Freshmen join the ranks at Elwood

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The class of 2023 had their first of many experiences at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School on Aug. 29. 

School administrators, upperclassmen and teachers welcomed the incoming students at their Freshmen Orientation where they shared advice and words of encouragement.

Assistant Principal Corey McNamara condensed the school’s mission statement into three R’s: respect, responsibility and relationships. 

In addition, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert advised that the freshmen make the most of their high school careers. 

“When you arrive in this building, you have every opportunity,” he said. ““Decide what you want to do and do it well.”

Senior Class President Matthew McNierney added to that sentiment, reminiscing on his freshman, sophomore and junior years. 

“Put yourself out there,” he said. “It feels like I was a freshman yesterday.”

Following a presentation, led by Principal Carisa Burzynski and Mr. McNamara, students met with their senior mentors, which were assigned to them in June, to receive their student identification cards, schedules and Chromebooks. Assistant Principal Leroy Cole was also present to welcome new students.