MRS. MARSHA FREE, MODERATOR
The team competes in tournaments sponsored by the Georgia Academic Team Association and the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC, which gives members opportunities to improve their general knowledge of all fields of academics: Art, Music, Literature, History, Mathematics, Pop Culture, and Science.
Team dues are $30/member and membership is open to students who can commit to practicing once a week and one Saturday a month for tournaments. The team is a member of the Georgia Academic Team Association. The team practices will occur via zoom on virtual days during advisory time when no other programs or assemblies are scheduled. In person practices are still being organized. Please email Mrs. Free if interested.
JENNIFER GIBBS, MODERATOR
We are a club that promotes mental health awareness and education for students. Every meeting we participate in de-stress activities, plan school-wide projects, or host guest speakers.
MRS. MEGGAN WILCAUSKAS, MODERATOR
Anime club provides a means for students interested in anime and manga to gain a better understanding and appreciation for Japanese history and culture while appreciating the art and animation techniques that are unique to this art form.
MS. CORINNA BRANNON, MODERATOR
This is an after-school program that is organized by students interested in the visual arts. Membership is open to all students, and there is no cost other than for special projects. The association seeks to create art and an appreciation for art and have fun doing it through sponsoring field trips to museums, designing props for drama productions, helping with the SPX Annual Juried Art show in the Spring and participating in the Memory project, where the students make portraits of underprivileged children.
ANDREW PUDYSZ, MODERATOR
The SPX Auto Club is for students to come together to learn, share, & talk about anything that relates to automobiles and is for anyone with a curiosity, interest, or experience in or with automobiles of any kind. In addition, the Auto Club hosts an Auto Show each spring semester that its members work to put on. Contact Mr. Pudysz for more information. Meeting times, location, & format are TBD based on what works for the majority of members.
KRISTIN KRAMER AND ELLIS THOMAS, MODERATORS
The Diverse Student Union aims to amplify the voices of the underrepresented students in the SPX community. This club recognizes the opportunity within the student body to implement changes to encourage acceptance of diversity of thought, culture, and race. We also make an effort to help connect the administration to the student body to improve the entirety of the St. Pius community.
The club meets every other Tuesday.
MS. CORINNA BRANNON AND DR. MARIAN ROSENBERG, MODERATORS
The Film & Photo club is open to any student interested in photography and video creation. The club provides students with an opportunity to work on photography projects, share their work with others, discuss ideas, and improve their techniques. We will learn from each other in an informal environment.
JENN SEDLACK, MODERATOR
Do you enjoy fly fishing, bass fishing, and all things fishing? Please contact Mrs. Sedlack to indicate your interest in the Club and to get more information about meetings and activities.
MS. CARRIE STOCKARD, MODERATOR
The French Club is a movie club, open to students of all languages. We watch movies and television series of all genres and from all time periods while we share French snacks.
REBECCA ROSE, MODERATOR
The Friends of Refugees club works with the Friends of Refugees organization in Clarkston where they focus on helping refugees build their lives in the United States. We will volunteer monthly within the refugee community and we will meet to work on different projects to show our support to our neighbors. We will meet on Tuesdays either before or after school.
MR. TREY BROUSSARD, MODERATOR
The Future Educators Association (FEA) is an extracurricular program designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to explore careers in education. FEA is committed to recruiting promising students into the teaching profession by assisting them in examining a variety of related career opportunities. FEA hosts guest speakers, participates in community wide activities related to teaching and education, and celebrates our teachers during national Teacher Appreciation Week.
MRS. CARY BLACKBURN AND MR. MATT LAMMERS, MODERATORS
The club promotes environmental conservation action and educates members and school community about environmental concerns. Membership is open to all interested students at a cost of a $2 membership fee; a meeting is held once a week.
MARIE KSIONZYK, MODERATOR
The Girl Power Club is be a safe space for students of all grades to support and celebrate the SPX female community. We focus on confronting issues with which teenage girls commonly struggle. This club spreads body positivity, female empowerment, and celebrates being a girl.
MELISSA BEAM, MODERATOR
The Health Sciences club discusses all aspects of the medical field. If you are interested in becoming a doctor, nurse, PA, veterinarian, physical therapist, or medical technician, this is the right club for you! Our goal is to expose students to all aspects of the medical field and provide opportunities to learn about different professions. We hope to bring in guest speakers, conduct labs, and provide outreach opportunities for members of the St. Pius X student body.
MICHAEL ABBOTT, MODERATOR
This club is solely based on impacting our community for the better. Interact Club attempts to have a service project every month that can vary in all shapes and sizes. It is a phenomenal way to serve your community and meet new people!
DR. EDYE SIMPSON AND MR. TREY BROUSSARD, ADVISORS
The Honor Council enforces the Honor Code, takes responsibility for determining if a student has violated the Honor Code, educates the students on how to live as honorable people, and recommends the penalties for the offense. The Honor Council is comprised of St. Pius X sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are selected through an application and interview process. The primary purpose of the St. Pius X Honor System is to create an atmosphere of honesty, trust, and integrity among the students and faculty members through raising the consciousness of an honorable life.
MS. LAURA BRISCOE, MODERATOR
The club promotes understanding of Roman civilization and culture, and participates in Fall Forum (Latin Festival) of Georgia Junior Classical League, and the World Language Department Banquet, and makes presentations on aspects of Roman culture.
The Lion Leader Mission Statement:
“To create a positive high school experience for incoming students by fostering relationships with selected senior leaders of St. Pius X Catholic High School. Lion Leaders model Catholic virtues which include honesty, integrity, and a sense of community.”
Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Class of Lion Leaders!
“Before you are a Leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others”. This quote encompasses the Lion Leader Program as a program that builds leaders and grows the success of students since 2007. For the next year these outstanding students will become a walking example of the Lion Leader mission and the values and goals of St. Pius. We applaud these selected students who pledged their dedication to developing essential leadership skills and accepted the mission to insure the freshmen class experiences a positive transition to the St. Pius X family.
MS. LESLEY BOWMAN, MODERATOR
The club, which meets every Monday morning before school, competes in math tests and/or tournaments which give members opportunities to improve their math skills. There is no cost, and membership is open to all students. The club is a member of the Greater Atlanta Math Examination League and meets five afternoons a year at various schools to compete with other schools
MR. ELLIS THOMAS, MODERATOR
Through these activities, students actively participate in research and solution writing on an assigned country. Students compete at multi-school gatherings during the year as if they were actually members of the United Nations trying to get resolutions passed.
MS. MELISSA BEAM AND DR. LIBERTY HALL, MODERATORS
Current NHS members can access this year's calendar and all other society information on our PS Learning page.
NHS members are chosen yearly by a faculty committee. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors with GPAs of 92% or above can be considered for membership. Information is sent to all qualified students in August and new members are announced in October.
NHS is pleased to offer free tutoring to students. You can read more about the tutoring program and sign up for tutoring on the NHS Tutoring page in the Campus Life PS Learning class.
If you have questions about the tutoring program or the school's NHS chapter, please contact the club moderators.
MR. MATT WINESKI, MODERATOR
The Outdoor Club is designed to allow students to experience a variety of outdoor activities while also gaining more knowledge of various outdoor pursuits and appreciation for nature. We plan a group activity about once per month, and these can include hiking, rafting, fishing, star-watching, etc. We also meet regularly to discuss different topics such as cooking food outdoors, how to pitch tents, and other things that are of interest to students. The Outdoor Club also organizes a larger, end-of-year activity such as caving, camping, or whitewater rafting. Students are also involved in a service project each year which involves helping a local or state park with projects they need. Club meetings occur about once per month.
MS. BONNIE SPARK, MODERATOR
Pius Players promotes the art of theater with the interested entertainment-oriented student and the St. Pius community. Membership is based on audition and interview. No dues are charged, and the total cost varies according to production participation.
MS. MICHELLE BERRELL, MODERATOR
Creating a positive difference in the lives of others through Random Acts of Kindness.
MRS. BRIGID BARTHOLOMAI AND MRS. CONNIE FISH, MODERATORS
The RoboLions is a competitive VEX Robotics team. This team has a spirit of competition and inclusiveness. The team meets Monday-Friday 3:10pm-4:30pm, August - March. Competitions are on Saturdays from October to February. Cost to join is $150. For information, please email Mrs. Fish or Mrs. Bartholomai.
MRS. PATRICIA GALLIMORE AND MR. MICHAEL ABBOTT, MODERATORS
The Spanish club provides exposure to the Hispanic culture, promotes cultural diversity among its members, and creates awareness or sensitivity to cultural differences.
Speech and Debate Team FAQ:
See Mr. Hiland in room 301 any day after if you're thinking about joining!
What is the Speech and Debate Team?
The team is a member of the National Speeah and Debate Association and participates in NSDA sponsored tournaments. As awards are earned on an individual tournament basis, students are encouraged to participate in one, two, or any number of the ten or more tournaments the school attends each year. Students must attend all the practices prior to the tournament. Student participants are welcome but not obligated to attend multiple tournaments if other activities do not permit. Most tournaments take place on Saturdays with some occuring Friday and Saturday.
How do I join?
Please come to one of our meetings after school in room 301 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We accept new members throughout the competition season.
How long does the season run?
The team competes at tournaments that run from September to March. Those students who manage to secure one of the few state spots for nationals have to opportunity to compete at nationals in the summer. Unlike most team events, however, there is no team win-loss record. Individuals are awarded based on their performances at a given tournament rather than an accumulation of tournaments. Because of this, students have the option to commit to one tournament, a few, or all ten over the course of the season.
What are the events like?
Lincoln-Douglas Debate: A student debates an issue of ethics or values. An individual must be prepared to debate either side. The topic changes every other month. As an example of the kind of debate, on past topic was: "Resolved: In the United States, reporters ought to have the right to protect the identity of confidential sources." This type of debate appeals to those seeking to debate using both past and present philosophers.
Public Forum Debate: A two-person team debates an issue relating to current events. Teams must be prepared to debate each side. The topic changes each month. As an example of the kind of debate, on past topic was: Resolved: The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership."
Can I get a Pius letter in Speech and Debate?
Absolutely! By competing in tournaments you gain points with the National Forensics League. As you participate in tournaments you earn various degrees such as the "Degree of Merit", "Degree of Honor", "Degree of Special Distinction", etc. Once you achieve the rank of "Distinction" with the National Forensics League (150 points), St. Pius X will award you a school letter. It typically takes 5 to 7 tournaments to earn the required number of points.
DR. ROBERT KNOX, MODERATOR
Are you a student who loves to tell a story with video production, broadcast journalism, filmmaking, media, or writing? Then you should join the SPX-TV production team. When you register for the Audio, Video, Technology and Film course you become a member of SPX-TV.
Working individually or cooperatively as a production assistant for SPX-TV, you will manage a student-led broadcast team that produces a compelling, as well as, entertaining news show for the Saint Pius X Catholic high school community.
Did you know that 391 film and television productions were shot in Georgia in 2019? These productions generated $2.9 billion in revenue for Georgia’s economy. Many movies and television shows were filmed within a 50 mile radius of Atlanta. Georgia has become one of the go to places for the television and film industry in the Southeast. There are more and more businesses opening that require people with skills that can be learned in this course. This includes journalism, television, film and even radio. Students can explore which area they like best, whether that is in front or behind the camera, editing, or behind a microphone. Students will experience everything from conceptual brainstorming to watching their finished film on screen. The AVTF course is your passport to the exciting and growing film and broadcast industry in Georgia!
One of the goals of SPX-TV is to compete next year at the 2022 Student Television Network national convention.
Check out our YouTube Channel at www.SPXTV.org
MR. DENNIS RUGGIERO, MODERATOR
STAND was founded in 2011 to educate and promote an awareness of tragedies occurring in the world where genocide occurs. Students are involved in learning about these areas of conflict and helping those in need by working with Catholic Charities and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association which gives assistance to Christians impacted by genocide. Students are involved in fundraising activities like our spring ice skating event each year at the Marietta Ice Center. Students also work with the local chapter of Catholic Charities. Students meet once per month or more if needed.
MR. AARON PARR AND MRS. MOLLY WACK, MODERATORS
Student Ambassadors serve as important representatives of St. Pius X. They support our mission during open house school tours, campus tours throughout the academic year, and other various outreach events. Students who apply to be a student ambassador should feel comfortable speaking to both small and large groups of prospective families, campus visitors, and alumni. All Student Ambassadors are role models for others in their appearance and behavior and must maintain good standing in those areas in order to participate in the program.
The objectives of the SPX Student Council are:
- to provide a forum in which students can address school-related issues that affect their lives;
- to maintain a continuous flow of communication between students, faculty members and administrators;
- to offer a year-long program of social functions and community involvement projects for students;
- to provide leadership training for students in the duties and obligations of responsible citizenship, using the school environment as the primary training ground.
Senior Class Council
MS. DENA PECK AND MRS. ARLINE UMPIERRE, MODERATORS
Main activities include homecoming, class picture for Senior Class Day, class t-shirts, pictures with Santa, Field Day, raffle, and senior gift presented to school at Awards Assembly.
Junior Class Council
MS. LAURA BRISCOE AND MRS. LINDSEY FARRELL, MODERATORS
Main activities include prepping for homecoming and other in-school spirit events, engaging class in unified activities, and planning prom. The optional purchasing of class rings is available junior year, the decision to purchase a class ring rests entirely with student(s) and parent(s).
Sophomore Class Council
MR. CHARLES HICKS AND MS. CORINNA BRANNON, MODERATORS
Main activities include freshman/sophomore dance, homecoming activities, freshman orientation and party, and Christmas gifts.
Freshman Class Council
MR. MATTHEW WINESKI, MODERATORS
Main activities include orientation, freshman/sophomore dance, election of freshman council, homecoming, and Christmas gifts.
MR. KEITH CORDELL, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR FOR FINE ARTS
MR. BRION KENNEDY, FACULTY ADVISOR
The purpose of this group is to promote involvement in the technical aspects of theater. The students become proficient in light and sound, band operation and basic backstage tasks.
Please see the Tech Crew page in the Arts section of this website.
DR. LIBERTY HALL, MODERATOR
The club meets every Monday at 3:20 p.m. and membership is open to all students interested in writing. The club offers a writing workshop experience that provides writers with support and inspiration.