Choosing The Right Club For You
Here at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, there are opportunities that allow students to be more successful in college and beyond, with one of those ways being a variety of clubs offered after school . Clubs are a great way to earn scholarships, have something good down on your transcript, or even to just join something that best fits your interests.
The Husky Howler:
Have you seen students walking around with dark blue shirts and a wolf logo on it? Were you curious why they were wearing them? Well, no need to ponder on, you witnessed a staff member of the Husky Howler. The Husky Howler is a structured team that presents monthly “hard-hitting” journalism, creative pieces or artwork, school events, and advice on personal issues in the “Dear Nancy” column. The newspaper meetings are always informative and have an order as to what must be accomplished in the time allotted. Señora Moore, the teacher adviser, the two team Editors-in-Chief - Corinne Kronschnabel and Valerie Mecha - and other editors work hard to make sure everything runs smooth. The meetings are held every Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:30, and are usually supplied with concessions. Every member in the group is fantastic, very resourceful, helpful to get you on your feet, and filled with excitement for the overall process. If you’re looking for a place to report on school, local, or world news and/ or to be creative, then the Husky Howler is right for you.
Interviewed: Tristen Hyde (Sophomore)
If you attended Reagan Fest recently, then you heard Radio Reagan. This club’s mission is to produce daily broadcasts accompanied by music from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. each morning. This extracurricular allows members to learn music production and history, as well as communication skills. One sophomore member of Radio Reagan, Tristen Hyde, said that, “[while] I’m not going into a music career… many others from Radio Reagan are… and there are further opportunities, like College Radio, which is a big thing.” College radio is important if music is your career path, as it can gain you a Bachelor’s degree in music. If you’re intrigued to advance your career in music, make the morning announcements, or play songs every morning, then go to room 135 to sign up for Radio Reagan.
Interviewed: Sam and Ben (Juniors)
The debate team is one of the groups that stands out inside Reagan, having two outstanding leaders: Sam and Ben. According to Ben, debate is, “talking about policies that could be put into place… and how relevant they are to today’s societies.” They also mentioned that the debate team is a great way to improve public speaking and communication skills overall. Every year the topic that all debate teams focus on changes, and this year its overarching topic is, “the economic ties with China… [like] how China and the United States trade.” Sam added that another focus would be on, “space exploration... and if we (the U.S.) should do it with China.” As heard from other members of the group, it seems to be a great team of people that support each other and all their opinions. If you’re motivated to join the club, then go to Mr. Silva’s room in 202.
Interviewed: Seth Kinney (Sophomore)
If you’re skilled at playing chess - or even simply want to learn, then the Chess Club is meant for you. With the club Mr. Wood has set up, they have different levels for people that may have more or less experience with this game. Seth Kinney builds on how the different levels work, saying, “There’s one system where you come in on Tuesdays and play for fun, and another where you show up Tuesdays and Thursdays, and you’re playing more seriously.” While most of the time the club is held in the school library, the season ends with a State Chess Tournament that’s promised to be fun in the end. It’s a fun, small club to join if you’re into playing chess and meeting people that share that interest with you.
Girls’ Swim Team:
Interviewed: Natalia Walker (Junior)
The girls’ swim team is a brand new club, and has a lot to offer for both people old and new at Ronald Reagan. The team captain, Natalija Walker, explains what the club is all about, saying, “We practice at South Division from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., every single day after school... and there is a bus that takes you from Reagan to South Division and back.” She does recommend that if you join, that you bring swim goggles, a cap, and a suit. She also states that for those who don’t have much swimming experience that, “I [Natalija] would recommend basic swimming skills… and then we would help you build on that to get faster for races.” The official staff members of the club from the interview are a committed team that are excited for this year as the first Reagan girls’ swim team, and would love all girl swimmers to join and support the team! If you are interested in joining, speak to Ms. Kohnke or Ms. Fahey, the staff coaches.
Interviewed: Timothy Manzke (Sophomore)
Track is a great sport that has competition and true sportsmanship, as well as being a good way in general to keep your body in shape. With track, Timothy Manzke says that, “You wanna’ get your endurance up, that’s the biggest thing you wanna’ focus on.” Mr. Paltzer and Duellman, the team’s coaches, make sure that you go at your own pace depending on your skill level, and take your time to work yourself up to the level that will be needed during track meets. The club is a great way to work well with others and get better at running shorter and longer distances altogether. If you are interested with running in competitions and improving your endurance, track starts up in the spring season and meets up every day after school.
GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance):
Interviewed: Carly Palacios ( Sophomore)
The GSA, or Gay/Straight Alliance, is a place where everyone can come together and make new friends, talking to people that you wouldn’t usually talk to. The club meets up every Wednesday, and it is a great place to make more connections to different groups of individuals and do activities such as movies, games, and more; along with “Fun Friday’s” usually occurring near the end of every month. One of the two leaders, Carly Palacios, states that the members of the group will, “go over the history” and background on different sets of people, such as those who are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. Along with Carly, a fellow student named Leonardo and staff member Mr. Moriarity have put a lot of effort into the planning of this year's objectives and activities for the club, and they are excited for the amount of new people that are joining. If you’re interested in joining a group that is an inclusive place for all kinds of people to interact with, then join the GSA.
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The fall Reagan blood drive is back!
Reagan’s blood drive, run through the American Red Cross and run here by Ms. Sato, science CP coordinator and anatomy and physiology teacher, has contributed to the foundation for years. In September of 2015, the event had a goal of 90 donors. “We actually had 107 units total that were collected. So that gives potential to help 321 patients,” Ms. Sato states. This will be her second year facilitating the blood drive. This year, Reagan has a goal of around 100 pints.
In this event, phlebotomists are sent in to retrieve the blood and take it back to the American Red Cross to get tested, and then is distributed to various hospitals. Documented by the American Red Cross, their organization supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood supply, and is shared with 2,600 hospitals throughout the country.
Investing yourself in the blood drive is an excellent opportunity to build up volunteer hours, especially for juniors and seniors involved in the Career-Related program. Individuals interested in health science professions are given the option of gaining real-life “patient-interaction” experience, though donors are friends and fellow schoolmates.
In addition to potentially racking up some volunteer hours, you’re saving somebody’s life. According to the American Red Cross, just one donation can save more than one patient's’ life! “If any disaster happens or if there’s any need for blood for patients and the hospitals can’t provide it, then that patient could potentially die or have complications if they aren’t able to get blood. So it is really, really important that we are able to support them,” Ms. Sato expressed.
The event, run by Ms. Sato, will be held in the auditorium on September 21 during the school day. To donate, you must be 16 with a signed parent consent form, or 17 and older to join freely. If you wish to join, contact Ms. Sato!