Clubs and Activities
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Name of Club/Activity/Organization




 How to Join 

Place/Time of Meetings


 Lauren Funk
Cassady  Kennebeck

Welcome prospective students and their parents to explore SMA through events such as Open House and shadow visits.

See Lauren in the Admissions Office. Apply in the Spring. Watch for announcements.

 Check calendar outside
Admissions Office.


Art Club


Kathy Mitchell

The Art Club supports the visual arts with hands-on activities that explore a variety of media, and offers fun projects and explores different media often relating to seasons and holidays.

Open to all students. Come anytime.  Students may bring artwork to share.

D  Schedule, morning Activity Block, usually on Thursday,
Art Room, G-2

 National Art Honor Society NAHS

Kathy Mitchell 

Lindsay Cannon
Lillie Meyer
Analies Steensma

            eirah McCauley
Monet r            


Membership is based on art scholarship, leadership, character, and service.  This group directs the activities of the Art Club and works with the club to strengthen Visual Arts in the SMA community. Service hours earn the rainbow honor cord which may be worn at graduation.

Students must have taken at least three semesters of Visual Art classes.  Members meet character, leadership, and art G.P.A requirements and perform service hours according to a point system. Applications available in the fall. 


B  Schedule, monthly
Art Room, G-2

 Blues Bridge Walk Committee  Alison Lazareck
Plan, coordinate and champion the Blues Bridge Walk Student Fundraiser. Committee members inspire and educate the student body to fundraise in support of SMA and get everyone excited about walk day! 
 See Alison in the Special Events Office and apply in the Spring.  Watch for announcements, September-November.
 Black Student Union (BSU) Ashlee Baylis        
Falisha Wright

Kayla Green Capreece Kelsaw
Ceirah McCauley
Monet Tyler
The Black Student Union is dedicated to educating and informing the SMA community about Black culture. Activities include films, service trips, and club bonding. These activities support our values of justice, service, cultural awareness, unity, and leadership. Come join the BSU if you want to help unite our community while having fun and also learning. 
 Come to a meeting. Open to all students.  Thursday, Lunch, 302

Campus Ministry and Service Team (CMS)


Randy Kollars
Maria Fleming
S. Linda

Annette Holgado
Maddy Landis-Croft
Annalies Steensma

Members of the CMS Team earn .25 credit per semester as a religion elective.  There are three teams within CMS: ministry, service, and green team. Students participate in leadership, both within the SMA community for retreats, service, and keeping SMA green and also by participating in community service locally and abroad.

Open to all students, of all faiths. Watch for announcements! Applications are accepted in January and May. Everyone is welcome to participate in the activities organized by CMS.

Study Block (B/D),

 Dance Club


Erica McCurnin

Miranda Eisen


The club provides a space for students to learn and choreograph dance routines. We will touch on many dance forms, including but not limited to jazz, ballet, hip hop, and modern.

Open to all students. No previous dance experience required.

D Activity Block, Gym


Doernbecher- Blues Making Miracles

 Sarah Rice

This group creates SMA’s Doernbecher Week.  Over the last 5 years, SMA raised over $40,000 to support the children’s hospital and other charities.

All students welcome. Watch for posters and announcements in late November.

D Activity Block, Commons. Occasional lunch meetings.

Dragon Boats

Tom Crowder
 S. Linda Patrick

SMA Cruisers paddle in Rose Festival Race.  Practice after Spring Break and finish with big race @ waterfront during Rose Festival.

Watch for announcements in Feb. Practice early April to June!


M, W, F, 3:00 pm., 
Waterfront Park.

Earth Club

Jim Haster

Talia Berniker
Emily Mason

Earth Club helps promote and inform SMA about 
Ecological issues and concerns.

Come to a meeting. Open to all students.

Tuesdays, Lunch  302

Encounter Leadership

Randy Kollars

Encounter Leaders plan and lead the two Jr. Encounters, Nov. and Feb. 

Any senior who has attended Encounter is invited to apply in mid September. See Mr. Kollars in Campus Ministry.  

Teams meet 3 times/week
for 90 minutes after school
 for 6 weeks prior to the
Encounter. Specific days
determined by
team members. 

Escribe Maria

Sara Salvi
Beverly Kiesel
Mara Bower-Leo
Sara Hedberg
Lillie Meyer

Escribe Maria students select pieces of poetry, short fiction and art/photography for inclusion in St. Mary’s literary magazine of the same name, Escribe Maria. These works are produced by students. In addition to selecting student works, the group plays literary games, watches literary films, reads published poetry and prose, and fundraises. The year culminates each spring with the publication of Escribe Maria.

Membership is open to all. Come to a meeting in the fall.

Tuesdays, Lunch 301

Fashion Forward Club

Julia Stadler  

Elizabeth Criswell
Isabelle Olson
Fashion Forward Club is a positive and safe environment for students to express their personality through fashion and design.The club will examine both current fashion trends as well as traditional styles, study important icons, and explore issues associated with the fashion industry.
The club is open to anyone interested in fashion and personal style Mondays, Lunch, 110
 Food Club  
Francesca Cronan

Emma Adams
Emma Johnson
Stevie Layton
Food Club is a place for students to connect with others who have a similar love and passion for food. Activities include videos, sharing recipes, and guest chefs or restaurant owners. Come to the meetings and you can be a part of the Food Club. 
 Everyone is welcome to join.   Tuesdays, Lunch, 102

French Club 

Marsi Thelin

Brynn Bruder
Emma Gannett

French Club explores French language and French-speaking cultures through a variety of activities including student presentations, potlucks, film screenings, and conservation days.  

Anyone with an interest in French culture may attend. The first Monday of the month will be a French conversation day. On those Mondays, a French student will be available to teach French expressions to non-French speaking students.

Tuesdays, Lunch, G-7

Harry Potter Club

Steve Colley

Rachael Gowen

Harry Potter Club allows fans to express their lore creativity, to create a stress-free environment to discuss Hogwarts lore and to have fun! Anyone and everyone is welcome!

Any student is welcome, fan or not.
Come to have fun!

Wednesdays, Lunch G-4  

History Club

Alexis Lund 

Emma Adams
Clarice Beasley
Emily Sunderland 


The History Club is for those who love history. We watch historical, but fun, films, share books and websites, and host the occasional guest speaker or tour.

Come to a meeting.

Thursdays,  Lunch,  206

Human Rights Club

Daniel Hemmen

Clare Collins
Bridget McCarthy
Kylie Morana

Human Rights Club is a non-political club that focuses on bringing awareness to the student body about worldwide human rights issues. It is a hands-on club that emphasizes taking social action in order to bring justice to our world. 

Everyone is welcome to join.

Mondays,   Lunch, 304

 Latino Heritage Appreciation Club  Dena Stock-Marquez

Victoria Dorsey
Ellie Ruiz

 Latino Heritage Club is dedicated to learning about the many aspects that make up the Latino cultures in the Portland area and worldwide. We will learn about these cultures by sharing experiences, research, traditions, have guest speakers, watch film clips, and much more. Come learn about and experience the amazing Latino culture. 
 All are welcome. Come to meeting.  1st and 3rd Wednesdays, Lunch, G-3


 Sarah Rice  

LINK Crew organizes and leads a number of freshman events throughout the year, including Freshman Orientation, Frosh Lock-In and Cocoa & Cram.  

Apply in the Spring. Watch for announcements. 

Club is Semester 1 only. Meeting times vary; watch for announcements.

Math Club

Susan Melvin
Cynthia Heller

Claire Fitzgerald
Vy Nguyen 

Fun math activities, prepare for math contests, plan PI Day.

Everyone welcome anytime.

Mondays, Lunch, 301

Mock Trial

Alyssa Tormala

Fall class (Oct-Dec) provides opportunity to learn about legal process and skills including argument, public speaking, and teamwork; develop strategies and roles for practice competition (serving as lawyers, witnesses and court official.) Earn 2.5 Social Studies credit.

Spring competition program (Dec-March, possibly May) provides opportunity to compete against other teams in regional competitions. Possibility of advancement to state and national competitions. 

Both are lots of work but lots of fun!

Open to all grades. 

Requirements for fall classes: mandatory attendance at practices (Mon/Wed after school 3:15 to 5 pm) and practice competition in December. Fee: $10 Watch for announcements in the fall.

Requirements for spring competition program: completion of fall class and/or previous experience in the SMA mock trial program. Mandatory attendance at practices and competitions. Fee: $30. 

Watch for


MUN Model United Nations


Patty Gorman

MUN is a .5 credit course.  Students are assigned a country and research topics facing the real UN.  This is an independent study course that culminates during a three-day conference at
U of O in April.

New membership is open to Soph/Jrs only.  Students apply and are selected in the fall. Watch for announcements.

Meeting times vary.

 Music Lovers Anonymous

Ian Park

Bianca Barcenas
Sydney Wisner 

A club for those who love their iPods, mix CDs , and playlists. A place to share love of music and   musical interests, from alternative to reggae to soul music. No musical boundaries, get the latest in music news and updates on local music happenings.

Everyone welcome anytime.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays,  Lunch, 205

National Honor Society

Patty Gorman

Ally Mueller
Grace Newsom
Sophie Peel
Amy Sandberg

NHS is an organization that Juniors are invited to join if they have a cum. GPA of 3.6 and have met  a requirement for advanced course work,  leadership, character, and service.   NHS students tutor students,  hostess SMA events, and do at least one service project per semester.

If invited, apply to join in 2nd semester of junior year.

Fridays, Lunch, 305

Novel Club

Carrie Housley

Sabrina Angel 
Rachael Gowen
Coral Ng
Claire Sivers 

The Novel Club is for those who love to read and share their literary finds with others. We exchange book reviews and watch "Books on Film" at lunch.

Everyone welcome anytime.

Fridays, Lunch,  206

 Oregon Battle of the Books  Ellie Gilbert

Anna Dennis-Pavlich
 If you love to read, come and join us. Competitions begin in the spring.   Everyone is welcome.  Fridays, Lunch,  103

Outdoor Club


Anne Hainley

Molly Cameron
Natalie Nielsen



Outdoor club strives to offer St. Mary’s students an opportunity to experience the beauty of Oregon wilderness  through hiking expeditions, education, and breathtaking experiences.

Open to all students. Come to a meeting.

Thursdays, Lunch, 104

Outdoor School

S. Linda Patrick 

Spend a week in the fall or spring as a camp counselor at Outdoor School for 6th graders. Great fun! Earn .25 credit.

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors apply in September for Fall and in January/February for Spring.  In January/February, Freshmen may apply to attend Oregon Trail.

Watch for announcements.

 Politics w/o Borders  
Donald Housley 

Allison Emmet
Tess Krajewski
Dori Mosman
To encourage understanding and dialogue among various political perspectives while discussing current political issues. 
 Everyone welcome anytime  Tuesdays, Lunch, 206

Photography Club

Marsi Thelin

Emily Campbell
Maddy Landis-Croft
Xiao Pfohman

To give those who have a passion for photography a place to share their own works and to help them understand the technical parts of photography.  

 Everyone welcome anytime 1st Thursday, Lunch, G-7

Poverty Awareness Day Committee

Maria Fleming

Julia McCarthy
Monet Tyler   

Plan and organize Poverty Awareness Day, April 2014, promoting awareness and understanding of poverty issues in our city, our country, and our world.

All are welcome. Watch for announcements in December or January.

Weekly, Auditorium

 Respect for Life Club  Cynthia Berger

Julia McCarthy
Lily Weber
 Respect for Life Club advocates for the respect of human life from conception to natural death. We will provide opportunity for safe and intellectual dialogue about life issues, as well as meaningful service opportunities. We welcome and encourage any SMA student to join our club and respect all life!  All students welcome. Please join us.   Fridays, Lunch 203

Students Against Destructive Decisions

Janet Robertson

Ari Busch
Clair Charlton
Jamila Godil

Educate student body on affects of alcohol and drugs.  Participate in Breast Cancer Awareness, Lee Denim Day Fundraisers, Grim Reaper Day and Spring SADD assembly.

All students welcome. Please join us.

Mondays,   Lunch, G-12

Science Club

Maureen Daschel
Kirsten Thiel

Alexa Baldwin
Alison Brennan
Claire FitzGerald
Haley Stutzman
Abi Williams

Encourages and fosters student interest and involvement in the sciences both within the building and in the community.  Have fun exploring science interests outside the class.  Guest speakers, contests, videos, field trips, etc. etc.

Any student may join.

Tuesdays, Lunch, 209

Science Olympiad

Ellen Tevik

Science Olympiad is a competitive science team. Students prepare for a wide variety of lab, test, and building events in preparation for tournaments in the spring.

Join by application in September.

Fridays at 3:15, some Saturdays

Sci-Fi Fantasy Club
Matt Vannelli

Larissa Banitt
Maddy Landis Croft
Meet to discuss the latest Sci-Fi trends, news, events, and movies.  Create and share original Sci-Fi literature and art.
Everyone is welcome to join. Mondays, Lunch, 206

SMA Dance Company

Kara Shuster

Miranda Eisen

The SMA Dance Company is a performance-based ensemble dedicated to furthering the technical and artistic skills of the participating student dancers. Open to students of all levels and abilities on a semester-length commitment contract. The semester culminates in a final concert performance. 

Students must commit to participate for the full semester. The winter concert is December 8th at 2 p.m. The spring semester company will begin in February and the concert is in May. 

Fall: Mondays & Wednesdays
Watch and listen for announcements.

 Sodalitas Latina Latin Club  
Michael Reinbold

Elizabeth Elliot
Have fun learning Latin and experiencing the ModumRomanum! Everyone welcome. Mondays, Lunch G-4

Student Government

Sarah Rice

Associated Student Body (ASB) and class officers work to serve  the SMA student body through planning and organizing fun events, leading the class on spirit days, and listening and responding to the needs of students.

Run for class officer! ASB and Class Officers elections in Spring; Freshman elections in October.

See postings outside
Student Activities office and listen to morning announcements. 

Usually: Lunch and B Activity Block, Room 303

Theatre Club

Shannon More

To give students the opportunity to experience the many facets of theatre from production to spectatorship.  Theatre Club brings students together for a variety of theatre and non-theatre related activities. 

Theatre Club - anyone may join and no requirements.

Thursdays,  Lunch, Auditorium

Thespian Club

Shannon More

Hannah Bryan
Gillian Dockins
Ali Peterkort
Kate Smith
Kira Smith

International Thespian Troupe 5277 - membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts that meets ETA's general guidelines.  This group directs the activities of the SMA Theatre Club and works with the club and school to strengthen theatre arts in the SMA community.


Thespians = point system through theatre work (production).

Thursdays,  Lunch, Auditorium


Ellie Gilbert           
Sienna Li
Amy Sandberg
Emma Weitzhandler

Students mentor 5th grade girls, introducing them to the excitement and challenge of “doing” sciences through teaching topics, coordinating activities, guest speakers and field trips. Earn .5 credit.

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors can apply to be mentors.  Frosh can be helpers.

Thursdays, 211, 3:15-4:15 -Mentors
Meetings with 5th graders scheduled in the fall. 


Tri-M Music Honor Society &  Musicians Club

Kathy Briggs

Ali Peterkort
Vice President:
Gillian Dockins
Vickie Gimm
Margaret Driscoll
Megan Piggott
Concert Choir Representative:
Lucy Grein & Michelle McCall 
Marian Instruments/Piano Ensemble Representative:
Alexa Baldwin

Club focuses on promoting music both in our school and in our community.  Musicians Club members who meet the criteria for Tri-M can apply to be officially inducted into the National Music Honor Society in the spring.  Tri-M stands for “Modern Music Masters.”

Students enrolled in Concert Choir, Marian Singers, Marian Instruments, or Marian Piano Ensemble.

Wednesdays,  Lunch, PAC

 Women's Equality Club  Nicole Foran

Talia Berniker
Emily Mason
Women's Equality Club is focused on fostering discussion about feminism and gender equality. We will discuss current events and anything else related to the modern feminist movement. 
 Everyone welcome.  Thursdays,  Lunch, 110
 WorldQuest  Joan Nyland Prepare to compete in a one-day international issues and knowledge quiz bowl against other Oregon High School students. The World Affairs Council of Oregon hosts the event at PSU; the winning team competes in the national bowl in Washington D.C. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Preference for team leaders given to returning competitors. Competition is free, but fee for t-shirt. Watch for announcements in the fall. Teams meet once a week (TBD) from November to the February competition. 

Writers Club

Kirk Ellis

Meera Champawat
Sara Hedberg

Writers Club students share, critique their writing and learn from fellow writers, and support students interested in pursuing their creative writing outside of class.

Everyone welcome.  Come to a meeting.

Wednesdays,  Lunch, 101


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