With the school year now in full swing, it brings with it all the stress of homework, tests, and quizzes. However, that doesn’t have to be all high school has to offer. Westlake has a ton of school events that appeal to any audience. Whether you want to watch volleyball, basketball, soccer, or go to a school play, or choir concert, Westlake has you covered. However, Westlake is a big school. With over 3,500 students it can be easy to feel lost or unnoticed, and many students feel like they can’t go to school events because they don’t have anyone to go with, and they don’t want to feel alone. If you feel this way, Lettuce Club may be the perfect club for you to join. In an interview with Tanner Paepke, Senior at Westlake and Lettuce Club President, I uncovered some of the misconceptions about one of our biggest clubs at Westlake, and brought to light what the club is really all about.

The first thing Tanner would like students to know is that, despite the name, Lettuce Club is not actually a club where students meet and eat heads of lettuce together. In fact, it is so much more than that. Lettuce club is about creating a community of friends to go to school events with, so that students don’t feel like they have to go alone. The club gets together at least once a month and meet in groups of twenty students that are called “heads of lettuce”. From here, these “heads of lettuce” go to school events together such as volleyball and basketball games, where they go crazy in the student section, or they go to orchestra concerts and appreciate all the talented musicians at Westlake.

When I asked Tanner how the inspiration for this club came about, he told me that it was a spur of the moment decision. Him and his friends were sitting at lunch during club rush week and they decided to put “Lettuce Club” on a signup sheet and leave it on one of the tables. When he came back, he was shocked to find over 100 signatures. So him and his friends decided to turn it into an actual club. Tanner Paepke is the president, Caleb Randall is the vice president, Megan Larsen is the secretary, and Troy Lybbert is the historian. If you know any of these students it  comes as no surprise that they formed a club focused around school involvement and student inclusion. At any given school event, these students can be seen (and heard) cheering loud and proud for Westlake.

A club that started because a group of hungry friends at lunch wanted to start a club as a joke, has quickly grown to over 400 members. There are plenty of fun things planned for the club this year, such as t-shirts, and possibly getting some sponsors for club activities, and it’s not too late to join! Simply talk to one of the presidency members and they can get you on the contact list so you will be notified of any upcoming events.

The main thing Tanner wants students to know is that “everyone is invited to come meet new friends”, so whether you just moved here and you are looking to make new friends, or you just want a fun way to get involved, Lettuce Club is the club for you! Don’t be caught ten years from now wishing you had been more involved in high school. Now is the time to get out of your comfort zone, make new friends, and experience things that only high school has to offer.

Some of you may be wondering, what is the future of Lettuce Club after this year? Most of the presidency are seniors and after this year they will be graduating and moving on to bigger and better things, however, the Lettuce Club historian, Troy Lybbert, is anticipated to keep the club going next year. Tanner has definitely left his legacy at Westlake, creating a club with a message of involvement and inclusivity, a goal that all of us can strive towards.