On Friday, September 9, Crescenta Valley High School (CVHS) held its first day of annual Club Expo. At this hour-long lunch event facilitated by the student government, more than forty clubs advertised for their clubs.
Club expo is an important annual event at CVHS in which more than 100 clubs on campus try to increase membership and awareness of their organizations. American Red Cross, Key Club, the Robotics Club, Autism Speaks Club, Tessel, and various other community service and philanthropic organizations were present.
Activities, clubs, and open forums at CVHS are operated under District and Associated Student Body (ASB) guidelines. Following this trend, all clubs, new and returning, had to submit their club forms to ASB before Thursday, September 1. ASB reserved the right to approve or disapprove any clubs and new clubs were not approved if there were redundant or inappropriate for CVHS. Only clubs that received an ABS approval were allowed to prepare and participate in the Club Expo.
Odelia Kim, president of Autism Speaks Club, told JSR, “all clubs were allowed to hold the first meeting to elect officers, approve a club constitution, or revise a constitution prior to Club Expo. This preparation week helped me to organize and review upcoming club events and get ready to raise awareness of our club.”
The Club Expo week is the student government’s way of encouraging and supporting students’ growth both in and out of the classroom. However, all clubs must follow a number of rules enforced by the school principal and Glendale Unified School District (GUSD). A club and its role must be appropriate for high school students and everyone in CVHS must have a chance to become a member of a club, regardless of their race, gender, and age.
This year, 109 clubs applied for their approvals, including 96 returning clubs from last year and 13 new clubs. Returning clubs included Chess Club, Creative Writers, Autism Speaks Club, Dance Club, Baking Club, Speech and Debate, and CVHS Archery club. New Clubs included K-pop Club, English 101, and Magic and Misdirection Club.
English 101 is a new club dedicated to helping the English learners at CVHS acquire English proficiency, to assisting them with their homework assignments, and to maximizing their capacity to be successful in academic environments. Soyeon Kang, a Vice-President of English 101, told JSR, “I’m really excited to see how many people are going to be present in our first meeting. I hope the Club Expo help us to gain support and memberships of many English learners at CVHS.”
Club Expo will be held on the CVHS campus until September 16. All clubs are expecting to see as many members as possible on their first meetings.