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Clubs Teach Students Life Skills

Co-curricular clubs and activities are an important aspect of Student Life at Scecina Memorial High School. The school currently has 20 clubs that students can join, with more planned for the coming year. Mr. Francisco Gomez, Scecina Memorial's Vice Principal and a 1998 alum, oversees Student Life programs. He took a moment to tell us about clubs at Scecina Memorial.

According to Mr. Gomez, clubs offer many of the same benefits that sports do, in that they "provide an opportunity for students to get involved, make friends, and learn life skills, such as responsibility, leadership, goal setting, and time management." He added that "well-run clubs are student-driven and have a high-level of student involvement. Faculty or staff moderators are primarily there to provide guidance and direction." 

It can be hard to juggle involvement in clubs, athletics, and academics, but Mr. Gomez notes that "through meaningful involvement in clubs, students learn self-discipline, build self-confidence and develop skills to handle life situations." Students can be involved in multiple clubs at SMHS, however Mr. Gomez advises students to focus on meaningful involvement, rather than multiple memberships.

It is easy to start a club at Scecina Memorial; it begins with a few students sharing a common interest for a club and a teacher or staff member willing to serve as the moderator. Then, the moderator and student leaders seek the principal’s approval.  That’s how the Robotics Club was formed in 2012.

Three new clubs are planned for the Fall of 2015.

  • National Current Events League, moderated by Mr. Andrew Smith and Mr. Elijah Sanders, will test student knowledge of current events.
  • Emmaus Communities, moderated by Ms. Angie Pometto, will focus on reading the Gospels and student faith journeys.
  • Photography Club, moderated by Mr. Charles Sinclair, will teach students the fundamentals of good photography.

Scecina Memorial High School has always had a strong emphasis on clubs. Mr. Gomez, a ’98 SMHS graduate, remembers many club offerings when he was a student. In addition to playing soccer, he served on the Student Council as the treasurer. He smiled, remembering, “We didn’t have a lot of money, so my job wasn’t too demanding, but we were a very active club. We got a lot of things done.”

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