Certain clubs reemerge after temporary COVID-19 hiatus

Due to COVID-19 and a lack of representatives, clubs at school are now resurfacing


By Luke Wood

Listening to fellow Young Republicans group members, sophomores Maddison Moody and Tenley Moss discuss possible community service projects at their inaugural meeting Tuesday, Feb 15.

Kaitlyn Burke, JagWire reporter/photographer

In due to COVID-19, and a lack of student representatives, some clubs at Mill Valley were not able to stay afloat in past years. Students took the initiative to bring back these clubs, as they are crucial to creating a community of encouragement and discussion. 

In December 2021, the Young Republicans club was revived by president, sophomore Madison Moody. Before, Young Republicans was led by now-graduated students. The club is sponsored by para Brian McDaneld.

Discussion is an important part of developing opinions. Moody expands on what is going to happen during meetings. 

“The point of Young Republicans is just to provide a place where Republicans can speak their mind and discuss current issues,” Moody said. “[We] discuss how we view politics or view political issues.”

Many students with a Republican political affiliation are excited to partake in the discussion. 

“I’m excited that Young Republicans has started again because it provides a safe place to have our voices heard and to make connections with people with the same ideals,” Moody said. 

In The News is another revived club led by sophomore Meron Abebe. It is a place where current news is discussed openly among students.

Abebe took the responsibility of  leading and discusses what is in the works for the club. 

“What a typical meeting will look like is, we’ll have slides and then each slide be a discussion topic,” Abebe said. “I’m planning on saying, go to one wall if you agree with [a statement] and go to a wall [if you] don’t, and then discuss.”

Abebe shares why it’s important that the club be brought back. 

“We’re trying to get more opposing viewpoints and have different opinions, so conversations and topics will be more interesting to talk about. The people are really nice, and it’s fun,” Abebe said. 

HOSA, another recently revived club, is aimed to encourage students who want to pursue a career in the medical field, led by the sponsor, nurse Heather VanDyke.

Officer, sophomore Chaley Spaulding, tells more about why HOSA is a club, and what happens at meetings. 

“The goal of HOSA at Mill Valley is to learn more about future careers in the medical field,” Spaulding said. 

HOSA was brought to school to create an environment for aspiring medical career potential. Spaulding shares what happens at a meeting. 

“We have a guest speaker that works in the medical field come and talk to us about their job. We’re able to ask questions and learn more about their career,” Spaulding said. “If we don’t have a guest speaker, we do an activity such as making cards for healthcare workers or finding out how many germs are on our hands.

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