Highland clubs

~b393235Highland has many different clubs and activities it sponsors. This article aims to give a glimpse into a few of those clubs and activities.

One of the clubs we have is FFA which is an agriculture club. I talked to Ms.Wedger to see what she had to say about FFA. FFA is a club that is for students who are interested in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. They do volunteer work, compete in contests, participate in leadership events, educate the school and public on agriculture things and hold an Agriculture Day in the spring. FFA is really fun and is not all about farming. Many students find that they like wildlife or small animals and fit in very well. It’s important for people to understand that everyone is connected to FFA and Agriculture-if you eat food, you’re connected!

As Ms. Wedger is new to Highland this year, I asked her to tell me a little about herself:

“I am very excited to be here at Highland Park. Prior to coming here, I taught Agriculture for three years at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. I grew up on a hobby farm just north of the cities, where we had horses, dogs, cats and the occasional cow or two. I studied Agriculture Education and Work Based Learning at the University of Minnesota, Go Gophers! In high school, I spent some time in FFA and often enjoyed the volunteer opportunities. I currently live north of the cities with my husband, Caleb and our dog, Daisy.” 

The next person I talked to was Ms. Sobota. She is in charge of Book Club and here is what she had to say about Book Club.

“Book club is for kids who love to read and love to talk about what they’ve read with other readers!  Our teen book club, Book TABLE (Talking About Books in the Library while Eating) is modeled after an adult book club, with the hope that the teens who join continue to be lifelong readers.  The time commitment in school is minimal, and FUN!  Students read the selection on their own time, and then we meet to chat about what we’ve read, which ends up being about every 6 weeks.  We are usually a group of between 20 and 30 readers who snack on pizza and have animated conversations about our latest great read!  It is not a thing like English class and isn’t supposed to be.  As a bonus, book club members get to keep their copies of all the books we read.  The only two “rules” are (1) that you read the book and (2) that you talk about it at Book Club!  We usually meet about 6 times per year.  I absolutely love the days Book Club meets! That is what she had to say about book club.”

Another club at Highland is the Gay Straight Alliance. 
The co-advisors are Ms. ~b190977Kallestad (room 2204) and Ms. Ostendorf (room 2208). According to Ms. Kallestad, “GSA’s current mission statement is to make the school a safe place for ALL people, no matter what race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. They do this by promoting a positive environment.  All members of the Highland Park GSA, try to stop discriminatory slurs and any other form of violence from happening.”


The last club I talked to is Link Crew. There are three staff advisors who are in charge of Link Crew. Mr. Dirks, Mr. McKinney, and Ms. Corbett. Link Crew is a national program created because parents wanted something to help their kids ease into high school. Link Crew was brought to Highland for the first time in 2009. I asked Mr. Dirks why he thought Link Crew was so successful? He responded,”The upperclassmen want to help the incoming freshmen. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. Link Crew has been around for 6 years and hopes to go on for many more years.”