An annual tradition at Saint Cloud High, Club Rush offers students an opportunity to learn about the various organizations on campus. The event is especially meant for freshmen, who may feel intimidated to jump into a high school activity or sport given they are fresh from middle school. In addition to the ability to learn about the different clubs, several clubs went the extra mile, showcasing their talents to the student body. The weightlifting and wrestling teams showcased their prowess, the Golden Girls performed their routines flawlessly (as usual), and our Army JROTC donned their Class As—just to name some examples.
On August 25, Club Rush 2021 began with each of the organizations represented sending their student leaders to the auditorium to speak to the freshmen during fourth period. A PowerPoint presentation was made with a slide for each club so students could easily join Remind codes or jot down meeting information. When the bell for lunch rang, all of Saint Cloud High poured into the courtyard where club members who were not presenting in the auditorium had tables decorated to promote their organization ready for everyone to peruse. In addition to some of the talents discussed earlier, many tables featured candy or other giveaways to entice students to come to them.
Club Rush, in recent years, has also become a personal opportunity of mine to talk to the students of Saint Cloud High and ask them trivia questions. The purpose of this activity was not to embarrass anyone or make anyone feel stupid, rather it was intended simply to have fun on a day when all of Saint Cloud High came together to share with each other.
In past years, questions have revolved around politics, and the amount of people interviewed was quite low. In fact, in last year's Club Rush (called Bulldog Union), there were no questions asked. Only interviews of the different clubs at their stations were conducted. However, this year, my last, I was fortunate enough to talk to many more students asking question pertaining to many more topics. Some questions included:
Saint Cloud High's student's answers to these questions aired on the afternoon announcements in early September. If you missed any of them, the segments of the four days over which they aired are below. Although, this was my last time doing the trivia, I hope it is a tradition that will be continued for years to come. The question I now pose to you is "Who will pick up the gauntlet and fill my shoes?"