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New at PR: Rho Kappa

Rho Kappa Members: Front Row (left to right): Emily Taylor, Ashley Carter, Faith Dumais, Makayla Goe and Stephanie Cipolla. Back Row: Cecilia Barnard, Dylan Chavis, Jared Watson, Connor Johnson, Dillon Williams and Faculty Sponsor, Kat Smith.

A new club has emerged at Porter Ridge High School this year named Rho Kappa. Rho Kappa is the National Social Studies Honor Society and its mission is to promote excellence, opportunities of exploration, and interest in Social Studies. This club is for juniors and seniors who enjoy history. In order to join, students must have completed four Social Studies courses and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The chapter at Porter Ridge is comprised of just over twenty members. This year’s officers are Makayla Goe, Dylan Chavis, and Faith Dumais as President, Vice President, and Secretary respectively. "I love being an officer...because it allows me to experience real life practice of learning and preparing history lessons for one day when I become a teacher." said Makayla Goe.

So far this year, students have discussed different holiday traditions. Each member brought in a food their family traditionally eats during the holiday season and told the others about their culture and background. "I thought that bringing in the food was a great idea because it showed all of the members of the club a different perspective on everyone’s ethnic background. It was a small sample of what our real world is like, which is a melting pot of a ton of different cultures. Diversity is an amazing thing, and I thought this was an amazing idea," commented Dylan Chavis.

In addition, students in Rho Kappa have discussed many current events such as ISIS and the measles outbreak. Each student brought a different current event article to discuss and allowed the other members to share their opinion about the topic. "We discussed current events which allowed us to have a meaningful talk about pressing issues we as teens want to know about," Goe added.

When asked what it means to her to be able to sponsor a new club here at Porter Ridge, such as this one, Social Studies teacher Kat Smith said, "At first, I was hesitant about leading the organization because of the work load; however, it has been quite gratifying watching students come together and create great ideas for the progress of this club. I enjoy our conversations about current events, as well as the in-depth communication about different cultures. While we are still in the beginning stages, this is a great pilot group because of their willingness to succeed."

Coming up this school year, members plan to accompany Kathryn Smith’s history classes on a field trip to Shalom Park.

Written by: Faith Dumais, 12th grade student
Posted: Feb 27, 2015 by Regina Snelson

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