Benefits of joining clubs include ‘connecting with one another,’ students say

Some earn community service as well.


Photo by Skylar Temple

Chloe Meinhardt works on a piece during art club.

There are many options of clubs at Rogers High School. For some, choosing can be hard. But for others, they might not be interested at all. Clubs can bring friends together and it’s a way to meet new people and create fun memories.

Exploring the club realm can be daunting. Many students might not think clubs are worth their time. Club members disagree highly.

“Joining clubs helps people to connect with one another and find similar interests to expand their social circle,” said Quinn Oberg, vice president of chess club. “Anyone can join our club; we are always open to newcomers.”

Experiencing coming together and finding something you love can really benefit you in the long run and make lifetime friends.

If you are looking for some enjoyment, the art club just might be an option for you.

Student artist Aubrey Roberts said, “I’m able to socialize or even have alone time to work on anything artistic and expressing myself with people who enjoy similar things.”

Having a creative break can even help with mental health or even just do something you love while choosing to be social or not.

“Some clubs aren’t just about making fun memories and friends,” said Maddy Armenta, member of Rambassadors, “Rambassadors get you opportunities to support your school in after school activities and will last you long past high school while having fun and collecting volunteer hours.”

Depending on the club you choose, it can grant you many opportunities in the future to come while having fun. It just might be the best decision you made in your high school career.

Here are some of the available clubs and location:

  • ASL
    • Meets: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month after school in Portable 11 and Portable 6
    • Advisers: Emily Pellegrini and Maureen Storm
    • Description: ASL Club is for those with at least some signing experience (ASL 1, past or present). We will meet quarterly to play ASL games and discuss matters for those interested in ASL Honor Society.  Community service hours are available for students in this club. Members who participate in ASL Honor Society will participate in a pinning ceremony and can receive awards. Other members can come practice ASL and play more ASL games! 
  • Art
    • Meets: Thursdays after school until 5 p.m. in room 173 (art building)
    • Adviser: PJ Gorski
    • Description: Art Club is an open Studio allowing students to work on artwork and use different materials while getting to be with like minded, creative people.  We have had some collaboration projects (such as the Sports Medicine room mural), and are always looking for more opportunities. Snacks are provided, but the company is better.
  • Black Student Union
    • Meets: Every other Wednesday after school in Portable 15
    • Adviser: Willie London
    • Description: The Black Student Union is to enhance your school experience as well as impact the cultural environment for the entire community herre at Rogers High School, by promoting ethnic and multicultural awareness and diversity.
  • Chess
    • Meets: Tuesdays after school in room C-160
    • Adviser: Andrew Schwebke
  • Creative Writing
    • Meets: Fridays after school in room A-107 (Note: There is no activity bus on Fridays)
    • Adviser: Anastasia Church
    • Description: Creative Writing is open to all who want to work on their writing and have some fun doing so. Have a writing idea and need some help developing your plot? Need some ideas on what to write about? Need a group to critic your work? Need time to just with other writers? This is the club for you!
  • Debate/Model UN
    • Meets: Every other Thursday after school in room C-202
    • Adviser: Matt Witek
    • Description: Learn about various nations around the world and their policies and learn how to debate resolutions to solve global issues & participate in Model UN Sessions.
  • DECA
    • Meets: Tuesday through Thursday after school in room C-138
    • Adviser: Paul Stoltenberg
    • Description: DECA is a student leadership organization for students interested in Business, Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship Careers. DECA has a competition program where students compete for money, scholarships and travel opportunities in more than 50 separate competitive events.  Some of the competitions include SBE management, Written Business Plans, Market Research Projects, Integrated Marketing Campaigns and MANY MORE!
  • Environmental
    • Meets: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month after school in Portable 11
    • Adviser: Emily Pellegrini
    • Description: Environmental Club researches and discusses environmental issues and practical steps each person can take to lessen their footprint and make positive environmental impacts. Monthly volunteer opportunities are available for habitat restoration of local areas.
    • Meets: 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month before school in room A-106
    • Adviser: Kelly Schakel
    • Description: FCCLA exists to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. We are the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.
  • HOSA
    • Meets: Every other Monday after school in Portable 15
    • Adviser: Willie London
    • Description: HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America
  • Key Club
    • Meets: Every other Wednesday during lunch in the library
    • Adviser: Alison Larson
    • Description: Key Club members are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. We volunteer in the community to support our mission.
  • Pacific Islander
    • Meets: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month after school in room A-102
    • Advisers: Kelly Kim and Javan Chow
    • Description: The Pacific Islander Club is an opportunity for the Rogers High School community to learn about Pacific Islander culture. The PI Club’s goal is to promote diversity and encourage members to become global citizens who embrace togetherness. This club is open to ALL students who are interested in learning more about Pacific Islander culture while engaging in new experiences and friendships.
  • Ping Pong Club
    • Meets: 1st/2nd/3rd Mondays and 4th Tuesday after school in the Commons
    • Adviser: Tanya Marcoe
    • Description: Open for student (or staff) who wants to play for fun or competitively! Bring your friends or come meet some new fellow Rams!!
  • Rambassadors
    • Meets: First Monday of the month after school in room C-155
    • Adviser: Kris Cosme
    • Not a drop-in club. Must apply in September.
    • Description: Rambassadors is a service leadership club at Rogers.  Members earn community service hours by volunteering at events both on and off campus to help make them run smoothly (meet and greet guests, give student tours, usher at concerts and plays, and more).  Students have fun meeting new people and gain awareness of the opportunities available to students at Rogers.
  • Yarn workers
    • Meets: Tuesdays after school in room C-161
    • Adviser: Kasey Hebert
    • Description: Yarnworkers Club provides a creative environment for people who knit and crochet to share ideas and their talents with one another. Any experience level is welcome! Members work on projects to improve their abilities, share their expertise with others, and earn community service hours by crafting items for donation.