A Marist becomes comfortable enough to take risks. Here at the Academy she finds a culture where she discovers her passion through participation. Encouraged by her peers and teachers, she’ll learn invaluable life skills, at the right time, and in the right context. And, she’ll face her teenage years with an appreciation of the whole journey, bumpy roads and all. She comes to see that even if all her dreams don’t come true, she grows strong in the broken places. And she will begin to dream new dreams.
As many of the other clubs, the students in Teens in Action discover creative ways to serve the community through outreach programs. The sky’s the limit as the Marists reach out to individuals and groups in a variety of ways that impact others both within and beyond the school boundaries. Teens in Action learn to see their world with new eyes and to use their own gifts in compassionate service in the name of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Saving lives is something that seems out of reach for many high school students, but in the Academy’s TOP-Life Club, students have the opportunity to do just this. They advocate against abortion and for a culture of life that believes in the holiness of life “from womb to tomb”. Students do this through prayer, spreading of the Gospel, attending conferences, and participating in activities that raise awareness of the inherent dignity of every person. The club organizes a Pro-Life Day and a Pro-Life Cafe for the school, and attends the yearly March for Life in Washington D.C.
The environment is an incredibly important issue for the young women of the Academy. This club reverences the only earth they have, and they begin by working hard at making the Academy of the Holy Family as green as possible. This club is for those who are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference through awareness, activities and befriending their turf.
The Outdoors Club is an incredibly unique opportunity for students. This Club is student-led and allows for attaining of knowledge of outdoor living. Some of the basic goals of the club include learning how to lead, short and long hikes, learning basic first aid, fishing, camp cooking, map reading and orienteering, bicycling, and more! With this club, students will exercise, build character, and learn teamwork and essential social skills.
The Academy of the Holy Family Human Rights Club, established during the 2013-14 academic year, serves the purpose of investigating trends around the globe that impact the rights and dignity of all men and women. Members of the Human Rights Club commit themselves to learning more about the challenge of providing quality education to girls throughout the world, as well as the reality of hunger in children. In addition to doing their research, the Human Rights Club is committed to raising awareness on these issues within AHF and the greater community and to be proactive in addressing the tragedy of social evils.
In this student run club, students learn proper debate format and tackle many of the issues facing society today. Problem solving skills, teamwork, research, and public speaking are all part of this exciting club. It’s debating, not arguing.
The young women of the Academy are passionate about a lot of things, and physical fitness is one of those things. This is why some pioneering students created the Exercise Club. In this club, students bike, use the exercise room, think seriously about proper nutrition and in general seek to be faithful stewards of their physical person through sensible fitness.
The Legion of Mary is a popular club at the school. In their weekly meetings, members exercise their religious values through prayer, discussion of religious readings, and moral issues facing society today. They provide service to the school and local community. Students in this club want to make a difference – and they DO.
The dedicated members of the AHF Student Council, instill a sense of pride and build school spirit through events designed to promote Marist Spirit. This student government body fosters communication among the students, staff and administration by serving as a visible and approachable connection between each group. They celebrate the achievements of our diverse student body and spread enthusiasm throughout our school community.
Each year the Student Council plans a variety of events, including dances, Spirit Week, Catholic Schools Week, School Birthday, Christmas Spirit Week and so much more!
The stage at St. Michael Center is the site for theatrical productions featuring the talents of all AHF young women who wish to express their dramatic/creative side through acting, choreography, set design, make-up, lighting, costuming and publicity.
Some of the most recent plays include Twelve Angry Women, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and a student created theatrical competition they called SING!. There is never a shortage of opportunities for creativity in this amazing club.
Caritas is the annual yearbook published by the students of the Academy. They use current technology to produce a full-color book of memories that includes the most exciting aspects of their history at the Academy. This process provides students with opportunities to learn photography, editing and production.