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New clubs add diversity, unique activities to South


Tea Club

Tea Club meets Wednesdays after school in Ceramic Teacher Kurt Webb’s classroom. The new club, started by seniors Alex Canary and Zachary Bauer, aims to bring tea to South students who do not know a lot about tea or do not get the opportunity to drink a lot of it, according to Bauer.

“The culture that people bring from their cultures is really interesting [when discussing tea],” Bauer said.

The goals for Tea Club, according to Bauer, are to create a place where people can learn about tea, talk and share their ideas. On their second club meeting with the help of Sponsor Kurt Webb, Tea Club made tea cups out of clay so that each member would have their own cup to use.

“I thought […] people should have their own cups,” Webb said. “The first time [we met] we had people drinking out of Styrofoam cups and paper cups […] and it didn’t fit well with an intimate sharing kind of experience.”

It may seem a little unusual if you’ve never had tea as a part of your life, but Tea Club is a unique environment with a chance to meet new people, Webb said.

Recording Club

Multiple moveable cases, filled with music-recording equipment is what Aaron Wojcik, assistant band director, has pictured for South’s new recording club.

According to Wojcik, he started the club with help from his electronic music class. The club will give South musicians the opportunity to record professionally.

“[The club will be] providing the students at South an opportunity they don’t usually get, which is studio time in a professional environment,” Wojcik said.

Recording club will begin in mid-October.

Special Needs Sports Club

Junior Peter Stellas, who worked in a special needs gym class throughout middle school, still carries on a relationship with the kids he worked with over three years ago.  Today, Stellas and two other friends, juniors Austin Nowlin and John Tallis, want to create an opportunity similar to the one Stellas had in middle school.

In order to achieve this, Stellas, Nowlin and Tallis created a new club: the Special Needs Sports Club. According to Tallis, the goal of the club is to get GBS sports teams involved in spending a day doing activities with kids with special needs at South. At the same time, Stellas hopes the club will bring all students at South together as a community.

“It’s a great way to meet people and have people realize that the special needs students aren’t that different from us,” Stellas said. “Their personalities are not that different.”

The club is still in the early stages, and according to Tallis, and an official starting date has not yet been determined.


GHANA, an acronym for Giving, Helping And Nurturing Anloga, is a new club at South that will be raising money to send aid to the community in Anloga, Ghana. The new club started by juniors Madison O’Brien and Jane Brennan will meet Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the foods room.

“In Anloga there is an orphanage and child rescue center […] and they both definitely need financial aid, and new clothes for the kids, and school supplies, and things like that,” O’Brien, who travelled to Anloga on a community service trip this past summer, said.

The club plans to hold different events to raise money for Ghana like bake sales, school supplies drives and making and selling Ghanaian beaded bracelets, according to O’Brien.

“I hope [members of the club] realize the world is bigger than Glenview,” O’Brien said. “That there is a lot that we can do to give back to other places since we are so fortunate and lucky.”


According to, 120,000 students were members of the Healthcare Occupations Students of America in 2009. Until this year, South had no HOSA program until Guidance Counselor Randall McGraw, and sophomore Jeremy Joseph teamed up to create one.

According to McGraw, his goal for the club is to help students find a future career well -suited for them.

“One of the things that I certainly want to try to do is to help people find their niche in life,” McGraw said. “Many of our students are interested [in healthcare occupations and] I think this offers them an opportunity to broaden their horizons.”

McGraw also hopes to have the HOSA club fundraise for a specific cause that is to be determined.

HOSA meets Mondays after school in the SAC conference room.

Book Club

South’s new Book Club meets every other Wednesday in the IMC classroom. Started by seniors Kaitlin Lambert and Susie Hawkes, Book Club aims to get more students involved with books through discussions and activities, according to Lambert.

“It’s different from school reading because we let the students choose what book that they want to read,” Lambert said.

The first book selected by the club to read is Divergent by Veronica Roth, which is about a dystopian alternate universe, according to Lambert, she thought it would be a good idea because the movie rendition comes out in May.

“We don’t want to make there be deadlines because that seems too much like school,” Lambert said.

According to Lambert, the Book Club will read different books each month but not assign specific chapters to read each time. Additionally, they will play games, go on field trips, watch movies and eat a lot of food.

A1 Auto Club

As a new teacher, automotives instructor Sean Reisdorf, has wasted no time making his mark at South. Reisdorf made the decision to start an automotives club. According to Reisdorf, he has run similar clubs at previous schools he has taught at. His goal for the club is to give students more time to practice what they have learned in his automotives classes.

“The way I teach my curriculum, there is not always a lot of time for students to work on their own cars in class,” Reisdorf said. “I [created] the auto club so they have a chance to work on their own stuff and practice on their own vehicle what they have practiced in [the automotives classroom].”

Reisdorf hopes to get the club involved in some sort of charity that includes car safety for the Glenview community. Meetings will start soon and will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


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