All of the prospective Wesleyan families were extremely impressed with the school following Wesleyan’s Open House; the day was a monumental success. On Saturday, Jan. 9th, Wesleyan hosted an open house for prospective families to tour the school in order to observe what Wesleyan is all about. Wesleyan’s goal was to impress these families so that the parents may decide to send their children to Wesleyan. Based on the feedback following the open house, Wesleyan reached and exceeded this goal.
Senior Emma Anderson gave an incredible speech to all of the families who attended. Senior grade chair and English teacher, Kendra Morris reached out to Anderson about possibly speaking in the Open House. Anderson described her feelings when she received the invitation saying, “I was both honored and surprised; it’s nice to know people trust you to stand on a stage and say words. In all seriousness, though, those initial warm-fuzzy feelings soon gave way to a bit of nervousness.”
Anderson also said that the main message of her speech was one of honesty. She said that that her three main points were community, quality education, and home. She said, “I opened describing how scared and awkward I was, but ended with my gratitude for how the Wesleyan community has shaped me through its love and endless opportunities for both personal and intellectual growth.” When asked about the feedback she got following her speech, Anderson said that she has received kind words, emails, voicemails, and even a hand-written letter about how amazing her speech was.
Junior Barrett Ramsey, who is a Wesleyan ambassador, along with many other Wesleyan students, were in charge of walking around with a family interested in Wesleyan and showing them the campus. Ramsey described her experience saying, “I showed the prospective families around to all four high school hallways; we stopped at the physics room where Mr. Mihalko had some fun interactive labs going on. We stopped at the chapel, and I also showed them the Spirit Shop. One family stayed to watch the chorus and theater performance that was going on in Powell Theater.” Ramsey also said she received some positive feedback. She said that the families were especially impressed by Wesleyan’s buildings and staff. Ramsey said that one of the girls she was with even went so far as to say, “Oh my gosh mom and dad, they can have food in the classrooms?! I’m sold.” Ramsey said that she greatly enjoyed getting to see how impressed people were with Wesleyan even when they had only been there for an hour.