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MARION CENTER: New clubs appeal to skiers and bicycle riders

by JAKEB RISING, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 01, 2013 10:30 AM

MARION CENTER — Marion Center High School made it through its first club cycle as of Saturday.

Club day takes place every Friday with first period becoming club period and alternates which clubs meet through a four-week cycle. With the new school year, there are some new clubs offered in addition to others that have become Marion Center tradition.

Notably, the newest club available to students is Ski Club. Ski Club was started by its adviser, Tiffany Frank, with the help of Felix Noy and Chris Peters. Last year, when trying to determine if there was interest, more than 50 students signed their names stating that they had an interest.

So far this year there have been 28 students who’ve signed up to join the club, and that number will likely grow. Ski Club provides an opportunity many students wouldn’t get otherwise. Many schools don’t have a ski club.

Peters gives praise to the starting of Ski Club at Marion Center.

“It’s a lifelong sport,” he said. Peters joined a school ski club when he attended United High School. “Skiing has brought me joy ever since I started. I’m excited to provide the same opportunity to Marion Center’s students.” 

The club plans on having three, possibly four, trips this year to sites including Seven Springs, Blue Knob and Hidden Valley. The club is open to all eligible ninth- through 12th-graders and is also open to staff. Everybody in Ski Club must take at least one safety lesson.

Another new club, which started in late spring last school year, is the History Buff Bikers. This club is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Advisers and founders of the club include Paul DeHaven, Monica DeHaven, Glenda Cribbs, Mark Magolis and Chris Peters. The club is looking forward to taking bike tours of various historical sites over the coming year.

On Nov. 9, the club will be having a Fun Ride on the Hoodlebug Trail to review bicycle safety with its members and, of course, to have fun.

Other clubs have had an active start over the past month.

Athena Club, advised by Elizabeth Stadler, is attending a luncheon on Nov. 14 where members will have the opportunity to meet with successful businesswomen and get real-world advice.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at Marion Center has about doubled in size this year, with 46 members. Six of these members are part of Marion Center’s new Middle Level FBLA, which is offered to seventh- and eighth-graders. The club will be having its annual initiation dinner on Tuesday, and the members will soon begin preparing for their competitive events for the Regional Leadership Conference. The chapter is advised by Tyson Ellenberger and Rebecca Coulter.

Student council, advised by Mark Magolis and Gena Anthony, have two main tasks at hand.

The 2013 Love Basket Campaign, which helps the less fortunate of Indiana County, is being coordinated at Marion Center by Alexandra Oterson, a senior.

Thursday, students were able to wear a costume to celebrate Halloween with the donation of a canned food item toward the campaign; even more items will be collected during the week of Nov. 18. Also, the annual Santa’s Breakfast is being coordinated by Kyle Hicks, a senior at Marion Center.

Cally Shouse, Marion Center’s new chemistry teacher, has expressed interest in starting a chemistry club at the school. If there is interest, there may be a new club for students to look forward to next year.

Clubs at Marion Center operate on a four-part rotation. Clubs meeting on Club Day 1 and 3 include student council, Tri-M/Select Choir, Project Earth, ROTC, Creative Writing, Character Counts, Athena and History Buff Bikers.

On Club Day 2 and 4, clubs include SWARM, Jazz Band, FBLA, FFA, Art, Ski and Math.

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