Question Of The Day

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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. user3695

    user3695 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.
  8. 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.
  9. RoryGilmore

    RoryGilmore Chicken

    @HBC I never knew you two were HS sweethearts! Awwww.
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  10. user4290

    user4290 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. user63

    user63 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.
  15. 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.
  16. user4058

    user4058 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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  17. 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.
  18. 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).
  19. user4030

    user4030 Chicken

    -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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  20. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    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.
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  21. 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.
  22. Chevere

    Chevere Chicken

    I went to two high schools: at the first I did quilt (which was more so a general arts and craft thing) because my sister did, a charity club, I wrote for the online forum and news site, and was part of an intense science research program (those from my hometown would potentially be familiar with it, so I'm being vague lol).
    At the second, I was in Spanish honor society (love languages!), a few other honor societies, the science club, wrote for the school newspaper, and I tried out for a musical but didn't make it. I also took art classes and made a super bomb french due on silk with gold ghuta that my art teacher ruined by taking off the frame before it was dry and there were gaps in the ghuta. I wish my parents had let me explore my artistic side more.
    I did drama in middle school and loved it but I can't say I was a good actress
  23. user4290

    user4290 North of the Boarder

    Ginger babies!

    My nephew and my Goddaughter are both ginger. I think my nephew will grow out of it unfortunately, my Dad did. Ginger babies are so cute!
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  24. user4290

    user4290 North of the Boarder

    I wish there was a gay-straight alliance (or an equivalent) at my school. These groups started becoming popular in my area not long after I graduated. I would hope I would have been involved in one had it existed.

    When I was in grade nine a boy came out. It was shocking. His Dad was the football coach and he was so embarrassed he went on leave. The boy ended up dropping out and the rumour was he ran away from home and moved in with some older man in Toronto. I don't know how true that is but he did leave our school and the coach didn't return until after he was gone. The guy did alright. He is now a hair stylist for photoshoots and television. Nobody else came out for the remainder of my time in high school.
  25. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Proud band nerd! Alto sax for marching and concert seasons, tenor sax for one semester, bari sax for a few quartets. Squad leader for a few marching seasons, editor of the band paper, librarian (helped organize the sheet music room).

    Science Olympiad for rocks and minerals, tree identification, and whatever it's called to get directions and a compass and end up somewhere.

    Environmental club.

    I sort of wish I had spent more time on the two other activities, but at the same time I wasn't willing to take away from my band time anyway.