by Audrey Lechien
Another club-goer at West Hills High School is senior Ashleigh Hartwig. She attends a number of clubs including Hope Club on Tuesdays, Food Driven Club on Wednesdays and Dead Poets Society club, which she runs, on Fridays. There are so many reasons to join a club: you can meet new people, make friends, become more involved at your school, help people and much more. Ashleigh says that her favorite parts are “ helping people hang out with new people and making new friends at Hope Club.” She also said “I don’t like it when people can’t afford food and so I help out the most I can with donating food items and volunteering to help feed people at the Club food drive.
As president of Dead Poets Society Club, Ashleigh gave me some insight about what they do. In a typical day at the Dead Poets Society Club, the members and attendees “unlock a passion for reading” and “ each week is different but it’s a bunch of activities that deal with books essentially” Ashleigh says. She explains that her inspirations for creating the club include “ My passion for reading and the idea that most teams don’t enjoy reading and I wanted to change that by exposing high school students to fun book activities. I hope to encourage more reading and appreciation for books, poetry, essays etc.”. Be sure to check out the Dead Poets Society Club when they meet on Fridays in S10.
By Avila Ashland
West Hills does much to help out in the community, making sure we’re doing our part to give back. Many different clubs are run across campus providing all different kinds of opportunities for students. Key Club is one of the most popular as it is a community service and volunteer based club that works towards helping the community. Not only does it help the community, it helps students because it shows they’re involved in their school and the volunteer work looks good for college and job applications.
In Key Club students learn how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteering. Students gain a lot of experience and knowledge through participating in Key Club. They’ll pick up leadership skills by running meetings and planning projects and different things they can do around the community. Not only is this club modeled around serving and helping others, but it is designed to help the students as well. It’s supposed to force and train them into positions where they are always leading and always in charge of what’s best to do for the community and choosing how they can help others, so they’re also taking away from these experiences. There are Key Clubs all across the United States pushing students to try new things and help out. All making differences in their areas. It’s an awesome opportunity that West Hills is a school that is a part of this program and that students here work together to make a difference in their community, school, and themselves.
by Jayden Moreno
In this week’s beat I chose to ask three people from the Best Buddies club a couple of questions on the club. The questions are: why did they chose this club, what is their favorite thing to do in that club and how does this club benefit them.
The first person I ask said this is her first year and she is in the club because her sisters made her, but after a couple of weeks she started to enjoy helping the kids and getting to know them and also his favorite thing about the club is the pizza parties.
The second person who I ask said he is in club because he wants to get into a really good college and for that to happen you have to have good grades, which he does, but also colleges like to see that you participate in school club. His favorite part about the club is meeting new kids.
The last person I ask chose this club because he wanted to help the kids with special needs. He said this club benefits provides him with a better chance of getting accepted into college, and lastly his all time favorite thing about the club is the pizza parties.
by Katie Willoughby
The West Hills club drive is today! There are a variety of clubs here at West Hills. All students are welcome to join any club of their choosing. There are academic clubs, social clubs, clubs that focus on the environment, and clubs that focus on the well being of others. Good candidates for clubs are people who would like to be apart of something bigger than themselves or people who want to meet new people who have the same interests as them. Anyone can join a club no matter who they are or how they feel. Clubs can help people who are new to the school to feel welcomed and feel a sense of community. Clubs also help create friendships that can last a lifetime. My club experience was a short but a sweet one. I was in the club Friday Night Lights for one semester of my freshman year. I loved the sense of comradery that was brought on by my club it made me feel welcome and important as a freshman. Friday Night Lights is a club that shows the bad side of drugs, alcohol and especially smoking tobacco. It shows teens that you can have fun without the use of illegal substances and I found that to be very influential in my life and the lives of those around me. Clubs are an important part of the “high school experience” and all people should give them a try.