Club Week: Monday Academic Clubs

Scientists of the Future (SOF)

By Anoushka Adusumalli

If you think that Scientists of the Future is a boring academic club with extra homework, think again. This club is so much more than just another science class.  

One of the main events, Science Olympiad, combines the most interesting aspects of science classes to provide students with the freedom and resources to imagine and create contraptions like wooden planes, protein structures, and parachutes, just to name a few. Even if you’re not interested in building things, there are a number of other competitions like decoding puzzles, naming fossils, and learning about the human body. No matter your skill level, there is probably an event in Science Olympiad that will pique your interest. Other events include Discovery Cube Pumpkin Launch volunteer event and Ocean Bowl. 

By joining Scientists of the Future, you’ll be welcomed into a supportive and uplifting community. Every event in Science Olympiad is partner-based, meaning that you won’t ever feel lonely or out-of-place. Daily practices are hosted every weekday over Zoom from 3-4 PM where members can sign up to be taught by returning Science olympiad competitors. They also plan to host a variety of bonding events to create connections within their Science Olympiad community. The club’s goal is to help all its members realize their inner potential and teach them about what it means to be a part of a team.

The board members and advisor for this club are:

Mr. Sanchez, advisor

Yvonne Guu and Angelina Lee, co-presidents

Owen Tai and Nicole Zhao, team captains

Anuj Kakde, treasurer/secretary

Timothy Chau, underclassman representative

“We aim to create a supportive, uplifting community of people who share the same passion for STEM, whether it’s through our Secret Santa bonding events or Science Olympiad team competitions,” Co-President Angelina Lee said. 

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact SOF through instagram @cerritosscioly or Remind (@kg34ff).

National Honor Society (NHS)

By Rebekah Kang

Cerritos High School’s National Honor Society is a great club for those interested in giving back to our community through acts of community service. NHS is an organized club that plans each of their events carefully to assure success. Not only that, but it is a great place to create strong relationships with fellow club members while staying connected with your community. However, this club is only open to current Juniors and Seniors at Cerritos High School. There is also a required application process needed to join this club.

The National Honor Society is built upon “four pillars of organization: character, scholarship, leadership, and service,” as stated by William Reed. These pillars are expected to be followed through by each and every club member. This club provides a variety of community service events that are both fulfilling and fun. The National Honor Society is still working hard and trying to figure out new events that can be safely organized in our communities. 

During this coming school year, the National Honor Society will still give members the freedom of planning their own service events, also known as DIY Projects. In these projects, members work together in small groups to collaborate and plan service events in which all club members will then be able to participate in. For example, in previous years, these events included activities such as beach clean-ups, campus clean-ups, canned food drives, writing letters to our first responders, and much more. The best part about these projects is that the “creativity behind each event has no limit – it’s all up to our members to decide,” Co-President William Reed said.

The National Honor Society isn’t only focused on working, but it is also about having fun. All throughout the year, members host multiple bonding events to encourage members to build strong friendships with each other. Overall, this is a great club for Juniors and Seniors to join and create memorable moments during their years of high school. 

“Good luck to everyone that wants to apply. We encourage all who are interested in joining NHS to try applying for membership. Remember that grades are only a small part of your application; the bulk of it is the responses you provide us that allow us to learn more about your character and who you are as a person. We can’t wait to learn more about each and every one of you and for the extremely fun year that lies ahead for all of us” Reed said. 

“We understand that the world is quite peculiar at the moment, but we will strive to ensure that all who are interested in joining NHS feel comfortable and happy in our community. There is an application process for membership. We highly encourage you to apply. Please believe in yourself and your awesome, unique capabilities. We are here to answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to reach out to us,” Co-President Yvonne Guu said.

The National Honor Society Club consists of the following leaders:

Mr. Wooldridge, advisor

Yvonne Guu and William Reed, co-presidents

Angelina Lee, vice president

Jessica Kim and Jacki Porciuncula, treasurers 

Karishma Patel, secretary

Taylor Kim, director of publicity

If you would like to reach out for more information about the National Honor Society Club, send a message on Instagram @CerritosNHS and join them on Remind @nhschs21.

National Chinese Honor Society

By Angelina Lee

Are you interested in learning about Chinese culture beyond the classroom? If so, the National Chinese Honor Society (NCHS) is the club for you. NCHS serves as an academic club for high-achieving students who are currently in, or have taken, Chinese 3.

NCHS is specifically geared towards students in the Chinese language pathway, but it offers opportunities outside of the classroom. One event to look forward to this year are NCHS movie nights. Members will be able to bond with one another and gain a better understanding of Chinese culture by watching Chinese movies. These movies are necessary for preparing for the AP Chinese test, but NCHS ensures that members have an enjoyable time when doing so.

Not only does NCHS help prepare students for the AP Chinese exam, the club also puts an emphasis on reconnecting with Chinese culture. Joshua So said that NCHS represents a commitment to valuing his heritage and “supports a connection with a culture that [he] believes should be preserved as much as possible for generations to come.” 

In the past, NCHS has volunteered at the Chinese festival held at Carmenita Middle School and organized the Chinese New Year performance alongside Taiwanese Club. Treasurer Owen Tai cites the Chinese New Year performance as his favorite event, pointing out how he was able to “learn more about and showcase Chinese culture while also learning to play the Chinese bamboo flute.”

The NCHS board includes the following individuals who aim to preserve and put a spotlight on Chinese language and culture:

Ms. Ko, advisor

Joshua So, president

Nicole Zhao, vice president

Owen Tai, treasurer

Joanna Lee, secretary

By joining the NCHS community, “[y]ou’ll not only meet a lot of wonderful people, but you’ll also get to know more about the Chinese culture and its language,” Secretary Joanna Lee said. NCHS is an amazing club to join if you are looking to reconnect with your own culture, but Vice President Nicole Zhao emphasizes that you need not feel discouraged if you are not Chinese. The only requirement is that you have taken or are taking Chinese 3. Be the first to know NCHS updates by following their Instagram (@cerritosnchs) and Facebook (Cerritos High School National Chinese Honor Society) pages.

Mu Alpha Theta

By Angelina Lee

Interested in improving your math skills and learning math outside of the school curriculum? Even if you aren’t the type to look forward to math class, Mu Alpha Theta Co-President Arnav Kacker wants you to know that Mu Alpha Theta will expose you to “critical thinking and problem solving, all qualities very important for the future.”

As the only math-focused club on campus, Mu Alpha Theta promotes mathematics at the high school level. The club will offer scholarships as well as opportunities for students to organize and participate in math competitions throughout the year. 

Treasurer Sanjana Tottempudi says that what sets Mu Alpha Theta special is “being a part of a group of people that has the same goal and wants to make sure that everybody does their best.” It is clear to see that Mu Alpha Theta fosters an enriching environment for math enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

This year, Mu Alpha Theta will continue to provide interactive events, including, but not limited to, Math Madness competitions, AMC tests, and an Online Jeopardy Game.

Vice President Anushka Panjwani favorite Mu Alpha Theta memory is “definitely the scavenger hunt club event that we put on last year. We set up math questions all around the school, and even though it started raining that day, we still had a ton of participants who came and enjoyed it.”

Mu Alpha Theta is no stranger to unique circumstances, but they are determined to host fun events through rain or shine and online or in-person.

The Mu Alpha Theta board consists of the following individuals who are all devoted to bringing quality math content to Cerritos High School:

Naima Dellawar and Arnav Kacker, co-presidents 

Anushka Panjwani, vice president

Sanjana Tottempudi, treasurer

When you join Mu Alpha Theta, you join a tight knit community of people who “have a passion for math and love learning new things” President Naima Dellawar said. Don’t miss out on your chance to become a member of the Mu Alpha Theta community. You can stay updated on upcoming events through Instagram (@cerritosmao).

HOSA

By Katelyn Chu

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and so many other health professions put blood, sweat, and tears into saving lives on a daily basis. Finding joy in nurturing others and forming bonds, but also having the burden of carrying a heavy weight on their shoulders because their patients’ lives depend on them. 

Everyone, I introduce you to the one and only medical club at Cerritos High School, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), also known as Future Health Professions. The purpose of HOSA is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition, which are integral parts of the Health Science Education instructional program. Here at CHS, HOSA fosters and cultivates like-minded individuals in the world of health.

HOSA has so many goals at Cerritos High School:

  • To promote physical, mental and social well being.
  • To develop responsible citizenship traits.
  • To understand the importance of pleasing oneself as well as being of service to others.
  • To build self-confidence and pride in one’s work.
  • To make realistic career choices and seek successful employment in the healthcare field.
  • To develop an understanding of current healthcare issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, the nation and the world.
  • To encourage involvement in local, state and national health care and 
  • To promote career opportunities in health care.

“I wanted to be a part of HOSA because when I started high school one of my top career paths was medicine and HOSA was able to teach me more about this path which helped me to decide that medicine is the field I wish to go in. Being in this club allowed me to be around people who have similar goals for the future, which allowed me to build connections with them and learn from my peers.” Co-President, Roshni Kohli said.

What sets HOSA apart from other medically related clubs is that HOSA is a national organization with clubs throughout the nation. Through their SLC and ILC competitions they get to meet HOSA members from all over the country, who have the same HOSA spirit. They also get exposure to the medical field through different volunteering events. At these volunteering events there are opportunities for them to meet health professionals who have a lot of knowledge about healthcare. 

Kohli added “What HOSA means to me is opportunity. HOSA gives me the opportunity to explore my passion and connect with others who have the same goals as me. HOSA allows me to feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself, and fulfill my dream of helping others at such a young age. HOSA allowed me to get first-hand experiences of the medical field which I have not gotten anywhere else. Most importantly, HOSA helped me realize why I want to go into the medical field and just how rewarding it will be to help others.”

For the upcoming school year of 2020-2021, CHS HOSA Club officers are:

Roshni Kohli and Paris Kang, co-presidents

Mikayla Guerrero, vice president

Tara Wang, secretary

Kayla Huynh, treasurer

Katherine Huang and Thrisha Senthilnathan, SLC directors

Omar Siddiqui, director of publicity

Sahiti Yenumula, Janelle Santos, and Annabelle Bernado, community relations.

In recent years, HOSA members have many volunteering opportunities, state and international leadership competitions (SLC/ILC), and different fundraisers all relating to the medical field. However, HOSA has been limited to events due to the Covid-19 pandemic and are still organizing new events all club members can join. One of their potential virtual events include a health related conference, filled with various different spokespeople representing the many health professions in the medical field. 

HOSA leaders highly recommend joining if you have any interest in the medical field.  Their club helps ensure whether or not you would like to pursue a medical profession and gives a taste of what working in the medical/health environment is like. They also recommend going to their state leadership conference because it builds up leadership and teamwork skills, medical practice, and a fun experience exploring with the club. If qualified at top 3 for your event, you may go to the international leadership conference and compete against students from different states.

Join today and have a wonderful experience absorbing all the amazing opportunities in HOSA and embellish yourself in the medical field. To stay updated on HOSA’s upcoming events, activities, and updates, check out their Instagram at @cerritoshosa, Facebook at CHS HOSA 2020-2021, and Google Classroom (code:cx73wqn).

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) 

By Asheley Wi 

Want to improve your peer academic performance? 

This club is for you.

Purpose of CSF 

“…to foster high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship towards students at Cerritos High School and to promote appropriate activities among our members. CSF’s priority is to improve student’s academic careers and enhance their prospect of attending a college or university.” 

Future events for 2020-21 school year 

-online tutoring sessions and bonding events 

(if school opens in second semester) 

-fundraisers, service auctions, car washes, and donations  

Why should you join CSF? 

President Jessica Kim said, “Students should join CSF because it’s a club that promotes community service activities and improves a student’s academic career. CSF also helps students gain leadership skills through events and tutoring students on campus.” 

What are some previous events CSF held? 

“One of the main events CSF holds every year is the Service Auction. This is personally my favorite event because a lot of students gather in the auditorium to purchase books/textbooks/study guides according to their preference. What makes this fundraiser unique is that all proceeds that we make from this service auction is donated to an organization. Another event that we hold every year is the Car Wash” Kim said 

What is Kim’s favorite CSF memory?

“being able to have conversations with CSF members while washing cars. Although washing cars is not easy, doing it together as a club made it more fun and enjoyable.” 

Ms. Tang, advisor 

Jessica Kim and Karishma Patel, co-presidents 

Kanika Patel, secretary

Evelyn Kim and Naima Dellawer, treasurers 

Instagram: @cerritoscsf

Remind: @csfchs21

Facebook: CHS CSF 20-21

Japanese National Honor Society

By Karina Singh

Wow. Did you decide to take a hard language like Japanese to actually learn it rather than take a language class to fill credits? Well then, there’s no better club to join for you than Japanese National Honor Society, especially if you want to challenge yourself academically and also surround yourself with others who are highly interested in academics.

For one, since JNHS only consists of people studying Japanese at CHS, it is a small, tight-knit group. As Vice President Madi Sy says, “Even though most clubs say they’re a family, I believe that JNHS is somewhat of a more relatable family. It’s a close-knit club because of our small size, so every member knows each other to the point where we can all relate to each other.” Great friendships across grades with plenty of inside jokes are everywhere in JNHS, along with a shared desire to learn about Japanese culture. To bond, JNHS has a movie night where everyone can relax and watch movies about Japanese culture, and a field trip to little Tokyo. Club members can even bond with those in JNHS’s sister club, Chikara, because the two clubs participate in community service activities together.

Speaking of community service, JNHS has a variety of diverse events to engage club members, even as an academic club that requires a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in Japanese. JNHS helps out at the Orange County Food Bank by gathering enough boxes to go into the 300’s once or twice every semester, along with helping out at toy drives. They also work to help Cerritos Recreational Activities, such as Halloween Booth to bring joy to children during Halloween, and they have fundraisers providing foods like popcorn, ice-cream, and Umaibo. JNHS joins up with Disney in Operation Interdependence to write letters to active military members along with making goodie bags filled with playing cards, candies, and little, which JNHS hopes to continue during Covid-19.  

More than all of this, though, it’s important to realize that high school can be tiring. It’s too easy to get yourself absorbed in grades, and even though grades are important (which JNHS recognizes), clubs can really help you find deeper meaning outside of your grades. Especially as a tight-knit club, JNHS can help you find purpose beyond your academics.

 “I loved JNHS because I was able to create a responsibility for myself past school academics,” Co-President Eva De La Rosa said.  

Instagram: @chschikarajnhs; Email: chsclub.chikara@gmail.com; Remind: @chikaraa

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