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AA Family Meets and Greets After Registration

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Molly Thompson
The Andrews Academy Student Association is known for putting together all the fun activities the school body participates in and they received a chance to prove their capabilities in the evening following registration.
The SA Meet and Greet – which was held behind the school – was the perfect opportunity for new and old students to reconnect and meet new people. Games like football, soccer, and the bean bag toss were available as more students began trickling in.
When it came time for the ice-breaker, many students began to get apprehensive. But the activity proved to be refreshingly fun and quite clever. Students were divided into classes, given frozen tee shirts and were challenged to literally “break the ice” and thaw out the shirts fast enough to wear them before the competing classes. With the incentive of going first in line for supper, the race was on. In the end, however, the Sophomores won the contest followed by the Freshmen, Juniors, and finally the Seniors.
The SA provided dinner for everyone who came and the PPI (Parents Positively Involved) donated ice cream floats for dessert. The SA then gathered everyone in two large circles where students rotated around and greeted each other.

Students enjoy the meal provided by the SA and the PPI.

When asked for feedback, there were mixed opinions from students. “At the Meet and Greet I met a lot of cool people and I enjoyed the program that SA prepared – also the food! I think the SA is doing a great job! I like the way that they treat new people. They are really friendly!” said An-Hee Jeong, senior.
However, there were some who disagreed about the SA’s first event. “It wasn’t as bad as last year’s. I think SA did better with the activities. Even though the going around in a circle was somewhat awkward, it wasn’t as bad as the shoe throw-in last year,” Grace Yoon, sophomore, stated.
Despite the reviews, Ben VanderWaal, the Student Association President, said, “As our first SA event, I was really impressed on how it turned out. We had a ton of people show up. We had good food and activities that kept people entertained but at the same time allowed room to meet new people and get back in touch with old friends.”
Though the students had opposing opinions, the school is already anticipating what the SA has in store for the next school event.

Students, Parents Say ‘Registration Process too Slow’

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Registration at Andrews Academy has always been known as a difficult and stressing time to students, parents, and even faculty. But this year’s new and supposedly “streamlined” technique seems to be the cause of frustration for everyone involved.

“It seems a lot less organized this year,” one parent commented. “I’m not sure why but it seems to be taking more time.”

One possible explanation for the slowdown could be the plumbing incident that happened over the prior weekend. A pipe in the library had burst, causing rusty water to leak onto the walls and carpets, inevitably ruining all the hard work put in by Mr. Spoon and the rest of the summer team towards the renovation of the school.

With caution tape surrounding a majority of the library, where most of the stations for registering are usually located, students and parents are rerouted to unfamiliar venues – several of them being crammed into the already bustling commons area.

The recent inconvenience of a burst pipe may be the cause for the confusion and slowed process at registration.

 

While this may be the main cause for this year’s grueling process, other students feel as though it is an annual ritual that remains unchanged. “It’s always too slow,” Jessica Condon, Junior, said. “It would be better if it was online.”

Some of the faculty heartily agree with this statement. “In my eight years of working here, nothing’s changed [with registration].” Ms. Gracie responded.  “When you have fifty people coming in at a time, the lines are going to be long.”

Krista Metzger, also being interviewed at the time added that “when you have 220 customers and only two cashiers, things are going to go slowly.”

Not surprisingly, Pastor Glassford, who has recently doubled as a vice principal, voiced some innovative ideas on how to keep people happy, as well as speeding up the process. “I want to make it like a breakfast buffet,” he said as he proceeded to explain how he wished to make next year’s registration confined to one area, reducing the confusion and the stress on faculty.

Despite the difficult process, students seemed to be able to stay positive and lighthearted as they prepared for a new year and reunited with friends.

“Yeah it’s stressful,” one student admitted, “but at least it gave us more time to talk to each other and catch up.”

Hopefully the reconstruction and the cleaning of the library won’t delay any more school-related operations in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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