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Guest post by Anna Salieva, a Hillview Prep student
From the first year I came to St. Francis, the biggest thing that stood out to me was how much interests have a place to shine on campus. And it's easy for a freshman to find a place where they belong. While there are many stereotypes about Catholic Schools that incoming students are afraid of, the biggest truth I've come to find over my three years at SFHS is it's rich, diverse, accepting atmosphere. Saint Francis is a college preparatory school. Its academics are challenging, its teachers are effective, and its students are incredibly talented. And among the hard academics and busy student lives, Saint Francis students all have their own activities and clubs.
There are more than 60 clubs on campus, ranging from Baking Club to programming workshops, and all demonstrate the dedication students put into their interests and work. There are fourteen different Varsity teams, for men and for women, to participate in, and diverse visual and performing arts programs. Here, a choir student can easily be on the tennis team, and work in Robotics as well.
And all students are accepting and welcoming to their new peers. I haven't seen a single club where freshmen weren't encouraged to join or participate. It's quite easy to find people with similar interests and hobbies, and soon enough you'll have enough new friends to be with.
And many clubs are there to teach you the skills you need to participate. Robotics teaches their members coding and engineering, guiding new students through the basics to help contribute along with their peers. Creative Writing Club offers meetings and workshops to help students get better at there craft. Can't make it into Choir for one of your electives? Try out for Chamber Choir, or Acapella, or Liturgy Band.
There are so many activities to choose from. All you have to do is be ready for it.