By Becca Rhein ’15
When it comes to school pride, Elder is well-known among the Westside. However, it’s often hard to find out what makes the “Elder Experience” so special, especially because we never have the chance to see what goes on in the school. On October 26th, I went to Elder for their Open House. While there, I was given a tour, listened to the Glee Club, and even checked out Elder’s newspaper, “The Purple Quill”. You couldn’t go very far without seeing something purple, even their locks were…
A few students even took the time to tell me about their “Elder Experience”. Eric Huff (Class of 2015) described Elder in five words. “Purple, Tradition, Panthers, Conservative, and Unforgettable” were the quick responses I received. If he were to change one thing about Elder, it would be never graduating. Another student, Nick Duke (Class of 2015) was asked to describe Elder in one word. Without thinking, he responded “You can’t describe it in one word…it’s indescribable.”
Overall, the Elder Open House was a great way to see what happens during “a day in the life of a panther”. All the students were more than willing to tell you about their high school experience, and nothing negative was said. The “Elder Experience” still is something that is hard to understand, but a quick look into the school shows that it all starts with the students.