“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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Gerald Ancar email@example.com
Athletic Director: Craig Ketelsen firstname.lastname@example.org
Band: Moran Andrew email@example.com
Baseball: Mick Nunez firstname.lastname@example.org
Basketball: Phil Williams email@example.com
Beowolves Writer’s Club: Brad Guillory firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowling: Paul Scoriels email@example.com
Boys’ State: Brian Logarbo firstname.lastname@example.org
Chess Club: Andrew Moran email@example.com
Comic Book Club: Alex Lacour firstname.lastname@example.org
Cross Country: Al Nastasi, III email@example.com
Drama Productions: Denny Charbonnet firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Science Club: Mark Richards email@example.com
Eucharistic Ministers: Barrett Baumgartner firstname.lastname@example.org
Fly-Fishing Club: Trevor Watkins email@example.com
Football: Ken Sears firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign Language Festival: Liz Brett email@example.com
Golf: Luke Barwick firstname.lastname@example.org
Graphic Design: John Carambat email@example.com
Guerilla Wolves Video Club: Brad Guillory firstname.lastname@example.org
Gymnastics: Amy Marshall email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity: Richard Pichon firstname.lastname@example.org
Indoor Track: Al Nastasi, III email@example.com
In-Line Hockey: Paul Scoriels firstname.lastname@example.org
JROTC Color Guard: MSgt East email@example.com
Key Club: Trevor Watkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Lacrosse: Austin Speni email@example.com
Lasallian Formation/Ministry: Barrett Baumgartner firstname.lastname@example.org
Lasallian Youth Leaders: Myrle Wiggins email@example.com
Liturgical Band: Christi Simoneaux firstname.lastname@example.org
March for Life: Christian Bobak email@example.com
Math Tournaments: Susan Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org
Mu Alpha Theta: Pam Cullen email@example.com
National Honor Society: Kristin LaGraize firstname.lastname@example.org
Outdoor Track: Al Nastasi,III email@example.com
Paper Wolf: Christi Simoneaux firstname.lastname@example.org
Power Lifting: Lee Pierre email@example.com
Quiz Bowl: Emilie Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Science Fair: John Carambat email@example.com
Robotics Club: Stephen Englehardt firstname.lastname@example.org
Rugby: Brad Marchese email@example.com
Sea-Wolves (underwater robotics): William Nunez firstname.lastname@example.org
Soccer: Sean Moser email@example.com
Spanish Club: Liz Brett firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish National Honor Society: Kim George email@example.com
Student Council: Amy Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Hosts: Karen Hebert email@example.com
Student Trainers (not sport specific): Chris Stipe firstname.lastname@example.org
Swimming: Bill Babcock email@example.com
Tennis: Bro.Ken Boesch firstname.lastname@example.org
Ultimate Frisbee: Mark Richards email@example.com
Volleyball: Amy Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolves of Fury (ping-pong): Jim Robertson email@example.com
Wolves on Wheels (Shell Eco-Car): John Carambat firstname.lastname@example.org
World War II Quiz Bowl Brian Logarbo email@example.com
Wrestling Craig Ketelsen firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Lawyers Club Brian Logarbo email@example.com
Youth in Government Kim Gardner firstname.lastname@example.org