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Ping pong bounces back into popularity

Nguyen, Jenny

Jenny Nguyen, Copy Editor

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Among Parkview’s variety of recreational activities emerges a fun, new contender. With its rapid-fire paddle action and intense play, the compact sport of ping pong is making a name for itself at Parkview High School.
The Ping Pong Club meets up every other Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. As its name would suggest, it allows students of both professional and novice experience to come together and play ping pong. During these meetings, the tables are set up and members are offered the opportunity to participate in singles and doubles matches or merely to spectate the game. They have hosted an exciting student-staff tournament this October, wherein both students and teachers were able to play each other in an intense duel of ping pong prowess.
The club has gained tremendous momentum since its first meeting on August 18th, having accumulated over thirty members. The club has also successfully united the student body through its friendly atmosphere and sportsmanship. Junior Joseph Benkin, the founder of the club, commented on the game’s unique ability to bring students together, “I really like ping pong, and I just figured that other people in the school like ping pong too, so I formed the club as a cool way for the students to have fun after school and also socialize with each other.”
Sydney Nguyen, junior and Ping Pong Club member, credited the club for helping her release stress from the school workload, “Ping pong helps me relax, especially since my stress levels have been building up a lot in these past few weeks.”
The club is great for fanatics as well as people just looking to make some friends or have a good time. “I want to promote having fun—teach some people about ping pong and also show some appreciation for the game,” Benken said.

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