11/6/09 Feature 11
Clubs Appeal to Varied Student Interests Mirador gets the inside scoop on eight of the school’s many student-run clubs by Caroline Golden and Lauren Dahlberg-Seeth
Performers for Progress Club Presidents: Seniors Max Coleman and Arielle Swernoff Overview: Miramonte singers, dancers, and actors come together twice a year to put on a show for the Performers for Progress club. This bi-annual show consists of skits, songs, dances, and more, and the club donates the profits to a chosen charity. Although these performances take a lot of preparation, there are no club meetings other than the auditions and rehearsals. The club’s first show this year raised $5,000 dollars; enough for the Water Project to build three wells in Africa. The next show in April will raise donations for a new charity that club presidents Max Coleman and Arielle Swernoff will select later.
The Environmental Club
Presidents: Sophomores Allison Light, Julia Withers, and Michelle Lee Overview: The Environmental Club plans to create more sustainability at Miramonte, one recycling bin at a time. By educating students and promoting eco-friendly activities, the Environmental Club hopes to fix Miramonte’s flawed recycling system and help students “think green.” Throughout the year, the club plans on working in Miramonte’s garden, painting recycling bins, and participating in many more volunteer activities both on and off campus. The presidents Allison Light, Julia Withers, and Michelle Lee hold weekly meetings in Room 186.
Miramonte Tea Enthusiasts’ Association (T.E.A.) Photo: S. Hyde
Myra Orgain performs for an eager crowd.
Presidents: Juniors Eileen O’Neill, Marina Kawata, and Lindsey Pieper Overview: T.E.A. meets the last Thursday of every month to socialize, and of course, drink tea. Around 85 students signed up on club day, however far fewer persistently show up to meetings. The presidents Eileen O’Neill, Marina Kawata, and Lindsey Pieper, decided to create the club when they found an assortment of tea and tried mixing all the flavors.
The Dungeons and Dragons Club
President: Senior Wesley Townsend Overview: “Dungeons and Dragons is the grandpappy of modern video games,” said club founder Wesley Townsend. “It’s got more orphans than Annie and cyborgs with literal hearts of gold.” The club’s 12 members meet occasionally on weekends to go on adventures in a world they personally create.
Photo: C. Golden
Cheerleaders of the Bull Pen Club raise school spirit at the football game.
The Bull Pen Club
Presidents: Seniors Maddy Karol and Laura Weston Overview: The Bull Pen Club encourages school spirit, including the Sixth Man and 12th Man. The sixth man comes from the idea that the crowd has a part at sporting events beyond the five players of a basketball team. The cheering audience at basketball games constitutes a “sixth man” to the five players on court. The 12th man is represented by the crowd at football games, which have 11 players on the field at one time. Varsity cheerleaders Maddy Karol and Laura Weston started the Bull Pen Club to increase school spirit “We know the spirit is there, it just needs to be brought out,” said Karol. “[The Bull Pen Club] involves the entire student body.” The club will be selling Sixth Man and 12th Man t-shirts for $10 during lunch in the near future.
The Miramonte Bowling Club
President: Sophomore Hillary Good Overview: Athletic or not, everyone is welcome at the Bowling Club. From bocce ball to human bowling, the club introduces several varieties of bowling for members to participate in during school hours and on their own time. Members will also receive “retro” club jerseys and eventually start taking club outings to bowling alleys in Dublin and San Francisco. Good holds meetings every other Thursday in Room 262, where members can bowl, plan trips to alleys, and socialize.
The Key Club
Presidents: Seniors Lauren Date-Chong and Kelli Lin Overview: “Key Club is an international community service program,” said DateChong. “We have a Major Emphasis Program that is currently to help kids.” Key Club holds various events to raise money for organizations such as Pediatric Trauma Prevention. Major events include the District Convention (DCON), a three-day convention for members from our California-Nevada-Hawaii region, and the International Convention (ICON). Both conventions hold similar activities, such as an election for the Executive Board, a ceremony honoring club achievement, and a dance.
Photo: W. Townsend
The Dungeons and Dragons club use their imaginations to play the game.
Presidents: Juniors Robby Tong and Alec Steele Overview: Previously known as DIY, Make is a club where members turn useless junk into cool gadgets. Every month, co-founder Robby Tong assembles kits of materials that can be transformed into new items, and are available to members for $17. Tong’s first kit of the year included an Altoids tin, an old phone charger, and instructions explaining how the parts could be used to create a portable iPod charger. Junior Alec Steele holds meetings the first Wednesday of every month in Room 123.