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Club day takes Buena by storm

Kristina Do
A lively crowd of Bulldogs packed around the club tables on Club Day, Sept. 29.

Potential club members swarmed into the quad Friday afternoon, Sept. 29, Club Day, hosted by the club leaders of Buena High. Bulldogs bounced from table to table learning about all the extracellular options from its representatives and taking the time to sign up right then and there.

This year has new clubs rushing in and returning of past groups like the Garden Club, hosted by president Madysen Hawley and vice Jasmine Paramo. There had previously been a Garden Club, however it had dispersed due to covid complications. 

A new and rising club is the Anime Club, led by advisor Steven Perfect and club leaders Adesta Hanratty and Sabrina Friend. Friend said that the group has planned several activities including watching anime and drawing anime-related content. The club is constructed to be a space for students that share an interest in anime to converse and spend time together.

GSA is an LGBTQ+ friendly club represented by leaders Ghost Vega and Quint Elliott, along with treasurer Cole Coyner. They’ve made a list of events and activities they plan to participate in to support students that are in the LGBTQ+ community, such as fundraisers and making themed jewelry. The GSA club is all about inclusion and acceptance. 

Another club that looks to do forms of community outreach is the Key Club, hosted by leaders Thasmeah Sardar and Nazaret Viramontes. Key Club holds its meetings for information on community service, as well as volunteer opportunities. Their main activities are working as volunteers at events such as beach clean-ups and food drives. The club is planning a special event this year to go to the Fall Rally at Six Flags. 

Interact Club, advised by advisor Lauren Lanski and led by Lyndid Brown and Annika Harris, also plans events for beach clean-ups and food packing. They plan lunches and outside school times to do community service. They have also opened up and started their hygiene closet, which can be found at the Wellness Center.

Several clubs are related to the language classes at Buena, such as the French Club, currently represented by club leader Brynleigh Elliott. The club highlights the history of French culture, as well as bringing in French cuisine to try during meetings when possible. They provide French food at the food fair alongside selling ornaments. Elliott said they’re planning club-only events, an example being their club members making French food to bring to a potluck. 

Similarly, the German Club, led by club president Sabine Schafer-Mitchell, promotes the German program through German culture, events such as taking trips to German-speaking countries and partaking in the German exchange program. Schafer-Mitchell said she hoped to take the club members to travel events such as field trips and places that present German heritage.

Other featured clubs at Club Day included the Marine Biology club, led by Cody Foster along with club president Alyssa Askar and vice president Reagan Berry. Their meetings are planned to be less frequent, and this year’s aim is to keep up on field trips, especially a trip to the UCSB campus, as well as fundraisers. 

The BSU, Black Student Union, advisor Marzia Amegadzie said that she is an advocate for the students in her club and wants to provide them with a voice, as well as a safe place to vent. Assisted by president Rhea Burney and vice Christian Garcia, they are looking to continue their annual Rescue Mission clothing drive, as well as hosting an MLK Day event.

AVID [Advancement Via Individual Determination] is represented by club president Julieta Garcia. 

It’s just like the [AVID] class.”

— Julieta Garcia

The club aims to help its members be more organized in school and to help figure out their own unique pathway to attending college. 

Mock Trial, a criminal court for high school students, is hosted by club leaders Azaia Keyz and Sydney Paredes. The club is made up of one team that represents the school club and would go to contests against other schools in the style of debating in a criminal court. 

Pawprint’s focus is creative writing by students and has held contests for creative genres such as poetry, short stories, non-fiction, and many others. Run by adviser Karin Childress, the club has become a traditional club as this is its 56th year at Buena.

The other clubs that featured at Club Day were the Book Club, the Karaoke Club, the Christian Athletes Club, and the Buena Speaks Club.

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Iris McDermott, Staff Writer
Iris McDermott is a senior at BHS and is in her first year at Buena Speaks. She has been drawing and writing for many years creatively and seeks to expand her work ethics and capabilities through journalism. She enjoys many hobbies such as playing video games, doing chores, going on walks, and listening to music.

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