SPRING HILL — Without question, this is a diverse world.
At Springstead High, some students are interested enough in exploring and understanding the world's varying cultures, religions and ideologies that they belong to the school's 12-year-old Humanities and Etymology Society.
"We discuss culture, art and religion in our meetings," said Hamad Sagheer, 17, club president. The students in the group watch videos, write a newsletter called Decomposition Alpha (named by the founders) and sponsor cultural events.
This year's event was a Jewish seminar. Last year, the topic was Islam. The goal is enlightenment about these religions. The seminars include guest speakers and opportunities for questions.
"Our mission is to broaden our minds to different cultures and religions and to extend our knowledge to the community and acceptance of different people," said Hamad, a senior and International Baccalaureate program student. "We function to help our school intellectually."
Hamad plans to attend college and study political science and minor in economics.
Reema Patel, 18, a senior, is also in the school's baccalaureate program and the society's vice president. "I joined because it reflects what I believe in about learning about others and having an open mind," Reema said.
She said the mission of the club is "to educate others about different cultures and different traditions and different ways of thinking around the world. It's good to look at everything without prejudice."
Reema plans to go to medical school and is particularly interested in cardiology, but is considering neurology, too.
Society parliamentarian Nathalia Botero, an 18-year-old senior, said she likes learning about culture and religion.
"I'm really into cultures, because I'm from Bolivia," she said. "So I joined to learn about the different cultures and beliefs of this diverse nation."
Nathalia is deciding between biomedical engineering and medicine for college.
Other Humanities and Etymology members are: Allyson Kuhn (secretary), Sandy Bolis (treasurer), Clifford Anello (Decomposition Alpha editor), Rebecca Bennett, Julia Poholek, Briana Ramirez, Kitiara Rivera, Mai Tran, Rama Hiba, Aladdin Hiba, Thao Tran, Kyle Davidson, Marcel Leaman, Cherline Brazile, Megan Amellini, Hgoc Tran, Stephan Albrecht and Tasneem Hiba.