Artwork by Catherine Ferguson
With the start of a new school year, a few new clubs have made their appearance in the annual club fair.
Although INSPIre was first founded last year by Chloé Webster (11), Ria Patel (11), Lily Curlin (11) and Kate Shackleford (11), the club made its first-ever appearance at the club fair this year. Focused on overall wellness, INSPIre stands for “Instilling Nutritional Spiritual and Physical Interests.” Patel talks about the club’s goals for this year: “We want to focus on the concept of balance and how we should incorporate it into our lives. High school is hard, and we want to make sure that everyone is still healthy, safe, and happy throughout the whole process!”
The Future Business Leaders of America is a student business organization with over 5,200 chapters, one of them being at our very own St. Mary’s. Started by Anjali Shah (11) and Ria Patel, “FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences,” explains Shah. “Students can participate in competitions dealing with political science, business, marketing, social media, and more.”
Shah expounds on why she felt St. Mary’s needed FBLA, “I wanted to promote leadership and the pursuit of business among my peers. I cannot wait for St. Mary's girls to excel within the organization.”
Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), known to many as “that game in Stranger Things,” is a role-playing game filled with adventure and storytelling. Last year, an informal meeting was held, but D&D has made a reappearance this year as an official club. Isabella Littleton (10) shares the club’s goals, “We really want this to be a safe space for people, where they can relax for a good O period or so, have laughs with friends, and ultimately have fun!” Littleton opens up about her excitement as one of the founders of the club, saying “I honestly am so excited to be the Dungeon Master, or the person who runs the game, because it is storytelling. I love storytelling, and when people immerse themselves in these stories, different sides of them come out, and it allows people to bond together.”
St. Mary’s girls’ enthusiasm and creativity are seen in the newest (and arguably the most unique) clubs on campus. This new trio provides students the opportunity to try something new.
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