by Tyiesha Quarrels
Being in high school is more than just going to math and English, students have the opportunity to explore all sorts of in-school and extracurricular classes and activities beyond the core classes.
CBHS offers a variety of clubs and organizations for students to participate in such as American Sign Language Club, Best Buddies, CB Television, Health Occupations Students Association (HOSA), Peer Assistance Leadership (PALS), and Student Council (Stu Co).
Assistant Principal Stanley Zavala said that students are presented with the opportunity to interact with other students who share similar interests.
“Students find a place to belong when they join a school club, it gives them the opportunity to meet other students who they might not otherwise meet who have similar interests,” said Zavala.
Many clubs are created to accommodate the different personalities of students interested in participating in their choice of club. Zavala said that being a part of a club should be enjoyable experience.
“Research has shown that students who are active in their school community have a better attendance, grades, and graduation rates – and it’s fun,” said Zavala.
One of the many service clubs offered at Clear Brook is Best Buddies. The club is sponsored by Alternative Academics teacher Ashley Stewart. Best Buddies gives students who participate in this club are given the chance to form meaningful friendships with students who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Stewart said that it’s important for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to be treated with respect.
“It is very important for the community to see the Best Buddies out in the community; every opportunity to get our name out there is an opportunity for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to be included, accepted, and appreciated,” said Stewart.
Stewart added that anybody who has ever attended a Best Buddies event has always enjoyed themselves
“Best Buddies is fun, it gives all people at Clear Brook a chance to meet other people and make friends – no one ever leaves a Best Buddies event without a smile on their,” said Stewart.
Another club available at Clear Brook is the American Sign Language Club (ASL). The club is led by ASL teacher, Michelle Gray. The ASL club is available for anybody interested in learning ASL and those interested in expanding their understanding of the language and culture.
Gray said that by joining ASL you’ll be given more exposure to the language, as well as interact with members of the deaf community.
“You can get a chance to participate in silent dinners, participate in homecoming events, as well as, other things that we have like we participate in lock-ins and we design t-shirts. We just have a really good time enjoying each other. As well as interacting with other people in the deaf community,” said Gray.
Students with an interest in medicine can take part in Health Occupations Students Association (HOSA). HOSA is an international organization competition event that allows students with an interest for a career in the medical field to further explore their interest in their career of choice. Angela Vong is one of three teachers at Clear Brook who work with HOSA and is the instructor for the medical terminology course and health science technology classes.
Vong said that in addition to exploring healthcare professions, being a part of HOSA helps develop leadership skills.
“It’s an organization for students that is geared towards getting them interested and helping them learn leadership skills; basically, getting them into becoming future health care professionals,” said Vong.
Zenia Ridley also teaches health science courses as well as the pharmacy technician program.
“It’s important for community to see our students active in their interests because it shows how passionate these young adults are about wanting to providing help being the future of healthcare,” said Ridley.
Students interested in working with other students is Peer Assistance Leadership (PALS). The class is taught by Donna Stone. The purpose of the PALS club is to give back to the community and strengthen students’ leadership skills.
Coach Stone said that the students learn impactful ways to contribute to the community.
“Students who want to develop their leadership skills, enjoy spending time with children, and who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to be a part of the PAL Program,” said Stone.
“Peer Assistance and Leadership is an experiential program in which students have a variety of opportunities to grow as individuals while helping others, and those opportunities are usually what draws students to the PAL Program,” said Stone.
Students are urged to join any club, organization, or extracurricular activity that they truly have a passion for and enjoy devoting their time towards. Students are also encouraged to form their own club or organization if what they’re looking for is not already here on campus.
For more information of on all of the clubs visit the school’s website at clearbrook.ccisd.net