The Assistant Chaplains program consists of a number of dedicated seniors who provide spiritual leadership and service to our school community. Under the direction of the school chaplain, they lead the school in prayer, facilitate religious and spiritual activites, and work to enhance and bolster the Catholic identity of St. Mary's Central High School.
Each year SMCHS performs two plays. The fall play is a full two act play. Every student who auditions is guaranteed a part in the fall play. Some parts may be non-speaking but if a student wants to perform on stage they will be allowed to perform in the fall play. The spring play is performed at the school and also takes part in the NDHSAA Class A play festival. The cast of the spring play will be limited by the restraints of the script.
St. Mary’s offers two drama classes. Drama one is for all students and is a comprehensive “introduction to theater” course. Drama one gives training in all technical aspects of theater as well as acting and directing. It includes both reading and watching plays for evaluation and enjoyment Drama two is available to students who have completed drama one and is a touring theater performance. The students adapt a play, handle all production details and tour the play to interested area grade schools. It is unique in its design.
In 2002 the SMCHS speech team began a run that is currently unequaled in western North Dakota. For each of the past 10 years SMCHS has either won or placed second in the WDA speech competition. For the past 9 years SMCHS has taken home a trophy from the state competition. St. Mary’s is the only school that has placed consistently at the state competition. In this time frame SMCHS placed 4th twice, 3rd once, 2nd five times and in 2011 captured their first state title since 1996. In 2014 they won their 4th state title. They have won every year since 2011.
Speech competition consists of 14 individual events. This variety means that there is an event for every student regardless of their experience or skill level. The program is headed by Rhonda Burckhard.
The Knights of Virtue focuses on how young men can live virtuous lives and grow in holiness, using Christ and his many saints as exemplars. The study of the virtuous life is based in Scripture along with the writings and teachings of experts in the field of masculine spirituality. The group participates in a variety of activities including: watching movies that exhibit virtue, volunteering, camping trips, retreats, and sporting events.
Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association of students preparing for careers in business and business related fields. The FBLA-PBL Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Students have an opportunity to grow through fundraising, fellowship, volunteerism, and by competing in statewide business leadership events for scholarships and personal growth.
The SMCHS FBLA is looking for ways to raise funds. We have several events throughout the year that our students can attend, but they need monetary support. The first event they can attend is the Fall Leadership Conference here in Bismarck, the cost per student is $20. The second event they can attend is the State Leadership Conference, the cost per student is between $150-$175. The last event they can attend is the National Leadership Conference, the cost per student is $1,400. If you have a project that you could use hire students for, or if you just want to sponsor a student for one of these events, please contact Eileen Larson at email@example.com or at school 223-4113.