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Student Activities

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Academic Team (Quiz Bowl)
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Geralyn Swygert/Tony Haughey

The High School Quiz Bowl Team is dedicated to representing the Cardinal Newman School community in various competitions such as SCISA Quiz Bowl, and Knowledge Master Open. Practices are held during skinnies. The frequency depends upon for which competition the team is preparing. Any high school student is eligible to join the team. The actual competitors will be determined by the coach during practice. Excessive absences will have an impact. The team will meet bi-weekly until Thanksgiving, and then twice per month for the rest of the year. All competitions take place during the school day.

Art Club
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Angel Allen

The Art Club is dedicated to enhancing the whole school community. The high school Art Club concentrates on long-range interdisciplinary projects, room life-size athletic mosaics that grace our Chapel entrance and Gymnasium atrium, to the cross that enhances our school cafeteria - Alumni Hall. We strive to involve our students in creative problem solving with an artsy twist.

Book Club
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Kathy Cole

The Book Club meets once a month during lunch in the Cardinal Newman Library. All students are welcome to join at any time. The students, with input from Mrs. Cole choose what they would like to read, and also share other books that they have read on their own. The students also host special events in the library.

Cardinal Newman Dance Marathon (CNDM)
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Tony Haughey

Each year, our school partners with USCDM to raise money for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. This is a student focused event, planned & directed by the Executive Team. The CNDM Team consists of Freshman & Sophomores that help at all CNDM events. The executive board consists of Juniors & Seniors chosen from an application & interview process. They work tirelessly throughout the year to plan and execute several fundraising events.

Chess Club
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: George Kaupp

The Cardinal Newman Chess Club seeks to promote the sharpening of the brain through the study and competition of chess. All levels of player are welcome, from novice through master. The club meets twice a month on alternating weeks. High school students vie to participate in the SCISA High School Chess Championships in the fall.

Venture Crew 61
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Mr. Gambrell

Venturing is brand new at Cardinal Newman. It is a coed program for young adults ages 13 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20. Venturing’s motto, “Lead the Adventure,” reminds Venturers always to pursue life in the spirit of adventure. There are currently 158,000 Venturers and 58,000 adult volunteers in the United States.
Venturers discover a world of excitement full of heart-pounding adventure and far-off travel, while they develop a lifestyle of genuine friendship and caring for others. From experiencing the thrill of zip lining and the accomplishment of summiting challenging peaks, to the heart-pounding charge of whitewater rafting and the thrill of scuba diving, in Venturing friends have the time of their lives while learning about life, together.

French Club
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Monsieur Perry

French club brings together students who are interested in learning more about French culture, and language outside the classroom through film, food, and games.

KAIROS Retreat Team
(Grade 12) Moderator: Bobbie Anne Abson

Kairos Retreat Team members meet two to three times weekly, before school, during Skinnies, after school, and weekends to plan, prepare, and execute the four day Kairos retreat for the junior class. This team requires time away from school during the retreat. Membership to this club requires both an application and interview.

Key Club
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Ms. Smiti Lall-Butcher

Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. They assist Kiwanis in carrying out its’ mission to serve the children of the world. The Cardinal Newman Key Club organizes two major school wide food drives each year at Thanksgiving and Easter to help members meet the needs of the St. Vincent de Paul Center at St. Joseph Church. In addition they organize smaller community based service projects. The students learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects, and holding elected leadership positions at the club.

M 18's, from Matthew 18
(Grades 9-12) Moderators: Lara Druffner

Women’s Discernment and Prayer group meets during Skinnies for prayer and discussion. Students read scripture that relates to their lives, set spiritual goals, and discuss challenges/opportunities of being a young women today. The group works together on service based cause every year.

Molokai Men
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Father Fryml and Benjamin Jett
The Molokai Men Club brings together high school young men for prayer, Bible study, discussion, and fellowship with our school Chaplin. All are welcome to join. The club will work at times with the Junior High Boy’s Discernment Club when appropriate.

National Honor Society (NHS)
(Grades 10-12) Moderator: Rachel Ferrario

The purpose of the National Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. The Kelley Chapter of the NHS inducts members twice a year: in the fall (juniors and seniors) and in the spring (sophomores and juniors). Students must have a 3.8 GPA or better in high school level classes and have been a student at Cardinal Newman for at least one full semester in order to be invited to apply. After the invitation is extended, students must complete a rigorous application process. The applications are vetted by the Faculty Council; those students whose applications are approved are then inducted into the Kelley Chapter at an all-school Mass.

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
(Grades 8-9) Moderator: Rachel Ferrario

The purpose of the National Junior Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in the students of secondary schools. The Newman Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society will induct members twice a year: in the fall (ninth graders) and in the spring (eighth graders). Students must have a 3.5 GPA or better and have been a student at Cardinal Newman for at least one full semester in order to be invited to apply. After the invitation is extended, students must complete the application. The applications are vetted by the Faculty Council; those students whose applications are approved are then inducted into the Newman Chapter at an all-school Mass.

Prom Committee
(Grade 11) Moderator: Geralyn Swygert

The Prom Committee has the responsibility of planning the prom in regards to theme, scenery, decorations, music and more. During the week of the prom members assist in setting up, decorating the venue, as well as other activities as needed.

Retreat Team
(Grades 10-12) Moderator: Lara Druffner

The Retreat Team is a club that meets weekly to prepare and execute retreats for both middle school and high school. A student run Board, (Grades11-12) manages sub groups designed to develop different aspects of the retreats.

Spanish Club
(Grades 9-12) Moderators: Jayme Dyrdek & Erin Bighia

Spanish Club is open to high school students who are currently enrolled in Spanish or have completed their foreign language requirement in Spanish. It is for students who wish to celebrate the beauty of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Spanish Club is led by an executive board comprised of a President, Vice President and Secretary. The executive board plans and leads each monthly club meeting. We participate in many activities such as Hispanic Heritage Month, the Pulsera Project, Day of the Dead celebrations, the very popular Cinco de Mayo Taco Fest, and many more!
Student Council
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Bobbie Anne Abson

Student Council is an organization open to high school students. It is for students who wish to organize, plan, and participate in all the events and activities planned throughout the school year. Student council is led by an executive board comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as an elected board of the same positions for each high school class level. The executive board plans and leads each weekly meeting. We organize and participate in many activities throughout the year such as the Back to School Bash, Homecoming, Coming Home, May Day, and many more.

Students for Life
(Grades 9-12) Moderator: Benjamin Jett

Students for Life is one of the activities that is administered through the Campus Ministry Outreach Program. Deeply rooted in the school's commitment to Catholic Social Justice Teaching, this activity allows students to peacefully act upon their commitments to ALL life. One activity in which the group participates each year is the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. each January.

WINGS Mentors
(Grades 10-12) Moderator: Lori Hancock

WINGS is a student-to-student mentoring program. It is a student-led and student-driven organization where character and leadership skills are the focal points. The program creates an opportunity for mentors to “intentionally” engage with younger students which therefore creates meaningful peer relationships. Upperclassmen mentors meet with 7th grade and 9th grade students to ease the students’ transitions into middle and high school, but also meet with these specific students on a monthly basis to provide support. The organization also allows older students to enhance their leadership skills throughout the year.