Our Take: Extracurricular activities help students bond
By THE ODYSSEY STAFF
You are a freshman at Clarke Central High School and have found yourself in a sea of 1,500 other students. Besides the familiar faces of your relatively quaint middle school graduating class, nearly every person is a complete stranger.
Upon entering the school, Clarke Central High School students may be overwhelmed by the daunting physical size of the building and large student body. However, CCHS offers several clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities that appeal to students’ diverse interests. Through these activities, students can form bonds and gain an invaluable high school experience. Cartoon by Mollie Sherman.
A brawny boy with a bookbag strolls past as you don an incredulous expression – did he really have a beard?
Your system of following the blonde boy with glasses to your classes fails drastically as you step into a senior economics class. Turns out he decided to give contacts a whirl.
The sheer size of CCHS is undeniable. A rookie navigating the numerous hallways is inevitably bound to confusion, embarrassment and frustration. However, students are presented with a countless number of opportunities to downsize the overwhelming aspect of high school.
Those interested in sports can find a home upon the 14 varsity teams at CCHS. The athletic department prides itself in the integrity exhibited by CCHS student-athletes, as well as its tradition of excellence and achievement.
There are currently 50 clubs and extracurricular activities sponsored by CCHS, and students constantly create new organizations to incorporate the varying interests of the student body. Student leadership is a common theme among such groups and many use the skills they learn as a leader to assist their future endeavors.
Not only do these activities give students the chance to expand their high school resumes and gain experience, but they are also able to find a smaller home within a larger one. The time commitment required by sports and other activities allow students to bond with those who share similar interests and beliefs beyond regular school hours.
When referring to the campus at CCHS, there are several things you must distinguish between. The Small gym, the Large gym, the New gym, the West Wing and the old wing are among the directions you must give to pinpoint a location within the school.
However, by participating in one of CCHS’ extracurricular activities, any student can find a clear path to a fulfilling high school experience.