Looking back, Arielle Swinehart thinks Brave the Future would have been a big help when she started at Whetstone High School.

Now a senior, Swinehart said the introductory event for incoming freshmen that was started by her mother, Tiffany Grinstead, might have made her first year as a high schooler go a little more smoothly.

"I think it would have made it less scary, and I would have known what activities I was interested in ahead of time," she said.

"I think she would have gone into Whetstone with more information about what the different options were," Grinstead said.

The third annual Brave the Future, open to seventh- and eighth-graders and their families, is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the school, 4405 Scenic Drive.

The event is designed to flaunt Whetstone's diversity of activities and opportunities, Grinstead said.

"I think the value in it is all the folks we have assembled," she said. "It's having kids there from different sports and different activities, different teachers who teach different subjects, responding to questions on a one-on-one basis."

Brave the Future is intended to be more than just a chance for new students and their families to explore the building, Grinstead said.

"It's like a showcase of everything Whetstone High School has to offer," said Tanya Bender, a member of the board for Clintonville Go Public, which has staffed a booth at past Brave the Future events.

"Prospective students and families can come to the event and meet some of the teachers and coaches," Bender said. "They can find out more about the extensive offerings at the school ... from the classes to clubs and activities, sports, the arts.

"All the booths that people can walk around and visit give you a good sense of everything in that school community."

The Jan. 17 gathering will kick off with a presentation at 6:45 p.m. by teachers, students and parents "highlighting what they love about Whetstone," according to Grinstead's announcement. An academic fair will get underway in the library at 7:15 p.m., while one for athletics and activities is held in the cafeteria.

Teachers, coaches, advisers and students will be on hand to speak to students and parents.

Tours of the building will follow.

Although walk-ins are welcome, those who register in advance are eligible for a door prize.

For more information or to register, visit tinyurl.com/ bravethefuture.

"I think that the event maybe calms some anxieties when you're able to get into the building and get a sense of what it feels like prior to being enrolled there," Bender said.