By STEVEN NALLEY
Starkville High School will host its annual SHS Showcase Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. displaying all the academic, artistic, athletic and extracurricular programs the school offers.
Nicole Thomas, public information officer with the Starkville School District, said students and their families will have the opportunity to tour SHS during the showcase.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for rising ninth graders and their families to visit SHS to learn more about the next year of school,” Thomas said, “but the event is also open to current SHS students, their families and the community to see what SHS has to offer.”
One of the event’s organizers, Carolyn Goodman, said more than 30 clubs, sports, classes and departments will have exhibits at SHS Showcase, and many will feature hands-on activities. She said students will not only get to see SHS’s programs in action but also learn when and how to join clubs in the fall.
“We will have performances by several musical groups, demonstrations by various sports team members, poetry readings, art exhibits at the White House, the French Club cafe, school tours by Student Government members, and club exhibits,” Goodman said. “Eighth grade students will be able to speak to students and teachers from all departments about high school expectations and opportunities. They will learn about courses available and courses required by SHS. They will see sample projects and textbooks that are used in various classes. Counselors and other staff will be available as well.”
Another organizer, Parker Blakeney, said SHS Showcase will bear some similarities to Jacket Jam, but SHS Showcase’s scope is both narrowed to only SHS and widened to include everything within SHS.
“Jacket Jam is a district-wide event that only showcases a few things that SHS has to offer, while our Showcase Night showcases every club, group, team or organization that we have had active in the past year,” Blakeney said. “It also showcases things they have accomplished academically as well as in the community.”
Blakeney said SHS’s choir, gospel singers, jazz band and string band will all give brief concerts, and athletic teams will demonstrate their prowess and meet and greet students.
“Several clubs will be showing video clips of things they have been working on throughout the year as well as things they will continue to build upon with the upcoming freshman class,” Blakeney said. “All groups will be recruiting the upcoming freshmen to become involved in their organizations. While Showcase is only a brief insight on what SHS has to offer, it is a great one.”