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Art Club

Art club is an afterschool activity for students who want a dose of creative output outside of the regular school day. The club will include creating art projects on campus (such as school event decorations), personal projects, and any other type of artistic project that calls for creativity and imagination. All students are welcome to join regardless of your level of artistic experience.

Moderator: Bernadette Miller

Audio Club

Our “Audio Club” is referred to as the Sound Crew.  Members set-up and operate the portable sound system for liturgies and all school assemblies and evening functions requiring more than just a single microphone.  They have taken the system to the athletic fields for the Olympic Games, the front lawn for Field Day, and even to FSK Mall during Catholic Schools week. The most challenging work is Mass with six microphones, keyboard, and other electronic feeds.

Moderator: Greg Ross

Choir

The Saint John's Choir is comprised of freshmen through seniors who come from varying backgrounds of musical experience. The group is non-auditioned and all are welcome to attend. Performances include a variety of musical genres spanning concert works, spirituals, and current music. 

Moderator: TBD

Disc Golf Club

The Disc Golf Club is a new afterschool activity for students who like to throw Frisbees and who want to take that to another level.  Disc golf is an international sport that is similar to golf but uses baskets instead of holes and discs instead of golf balls.  Saint John’s recently acquired two professional size baskets for disc golf and a nine-hole course has been set-up on the school grounds.  All students are welcome to join regardless of your experience with Frisbees.  Discs will be provided for students. 

Moderator:  Tim Van Schaick


Drama Club

The Drama Club meets approximately once a month until the Spring play is decided.  At that point, students audition for roles in the play and, once cast, must attend bi-weekly rehearsals.  It is our goal to perform at least one play each year.  In 2007, the “Prospect Players” performed The Doctor in Spite of Himself by Moliere downtown at the Cultural Arts Center.  In 2008, students performed Life is a Dream by Calderon also at the Cultural Arts Center.  In performing, we hope to gain a better understanding of the writer’s intentions as well as a more comprehensive grasp of what is involved in actually performing and producing a play.

Moderator: TBD

Dungeons & Dragons Club

The Dungeons & Dragons club is a student-run group that meets weekly to play a role-playing game set in a swords and sorcery, Lord of the Rings type setting. Students do not need to have experience playing the game to participate.

Moderator: Wayne Rousculp

Environmental Club

“The Earth is the Lord’s and we are its Stewards.” The Environmental Club at Saint John’s is made up of students who are concerned with working toward preserving the planet we live on.  Every year the group determines the focus of the year’s activities.  The club has participated in paper recycling, can and bottle recycling, tree planting, educational assemblies, helped save the rain forests, cleaned roads, and participated in the Big Sweep. 

Moderator: Tim Van Schaick, Erin Smith

French Club

The French Club promotes the understanding and practice of the French language, as well as expanding the knowledge and awareness of the Francophone cultures.

Moderator: Bernard Mambo

Haitian Sensation

The club's mission is to bring awareness to the poverty in Haiti and hold donation drives to raise funds to help the people of Haiti.

Moderator: Michele Corr

Interact Club

The Interact Club gives students the chance to make a real difference while having fun. Every Interact Club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

Moderator: Melissa Minsker

Latin Club

Latin Club offers a variety of activities throughout the year for all students, regardless of their language of study. As a chapter of the Maryland Junior Classical League, many Latin Club members compete in Certamen, a fast-paced Latin competition similar to Jeopardy where students answer questions about the Latin language and Greco-Roman history, culture, literature, and mythology. These competitions take place at various schools in Maryland throughout the academic year, with a state convention occurring in the spring; this state convention also features activities such as chariot races, gladiator games, art exhibitions, poetry recitation, and plays. The SJCP Latin Club also hosts similar activities for our own students after school, with at least one major event hosted by the Latin Club officers each academic quarter.

Moderator: Thanh Tran

Liturgy Band

The Worship band is made up of musicians from the school who lead worship at school liturgies.  Playing a mix of contemporary Christian music and traditional hymns, the band includes guitars, drums, keyboards and beautiful vocals all aimed at leading the congregation in worship at mass.

Moderator: Dawn Miller


Live Action Role Playing Club (L.A.R.P.)

The goal of the L.A.R.P. Club is to promote a completely new venue of activity for students to be a part of and aims to be as fun as possible.  Specializing in the branch called Dagorhir (www.dagorhir.com), this club will be part of a worldwide hobby/sport consisting mainly of simulated sword fighting and renaissance-style role playing.  The club will practice after school and attend multi-chapter battles.

Moderator: Tim Van Schaick


Mock Trial

The Mock Trial team participates in the annual Maryland State Mock Trial Competition, which has been in existence for 25 years.  Competing against other high schools from Frederick Country, the team competes in six local matches, as both prosecution/plaintiff and defense.  This competition is held in an actual courtroom, at Frederick County Courthouse, with a practicing attorney serving as judge.   All Mock trial teams use the same case for the duration of the year.

Moderator: Marc Minsker


Model United Nations

Guided by the genuine rules of the United Nations, participating students serve as ambassadors from one of the over 190 member countries of the United Nations to accurately represent the strategic interests of the member country, to address real problems facing the world community and to develop comprehensive approaches to problems facing the world community.  The Model U.N. simulation takes place at Hood College and is run by the Unesco Center for Peace with the goal of acting locally to promote mutual and international understanding."

Moderator: Tim Van Schaick

National Art Honor Society

The National Art Honor Society, a nationally recognized organization, was formed as a program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art.  The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art eduction to the attention of the school and community.  Institutions of higher education view the NAHS as a mark of accomplishment! 

Students at SJCP can apply for induction into the NAHS after completing one semester of an art class with at least a B average.  During each year, the student must complete 10 hours of service work (5 hours each semester) in order to retain their membership status.  

The NAHS works to spread our talents within the school and local community.  We collaborate with other groups to create decorations for Homecoming, Play and Prom.  Working with both the Frederick Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity we have been able to share our love of the arts throughout the community.   

Moderator: Bernadette Miller

National Honor Society (NHS)

The National Honor Society is an organization that promotes appropriate recognition of students who excel in academics, service, leadership and character.  Among other admirable qualities, members of NHS have proven academic achievement, and service to the community, exhibiting a willingness to use their talents and skills for the improvement of society. 

Moderator: Rei Phillippi

Peer Ministry

Students serve as Peer Ministers and are asked to lend a helping hand to other students, specifically the freshmen.  The year starts out for the Peer Ministers by helping on the freshmen overnight retreat.  They practice skits, make care packages, and write encouraging letters.
The work of a Peer Minister isn’t over after the retreat.  They are the “on-call” workers for Campus Ministry.  Also, they help facilitate “Freshman Fellowship” after school every other Wednesday. Being a Peer Minister is a great opportunity to build social and faith skills.

Moderator: Dawn Miller


Red Cross Club

Imagine hanging out with your closest friends and helping your community at the same time -- you'll be able to do just that in the Red Cross Club! Students plan and implement projects that will save hundreds of lives from our bi-annual blood drives.

Moderator: Sandra Splaine

Robotics Club

The Robotics Club is an afterschool activity for students interested in building and programming robots.  Students will be given exciting group challenges where they try to make a robot successfully complete tasks.  No previous computer coding experience is required.  The Robotics Club is open to students in all grades.

Moderator: Jean Trettel

Science Olympiad Club

This involves one or more tournaments which are designed like a science track meet.  There are about 25 events in each tournament.  Members of the Saint John’s Science Olympiad team will select the events in which they wish to participate.  Some events involve building a device and taking it to the competition, others involving building or designing experiments at the competition, while others are primary in written exam format.  Members of the team will meet after school to work on their project and/or learn their subject matter.  We will travel as a team to the regional competition in February and potentially the state and national tournaments later in the spring.

Moderator: Erin Smith

Ski Club

Ski club is an organization that facilitates and orchestrates numerous trips to Ski Liberty, Whitetail and Roundtop in Pennsylvania. Students purchase discounted night club cards which allow students to ski at night at these specific resorts. Trips are held on Fridays of every week and students are able to use their night club cards at any time outside of the scheduled trips.

Moderator: Matt Frace


Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors at Saint John’s Catholic Prep serve as peer advisors to incoming students, both freshmen and transfer students.  Each new student is assigned a Student Ambassador who will assist the new student with the transition into high school and life at Saint John’s.  The Student Ambassador is available to help with questions about social issues, classes, schedules, school activities, and resources.  Students will be contacted by their Student Ambassador during the summer months and will meet together as part of orientation activities in August, prior to the commencement of classes.

Moderator: Michael Schultz


Students For Life

As recent national polls have confirmed, this generation of young people is pro-life. The challenge comes in breaking through the apathy and motivating and training students to take a stand for Life on their campuses.

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is one of the nation’s most active pro-life organizations and the largest youth pro-life organization. We are the only national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping college, high school, medical, and law school students.

Moderator: Dawn Miller

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association consists of four class officers per grade and has an executive council that oversees each class.  The positions that are available in each class are:  President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Campus Minister.  Class officers help to plan, organize, and participate in a number of school activities.  Some examples of these activities are:  Homecoming, Spirit Week, Black History Month, Catholic Schools Week and a number of other activities. 

Moderator: 


Tech Support Club

Student organization to provide maintenance, repair, and support for the school's computers and network.  Students will be trained and after completion of training will be able to assist teachers and serve as regular support around the campus.

Moderator: Leanne Elsemore


Video Game Club

Video Game Club is a student-run group that meets weekly to play video games and giving members a chance to learn how to make their own games on Scratch.  Students will also learn the basics of coding games.   

Moderator: Matt Frace 

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3989 Buckeystown Pike, P.O. Box 909 Buckeystown, MD 21717
Phone: 301.662.4210

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