Canyon High School offers incoming freshmen ‘Virtual Fish Camp’


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Fish Camp is typically held annually and in-person for incoming freshmen to learn about Canyon High.

Freshmen can watch an online version of Canyon High’s traditionally in-person Fish Camp on YouTube. Typically held at the high school, the camp introduces the campus and staff to the class of 2024.

Published Thursday, Aug. 13, the video showcases important administrators and teachers at Canyon High, cheerleaders performing various pep rally chants and a tour around the high school by senior class Vice President Annsleigh McCraw.

“We decided to do a video for Fish Camp because it was the safest way to show the freshmen around,” McCraw said. “Normally, all of the students would be in a huge group, and it would be almost impossible to social distance and make sure everyone is being as safe as possible.”

Since Student Council and the senior class officers manage Fish Camp, McCraw volunteered to give the tour portion of the video.

“Fish Camp is essential for incoming students because it helps them become familiar with the high school and where certain offices and areas are,” McCraw said. “It’s super important for freshmen to get more familiar with the high school and where things are, even though it’s only a video. My main priority is staying safe, but I would love to go to see the football team make it to state, have a homecoming dance and just have the best last year of high school.”

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Freshman McKenzie McCormick said she is excited to begin high school, even with the changes to the school year.

“It is something I have looked forward to for a while,” McCormick said. “I am a little nervous about being late to a class or getting lost because we won’t have the live Fish Camp, but I know there are a lot of upperclassmen there to help the freshmen out. I think the masks will be beneficial because if they decide differently about social distancing, then we will have the mask and will help prevent the spread of COVID.”

In addition to Fish Camp, school-related activities were changed or otherwise impacted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. McCormick began colorguard practice in June with these adjustments.

“We have to do a symptom check before every practice, and we have to wear a mask if we aren’t six feet apart, but it is still lots of fun,” McCormick said. “We have got lots of work done while we are staying safe. It might be a strange year, but the year will go the way you make it go, so enjoy the year, and don’t be nervous, because there will be people waiting to help you.”