QCHS holds first Panther Clubs and Sports Fair

Quakertown Community High School held its first Panther Clubs and Sports Fair on October 1st, giv­ing stu­dents near­ly 50 options to choose from.

All stu­dents had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to walk around the gym­na­si­um track, where tables were set up with infor­ma­tion about each of the school’s clubs and sports. Student rep­re­sen­ta­tives and teach­ers were at the tables to engage with inter­est­ed students.

Our goals are to gen­er­ate excite­ment for all of our amaz­ing clubs and sports, get all stu­dents involved in at least one sport or club of their choice, fos­ter pos­i­tive rela­tion­ships, enhance men­tal health and well­ness, and cre­ate a strong sense of com­mu­ni­ty and belong­ing,” said Kim Finnerty, a high school assis­tant principal.

She believed the event, the first of its kind at QCHS, was nec­es­sary because of the impact the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has had on young peo­ple. “I don’t believe it’s some­thing adults can relate to,” she said. “Our fresh­men and sopho­mores have not had a nor­mal year. Giving them this expo­sure to our amaz­ing clubs and sports teams, I’m hop­ing, will help them find one that makes their high school expe­ri­ence fun and worth­while. We want to help them find a place that makes them happy.”

Rowan Miles, a junior with the Gay-Straight Alliance, said “It’s real­ly great to see all of the diver­si­ty in the clubs there are to choose from. I was just talk­ing to some­one who said he final­ly found a place he could feel com­fort­able. That’s a real­ly good thing. I believe it shows we’re com­ing togeth­er to make our school and our town a bet­ter place.”

Dr. Michael Zackon, the district’s Supervisor of Secondary Programs, vis­it­ed the high school for the event and was impressed with the “pos­i­tive cul­ture and cli­mate it fosters.”

The excite­ment gen­er­at­ed was incred­i­ble,” he said. “You could clear­ly see that there were many stu­dents signed up for a new sport or club. Credit and kudos to our high school admin team and teach­ers for their com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing and shar­ing all the extracur­ric­u­lar and co-curricular activ­i­ties avail­able to the stu­dent body.”