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Campus holds annual Experience THS to showcase clubs and classes

Underclassmen and incoming freshmen discover different options at Texas High
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Nadia Lopez
Cheer coach Courtney Waldrep visits with a prospective eighth-grader at the Experience Texas High School event. THS faculty answered questions of students and parents to help ease the transition between Texas Middle School and Texas High School.

The cafeteria buzzes with excitement and the air fills with the smell of popcorn and pulled pork sliders. Students and parents stop by decorated booths, holding pamphlets while representatives and teachers gladly explain their program. 

On Jan. 29, eighth-graders and underclassmen participated in Experience THS, an annual event held in the cafeteria. The participants hoped to gain insight into future classes and careers. 

“The purpose of this event is to let kids who are coming into high school have a glimpse of what we have to offer,” CTE teacher Mark Ahrens said. “I personally enjoy being able to show what classes I offer and to go more in-depth before students actually sign up.”

Several classes and clubs such as engineering, publications, BPA, student council and other Dual Credit classes provided by Texarkana College held a spot in the event.

“I didn’t know there were so many different types of classes here at Texas High,” incoming freshman Noah Pritchett said. “I’m definitely going to sign up for as many as I can.”

Students from Texas High also participated in helping the event by serving food provided by THS Culinary, connecting with kids and talking about each other’s careers. 

“I have been doing this for the past two years, and I enjoy it every time,” sophomore Griffin White said. “Talking to other students about my experience at Texas High is something that I personally enjoy doing.”

Meanwhile, Texas High allowed eighth-grade students and families to tour the high school. Students toured places like the CTE labs, Sullivan Performing Arts Center and the Math and Science Building in hopes of letting them experience how the school works before entering their freshman year.

I didn’t know there were so many different types of classes here at Texas High

— Noah Pritchett

“Touring for the students was a fun experience,” senior Daisy Ontiveros said. “I got to show several kids the robotics room and what I have been working on in my four years of high school. I hope several kids will take my place and continue to build a legacy for Texas High.” 

Overall, Experience THS continues to be something that students will remember when entering Texas High. As choice sheets are distributed to the eighth graders this week, this will help them decide on what to pick and even what they want to pursue in their careers.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I walked in there,” incoming freshman Owen Walker said. “Now, I can actually think of what I want to pick instead of reading it on a choice sheet at home. I think every student coming from eighth grade should check this out.” 

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About the Contributors
Nicholas Spivey, Staff Writer
Nicholas Spivey is going into newspaper for the second year in a row. He is a part of NHS and the Robotics Club, where he spends most of his time working with classmates and interacting with friends. He is always on the go with work and planning for his future college career in computer science. He strikes when the opportunity is right and tries to make everyone satisfied. Spivey has a passion for engineering and retro science. Last year alone he won six awards in UIL Robotics and doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.   
Kristina Colburn, Assignments Editor

Kristina Colburn is currently the Photo Assignments Editor for THS Publications. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, AP Ambassadors, HOSA, Model UN and the Multicultural Club. In her spare time, Kristina likes to relax and listen to music, shop online, thrift and occasionally pick up a book. In addition, she likes to travel. She has been to France and Spain, and is hoping she can travel more in the upcoming years. In the future, Kristina aims to major in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas or Anthropology at Baylor University.

Nadia Lopez, Visual Journalist
Nadia Lopez is sophomore and a first-year staff member for THS Publications. Apart from this she is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and a new member of Rosebuds. She loves to hang out with friends, watch shows and take pictures. She wants to travel the world and is starting her journey by traveling to France and England in the summer. After High school she wants to peruse her studies in the medical field.

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