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PA Cyber Adds New Clubs For Coming Year

PA Cyber has authorized three new student clubs for the upcoming school year: French, photography and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).

They join six other high school clubs successfully launched last year: book of the month, newspaper, art, history, science and German. To join any club, students must be in good academic standing.

The French club will be advised by Rachel Klemencic, a PA Cyber virtual French teacher since 2003. Members will study French and learn about the presence of French culture around the world by listening to French music, studying French art and literature, and practicing speaking the language. Field trips may include French restaurants, museums and movie nights. Students do not have to take French to be in the French club.

Those who wish to learn about photography or advance their photography skills are encouraged to join the photography club, advised by Fred Miller and Jessica Lubert. Miller is the communications coordinator for PA Cyber and formerly worked as a reporter and photographer for the East Liverpool Review. Lubert is going into her fourth year with PA Cyber as a special education instructional supervisor. She started her own photography business this past fall.

Under the advisors’ guidance, students will learn about the history and techniques of photography and be encouraged to share their work with their communities. The skill level will range from beginner to advanced amateur, and all students must have their own cameras.

Distributive Education Clubs of America, better known as DECA, is an organization focused on marketing, management and business. The PA Cyber DECA Chapter will be advised by Jennifer Liptak. Liptak has been an instructional supervisor with PA Cyber for one year, and was previously a marketing teacher and DECA advisor.

Students must have taken some business classes at PA Cyber or a former school in order to join DECA, and must participate in scheduled online meetings. Members will develop their leadership and presentation skills, as well as participate in competitions and conferences. DECA also gives members an opportunity to network with business professionals and students who have similar interests.

Jane Camp, director of family services, said the new clubs were chosen based on feedback from students and the staff’s willingness to be advisors.

Students can join the clubs in several ways: the student activities table at the new student orientation; by asking their IS for more information; getting the form from Blackboard; or by an email that will be sent to all students.

According to Camp, some clubs, like book of the month, will close their enrollment on Oct. 1. The newspaper club will also do the same, because it is hard for students to get started halfway into the school year.

Camp said last year there were about 150 students in the six clubs.

“The clubs are a great way for students to work with others who share their interests, make new friends, and build their resumes,” Camp said.

“This is part of our long-standing commitment to help students engage with their peers and explore and investigate topics interesting to them,” PA Cyber Assistant Executive Director Dr. Kenneth Powell said. “We want to meet students’ needs and provide them with opportunities.”