How are LJHS Clubs Surviving this Pandemic


Plant with Purpose club last year. Photo via Taryn Snyder

Margareta Backlund, Staff Writer

As schools remain closed and are dominated by the virtual world, clubs have made the shift to online in order to stay afloat. While some clubs at La Jolla High are struggling to continue on online platforms, others are thriving. 

The Beach Cleanup Club has found it difficult to continue through the virtual world. The president of the club, sophomore Sara Francis, says that the social aspect and getting everyone motivated and excited has been a challenge. This year the club had a later start than usual, with their first zoom meeting taking place on November 13, 2020. Francis says she struggled to get members to participate in discussions over zoom.  Since there was not a “Club Day” this year, it was difficult for the club to recruit new members. The club wishes they had an opportunity to get people from all grades to be involved.

While The Beach Clean Up Club has found many difficulties, The Speech and Debate Club has had a successful shift to online. As it became apparent that the school year was going to be online, the club took immediate action. Freshman Reid Krebs says that it was very easy for the club to catch him up on everything and to get new students involved. He enjoys having the club online because he does not have to make a commute to practice or tournaments, and can participate in the comfort of his home. Krebs also has found it beneficial to have internet access during his tournaments, a luxury not present during in-person debates. 

Circle of Friends has also managed to thrive on the new platform but has also had its own share of difficulties. The normal ways of interacting and helping the students with special needs cannot be done over Zoom. The club president, junior Sabine Knott, has integrated the club into an ASB activity. Instead of meeting during lunch twice a month, they have been playing games through breakout rooms during fourth period. One positive aspect of this virtual environment is that more people have been involved in the club. Due to having roughly fifteen students a week engaging with the students. She hopes that they continue next year and help expand the club even more. 

As schools continue to revolve around Zoom, clubs and people are learning to adapt to the changing times.