Socrates, Shakespeare and Obama

With such a diverse student body at Ames High, it comes as no surprise that a plethora of school clubs exists. Each is unique in its own way, and offers a special way to become involved in the school and the community. Here is an introduction to a few of them: Thespians If the stage beckons you, or you find yourself reciting Shakespeare in the shower, join Ames High Thespians, a drama organization. The plans for this year include a trip to attend Sweeney Todd when it comes to Stephens Auditorium on September 24th, and a dance party in order to raise funds for better costumes. The group will perform Pride and Prejudice in the fall, a winter musical, and the play Shakespeare in Hollywood in the spring. Contact senior Mary Woeste with any questions. Key Club If volunteering is your passion, come to Key Club on Tuesday mornings at 7:20. Key Club plans to participate in Relay for Life, a 12-hour relay to benefit the American Cancer Society, along with various other volunteering events. “One can do as little or as much as one wants,” senior Kaity Brien, president of Key Club said. Philosophy Club Maybe engaging in deep, philosophical discussions is your forte. If so, come to Philosophy Club on Wednesdays during both lunches. Bring your lunch, and have your brain ready to discuss questions such as, ‘If you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be?’ Contact senior Sarah Koehler with any questions about this exclusive club. SHEPH Students Helping to Eliminate Poverty and Hunger, or SHEPH, works with Student Council and the Africa Project to help combat poverty and hunger, both global and centralized. Last year, SHEPH raised money for two families that had been devastated by HIV/AIDS in Uganda. On the agenda for this year include a semester-long fundraiser for a clinic in Jinja, Uganda, the famous bunny change drive, and the Abana Banji road race. Contact seniors Julia Reynolds, Marley Dobyns, Natalie Enloe or Mythili Prabhu with questions, or simply show up at 7:20 on Thursday mornings in the multi-purpose room. Progressive Club If you enjoy discussing or arguing about politics, or if political activism is your thing, come to Progressive Club. Contact senior Kevin Arritt about meeting times or with any questions. 100th Green Butterfly Are you a budding environmentalist? If so, come to 100th Green Butterfly, after school on Wednesdays in Mr. Lazere’s room. Other than weekly paper recycling, 100th Green plans to help clean up the high school and the community once a month. Also, the club will hold a semester-long fundraiser for upkeep of the prairie behind the high school. Contact seniors Kevin Arritt, Meredith Anselman, Julia Reynolds or Laurel Tuggle with any questions. I-Pong I-Pong involves coordination, stamina, athleticism and a tough mental attitude. The weak players are eaten for breakfast. Come, if you are tough enough, to the art balcony after school on Wednesdays. Contact senior Alan Guo with any questions. These clubs are only a sampler of Ames High clubs. Many have yet to begin, such as French Club and Science Olympiad. If a club sounds interesting to you, do not hesitate to learn about it or come to meetings.