Students showcase clubs through activities fair

Soledad Lee
Social Media/Graphics Editor

Seniors Ella Beck, Sarah Staab and Tessa Garrison encourage students to sign up for Gardening Club at the activities fair on Aug. 31. Photo by Soledad Lee

Activities Fair for all students was hosted on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The fair was an interactive way for students to learn about extracurriculars and clubs from members.

Senior Owen Barrs who is President of APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Club) encouraged freshmen to join the club.

“It looks really good on your college applications, that’s a big thing; freshmen, I know what you’re looking for. College is only going to get harder to get into. Join APIDA,” Barrs said.

If students are interested in the arts, including something like film making, Film Club is the club for them.

“If you’re interested in making films, this is a great opportunity to kind’ve share your ideas for films, get actors for them,” junior Casey Drilingas said.

“It is a great way to build your portfolio, if you want to do acting, editing, filmmaking,” senior Saroya Williams said.

Robotics is full of opportunities to make friends and learn new things.

“You learn a lot, if you’re looking to become an engineer or even anything technical, this will help you out a lot,” senior Zander Smutz-Ulmer said.

“When I first joined Robotics, I knew, basically no one here, in Robotics. I met a lot of friends doing this,”

These extracurriculars have the benefit of providing an easy way to meet new people.

“I think people should join yearbook as an opportunity to meet new people of all different types of stuff, like different clubs and sports,” senior Vanessa Schroeder said.

“You should join Interact because it’s all about giving back to the community. It’s a great time, you meet a lot of people,” junior Will Hotze said.

If you’re interested in pursuing Journalism, the ECHO newspaper or yearbook is a great opportunity. Students create stories, interview people, and take photos at school events.

“Especially if you don’t play sports like me, I go to a lot of sports events now,” Schroeder said.

Joining Interact has the benefit of working with other students and teachers.

“Dr. Aren is one of the nicest people in the building, you get to work side by side with her,” Hotze said.
Dr. Aren’s is the coordinator of the Chelsea Center, which also has a lot of opportunities for students to learn what they love and get school credit.

APIDA has meetings, but also plans in advance for a showcase in May and they do other work to diversify the school’s environment and build community.

Barrs said, “Our big thing is planning a showcase in May each year. This year we’re doing a professional development with the high school teachers, which also looks really good on your college applications. Make a difference, it’s fun, but it’s also a lot of work.”


Soledad Lee – Business Manager

This will be Soledad Lee’s first year on ECHO Staff. She also made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.

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