reporting by leah rizkallah and graham simons
Students look to High School and community-based clubs for new skills, friends,
“I’m new to BASS Club this year, I first heard about the BASS club from my guidance counselor when we were doing schedules for next year. Fishing’s always been my main interest when it comes to hobbies, so it seemed like a pretty obvious choice. My old school didn’t have a BASS Club and it just seemed like a good place to meet new friends and get into a hobby. At the moment, because we can’t go fishing yet, at the meetings we’ve made bass lures we went over how to sign up, and then later in the year we’ll actually go fishing. I know that BASS Club started later, and from what I’ve heard there are less kids this year than last year. There’s six to eight kids in the club, from what I’ve seen.
Meeting people who have the same interest has been fun, making fishing lures was fun and I’m really excited for the tournaments. I’m not sure what the tournaments are like exactly but I think it’s to catch the biggest bass. We'll practice fishing and then go to the tournament later. It’s a good place to make friends, especially because it’s a smaller club, it feels like you could easily go up to someone and ask them what their name is and make a friend quickly in BASS Club.
When you're fishing, patience is important because fishing can be an arduous thing to do, waiting for a fish who may or may not bite. Being calm is important as well because once a fish does bite you have to reel it in without breaking the line and you have to let the fish tire out.”
Junior Max Weaver, first year member
An Al-lure-ing Catch In 90 degree weather on July 25, 2020, sophomore Ethan Hurd holds a 3 pound bass. “I love that nothing is bothering me when I'm out on the water, catching the fish is just a bonus.” Hurd said. “I usually fish by myself because it's really peaceful, but when my grandpa is able to, I like to go with him.”
“I created the eSports Club because these days, there are a lot of kids that play video games. Also, lately, more and more colleges are giving out scholarships for eSports. Starting the club was not the easiest task, I had to go through all the normal steps, but also with COVID and everything, it made communication harder and it took about 6 months to finally start up the club.
We currently have about 30 members and we meet virtually on Discord every Wednesday. At each meeting, we talk about things we need to do to move forward and the steps we need to make to eventually meet in person. We also talk about our future tournaments with other schools. My favorite part about being in the cub is seeing new people join. I'm close friends with a few of the other members because we play a lot of video games together. However, there's a bunch of people I haven't even met yet. I’m excited for when we can start meeting in person.”
Freshman Alex Kolpien, first year member
"I first heard about robotics through my dad, he was friends with some of his colleagues who had their kids on FIRST Tech Challenge teams. I figured robotics is something I've been doing at the middle school level and I think FTC is something I should contribute to.
This year has been a lot more challenging. Basically what it comes down to is the fact that we just can't have that many people handling the robot at once. If you are going to come into the robot room, it's going to be once a week at most usually, and that's really challenging. So, basically how meetings work is we only have two people in the robot room at once and you work in shifts so you won't go back into the robot room until at least a week from when you last were. That makes it challenging just because it's a lot slower to get things done and on top of that taking a week off between when you're building creates a disruption and it's really hard to get back into the groove.
In a normal year, we try to have everyone there during meetings, but closer to competitions, when it's mainly programming focused we try to have all programmers and maybe one builder in case something goes wrong mechanically. As far as my role, I bounce around a lot between building programming, especially my first two years. Normally how things work is I would probably spend a few weeks with programmers to sort of outline how to code things just to get the ball rolling. Once the robot is underway, I'll probably jump in and try to work on a few components, and once the robot is finished I will go back to programming.
The Dream Machine On Tue. April 20, junior Neal Singh works on his team's robot to prepare it for competition. "The best part of robotics would have to be when something goes right. Whenever you cause a problem or face some huge challenge once you actually overcome it’s a good feeling," said Singh. "I mean the winning robotics competitions is great, but it all comes second, as cheesy as it sounds, to learning something that actually makes it all feel worth it.”
Through robotics, you are learning really technical skills, which are all things that you will carry forward. Having meticulous, focused, detailed, concise documentation, you still carry that forward when you're doing research projects or whatnot. I also think you develop teamwork skills through robotics, you have so many different personalities, you have quieter people you have more loud people. All these people have different ideas and it ultimately comes down to communication. Our coach always says your success in a competition or a season depends largely on the communication between programmers and builders, there’s usually a huge gap right there but because we have people working on both sides, it's not as present this year
as it was past years."
Junior Neal Singh, fourth year member
“I'm a part of the Asian American Association Club. I heard about it my sophomore year during career day. At that time, I had just recently transferred to the high school because I moved here, to Corning, from Illinois. I figured it was a good way to get to know people, and since i'm half Japanese, it seemed like the club for me. Due to covid, we meet virtually once a month, whereas in a regular year, we would meet every other week in person.
I am vice president of the club, and Yushi Portwood is the president. I'm really close with Yushi and all the other club members. There are fifteen of us overall and the atmosphere of the club is really great. Since our club is pretty small, with no new members this year, everyone is pretty relaxed and comfortable.
The Asian American Association Club, or AAA, is meant to be a safe place for all of us to talk and feel secure. One of the biggest reasons Yushi started the club was because of the Asian American hate in America. He wanted to create a safe place for Asian high schoolers to go to feel like they are respected, and belong. I've never experienced hate towards my Asian culture and heritage on an intense level, however, I have experienced little jokes or jaunts that have to do with me being Asian. I don't take these offensively, they typically aren't aimed at me to be rude or offensive, so I just shake them off. It's just like any stereotype out there.”
Senior Amaro Chavez, third year member
“I got involved with the Debate Club this year because I heard about it through the posters in the hallways. I really wanted to join because I wanted to be able to discuss my opinions and hear others opinions, and I also wanted to get better at public speaking. We meet virtually every Wednesday after school for an hour and pick one or two topics and then talk to each other about them and debate against each other, and we do a formal debate once every two months.
My favorite part about being in the club is being able to hear others opinions because it challenges me to think about things in a different way. The Debate Club is the place for intelligent, open-minded people who love discussing their opinions with others. There's about twenty active members in the Debate Club. I have really enjoyed being in the Debate Club and am happy that it's happening, despite the COVID circumstances.”
Freshman Christina Twiggs, first year member
It’s Debatable On Wed. May 28th, freshman Joy Morey interacts with the Debate Club over a Google Meet. “The best part of Debate Club is getting to hear other people’s opinions and widen your understanding of various topics and learning how to have a civil discussion with someone on a topic you may disagree upon.” Morey said.