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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

President
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 Executive Officers

Gabrielle Boutte, Darcy Delcambre, Madison Stelly, Caroline Istre and Katherine Taylor

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 - Elyse Domingue
Vice-President - Ferris DeHart
Secretary - Logan Daigle
Chaplains - Jacquelyn Miller, Jennifer Dedo
Sergeant at Arms - Logan Sullivan

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

Ava Prudomme, Jenna Picard and Will Hebert

Contact

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

Fishing Club

Registration Sponsorships Roster

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.

Leadership
President - Peyton Wilson
Vice President - Connor Duffy
Treasurer - Drake Duplechin
Secretary - Jonathan Fisher

Meeting Dates

August 14
September 11
October 9
November 27
December 11- Special Guest Speaker: Tyler Carriere
January 15: Pending
February 5: Pending
March 12: Pending
April 9: Pending
May Banquet: TBD

Lagniappe
August 23: Club fair in the mall during both lunches
October 12: STM Open House table in the big gym
November 30: Feast of St. Andrew (patron saint of fishermen)/STM sponsored Mass at STM


Fishing Dates:
August 19: Back to School Tourney/Atchafalaya Basin - Co-hosted with TCH
September 16: TCH Rebel Classic/Henderson
October 7-8: Redfish/Speck/Flounder Tournament/LA Gulf Coast, Weigh in @ STM
October 28: State Qualifying Tournament @ Lake Verret
November 4-5: Redfish/Speck/Flounder Tournament/LA Gulf Coast, Weigh in @ STM
January 28: Sunday - Bassmaster Central Open at Toledo Bend
February 3-4: Redfish/Speck/Founder Tournament/LA Gulf Coast, Weigh in @ STM
February 10: State Qualifying Tournament @ Calcasieu River
February 17: District Tournament #1 at Miller’s Lake
March 3: District Tournament #2 @ Lake Dauterive
March 10: Ross Granger Memorial Bass Tournament
March 17: District Tournament #3 @ Bayou Teche/Patterson Landing
March 25: State Qualifying Tournament #3 @ Bayou Segnette
April 14: District Tournament #4 @ Chicot State Park
April 27-28: State Championship Tournament @ Toledo Bend (San Miguel State Park)
May 12: District Championship @ Toledo Bend



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

2017-2018 Leadership Team

Emily Fontenot, Brittan Huffman, Grace Miholic, Anthony Benton, Andrew Broussard, Kaitlyn Moore, Luc Picard, Carlin Sekhani-Matthews



Activities

October - Festival Acadien - face painting and games

November - National French Week Celebration

December - La fête de Noël - the yule-log tasting
Les cantiques de Noël - caroling at aretirement 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.
  • This is an honor society. Students must maintain a record of social integrity and academic honesty throughout the year of membership. This includes refraining from participating in any illegal activities, on campus or off.

Students who fail to meet or comply with the standards once inducted - in the cases of a single offense - will not be allowed to graduate on stage as members of National Honor Society. Students must always remember that they represent both St. Thomas More and the National Honor Society in their actions, behaviors, and choices and make decisions wisely so that they represent themselves, our school, and our society with honor, dignity, and respect.

*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.

National Honor Society Officers

President: Elise Gjertson
Vice-President: Ruby Boudreaux
Secretary: Jenna Picard
Treasurer: Taylor Myers

2017 - 18 National Honor Society Members
Jake AllainMichael LaCour
Grace BaresLeslie Lasseigne
Joseph BentonJean-Luc LeBlanc
Sarah BladyKevin Lin
Ruby BoudreauxMattie Marks
Jacob BreauxJaquelyn Miller
Cade BroussardJoel Moreau
Celeste CailletTaylor Myers
Austin DaigleKatelyn Norse
Logan DaigleMya Orantes
Jennifer DedoNicholas Padgett
Ferris DeHartJenna Picard
Gabby DeshotelsEvan Schwarzenbach
Elyse DomingueBlair Sibley
Olivia DragoCambrie Sonnier
Bryson DuplechinNatalie Spielmann
Calli DupuyHannah Robichaux
Elise GjertsonLogan Sullivan
Anna GonzalesCourtney Trahan
Sarah HardyHannah Usie
Sophie HargraveDavid Vizzi
Baxter Heggie

Ashton Weber
Cade HernandezAnna Wetzel
Brady HydeElizabeth Whitehurst
Rebecca JudiceSabrina Zanco
Ryan Killeen


Contact

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

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

November Calendar of Events

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:

President: Gabriel Watkins
Vice President: Katherine Taylor
Secretary: Caroline Kennedy
Treasurer: Diego Gomez
Publisher: Madelyn Dejean, Maddy Barake
Historian: Haden Coleman
Photographers: Ann Claire Freemin, Bella Russo

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 Megan Broussard at megan.broussard@stmcougars.net.

Stage Productions

Cast


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: Courtney Trahan
Vice President: Cambrie Sonnier
Secretary: Blair Sibley
Program Director: Madeline Mahtook
Sargent at Arms: Seth Ransonet

Senior Class Officers

President: AnnaGrace Schoeffler
Vice President: Emma Gremillion
Secretary: Natalie Speilman
Representatives: Madeline Busch, Jennifer Dedo, Ashton Weber, Leslie Lasseigne, Elyse Domingue, Elise Gjertson

Junior Class Officers

President: Emma Luke
Vice President: Anais Begnaud
Secretary: Anna Lantier
Representatives: Ann Clare Fremin, Amelia Gabor, Sam Horton, Caroline Kennedy, Maddie Thibodeaux, Annabelle Pavy, Emily Landry, Olivia Hebert, Darby Delcambre

Sophomore Class Officers

President: Anthony Benton
Vice President: Kate Hughes
Secretary: Katie Lamkin
Representatives: Amelia Hebert, Chris Hill, Emily Roberts, Ainsley Morgan, Carlin Sekani-Matthews, Brianna Myers, Andrew Broussard, Ava Broussard, Lindsey LaFleur, Katherine Crochet

Freshmen Class Officers

President: Nico Broussard
Vice President: Camille Caillet
Secretary: Emmie Dowdy
Representatives: Elizabeth Beaullieu, Matthew Gower, Kempton Moody

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