Photos by Izzy Zanone.
Spanish Club, also known as “Varsity Spanish,” is run by this year’s co-presidents, juniors Kirsten Erickson, Mary Beth Eddy, Grace Apodaca and Isabella Kloster. The club meets every other Monday after school in teacher sponsor Senorita Lind’s room, 507.
This year, the club is focusing on specific Spanish speaking countries and culture, along with the language itself. They will talk about different countries and spend the meetings going in-depth about the culture with speakers who have been to those countries.
“Just finding a way to connect with other cultures, despite the fact that we don’t always get the chance to live there, is really really special to us, and we find it really interesting,” Eddy said.
The club is open to students from all Spanish levels this year, rather than just certain levels.
“We wanted to encourage others to get involved,” Lind said. “Originally only Spanish 1 & 2 students were interested and I think it’s important for all levels to participate.”
In previous years, the Spanish Club has been less organized with irregular meeting schedules, so this year the co-presidents are looking to change that.
“We hope to have a little more substance than the past Spanish Clubs, and we hope to get people not just from higher Spanish levels, but from all Spanish levels to really get a passion for not just grammar, but instead Spanish and Latin culture,” Eddy said.
Throughout the year, the co-presidents are planning to have speakers who participated in programs like Amigos de las Americas, so that they can share their experiences. Each meeting, there will also be authentic foods and different activities, including Spanish dance lessons.
“I love the culture and I’m really excited to get to share that with other people this year,” Apodaca said.
Overall, the club hopes to get students more involved and immersed in the Spanish language and culture.
“Students get very excited about the language, so an after-school club gives them the chance to share that passion with others outside of the normal class time,” Lind said.