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Wednesday May 15, 2019 at 3:35pm Age: 156 days
Category: Middle School, District, High School

CLASS OF 2019 STUDENTS LEAVE LEGACY AT MIDDLE SCHOOL


Class of 2019 MacKenzie Arns and Evan Stouber, both NHS officers, have long stood out for their commitment to serving others in their school and community. In their senior year, MacKenzie and Evan’s legacy of service extended to the Middle School when they founded the new Show-What-You-Know Club (a.k.a., SWYK Club). 

Open to all students in grades 6-8, the SWYK Club has been meeting monthly every second-Wednesday, right after school. MVHS members of the National Honor Society take turns showing and teaching their talents and special skills to Middle School students.

"You get to learn new things that some people don't get to do, and you get to meet new people,” middle schooler Jada Addo said.

Grace Manuele agreed. "I like that we get to work together and learn new skills from other kids that have longer experience." She has only one regret: "I would like to go more often, like two times a month instead of only once."

To date, students have learned about chess, card tricks, juggling, calligraphy, Google docs, and coding.

“The positive influence these high school students have had on their younger peers is immeasurable and valuable beyond words,” said Joanna Browning, a middle school teacher who advises the SWYK Club with fellow teacher Cara Connelly.

Club members also have a say in the club's activities. They are encouraged to use a suggestion box at the Media Center to propose new ideas for future meetings. Winning proposals are recognized with a prize.

“This is the first year of the club, but it is projected to live on past its founders' graduation in June,” Ms. Connelly said. “We look forward to continue this awesome student-founded program for many years to come!

"I was really happy when I finally learned to play chess!" said Sean Crowe. “I plan on coming to all the meetings next year!"

Club co-founder and student adviser MacKenzie Arns will not be back for the club’s year-two, but she will not soon forget year one. “I’ve really enjoyed my time with Show What You Know. It’s great getting to see the kids and share with them hobbies that I like. I’m going to miss the club in the fall,” MacKenzie said.

 

(Photos provided by Joanna Browning)