(COVINGTON, La) – Every year, St.Paul’s School holds an Open House for prospective students. In addition to campus tours, the prospective students were treated to speeches from current students who talked about the Lasallian core principles, the school’s mission, and their experiences over the years at SPS.
This year’s Open House was Saturday, November 1, and over 500 prospective students attended the event.
“It was a bit emotional giving the speech (on teachers). They all mean a lot to me, and I’ll be leaving for college this year. I wanted to thank them publicly for impacting me the way they did,” senior Beau Briggs said.
After the speeches, prospective students were broken up into groups and escorted around the campus by current SPS sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Adam Satterlee is a junior at SPS and led one of the tours around the school.
“I want to see St. Paul’s succeed as a school, and I think it helps young men grow up,” Satterlee said about why he opted to volunteer as a tour guide.
Open House is always an important day on the SPS calendar each year. Traditionally, the event was scheduled on a Sunday, but it was moved to Saturday this year because the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced that no school activities will take place on Sunday.
“I was encouraged by the large number of people who attended,” SPS President Bro. Ray Bulliard, FSC, said. “The unknown factor was that we did our Open House on a Saturday, so I didn’t know how disruptive that would be to people’s schedules. But I was very surprised, pleased, and heartened by the large number of attendees.”
According to Bro. Ray, students who are considering attending SPS usually go to the Open House to experience what makes SPS special.
“We have a very high percentage of people who actually enroll once they’ve been to our Open House,” Bro. Ray said. “Once they come to our campus and see the facilities, see the beauty of this campus, see the different programs, and most of all, meet the students, they are pretty much sold after that. So that’s why it’s so important to get them to Open House, because the odds of them applying and then enrolling are very high. I’d say we get 90 percent of people who go to Open House.”
Many students who come to SPS say that they have grown up here on campus. Prospective students in attendance felt that sentiment come through from the student speakers and tour guides.
“I thought it was just a great school, a great environment and a great place to grow up,” prospective student Davis Heebe said. “I liked seeing the people there speak and how great they were.”
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