SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP —
“After discovering that there was an enthusiastic interest in the club, I felt there was no choice but to bring it back,” said McMannes. The mock debates between student-represented countries encourage a higher level thinking process, and an ability to formulate and support opinions. He hopes that the members are able to expand their knowledge about other places and their customs.
“If one person can take away a new view on the world, I’ve done my job,” McMannes said.
Another new extracurricular at Lakeside is the Chess Club, started by math teacher Daniel Van Allen. He chose to bring this strategy-based competition to the school, primarily because of his passion for the game of chess, and the logic involved. The club is inspiring a surprisingly large amount of students to adopt the game, making it one of the school’s most popular academic activities.
“Forty-five kids come to Chess Club, and I think that speaks for itself,” said Van Allen.
These are just a few of the teachers at Lakeside who are going the extra mile for the school. They are taking on responsibilities that benefit the students and staff, while encouraging others to strive for success. Mr. Gallatin, Mr. McMannes and Mr. Van Allen all exemplify the excellence found throughout the school community.