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Preview: Virtual Showcase Night

Doing her part | Walnut High Community Club (WHCC) president Lily Eibert edits a video for the upcoming Virtual Showcase Night. “Since it is virtual this year, everyone will be able to attend and access information at their convenience,” Eibert said. “Also, it would allow parent volunteers that [usually] work the booth to attend.”

Doing her part | Walnut High Community Club (WHCC) president Lily Eibert edits a video for the upcoming Virtual Showcase Night. “Since it is virtual this year, everyone will be able to attend and access information at their convenience,” Eibert said. “Also, it would allow parent volunteers that [usually] work the booth to attend.”

The Virtual Showcase Night, scheduled to take place on Thursday, Jan. 21, will replace the traditional in-person open house with an interactive website.  

An email containing the link to access the event will be sent to all student accounts on the evening of Jan. 21. The website will feature presentations about academic programs, extracurricular activities, available resources and an updated tour of the Walnut High School campus. 

“I still wanted to create a night to show what Walnut High School has to offer,” Principal Ryan Maine said. “We believe that having a [Virtual Showcase Night] in January will allow students to start exploring options and classes for next year.”

The online setting means that all organizations must find new ways to endorse their services remotely. The Walnut High Community Club (WHCC), for example, is making a video that they will release during the event to try to promote parental involvement.  

“It’s easier to make a connection when you are in person and are able to answer questions directly,” WHCC President Lily Eibert said. “[But] the main difference will be the increased reach our message will have as more people will be able to view the information virtually than attend in person.”

Unlike live presentations, the recorded content of the Virtual Showcase Night will remain available to students until the end of the school year on the original website. 

“We encourage students to get connected,” Maine said. “This is the first step to finding out what is the best fit for each student as they prepare for their future.”

By Cathy Li, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Lily Eibert