New clubs on campus foster environment for everyone


On-campus clubs return with full force this school year. The old and new clubs built a community of acceptance for all students.

To bounce back from a year of unusual attendance and abrupt scheduling, clubs have been vigorously advertising to students and electing officers. The variety of clubs offered ranges from sports to fine arts, accommodating every student’s interests. 

To get more students involved, the school hosts Club Rush: a week where students can sign up for clubs. This year’s club rush welcomed several of new clubs, including Just Dance, GSA, Harry Potter Club, and Teenage Republicans. 

Just Dance is a new club on campus this year. Club founder junior Ella Hanks started the club to promote a community where people move and dance together. “I started the club because I thought it would be a fun thing to do. It’s always fun when you’re with a group of people who are not afraid to embarrass themselves,” said Hanks. The club does not keep track of scores or compete with each other; the purpose of the club is to get active and moving. “I have a group of friends that love Just Dance, so we started the club to spread the joy,” said Hanks. 

In order to include students of all backgrounds, the GSA (gay-straight alliance) club has been formed; they meet in room C307. “The community is really nice. It’s a lot of people, and we all have something in common, so we can kind of relate that way. We’re doing a lot of team building in GSA,” said club member sophomore Lucy Salange. GSA started as a support group; when the group gained popularity, it was made into a club. 

This school year welcomes the return of Harry Potter Club, which was a prominent club in past years. Harry Potter Club is focused on being both a social club as well as a service club. The club meets in room C307 “There are a lot of kids that share the same interest in Harry Potter, and they want to give back to the school,” said club sponsor Madi Long-Blanchard. Long-Blanchard believes that this club will help students create connections that last beyond high school. The Harry Potter Club plans to host a number of activities such as movie nights, book drives, and a sorting ceremony for the members of the club. 

The purpose of the Teenage Republican Club is to promote conservative values on campus. The club meets in the North Pod of the Auditorium. “I joined the club because I felt that there wasn’t a large voice for conservative ideals on campus,” said senior Tate Infanger. The members want to create a space for people to come together and talk and bring more conservative values to campus. 

Whether students want to make a change in the environment or build up their college applications, clubs are open to them. Depending on the club, being involved at school has little to no cost and can create a different atmosphere for the rest of high school. Clubs are an opportunity for students with similar interests to become more involved in the school.