Activities and Clubs
Our school motto "We Are One" challenges students, teachers, coaches, and parents to recognize, respect and nurture the relationship between mind, body, spirit, and community. We strongly encourage participation in the variety of activities and athletics that Marist offers for a well-rounded high school experience. There is much to be gained by pursuing a personal interest, challenging oneself physically, and working with others towards a common goal.
Ally Building Group
The Ally Building group’s primary focus is on increasing education and awareness, to effectively develop and implement an anti-bullying initiative, and support a strong school culture. We recognize, and research supports, that a student-led initiative is essential to gain buy-in, grab traction and prevent bullying. Our anti-bullying student led campaign is called, “Take a Stand. Lend a Hand”. Additionally, the Ally Building group will work with staff to identify, create and implement programming within and among our student body, to continue to build and support an overall positive school culture for all students at Marist.
Advisor: Christi Nicholson
The Christian Leadership Course (CLC) is a two-semester junior/senior theology course that is designed to give students the opportunity to learn basic skills in leadership and peer facilitation within a Christian context. Students develop these skills through activities, classroom lecture, assigned reading and directed service to the school community, the freshman class, and through other projects. CLC-I (second semester junior year) focuses primarily on skill development while CLC-II (first semester senior year) focuses primarily on project work. Sophomores with a desire to grow and help others are eligible to apply for the following year’s class. Applications are available in the spring from the Campus Ministry office.
CLC Instructor: Rick Martin
Christian Leadership Class Application Form
Key Club is an international service organization linked to local chapters of the Kiwanis Club. The goal of Key Club is to create leadership opportunities for high school students as they design and carry out service projects in their community. This is the first year of Key Club at Marist and we’re looking for new members and new ideas for how to best serve our community! Students of all grade levels are welcome to join. We meet during lunch and most of our service opportunities are on the weekend.
Marist For Life
This club is dedicated to promoting respect for the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death. As a Catholic school, the club would like to further this message and mission of respect and love which is so close to the heart of Jesus and the Church.
Advisor: Heidi Sušec
Marist Outdoor Adventure Program
MOAP helps students become socially aware of outdoor experiences by engaging them in outside events that will enhance their lives now and in the future. The adventures may include, but are not limited to, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, mountain bike trail riding, crabbing and kayaking/rafting. The program will also educate students about how to minimize their impact on the environment by teaching the principles of “Leave No Trace” -a center for outdoor ethics. Pre-trip informational meetings to discuss cost and schedules happen prior to each adventure. The program is open to all students.
Advisor: Chris Fudge
Marist Volunteer Program
The purpose of this service club is to develop leadership, to take initiative in school project development, and to work to serve the community away from campus by keeping a calendar of service opportunities to publicize for the student body.
Two annual undertakings are the Thanksgiving “Five for the Feast” to raise money for the Eugene Mission to help purchase food for the Thanksgiving holiday and Project Starfish -a Lenten service project where each week is assigned a specific theme for students to bring in household items and/or canned food for Catholic Community Services. Money is also collected at this time to help provide a homeless family with a home. It costs approximately $1500 to help one family. The goal is to break the cycle of homelessness one family at a time.
Advisor: Jerry Ragan
Masses and Prayer Services
Conscious of the infinite value of the Eucharist as the central act of worship for the Catholic community, Mass is celebrated regularly, and in connection with many school activities. On select block days, and occasionally after school, students may attend Mass in our school chapel. Athletic teams and clubs often meet together for chapel Masses. Mass is also celebrated as part of each of the four year-level retreat experiences. Finally, all-school Masses, celebrating holy days and special Marist occasions, are scheduled, on average, once a month and held in the gym during the school day.
Liturgy Coordinator: Julie Ferrari
Model United Nations
Model United Nations, one of the nation’s oldest youth activities, brings together students from across Oregon who are delegates a three-day conference. Schools choose a nation (or nations) to represent. In 2017, Marist represented the Czech Republic and Iceland. In the months before the conference, Modern UN members discuss, research and prepare to argue their nation’s positions as delegates to the conference, held in April on the campuses of the University of Oregon and Northwest Christian University.
Advisor: Jon Nuxoll
Mr. Spartan Pageant
The Mr. Spartan Pageant is a fund raising program coordinated by an adult advisor and nine senior and two junior girls that culminates in a pageant featuring eight senior boys. All senior girls vote to select the male contestants. The funds raised benefit the NICU at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Advisor: Bill Ferrari
Music:Advanced Strings: The class meets 8th period every day. The group performs four concerts a year, as well as, other gigs and performances in the Eugene area.
Director: Alisa Kincade
Vocal Ensemble: An elective course held during the student’s lunch period (credit or non-credit). This group competes and gives four school concerts each year and performs at various locations during the holidays.
Director: Jim Reinking
Rock Band: A unique Marist elective course held during 7th period that gives real performance experience to rock musicians. This group competes and gives four school concerts each year.
Director: Jim Reinking
Concert/Jazz Band: Elective courses held in 8th period after normal school hours. Three years experience on an instrument and, an audition/interview with Jim Reinking, is required. Sight-reading, interview and performance of a prepared solo are part of the tryout. This group competes and gives four school concerts each year and performs at athletic events.
Director: Jim Reinking
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Proclaim Liturgical Choir
Proclaim is a full year activity that provides music for all Masses and prayer services at Marist, as well as for the Freshman Lock-In. All students are encouraged to try out in the spring when auditions are held for the next school year. Vocal and/or instrumentalist experience is helpful. Practice locations and times will be announced.
Proclaim Moderator: Ryan Moser
Retreats are designed to help the students both individually and collectively to “retreat” from their “normal” everyday world in order that they might better reflect upon that world. Retreats help students focus on identity and self-image, relationships with others, and relationship with God. While the goal is ultimately spiritual in nature, there is a great sensitivity to students who are unaccustomed to spiritual activity. These goals are accomplished through a variety of talks given by retreat team students and adults, small group sharing, and a variety of activities and games. An additional goal is building community within each class.
The retreats include an all-night Lock-In for the freshmen, which provides a unique community-building experience; a one-day retreat early in the year, and a one-night journey theme retreat for sophomores; a two-night Encounter retreat for juniors; and a two-night Metanoia retreat for seniors.
Retreat Program Director: Rick Martin
Retreat Sign Up
The Marist Retreat Team consists of approximately 40 upper class students. Its role is to provide spiritual retreats for sophomores and juniors in collaboration with the Campus Ministry Department. Team members give talks, conduct small and large group activities, and assist with kitchen duties all under the direction of an adult moderator. Team members should have:
Retreat Team Moderator: Rick Martin
Retreat Team Application Process
Speech & Debate Team
Speech and debate is a great activity to have fun and develop confidence and public speaking skills that can benefit students throughout their lives. Analytical students can compete in a variety of debate styles including CX, Lincoln-Douglas, parliamentary, and public forum debate. Students with strong presentation skills can compete in Expository, after-dinner speaking, impromptu or expository speaking. Performing arts students can polish acting skills through events such as humorous or serious interpretations, poetry, or even radio commentary. Please contact Mr. Barth for a full list of competition events. The team will travel to competitions around the state. Practices are held after school, with tournaments taking place beginning in October and continuing through the State Championships in April.
Advisor: Steve Barth
The Marist Student Council’s sole function is to provide the means of creating better fellowship between staff and students by providing activities conducive to social, academic, and religious learning within the school.
Student Council is comprised of four class councils and an executive council (upperclassmen only). Elections are held in the spring for the following year. All candidates must fill out an application and give a speech to the student body before the elections. Freshmen elections are held in the fall.
The Marist Student Council offers many opportunities for students to become involved in the social activities of high school without being an elected member of the student council group. A variety of social functions and community involvement projects are offered for the student body. A list follows:
Marist High School provides its students with an exciting and creative theatre program for actors and technicians, alike. There are three main stage productions each year: a Fall play, a Winter Shakespeare performance, and a Spring Musical. Rehearsals for all productions are after school, with occasional evening and weekend rehearsals. Open auditions are held for each production. Theater club is open to all interested students. Student written and directed work is encouraged.
A theatre letter and pin are awarded to those students who have been involved in three Marist Theatre productions (as actor or crew) and are able to meet the following requirements:
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