Jesuit over Zoom, Mrs. DeKlotz is grateful and excited to have a live, in-person Open House back after Covid-19.

On this day, every department will be on campus to answer prospective families’ questions about anything they’re interested in, and ambassadors give an excellent look into what life as a high school student at Jesuit looks like.

“It solidified that I wanted to go here and I could spend the next four years here,” Senior Mary Pearl Haney said.

She believes Open House is a step in forming “genuine community and building up future classes.”

Haney is one of the many ambassadors that aim to be welcoming and help prospective students feel at home on our campus.

Senior Sabatino Stacchi has had a lot of fun meeting prospective families and showing them around campus. He loves finding out what the 8th graders are interested in and taking them to see what they’re excited about.

“Open House was a very defining moment of my admissions process,” Stacchi said.

He recalls feeling a bit overwhelmed as an 8th grader beginning the admissions process, and then finding that once he was really on campus and making connections, all intimidation fell away.

Haney and DeKlotz both encourage asking lots of questions and having fun at this year’s Open House.

“Make sure to register on the website and pick a time to check in. Bring your friends and family, be curious, and enjoy your time at Jesuit,” DeKlotz encouraged.

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About the Contributor
Evelyn Kennedy, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Evelyn Kennedy, a junior at Jesuit High School, was born in Portland and has also grown up in Chicago and Seattle. She is creative and spends her free time reading, writing, drawing, spending time in nature, and baking. Aside from that, she loves laughing with friends and spending time with family, including her dog Willie and sophomore sister Molly. She plans to pursue a career where she can be creative. From a young age Evelyn has loved writing short stories and being imaginative. Evelyn is interested in learning about, as well as writing about, social justice issues, the arts, and pop culture. Her goal for her high school years is to constantly be learning new things, within the media production world, and beyond. Evelyn is overall curious about the world and wants to share her interest with others. She hopes to travel and find fulfillment in volunteer work throughout her life.