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Clubs

At Blanchet Catholic School, clubs have been established to meet the needs of the students.  We have several clubs with both mid-high and high school students; however, most clubs are at the high school level.  As we grow, additional clubs or groups can be formed in accordance with Oregon Schools Activities Association guidelines.  A group of students with a similar interest may petition the student government and administration to become a club.  If they meet qualifications and are approved a club may be formed.

Please note:

Several Blanchet clubs require students to apply for membership. Clubs are introduced at an assembly at the beginning of the school year. If students have any questions about participation or requirements, they are encouraged to contact the club advisor.

 

Current Clubs

About Campus Ambassadors:

Campus Ambassadors are student volunteers who serve as tour guides and hosts/hostesses for student visitations and special events. Volunteers greet guests and welcome visitors at special events, and show potential students around campus. 

Participants:

Both mid high and high school students can serve as campus ambassadors.  

To Apply:

If you're interested in bein a Blanchet campus ambassador, you may apply on-line or contact Mrs. Becker.  You will be notified if you are selected.

Advisor: Mrs. Becker

About DECA:

DECA is a national organization for students studying marketing, management, and entrepreneurship in secondary schools. As a nonprofit organization, DECA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and is chartered through state departments of education.

DECA is primarily a co-curricular activity where students learn to conduct marketing research projects, promotion plans, start-up businesses, and encounter realistic workplace challenges.  The experience-based activities require students to use both basic and higher academic skills such as writing, math, economics, social science, communication, presentation, research, and data analysis.

Blanchet DECA Mission Statement:

  • To give all members the ability to grow in an honest and challenging environment.
  • Members gain knowledge and experience in all aspects of business.
  • Blanchet DECA presents the opportunity to practice leadership skills, while providing an exciting and ambitious surrounding.
  • We build relationships and make lasting memories.
Participants:
  • all high school students are eligible

To Apply:  Download an application or see advisor

Students wishing to be a part of the DECA leadership team should see the advisor for an additional application and guidelines.

Advisor:  Mrs. Corina Moore, Tina Pearson and Riker Kasamoto

About Friends of Benedictine (FOB):

Friends of Benedictine members are students who enjoy interacting with the elderly. Club members visit with nursing home residents at the Providence-Benedictine Nursing Center in Mt. Angel, OR twice a month. Members participate in activities with the residents, such as field trips to the Oregon Garden, the Oregon Zoo and restaurant outings.

Participants:

Only high school students are allowed to participate in FOB.  Students do not receive school service hours for participating in Friends of Benedictine. Students must maintain a minimum of a C- GPA and be able to miss class twice a month to visit Mt. Angel.

To apply:

To be considered, students must complete an application and turn it in to FOB Advisor Mrs. Lieder.  Students are selected based on the criteria listed on the application form. Students who were members last year are required to reapply if they are interested in participating again.  Contact Mrs. Lieder if you have questions.

Advisor: Mrs. Lieder

About G.O.S.P.E.L. (Go Out Spreading Peace, Encouraging Love)

 

Purpose:

This club will set its efforts on creating a relationship between The Lancaster Village senior residents and Blanchet's middle school. We are working on an “Adopt A Grandparent Project,” a Thanksgiving celebration and a Christmas craft project, but our biggest priority is to form lasting relationships for both the residents and our students. We recently won The Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Award. This award is given out by the Wholistic Peace Institute who has granted us $500 to get our plan up and running. Both the residents and the students are really excited to get started.

Participants:

Mid High students are allowed to participate in GOSPEL.  Students do not receive school service hours for participating in Gospel. Students must maintain a minimum of a C- GPA and be able to attend a monthly after school visit to Lancaster Village.

To apply:

Students must contact the advisor.

Advisor: Mrs. Beth Churchill
About National Honor Society:

As an NHS member, you can get ready for whatever comes your way after high school. To help prepare you for college and your career, you’ll have exclusive access to robust tools and resources: leadership development, motivation, and inspiration gained through our chapter’s work; access to innovative leadership cultivation and career exploration; service projects, both by the chapter and individual, allow members to build teamwork capabilities, hone project management aptitude, and make friends—all valuable life skills; unique member-only college admission resources, integrating web and social media platforms; help with financing college education through a members-only scholarship search tool and the NHS Scholarship program.

Participants:

Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible for National Honor Society membership. Students must also demonstrate the National Honor Society characteristics: Scholarship, Service, Leadership & Character. Members participate in service projects throughout the year. This group also coordinates two American Red Cross blood drives on campus annually. 

To apply:

Students who qualify are notified and invited to complete the NHS application.

Advisor: Mr. Harry Ahn

 

Oregon Battle of the Books encourages and celebrates students interested in reading. Each year, a committee selects books from nominations. Students in the club read the books (12 titles for high school, 16 titles for middle school) and discuss them in the club meetings. In March, teams from each participating school battle at a regional event. 
 
In preparation for the regional battle, the club meets twice per week during lunch to discuss the books and hold mock battles. Students can read any or all of the books on the list on their own time, including during SUMMER! We have a set of books for each level students may check out during the school year and the local libraries stock extra copies of OBOB books, too. Get a jump start by visiting your library during the summer to read a few great titles. 
 
"OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students."
 
Participants:
We will have two teams this year - one at the middle school level and one at the high school level. Anyone with an interest in reading and being a part of this club is welcome and encouraged to join us. 
 
To Apply:
You can start reading NOW and attend the first meeting in the fall. All students interested in being part of OBOB will be welcome. The official battle at Regionals allows only 5 students to participate, however, there is no limit to the number of students allowed on the team before Regionals. ALL ARE WELCOME!
 
Advisor:
MidHigh OBOB Advisor: Dr. Micki Halsey Randall
High School OBOB Advisor: TBD
 
NOTE:

The titles chosen by OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) have been selected by a committee based on nominations. Blanchet Catholic School has no influence on the selection of these titles. No student in the club is required to read any title he or she or a parent finds of concern. A decision to not read a book, based on concerns over content, will not prevent a student from participating in the club. 

About the Outdoor Club

The outdoor clubs mission is to grow in appreciation for all Gods creations.  Through service, recreation, education, and exploration, we commit to stewardship and conservation of all things wild!

The Outdoor Club is a group of committed students whose focus is on stewardship and conservation through recreational activities. Our club is full of students who are passionate about the outdoors as well as those who wish to become more familiar with the fantastic Oregon Wild that surrounds them. By learning about the great outdoors and gaining an appreciation for our local wilderness, members will learn to be stewards of our resources through experience and service. The club is driven by it's student-members who will create the year's activities and priorities. Planned trips may involve white water rafting, hiking trips, fly fishing, and many other exciting activities. If you would like to take part in creating this year's theme and want to be a part of an adventurous and ambitious team that takes action in the community, we would love to have you on board.  

Participants
  1. Open to grades 9-12.
  2. A commitment to club meetings.
  3. A commitment to service through our club.
To Apply

An application is required. Attend our first meeting to sign up!

Advisor: Mr. David Mucken

About Science Olympiad:

Blanchet’s High School and Mid High Science Olympiad Teams successfully compete at the Oregon State Science Olympiad Tournament held annually at area high schools.

Participants:

Blanchet’s High School and Mid High Science Olympiad Teams successfully compete at the Oregon State Science Olympiad Tournament held annually at area high schools.

To Apply:

Students must attend a few mandatory lunch meetings and a mandatory preparation meetings following school.  They must display interest, desire, and commit to be prepared for their events.  There is a $40 fee per student to cover materials and entry fees.

Advisor: Mr. Shultz

 

2018 Science Olympiad Itinerary

2018 Science Olympiad Letter

About Speech & Debate

The team meets once a week after school from late October through April. Speech contests usually occur on Saturdays (all day) one or two times a month.  We can be flexible on the schedule, so that students can participate in other activities. We usually have people who are also competing in one or more sports, drama and other school activities.

There are four types of debate and over ten individual events, including Impromptu (ad libbing), Extemp (speaking on current events), acting out scenes from a play or novel, original oratory speeches and original informative speeches. You can also read poetry or prose for dramatic effect.

Participants

All high school students are welcome to compete on Blanchet's Speech & Debate Team; no experience is necessary. It is a great way to meet new friends, have fun and learn some skills that will help you throughout life.

To Apply

To join Speech & Debate students just need to come to an organizational meeting we usually hold early in the school year or come to any practice, which we usually hold weekly. 

Advisor: Mr. Grainey

Students for Change is a student-based community service club from Blanchet Catholic School. The mission of the club is “Promoting positive change within the community and ourselves.”  Through the mission of shared growth between the community and students, we hoped to further a culture of giving among students while making an impact in the community.  Our vision for Students for Change is a community service club which will possess strong, deep relationships with various service organizations in the community.  Members of the club will participate in various community service events in the community, raise money for multiple fundraisers, and make connections with the needs of their community.

Students for Change is available for high school students grades 9-12.

If you want to apply, or have any questions about the club, please contact Mrs. Bashaw or Nikhil Namburi.

About Spirituality Team

Blanchet Catholic School's Spirituality Team serves to connect with the spiritual interests of the student body. Through retreats and prayer services, senior Spirituality Team leaders provide opportunities for Blanchet Catholic students to grow in their faith. Blanchet Catholic School offers a variety of retreat experiences with the primary goal of fostering connections. Spiritual intimacy, self–reflection, and strong class friendships are elements of the retreats that inspire students to grow in courage and faith.  The connections and inspirations developed on retreats benefit the community as a whole.  One day retreat experiences are provided for middle and high school students.  The overnight Junior Encounter is the most anticipated of these annual retreats.

Participants

Only seniors are on the spirituality team.

To Apply

The Spirituality Team is selected through an application process by a designated committee the year prior to serving.  The team then meets during the summer, and during the year as an early bird class "Faith in Action" to plan the retreats and prayer services. 

Advisor: Mrs. Wise, Campus Ministry
About Student Government

The Blanchet Catholic School Student Council gives students a chance to help make decisions about our school. In addition to being a wonderful learning experience, it demonstrates to the students that they have a voice in the school and that adults value their input. The biggest value of the Student Council, however, is to provide students with a model of the democratic decision-making process.

Blanchet Catholic School's Student Council is made up student representatives from each class.

Student Council members are looked upon as the voice of the student body, capable of seeing many activities and projects come into action. The Blanchet Catholic School Student Council is a prominent school organization that heads many different events, activities, and projects. Its members are very organized and very willing to lend a helping hand. Leadership is the key word for a successful student council, and the Blanchet Catholic School Student Council members strive to be great leaders with strong values.

What The High School Student Council Does:

  • Homecoming
  • Food Drives
  • School Improvement
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Spirit Week
  • High School Dances
  • A Christmas Movie Night
  • Student Opinion
  • Field Day
Participants

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Student Council members are elected by the student body at the end of the prior year in May.   Executive officers are elected in September by the General Council. Mid high Student Council members are elected once school starts in September.

To Apply

See Participant section above.

Advisor: Mr. Robin Smith

About Yearbook

Blanchet publishes a mid high and a high school yearbook each year. Books are printed over the summer months and are available to students in late August.

The high school and mid high yearbook club is open to any interested students.  Jobs available include page layout, photography and copy editing. Please contact yearbook advisors for more information or to help!

Club Advisors: