Diversity through extracurriculars

Lambert students of different backgrounds hold hands in unity.

Justin Gibbs-Poe

Lambert students of different backgrounds hold hands in unity.

Diversity is important to a society that values being different. Individuality however can be rather difficult considering the temptation that can accompany the “I just want to fit in” mindset. This mindset can be heavily applied to High school as it is a time in a person’s life that typically involves individuals trying to find an identity to claim. Whether the identity comes from associating with different cultures, ethnicity, or activities, a sure way to accomplish a wanted distinction among one’s peers can be through school clubs.

Lambert High is home to over 50 clubs. These 50 clubs serve as outlets for students who want a place at school to experience something more than just their daily classes. Take French Club for example. This club provides students with the opportunity to adventure out of their norm and into not only the “French language, but also the culture and customs behind it” says the the French Club Vice President Tiffany Weng. Despite the actual French class that can be taken at Lambert, Tiffany Weng also vouches that “the club goes beyond what French Class teaches you”. The club is a symbol for the culture and an extension of a school by promoting various cultures and ethnic groups.

As the German club sponsor and a foreign language teacher, Tony Sims has also made it possible for students from “all sorts of backgrounds” to widen their perspectives on the world. German club as described by Mr. Sims is not the “biggest club”, but it gives members an opportunity to explore outside of what a conventional classroom setting might provide. Especially with German class not being available anymore, members can participate in activities such as watching German movies, eating German cuisine, and even taking trips to Stone Mountain. Despite feeling that “Lambert might not be the most diverse school” that he has ever taught at, Mr. Sims gives credit to the progress that has been made.

Clubs like Spanish club, GSA ,French club, Kaarya, German club, etc. exemplify what diversity-driven clubs are and how they give students the chance to embody their differences. As a host for diversity, Lambert’s extracurricular activities advance students by bringing them together while also celebrating their differences.