Class of 2023 Attends Fish Bowl

By Sarah Wang, Heritage Photo Editor

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  • Fish Bowl decorations await the incoming freshmen.

  • Sara Sayyar ‘20, Brandon Qin ‘20, April Gao ‘20, Hart Black ‘21, and Aria Hegde ‘22 greet the incoming freshmen as they walk in.

  • Student volunteers give high-fives to incoming freshmen.

  • Freshmen sign in as they enter fishbowl.

  • A crowd of freshmen gather around the HOSA booth to learn more and sign up to join.

  • Sophia Unite ‘20 and Aashi Vishnoi ‘21 encourage freshmen to join UNICEF club.

  • Seniors Purva Kantawala and Neha Sapre advertise the Outreach club.

  • Principal Mario Acosta speaks to juniors Shreya Kuthiala and Risha Sur about their Self Defense club.

  • Cassidy Lee ‘21 showcases his chinese yo-yo skills to gain freshmen’s interest.

  • Sindhoora Koneru ‘20 and Sho Humphries ‘21 showcase the Ukuleyay club by playing some tunes.

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The Class of 2023 became familiar with Westwood on Friday, Aug. 9, as they attended Fish Bowl, an annual orientation designed to welcome the incoming freshmen. Students enjoyed a wide range of activities, from a club fair to a dance party.

To begin, freshmen wandered the halls of Westwood and considered the countless clubs that the school offers. Clubs such as DECA and Chinese Yo-Yo Club set up their booths, accompanied with bowls of candy to encourage the freshmen to join. Interested students signed up for these clubs by joining their mailing list.

“I remember my freshmen year, I used the club fair as a way to look at the different clubs to see which ones I joined,” senior class president, Brandon Qin ‘20 said. “Many of the clubs that I am in today is because of the club fair. I also think it’s a great way for freshmen to ask questions regarding clubs to officers to learn more.”

After perusing the club fair, students attended a short presentation from the PROS, where members discussed several essentials to attending this school. Curious students were given the chance to inquire about the facilities, staff, and resources Westwood offers. PROS representatives also spoke about their own experiences and other interesting facts about the school itself.

The classroom presentation was really helpful,” Sofia Hoover ‘23 said. “They helped answer questions about the first day of school.”

Nearing the end of the night, the students attended a pep rally where the SunDancers and cheerleaders led a night of entertainment and amusement. Additionally, the sports teams were introduced to the incoming students. Afterwards, the freshmen attended a dance where they grooved with the Pros and their future classmates. Food and drinks were provided and many of the students reveled in the variety of amenities, ranging from sunglasses to a photobooth.

“My favorite part of Fish Bowl being both a PRO and a SunDancer is getting to interact with the freshmen in different ways,” Brooke Weatherbie ‘20 said. “By helping with tours and the Fish Bowl party I got to know the freshmen more personally — I could talk to them and answer some of their questions.”

This annual event creates an atmosphere of both excitement and anticipation as the freshmen venture into high school. Staff members, parents and returning students collaborated to create a welcoming environment and aid in the daunting transition between schools.

“Fish Bowl is helpful for freshmen because it gives them a little taste of being a Westwood student,” Weatherbie said. “It’s a great opportunity to familiarize themselves with their environment for the next four years.”