Weekend at Jesuit: Blue Jays Involved Regardless of the Day of the Week


Freshmen Conner Hartupee (left) and
James Laborde help construct the set of
the 2011 Philelectic Society production
“Arsenic and Old Lace.” Students volunteer
throughout the semester after school hours
and on Saturdays to build and decorate
sets for Phils shows.

No school on the weekends? Well, that may be true about regularly scheduled classes; but that is not the case for Blue Jays involved in extra-curricular activities.
Classes may not be scheduled, but organizations, clubs, and athletic teams take advantage of the weekend to serve the community or to prepare for upcoming events.

Rush Days Inspire Blue Jays to Join New Clubs and Discover New Interests

Herpetology Club member and pre-freshman Christopher Womble introduces
pre-freshman Christian Butler to a bearded dragon on Wednesday.

Blue Jays got their first taste of the many co-curriculars Jesuit offers at the first of two Rush Days on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Several clubs and organizations set up displays in the Student Commons during lunch in the hopes of recruiting new members. Students spent the hour perusing the various tables and learning more about the more than 60 clubs, organizations, and teams. Rush Days continue when a new crop of clubs and organizations set up their displays on Thursday.

View the Rush Days 2013: Wednesday Photo Gallery

Rush Day Club Assignments 2013

At Morning Assembly, Student Council Executive Board Takes Oaths of Office Before All Blue Jays

Senior Christopher Dupre, who is president of the Student Council, swears in his fellow officers and members of the executive board at Friday’s Assembly. 

The 2013-14 Student Council executive board was sworn in at morning Assembly on Friday, August 23, 2013 by council president, senior Christopher Dupre. Taking their oaths of office were, from left: senior Jorgé Abadin (vice president), senior Evan Fitzpatrick (treasurer), senior Austin Aucoin (secretary), Quentin Marks (senior class president), Trey Laforge (junior class president), senior Gus Cannon (executive aide), senior Reuben Hogan (executive aide), and senior Billy Healy, Spirit Club president.  

Rush Days Showcase Blue Jay Clubs and Organizations During Lunch on Thursday and Friday

Rush Days are opportunities for Blue Jays—new students and veterans—to discover the diverse activities Jesuit High School offers students outside of the classroom. Clubs and organizations will set up displays aiming to recruit new members on Thursday (September 20) and Friday (September 21) in the Student Commons during lunch hour.

Read Description of 2012 - 2013 Clubs and Organizations (below)

View the Schedule of 2012 Rush Days

View Photos From Day 1 of Rush Days

View Photos From Day 2 of Rush Days

2012 - 2013 Clubs and Organizations Give Blue Jays Many Opportunities to Get Involved

These 2012 Club Descriptions are printed in the Bulletin (pgs. 62-70).

Jesuit High School is a member of the New Orleans Academic Games League that provides our students the opportunity to compete with other area schools in the math games of Onsets and Equations. Success in the games depends on quickness of thought and a thorough knowledge of set theory and mathematical concepts. Coupled with other games, such as Mr. Presidents and Propaganda from the social studies and English areas, students who excel in the City League go on to national competition in the spring.

Open to beginning, intermediate, and advanced guitarists, the club offers opportunities for musicians to meet to share ideas for technique and to explore the possibilities the guitar offers.

The Art Club is open to all students who have an interest, some ability, and a desire to work and create in the visual arts. The students will have an opportunity to share, develop, explore, and express their images in various media.

The Basement Music Club is open to all students who enjoy listening to music that is not typically played on the radio. Students bring music to play and discuss different bands and genres. Members enjoy sharing their favorite bands with friends and discovering new music.

The Beach Volleyball Club is open to beginners and advanced players from all grade levels.  Games occur once a week in the fall and spring seasons at designated venues.  Students develop and improve their net skills in an enjoyable and social atmosphere.

Under the direction of experienced leaders, the Blue Jay bands make it possible for any student to develop the musical talent he may possess. The band participates in various public functions and performs at public concerts.

This organization offers technical training as it performs literature designed for the wind band. This group is in concert several times a year at concerts, festivals, and school-related assemblies. Individually, members perform at solo and/or ensemble festivals.

The repertoire contains jazz music ranging from New Orleans jazz to contemporary popular tunes. Students in this group are exposed to a rich variety of styles ranging from our American past to the current trends of jazz today. Known as Jesuit Jazz, this group has also performed at the Louisiana Jazz and Heritage Festival.

This is a small co-curricular group of dedicated Blue Jay bandsmen which performs at Eucharistic celebrations during the school year.

The official marching unit is probably best noted for its elaborate routines, unique shows, intricate maneuvers, and the “Blue Jay Sound.” This group performs at football games, pep rallies, home basketball games, and Mardi Gras parades. The band is invited to march at Disney World in Orlando in the Magic Kingdom’s parade.

This band is associated with the Philelectic Society at Jesuit and focuses on training in basic techniques for performance with the production workshop orchestra.

The Blue Jay, the school newspaper, is published several times a year and offers students an opportunity to develop their journalistic, photographic, and artistic skills.

The Blue Jay yearbook staff documents events of the entire school year. Students are afforded the opportunity to hone their photographic, graphic design, computer publishing, finance, public relations, and journalism skills.

The Board Games Club features strategy games that challenge the players’ intellects and spark their imaginations. Along with the fun these games provide, the environment cultivates teamwork and sportsmanship. The club is open to students of all grades.

The Jesuit Bowling Club competes in a citywide league comprised mainly of Catholic high schools. Competition is held every Wednesday afternoon, from September to April, at AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner.

Calliope, Jesuit’s literary magazine, is a showcase for students’ poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and artwork. The goal of Calliope is to foster creative talents at Jesuit High School. The staff publishes the best creative pieces from student submissions across grade levels and abilities. Calliope staff members read, critique, and edit the work of others; senior staff members also learn aspects of layout and design. The magazine is published in the spring and sponsors several awards for creative writing and artwork.

Cheerleaders promote school spirit by leading students and other fans in support of Jesuit High School events. The cheerleaders are one of the most visible organizations in the school. They promote sportsmanship and develop positive crowd involvement.  They participate in a number of service projects and attend competitions.

The Chess Team welcomes all students, regardless of experience, who are interested in playing chess.  Students have opportunities to learn about the game, play chess with peers, and participate in tournaments.

The chorus assists the school community at all liturgical functions. The program offers technical training in voice, music reading, interpretation, and appreciation. Activities include performing at special school functions, Christmas caroling at various locations throughout the metropolitan area and possible participation in the All-State Senior High Chorus, participating in District VI Senior High Chorus, Solo and Small Group Ensemble and Large Group Ensemble festivals, as well as State Rally.

The Christian Life Community is comprised of those students who are interested in exploring with others their relationship with God. CLC stands on its three pillars of Community, Spirituality, and Mission.  They strive to build community through small groups and community events.  Spirituality is fostered through the small groups where the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola is enacted in reflections and prayers to aid the members in pursuing their vocation.  Mission is aiding the members of CLC in empowering them to go out and enact what they learn from CLC in themselves and their communities.

The Classic Rock Club provides a forum for the celebration, discussion, and listening of classic rock music. Such music includes any influential rock music of the past—influential to society, to history, to pop culture, to the student. The club is open to students of all grade levels and meets weekly throughout the school year.

The Classics Society offers tutoring in Latin and Greek on a bi-weekly basis.  Tutoring is provided by students in the upper-level Classics courses.

Sponsored by the Marquette Council #1437 Knights of Columbus, the Jesuit-Marquette Circle #4156 of Columbian Squires is a spiritual service club that includes intellectual, athletic, and social events for its members. The Circle celebrates quarterly Masses, parties, and banquets together with the Knights, while at the same time raising money for mentally disabled citizens, fostering school spirit and cleanliness, running the Mission Drive, helping Habitat for Humanity and other charity groups, as well as working with and supporting all the organizations at Jesuit High School. The end result of participation in this organization is the development of leadership ability in each Squire, with charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism as four important supports of the organization and its members. This Circle has won state, national, and international awards for extraordinary work.

The Cycling Club participates in various informal city and country rides, training rides, tours, and off-road rides throughout the school year. The club encourages riding both as a form of physical exercise and as a leisure activity. Cycling skills, group riding, and bicycle maintenance and repair are emphasized.

Fencing, sometimes described as three-dimensional chess, is an interesting sport open to all students who want to try something different. Students train after school one hour per week, and members have an opportunity to participate in tournaments if they qualify.

Members of the Food Critics try out different restaurants in the New Orleans area and sample various cuisines. 

The Foosball Club allows students to advance their competitive spirit through the game of foosball. The club sponsors a school-wide team tournament, inviting all students and faculty to compete.

The Forensics Team is devoted to debate, original oratory, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation, and humorous interpretation. It gives its members an opportunity to participate in competitive interscholastic speech tournaments at the local, state, and national levels. The team is a member of the National Forensics League, the Catholic Forensics League, and the Louisiana High School Speech League. The team is composed of students from all grade levels.

The French Club encourages experiences in Francophone cultures. It participates annually in the statewide French Club convention where exposure to the language and cultures is the central focus. The club is social in nature.

The Frisbee Golf Club meets 2-3 times each month at the 18-hole City Park disc golf course. Rather than competition, the goals of the club are relaxation and camaraderie.

The Intramural Golf Club allows students from all grade levels and with different abilities to play together once a week in both a fall and a spring league. The club promotes new friendships, and friendly team competition.

The Green Club focuses on school-wide recycling as well as promoting awareness of a variety of environmental issues.

The Herpetology Club serves as a forum for students to engage in conversations about reptiles and amphibians.  Several excursions throughout the year focus on observing reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats.

The In-Line Hockey Club competes against other schools and clubs from around the state. Membership is open to all students, and all members play. Players must have full equipment to participate.

The Intramural Sports Program provides an opportunity for students of all grade levels to participate in organized athletics. Under faculty supervision, grade-level leagues are formed for touch football, basketball, and indoor ball. In each sport, homeroom teams compete against each other in games held during the lunch period.

The Jesuit Community Action Project (J-Cap)is dedicated to raising awareness about pressing social issues in today’s society. J-Cap is committed to service aimed at combating these issues in and around the New Orleans area.

Jesuit participates in MATHCOUNTS, a nationwide program that seeks to encourage interest and proficiency in mathematics among intermediate school students. Preparation for competition begins in October and the district competition is held in late February at the University of New Orleans. The top three teams qualify for the state competition which is held in late March. All eighth grade students are eligible for participation in MATHCOUNTS.

The Jesuit Mock Trial Team participates in the Judge Richard Ware IV Memorial High School Trial Competition in Region One, which is comprised of schools in Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, and Washington parishes. The competition is designed to introduce young people to the world of advocacy, supplement their working knowledge of our court systems, and provide them with the opportunity to develop teamwork and oral presentation skills. Using actual court cases, the students act as attorneys and witnesses for both parties in a given case. A group of Jesuit alumni serves as the attorney-coaches for Jesuit’s Mock Trial group.

The Movie Critics Club meets every Friday afternoon to watch and discuss a pre-determined film. The club also attends one movie per semester at a local theater.

Mu Alpha Theta is a national high school and junior college honorary mathematics club designed to meet the challenge of reaching out to our academically talented students and turning them on to mathematics. Members are students who have completed four semesters of college preparatory mathematics and in addition have completed or are enrolled in a fifth semester mathematics course, providing their mathematics work was done with distinction (minimum B average). The main focus of Mu Alpha Theta is the interaction of our chapter with those of other area schools. This is accomplished through monthly district meetings, local tournaments, and an annual state convention.

The National Honor Society, founded in 1921, is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding students. The NHS fosters excellence in scholarship, leadership, character, and service among its members. The Aloysius Gonzaga Chapter at Jesuit High School competitively selects students who maintain a 3.75 G.P.A. and demonstrate an upstanding role in their school and community. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. 

The Outdoors Club is open to any student who wants to get outdoors. The club participates in activities such as fishing, indoor rock climbing, and canoeing.

The Paintball Club allows students the opportunity to learn about discipline, leadership, and teamwork through the sport of paintball. The club promotes safety among players, student fitness, and camaraderie. Membership is open to all students, and no experience or equipment is necessary to participate.

The Peer Support program is led by a highly dedicated team of juniors and seniors trained to facilitate small group discussions for pre-freshmen. All pre-freshmen participate in this program several times a semester through their theology classes. The goal of the program is to offer guidance and support for younger students in a group environment.

The Philelectic Society — the oldest co-curricular organization at Jesuit — is the school’s drama department. It presents the public with musical theatre as well as comedy and dramatic pieces in Jesuit’s 894-seat auditorium. Seniors have the opportunity to direct one-act plays as well. All components of theatre are developed here, including acting, set design, lighting, sound, public relations, graphic design, carpentry, and set construction. Acting workshops and training for the booming film and commercial industry are available to members.

The Philosophy Club consists of small groups of students who get together regularly to discuss topics of philosophy or readings from the great philosophers. Topics include ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, and theology. Students are encouraged to practice the art of eloquentia perfecta, perfect eloquence: having something worthwhile to say and being able to say it well while maintaining a respect for both the truth and for the other partners in conversation

The Photography Club provides its members with an opportunity to develop photographic skills. It meets regularly to discover photographic techniques, learn about technological innovations, develop Photoshop skills, and review student photographs.  Members contribute photographs to Jesuit’s many student and alumni publications and to the Jesuit web site.

The Ping Pong Club gives students the opportunity to enhance their skills while competing against other students.

This activity affords students the opportunity to display and refine their academic skills and to participate in live and computerized quiz matches against other schools locally, at the state level, and nationally. Jesuit fields both a junior varsity (8th and 9th grades) team and a varsity (10th, 11th, and 12th grades) team. Tournaments are held throughout the year.

The Jesuit Pro-Life Club is open to all students enrolled at Jesuit. The purpose of the club is threefold: 1) to educate Jesuit students on Pro-Life issues in our city, state, and nation; 2) guided by the Blessed Virgin Mary and strengthened by the Eucharist, to pray for the development of a culture of life in our society and for an end to abortion; and 3) to provide opportunities for Jesuit students to participate in activities that promote a culture of life. The club meets weekly and interested members travel annually to Washington, DC, for the March for Life. The Jesuit Pro-Life Club accepts and promotes the teachings of the Catholic Church on all Pro-Life Issues.

The purpose of the Sailing Club is to foster and increase the knowledge of the sport of sailing. Teams of its members compete in various interscholastic competitions throughout the country. The club strives to build a team that can consistently compete and perform well on the national level.

Membership in the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is granted to students who maintain an A average in Spanish for three consecutive semesters. Eligible students are inducted at the end of their sophomore year. The primary service of the society is tutoring Jesuit students in Spanish.

Membership in the French Honor Society is granted to students who maintain an A average in French and a B average in all other subjects. Students meeting the criteria are initially eligible for at least three consecutive quarters. At the time of induction, the candidates must be in a French II or III class. The primary service of the S.H.F. is tutoring Jesuit students in French.

The Spanish Club seeks to provide the student with a greater understanding of Hispanic life and culture while providing limited opportunity for the practice of basic language skills. The Spanish Club is social in nature; it has no Spanish language requirement.

This organization fosters and promotes school spirit by sponsoring pep-rallies, supporting sports teams and co-curricular organizations, and creating and drawing banners and posters in conjunction with a variety of school events.

The mission of the St. Peter Claver Club is to develop a positive, nurturing environment to discuss and promote diversity at Jesuit High School.  It intends to help its members develop the leadership and the intellectual, social, and spiritual skills needed to attain success in their lives. 

Student Campus Ministry is composed of a group of juniors and seniors who have been trained to accept the role of spiritual leaders among the student body. They assist in the planning and execution of various liturgical activities throughout the year, serving as lectors at school-wide Masses and leaders of retreats for each grade level. They are committed to building up the Body of Christ at Jesuit High School in their formal roles as student ministers as well as informally by their good example in daily student life.

The Student Council is composed of representatives from all grade levels. Its purposes are: 1) to serve as a unifying agency in support of all school activities; 2) to foster in the students the ideals of Jesuit High School and to inspire the highest type of school spirit; 3) to provide a means of creating better fellowship and understanding between faculty and students and among the students themselves; 4) to provide a greater opportunity for self-government and experience in democratic practices by affording a realistic representation of the views of the student body; and 5) to develop in its members the ideals and practice of Christian leadership. (A GPA of 2.5 is required for eligibility to serve on the Student Council; a GPA of 2.7 is required for executive officers.)

The Ultimate Frisbee Club competes in the fall citywide against other high school age teams.  In the spring it travels to tournaments in order to pit itself against nationally ranked ultimate Frisbee teams.  Its goal is to provide an enjoyable and healthy atmosphere for pre-freshmen to seniors to engage in athleticism together and to learn a new sport that is growing in popularity throughout the world.

The Video Games Club provides its members opportunities to share strategies for completing video games, to compete while playing video games, and to discuss current video game conventions. The club also offers a social outlet for students who share a common interest in playing video games.

WJHS is a media organization in which students learn the basics of digital video camera work and editing. The club is open to all who have an interest in the media arts.



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