Padua Open House a Big Success

Olive D. '19, Photographer

On Sunday, October 23, over 400 families of prospective 7th and 8th graders came to Padua for the annual Open House. Families took tours of the school, visited teachers, and even enjoyed some samples of Padua’s food.

When the families and potential students first entered Padua, they were greeted by freshmen volunteers with bright smiling faces. In the cafe, families could meet with staff and gather general information on Padua. Following this, families could tour the school directed by current Padua students. The students took families all around Padua, from the cafe to each classroom. The prospective students had the opportunity to visit their favorite subject’s classroom, and meet all the teachers. When the families reached the gym, they were greeted by representatives and coaches from every sports team at Padua. There they could talk to each representative about the sports at Padua and what the expectations are like to be on a sports team at Padua. Following their tour, the families could have any of their questions answered by the tour guides and teachers.

Maria S. ‘20, a current freshman at Padua, volunteered on Sunday at the open house. “When I first came to Padua in 7th grade, I remember how much I enjoyed the art room, TV room, and the engineering program,” said Maria. Maria’s favorite part of volunteering on Sunday was, “Giving a tour and being able to share the Padua experience with all the prospective students and their families!”  

Story by Kelsey E. ’20, Photographs by Olive D. ’19

Sarah Jane Mee '19 gives guest a tour
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Sarah Jane Mee ’19 gives guest a tour
Guest stop to talk to some IT staff
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Guest stop to talk to some IT staff
Guest talk to their tour guide Arabia Banks '17 in cafe
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Guest talk to their tour guide Arabia Banks ’17 in cafe
Tables were set up in the cafe were guest could ask questions and eat
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Tables were set up in the cafe were guest could ask questions and eat
Sophomores show guests a chemistry experiment
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Sophomores show guests a chemistry experiment
Katherine Halley '19 and Anne Fraser-Jones '19, perform a Chemistry experiment in front of guest
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Katherine Halley ’19 and Anne Fraser-Jones ’19, perform a Chemistry experiment in front of guest
Mrs. Cambell talks to visitors in the Chemistry lab
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Mrs. Cambell talks to visitors in the Chemistry lab
Mrs. Szurkowski explains an engineering project to guests
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Mrs. Szurkowski explains an engineering project to guests
Visitors enjoy the food Padua provided at Open House
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Visitors enjoy the food Padua provided at Open House
Mr. Lawlor and sophomore, Kaila Timko talk about Biology with visitor
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Mr. Lawler and sophomore, Kaila Timko talk about Biology with visitor
Visitor signs up at the basketball information desk
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Visitor signs up at the basketball information desk
Junior gives visitors a tour around the sports information section in the gym
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Junior gives visitors a tour around the sports information section in the gym
Grace Taggart '18 shows guest the XC poster
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Grace Taggart ’18 shows guest the XC poster
Mrs. Burris talks to parents about the World Languages at Padua Academy
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Mrs. Burris talks to parents about the World Languages at Padua Academy
Camila Moreno '17 talks to guest about her History Day project
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Camila Moreno ’17 talks to guest about her History Day project
Madeline Williams '19, Maria Rivell '19, Erin Desmond '19, and Mia Iannucci '19 posing for a picture
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Madeline Williams ’19, Maria Rivell ’19, Erin Desmond ’19, and Mia Iannucci ’19 posing for a picture
Rebecca Baker '19 and Ms. Keefe talk to guests about Women's chorus
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Rebecca Baker ’19 and Ms. Keefe talk to guests about Women’s chorus
Dr. Hall, Mrs. Pugliese, and Mr. Mahler give information to visitors
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Dr. Hall, Mrs. Pugliese, and Mr. Mahler give information to visitors