On Tuesday September 1, almost fifty students came to the interest meeting to show their support of Leesville Road High School’s Astronomy Club.
Jake Hudgins, president, started the club last year because he gained interest in discovering what existence personally means to him. “I think the idea of talking about life on a more universal standpoint is important for high school students.”
Last year, the club went to a few stargazing events in Jordan Lake with the Chapel Hill Astronomy Club and Prairie Ridge with the Raleigh Astronomy Club. The club also saw the 2014 mystery/science fiction movie Interstellar. The Astronomy Club has big plans this school year that includes going out of North Carolina, possibly to Chicago, Illinois.
One of Hudgins goals for this year is to expand the club’s growth: “I want to be involved in the community, and have weekly stargazing events. Overall I want to start something fun in the science department, I want to leave something to this school knowing that it will continue and it will help other people find their way.”
Although the main target for the Astronomy Club is to have fun; Mr. Thornhill, advisor of the Astronomy Club and teacher at Leesville goal for this year is to facilitate the students in topics such as astronomy, physics, philosophy and other ideas. “It’s not going to be like a class where a teacher develops a pacing guide, and we follow the curriculum, blah blah blah. I would like it to be more student directed,” said Thornhill.
The Astronomy Club meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month during B lunch in Mr. Thornhill’s room, 2225.