Student, Gloucester County Institute Technology, Class of 2016,
The three extracurricular activities that are most popular at my school, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, are Student Council, Skills USA, and FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America). Student Council is popular due to everyone wanting to play a big role in being the influence of what goes on at our school. Everyone at my school seems to have strong personalities and the drive to see our school branch out and start new traditions that are similar to those of a normal high schools; considering we are a vocational school. Skills USA has many, many members because as a vocational school we are able to compete in a wide range of competitions; from Career Pathways Showcase to Chapter Business Procedure to Cosmetology and much more. Lastly, FCCLA is a popular choice because kids at my school love to make a difference in their community. My peers make our school a very safe and welcoming place to spend your four years of high school, and this shows by how many, not only competitors, but national finalists and champions we have that go and compete year after year.
The extracurriculars that I would recommend would be Thespian Society, Skills USA, and ACTing Out. I have been a member of my schools Thespian troupe (Troupe 5480) for 3 years now, and I could not ask for a better community of my drama peers. Every year we put on performances and prepare for our annual New Jersey State Thespian Festival; where we compete in a multitude of categories for the chance to compete at nationals which are held in Nebraska, USA every year. It's a very exciting time, and not one member puts down another, which makes the club a lovely place to be. I also compete in Skills USA. My competition is named PDP School to Work Portfolio. It is a states only competition, which means you cannot qualify for nationals, but it is still a joy to prepare and compete. You also create a close bond with your advisor, and this sense of leadership and responsibility help you prepare for your future career out of high school. Lastly, I would recommend a student join ACTing Out. I am the student advisor for ACTing Out. We are a small social advocacy group, and we perform original material such as songs, monologues, dances, poems, and even flash mobs to students of all grade levels throughout the South Jersey area. We prepare shows to bring awareness to certain social issues to present to other schools throughout our area. Some of these issues include domestic violence, drugs and alcohol abuse, etc. I believe it is very important to spread awareness of such issues, especially to young teenagers because they don't really understand what is going on or what they are doing until something bad happens, and we want to help prevent the amount of tragedies caused by issues such as these. This is why I would recommend theses three extracurriculars to any incoming or current students at my school.