🐾 PERT testing for Valencia Dual Enrollment has ended. If you missed any of the tests or did not get the score your needed, contact Valencia to retake the test there by the deadline, November 5. You cannot be a DE student unless you pass all three sections of the PERT. 🐾 Did you know we have an Addition Financial Credit Union branch on campus? Students can open a checking and savings account to jumpstart their financial future. Visit the branch on campus or go to AdditionFi.com/StCloudHS to learn more about the promotion 🐾 Auditions for Spongebob the Musical are coming up on November 17! The informational meeting is on November 9 after school. 🐾 SCHS now has a Chess Club! Whether you are an expert or just beginning, we would like to see you! Meetings will be in Coach Weber's room (4-106) 🐾 Interested in playing Lacrosse? The informational meeting will be on November 10 during lunch in room 4-110. If you have any questions, go see Coach Beaverson or Mr. Wright. 🐾
October 2021
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Club Rush 2021!

What Does SCHS Have to Offer? (Plus a Compilation of the Trivia Interviews!)

by
Noah Jenkins
October 2021
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Club Rush 2021!

What Does SCHS Have to Offer? (Plus a Compilation of the Trivia Interviews!)

by
Noah Jenkins
Members of SCHS' Latinos in Action chapter pose for an image in the courtyard during Club Rush 2021 (Brianna Calzadilla/The Cloud)
Members of SCHS' Latinos in Action chapter pose for an image in the courtyard during Club Rush 2021 (Brianna Calzadilla/The Cloud)

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.

Some members from the SCHS Wresting Team pose in front of their Club Rush table featuring some of their awards (Brianna Calzadilla/The Cloud)
Best Buddies had a carboard cutout of their logo as their primary attraction (Brianna Calzadilla/The Cloud)

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:

Noah Jenkins quizzes students the 13 colonies (Brianna Calzadilla/The Cloud)
  • Who is the governor of Florida? Who are our two senators?
  • To end World War II in the Pacific the U.S dropped atomic bombs on which two Japanese cities?
  • Can you name the 13 colonies that formed the United States?
  • Who is the Secretary of Defense?
  • How long did the War in Afghanistan last?
  • The _____ is the powerhouse of the cell?
  • What is the first element on the Periodic Table?
  • Can you name any radioactive element?
  • What is the chemical formula for water?
  • How many Caribbean island nations can you name?

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?"