Archbishop Stepinac High School
Stepinac

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Archbishop Stepinac High School offers a wealth of extracurricular activities and programs that are overseen and run by faculty and students. By participating in these clubs and activities, students cultivate their personal interests, form new friendships and further enrich their experience at Stepinac. The variety of clubs reflects both the talents of our students and their strong pride in Stepinac.

Ambassador’s Club
Moderator: Mr. James Goldmann
Members are 9th grade students who volunteer to "host" a visiting 8th grade boy. They accompany the visitor to class and lunch.

Debate and Forensics
Moderator: Mr. Frank Portanova
The focus of this club is to develop oratory skills. Students participate in numerous intramural debate competitions including monologue, debate, and dramatic performance.

Stage Crew
Moderator: Mrs. Sarah Daoud, sdaoud@stepinac.org
In the theatre world everyone knows that a show will only be successful if you have a dedicated and talented cast and stage crew. Neither of the them can put on a show without the other. This is the central philosophy of our theatre and it has brought together both cast and crew in a unique and strong bond that is evident every time the curtain goes up.

The Stepinac Stage Crew is a year-round club. Members work from September to June on all of the school activities that take place in the school’s Major Bowes auditorium. Each year, more than 30 Stepinac students join the stage crew.

Activities include: The Holy Spirit Mass, Prayer services for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, School Concerts, Award ceremonies, Graduation, and more.

The Fall Drama and Spring Musical are only one of the many jobs for this club. All aspects of each show including prompt cues, props, scene changes, and lighting are run by the stage crew.

The Art Club
Moderator: Mr. Joseph Lore
The purpose of the Art Club is to help interested students develop their talents in different forms of drawing, sculpture, and painting. The club is also responsible for the murals that adorn our school.

The Video Game Club
Moderator: Mr. Brian Douglas
This club consists of students from various year levels playing video games competitively after school in a moderated environment.

The Italian Club
Moderator: Mrs. Sarah Daoud
The Italian Club is an Italian cultural organization. Members share Italian history, language, and music with the school community. Students also attend community events/performances that celebrate the Italian culture.

Student Government
Moderator: Mrs. Roxanne Calvello
The student government is the voice of the students. Students are encouraged to speak to representatives with any concerns regarding student life. The student officers then propose new policies to the administration based upon those concerns. They also organize various service events throughout the school year.

Student Band
Moderator: Ms. Chloe Sasson
Stepinac’s band is an integral part of the musical fabric of Stepinac. The students who join the band do not necessarily need to have strong talent in playing a musical instrument; they need to have a strong interest. They will be taught throughout the year to help them become more proficient in their abilities.

The band marches in many of the major parades such as the New York City, Throggs Neck, Yonkers and White Plains St. Patrick's Day Parades and the White Plains and Harrison Columbus Day Parades. They also perform a half-time show at Stepinac’s annual homecoming football game.

Literary Journal (The Phoenix)
The Stepinac Literary Journal is called The Phoenix. Published annually, The Phoenix offers many students the opportunity to show their creative writing skills through short stories and poems.

In the Garden of Paradise, beneath the Tree of Knowledge, bloomed a rose bush. Here, in the first rose, a bird was born. His flight was like the flashing of light, his plumage was beauteous, and his song ravishing. But when Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, when she and Adam were driven from Paradise, there fell from the flaming sword of the cherub a spark into the nest of the bird, which blazed up forthwith. The bird perished in the flames; but from the red egg in the nest there fluttered aloft a new one- the one solitary Phoenix bird.

The fable tells that he dwells in Arabia and every 100 years, he burns himself to death in his nest; but each time a new Phoenix, the only one in the world, rises up from the red egg. The bird flutters around us, swift as light, beauteous in color, charming in song. When a mother sits by her infant's cradle, he stands on the pillow, and, with his wings, forms a glory around the infant's head. He flies through the chamber of content, and brings sunshine into it, and the violets on the humble table smell doubly sweet.

The Bird of Paradise - renewed each century - born in flame, ending in flame! Thy picture, in a golden flame, hangs in the halls of the rich, but thou thyself often flies around, lonely and disregarded, a myth - "The Phoenix of Arabia." In Paradise, when thou wert born in the first rose, beneath the Tree of Knowledge, thou receivedst a kiss, and they right name was given thee - thy name, Poetry. The LEGACY Continues….

Spanish Club (Sociedad Latina)
Moderator: Ms. Pozo
Objectives and purposes: The Spanish Club (Sociedad Latina) is a Hispanic cultural organization. The purpose is to share the language, history and music of the Spanish culture with the students of Stepinac. Ms. Pozo invites any student that is interested to join and participate and he concludes:

"Nada es imposible, Salvo El cielo" -Miguel de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Campus Ministry
Moderator: Mrs. Regina Molinelli
A Campus Ministry Program has been established at Stepinac since the 2000- 2001 school year. It provides students with opportunities to deepen their spiritual lives and their relationships with God. The three main components of this program are: retreats; community service opportunities and various activities including food drives, mission collections, and training for assistance at school-wide liturgies and prayer services.

This program also recruits and trains students to become Eucharistic Ministers in the community.

National Honor Society
Moderator: Mr. Paul Carty, Mr. Frank Portanova
The National Honor Society is composed of student leaders who believe in the importance of academics and service. Membership to the society is selective. Students must maintain a 90% + cumulative average and provide service to the school and their home community. Once selected, students are inducted and begin their duties which include participation in the National Honor Society Tutoring Program.

MSG Varsity
Moderator: Mr. Joseph Venice
MSG Varsity is a school media production club. It helps to teach students the intricate aspects of television production, camera work, audio and video technology, computer graphics and editing, writing skills, and more. Students cover all school events, activities and sports teams. Completed videos will be sent to MSG Varsity for possible airing on the MSG Varsity channel.

Chess Club
Moderator: Mr. Stephen Cupertino
Stepinac's chess team is a former city championship team. Students in this club work together and share different strategies to improve their game. They meet every Tuesday in room 105 after school.

Photography Club
Moderator: Ms. Bisogno
Objective: Members of this club learn various photo genres including special digital photography. This club provides photos for all school publications.

Travel Club
Moderator: Mr. Joseph Venice
This club provides an educational and travel adventure for students. Students visit foreign countries every spring. They hear languages spoken in their native lands, stand face-to-face with legendary works of art and architecture, and witness history come alive before their eyes.

Vocal Arts Ensemble
Moderator: Ms. Sasson
A vocal performance group is open to all students with an interest in singing. Singers perform music from many different musical periods. Attendance and participation in all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

They perform and are featured at two school concerts per year, at masses, school functions, and community events (i.e,. Christmas Tree Lightings). The group also attends Broadway shows each semester.

Crusaders for Life
Moderators: Mrs. Regina Molinelli
The Crusaders for Life club works to promote a greater respect for all life, from conception to natural death. It seeks to help young people make safe and healthy choices in their lives. Each year, they sponsor a Stepinac Day for all students. This is a day of meditation and reflection.

Yearbook (The Shepherd)
Moderator: Ms. Bisogno
The Yearbook is a treasure of memories for all students when they graduate. It contains photos of student life, special events, school teams and clubs. The yearbook also includes portraits of the senior class and pictures of under classmen. Please contact Ms. Nancy Bisogno at nbisogno@stepinac.org

Crusader Newspaper
Moderators: Mr. Darren Perillo
The Crusader Newspaper is published entirely by the students. The paper features school news, community and national news, a sports section, feature section, entertainment reviews ( film, music, TV, books ) and a popular "point of view" section. The Crusader welcomes " Letters to the Editor".

Health Care Forum
Moderator: Mrs. Cynthia Kilkelly
The Health Care Forum provides students with the opportunity to learn about careers in the health care industry. Club members meet with staff from various departments at White Plains Hospital to learn about their work, training and experiences.

Drama Club
Moderator: Mr. Frank Portanova, Mr. Keith Sunderland
Since 1949, the Major Bowes Auditorium has been one of the focal points of activity in the school. Professional productions of dramas and musicals nurtured the talents of so many young men of Stepinac. Among the noted alumni who performed on the Major Bowes stage are Jon Voight (class of ’56), Academy Award-winning actor and Alan Alda (Class of ’52), Emmy-Award winning actor. The Stepinac Theatre consists of the Stepinac Drama Club, which in conjunction with the young women of neighboring high schools, has more than 150 members each year, and the Stage Crew which consists of 30 young men from Stepinac. The theatre sponsors many excellent programs such as the Annual Alumni Theatre, Annual Talent Show, the Fall Dramas, and of course our famous Spring Musicals.

Key Club
Moderator: Mrs. Maria Buda, Mr. Joseph Venice
Stepinac requires all students to perform 100 hours of community service to graduate. The club plans collections for the hungry at Thanksgiving, toys for under privileged children at Christmas, baby care items for a pregnancy care center in February, personal care items for a shelter in May and more.

Prom Committee
Moderator: Mrs. Sarah Daoud
The Prom committee is responsible for the senior prom. They must sponsor fundraisers for the prom and organize the events of the evening as well as the theme of the prom as well.

Career Explorers
Moderator: Mrs. Cynthia Kilkelly
This club exposes students to a number of careers. This is the place to explore careers related to each student’s strengths, skills and talents. Career explorations helps you learn about yourself and the world of work, identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop an effective strategy to realize your goals.