A pic­ture per­fect night for Ti­tans

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA DOVE

On Wed­nes­day night Cen­tral El­gin Col­le­giate In­sti­tute opened its doors once again for its an­nual open house. Each year, the school is de­lighted to wel­come Grade 8 stu­dents and their fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence the CECI dif­fer­ence.

The fam­i­lies are in­vited to ex­plore the build­ing and speak with the many staff and stu­dents around the school, all while par­tic­i­pat­ing in an in­for­ma­tional ses­sion within the gym, fun demon­stra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances by the Jazz band.

The ex­cit­ing night also pro­vides a space for clubs and teams to show­case their spirit as they share ex­pe­ri­ences, ex­plain their pur­pose and most im­por­tantly meet ea­ger new re­cruits.

“I am al­ways im­pressed with how many stu­dents vol­un­teer to be in­volved with this event. It is be­yond re­ward­ing to see how proud our school mem­bers are of CECI as they in­ter­act with grade 8 stu­dents and demon­strate what our school is all about,” said Ezra Ni­chol­son, an events co­or­di­na­tor and teacher of the lead­er­ship class.

This, along with the va­ri­ety of hands on ac­tiv­i­ties, en­gages cur­rent CECI stu­dents with fu­ture Ti­tans, re­in­forc­ing strong school spirit and show­cas­ing the sense of com­mu­nity that sets the small yet pow­er­ful high school apart from all oth­ers.

CECI made the 2019 open house dif­fer­ent from any pre­vi­ous year with an artis­tic ad­di­tion.

One may even call the night mu­seum wor­thy, as the school de­buted a col­lage-style mu­ral cre­ated by over half of the stu­dent body.

The piece is based around the school’s colour houses, a fun, Harry Pot­ter-es­que sys­tem that pro­motes team build­ing and in­volve­ment within the school com­mu­nity.

The piece high­lights this as­pect of the school, serv­ing as an em­bod­i­ment of CECI’s pos­i­tiv­ity and re­flect­ing the sense of com­mu­nity that makes Cen­tral home.

The mu­ral will con­tinue to call Cen­tral’s walls home.

As the en­tire school came to­gether once again, it was clear that stu­dents and teach­ers are be­yond ex­cited to show­case their ter­rific school and wel­come fu­ture ti­tans.

The sense of com­mu­nity that Cen­tral ra­di­ates is so strong that it is al­most un­be­liev­able. Yet, through events like open house that in­spire projects in­clud­ing the school mu­ral, it is clear that this pos­i­tive vibe is the vivid re­al­ity that makes CECI pic­ture per­fect.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Cen­tral El­gin Col­le­giate In­sti­tute stu­dents pre­pare a mu­ral for the Grade 8 open house held to wel­come the young stu­dents to the high school.

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