Student Groups & Clubs

A rich collection of activities provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, build a sense of community, recognize and respect differences, pursue specific interests and have fun.

student-groups.jpgACTT (Arch City Theater Troupe)
Aim High
ALS Helping Hands
American Patriot Club
Amnesty International
Asian Culture Club
August Days
Blue & Gold Club
Cheerleading
Chemistry Club
Chess Club
Classics Club
Dance Squad
Debate Club
Diversity ETC
Environmental Awareness Club
Film Club
French Club
Future Business Leaders of America
Gateway Model UN
The Governor (Yearbook)
GYLI (Global Youth Leadership Institute)
International Student Exchange Committee (Formerly American Field Service)
Iron Chef Club
JBS Players
KIVA
Knits for Needs
KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One)
Lend A Paw
Light & Sound Crew
Mad Bomber
Montgomery Plan Committee
Music for Charity
Outdoor Ed (Outdoor X)
Physics & Engineering Club
Political Forum
RAD (Reaching Adolescent Drivers)
Review
Robotics
Science Olympiad
Sixth Man Club
SLAMUN (St. Louis Area Model United Nations)
Spectrum
Sports for Charity (SPOFO)
Student Congress
Student Court
Super Mileage Vehicle Challenge
THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations)
The World
Unicycle Club
Works in Progress

ACTT (Arch City Theater Troupe)
Student Leaders:  TBD
Faculty Sponsor:  Deena Goran
ACTT encourages youth involvement in service by giving kids and teens opportunities to use their talents to help others in their annual musical production.

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Aim High
Student Leaders:  TBD
Faculty Sponsor:  Kevin McKone

Aim High is a partnership between JBS and seven elementary schools in low-income areas of St. Louis. A five-week summer enrichment program—academics, arts, sports and cultural activities—is offered at JBS and Saint Louis Priory School to selected 5th-8th grade students from the seven elementary schools. The purpose of the program is to provide four years of the extra skills, encouragement and self-esteem development to help these students graduate from high school and, we hope, attend college. This program represents an important exchange between the city and county, between public and private education. John Burroughs students serve as teaching assistants during the summer program; they help with classes, counseling and sports, as well as cultural activities. During the school year, Burroughs students may also help with the monthly programs held for Aim High students on Saturday mornings. Freshmen, sophomore, junior, seniors and graduates of Burroughs may volunteer for the five-week program that begins in mid-June and ends in mid-July.

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ALS Helping Hands
Student Leaders:  Zoe Kolberg-Shuler, Jamie Goodman, Abby Baum & Olivia Lasala
Faculty Sponsor:  Suzy Hamon
Members of ALS Helping Hands go into patients' homes and provide assistance to people living with ALS throughout the St. Louis area. While in the homes of patients, students perform household chores that are difficult for people living with ALS. In taking care of these jobs, participants alleviate some of the added stress to caretakers. The members of this club also raise money to help fund research that will increase knowledge of this disease leading to a cure. Students participate in community-wide events that raise general awareness of ALS and provide ways for the larger St. Louis community to get involved.

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American Patriot Club
Student Leaders:  Brin Datema, Stuart Fort & Anna Stillman
Faculty Sponsor:  Howard Jones
The purpose of the American Patriot Club is to recognize and thank members of the United States military, while celebrating the freedoms we enjoy on their behalf. The club has no political affiliation and is not a forum for discussion of foreign policy or military decision making.

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Amnesty International
Student  Leaders:  Griffin Kennard
Faculty Sponsor:  Rick Sandler
The mission of the JBS chapter of Amnesty International is to heighten awareness and inform the student body about political prisoners, refugee relocation and possible actions related to Amnesty International. At meetings, students discuss cases and distribute the materials for letter-writing campaigns. Petition drives and case signings occur each month during lunch periods. Money is raised by selling T-shirts, baked goods and posting contribution boxes in local businesses.

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Asian Culture Club
Student Leaders:  Soomin Cho & Joanne Hsueh
Faculty Sponsor:  Alex Wu
To educate the John Burroughs community about Asian cultures and languages.

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August Days
2014 July 21-August 1
Faculty Sponsor:  Margaret Clark
August Days is a two-week summer camp for underprivileged children from the Youth and Family Center in downtown St. Louis; it is staffed exclusively by 40 JBS students entering grades 9-12, who act as counselors under the leadership of senior co-directors appointed by the faculty sponsor. Campers and counselors spend the day (9 am to 2 pm., Monday through Friday) in crafts, games, activities and simple fellowship; several field trips (e.g. the Zoo, Science Center, City Museum) supplement the on-campus activities. 

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Blue & Gold Club
blue-gold.jpgStudent Leader:  Maddy Smith
Faculty Sponsor:  Andrew Newman
This club helps promote spirit week and numerous other events during the year.

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Cheerleading
cheer.jpgStudent Leaders:  Abby Baum & Kay Trulaske
Faculty Sponsor:  Margaret Clark
Cheerleaders represent the school, leading fans in organized cheers and rousing school spirit at pep rallies and athletic contests. Varsity, JV and C squads cheer at all football games and for all home basketball games. They help organize activities for Blue & Gold weekend including poster making, assembly cheers, Ram roast and pep rally. Tryouts are held in the spring.

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Chemistry Club
Student Leaders: TBD
Faculty Sponsor:  Sandra Mueller
This group gets once a month to discuss and perform a variety of chemical demonstrations centered around a central theme such as fire. The purpose of the club is to create an interest in science and chemistry.

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Chess Club
Student Leaders:  Nikhil Das & Grant Riew
Faculty Sponsors:  Tim Baker, Mark Smith & Alex Wu
The purpose of this club is to heighten awareness and increase participation in this ancient game. Recreational games, challenging matches and tournaments are played formally and informally throughout the year. JBS sponsors a team that competes during the first two trimesters in the Metropolitan St. Louis Interscholastic Chess League.

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Classics Club
Student Leaders:  TBD
Faculty Sponsors:  Marni Dilard & Avery Springer
The purpose of the Classics Club is to foment interest and participation in activities related to the languages and cultures of ancient western civilizations. Activities include seeing movies related to the language and culture taught, visiting museums, theaters and restaurants and preparing authentic meals. Other activities include bake sales and T-shirt sales to raise money for charities or partial scholarships to students traveling abroad.

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Dance Squad
dance.jpgStudent Leaders: Rainey Horwitz & Sloan Long
Faculty Sponsor:  Margaret Bahe
This club performs routines during Spirit Week, MICDS Basketball games and Field Day assembly in order to promote school spirit and heighten the community’s awareness of choreographed dance.

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Debate Club
Student Leaders:  Mackenzie Geisman & Annalise Wagner
Faculty Sponsor:  Jud Dieffenbach

The John Burroughs Debate Club aims to give students of all grades the opportunity to engage in various types of debates outside of the classroom. We hope to give students practice in defending, refuting and questioning different claims, and hope to help members of all experience levels to improve their debate skills and knowledge. This will be done through meetings that will include debates among the members, and potentially against other schools in the future.

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Diversity E.T.C.
Student  Leaders:  Clara Abbott, Elijah Brown & Madison Rinder
Faculty Sponsor:  Suzy Hamon
In accordance with the John Burroughs School statement of philosophy, we believe that excellence in education goes hand in hand with diversity. We in Diversity E.T.C. seek to instill the joy of living through the advancement of community. We believe that it is an integral part of education during these formative years to cultivate character and compassion by productive interaction.  Welcoming all, regardless of background or opinion, Diversity E.T.C. strives to serve as a clearinghouse for ongoing, open discourse, with the goal of encouraging affinities within the Burroughs community. Functioning to enhance learning through formal meetings, informal conversations and planned activities, we are always striving to promote awareness and enrich consciousness.

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Environmental Awareness Club
Student Leaders:  Scott Fischer, Neal Shulman & Adam Wang
Faculty Sponsor:  Deena Goran
This club provides support and encouragement to individuals who have the desire to take immediate and direct action to improve the quality of the environment of the school and local community.  The club, created by students, is open to all students from every grade who identify environmental problems that need to be addressed, and who are then willing to invest time and energy to try to solve such problems.    Activities include coordinating clean up activities, presenting environmental issues to school, field trips to environmental sites of interest, petition-signing, car pool and bike-to-work days.

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Film Club
Student Leaders:  Hannah Rodgers & Elijah Brown 
Faculty Sponsor:  John Pierson
In order to view movies that the Burroughs student would otherwise not see on his/her own, the film club presents several interesting movies a year.

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Future Business Leaders of America
Student Leader:  Elana Stettin
Faculty Sponsors:  Peggy Davison
FBLA is a national club that promotes and teaches business leadership skills, helps students to understand American business, come up with career goals, and develop character. FBLA has three aspects: community service, conferences, and competitive events.

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French Club
Student Leader:  McCoy Edmonds
Faculty Sponsor:  Jennifer Kinney
For the love of everything French including Moliere, Monet, croissants and Le Petit Prince.

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Gateway Model UN
Faculty Sponsor:  Christine Marshall

un.jpgThis middle school program promotes an understanding of the operations and missions of the United Nations by drafting resolutions, researching countries and their concerns and voting on sample resolutions. The culminating activity is a simulation of the General Assembly in which participants from several local middle schools engage in role-playing, caucus, formal presentation and lobbying activities. This program provides important fundamental skills, which many students apply in the upper school Model UN programs. Activity for lower school students begins in November, and entails a series of seven to nine Friday after-school sessions. Country delegations are assigned in December, and each country must draft a resolution in order to qualify for participation in the General Assembly in April.

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The Governor (Yearbook)
Editors-in-Chief:  Joe Banton, Brin Datema, Anna Stillman & Daniel Wexler
Faculty Sponsors:  Margaret Bahe 
From the beginning of the school year through March, students work together to produce a traditional yearbook called the Governor. Under the direction of the senior editors-in-chief, students are responsible for writing and editing, photography, page layout, computer input and advertisement sales. Most work is done during two-hour meetings after school and on weekends throughout the year, but many students meet in the publications lab during their free periods.

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GYLI (Global Youth Leadership Institute)
Faculty Sponsor:  Brian Connor
Global Youth Leadership Institute nurtures collaborative leadership for global communities and assists schools in their missions to inspire socially responsible young people. Click HERE for the latest news and plans.

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International Student Exchange Committee (formerly American Field Service)
Student Leader:  Madeline McDonnell & Minerva Pappu
Faculty Sponsor:  Allison Prabhakar
The International Student Exchange Committee appeals to those who have an interest in increasing student awareness of the global community. The club promotes interaction between the student body and the Burroughs AFS exchange student as well as with the “returnees”—those JBS students who have traveled abroad. Activities include projects developed around an international theme and gatherings to make the AFS exchange student comfortable at Burroughs. Club members also help plan and participate in the JBS International Week, culminating in an International Dinner.

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Iron Chef Club
Student Leader:  Lanie Hayes & Lily Herman
Faculty Sponsor:  Carrie Madigan
This group meets once a month for the love of cooking. While the original mission of the group was to simulate the popular TV show, the group now comes together to find challenging recipes and cook great food.

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JBS Players
jbs-players.jpgDirectors:  John Pierson & Wayne Salomon
All students who appear in the grades 9 - 12 productions are automatically members of the JBS Players. Collectively, they present two plays and one musical each year. Auditions are required. The work of the group occurs outside regular school hours. The Young JBS Players are those seventh and eighth grade students who audition for and appear in their own annual spring play.

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KIVA
Student Leaders: Inka Boehm, Raveena John, Lily Katzman, Maggie Lobbig, Will McCallum, Will Nickerson, Joe Renner & Emma Rowley
Faculty Sponsor:  Jamie Wagner
The club raises funds to lend through the micro-lending organization Kiva. As loans are repaid, the money is re-invested in new loans. The club makes no interest off of the loans. As of the start of the 2013-14 school year, the club has made more than $79,000 in loans to small scale entrepreneurs in the developing world from a revolving principle of more than $13,000 raised by the club since its inception.

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Knits for Needs
knit.jpgStudent Leaders:  Maddy Johnson & Sarah Lowe
Faculty Sponsors:  Ellie DesPrez & Avery Springer

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KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One)
Student Leaders:  Brin Datema, Margaret Min & Ros Shinkle
Faculty Sponsor:  Prue Gershman
Students are trained by the nonprofit group Kids Under Twenty-One (KUTO) in communication skills and suicide prevention, and then provide peer support under the direction of the head of the personal counseling department. Special projects include the mentoring of new Burroughs students, assisting with the school's Wellness Week, coordinating school wide relaxation days and planning educational assemblies on a variety of mental health issues.

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Lend A Paw
Student  Leaders:  Morgan Rinder
Faculty Sponsor:  Holly Lorencz 
Also known as the animal club, Lend a Paw raises funds and supplies for local animal rescue groups as well as informing the Burroughs Community about animal issues and rights.

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Light & Sound Crew
SoundBooth-14947.jpgStudent Crew:  Daniel Diemer, Andrew Gelfman, Sam Mulcahy, Zayna Quader, Tara Suresh, & Andy Swicord
Faculty Sponsors:  Tim Baker & Brian Connor
The Light and Sound Crew provides technical assistance to all JBS functions requiring theatrical light and sound. Primary responsibilities include morning assemblies, JBS Playersʼ productions, Music Department presentations and other events sponsored by the school.

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Mad Bomber
Student Leaders: 
Faculty Sponsor: 
A continuation of the humor of the back page of the student publication, The World, the Mad Bomber aims to make fun of various social, cultural and political people and events.

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Montgomery Plan Committee
Student Leaders:  Soomin Cho, Rachael Eickmeyer, Mylan Henderson, Hannah Rodgers & Francisco Sanchez-Conde
Faculty Sponsor:  Susan Dee

montgomery.jpgThe Montgomery Plan, a student committee open to grades 7-12, provides an organizational structure for students interested in extending their Burroughs learning through involvement in service to the local community. Montgomery Plan promotes awareness of social issues in the community and serves as a link between the student body and outside service opportunities. In keeping with the school's philosophy, the Montgomery Plan encourages students to take an active role both as individual participants and as leaders of the whole school, in order to appreciate the greater St. Louis community and to experience the enjoyment and pride of meeting their responsibilities as citizens. Through community service and reflection upon that service, students enhance their own growth as they gain perspective, knowledge and judgment regarding social issues. The Montgomery Plan considers itself in partnership with other school groups such as Diversity, E.T.C., Amnesty International, and other groups that broaden and enrich our students' experiences beyond our campus. Ultimately, the Montgomery Plan promotes movement toward a socially involved, well-informed, empathetic, just and open-minded Burroughs community that comes together through service.

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Music for Charity
Student Leaders: 
Faculty Sponsor:  Tim Baker
This group is musically inclined and enjoys raising money for charities through school events like Commons Café.

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Outdoor Ed (Outdoor X)
outdoor-ed.jpgStudent Leaders:  Nathan Dee & Nicholas Kram Mendelsohn
Faculty Sponsor:  Michael Dee
Outdoor X offers varied opportunities for outdoor experiences. Boys and girls in grades 8 through 12 may participate in weekend outings such as trout fishing, rock climbing in southern Illinois, canoeing, kayaking or caving in the Ozarks, off-road biking overlooking the Meramec and Mississippi rivers. Service trips which involve trail cutting, habitat formation and forest restoration are also popular.

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Physics & Engineering Club
Student Leader: TBD
Faculty Sponsor:  Jim Roble
This club meets monthly in an effort to better understand physical properties and to apply scientific knowledge to practical problems.

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RAD (Reaching Adolescent Drivers)
Student Leaders:  Steph Kelly, Michael Peters & Kay Trulaske
Faculty Sponsor:  Casie Tomlinson
RAD reminds students that they have a responsibility to themselves, their friends and families and everyone else on the road to be safe when behind the wheel. In order to increase public awareness, RAD has engaged assembly speakers, tied red ribbons to cars in order to remind students of their responsibility and encouraged parents and teenagers to buckle up.

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The Review
Editor-in-Chief:  TBD
Faculty Sponsors:  Andy Denney & Missy Simonds
The Review holds regular staff meetings throughout the year in order to collect material for our annual student literary magazine, which comes out at the end of the spring. Meetings are open to students of all grade levels who are interested in reading student creative writing submissions and reviewing student artwork submissions. The Review also aims to begin sponsoring at least one event a year, in addition to our regular meetings, such as an evening student poetry reading.

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Robotics
Student Leaders:  Spencer Hesse & John Stegeman
Faculty Sponsor:  Dan Barton
Coaches/Mentors:  Ted & Sheila Stegeman & Francis Baum
Established in 2010, the Robotics Club participates in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. FTC is a sports-based robot competition that competes in an alliance format against other teams (local, regional and international). A new game is released each September and the season can run until late April. Girls and boys in grades 7 through 12 may participate. The team, of up to 15 students, is responsible for designing and building a robot using sound engineering principles which is autonomously programmed and operator-controlled to perform various tasks. The team is responsible for creating an effective game strategy, maintaining an engineering notebook, conducting outreach to the community and much more. The team meets on weekends throughout the school year in IT.

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Science Olympiad
Student Leaders:  TBD
Faculty Sponsors:  Wayne Winters & Jaclyn Yetter
Science Olympiad is a national science competition that encompasses all of the scientific disciplines. Each team consists of 15 members and four alternates competing in 23 official events and two trial events. Selection to competitions is based on team performances and includes invitationals, the Saint Louis Regional Tournament, the Missouri State Tournament and the National Science Olympiad Tournament. The team, which is named in mid-November, works together to prepare for the upcoming tournaments with weekly practices and some weekend sessions. Science Olympiad allows students with a love of science to work together as a team to compete against schools from around the country in a variety of scientific disciplines.

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Sixth Man Club
Student Leaders:  Gregg Booker & Sam Held
Faculty Sponsor:  Davey Desloge & Jud Dieffenbach
The Sixth Man Club looks to spread awareness of Burroughs sporting events and attend all with maximum enthusiasm.

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SLAMUN (St. Louis Area Model United Nations)
SLAMUN.jpgStudent Leaders:  TBD
Faculty Sponsor:  Jon Bang & Andrew Newman
The purpose of SLAMUN is to have students engage in a role-playing activity based on the operation of the United Nations by drafting resolutions, discussing assigned topics on current world events and voting on proposals. Participants will hear guest speakers and become knowledgeable about writing resolutions and planning debate procedures. Students from St. Louis area schools engage in three sessions of this Model UN at which time resolutions are heard, debated and voted on.

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Spectrum
Student Leaders:  Clara Abbott, Molly Salomon & Shoshana Williams
Faculty Sponsor:  Gloria Ezekiel Kweskin
The goal of the JBS Gay/Straight Alliance is to insure a safe learning school environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, free of mocking taunts, physical intimidation, and other forms of discrimination that would obstruct a student's ability to focus on his or her studies.  Because of the nature and progressive philosophy of our school, which "promotes an atmosphere of understanding, trust, [and] respect," and because "[w]e embrace democratic ideals" and  "value and celebrate" diversity, great strides have been made for various minorities within this institution.  Many of us chose to come to this school for the sake of the very ideals expressed in our school's mission statement.  The club does not advocate a particular sexual identity; we welcome all members of the JBS student body.  Along with Diversity, ETC., Montgomery Plan, Amnesty International, and other such clubs, we work for human rights and social justice.

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Sports for Charity (SPOFO)
Student Leader:  TBD
Faculty Sponsor:  Kevin McKone
The members of this club organize fundraisers centered around sporting activity, e.g., the 3-on-3 Basketball tournament and the arm wrestling tournament.

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Student Congress
Student Body President:  Donald Soffer
Faculty Sponsor:  Andrew Newman & Katie Taylor
Faculty Advisor:  Wayne Salomon
The Student Congress is comprised of the president of each class, Chief Justice of the Student Court, Student Body President and an appointed secretary. The role of Congress is to direct student organizations and help establish an understanding between students and other branches of the JBS community. It creates an atmosphere and a forum for the open discussion of school problems. Congress helps define and implement the JBS philosophy and is the main student vehicle to initiate change within the school. Past activities include the Holiday Drive for the Hundred Neediest Cases, Dance Marathon, Movie Night, Commons Café and Field Day.   All meetings are open to the student body.

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Student Court
Chief Justice: Steph Kelly
Faculty Sponsors:  Wayne Salomon & Rick Sandler
The Student Court is composed of ten students, including a chief justice, two seniors, one junior, one sophomore, one freshman, one eighth grader, two bailiffs and the court secretary. The court hears cases arising from alleged violations of school rules. The Student Court offers the community unique opportunities for learning and developing fostered responsibility. The court meets every Friday morning to establish punishments for certain crimes, discuss and process more than 500 cases a year and demonstrate some sophisticated judgments and creative punishments.

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Super Mileage Vehicle Challenge
vehicle.jpgStudent Leaders: Jackson Hoagland & Jason Roodman
Faculty Sponsors:  Dan Barton, Eric Knispel & Chris Lubniewski
Students join together to create a Super Mileage Vehicle.  Faculty representatives from the Industrial Technology, Mathematics and Science Departments collaborate to heighten students' awareness of global problems such as transportation and energy consumption. Students design, build and test their own vehicle; create their own bio-diesel fuel; and apply lessons learned on the track. A spring competition at the Missouri Safety Center in Warrensburg, MO is the culmination of this engineering challenge for upper school students.

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THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations)
thimun.jpgParticipants:  Applications due in September 
Faculty Sponsors:  Jon Bang & Andrew Newman
The Hague International Model United Nations takes place in the Netherlands each year during the last week in January. More than 3000 students from 80 countries assemble in Dutch government buildings to emulate the working of the real United Nations. Each year a team of JBS juniors and seniors is created to attend THIMUN. Applications are accepted in early fall and selection is based on past MUN participation, an essay and debate class experience. Students can also apply for positions on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and MUNITY, the daily student newspaper of the conference. In addition to the formal UN meetings that take place in The Hague from Sunday to Friday, the students also get a chance, with their chaperones, to tour the Netherlands during their off time.

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The World
Editors-in-Chief:  Tate Beirut & Luch Weilbacher
Faculty Sponsors:  Andrew Newman
Students are invited to participate in the publication of the school newspaper, which provides experience leading to editorial responsibility. Under the direction of senior editors-in-chief, students are responsible for reporting, writing, editing, photography and page layout. Most work is done after school and on weekends.

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Unicycle Club
Student Leader:  Hannah Rodgers
Faculty Sponsor:  Jamie Wagner
We love to unicycle and we want to teach you how.

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Works in Progress
Student Leaders:  Molly Gould, Rose Haselhorst & Phoebe Sklansky
Faculty Sponsor:  Ellie DesPrez & Jill Donovan
Works in Progress, the middle school creative writing workshop and magazine, nurtures and helps to showcase the creative writing and art of students in the middle school. Participants support each other as writers and artists, and they help to edit and lay out the literary and art magazine Works in Progress:  An Anthology of Middle School Creative Work at Burroughs.

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