Club Spotlight: History Club
Do you like history? Do you want to learn more about the weirdest and coolest things throughout the time periods? Have you won a game of risk? Then History Club is for you! History Club is a student-driven club that meets every Wednesday in Mr. Malone’s class, directly after school. The club attends a yearly History Day in Nashville, and it hosts fundraising events like the Retro Gaming Tournament. There are no requirements or fees to join the club. History Club was founded by students and will always work towards the interest of students. All topics of discussion are picked by the members. Of course, if you want to play an occasional game of Risk, no one’s objecting. . .
Sponsor: Mr. Malone
President: Josh Gramlick
Vice President: Kenny Baseck
Secretary/Treasurer: Sam Beals
Mr. Tony Malone, Club Sponsor
What’s the history club about?
Mr. Malone: The students coming in and beginning to talk and study their favorite things in history. Students present a topic they’re passionate about so that everybody gets to share their interests. Sometimes we get off topic and play a game of risk. Occasionally, we play a sort of Jeopardy of history. History club is welcome to everybody. Even if they don’t come every time they can always stop by and listen.
What were your plans for the club when you started it?
Mr. Malone: It started with the students, they wanted it. It’s student-driven, and not like a history class.
How does it make students better historians?
Mr. Malone: They get to share what they’re passionate about. History classes only touch the surface and don’t cover everything. It lets them broaden their minds on things that they don’t learn in class.
When was the history club founded?
Mr. Malone: 2012
What periods do you cover?
Mr. Malone: Whatever the students want to cover- ancient times to recent history; conflicts, social history, natural disasters. We’ve even covered a countess who liked to bathe in blood, believing it would make her more youthful.
How many members do you have this year?
Mr. Malone: A dozen constant members. We start out with a lot at the beginning, but senioritis and other commitments get in the way.
Kenny Baseck, Club Vice President
Josh Gramlick, Club President
Sam Beals, Club Secretary/ Treasurer
What's history club to you?
Kenny: A place where anyone who has any sort of appreciation for history can meet up. It doesn't matter if you're an expert or barely know when our country was founded, you can be part of this group.
Josh: History club is an embodiment of past and recent history.
Sam:A bunch of cool people talking about something they like
What's your favorite part of history club?
Kenny: The closeness of the members. The club isn't very big, so we all know each other and everyone has a voice.
Josh: Hanging out with all my friends.
Sam: Having fun fun talking about different aspects of history
What's your favorite time in history?
Kenny: 20th century America. I’m also pretty good in Roman history.
Josh: 1970s-1980s music history.
Sam: American Revolutionary War
Why should students join history club?
Kenny: This club is one of the few really academic-based clubs. Anyone can join and learn from the other members. Everyone can come together and share a pool of information with each other.
Josh: If you gain enjoyment from history, then you should join. It’s a place people can be themselves. We have a lot of really loud, really intense historical debates.
Sam: If they like history and they like not taking themselves too seriously
The Retro Gaming Tournament was a huge success, and plans are already being made for another one next year! The systems included in the tournament are listed below.