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Octagon Club provides leadership opportunities for students

Adrienne Pyeatt and Sophia Gesualdi, Staff Writers

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Throughout Rolla High School, there are dozens of clubs that students are able to join. Some clubs focus on personal interests, such as reading or films, while others are based on service. One of the more obscure service clubs of Rolla High is Octagon Club.

“Octagon Club will help you out if you need volunteer and community service hours. A lot of clubs do service projects, but this one places an emphasis on the youth in our community. Octagon hasn’t been advertised much in the past, but we plan to fix that and get more people involved so that we can do even more for the community. Octagon Club is all about giving back to the community and helping all people throughout our local community, but with an emphasis on helping youth. It’s the student organization of Optimist Club,” senior and President of Octagon Club Megan Lenox said.

Service clubs like Octagon Club help create benevolent students with a willingness to help others. These clubs also provide the opportunity to be a part of projects that serve the community and help with other organizations such as National Honor Society and scholarships that require volunteering.

“Octagon Club teaches students leadership and giving back to the community, since all of the activities focus on helping someone others. We incorporate parliamentary procedure into our meetings, which is pretty unique. Octagon Club will help you out if you need volunteer and community service hours. A lot of clubs do service projects, but this one places an emphasis on the youth in our community. Octagon hasn’t been advertised much in the past, but we plan to fix that and get more people involved so that we can do even more for the community,” Lenox said.

In past years, Octagon Club has been small and relatively unknown. One of the most important components of any club is recognition and having a strong base of members. The students involved in Octagon Club hope that students will see the numerous benefits of being a part of the club so that the organization will become more well-known.

We get to meet a lot of people in the community through Optimist Club as well as plan events. It was our idea to do the club fair this year in order to give students an idea of all the clubs they can join next year. We are hoping to get some new members from that event. Getting new members is important to us so that we can build up Octagon Club to do many projects and create a legacy,” Lenox said.

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Octagon Club provides leadership opportunities for students