On Sept. 28, Archer held its annual Club Fair and presented students with the opportunity to join various clubs and explore new interests. Most schools have clubs—so what is it that makes Archer’s clubs so unique?
Archer Dean of Students, Gretchen Warner says, “Archer clubs are special because they are wholly student generated and maintained. Every year students have the opportunity to form new clubs that meet community needs, explore passions, and are designed for students to just have fun.” She adds, “Students are allowed to take a passion and turn it into a weekly meeting that sometimes grows into much, much more.”
Archer’s diverse clubs offer opportunities for anyone to fit in. The young girl who reads all the “Harry Potter” books from cover to cover can bond with fellow fans at the Harry Potter Annual Banquet. The inspired student who feels the power of the camera can express her artistic dreams in Photography Club. Even the girl who spends her time devouring fan fiction and watching J-Pop videos can find a home in the Anime Club.
While these old favorites are still popular, Archer added new clubs to our community this year.
Perhaps one of the most original clubs Archer now offers is run by Nelli Bryzgalova ’14. She is the proud president of the “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” club, which meets on Wednesdays at lunch in Jed Donnel’s room. When asked about her club’s purpose and values, Bryzgalova explained that it allows students to “become part of the unique community where friendship is the main value. [The club] is all about loyalty, generosity, laughter, kindness, and honesty.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Logan Howard ‘14, Riel Macklem ‘14 and Rita Shrestha ‘14 are the co-runners of the “Voices of a New Generation” club, which meets Thursdays at lunch in room 231.
According to these girls, their club works to “[Focus] on youth regarded issues throughout the entire world… [And] seek to support and prevent the horrific grievances against our generation every day.” With regards to their future plans, the girls said: “our goal by the end of the year is to have a ‘Book of Resolutions’ that we can officially send to the government in order to get our voices heard.”