At Holy Name High School, we are proud of the fact that over 85% of our students are engaged in some form of extracurricular activity. Our faculty, staff, and administration are committed to providing varied and accessible activities so that every student has the chance to explore new opportunities and to become a part of the school community outside of regular school hours.
Moderators are available to answer any questions about their programs and can be contacted via email addresses of their first name, period, last name @holyname.net. For example: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To this end, we are pleased to offer the following extracurricular activities:
Each graduating class in the senior high school elects four officers to represent them in school matters and to organize events for their class including proms, fundraisers, and other activities. Officers for grades ten through twelve are elected in the spring of the year previous. Freshman officers are elected in the fall. Officers meet at the direction of the Class Moderators.
National Honor Society:
Students apply for and are accepted into the Holy Name chapter of the National Honor Society. This society creates an enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulates a desire to render service, promotes worthy leadership, and encourages the development of character. Meetings begin in September and are announced one week prior to being held. Each meeting is offered on two dates to facilitate the busy schedules of involved students. Participating students must be sophomores or above and must maintain a high level of achievement regarding academics, leadership, and character.
Moderator: Mrs. Karen Loin
National Junior Honor Society:
Seventh and eighth graders students apply for and are accepted into the Holy Name chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. The principles of the National Honor Society regarding academics, service, leadership, and character articulated above apply. Inducted students meet monthly on Wednesday afternoons beginning in September.
Moderator: Ms. Kelly Cox
Both honor societies provide peer tutoring for students interested in academic support. These arrangements are organized and supervised by the Guidance Department and the society moderators.
The Mock Trial team competes against other Massachusetts high schools. The Massachusetts Bar Association creates a case to be argued by students acting as witnesses and attorneys. The season runs from October to March, and the team meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 – 4 PM. The team also meets on selected weekends and some school vacation days.
Moderator: Mr. Jonathan Meagher
The math team works each week on challenging math problems in preparation for competing in the Worcester County Mathematics League. The team begins in September and meets Wednesdays from 2 – 2:30 PM.
Moderator: Ms. Maureen Connolly
Junior High Math Team:
This team competes in the fall and spring in a semi-annual math meet. The team solves puzzles and finds different ways to delve into the wonderful world of math. The team begins in September and meets after school dependent on the schedules of team members.
Moderator: Mrs. Susan Russo
Creative Writing Competition Club:
This club fosters a love and appreciation for creative writing. Students submit their works to a variety of established writing contests throughout the year. The organization begins in September and meets Fridays at 2 PM.
Moderator: Mrs. Kathleen Bisson
Students Against Destructive Decisions is dedicated to peer education and the modeling of constructive decision making. The group begins during the first week of school and requires a signed contract from the students and parent/guardian. The group meets during the first week of each month and during ministry periods.
Moderator: Mrs. Ann Weeks
Students are called to be stewards of God’s word at the school through peer leadership and outreach. They will lead the school community by a positive example lived out with a humble spirit. The group begins in September and meets once a month and during ministry periods. All members must possess a desire to follow the Gospel message. Matthew 25: 26-28.
Students travel to Camp Sunshine in Maine during the summer between junior and senior year to act as counselors at this camp serving children who have a life-threatening disease and their families. The group begins in December for juniors in good standing. There are three after school meetings after February.
For advanced musicians, this band performs at Christmas and spring concerts as well as one competition and also performs at pep rallies and other school events. The band begins meeting in September and meets Thursdays from 2 – 3 PM and during study halls. Students must audition for this band.
Moderator: Mr. Dan Gabel
For advanced singers, this ensemble performs at Christmas and spring concerts as well as one competition. The chorus begins in September and meets Fridays from 2 – 3 PM. There are no prerequisites to participate.
For students with some experience and proficiency, this band performs two concerts per year. They begin meeting in October and meet Wednesdays from 2 – 3 PM and during study halls.
Moderator: Mr. Dan Gabel
For advanced musicians, this ensemble performs jazz standards and improvisation several times a year at the school and in the greater community. Students must audition in October, and the group meets Mondays and Fridays from 2 – 3 PM.
Moderator: Mr. Dan Gabel
Students share their musical talents during Masses and other religious celebrations. Some musical experience recommended, but not required. This ministry meets before and during all scheduled school Masses.
Moderator: Mr. Brett Penza
The Holy Name Theatre Guild produces a fall play, a spring musical, and an in-house, one-act play competition. Students become involved in all aspects of production. Past shows include Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, and Little Women. All are welcome; no theatre experience is necessary. This group begins in September typically meeting after school Mondays through Wednesdays.
Moderator: Mrs. Heather Bonczek
This supplementary course is offered after school for students working on their organizational skills and study techniques. Meetings are Tuesday and Thursday from 2 – 4 PM. There is a fee requirement with this offering.
Moderators: Mrs. Wendy Yakstis and Mrs. Kelly Cox
The French Club explores aspects of French culture and civilization. Activities include preparation and tasting of food, Mardi Gras observance, films, and games. This group begins meeting in September and is open to any students taking French. Meetings are twice per month.
Moderator: Mrs. Jean Yarsites
Any student is welcome to join the ski club which travels to Wachusett Mountain on six Tuesdays after school in January/February. The group also make a trip to Waterville Valley. Lessons and rentals are available at Wachusett; no experience necessary. The group meets once in November to distribute information and sign up sheets.
Moderator: Mr. Edward Reynolds
This club offers a fun, relaxed, but competitive atmosphere in which to learn the sport of bowling. No experience is necessary. The club begins in the fall, practices on Mondays from 3 – 4:45 PM and has matches on Fridays from 3:15 – 5:45 PM.
This activity is designed for students in grades seven, eight or nine who do not participate in a fall sport. A variety of co-ed games are played in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. Games include volleyball, kickball, and Frisbee. They begin in mid-September and continue until Thanksgiving. This activity is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 – 4 PM.
Moderator: Mr. Michael Hoogasian
This group meets on days to be determined from 2:30 – 4:30 PM from October until Thanksgiving to play basketball in the gym.
Moderator: Mr. Michael Hoogasian
Rock Climbing Club:
The club meets each week to climb at the Central Rock gym and has a class once a month to improve technique. The group begins in October. Students must provide a signed waiver and a $45 monthly fee. Meetings are Thursdays from 2:30 – 4:30 PM.
Moderators: Ms. Maureen Connolly
International Travel Club:
The club organizes international trips undertaken during April vacation. These trips usually occur once every two years. There is a significant cost involved in participation. The first meetings generally occur in October eighteen months before the trip then meetings are bi-monthly the year previous to the trip and monthly during the year of departure. Students must submit their names to administration for approval and must sign and abide by a contract to remain eligible.
Moderators: Mr. Greg Marcotte and Mrs. Wendy Yakstis
Comic Book Club:
The comic book club is a team of writers and artists collaborating to create professional-grade comic books. The club is dedicated to a creative environment where students can combine good writing and great artwork to tell stories. Meetings begin on the second Thursday of the school year and are held each Thursday after school. Members should have writing or art skills and a good work ethic.
Moderator: Mr. Mike Fleming