400 local eighth grade students get to experience high school , for part of a day, during CJ's Discovery Days on Thursday, October 8 and Thursday, October 15.
"They have a lot of fun, they learn something new, meet a new friend, and get a good perspective of what high school will be like in the aspect of Catholic education," explained director of admissions, Brett Chmiel '02.
Students from Holy Angels, Immaculate Conception, St. Albert, St. Christopher, St. Helen and St. Luke came to CJ on October 8. CJ's Eagle Ambassadors met with the students and started the day by having fun in the gym. The eighth grade students were then introduced to the school's STEMM Center. They also interacted with CJ students in the performing arts and foreign languages departments.
"The eighth grade students get a full range of what a student would experience at CJ, but they get that in half a day," said Chmiel.
Eighth grade students also learned the CJ community's focus on service.
Chmiel said, "It's one of the hallmarks of our charisms. It's what the Sisters and the Marianists call us to do - to be people of service. In order to authentically show what school we are, it's important for the students to know that it's a foundational part of this school."