Don’t Knock It

by Ben Keefe
Class of 2015

Teenagers can be lazy. As a lazy teenager, I know that it is hard to take initiative. Teenagers can be shy. As a shy teenager, I know that it is hard to become involved in something new. I firmly believe being presented with options is significantly more desirable to teens than having to look for options simply because it requires less effort. This key factor can makes all the difference in the decision for a student to become involved in extracurricular activities.

A perfect example at Braintree High school is the sports program. There is a plethora of sports to choose from, attracting students from all walks of life every year. However, with the stereotypical traits of high school students mentioned above, one might wonder how students learn and more importantly, enlist in all these sporting opportunities at the high school. The answer: shameless advertising. Whether through, flyers, meetings, emails, news stories, or appearances on BCAM, the sports of BHS have been deeply established within the community.

Sports have taken center stage at BHS, there is not denying this. However, in the shadows, there is another facet of talent that deserves to the lime light. I am referring to the clubs and academic teams that fill the hallways of BHS, after hours. There is a wide array of enticing organizations to become a part of. It is a shame that the general student body is blissfully ignorant regarding the many activities that attribute to the diversity that the high school prides itself on.

However, by raising awareness for clubs and teams, the turn out will increase and the popularity will grow, leading to a more wholesome experience for everyone involved. I believe the catalyst in this dilemma comes from the idea of exclusion. Students do not want to get involved because they are weary regarding how they will be received. By not personally reaching out to students, they feel like they are not wanted.

With this being said, there is a way to promote clubs and teams in a productive environment. Clubs just need to reach out to the students as opposed to hoping that students reach out to them. Club leaders could get together and organize “club fairs” and give the student body a chance to see what each club has to offer. Much like a college fair, club fairs could have booths to display what their club consists of. By having student representatives present at each booth, their piers can feel at ease during the fair, making it easy to approach booths to ask questions or even sign up. Although potentially unpopular by the staff and administrators, these fairs should be held during school. This ensures that students will actually attend the fair, making it a beneficial experience.
The purpose of high school is to produce productive members of society and a big component of this can come from clubs. So, by putting in the effort to support clubs, the high school is actually investing in the future of the community.

Ben Keefe is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition