CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
In organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life, students can express their own beliefs, and through community service projects, they learn the joy of sharing and the responsibility we all have to help those in need. We also instill in students a concern for national and global issues that affect our quality of life.
Over 40 student organizations and activities capture the imagination, nuture the talents, and hone the skills of Prep students. From publications to special interest clubs, from student government to honorary societies, and from music and drama to debate, there are opportunities for everyone to be involved at Prep.
It is in extra curricular activities that students and teachers find common ground and build friendships and respect for each other. As students' and teachers' interests change and expand, we form new organizations and activities to promote maximum participation.
Junior High Clubs
Art Club – Open to 9th grade students enrolled in Art I
Break out Bible Study – Open to all students – Kick-off for sign-up is Wednesday, September 28, during activity period. Students will sign up for Bible Study and meet the small group leaders. Break-out Bible Study small groups for grades 7th, 8th, and 9th will meet every Tuesday morning at 7:30.
Community Service – opportunities abound this year for JH students to become involved in community service. This year in the JH, students may participate in the following organized community service activities: bell ringers for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season, adopt an angel on the JH Christmas tree, provide gifts for a needy child through Bethany Christian Services, Reach Out and Read (ROAR) reading program to benefit the Eli Manning wing at Blair Batson (students will donate new books for this program…the goal is to collect 2,000 books this year), and fill a shoebox at Christmas for Operation Christmas Child. These are just a few of the organized JP service opportunities JH students may participate in this year. At any time, a JH student can volunteer on their own off campus to fulfill service needs in the greater Jackson metro area . Cindy Townsend serves as the sponsor for the Junior High Community Service program.
Literary magazine – all JH students may submit short stories, poetry, art work, and photography for the literary magazine which is published in the spring. Selections will be made by the sponsors.
Morning Watch – students may volunteer to lead the morning devotion and Pledge of Allegiance over the intercom each day before school begins.
Debate Club – Open for 9th grade students
Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Open to all students – This club meets every other Friday morning at 7:30 in the Carlisle Room in the Manning Center…donuts are served…short devotional given by a coach or student…all are welcome.
French Club – Open to 8th and 9th grade students enrolled in French I
Latin Club – Open to 8th and 9th grade students enrolled in Latin I or Spanish I
Service Club – 7th and 9th grade girls will participate in this service club. The 9th grade girls will choose a 7th grade little sister. Each 7th grade girl will have a 9th grade big sister. The 9th grade and 7th grade girls will participate together in several different activities throughout the year.
Spanish Club – Open to 8th and 9th grade students enrolled in Spanish I
Youth Legislature – for 8th and 9th grade students. Students will apply in the second semester.
Senior High Clubs
Asian Club - Sponsor: Jane Zhu - Participants: Grades 9-12 - This club is open to every student who is interested in learning about Asian cultures, especially China. Members eat out often in different area resturants to experience different cuisines, such as Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc. There is also an Asian movie day. The highlight of the year will be a nine-day trip planned over Spring Break which will visit Beijing and Shanghai. The club meets the first Tuesday of each month in Room 119.
Broadcasting Club - Sponsor: Bobby Gross - Participants: High School - This club teaches the basics of radio broadcasting to interested students who then have the opportunity to participate in live radio broadcasts of selected junior varsity football games and basketball games.
Chess Club - Sponsor: Paul Smith - Participants: All Prep students - Come play chess. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran, the Jackson Prep Chess Club welcomes you to come and play. Learn from some of the best players in the state: our competitive team has won six consecutive state championships. Have fun in a friendly and competitive environment, while sharpening your wits over the chessboard. The Chess Club meets in Room 125 during activity period.
Community Service Club - Sponsor: Anne Duncan - Participants: High School - This student-led club is at the forefront of Prep communit service activity. Students who join commit to a minimum of thirty hours of community service during the year. The club also plans specific off-campus service activities for its members.
DebateTeam - Sponsor: Richard Younce - Participants: Grades 9-12 - As members of the Debate Team, students develop skills in reasoning, logic, writing, and public speaking while traveling to numerous parts of the state, meeting students from other schools and winning trophies at tournaments throughout the year. Meeting times are communicated through daily announcements.
Drama Club - Sponsor: Ken McDade - Participants: Grades 9-12 - The purpose of the Drama Club is to promote acting and performing in the community on a professional level. The Club participates in the One Act Festival in Starkville in December. Meetings are held in Room 110. Field trips, speakers, and community service projects have been planned.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) - Sponsors: Chris Moore, Andrew Mitchell - Participants: All Prep students - The Prep FCA chapter exits to build a community of students that can encourage one another in their school activities and sports to glorify God in everything they do. FCA meets bi-monthly on Wednesday or Friday mornings at 7:30 in the Carlisle Room. Meetings are open to all Prep students. The chapter plans specific service projects during the year.
French - Sponsor: Cory Caton - Participants: Grades 9-12 - Learn about the French culture in a relaxed atmosphere outside of the classroom. The highlight of the year will be the trip to Canada (Montreal and Quebec) during their winter carnival. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month in Room 125.
Junior Classical League - Sponsor: David Hogue - Participants: Grades 8-12 - The JCL promotes the classics at Prep and is open to all students interested in the classics. It meets the first Tuesday of every month during activity period in Room 100. Some of the favorite activities are the JCL Convention, World Language Week, and trips to Keifers's.
Mock Trial - Sponsor: K.C. Williams - Participants: High School - In Mock Trial,students assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses in simulated trials. Two teams of 8 are coached by local attorneys. MT is organized in November. There will be competition with teams from area schools in January. Winning teams proceed.
Patriot League - Sponsors: Lesley Morton - Participants: High School - This is a select group of 10-12 grade students who serve as ambassadors for Prep, helping with Admission Office events such as "Prep Preview" in the fall and "You Are Prep" in the spring. Monthly meetings are held (as needed) in the Lyceum. There is an application process.
Quiz Bowl - Sponsor: Nathan Devine - Participants: All Prep students - Quiz Bowl is an academic competition team that includes all academic subjects in high school and college, as well as pop culture, sports, music, and movies. All students are welcome to watch or to play. Students are selected for the tournament travel team based on practice competitions. Practices are held every Friday morning at 7:30 in Room 125.
The Robotics Team - Sponsor: Clay Conn - Participants: High School - aims to enhance a student's ability and interest in engineering and technology use. We do this primarily by design, building and programming fully functional robots to compete in the First Tech Challenge competitions.
Spanish Club - Sponsors: Hunter Upchurch, Lucia Lalor - Participants: Grades 8-12 - Enjoy the cultural aspects of learning Spanish in a relaxed atmosphere outside the classroom. Activities include holiday focuses, service projects with the local Hispanic community ,and planning for annual World Language Emphasis Week. Any current or past Spanish student may participate. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month in Room 118 unless otherwise noted in the daily announcements.
Tech Crew - Sponsors: Kenneth McDade, Lee Ozier - Participants - Grades 9-12 - There is a need for students who are interested in assisting with the sound, lighting and stage operations for the new Centre for Arts and Leadership. No prior experience is necessary. See Mr. McDade or Mr. Ozier.
Youth Leg - Sponsors: Lain Hughes, Hunter Upchurch - Participants: High School - YL is a simulation of the MS State Legislature in which students assume the roles of legislators, lobbyists, and members of the press. Students propose bills and work to pass legislation. The event is held in downtown Jackson in November, and students are invited to participate. Students apply by proposing bill topics.