Learning about Clubs at VHS
Reese Thompson, Reporter
Clubs offered at the high school are often a mystery to students because many groups aren’t advertised, meaning that some of the 19 total clubs often slip under the radar. Here are just a few of the student-run groups at the high school.
Queer Spectrum Alliance
Queer Spectrum Alliance (QSA) is run by president Gillian Kirkpatrick, with Aaron Marsh advising.
“We originated as a safe place for people to express their gender identity or orientation preferences,” Kirkpatrick said. “As we’ve evolved, I feel like we have turned more into an organization that’s a place where anybody can be anybody.”
QSA meets every Thursday at lunch in room 2111.
Ventures Club is run by Nicky Wilks. Initially, he wanted to have a place where students in his entrepreneurship class could work to make their ideas real. He has found that many students, as well as adults, want to be more independent and start something themselves, rather than follow a more traditional career path.
“I would encourage anyone who has ideas for their art projects, their creative outlets, etcetera, and is curious about how they might be able to earn money doing what they love [to join],” Wilks said.
Ventures Club meets every Friday at lunch in room 1116.
Teens Leading Change
Moana Trammell oversees Teens Leading Change (TLC). Club members aim to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs at the high school campus and among the student body in general. The group is student run and the interests of the students come first. Through TLC, students expand their confidence and communication skills.
“[Students] should join because if they want to make changes whether it be [with] alcohol, drugs, their family members or friends, they will be able to help other students,” Trammel said. “[Students can] make a stand for what they believe in, and their values.”
TLC meets Fridays at lunch in the Madrona Room.
Debate Club is run by Matt Tilden. Members practice both Lincoln Douglas and Policy debate. The group competes against other teams from across the state.
“I think it’s a really fun atmosphere [for] the students who are in the debate club,” Tilden said. “There are a lot of good discussions about a lot of different topics … You become experts on different issues.”
Debate meets Mondays after school from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in room 2112.
Dungeons and Dragons Club
Dungeons and Dragons Club is overseen by Kathleen Regovich. During the club meetings, students play role playing games, specifically the club’s titular game of “Dungeons and Dragons.”
“In my personal experience, it’s hard to find people to play those kinds of games with, so having a club [like this] makes it really easy for people to find people who are interested in the same things you are,” Regovich said. “If you’re a nerd, it’s a good place to be.”
D&D club meets Wednesdays at lunch in room 1121.
Outdoor Adventures Club
Outdoor Adventures Club is overlooked by Char Phillips. Being in the club you are able to go on camping trips, as well as go hiking.
“People should join if they’re into outdoor activities and like to bring that into their school day, because I know it’s sometimes hard to find time to go on a hiking trip, or plan a whole thing by yourself,” member Mackenzie Shore said. “If you’re into the idea of doing it with friends, or whoever you want, you can choose where you want to go, what you want to do, and it’s a super cool experience.”
Outdoor Adventures Club meets Mondays at lunch in room 2113.
Students interested in learning more about other high school clubs can find descriptions and information at the top of the stairs,by the cafeteria.
The rest of the clubs consist of VHS Production, Drama Club, Guide Dog Club, Science Club, Skills USA, Green Team Club, Japenese Club, Spanish Club, Robotics Club, ASB Executive Board, HUM Literacy Magazine, and ASB Student Council.