More than 400 Prospective Students Descend on Carrollton & Banks for an Extraordinary Open House

Posted December 21, 2020 / Last updated December 21, 2020

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By Aidan Wang ’25, Media Editor

The pandemic of the 21st century has postponed many things in life. This year we had an unusually late open house, one in December. While this edition of Open House was a little different from the ones we current students have all received, I sat down with Mr. Hanneman on the 18th of December 2020. Here is what he had to say.

Maxx Hanemann ’21 speak to students about the Sodality of Mary

How many prospective students came in this year?

Around 420-425.

Is that high, low, or average?

It’s actually right at average. I’m a little bit surprised with the Covid year that it was still going to be at average.

How do you think that this at your leisure, more personalized tour compared to the older method?

Oh, this is the way we’re going to do it from now on.

How do you think Application Day will work this year in a pandemic?

I think it is going to be close to what we did last year.

What if we go back to stay-at-home order?

[Big sigh]. If we have to go back to stay-at-home, we’re going to have to wait till we go back [to campus].

Anything else you would like to add?

I think Open House was a big hit this year.

End interview

During Open House students normally sit down in the auditorium, listen to some speeches, and wait in line for two hours. That arrangement, like so many other ways we did things before the pandemic created new restrictions, is now gone. But things may change agagain.

Aidan Wang is one of two Media Editors at The Blue Jay. He has a special focus on school events, specific teachers, and people, and has a great desire to make a positive footprint in the school. He would like to follow the footsteps of junior Michael Paul Fine to one day be Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper and also become Student Council president. He currently also serves as a Quiz Bowler and Student Council homeroom representative. His most current ambitions are to be 8th grade CLO, but that election is up in the air if it will happen or not.