By J1 Reporter Anna Dailey
For the freshman class, Walk-A-Thon might just be the scariest part of their year so far. Though they do have their class moderator Mrs. Linda Brock, they are the only class without Class Officers to help coordinate restaurants nights, organize bake sales, or get the class motivated. It’s the first “big Marian tradition” thrown at them within their first weeks of school. Freshman Audrey Ehlers shared some insight on what it’s like to be a freshman experiencing Walk-A-Thon.
Although Ehlers said she did know what Walk-A-Thon was before it was announced to her class, she did not know the details. For instance, she did not know where the money brought in goes to. This is a major part of Walk-A-Thon because students will bring in money if they believe it will benefit them and the school. Ehlers said she felt overwhelmed throughout the whole process.
Ehlers found the personal, homeroom, and school goals to be the most confusing aspects about Walk-A-Thon. A lot of numbers are thrown at the freshmen at once, and it can be hard to figure out which goal each individual has to fulfill. “There’s just so many different levels to raise to (personal, homeroom, grade) and since I don’t really know what it goes to it makes it seem a little pointless,” Ehlers said.
Overall, Ehlers said she found the Walk-A-Thon process confusing and intimidating as a freshman. She felt out of control without class officers, the upperclassmen’s previous Walk-A-Thon experience seemed daunting, and she didn’t know what to expect on Friday.
If she was a class officer, Ehlers said she would send out more emails about Walk-A-Thon and recruit people to work garage sales and car washes. When asked if you need to be a class officer to make a difference in Walk-A-Thon, Ehlers said, “No, you definitely do not have to be a CO to make a difference, but I do think that COs are necessary to make the process go smoother and more efficient.”
All of this can make Walk-A-Thon more stressful than exciting for the freshman class. With that said, the freshmen never fail to contribute to the goal with the help of Mrs. Brock. This year, they brought in a total of $30,667. Mrs. Beth Dye, one of the Student Board moderators, admitted to being very pleased with the freshman class. Walk-A-Thon was confusing for Ehlers, but she still enjoyed herself at Walk-A-Thon.