Club Updates: October

Muse Staff

Band of the Week Club

By Tiffany Abreu, Cover story editor

The Band of the Week club continued its mission of music appreciation this week with a look at AC/DC, and Dance Gavin Dance. The club co-presidents gave power point presentations of each band, accompanied by videos of their most popular songs and gave time to discuss the aspects of the band.

“AC/DC’s name refers to AC/DC electrical current,” club president and theatre sophomore Ariel Sanchez shared.
The Band of the Week meets every other Tuesday in Mr. Adams room in Building 2.

National Science Honors Society

By Rowan Bennetti, Photo editor

With the first quarter coming to an end, National Science Honor Society awaits the exciting events that this year holds. NSHS members prepare for SECME and Science Olympia, two of the prestigious competitions that will be attended by exciting and new members.

“So far it has been nice to meet new students that bring new interests,” science dean and club sponsor Stephen Anand said. “We’ve had some trouble with the scheduling, though.”

With cluttered schedules and the weight of schoolwork a constant threat, Thursday lunch gatherings remain slightly threatened. However, despite minor setbacks, NSHS celebrates the excitement of completion preparation and election of their executive officials.

Visual Arts Guild

By Michelle Birch, Arts editor

The Visual Arts Guild met three times this year. So far they have been critiquing student work and creating t-shirt designs for the club.

“So far, we are alternating between doing art critiques and presentations. For example, we did art critiques of people today and next week we are going to share our t-shirt designs and Annie Fong is going to present her music she writes for animations,” co-President Catherine Chen said.

Students also have been doing work in preparation for their art portfolios but since the club is just starting to get on its feet for the year, they have not gotten into the “thick of it” as for what they will be doing.

On Monday Oct. 6 students went through and voted on t-shirt designs for the club, which were projected onto the screen for students to see and comment on what they did or did not like about the particular design(s).

ARTS Club

By Felipe Bomeny, Op/Ed editor

ARTS Camp may have already passed, but ARTS Club is keeping busy with expanded volunteering initiatives. ARTS Club, which is spearheaded by Social Studies teacher Lea Jefferson, has announced its volunteering campaign for the 2014-2015 school year, which will include events at a soup kitchen and a local daycare center.

“The biggest even we are currently preparing for is our Title I holiday party for migrant workers’ children, which we hold in the media center every year,” said strings senior and ARTS Club co-President Cameron Healy.

With ARTS Club mixing up new events with popular, traditional ones such as the holiday party, the club looks set to help the local community before culminating in the always-popular ARTS Camp.

Multicultural Club

By Bari Bossis, Head copy editor

The “Multicultural Club” celebrates diversity, teaches tolerance and fosters an appreciation for all cultures, functioning as a service club as well. The club also works to put on the annual Multicultural Show.
“The ‘Multicultural Club’ has been in existence for many years here and we try to get involved in more than just our show,” club sponsor and english teacher Theresa Kanu said. “We are also involved in service projects and we want to start this year off by highlighting various cultures on campus.”

Officer positions were announced Tuesday, Oct. 14, where the club made decisions on their service projects and goals for the year.

Hairy Details

By Rebecca Bullock, Entertainment staffer

I attended one of the meetings of the club Hairy Details last Friday. The sponsor is Mr. Barfield. The club focuses on improvising short skits and preparing for the future. Currently, the club meets every Friday to practice and to rehearse for their lunch shows, which are also on Fridays.

The club performs acts that are not made up prior and are created by a single term or a word. The club is trying to get out into the public more, which is their primary goal. Currently the club is trying to schedule performances after school for the student body to come and see them.

Marine Conservative Club

By Starr Courakos, Features staffer

From beach cleanups to saving sea turtles, the Marine Conservative Club is doing the most in improving the marine environment. Sponsored by math teacher Lisa Beckel, the club is excited for what they have planned for the year and their increase in students signing up.

This year, the club is hoping to work with local sea turtle protection organizations to prevent these turtles from losing their habitat to tourists and trash.

“We’ve been doing a lot of beach clean ups,” visual senior and club president Samantha Santana said. “It’s important to keep our beaches clean not only for us, but other animals too.”

Additionally, the club is hoping to raise money for their trips by organizing a beach – themed dunk tank. Students will be able to dunk teachers to raise money for sea turtle protection. Santana added that this will be executed sometime next semester so that they have adequate time to prepare for it.

Keep an eye on this club as they continue to protect and clean our environment throughout the year.

Dreyfoos Humane

By Riley Freese, Copy Editor

As one of the largest animal protection protection organizations, The Humane Society works to reform industries, better laws, investigate cruelty cases and bring awareness. After a one year break, Dreyfoos Humane Society is back and ready to connect students with animals in the community. Dance juniors Sierra Cooper and Amanda Mish are co-presidents of the club.

“The main goal for this club is to help spread awareness of the homeless animals and to also give other kids the experience of what it is like to handle animals that have been abandoned or abused,” Mish said.

Cooper and Mish are determined to bring attention to this worthy cause. The two have already planned events for the club to participate in throughout the year. These ideas all entertain the idea of helping animals in the community and range from volunteering at shelters to participating in adoption events.

“As a club we’re also trying to educate students about the inhumane treatment of animals around the world, especially in zoos,” Cooper said.

Math Honors Society Update

By Amanda Goodman, Graphics Editor

This year, Math Honors Society is kicking up their game, by pursuing new programs and becoming more interactive than they have in past years.

Their first meeting was Aug. 28, and MET again on Friday, Oct. 10, to discuss an upcoming competition, American Mathematics Competition, in February. However, inductions are being completed now. In order to be inducted, you must have attained an A in an AP math class, or have been selected by an officer to join.

This year, along with usual tutoring, the Mathematics Outreach Program has been founded by the Community Outreach officer, band junior Charles Comiter. This will allow MHS members to help teach math to the less fortunate children in different care centers.
Most years, members participate in mathematic competition to test their knowledge. They are planned in advance, and tests are taken either at the school or off campus, then scored.

In addition to tutoring, competitions, and MOS, MHS likes to have events that are open to the public, in order to raise money for their programs, and reach out to the public. This year they are brainstorming ideas such as concerts, bake sales, and a “pi day,” where they would sell pie around campus. They are considering offering math lectures, but the details are still being worked out.

Band senior Kimberly Le, Co-Vice President of MHS, expresses how much she wants involvement from anyone who is interested.

“MHS is much more organized this year, and will be more involved and active,” said Le. “I stress that everyone interested in participating in MHS events should join, regardless of their math levels.”

The Students for Educational Equality Club

By Gernise Gregoire

The Students for Educational Equality Club at A.W Dreyfoos School of Arts was created this year, to promote the awareness of helping low-income schools around our community. Currently, the club is searching for Officers and has yet to find a Vice President, Historian, and Secretary for everything they plan on putting together.

President Macie Ramirez and Sponsor guidance counselor Mark Carson, are working using ideas that were mentioned at their first meeting on October 1st, 2014 in Mr. Deluz’ room. For the students who showed up, they were certainly interested and came up with ideas like car washes, bake sales, and 2 events similar to the Tribal Wars, hosted by A Prom to Remember Club.

Both of the volunteers for the events will receive hours and one can also receive hours preparing for them. They would need volunteers to create flyers and posters for the planned events and dedicating time in the actual events.

Although many events are not official yet, and still need approval from the book keeper Ms. Bullock and Assistant Principal Mr. Miller, the club will strive to collaborate with other clubs and utilize creativity with talents to put on fundraising events. They describe themselves as a low-commitment club before they create each event. So far they haven’t done anything, and plan to do so.

Spoonies

By Ximena Hasbach, Assistant managing editor

The Spoonies club is a student-run organization focusing on the lives of students with chronic illnesses. The club hopes to help Dreyfoos students living with these diseases by giving them an open and supportive environment in which to food and normal conversations with friends, as well as to share tips on how to make life with an illness easier.

The club is also aimed at helping healthy Dreyfoos students understand what their sick friends are going through. The club gets its name from the Spoon Theory, which is a way of using symbols to explain the different privileges that healthy people enjoy and which get taken away with a diagnosis.

The club meets once a month in the Media Center, with the exact dates to be said on the announcements. For more information, visit www.butyoudontlooksick.com.

Hispanic Heritage Club

By Taylor Hendrickson, Editor in chief

Latino students of Dreyfoos have grouped together again for the 2014-2015 school year to reach out to the Latinos in our community as members of the Hispanic Heritage club. Known mostly for their celebratory activities during Hispanic Heritage Month, epitomized by the larger-than-life size Dora that hung in the cafeteria last year, the club is working on extending their involvement to the Hispanic world. Besides their fiestas, they will be spreading their cultural pride through food sales and dance lessons, and volunteering with children at New Pines Childhood Development Center.

Theatre senior Diana Shilling is President and english teacher Nieves Lopez is the advisor. Meetings are held after school on Tuesdays in Ms. Lopez’ classroom. Other officers include vice president Karen Polanco, theatre senior Elisabeth Christie as secretary, Julia Stern as treasurer, digital media senior Gabriela Barbieri as historian, visual senior Ari Gonzalez as social media coordinator, communications sophomore Isaac Ochoa and communications senior Maria Grosso as community outreach coordinators.

Environmental Club

Carsen Jessell, Layout staffer

The environmental club, sponsored by visual teacher Chelsea Odum, has about 15 members in the club. Their aim is to promote environmental awareness by hosting events such as beach cleanups or general awareness to the problem.

The club has had one meeting so far this year, but has plans to continue meeting to discuss events and other things pertaining to the club.

The Make-A-Wish Club

By Morgaan Jessell, Assistant layout editor

In Cinderella, she gets a wish granted by a magical fairy godmother that with a wave of a wand and a simple “Bippity-Boppity-Boo” is able to transform her from a dirty maid to a beautiful princess. Dreyfoos has its very own band of fairy godmothers, but they are granting wishes to extraordinary kids battling terminal illnesses.

Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes according to the foundation’s website. It all started in 1980 with a 7-year-old boy named Chris who was battling leukemia. All Chris wanted to do was be a police officer and catch “bad guys”. Thanks to the work of his community, Chris was able to spend one of last days riding along with his heroes and in his very own uniform.

From there the concept was born. Today Make-A-Wish works with millions of people to give kids battling life threatening illnesses. The Dreyfoos chapter holds various fundraisers all year to raise money to help make those wishes possible.

“One of our fundraisers is an outdoor movie on the soccer field,” Communications senior and chapter Co-President Madeleine Fitzgerald said.

The ‘Movie Under the Stars’ as its been dubbed is a fun opportunity for students to get involved. The event will be taking place later this year.

Health Occupations Students of America

By Tom Kapitulnik

HOSA, or Health Occupations Students of America, is a national organization that believes in teaching leadership and technical HOSA skills

“It started two years ago so this is the third year there is a chapter at Dreyfoos,” said communications senior Taylor Hendrickson, president of HOSA. The club has now begun fundraising to raise money for its main event of the year- Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

“It is an overnight walk where someone from the team is always walking,” Hendrickson said. “It represents the battle with cancer as being never ending. We walk in April or May and fundraise throughout the year.”

In addition to the walk, the Dreyfoos chapter of HOSA participates in different competitions with other chapters around Palm Beach County.

“We most compete in the art categories,” Hendrickson said. “We have previously won in the PSA and art poster categories.”

The Dreyfoos chapter of HOSA is very unique. HOSA is a very prominent club in other schools, making Dreyfoos stand out in events with other chapters.

We take a non-traditional approach- we mostly do art events. We do what we believe is important rather than do a lot of events that aren’t successful.”

Genshiken Club

By Karai Mclean

The Genshiken club’s name originated from ‘Genshiken,’ the manga series by Shimoku Kio. The series is about a college club for otaku (extreme fans of various media) and the lifestyle its members pursue. Visual senior Moira Kopacz-ried, theatre junior Maxwell Williams and communications junior Tiffany Abreu are all co-presidents of the club.

“Genshiken was originally from an old anime,” Kopacz-ried said. “The word means ‘a society for the study of modern visual culture.’”

The club is not only for anime lovers, but for students who enjoy the visual art as a whole.

“We not only do animations,” Kopacz-ried said. “We like to bring in other things like American cartoons to bring together entertainment from all areas.”

The club meets every Friday in Mr. Durocher’s room on the second floor of building one. It’s a great place to get together with people who have a love for visual arts or to just hang out.

“Usually we watch [anime] films,” Kopacz-ried said. “We sometimes have picnics or we play games. During holidays we’ll bring in food and just hang out.”

Playwriting Club

By Chloe Krammel

The Playwriting club, sponsored by theatre teacher Michelle Petrucci , is open to all majors and helps Dreyfoos’ students expand their skills and adds a different component to the theatre department to get the students to use their writing artistically. The participants of the club can use the dramatic structure of writing they learn in their academic classes and apply it to theatre. The Playwriting club is separate from the theatre department but it allows theatre students (along with all other majors) to enhance their playwriting skills by working on writing prompts and exercises.

There have been no meetings yet but the president of the club, theatre senior Max Reiter, plans on switching up the club a little this year to focus on more writing prompts to strengthen the writing skills of many club members. During future lunch meetings, there are plans for each member to get their own writing prompt to work on during that lunch period. In the last 20 minutes of the meeting they will discuss each other’s works and what they can learn from it.

Students Working Against Tobacco

By Remi Lederman

This is the first year that Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) has been a club at Dreyfoos. The club was started by communications sophomore Britania Cameron, who found out about the organization through her volunteer work with the Palm Beach Health Department. SWAT is a state-wide organization that encourages students to take a stand against smoking. The Dreyfoos chapter of the club plans to adopt a middle school class in a medicine magnet program to encourage students who are interested in becoming doctors to go into the field of cancer research or other fields that treat smoking-related illnesses. The club’s other events include cleaning cigarette butts from beaches and hospital/ nursing home visits. There are approximately 25 students involved in the club and they meet every other Monday.

National Honor society

By Erica Maltz

The National Honor Society has been up and running since day one of the school year and has been staying extremely active. As events are in the works, new members will be inducted on Nov. 3. The club will grow to about 100 members.

As the most popular honor society at Dreyfoos, it encompasses the student body’s most prestigious students whom are eager to create successful events. To date, NHS has already held their first blood drive with One Blood on October 3, 2014.

All news and events for NHS is now available on Edline under the “Students” tab. NHS will be loading all forms and important dates for members on the Edline chapter page.

Forgotten Soldiers Club

By Daniel Montoya

Forgotten Soldiers is a club that has our overseas soldiers in mind. The basic idea of the club is to gather supplies and send those supplies to troops stationed in overseas positions. The bulk of these troops are in Iraq or Afghanistan. Some families send care packages, but there are families that don’t have enough money to send packages.

Most of the items requested are traveling sized items and toiletries such as deodorant, toothpaste and foods like beef jerky and breakfast bars. And then there are some items that one wouldn’t think about sending to soldiers. Tampons, although a necessity for women, are used by medics to prevent wounded soldiers from bleeding out. Small games and candies are given to children and silly string is used to mark positions. These “We care” packages also include letters of encouragement “with the hope of inspiring and encouraging each recipient during their separation from loved ones and friends.”

Although the club wants people to donate foods, hygiene products and comfort items, the most sought after item is money. The cost to send a package almost 7000 miles to Iraq is high. Most of the money donated is used for shipping.

The Saltwater Aquarium Club

Bennett Morgan

The Saltwater Aquarium Club, founded by visual junior Zachary Amrose, recently held their first official meeting, but they have no fixed schedules at this time.

The club was founded this year by one saltwater aquarium enthusiast for all who share in his hobby to discuss their hobby and the many struggles, both financial and time consumption, in maintaining a salt water aquarium.

The club will offer members opportunities to give back to the community and the planet with beach clean ups. All who are interested in joining the club and have a salt water aquarium, or simply want to learn how to keep one, are welcome to join the club and participate.

Panda Club

By Brittany McKenzie

The Panda Club’s first meeting was on Oct.10, where they discussed their plans for the year. This year the club hopes to raise money to help protect pandas and their habitat. This year, the presidents plan on making either panda t-shirts or panda hats but nothing has been decided yet. They hope to start fundraising soon but were not sure when the fundraising would start.

Operation Smile

By Ricky Morris

A smile is often something we take for granted. It’s a natural reaction that takes place every time someone makes us laugh or chuckle. Unfortunately, not every kid is born with the ability to show off their pearly white teeth. Many kids across the world have facial deformities such as a cleft palate or lip that prevents them from feeling confident with their facial features.

Students at Dreyfoos are taking a stand to raise awareness and make a change in regards to this world issue. Operation Smile is a club at Dreyfoos that works to make a difference in many children’s lives.

“My friend and co-president [strings senior] Alexandra Barrett told me about the Operation Smile organization and we decided that it was something that should be brought to Dreyfoos to raise money for the cause,” co-president and strings senior Britney Mumford said. “We felt that it would be a great opportunity for students to get involved with community service activities while also informing others about Operation Smile and its purpose.”

As presidents of the club, Mumford and Barrett have a lot of responsibilities with managing their officers and coming up with new ideas for the club.

“As co-presidents, Alexandra Barrett and I are responsible for setting up fundraisers, attending regional Operation Smile meetings, collaborating with other clubs and organizations, as well as leading the meetings with other students.” Mumford said. “We also have to work with our sponsor and make sure that all the students who participate in fundraisers and donations receive the right number of community service hours.”

Their main goals this year for the club includes raising money for the cause, while getting Dreyfoos students more aware of the differences every student can make in a strangers life that could change them forever.

“We hope to raise money and awareness for the Operation Smile organization. We plan on having candy sales as well as collaborating with other clubs, organizations and establishments in order to raise both money and awareness for Operation Smile.” Mumford said.

Whether it’s fundraising or raising awareness for their club, Mumford and Barrett plan to bring smiles to little children’s faces across the world, as well as bring many smiles to Dreyfoos students when their hard work pays off.

Lupus Awareness Club

By Adam Nir

In its first three meetings, the Lupus Awareness Club has elected co-presidents, communications sophomore Brianna Steidle and strings sophomore Emily Winters and has started planning future events and ways to raise awareness about llupus. According to Lupus.org, lupus is a disease that prevents anti-bodies from protecting your body, leading to irritation and pain in the organs, skin or any living tissue.

While the club has yet to delve into specifics, it has a general idea of what it needs to do to spread awareness.

“The club is really interested in lupus bands, similar to Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong bands,” Steidle said. “A few members also suggested creating and giving away tie-dye t-shirts.”

The club also plans on holding a bake sale in the near future, but with lupus-friendly foods.

“There are certain foods that people with lupus can’t eat,” Steidle said. “The bake sale will be friendly for patients with auto-immune illnesses.”

The club also plans on doing charity runs in the future, but is now growing in members and awareness.

The Alliance

By Isaac Ochoa

The LGBTQ community faces harsh criticism and discrimination worldwide, yet most Dreyfoos students believe their school acts as a safe haven for these ostracized individuals. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Dreyfoos has an active LGBTQ community and a large population of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. However, communications senior Ebony Lewis faced the difficult realization of not finding an LGBTQ club at her school a couple years ago.

“A lot of schools have LGBTQ clubs, but Dreyfoos didn’t have one. At first the thought baffled me, but as I strived to create my own club I noticed that Dreyfoos’ accepting reputation wasn’t as real as people made it to be,” Lewis said.

Facing harsh realities, Lewis began her quest to create a club for Dreyfoos’ LGBTQ community, but the journey proved itself more difficult than she thought. She talked to several sponsors, only to be rejected because of false clubs they supposedly sponsored. Not only did finding supporting teachers become difficult, Lewis’ friends discouraged her from pursuing the club once she set out to create it. Her peers repeatedly told her that this club could not be done despite studying in a community that presumably accepted LGBTQs. The criticism appeared standard to Lewis for a high school unfocused on the LGBTQ community, but Dreyfoos maintained a large body of assorted sexual orientations. This seemingly irresolvable challenge deepened Lewis’ understanding of the community she faced. Therefore, she grew more determined to create a secure and tolerant environment for anyone, not only LGBTQs.

Lewis now co-manages the club with communications senior Nate Leonard and english teacher Martha Warwick. The Alliance hosts a diverse group of people with different sexual orientations. One can find heterosexuals, homosexuals, transsexuals and every point on the spectrum coexisting peacefully in their Wednesday meetings.

“Our club has made a definitely made a difference in the Dreyfoos community,” Leonard said. “I knew a few transgender individuals and people on the bisexual spectrum who did not feel safe at school, but thanks to the club their view of themselves has progressed and they can accept who they are in a safe and accepting community.”

Leonard and Lewis both agree that their biggest accomplishment is the creation of a safe, tolerant and obliging space for teens questioning their sexuality. In the overwhelmingly stressful teenage years, questioning one’s sexuality simply adds to the burden of doubts created when one tries to find a place in the world. Leonard and Lewis yearn to remove as much weight from teens’ backs as possible.

ALS Awareness Club

Riley O’Connor

With the start of a fresh year, the ALS Awareness club begins plans to fulfill the goal of raising awareness and money for the cure of the neurodegenerative disease. Although this summer’s popular trend to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge certainly informed many of the disease, there is still work to be done. The annual walk for ALS awareness has no set date in place, but planning for the event is in progress. For the first few meetings, club presidents hope to brainstorm and incorporate new and fun ideas for fundraising from this year’s new and returning members.

Dreyfoos Figure Drawing Club

By Alexis Pinchuk

The Dreyfoos Figure Drawing Club welcomes students of any grade
or major to “come and draw from a live model [that is] clothed” and exercise their artistic work. This club is focusing on many key aspects that are represented in the visual arts.
Visual teacher and sponsor of the Dreyfoos Figure Drawing Club, visual dean Jennifer Gifford, says “[They have begun with] timed gesture drawing, [its] timed quickly. [The timed drawing only takes] one minute, [there are] an hour of these, they [models] sometimes make extended poses.” Ms. Gifford said.

Animation and 3D Modeling Club

By Bri Posner

The Animation club is back with a bang. This year they have joined forces with 3D Modeling club to create a super club. Located in the Mac lab of the visual building, room 9-212, the club is open to any student who has an interest in animation or design. The club’s goal is to educate students in the art of design and teach them how to work with different programs.
One of three co-presidents of the club, communications sophomore Daniel Montoya, is aiming to acquire a brand new 3D printer for the students. Digital media teacher Melissa Glosmanova advises the club and opens her classroom to students twice a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in order for them to have time to work on projects. The Animation and 3D Modeling club is expanding their size and encourages all students to stop by and check it out.

The St. Baldrick Foundation

By Uma Raja

The St. Baldrick foundation kicked off their first meeting on Monday. Co-presidents visual junior Jessica Kian and visual sophomore Dalton Taylor led the meeting with co-vice-presidents visual junior Zayra Campos and communications junior Nyna Van Eps. The meeting addressed what this new club hoped to achieve this year.

“The St. Baldrick’s foundation is a [national organization] that puts on big events for children with cancer,” club sponsor and math teacher Rachelle Rubin said. “In the events people are invited to come and licensed professionals shave heads. It’s a great event for everyone to participate and shave their head for a great cause.”

The club is centered around an event that will occur between January and spring break. The club is organized a pre-approved event where students and staff shave their head to provide awareness for childhood cancer. There will be performances, guest speakers and barbers. It will take place in the gym on a half day. The goal of the club is to raise over $5000.
The meeting itself was very organized. It started with an inspirational video about brave children finding joy despite their cancer. The leaders of the club discussed what the head shaving event entails and how to apply for officer positions. The future of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation seems bright.

Have a Heart Foundation

By Juan A. Ramirez

Have a Heart Foundation, one of Dreyfoos’ newest clubs, aims to raise awareness to what one of its officers considers is an overlooked issue: the safe treatment and adoption of stray dogs. The club’s presidents, dance seniors Emily Schwartz and Ashleigh Carr, work closely with the Have a Heart Dog Rescue and Adoption Center in Wellington to raise funds and bring volunteers to their facility in order to provide their special guests the home they deserve.

The club, sponsored by dance teacher Jan Hanniford, plans to have several candy and bake sales throughout the year and hopes to sponsor a Carnival-style event at a nearby park where people are encouraged to come check out the selection of dogs that are up for adoption.

Described by Ms. Hanniford as a “great service” to the Dreyfoos community, the Have a Heart Foundation club meets on the first Thursday of every month.

Political Society

By Mary Rasura

Political Society had its first meeting of the year on Oct. 8 in social studies teacher Thomas Ruth’s room. During the meeting, club members introduced themselves by their name and political leaning. Students at the meeting varied from center, left and right affiliations. Club members leaning to the right sat on one side of the room while left leaning members sat on the other. This was not planned but made for a true Congress.

Visual/Digital Services Guild

By Erik Ridd

The Visual/Digital Services Guild is a new club that is being organized by visual seniors Kirsten Kelly and Serena August. The club is designed to help provide information to digital media and visual majors. The club will be holding art workshops, releasing mini-magazines known as ‘zines’, and providing information about colleges and art service hour opportunities within the art area.

“I got behind them [Kelly and August] starting the club as a way to consolidate helpfulness for the department and to create awareness of opportunities to get service hours and help out around the department,” said club sponsor and visual teacher Jade Henderson.

The club will be open to all students. For more information, contact Serena August or Kirsten Kelly.

SECME

By Samantha Rose

SECME has started brainstorming ideas to work on in preparation for the Olympiad in March. It is still accepting any students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts who want to get involved in hands-on projects, such as bridge building and the construction of mousetrap cars. The theme of the 2015 Olympiad is “STEM ideas today. STEM reality tomorrow.”

Visual freshman Alexis Smith has begun planning her idea for a banner that she hopes to enter in the Olympiad to represent Dreyfoos’ SECME team. In her banner, she plans to draw a person looking at a typical, polluted city, with a reflection of the city in a puddle at his or her feet that shows the same city, but with progressive elements such as solar panels that demonstrate the implementation of STEM initiatives. Her idea came from her belief of people’s tendency tend to ignore the environmental problems society faces.

“I was thinking about reality, how it actually is and how people cover up the idea of how the world actually is,” Smith said.

Students interested in joining SECME can contact science teachers and SECME co-sponsors Sherry Little and Elyce Hill.

A Prom to Remember

By Kayleigh Rubin

A Prom to Remember: Operation Dreyfoos is a club dedicated to providing a prom for kids with cancer. Through various fundraisers and events, APTR raises the funds to host a night to remember for adolescents between the ages of 12-19 suffering from both terminal and nonterminal cancer.

APTR will be hosting their first fundraiser Greek week on Nov. 4-5. Their first annual Mr. Dreyfoos pageant is coming in February and an event inspired by the hit television show “Orange is the New Black” is scheduled for April. Singing telegrams will also be for sale this Valentine’s Day.

Photography Club

By Mackenzie White

The photography club has been a reoccurring idea for many years, but no club has been able to consistently stay afloat throughout a full year or even longer. The goal of communication sophomores and co-presidents Julia Horneck and Chloe Krammel is to have a strong, consistent club where members from all different majors and grades can come together and learn about the art of photography. This year, they plan on having club meetings during lunch, as well as outings together as a club so all of the members can practice and work together on their art.
The club has only had one meeting so far, but they have already planned on having an event outside of school. This Friday, Oct. 10, the club plans to meet at CityPlace and on Clematis. The co-presidents will give objectives to the members and they will have to photograph them. For example, the photographers must capture the “essence of CityPlace.” Throughout the year they plan on having more events like this, or workshops where the members learn how to make pinhole lenses.

Music Honors Society

By Bailey Van Putten Vink

The Music Honors society is working on doing a collaboration project with the Palm Beach Pops kid orchestra similar to one they did two years ago. They are also continuing to work with the Bach society to bring in new classical music for Dreyfoos to use for concerts. They also hope to continue working with the old folks home as well as new things that they’ll find throughout the year. They meet every two to three fridays in vocal teacher Arlene Spark’s room.

The Girls Learn International

By Jack Yan

The Girls Learn International is a new club at Dreyfoos this year. It is a chapter of an international organization with the mission to promote female education in developing nations.
The club had their first fundraiser, a bake sale, on Oct. 10. Further in the year they are planning a talent show to also raise money. In future years, the club would like to work one on one with a sister school in a developing nation.

Jewish Student Connection Club

By Claudia Zamora

Stacks of empty Papa John’s pizza boxes are scattered across social studies teacher Jeoffrey Stohr’s classroom. Students of all ethnicities laugh, echoing the inviting rhythm of Israeli folk music—the Jewish Student Connection Club is actively celebrating the new school year.

The Jewish Student Connection Club held its first meeting on Sep. 19. Students of all ethnic backgrounds were invited to enjoy free pizza and games of Jewish themed Apples to Apples.

“Playing Apples to Apples helped me find a sense of unity with my friends,” band junior Ethan Weatherdon said. “I felt welcome.”
The officers of the Jewish Student Connection Club specifically organized the second meeting to be held on Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the acts of repentance, or regretting and acknowledging sins. Jewish students prepared for their 25-hour fast by sharing their usual pizza.

“I’ve been to a few meetings since my freshman year,” strings junior Lauren Bates said. “Every time I attend one, I can expect to get free pizza.”

Students also got a head start on the Yom Kippur traditions by writing down their yearly regrets on coffee filters. The students then wet the filters, an act symbolic of the tradition of Tashlich.

“Typically, Tashlich would be performed with bread and a body of water,” Bates said. “Tashlich is all about washing away your sins or the times that you have missed the mark. Wetting the coffee filters represented that.”

Students can expect events celebrating the Jewish culture at meetings to come. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24. Students of all backgrounds are welcome.

“I’m most looking forward to working with non-Jewish students this year,” communications senior Haley Lickstein, who is the JSC co-president said. “I like helping them find a place where they are comfortable exploring their Judaism and questions about religion.”