They were nervous leading up to the Freshmen Luncheon on March 5. Nevertheless, Madeline Neypes, Aiden Kim, and Caitlin Siloris were prepared and excited to bring the Berean Class of 2024 onto campus all together for the first time. These three students were elected Freshmen class officers. It has been a little strange, they say, to be the leaders of their class when, seven months into the school year, they had not yet met all of their classmates.
With a hybrid schedule, the class is split into three distinct groups. Students in Group A meet on campus two days of the week while the rest of the class attends remotely. On the other two days of the week, students in Group B are on campus. Group C students have elected to attend all classes remotely for the rest of the year.
So on the day of the luncheon many students were meeting each other for the first time. The three Freshmen leaders had arranged for the Chic Fil-A truck to be on campus to serve lunch. The students grabbed their meals and took twenty-five minutes to eat before the games started.
“I was kind of nervous leading games for 70-80 people,” says Aiden Kim.
Kim and his fellow officers led a handful of large group games that encouraged their classmates to get to know one another in a COVID safe environment out on the football field.
“I think everyone had a really great time,” says Siloris. “The main objective was just to get everyone together to have fun and get to know each other.”
The student officers in every class have spent these first seven months of the school year studying leadership and learning how to work together. The Freshmen Luncheon was the first opportunity for the class officers to put their leadership skills into practice.
Class socials are not a new idea to BCHS. In previous years class officers have organized movie nights, trips to escape rooms, and dodgeball tournaments. But this year’s class socials were even more meaningful to students who have been living under the cloud of a global pandemic.
There is no question that this year has been hard on school communities everywhere, but hardship often brings people closer together. Thankfully, the Freshmen at Berean Christian have dedicated class leaders, the grace of Jesus, and their BCHS family to rely upon for the next three years and many many more class socials to come.