Make New Friends: Join Allen’s Extracurricular Activities

Sondra Owings-Priest, Student Reporter

It may not seem like it, but Allen Community College is more than just classes and homework. In addition to a stimulating education, Allen provides a variety of clubs and organizations of all different interests; many offer scholarships and give students a head start into a future career as well. The current clubs available on the Iola campus are Collegiate Farm Bureau, Quiz Bowl, Livestock Judging, and Bible Study, all of which are looking for involvement from students.

It is never too late to join the Collegiate Farm Bureau. Additionally, students do not have to be in an Ag class to join.  Terry Powelson, sponsor of the Collegiate Farm Bureau and agriculture instructor, gave input on his club. He stated that his club is for students that show interest in agriculture and want to enhance leadership skills if interested in pursuing a future as an Ag leader.

“I joined for more experience around livestock since I’m a pre-veterinary major and plan on working with large animals,” said Allen freshman Ahnna Mellenbruch.

Mellenbruch is in both Collegiate Farm Bureau and Livestock Judging. Meetings for the Collegiate Farm Bureau will be held once a month in classroom 107, which is located in the theater building. Contact Mr. Powelson at the following email address to join: [email protected].

Livestock Judging is for students that have interest in breeding, raising, or showing livestock. Quentin Yoho, Ag Career Specialist, is the sponsor for livestock judging coach.  Contact him at the following email to join: [email protected].

Quiz Bowl is for those students interested in competing against other schools by showing off their knowledge in multiple categories, in a jeopardy-style trivia game. The categories typically include academics, current events, sports, popular culture, and many more. Eric Griffith is the sponsor of Quiz Bowl as well as one of the English instructors. Meetings for the Quiz Bowl club are held in his classroom, A25 on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 pm. However, these meetings are not required and available for members to get extra practice. Contact Mr. Griffith at the following email address to join: [email protected].

Of the other clubs available, Bible Study is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm in the Stadler Conference Room located in the student center. Anyone is welcome and bringing a bible is not necessary.

Creating a club is also an option for students. Some upcoming clubs in the making include the Creative Writing Club and the LGBTQ+ Club. All that is needed to make a club is someone to sponsor the club and a group of students interested in joining. Clubs help bring people with similar interests together and help them make new friends. Joining a club is a big part of the college experience. Join one today!