With a new school year starting at Sequoyah, new student clubs have been formed as well. Clubs are a great way for students to meet new people with similar interests, and this year there are many to choose from. This article is the first in a series that The Barefoot Times is producing to showcase the range of clubs that students can join at Sequoyah.
Marxist Feminist Literature Club
The goal of this club is to read and discuss different Marxist and feminist pieces of literature. Run by Tingri Monahan ’24, Zosia Countway ’24, and Lucia Lennox ’24, this club seeks to educate members about Marxism and feminism on a higher level. The Barefoot Times interviewed Monahan about what inspired her to found the club with Countway and Lennox. She explained that they are “interested in [these topics] and want to learn more and want to exchange ideas with each other.” Although the club has only had 2 sessions, they have already started reading The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. In the future, they plan on reading Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis.
Chess Club `
Despite its name, this club sees its members play many different strategic games, including but not limited to chess. Club leader Odinn Thordarson ’23 explained that he has always loved chess and has wanted to start a chess club. He also said that many other people at Sequoyah share his interest in chess. In the future, Thordarson is thinking of instituting a ranking system as well as holding a tournament. Anyone will be welcome to join this tournament and the winner will be given a prize. There will be a new tournament held every 2 months.
Sunrise Sequoyah is a youth-led non-profit climate activism organization that is part of Sunrise National. One of the club’s leaders, Dahlia Kim Levy ’23, who is also a part of the LA youth hub, describes the club as “a really fun environment of students your age working towards the same goal of trying to get a Green New Deal, [and] fighting climate change, [which] all of [the club members] are so passionate about.” They collaborate with Sunrise LA youth and focus on local issues. This year, Kim Levy is planning on holding one protest with some other schools. This protest will be about the Green New Deal and will probably be held near Pasadena City Hall.
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Club
This club is dedicated to learning how to survive the zombie apocalypse. Giuseppe DiMassa ’24, one of the club’s leaders, says that it’s meant to be a fun club and not a serious one, but that they “are actually learning about literature, film, and science through researching how a zombie apocalypse outbreak could unfold and potentially take over the world.” He also explained how he and Adan Trujillo ’24 decided to start the club together because they both have always loved zombie books. So far they have just been covering the basics about zombies, as well as started making a computer model that shows how many humans one zombie could infect and how long it would take for the zombies to take over the world. In upcoming club meetings, they will be finishing their computer model and going over essentials for surviving a zombie apocalypse, like food, water, ammunition, and fuel.