By Sarah Millman
The return to school can be both an exciting and terrifying time.
This year CEC students are getting right back into the swing of things with tryouts for various sports teams and activities already underway.
Student council presidents Brennan MacLean and Emma Bastarache, as well as returning council members, attempted to make the transition for new students occur smoothly by providing tours the week before school and during the Grade 10 student assembly where information about the many school activities was presented.
Tryouts for the girls and boys soccer, volleyball, and hockey teams are already underway and the golf and cross-country running teams are both also looking for new members.
Getting involved in sports or clubs within the school is the best way to make new friends and improve your high school spirit so all students are encouraged to go out for any and all activities that interest them.
This year, for the first timer, CEC will field a baseball team. The creation of the team was prompted by student interest and community involvement. Scott MacGillivray, a teacher at Truro junior high, has undertaken the project as head coach and tryouts are underway for what will no doubt be a very exciting inaugural season for the Cougars.
Parent Teacher Orientation is taking place Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and doors will be open for parents to come and meet with their children's teachers and learn about their courses.
The first school dance is being held on Sept. 20 and Grade 10 students will be admitted for a reduced rate. The theme is Glow in the Dark.
New bleachers for the football field are now completely installed. Everything is looking good for CEC's first home game of the season on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. on James MacPherson Field against Sackville High. Come out wearing your orange and blue to support the Cougars and show your spirit!
CEC is also extending a warm welcome to our new on-site school resource officer.
Const. Edwin Reynolds is already making his presence at the school known and is making a great addition to the school environment. He's also reminding everyone about the speed limit change, which is 30km/h in school zones. Drive carefully.
CEC student Shawnacey Labelle won a bursary to attend the Nova Scotia Youth Ambassador Training Camp in the summer with the Nova Scotia International Student Program.
She is now a certified advocate for international students within the school and community. There are 34 international students enrolled at CEC this fall from more than 10 different countries.
Limited spaces are still available on the March break trip to France and Spain. It's a cultural experience unlike any other so students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible because spaces are limited.
Sarah Millman is a Grade 11 student at CEC. She lives in Truro. Her Inside CEC column appears regularly in the Truro Daily News.