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Mariemont High School Extracurricular Offerings

From academics to arts to athletics, Mariemont High School students are encouraged to experience a broad range of learning and growth opportunities. Becoming involved in a wide array of educational opportunities in Mariemont City Schools is an integral part of the whole learning experience in our school district.

At Mariemont High School, we are able to provide large-school opportunities with small-school accessibility. It’s not uncommon to see football players performing with the marching band at halftime!

Academic Team

Four-student teams compete at the varsity or junior varsity level against teams from other schools in a quiz-show style. Students answer questions in several formats on all types of academic topics. All interested students, grades 9-12 are eligible without tryouts. Practices start in October, on Tuesdays after school.  Matches are held Mondays after school at Cincinnati State, with a Saturday tournament in early March. Outstanding students may be selected for the league all-star teams.

The competition is friendly and fun, not cutthroat (usually!!). All attending team members participate in matches. Have fun competing, meet kids from other schools, work together for the team and get even smarter!

AFS Club

The AFS International Exchange Club provides a network of friends and social events for Mariemont High School’s foreign exchange students. The club brings international experiences to all Mariemont students through local AFS student exchanges. Through its association with the national AFS Intercultural Programs

Organization, the club provides a vehicle whereby Mariemont High School students can participate in international exchange programs offered by this organization.

Students in grades 9-12 may participate by attending the business meeting in the fall to sign up. Membership is sustained by participation in club social events, and by volunteering to plan and execute club events and social projects. Meetings are held after school. Events are scheduled evenings and weekends.

Some of the activities typically scheduled are restaurant outings to help the student body get to know the current year’s AFS exchange students, parties featuring presentations by exchange students, and other activities, such as picnics and ice skating. Also part of the AFS Club’s service to Mariemont High School is the annual AFS International Day whereby the entire school is given the opportunity to host exchange students for a one-day overnight.

Athletics

Mariemont students are well known for being excellent in athletics. For a school of our size, we are fortunate to be able to offer such a wide range of competitive athletic teams. Tryouts, practices, schedules are too lengthy to include here, so please contact the high school office for further information on any team. The Athletic Director can help you by giving details or by putting you in contact with the coach of the team. NOTE: In-coming 9th grade students interested in playing sports must have passed 75% of their 4th quarter 8th grade classes. Go Warriors!

Fall Teams

Cheerleading, Football (JV, Var.) Co-Ed Cross Country (Var.), Soccer (Girls & Boys - JV, Var.), Golf (Girls & Boys - JV, Var.), Tennis (Girls - JV, Var.) Soccer (Girls & Boys JV, Var.), Volleyball (JV, Var.)

Winter Teams

Basketball (Girls -  JV, Var.) Basketball (Boys - Fr., JV, Var.), Cheerleading, Co-Ed Swimming/Diving (Var.), Wrestling (Var.)

Spring Teams

Softball (Girls - JV, Var.) Baseball (JV, Var.), Co-Ed Track & Field (Var.,) Tennis (Boys - JV, Var.),
Lacrosse (Girls & Boys - JV, Var.)

Art Club

The Art Club’s mission is to increase awareness of the visual art in the school and the community. Any student of Mariemont High School is welcome to join the art club. Previous art experience and participation in visual art classes is helpful and recommended.

Art Club is a service organization with a primary purpose of raising funds for an annual Art Club Scholarship awarded to a senior who will pursue a college education in a visual art area. Our primary source of income comes from hand crafted and hand painted items sold at Holiday Fair. Fall participation is very active in preparation for this event.  In the past we have also participated in activities such as the Big Pig Gig, the Little Pig Gig, the Foundation “Charity”, Spring Fling and Sing Cincinnati. In May, Art Club members are responsible for Night of the Art exhibits and Scholarship presentations.

Book Club

Mariemont High School Book Club meets every Friday morning starting at 7am in the lower library for food, fellowship and fun. We are a stress-free club welcoming anyone as a member with no requirements other than to keep an open mind. We typically choose two books at a time to read over the course of 6-8 weeks (you don’t have to read both), which we borrow from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and then discuss over breakfast.

Book Club sponsors activities and contests during the year such as “Dress As Your Favorite Character Day,” author visits and summer reading picnics. We sometimes go on field trips to other libraries and regularly invite special guests to come to our meetings to discuss their favorite books and their lives as readers. Whether debating the latest book-to-film adaptation or playing a lively round of Harry Potter trivia, book club is always about making new friends over a shared love of reading.

Chess Club/Chess Team

Chess Club exists to provide students in grades 9-12 with a fun activity during the indoor winter months. Anyone is eligible to participate, although pre-season training can be rough…it is important for a chess player to be strong, fast, agile, flexible, mean and have high endurance for pain. (Ok, maybe not.)

Meetings begin in October (listen for the announcements) with practices throughout each week. The best players are invited to join the Chess Team, which competes against teams from other high schools in the area. Matches (usually between 6-8 for the season) are held at various times on weekday afternoons. The season ends in late February or early March with the league tournament. There are also other local tournaments which the team could potentially participate in if there is enough interest from members. The ultimate goal is to have fun.

DECA

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA provides students the opportunity to compete for local, state, and international Officer Roles, compete for events and scholarships, attend leadership conferences and perform service-learning projects. DECA is co-curricular, meaning students must be enrolled in a High School of Business course to become a member. Membership includes 180,000 students and advisers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, China, Korea, Japan and Germany.

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club works to raise awareness about recycling reusable resources such as paper, plastics, and aluminum. Anyone in grades 9-12 may join by coming to the organizational meeting in the fall. They meet again in the winter to sign up to help with recycling. Bins are placed in each classroom and throughout the building and are collected every week to recycle. The club also raises money to plant trees and flowers on the high school grounds and donates money to charitable environmental organizations.

Fall Play

Every November, a play is performed with the purpose of getting students involved in the theatre.  Students in grades 9-12 may audition for acting parts during September. Technical positions for lights, sound, backstage work, props, and set building are also arranged during September. There is something for everyone in the dramatic productions; not just those interested in performing. Students have fun while working together and while learning about the art of the theatre.

Rehearsals are held almost every day and some Saturdays between early September and late November. As the play is fully sponsored by Masque & Mime, being a member of that club is a prerequisite.

Green Envy Investment Club

The Green Envy Investment Club (GEIC) is an investment club for students at Mariemont High School. The students contribute and invest their own money, and make all of the investment decisions. The club elects its own officers and is organized as a partnership (under Ohio and IRS regulations) and will follow the investing procedures and philosophy suggested by NAIC, a non-profit corporation serving investment clubs nationwide.

GEIC meets twice a month during the school year, on Mondays, at 8pm. Each month, there are two meeting formats. One of the monthly meetings will be for all members, where the advisor will give a short educational presentation on investing, and the members can present potential stocks for the club to discuss and vote on. The other meeting will only involve about one half of the club (on a rotating basis) where the members will research potential companies for purchase. The all member meetings will end by 9:15 pm; the research meetings will end by 9pm. In addition we may schedule trips to visit companies and attend annual meetings (which may require excused absences from classes).

Membership in GEIC is limited to 40 students based on timely application and interview (GEIC votes on each new member), and will require a commitment of both time and money. Attendance and participation at the meetings is important. Every member will have duties and responsibilities; every member will learn to investigate and evaluate companies to determine if GEIC should purchase each company’s stock.

High School Band

The Mariemont High School Band is a full-year curricular course open to all students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate proficiency and/or have a desire to play a band instrument. The band participates in various activities throughout the school year.

  • Concert Band: The concert band performs in school concerts and in OMEA District XIV sanctioned events.
  • Marching Band: The marching band performs in community parades and at all home and away football games.
  • Pep Band: The pep band performs at home basketball games.
  • Color Guard: This auxiliary unit is the visual component of the marching band. The color guard performs in parades and at all home and away football games
  • Indoor Drumline: The indoor drumline is one of the sports of the arts. The drumline is an extracurricular, competitive musical ensemble that is active through the winter and spring months. Auditions are held annually. Rehearsals are arranged at the discretion of the director(s), and generally take place afternoons and evenings. Performances and competitions are held in the evenings and/or on weekends.

Key Club

Key Club is an international service organization affiliated with Kiwanis.  Any students, grades 9-12, who are interested in performing community service, are invited to participate. Meetings are held once a month after school. The fall organizational meeting is the time for new members to join. $12.00 dues required.

To be considered an active member, students must perform 24 hours of community service (6 credits). One half of the credits must be earned in the first semester. The Key Club sponsors approximately three activities per month. Some examples of these activities are: ushering at plays, working at the Mariemont Kiwanis Art Fair, attending Senior/Senior proms at local nursing homes, and the annual canned food drive.

Latin Club

Mariemont Latin Club meets on Mondays. Students prepare projects for the annual Ohio Junior Classical League Convention held in Columbus in March. Students compete against Latin Club students from schools through-out the state in the following categories: club banner, club project, club scrapbook, club skit, costume, dramatic interpretation, English oratory, Latin recitation, Latin sight reading, drawings and paintings (charcoal, ink, mixed media, oil & acrylic, pastel, pencil, watercolor) ceramics, decorative stitching, games, jewelry, models, mosaics, sculpture, textiles, metal & wood-working, illustrated quotations, charts, maps, posters, photo collage, single photograph and audio-visual. Outstanding projects are eligible for the annual National Junior Classical League Convention. Dues are $8.00 per year. Read an edition of the Latin Club Times here.

Latin Quiz Team

Mariemont Latin Quiz Team practices on Thursdays. Students answer questions in a quiz show format on Latin language and vocabulary, classical culture and civilization, and Greco-Roman mythology. Students compete in teams against Latin Quiz teams from area high schools. Students compete according to their level of Latin:  Level I (Latin I), Level II (Latin II), or Upper Level (Latin III, IV, AP). All matches are held on Saturday mornings at high schools in the Cincinnati area. The Latin Quiz team season begins in October and ends in March with the state tournament in Columbus.

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council exists to foster leadership, character and decision-making skills while improving the community environment. This may be accomplished through major projects or small acts of kindness. Teachers (including Jr. High teachers) can nominate students in grades 9-12 who have demonstrated potential or leadership skills. The membership is limited to 50 members, spread out over all four grades. Members who fail to participate in club activities or miss two or more meetings are dropped from the roster.

The Leadership Council generally meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month after school. One Saturday in the fall is the citywide Youth Conference. Some examples of typical activities are: support of a needy Cincinnati family at Christmas, Hamilton County Youth Conference, leadership speakers, and mentoring and tutoring junior high school students.

Magnified Giving Club

The Magnified Giving Club is made up of Mariemont High School students in grades 9-12 who wish to learn about philanthropy. Throughout the year, students will meet once a week before school to experience the power of philanthropy by reaching out to charities in the community. Through this process, the members will be divided into groups to decide on which non-profit agency they will invest the $1,000 grant from Magnified Giving. They will have opportunities to research and present their findings about the social concerns and needs in the Cincinnati community. At the end of the year, an awards ceremony is given to honor those schools and the non-profit agency they selected to help.

Mariemont High School Class Officers

Four class officers are chosen by their classmates in an election held each spring: President, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Prospective candidates must register prior to the election with the current student council advisor and attend an organizational meeting held with the current class advisor after school which defines the officers’ responsibilities. The primary function of the officers is to promote class spirit and provide leadership opportunities for themselves and their classmates. Specific responsibilities related to Homecoming (the class float and parade), Holiday Fair, Spring Fling, the prom (junior year), and graduation (junior and senior year) are also involved. In addition, class presidents will serve ex officio on student council.

Masque & Mime

The purpose of Masque & Mime is to produce the fall play, field the school’s Cappies Team and support the spring musical to further an appreciation of theatre performance and technical work. Anyone in grades 9-12 who has an interest in being involved in our drama program may be a member.

Most members are involved with the play and the musical, so there are no set meeting times. Members work together constantly at rehearsals. Masque & Mime is fun; people can participate at their own level of comfort and expertise; the group is made up of a diverse population of students.

While the fall play, Cappies team and spring musical all require tryouts, everyone is encouraged to participate in these auditions. If a student is not awarded a spot on stage or on the team, then there are ample opportunities for “behind-the-scenes” work.

Mock Trial

Mock Trial is an opportunity for students to experience a realistic approach to law and government by playing roles involved in a mock trial. Students prepare for cases as plaintiffs, prosecution and defense, and compete against other teams from other schools.

In late October/early November, listen for announcements about the startup of the Mock Trial team.  The competition is held in late January/early February.

Musical

Each spring a quality Broadway stage musical is presented to community audiences. In mid-December, auditions are held. Any 9th through 12th grade student may audition. Audition materials are provided by the directors. Students may choose to participate by working backstage on lights, sound, set, costumes, etc., instead of auditioning for a performance role.

Practices are held after school until about 5:30pm and include some evenings and Saturdays. Groups break down rehearsals: chorus rehearsal, dramatic rehearsal and choreography rehearsal.

It is helpful to get as much vocal and dramatic experience as possible before auditioning - participate in junior high and high school chorus classes, and perhaps take private voice lessons, music reading or acting classes.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society is an organization made up of juniors and seniors who are the highest achievers and most active leaders in our school. They provide service to the school and to the community at large.

To be eligible for NHS, students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, and they must complete an application (by the required deadline) which will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and administrators. The application and accompanying documentation are very important in the committee’s decision to accept or reject the candidate and should be completed with great care as acceptance into NHS is based not only on grade point average and scholarship, but also on leadership, service and character. Once chosen to be in NHS, students must maintain the 3.5 GPA and uphold the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service and character throughout high school in order to remain in the society. Meetings are held as needed and activities include a junior high school dance, service projects, and peer tutoring. NHS members pay yearly dues of $10.00.

Students must work hard in their 9th and 10th grade years to acquire the background of leadership activities, community service, classroom leadership and academic achievement that are the basis for membership.

Unlike a club membership, NHS membership is a highly coveted honor; therefore, participation in club activities is mandatory. Students unwilling or unable to make that time commitment should not apply.

Showstoppers

The Mariemont High School show choir, Showstoppers, performs high energy songs from Broadway musicals combined with choreographed dance steps. Students have the opportunity to work with both a vocal director and choreographer when putting together their show. Showstoppers perform at all high school concerts and at various events out in the community during the academic year. Auditions are held annually in May for both guys and girls in order to cast the group for the following year. The group generally rehearses once a week at the discretion of the director and more immediately before a show. Interested students may contact the director for current details and information. Participants should have experience in vocal music performance, such as participation in junior high and high school choir or private instruction, but do not necessarily have to be currently enrolled in a music class. Participants should also be comfortable moving on stage.

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club promotes awareness of the Spanish language and culture at the local and global level. Activities and events reflective of the Spanish/Latino culture are shared.

All students in grades 9-12 are welcome to participate by signing up in September. Meetings are after school. There may be optional events in the evenings or weekends.

Activities could include participating in the Hispanic Festival, music, films, preparing foods, crafts and investigating local Latino events.

Spirit Club

The Spirit Club is an organization made up of Mariemont students to promote Mariemont High School extracurricular activities. The Spirit Club is for students in grades 9-12 who wish to help build spirit within the school. The club has several promotional events each season to help increase the attendance, positive attitude, sportsmanship and commitment to all official Mariemont High School extracurricular activities.

STEM Club

STEM Club is a project-based learning club focused on allowing members to learn how content areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are interconnected by doing a variety of projects, such as creating rain barrels, electric guitar building, participating in engineering design contests, and robotics creations and competitions.

Student Council

The Student Council acts as the liaison between the student body and the faculty and administration. As the leaders of the school, class representatives organize student involvement and plan student activities. Participation is by election held in the spring for the following school year. Interested students must see the advisor and submit a petition in order to be placed on the ballot. Meetings are held as needed.

Some examples of student council activities done in prior years include organizing and coordinating school dances, raising school spirit and, when appropriate, offering new proposals to the administration on behalf of the student body. When students have questions or concerns at any point during the school year, they are encouraged to seek out their student council representatives and class officers.

Unified for UNIFAT

Unified for UNIFAT is an entirely student-run organization throughout the city of Cincinnati that aims to raise funds for students at a school called UNIFAT in Gulu, Uganda. As a member of UNIFAT, you will get first-hand experience on how to plan and run events and how to raise money. We currently sponsor three children, and as a UNIFAT member you learn and feel what these three children feel each day. We currently support 133 UNIFAT students from chapters at schools throughout the city. We work to put ourselves out of business; we hope that one day these children will no longer need our support and can do so on their own. Our chapter at Mariemont High School reaches out to you and hopes you will join us in our fight for education!

World Affairs Club

The World Affairs Club exists to increase student understanding of the world’s countries and regions and their problems both past and current.  All students in grades 9-12 who have an interest in current events are encouraged to join. The first meeting is in September and meetings are generally held monthly after that.  Meetings are after school unless there is a special event in the evening or on Saturday.

Eligibility

The MHS Student Handbook states: The following policy is in effect for all students in extracurricular activities.

In order to be eligible in grades 9-12, a student must be currently enrolled and must have been enrolled in school the immediately preceding grading period. During the preceding grading period, the student must have received passing grades in a minimum of five one-credit courses or the equivalent which count toward graduation excluding physical education classes, and maintain a 1.5 GPA. Freshmen must have passed 75% of their 4th quarter 8th grade classes for fall eligibility.

The eligibility or ineligibility of a student continues until the 5th day of the next grading period. Exception: At the start of the fall sports season, the first grading period is considered to have started insofar as this bylaw is concerned.

Summer school grades earned may NOT be used to substitute for failing grades.

  1. A. Students enrolled in grades 9-12
    1. In the immediately preceding grading period, a student must receive a passing grade in a minimum of FIVE one-credit courses or the equivalent, which count toward graduation, excluding physical education classes
    2. The grades from the preceding grading period, excluding physical education classes, must, when combined, be a total grade point average of at least a 1.5 on a four-point scale.
    3. Students enrolled in the first grading period after advancement from the eighth grade must have passed 75% of those subjects carried the preceding grading period in which the student was enrolled, and failed no more than one of the following classes: math, English, social studies, science and Latin.
  2. Students enrolled in grades 7-8
    1. A student enrolled in the seventh grade for the first time will be eligible for the grading period regardless of previous academic achievement.  Thereafter, in order to be eligible, a student in grade 7 or 8 must have received passing grades in 75% of those subjects carried the preceding grading period in which the student was enrolled; and failed no more than one of the following classes:  math, English, science, social studies and Latin
    2. Those grades referenced in B.1. must, when combined, be a total grade point average of at least a 1.0 on a four-point scale.