Spotlight: Political Club
Over the last two years, Apex High School’s Political Club has seen substantial growth and established a solid presence in the school community. While the club has existed for several years, it previously operated mostly within its own niche. Under new leadership, however, it has gained significant exposure and popularity on campus.
During meetings, students discuss current events, policy, and social issues. The club welcomes everyone, regardless of viewpoint, so students are exposed to a variety of perspectives on a given issue. This allows them to grow beyond the same arguments they are used to hearing from peers who hold similar views.
While the Political Club retains its focus on discussion and debate, it has also expanded into other activities with the hopes of becoming more involved in the community. They recently held a voter registration drive during both lunches, where students could check their registration status and get registered if they weren’t already. They have also branched out by hosting a series of guest speakers who can share real-world knowledge of politics in the community.
Most recently, John Harris, a Republican running for office in the North Carolina House of Representatives, visited Apex High to discuss his platform. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about a variety of issues including COVID-19, abortion, and minimum wage. Hearing from guest speakers has also given students the opportunity to learn about what a career in politics is like.
Harris’s opponent, Representative Julie Von Haefen, will be a guest speaker at the Political Club meeting on Tuesday, October 11. Von Haefen will speak with the club about her candidacy and take questions from students.
Students interested in attending Political Club can join the Remind by texting “apexhspoli” to 81010 or join the Google Classroom using code UWZQHMO. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 in Room 2214.