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8th Graders Lock-In Their Family Ties

January 22, 2018, 10:52 am
By Isabella Douglas, SJA Class of 2021

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and volunteers from Marist Youth hosted the 3rd annual 8th Grade Lock-In on Friday, January 12 in the Saint Joseph Academy Middle Division Gym (MD Gym). The students were dropped off at the MD Gym at 6 p.m. and picked up the next morning at 10 a.m.

Upon arrival, the students were assigned to a family, which was the chosen theme for the lock-in. The theme and activities “...gave the opportunity to the students to gather as a group, as classmates, and as a family.”, said Mr. David Bonnet, the NJHS moderator.

After the opening prayer, the NJHS and Marist Youth gathered the students to play icebreaker games to bond with their new families.The lock-in included a team scavenger hunt, making s’mores, a prayer reflection led by senior Marist Youth member Raphael Ugalino and senior volunteer Michael Lopez, and testimonies.The testimonies focused on SJA being a family and how we are Marist. Senior, Camryn Gloor, focused her talk on what being “Marist” means to her and how being Marist has taught her how to act in her everyday life.

The next morning, the students went with their lock-in families for the last time and talked about their experience at the lock-in. 8th grader, Jorge Kauachi said, “The lock-in helped us communicate and learn about each other so we could all become more like family,”. The lock-in ended with a closing prayer led by sophomore NJHS Officer, Alex Lee.