Clubs unify Carlsbad High’s campus


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Senior Max DeLoach and junior Sydney Hack of drama club welcome a potential member. Drama was one of the many clubs featured at the fair.

Most of the time, students agree to join clubs because of the enticing promise of free pizza, but at this year’s club fair, students found that many clubs are much more than just free food.  On Aug. 29, clubs and extracurriculars set up card tables around the quad with reptiles, cookies and handouts to recruit students.

“Clubs give me a chance to connect to people with similar beliefs,” sophomore Miranda Lakey said.

If you’re not interested in the club rivalry between the Spanish and French club and are instead looking for a low-key, relaxing club during lunch, visit the juggling club with advisor Mr. Rosen.

“We hang out and teach people how to juggle,” juggling club member Morgan Vo said. “Our goal is to get more people to like and master juggling.”

Or, if you’re looking to change somebody’s life this year while earning community service hours, visit the Make a Wish club in Room 3108. This year, the Make a Wish team will fundraise to send Levi, who has a brain tumor and bone deficiency, on a Disney Cruise. In order to grant Levi’s wish, the Make a Wish club needs more people to help raise money.

“When [a wish] gets granted, it is such a good feeling,” senior Gabby Chung said. “All of our hard work is paid off.”

Once you’re helping those in need, don’t just stop at the Make a Wish club; visit Athletes for Rwanda in Señor Riccitelli’s room. This year, with tennis and volleyball tournaments, the Athletes for Rwanda club will fundraise to send athletic equipment to an orphanage in Rwanda. This club will put boxes outside of English classes, so students can donate any extra sports equipment.

“We are a close-knit group that is giving to a good cause,” senior Sara Brower said. “Besides, who doesn’t like to play sports?”

Some clubs have been at CHS forever, but junior Francesca Towers and junior Monica Lampaya have created a promising club called Diversity of World Culture, which meets monthly to celebrate countries and culture.

“We have a new country every month,” president Lampaya said. “We talk about the importance of culture and compare countries to America.”

If you like science and competition, join Science Olympiad, which meets in the old gym. Members of Science Olympiad prepare the entire year for a competition in Feb. At this competition, San Diego county schools face off in more than 20 topics. Last year, co-president Erica Weng earned 15th place in anatomy and 16th place in physiology. Weng hopes to have more than half of CHS’s team win recognition this year.

“Science is very helpful for the rest of your life,” junior Weng said.  “People should join because science is awesome and thrilling.”

These clubs both help students unite over common interests and learn new skills while making friends.

“The club fair was a great way to explore the opportunities our school has to offer,” junior Reece Schweibold said. “It gives me the chance to make a change in our community.”