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2018-19 Upper School Clubs and organizations

Student-led Clubs

Club Type President Co-President Faculty Sponsor Mission
Amistad Club Service Emily Pritchard (11)   Cathy Soud To provide the opportunity for Bolles students to create  a lasting connection with orphaned children in Bolivia
Amnesty International Club  Service Soraya Bata (11)   Danton Kostandarithes To fight for international human rights and to support the organization of the same name
Angelwood Club  Service Pranit Manohar (12)   Gloria Wood To support and raise awareness for the local charity of the same name
Animal Abuse Awareness Club Service Summer Elsafty (11) Katherine Beltz (11) Joe Tepas To raise awareness of animal cruelty, support organizations that are trying to prevent abuse and to promote a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle
Art Club Service TianLiang Wang (12)   Tiffany Gonzalez To donate money raised from the sale of unwanted student artwork to the North East FL Art Educators Assoc.
Autism Awareness Club Service Kennedy McKinney (12)   Jennifer Gomez To raise money and awareness for the Autism community
Baking Club (Formerly: Cooking Club) Special Interest Shannon McGrane (12) Brooke Zimmerman (12) Allison Chandler To inspire and teach students about culinary arts
Big Heart Bulldogs Service Thomas Keaveny (10)   Kristin Mahshie To spread awareness for organ and blood donation and to help with fundraising for the Katie Caples Foundation
Black Student Union Special Interest Ariana Battle (12)   Ryan Brewer To educate people about the treatment and life experiences of blacks and other minorities. To promote diversity and cultural understanding.
Boisterous Bulldogs Special Interest Jacqueline Emas (12) Julia Preuss (12) Jennifer Stover We are all about School Spirit!! Our goal is to motivate and encourage all students to show their Bolles' Pride.
Bolles Astronomy Club Special Interest Jack He (10)   Jim Lieb To provide the opportunity for interested students to learn  about, share and experience astronomy
Bolles Mission Club  Service Nicole Foster (12) Oliver Barakat (12) Jennifer Stover To educate others about the goal of international mission trips and to support First Love and Clinic Nepal.
Bolles Organization of Knowledge (BOOKs)  Service Kamren Khan (12) Ethan Thomas (12) Anna Jacobson This organization was formed to create and maintain a library of textbooks affiliated with the Financial Aid Office
Books Across Borders Service Lara Morello (10)   Nancy Hazzard To engage others students to share in the good fortune of our education with the less fortunate children of Fiji
Care for Kids Service Marla Saikali (12)   Janice Fluegel To help raise money and support for local children in need
Cars for Concern Special Interest Trey Zaccour (11)   John Bowling For students with a common interest in cars to come together. We will learn about cars and provide outreach to various local charities.
Characters for Care Service Rachel Johns (12)   Dawn Roland To raise awareness about kids with special needs and to participate in events for them while dressed in character costumes.
Chess Club Special Interest Henry Li (11)   Jim Lieb To introduce Bolles students to the game of chess
Childrens' International Summer Village (CISV) Club  Special Interest Raya Rukab (12)   Anna Jacobson To educate the students of Bolles about CISV's core goals and values, and to utilize our privilege through community service opportunities
Chinese Club Academic Julia Butler (12) Xijing (Lily) Guo (12) Rothschild To promote the Chinese language and culture
Civil Discourse Club Special Interest Matthew Keller (10)   Chris Gebauer To allow a place for students to discuss issues and events that occur in our society with the goal of increased understanding
Dancing with Love Service Kenny Sogbesan (11)   Angela Blackledge To provide the community extra support and positive influence in their lives through dance and to expand the love of dance.
DIPG Ellie Club Service Mila Kavalieras (10) Danya Rukab (10) Kristen Mahshie To help fund cancer research, specifically for DIPG, and to educate people on incurable diseases that affect children and devastate families
Dreams Come True Service Haley Bowmaster (11)   Cormac O'Riordan To help raise funds to send a child with a very serious medical condition on a trip or the help make a 'dream' come true. This club is affiliated with the non-profit of the same name.
Environmental Club Service Mitchell Henshaw (11)   Andrew Dickson To raise awareness about environmental issues
Free and Equal Club Special Interest Barbie Goldstein (12)   Anna Jacobson To spread knowledge and awareness of current issues such as human rights, diversity and social justice
French Club Academic Madi Duhnoski (12) Serena Scalcione (12) Sara Phillips-Bourass To celebrate French culture and language and to encourage others to appreciate foreign languages.
Giving Grand Goods: Community Hospice Service Madison Clubb (12)   Jennifer Stover To provide students with an outlet  for being compassionate while improving the quality of life for Hospice residents
Happy Club Special Interest Leila Roberts (10) Somerset Acosta-Rua (10) Ryan Brewer To put a smile on the faces of Bolles students
Healthy Hearts Club Service Abigail Lynch (10) Sophia Mitchell (10) Dawn Roland To raise awareness towards this country's number one and number five killers - heart disease and stroke. We will be supporting the American Heart Association.
Hearts for the Arts Service Natalie Rudzinski (11)   Laura Rippel To raise money that would benefit public schools who have had their arts funding cut
Hearts for the Homeless Service Julie Mas (11) Andrea Ashchi (11) Brad Bullington To raise awareness of the homeless situation in Jacksonville and to directly help. We will be raising funds for, prepping, and for those interested, delivering food to area homeless.
India Club Service Sushmita Udoshi (11) Trisha Chakravarty (11) Janice Fluegel To spread the culture of India by holding events celebrating Indian culture
Japanese Club Academic David Lou (12) Caroline Holland (12) Mrs. Braren To promote the Japanese language and culture
Kenzie Club Service Madison Wilson (12) Oliver Wilson (12) Allison Chandler To motivate young people to reach their full potential and discover their purpose in the world. This club is affiliated with the McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation.
Kids 4 Cures Service Avani Bansal (10)   Adriana Stam To find ways to support children fighting cancer at the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Division of Nemours Children's Clinic
Latin Club Academic Noah Silverstein (12)   Meredith Kendall / Jeff Yeakel To promote a more thorough knowledge of Classical life, history and literature
Mental Health Club Service Ariela Allen (12)   Pamela Clubb / Michelle Miller To bring awareness to the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses and work to eradicate it
Magic of Music Club Special Interest Katie Fites (10) Olivia Landolfo (10) Jeff Creter To bring people together who love singing or playing music. We will then raise awareness and support for schools in need of funds for instruments.
Natural Disaster Relief Club Service Anna Whelan (11) Samantha Josephson (11) Mike Rivera To help those affected by natural disasters by supporting the Direct Relief Foundation
Operation Smile Service Richa Goel (11) Maya Thomas (11) Brad Bullington To contribute to the nonprofit of the same name whose goal is to provide surgical services for children suffering from cleft palates or cleft lips
Pencils of Promise Service Kamren Khan (12) Layla Farah (12) Steven Stam To raise money to help build schools in underdeveloped  countries. This club is affiliated with the national Pencils of Promise Foundation.
Photography Club Special Interest Nithya Badarinath (12)   Kelly Cullen To hold photography based service events, specifically taking family pictures and senior portraits for families that cannot afford to pay for professionals photography.
Project Downtown Jacksonville Service Ozair Khawaja (10) Satvik Kuravi (10) Daniel Ferrari To serve the community of Jacksonville one meal at a time. Members meet every Saturday to make sandwiches and other food items that will be handed out to the homeless in downtown.
Promise to Kate Service Caroline Clements (12) Maddy Park (12) Beth Curran To raise awareness of Myotonic Dystrophy, a rare genetic disorder. This club is affiliated with the local non-profit of the same name.
Relay for Life Club Service Julia Johansen (11)   Erin DuChanois / Summer Anderson To support the efforts of the American Cancer Society and their Relay for Life events. 
Ronald McDonald House Club Service Meghan Shaffer (10)   Carrie Ezzell To support our local Ronald McDonald House whose mission is to support the health and well being of children facing serious illness
Run Life Special Interest Anna Csikia (12)   Steven Stam To bring runners of all levels together to share information, form an intentional bond around their preferred activity and to volunteer together at local charity races
Save Our Seas Service Serena Scalcione (12) Halle Gold (11) Daniel Ferrari To help protect our oceans/beaches and the creatures living there through the support of rehabilitation centers and beach clean-up, among other things.
Service Through Sports Service Hayden Coddington (11)   Jeff Yeakel To foster a love of sports both at Bolles and in the greater community 
Soul Surfers Club Special Interest Josh Zimmerman (12)   TBA To raise funds for underprivileged children in Jacksonville the opportunity to learn how to surf
Spanish Club Academic Gianluis Hernandez (11)   Carrie Ezzell / Monica Wilinski-Hodel To inform people about the Hispanic culture and to give them a chance to help those in need
Team Ryan Service Laura Perry (9) Hunter Dixon (11) Laura Lane To honor the memory of 5th grade student, Ryan Perry, who passed away in 2012 by supporting the Jax Humane Society and the Baptist Children's Hospital
Technology Club  Special Interest Nikhil Pilli (12) Alex Tun (12) John Bowling To provide a platform to discuss trends and exchange ideas relating to the Information Technology industry
Ukulele Club Special Interest Shannon McGrane (12) Madi Duhnoski (12) Maggie Vance To provide a place for people to improve their ukulele playing skills, learn how to play, or just enjoy the music of the ukulele.
Wounded Warriors  Service Savannah Friedlin (11) Chloe Cochran (11) Jennifer Gomez To support the mission of the national organization of the same name.
Young Republicans Special Interest Makayla Stone (11) Chloe Schiavone (11) Beth Stone To inform interested students about issues in our country and the worldwhile being respectful of varying beliefs


School Organizations

Club Faculty Sponsor  Student Leaders  Mission
B Club and Lady Bulldogs Rahul Sharma TBD  
Bolles Buddies Cynthia Harcrow Ryan Delaney; Lexi Downey; Haley Bowmaster; Claire Hogan; Claire Cywes; Stefan Mostovych To help bring awareness to and support for children and adults with special needs. This club works with the North Florida School.
Brain Brawl - Varsity and JV Jen Stover, Melissa Tyler and Michael Lipp   Invitational Quiz Bowl Competition against high schools in Duval County on general knowledge material.  Varsity tournaments in December and March; JV in January, February. Teams consist of four players which can be rotated during play with an additional four.
Coffee House Mrs. Jacobson Bugle Editorial Staff, Gabriel Bassin (Coffeehouse promoter) student-run open mic night
Community Connections Beth Morgan / Allison Denmark Caroline Clements To give the students of Sabal Palms and fun and safe place to come afterschool once or two times per month
Debate Club Marie Kervin   Participate in lively debates, rousing speeches and quick thinking impromptu speeches! We meet Friday 3.30- 4.45 and activities on Tuesday when required. We will be participating in tournaments and championships.
Girl Talk Mrs. Cussen / Ms. Genduso / Mrs. Plant   This is a series of three question-and-answer panel sessions run by five seniors for 8th graders. The 8th graders generate the questions regarding concerns about high school.
Girls' Night In Mrs. Cussen   This group a one day program planned by the rising senior women for the rising freshmen women covering topics such as peer pressure, team building, dress code issues, dating, etc.
Junior Mentors Mrs. Cussen / Ms. Vagenas   A select group of juniors spend the fall semester creating a series of life lessons (time management, healthy relationships, cyber safety, etc.) that they present to our fifth graders during a retreat in the spring.  The program prepares the younger students for the transition from lower school to middle school.  The mentors earn 25-30 service hours.  Curriculum planning meetings take place during activities period weekly in the fall semester and the two retreats (one for each campus) take place in March and April (approximately 4 hours each).  
Lower School Academic Counsel Kathryn Halloran   To assist in the Lower School classrooms. Involvement includes, but is not limited to, working 1:1 with students and working in small groups.  Students must apply in the fall.
Mock Trial Mr. Dickson    Has competed in the FLREA High School Mock Trial circuit at district and state levels, as well as interstate invitationals. 
Model UN Team Mr. Tepas Caroline Shore and Soraya Bata Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences. Students are required to participate in a few training sessions before they can attend any conferences. 
National Honor Society Tutoring Services Mrs. Marks N/A The purpose of this group is to tutor freshmen and sophomores who have been identified by their teachers to be in need of extra help.  NHS tutors work in all subject areas. You must be a member of NHS to act as a tutor.
One Love Mr. Mulvey Elise Anderson, Gentian Fairman Assists with One Love convocation, fundraises on organization’s behalf, spreads One Love message of recognizing and eventually ending relationship violence and abuse
Pen Pals Mrs. Duchanois Diane milne, Hanna Kissinger Upper School volunteers are matched with a Whitehurst or Ponte Vedra 2nd grader.  The pen pals exchange three letters over the course of the second semester.  The program culminates with a get-together on the river campus where pen pals meet and visit in person.  
Robotics Team: Patent Pending and Voyagers Paul Sollee, John Bowling, Michael Corrigan, Tony Shubert Colby Newman and Adam Pooley Robotics competition team
Senior Women Mrs. Clubb / Mrs. Harcrow Jacqueline Emas-President; Caroline Clements-VP; Nicole Foster – Sec/Treas; Lexi Downey/Havana Frakes – Special Events Coordinator To build spirit within the senior class and on the campus as a whole. We also adopt a charity annually. Open to females in the senior class.
The Bulldog Experience Mr. Stam Dylan Lageman and Chase Rivera These group of seniors organize and host an event to welcome rising 9th grade boys to Upper School.  
World Quest Dr. Kostandrithes N/A World Quest is an annual Northeast Florida high school competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. It tests students' knowledge of international events.