September 27th, 2019
Club Rush cultivates interests
WED. | 10-19-22 | NEWS
Club Rush took place at Rose for the first time in four years on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Although Rose is home to 26 clubs, Club Rush featured 13 of those, ranging from Spanish to Math Club.
“Club Rush is tailored after fraternity and sorority rushes at college where you get to see what types of fraternal organizations there are,” Rose teacher and Club Rush organizer Kurt Garner said. “So we’ve modeled after that where you are able to see what types of organizations and clubs students might find themselves joining.”
Club Rush has previously taken place in the cafeteria, but was discontinued due to COVID-19. Garner said that the previous Club Rush in 2019 was extremely congested, limiting networking opportunities between clubs and students.
This year, Rose principal Darryl Thomas mentioned that he wanted to continue Club Rush, and Garner volunteered to organize it for the first time. Garner changed the layout of Club Rush so that each student could see all of the clubs available and compare them to one another.
This year, Rose principal Darryl Thomas mentioned that he wanted to continue Club Rush, and Garner volunteered to organize it for the first
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time. Garner changed the layout of Club Rush so that each student could see all of the clubs available and compare them to one another.
“This time we were in the commons area, out in the trophy hallway,” Garner said. “There was separation between the clubs and there was more room for conversation.”
Representatives from each of the 13 clubs had to fill out a form sent by Garner to secure a table in the hallway. Clubs had to employ their own tables as well as showcase their own information about their club. Each club used different methods of decorating, candy and music to entice students to visit their table, and ultimately join their club.
“We had a tri-fold board up with a bunch of our information on it,” Women’s Empowerment Club founder Anna Rushing said.
Rushing believes that Club Rush increased membership in Women’s Empowerment, which was founded last year.
“I already have about seven or eight people join the Remind, which is how we’re going to set our roster,” Rushing said.
Rushing said one of her favorite parts about participating in Club Rush was the collaboration between students promoting a club that they are really passionate about, and students interested in joining.
“The hallway was full of students, there was teachers there to just supervise, but there were no teachers running any of the club stands,” Rushing said.
Because of where Club Rush was located, students were able to view the tables on their way to the cafeteria.
“I think the location was definitely a contributing factor to [the turnout] because all of the people that were leaving from the lunchroom or going to the cafeteria walked right through it,” Rushing said. “So if they saw something that caught their eye they stopped and asked questions.
Both Garner and Rushing believe that Club Rush was beneficial for students because they got to see what Rose has to offer in terms of extracurriculars.
“I think what’s most important is doing clubs because you want to do them,” Rushing said. “If there’s something that you’re especially passionate about that isn’t already there, then find other people with the same interests and start your own club.”