While joining a high school club is optional, they do help students develop skills for college and consider possible careers. Elkin High School teachers offer several club opportunities which give students experiences they otherwise would not enjoy. These include Interact, Art, FFA (Future Farmers of America), HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), FTA (Future Teachers of America), Journalism Club, the Environmental Club, and many more.
Leslie Hooper, science teacher and Interact Club adviser, explained how participating in clubs could enhance a college application. “Interact club cultivates leadership skills, communication skills, community interaction, a spirit of selflessness and service.”
The service projects of clubs like Interact look great on college applications to show a student has been generally involved in his or her community and cares about others. While Interact activities are student led and focus on service, other clubs focus on preparing students for specific careers.
Ruthann McComb, science teacher and FTA adviser, explained, “FTA can help students who are considering majoring in education in college by providing club members with job shadowing opportunities in a variety of educational settings.” These opportunities to experience a taste of a career could save students a great deal of time and money in college. Career preparation clubs have other benefits as well.
McComb commented, “FTA also opens students up to scholarship opportunities that are specifically designed for students planning to major in education. Additionally, by attending the state FTA/Teacher Cadet conference, students learn more about teaching as a career, current events in education, and which colleges and universities in North Carolina offer education degrees. The state conference can also connect students across the state with other students of similar interests.”
Nearly all of the clubs at Elkin High School are advised by teachers and are offered before or after school hours. It is an extra duty teachers usually volunteer to manage. However, most teachers find club advising rewarding.
McComb explained, “I chose to advise FTA at Elkin High School because I believe encouraging and supporting students who want to be educators will benefit our profession and future generations of students.”
With plenty of opportunities to experience new careers and meet different people, there is a club at Elkin High School for nearly every student.
Lilliannah Harrison, Aaliyah Ganzzermiller, Emilee Major, Zoey Hawks are Elkin High School English students.