Playing corn hole becomes a popular club at Northwest

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Angela Lam

From left to right, Caroline Sumner, Audrey Sumner, Selby Chipman and Colin Vess posing for a picture at the Cornhole Club’s Homcoming Parade Fundraiser.

Cornhole is a simple game. Two teams, two players per team. You try to throw a beanbag into a wooded target with a hole into it. You get a beanbag in the hole, you score three points, you throw a bag onto the board, you score one point.

It’s a fun and easy game to learn and play. A new club centered around this came has recently become one of the most popular clubs in Northwest.

“It’s a club where people get together to play cornhole, it’s a club where you can hang out with your friends.””

— Audrey Sumner

Sophomores Julia Humphrey, Selby Chipman, Audrey Sumner and Caroline Sumner founded the club. They had originally gotten the idea from a camping trip where they had played a lot of cornhole. Northwest’s clubs are mainly academic clubs, and they wanted to try something new.

“There was a lot of academic clubs already,  and my friend Amelia was like, ‘Cornhole was a really good idea,’” said Caroline Sumner.

The club was showcased during Club Rush in September and quickly gained student attention. Many people signed onto the club. About 122 people have joined the club’s Remind101 chat, and an estimated 200 people signed up for the club during Club Rush. 

“I think it’s because we don’t really have high requirements, we only meet once a month and it’s not that much of a commitment to join,” Audrey Sumner said.

They plan to meet once a month, people volunteer to bring snacks to the meetings. They plan to have each meeting to last around an hour. Members have already volunteered cornhole boards to play with. The founders also plan on doing fundraisers to buy more boards. They also have plans to eventually hold cornhole tournaments with other schools.

“I have a lot of friends in other schools who heard about cornhole club so they’re like, ‘Oh! I want to start a cornhole club,’” Caroline Sumner said. “We want to get to (the point) where there’s a lot of schools (with cornhole clubs) that are close by that we could play cornhole with.”

Their teacher supervisor is OCS teacher Amanda Cogley. She’s a new teacher at Northwest and excited to meet new faces. She coaches basketball along with club supervisor duties. 

“I’m brand new this year, so it’s a way for me to get out of the classroom, meet students whom I don’t have every day,” Cogley said, “I’m excited for the rest of the year.”

Cornhole club has plans for fundraisers, some being selling decal stickers, or t-shirts. Another fundraiser for the club was held during the Homecoming Parade. They had a booth where one could pay for beanbags, and those who scored them into the hole in the cornhole board could win prizes. 

“Most of the fundraising is going to be: buy a cornhole bag for a dollar, and if you make it (into the hole), you get two dollars back. Fun little games that are fairly cheap,” Cogley said.

The founders hope to keep cornhole club up until they leave Northwest in their senior year, and then, who knows?

“Hopefully someone will continue the club after (our graduation),” Caroline Sumner said.

Their next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and will be located in the senior parking lot from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All are welcome.