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Student Activities

Art Club 
(Grades 7-8) Moderator: Jimmy Hiller 

The Art Club meets weekly in the art room, and concentrates on craft based projects for individual students. They explore clay, painting, drawing, collage, weaving, printmaking and assemblage in a friendly, low-stress environment. 

Beta Club
(Grades 7-8)
Moderator: Elizabeth Gertz

Beta Club is a service and academic club looking for students who strive academically, spiritually, and morally. Students may transfer membership from grade school clubs, or enroll as a new member when attending Cardinal Newman School. The Junior Beta Club focuses on academic success and service to the school community and beyond. The highlight of the year is the annual state convention held in Myrtle Beach every January, where our club competes in many activities both academically, and artistically. Students will meet September through January to prepare for the competition. They will continue to meet February through March to give community service and to prepare for the upcoming year. Cardinal Newman’s Recycling Program is a year round service project that the Beta Club runs.

Membership to the club is contingent based upon the following criteria: academics, good standing with discipline, high marks in effort on progress reports, and a teacher’s recommendation.

Book Club 
(Grades 7-8) 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. 

Junior Academic Team (Quiz Bowl) 
(Grades 7-8) Moderator: Tony Haughey 

The Junior High 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. 

Any junior high student is eligible to join the team. The actual competitors will be determined by the coach during practices. Excessive absences will have an impact. The club will meet bi-weekly until Thanksgiving, and then twice a month the rest of the year. All competitions take place during the school day.

Chess Club

(Grades 7-8)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. Middle school students vie to participate in the SCISA Middle School Chess Championships in the spring.


Beta Club 
(Grades 7-8) Moderator: Elizabeth Gertz 
Beta Club is a service and academic club looking for students who strive academically, spiritually, and morally. Students may transfer membership from grade school clubs, or enroll as a new member when attending Cardinal Newman School. The Junior Beta Club focuses on academic success and service to the school community and beyond. The highlight of the year is the annual state convention held in Myrtle Beach every January, where our club competes in many activities both academically, and artistically. Students will meet September through January to prepare for the competition. They will continue to meet February through March to give community service and to prepare for the upcoming year. 

Membership to the club is contingent based upon the following criteria: academics, good standing with discipline, high marks in effort on progress reports, and a teacher’s recommendation. 

Junior Drama
(Grades 7-8) Moderator: Nell Bramhall 

Let’s put on a show! Each school year, the Cardinal Newman Junior Drama Club puts on a musical production. The students may either audition to be part of the cast or sign up to be a crew member. The club has produced four very successful productions (Annie Jr., Aladdin Jr., Seussical Jr., and Willy Wonka Jr.) and is looking forward to another great production next year. The Junior Card Players not only learn the technical aspects of putting on a successful show, but they also gain self-confidence, grow in creativity, exercise their imagination, work as part of a team for a common goal, and have fun. There is truly no business like show business! 

Junior Leadership Team (JLT)
(Grade 8)
Moderator: Elizabeth Gertz

The Junior Leadership Team is comprised of the 8th grade House Captains from each House. Students submit applications for the role of House Captain at the end of their 7th grade year.  The students chosen to fill a leadership role in our House Program for their 8th grade year.  The Captains meet with a faculty advisor and help plan promote, and implement all activities for the House Program and other school events.

Membership to the club is contingent on expectance as a House Captain.

Mock Trial 
(Grades 7-8) Moderator: Scott Nelson 

Mock Trial is a fun and interactive way for students to learn about our legal system. The hands on experience is enhanced by learning terminology and procedures for a court case and trial. Students will take a case (Fictional) provided by the SC Bar Association and work on making arguments for both the plaintiff and defense while leaning about the preparation that must take place before a case goes before a judge. As part of the competition students will take on the roles of witnesses, lawyers, bailiff, and time keeper. They will move through different rounds changing which side they argue for against other schools. Mock Trial is a great experience for students that are interested in having a career in law, want to learn a little more about our countries legal system, or have a flair for acting and story telling. 

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) 
(Grade 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 is currently only for 9th grade students and will induct members once in the fall of the ninth grade year.  Students must have a 3.8 or higher to apply.