Students preview clubs at Activities Fair


Nick Plummer ’18 and Brandon Porter ’18 encourage students to join flight club. Credit: Jenny Li/Chronicle

Jenny Li

Campus groups and clubs shared aspects of their organizations to the student body and recruited members at Activities Fair Sept. 19.
A total of 71 groups ran booths at the Fair, from student organizations such as Peer Support and Community Council to community service clubs such as Project Girl to Girl and Chinese Pen Pal Club.
Groups were required to reserve the booths to sign up potential members through Prefect Council.
Prefect Council, who hosted the Activities Fair, also ran their own booth to promote excitement for the event.
“We want to have a place where people can get donuts, promote the vibe of activities fair [and] make it more fun,” senior prefect Carolyn Hong ’17 said.
Clubs attracted students to their booths with treats, demonstrations and colorful posters.
KHWS, the student-run radio station, utilized the fair to encourage students to sign up for their club.
“We’re attracting students with our hype music, amazing personalities and amazing baked goods,” club member Jessica Dickman ’17 said.
Many clubs cited Activities Fair as their main source of sign ups, including Stonecutters, the school’s literary and art magazine, which recruited over 60 members.

Claire Keller ’18, Sacha Pritzker ’18 and Carolyn Kim ’18 advertise for Community Council. Credit: Jenny Li/Chronicle

“We want to raise awareness of the fact that we have a literary magazine on campus and also get everyone involved in every step of the publication process,” Stonecutters leader Liz Kim ’17 said. “Every year we get lots of new faces. The staff changes every year, and we have so many sign-ups this year.”
Some clubs, such as the Environmental Club, credited their success because of students’ needs to attain their required community service.
“When kids have their hectic schedules, it’s hard to plan in their own time to go and get community service,” Hannah Tuchman ’17 said. “Sometimes there’s requirements or orientations, so this way it’s easier for kids to get their hours. The people who have signed up seem excited by it.”
The event also allows students who are new to the Upper School to preview the variety of clubs for the first time.
Gaby Enciso ’17, head of the animal rights club, WETA, said that her club gained the most members from the sophomore class because they are new to the campus.
“We have to dig out all those new tenth graders and new people who love their dogs or maybe they’re vegetarian, or just love animals,” Enciso said. “We have to scope them out.”

Sydney Tsutsui ’17 and Gaby Enciso ’17 talk to students about WETA. Credit: Jenny Li/Chronicle

Most sophomores seemed to appreciate the opportunity of being exposed to groups on campus, Sirus Wheaton ’19 said.
“I knew there were going to be a lot of clubs, but I didn’t know there were going to be as many as there were and how different they all were,” Wheaton said. “I had a few clubs in mind, but in the end, I think I signed up my name for just about every single club there was. The people were all so nice, and it was fun talking to them about our shared interests.”