By EMILY WALOS
Part of the quintessential “high school experience” is the interactions teenagers have with each other, and the easiest way to form these connections is to join a club. On Aug. 16, Citrus Valley High School held its annual Club Rush, a lunch event which gave students, regardless of grade, a chance to see all the club opportunities Citrus Valley has to offer.
At the event, each club selected students to sit at a booth in the quad and talk about the club they represented to their wandering peers, answering any questions they had.
At some booths, students were encouraged to interact with the representatives. At the Thespian’s booth, students played spin-the-wheel and won prizes such as a lollipop, a Blackhawk Theater Company string bag, or the grand prize of one free ticket to any of the performances this year. Robotics Club displayed a project that allowed the student sitting inside the go-kart-like contraption to be moved around on wheels by the push of another peer. At the Marines booth, students got a chance to speak to recruiters and try pull-ups; this was not the first time students have seen this booth, as throughout the year the Marines set up in the quad at lunch.
The 2019 Citrus Valley Club Rush was mostly geared towards freshman, giving them an opportunity to actually see the members of clubs and get any questions answered.
This year saw some of the highest numbers of sign ups with clubs such as Jesus at Citrus filling a whole page, something the representatives had never dreamed of.
J.J. Martinez, Citrus Valley’s new assistant principal, states, “Everyone’s sign up sheet had a ton of people signed up, it looked like everything went very well.”
The event greatly encouraged students to join clubs; however, for those that did not want to join a club, students could just sit at the lunch tables and enjoy a long lunch period.
Nathaniel Navarro, grade 11, stayed on the outside of Club Rush and says, “I just don’t have the time to be in a club this year, however I think it is a really great way to introduce people, especially freshmen, to all the club possibilities at Citrus.”
Martinez also states that what stood out about Citrus Valley’s Club Rush is that “we have a lot of clubs here, and there is something for everybody.”