Student Organizations

Academic Quiz Bowl Team

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 $25/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.

2018-2019 Members/Grade

  • Kemper Higgins - 12
  • Maddy Huerkamp - 12
  • Nico Bartholomai - 12
  • Lilly Massey - 12
  • Markus Paxton - 10
  • Ellie Finch - 10
  • Kyle Knuth - 9
  • Brian Lieu - 9
  • Oscar Lieu - 9
Anime Club

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.

Art Association

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. 

Film & Photo Club

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.

French Club

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.

Future Educators Association

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.

Green Club

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.

Honor Council

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.

Latin Club

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.

Lion Leaders

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.

Math Club

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

 

Model UN

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.

National Honor Society

MRS. EMABETH ESPINOSA 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.

Tutoring
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.

Outdoor Club

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.

Pius Players

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.

See our drama page in the Arts section of this website.

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Club

MS. MICHELLE BERRELL, MODERATOR

Creating a positive difference in the lives of others through Random Acts of Kindness.

RoboLions

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.

Spanish Club

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

 

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.

STAND Club

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.

Student Ambassadors

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. 

Student Government

MRS. LILIANA HAGIOPOL AND MR. JON CARREKER, MODERATORS

This organization represents the student body. It helps establish better relationships between faculty and students and among students, promotes a good Christian and educational atmosphere, provides a forum for student involvement, promotes morale, and provides orderly direction of school activities. Members are elected by the student body. Students may not be on discipline contract or have excessive detentions (more than 7) when nominated as an officer of the student council or to the class council.

Senior Class Government
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 Government
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 Government
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 Government
MRS. PATRICIA GALLIMORE AND MR. MATTHEW WINESKI, MODERATORS
Main activities include orientation, freshman/sophomore dance, election of freshman council, homecoming, and Christmas gifts.

Tech Crew

MR. GEREL MCINTOSH, 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.

Writer's Club

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.