STH Clubs to join

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Whether you’re a freshman looking for new clubs and extracurricular activities or a senior on the hunt for some after school junctions, there are a variety of clubs that you can join to fill these needs. There are five clubs that you may or may not have heard of, but these organizations are definitely something you should try.

1. Chess Club

Senior Jack Woulfe in deep focus planning out his next strategic move. The St. Thomas chess team is on the rise and could easily become a major club on campus. “Join the chess club, Woulfe said. “It’s a smart move for you.”

This is the first year of the chess club’s existence, and they have 15 members. Chess club is lead by senior Jack Woulfe, who currently holds the title of “Master” among the group of chess enthusiasts. Second in command was previously senior Chase Brown, but due to degrading skill and lack of commitment, Brown was commanded to step down from his position and freshman Jonathan Evans replaced him as VP. Which is pretty impressive that a freshman has climbed the ranks so quickly and even replaced a senior. If you join the Chess club, then this could happen to you, too.

They meet every Tuesday after school in the LC for practice against the various member in the club. Which is particularly useful if you plan on competing in Chess competitions.

Though Woulfe did point out that the Chess Club is not really a Chess Team, and these tournaments are really for individual interest. But the practice and opportunities are plentiful for those seeking to improve. All of those on the fence about joining the Chess Club, a few words of encouragement.

2. Java Club

On this list of clubs to try, the Java club is probably the most well known. Lead by senior co-presidents Chase Brown and Chris Kjellqvist, the Java club aims to advance students coding capabilities. Java club meets every Wednesday, and the club members are primarily students who have taken, or they are currently enrolled in the Java class.

“You walk into a huge room, probably around Cemo size. You got tables lined up with three chairs each. You look at it, and say ‘this is where I can show everyone what I am working on, this is where I can give meaning to my life’”

Chase Brown, disgraced former Chess VP
But, there are a few members who are not enrolled in the course, and by no means will they turn you down if you have no prior experience. Essentially, when you go to the meetings, all they do is practice coding and working java problems. And from this practice, they are able to develop teams of three to send to competition.

The main team contains presidents Brown and Kjellqvist, and senior James Sullivan. The java team is currently preparing for their upcoming competition, HP Code Wars, in the first week of March. But how does a java competition work? Simply put, it is a giant room filled with computers. It is in this room where the team works on problems, and there are different point values depending on the difficulty of the given problem.

So, if you want to improve your coding skills, then the Java club is an amazing opportunity to do so.

3. Book Club

One other club to try for all you bookworms out there is the Book Club. These are only three of many clubs in our school community. And if there is anything on this list or any of the others that interest you, then go ahead and make your own. Book Club is a great place to meet people and read abpout things that are interesting and your choice. We are always looking for new clubs and if you have a worthwhile idea, then pursue and raise that baby. To imquire about starting a new club talk to Mr. O’Brien in the Student Activities office.

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