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INDIANA: Clubs serve a variety of interests

by HAYLEY FRYE, Gazette Student News Reporters on October 19, 2012 11:00 AM

Indiana Area Senior High School kicked the school year into full gear this past week when students signed up for this year's club offerings. The senior high has about 49 clubs altogether, including eight new clubs this year. Clubs run on an A and B club system that alternates each Friday, allowing each student to participate in two clubs if they choose to do so.

The club program is one of the most cherished and successful student activities at the senior high, and each year nearly every student finds some club that is aligned with one of their interests or hobbies. What follows is a sampling of some of the school's most popular club offerings.

One of the most popular clubs at IHS is Key Club. The adviser of Key Club is Devon Duffy. Some of the club's up-coming events are Powder-Puff Football, Battle of the Classes, Fright Fest, Trick or Treat for Unicef and the Mr. IHS pageant. Ms. Duffy and the entire Key Club are excited to kick-start what will be an awesome year with many fun activities. Students involved in this club are never short on projects or activities to get involved in, and students always have fun along the way.

Future Business Leaders of America is also a popular club at the high school. Advisers for this club are Brian Schreyer, Pam Distefano and Eric Brocious.

FBLA will be participating in events such as regional and state leadership conferences, a field trip to Pittsburgh to AROA Businesses, planning the yearly Tinsel Ball, holding an event to raise money for the American Trauma Society, and partnering with the IHS cheerleaders to help with the pink-out football game.

One club that is an absolute gamer is the Handball Club. The experienced adviser is Mike Rieg. This year Handball Club will be having a singles, and possibly even a doubles, tournament. Handball Club members are also hoping to have members play at the Hadley Union Building over at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and try build interest in the game outside of school.

Student Government Association is led by Michael Bertig and Genna Chilson. Students must go through an application process to be a part of the club. SGA is busy during the school year with responsibilities such as overseeing the club's program, organizing homecoming activities, the Teddy Bear Fund Drive, prom and highway cleanup projects.

Finally, another popular club of the high school is Dramatics Club led by Gretchen Barbor. Currently the club is assisting with the four shows that the high school produces throughout the year and, in particular, the fall production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Members of the Drama Club have the option of becoming part of the International Thespian Society Troupe 7525, which is a theater honorary society.

Also, the Drama Club participates in "Trick-or-treat so kids can eat," which is when they go around on Halloween and collect nonperishable food for our local food banks. This project started in 2010 and has collected thousands of items for in-need families in the Indiana area.

Senior Olivia Kimmel, an active member said, "Over the years Drama Club has helped our school productions immensely, and I am proud to be a member."

Good luck to all students this year in their clubs, and to all clubs in meeting their goals.

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