Clubs and Activities

2017-2018 School Year
EC High School Campus offers many clubs and activities for our students. Below, you will find general information regarding these opportunities. For more detailed information, see the contact person for the club or email the staff advisor.

Math Club
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • This club operates all school year long
  • This club membership is not limited
  • This club meets on Fridays in room 106 during SOAR.

This club is perfect for anyone with a passion for math. Even if a student is not ready for competition, they can learn math skills that are not covered in regular classes. Our meetings are generally used to practice for the next competition. Members should have the strength of higher level mathematical thinking, and some competitions will be limited to the highest performing members. Interested members can drop by room 106 to see Mrs Kim or email her at estherkim@easternchristian.org.

Yearbook Executive Board
  • Admission is limited to yearbook students
  • This club operates all year long
  • This club membership is limited to 4 students
  • This club meets at lunch

This club is directly linked to yearbook / publishing class and is only open to students in this group. Selection of the board is by application, and applicants should have strong leadership skills. Members of this club serve as section editors and as a business manager for the yearbook. For more information, see our Yearbook Faculty Teacher and Sponsor, Leah Genuario. Email: leahgenuario@easternchristian.org

Class Councils
  • Each class has it’s own Class Council.
  • Admission is open to all students
  • These councils operate all year long
  • Membership is approximately 15-20 students per council
  • These councils meet at lunch every other Wednesday

 

Class Council members are selected based on applications which are handed out the first week of school, and are due back during the second week of school. Class Council exists to create events that serve both students within Eastern Christian and outside of the school. Any student who desires to be a part of creating community within the school and has a passion for helping others through service events should apply.  In senior year, all accepted class council members are also required to help plan and execute select senior events. For more information, see the Head Class Sponsor for each class.

Student Senate
  • Admission is open to students in grades 10 through 12
  • The Senate meets all year long
  • Membership is 12 students
  • The Senate meets every other Wednesday at lunch in room 305

 

Student Senate helps coordinate whole-school student activities, approve and support class council initiatives, and grow leadership skills in students. We plan the homecoming dance and Culture Week, and we assist in other major events. Students who are interested in having a voice in how the school is run should apply for this club. Admission is by application, and applications are distributed and collected in the spring for the following school year. Interested candidates should have a passion for leadership and a proven track record of responsibility. For more information, See Principal Intlekofer who can be found in his office, or outside the front doors before school. Email davidintlekofer@easternchristian.org

Musical & Drama Productions
  • Admission is open to all students (50-100 students typically participate in each production)
  • Most years, ECHS presents one musical production and one drama (play)
  • Fall production rehearsals begin in September with shows in November
  • Spring production rehearsals begin in January with shows in March
  • Most rehearsals are held after school and involvement in productions does sometimes mean students will forego other opportunities. See Mrs Okma for details.

 

Productions at ECHS are STUDENT productions. All actors, musicians, crew (stage, tech, costume, make up, design, construction) members are students. Working together these students create productions that are presented to the ECSA community. The production team will make sure that all students are placed according to their skills and strengths. Our productions have room for actors, singers, dancers, as well as behind-the-scenes talent in stage management, costuming, and set design to name a few. Auditions are held for stage rolls, and applications may be received for other involvement. At least one of our productions each year is no-cut meaning that we will find a way for every interested student to be involved. For more information contact our director, Jane Okma. She can be found in room 305 before school, during SOAR, during lunch. After school she can be found in 305 or in the auditorium. Email: janeokma@easternchristian.org

Chapel Tech Team
    • Students in grades 10 through 12 are welcome to apply
    • Chapel Tech Team meets all year during Chapel on Wednesdays
    • Membership is limited to 6-10 students

    Chapel Tech works skillfully behind the scenes to support the Worship Team with any audio/visual needs so that God is glorified during Chapel. We strive to be invisible – we know that we are doing our job well if no one notices we are there. Anyone interested needs to be willing to learn and take direction, think under pressure, and be responsible to take good care of the equipment. Applications are accepted in the spring for the following school year. Mrs. Rudd can usually be found in the Media Center. Contact her with questions or to see where you might fit onto the team. Email: ruthrudd@easternchristian.org

National Honor Society
  • Membership is limited to students in 11th and 12th grade
  • Membership is unlimited
  • NHS meets all year long
  • NHS meets at different times, often during lunch and in evenings, or as requested.

 

This is a nationally recognized society that universities recognize for students with outstanding achievements in 4 specific pillars. The process is fully explained to invited students each September. The best thing for students to do to prepare themselves is to maintain a high GPA, remain in competitive courses and to focus on the 4 pillars. The 4 pillars that the students are inducted based upon are: Character, Academics, Leadership and Service. Students will be invited after a series of requirements are met. They cannot request entrance. For more information, speak to any of our NHS Faculty Sponsors.

Mrs Dawn Heerema, email dawnheerema@easternchristian.org

Mr Jim Uitermarkt, email jamesuitermarkt@easternchristian.org

Timothy Group Leader
  • Membership is limited to 22 members
  • Members must be in 11th grade (but apply in 10th)
  • Timothy Group Leaders meet for training in spring of 10th grade and meet with groups fall of 11th grade. They also meet during SOAR or lunch once a week
  • Membership is by application. The application is available during late February and early March of sophomore year

 

Timothy Group Leaders are students who mentor a small group of Freshmen for the first 10 weeks of school and help them make the adjustment to high school. TGLs are leaders with integrity, organized, spiritual leaders, & socially comfortable. See Mrs Visser with your questions. She can be found in the College & Career Office after school most days. Email: paigevisser@easternchristian.org

Transition Mentor
  • Typically, we have 5-10 mentors but fluctuates based on need
  • Members are in 10th through 12th grade
  • Mentors are selected based on application. Applications are available on Realtime in late February or early March.
  • Mentors don’t have meetings. Instead, they meet directly with incoming transfer students.

 

Transition Mentors meet with new students are help them make the transition to a new school. They discuss Realtime, clubs, sports, rules, etc. and so, they should have a good knowledge about the rules and things happening at EC. See Mrs Visser with your questions. She can be found in the College & Career Office after school most days. Email: paigevisser@easternchristian.org

 

German Club
  • Typically about 20 members
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • German Club meets on Tuesdays during SOAR all year
  • Sign up when you sign up for SOAR

 

Come to German Club to practice German and learn about German culture with others who love Germany. Members should have an interest in the German language and culture. For more information, see Mrs Lindemulder in room 108. Email: manuelalindemulder@easternchristian.org

French Club
  • Typically about 20 members
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • French Club meets on Tuesdays during SOAR all year
  • Sign up when you sign up for SOAR

 

Come to French Club to practice German and learn about German culture with others who love France. Members should have an interest in the French language and culture. For more information, see Mrs Lindemulder in room 108. Email: manuelalindemulder@easternchristian.org

 

Debate Club
  • Membership is currently unlimited
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • Debate Club meets during SOAR on Tuesdays in Room 304 all year
  • Sign up when you sign up for SOAR

 

Debate Club offers students the opportunity to explore different perspectives of contemporary topics while expressing their own views, listening to others, and discerning what they hear. Topics are chosen before each week, allowing students time to research the topic and inform their personal view. During meetings, students share research and their views and engage in a controlled debate about the topic. There is no application process, but Debate Club is for students who are open, respectful of differences, attentive listeners, and passionate about contemporary issues. For more information see Matt Kuiken, or Faculty Sponsor Ms Van Ryn who can usually be found before and after school in room 304. Email: elizabethvanryn@easternchristian.org

Astronomy Club
  • Membership is limited to 25 students
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • Astronomy meets during SOAR on Fridays all year long
  • Sign up when you sign up for SOAR

 

Students need to have a passion for science and a desire to learn more about the universe. Each week we learn something new about our universe. This consists of watching videos, discussing theories, or even building model rockets. We hope to have a class trip to a planetarium this year. To participate, bring your curiosity about our universe! For more information, see Club Leaders Tyler Onove and Matt Kuiken, Faculty Sponsor Phil Verrengia in the Dean’s office. Email: philverrengia@easternchristian.org

Robotics Club
  • Membership is around 15-20 students
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • Robotics meets Mondays & Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 & Saturdays 9-11 in Room 405.
  • Applications are taken at the start of the school year and are closed about 2 weeks after school is in session.

 

Robotics Club participates in FIRST Robotics, a worldwide competitive robotics league. Each year, we build a robot to meet a specific challenge. Each member has a unique role, and meetings are very energetic, with jobs being completed in all sorts of areas. Robotics Club has jobs for students interested in engineering and coding, but also business management, website design, video production, social media, and more! For more info, talk to Faculty Sponsors Mrs K Rudd and Mr Steen. Mr Steen can be found in room 405 after school.

Emails: timsteen@easternchristian.org or kristenrudd@easternchristian.org

 

Art Club
  • Membership is limited to 24 students
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • Art Club meets Tuesdays during SOAR (or during lunch for those in Music) in the basement room 01 all year long
  • Admission is by application. Applications can be obtained from our club leaders or facilitating teachers. Applications should be completed by the first month of each semester.

 

The Art Club members will be working on personal projects, collaborative murals, and competitions. Students will be required to attend all SOAR meetings or bi-monthly lunch meetings for those involved in the music program. One personal art project is required for an art contest of choice. Students are to be involved in a group/community art project as well as participating in an art project committee until the project is completed. Those who apply should be seriously interested in art or serious about getter better at making it. For more information, see Club Leaders Hope Hartman or Juliana Struyk, or Faculty Sponsors Mr Wright or Mrs Aceino. Emails: jessewright@easternchristian.org or donnaaceino@easternchristian.org

 

Anchored Bible Study
  • Membership to Anchored is unlimited
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • Anchored meets Mondays during SOAR in room 304
  • All members must be GIRLS

 

Anchored is for all female students desiring a closer relationship with God. It is a place for female students to feel welcome and valued. We explore what it means to be a woman of God in our society today while also building community and relationships. Meetings may include discussion of Scripture, videos, conversations, testimonies, writing, art, etc. Our goal is to learn more about our individual identity as a daughter of Christ and also about how to better love others.  Members should be respectful, open to others, and passionate about how to be a godly teenage girl in our school and society. For more information, see Club Leaders Anneliese Kuipers or Juliana Struyk, or Faculty Sponsor Liz Van Ryn in room 304. Email elizabethvanryn@easternchristian.org

MC Makers
  • Membership to MC Makers is unlimited
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • MC Makers meets during SOAR
  • Just sign up for SOAR and see if it’s a good fit for you!

The MC Makers club exists to make our Media Center better and for it to become the place where students want to be. What idea do you have and want to implement to make the MC better – ex. organize a club fair, choose new books, work on the MC website, etc. What we do is up to you! Members should be willing to contribute ideas and time outside of SOAR, and to work with others. For more information, see Faculty Sponsor Mrs R Rudd in the Media Center. Email: ruthrudd@easternchristian.org

 

Worship Arts: Chapel Band
  • Membership is unlimited
  • Between 12 – 20 kids are involved each year.
  • Chapel Band meets irregularly. Chapel Bands meets most often for rehearsal outside of the school day, and occasional lunch meetings or some after school team building.
  • Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. Pay attention to Block 2 announcements for more information on auditions.

 

Worship Arts: Chapel Band exists to lead the community in music worship during weekly chapels and at other events, gain training and development of musical and leadership talents God has given them through service to the community, explore and discover their role or vocation in musical worship and the larger Body of Christ, develop a more intimate personal relationship with the Lord through their service and the chapel bands community. Interested students need to be musically gifted and dedicated to serve with a heart of a worship to be a part of the Worship Arts: Chapel Band team. For more information, see Faculty Sponsor Ms Araneda. Email: belenaraneda@easternchristian.org, or annadejulia@easternchristian.org

 

Courtyard Garden Club
  • Membership is unlimited
  • All grades are welcome to participate
  • Gardeners meets from August to November, April to June, and with Courtyard Garden Interns from June to August. We meet in Room 503 and the courtyard Tuesdays during SOAR and sponsor work sessions after school on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 3:15 – 4:30 PM.  
  • Sign up for SOAR or come to a workday to be included

 

The Courtyard Gardens were created through volunteer efforts to provide a beautiful space in the center of the school for contemplation, worship, and growing in an awareness of the Lord’s blessings towards us that we can share with others.  We do this through maintaining our flower beds, and by growing vegetables and herbs that are used in classes, in the cafeteria, and donated to local food pantries. Come join us as we use our hands in service to the Lord, to each other and to our community! No particular skills are necessary, though – we’re happy to train! See Ms Bazanowski before school or at lunch in room 503. Email: annebazanowski@easternchristian.org

International Student Leadership and Ambassadors

There are 4 clubs within the International program:

  • International Student Leadership (30-40 members, all grades, must be International students)
    • Leadership meets every Monday during lunch in Room 302
    • Leadership is broken up into 4 teams – Technology, EC Vision, Communications and Events Teams

  • International Consul (8-10 members, all grades, selected by program director)
    • Consul meets every other Thursday during lunch in Room 302

  • Ambassador Team (30-40 members, all grades, must be domestic students)
    • Ambassador Team students must attend approximately 65-75% of events (either in-school or out-of-school field trips) and be willing to participate in group international discussions.
    • Ambassador Team consists of domestic students who reach out to our international student population.

  • Ambassador Leadership (2-4 members, all grades, selected by program director)
    • Meets with Consul every other Thursday during lunch in Room 302

Ambassador Team consists of domestic students who reach out to our international student population. There are 3 levels (each level requiring more commitment). The 1st level is Ambassador Team which enables the student to attend both in-school events and out-of-school field trips with the international students as well as take part in any group discussions held by our EC Visions Team. Ambassador Leadership requires a 1 time per week commitment to attend International Leadership Meeting which meets every Monday during lunch in addition to attending International Program events and field trips. International students can be a part of the International Leadership Team which requires a 2 times per week commitment-every Monday for International Leadership meeting and one other time for their individual team meeting (depending upon which team (i.e., Events, EC Vision, Communication, Technology) team they are in.  International Senate meets every other Thursday and is responsible for moderating the international leadership teams and deciding upon the entire program’s vision for the year. It is the highest level of leadership and commitment in the International Program.

 

ACS Chemistry Club
  • Membership is limited to 10-15 students
  • Students must be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grades
  • Students need to have completed Chemistry or Chemistry Honors
  • ACS Chemistry Club meets during SOAR. No applications are necessary.

 

The ACS Chemistry club offers students the opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom. Students engage in activities that enhance their understanding of the science, get them involved in the community, and help them better appreciate how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives. If enough students are interested, we can start preparing for the Chemistry Olympiad. For more information, contact staff sponsor Mr Verrengia in the Deans office, or by email at philipverrengia@easternchristian.org.

Days For Girls
  • Unlimited number of students can participate
  • Students can be in any grade
  • This club will meet all year during SOAR
  • No application is needed – just sign up for the SOAR

 

Young women both in the U.S. and internationally miss school because they don’t have access to clean and sanitary feminine hygiene products.  Are you interested in doing something about this? We’re looking to start a club here and begin working through the Days for Girls organization to fundraise and provide kits.  Female students encouraged to join! All you need is a passion for helping others, maturity with sensitive topics, and the initiative to complete tasks. For more information, see faculty sponsor Mrs K Rudd or email her at kristenrudd@easternchristian.org.

Student Advisory Board
  • 5 Students can participate
  • Students must be in grades 10, 11, or 12
  • Students meet all year, at least once a month during lunch in the principal’s office
  • SAB members are selected from the Student Senate

 

Student Advisory Board is a select group of Student Senate members who help create agendas for the Senate meetings and advise the principal on student concerns. This group helps keep the principal informed about how the student body is feeling and plays an active role in providing student voice in making our school a better place. Members will have leadership and speaking skills. For more information, see Principal Intlekofer or email davidintlekofer@easternchristian.org

Fencing Club
  • Up to 10 students can participate
  • Any grade is welcome
  • The club meets in the gym all year
  • No application or experience is needed

 

Fencing club is all about introducing this little known sport to a wider audience, and allowing students to get some hands on experience with this fun sport. For more information, see club sponsor Mr Dykstra, or email: ryandykstra@easternchristian.org

Fly Fishing
  • p to 10 students can participate
  • Any grade is welcome
  • The club meets September to November, March to June, during SOAR
  • No application is needed – just sign up for the SOAR

 

Fly Fishing Club is about creating a group of people to share and develop a passion for the outdoors, specifically around fly fishing. It is a great way to get intimate with God’s creation and connect to a tradition that has been around for hundreds of years. We usually spend time practicing casting outside, or, in the event of poor weather, we watch professional films centered around the sport.

 

Other Clubs

Micah Challenge

Ski / Snowboard Club

Model UN

Geocaching Club

Man Up