Andover High’s club fair showcased about 50 student organizations last week.

The club fair allows students to discover the different clubs that Andover High School offers that might pique their interest. Each year, the clubs are displayed in the cafeteria courtyard, during all four lunches. This year, clubs such as the Astronomy Club, Art Club, International Club, and even the Doctor Who Club were lined up at their stands ready to convey information about their activities.

Students check out extracurricular opportunities at the club fair. (Staff photo)
Students check out extracurricular opportunities at the club fair. (Staff photo)

Students, especially the freshmen who were interviewed, were excited for the club fair because they could find new ways to be part of the school.

“I liked the club fair,” said Dawna Badie, a freshman. “It was a really nice atmosphere. The people were really friendly and nice, and I signed up for a lot of clubs, more than I could probably handle.”

Not only freshmen, but students of upper grades have benefited from the club fair too. Jack Schleifer, a sophomore who  experienced the club fair last year, said, “I wasn’t really thinking about joining a club until the club fair kind of caught my interest.”

Ms. Jordan, assistant principal and club organizer, favors the event. “I think it’s the best way for either new clubs or old clubs to say, ‘Hey, come and get to know us, come to a club meeting, find out what we’re all about,’” she said.

About 50 clubs were on hand to recruit new members. (Staff photo)
About 50 clubs were on hand to recruit new members. (Staff photo)

Approximately 50 clubs participated in the club fair. Students were given the opportunity to explore and view all the different clubs offered at AHS. They could sign up and receive more information about their desired clubs.

Andover High School offers a great range of clubs to fit every student’s interests. The list varies from academics to community service.

“I think high school is more than just academic classrooms,” said Mr. Waters, English teacher. “I think high school gives kids the opportunity to do sports, drama, and join different groups and different leadership positions.”

Lots of students have had positive experiences with clubs in the past. Shalin Shetty, a senior, said, “You can make some new connections and some new friends, so it’s definitely a good experience.”

In addition to the existing clubs, new clubs are still beginning to form here at the high school. Students who want to start their own club should find a teacher sponsor and contact Ms. Jordan to make it official.

Reported by members of the Newspaper Production class