A Historic Club Fair
Community’s first-ever virtual club fair took place on Nov 6. Students hopped around club Zoom rooms and chatted with clubs about their virtual plans. Here are just some of this year’s clubs and how to get involved
A2 Academic Games
Contact Nicholas Wang, firstname.lastname@example.org
A2 Academic Games is for students looking to make friends, interested in games and with a little bit of competition in them. At their meetings, they play board games and other games. Typically, the A2 Academic Games is for students looking to make friends, interested in games with a little competition. At their meetings, they play board games and other games. Typically, they travel all around the country to compete with other teams. This year, the competitions will be virtual. They meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.
Board Game Club
Contact Charles Solomon, email@example.com
Board Games Club is for students who are looking to have fun and hang out with others. The group is flexible about the types of games students want to play. During online school, the club will still meet and play online games. Board Games Club usually meets on Thursdays and Fridays during lunch or after school.
“Board Games Club is a really fun and flexible club to take part in,” said Charles Solomon, the club leader.
Black Student Union
Contact Kevin Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Student Union (BSU) plays a large role at CHS. Other than supporting minority students and providing a welcoming space, they hold some of CHS’ treasured events like Soul Food Friday and the MLK day assembly. This virtual school year, they are planning virtual events and providing a space for minority students.
“We’re here to let the minority students in this building know that they are not alone,” said Kevin Davis, a co-adult leader of the club.
They have a planning meeting on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. and are planning on meeting every other Wednesday.
Contact Lucy Tobier, email@example.com
Book Club is a place for all book lovers. “Instead of having assigned books, having the pressure to read a certain book, and having the pressure of trying to come up with different intelligent opinions on [a book], you can just come and read whatever book you want,” said Lucy Tobier, co-leader of Book Club. Book Club meets every other Wednesday at 2:30. Make sure to follow their Instagram @chs_book.club.
Community Ensemble Theatre
Contact Instagram @cetfuntimesaccount or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Ensemble Theatre (CET) is busy preparing and filming for their fall show “The Tempest.” All of their work is virtual and auditions are closed for “The Tempest,” but winter and spring auditions start soon. Stay tuned for updates on their Instagram @communityensembletheatre.
“If you’re a theater person, or if you’re just looking for a way to make friends and meet people, you should definitely consider joining CET,” said Lily Sickman-Garner, a CET member. “It’s a really supportive group, and anyone and everyone is welcome. Regardless of your interests or previous experience, there’s a place for you here.”
Contact Eliot Klus email@example.com
CHS Democrats, one of the school’s newest clubs, looks to make a change in Ann Arbor and the world.
The club is a chapter of the larger Ann Arbor High School Democrats. They facilitated phone-banking during the 2020 election through a partnership with the One Campaign for Michigan. The club plans on continuing their political work after the election, with plans for a speaker series, further partnerships with local organizations and advocacy work for its students.
Follow them on Instagram @a2hsd.
Contact Ameera Salman firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity Council is a club working to increase awareness and representation of minorities at CHS. They are currently focusing on planning Multi Culti as a two-day event with a focus on Indigenous People leading up to Thanksgiving. They meet Fridays during lunch.
Forum Council is the club for CHS students looking to make a change within their school. They focus on issues that affect students such as workload and mental health. Currently, Forum Council is focusing on providing student study tables and planning virtual events. They meet Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The Zoom link can be found by emailing email@example.com.
Contact Geneve Thomas-Palmer @firstname.lastname@example.org
Feminist Club is for students looking to make friends and form close relationships, as well as chat about feminism and anything else on their minds. They typically do fundraising and educating at CHS, and will continue to do that virtually.
“It’s a community within a community,” said Helen Schmitter, a club member.
They do not have virtual meeting times decided yet so stay tuned for updates.
Genes in Diseases and Symptoms
Contact Mori Ono email@example.com https://forms.gle/fMSPz9LFxk3xL1pa8
Genes in Diseases and Symptoms (GIDAS) apply lessons about computational biology and genetics to research, fundraising and leadership.
GIDAS is part of a network of GIDAS clubs nationwide, which lets them participate in events like the Genes and Health Contest, where members have won cash prizes! They are affiliated with the University of Michigan and present their own research to professors at an annual research conference. This year, their research is focused on COVID-19. They also take part in a fundraiser to support a researcher studying the disease they’re focusing on.
If you’re interested in medicine, science, or programming, GIDAS encourages you to join! You do not need any prior knowledge to participate. They meet at 4:30 on Mondays.
Ornithological Society of Pioneer
Contact Karinne Tennenbaum firstname.lastname@example.org
A new opportunity at Community provides bird-lovers with a welcome space. The Ornithological Society of Pioneer is opening up to all district high schools. They meet virtually every other Friday during lunch to chat about birds and birding. They also meet on Wednesdays at various Ann Arbor parks to go on socially distanced, masked birding walks. Club leader Karinne Tennenbaum stressed the importance of birds in nature areas and how little attention is paid to them (this is the only AAPS birding club). So if you are looking for a way to get outside and off of Zoom, and want to help better the world, the Ornithological Society of Pioneer may be for you. Follow their Instagram - o.s.pioneer for updates. No prior knowledge is necessary.
Contact Sophie Fetter email@example.com
Philosophy Club is for those who love to debate deep and complicated questions. They meet Wednesdays from 2 to 2:45 to have student-led discussions. Some past discussion prompts have been “What are the limits of free speech?” and “Are humans innately good or bad?”
“It’s interesting to have these types of discussions with your peers and see other people’s opinions,” said Sophie Fetter, student club leader.
Contact Emma Hamstra firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry club is for those who can’t live without poetry and those who are just getting started. They will be meeting Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will have weekly prompts with time to write and share out. If you need a way to destress and connect with others, Poetry Club is a great place to go.
Queer Straight Alliance
Contact Chloe Root email@example.com
Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) is a space for students to share their concerns and get involved in the LGBTQ community. They will be meeting Nov. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. to plan what this year looks like for them and what students need.
Service Club aims to help the community around us. This club is looking for students who want to show some love. Although they can’t do many hands-on projects due to COVID-19, they are still trying to plan some things such as a toy drive, fundraisers and making valentine cards for those in retirement homes.
“We really look forward to getting back out there and giving back to our community,” said Delia Binetti, co-leader of Service Club.
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
Contact Mori Ono firstname.lastname@example.org, https://forms.gle/FZHyU889jnr69qvh7
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is a space club that’s part of an international organization of high school and college chapters. They do all kinds of fun activities related to space, such as discussing the latest space news, toying with space simulators, and presenting on all kinds of space-related topics, from space politics to space photography!
They’ve had two major events recently — a panel of college students from the University of Michigan’s SEDS chapter, who talked about space-related opportunities at the college level and SpaceVision, the national SEDS conference. There, they got to hear from notable figures involved in space, such as the NASA Chief Scientist. They also entered its Business Pitch Competition, where they presented the idea of using astronaut-style food to inspire kids to get interested in space. They even won second place against college students and received a cash prize. If you’re interested in space and want to get involved in all these opportunities and more, join their meetings at 2:30 on Wednesdays!
Women in STEM club
Contact Sylva Das email@example.com
The Women in Stem Club is a new club aiming to support women in the male-dominated STEM fields. They discuss impactful women in STEM and the contributions that they have made. Their main focus though is to break down barriers preventing women from entering STEM careers. The club is aiming to partner with the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Michigan.
Contact Christia West firstname.lastname@example.org
Zebrotics is CHS’ competitive programming and engineering club. Typically, they have live competitions but this virtual year, they will be designing a game in a virtual design competition During the off-season while not competing, they meet Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Zebrotics invites members to use, learn and practice engineering and programming skills while having fun designing a video game.
“There is something for everyone with Team 5708 [the Zebrotics Club’s team name],” said Christia West, teacher and club leader.