||Getting involved: Governor's Scholars
join clubs and organizations
RELEASED: July 15, 2004
DANVILLE, KYThis summer the Governor's Scholars on Centre's campus are keeping busy inside and outside of class. The Scholars have started more than 50 clubs to keep them engaged and get to know each other during the five-week program.
The Scholars started the clubs based on their individual interestseverything from flag football to French Scrabbleand then got their friends to join. Club meetings and activities are posted on the GSP daily bulletin so that everyone can find out whats happening.
"There are so many people you don't get to interact with, and clubs are just another way to get to know more people," says Scholar Audra Isaac.
One of the more popular clubs this year is ballroom dancing. The club has grown so large it has to meet at two different times each week. Click here for photo page.
Scholar Marcie Smith started the ballroom dancing club and helps teach fellow scholars the moves.
"The response has been overwhelming," Smith says.
And much to her surprise, she says, "The guys outnumbered the girls on the first night."
"It's kind of fun because no one really knows how to dance," says Michael Smith.
Scholar Virginia Deaton enjoys the ballroom dancing club, too.
"You get to learn and the boys will do it, and they probably wouldn't at home," she says.
Another popular organization is the Random Acts of Kindness Club. This group separated clothes at the Salvation Army and helped with the animals at the Humane Society.
"I like service projects and helping people and thought it would be a great way to get to know people and do something I enjoy," says Jennifer Adams.
Other students are taking the opportunity to do things they wouldnt normally try.
"I'm doing the Indian Dance Club. I'm not usually a dancer but this is a great way to meet new people and learn a new culture," says Amanda Maddox.
The Current Events Club meets to catch up on the news and hear from speakers on different topical issues.
"I'm a news junkie and use it as an opportunity to talk about some of the issues," says Wade Tandy.
Marcie Smith, who started this club, says, "I wanted something where people could come and talk about current issues. It's about information and learning, not about debating."
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