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By Asia Jackson '18, Student Columnist
The senior and freshman classes at the Academy of the Sacred Heart showed their creativity and school spirit while building community during their annual “Freshman Welcome Week,” which took place from September 5-8.
At the beginning of each school year, every senior is assigned a “little sister” in the freshman class. Helping her navigate the hallways, introducing her to teachers, and giving her tips about how to survive high school are all part of a senior’s job as a “big sister.” But perhaps her most important and exciting role is helping to initiate her little sister into the Upper School during “Freshman Welcome Week.” A long-standing tradition at Sacred Heart, this week is dedicated to welcoming the freshmen and creating a strong bond between the sister classes.
Seniors choose a theme for each day of Freshman Welcome Week, and each pair of sisters dresses up accordingly. This year, the themes were TV Tuesday, Meme Wednesday, Time-Warp Thursday, and Fab 5 Friday in honor of USA Gymnastics. Costumes ranged from Jurassic Park dinosaurs on Time-Warp Thursday to Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles on Fab 5 Friday. The week concluded with six original three-minute dances that the students choreographed and rehearsed in only four days.
“It was so much fun planning out costumes!” senior Lauren Hatfield said. “On TV Tuesday, I dressed my little sister up as Dwight K. Schrute from The Office, while I dressed as Chef Linguini from the Disney animated classic, Ratatouille. I loved surprising my sister every morning and seeing what other costumes everyone else came up with, but my favorite part about the whole experience was seeing how close the senior and freshmen classes were by the end of the week.”