Two new clubs started this year at Southfield High School – the Drama Club and the College Club.
Senior Zaire Marthrel started the Drama Club, which hopes to produce a play this year. Southfield High School hasn’t had its own school play since former drama teacher Brenda Perryman retired in 2010.
Marthrel said he loves theatre and heard Southfield High used to have a drama department and wanted to see it happen again.
Marthrel expected 30 students to attend his first meeting but received 68 new members. Drama Club meets every first and third Monday of the month and every second and fourth Wednesdays in A102.
“Drama club brings together our ideas,” says Faron Davis, a new member of the club. Davis says he is looking forward to participating in a play.
The other new club – the College Club – is only for junior and meets on Thursdays during lunch. The University of Michigan provides lunch at the meetings.
Each lunch session is limited to 30 students and is on a first-come, first serve basis. Those who wish to attend must sign up in advance with Counselor Ne’Sha Harper.
The University of Michigan sponsors the College Club, which is part of the Gear-Up program that helps families prepare for college.
“Gear Up assists families on their journey to post-secondary education,” said Courtney Vanderbilt, who represents the University of Michigan at the club meetings.
Vanderbilt said she wants juniors to know about colleges and resources that can help students when it comes time for them to apply to college.
The primary goal of the college club is to help students determine their goal and then take action, Vanderbilt said.
“The Gear-Up Program is helpful,” said junior Kee’nan Haggen. “I like how it teaches you to get ready for college.”
“It’s a cool program,” said junior Hakim Chappelle. “It will help me prepare for college.”