Lincoln-Way Gamer Clubs
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Each time Lincoln-Way Gamer Clubs meet, sounds in the classroom mimic the excitement of a crowded football game. Applause, cheering and gasps regularly erupt from the players and viewers as they celebrate their victories and share frustrations over losses. Contrary to what most may think, gaming days at Lincoln-Way hold many similarities to sporting events.

Each school holds its own Gamer Club event once a month, occasionally combining with other schools for competitions and mingling. A wide variety of games are available at each meeting; students participate in Smash Brother, Mario Kart and Team Fortress, among others. Games are projected onto different walls throughout the classroom, allowing students to observe and encourage each other's progress.

Andrew Eveland, a senior at Central, is transferring from East. Eveland attended the June Gamer Club meeting at Central with other district students. Although JROTC and orchestra events already have helped familiarize him to Central, Gamer Club and summer school have allowed Eveland to become more familiar with classmates and teachers.

Although many athletic teams and clubs are divided by gender, Gamer Clubs at Lincoln-Way high schools are one of few activities that deviate from the norm. Hannah Hamilton, a sophomore at Lincoln-Way West, represents one of the few female students to join the club. Though she's often outnumbered by her male classmates, her talent proves that she’s not intimidated by numbers. Hamilton joined Gamer Club at Lincoln-Way West during her freshman year, and says that it is "a great way to have a good time and meet people."

Matt Murray, a junior who will be transferring to West, echoes Hamilton's sentiments. He joined Gamer Club his freshman year as a Knight, and plans to continue participating as a Warrior. "It's enjoyable for everyone. It's a great way to have fun at school and meet people," he says.