Christian Brothers High School proudly values its traditions. From Holy Bowl at the beginning of the year to Founder’s Day at the end, CB fills its school year with original traditions that make students time at CB more memorable. The Talon sat down with some of CB’s seniors and faculty to learn more about their […]
Christian Brothers High School proudly values its traditions. From Holy Bowl at the beginning of the year to Founder’s Day at the end, CB fills its school year with original traditions that make students time at CB more memorable. The Talon sat down with some of CB’s seniors and faculty to learn more about their favorite CB traditions.
Many of CB’s traditions stick out to history teacher Mrs. Erin Hanshew. Some of these include the upbeat song that plays over the intercom at the end of every Friday and the daily heartfelt morning prayers. However, for Mrs. Hanshew, Valentine’s Day is her all time favorite tradition.
For those who may not know, CB’s Valentine’s Day tradition is one of a kind. On Valentine’s Day morning, student council takes time out of their A and B sets to stick cut out hearts of every student and faculty member’s name around the entire campus. Sometimes these hearts will even include some of the students most popular celebrity crushes. Last year included big names such as Harry Styles, Timothee Chalamet, and Tom Holland. Students then spend their the rest of the day looking for their friend’s heart to wear around the school and perhaps hang up on their bedroom walls when they get home.
Mrs. Hanshew loves the simplicity of the tradition and the connection that it brings throughout the community. She says the small act of seeing students pridefully wear their friend’s hearts on their clothing is what she loves most about the heart filled tradition.
It’s unsurprising that Mrs. Hanshew isn’t the only admirer of this heartwarming tradition. Senior Mikaela Dacanay (‘20) cheerfully states that Valentine’s Day is her “all-time favorite tradition at CB.”
“It’s such a simple tradition that no other school does,” Mikaela expresses. “It takes this holiday that’s usually centered around romance and overpriced candy and makes it fun and more inclusive for everyone.”
By now it should seem obvious why Mrs. Hanshew and Mikaela love the tradition — the connection and giddiness this tradition produces is unforgettable.
For Lizzie Blake (‘20) and Malia Wienstroer (‘20), Rent-A-Senior is their favorite tradition. Established in 2013, this fairly new tradition lets freshmen through juniors choose their favorite senior to accompany them throughout the day. However, keeping their renter company isn’t the only job that a rented senior does. Seniors will often times carry their renters books, buy them food, and even dress up in the costume of the renters choice.
Lizzie has participated in the event for all three of her years at CB and usually chooses her close friends to rent for the day.
“I like having my friends carry my books and buy me food for the day,” she shares.
Malia states that what she loves about Rent-A-Senior is that tradition of making the seniors wear funny outfits.
“I like how you get to embarrass your senior by making them wear dumb clothes.”
CB wouldn’t be CB without its annual Freshman Lock-In. Lock- in is the very first tradition the new class of incoming freshmen will experience. The Friday before the first day of school, CB hosts somewhat of a giant sleepover for the freshmen, except without actually any sleep. The night consists of an introduction to the CB staff and student council, fun ice breaker activities, rallies, dances, bounce houses, karaoke, and pizza. By the morning, the freshmen join the faculty for a morning prayer and reflection.
Lock-in creates long lasting and joyous memories that even seniors can still reflect on. The fun and excitement of lock-in is what makes it Ali Cordano’s (‘20) favorite tradition. Ali states that what she loves about lock-in was the hype at the rally, the friendships she made, and the recap video at the end of the night.
“Lock-in is the best way to show kids what fun at CB is,” she says.
CB’s traditions keep our school roaring with liveliness and excitement. After hearing from our passionate Falcons about their favorite traditions, you may have settled on what your favorite traditions may be as well. Maybe you agree with Mrs. Hanshew and Mikaela that Valentine’s Day is your favorite tradition, or maybe you sided with Lizzie and Malia that Rent-a-senior is the tradition for you. Even if you have already made a decision, take a look below at the other traditions CB has to offer: