Story by Hanna Bae
Photos by Emiko Essmiller
Co-Design Editor and Staff Photographer
Incoming SPHS freshmen and new students filed into the Main Gym on Wednesday, Aug. 9 for the annual freshmen and new student orientation. In a series of introductions, group games, tour stops, icebreakers, and activities, SPHS newcomers began to familiarize themselves with the campus.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., attendees socialized in mini games throughout the gym, followed by traditional assembly activities like musical chairs and tug-of-war. After the activities, students were split off into upperclassmen-guided groups. While some groups started off on a campus tour, where members of ASB expanded on academics and campus life, other groups began by playing icebreakers and with a Q&A session.
“The tour was interesting, the activities were okay, but I liked socializing with friends more,” said incoming freshman Frederick Wong. “I think I’m most excited about meeting new people.”
To end off the morning of festivities, students filed out onto the Tiger Patio, squirting water guns, picking up some shaved ice, and socializing with classmates, all while familiarizing themselves with the campus. Organizers reflected on the event, counting it as a success.
“Our Commissioner of Internal Affairs, Ellie Nakamura, planned an informative and efficient orientation for the freshmen and new students,” said senior and Commissioner General, Olivia Alfonso. “The tours gave them a sense of the school’s campus and things to expect for their first year, and the Kona shaved ice after the tours was lovely in the summer heat.”
The first day of the 2023-2024 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 15.