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Clubs! Clubs! Clubs!

By: Sarah O'Leary

Do you want to have fun doing activities with other like-minded people?


If yes, then Conard clubs are for you!


Conard High School houses a myriad of clubs where students can further pursue their interests and passions. Clubs are often viewed as extracurricular activities where students can get involved with their school community. At Conard, many students have chosen to share their interests and educate themselves and their peers through clubs. Conard currently has more than 19 clubs. The clubs offered involve various interests like journalism, environmental protection, the stock market, substance abuse and mental health, human rights, video games, videography, and more. While students may not prioritize clubs over academics, sports, jobs, and other responsibilities that students take on, don’t lose sight of the great opportunities that they offer: including the pursuit of individual interests, social camaraderie, expansion of your resume, enrich your high school experience, and most importantly, having fun. 


Natalie Delacruz is the student representative of The Herren Project, an advocacy group focused on inclusion and prevention and substance abuse prevention, and mental health. Natalie expresses that “being in clubs is one of the best things you can do” because it allows you to “do things you’re passionate about and share them with your friends and the world”. 


Additionally, Akshat Juneja, creator of the Stock Market Club, found that there are “no downsides” through his experience with clubs. This club focuses on and discusses financial matters and current events pertaining to finance. Akshat created this club because “he thinks that financial literacy is a really important skill that everyone must have”. 


Clubs can focus on raising awareness and advocacy, learning an imperative life skill, or being seen in the list below, be for fun like the bowling club. 


Even with all of the existing clubs to choose from, you may want to start your club to pursue a personal interest with other like-minded classmates. 


Ms. Cruz, a teacher advisor for the Environmental Club, believes that “clubs are beneficial for high school students,” and the creation of a club requires passion. She thinks that “there should be a club for anything as long as students have passion behind it”. Ms. Cruz saw this passion in Molly Brown, President of the Environmental Club; therefore, she wanted to help and support her in any way she could. The Environmental Club mainly focuses on combating climate change. Molly says that “[she] definitely wouldn’t consider it easy to start a club… however when you are working on something that you are so passionate about, it doesn’t feel like homework or added stress, it is more of an exciting challenge”. Molly’s decision to restart the Environmental Club has resulted in 51 “very active” and “dedicated” members, which she is beyond grateful for. 


Likewise, Maya Palanki, creator of Hands on Hartford, a community service club focused on homelessness, human rights, and housing, explains that she was inspired to create her club based on her passion for helping others who lack the fundamental right of a home. At first, Maya was hesitant to create the club because she found it “nerve-racking because [she] wanted others to be passionate about it as well”. Although Maya was concerned that students might lack a similar passion, this was not the case for her as she has about 40 members. In the end, Maya is “so glad that [she] created it”.  


Although we are heading into the 2020-21 school year’s final months, it is not too late to sign up for a club. Here’s how to join one or create one for the next school year. 


To start you off, here are some clubs that Conard offers. Email the teachers listed to get the Google Classroom code for the club that you are interested in. To see the full list of clubs, past and present, visit

How to Create a Club

From the Conard Website:


You will need…

  1. A name and description

  2. Meeting days and times

  3. At least ten interested students

  4. The name and signature of a faculty member who has agreed to be the advisor


Then, return the completed form to the Career Center, which will be then sent to get administrator approval and you will be notified when your club has been approved.


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