It is no secret that Carlmont’s Associated Student Body-run activities have a lot to offer. Between student versus teacher competitions, unique sports, and fun music, it is impossible to be bored at lunch. Ping pong club’s lunchtime games add to this busy atmosphere.
Friendly and casual, mini-ping pong games are offered every wednesday. Tables are set out in front of the ASB room at the beginning of lunch, and a handful of students, have a fun time mastering their ping pong skills with no added pressure of real scorekeeping.
“The club has a very relaxed atmosphere, but there is still the fun element of competition because you can win or lose games. I also like playing a friendly game with a bunch of my friends,” said sophomore Timmy Miller, a club member and weekly ping pong player.
The club is a new addition to Carlmont, and was introduced at the beginning of the school year after ASB purchased the ping pong tables for the whole student body.
Senior and club member Ryan Dimick said, “I joined the club right when it started this year, and I have enjoyed being a part of it. It is something new, simple, and interesting to do at lunch that is pretty low-pressure.”
Besides the weekly games, the club has not yet expanded on its weekly activities or meetings. However, a few more opportunities to play ping pong in different ways may be present in the future.
Miller said, “We tried to create a day where we held a huge ping pong tournament, but it did not ever materialize. We hope that later on we will be able to organize a tournament so more people will get involved with the club and realize how fun ping pong can be.”
ASB Director and club advisor Jim Kelly has enjoyed watching the club get entertainment out of the regular games.
“Based on the participation thus far, I feel that purchasing the new tables for ping pong was a great way for ASB to engage students. The tables have gotten a lot of usage,” Kelly said.
The laid-back attitude of this club has served a successful year so far in involving students with lunchtime activities, and may smash even more intensely as it introduces new features.