Clubs at GC
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Our Lady of Good Counsel High School offers students extracurricular and co-curricular activities through the Club Program. The goal of the Club Program is to foster students’ exploration of their area of interest, and build social and leadership skills. In light of the school's philosophy, particular focus is given to teaching students how to use their gifts and talents to serve others. Under the guidance of faculty advisors, students can choose from 31 different clubs, and also have the opportunity to create a new club if there is ample interest. Students are encouraged to participate in at least one activity each year. At the conclusion of each academic year, outstanding club members are recognized at the annual Activities Award Banquet.
* Participating members must be academically eligible.
The Anime Club is dedicated to the enjoyment of Japanese animation and its sub-culture. During weekly meetings, the club analyzes Japanese cartoons and discusses related themes and topics. In addition to club meetings, members attend a one-weekend convention during the school year.
Moderators: Jose Remedios and Thomas Kolar
The Good Counsel Art Club is a group that allows students to express their own creativity and share their interest in art with peers. Members strive to promote art appreciation throughout the school. Weekly meetings are held to work on a variety of projects such as murals, glass mosaics, paintings, sketches, and sculpture.
Moderator: Gretchen Irby
The Auto Club is for auto enthusiasts and potential auto enthusiasts to meet and share information regarding automobiles. New student drivers may learn some valuable information about cars. Anyone who has an interest in cars and other vehicles will greatly enjoy this club. Activities include discussing different facts about automobiles and demonstrating different techniques, tricks, and advice on how to maintain and operate automobiles. Meetings will be held twice a month, 3:15-3:45 PM (specific days to be determined).
Moderator: Rich Seel
The goal of the Bass Fishing Club is to teach, enjoy, live, dream, learn, and be passionate about the sport of bass fishing. As a club, members will fish at local lakes, learn from local area bass guides and veteran bass fisherman, and most importantly, have fun in the rapidly growing high school sport of fishing. Meetings are based on activity and trip schedules.
Moderator: Randy Mackiewicz
Best Buddies is an organization that pairs Our Lady of Good Counsel students with intellectually disabled students at Rock Terrace School in Rockville. Club members offer friendship, guidance, and support to their buddies, while enjoying a rewarding experience serving as role models and leaders. Students are expected to speak with their buddy on the phone at least once a week, and see him/her in person twice a month. Travel to Rock Terrace after school is arranged once a month.
Moderator: Sean Hanel
The Black Student Association aims to educate its members on African-American history and culture. The club strives to create an African-American perspective at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, and promote fellowship among the student body. Members are dedicated to making a positive impact on the community through various awareness projects and activities.
Annual events include: “So You Think You Can” Talent Showcase, Soul Food Night, Culture Day Assembly, and Black History Month activities. The club meets at least every other week.
Moderator: Renetta Herndon-Cintron
The Book Worm Club aims to bring together students with a passion for literature in a friendly environment. The Book Worm Club chooses books of popular interest, and follows up on the reading with group discussions. The Book Worm Club provides a place for students to express their ideas and connect with people who share the same love for books. Meetings will occur monthly, which allows the students enough time to finish the books. Yummy snacks will be provided!
Moderator: Amanda Kerkhoven and Beth Silva
The Broadcasting Club is comprised of a group of students with an interest in creating film and television production. Among other projects, the club has produced school videos including topics such as the 50th Anniversary, freshmen welcome, and school spirit. The club submits their work in a variety of film contests. All filming, production, directing, and editing are created by our talented group of students. Meeting schedules are based on project timelines.
Moderator: To be determined
Club Wave is an after-school program focused on inspiring students to work together towards changing the world for the better. You will harness the volunteer power of the club while collectively choosing and planning a mix of mini service projects throughout the school year. Club Wave members are student led and organized teams that receive mentorship and guidance from the Club Mentor and the Club Coordinator at Spark the Wave. Under your leadership this group will impact the lives of countless individuals.
Moderator: Maggie Bykowski
The Computer Club is for students interested in various computer technologies. During weekly meetings, club members will learn and enhance skills, enjoying the opportunity to be creators of technology. Projects include website creation and design, multimedia and computer graphics, animation, game design, and game programming. Meetings will be held at least once every two weeks.
Moderator: Nahashon Mutiga
The Our Lady of Good Counsel high school chapter of Donate Life strives to support the national mission of informing others about organ donation. In order to achieve this goal, we raise awareness for this cause through informative meetings. We also invite speakers to the campus to speak with the students. In addition, we provide promotional material to the students and faculty. This organization promotes the Catholic value of supporting life by raising awareness to the needs of the marginalized.
Moderator: Beth Silva
The Equestrian Team is a unique opportunity for equestrian riders, grades 9 through 12 to compete and represent their school in a team format. Students are not required to own a horse to participate and intermediate (at least two years riding and lessons once a week) to advanced riding levels are welcome to join. The club emphasizes an atmosphere of good sportsmanship, competent riding, and competition.
The season begins in the fall of 2013 and continues until the spring of 2014. A fee is associated with participation and students will compete in the Inter-School Horse Show series against Metro area high schools.
For more information or questions, keep an eye out for the informational meeting which be held in the fall or email Mrs. Barbara Nash.
Moderator: Heidi Martin
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an organization that challenges coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high, and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America, and focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering, and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. The organization meets on the second and fourth Thursday morning of each month.
Moderator: Will Knotek
The goal of the Good Counsel FBLA is to develop student business knowledge, along with leadership, communication, and team skills. FBLA offers students the ability to grow and acquire new talents through unique and creative activities like FBLA competitive events and conferences. This group meets at least once every other week.
Moderator: Pat Gittings
Good Counsel Theatre Company students produce two mainstage productions every year. The fall production is usually a straight play and in the spring we produce a musical. Additionally, in the winter we host a student run production in the new Hitte Studio Theatre. Students are involved not only in acting, singing, and dancing, but in all aspects of production, including lighting, sound, costumes, set design, stage management, run crew, and assistant directing and design. Practice times vary. Although most GCTC members take a theatre course during their four years, it is not required to participate in the extra-curricular productions.
Moderator: Kristina Friedgen
The Government and Politics Club is dedicated to educating students about political processes, and also hosts stimulating discussions about current political viewpoints. Meetings are bi-weekly. Field trips to some of the many political institutions in Washington D.C. may be scheduled throughout the year as well.
Moderator: Richard Burns
Guitar Club welcomes students to come to weekly meetings to share ideas, techniques, and songs with other guitar players. The goal of this club is to promote the music and melodies of the guitar, banjo, fiddle, and autoharp. Members hold the Coffeehouse of Good Counsel which is a small midday concert in the Gallery during lunch for students and staff to enjoy. Guitar Club is a great way for students to share their music together and incorporate performing into their school day.
Moderator: Dennis Essig
Hip-Hop Club offers students who are interested in hip-hop music the opportunity to learn about various aspects of the genre’s culture and dance. Members choreograph and perform a dance for Culture Day. They also host other events and enjoy presentations from guest speakers and professional dancers. This group meets once a week.
Moderator: Stefanie Morgan-Davis
It’s Academic is a trivia-based competitive team that has been part of Our Lady of Good Counsel’s tradition for more than 30 years. At practice, students compete with each other using a variety of questions and games. It’s Academic meets every week, and our participation in the DC Beltway League gives us a minimum of 5 matches each year.
Moderator: Michael Curtin
Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Activities include making blankets for babies with AIDS, sponsoring a “senior prom” for the elderly, preparing sandwiches for the homeless, and so much more. Meetings and service opportunities are scheduled on an ongoing basis.
Moderator: Cathie Garofalo
L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experience) is an extension of our campus ministry program, providing a monthly evening retreat open to all juniors and seniors. L.I.F.E. serves as an introduction to and follow-up to junior retreat.
Moderator: Brett Bertuccio
The Latino Student Association is an organization that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about various Latino cultures. It is a vehicle for sharing thoughts concerning issues, and discussing problems that pertain to the Latino experience in today’s society. The group meets at least once every other week.
Moderator: Laura Fess
Students in the Logic Club gather on Friday afternoons to play a variety of board games and computer games that involve strategy and logic. New members and new games are always welcome!
Moderator: Sarah Currier
The Good Counsel Longboard Club brings together students who have an interest in the sport of longboarding. Longboarders share a special bond for the outdoors and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with finding others who share in their passion. The goal of the club is for members to share experiences and equipment, and to inform all students of this exciting sport. Outdoor sessions are scheduled throughout the year.
Moderator: Pat Gittings
Good Counsel has one of the largest and most successful math teams in Montgomery County. It is the only Catholic or private school that competes in the Montgomery County Public School league. From September to January, members compete against area schools such as Blake and Sherwood. Meets are held twice a month, and GC regularly places among the league leaders. Club members compete in various games throughout the year and celebrate PI Day on March 14th!
Moderator: Bob Stack
The Good Counsel Mountain Bike Club provides members the opportunity to enjoy the sport of mountain bike by riding local trails and park systems. Members improve both their technical mountain bike skills as well as their physical fitness by participating in bi-weekly rides. Responsible etiquette and proper use of public lands is emphasized as well as observation of all safety considerations. The club will focus efforts on becoming involved with races/rallies throughout the year, mountain bike advocacy and trail preservation efforts, as well as partnering with other high school mountain biking clubs and the local mountain biking co-op Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE).
Moderator: Todd Handelman
The Philosophy Club meets every other week to discuss their thoughts and concepts of the world. Meetings give club members an opportunity to debate their different stances on a variety of topics and readings. Members have an e-mail chain allowing them to continue discussions from previous meetings and to prepare for future meetings. The Philosophy Club strives to reach out to the community to educate and share their passion for philosophy.
Moderators: Jose Remedios and Gerogia Chaconas
The Pottery Club welcomes new members of all skill levels to attend weekly meetings. The purpose of the club is to guide students wishing to develop their abilities in the use of the pottery wheel and the art of hand-building techniques. The club will focus on producing useful and beautiful ceramic pieces that will be made available for sale—all proceeds will be donated to charitable causes.
Moderator: Nick Clulow
The goal of Project Change is to provide a forum for youth empowerment through service. Students develop and implement service projects among the community. It also offers club members access to resources and students from other schools in our area, exposing them to a larger network of outreach programs. The group meets at least once every other week.
Moderator: Eleanor Donaghue
This new club is open to anyone who wants to learn about and construct robot devices. Robotic kits from VEX Corporation will be used, which include software to electronically communicate with the machines. One hour meetings will be held at various times.
Moderator: Dusan Turcan
The purpose of the GC Rugby Club is to learn and play rugby. Members compete in matches against other schools in the area. During the year, students learn the rules of the game and work on tackling, scrumming, mauling, and line-outs. Practice times vary.
Moderators: Sean Hanel and John Sullivan
The club welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all levels, in other words, beginners are welcome! We are here to encourage improvement and dedication to the sport and as well as offer a great opportunity for students who have a passion for skiing or snowboarding to attend weekly trips to nearby ski resorts. Meetings are based on trip-planning activities and seasonal registration.
Moderators: Pete Kotz and Matt Durkin
The Good Counsel Speech and Debate team has quickly established itself as one of the premier teams in the region. Over the past couple years GC Speech and Debate has brought home numerous awards from regional and national tournaments. Weekly meetings are held to give members the opportunity to choose topics they are passionate about and would like to debate, prepare, and practice for upcoming competitions.
Moderators: Chuck Ehrman, Randy Mackiewicz, Colleen McNamara, and Maggie Bykowski
The purpose of the Spectrum Club is to stimulate discussion concerning issues of cultural and social diversity. Meetings are held to focus on topics such as bullying, the “.isms”, stereotyping, and cross-cultural perceptions. Members are encouraged to teach the student body our Falcon Challenge and to uphold its mission of acceptance. Club members meet at least once every other week.
Moderators: Eleanor Donaghue and Randy Mackiewicz
The objective of Speculative Fiction Club is to bring together members of the Good Counsel community with similar interests and have fun watching our favorite videos and playing games. The club has weekly meetings for an hour every Tuesday to watch videos such as Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Sherlock. Once a month we meet to play the game Dungeons and Dragons.
Moderators: Georgia Chaconas and Tom Kolar
The goal of S.A.D.D. is to increase awareness of destructive decision-making, including underage drinking, use of illegal drugs, texting while driving, and many more. Members organize student activities and events that help to inform and educate their fellow classmates on these issues. Club members meet at least once every other week.
Moderator: Lynnly Tydings
The members of S.A.V.E. are committed to performing volunteer environmental services along with educating the student body on current environmental issues. S.A.V.E. strives to give back to the community by improving the quality of our environment and encouraging the rest of the Our Lady of Good Counsel community to do their part as well. In recent years, the club has grown seedlings, made bat boxes, and cleaned up the campus. Members earn service hours for most of the work that is performed. S.A.V.E. plans to make campus clean-ups a regular tradition as a means of giving back to the community. Club members meet at least once every other week.
Moderator: Sarah Bechtol
Students for Truth, a new Good Counsel club, will provide all GC students the opportunity to enrich their understanding and appreciation of matters concerning truth by discussing events in the media. Students will learn how speaking truth can affect the student body and make a difference in the GC community and beyond. Meetings will be held monthly.
Moderator: Jose Remedios
The Student Government Association is the official representative arm of the student body within the school. The Student Government works closely with the faculty, moderators, and the administration to plan and coordinate student activities and projects throughout the school year. The Student Government plans school dances, Friday assemblies, and other events throughout the school year, as well as focusing on improving student life and fostering school spirit. Elections are held each year for our president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and class representatives. All students will have the opportunity to volunteer for SGA events and activities.
Moderators: Laura Fess and Jeffrey Antico
Students for Life is a club dedicated to bearing witness in our GC community to the dignity of the human person in the context of Pro-Life topics such as abortion and euthanasia. The club is actively involved in the March for Life activities during the second semester. Students for Life are expected to attend one weekend service activity per semester. Some of the club activities include raising funds to support a child in Honduras, as well as hosting talks concerning Pro-Life topics on campus. Club members meet at least once every other week.
Moderator: Tom Kolar
Theology was once described by St. Anselm as, "Faith seeking understanding." In the Theology Club, students and teachers will come together to encounter, analyze, discuss, and pray on the works of the great theologians of the Church. We will meet every two weeks to discuss the assigned theological work and have a presentation once a month on a particular theologian. This club will be in full accordance to the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Moderator: Jose Remedios