At the door of Wellspring High School you will find a few student greeters waiting to answer questions, give directions, and escort interested enrollees on tours of the campus on select days.
These students are handpicked by their teachers to be the inaugural class of School Ambassadors. The group of 15 students represent each grade. They are being trained to help visitors learn more about the school and generally assist the administration at school events.
“We have amazing students and when prospective students and their families come to visit, we think it’s more meaningful to hear from the students themselves,” said Matthew Stolz, principal of Wellspring.
During a recent open house in February, the School Ambassadors welcomed parents, gave tours of the school, gave a presentation during the opening, and helped set up and tear down the event.
“It’s a great way to get involved in the school and reach out to the community,” said Amy Garcia, a junior at Wellspring. “I want more people to know about how great this school is.”
Sean Flannery, 15, a sophomore ambassador, is excited to show visitors a couple of special areas at the school.
“My favorite part is showing the parents a billboard where the college scholarship money is added up each month,” he said. “They prepare us here really well for college and our seniors have more than $3 million in scholarships already this year.”
He also likes to take parents into the new gymnasium, which is usually filled with athletes, gym classes or other school events.
Ingrid Orr, the student recruitment specialist for Wellspring Prep, organized the School Ambassador program early this year. Students receive community service hours for serving as an ambassador.
“Our students do a really great job showing the school,” said Orr, who also gives tours and helps parents learn more about enrolling in the school. “Having actual students answer the questions and show the classrooms is more authentic. They also have a rapport with other teens that visit. We love having them represent Wellspring.”
For more information about the School Ambassador program, email IOrr@nhaschools.com