Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) hosted approximately 350 incoming freshmen and transfer students for its annual orientation program on August 29. Upperclassmen led guided tours of the high school before the newcomers walked through their five-block schedules, met briefly with teachers and enjoyed an activities fair in the school cafeteria before having lunch.
"It was helpful to find my way around the building," said freshman Luke Caucci. "The upperclassmen were really helpful."
"I was a little surprised at the size of the building," said ninth-grader Dakota Wagenhoffer as she took in the expansive activities fair.
The activities fair gave the students a taste of the more than 130 interscholastic sports teams, music and theater groups and academic, service and special interest clubs available to PWHS students.
Gabrielle Greco, one of 17 transfer students attending orientation, felt more at ease after meeting some of her future classmates.
"I was nervous, but I feel better now and I'm optimistic," said Greco, who showed interest in the Colonial Players and the Math Club at the activities fair.
Schools in the Colonial School District will open their doors to students in grades 1-12 on Tuesday, September 3.
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