Ria Henriquez, Writer

School clubs provide a welcoming environment for students and encourage them to use their creativity, skills, and wit for extracurricular activities. There are many clubs in our school; among them is the Spanish Club, which is working toward being more inclusive. Students from all types of backgrounds are encouraged to engage in Hispanic culture and learn about the variety of Hispanic countries, and some may even pick up a Spanish term or two. 

Junior Melanie Cerpa, the president of the Spanish Club, encourages all students to join the Spanish Club and advertises the club with posters pasted on the walls. As president, Cerpa organizes the meetings and spreads the word so anyone can join. 

“The first meeting was just us introducing ourselves to the people who want to be in the club and just talking about what we’re going to do for the whole year,” Cerpa said. “So what we’re going to do is learn about Hispanic culture. A lot of people don’t know about certain cultures because they only think about Mexico and the other popular ones.”

Most students hear the words “Spanish Club” and assume you have to speak Spanish in order to join the club. However, the Spanish Club isn’t only for Spanish speakers.

“It’s not about speaking Spanish at all,” Cerpa said. “There are no requirements. It’s basically just to learn, and we have activities for them so they can participate while they’re learning about it. Plus they can choose what countries we go over.”

As president of the club, Cerpa holds certain individual responsibilities, such as organizing and planning the meetings, making sure everyone gets along, and bringing supplies and food. As a junior, she juggles these responsibilities for the club, her classes, and preparing for the SAT.

“Sometimes it is a little overwhelming, but I know that my officers and Mrs. Salazar are always there to help,” she said. “I work on time management. I have a schedule when I do everything.” 

Cerpa enjoys promoting the club and finding new ways to get other students to join. 

“This year I would like to include more people who don’t necessarily have any correlation to Hispanic culture and to be a more open club,” Cerpa said. “We are trying to learn about individual countries this year, and having food from those countries as well.”