High School Activites
Academic Team (Quiz Bowl)
The High School Quiz Bowl Team is dedicated to representing the Cardinal Newman School community in various competitions such as SCISA Quiz Bowl, and Knowledge Master Open. Practices are held during skinnies. The frequency depends upon for which competition the team is preparing. Any high school student is eligible to join the team. The actual competitors will be determined by the coach during practice. Excessive absences will have an impact. The team will meet bi-weekly until Thanksgiving, and then twice per month for the rest of the year. All competitions take place during the school day.
The Art Club is dedicated to enhancing the whole school community. The high school Art Club concentrates on long-range interdisciplinary projects, room life-size athletic mosaics that grace our Chapel entrance and Gymnasium atrium, to the cross that enhances our school cafeteria - Alumni Hall. We strive to involve our students in creative problem solving with an artsy twist.
Cardinal Newman Dance Marathon (CNDM)
Each year, our school partners with USCDM to raise money for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. This is a student focused event, planned & directed by the Executive Team. The CNDM Team consists of Freshman & Sophomores that help at all CNDM events. The executive board consists of Juniors & Seniors chosen from an application & interview process. They work tirelessly throughout the year to plan and execute several fundraising events.
The Cardinal Newman Chess Club seeks to promote the sharpening of the brain through the study and competition of chess. All levels of player are welcome, from novice through master. The club meets twice a month on alternating weeks. High school students vie to participate in the SCISA High School Chess Championships in the fall.
Venture Crew 61
Venturing is brand new at Cardinal Newman. It is a coed program for young adults ages 13 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20. Venturing’s motto, “Lead the Adventure,” reminds Venturers always to pursue life in the spirit of adventure. There are currently 158,000 Venturers and 58,000 adult volunteers in the United States.
Venturers discover a world of excitement full of heart-pounding adventure and far-off travel, while they develop a lifestyle of genuine friendship and caring for others. From experiencing the thrill of zip lining and the accomplishment of summiting challenging peaks, to the heart-pounding charge of whitewater rafting and the thrill of scuba diving, in Venturing friends have the time of their lives while learning about life, together.
French club brings together students who are interested in learning more about French culture, and language outside the classroom through film, food, and games.
KAIROS Retreat Team
Kairos Retreat Team members meet two to three times weekly, before school, during Skinnies, after school, and weekends to plan, prepare, and execute the four day Kairos retreat for the junior class. This team requires time away from school during the retreat. Membership to this club requires both an application and interview.
Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. They assist Kiwanis in carrying out its’ mission to serve the children of the world. The Cardinal Newman Key Club organizes two major school wide food drives each year at Thanksgiving and Easter to help members meet the needs of the St. Vincent de Paul Center at St. Joseph Church. In addition they organize smaller community based service projects. The students learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects, and holding elected leadership positions at the club.
M 18's, from Matthew 18
Women’s Discernment and Prayer group meets during Skinnies for prayer and discussion. Students read scripture that relates to their lives, set spiritual goals, and discuss challenges/opportunities of being a young women today. The group works together on service based cause every year.
The Molokai Men Club brings together high school young men for prayer, Bible study, discussion, and fellowship with our school Chaplin. All are welcome to join. The club will work at times with the Junior High Boy’s Discernment Club when appropriate.
National Honor Society (NHS)
The National Honor Society is the leader among organizations and societies that promote appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Beginning in the sophomore year, students with a minimum G.P.A. of 4.0 after the third quarter of the school year are eligible to apply for membership in the Kelley Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). A faculty council, appointed each year by the Principal, reviews all membership
applications in reference to the required points in each of the following areas: academics, leadership, service, and character. More information on the National Honor Society is available in the high school front office.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
The National Junior High Honor Society promotes appropriate recognition for students in 9
th grade who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, as well as leadership, and service to the school. Students who have earned a 4.0 or higher GPA throughout 8th grade will be eligible to apply in the beginning of their ninth grade year, and successful candidates will be inducted into the Newman Chapter of the NJHS in a fall ceremony of their ninth grade year.
The Prom Committee has the responsibility of planning the prom in regards to theme, scenery, decorations, music and more. During the week of the prom members assist in setting up, decorating the venue, as well as other activities as needed.
The Retreat Team is a club that meets weekly to prepare and execute retreats for both middle school and high school. A student run Board, (Grades11-12) manages sub groups designed to develop different aspects of the retreats.
Spanish Club is open to high school students who are currently enrolled in Spanish or have completed their foreign language requirement in Spanish. It is for students who wish to celebrate the beauty of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Spanish Club is led by an executive board comprised of a President, Vice President and Secretary. The executive board plans and leads each monthly club meeting. We participate in many activities such as Hispanic Heritage Month, the Pulsera Project, Day of the Dead celebrations, the very popular Cinco de Mayo Taco Fest, and many more!
Student Council is an organization open to high school students. It is for students who wish to organize, plan, and participate in all the events and activities planned throughout the school year. Student council is led by an executive board comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as an elected board of the same positions for each high school class level. The executive board plans and leads each weekly meeting. We organize and participate in many activities throughout the year such as the Back to School Bash, Homecoming, Coming Home, May Day, and many more.
Students for Life
Students for Life is one of the activities that is administered through the Campus Ministry Outreach Program. Deeply rooted in the school's commitment to Catholic Social Justice Teaching, this activity allows students to peacefully act upon their commitments to ALL life. One activity in which the group participates each year is the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. each January.