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CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

STUDENT LIFE

KSHSAA ACTIVITIES

Debate

Debate is a co-curricular program offered in the fall semester, where students develop argumentation, research, and complex thinking on a particular topic in public policy. Enrollment is limited. Debate requires tournament competition on several Fridays and Saturdays from mid-September through mid-January.

Coach Mr. Walberg jwalberg@sjakeepingfaith.org

Forensics

Forensics is a co-curricular program offered in the springs semester where students rehearse, perform, and compete in public speaking, acting, and debate. Enrollment is limited. Forensics requires tournament competition on several Fridays and Saturdays from January through early May.

Coach Mr. Walberg jwalberg@sjakeepingfaith.org

Scholars Bowl

State Champions: 2019, 2020

Scholars Bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, and more.

Contact coach Mr. Bradfield to get involved!

Thunder Service (KAY) Club

The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is a character-building, leadership-training, service organization directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to fulfill their leadership potential by planning and organizing service projects and networking opportunities with other KAY Clubs in the area.

A few other staple KAY Club projects are helping with various aspects of the Sunflower House Pumpkin Palooza fundraiser, collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, organizing a drive for Giving the Basics, writing letters to the homebound, picking up trash around school, and showing appreciation to the teachers by cleaning their whiteboards.

Anyone interested can join! Contact Ms. Miller.

HONOR SOCIETIES

American Sign Language Honor Society

Our primary mission is to encourage and recognize high academic achievement in American Sign Language studies for high school and college/university students. The American Sign Language Honor Society seeks to enrich the learning experience of those studying ASL.

For more information, please see Mrs. Speck.

National Art Honor Society

The purpose of the chapter shall be to:

  • Inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art;
  • Foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art;
  • Further creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members, as well as the school’s entire student art enrollment;
  • Aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in an art area;
  • Bring art to the attention of the school and community;
  • Increase awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curriculum; and
  • Further aesthetic awareness in all aspects of the school’s total program.

For more information, please see Mrs. Henderson.

National Honor Society

Selection to the National Honor Society is an “honor recognized throughout the nation” and “is both the public recognition of accomplishment and the private commitment to continued excellence on the part of the new member” (National Honor Society Handbook, 15th edition, p.23).  Qualification to the NHS is based upon outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service to the school and community.

Academic scholarship is based on the student’s cumulative , weighted grade point average; potential members need a cumulative, weighted grade point average of 94.5 or higher, as of the end of the second marking period of the eleventh grade school year.  Students meeting this criterion will then be informed of the responsibilities and obligations of NHS membership, and given the opportunity to support their candidacy for National Honor Society membership by completing an application packet.  Students will thus have the chance to illustrate how they meet the other criteria of membership: leadership, service, and character.

For more information, please see Mrs. Kolich.

National Speech and Debate Honor Society

The National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society recognizes middle school and high school students for participation in speech and debate activities. Students earn distinction through speech and debate competition, as well as community service, public speaking, and leadership activities. Members are eligible to join the Honor Society once they have earned the required number of points.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Ishmael.

Spanish National Honors Society

The Capítulo Santiago (St. James Academy Chapter) of the Spanish National Honor Society promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, both within the building and throughout the greater community. Members of the Spanish National Honor Society dedicate several hours throughout the year to Spanish tutoring at St. James and at Holy Cross Catholic School. Events include hosting a Latin Dance Night, visiting the Day of the Dead Altars at the Mattie Rhodes Gallery, enjoying authentic Hispanic foods at local bakeries and restaurants, and hosting a Cena Familiar (Family Dinner) at St. James for Hispanic families within our community, when we enjoy Latin dancing, authentic food, and Spanish conversation.

Students enrolled in Spanish 3 Honors or above, who have earned a grade of 90% or greater in their last semester of Spanish, and who also have an overall GPA of 94.5% or above, are invited to join. Members must receive a teacher recommendation and maintain an active status in working towards the success of our events such as tutoring, and the family dinner.

If you have any questions, please see Senora Toledo.

Science National Honor Society

Science National Honor Society
We are very pleased to offer our students the opportunity to join the St. James Academy charter of the Science National Honor Society. Admission into this honor society is open to all juniors and seniors who meet the following requirements.

-Must have taken at least one Pre-AP/Honors science class during their freshmen or sophomore years.
-Must be enrolled in at least one Honors or AP science class, during their junior or senior years.
-A member must maintain a 90% weighted cumulative GPA overall and a 92% un-weighted science GPA. (As shown on PowerSchool.)
-Students must complete four years of science classes.
-If you meet all of these requirements, you are invited to apply for membership in SNHS. Complete the attached application and return it to Mrs. Heinerikson by the date posted on the application

After being accepted into the SNHS, you will receive an invitation to a Welcome Ceremony where the science department will “honor” you for your years of hard work. You will receive a certificate of accomplishment and more details about membership.

This honor society is intended to be an opportunity for the school to honor you for your hard work in the science department.

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Heinerikson.

Download Application Form>>

Tri-M Music Honors Society

The Tri-M® Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle level and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and inspire other students to excel at music and leadership.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Harrelson.

CLUB TEAMS

Clay Target

State Champions: 2018, 2019, 2020

We are a member of the Kansas State High School Clay Target League. Currently, this involves Trapshooting, Skeet, Sporting Clays, and 5-stand. Trapshooting is one of the three major sports of competitive clay target shooting sports. The other primary games are skeet shooting, 5-Stand and sporting clays. They are distinguished roughly as follows:

  • In trap shooting, the targets are launched from a single “house” or machine, generally away from the shooter.
  • In skeet shooting, targets are launched from two “houses” in somewhat “sideways” paths that intersect in front of the shooter.
  • Sporting clays include a more complex course, with many launch points.
  • 5-Stand consists of a compact sporting clays course containing 5 evenly spaced stations along a field, with 6-8 traps launching singles, report pairs, and double pairs.
  • Contact Coach Arron Heinerikson

Get Involved

Rugby

Rugby is a team game played with an oval ball that may be kicked, carried, and passed from hand to hand. Points are scored by grounding the ball behind the opponents’ goal line (thereby scoring a try) or by kicking it between the two posts and over the crossbar of the opponents’ goal.

Lord, In the struggle that goes on through life we ask for a field that is fair and chance that is equal.  In all of the strife we ask for the courage to strive and to dare, and if we should win, let it be by the code with our faith and our honor held high, glorifying you in all that we do.

To get involved please contact Coach Rob Loney.

Lacrosse

We compete at both the Varsity and JV level in the KCMGLA league against other city programs. Our program is firmly committed to a philosophy of teaching and developing each player, and we have a very warm and positive culture.

Visit the Team Site

Interested in learning more? Please contact the Coach Scott Gilman.

Science Olympiad

The St. James Science Olympiad team, led by Coach Max Grisnik, dedicates itself to students who want to pursue science beyond the confines of a classroom in a competitive setting.  Think of Science Olympiad as comparable to a normal sports team like track, swimming, or soccer.  As a team, we divide as individuals or in pairs to specialize in specific “events” or subjects that have varying topics from guessing how many golf balls will fit in an Olympic swimming pool to building a helicopter.  After many labs or “practices”, we take our knowledge, equipment, and devices to tournaments where the team is put to the test.  Tournaments are all-day competitions where schools from mainly Kansas and Missouri come together to see who is the best at particular events and the overall competition.  It would be like a track meet, swim meet, or game for other sports except, instead of testing physical and technical ability, they test the ability of the mind.

Now, Science Olympiad is open to everyone.  Involvement in other clubs or sports is encouraged, but you do have to have certain flexibility to make labs and meets (especially regionals and state).  Finally, you do not have to be Einstein to join.  You just have to have a positive attitude, good work ethic, and the desire to win.  

If you would like to join, please contact Mr. Grisnik.

Powerlifting

The powerlifting team meets 3 times a week before/after school. The team goes to 3-4 meets a year around the area and competes at the state powerlifting meet in late February or March if it works in with other sports schedules. There are entry fees associated with the club for meet entries that take place on Saturday mornings.

The powerlifting team is a great opportunity to compete for your school and show off the progress that has been made through hard work and dedication. Practices run in association with other sports and activities and is very flexible in training times. Additionally, there is time to grow in your faith as each practice will start and end with prayer and usually ends in some spiritual lessons.

Contact Tom Radke with any questions. 

CLUBS

Academy Ink

Your SJA Literary/Art Magazine.

To learn more about Academy Ink, watch this short video.

Contact Mrs. Ishmael for more information.

Art Club

The purpose of the chapter shall be to:

  • Inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art;
  • Foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art;
  • Further creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members, as well as the school’s entire student art enrollment;
  • Aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in an art area;
  • Bring art to the attention of the school and community;
  • Increase awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curriculum; and
  • Further aesthetic awareness in all aspects of the school’s total program.

Contact Mrs. Terra Henderson (henderson@sjakeepingfaith.org) so we can include you in a group text that will announce meetings and reminders.

Big Sister/Little Sister Club

Big Sister Little Sister is a club designed to relieve the stress of high school and an opportunity to grow in sisterhood with girls in every grade. The concept of the club is to have your “sister” be your friend and mentor throughout the year.

Interested in joining? Contact Mrs. Leon

GRACE

G.R.A.C.E., which stands for Girls Respond Actively to Christ’s Example, is a faith-sharing group for high school women at St. James Academy.  The group meets weekly on Monday nights, when school is in session, from 7-8:30 p.m. to pray together, foster sisterhood, build positive friendships, grow our faith by sharing our faith, and encourage and hold each other accountable.  Meetings are mostly separated by grade level but occasionally combine all grade levels.  Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores meet weekly and Freshmen meet monthly.  This club is student-run but also includes the mentorship of multiple female faculty members who attend the meetings on Mondays.  G.R.A.C.E. is sponsored by Ms. Feder, Ms. Surface, Senora Toledo, Ms. Harpole, Ms. Petz, and Mrs. Walters. 

Interested in joining? Please Contact Mrs. Walters.

Mass Ministries

Mass Ministries is a unique activity and club at St. James Academy, in that it is not something you choose, but rather something that you feel God calling and choosing you to do through prayer. Mass Ministries include the following ways to serve both God and His people through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:

1) Proclaiming the Word of God as a Lector;

2) distributing Holy Communion as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist;

3) assisting the priest at Mass as an Altar Server;

4) setting up for Mass as a Sacristan. If you feel God calling you to one of these ministries, you can email Fr. Mark for more information.

Men of SJA

We, the Men of St. James, are committed to growing in our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. We pledge to embrace authentic masculinity in all aspects of our lives, while striving to achieve these goals by being men of prayer, virtue, and brotherhood.

We e-mail out all of our upcoming activities to all male students throughout the year. For more information, feel free to contact Fr. Mark.

Musical

Musical tryout information will be sent to all students at the start of the school year. 

Visit the Musical Site

Pep Band

The Sound of Thunder Pep Band combines all wind, percussion, guitar and keyboard players in the department. The group meets during Thunder Block (Aug -Oct) to prepare music and shows for fall sporting events and community activities. 

Pep Band  Website

Sewing Club

Our goal in Sewing Club is to provide service to others using our sewing skills. People that are interested in Sewing Club should have some basic sewing experience. Sewing club is a fun social activity that meets every Wednesday at 7:00 A.M.! We get together to work on projects that we later donate to local charities such as Advice and Aid, Safe Home, and assisted living centers. If you have any experience with sewing and would like to use your talents in a way that benefits the community, think about coming in!

Sew New Seeds Club

Our purpose is to grow in relationship between Senior and Freshmen girls. To create bonds rooted in faith, fellowship and sisterhood! This club is focused on one-on-one time with senior and freshman girls.

If you are a freshman or senior girls interested in joining please contact Mrs. Denton.

Thunder Broadcasting Network

The Thunder Broadcasting Network is the official broadcast streaming home of St. James Athletics. TBN offers live coverage of many home events (athletic/non-athletic) and plans to grow during the upcoming years. The link to TBN will be sent out via @sja_gameday on Twitter to access the event and every event will be available after its showing On Demand. The link will provide live access to that SJA event; including video, sound, updates, and commentary.

Interested in joining the Thunder Broadcasting Team? Contact Mr. Walberg.

Visit TBN Homepage

Thunder for Life

Thunder For Life is a club that promotes the dignity and sanctity of life; the club participates in a variety of activities that honor life from the moment of conception to natural death. Some activities include the 40 Days for Life prayer service, Pro-Life movie nights, Life Chain, and Wyandotte Pregnancy Center volunteering. As a part of Thunder for Life, students are also invited to go to Washington D.C. and participate in the March For Life!

Meetings are about once a month before or after school; if you are interested, please contact clarkin@sjakeepingfaith.org and stay tuned for an announcement about the next meeting.

Google Classroom: 14w9eq3

Verso L'alto (To the Heights) Club

Students will meet once a month to listen to a student witness about a Saint. After we will discuss how the Saint impacts us while eating snacks! Open to boys and girls in any grade. 

If you are interested in joining please contact Ms. Brancato, Paige Hunter or Jacey Jackson. 

WILD

WILD is a student club that focuses on activity that will take kids outdoors with activities that vary from mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and camping to gardening, sustainable agriculture, and alternative sustainable energy.

Join our Google Classroom, code: txe4nbb.

Contact Mr. Thomas athomas@sjakeepingfaith.org for more information.