Often times, students are so focused on academics and maintaining good grades that they forget there is more to high school than just that. Extracurricular activities are the perfect way to broaden a student’s horizons and get him or her more involved in school. Furthermore, they are something that colleges are interested to see on a student’s resume.
Clubs that are committed to service and being active in the community are good options for students who are looking for service hours and want to give back. Student Council, National Honor Society (NHS), Club Diversity and countless others on the Red Mountain High School campus host events and do volunteer work regularly.
“I think it’s important to be involved with your school, so that you can enjoy school and have more opportunities to have fun and make friends,” Student Council member and senior Kora Kostiew said. “If you’re not involved, it’s harder to have a sense of pride in your school.”
Just as it is important to join clubs for personal enjoyment and fulfillment, it is also important to stick with a club for several years because it shows dedication. Being a part of clubs or organizations for more than one year also allows students to take on responsibility and a greater role through leadership, potentially as an officer of the club.
“I’ve been in Student Council for all four years of high school and that’s because I always loved being behind the scenes and knowing what’s happening on campus,” Kostiew said. “I also always loved the feeling of doing something great for the school whether it be a dance or assembly.
Participating in an extracurricular activity, when it is geared towards a specific interest, also has the added benefit of allowing students to explore different fields to better understand what they want to be as an adult. On the Red Mountain campus, there are organizations such as Biotech Club, Educators Rising, HOSA and Roar Magazine that exist to prepare students for different careers.
“Doing a service and being involved in a growing community has helped me grow as a person and create positive bonds with others,” NHS historian and senior Yvette Hernandez said.
For more information on clubs at Red Mountain, visit: http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/organizations/.
– Maymuna Elmi is a junior at Red Mountain High School in Mesa.