A Proposal for Required Clubs and Organizations – Editorial


ECO Eagles club officers Zoe Henderson and Arielle Timtiman promote club at HOCO Parade | Photo by Bianca Covarrubias

Mia Perez, Editor

Creativity molded by experience is arguably the most important trait a high school student can have. Once said students are nearing the end of their high school career, the ability to stand out from other applicants on educational and occupational resumes becomes dire and violently oppressive over the success of their application. Participating in clubs is the only way to overcome this. However, many underclassman fail to realize this before it is too late.

For their own benefit, being active in at least one club should be a requirement for every student on campus.

The success of clubs, much like student scores from standardized testing, are often closely monitored and referenced when examining a campus’ ability to teach and supply our community with functioning members of society. Schools who are able to coach students to place high in district, region, and state-wide competitions such as UIL academics or robotics, are often more endorsed than schools who fail to. School funding could highly benefit from encouraging students to represent the campus n competitions such as these.

Pushing students to participate in a club is far from just another stressful graduation requirement. With many unique clubs offered on campus, such as gamer’s club, aviation club, or art club, there is bound to be the perfect club for each student. In fact, school could become an overall more enjoyable and fruitful experience for students who otherwise wouldn’t think to look for a new activity or hobby on campus. Clubs also provide space for students to socialize with their peers.

While it may be argued that students might not have the time to balance clubs on top of academics, it must be considered that students are already required to participate in non-core classes such as art or music for a few credits of their high school plan. Adding a club once a week for 30 minutes is hardly much to ask. Furthermore, Power Hour provides students with more than enough time to stay active in a club.

Clubs and organizations, while not necessarily urgent on a surface level, are extremely important to the success of students and the functionality of schools. A one club requirement is a small proposal for a big outcome.