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Sophomore volunteers lining up to perform their Barbie-themed skit.
Fresh back from summer, one of the most important jobs of the St. Agnes community in the first few weeks of school is to help acclimate the new class of freshmen into St. Agnes. This is done through a tradition called “Welcome Week.” Also referred to as Fish Week, these five days in September are meant to help integrate the freshmen into the St. Agnes community. It is mostly participated in by the freshmen, obviously, and the seniors, who are paired with a freshman and spend the week giving them dares and bonding activities. While these five days are mostly for the freshmen and seniors, the sophomores and juniors do have a hand in one of the week’s traditions – Orientation Skit.
The Orientation Skit is a performance of short skits performed by St. Agnes students meant to teach the freshmen more about the school and the school’s culture. Each grade-level skit has a theme that teaches something special about St. Agnes, and the sophomores decided to teach about homecoming season through a Barbie-themed dance. Thus, while the freshmen and seniors were preoccupied with their own parts of Welcome Week, and the juniors with their skit, sophomore volunteers gathered to choreograph and plan out their dance.
The sophomores patiently waiting for their music to start and to begin their performance.
After hunching over computers to splice together songs from Barbie and watching clips of its famous dance scene with Margot Robbie, they came up with a short skit showing the ups and downs of homecoming – the cheesy posters, anticipated proposal reactions, and cheerful celebrations of “yes!”
“Homecoming season was such a blur last year with all the business of starting ninth grade, making new friends, and getting used to a new school,” said one participating sophomore. “I think seeing this my freshman year would have helped me appreciate homecoming traditions more and reminded me to enjoy my first homecoming – which I hope we did for this year’s freshmen.”