Article by Phoenix writer Lillian Stern ’22:
On Saturday, October 5, students and teachers alike rallied to transform Kellenberg Memorial into the school’s iconic Open House event.
S.A.L.T. moderator Mr. Brennan says, “We had well over 3000 people walk through our front doors. It was wonderful to see such a large number of prospective students. At Kellenberg, we want to share the message of Jesus Christ. Getting students in the doors at Open House is the first step in that process.”
Assistant Principal for Admissions, Mr. Benintendi, was has organized the Open House event for the last fifteen year, describes its benefits, saying, “Open House is the most important event used to promote our school. It is organized for students applying to both the Latin School and the High School. It utilizes the entire faculty, coaching staff, parents, and alumni.”
According to Mr. Benintendi, in addition to these numerous volunteers, over six hundred students also volunteer to assist with the day. That number is roughly twenty-five percent of the entire student body helping out.
Mr. Benintendi remarked, “Every year, our visitors remark on how impressed they are with our students and that they are so friendly, warm, and happy to be here.”
One such student, Jonathan Schapowal, expressing how grateful he was to be a student tour guide, said, “The touring process at Kellenberg is a great way for incoming students to get a sense of all the great things this school has to offer. It’s also a wonderful way for seniors to give something back to Kellenberg.”
The student body continues to bring recognition to a place they call their home away from home. Mrs. Mulligan, Assistant Principal for Student Life, insightfully observes, “A motto at Kellenberg Memorial is Service over Self. It is evident on days like Open House that our students are volunteering their service to spread the good word of Kellenberg and they do this by showing Civility, Order and Respect in all things.”
(Photos from top down by Maeve Duggan ’22, Thomas Quattrocchi ’25, Maeve Duggan ’22, and Thomas Quattrocchi ’25)