by Caroline Kirchner, sophomore, Central Bucks West High School
The students of Central Bucks West High School are ringing in the new school year with energy and enthusiasm. Some may think the school is only active from the start of the day to 2:30 when the bell rings, but at CB West, that is not the case. As each bus pulls out of the school, there is still a surplus of eager students ready to participate in extracurricular activities.
Not only are students involved in a variety of sports from soccer to tennis to football, but they are also taking part in many diverse activities and clubs offered by the school. There is truly a club for anyone. One can be in the school band, student council, theater, and Key Club for example. These not only serve as an opportunity to be involved but a fantastic way to meet new friends.
The hallways of West are lined with decorative signs outlining the events planned for the upcoming year. High school can be an overwhelming experience, especially for the 10th grade students. But the staff and upperclassman are working hard to make the incoming sophomore class comfortable. In fact, at the season opening West football game, the seniors encouraged the whole student section to cheer and support our CB West Buck football team. During each football game the student body is decked out in the theme of the night – whether that is a white out or a black out, and asked to join the rest of their peers in the BUCK NATION student body cheering section.
Homecoming is just around the corner and the teachers and Student Council are diligently preparing to make this year’s dance and game festivities “the best in West history.” The theme of the dance is “Dancing through the Decades.” Each grade will be assigned a decade and must create a float that is a reflection of their 10 year time period at the pep rally prior to the game.
New clubs have been established this school year and are now a part of CB West’s ever-growing list of extracurricular interests. Some of this year’s new clubs include the Pride Club, Girl Up Club and Anime Club, to name a few. Students are encouraged to start their own clubs. Students with a specific club interest can present a club outline to Principal Boucher for his review. If Principal Boucher determines the club serves a need in the school, then the club can start the process of becoming official.
When the bell rings at 2:30pm, this may mark the end of the academic school day, but it just the beginning of the extracurricular activities day. Many sports have been on the move since August and are in full swing in September. The cross-country runners can be seen running laps around Doylestown. The soccer team stretches on the turf before a game. The marching band practices near the baseball field and the yearbook photographers are capturing each moment digitally. Clubs and their members are outlining their efforts for the school year. And sprinkled throughout all of this are students forging new friendships and making memories that they will reflect fondly on in years to come.