Clubs Goin’ Up at West: Ping Pong Club

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Clubs Goin’ Up at West: Ping Pong Club

The Niles West ping pong during an after school practice.

The Niles West ping pong during an after school practice.

The Niles West ping pong during an after school practice.

The Niles West ping pong during an after school practice.

By Katherine Khoury

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Editor’s Note: This is the ninth in a series of 10 features about clubs at West.

Have you ever been so passionate about something, but sadly Niles West didn’t offer a club for it? Senior JD Kim surely was. Over the summer Kim and his friends would play ping pong nearly every day. The group of friends started playing when senior Jaeden Lee‘s dad put a ping pong table in one of the empty rooms of his office building.

“I just thought why don’t we have a Ping Pong Club? So I got my friends together to help me start it,” Kim said.

For every club at Niles West, a sponsor is required. In order to start ping pong club, Kim needed a sponsor so he asked just about everyone, until one day he ran into national college adviser Jerry Pope. Kim knew Pope before asking him to sponsor because he talked to his college prep class the first week of the 2015-2016 school year.

“JD mentioned that he was starting the club, so I decided to help him in that pursuit. To sum it up, I wanted to help a cool club be realized,” senior, Isaac Moldofsky, said.

Ping Pong Club started off as a small club, but slowly grew to have many members from all classes with Kim as the president, senior Bryce Hamamoto as the secretary, and Moldofsky, as the treasurer.

Ping pong club officially started in the first month of the school year. They meet every Wednesday after school in the cafeteria.