By Tanisha Gupta
East has close to a hundred engaging clubs for students to partake in, ranging from language clubs to technical clubs. With these eclectic choices, it is often difficult to find clubs that are best suited for you. The list below provides information about a variety of underrated and interesting clubs at East.
Exploring a variety of science disciplines, Farmer Foodshare is a volunteer-based club affiliated with the Farmer Foodshare nonprofit organization which aims to alleviate hunger across local communities in North Carolina. The organization provides food to the less fortunate, while providing much-needed income to farmers in the area and boosting the community’s economic development. The group uses donation stations to collect contributions from shoppers at farmers’ markets, uses the proceeds to purchase fresh, organic food, and supplies the food to shelters for making meals. Members of this club earn service learning hours for their time and effort at farmers’ market donation stations. In addition, they gain valuable exposure to the world of struggling farmers, as well as exposure to various homeless shelters around the area. Those interested in environmental sciences, agricultural sciences or food sciences should check out this club and organization.
Red Cross Medical Club
This club aims to inform members about the process of preparing for college and a career in the medical field. During meetings, the club discusses various medical specialties, talks about current medical issues, watches medical videos, listens to guest speakers and more. They also discuss various volunteer and internship opportunities available in the Triangle with Duke and UNC Hospitals. Additionally, members learn about the Red Cross and have the opportunity to help with the multiple ECHHS Red Cross Blood Drives over the course of the school year. In the past, the club has volunteered with the Cornucopia Cancer Center’s Chocolate Affaire, UNC Get Heeled 5k and the UNC Hospital Dance Marathon. Those interested in biology, chemistry or medicine should consider joining this club.
Language Clubs (French, Spanish, German, Latin)
East’s language department offers a variety of foreign languages for students to learn. Each language class also has a student club associated with it. Currently, East has French Club, Spanish Club, German Club and Latin Club. These clubs allow for immersion in the respective countries’ culture and languages. Each club plans its own exciting events such as potlucks, movie nights and sports scrimmages. It is important to note that you do not have to necessarily take a foreign language in order to participate in these clubs; however, it helps if you do. These clubs are beneficial to those who wish to ameliorate their foreign language knowledge.
Everyone is aware of the Student Government Association (SGA) at East, but many don’t know about the active Class Councils. This club is involved in school events and aims to the address the social needs of the student body. Each grade has its own Class Council which is in charge of one major project per academic year. The Freshman Class Council provides volunteers for events hosted by other grade levels. The Sophomore Class Council plans Powderpuff, a riveting game of female football across the grade levels. Junior Class Council undoubtedly has the toughest task of them all: planning Prom. They must go through the painstaking, yet exciting job of fundraising in order to raise adequate capital for the highly anticipated dance event. In the past, Junior Class Council has organized a tri-school Battle of the Bands as their major fundraiser. Finally, the Senior Class Council plans the Senior Class Gift to leave an impact on the school before heading off to pursue their aspirations in college or the work force. This club is perfect for those interested in interacting with the study body and planning school events.
A newly founded club at East, Mock Trial focuses on preparing fictional court cases which they argue at competitions throughout the academic year. Across the state, Mock Trial clubs prepare for regional competitions. They prepare a plaintiff and defense for the case appointed to them by the state association. This year was the ECHHS Mock Trial club’s first year, and the team won their regional competition in Durham. They proceeded to final round at the State Championship, and emerged as the first runner-up. This club is useful for those who would like to pursue a career in law or are interested in debate.