By ADY CARTER and NATALIE SANDROCK
Cranberry High School has an incredible amount of exciting clubs to offer its students – from fun and games to helping the community and the environment. With a plethora of clubs available, you would have to be crazy not to join at least one.
CRANA is a 14-year-old club that focuses on the wellness of students, in terms of their nutrition and keeping students active. It typically has around 30 members each year.
“I hope CRANA promotes healthy choices and changes behaviors,” Melonie Oliver, health and physical education teacher, said enthusiastically when asked.
The club does this with several activities and events throughout the year, such as Wellness Wednesdays and Walk to School Day.
The clubs officers are expected to help out or volunteer in most events they hold if not all. All of their events are organized within only one meeting a year with all members, due to not wanting to take too much time out of students’ busy lives.
Science Club has been around since the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970.
As one of the largest clubs in the school, with around 110 members in any given year, it has a very large influence on the school. Members of Science Club are in charge of the recycling and hot chocolate sales. The club also has many activities throughout the year, such as a trip to the National Aviary and the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place, along with making slime for Halloween.
Lauri Piercy, the advisor of Science Club, hopes that students will learn that “science is everywhere” and not just in the classroom.
At Cranberry, there is a single club dedicated to helping you gather more knowledge about other cultures. World Language Club (WLC) has the goal of helping students learn as much as they can about the world and its diversity.
“I think it’s always good for the students to have a place to volunteer,” World Language teacher Shannon Sturdevant said about her club’s members becoming more involved in helping others.
It just so happens to be a chance for the Spanish and French students to work together and learn about things that they cannot learn in the regular classroom. It used to be two separate clubs for the different romance languages, but they were combined and it has been so for the last seven years. Along with volunteering, World Language Club does other activities like a Halloween Scavenger Hunt, a concert, and even an ethnic food day.
Many diverse clubs take place at Cranberry High School and manage to cover many students’ interests. No one person can stay away from these vibrant clubs at their disposal. With all this laid out before you, I urge you to be involved in as many of the activities in the school as you can.
Nick Richar, Ady Carter and Natalie Sandrock are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.