Club Rush Offers Involvement and Opportunity for Students


Natalie Bergeron

Vocal sophomore Jackie Kaskel signs up for Chess Club at Club Rush. Students had the opportunity to learn more about all 78 of Dreyfoos’ clubs at the event.

From Baking Club and Political Society, to Key Club and A Prom To Remember, 78 club tables of every kind lined the gym on Tuesday during lunch, each advertising a unique school organization. The annual Club Rush featured many clubs, and the event allowed students a chance to not only learn more about each one, but to sign up for as many as they choose.


“Even if I didn’t sign up for a particular [club], I read through most of them to learn and understand the difference that kids at this school are making and the hobbies students enjoy,” communications freshman Valentina Gomez said.


The wide range of clubs offered at Dreyfoos provided students the opportunity to pursue new activities, both in and out of school, and, in doing so, connect with others.


“Club Rush is important because it allows the student body to take in all their options of clubs and broaden their horizons of things they do,” Speak Up For Kids founder and communications sophomore Amanda Vanner said. “It also provides students with a great opportunity to meet people that share their common interests.”


Because of Club Rush’s popularity, some felt that the atmosphere was overwhelming, especially for those experiencing it for the first time.


“Maybe [Club Rush] could have been a bit more organized somehow,” Gomez said. “In the beginning, it was a little bit chaotic with students swarming everywhere.”


Despite how crowded the gym became, Club Rush proved necessary for many students, as it provided them with their only opportunity to get information about specific clubs. Science teacher Anuska Larkin sponsored the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Club at Dreyfoos.


“A lot of people don’t really know what [UNICEF] is unless they come to Club Rush, they actually look at the flyers that we have, and then they get informed about what our club is about,” Larkin said.


Students who attended Club Rush and gained information owe their thanks to members of Dreyfoos’ Student Government Association (SGA). Without SGA sponsor and social studies teacher Wendy Zietz and SGA members, this event would not have been possible.


“This year, SGA spent several weeks planning for Club Rush,” SGA historian and communications junior Michael Bole said. “This involved making forms for clubs to sign up, collecting them, and creating the layout for the gym.”


When planning where each club would be stationed, SGA had to take into account all of the new clubs that were created this year. Because anyone can start a club at Dreyfoos, an influx of new clubs each year is to be expected.


“I started a club this year that was brand new to Dreyfoos,” Vanner said.“I think that Club Rush is definitely crucial in allowing club founders and officers the chance to present their club to students and gain participants.”


From freshmen to seniors, and returning clubs to new ones, it was clear that Dreyfoos had undergone another successful year of Club Rush.


“Once I felt integrated, I enjoyed [Club Rush] so much,” Gomez said. “There were many clubs I never knew this school had and it was interesting to learn the inspirational actions of many of these clubs.”