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. NOTE: This list is being updated for the 2019-2020 school year.


Anatomy Club
Student Leaders: Sophia King & Gaby Thornton
Faculty Sponsor: Margaret Bahe
Mission: To provide an opportunity for all students who have an interest in learning about anatomy and physiology through speakers, videos and possible dissections.

BioMedical Sciences Club
Student Leaders: Keerthana Madireddi, Phoebe Philip, Vinya Reddy & Penny Zheng
Faculty Sponsor: Deena Goran
Mission: To allow students to learn about potential careers and opportunities to further their understanding of different areas of the biomedical sciences through speakers and facility tours.

Business Club
Student Leaders: William Dong, Ben Dubinsky, Dylan Fox, Cristian Perez & Ben Stettin
Faculty Sponsor: Jim Holmes
Mission: To create excitement and enthusiasm around business-related activities and entrepreneurship.

Chess Club
Student Leader: Andrew Wang
Faculty Sponsor:Tim Baker, Mark Smith & Alex Wu
Mission: To heighten awareness of and increase participation in playing chess. Advanced players may join the chess team and play in various events throughout the year.

Computer Science Club
Student Leaders: Angelo Benoit, Eli Front & Rohan Kumaran
Faculty Sponsor: Rob Bisch
Mission: To provide a place for people interested in computers to enrich their knowledge of computer science.

Current Events Club
Student Leaders: Ethan Kalishman & Isa Rosario-Blake
Faculty Sponsor: Mark Smith
Mission: To educate the community about local, national and international events in a non-partisan way.

Debate Club
Student Leaders: Ollie Brown, William Dong, Max Kellaher & Michael Turza
Faculty Sponsor: Jud Dieffenbach
Mission: To give interested students extra opportunities to participate in debate outside of their debate classes at Burroughs. Meetings consist of improvisational debates between four students at a time. Debate Club participants will take part in or serve as judges for the All School Debate.

Environmental Awareness
Student Leaders: Henry Baur, Angelo Benoit, Lola Fernandez & Maya Kaslow
Faculty Sponsors: Deena Goran & Tracy Walther
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.

Faculty Sponsor: Kerri Rowe
Mission: To promote creativity and innovation by students in research and the sciences by creation of full-fledged projects for submission to the national ExploraVision competition as well as fostering collaboration. 

Film Club
Student Leaders: Janie Shanahan & Grace Thompson
Faculty Sponsor: Jamie Wagner
To educate and engage the JBS community in film culture and its impact on society.

Model UN 7/8
Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Dodson-Ching
Mission: to promote an understanding of the operations and mission of the United Nations by drafting resolutions, researching countries and their concerns and voting on sample resolutions. Model UN works in coordination with the Greater St. Louis chapter of the United Nations Organization and Civitas Associates and participates in a middle school program with eighteen other schools - public, private and parochial.

MUN Impact Club
Faculty Sponsors: Shannon Koropchak & Andrew Newman
Mission: To find currently-existing initiatives at JBS and connect them to the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN. Meetings will consist of brainstorming sessions for new projects and for ways to raiser awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Science Olympiad
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 to 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.

S.L.A.M.U.N. (St. Louis Area Model United Nations)
Faculty Sponsor: Jon Bang
Mission: 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.

Super Mileage Vehicle Club
Faculty Sponsors: Dan Barton & Eric Knispel
Mission: To design, build and test energy efficient vehicles. By combining all four aspects of STEM, the JBS SMVC will allow current and future JBS students to be exposed to eco-friendly engineering.

SMVC - MIddle School
Faculty Sponsors: Dan Barton, Eric Knispel & Kerri Rowe
Mission: To gain experience before high school by learning basic engineering, design and sustainable skills. Our club builds upon the ideas and principles taught in the 7th and 8th grade curriculum and allows freedom for middle schoolers to design and build their own project.

TED Club
Faculty Sponsor: Drew Battles
The JBS TED Club aims to promote the exchange of ideas. stories, and lessons within the Burroughs community. Through meetings and events with engaging discussions and fascinating speakers of all types and experiences, the JBS TED Club can and will further the learning of and satiate the curiosity of every Burroughs student.

THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations)
Participants: Applications due in September
Faculty Sponsors: Shannon Koropchak  
Mission: To acquaint juniors and seniors with the research, collaboration, debate and other international and diplomatic processes of the United Nations. Through students' engagement with real-world issues, the THIMUN program hopes to empower students to be creative problem solvers and diplomatic agents of positive change in the world.

Trivia Club/Quiz Bowl
Faculty Sponsors: Jon Bang & Paul Knight
Mission: To entertain and challenge the knowledge of the JBS student body, introduce more obscure topics to the general public, provide entertainment through trivia nights and provide a competitive interest in trivia through Quiz Bowl.

Faculty Sponsor: Donya Allison
Mission: To parallel the UNICEF mission to empower youth to be effective global citizens and help the world's most vulnerable children. JBS UNICEF will educate, advocate and fundraise to help at-risk children around the world.

Young Republicans Club
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Tasker
Mission: To provide a space for young Republicans, a political minority at our school, to learn and talk about the Republican party. It is a space for discussion and debate without judgement. It is also our goal to provide the student body with multiple viewpoints of ongoing social issues. As a liberal arts school, balance in education is a priority, and we believe that includes politically and it is our goal to make that a reality. 


Asian Culture Club
Student Leaders: Tina Chen, Vivienne Lu, Rekha Morgan, Claire Pan, Anyi Su, & Katie Xu
Faculty Sponsor: Andy Chen, Susie Lim 
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.

Diversity E.T.C.
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.

French Club
Student Leaders: Hugh McKelvy & Carrie Zhang
Faculty Sponsor: Babeth Dyer
Mission: To educate and engage the John Burroughs community on the breadth and beauty of Francophile history, culture and politics.

GEO (Gender Equity Organization)
Student Leaders: Madeline Dornfeld, Leila Fischer & Kate Smith
Faculty Sponsor: Jessica Hunt
Mission: To promote feminism in our community and to spread awareness about prevalent gender issues through announcements, presentations, speakers and films. GEO focuses on people of all genders. 

GYLI (Global Youth Leadership Institute)
Student Leaders: Thomas Dobbs & Ali Zolman
Mission: To promote global pluralism, collaborative leadership and environmental care and help students and faculty become fully engaged citizens of the world.

Hispanic Culture Club
Student Leaders: Adina Cazacu & Isa Rosario-Blake
Faculty Sponsor: Maria Cohen
Mission: To educate our community and have students experience and embrace the Hispanic culture.

Jewish Culture Club
Student Leaders: Rafi Brent, Dylan Fox, Cristian Perez, Jon Sky & Ben Stettin
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Haveman
Mission: To teach and familiarize students with Jewish culture through programming relating to Jewish life and holidays as well as spreading Jewish culture through Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). In wake of the many recent anti-Semitic actions throughout the U.S., we wish to cultivate an acceptance of Jewish culture (and religion) through understanding and learning. Members do not have to be Jewish, nor have a knowledge of Judism or even know a Jewish person. The club is open to all.

Middle School Diversity
Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer Kinney
Mission: to educate and inform middle schoolers on issues in their own community and society at large pertaining to diversity and inclusivity and to provide an open space where middle schoolers can feel safe discussing and learning about these topics.

Faculty Sponsors: Jennifer Jones & Megan Zmudczynski
Mission: To ensure a safe school environment for LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, +) students and to facilitate open expression and discussion that will actively advance and educate the Burroughs community towards greater understanding and support.

Transcending the Dream
Faculty Sponsor: Andranique Harrison
Mission: To support discussion of issues relevant to race, gender and socio-economic status, by engaging in “revealing” activities, e.g., that highlight the inherent privilege, or lack thereof, by virtue of one’s race, gender and/or socioeconomic status.


KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One)
Mission: To aid and ease the navigation of kids under twenty-one through the world of middle/high school and the stress and/or mental obstacles that may be encountered along the way.


The Governor (Yearbook)
Editors-in-Chief: Emma Petite & Lucas Willey
Faculty Sponsors: Mike Gesiakowski & Sorsha Maness
Mission: To have students work together 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 page layout, design, writing, editing and photography. Students work together during open meeting times and individually to complete these tasks.

The Moon
Faculty Sponsor: Jim Lewis
Mission: To provide a forum where students can share their ideas without limiting filters. Additionally, we want to produce a publication that the student body will find fun to read. Our magazine will include both funny memes, articles and graphics and commentary by students on serious issues.

The Review
Faculty Sponsors: Andy Chen & Megan Zmudczynski
Mission: To promote visual arts and creative writing while collecting pieces for the annual publication of the student literary magazine, The Review. We host regular meetings to review nominations, which are open to all grade levels. In addition, The Review sponsors the annual Review Preview, a music and spoken word festival.

Stubborn Ounces
Faculty Sponsor: Maggie Ervin-Doyle
Mission: To focus on creating meaningful, respectful conversation among members of the John Burroughs community on the topics of diversity and inclusion. Stubborn Ounces is submission-based and includes all types of artistic expression.

Works in Progress
Faculty Sponsors: Jill Donovan & Shannon Koropchak
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.

The World
Mission: To facilitate the publication of the school newspaper and inform the student body, faculty, parents and alumni on news both inside and outside of the school community. Under the direction of editors-in-chief, students are responsible for the writing and editing, photography and page layout of the paper, as well as maintaining a website and social media channels. 


Aim High
Faculty Sponsor: Meridith Thorpe
Mission: To welcome students from any grade who have an interest in being a leader and friend to students who attend Aim High. Our mission is to provide assistance and leadership through monthly planned activities.

American Patriot Club
Student Leaders: Phoebe Philip & Hallie Williams
Faculty Sponsor: Davey Desloge
Mission: To raise awareness support for all branches of the United States military, their families and veterans from raising money for the greater St. Louis Honor flight, hosting current and veteran military men and women and making cards for servicemen to striving to honor those who have sacrificed so much for their country. 

Animal Allies
Student Leaders: Sophia King & Amy Phillips
Faculty Sponsor: Donya Allison
Mission: To raise awareness about animal rights through volunteering, supply drives and much more.

Extra Hands for ALS
Student Leaders: Ayah Hamed & Yara Levin
Faculty Sponsor: Marni Dillard
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. The club also raises money to help fund ALS research and participates in community-wide events that raise ALS awareness.

Global Aid Project
Student Leaders: Owen French, Emma Petite & Gaby Thornton
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Tasker
Mission: To bring awareness of global issues and to aid non-profit organizations or individual causes through fundraising over the course of the school year.

Faculty Sponsor: Laura Fogarty
Mission: To help people in other countries by providing micro-loans to assist individuals around the world in growing small businesses. We focus on supporting single women build their independence. Burroughs students will raise money, then choose the people, causes and businesses they want to support.

Montgomery Plan Committee
Student Leaders: Each activity is chaired by a different set of student leaders
Faculty Sponsor: Meghan Rathert
Mission: To foster in students a more well-rounded sense of self and community through service learning projects both on and off campus. Click HERE to access our web site.

Sports for Charity (SPOFO)
Faculty Sponsor: Pete McKeown
Mission: To raise funds as well as awareness for a variety of charities through a shared love of athletics and competition. The goal is not to win, but rather to participate to help those in need.


Faculty Sponsor: Margaret Clark & Sara Jay 
Mission: To represent the school, leading fans in organized cheers and rousing school spirit at pep rallies and athletic contests, to help organize activities for Blue & Gold weekend including poster making, assembly cheers, Ram roast and pep rally. Tryouts are held in the spring.

Crafts Club
Student Leaders: Kami Lou Harris & Sophia King
Faculty Sponsor: Donya Allison
Mission: To foster a community of thoughtful creation, build a fun and creative space to make crafts and invite all members of the Burroughs community to create.

Dance Squad
Faculty Sponsors: Jennifer Kinney & Taylor Pietz
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.

Guild of Geeks
Student Leaders: Jane Leavitt & Andrew Wang
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Salomon
Mission: To serve as a welcoming environment to promote awareness and increase participation in board games and a variety of other different media that are less popular. We strive to be inclusive in our activities, and, above all else, to simply have fun.

Light & Sound Crew
SoundBooth-14947.jpgFaculty Sponsors: Brian Connor & Paul Salomon
Mission: To provide technical support for all assemblies and shows.

Quad Fun Club
Faculty Sponsor: Meridith Thorpe
Mission: To utilize our common spaces to bring fun to the student body in an inclusive manner. We encourage all grades to come together during free time to enjoy activities that promote school spirit and togetherness.

Sixth Man Club
Faculty Sponsor: Jud Dieffenbach
Mission: To promote incredible school spirit by creating a unified and inclusive school community that is passionate about supporting  JBS athletics.

Staff Appreciation Club
Faculty Sponsor: Drew Battles
Mission: To show greater appreciation and gratefulness to the JBS staff focusing mainly on custodial and grounds staff. We hope to build a stronger relationship between these staff members and the student body.

Student Congress
Faculty Sponsors: Andrew Newman, Kate Grantham & Maria Russell
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.


Faculty Sponsors: Kate Ward & Pete McKeown
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.