Clubs & Activities
Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the many clubs offered. Clubs at St. Mary’s give students opportunities to lead, serve, and achieve excellence. Some clubs are open to any St. Mary’s students, while membership in others, such as the honor societies, must be earned.
Ambassadors are the face of St. Mary’s High School, both on and off campus. Ambassadors help with Shadow Days and Open Houses, as well as other school events.
Nate Rose, Faculty Adviser
Drama club supports St. Mary's theater department. The drama department presents two full productions each year, a fall play and a spring musical. They also present Shakespeare in the Courtyard in the fall and a variety show in the winter.
Noel Jenkins, Faculty Adviser
The Engineering Club at St. Mary’s High School is unique in its mission of providing real-life experience in both engineering and business as it brings together students from across the school's demographic. The purpose of the Engineering Club is to create engraved or 3D printed products using the school’s laser engraver and 3D printer. The profit brought in by these products is expected to allow the engineering club to be self-sustaining as it moves forward. If you have a project that you would like us to do, please email the Engineering Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the Environmental Club is to raise the consciousness of students and faculty about environmental issues. The club meets one or two times a month during Activity period. Meetings are called by the club president. We are looking for enthusiastic students to join the club and do something positive for the school and student body.
Al Hartzell, Faculty Adviser
Link Crew is made up of almost 50 current St. Mary’s students. The week before school begins each fall, Link Crew members pair up with new students for Orientation Day then take the students on a tour, help them meet their teachers, and find their lockers. Each crew member helps new students—referred to as little brothers or little sisters—learn the ropes, but Link Crew members are also available throughout the school year to answer questions or assist anyone who needs help.
Nate Rose, Faculty Adviser
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize exemplary academic achievement in high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1921. Students at St. Mary's High School with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.85 are nominated to join NHS after first semester sophomore year or junior year.
Jeanne Cichon and Brigid Jacques, Co-Sponsors
NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) strives to inspire and recognize students who have shown outstanding abilities in art. NAHS supports members in their goal of attaining the highest standards in art areas and to bring visual arts education to the attention of the school and community.
Scott Mayfield, Sponsor
Spanish national Honor Society
The Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS) was founded by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in 1953 for the students of North American secondary schools. The St. Mary’s chapter, founded in 1997, is named Santa Maria de Ávila. It is composed of a dedicated group of students focused on helping the community through service while becoming enriched in Spanish culture.
Gustavo Nader, Sponsor
Speech and Debate Team
St. Mary’s Speech and Debate Team has a winning tradition that is hard to find, even at larger schools. Only the top 3% of competitors in the U.S. qualify for the National Speech and Debate Tournament held in the summer, yet St. Mary’s High School has had one or more students qualify each consecutive year since 2006!
Jeff Borst, Head Coach
Students for Life
The St. Mary’s Students for Life Club has a unique purpose: to promote life. The club got its start in October 2013 with the help and inspiration of the late Father Bill Carmody. As director of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs’ Respect for Life office, Fr. Bill made the pro-life movement a priority in his life and ministry. SMHS Students for Life Club's purpose is to promote the sanctity of life from conception until natural death by planning, promoting, and participating in various pro-life activities.
Mary Simmons, Parent Adviser
Mike Kloenne, Faculty Adviser
Senate, a class offered to students for credit, provides student leadership to the St. Mary’s student body. Each class elects representatives to Senate, which then holds Senate Legislative Sessions periodically throughout the school year. Senate presents spirit-building days to the student body, organizes dances throughout the year, and presents student issues to St. Mary’s administration.
Rick Champion, Faculty Adviser
Youth Philanthropy Club
The Youth Philanthropy Club (YPC) has been a part of the St. Mary’s community for many years. Originally started as part of the the El Pomar Youth in Community Service program, YPC raises funds that are used to fund grants for deserving organizations in the local community. YPC is just one way that the students at St. Mary’s High School live out their Catholic faith.
Tena Jelinek, Faculty Adviser