Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 23, 2013

Clubbing, high school-style

Showcase introduces eighth-graders to extracurricular life at AHS

They’re on the cusp of becoming high-schoolers. And last week, eighth-graders curious about what goes on at Andover High aside from organized sports got their questions answered at the first-ever Club Showcase.

Members of 20 of the school’s 65 clubs set up tabletop displays and answered a myriad of questions from students, parents and school staff about what their clubs do and why they do it.

From the Ultimate Frisbee to Origami clubs, Kick Butt Girls to Gay-Straight Alliance, a wide variety of groups and interests were represented at the event, organized by newly hired Andover High assistant principal Mark Seide.

Charlee O’Neil, a junior, answered questions about the Generation Collaboration Club, which she started this year.

One of the club’s first efforts was a collection drive for second-hand prom dress for donation to the Priceless Prom Gown Program in Haverhill.

A picture of the 58 prom gowns collected by Generation Collaboration was on display in O’Neil’s booth. The dresses, many of which were provided by Chic Consignment of Andover, were being dropped off to Priceless Prom the next day.

“I just like helping people,” O’Neil said.

Laurel Kazanjian, of Andover Youth Services, highlighted Troop KBG — aka Kick Butt Girls.

“It’s about women empowerment,” she said, adding that typically 10 to 15 girls are members of the service-oriented club at any given time.

The Ultimate Frisbee table was covered with Frisbees along with team photos and on-field action shots.

A combination of soccer and basketball, Ultimate Frisbee may not be recognized by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association as a varsity sport, but that hasn’t kept it from being popular, said Cindy Cromer, Andover Youth Services program coordinator for the team.

Cromer said interest in the sport has exploded since a boys team first formed in Andover in 1999. There are now three teams — both boys and girls varsity squads as well as junior varsity boys team — and more than 70 participants. After playing at Andover High, Cromer’s daughter has started a college-level Ultimate Frisbee team at Kent State University in Ohio.

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