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A variety of clubs and activities at Tampa Prep allow students to explore shared interests with their peers. Clubs range from service-oriented groups to leadership opportunities and special interest clubs. Many are initiated by students and appeal to the current interests of our student body.

Many groups have a service-oriented foundation, instilling in them the values of giving back to your community. Even clubs that are not based on community service give back to the community through a variety of endeavors.

Key Club Cystic Fibrosis FundraiserTeen CourtColoring the Community

To view the full list of current clubs, click the appropriate grade level below or use the submenu on the left-hand side of this page. Visit the Honor Society page of our website for information about additional opportunities.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Art Club

Art Club is an open studio service available to all Middle School students in good academic standing. Projects will be announced during Middle School assemblies and the club meets after school. You need not be enrolled in an Art Elective to participate.  Contact: Mrs. Martha DeAmbrose

Environment Club

Members of the Middle School division of the Environment Club meet for the purpose of raising awareness within the Tampa Prep community on environmental issues. The club seeks to create ways for each person to make a positive difference. Activities include recycling within the school and outings on Saturday mornings, where groups of students and faculty either plant vegetation or pick up trash at various parks and beaches. Tasks also include caring for the on-campus T.U.R.P. garden and stackable gardens around the school. Contact: Mrs. MaryBeth Hill

Junior Classical League

This is a chapter of the National Junior Classical League. The purpose of this club is to encourage an interest in and appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical Antiquity. Students will also help prepare for Certamen competitions, regional and state fora and Carpe Noctem. It is open to all Middle School students who are currently enrolled in Latin or who have satisfactorily completed a previous class in Latin. Contact: Dr. Sean Lake

Knitting for Africa Club

Students in Knitting for Africa crochet or knit for charity. In South Africa there are many millions of AIDS orphans, who live in dire poverty. Many lack the very basics we take for granted — shelter, food, education, warmth and love. In the Knitting for Africa Club, participants craft hand knit squares, like many thousands of knitters around the world, to send to the KNIT-A SQUARE organization which joins the squares into blankets. These blankets warm the orphans bodies and hearts. Join us to make a difference in a child's life with just a little time and skill! It will be fun! Contact: Mrs. Laura Bridges-Pereira

Robotics Club

This club will involve students in working with robots built with LEGO® MINDSTORMS and in competitions like FIRST® LEGO® League, an international competition with over 16,000 teams throughout the world. Students will compete in two to three tournaments every year, but the preparation for these tournaments and solving missions is just as exciting. The group will also build other LEGO® contraptions throughout the year that are just plain fun to build. Contact: Mr. KK Quah

Student Action Committee

The members of this group strive to improve the Tampa Prep community and the world beyond the campus through school activities and service projects. It is open to all Middle School students. Contact Mr. Mike Fowler

Sunshine Readers

Interested Middle School students get together at lunchtime from October to March with Library Media Specialist Carole Holway to discuss books on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program list of contemporary, quality literature.  Information about the SSYRA program can be found at www.floridamedia.org/?page=ssyrahome. Contact: Ms. Carole Holway

FIELD TRIPS

In addition to the variety of opportunities within the classroom, students are exposed to exciting activities Beyond the Classroom as well.
UPPER SCHOOL CLUBS
Participation in several groups below requires an evaluation process or nomination.

Ambassadors of Goodwill

This group provides juniors and seniors with opportunities for community service both on and outside of the Tampa Prep campus. One ongoing project of this group has been helping students at Graham Elementary School.  Advisor: Mr. Bob Bradshaw

Anime Club

Anime Club is a club in which students can show their appreciation for Japanese animation and culture. Students watch an episode of a different anime series each week and often attend conventions and other anime related events outside of school. Contact:  Mr. Andrew Hill

Art Club

Art Club is an affinity group that meets to discuss relevant issues and share members’ common interests in the visual arts.  Club members participate in creating artwork for projects such as The Empty Bowls National Project, designing and painting public artworks, creating posters and bulletin boards for school events and staging exhibits at Tampa Prep. Art Club also plans outings to art museums, galleries and exhibits. Contact: Ms. Elle Ashworth   

Book Club

Book Club gathers once a week during lunch to discuss a wide range of book-related issues. Whether it's a casual "What are you reading?" conversation or a friendly debate about the finer points of an author's work, there's always something to interest the avid (or even not-so-avid) reader. The Club is open to all members of the upper school and encourages students to drop by, eat their lunches and enjoy the conversation.  Contact:  Mr. Andrew Hill

Chess Club

Students in Chess Club meet once a week to hone their skills and learn new strategies. The team plans to challenge other schools. All are welcome, regardless of experience. Just learning? We'll teach you!  Contact: Mr. Brian Williams

Coloring the Community

Coloring the Community is a community service club where students help design and paint murals for non-profit organizations. Students do not need to be enrolled in a Visual Arts class to be involved. Contact: Mrs. Martha DeAmbrose

Conduct Review Board

Appointed by the Dean of Students, this group of juniors and seniors (together with selected faculty members) makes recommendations to the administration on infractions of major school rules.  Contact: Mrs. Christine Jisha

Crew (Rowing) Club

A relaxed, yet competitive program open to Upper School students regardless of experience. Beginning rowers will focus on learning rowing basics, while experienced rowers will continue to fine-tune their athleticism and technical skill. A light racing schedule is planned throughout the fall season. Fee required. Contact: Mr. Steve Maher at smaher@health.usf.edu

Electronics Club

Members will work with electronic components and learn how to make software and electronics work together. Projects will involve soldering (which we be taught and supervised) and electronic service projects to help the community. Contact: Mr. KK Quah

Debate Team

Team members learn the fundamentals of debating and hone those skills while competing in matches all over the state and country.  Contact: Mr. John Bamford

Environment Club

The Environment Club meets weekly for the purpose of raising awareness within the Tampa Prep community of environmental issues. It also seeks to create ways for each person to make a positive difference. Activities include recycling within the school and outings on Saturday mornings, where groups of students and faculty either plant vegetation or pick up trash at various parks and beaches. Tasks also include caring for the on-campus T.U.R.P. garden and stackable gardens around the school. Contact: Mrs. MaryBeth Hill

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)

Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in the world. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Contact: Mr. Andy Bricker

French Club

This is an affinity group whose meetings include games, discussions, food and other topics about the Francophone world. Contact: Ms. Sherri Queen

Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA)

This group meets to promote community and tolerance among all people, and to help assure that each member of the school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.  Contact: Mrs. Stephanie Cardillo

International Club

This group meets to promote the rich international student body present within the Tampa Prep community. Every week there is a presentation from a different country given by an international student, guest speaker or Upper School student with an international heritage. Students are exposed to each represented country's cultural aspects such as food, music and politics. In sum, there is an opportunity to exchange cultural knowledge between U.S. and international students alike. Contact: Ms. Manuela García Luque

Junior Classical League

This is a chapter of the National Junior Classical League and the affinity group for students interested in continuing their exploration of Roman culture and language.The Junior Classical League's mission  is to encourage an interest in and appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical Antiquity. Students participate in the regional and statewide Latin Fora. Contact: Miss Julia Roper

Key Club

Key Club is the high school division of Kiwanis Club International, a national community service organization. Students engage in community service projects at Tampa Prep and in the outside community. Membership by application. For more information about Key Club International, please visit www.keyclub.org or www.floridakeyclub.org Contact: Mrs. Rosa Harwell

Math Club

Math Club provides students an opportunity to participate in mathematics competitions and to be recognized for outstanding achievement in mathematics. Upper School students compete in monthly competitions throughout the year. The Math Club begins weekly practices early in the fall semester. Contact: Mrs. Jennifer Keller

Model United Nations (Model UN)

This Tampa Prep chapter of a statewide organization exposes students to the complex relationships which characterize international relations.  Activities culminate in the annual Model UN Conference in Orlando during which students are selected as mock representatives of various member nations.  Contact: Mr. Andrew Hill

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 to recognize and encourage academic achievement and the development of qualities deemed to be essential to citizens in a democracy: scholarship, leadership, character, and community service.  The Tampa Preparatory School Chapter of NHS volunteers in a variety of capacities in both the community and around the school.  Their main service project is providing free tutoring services to any Tampa Prep student in need.  To learn more about the chapter, its selection process and activities, please visit the chapter website at www.tampaprep.org/nhs.  Contact: Mr. Chris Maraghy

Peer Counseling

Peer Counselors are juniors and seniors selected by the school counselor to work with and mentor students in grades 6-9 on a regular basis. Through group and individual interactions, they strive to promote self esteem, encourage positive peer relationships, teach coping skills with respect to academic pressures, provide anger management skills and facilitate conflict resolution. Contact: Mrs. Michele Cole

Prom Committee

This group of juniors and seniors plans the annual junior/senior prom. Contact: Ms. Stacia Perry-Eaton

Robotics Club

Learn how to work with robots and compete in the VEX Robotics Competition.  The group will compete in at least three local qualifiers and work to get to the VEX FL State and VEX World Championships. Students will learn how to plan and design robots and work in small teams to accomplish our competition goals. Contact: Mr. KK Quah

S3C (Students Support Service in the Community)

This is a service club that attempts to help students who wish to be involved but have too many time commitments to serve in Key Club.  Club leaders make students aware of opportunities to serve the community, and organize events where students can volunteer as a group. Contact: Mrs. Stephanie Cardillo

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

SADD Members set the environment for other students to follow here on campus. Members are expected to display a behavior that positively reflects and supports the SADD community. Positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for student lives. Contact: Mr. Ryan Clements

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a nationally-recognized competition for elementary, middle and high school students. Students engage in hands-on, interactive, inquiry-based activities that fall into three categories: lab-based, research-based or prebuilt. The club meets regularly to study, research and build models to prepare for competition. Events cover physics, chemistry, earth space science, biology and engineering. The club encourages teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking. Contact: Mrs. Ginger Chapman or Mr. Brian Williams

Spanish Club

This is an affinity group whose meetings include games, discussions, food and other things Spanish. Contact: Mr. Santiago Carreño

STAND

Students meet weekly to promote awareness of and seek ways to put an end to genocide.  Students discuss strategies and projects to implement both on and off campus, and plan to contact local and national leaders about the hardships, death and despair in Darfur and beyond. Contact: Mrs. Stephanie Cardillo or Mrs. Lisa Harman

Student Council

The purpose of Student Council is to “improve the quality of student life and to represent the school in the outer community”.  General meetings, held weekly, are open to all students, faculty and administrators.  In addition, there are weekly subcommittee meetings to plan Homecoming, pep rallies and other events.  Elections to select officers and grade level representatives are open to all Upper School students in good academic standing.  Each class elects four grade-level representatives.  (Rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade elections are held in April; 9th grade elections are held in September.) Contact: Mrs. Lisa Harman

Students for Seniors

Students for Seniors visit senior citizens in the Bay area. They lend a hand in a variety of ways, including technology training on cell phones, computers, email and even Facebook! They offer companionship and assistance and are rewarded with genuine appreciation by senior residents. Contact: Mr. Bob Bradshaw

Talisman (Yearbook)

Participation in this demanding activity results in the annual production of the school’s impressive, and award-winning, yearbook. Application required. Includes a classroom component. Contact: Mrs. Stacey Cummins

Teen Court

A program of the Hillsborough County court system, this real-life judicial activity places students in the courtroom as members of juries or as attorneys for the prosecution and/or defense.  Real juvenile offender cases are adjudicated during the process, with binding decisions sanctioned by a presiding Hillsborough County judge. It meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Contact: Mr. Bob Bradshaw

Terrapin Club – Shadow Host

Members of the Terrapin Club assist the Admissions Office in hosting prospective students.  This important role is a big responsibility as the host has an opportunity to influence the perceptions and feelings of prospective students about our students, faculty and school during their visit.  It is a key component in making a decision to attend Tampa Prep or another school.  Terrapin Club members earn 4 hours of community service for each day they host a visiting student.  Contact:  Mr. Dennis Facciolo

Terrapin Student Athlete Leadership Council (TSALC)

This service-based organization offers student athletes an avenue to assume a leadership role in their school and community.  Achieving the school mission of “A Higher Purpose than Self” is the motivation for all that is done. Contact: Mr. Michael Flynn

Terrapin Times (School Newspaper)

The Terrapin Times is published six times per school year.  Students must apply to join the staff.  Any student may submit an article for consideration, but no anonymous submissions are accepted. Includes a classroom component.  Contact: Mr. Andrew Hill

Writing Center

Juniors and seniors who have demonstrated excellence in writing and have been nominated by their teachers serve on the Writing Center staff. Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to take drafts of their written work for editing by staff members. Contact: Ms. Marjorie McDuffie


 


 



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