Despite Distance Nanuet Clubs Stay Connected and Forge Forward

The clubs of Nanuet High are full of life, even during these unprecedented times. Today, we’ve looked into many of these diverse clubs in our school.

Even virtually, many clubs are still going strong with various projects and ideas at many Zoom meetings and discussion boards. 

“There will be no competition this year,” says Mr. Martin, of the Nanuet Robotics club. “We have adjusted [to online learning], and are still working out our goals for the year. One goal that we have is to produce a ‘robot reveal’ video of the 2020 competition robot.  We would like to highlight what it can do and show our administrators and sponsors how much work we put into building the robot before things got closed down last March.” 

Other clubs, such as Mr. Cohen’s Mock Trial team, are also going strong. 

“We compete against other schools in Rockland in the New York State Mock Trial Competition,” he said. “The Rockland winner moves on to compete against other teams in New York State. While we usually have our mock trial in a courthouse in front of real attorneys and judges, I am excited that this year’s team will still get the chance to compete.” 

The Math League has also been busy, according to Mr. Campanella.

“We plan on having 6 [state-wide, virtual] meets this year,” he said. 

Students are also adjusting to how clubs are now being run virtually across all grades. 

Freshman Brady Carrillo states, “In debate, it feels more informal, if that makes sense. It’s way harder to be attentive, and the glitching and lagging of Zoom can make it hard to hear what the club leader is saying sometimes.” 

According to sophomore Camille Ackerman, virtual meetings are not the same as face-to-face, but they do have their positive aspects.  

“It’s convenient, though, and it allows clubs to come up with new solutions regarding technology. It allows them to collaborate in entirely new ways,” she says.

With the year underway, clubs have also begun progress on various projects and endeavors, many of which are continuations or building upon last year’s ideas. 

Mrs. Laurenzano, leader of Nanuet’s National Honor Society, is busy finding new ways for the group to use technology to connect with the school community. In previous years, National Honor Society has offered student tutoring and held many community service activities.

“Due to many students being at home, we will have to adapt this year,” she says. “We are testing out zoom tutoring now, which is new for NHS. Our goal is to participate in various activities that elevate Nanuet students’ and schools’ academics, leadership, and community engagement. 

Even major events, such as ones held by INTERACT, led by Mrs. Brovarski and Mrs. Kearns, are still going strong.

“We are looking forward to working in conjunction with The Rotary Club and Mrs. Logan’s Life Skills Class (Honorary Interactors) to carry out service projects that help our school and community and that promote international understanding,” says Mrs. Brovarski.