YHLS Club Profile: Shanahan Sponsors “Magical Gatherings”

Looking for a “magical experience” next year as a freshman at Yorba Linda High School? BYMS alumni and YHLS language arts teacher, Mr. Kevin Shanahan, invites you to join the “Magic the Gathering” club held on campus at Yorba Linda High School during break and lunch.

In their second year as a club, Shanahan, who is the club’s founder and staff advisor, reports in his interview with the Matador Messenger that “Magic the Gathering” is the most active club on campus on a day to day basis. Every day at break and lunch, over 30 student members and as many as 3 to 4 staff members of the club are talking, trading, and playing “Magic the Gathering.”

“Students should also know that while the game is fairly complex, the vast majority of our club members are students who had never heard of the game before and were able to pick it up very quickly,” Mr. Shanahan explained.

“Magic The Gathering,” often referred to as MTG, is a collectible card game (which was the inspiration for such card games as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh) wherein two or more players use customized decks of cards to compete against each other.

The premise of MTG is that each player is a “Mage” or “Wizard” who uses the cards, which represent creatures and spells, in order to wage war against another “Mage.” The game is often described as a combination of chess and poker, and being involved with the game goes far beyond playing as collecting and trading the cards are a significant part of the fun as well,” stated Mr. Shanahan.
Mr. Shanahan indicated that eighth graders interesting in joining the club should know that they are sponsored by a local card shop called “Dice House Games” which graciously donates starter decks and boxes of free cards for students to play with, so there is no cost associated with joining or participating in the club.

“Students should also know that while the game is fairly complex, the vast majority of our club members are students who had never heard of the game before and were able to pick it up very quickly,” Mr. Shanahan reported.

Joining the club is as simple as showing up during break or lunch.

“There are no ongoing requirements for our club and students do not need to become official members to come in at lunch or break and play,” stated Shanahan. “Anyone who is interested in competitive card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, or even students who are into science fiction themed films and video games such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Skyrim’ would likely be highly interested in ‘Magic the Gathering.’”