More dances, more events, and more activities. MAST Academy’s SGA, with the help of Activities Director Jennifer Fernandez, have grand plans in store for the student body.
With a grand total of 1,200 students, there are plenty of activities to look forward to this year.
The first event of the 2015-2016 school year was the MAST Back to School BBQ.
The cafeteria was full of people and equipped with music, food, and a photo booth.
“There was a really good turnout. People loved the photo booth, it will be at other events,” Junior Class President Shea Baldino said.
Open House will be held on September 30 for the middle school and October 1 for the high school from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. both nights.
Additonally, students will be able to run for student government between September 28 and October 1.
There are fall elections for grades seven through nine and open positions in grades ten through twelve.
The next event to look forward to is the Club Fair on October 7. Students will have the chance to explore and sign up for the many clubs MAST has to offer.
One of the more notable MAST traditions, the Junior Ring Ceremony, is quickly approaching.
Rings can symbolize who someone is as a person, what their interests are, and can even include one’s birthstone.
The informational meeting for the Junior Ring Ceremony will be in the auditorium on October 12.
October 14 is college night, where colleges from all over the country come to give information about their respective schools.
There are multiple seminars students and parents can go to during this event that will explain what one needs to do to prepare for applying to college.
This event is open and all students are encouraged to attend.
Spirit Week is a time many MAST students look forward to. This year, it will be during the week of October 19 and lastthrough the 23. Each day has a different theme.
Each class will also be assigned a hall to design, which must be in their class color. The class colors are red for seniors, white for juniors, blue for sophomores, yellow for freshmen, green for eighth grade, and orange for seventh.
The activities for lunch have already been chosen: day one is toilet paper dress-up, day two is eating relay, day three is guess the number of jelly beans, and day four is musical chairs.
Whichever grade wins each event, including hallway decorations, will be awarded points. The points will be added up and one grade will be crowned winner.
Spirit Week leads up to Homecoming for the middle school and high school alike.
Some students may have heard about the change of dates regarding homecoming. The date for the high school, is now officially October 30. The date was changed to appease the senior class and to be closer to the middle school homecoming.
The event will be held at the Rusty Pelican, an upscale restaurant on Virginia Key, known for its impeccable view of the Brickell skyline.
The theme will be Enchanted Atlantis.
“We thought the theme would be very appropriate because it incorporates that royal feel you are looking for at a homecoming with the marine theme MAST has,” SGA Vice President Katerina Alvarez said.
Tickets are $60 and the dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The middle school homecoming will be held on October 29 at Dave and Busters game center. Tickets are $35 and the event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Future events to look forward to this year are the pep rally, United Way fundraiser, movie night, and the annual MAST Blast, which will again be held the day before spring break.
An exciting addition to the normal activity schedule is the possibility of a winter formal.
“In my four years [at MAST], we have never had a winter formal. I think it will be a nice experience,” SGA President Jose Ocana said.