By Sean Stebbins ’19
Cereal is one of the most ubiquitous breakfast foods in the United States, particularly amongst high school students. Bells are no different, often quickly wolfing down a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios before heading to school or picking up packages of Lucky Charms in the cafeteria during break. This food is celebrated and evaluated by one of Bellarmine’s newest and largest clubs, the Cereal Intelligence Agency.
Every Wednesday at lunch in O’Donnell basement, the CIA meets to discuss two different cereals. The Deputy Director Kunal Handa, (second in command to Director Mr. Lindemann, the club’s moderator), explained his vision for the club: “I wanted to make a club where Bells could just enjoy good food with friends, and hopefully meet some new people along the way”.
He said discussions he had with his fellow members of the cross country team helped inspire him to create the cereal club. “In cross country, we usually have two or three recovery days during the week where we do a long run after school, and we can talk with our friends the whole time. One day an argument about the best kind of cereal came up, and we were trying to find a good way to rank them. Then I came up with the idea for a club where we could ask other students what they thought.”
During meetings, members sample two different kinds of cereals and then fill out an evaluation sheet, rating them on things like healthiness, texture, and taste. Kunal explained, “at the end of each meeting, every member fills out a form rating each cereal out of 10, and then we go over the info over the weekend and let everyone know the average of the results”.
“By the end of the year we want to have a master tier list for all cereals so that we can finally settle our argument,” Kunal said.
Any student who might be interested in the CIA can stop by OD-003 at lunch on Wednesday or contact.