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.

Aim High
ALS Helping Hands
American Patriot Association
Animal Allies
Asian Culture Club
Astronomy Club
August Days
Cheerleading
Chemistry Club
Chess Club
Classics Club
Dance Squad
Debate Club
Diversity ETC
Environmental Awareness Club
ExploraVision
Extra Hands for ALS
Film Club
French Club
Future Business Leaders of America
Gateway Model UN
GEO (Gender Equity Organization)
GYLI (Global Youth Leadership Institute)
The Governor (Yearbook)
The Guild of Geeks
International Student Exchange Committee
JBS Players
KIVA
Knits for Needs
KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One)
Light & Sound Crew
Mad Bomber
Math Circle
Montgomery Plan (Community Service)
Music for Charity
Physics & Engineering Club
Proud To Be Me
Quad Fun Club
RAD (Reaching Adolescent Drivers)
Review
Robotics
Science Olympiad
Sixth Man Club
Spanish Club
Spectrum
Sports for Charity (SPOFO)
SLAMUN (St. Louis Area Model United Nations)
Student Congress
Student Court
Super Mileage Vehicle Challenge
THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations)
Transcending the Dream
Works in Progress
The World (Newspaper)

World Religions
Young Republicans

Aim High
Student Leaders: TBD
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin McKone
Mission: Aim High is a partnership between JBS and seven elementary schools in the inner city of St. Louis. A five-week summer enrichment program — academics, arts, sports and cultural activities — is offered at JBS and The 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
Mission: To 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 Association
Student Leaders: Lucy Hanaway & Hunter Wilkins
Faculty Sponsor: Howard Jones
Mission: To support all branches of the United States military, their families and veterans.

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Animal Allies
Student Leaders: Lizzie Luhnow & Carrie Phillips
Faculty Sponsor: Donya Allison
Mission:  To raise awareness about animal rights and is active through volunteering, supply drives, and much more.

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Asian Culture Club
Student Leaders: Sachit Bhat, Damie Choe, Helen Pan, Amanda Cao & Emily Zhao
Faculty Sponsor: Alex Wu
Mission: To increase awareness of Asian culture, country by country, through the study of the history, language, art, religion, music and food, and to help students gain a better understanding of how race and ethnicity inform identity.

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Astronomy Club
Student Leaders: Schroedter Kinman
Faculty Sponsor: Wayne Winters
Mission: This club comes together to appreciate the galaxy and enlighten the JBS community, focusing on celestial events.

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August Days
2015 July 13- July24
Student Leaders: Tyler Bernstein, Sarah Gaffigan, Whitney Gartenberg, and Kat John
Faculty Sponsor: Margaret Clark
Mission: To provide 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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Cheerleading
cheer.jpgStudent Leaders: Nia Goodman, Sandy Chesterton, Darcy Shulman & Katie Schmid
Faculty Sponsor: Margaret Clark
Mission: To 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; to 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: Claire Krupela
Faculty Sponsor: Sandra Mueller
Mission: To engage in scientificdiscussionand to watch meaningful and creative experiments.

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Chess Club
Student Leaders: Grant Riew
Faculty Sponsors: Mark Smith, Avery Springer & Alex Wu
Mission: 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: Emily Koykka, Capri Scharff & Will Wolfe
Faculty Sponsors: Marni Dillard & Avery Springer
Mission: To raise awareness in the JBS community that, far from being "dead", the languages and culture of the classical world continue to enjoy a lively presence in our modern times. The club plans field trips, presentations and various other activities to that end.

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Dance Squad
dance.jpgStudent Leaders: Addison Ogonoski & Talia Bennett
Faculty Sponsor: Margaret Bahe
Mission: To perform routines during Spirit Week, football and basketball games, 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
Mission: 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:  
Faculty Sponsor: Suzy Hamon
Mission: 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: Rose Sciortino & Charles Sansone
Faculty Sponsor: Deena Goran
Mission: To foster an appreciation for the environment by organizing events within and around the JBS community and helping JBS to become a more sustainable community.

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ExploraVision
Student Leaders: Tara Suresh, Helen Pan, William Howlett, Alex Martyn & Madison Ungacta
Faculty Sponsor: Jim Roble
Mission: To prepare and participate in a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Students work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. Faculty guide students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time.

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Extra Hands for ALS
Student Leader: Brody Palan, Chase Young & Ericka Marchbanks
Faculty Sponsor: Suzy Hamon
Mission  To 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 also alleviate 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 whole of St. Louis to get involved.

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Film Club
Student Leaders: Ruth Selipsky & Charlotte Wiland
Faculty Sponsor: Jamie Wagner
Mission: To culturally educate the student body through movies from different genres and time periods. 

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French Club
Student Leaders: Haley Abramson & Colin Harkins
Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer Kinney
Mission: To educate and raise awareness of French-speaking peoples throughout  the  world, by sponsoring  guest speakers and facilitating discussions of country-specific history, sporting events, food, etc.

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Future Business Leaders of America
Student Leader: Elana Stettin
Faculty Sponsors: Marni Dillard
Mission: To promote and teach business leadership skills, help students to understand American business, come up with career goals, and develop character. FBLA, a national club, has three aspects: community service, conferences, and competitive events.

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Gateway Model UN
Student Leaders:
Faculty Sponsor: Christine Marshall
Mission: To promote in middle school 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. 

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GEO (Gender Equity Organization)
Student Leaders: Rose Sciortino, Sarah Taylor & Sydney Tischler
Faculty Sponsors: Holly Lorencz & Macon Finley
Missions: To provide a forum for discussion and education around issues related to feminism and gender equity via small group discussions, film viewings and assembly presentations.

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GYLI (Global Youth Leadership Institute)
Student Leaders: Maggie Lobbig, Rose Sciortino, Damie Choe & Nia Goodman
Faculty Sponsor: Brian Connor
Misson: To have participants engage in educational programs that foster global pluralism, collaborative leadership and environmental care and help students and faculty become fully engaged citizerns of the world.

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The Governor (Yearbook)
Editors-in-Chief: Jasnaam Grewel, Veda Kamra, Nina Muddasani, Emma Rowley, Julia Mehl & Jordan Roodman
Faculty Sponsors: Margaret Bahe & Judy Grand 
Mission: To have students work togethe from the beginning of the school year through March 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 on Sunday afternoons at school, but the staff can work in the yearbook office during free periods, after school and on weekends.

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The Guild of Geeks
Student Editors:  Brendan Roddy & Spencer Hesse
Faculty Sponsors:  Jim Lewis
Mission: To combat bullying by uniting members of JBS to enjoy media that is less popular and raising money for anti-bullying charities.

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International Student Exchange Committee (formerly American Field Service)
Student Leader: Maya Menon & Emily McDonnell
Faculty Sponsor: Allison Prabhakar
Misson: To celebrate international culture and promote international understanding.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. We sponsor a variety of events to welcome exchange students we have among us each year.

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Iron Chef Club
Student Leader: Lanie Hayes & Lily Herman
Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Madigan
Mission: To find challenging recipes and cook great food.

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KIVA
Student Leaders: Lily Katzman, Maggie Lobbigr & Emma Rowley
Faculty Sponsor: Jamie Wagner
Mission: To improve the world economy by finding micro-loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries.

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Knits for Needs
knit.jpgStudent Leaders: Maddy Johnson 
Faculty Sponsors:  Avery Springer
Mission: To provide students who enjoy the hobby of knitting a venue for knitting and to teach knitting to students who wish to learn.

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KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One)
Student Leaders: Veda Kamra, Julia Mehl, Emma Rowlely, Jordan Roodman & Ericka Marchbanks
Faculty Sponsor: Prue Gershman
Mission: To help provide peer support especially to those struggling with mental health issues (depression, eating disordres, stress, etc.) when they may not feel comfortable talking with friends or family

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Light & Sound Crew
SoundBooth-14947.jpgStudent Crew: Zayna Quader, Andrew Gelfman, David Wa and Tara Suresh 
Faculty Sponsors: Tim Baker & Brian Connor
Mission: To provide 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: Alex Sanfilippo & Brendan Roddy 
Faculty Sponsor: Jim Lewis
Mission: To serve as a creative outlet for students and as a forum for student comedic expression.

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Math Circle
Student Leaders:
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Salomon
Mission: To show students the beautiful, recreational side of mathematics by creating mathematical art to display on campus; playing and analyzing mathematical games; posing and solving interesting problems.

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Montgomery Plan Committee
Student Leaders: Haley Abramson, Elizabeth Anderson, Lauren Seibel, Amanda Cao, Elana Stettin, Grace Haselhorst, Jasnaam Grewel, Nia Goodman, Madison Ungacta, Sachit Bhat & Emily Shands.
Faculty Sponsor: Susan Dee, Rick Sandler & Ned Wood
Mission: To foster in students a more well-rounded sense of self and community through service learning projects both on and off campus.

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Music for Charity
Student Leaders:  Emma Swanson & Jeremy Pinson
Faculty Sponsor: 
Mission:

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Physics & Engineering Club
Student Leader: Sandy Chesteron
Faculty Sponsor: Jim Roble
Mission: To provide students with the opportunityto learn about concepts in physics that are not covered in the physics classses at JBS and to build devices that help students understand those concepts.

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Proud To Be Me
Student Leaders: Margie McCallum
Faculty Sponsor: Kim Bouldin-Jones & Casie Tomlinson
Mission: To spread awareness and educate the community about eating disprders, talk about issues relating to confidence and body image, help anyone struggling with an eating disorder, and promote a healthy lifestyle and a positive relationship to one’s own body.

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Quad Fun Club
Student Leaders: Liam Meier & Jeremy Smith
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Salomon
Mission: To bring fun to John Burroughs School with a focus on events in the quadrangle for all students.

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RAD (Reaching Adolescent Drivers)
Student Leaders: Michael Peters
Faculty Sponsor: Casie Tomlinson
Mission: To remind students that they have a responsibility to themselves, their friends and families, and everyone else on the road not to be behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In order to increase public awareness, the JBS RAD chapter has sponsored donces, engaged speakers and films and tied red ribbons to cars, in order to remind students of their responsibility and to encourage parents and teenagers to sign the RAD Contract for Life.

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The Review
Co-Editors-in-Chief: Damie Choe & Morgan Rinder
Faculty Sponsors: Ellie DesPrez & Andy Denney 
Mission: 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: Chris Lubniewski & Ishiaka Mansaray
Mission: To participate in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. It provides unique opportunities for students to apply science, technology, engineering and math-related concepts and skills by competing in the FTC robotics program.

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Science Olympiad
Student Leaders:  TBD
Faculty Sponsors: Jaclyn Yetter
Mission: To participate in competitions similar to academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated ro reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

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Sixth Man Club
Student Leaders: Michael Peters & Justin Moon
Faculty Sponsor: Jud Dieffenbach
Mission: To support a sense of school spirit in everyone, especially focusing on creating an environment where maximum attendance/participation and enthusiasm are encouraged.

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Spanish Club
Student Leaders: Addison Ogonoski, Jeremy Smith, Ryan Thornton & Tyler Waterman
Faculty Sponsor:  Maria Cohen
Mission: To educate and raise awareness of Spanish-speaking peoples throughout the world, by sponsoring guest speakers and facilitating discussions of country-specific history, sporting events, food, etc.
 
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Spectrum
Student Leaders: Maddy Johnson, Jack Molho, Lucy Reis & Shoshana Williams
Faculty Sponsor: Gloria Ezekiel Kweskin
Mission:To insure a safe learning school environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) students and to facilitate open expression and discussion that will actively advance the Burroughs community toward greater understanding and support.

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Sports for Charity (SPOFO)
Student Leader: Haaris Malik
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin McKone
Mission: To host small and unique events during JBS sporting competitions (halftime fun).

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S.L.A.M.U.N. (St. Louis Area Model United Nations)
SLAMUN.jpgStudent Leader: Addison Ogonoski
Faculty Sponsor: Jon Bang, Shannon Koropchak & Andrew Newman
Mission:  o 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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Student Congress
Student Body President: Jimmy Lemkemeier
Faculty Sponsor: Andrew Newman & Kate Grantham
Mission: 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. The Student Congress is comprised of the president of each class, Chief Justice of the Student Court, Student Body President and an appointed secretary

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Student Court
Chief Justice: M. J. Strawbridge
Faculty Sponsors: Rick Sandler & Avery Springer
Mission: To hear cases arising from alleged violations of school rules.  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 Student Court offers the community unique opportunities for learning and developing fostered responsibility. The court meets every Friday morning to establish punishment 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 Club
vehicle.jpgStudent Leaders: Elise Thomas, William Meng & Will Wolfe
Faculty Sponsors: Dan Barton, Eric Knispel, Brian Connor & Jim Roble
Mission:  To participate in an annual competition where schools present high-mileage, energy efficient cars they have designed throughout the year.

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THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations)
thimun.jpgParticipants: Applications due in September 
Faculty Sponsors: Shannon Koropchak, Macon Finley & Andrew Newman
Mission: To emulate the working of the real Unitd Nations. 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. 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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Transcending the Dream
Student Leaders: Lindsay Garcia, JJ Lister & Maddy Smith
Faculty Sponsor: Carlos Carvajal
Mission: To support discussion of issues relevant to race, gender and socio-economic status, by engaging in “revealing” activities, e.g., that highlighted the inherent privilege, or lack thereof, by virtue of one’s race, gender and/or socioeconomic status.

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Works in Progress
Student Leaders: Carly Galvin
Faculty Sponsor: Ellie DesPrez 
Mission: To nurture and help showcase the creative writing and art of middle school students. Participants support each other as writers in after-school creative workshop gatherings, 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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The World
Editors-in-Chief: Faraz Ahmad, Sarah Taylor & Emily Zhao
Faculty Sponsors: Andrew Newman
Mission: 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 writing and editing, photography and page layout. Most work is done after school and on weekends.

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World Religions Club
Student Leaders: Jasnaam Grewal & Zayna Quader
Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer Kinney
Mission: To raise awareness of the many ways people worship, by sponsoring guest speakers, facilitating activities that highlight facets of a particular religion, and leading discussions of similarities between religions. 

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Young Republicans Club
Student Leaders: David Gans, Mark Clinton, Justin Moon & Michael Peters
Faculty Sponsor: Davey Desloge
Mission: To focus on the education of the student body on the Republican political view by arranging assembly visits of major political figures on both sides of the political spectrum and discussing politics, current events and community service in monthly meetings.

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