Loyalton High School organizations get rollin’
By Kyra McGarr and Danika Ashton
Some of the available clubs at Loyalton High School include FNL Mentoring, Drama Club, S Club, Culture Club, FNL, FFA and CSF. These clubs have many interesting qualities, so students can find valuable connections and activities.
Friday Night Live Mentoring is back at LHS. FNL mentoring is a program that pairs a high school student with a middle school student to talk about issues that the middle school student may be having. Barbara Weaver is the advisor for the club. Weaver said that this will be a brand new for her and she will be learning along with the students. She is hoping that the FNL Mentoring program will be as successful as the program in Downieville. Anyone is welcome and can contact Weaver or Sue Gressel.
The Drama Club enables the participants to concentrate on performing and extends drama class time for major performances. This club is for anyone who has an interest in performing arts and who wants to have a good time, work as a team, and be close to other students. Drama Club hopes to perform in Sacramento and in the community for the students at LHS. The Drama cCub doesn’t have its officers yet but plans to have some in the future. Anyone is welcome in the Drama Club. Students can contact Laura Calabrese, the club advisor.
S Club’s motto is “The best for women and girls.” Its main goal is service; members set goals of at least one school project, one community project and one worldwide project. This is a good club for learning leadership skills. President for S Club is Katie Roberti, vice president is Angelina Folchi, secretaries are Meghan Gressel and Jessica Renteria, and treasurer is Zoe Studer. Some fundraisers are bake sales, county car wash, custom t-shirts and door-to-door solicitations for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
Some of the projects S Club is planning are Friendship Day and the Community Read. S Club is hoping to redecorate the Bear Cave to make it a cool place to hang out. One project that has been done by S Club is decorating the girls’ bathroom. Meetings are the second and fourth Tuesdays, and lunch is provided at the meetings. Everyone is invited, but membership is taken very seriously.
The main focus of Culture Club is to introduce kids to other kinds of culture and art that are different. This club was started 15 years ago. The president of Culture Club is Sierra Little, vice presidents are Veronica Renteria and Tess White, historian is Cheyenne Wells, secretary is Lizzy Barter, and treasurer is Sabrina Carvalho. Some of the fundraisers are t-shirt sales, poetry, music festival and Oscar Night. They would like students to join them.
The focus of Friday Night Live (FNL), led by Sue Gressel, is to encourage kids to have healthy lifestyles and to discourage interest in drugs and alcohol. Club officers of FNL are Megan Gressel, president; Griselda Lizarde, vice president; Gaby Bertagnolli, treasurer; and Carly Smith, historian. At the moment there are no fundraisers expected. Anyone who would like to improve his or her lifestyle, or just wants to join, may do so.
Cali Griffin teaches agriculture and advises Future Farmers of America (FFA). She said the club is a dynamic youth organization within agricultural education that prepares students for leadership and career success. FFA has been associated with schools since 1968, and today more than 500,000 students are involved nationwide.
Club officers are Kallie Goss, president; Leanna Glennon, vice president; David Vasquez, treasurer; Sierra Little, reporter; and Kyle Belli, historian. FFA has just recently held a fundraiser grilling tri-tip and burgers for the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative. Over 950 lunches were served, and the club earned a significant profit in two days. Students get to meet, compete and bond with other students all across the state. Griffin is encouraging students to come join. FFA even has a motto: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”
Janet McHenry advises CSF–or California Scholarship Federation. It is a statewide organization that has existed for about 80 years. CSF recognizes achievement in college preparatory classes, and it is an honor to be a part of. Club officers are Molly Beaver, president; Griselda Lizarde, vice president; Kirsten Goldsmith; secretary; and Carly Smith, treasurer. An activity that CSF does is tutoring, which happens on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in room 100. Any students who wish to be tutored may come in. CSF means a lot to seniors and it is something to really work hard for, as those who are members four of their last six semesters will wear gold honor stoles at graduation.