Clarkston High School’s Math Club celebrated the addition of 37 new members at its annual induction ceremony on November 6. Emphasizing the club’s familial atmosphere, Math Club President Afomia Legesse spoke about the importance of math in everyday life and the club’s role in fostering a supportive academic community. The club is committed to empowering students through tutoring, competitions, and community service, preparing them for a future of global responsibility and teamwork.
“Math is everywhere, shaping our lives daily. Our club fosters our love for math, academic excellence, and community engagement. We’re not only a club, we’re not only an extracurricular activity that we do, but we are a family,” Afomia said. “One that aids one another and doesn’t leave a person behind.”
The club’s faculty adviser also praised the club’s inclusive approach, inviting students of all abilities to explore mathematics in a positive environment.
“The Math Club provides a welcoming space for everyone, regardless of their skill level, to enjoy math in a nonjudgmental and open-minded space,” said Mr. Rajshekar Choutapalli. “It encourages students to engage in math in a playful and diverse manner.”
Abdel Mahamat, an 11th-grade student, expressed his enthusiasm in helping his fellow students. He joined the Math Club intending to assist those struggling with math. He said, “If they have any difficulties with their homework, we are ready to help them.”
Clarkston High Principal Pattie Lemelle charged the new inductees with helping change the narrative around math.
“I know that [these students] will be responsible for igniting that flame in students and staff who have not liked math,” she said. “We are depending on them to guide all of us to a better space as it relates to math content, and we look forward to the activities they have planned for us throughout this school year.”
The ceremony underscored the club’s mission to excel in mathematics and build lasting connections among students.
For pictures from the induction ceremony, see: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjB2FUA