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
American Patriot Association
Animal Allies
Asian Culture Club
August Days
Cheerleading
Chess Club
Classics Club
Dance Squad
Diversity ETC
ExploraVision
Extra Hands for ALS
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
KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One)
Light & Sound Crew
Montgomery Plan (Community Service)
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
Students for Sustainable Change
Super Mileage Vehicle Challenge
THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations)
Transcending the Dream
Works in Progress
The World (Newspaper)

World Religions

Aim High
Student Leaders: Zavy Miller
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 and 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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American Patriot Club
Student Leader: Matthew Williams
Faculty Sponsor: Christine Marshall
Mission: To support all branches of the United States military, their families and veterans.

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Animal Allies
Student Leader: Carrie Phillips
Faculty Sponsor: Donya Allison
Mission: To raise awareness about animal rights through volunteering, supply drives, and much more.

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Asian Culture Club
Student Leaders: Victoria Sansone & Valentine Gnanarajah
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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August Days
2017 July 10-21
Student Leaders: Rachael Martin & Alex Smith
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: Lailah Elliott, Cece Fox & Hannah Lester
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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Chess Club
Student Leaders:Avi Goldberg, Matthew Yee & Jason Zhou
Faculty Sponsors: Tim Baker, Mark Smith & 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: Charlie Baldwin & Matt Woodruff
Faculty Sponsor: 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: Natalie DeWitt, Michelle Fan, Tolu Ogunremi, Reese Roberts
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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Diversity E.T.C.
Student Leaders: Suleman Burrows, Alejandra Cohen, Ian Doty, Alison Gill, Sam Holmes, Morgan Lindsey, Haaris Malik, Zavy Miller, Tolu Ogunremi, Daniel Rinder, Phoebe Sklansky, Luanna Summer
Faculty Sponsor: Martha Fischer
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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ExploraVision
Student Leader: William Howlett
Faculty Sponsor: Kerri Rowe
Mission: To prepare and participate in ExploraVision, 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 Leaders: Amira Arnold, Greg Bishop & Anju Sadasivam
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.

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French Club
Student Leaders: Olivia Benoit, Nathan Hoagland & Tolu Ogunremi
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 Leaders: Sam Holmes, William Howlett & Ian Sajjapong
Faculty Sponsor: Marni Dillard
Mission: To educate students on business, financial and economic matters by hosting speakers, running a stock market challenge and organizing field trips and other events. The club participates in Future Business Leaders of America district, state and national conferences.

Gateway Model UN
Student Leaders: Hallie Williams, Sophia Crowley & Liam Johnson
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: Schroedter Kinman, Phoebe Sklansy & Olivia Smith
Faculty Sponsor: Prue Gershman
Mission: 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: Emma Gillanders & Sam Holmes
Faculty Sponsor: Brian Connor
Mission: To engage in educational programs that foster global pluralism, collaborative leadership and environmental care and help students and faculty become fully engaged citizens of the world.

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The Governor (Yearbook)
Editors-in-Chief: Matt Williams
Faculty Sponsors: Margaret Bahe & Katie Bava
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 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 Editor: Nathan Tung 
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Salomon
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: Julia Riew
Faculty Sponsor: Olga Russell
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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KIVA
Student Leaders: Henry Abbott & Alejandra Cohen
Faculty Sponsor: Sally Kilbride
Mission: To improve the world economy by funding micro-loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries.

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KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One)
Student Leaders: Natalie DeWitt, Ian Doty, Hannah Lester, Sydney Singer, Olivia Smith, Hope Sterkel
Faculty Sponsor: Prue Gershman
Mission: To help provide peer support especially to those struggling with mental health issues (depression, eating disorders, stress, etc.) when they may not feel comfortable talking with friends or family.

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Light & Sound Crew
SoundBooth-14947.jpgStudent Crew: Schroedter Kinman & Jenny Zhou
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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Montgomery Plan Committee
Student Leaders: Each activity is chaired by a different set of student leaders
Faculty Sponsor: Rachael Barnes
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.

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RAD (Reaching Adolescent Drivers)
Student Leaders: Grace Schmidt & Cece Fox
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 dances, 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: Sophia Marusic & Emma Ogonoski
Faculty Sponsor: Missy Simonds
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 Leader: Nathan Tung
Faculty Sponsors: Chris Lubniewski & Jennifer Gosnell
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: Jake Kovalic & Noah Sock 
Faculty Sponsors: Marina Smallwood, Wayne Winters & Tracy Walthers
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.

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Sixth Man Club
Student Leaders: Patrick Bolster, Jimmy Johnson, Cole Wimmer & Zach Zlepper
Faculty Sponsors: 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: Alejandra Cohen, Julia Riew and Noah Sock
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: Jake Bain, Tai Griffin, Amy Phillips, Mara Sudekum & Evan Williams
Faculty Sponsors: Jennifer Jones & Megan Zmudczynski
Mission: To represent the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) community in an effort to increase awareness of and safety for Gender and Sexuality Minorities (GSM) in the Burroughs community. This is done by way of spreading information about various gender and sexual identities through meetings, assembly speeches, and events, as well as promoting response to any issues which may infringe upon the rights of those who identify s a GSM.

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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: Emma Ogonoski
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.

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Student Congress
Student Body President: Luke Lamb
Faculty Sponsors: 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 Justices: Max Panagos & Jakes Steinkamp
Faculty Sponsors: Avery Springer & Kate Ward
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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Students for Sustainable Change
Student Leaders: Nick Kime, Melanie Molen & Victoria Sansone
Faculty Sponsor: Deena Goran & Tracy Conklin
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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Super Mileage Vehicle Club
vehicle.jpgStudent Leaders: William Bartnett, Matthew Williams, Tolu Ogunremi, Dhruv Shetty & Sam Trzecki
Faculty Sponsors: Dan Barton, Chris Lubniewski & Eric Knispel
Mission: To design and build an energy efficient vehicle that will qualify and compete in the annual Shell Eco-Marathon and aid in the research of energy efficient vehicles.

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THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations)
thimun.jpgParticipants: Applications due in September
Faculty Sponsors: Shannon Koropchak & Andrew Newman
Mission: To emulate the working of the real United 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 70 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. In 2015, Burroughs wll attend the THIMUN conference in Doha Qatar.

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Transcending the Dream
Student Leaders: Suleman Burrows & Alison Gill
Faculty Sponsor: Andranique Scott
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.

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Works in Progress
Student Leaders: Anne Grace Hooper & Natalie Richter
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.

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The World
Editor-in-Chief: Selena Lee
Faculty Sponsors: Maggie Doyle Ervin & 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. Click HERE to view The World!

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World Religions Club
Student Leaders: Daniel Rinder & Manpreet Grewal
Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Dodson-Ching
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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