BBQ Enthusiasts Club, Anime Club, Kazoo Club. These organizations bring students together to celebrate shared interests during lunchtime, after school and even during the weekend.
One thing all of these clubs have in common is that they were created by students. There are over 90 activities and clubs offered to the student body for the 2018-19 school year, according to the RHS school website. Any student should be able to start a club because it gives students a social outlet around a common interest and provides essential leadership and management skills.
In order to get the club approved, students must fill out a club proposal form from the main office with the club sponsor’s signature. Assistant principal Monica Abuliak then evaluates club proposals and speaks with the club sponsor, and if approved by her, she will direct the proposal to principal Billie-Jean Bensen for final review.
Many things such as delegation, time management and teamwork can extend through both club management and for when students enter the workforce later in life. High school is the perfect opportunity to begin learning these skills for a smooth transition into a real working environment.
While many students rave about the benefits they acquire through club experiences, there is also data to back them up.
“It is evident that students who are involved in clubs and organizations during their college experience are also those who demonstrate higher levels of development in many areas,” according to a 2006 study by SUNY at Albany in New York.
As well as teaching necessary management skills, creating a club around a passion can provide a social network for students with a common interest.
“Results indicate that when two adolescents participated in the same activity they were 2.3 times more likely on average to be friends than adolescents who were not activity co-participants,” according to a 2011 study by Arizona State University.
While some clubs do die off as seniors go to college, as some students create them solely to improve their college application, many student-started clubs are still standing today and are thriving with high attendance, such as BBQ Enthusiast Club, started by Julien Taupenot (18’), now run by junior Lukas Kehus.
Clubs are very important to students’ development in social skills and in leadership. If the opportunity for any student to make a club based around something they enjoy is revoked, the opportunity to make friends with a common interest and manage an organization would be also taken away. Clubs are vital to teenage development and students should take advantage of the opportunity to create and lead their own clubs.