Students launch new clubs on Spring Club Day

Many new clubs are gearing up for the semester after their Club Day debut Thursday on the Quad. As the students eagerly waited to attend their first club meetings, The Paly Voice spoke to some of the new club presidents about their clubs’ goals and future plans.

Sophomore Rebecca Fakatou shows her poster for the Paly Polynesian Club to prospective students during the club day last Thursday. (Photo: Daniel Garepis-Holland)

Polynesian Paly Club

The Paly Polynesian Club was started by sophomore Rebecca Fakatou to provide information and lessons about the different Polynesian cultures.

“We’re going to experience all the different cultures in Polynesia, like Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii and everywhere else,” Fakatou said. “You don’t have to be Polynesian, anyone can just come and learn.”

Fakatou said her goal for the club was to create a community of inclusion and diversity, immersing herself and others in Polynesian culture.

“I hope more people can feel included and have a community they can go to,” Fakatou said. “I plan to learn dances, possibly learn music, maybe even learn foods and try them.”

Emily Yao Senior holds a bouquet of flowers for her Flowers for Palo Alto Club. (Photo: Daniel Garepis-Holland)

Flowers for Palo Alto Club

Senior Emily Yao started the Flowers for Palo Alto Club in an effort to encourage random acts of kindness on campus. Her club will spend meetings handing out flowers to students and staff.

“Buying and giving flowers to friends and community members is something I did for fun, and I found it to be a really rewarding experience,” Yao said. “I wanted to bring that to Paly to amplify that positivity in the community.”

Yao said the pandemic prompted her to spread positivity within her school.

“Especially during the pandemic, it’s so important to bring the community together and show compassion and appreciation to others,” Yao said. “It’s really nothing big, but I think it’s the small actions that can be catalysts for bigger change.”

Junior Vivian Trach encourages students to join Palo Alto High School’s new Kazoo Club, which she created for the spring semester. Several clubs made their second-half Club Day debuts during Thursday’s lunch on the Quad. “The Kazoo club is just a really fun and healthy environment for anyone who loves kazoo,” Trach said. (Photo: Daniel Garepis-Holland)

Kazoo club

Junior Vivian Trach started the Kazoo Club this semester in hopes of building relationships with people with similar interests in the unnatural instrument and sharing it with the Palo Alto high school community.

“We’re doing kazoo parodies, we’ll do kazoo survey of form and structure, and classical kazoo music in general,” Trach said. “We want to play, like Paly Choirs, but Paly Kazoo, on the Quad one day. This is our main objective.

She said her interest in starting the club started with a funny video and an inspiring friend.

“I sent my co-pres [club co-president, Allison Dayton] a kazoo parody of ‘We’re not talking about Bruno’ from Encanto, and she was like, ‘We should start a Kazoo club,’ and that’s where it all started,” Trach said.

Students read the Paly Pickleball Club poster and consider signing up. (Photo: Daniel Garepis-Holland)

Paly Pickleball Club

Paly Pickleball Club, started by freshman Christian Sue, offers Paly students the opportunity to learn and play a new sport.

“We’ll be hitting for about one to two hours from the end of class,” Sue said. “It’s just a great way for people to socialize and learn a new sport and have fun together.”

Sue said he has been playing pickleball for two years now and hopes to find a community of other people who love the sport.

“My goal is to meet a lot of new people, maybe get a doubles partner, and get to know new people in general and help people learn a new sport,” Sue said.

A Formula 1 club co-chairman talks to prospective students about the club’s weekly interests and plans. (Photo: Daniel Garepis-Holland)

Formula 1 club

The Formula 1 club was formed by junior Sal Meehan as an environment for other people with the same passion for racing to connect.

“We’re going to talk about the new season release of Drive to Survive, and they kind of cover a lot of the background of what’s happening in the Formula 1 season that you don’t really see, like more about team strategy and stuff rather than just race cars,” Meehan said. “And we cover everything that happened throughout last season.”