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New clubs expand student options

Groups that focus on advocacy added to Carmel's club options

Stephanie Storczer

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Choose Life

Choose life is the newest of three pilot clubs, and emphasizes a pro-life ideology.

The club’s activities include after-school discussions, persuasive and informative projects, and even a trip to a rally in Chicago.

Earlier this month, the club’s members wore bright birthday hats as a way to raise awareness about alternatives to abortion. The idea was that the hats were celebrating the birthday that club members hoped unborn babies would have. Members also handed out pamphlets and prayer cards dedicated to the club’s fight against abortion.

DECAL

DECAL stands for deaf culture and language, and founders Natalie Rutz and Olivia Klein are bringing American sign language to the Carmel community.

But don’t let the club’s mission dissuade you from joining; only a handful of the club’s members actually know sign language, but all are optimistic about learning it.

Juniors Rutz and Klein have spent the last months teaching basic American sign language through powerpoints, kahoots, videos, and conversations. Group members have already mastered the alphabet, numbers, and some basic phrases.

PAWed

PAWed aims to encourage and educate students on animal welfare, a popular idea amongst future veterinarians and pet-lovers alike. Many students, for example, joined because they love their cats and dogs at home.

Founded by junior Celia Dekeyser with support from science teacher Peggy Halloran, the club is made of a wide range of age and interest levels.

It is mainly activity-based and organizers hope to plan numerous field trips during the spring.

A speaker, grandfather of senior Ethan Seidenberg, recently came to a PAWed meeting to talk about his experience as a veterinarian.

The club has also attended an all-day event at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Six students took the trip downstate to listen to a speech from the dean of admissions, help with aquatic dog therapy, milk cows, and see dozens of animals, from horses to birds to reptiles.

While this trip was for club members only, PAWed is hoping to take on a major project that will benefit all students: therapy puppies during finals week.

Next meetings: December 14 and January 11

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