CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS


CAMPUS LIFE

Andrean High School is home to more than 25 student organizations, clubs, ambassadors, ministries and other associations.

The primary goal for most of these organizations is to support students in reaching their academic, personal and professional potential. These organizations help 59s meet new friends and contacts while discovering future opportunities.

Clubs and Organizations

Student Council
General Description: The Andrean Student Council provides a means by which the students can address school-related issues. Students are trained in good citizenship and leadership through school and community activities. Student council promotes school spirit by coordinating all Homecoming activities as well as arranging Freshman Orientation. It also sponsors the Winter Formal and Armageddon. Student council is the avenue which allows the student body to have special days, i.e. Andrean wear, dress-up, etc.

Class Officers
General Description: Each class has four elected officers. Students in each class are encouraged to get involved in their class activities. See your class moderator for additional information.

Academic Decathlon
General Description: Academic Decathlon is Andrean’s oldest and most challenging academic team. It is a competitive team that offers some of the best preparation for the real world that you can find in high school. Students receive a binder full of information in May and have until January of the next year to prepare for ten events based on a single theme. Past themes have included Latin America, China, the Civil War, Lewis and Clark, and the Renaissance. We meet twice a week for an hour to discuss the various subjects in the competition: art, music, language and literature, science, social studies, math, and economics. Students also must compete in three other areas: speech, essay and interview. We use practice time to hone our skills at speech and interview, with team members offering constructive criticism to encourage each other to improve. One of the best features of this club is the cooperation and camaraderie that it fosters among students as they
take turns presenting their material at practices. A, B, & C students compete in ten academic areas. Competition consists of essays, speeches, & scantron tests.
Additional Comments: This team is best for upper classmen but open to underclassmen.

Academic Super Bowl
General Description: The Academic Super Bowl team consists of 5 separate teams:
*Math; *Science; *English Literature; *Social Studies; *Fine Arts
A sixth team, Interdisciplinary, is formed from members of the five single discipline teams. Teams consist of no more than 5 members each, and students can participate on no more than two teams; three teams if a student is selected to compete on the Interdisciplinary squad. Each team is responsible for becoming experts in a topic for their particular academic discipline. Outside reading and study are required. Topics are pre-determined for all schools in the state by the Academic
Competitions Division of the Indiana Association of School Principals; the 2015 theme will be “The Grandeur That Was Rome” while the theme will be “Hoosier Heritage.” Competitions consist of 25-multiple choice questions written specifically for each discipline and topic. Practices are once a week after school starting in November. Students and coaches travel to Portage High School for a study session in February. Competitions are held in March at Valparaiso High School and in April at Merrillville High School. The highest scoring teams in the state compete on the state level at Purdue University in May.

A.C.E. (Andrean Choir Ensemble )
General Description: A.C.E is Andrean’s extracurricular vocal group. A.C.E prepares both sacred and popular music. The goal is not only to travel for performances and concerts, but to also compete at ISSMA.

Acropolis (School Newspaper)
General Description: This is a co-curricular activity that students select as part of their academic schedule. The paper publishes content throughout the year. Students search out and draft stories to both help distribute information and hone their journalistic skills.

Andrean Ambassadors
General Description: Andrean Student Ambassadors is an organization of students who represent Andrean at school hospitality functions, grade school visit, and are hosts for visitors. They are called on for many occasions throughout the school year. Applications to be a student ambassador are available at the beginning of the school year through the Admissions Office during a call out in September. Applicants are asked to write a short essay on their Andrean experience that are subject to faculty approval. Public speaking is generally a requirement for many of the ambassador assignments. Parental permission to leave campus is necessary.

Andrean Quiz Bowl
General Description: Quiz bowl is “Jeopardy” for high schoolers and features electronic buzzer lockout system. Successful team members combine broad knowledge with a fast finger. Try-outs occur in early December. Competition season runs mid-January through mid-March. State & National tournaments follow.

Andrean String and Piano Performance Ensemble
General Description: The Andrean String and Piano Performance Ensemble is an extracurricular chamber music group that performs a sacred, classical and popular repertoire. Chamber music is built for a select group of musicians and builds performance techniques meant to develop leadership, musicianship as well as a greater understanding of music form.

Andrean Theatre Company
General Description: Andrean Theatre Company gives students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of a theatre production from acting and publicity to set construction, stage management and more. Each year, the Theatre Company produces several shows, including a full length play and a musical.

Andrean Thespians
General Description: The International Thespian Society is an organization for students who display great interest in Theatre. Students must be invited to join and will receive an invitation once certain criteria are met. Members of Thespian Society will have the opportunity to attend conferences, contests, and receive college scholarships.

Art Club
General Description: Students have the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for art through further education, studio time, speakers and field trips.

Campus Ministry
General Description: Campus Ministry is responsible for building up the faith and spiritual life of every member of the Andrean family. Special events include monthly and twice-weekly masses, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, special prayer services, day-long underclass faith experiences, the senior Kairos retreat program, the International Rosary, community service projects, presentations and faith-building workshops for faculty, staff and parents.

Chess Club
General Description: The purpose of the chess club is to play chess, discuss possible strategies and to compete in possible tournaments.

Clown Troupe
General Description: The Andrean Clown Troupe is a service club whereby the students entertain the general public. Clowns entertain at nursing homes, day care centers, grade schools and at parish festivals. Students take a ten week course learning the traditional “Art of Clowning” which includes: clown character formation, make-up application, improvisation, magic tricks, juggling, face-painting and pencil balloon sculpture. After learning the basic clowning skills, students participate in a Graduation performance whereby they are made official clowns and receive a certificate of completion in “Clown Arts.”

Decussata (Yearbook)
General Description: This group produces the school yearbook. Students take pictures, write copy and help organizing the book’s layout.

French Club/French Honor Society
General Description: French club lets students experience the French culture through various activities and field trips.

Latin Club
General Description: Latin club acquaints students with many aspects of the Latin & Roman culture. Students celebrate the Roman festivals & holidays.

Multicultural Club
General Description: As members of the multicultural club, we pledge to interact as individual parts of a unified body in order to take full advantage of our multicultural existence. We also pledge to be positive examples in our homes, school and neighborhoods. We believe that having knowledge of ourselves, being proud of who we are and sharing this knowledge with our classmates will create a better school

National Honor Society (by invitation only)
General Description: National Honor Society is a service organization for juniors and seniors. Members are selected based upon their scholarship, service, character, and leadership. Members must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and be active in school activities, service or religious organizations as well as school activities, showing leadership and character in the classroom. Some of our chapter’s activities in the past year include donating to food pantries, ringing bells for Salvation Army, donating to children in the hospital over the holidays, making Easter baskets for children and senior citizens, donating to SHARE Foundation, and donating proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and organizing activities, such as bean bag and video game tournaments for students. Special Outings or Field Trips: National Honor Society members coordinate a tutoring program for Andrean students. Members choose additional individual and group projects each year.
Additional Comments: Prospective National Honor Society members should be involved in various service activities in their school, parish or local community to augment their resumes for membership.

National Spanish Honor Society

General Description: Sociedad is open to any Sophomore, Junior or Seniors in good standing
a “B” overall average and a minimum 3.0 in Spanish. Members are required to perform service to the Hispanic Population and promote Spanish Language and Culture here at Andrean and elsewhere. Members tutor the underclassmen in Spanish, promote the International Rosary and the Feast Day Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe. They also tutor in the community.

Prayer Blanket Ministry
General Description: The Prayer Blanket Ministry is an opportunity for students to support those who are suffering. The blankets are tangible reminders of God’s love and allow the suffering individual to feel “covered” in prayer. The blanket is a symbol of the love and support from Andrean. Tied into each blanket is the gift of prayer. The members of the ministry cut and tie the blanket while praying for the well-being of the recipient. A scripture passage is written on the back of the blanket. The ministry members and all who wish to send their prayers sign the blanket.

Spanish Club
General Description: Spanish club promotes cultural activities related to the Spanish speaking culture. Some of these include celebrating Hispanic heritage month, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Cinco de Mayo, etc. Senior officers must be taking Spanish, but all students are welcomed.

Spell Bowl
General Description: Spell Bowl is a team spelling bee with written words. Ten spellers spell out nine words each for a potential 90 point perfect score. All teams spell the same words. Try-outs are held at the beginning of the school year.

Y.A.R.C. 
General Description: YARC gives high school students an opportunity to provide service and to interact.