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McArthur High School recently held its homecoming football game. Before the kickoff, many of the school’s clubs and organizations got together, had some fun and introduced themselves to students and staff.
The many diverse clubs at McArthur High School have one thing in common: they all offer an opportunity to meet new friends and make a positive difference in the school and community.
McArthur Debate Team
The McArthur High School Debate team is a developing program that has enjoyed success. Students who participate enjoy public speaking and preparing arguments.
Carolina Valenzuela, a debate team member, competes in public forum which is two on two debate. “This has been a good learning experience. I now know a lot about politics. We stick together and there are a lot of nice people in this program,” said Valenzuela.
Tyler Plante, the president of the Debate Team enjoys the Congress event. “I love politics and I love to speak. The debates feed my interest in foreign affairs,” he said.
The Debate Team participates in local competitions and is planning to go to a national competition.
Latinos in Action
The Latinos in Action created a good time at this years homecoming. They played live music and sold complete meals to raise money. Many students enjoyed socializing at their booth.
Jeffrey Centeno, a member of the club, is proud of his involvement. “We go to elementary schools to tutor, we want to help younger children. We also want to promote Latin culture,” he said.
Cristian Vincente, a member of Latinos in Action said, “We want to make people feel good about being a part of the Hispanic culture. Many of us are bilingual and we do very well in academics,” said Vincente.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) not only appeared at homecoming, but helped organize it. The SGA also developed a successful Harvest Drive program, wherein members collect food and distribute it to families in need.
Arham Zahoor, a member of the SGA, explained SGA objectives. “Our club helps put on Homecoming, Spirit Week and pep rallies. We are getting ready for Harvest Drive,” said Zahoor.
Bridget Nelson, another proud member of the SGA, enjoys participating. “We have a lot of fun,” she said. “I look forward to helping with the Harvest Drive.”
Equality for All
Equality for All is a student group which promotes social justice and civil rights. Their mission is to make their school a safe place for people of all orientations and backgrounds.
Angelica Zales, president of Equality for All, wants all McArthur High School students to feel comfortable at school. “We are a safe haven for students who have different beliefs or orientations,” she said. “I never want a student to feel uncomfortable while at McArthur High School.”
Mu Alpha Theta
Those who love math might want to consider joining Mu Alpha Theta, Mcarthur’s math club. The organization promotes the study of mathematics and provides tutoring for students who struggle with the subject.
“I love mathematics and I am studying AP Calculus,” said Gloria Grandpierre, a leader in the club. “We have a good time together,” she said.
Mu Alpha Theta offered a mathematics game involving basic algebra at its booth.
National Honor Society
Students who enjoy academics and want to help their fellow classmates should consider joining the National Honor Society (NHS). McArthur High School has a strong NHS program, one that has won many accolades over the years. Students who join must have a strong grade point average and be willing to do some community service.
“We offer tutoring to students who need help with their course work,” said Violetta Ventura, a leader in NHS. “We provide mentoring and run the Brain Brawl,” she said.
Express the Arts
Express the Arts is a group which promotes artistic expression at McArthur. Club members enjoy and appreciate poetry, music and dance among other things.
Club members were present and enjoying themselves at their homecoming booth. Melissa Dorsey, the club’s president, said “We put on many expressions of the arts and we have a lot of fun.”
The M3, the school’s robotics team gave a presentation on mechanical devices at the event.
The club competes in robotics competitions at the local and national level. Last year, M3 participated in a national competition in St. Louis. “We are in the process of building a robot to compete in upcoming competitions,” said Tajon Cardona, a club member.