Faculty Adviser: Mr. Dan LaVallee
The Chess Club has achieved remarkable success in a short time. In only eight years of interscholastic competition, Cheverus has claimed the State Championship three times, and the team repeated as Southwestern Champions last year.
The club starts in early September and begins competing in mid-February. Practices are Tuesdays and participants can compete with adult players at the Portland Chess Club on Fridays. The state championship is in early March in Bangor.
Faculty Adviser: Mr. Jay Morin
Cheverus welcomes students from Colegios Padre Hurtado y Juanita de los Andes for a month-long exchange each spring since 2000.
During this cultural exchange between Cheverus the school in Santiago, Chile, Chilean students live with Cheverus host families and attend school for four weeks, typically from mid-March to before April vacation.
The goal of the exchange is for the Chilean students to practice English and learn about US culture by staying with and experiencing the life of a typical US family. The host families and Cheverus community also get to learn about Chilean culture and make a connection to other Americans (after all, "South Americans" are "Americans" too).
To reciprocate, Cheverus students travel to Chile in the summer (their winter) for a three-week exchange where they live with Chilean families and attend the Colegios Padre Hurtado y Juanita de los Andes. Please note: the trip to Chile is dependant on getting a minimum of five students and a faculty chaperone commited to the trip.
Faculty Adviser: Mr. Greg Szkarlat
The mission of the Cheverus Civil Rights Team is to foster a safe learning environment, one that is free of bias-motivated harassment and violence. In an ongoing effort to address these issues, the team works on several projects throughout the year.
After successfully presenting "Freshman Diversity Training" to all ninth graders last year, the group plans to replicate its presentation by teaching about diversity and civil rights to the entire class of 2013. In the spring, the civil rights team plans to create a follow-up presentation to the "Freshman Diversity Training" in an effort to learn about bias-motivated issues over the year. Other projects include "Martin Luther King Jr. Week" and "No Put-downs Week."
The Cheverus Civil Rights Team meets variably in Room 16 (Loyola Hall, top floor). New members are always welcome and should contact either Mr. Szkarlat or the officers for any questions.
Faculty Adviser: Mr. Dan Haskell
The Cheverus Debate Team will travel to seven tournaments by the end of the five-month season, culminating the State Championship Tournament and the Catholic Forensic League District Qualifiers. Members of the debate team have qualifed for National Foresics League and the Catholic Forensic League national tournaments, traveling to Salt Lake City, Houston, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC. The team anticipates building upon competition at three levels: Novice, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.
Lincoln-Douglas debating is a values-based debate, where the interlocutors must argue both in favor of and against a given resolution over the course of a day-long tournament. They must make a case for why their chosen value must be championed and how affirming or negating the resolution accomplishes that position. For example, one past resolution read, "An oppressive government is better than no government." Consequently, members of the squad became very familiar with important philosophical topics, including but not at all limited to Thomas Hobbes' and John Locke's conflicting views on the state of nature, politics as natural or conventional, and the historical patterns of tyranny.
In addition to broadening their intellectual base and deepening their analytical powers, debaters generally cultivate self-confidence and verbal presentation skills which make the activity amply worthwhile, even at the price of a couple of Saturdays a month.
Adviser: Mr. Keith Anctil
Habitat for Humanity is sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry
What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.
Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda.
Habitat has an open-door policy: All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. Habitat for Humanity has always had a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion, and we welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
What are Habitat houses like?
Whether in the United States, Canada or in more than 80 other countries around the world, Habitat for Humanity houses are built according to the same guiding principles.
Habitat houses are:
- Simple. Habitat houses are modestly sized -- large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
- Decent. Habitat uses quality, locally available building materials. Trained staff supervise Habitat house construction and educate volunteers and partner families. House designs reflect the local climate and culture.
- Affordable. The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and a no-profit, no-interest loan make it affordable for low-income people around the world to purchase a Habitat for Humanity house.
What does a Habitat house cost?
Throughout the world, the cost of houses varies from as little as $800 in some developing countries to an average of $59,324 in the United States. ($80,000-$85,000 in Maine)
How are the partner families selected?
Habitat for Humanity offers a homeownership opportunity to families unable to obtain conventional house financing -- generally, those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area's median income. In most cases, prospective Habitat homeowner families make a $500 down payment and contribute 300 to 500 hours of "sweat equity" on the construction of their home or someone else's home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity, or if you would like to get involved, please contact Campus Minister Greg Szkarlat at email@example.com.
Students ages 16 and up are welcome to join!
Faculty Adviser: Mrs. Mary King
- Live: to live out the gospel message & to work with and for the underprivileged
- Learn: to learn about the complex reality of Global Poverty with a concentration on Haiti
- Solidarity: to find ways to be in solidarity with our sister school in Haiti
- Awareness: to create awareness of Global Poverty in the wider school community and beyond
- Opportunity: to provide students with opportunities to serve in developing countries
About the Club
The Haiti Solidarity Club offers students a chance to reflect on conditions of global poverty and injustice and to find concrete ways to promote justice, especially but not exclusively in Haiti. This is not a charity club or a social activist boot camp. The aim of this club is to expose students to Haitian people, culture and issues in order to learn about the real structures of injustice in our world. Fundraising and collecting supplies or other resources is an important part of our work, but it is only onepart of the club's mission.
Any Cheverus student is welcome to join the club!
Meetings are usually held on Wednesdays. We have roughly two to three meetings per month.
Fair Trade awareness project, Fair Trade chocolate bar sale, collection of books in French shipped to Haiti, Christmas Tree Sale, Creole Christmas card project, collection of art supplies for Konbit Pwof clinic, Service Immersion Dance, Darfur Awareness poster making, Darfur Awareness letter writing campaign, Mustard Seed Service Immersion trip to the Dominican Republic
Faculty Advisers: Mrs. Karen Connick, Ms. Lorraine Aromando
The Homefront Club sends supportive letters to our military troops serving overseas. We also send care packages to our troops. We try to focus on families and friends from the Cheverus community that have loved ones serving. Last year, we sent out over 138 pounds in care package items to our soldiers.
The Homefront Club meest every other Wednesday to plan fundraisers to pay for shipping of our care packages and other activities that will help support our military troops and families. You are still encouraged to join even if you are unable to attend meetings due to sports and other clubs. Please see Mrs. Connick in the main office or Mrs. Aromando in the computer lab.
Faculty Adviser: Mr. Jay Morin
Faculty Adviser: Mrs. Diane Baker
The Cheverus High School Key Club is one of the longest running high school community service programs in the country. The club is dedicated to providing service to the public community and the Cheverus school community. The Key Club is part of an international organization of service clubs sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. The motto of the Key Club is, "Caring, Our way of life." This motto fits very well into our school motto of "Preparing People for Others."
The Key Club is involved in many areas of the community. We do yard work and assist elderly residents with tasks that they may no longer be able to do. Members have developed friendships with mentally challenged youth by working with the STRIVE program every Friday night, joining these teenagers in activities they are unable to do alone. The Red Cross phone-a-thon is a community project we have been doing for years. This year we have begun working with the Big Brother/Big Sister program, and developed a homework helper program at Baxter Elementary School. This is our third year teaming up with the United States Marine Corps Reserve for their annual Toys for Tots program. We look forward to keeping this tradition alive for many years to come.
The members of our club are in the community at soup kitchens, church events, Habitat for Humanity house buildings, fairs, hospitals, and tutoring programs. If it needs to be done, we are out there doing it.
Our biggest event for the past 40-plus years is our annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Every year, starting in September, the work begins on providing complete Thanksgiving Day baskets to families in need around the Greater Portland Area. Each basket contains everything needed to enjoy a complete holiday meal. This year, thanks to the hard work of all our club members, and the generous donations from the community on a whole, the Cheverus Key Club was able to provide 400 families with baskets this year. This represents the highest number of baskets ever given in the history of Cheverus. It also shows that if there is a need, Cheverus will rise to the challenge and fill the need.
Key Club members are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of service for each quarter. Students with a minimum of 40 hours in the fourth quarter can be considered for attendance to the National Key Club Convention, held in Springfield, Massachusetts every spring.
Every year we look for new members that are willing to dedicate some of themselves to the cause of helping others. Cheverus is dedicated to "Preparing people for others." The Key Club is dedicated to "Being people for others." We look forward to your future participation.
Head Coach: Mrs. Joan Renger (BSChe, University of Michigan; MST, University of New Hampshire)
Freshmen Coach: Mr. Aaron Duphily (BS, Dartmouth College)
Mr. Dan LaVallee (BA, College of the Holy Cross; MST, University of New Hampshire; Math Department Chair)
Mr. Alan Livingston (BS, University of Southern Maine)
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,2011, 2014
New England Invitational Meet Participants:
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Math Team Captains:
- Julia Lambert -- Stanford University
- Yue (Sophia) Dai-- University of Michigan
- Connor Maines -- Carnegie Mellon University
- Greyson Potter -- Columbia University
- Adam Zieba -- Tufts University
- Deirdre Lambert -- Dartmouth College
- Emily LaVerriere -- MIT
- David Chandpen -- Univeristy of Maine
- Meegan Daigler -- Dartmouth College
- Michael Jerome -- Duke University
- Bethany Potter-- Harvard University
- Bill Fallon -- Brown University
- Karin Renger -- Ithaca College
- Mike Krasowski -- Boston University
- Chris Romeo -- Cornell University
- Curtis Drummond -- Notre Dame
- Andrew LeBlanc -- RIT
- Tom Renger -- RIT
- Kevin Jones -- Wheaton College
- Tyler Frank -- Boston College
- Matt Houser -- Notre Dame
- Alex Janson -- Villanova University
- Mark Shirfan -- Bowdoin College
- Gregor Cadman -- MIT
- Matt Laroche -- Carnegie Mellon University
Faculty Adviser: Mr. Stuart Tisdale
Faculty Adviser: Ms. Jane Glass
Cheverus High School Model United Nations is bringing a global perspective to future leaders. Model UN offers high school students a simulation of the diplomacy, problem solving, and responsibilities of the United Nations. High school students make up the various delegations of the UN and play the role of diplomats in the United Nations within the various committees.
Through effective role-playing, Delegates must make an effort to find ways to actively involve themselves in solving international crises. This task, however, must be accomplished without violating the bounds of the member states' national character.
In maintaining a sense of realism, Delegates must remember that they are role-playing the individual assigned as their state's Representative to the United Nations. In order to do this effectively, students must step out of their roles as Americans and think like the state's diplomat that they are representing.There are various MUN summits or conferences in which to participate throughout the school year. Students may have input as to which conference they will attend.
Moderator: Susan Van Wyck
Membership in the National Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a a Faculty Council and is based upon outstanding scholarship, leadership, service and character. The Faculty Council consists of five voting members appointed annually by the principal.
NHS membership is not granted solely on academic performance. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6. Candidates are then evaluated on the basis of leadership, service and character as reported on the NHS Student Information Form and a teacher recommendation..
All faculty members have the opportunity to comment on NHS candidates. The Faculty Council reviews these forms and faculty comments, then selects members to the NHS by majority vote.
Once inducted into the NHS, a student remains a member unless his/her grades or conduct fall below the established norms. Members who fail to meet the expectations of NHS will be placed on probation. Probation will last for one complete quarter (one semester for a GPA below 3.6). As long as these members comply with all expectations during this time, their membership will return to normal status at the end of the period. Members who fail to meet a second expectation while on probation will be dismissed from NHS.
All students who will be juniors and seniors during the academic year and who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply. Current NHS members previously inducted DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.
Download the NHS Application (PDF) here. All applicants must download and submit the student information form and recommendation by October 30, 2015. Please submit all applications to the Main Office.
- Scholarship: Students must have both a yearly and cumulative grade point average of 3.60 and above. These grade point averages are calculated at the semester.
- Service: The applicant must list his or her service activities, including both required Cheverus service hours PLUS 10 ADDITIONAL SERVICE HOURS.
- Leadership: The applicant must list his leadership and/or extracurricular activities.
- Character: The applicant must submit evidence of his integrity, positive behavior and responsibility. This requirement must be fulfilled by obtaining a recommendation by a teacher at Cheverus who knows the applicant well. The Cheverus faculty, in accordance with the criteria established by the national office of the National Honor Society, will assist in the selection of the membership through his/her recommendation. Each candidate is willing to accept the decision of the faculty as final. Character references from members of the candidate’s immediate family or friends (parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, neighbors, peers, coaches or friends of one’s family) will not be accepted.
Those students who have been selected will be notified via email after completion of the selection process. A formal induction ceremony will take place in January.
Students should see Mrs. Van Wyck in Room 19 with any questions.
Faculty Advisers: Mrs. Erika Rhile, Mr. Hank St. Pierre, Mr. Ken Swanberg
Any student interested in outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, cross country skiing, or kayaking, can go on safe group activities and have a part in planning trips. All trips are the club members' ideas. This activity begins in September and ends at the end of the school year.his year we have gone mountain biking through the Portland Trail System, have taken rock climbing classes at Maine Rock Gym, where we learned outdoor rock climbing skills, and in the Spring we are going climbing in North Conway, New Hampshire, where we will camp overnight and hike out in the morning.
Other trips the Outdoor Club have planned are snowshoeing and hiking in Acadia National Park and other Maine islands.
Faculty Adviser: Mrs. Renger
Faculty Advisers: Mrs. Fernanda Darrow, Ms. Terry Quinn, Mrs. Fran Norton
Faculty Adviser: Ms. Lorraine Aromando
Student Government at Cheverus consists of four elected class officers and four elected delegates from each class. Officers and delegates are nominated by their peers and must be in "good" academic standing in order to qualify as a candidate for class office. The class officers work with their class advisor to build class unity and to raise funds for their Senior Prom. The Student Council delegates, along with several class officers, meet weekly to develop and to enhance student life at Cheverus by sponsoring activities such as dances, dress down days, and pep rallies.
Ultimately, the goal of Student Government is to develop the leadership skills of all students who attend Cheverus High School.