Extracurricular activities are a key part of the Malden Catholic experience. Being involved in clubs and activities allows students to explore and develop new interests, build solid friendships, and find creative outlets for a diversity of gifts and talents. Whether your interest is chess or chemistry, robotics or radio, short fiction or stock trades, you will be able to find at MC an activity that builds your creative, emotional, and social skills. See below for a list of the extracurricular activities currently offered at Malden Catholic:
- 30 Day Challenge Club
- Diversity and Inclusion Club
- Chemistry Club
- Comicon Club
- Crystal 99 Newspaper
- Crystal Radio
- Habitat for Humanity (MC Chapter)
- Lancer Drama
- Make-A-Wish Club
- Math Team
- Mock Trial
- Model Bridge
- Model UN
- Multicultural Club
- National Honor Society, Brother Gilbert Chapter
- Quiz Bowl
- MC Robotics Team
- Spanish National Honor Society
- STEM Club
- Student Council
- Yearbook (The Lance)
- Students In Action (Club for Girls Division)
- Study Skills Club
The ethos of 30 Day Challenge Club is “to build individual strength, skill, and healthy habits through communal support.” The group aims to meet this goal of enhanced individual strength by creating and collectively taking part in a series of challenges lasting approximately 30 days each. First, challenge ideas are collected and distributed through the Google Classroom poll to the members, as well as the faculty. After the each challenge has been voted on, a sign up period is created and the rules are set.
Previous challenges have included:
- Push Up Challenge
- H2Only Challenge
- Consistent Creativity Challenge
- 30 Days of Positivity and Gratitude
- Vertical Jump Challenge
- Mindful Spending, Mindful Giving Challenge
Moderator: Mr. Alex Kissel
Our Malden Catholic Mission is, in part, “to create a community of faith that promotes the dignity and respects the diversity of all through Gospel values and an environment that fosters the love of God, of self and of others.” How perfectly the goals of the Diversity & Inclusion Club complement that Mission!
The club exists to develop community, to promote dignity and respect for all, to explore the richness of what makes us unique, to consider the obstacles and challenges that come with that uniqueness, to celebrate the ties that bind us together, to discuss and educate ourselves to contemporary issues of inclusion and equity for people of color, to consider how we can make others in our community feel safe and welcome, to grow in friendship.
All this is done in concert with the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching that proclaims the dignity of the human person, the call to community, the option for the vulnerable, solidarity, and that invites us all to create a world based on love and justice.
Moderators: Br. Tom Puccio and Ms. Deidre Foley
Goals of Chemistry Club:
- allow students to cultivate their interest in chemistry in an informal environment, without the pressure of being graded.
- reinforce the relevance of chemistry to students’ everyday lives.
- introduce students to the possibility of future study or employment in chemistry.
- offer students the opportunity to serve their community.
- expand students’ leadership skills by conducting demonstrations, lab activities, or community outreach events.
These goals mirror the objectives of the American Chemical Society’s ideal High School ChemClub. At Malden Catholic, these goals are met through reaction demonstrations, simulations, and club outreach activities.
Moderator: Mr. Seamus McGuire
An opportunity for students (and faculty) to gather and share in fandom, whether it be movies, tv, comics, or any form of genre. The latest news and rumors are discussed in addition to what members have been watching such as watch clips, movies, and trailers of interest.
Moderator: Mr. Eamonn Casey '94
About the Paper
The Crystal 99 is Malden Catholic's student newspaper. Written and published by an all-student staff, it aims to shed light on the life of the Malden Catholic community through independent reporting, breaking news, and student opinion. The paper is not only a source of information to the school, but also a way for students to voice their opinion to the whole community.
The Crystal 99 is published four to five times a year.
Mr. Chris Cleary
Interested in becoming a reporter? Have skills as an photographer, artist, or designer? Want to improve your skills with professional-level programs such as Adobe Indesign© and Photoshop©? The Crystal 99 is open to any and all student volunteers looking to use or improve their writing, technical skills, or journalism.
To get started, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, speak to one of the editors, or our faculty advisers.
Students are also invited to attend meetings for the Crystal 99, every Monday after school in the Learning Commons Conference room.
Writer, reporters, photographers, and artists are asked to ensure that deadlines are met and article assignments are in on time. All articles and other media can be sent to the following address:
Learn the "how to" and compounding power of investing by joining the Investment Club. In this club, we will review the basics of investing and de-mystify the stock market by reviewing how the market works and discussing investment vehicles, from mutual funds to analyzing individual companies.
Moderator: Mr. Anthony Forcione
Habitat for Humanity is a nationwide and international effort to provide affordable housing for all. Along with their enthusiasm and skills, students work to dramatically change a family's life. Volunteering to aid in building new houses has many long term effects. It helps to break the cycle of poverty and provides stability and security. Working as a team, our students, moderators and parent vounteers put into action their concerns for others in the community. MC Habitat encourages volunteers and welcomes supporters from the Malden Catholic family.
Lancers Drama is an extra-curricular club that brings students together in the spirit of arts and performance. Students not only get an opportunity to act, but to meet new friends and peers. It also offers the chance to grow in several skills, such as public speaking, self-confidence, construction, and organizational abilities.
The normal performance schedule includes three shows: a fall production in early December, the State Drama Festival sponsored by the MA Educational Theatre Guild throughout the month of March, and a spring production in May.
Lancers’ Drama is a very busy world and invites all to be a part of our exciting program.
Lancers-in-Action was started in March 2002 to introduce a student-run organization into the MC community that would improve several aspects of school life: community, spiritual life, and service. LIA's goal is to improve upon all these areas in many ways. Lancers-in-Action is a group that works for and in conjunction with the Campus Ministry Team. Through Lancers-in-Action, Malden Catholic Campus Ministry encourages many types of charitable works. We believe our students should have a sensitivity to the sufferings of others, especially the less fortunate. This is accomplished by unselfishly working for justice.
Moderator: Dr. Stephen Baccari
The Malden Catholic Make-a-Wish Club is an affiliate of the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Make-a-Wish® foundation, whose mission is to create life-changing wish experiences for critically ill-children.
As a club, members plan fund-raising opportunities for the next “Wish.” Congratulations to all past club members for their hard work and thank everyone who has contributed to our efforts. We are very excited to continue our journey this year with you, and we look forward to your ongoing support.
Moderators: Brother Tom Puccio and Ms. Deirdre Foley
The Math Team has about a dozen meets during the course of the academic year, six of which are meets for the New England Mathematics League (NEML). The team participates in the league that sponsors the meets between some 190 High Schools throughout New England. Team members receive a mail packet containing the individual contests (six per year). Students in all of the participating schools take these 6 problem contests on the same day (a designated Tuesday each month) and scores of the top five students are forwarded to the league. Membership is open to all interested students.
Moderator: David Milliern
MC's highly successful Mock Trial team competes annually in the Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial Tournament. Each year the MBA runs a statewide high school mock trial tournament based on a set of case materials that the MBA publishes. Students study the case and then divide up into lawyers and witnesses to prepare each side of the case. Our school team competes against teams from other schools in trials that take place in real courtrooms before real judges.
Mock Trial is a competitive activity that simulates the Massachusetts court system. The team consists of students, who begin meeting in November. Trials begin in January and continue through March. Each team participates in at least three trials. The top team in each region advances to the playoff tournament. From there, a single elimination tournament results in a state champion being decided. Alumni of the Mock Trial program have gone on to attend top-tier colleges including Boston College, Bowdoin College, Georgetown University, Holy Cross, and Harvard. New members are always welcome.
Moderator: Mr. Robert Gregory
Malden Catholic particpates each year in the Model Bridge Competition held at Northeastern University. Year after year, Malden Catholic students have won medals for the design and/or total load capacity of their bridges. Club members meet twice weekly from October until the competition.
The Model Bridge Competition is a jointly sponsored event by the BSCES Infrastructure Group and the Massachusetts Pre-Engineering Program (MassPEP) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Highway Department (MassHighway). This contest aims to provide students with hands-on experience working closely with structural engineers. Students from middle and high schools, from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, dedicate months of thought and hard work to envision, understand, design, construct, and test their model bridges. Volunteers from BSCES, MassPEP, MassHighway, high school teachers, and consulting practicing engineers serve as student mentors, school coordinators and teachers, judges, and event organizers. These mentors work at the schools a minimum of two hours per week through the months of November and January to assist the students in conceptualize, design, and then construct a model bridge of the specified material. All the students, along with the mentors and school teachers, gather on a Saturday in early February for the judging and testing of the structures. Awards are presented for aesthetics and strength categories at an awards luncheon during Engineers Week.
Moderator: Mrs. Patricia Scialdoni
Model UN or MUN is an extra-curricular activity in which students roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. In this club, we attempt to resolve global conflicts where world leaders are required to work together. During meetings, students will run simulations ranging from current issues, historical events, or fictional crises in which delegates collaborate, debate, and respond as various nations around the world. The MC MUN delegation also attends day-long and weekend-long conferences off campus.
Moderator: Mr. Tim Endicott '06
The Multicultural Club is a student- directed forum for exploring the ways in which factors like family, religion, ethnicity, and social class influence our views of ourselves and others. Through readings, viewing and creating videos and presentations, and discussion the club seeks to promote inter-cultural awareness and interpersonal respect within the Malden Catholic community and beyond.The club meets once every cycle and hopes to expand its activities to include social and educational excursions beyond the school day.
Malden Catholic's Brother Gilbert Chapter of the National Honor Society is dedicated to advancing the attributes of Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service. In order for a student to be accepted into and maintain good standing in the NHS, he must maintain a cumulative average of 88 or be in the top 15 % of his class. He must perform at least 8 hours of service each quarter above any other service requirement at MC. He must also continue to exhibit the traits of leadership and good character.
The organization meets six to eight times a school year - after school in the auditorium. It usually has one fund-raising drive each year for the purpose of raising money to be donated to local charities such a Bread of Life and the Lancer Christmas Toy Drive. A scholarship is also presented to a junior at the Underclass Convocation on June. The major activity for the NHS at MC has been to be of service to Malden Catholic and its students. Members are encouraged to volunteer for school events and, in particular, to act as tutors for students in need. The NHS can be improved by adding more activities for its members, and to achieve 100 % participation in the goals of the society.
Moderator: Ms. Angela Lee
The Annual Quiz Bowl is a Malden Catholic student-developed trivia competition. Teams of Middle School students from around the region compete to be the Quiz Bowl champions. The event is typically held in January or February.
Moderators: Mr. Chris Cleary and Mr. Matt Lee-Masiello
The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition. This program exposes students to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that appeals to their hearts, as well as their minds. Students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills to design, build, program, and document robots in a hands-on project that reinforces their learning.
Moderator: Mr. Steven Caristinos
La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica is a nationally recognized Spanish Honor Society which promotes excellence in the study of Spanish. Seniors in their fourth year of Spanish with a career long average of 90 or above will be eligible. Additionally, students are required to fulfill ten hours of service, either through tutoring or assisting at school or cultural events.
Moderator: Mrs. Maria Crotty
STEM Club at Malden Catholic meets once every week with an objective to raise awareness of STEM subjects and increase student attainment levels.
STEM Club offers an opportunity to excite students about STEM subjects, as well as developing practical, teamwork and leadership skills that will support their classroom learning and boost their employability skills. Club gives students a rare opportunity to direct their own learning and explore their own interests with teacher support. It is also a chance to give students an insight into STEM-related careers.
Moderator: Mrs. Saman Abbas
The Student Council consists of a group of four officers, two grade-level representatives for the sophomore and junior classes, and standing committees on Athletics & Activities, Spiritual & Cultural Life, and Publicity. Student Council members are instrumental in the organization and operation of numerous school activities. Examples include Malden Catholic Leadership Institute, Freshman Orientation, Parents Mini-Schedule night, tag days, open house, all school dances, the Senior Class Gift campaign, Junior/Senior Prom, pep rallies, Baccalaureate Mass, food drives, and other charitable causes. Membership is by annual election for officers and class representatives and nomination for committee members.
Yearbook Club is a great way to learn more about print media publishing for students. Throughout the year, this club will help develop many skills in computer design, photography, and writing. Yearbook thrives on creativity and determination. Each member will not only develop important skills in media, but also a passion for capturing important moments at Malden Catholic.
Moderator: Ms. Amanda Beresheim
As a student, you have a job to do and that is to be the best student you can be. It isn’t always easy. So how can you do your job well? Figure out what your teachers want, how they want it, and when they want it. Then give it to them that way. Study Skills Club helps students achieve their best at Malden Catholic High School are:
- Learn how to take effective notes in class and at home.
- Write down, define, and explain key terms.
- Read over and rewrite your class notes every night.
- Get the most out of class time.
- Learn to manage your time effectively.
Moderator: Mrs. Stacie Sullivan