CHS’s clubs encourage student leadership, volunteerism, community building and, of course, fun. Clubs typically meet once a week after the school day ends and provide students time and facilities to pursue interests related to their arts and academic work in an atmosphere of self-determination and collaboration. Students initiate clubs with a written proposal which details the goals of the club and the ways it can benefit the campus’ social and intellectual life. Each club is sponsored by a faculty member that helps to guide the club’s direction.
Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) Club
CHS’s D&D club formed in 2010 when a handful of energetic students got together, learned the historical roots of role-playing games and started their first campaign. In order to honor one of role-playing’s founding fathers, Garry Gygax, they started with Old D&D. The group has since grown to include over twenty members in two thriving campaigns who meet regularly on Thursdays, playing a diverse array of games including Romntique, Pathfinder, Pendragon and Monster Hunter. This unique craft emphasizes teamwork, creative writing, improvisation and social skills.
CHS’s Quidditch Team formed in 2012 and is the school’s only active sporting team. Quidditch is a team sport with seven players mounted on broomsticks following the IQA rules. The team practices weekly and plays games at Roanoke College and Virginia Tech, and welcomes challengers. See photos here
Video Jam club was started in the Fall of 2014. Members study the minutiae and history of the video game industry. Discussion topics have included the video game crash of 1983, “horror” in gaming, and strategic warfare. They play competitive and cooperative games together while learning various tropes of game design.