Back to school: The class of 2005 tours their new high school |

Back to school: The class of 2005 tours their new high school

Incoming freshmen at Tahoe-Truckee High School started school a little early this year at the Tahoe-Truckee Week of Welcome on Tuesday, which featured motivational speeches, question and answer sessions and tours of the campus.

About 160 of the 200 enrolled freshmen showed up for the orientation that began with a tour of the campus. Students were shown where they could find computer labs, bathrooms, offices and the infamous senior hall.

Freshman Pat Baird said he was worried a bit about the older students from stories he heard from his older sister.

“They trash can you,” he claimed.

During a question and answer session with Associated Student Body officers, some parents expressed similar concerns.

“They were scared about attacks by seniors the first day of school,” said ASB Secretary Nicky Comeaux. Comeaux told the parents that the stories are myths and that students are punished for any hazing.

Comeaux, ASB President Becca Logan and ASB Activities Director Sasha Neumann also answered parents’ questions about class sizes and spoke about getting involved.

“We want to get students involved in more than academics,” Neumann said. “The more things you get involved in, the more diverse you are.”

After a video presentation featuring photos of high school students at various stages of growing up, the freshman were given a motivational speech by ex-Toronto Blue Jay baseball player Kevin Bracy.

Bracy talked about the importance of grades, involvement in school and the future of college. He told the students to “build the foundation for success today” by budgeting time and staying focused on getting good grades.

“Even if you don’t know what you want to do after high school, I’m sure you’ll want to knock open the doors of opportunity when you do know,” he said.

Freshman Sean Powers said the motivational speech was a “real morale booster.”

“Some stuff, it took a while for me to figure where he was going, but in the long run it helps us a lot,” he said.

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