High School Clubs and Activities

2021-2022 Updated information

At this time, all meetings are being held in person.

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THE CLASSES

FRESHMAN CLASS

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Advisors – Mrs. J. Peters and Mr. A. Verboys
Once freshman class officers are elected, we will meet bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM in room 151.
All freshmen are automatically members but those who are interested in working on projects should attend meetings. Activities include supporting the freshmen class, organizing fundraisers, and providing leadership opportunities for students.

SOPHOMORE CLASS

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Advisors – Mrs. S. Alicea and Mr. M. Hodges
Meets on Thursdays at 2:00 PM in Room 161.
Sophomores who want to be involved with class activities should become involved in this club. Activities include supporting the Sophomore Class, providing leadership opportunities and organizing fundraisers to support Junior and Senior year experiences.

JUNIOR CLASS

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Advisors – Ms. C. Dunning and Mrs. G. Matise
Meets Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 215. Additional meetings are as needed to plan the Junior Prom.
Those juniors who are interested in working on class projects should attend meetings. Activities include organizing fundraisers, supporting the Junior class, and planning the Junior Prom.

SENIOR CLASS

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Advisors – Mr. P. Agro and Mrs. H. Martucci
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 2:00 PM in Room 219. Additional meetings, as needed, to plan Senior Activities.
Those Seniors who are interested in working on class projects should attend meetings. Activities include organizing fundraisers, supporting the Senior class, and planning Senior activities.


CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

ART GUILD

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Advisor – Mrs. E. Pesce – [email protected]
Meets twice monthly in Room 122. Days may vary.
This club is for those who have a great deal of interest in the field of art. Many school projects as well as individual work come from this organization.

ATHLETIC CLUB

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Advisor – Mr. W. Earl – [email protected]
Meet twice monthly at 2:05 PM in Large Gym. Days may vary.
The purpose of the Athletic Club is to serve the community and inspire a sense of pride and spirit among all students within the high school. We will continue to meet bi-weekly. We have created a GOOGLE CLASSROOM specific to our club where we will inform our members of upcoming community activities, events and meetings.

AUDIO VISUAL SQUAD

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Advisor – Mr. D. Kerstanski
Meets every other Thursday from 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM in Room 412.
The purpose of this club is to expose students to the electronic media through hands-on experience with audio-visual equipment, filming.

AURORA SCIENCE CLUB

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Advisor – Mrs. J. Jeffrey
Meets Thursdays from 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM in Room 312.
Join the Aurora Science Club to have lively discussions about biweekly topics, compete in Envirothon, discuss environmental issues that may impact our daily life and more!

BOOK CLUB

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Advisor – Mrs. S. Chappell
Meets every other Thursday from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM in Room 322
Students will meet bi-weekly to discuss specific books chosen by students. We will promote literacy throughout the building, as well as our love for reading. Meetings will include in-depth book talk discussions. All grade levels are welcome! Google classroom is already set up for my book club, if necessary.

CHAMBER WINDS

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Advisor – Mr. R. Regan
Rehearsals weekly (generally Tuesdays or Thursdays) at 2:00 PM in Room 277
Chamber winds will meet weekly to study and rehearse masterworks for “one on a part” ensembles. We will either perform on or as a prelude to concerts throughout the season.

CHESS CLUB

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Advisor – Mr. T. Hyman
Meets on Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 336
The Chess Club will meet to allow students to learn the game, enhance playing abilities, provide literature on the historical aspect of the game, to create a positive environment in which students can interact, and share strategies, experiences, etc. Chess club already has a google classroom with returning members signed in. Coaches from the various schools who compete in the league will be doing it virtually as well. All tournaments/league matches will be held online through lichess.org. Weekly meetings/matches will also be hosted through lichess.org.

COMPUTER CLUB

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Advisor – Mr. M. Gawron
Meets Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 161
The Computer Club will meet to help students learn coding skills beyond classes offered in Monroe-Woodbury in an environment that will be supportive of experienced and novice programmers. A short-term goal is to earn certificates to support the student-body with technology needs. A long-term goal is to develop skills, and certifications that translate for post-high school activities. In the Spring we hope to compete in activities that will foster team-work, problem-solving and programming skills.

DEBATE CLUB

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Advisor –  Mr. T. Hyman
Meets on Tuesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 336
Whether you are interested in a career in law, or in politics, and want to hone your skills in public speaking, argumentation, or you are just interested in getting together with other people who like to argue about important issues in society and culture, Debate Club is the right fit for you. Each week we hold practice debates, discuss debate strategy, and engage in research on a variety of topics with the intention of taking our skills on the road for regional competitions in the near future. Goal is to compete in the spring. We will be having practice debates and fundraising for competitions.

DRAMA CLUB – FALL DRAMA – klcha6z

Director: Ms. Balousek, Production: Mr. Gardner, Tech: Mr. Kerstanski
Meets Monday through Friday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Auditorium until November 4th. Live show is 11/5 + 11/6 at 7 pm
MW Drama club will be presenting War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast on 11/5 + 11/6. If you are interested in becoming a part of our show, we will be posting updates in Classroom regarding acting auditions, stage crew and tech meetings.

DRAMA CLUB – SPRING MUSICAL – 2hs257a

Director: Mrs. F. Pacht – [email protected]; Vocal Direction: Dr. D. Crone – [email protected]; Instrumental: Mr. R. Regan – [email protected]; Tech: Mr. R. Giumarra – [email protected]
The Spring Musical is a wonderful opportunity to show your talents on and off the stage: Acting, Singing, Dancing, Instrumental, Design, Construction, Management, and Crew positions are open to all students in all grades. Participation in the musical is flexible depending on the position (weekly, bi-weekly, daily) from December to March. This year, we will also be presenting a Fall Musical! Auditions will be in September for a November production. Please join us in this welcoming, collaborative club for any/all members of the MWHS community by joining our Google Classroom today.

EVERYDAY FRIENDS

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Advisor – Mrs. M. Valente
Meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Small Cafe
The purpose of this club is to foster friendship among our diverse student population.

F.B.L.A. (FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA)

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Advisor – Mrs. J. Palkaunieks
Meets on Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 205A. While virtual, meetings will begin at 3:15 PM unless announced via google classroom.
Develop leadership skills while having fun participating in community service projects and leadership conferences. Membership is open to all students.

FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY

Advisor – Mr. C. Clark
Meets:

  • First Thursday of the month from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM. (officers)
  • Third Thursday of the month (members) in Room 130
  • Every week for tutoring monitoring.
  • Every week in April for Induction.

Founded by the American Association of Teachers of French to promote the study of the French language and the culture of its people and to recognize students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in the study of French.

FRIENDLY FACES

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Advisors – Mrs. C. Dunning / Mrs. M. Sherman
Meets Tuesdays at  2:00 PM in Room 215.
A program designed to help eighth graders as they become incoming freshmen. Freshman and sophomores will help the younger students with social and academic issues surrounding their transition into high school and become a “friendly face” in the halls. Each high school volunteer will be paired with a handful of eighth graders to help with the social stress of graduating from high school. The club members will visit MWMS to answer questions that eighth grade students may have throughout the year.

GAMING CLUB

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Advisor – Mr. J. Gartiser
Meets Every other Tuesday 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Room 130
The Gaming Club explores the immense world of Gaming and Esports. We will discuss news within console gaming, PC Gaming, ESports, content creation, ethics in gaming, gaming curriculum in schools, and the ever growing gaming industry. If you are looking for a community to discuss your shared interest in the gaming world then the Gaming Club is right for you!

HISTORY CLUB

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Advisor – Ms. M. Bouquot
Meets Tuesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 152
The purpose of the History Club is to increase student interest in history related topics. Special events include field trips, guest speakers, films, slide shows and working with local history documents.

INTERACT

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Advisor – Mrs. N. Flanagan
Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM in Room 314
This is a service organization that is school and community-minded. There are many exciting projects in which students may become involved. Weekly Google Meets – Have organized a mask sale to students to start in Sept. Organizing some activities for students to work on remotely: Mile for Hunger, Letter writing to Valley View Seniors, mask making, and creating books for K-2.

ITALIAN HONOR SOCIETY

Advisor – Ms. C. DeLong
Meets:

  • Officers meet once a month on an agreed day after school.
  • third Thursday of the month from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM in Room 130 for members.
  • Every week in April for Induction ceremony, rehearsals, and for distribution of certificates.

*Special Note: Society members are doing tutoring now for freshman-juniors through the NHS website on Wednesdays from 3-4:00 pm and Read Aloud with elementary school students.*
Founded by the American Association of Teachers of Italian to promote the study of the Italian language and the culture of its people and to recognize students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in the study of Italian.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

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Director – Mr. F. Petrocelli – [email protected]
Meets weekly on Mondays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 277
The Jazz Ensemble learns and performs music in the jazz and big band idiom. Music selected ranges from the early swing era to contemporary jazz, with a focus on improvisation. Instrumentation is limited to standard jazz and big band ensembles. Students must audition to participate. The jazz ensemble performs concerts and at selected music festivals. This is a Co-Curricular class. Students receive a grade and a quarter credit.

KIDS CHANGING THE WORLD

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Advisor – Mr. P. Agro
Meets on the first and third Thursday of each month after at 2:00 PM in Room 219
KCW was formed to help kids learn the value of giving back to their community. This is a valuable life lesson to learn for each and every one of our students. We take on projects to help members in our community with medical needs. Currently, we are working towards raising enough funds to sponsor a local “Wish Kid” through the Make A Wish Foundation.

KINDNESS COMMITTEE

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Advisor – Dr. E. Gurdineer
Meets Wednesdays at 2:00 pm
The mission of the Kindness Committee is to inspire people to engage in daily acts of kindness. Our Core values include empathy, generosity, sensitivity, and respect for all. We can make a difference! #bethelinkindmw

L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, Dedication)

Advisors – Mrs. C. Dunning, Mrs. M. Sherman
Meets once a month on Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 215.
A program designed to ease students’ transition from middle school to high school. The goal is to provide on-going help and guidance for academic and social success and ultimately create a network of supports for the student new to the high school. LEAD mentors facilitate freshman orientation each year just prior to the opening of school. LEAD mentors are chosen through an application process each spring to become mentors in the fall.

MATH TEAM

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Advisors – Mrs. J. Bogart-Schmidt, [email protected] & Mr. P. O’Keeffe, [email protected]
Meeting dates and times TBA
The Math Team consists of those students wishing to participate in mathematics competitions with students from other districts once a month.

MOCK TRIAL

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Advisor – Mr. A. Verboys
Meets Tuesdays at 2:00 PM in Room 217.
Mock Trial is a unique club that allows students to assume the role of a lawyer or a witness in a court case scenario and compete against other schools using only the given facts of the case and narrative building skills to present the most compelling argument before a real judge. We will work regularly with an actual professional attorney, go over the basics of court proceedings, learn how to effectively read and analyze evidence, work on building effective arguments, and practice on-the-spot thinking.

MODEL U.N.

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Advisor – Mr. A. Verboys
Meets Thursdays at 2:00 PM in Room 237
Members will participate in multiple Model U.N. competitions throughout the school year as representatives and delegates of foreign countries.

MU ALPHA THETA (Math Honor Society)

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Advisor: Mr. P. O’Keeffe
Meets monthly at 2:00 PM in room 405. (Dates: Tuesdays – 10/12, 11/16, 12/14, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17)
Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) is for students who excel at mathematics and who wish to explore advanced math topics. Students must meet monthly and will provide service in order to participate in the club. The Math Honor Society offers leadership opportunities, tutoring, and scholarship opportunities.

MULTICULTURAL CLUB

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Advisor – Mrs. A Greenblatt
Meets every other Wednesday from 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 171.
Students in the Multicultural club will incorporate discussions, virtual games, and presentations about other cultures. Officers will be appointed in October and we plan to create a liaisonship with Spectrum and SRJEU.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY – (NAHS)

Advisor – Mrs. E. Pesce, [email protected]
Meeting dates and times TBA
In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the NAHS program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. NAHS will help to foster art interest within the school, lead the Art Guild in school murals and service projects and volunteer within the community and school. For high school students in grades 9-12. Students must maintain a minimum GPA and show success in their art classes.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

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Advisor – Mrs. M. Brewer-LaPorta
Meets:

  • Executive Committee, once a week every Tuesday from 2:00 PM until 2:30 PM in Room 411
  • Main membership: Third Wednesday of every month, from 2:15 PM until 2:45 PM in the Small Cafe

Students must meet qualifications including: academic, leadership, service and character criteria. (See website: https://sites.google.com/mw.k12.ny.us/national-honor-society/home). Activities include providing tutorial services, fundraising for local charities, and assisting with Open House, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and school-wide events.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

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Advisor – Jessica Mortensen
A group who seeks to solve certain imposed problems within pre‑set parameters.  The solutions to these problems are worked out entirely by the students who meet with groups from other schools to compete to solve the problems before a panel.

OUTDOORS CLUB

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Advisors – Mrs. E. Garvey, Ms. M. Kostelnik
We meet every other Tuesday, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 147. Time may vary with NY/NJ Trail Conference training.
Students who appreciate the outdoors are provided the opportunity to garden, hike and snowshoe. The club is also involved in campus clean ups and environmental awareness. During the winter months the club focuses on civic initiatives and fundraising activities.

PENDRAGON

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Advisor – Mr. M. Filie
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 175
Members of this group publish a literary-art magazine each year that represents the best work of all of the students in the high school. Students interested in magazine production and creative writing or art are encouraged to join the magazine staff. We have a standing Google Classroom that we’ll use to review prose, poetry and other written content which can then be discussed in Google Meets.

PEP BAND

Director – Mr. F. Petrocelli – [email protected]
Members of this group develop a high degree of school spirit and camaraderie. They also perform at various parades, rallies, competitions and football games.

S.A.D.D.

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Advisor – Ms. H. Martucci – [email protected]
Meets Thursdays 1-2 times per month in Room 221
The mission of this club is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. We will focus on peer to peer education and foster a sense of belonging that promotes resilience, leadership, and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions that will carry them throughout life. SADD is actively involved in assisting in Red Ribbon Week. The club has a Google Classroom with members. We coordinate our preparation for service projects such as Red Ribbon Week, Make*A*Wish, Orange County Youth Bureau Adopt a Family, and Impact Panel Assembly for Juniors through Google Meets with members of the club, as well as Orange County SADD Chapters and Orange County Stop DWI.

SAFE SCHOOL AMBASSADORS

Advisors: Mrs. E. Garvey, Ms. M. Kostelnik and Mr. J. Blauvelt
Meets every other Tuesday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 147
By Invitation Only. Google Meets to discuss the challenges of the upcoming school year. The main goal is to provide the students the tools they need to help support and teach one another in a variety of situations.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

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Advisor – Mr. K. Oscarlece
Meets every Thursday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 408.
Brings science to life with an emphasis on utilizing a hands-on approach to solve “real world” problems. The NYS Director of Science Olympiad has announced that the tournament has gone remote this year. I have fully prepared to conduct meetings remotely using google classroom, meets and jamboard. Science Olympiad is a nationally recognized organization that helps inspire many students to pursue careers in STEM.

SOCIAL, RACIAL, JUSTICE AND EQUITY STUDENT UNION (srjeu)

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Advisors – Ms. Balousek, Ms. Edwards-Allen
Meets bimonthly on Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 203
Social & Racial Justice & Equity Student Union – Mission Statement

Our mission is to increase the positive representation of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) population in Monroe-Woodbury High School. We also aim to promote social and racial justice within the school.

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY

Advisor – Ms. M. Saraceno – [email protected]
Meets:

  • First Thursday of the month (officers)
  • One Thursday every month from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM (members) in Room 130

Founded by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish to promote the study of the Spanish language and the culture of its people and to recognize students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in the study of Spanish. SHS currently has a Google classroom with the recently inducted members already signed in so we are ready to hold our meetings online or in-person. Some of our activities include officer speeches and elections, Spanish Heritage month activity, shared cultural experiences with Italian and French Honor Societies, Read Aloud with elementary school, Spring Induction and Spanish tutoring.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS ***On hold until further notice***

Advisor – F. Hipsman
Competitions take place against other Special Olympic Athletes from various other counties at West Point in May.
Events include relay races, turbo running, long jump, and shot-put.

SPECTRUM  (Gay-Straight Alliance)

Advisor – Mrs. L. Capul
Meets Wednesdays from 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM in Room 322
The purpose of this club is to provide a safe space for all students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/aromantic, and all others (LGBTQIA+). The club is a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and all high school students are encouraged to join. The club will work throughout the year to raise awareness about issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community and to promote an atmosphere of pride, acceptance, and respect for all students. Our mission is to offer social opportunities, support, education, and advocacy for marginalized groups.

S.T.A.R.S.

Advisor – Mrs. J. Wright
Meets Thursdays at 2:15 PM monthly for full group in Room 140. The other weeks will be meetings for small groups within STARS.
STARS New Member Application
STARS is a peer education club. Members are responsible for researching, planning and teaching a lesson about health and wellness for other students in our district, anywhere from kindergarten to 10th grade.

STUDENT COUNCIL

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Advisors – Ms. K. Ahrens, Mrs. A. Zomback
Meets every Tuesday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 243
The Student Government is comprised of a five-member Student Council and separate governments that represent each class. Students are provided leadership opportunities and input within the school community.

TREBLE CHOIR

Advisor – Dr. D. Crone, [email protected]
Meets Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 273
The Treble Choir is an ensemble of singers dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of 2 and 3 part soprano/alto repertoire. The Treble Choir rehearses once a week and performs at the Winter and Spring concerts. The ensemble also competes at the state level in the NYSSMA Majors Festival in the Spring.

TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY

Advisors – Dr. D. Crone – [email protected]
Meets monthly on Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Room 273
Tri-M stands for Modern Music Makers and is an international music honor society founded in 1952. Tri-M currently has over 2,100 chapters and involves more than 84,000 students throughout the country and around the globe. It is designed to recognize exceptional music students that meet the music, academic and character criteria as recommended by the National Association for Music Education.Tri-M is composed of junior and senior students enrolled in music class at Monroe-Woodbury High School who also participate in additional music ensembles and demonstrate high academic achievement. Monroe-Woodbury High School is fortunate enough to have their own Tri-M chapter, chartered in 2019. Post applications on line. All will be submitted electronically. Virtual or in-person meetings.

THE WIRE NEWS ORGANIZATION

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Advisor – Mr. R. Irwin
Meets on Thursdays 2:00 PM to 3:00PM in Computer Lab C
The Wire News is Monroe-Woodbury’s student news organization. This club gives members the opportunity to be practicing journalists and get published. Members get experience in writing, editing, photojournalism, social media management, opinion writing and more. Get your voice heard! All students are welcome and no prior experience in journalism is necessary.
Visit our website at http://mwwire.org/

YEARBOOK (SHIELD)

Advisors – Mrs. L. Garry, [email protected] & Mrs. R. Rosario, [email protected]
Meets Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 or 5:00 PM in Room 142
Members of all classes with interests in writing, art, photography, business, computer graphics, and Edesign are welcome to join the Yearbook staff. All talents are welcome.

YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT

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Advisor – Mr. Verboys
Meets every first and third Wednesdays each month at 2:00 PM in Room 237
Student run. For any student interested in current events, government, politics, and/or social issues. Open to all students eager to discuss, debate and voice their opinions on today’s political issues. The club also organizes events designed to engage students in political education and activism. We are dedicated to promoting student involvement in politics and increasing civic awareness and action. We work to ensure that all voices amongst students are heard equally. We are a completely non-partisan club and do not support any particular ideology. All political stances are welcome.