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A Student Ambassador is a student leader who will represent Gibault Catholic High School and will serve as a liaison, spokesperson, school leader, and advocate. Student Ambassadors must have strong leadership skills, a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to GCHS. Members will assist in recruiting activities for the junior high students throughout the school year. This includes hosting shadow visitors, acting as Open House tour guides, and mentoring freshman summer fun activities. Students must fill out an application each year to become an Ambassador. Meetings will be once a month on the late start Wednesday schedule. For more information, contact Mrs. Kelly Day.
The Critique Club is a book and film club perfect for students who love to read and/or watch movies. We read and discuss one book together each semester, usually focusing on high-interest YA fiction novels. In addition, we sponsor several film viewings throughout the school year. In recent years, Critique Club has read The Hate U Give and The Giver as a group. These were fan favorites that students couldn't wait to reread and discuss together. We also hosted two movie lock-ins last year: a Harry Potter Movie Marathon and a 12 Hours of Disney night. These events were big hits with the entire student body. This year, Critique Club plans to host double-features each month centered on a specific (and unique) film theme, such as Stanley September (as in Stanley Kubrick) and November Mystery Month. In the meantime, we will read and discuss a group novel for all of our literature lovers. The Critique Club is open to all students who are interested in reading great books and watching entertaining movies. Please contact Mrs. Kovarik for more information.
The Gibault Dance Team is open to all students. No experience required, just a love for dance. The Dance Team performs at men's home varsity basketball game halftimes. The Dance Team performs routines in the areas of Hip Hop and pom. For more information, contact Athletic Director Jim Montgomery.
Gibault Drama consists of two groups: The Actors and Stage Crew. Gibault presents three drama events during the school year - the fall play, the winter play, and the spring musical. Auditions are open to all students. Stage Crew is responsible for building the set, running the lights and sound, and creating props and costumes. It is open to all students, no experience necessary. For more information about Gibault's drama department or pending drama productions contact MaryBeth Babcock.
FCA: Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a group of Gibault athletes that desire to see Jesus Christ glorified through the influence of coaches and athletes.
The mission of FCA is to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. They meet once a month on Sunday evenings to discuss and challenge one another in their walk with Christ in relation to athletics.To learn more about FCA and hear about upcoming events follow @Gibault FCA on Twitter or email Andy Skaer or Jim Thompson.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To accomplish its mission, FFA:
- Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
- Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
- Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
- Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
- Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
- Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
- Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
- Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
- Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
- Promotes healthy lifestyles.
- Encourages excellence in scholarship
The Gibault Gaming Club is an extracurricular activity open to any interested student, from those who simply want to casually play to the dedicated player. The club will focus mostly on casual play among members on specific video games, namely Smash Brothers and Mario Kart, but we are open to expanding and adding board games as well. Depending on the enthusiasm of our club, we may also organize semi-official tournaments for interested members. Meets are normally held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the half hour before classes begin for the day.
International Club offers students the opportunity to learn, appreciate, and participate in the rituals, customs, and cultures found throughout our diverse world. International Club offers a "buddy system" for Gibault's international students, and gives all students the opportunity to learn more about the cultures represented in our school over breakfast at our monthly morning meetings. Additionally, we test our taste-buds at local transnational restaurants for dinner and discussion. Last year's group went to the Thai House in Colombia and Dreamland Palace for German food! International Club welcomes all Gibault students. Contact Becky Ramlose or Desiree Frasure for more information.
The Gibault Math Team is open to all students at Gibault who have an interest in math. Tests are either multiple choice or short answer and, as such, are good practice for standardized tests such as the ACT or SAT. Participating on the Math Team may increase self-confidence and improve scores. The team competes at meets held at Soutwestern Illinois College, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and University of Illinois against other high schools in the area and the state. Gibault's Math Team has created a tradition of success winning 1st place at the Southwestern Conference competition held at SWIC in 2013, 2014, and 2015 winning 1st place at Regionals at SIUe in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and placing 10th in the State competition at U of I in 2016. We also had the 1st place Algebra 1 student in the state in 2015 and 1st place Geometry student in the state in 2016. If you are interested in participating in math team and helping us to continue our winning tradition, contact Mr. Andrade.
Students involved in Model UN are assigned a country to represent and then meet to discuss world issues from that country's perspective. The focus is to resolve differences and gain a better understanding of each country represented.
Twice a year Model UN students travel to McKendree University in Lebanon, IL to participate in a mock United Nations. For more information about Model UN, contact Austin Meehan.
Nearly one-third of the student body is involved in concert band, jazz band, chorus, or the women's a cappella group. These groups perform twice a year at the Christmas concert and the Spring Concert and Art Show. The concert/ pep band performs at every home basketball game. The women's a cappella group and the jazz band perform for civic and church groups throughout the year. Membership in the jazz band and the women's a cappella group is by audition. And, of course, Gibault is different! Many of our band members are athletes as well - something that doesn't happen in a typical high school. Music ministry for Masses and prayer services is provided by the Liturgical Choir. Membership in the choir is open to any student. For more information about the music program at Gibault, contact Scott Ruppel.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Membership into the Pierre Gibault Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is an honor bestowed on students by the faculty in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in scholarship, service, leadership and character. Each July, incoming juniors and seniors who have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA are invited to apply for membership in NHS. A faculty review board meets to evaluate each application for strengths in the four criteria areas. Membership applications are only accepted at the beginning of the school year; juniors who attain a 3.5 GPA at mid-year will receive invitations the following July. The Induction Ceremony is held in March. Students who graduate as members of NHS wear the Honor Society stole at graduation ceremonies. NHS meetings are once a month for current members and “pledges” and are held on Wednesday mornings using the club schedule. Please check the yearly calendar for this year’s dates.
For more information about the National Honor Society, contact Liz LeSaulnier.
Saturday Scholars is a distinguished and unique scientific lecture-demonstration series is offered to talented high school students. It is an opportunity to interact with intellectual equals, to expand their knowledge in a variety of areas, and to talk with outstanding professionals.
The Saturday Scholar Program meets every Saturday in February and includes a field trip to a different venue every year. The program offers parents/guardians the opportunity to meet with a college admissions representative to help navigate through the college application process.
There is a slight cost to attend the lecture series. Contact Karen Asbury for further information.
Scholastic Bowl is open to all levels of students. Students work in teams of 5 to compete against teams from other schools. A moderator reads questions in various categories and the teams try to ring in first with the correct answers. Players do not have to be experts in every category; they work in teams. There are three levels of teams: Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman. Each team practices once a week. Gibault competes on an independent basis with area schools including Waterloo, Columbia, Freeburg, Carlyle, Breese, Marissa, Dupo, Wesclin, Mater Dei and Althoff. The Varsity team also participates in several tournaments, including Scholastic Hi-Q, a televised tournament sponsored by SIU-Carbondale, and the Masonic Tournament. Varsity players start practice in October and other teams begin practice in November. The regular season lasts from December to early March. For more information about scholastic bowl, contact head coach, Mrs. Pat Hurst.
SCOPE: Students Concerned with Our Planet & Environment
This group's mission is to actively preserve the earth, protect its environment, and raise the consciousness of the Gibault student body on conservation issues. SCOPE has adopted a section of highway on Route 3 and is in charge of keeping the extensive grounds of the Gibault campus clean and well-groomed. SCOPE also manages the recycling program at Gibault. Contact Mrs. Asbury for more information.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES BOARD
Student Activities Board (SAB) is a group of student representatives from the sophomore, junior and senior classes. Our objective is to build school spirit and bring the student body together for events such as:
- Superfan themes and activities
- Spirit Week themes
- Homecoming Dance
- Winter Dance
- Assemblies, such as the Spirit Week school volleyball tournament and Reindeer Games at Christmastime
- Catholic Schools Week, including the annual Talent Show
- Senior Countdown
Student Council (STUCO) is a body of elected representatives from each class who form the student voice. The council acts as a liaison between the students and the faculty/administration by mutually conveying issues and concerns from one to the other. Student Council sponsors activities throughout the year to build school spirit and create community. These activities include:
- Freshmen orientation
- Spirit Week
- School Charity Drive
- National Student Council Leadership Workshop
- Christmas Caroling at the local retirement homes
- Christmas gifts for U.S. veterans
- 7th Grade Christian Leadership Workshop
- Fall Festival
- School Assemblies
- Catholic Schools Week Breakfast
- Veterans Day Collection
The art department at Gibault offers the opportunity to create in a wide range of media. When the artwork is complete, your piece may be entered into any one of the many contests in which our students participate. A recent Gibault graduate won the Congressional Art Award and had his artwork displayed in the Capitol in Washington, D.C., as well as a $40,000 scholarship. Another received a national award in the Sister Cities Art Contest and was one of twelve in the nation to have his artwork included in a calendar. Gibault art students have been recognized most recently as winners in Art on the Square and Art DuJour where they took 4 of the 5 top prizes offered in each category. Gibault art students also host art shows and contests throughout the year. For more information on our visual arts program, contact Diane Corzine.
Students on the yearbook staff create a book that summarizes the school year in pictures and captions. The staff chooses the theme of the yearbook, designs the cover, takes pictures at all school events, and prepares the layout. For more information, contact Mike Kirkpatrick.
YOUNG WOMEN PROFESSIONALS CLUB
The Young Women Professionals Club is centered on conversations and initiatives regarding women’s issues, from the classroom to the workplace to social life. This club creates a space for discussions about rights, equality, and challenges unique to women. We are particularly invested in our young women feeling respected and empowered in all aspects of their lives. The club was founded in 2019, and we have big ideas and plans as we continue to grow. This year, we plan to bring in women professionals from our community to speak about their experiences, struggles, and triumphs as working women in entrepreneurial roles or jobs in traditionally male-dominated fields. We also want to hear from women who hold typically-female work roles, such as teachers, nurses, stay-at-home moms, and religious sisters. In inviting these female mentors to speak with our club, we hope to show a range of perspectives on what it means to be a young woman professional. The group also regularly reflects on the issues our young women face in their personal lives, such as body image and self-esteem, mental health, and how to have conversations about boundaries. We promote self-confidence, recognition of self-worth, and unity among our students. All students are welcome to join the Young Women Professionals Club to take part in lifting up our female student body. Contact Mrs. Kovarik for more information.