School Life
Co-curricular Activities

Upper School

Upper School students have opportunities to demonstrate leadership and organizational skills through a wide variety of school clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged to be active classroom participants as well as active in at least one of the following groups:

(The Sponsor's name is noted with each group)

List of 39 items.

  • ACE's for Leadership

    Carol McGrath

    ACE provides leadership programs, mentoring, scholarships and internship opportunities for high school students. ACE’s focus is to inspire, train and mentor a community of Student ACES who exemplify leadership traits in athletics, community service and education.   http://studentacesforleadership.com/

    Meetings:
    12/1/2016
    1/12/2017
    2/9/2017
    4/6/2017
  • Autism/Best Buddies

    Amanda Pierman

    Everybody needs a friend! Best Buddies is a national organization that promotes friendships between students with and without IDDs (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities). Students in Best Buddies form lifelong friendships with students from the Renaissance Learning Academy. Our buddies are hosted at a myriad of Benjamin activities so they feel included in every aspect of a typical teenage life. Special events include lunches, homecoming, plays/musicals, seek n' treat and the community Best Buddies Friendship Walk. 
  • Benjamin Animal Rescue Club (BARC)

    John Peruggia

    Benjamin Animal Rescue Club (BARC) is made up of students who love and care for animals. They come together to support and help the animals, while also raising awareness of the animals and rescues in the community.
  • Benjamin for Women

    John Peruggia

    Benjamin for Women is a group that helps to give voice to social, economic and political issues facing women across the globe through efforts that include volunteering at local women's shelters, engaging with local domestic violence prevention programs, or hosting events during Woman's History Month.
  • Benjamin Student Ambassadors

    Chris Nordland, Mary Lou Primm

    The Benjamin Student Ambassadors is the in-school organization responsible for hosting prospective students, contacting newly admitted students and working closely with them to assure a smooth transition. In addition to working with Admission, the Ambassadors serve the entire school population through tutoring and mentoring.
  • Benjineers

    Patrick Cullinane

    Benjineers is the premier Engineering club at The Benjamin School. Their activities include a national competition where students work together to create engineering projects and race 1:10 scale race cars.  Website

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  • Chinese Culture

    Lei Cohen

    The goal of the Chinese Culture Club is to discuss and promote Chinese culture, language and traditions. The club hosts a Chinese food tasting event on campus and holds a Chinese New Year celebration. Club members may participate in community service by providing tutoring services in nearby schools, fundraising, and/or sharing Chinese culture with younger students at other schools.
  • Dance

    Sara Salivar

    The Benjamin after-school dance program is extensive, varied, and offers one hour and half-hour classes in ballet/point, modern, tap and jazz dance. Students receive instructions in our state-of-the-art studio, specifically designed for the care and maintenance of the serious and recreational dancer. Dancers have many opportunities to perform at local functions and benefits.

    Performances
  • Diversity Club

    Travis Glennon, Ron King

    The Diversity Club is comprised of Benjamin students dedicated and committed to increasing their own cultural knowledge and awareness, as well as that of the Benjamin community in general. The club is an important aspect of Benjamin’s commitment to diversity in general and in terms of its specific benefit to our school. Through thoughtful discussions, guest speakers, research and planned programs, the club is able to educate its members and the school.
  • Drama Club

    Tom Bazar, Sara Salivar

    The Drama Club is available for the students who enjoy drama and would like to further their involvement in theater by participating in Drama Club activities. Students are given the opportunity to learn about many aspects of the theater through workshops, seminars and hands-on experience. Some of these areas include directing, staging, stage managing, acting, costuming, choreography, lighting and sound maintenance.

    Performances
  • Environmental Club

    Ken Didsbury, Amanda Pierman

    The Environmental Club is a student-run organization for those interested in environmental issues. Students participate in on-campus volunteer activities such as recycling and help to educate their peers on environmental issues. Students also plan trips and activities such as hiking.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

    Ron Ream

    Meetings are highlighted by student speakers, guest speakers, ice breakers, Bible stories, bible trivia and games. Our biggest project each year is our annual Christmas Drive for food and toys for the needy. Meetings are every Friday at 7:30 a.m. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.
  • Finance Club

    Fred German

    Members of the Finance Club learn about portfolio management and various types of Financial investment products. They play an investment game to practice skills. Discussions include owning vs leasing a car and renting vs owning a house. Students have the opportunity to hear guest speakers from financial services corporations such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Towards the end of the school year, students develop a budget for a month in college. 
     
    The club meets on Wednesdays, and Mr. German is available during the day for any questions or discussions.
  • French Club

    Kimberly Jurawan

    Meeting twice a month on average, the French Club immerses students in language and culture with passionate collaboration that occurs beyond the classroom. Throughout the year, the club works toward keeping its first place reign at Congrès, Florida’s annual statewide French competition. The club works closely with Hands Together of the Palm Beaches, tutoring children of Haitian immigrants and hosting supply drives for Haiti. Club members help these elementary to high school students catch up academically to the speed of their grade levels, teaching them skills they may have never fully understood or learned at all. Vive la France et le monde francophone!
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

    Nidhi McVicar

    The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Members develop essential soft skills by holding chapter officer positions; by networking with accomplished business professionals; and by participating in business-focused workshops, seminars, and academic competitions.  The group meets weekly and engages in brainstorming and execution of new business ideas, including a Benjamin t-shirt sale case study that has been very successful.
  • Gay-Straight Alliance (GSO)

    College Counseling

    The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club "that brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other", creates a safe environment to discuss awareness and promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community.  
  • Habitat for Humanity

    Lynne Feyk

    Members of the Benjamin Habitat Club work with the Jupiter and Martin County chapters of Habitat for Humanity International to assist with building homes for those in need. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization which builds simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter.
  • Harvard Model Congress

    Mary Ditaranto

    The Harvard Model Congress is a three day mock legislative congress, featuring a presidential election, district and Supreme Court cases, senate and house sessions run by the Harvard students on their campus. Students with strong academic credentials and active participation in history are invited.
  • Health and Wellness Club

    Renee Szeliga

    The main goal of the Health and Wellness Club is to show example of what a healthy lifestyle can do to improve not only your body, but also your mind. Relevant topics pertaining to the mind, body and spirit are addressed. Club members discuss important factors to a healthy lifestyle, including food, exercises, and everything that can help make someone feel their best. Members also explore the difference between vegan, vegetarian, organic, sustainable, and gluten free foods, and discuss holistic and alternative medicines. The club may go to healthy restaurants, exchange healthy recipes, try different types of exercises, and invite guest speakers.
  • Honor Council

    Nidhi McVicar
  • Jewish Student Union

    Linda August

    Jewish Student Union members meet once or twice a month to d
    iscuss current events, Israel, holidays and general knowledge of Jewish folk lore. They also participate in trivia games, arts and crafts and cooking.
  • Junior States of America (JSA)

    Wesley Logsdon

    The Junior States of America is the largest student-run government education association in the country. All JSA regional conferences, special events and weekly chapter meetings are run by the students themselves in order to gain valuable practical experience in the art of democracy. JSA combines elements of debate with the agenda of political issues symposium.
  • Key Club

    May Ditaranto, Ray Edmond

    The Key Club is an international student-led organization which presents its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. The vision is to develop competent, capable and caring leaders through service activities. The core values of Key Club are leadership, character building, caring and inclusiveness.
  • Leadership Speakers Committee

    Kristen Learner
  • National Art Honor Society (NAHS)

    Melissa Ford

    The National Art Honor Society exists for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS also strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in the arts, and to bring attention to the school community. NAHS works to sponsor school events and fundraisers and helps to facilitate student art exhibition opportunities.
  • National Honor Society (NHS)

    Sara Misselhorn

    The Faculty Council elects the membership of the National Honor Society. Students must meet four criteria: scholarship, character, leadership and service. The Council invites all faculty to provide input on academically qualified candidates (3.67 or better cumulative GPA). In addition, each candidate has an opportunity to complete a Candidate Information Sheet, and current officers of NHS interview each candidate. This information provides the basis on which Faculty Council evaluates candidates for membership in National Honor Society.
  • Peer Counseling (Grades 11-12)

    Kristen Lambert, Amy Taylor
  • Perry Feyk Project (PFP)

    Perry Feyk

    PFP is the Benjamin School's faculty/student rock band. Founded by Mr. Feyk and Mike Bustamante '02, PFP continues, through endless incarnations, interpretations and explorations, to continue to seek and play the best that can be found within the spectrum of music. PFP's motto "All music, all good" says it all: from Dylan to Radiohead to the Beatles to Bright Eyes, to our own compositions, we explore and play good music of the past, the present, and to come. Rock on, Pilgrims: Rock on.
     
    We play TBS Variety Show, Barnes & Noble Book Fair, Senior Showcase, Upper School Back Door Cafe (s), Gardens Presbyterian Church, school assemblies, etc.

    Participation is by invitation only, and all student members must be actively involved in the Benjamin Music program in some other way.
  • Political Issues

    Jamie McVicar

    The Political Issues Symposium is an informal gathering of students who enjoy discussing the issues of the day. Although an effort is made to address both sides of the political spectrum, students are encouraged to take a stand and defend it. Meetings are held weekly.
  • Red Cross Club

    Shannon Anderson, Sharon Wendler

    The American Red Cross is one of our country's largest emergency response organizations. The Red Cross Club allows student to serve under the symbol of the largest international humanitarian organization in the world. The students have the ability to act locally and simultaneously to be part of something that truly impacts the world through everyday interventions that are powerful and inspiring. The core American Red Cross mission is to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Red Cross also provides support services and comfort for service members and their families. Our Club members participate in the following service projects:
    • Blankets for children hospitalized at St. Mary's Hospital (club members make blankets after school)
    • Support the Hispanic Resource Center during the Christmas Holidays
  • Science Club

    Eric Gardner

    The Science Club meets weekly during the school year to promote local science events and prepare for and participate in the Science Olympiad. Local scientists are invited to share information about their research.
  • Science Fiction

    Perry Feyk

    The purpose of the Science Fiction club is to raise awareness of this significant genre, to meet and talk sci fi, and to spread the good news throughout the land that Sci Fi is RAD. The club meets twice a month and plans to begin a sci fi night open to others once a year.
  • Spanish Club

    Ivette Casiano

    The Spanish Club discusses current events affecting Latin-America and Spanish-speaking countries. In addition, the club exposes Benjamin students to Hispanic traditions and cultures. The club is not only designed for Spanish-speaking students or Spanish-enrolled students, but is open to all Benjamin students with diverse backgrounds who show interest in the subject. The Club adopts a 4th grade class in Orlando, where the club attends Spanish Conferencia each year. Club members collect 4th-5th grade appropriate books and school supplies for the class.
  • Speech & Debate Team

    John Peruggia

    Debate Team in Benjamin News

    The Speech and Debate Team is open to any student with an interest in current political affairs, arguing topics that he or she is passionate about, delivering speeches, or even learning about congressional procedure. The club gives students the opportunity to participate in competitions against other Florida schools in various categories, while earning membership to the National Speech and Debate Association. The team is a member of the Palm Beach Catholic Forensics League (part of the CFL), the Florida Forensics League, and the National Speech and Debate Association.
  • Student Council

    Mary Ditaranto

    The Student Council is infinitely involved in the school, in that it is the liaison between the students and the administration and faculty. Student Council organizes all of the school dances, sells snacks, and is the only club whose officers are elected by the entire school. All other clubs need permission of the Student Council to conduct fund raising activities. Student Council is also in charge of various spirit weeks, such as Homecoming and Grillin’ & Chillin’.
  • Students with Ability to Tutor (SWAT)

    Marisol Tejera-Mede

    Students with Ability to Tutor (SWAT) is a club that has students available every day to tutor other students when they need it in all subjects. The goal is to reach all students for them to know that there is help every day if they need it. The club members also go and help the lower/middle school students, as well students that attend schools other than Benjamin.
  • Sunshine Club

    Marisol Tejera-Mede

    Sunshine Club in Benjamin News

    The main goal of the Sunshine club is to bring sunshine to others, especially when someone is going through a hard time, has lost a family member or just needs help with meals etc.

    The club meets every 2 weeks to talk about events, projects and community service opportunities. Each member is required to participate in a group community service project.

    This Christmas, the Club adopted Pat Reeves Village which is a center for the homeless and homeless at-risk in Palm Beach County. It is an emergency shelter for homeless families with dependent children. The Club bought and wrapped 61 presents for the children at the center and one of our members took them there.

    The Club sends baskets to the family of students that have lost a family member. The members also cook dinner for the family for an entire week. The Club also sends birthday cards to all upper school faculty members with a piece of candy and a wish for a happy day!
  • Writers Club

    Tom Bazar

    Writers Club meets every Wednesday during lunch. They ready and give feedback on creative work, inspiring more creative writing. Club members work toward directing and acting in student-written one-act plays. Their
     goal is to share their creative work with the greater school community in the form of readings and events, as well as have students submit work for competitions and scholarships.
  • Yale Model United Nations (YMUN)

    Nidhi McVicar, Sara Misselhorn

    Yale Model United Nations is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually on Yale University’s campus in New Haven, CT. At YMUN, delegates from all over the world interact with one another through debate and diplomacy to solve complex challenges facing the world today. Students take on the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets, and learn about the workings of international politics and problem solving. By engaging in topics concerning security, economic development, and social progress, delegates learn to navigate the complexities of international negotiation and teamwork, adopt new perspectives and develop comprehensive resolutions to pressing global issues.
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