Just Knighted: Diversity Club Welcomes New Students
Photo by Yearbook Committee.
By: Tuong Kuwabong
The locker-lined hallways seem more like long tributaries, sweeping all their contents into the bobbing sea we call "the forum.” Armed with or perhaps handicapped by notions of cliques of popular cheerleaders, jocks, and nerds, these newly knighted ninth graders enter STM for the first time.
But that was two months ago. Surely these squires have become more comfortable in their new school! After all, many of the clichés we see on television about high school are simply not true. Trust me, your average grade nine student cannot fit into our slim lockers (and no, I haven't tried it).
There has been no shortage of welcome ceremonies for our newest school students. From Orientation to the Grade Nine Dance, our school does its best to engrave its accepting spirit into the fresh minds of new students every day, perhaps hoping they will go into the world to embrace others that they'll meet in the future.
The Diversity Club also joined in the action of welcoming grade nines , as well as new transfer students, with its first annual "Welcome Fiesta." With food being the main attraction, many new students showed up.
The turnout was roughly 50-60 students, with the majority being in grade nine. Everyone was impressed by the layout of pizza, wings, and candy in the library where the Fiesta was held. Everything was seemingly swallowed whole; after 20 minutes, five tables of food were gone, all except the guacamole.
The dinner-like atmosphere evolved into a cultural dance-off. Although most students watched, many showed off their native dances like the Azonto, a dance from Ghana now popularized by social media.
All in all, those who attended had a wonderful time and left the welcome party laughing, singing, and with full stomaches. “And we plan to do it again!” says Whitney Chris-Ike and Elena Mabeka, Diversity Club members. We really hope they do!