Students wanting to get involved in after school activities should consider joining a club. With over 30 different clubs at DHS, it’s hard not to find one to join.
The list of clubs at DHS is as follows: Alpine club, Book club, BPA (Business Professionals of America), Choir, Debate, DECA (Distributive Education Club of America), Drama, Drum line, Equestrian, FGL (Freaks, Geeks and Losers), French Club, German club, Habitat for Humanity, Model U.N., International Thespian Society, Key club, Mock trial club, NAHS (National Art Honor Society), NHS (National Honor Society), Poetry club, Pom Pon, Programming club, Robotics club, Spanish club, SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere), Student Senate, Student Union, The Update (the school newspaper), Yearbook and YIG (Youth in Government).
Most of these clubs are open to all, but there are a select few in which students must be invited to join, or they must try out for the club. For example, membership in the National Honor Society begins with top grades in the students classes. Sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a 3.4 grade point average are eligible to apply. These students are then notified by mail and must submit personal information and include a letter of recommendation. If these items are not received by the deadline, students are disqualified for membership.
But not all clubs are strictly academic. From fall to winter, Alpine Club, which consists of skiers and snowboarders of all levels, meets a couple of times a month to volunteer and plan for winter ski trips. Lessons are provided for more inexperienced skiers at a very low cost. The club gives back to the community by ringing bells to collect donations for Salvation Army, working at basketball concessions, hosting school dances and collecting toys for the Toys for Tots organization during the holiday season.
Students with an interest in engineering should try Robotics Club. This organization focuses on getting young people to enjoy and appreciate science and technology. It prepares students for engineering careers by letting them explore and learn skills needed in today’s competitive world.
“I really love Robotics because I’m interested in becoming an engineer,” junior Matthew Flanagan said. “I also like to design things on computers along with programming them too,”
Students can also join clubs that give back to the community, like Habitat for Humanity. The club raises money throughout the year by hosting school dances and having car washes. In the end, all the money raised goes to the building of one out of three houses in the summer months. The people in the club not only participate during the school year, but also do the majority of the work building a house during summer vacation.
Maybe students would also like to join clubs revolving around certain ethnic cultures. It isn’t necessary to be enrolled in a German course to be in German club, and same with Spanish and French. The purpose of the club is to involve students in the German language and culture and to make students aware of Germany’s role in a global society. Members of this club work at concession stands, create homecoming banners, participate in spirit week activities and listen to speakers. Leadership positions are available, including club President, Secretary, Treasurer and Student Union Representative.
“I love German club because you get to meet bunch of new people who just love hanging out, plus we do a lot of fun stuff on our own and on the weekend,” junior Christiana Wohlford said.