Open house brings in prospective students

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As parents and family members enter the school they pass the lobby and receptionist desk. The tour guides collected families and took them on tours around the school to teach them more about the school and what is offered.

Johnny Marshall

On Sunday, an in-person open house, from two to five p.m., was held to show families around the school. The aim of the open house was to showcase all the school has to offer for potential future North Central students and families. 

Families were able to tour the school and meet with teachers, department chairs, academic counselors, clubs and coaches. Academic options, performing arts, and athletics are popularly showcased during the open house with tables set up in the gym. 

Both in-district and out of district families can tour the school and learn about the programs and opportunities available to them. Organized by event chairperson Jennifer Boehm, the annual event takes place the first Sunday of every November. Last year, however, was virtual due to the school closure from COVID-19. This year, there were 230 students with their families that attended the open house. 

“Pre-COVID-19 we usually had 250-300 attend,” Boehm said. 

There were over 80 student volunteer tour guides. Tours were available throughout the afternoon, but there were also options to sign up for scheduled tours. The tours traveled in a loop around the school, including sites such as the library and information center, valedictorian wall and administrator hall of fame, gymnasium and subject hallways. Performing arts groups, like the choirs, also had performances for students and families to attend.

“I think they [the students] liked it alot; they were pretty set on coming to North Central next year,” junior tour guide Aine Loughran said. 

Loughran enjoyed her time as a tour guide and would do it again next year if she had the option. 

“I really liked it and would do it again next year,” Loughran said. 

The tours were also beneficial for some of the guides. 

“I enjoyed the tour because it gave me a tour of the school as well instead of just the regular spots I go to,” junior tour guide Aaris Moore said. 

Both Moore and Loughran showed the school to a total of 5 families considering attending North Central. 

“We explained how the school works and of course why they should choose to come here,” Moore said. 

For those who were unavailable to attend the in-person open house, North Central’s website had a virtual option that included introductory messages from department chairs, a welcome video from Principal Braingan, and an alumni testimonial video.