PEER LEADERS LEAD FRESHMEN PEER KIDS AT ACTIVITY FAIR
By Justin Roy
The Activity Fair is an event organized by the peer leaders that helps freshmen learn more about the clubs and sports that are offered at the high school.
According to peer leading advisor Julianna O’Day, the peer leaders were involved in every aspect of the Activity Fair. Before the actual day, peer leaders were assigned to clubs or sports and were in charge of coordinating with the advisor or coach to create materials to represent their activity at the fair. On the day of the fair, September 16, peer leaders went early and set up in the field house.
There was an assembly before the fair that peer leaders brought peer kids to. Then after the assembly, freshmen met in peer groups. In peer groups, the upperclassmen leaders talked to freshmen about interests, setting goals, and risk-taking. It was then that freshmen were brought to the fair where peer leaders encouraged the young students to sign up for clubs and sports.
“The Activity Fair was great. [There were] tons of opportunities to get involved. I looked at ski team, Best Buddies, makeup club, Relay for Life Committee, and lacrosse. The peer leaders talked about clubs and helped us pick which ones,” said freshman Grace Rehak.
O’Day had set goals for the group to achieve at the Activity Fair this year.
“Our goal for the event was to create a space where Masco’s diverse interests could be represented and freshmen could explore those interests, both at the actual fair and in discussion with their classmates and peer leaders,” said O’Day.
One of the clubs at the fair was WBMT, Masco’s radio station. Representing the club at the fair was senior Symmie Bitto, senior Robert Kinnaird, and senior Jack Supino. The students were surprised by the amount of freshmen who were interested in WBMT.
“There were so many people. It was crazy. Although many people who came by just wanted to know what WBMT was, I was super excited to see the amount of people who signed up. I just finished typing up all the names and emails I got from activity fair and there was 47 freshman on the list,” said Bitto.
65 clubs and sports were present at the fair. Some of the other clubs and sports that were there were GSA, French club, Spanish club, Chinese club, Global Initiative Volunteers, math team, tennis, cross country, best buddies, Exit 51, robotics, and photo club.
“My main hope was that the Peer Leaders would encourage the freshmen to explore different interests and overcome their fears and hesitations about trying something new. They definitely accomplished that in lots of different ways throughout the day,” said O’Day. “A big thank you to the peer leaders, activity representatives, and the freshmen for making it a great day.”