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Discussion in 'Free Range' started by RoryGilmore, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. RoryGilmore

    RoryGilmore Chicken

    This thread is inspired by Drunk AMA. I figured I could start out each morning (especially during this period of quarantine) with a question for all chickens to help take our mind off things.

    Question For April 5, 2020:

    What clubs or activities were you involved in during high school? And is there an activity that, looking back now, you wish you had joined?
     
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  2. RoryGilmore

    RoryGilmore Chicken

    I’ll start. I was a part of the school paper all four years — and editor for the last two! I wish I had the confidence to be part of our school plays, aside from makeup crew. (I only joined makeup crew since I had a crush on a guy friend who was in the cast.)
     
  3. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    This is a fun idea. I spent every weekend doing CX debate. Looking back it’s likely the only reason I’m fairly normal/care about what’s going on in the world/not a brainwashed tea party republican.

    I don’t think I would have wanted to do anything else but I wish I would have put even more effort in instead of chasing people who didn’t care about me. I was locally successful but I had a brilliant coach and probably could have been really good.
     
  4. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    - I played the flute and piccolo in marching band and was drum major my junior and senior years
    - I played the flute, piccolo, and oboe in concert band
    - I played piccolo for pep band (for basketball games)
    - I was part of the backstage/sound/lighting crew for musicals and plays, and finally went out for a part for a play my senior year so I was also in one
    - I was track and field “manager” my senior year
    - I was on the quiz team (traveled to other schools and competed against each other) - it was called “Quick Recall” for our district
    - I was part of the D&D club

    There isn’t anything I wish I had participated in on top of all the stuff I did. I also had part time jobs my junior and senior years, as well as doing half days at a local university my junior year through a program that allowed me to take college classes for free and get actual college credit. I was super busy lol.
     
  5. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Oooo, fun thread!

    My freshman year I did drama club. It's generally not what I would consider my "scene," and I hate performing, but I had friends join and they convinced me. I had a tiny role, but I loved the whole experience (well, I mean performing was still the least fun part :lol:). No ragrats. But after that I moved to a new school. I didn't get involved in anything as I adjusted my sophomore year, but then junior year I joined the academic teams (academic decathlon, spell bowl, something else I forget-academic bowl?). It was also fun and I made some great friends. The teachers involved in that were amazing and I'll never forget them, especially because it was a challenging time at home for me, so school was my sanctuary. I won a few medals and ribbons for that stuff, but sadly my mom wasnt able to pay on a storage unit she had and it's all gone. That still really bums me out. Some of my art work, yearbook, and high school diploma was in there too.

    I also did softball for a year. I was pretty terrible, but so was the whole team ha. I couldn't do it my senior year because my mom was never able to take me to get my physical exam in time :/ oh, and I was student council vice president senior year. And honor society, but we didnt really do anything with that.
     
  6. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    I did track, Spanish club (for a bit, but it conflicted with my other stuff), HOSA, JROTC, occasional FFA and 4H, and was active in church stuff at the church my friends went to.

    I don’t really wish I did anything else. I didn't have the happiest home and I prioritized getting out of it as much as possible as soon as my baby brother started needing me less. I guess I wish I had kept up with Spanish Club. I can still follow along reasonably well with Spanish language television, but my conversational abilities are pretty much dead.


    Edit: I forgot that for one year I was the leader of the JROTC drill team. It was basically military movements... choreographed dazzlingly? No music, obviously. We were pretty good.
     
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  7. RoryGilmore

    RoryGilmore Chicken

    @Erie Do you still play flute or piccolo? I also played flute, but dear Jeff Goldblum I was so terrible at it. I struggled with reading music, mostly. My flute’s currently hanging out in the basement right now.
     
  8. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    Dance - we had dance classes and did two shows each year, one per semester. So I did that all three years.

    Theater - I helped with hair/makeup for the production of Footloose in Grade 10. Then I performed in Crazy For You (as a Follies Girl) in Grade 11. In Grade 12, I was the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, then Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors.

    I was on student council each year (we didn’t have traditional elected roles - it was more just a volunteer group) and treasurer on Grad Committee in Grade 12.

    I also did cheer and pom (basically cheer dance without the stunts) in Grade 10.

    So yes, I was one of those people lol. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything though, and definitely didn’t have time to add more extracurricular activities on top of that. I was also taking dance classes on Saturdays (not school related) through high school, assisting with younger classes and then started teaching my first class on my own in Grade 12.
     
  9. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    I do still have it. I’ve picked it up a couple times over the years but I can’t read sheet music anymore. I’d have to relearn it all. I may do that with my extra time next week now that I’m thinking about it. I don’t mean to brag but I was really good - I entered competitions throughout high school and always placed first, I always got first chair when trying out for district wide honor bands and those sorts of things, and I’d even gotten a full ride offer to one college to go play for them. I picked up oboe my senior year because I was bored with the flute, my band teacher had ordered an oboe for the school and I was like yeah sure I’ll teach myself a new instrument, it took me about two weeks until I began entering competitions for it too.

    I just remember thinking “this isn’t a viable career path” when I turned down that full ride offer. My band teacher wanted me to apply to Juilliard and I just didn’t see how I’d ever make money doing it. I wonder what my life would be like if I’d gone down that path though!
     
  10. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Oooo fun!

    1. Played field hockey both for the school team and for Futures and a club team. I was a forward, usually inner. Lost my front tooth as a flyer for indoor club.

    2. Played softball as center field until I lost my tooth. Weirdly didn’t make me nervous toplay hockey but I couldn’t bat anymore

    3. Played clarinet for concert band and Alto and Tenor Sax for Jazz band. Also did one year of marching band because we went on a trip to Ireland/Wales/London.

    4. Did stage crew for the plays, mostly sat backstage and made dirty jokes with all of my guy friends I made join with me.

    5. Did triple jump and long jump for track and field and ran the 400.
     
  11. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Rooster was in choir, drama club, academic bowl, science bowl and robotics team. I remember hanging out on the robotics meetings a lot because that’s where him and my other friends were.
     
  12. RoryGilmore

    RoryGilmore Chicken

    @HBC I never knew you two were HS sweethearts! Awwww.
     
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  13. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    I was in jazz band (played the keyboard), concert choir and jazz choir. I was elected to the executive of jazz choir. I did the musical (there was only one in all my years at high school - South Pacific), was on the track and field team, was a senior mentor to the new grade nine class and read the end of day announcements over the PA system.

    I think if I could do it again I would have done student council. I did that in University and quite enjoyed it.
     
  14. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Technically we had both graduated when we became a couple, although he says he had a crush on me the whole time! I knew his sister first because she is my age. My best friend and his best friend were dating (now married with two ginger babies) so we started spending a lot of time together, too.
     
  15. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    I was in class council each year, student government for 2 years (treasurer senior year, chaired several committees for events like Homecoming and our annual "powder puff" football game), and Leo Club (service based club partnered with the Lions Club). Those were the only ones I was actually active in, but I was also Latin Club president and a member of drama club, NHS, and I think a couple others that didn't really do anything either. I also worked part time in various retail or food service jobs as soon as I got my driver's license.

    I wish I had gotten involved in sports, specifically volleyball and/or cross country. My friends and I played a lot of beach volleyball and I loved it, but I never did anything organized. I didn't really feel like I had time to get involved in organized sports because working was not optional for me and my parents weren't available to drive me around to practices & games before I got my license.
     
  16. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Colorguard, FFA (as was required for agricultural science classes), and the Gay-Straight Alliance (which was new to our campus my freshman year and I’m sure has a much more inclusive name now). I wish I had tried out for the dance team but it would have been hard to dance for both during colorguard competition season. Same for theater. Comp season made for a busy spring.
     
  17. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I tried out for dance and was one of the 2 or 3 people cut :lol: it didn't last long because the coach got arrested for DUI and was fired shortly after. But that's the one thing I pursued and totally, totally failed at.
     
  18. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    Oh @Apples&Oranges that reminds me - I tried out for indoor drum line the first year we tried to put it together (was going to play the smallest bass drum) but the instructor got arrested for a sexual relationship with a student about two weeks into practices.
     
  19. Tumnus

    Tumnus Chicken

    I love learning this kind of stuff about people!

    *Band 6th through 10th grade: I played French Horn. I was not good.

    *Environmental club: I was president my senior year. We just picked up trash.

    *Drama club: started with a small role in 10th grade. I had lost all of my "friends" because of boy drama (my best friend slept with my bf because I wouldn't. They're married now. ) so I auditioned. I loved it, had the lead in The Little Princess senior year.

    *Academic team

    *Yearbook staff

    I'm so thankful for drama club and the "weird kids" that accepted me, I'm still friends with a few of them. I had the same 5 or 6 close friends from Kindergarten to 10th grade. Losing them all at once was so painful, especially in a small school where everyone knows your business.
     
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  20. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    I was a cheerleader for football and wrestling (occasionally basketball), French club, Key club (volunteering), and graphics club (we had a graphic arts lab with printing presses, silk screen capabilities and a darkroom for developing black and white photography.) There were definitely more but I can't remember right now. There wasn't much else I think I missed out on but I also worked a lot after school so not sure there would have been time.
     
  21. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    I was in drama and performed in 2 of the Fall plays. Other than that, I was just really active socially. Went to every football game, basketball game, never missed a school dance. Oh and we had a homecoming parade every year and each grade had a float. I helped build the float every year (and of course rode on it during the parade).
     
  22. deet

    deet Chicken

    I did run track for one year, but the main thing I was involved in is Pom Pon lol. We were state champs four years straight. The first 2 I was on JV but I was part of the team in 99 and 00 so won back to back. I pretty much had a month off each year. We practiced like crazy and didn’t have a ton of tome for much else. We had four hour practice on Saturday’s and camps over the summer.

    Its an extremely competitive organization and not one I was planning on joining. I went with my best friend at the time to try outs so she wouldn’t have to go alone. I ended up making the team and she didn’t. It was a huge part of my life, to the point where I coached another team first year out of high school, so yeah, can’t imagine doing something else even though it was def not something I imagined myself doing!
     
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  23. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    -Drama Club. I only ushered for the fall play as a Freshman, but I had small/supporting roles in 5/7 and did stage crew for the other 2. I’m still in touch with the teacher who directed them all; I love her.
    -Gay Straight Alliance. My junior year, its 2nd year, my recently graduated brother took over as advisor and made me, his younger ex boyfriend, and this popular bi girl the “board.” The other 2 didn’t show up to regularly so I became de facto leader. Senior year I was President, and I participated in a training to be a Queer Youth Advocacy Day leader and had my only tour of the state capitol, I guess my schools in Sacramento never made that an official field trip. I think most of my high school assumed I was a lesbian or at least bi :shrug:
    -Speech & Debate junior & senior year. I wasn’t great at it but it was fun. I think I quit halfway through senior year.

    I’m good with the amount of extracurricular activities I did. I also did and taught recreational floor gymnastics (4-6 hours a week) through out high school. I was never great but being not great at gymnastics still means you can do some things that most people can’t. I’m hoping that at some point next year I can do a front handspring again without having to relearn how.
     
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  24. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    I played clarinet in band from grades 6-9. I was in Key Club in I want to say grade 9 or 10 because my friends were. Was on student council handling incoming money in grades 11 & 12. Didn't have to run since this was an appointed/volunteer position. I also was on the mock trial team my senior year.

    Outside of school, I played ringette competitively which took up a lot of my spare time. Played rec softball in the spring and started working part time in grade 11.

    If I could go back I would have been more involved in student council and would have liked to join a sports team, maybe handball, and get involved backstage for the musicals.
     
  25. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    I did drama, I was in every play at our brother school because it was easier to get the big main roles at the boys school than it was at my girls school haha. I also played trombone in the school band, which I liked because of the people in it. The brass section was just me and one girl on the trumpet and we had such a good time goofing off in the back. I was also technically on the school newspaper but I couldn't make the meetings because of drama, and I never wrote anything, I just edited all of the stuff that came in for grammar and whatnot.

    Outside of school I did fencing and tap dancing.

    My school was 6-12 and I started in 7th grade. When I started my mom was afraid I wouldn't make friends and signed me up for cross country. I hated it but wanted to do softball and you couldn't do another sport that same year if you quit a different one so I stuck it out. In winter track I tried pole vaulting but sucked at it so they never put me in meets for it. I didn't make the softball team and never tried out for another school sport again.