Story by Abby Beauregard, Trey Rice, and Sam Aaron

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Photo by Sam Aaron

A new school year brings an opportunity for students to explore their interests by joining an after school club.

“I think it’s important for students to be active in their school. We have a variety of clubs that students can join. It’s a good way for students to meet other students and acquire leadership skills,” Junior Civitan advisor Demetra Vastis said.

Joining a club allows students to gain experience they might not have been able to in the classroom.

“It enhances the high school experience. You can choose not to but you miss out on relationships you can make and an education you can build. It also may give you insight into what you want to do.” senior pep club leader Sean Riehm said

Clubs can help build a foundation, as well as further develop a student so they can learn more about what interests them.   

“Our school has a lot of info regarding clubs so it’s important for a student figure out what they’re interested in and find a club that offers that. As the school year goes on,, we have students who find thing they’re interested in and start their own clubs, but we definitely have a variety of clubs,” Vastis said.

In addition to being a place where students can express interest in a topic, clubs are also a good way to meet people who share those interests.

“You get to meet people that share your interests,”  Freshman and National Honors Art Society member Grace Whisman said.

Dutch Fork offers a unique variety of clubs that ranging from pep club to drama, allowing allowing which allows students to follow their passion.  

“It’s opens your eyes to new things and helps you make friends,” senior and Archery club member Ryan Sheard said.

As school moves forward, students are realizing how worthwhile joining a club can be.

“It gives fulfillment and satisfaction by making the school more interesting and active,” says Sean Riehm.

In addition to padding college applications, clubs can help students find and develop interests they want to pursue.

“I know with Junior Civitans the girls are happy to be involved with service projects. I think they learn the importance of getting involved. We have had girls who get involved at the state level as well and I’ve seen them grow as a student,” Vastis said.
Students involved in leadership positions in a club are often looked up to and admired by their peers.

“Ever since I was a freshman and I saw Mark Kingsmore leading the school, I thought, that’s what I want to do,” Says Sean Reihm.  

Joining a club is often a simple process that involves signing up and joining, usually started by coming to an interest meeting. However there are clubs that require applications, so check with the advisor.

“Go with your instincts,” sophomore Riel Hill said. “Just go for it.”