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What Does it Take To Start A Club?

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 Junior Madison Monaghan (2nd left) as a sophomore with the feminist club.

Junior Madison Monaghan (2nd left) as a sophomore with the feminist club.

Junior Madison Monaghan (2nd left) as a sophomore with the feminist club.

Sarah Westrick, Staff

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We all know that high school is a unique time filled with opportunities to try new things  and make new connections with others who share your interests. Clubs are a great way to do this, but what if what your interests aren’t represented in a club at CHS?

Catonsville High allows students to begin their own clubs provided they present a teacher sponsor and a few people who want to join to the administration. But what does it really take to start your own club, and how do you work through unforeseen obstacles?

Junior Madison Monaghan revived the Feminist Club in her sophomore year with the help of three other (then) seniors.

She advises students to “make sure you have a sponsor who’s willing to stick with it,” and said that the most challenging obstacle was “just trying to get people to really know what the club was there for.”

In order for a club to stick at the school, it continuously needs new members,

“Social media played a key aspect and we went to the freshmen orientation club fair,” Monaghan said.

So it sounds like it can sometimes be challenging to get others on board with your ideas. But Monaghan’s efforts evidently paid off, as Feminist Club meetings are still regularly held with many members attending.

English teacher Rachel Wilkinson, a feminist herself, has sponsored the club since very early on.

“Maddy came to me, she was my student at the time and she and I talked a lot about feminism. When [the former feminist club] collapsed, she and I talked about starting a new one,” she explained.

She enforces that starting a club is very much on students over their sponsors.

“It’s heavily student run and that’s how it should be; there’s not much effort on my part.” She also encouraged others to join, saying the club is “very uplifting.”

Juniors Katie Arndt and Maggie Hernan also began a club at the end of last school year, Stephen’s stories, a nonfiction book club hosted by their former Chemistry teacher.

“He’s very goal-oriented,” Arndt said about their sponsor Bart Stephen. Arndt and Hernan both felt that choosing a good sponsor was crucial to having a good club.

But how difficult is it to work with the administration?

“It was very easy, we just went in[to the office] and they gave us a paper to fill out,” said Hernan.

In short, students who have ideas for new clubs do not need to be so anxious. The administration and others are ready and willing to help you. So find a sponsor you know and trust, a few friends, and plan for advertising, and get out there!

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