New clubs, old clubs draw students on sign-up day

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Students sign up for Rachel's Challenge to commit to creating a "chain reaction of kindness" as part of the Friends of Rachel Club at Club Sign-Up Day, August 30, 2012.

Maya Nitta

By Maya Nitta, Features editor

Students lined up to join the different clubs that Kamehameha Schools have to offer during club sign-ups yesterday at lunch. Some of the clubs were The FOR Club, National Art Society and Club, Spanish Club, Teens Under Construction, and  Drama Club.

Most of the student body signed up for The Friends of Rachel Club or FOR Club. The FOR club’s purpose is to “create a chain reaction of kindness and compassion in schools around the world,” according to Mr. Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Scott, the first victim in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.

“I’m looking forward to helping others and trying to start a good chain reaction in this school and even in the community,” senior Aaron Watson said.

Mr. Scott introduced students to the FOR Club and Rachel’s challenge in an assembly at the beginning of the year.

Sophomore Mia Czerwinski said that she signed up for the club because, “I want to learn how to deal with situations in a positive way and being more considerate and showing more sympathy.”

Ms. Abe and Ms. Guntzel introduced the National Art Society and Club. They said that their primary goal is “to elevate the arts through community service.” Members of the club must have a have a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in art classes, and maintain at least a B grade in those classes.

“I am really looking forward to being part of the projects that contribute to the community and having that accomplished feeling,” senior Ashley Watson said.

Although there ares some new clubs, the older clubs are also back and just as exciting.

Back for another year is Health Occupations Students of America. Their many accomplishments in the last year, including state champions and a biomedical debate team that placed fifth in the nation this summer, has had old students returning and new students showing their interest.

“I was interested in finding something new, and it seemed really fun,” junior Elijah Won said.

Senior Kelcey Lorenzo is returning for her third year and is hoping to repeat at the state level competition by winning first place again in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness category.

The Interact club is back for another year and ready to tackle another year of service. Senior Kaleihoku Kubota said, “I really want to get involved in the community and help others. I love that this is a club dedicated to service and giving back to the community.”

Drama Club is back for another year and as dramatic as ever. The club’s goals for the year are to promote interest in the theater, and their activities will be focused on the fall and spring stage productions.

“The Drama Club president, Carolyn [Krueger], encouraged my to sign up. It seems fun, and I’m looking forward to helping out with school plays and meeting new people,” sophomore Jackie Gorman said.