Ambassadors bring out the welcome wagon

By Abigail Starr

“She walked my schedule with me and made me feel like it was okay to ask teachers for help. It’s so different to see how much more is accepted here and to see new ways of normal,” junior Rosa Langguth on her experience with a Wildcat Ambassador

Just because the new year feeling wears off, doesn’t mean that Wildcat Ambassadors are not still hard at work making new students feel welcome and ready for their first year at BSHS.

“Wildcat ambassadors are students who want to welcome new students to our campus that take time out to walk their schedules and make them feel a part of the Wildcat family,” counselor and sponsor Megan Callanan explained.

Wildcat ambassadors are assigned a new student based on who Callanan feels would be a good fit. She tends to pair students based on similar interests.

“I like to see students connect on more than a classmate level. I don’t expect any student to give out their phone number but most will when they meet an incoming student. It’s just really cool to see,” Callanan said.

Wildcat ambassadors go through a selection process to become an ambassador.

“You fill out an application and submit three teacher recommendation letters to Ms. Callanan and then she selects who she thinks would be the best,” senior Rachel Robinson said.

Robinson was an ambassador last year and is currently serving as one this year.

“Each student has to reapply every time they wish to be a member. I want to be fair in selections. Seniority and experience do not factor into it very much,” Callanan said.

Junior Rosa Langguth is a foreign exchange student from France who was introduced to the school by junior ambassador Noel Ontman.

“She walked my schedule with me and made me feel like it was okay to ask teachers for help. It’s so different to see how much more is accepted here and to see new ways of normal,” Langguth said.

Wildcat Ambassadors look forward to meeting more new students and encourage this year’s sophomores and juniors to apply next year.