BANGOR- John Bapst High School hosted its annual Step Up Day for current eighth-graders from around the Bangor area.
John Bapst Head of School Mel MacKay said the event is designed to give everyone a snapshot of life at John Bapst.
“With the student volunteers as their guides, they’re attending classes, they’re getting a sense of what we offer in the academic classes, in art and music classes and technology. They have lunch with us and then at the end of the day there’s a pep rally,” Mackay said.
One John Bapst student, Quingyan Chen, who went through Step Up Day when she was an eighth-grader said the event will be a big factor for the new prospective students, just like it was for her.
“Step-up day for me was a deciding factor of why I chose Bapst, because coming into all these high schools, I had totally no idea which one I was going to choose and I just liked the mood at Bapst,” Chen said.
MacKay said showing the prospective students the crusader school spirit is enough to sway them to choose John Bapst.
“If we can get a student to come visit our school, spend time here physically in the building with the program, that will give them the information they need to make their decision,” MacKay said.
Overall almost 300 students attended Step Up Day at the high school and John Bapst officials said that next year they expect about half of the students to be here in the fall.