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Clubs & Activities

Co-curricular activities are provided by STM to appeal to the interests and needs of the student body. Each student is encouraged to participate in these activities for his/her own enjoyment and development.

These after-school activities are numerous and varied. Organizations and clubs include participation in academic activities and projects, fine arts areas, literary work, community service projects, and school spirit. The school encourages its students to participate in at least one co-curricular activity. To become a member of any organization, a student must contact the moderator of that group. Each officer and member is committed to abide by the guidelines and policies for clubs and organizations.

4-H

4‑H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity.

Based on their interests and guided by adult mentors, youth develop their own pathway in 4‑H. They select from a broad menu of local 4‑H programs. Local programs include opportunities in Leadership, Community Development, Livestock Projects and Shooting Sports.

4-H Program

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

  • 4-H is the nation's largest youth development organization, empowering six million young people throughout the United States.
  • With 611,800 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 25 million alumni, the 4-H movement supports young people from elementary school through high school with programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators.
  • Fueled by research-driven programming, 4-H'ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, citizenship and healthy living.
Club Officers

Isabel Lewis - President
Emily Fontenot - Vice President

Contact

For additional information, please contact Dr. Gerard Richard at gerard.richard@stmcougars.net.

Ambassadors

The St. Thomas More Catholic High School Student Ambassadors are a select group of students whose main purpose is to provide outreach activities within the school and community. Ambassadors take pride in making new students feel welcome and comfortable while transitioning into the STM family.

The Ambassador Program is open to qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors who possess leadership abilities, and exhibit enthusiasm for being a Cougar. The Ambassador Program is not only a tool for student recruitment and retainment, but it is also a vehicle for promoting individual leadership skills. Ambassadors have the opportunity for self-growth through serving others and embracing the qualities of a true leader.All Ambassadors are required to maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Ambassadors are assigned to help with Open House, Cougar for a Day, Feeder School visits, and campus hospitality.

Contact

For additional information, please contact Anne Pitre at anne.pitre@stmcougars.net.

Art Club

Activities
  • Academic Pep Rally
  • All school backdrops for dances
  • Make banners for mall
  • Decorated the front of the school for holidays
  • Make Academic Pep Rally decorations
  • Make silent auction decorations
  • Various teacher requests
  • Paint windows for Christmas
  • Festival of Lights (children's tent--face painting)
  • Festival International (face paint)
Membership Requirements
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Have an interest in art
Art Club Officers


President
- Gabrielle Boutte
Vice President - Gracie Varisco
Historian - Darby Delcambre
Secretary - Drew Ahrens
Service Project Coordinator - Eylse Domingue
Holiday Decorating Coordinator - Alexis Primeaux

The Executive Board of the Art Club oversees all Art Club activities and projects. For each activity, two or more members are selected to manage the entire project by designating specific jobs, supplying materials, and assuring that the entire project is done promptly and well. A student does not have to be enrolled in an art class for membership in the Art Club.

Contact

For additional information, please contact Angie Riehl at angela.riehl@stmcougars.net.

Beta Club

Motto: " Let us lead by serving others."

The Beta Club at St. Thomas More was established in the 1989-1990 school year. The club was instituted in order to promote and reward academic achievement and servant leadership.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the National Beta Club shall be to promote the ideals of character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students, to reward meritorious achievement and to encourage and assist students in continuing their education after high school.

Vision Statement

The National Beta Club, a student-centered organization, continually develops and nurtures individuals by providing opportunities and experiences enabling them to demonstrate the ideals of character, achievement, service and leadership in a global community.

Membership

Our club is open to all students grades 9-12 who have maintained a 3.2 grade point average for the previous school year. If your GPA falls below a 3.2 you will be placed on probation. As a member of Beta, students are required to complete service hours. Each student must complete a total of twenty service hours for the academic year. Ten hours must be Beta Club hours (those that we set up through our community service projects) and ten hours may be transferred from other clubs or organizations.

Club Officers

President - Emma Gremilion
Vice-President - Kristen Tanner
Secretary - Austin Daigle
Chaplains - Elise Gjertson, Kayla Scelfo
Service Project Chairs - Elyse Domingue, Natalie Spielmann, Logan Daigle

Contact

For additional information, please contact Michelle Miholic at michelle.miholic@stmcougars.net.

Cougars for Life

We, the members of Cougars for Life, believe in the education of students on the issues of abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment, as well as recognizing every form of human life as precious and valuable. We strive to acknowledge and uphold the dignity of human life by our outreach and service to the public for the greater cause. As a community we will embrace the life God has given us and share the light with the STM community and all who cross our path. As a member of Cougars for Life, one cherishes every stage of life, no matter the age, in an effort to continue the pro-life movement. Cougars for Life acknowledges life beyond the womb with the conviction that each soul is created in the image and like of God, our creator. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.” Psalm 139:13

Officers

Co-Presidents - Jacquelyn Miller and Rebecca Jordan
Chaplain - Mary Clare Kramer
Secretary - Olivia Hebert
Program Coordinator - Ruby Boudreaux

Contact

For additional information, please contact Shannon Phillips at shannon.phillips@stmcougars.net or Kim Manuel at kim.manuel@stmcougars.net.

FCA

Mission

To present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

FCA Camps

Every summer, thousands of coaches and athletes participate in FCA's summer camps. These camps challenge the student-athlete and coach to excel. If interested in camp participation, please check details with Coach Strojny.

FCA Structure

The leadership team consists of 10-12 members. The members are interviewed through the Campus Ministry program. There are four positions that are made up of captain, co-captain, recruiter, and secretary. The leadership team meets regularly to plan the FCA huddles that are held in the morning once a month. There are also guest speakers that are scheduled once a quarter for a faith testimony that is held over breakfast. The meetings are open to all students, faculty and staff.

Leadership Team

Grace Barrilleaux, Hunter Clay and Grace Parker

Contact

For additional information, please contact Stephen Strojny at stephen.strojny@stmcougars.net.

Fishing Club

STM Fishing is a student-centered group focused on promoting a love for the outdoors and improving fishing skills. Each member is enrolled in BASS and the Bass Federation and is eligible to fish competitively in both of their tournament circuits in Louisiana and national events. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers covering aspects of the fishing world.

Mission

To educate and encourage young anglers to enjoy the outdoors, protect our natural resources, practice sportsmanship and learn about ethical practices in the sport of fishing.

Tournaments

Sunday, August 28 - Teurlings Catholic Club Tournament at Henderson Lake/Atchafalaya
6:15 a.m. start; 2 p.m. weigh in at the Basin Landing

Saturday, September 24 - Teurlings Catholic Rebel Fishing Classic Fishing Tournament
at Henderson Lake. Weigh in at Henderson Park (more info coming soon)

October 15, 2016
BASS Red River Qualifying Tournament
Colfax, LA

February 11, 2017
BASS Calcasieu River Qualifying Tournament
Lake Charles, LA

February 18, 2017
SWLA High School Bass Fishing Association Tournament
Miller's Lake

March 4, 2017
SWLA High School Bass Fishing Association Tournament
Lake Dautrieve

March 11, 2017
Bassmaster High School Central Open
Toledo Bend Reservoir

March 18, 2017
SWLA High School Bass Fishing Association Tournament
Indian Creek

March 26, 2017
BASS Bayou Segnette Qualifying Tournament
Westwego, LA

April 22, 2017
SWLA High School Bass Fishing Association Tournament
Chicot Lake

April 29, 2017
BASS State Tournament
Toledo Bend

May 13, 2017
SWLA High School Bass Fishing Association District Championship
Toledo Bend

Anglers

Luke Abraham

Zach Duhon

Jean-Louis Lemoine

Isaac Abshire

Drake Duplechin

Matthew Mayer

Luke Adams

Johnathan Fisher

Logan Meaux

Austin Barbier

Anthony Foti

Luke Miletello

Alex Barras

Adam Gilmore

Andrew Mouton

Jacob Barras

Carson Hall

Collin Poirier

Maria Nicole Billeaud

Hunter Hall

Evan Ransonet

Ethan Boone

Riley Haydell

Trevor Robertson

Daniel Brewer

Sam Horton

Brennan Romero

Cameron Cannon

Jake Johnson

Ethan Trahan

Truitt Chenevert

Brennan King

Zachary Trahan

Caleb Clark

Drew Landry

Matthew Vincent

Hunter Clay

Grayson Lanza

Braxton Voisin

Matthew Courville

Thomas Lavergne

Peyton Wilson

Cassidy Daugereau

Ryan LeBlanc

Thomas Wiltz

Connor Duffy

Brennan Leger

Nicholas Wolf

Nick Duhon

Jace Leger

French Club

Membership in French Club is open to students enrolled in French I and above and to previous students of French who may not be presently enrolled in class.

Purpose
  • To Promote and encourage the study of French
  • To install an appreciation for the French language and the francophone cultures
  • To give the members an opportunity to socialize with French speakers from the community
Reasons to Join
  • Meet people from our French speaking community
  • Field trips to French restaurants, movies, exhibitions, and performances
  • Attend a three day French Club convention
  • Have fun socializing with peers in French atmosphere
  • To promote French language in our school and community
2016- 2017 Leadership Team

Emily Landry, Olivia Hebert, Grace Miholic, Madeleine Moreau, Natalie Spielman, Natalie Fortier, Joseph Benton, Baxter Heggie and Brittan Huffman


Activities

October - Festival Acadien - face painting and games

December - La fête de Noël Yule - log tasting
Les cantiques de Noe - caroling at retirement home

February - Le jour des crêpes - crêpes tasting

February - La messe en francais - French Club sponsored mass

March - La Francophonie - Celebrating the French speaking world

April - Pétanque competition - Girard Park

May Year-end celebration Honoring French Club members

Contact

For additional information , please contact Cosima Hasenstein at cosima.hasenstein@stmcougars.net

National Honor Society

Membership is by invitation only. Requirements are that students:

  • Maintain a 3.8 cumulative GPA while earning a total of 10 credits in honors or AP courses while at STM or
  • Maintain a 3.7 cumulative GPA while earning a total of 12 credits in honors and AP courses, at least two of which must be AP courses.
  • Enroll in at least 3 honors or AP courses both junior and senior year.
  • Display qualities of character, leadership, and service. Must demonstrate active involvement in an extracurricular activity and service to others during junior year in order to be inducted.
  • Have completed three quarters of the junior year.
  • Have attended STM the current school year.*
  • Perform 15 specified service hours during their senior year.
  • Maintain a record of honor and integrity and refrain from participating in any illicit or illegal activities.

Students who fail to meet or comply with the standards once inducted will not be allowed to graduate as members of National Honor Society.

*Students transferring to STM who are already National Honor Society members are considered active members their senior year, but they must maintain GPA and honors course requirements during that year.

National Honor Society is responsible for hosting the Spring Awards Ceremony at St. Thomas More, during which the annual induction is held. Our two major service projects each year are volunteering at Cornerstone South Nursing Home and tutoring STM and Holy Family students.

2015 -16 National Honor Society Officers

President: Eve Dominique
Vice-President: Emily Bryson
Secretary: Julia-Claire Evans
Treasurer: Kaitlyn Dooley

2016 - 17 National Honor Society Members
Elise Arceneaux Joseph Mampilly
Joshua ArdoinCaroline Mitchell
Jake BenoitRiley Montgomery
Katherine Blackwell Avery North
Abby BourqueJames Oubre
Emily BrysonJack Piccione
Elyse CaryAnne-Elyse Pitre
Eve DominiqueEmilia Ranzino
Kaitlyn DooleyMadison Robin
Julia-Claire EvansLaina Robinson
Andrew FergusonElise St. Pe'
Richard HartHailey Seymour
Emilie HebertElizabeth Skinner
Aubrey HurleySydney Stansbury
Rebecca JordanCaroline Toups
Truley JuneauCaroline Werther
Isabella LaBruzzoSydney Wiltz
Anna LandryAlex Zappi
Connor Latiolais



Contact

For additional information, please contact Sharon Guillory at sharon.guillory@stmcougars.net.

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Quiz Bowl

What is Quiz Bowl?

In Quiz Bowl, questions are asked, and the players press their buzzers when they know the answer. The first player to buzz in answers the question after his name is called. If he answers correctly, he earns points. The team with the most points at the end of the match wins. STM's team competes against other Louisiana high schools in meets and tournaments.

What are the membership requirements?

Membership is open to all grade levels. Practice is held after school for team members to compete against each other. The Diocese of Lafayette sponsors a Varsity and Junior Varsity competition during the year for the Catholic High Schools in the Diocese. Other competitions are held throughout the state. The team is a member of the Louisiana Academic Competitions (LAAC).

Officers

President: Victoria Stemmans
Vice President: Evan Ashy
Secretary: Julian Fanguy
Guardian: William McCloskey

Contact

For additional information, please contact Aaron Breaux at aaron.breaux@stmcougars.net.

Science Club

The STM Science Club is an academic club open at all students of St. Thomas More who have an interest in Science. The club participates in demonstrations, events, guest speakers and other activities inclusive of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Presently the Club has Business Meetings in Room 405 at announced times once or twice a month, depending on the needs for planning. Twice a month Demonstration Events are held after school in the Chemistry Lab.

Some of the activities the Science Club is planning for the school year include hosting guest speakers in various fields of science, field excursions to museums and laboratories, local canoeing trips, and attending the paddlefish spawn in March 2016 at the Booker-Fowler state hatchery in Woodworth, La.

2016 - 17 Science Club Officers

President: Alex Zappi
Vice-President: Victoria Stemmans
Secretary/Historian: Jake Benoit

Contact

For more information or to join the mailing list, please contact one of the moderators:
Mr. Dupuis: john.dupuis@stmcougars.net or Mrs. Bloom: shawnessy.bloom@stmcougars.net

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club is comprised of any students interested in learning about the Spanish language and culture, no matter what language they have formally studied in school. We sponsor activities that promote understanding and goodwill among different ethnic groups and enhance creativity in diversity. The club sponsors school-wide activities to provide authentic Hispanic cultural experiences and disseminate the traditions and customs of the Spanish-speaking community.

Officers:

Co-Presidents: Madeline Dartez and Lauren Peltier
Secretary: Sabrina Zanco
Treasurer: Katelyn Norse
Historian: Mechela Lopez
Chaplain: Sophie Hargrave

Contact

For additional information, please contact Mrs. Vickie Smith at victoria.smith@stmcougars.net.

Speech and Debate

Club Website for Parents and Students

Membership Requirements

The Speech and Drama Club at St. Thomas More extends its membership to any student who is interested in competitive speaking. The members attend approximately 24 speech tournaments throughout the year. This organization also hosts its own tournament and presents a large-scale theatrical production during the spring semester. STM has an active and nationally recognized speech and debate program. To be a member you must:

  • Be in grades nine through twelve
  • Maintain a 2.0 average
  • Go to three speech tournaments your first year of speech
Contact

For additional information, please contact Scott Johnstone at scott.johnstone@stmcougars.net (ext. 147).

Stage Productions

S.T.E.M. Club

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Club is open to all students interested in any of these topics. Meetings are held monthly and are designed to identify projects to work on together such as 3D printing, modeling, Minecraft, building video games or other projects that use technology. This club is for students who might not be able to fit Computer Architecture or Engineering in their schedule but still want to participate in these projects.

Contact

For additional information, please contact Robin Herrington at robin.herrington@stmcougars.net.

Student Council

Executive Board

President: Joshua Ardoin
Vice President: Alex Zappi
Secretary: Caroline Mitchell
Program Director: Anne-Elyse Pitre
Historian: Caroline Toups

Senior Class Officers

President: Julia Claire Evans
Vice President: Beau Hughes
Secretary: Katie Forestier
Representatives: Jake Benoit, Aimee Blanchet, Hannah Hebert, Aubrey Herndon, Walter Miller, and Victoria Stemmans

Junior Class Officers

President: Seth Ransonet
Vice President: Cambrie Sonnier
Secretary: Blair Sibley
Representatives: Jennifer Dedo, Elyse Domingue, Elise Gjertson, Claire Koke, Leslie Laseigne, Madeline Mahtook, AnnaGrace Schoeffler, and Courtney Trahan

Sophomore Class Officers

President: Emma Luke
Vice President: Ani Begnaud
Secretary: Anna Lantier
Representatives: Darby Delcambre, Amelia Gabor, Olivia Hebert, Sam Horton, Caroline Kennedy, Emily Landry, Annabelle Pavy, and Madison Thibodeaux

Freshmen Class Officers

President: Anthony Benton
Vice President: Kate Hughes
Secretary: Katie Lamkin
Representatives: Katherine Crochet, Briana Myers, and Emily Roberts

Purpose

The purpose of the Student Council is to create unity among students, administration, faculty, clubs, and community by establishing communication channels. The Students Council shall coordinate, evaluate all school clubs. It shall promote school spirit and positive club interaction and encourage an attitude of Christian values based on our school's philosophy.

Elections
Elections are held in April for those seeking an office. Those interested must attend an election workshop. Freshman elections are held in September.

Who joins?
Student Council is for those who are interested in the world they live. The members of this excellent club are hard working, dedicated students who are eager to learn all they can about this fantastic subject. Those who join are usually students with a high grade point average, a history of extracurricular activities, and most importantly a desire to learn and experience as much as possible.

STUDENT COUNCIL ACTIVITIES

Member

Community

  • NASAA
  • LASC
  • Louisiana Youth Seminar
  • Received Honor Council Award 6 years

Teacher/Staff

  • Back to School treats
  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation Weeks

Student Appreciation

  • Cougar of the Month
  • Date-A-Match
  • Santa Pictures
  • Open House
  • Parent guides for Back to School Night
  • Food can collection for local charities
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • LASC
  • State Charity
  • Grandparents Day carnations
  • Guides/helpers for Nike Golf Tournament
  • Free Dress Days
  • Capital Campaign Fund
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Academic Pep Rally
  • Recycling

Spirit

  • Pep Rallies
  • Homecoming and Cougar Court Week activities
  • Presentation and Dances
  • Morestock
  • Prom
  • Freshman Dance
  • Spirit Sales
  • Posters for school events