By: Cas Barnett
2018-2019 is an exciting school year for WCHS’ clubs! Three new clubs were added to the roster for students. Country Line Dancing, taught by educator Carrie Walters, is an exciting dance class for students looking to learn the routines. STEM is held upstairs by science teacher Emily Hopper, for students interested in science and technology. Book Club, hosted in the library by Media Specialist Carol Ford, serves students with a place to experience new literature and discuss it with their peers.
STEM takes place upstairs in the freshman hallway, room 2018. Its name stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The students in the club are enthusiastic about these topics, and the club even gives them information on career paths they could choose in these fields. “The fact is that some people are not designed for the jobs we have to offer,” says Jasmine Boykin, an officer in the club. “So with the unique talents and interests of our members, we inspire them to reach out into the world with confidence.” Each meeting, the club does activities that all of the members are encouraged to participate in to get them to think – some of those being trivia, engineering challenges, or team building exercises. The club officers are Jasmine Boykin, Public Affairs; Katie Piercy, Treasurer; Hannah Gregory, Secretary; Kinsey Jones, Vice President; Alex Piercy, President.
Country Line Dance is sponsored by Carrie Walters, and usually held in the auditorium. Walters recruited hard for the club, her target being students who told her, “I can’t dance.” She felt these students would be the ones who would most benefit from the club. “Line dancing is a great way to dance as a group without having to have a partner. Most dances are a series of 8-42 counts that will repeat themselves by facing a new direction at the end of the first set. Electric Slide; The Cha Cha, Cupid Shuffle; Cotton-Eyed Joe and Copperhead Road; Baby likes to Rock it; are just a few of the ones we hope to master,” said Walters. “My goal for the club was to offer students a fun alternative for exercise and constructive way to participate at group events such as prom, wedding receptions, or just something fun to do at home or in a backyard.” The club doesn’t have officers, but it does have a media publicist: Emily Jackson. Emily set up an Instagram account for the students to follow and allow them to preview dances before Club Day.
Teenage Book Club is held seventh period in the library by WCHS Media Specialist Carol Ford. The club has roughly 45 members, and monthly they choose from books to read. The following month they are able to discuss these books and pick a new one. The club partners with Wayne County Public Library, library clerk Sherilyn Warinner and Marlene Bass attending each meeting. The club typically holds a drawing for door prizes and provides a snack for the students while they discuss the literature they read. “When readers are engaged in what they are reading they comprehend more, retain more information, and make stronger connections between what they are reading and other content or subject matters,” Ford said. “Giving the students this non-pressured opportunity to read and express their opinions has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.” The kids are also enjoying the club. "It's fun, I love book club - it's good," said WCHS senior Sierra Hagerman. "Our first book was How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, it was my favorite so far, super interesting." The library plans to host a similar book club for students during the summer months when school is not in session.
With WCHS staff continuing to meet more and more student needs, the extracurricular activities offered only keep expanding. Students at WCHS never have a lack of things to keep them busy, and the clubs offer them a fun, supervised, educational experience outside of the typical classroom setting. There are nearly twenty other clubs that are offered that are not mentioned on this list as they have been instated for a while, including large clubs like: Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and Future Christian Athletes.
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STEM Officers (l-r): Secretary, Kinsey Jones; President, Alex Piercy; Katie Piercy, Treasurer; and Public Affairs, Jasmine Boykin
2018-2019 Teenage Book Club Group Photo
WCHS Media Specialist speaking to the Book Club about How to Hang a Witch
Clerk from Wayne County Public Library Marlene Bass standing with that month's selection of book
The Country Line Dancing Club learning steps
Students enjoyed the fun, unique period of exercise