Rebecca Hadjiloucas ’11
Mountain Lakes High School is host to many insightful clubs and activities. Some of this year’s new clubs include: the MLHS Poets Society, and Math Club.
The Poets Society is a poetry club dedicated the reading, discussion, and analysis of some of the world’s greatest poets and their contributions to the world of poetry. Poetry is not simply an expression of language, but a language in itself and the Society strives to understand not only the meaning of the poems, but also the structure and devices utilized in the poetry. The purpose of the Poet’s Society is to provide an open-minded environment in which the members can freely express their interpretations and opinions on the specific poet or poem. The Society encourages members to write poetry as well. The goal of the Society is to arouse interest and appreciation for the art of poetry and to motivate members to create their own poetic masterpieces.
The Society had its first meeting on Wednesday, March 3rd. Rebecca Hadjiloucas, founder and president of the Society, regards the first meeting as: “a success. We had a good turn out, of about 15 people, with a good mix of lower and upper classmen. We focused on W.H. Auden’s poem “Funeral Blues” and Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle into That Goodnight.” Members favorite poets include: Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Seamus Heaney, and Robert Frost. The Society is working on a “Poem in Your Pocket” event, for national Poem in Your Pocket Day, on Thursday, April 29. For the next meeting, on Wednesday, March 17th, members will each bring in a poem to read to the group. If you are interested in poetry, and would like to join the Poets Society, contact Rebecca Hadjiloucas or club-advisor, Mr. Leonardi, on First-Class.
The Mountain Lakes Math Club was founded in the fall of this year. Founders Maddie Hu and Sharon Qian, along with club advisor Mr. Downes, created the Math Club in order to assist students in improving their Math League and AMC scores while at the same time, advancing and fostering a curiosity in the field of mathematics. Students are able to consult with teachers and peers to solve various math problems. The club meets once a month.
The Math Club serves to show that math is not a dull or tedious subject. Rather, tit proves math is a source of limitless possibilities and knowledge. The MLHS Math Club is a place where fellow mathematicians and enthusiasts can express their passion for math, and make new friends who share the same enthusiasm. So far, the Math Club has had three meetings, all of which were a success. If you would like more information on the Math Club, contact Maddie Hu or Sharon Qian on First Class.
Clubs are a vital element of school life and need your support. Clubs are also a great way to find others who share your interests, and express yourself. Consider joining the MLHS Poets Society or Math Club… and get involved!