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Club Rush brings freshmen into Fossil culture

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Students gather at the Chocolate Book Club table at Club Rush.

Students gather at the Chocolate Book Club table at Club Rush.

Tess Allen

Tess Allen

Students gather at the Chocolate Book Club table at Club Rush.

Tess Allen, Arts Beat Leader

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On Friday, September 7, Fossil Ridge High School held their annual Club Rush in the gym. The whole freshman class, and some of the sophomore class, got the chance to walk around the gym to learn about over twenty different clubs and classes to see how they could become a part of the Fossil community. Two or three members from each club were at their tables to inform the underclassmen and try to get students interested.

“I think club rush was massively successful. We ran out of flyers so many times, we had to keep reprinting them. We got a lot of traffic, a lot of people getting eyes on our stuff, and we hope that it will actually turn into real conversions and they will come to the meetings. I talked to a ton of people, our president Will was walking around the floor with flyers as well. I think that was a very effective strategy, we broadened our reach, and I think it went really well”, said senior Alexandre Shapell, who was representing Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) with Will Cutchin.

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Students listen to Ms. Kochis and Mr. Nye when they explain the new set up of Club Rush.

In past years, the structure of the tables have been in a “horseshoe shape”, which has been an issue because students avoided tables and waited around in the middle of the gym. This year, staff tried to fix this problem by setting up the tables all around the gym in lines instead. “This year instead of doing the horseshoe shape we did rows so it’s more like a gallery walk or fair. I think the students are getting more involved and excited about decorating and making their tables. If you were to compare this year’s and last year’s tables, they are way more fancy and exciting. They really draw your attention. I think you really see a lot of students this year actually really wanting to be involved. You see them mingling at all sorts of tables and asking for certain clubs,” said Fossil staff member Deana Kochis, who helped organize this event.

Students were able to view a variety of different clubs and classes to find one that suits their interests.  Some of the clubs were Key Club, Ridgebotics, and even Ukulele Club. There were also classes represented at Club Rush, including Ridge TV and Journalism. Like years in the past, students were given a sheet with multiple columns to write information on clubs they were interested in. “It went really well, we got some interested freshmen and sophomores. They seemed really interested because it’s a nationally recognized club. I definitely think this was a good way for them to get more information.” says senior Allison Shad, who represented National Honors Society.

Overall, both the adults that organized the event and the students who were representing the club thought that the event ran very smoothly with this new set up, and a lot of underclassmen found what they want to be apart of during their high school career.

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Tess Allen, Arts Beat Leader

Tess Allen, a senior, is very excited for her second year of journalism. Allen is serving this year as the Art beat leader and is a huge contributor to the paper. She says that her favorite types of articles to write are either Op-Eds or Art articles.

While being very involved in the paper she is also involved in lots of things outside of school. Allen manages the boys basketball team in the fall which she says she really enjoys. She also want to be a social worker when she gets out of college. She isn’t sure where she wants to go exactly but she hopes to go to Kansas University, Trinity University, Sam Houston University, or Northern Arizona University.

Allen lives with her mom, dad, two sisters, as well as two dogs and a cat. Allen says that she really enjoys spending time with her sisters Lucy, a sophomore, and Ruby who is in 6th grade. Allen says that she enjoys lots of different kinds of music but her favorite artist is Billie Eilish.

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One Response to “Club Rush brings freshmen into Fossil culture”

  1. Katie Reed on September 10th, 2018 11:12 am

    I love the opportunity of Club Rush. I didn’t take advantage of it my freshman year, and regret it looking back now. Colleges don’t offer as many simple chances to find the clubs in one space, and I think it is important to begin the search for your passions or interests early on so you know what you want to be a part of post high school.

    Thank you for telling us how this year was different from others! Club Rush was somewhat of a joke when I was involved. My freshman year they ran it in the Commons with no space for anyone to move around. It is great they have moved it to the gym and organized it in a nicer fashion.

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