Palo Alto High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) looks to kick off the new school year with a variety of events for students to participate in, including Paly’s annual Club Day and an upcoming wiffle ball tournament.
Paly’s annual Club Day will be held during lunch on Sept. 19 on the quad.
To ensure that students have enough time to look into their prospective choices for clubs, Monday’s schedule consists of 45-minute periods and an extended lunch period from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This year, according to ASB Vice-President Maya Lathi, there are 71 student-run clubs offered at Paly. Several new clubs have been added to the roster, including Piano Club, Launch Club and Medical Society Club.
Lathi hopes that students will have the opportunity to look into clubs outside their familiarity.
“[ASB’s] goals for Club Day are to have a high student turnout and for club representatives to utilize local resources such as teachers, advisors and publications to attract students who would be interested in applying to but haven’t heard of certain clubs before,” Lathi said.
Additionally, ASB will be making changes to the free food offered during lunch in order to allow them to allocate money to other events.
“There will be the traditional barbecue of hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers in addition to chips and cookies,” Lathi said. “Salad and water bottles will not be offered this year.”
ASB will host the school’s first ever wiffle ball tournament, which will be held during the entirety of the week of Sept. 26 on the lacrosse field. Each team consists of eight people and must have one underclassman and a maximum of two softball or baseball players. To compete in the event, students must sign up on a Google Form before Sept. 23. According to ASB Sports Commissioner Kasra Orumchian, this will be the first time Paly will hold a wiffle ball tournament.
“We decided that it would be better to do more intermural tournaments because they bring people together and they’re fun to put on and watch,” Orumchian said.
ASB looks forward to introducing a new event and expects to host more tournaments in the future.
“Our goal for the year is four tournaments, including wiffle ball,” Orumchian said. “I think the tournament should go really well. I’m excited to see how people react to it and how we can improve it if we choose to keep this tournament for the coming years.”
ASB will continue providing a myriad of activities that appeal to a wide range of students and improving communication with district administrators.
“We are going to try to host a lot more events this year whether it be dances, movie nights or rallies,” said ASB President Anmol Nagar. “We also hope to increase communication between [administration] and the Board of Education by bringing members to ASB, talking to them about students’ concerns and publicizing discussions.”