Students find ways to express their creativity and connect with others.

BY IRIS MARK, ‘23 AND GRETA MILLER, ‘23. PHOTOS BY BELLA VANMETER, ‘22.

On Sept. 17, UAHS clubs set up tables in the fieldhouse for the annual UAHS club fair. Here’s a look at some of the clubs offered to students.

UA STUDENT FOUNDATION

Founded in 2005, UA Student Foundation is a service group dedicated to both helping the community and the greater Columbus area. Half student run and half advisor directed, the club does service projects but also helps students with individual projects by providing grants. Senior Jillian Kuhen is the president of the UA Student Foundation. 

“We get donations to put into the Golden Bear Bash silent auction to then raise money for grants for their service projects as well as for the adopt a family program. We also volunteer at local soup kitchens. We’re looking to expand our service projects but have to get through some COVID-19 related obstacles first,” Kuhen said. “I love that we can provide some relief for families in need.”

To join, email Jillian Kuhen at jkuhen@uaschools.org.

FILM ANALYSIS CLUB

For film enthusiasts, Film Analysis club provides a space for watching and discussing movies. 

Juniors Jack Burky and Matthew Doron lead the club this year.

“Our club is all about promoting movies, and we plan on showing a monthly movie after school starting in late September,” Burky said. “We’re all big fans of movies in general, so it’s really nice to have a space to get to watch them with others who are just as interested as we are.”

To join, email Jack Burky at jburky@uaschools.org.

FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES 

After a pause during the pandemic, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has returned. Founded in 2019, FCA is a club where athletes and non-athletes come together to grow in their relationships with each other and their faith. 

Sophomores Katie Overmyer and Claire Geistfeld started it back up this year. The club meets in the morning to talk, play games, and listen to speakers. Night activities include hang outs, snacks, and games such as slip n slide, kickball and ultimate frisbee. 

“My favorite aspect of FCA is being able to be a part of something positive that helps me grow in multiple different ways,” Overmyer said. “I love to see people interacting and spreading love throughout the get togethers.”

To join, email Katie Overmyer at kmovermyer@uaschools.org or Claire Geistfeld at cgeistfeld@uaschools.org.

ALS AWARENESS CLUB

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Club raises money for research about the disease. 

Seniors Liz Korte and Brooke Mason are co-presidents of the club.

Korte’s mother was diagnosed with ALS three years ago. Her mother’s diagnoses led Korte to get involved.

“I love being able to contribute to the ALS Association and Research for ALS. It’s a great way to have fun with friends while fundraising.”

To join, email Liz Korte at ekorte@uaschools.org or Brooke Mason at bimason@uaschools.org.

BOOK CLUB

Book Club is a space for all students, from voracious readers to the noncommittal types, to come together and discuss books. The leader of Book Club, senior Marin Sneed, said that she plans for readers to meet once a month to talk about a monthly book. 

“ I don’t want it to be a huge commitment or an obligation, I’m just wanting to get a good group of [readers together],” Sneed said.

Sneed said there is a lot of potential for service projects through Book Club as well. 

To join, email Marin Sneed at msneed@uaschools.org.

AAPI COMMITTEE 

The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Committee is a student organized club that helps cordinate outreach events to celebrate Asian American heritage. The club spreads awareness about injustice and discrimination, amplifying and advocating Asian voices in Upper Arlington and abroad.

Junior Elizabeth Liu founded the club at the end of last year, but it did not become official until school started in August.

“After the Atlanta shooting in March, I wanted to do something here locally to help students feel safe and included. I helped to organize a small celebration for AAPI Heritage Month in May, and after that, myself and a couple other students decided this should be a permanent fixture at the high school,” Liu said. “We are planning on doing outreach to middle and elementary schools, as well as creating speaker events here at the high school involving AAPI activists in the community. We are also working on creating fundraising events for local AAPI organizations around Columbus.”

To join, email Elizabeth Liu at elizabethliu@uaschools.org.

CROCHET FOR A CAUSE

While making crafts may not sound like service work to most, junior Avery Pine finds a way to release creative energy while also contributing to the community. Pine is the president of Crochet for a Cause, a group that sells the pieces they make and then donates the money to a charity of their choice.

“I wanted to help a cause while doing something I loved to do,” Pine said.

Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is needed to join.

“My favorite aspect is that I get to have fun with friends while doing something I love,” she said.

To join, email Avery Pine at apine@uaschools.org.

STUDENTS FOR CHANGE

Students for Change fundraises money for organizations that make positive changes in the community.

“[It’s] all a great group of people,” senior Joe Driscoll said.

Driscoll leads the club and said they’re working on many different projects for this year.

“My freshman year we did a thing called ‘Breaking Bread’ where we [had] foods from different cultures. [We] donated the money to Freedom A La Cart to help women who have been sex-trafficked to get back into normal society.”

Driscoll has been in the club all throughout his high school and said the best thing about it is the friends he’s made along the way.

To join, email Joe Driscoll at jdriscoll@uaschools.org.

ART THERAPY CLUB

Art Therapy Club aims to create a relaxing environment in order to better the mental health of participants. Senior Stella Petras rebooted the club last year and now leads it with fellow senior Lauren Thompson. The club is entirely student-directed with suggestions from the advisor Donna Cornwall. There are no big events planned as of now, but normal activities range from painting to collaging and other mediums of art.

“I want to share my interest in art with other people, and mental health is really important to both me and Lauren,” Petras said. “This gives us the opportunity to share what we care about with other people.”

To join, email Mrs. Cornwall dcornwell@uaschools.org.

TOAD TALKS

TOAD talks is a new club with the goal to connect high school and elementary school students over reading and talk of diversity. Juniors Ann Bixel and junior Lucy Cheng started planning the club last year with Dr. Kassoy, a counselor at Wickliffe Elementary, and set up over summer break. They plan for it to be as student-directed as possible.

“Currently, there aren’t many big projects or events planned this year as TOAD Talks is a new club. Our end goal is to reach the other elementary schools with this program, but [we] decided to start small as a pilot,” Bixel said. “Throughout our years in Upper Arlington, we felt like there wasn’t enough conversation [about] diversity. We wanted to provide an opportunity for that, starting at a young age. It is our hope that the elementary school students will take what they have learned and discussed [and] share it with their friends and families, spreading acceptance and awareness throughout the community.”

To join, email Ann Bixel at abixel@uaschools.org.