French Club rebounds after slow year

Emily Hall– Mustangs Ahead

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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- “We are small but mighty! It’s a slow process to grow our numbers. But what I love about our little group is how much fun everyone has together. However, it’s fun to see the numbers beginning to grow,” LRHS French teacher Corrine Battani said.

Last year, Battani became the new LRHS French teacher and with that, came the responsibility of leadership over the French club. The French club was started in the 2016-2017 school year, two years before Battani began teaching at LRHS.

Although Battani was put in charge of overseeing the French club, she noted that the credit really belongs to the students.

“I think it’s less about my leadership and more about the contributions made by the students,” Battani said.

In the 2018-2019 school year, the previous French Club president, Ava Botko, and vice president, Samantha Zapala, came to Freshman Orientation to promote the club and recruit new members.

This year’s French Club officers are President Riley Smith, Vice President Mikayla Stokes and Head of Public Relations Haylee Smith.

“They are excited, full of ideas, and already getting some really great things going for us this year,” Battani said.

Battani’s biggest challenge has been gaining momentum and getting people excited, especially with the small group.

“Last year was a lot about finding our footing,” Battani explained, “I think this is our year to really get moving with more activities now that we have figured out who we are as a club and what we want to do.”

The club largely consisted of talking about a common love of French and languages last year, as well as participating in events such as the Spring Fling.

“French club gives us a chance to do the fun things I wish I could squeeze more of into class time: movies, food, trivia, just time to talk and relax and get to know each other through the lens of this common interest,” Battani noted.

This year the French club will be increasing its participation in multiple events and activities. Some of these activities include a French restaurant visit, Spring Fling, and a state wide French conference called the Congrès, in which French students compete in various competitions using their knowledge of French.

The French club will be meeting in room 555 every other Thursday. For more information regarding the club see Battani in room 555.

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