Darien High School is bursting with opportunities for involvement in their many clubs. With opportunities ranging from community outreach, to just going in before school for a spikeball tournament, the student run organizations have got you covered.
Although the school holds an annual club fair at the beginning of each year, many students will find themselves passing through with little recognition. However, these opportunities become more and more unique each year, adapting to current student interest.
Many interesting clubs are in need of some new underclassman members to continue the clubs for the soon to be graduating seniors.
The Filmmakers Club is held at Darien High School and meets weekly. Students creates and scripts short films that are streamed through a Youtube account. Member, states, “DHS Filmmakers club is the only organization in DHS that allows students to write, direct and produce original short films. We all work very close together to collaborate on all genres of films (from dramas, comedies to horrors and romances) for our mid and end of the year film showings. the showings are a filmmakers club special event because we can showcase all of our work over the last few months and it’s a fantastic way to show the student body and faculty what we create.”
Another interesting club to explore would be the Living in Flow club. This club focuses on meditation techniques that help with the stressful environment of high school
President Alexa Cornacchia says “I am co-founder of the Living in Flow Club and we focus on exploring the mind and its potential by examining dreams, active imagination, the conscious and subconscious mind through the use of meditation.”
This club teaches about how to explore yourself by quieting the mind and living in the present and works towards developing one’s personal relationship with themselves and show how to use the breath to control emotions.
“Living in Flow meets on Wednesday nights in the Wrestling room with Mrs. Flaherty. Our minds go beyond what we believe to be possible. They are machines constructed by nature and we have yet to learn their full potential. This club will push you to explore yourself beyond what you think you know,” Alexa said. Meditation can have impactful results, she said.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is another club offered through DHS. However, you don’t actually need to be an athlete in order to join the club. The club is run by Pastor Greg Doll of Noroton Presbyterian Church with Gary Morello. Darien has a culture that tends to place a lot of emphasis on reputation and image, he said. The Fellowship comes alongside that culture and teaches students that their worth, value and dignity is not rooted in what they do but rather who they are.
“Students need a place where they can go to enlarge their spiritual lives and strengthen their character. The Fellowship is a club that strives to equip, empower and evolve students at DHS,” Morello said.
The club is set to meet every Monday mornings at 7:05 in the Methodist church next to school, except the first Monday of the month when the club will meet in the wrestling room at school. The Methodist church is a convenient walk from Darien High School.
The Tea Club is yet another interesting club at the high school . Students meet weekly to drink exotic teas from different countries. Tea talk is vital to de-stress from the DHS environment.
Unite for Africa is another important club to learn about at Darien High. Co-president, Ashley Humphrey said “Our mission is to increase awareness of the most underserved children who live off the grid in Tanzania and to support an empowerment model that embraces sustainable, long term projects through fundraising efforts under the guidance of the larger nonprofit organization Unite the World with Africa.”
The club meets Wednesday mornings before school and often welcomes members with hot chocolate and munchkins. They conduct fundraisers and other fun events in order to bring awareness and funds to their partners in Tanzania.
However, if you are looking for a low commitment, fun club to join, Shoveling for Seniors is your place. This club encourages students to partner with a friend. During snow days or large storms, you and your partner will travel to the homes of those who don’t shovel their own driveways, and volunteer to help out. It is a great way to get involved in the Darien community, while keeping it fun. .
Many more clubs are looking for new members at Darien High School. Although many exist, if you have an idea you are passionate to pursue, contact a school VP to support you through the process of creating a club. Darien students pride themselves in extracurricular involvement, and by no means does it have to be a chore.