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Opportunites abound for soon-to-be sophomores

Susan Strachan, president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Davis High, presents information regarding the PTA at the 9th grade Parents Night.

By Grayson McKim & Jackson Masiel,
BlueDevilHUB.com Staff–

Davis High counselors hosted their annual “Program Planning for Incoming Sophomores” event Thursday night at the Richard Brunelle Performance hall. The counseling department holds the event to familiarize parents with the many opportunities their children will have at the high school.

“It can be scary for parents to send their kids off to 10th grade, so we are here to allay those fears,” counselor Kathie Pereira said. “We want parents to make wise choices for their kids with the classes they take.”

Principal Will Brown, athletic director Jeff Lorenson, several counselors and ASB president Sam Goidell were among the speakers to discuss the clubs, sports and classes awaiting the future high schoolers.

Principal Brown boasted DHS as a “regional academic powerhouse,” while Lorenson briefed parents on athletic clearance. Goidell chronicled his experiences as a Blue Devil, urging incoming students to experiment with new things.

The crowd was mostly made up of parents. Narine Yegiyan, one such attendee, is the mother of an incoming student.

“[There was] information and a bit of guidance to prepare for high school, the dynamics of the high school […] and to learn how to help children transition to the new school,” Yegiyan said.

Yegiyan does not believe that DHS has much flexibility when it comes to required courses, but nevertheless she is “definitely looking forward to this transition.” Her son will enjoy many options when it comes to science and foreign language, both of which are interests of his.

As the many guests filed into the auditorium, a montage of videos promoting classes and clubs played–from the nationally-regarded Citrus Circuits robotics team to Speech and Debate and floral design.

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