“What can I do after school other than sports?” asks a new eighth grader. This seems to be one of the main questions asked by prospective students and existing students alike. Every year at Open House, President/Principal Bro. Ray, FSC, ties this into his speech, as well as the students asked to speak about campus life. One of things that sets St. Paul’s apart from other schools is the large number of extracurricular activities available to suit every walk of life.
Activities never seem to cease around St. Paul’s. As one bead drive ends, a food drive begins. Fundraisers are never-ending. Pizza days seem to happen every other week. But who organizes all of these fundraisers? There are about 50 clubs around campus, not including sports, and most of these clubs do some sort of fundraiser at some point in the year.
It’s not difficult to get involved in any of these clubs either. At the beginning of each school year, St. Paul’s has a “Get Involved Day.” This day provides an opportunity, especially for new students, to get involved in some sort of extracurricular activity. Since new clubs are being added each year, this gives students a great opportunity to see what’s new. But, even at this point in the school year, most clubs continue to accept new members.
If there is a club that a student wants at St. Paul’s that is not already in existence, the process to start it is surprisingly easy. He must first find a teacher willing to serve as moderator. He must then get the club approved by the school administration and recruit students to join. Many of the current clubs at St. Paul’s started this way, including the Quidditch Team/Harry Potter Club, fly fishing club, and ping pong club.
“It’s pretty clearly evident in educational research that when students are involved in some activity outside of their classroom, related to their school — be it athletic, music, theater, fly fishing, you name it — when they have some other significant connection to their school, that they always do better academically,” Assistant Principal Trevor Watkins said.
In addition, the more involved a student is, the more points he can get for the prestigious Golden Torch Award. In order to receive this award, the student must be on honor roll for the first three quarters of the school year, as well as be involved in a variety of extracurriculars. At the end of the year, a student can pick up a Golden Torch form and have teachers and moderators fill it out. Each club and sport is allotted a certain number of points in relation to the activity’s time requirements, and points are tallied at the end of the year. If the student gets enough points, he can receive the Golden Torch Award.
“If you look at the list of offerings that we have as a school, and the range of offerings, from an extensive athletic program to academic and social and service and organizations, you will see, as a school, we believe in that philosophy. We want our students to be involved, to extend themselves beyond the classroom and to try new things, to expand as people, and to learn about things that interest them and bring those talents to our school,” Watkins said.
Despite the fact that the school has already entered the final quarter of the year, it’s not too late for students to expand their involvement by joining a club. Below is a list of clubs and organizations as well as their moderators and contact info.
“As far as I’m concerned, if we have a group of students interested in anything, I will do all I can to make sure that we have that available to them,” Watkins promised.
Extracurricular Contact Information
Art Club: Andrew Dart email@example.com or Gerald Ancar firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletic Director: Craig Ketelsen email@example.com
Band: Moran Andrew firstname.lastname@example.org
Baseball: Mick Nunez email@example.com
Basketball: Phil Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Beowolves Writer’s Club: Brad Guillory email@example.com
Bowling: Paul Scoriels firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys’ State: Brian Logarbo email@example.com
Chess Club: Andrew Moran firstname.lastname@example.org
Comic Book Club: Alex Lacour email@example.com
Cross Country: Al Nastasi, III firstname.lastname@example.org
Drama Productions: Denny Charbonnet email@example.com
Environmental Science Club: Mark Richards firstname.lastname@example.org
Eucharistic Ministers: Barrett Baumgartner email@example.com
Fly-Fishing Club: Trevor Watkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Football: Ken Sears email@example.com
Foreign Language Festival: Liz Brett firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf: Luke Barwick email@example.com
Graphic Design: John Carambat firstname.lastname@example.org
Guerilla Wolves Video Club: Brad Guillory email@example.com
Gymnastics: Amy Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Habitat for Humanity: Richard Pichon email@example.com
Indoor Track: Al Nastasi, III firstname.lastname@example.org
In-Line Hockey: Paul Scoriels email@example.com
JROTC Color Guard: MSgt East firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Club: Trevor Watkins email@example.com
Lacrosse: Austin Speni firstname.lastname@example.org
Lasallian Formation/Ministry: Barrett Baumgartner email@example.com
Lasallian Youth Leaders: Myrle Wiggins firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgical Band: Christi Simoneaux email@example.com
March for Life: Christian Bobak firstname.lastname@example.org
Math Tournaments: Susan Jordan email@example.com
Mu Alpha Theta: Pam Cullen firstname.lastname@example.org
National Honor Society: Kristin LaGraize email@example.com
Outdoor Track: Al Nastasi,III firstname.lastname@example.org
Paper Wolf: Christi Simoneaux email@example.com
Power Lifting: Lee Pierre firstname.lastname@example.org
Quiz Bowl: Emilie Allen email@example.com
Regional Science Fair: John Carambat firstname.lastname@example.org
Robotics Club: Stephen Englehardt email@example.com
Rugby: Brad Marchese firstname.lastname@example.org
Sea-Wolves (underwater robotics): William Nunez email@example.com
Soccer: Sean Moser firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish Club: Liz Brett email@example.com
Spanish National Honor Society: Kim George firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Council: Amy Marshall email@example.com
Student Hosts: Karen Hebert firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Trainers (not sport specific): Chris Stipe email@example.com
Swimming: Bill Babcock firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis: Bro.Ken Boesch email@example.com
Ultimate Frisbee: Mark Richards firstname.lastname@example.org
Volleyball: Amy Marshall email@example.com
Wolves of Fury (ping-pong): Jim Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolves on Wheels (Shell Eco-Car): John Carambat email@example.com
World War II Quiz Bowl Brian Logarbo firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrestling Craig Ketelsen email@example.com
Young Lawyers Club Brian Logarbo firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth in Government Kim Gardner email@example.com