Q&A: Preparation for Club Fair
Seniors Courtney Takahashi and Justin Chen make posters out of recycled newspapers.
President senior Sylvia Cai
What is the main highlight for your club at Club Fair?
“We [had] three people wear panda and penguin human-sized costumes. One of the reasons for that is to attract people to our booth and get to know what we are about. Our club is for awareness of the environment, so we want people to know that we want to save the animals out there that are losing their environment.”
Why the animal costumes?
“We [had] someone accompanying [each] person wearing the animal costume to explain the club. This year we’re trying to broaden the events; last year there were only park and beach cleanups and hikes. We want to do a bunny rescue project, mountain restoration project, and we’re trying to look around to find more interesting events for members to attend and make it easier for them to appreciate the environment.”
Any other special aspects that the club is planning?
“A small thing we do is that we use recycled paper to print out applications. We’re going to use taped newspapers to make a really big poster. It’s just little things, not really big, but it’s the [least] we can do.”
Juniors Christina Braga, Hannah Kawate and Michaela Ellis design posters during lunch.
Presidents juniors Hannah Kawate and Christina Braga
What are you guys planning for Club Fair?
“We might be playing lively music that will attract people to our booth and catch attention.”
How do you plan to spread the word, since this is a new club?
“We’re planning to spread word of mouth. So far we have about 100 members on our Facebook group, and we’re definitely going to use social media to promote the club more and give them more information.”
“We also have several posters that we want to hang and others we want to hold up walking around, really bright posters with fonts that would catch people’s attention.”
What did you have in mind when designing these posters?
“I think that our posters represent our mission because they’re very bright, colorful, lively, and almost childish. The style reminds me of kids and the kids that we are helping.”
How does this style represent your club?
“We’re working with the emotionally scarred [children], so hopefully we’ll bring the ‘color’ out of them and make them feel like they are part of something, since we’re trying to reach out to people who might not have the access to music that a lot of students take for granted.”
Juniors Sarah Kim and Chloe Hsu pass out business cards to promote Interact during Club Fair.
President senior Jonathan Yang
So what did you do to plan Club Fair this year?
“For this year’s club fair, Interact placed huge emphasis on curating a professional and aesthetically appealing presence. We’ve really stepped up our game this year with our business cards, overlays and advertising graphics.”
What made you decide to create business cards, overlays and advertising graphics?
“Walnut High School’s club scene is extremely weak in terms of advertisements and graphic design; as such, we took advantage of this by doing what other clubs couldn’t. Only by going further than conventional efforts were we able to present ourselves in a fashion that shines above our rival organizations.”
If that is your club’s strength, what is it’s weakness and what can you do to improve it?
“Our greatest weakness as a club is that we take huge risks, whether they come in the form of projects, club policies or activities. Interact is an extremely dynamic club that actively explores what’s possible and impossible. Unfortunately, sometimes this can inevitably come to bite us. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Sophomores Ryan Alfeche and Jessica Fung practice their performance after school.
President senior Nick Widjaya
So what did Swing Club do to prepare for Club Fair?
“We’ve choreographed four different performances this year for Club Fair day. We’ve been practicing since the summer and we’ve been making signs and posters to be put up for Club Fair week. This year we’ve organized a raffle in which a guy and a girl can win a free prize, so it’s pretty cool.”
What made Swing decide to organize a raffle?
“We thought about how could we attract more people to check out our club, and we thought maybe giving out items that represent the culture of swing dancing would be a great idea.”
What is the culture of the Swing Club?
“Well, it’s really just the dance that was created by jazz music. The 1920s was [when] Swing was born, and the attire and dancing is what our culture was and continues to be.”
How are you making your posters?
“It took around two days. We have flyers posted already, and we’re currently in the process of making over 200 hand-out flyers to give to people [on] Thursday.”
So what is going to be different this year both at Club Fair and the actual club compared to last year?
“This year, we’re focusing a lot more on footwork, and we’re looking toward performing at more places and getting uniforms. Our club meetings are on Tuesdays now instead of Thursdays like our previous year. At Club Fair, we’re doing three extra performances compared to last year when we had one.”
How do you feel about these changes?
“We’re evolving into a bigger entertainment and cultural club, and we think the extra publicity we get is good for us. The more members, the bigger our family grows. We had around 50 registered members, but we did have unregistered members coming and going. This year we are expecting at least a 25 percent increase in numbers.”
By Caroline Huang and Eric Peng, News editors
Photos by Sajid Iqbal, Jeffrey Tran and Aaron Yong