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While school is closed for all due to COVID-19, some clubs are pushing on, but some have chosen to end the year due to the obstacles of the pandemic.
Under these circumstances, many clubs have hardships to overcome, such as access to the internet, will they accomplish what they want to while staying safe and healthy, and keeping the students involved from home.
Turning Point USA is one of the clubs that is still active despite the school closure. “We have Zoom calls once a week from 11:00 to 12:00,” said the advisor, Gaetano Gianni.
The club, which meets to talk about important issues and topics that affect our society wants, “…to continue spreading our purpose to as many people as we can,” said Gianni.
Zoom has simplified video conferences with the ability to chat, share screen, and accessibility from any device. Many classes and clubs are using this platform to connect with each other.
Literary Magazine, a club that compiles a magazine of Cactus Shadows best art and literature work, had to figure out if they wanted to try to make the magazine at all. This was up in the air due to the fact that the majority of the book is made on the publications computers.
“Designing the magazine is going to be a challenge. in the past, we would sit with each other and work together to make sure the theme is coherent, but since we’re doing it independently, we have to put in so much more effort to make sure we’re all on the same page,” says Aubrie Gilling, one of the Editor-in-Chiefs.
Other clubs are continuing safely through Zoom, despite the stay at home order. Student Council and the Falcon Dance Company are meeting regularly online.
Not all clubs can continue through the situation that our school is up against. Model UN is one of these clubs. They are not meeting at this time, but may try to before the school year is up.
“Model UN will continue next year and I hope we are able to recruit many more members, as that had been our plan for the rest of this year,” said Samantha Gebel, adviser.
NEHS is no longer meeting as well.