Clubs & Activities
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
De La Salle offers a wide variety of clubs and activities for students. Below is a list of some of our clubs and activities, as well as moderator information.
- Black Student Association - BSA
- Board Game Club
- FIRST Robotics
- Interscholastic Athletics
- Intramural Sports
- Link Crew
- Middle East Club
- Medical Club
- Mock Trial
- Model UN Club
- National Honor Society
- Power Lifting
- SAVE Club
- Snowboard and Ski Club
- Social Studies Olympiad
- Sportsmen's Club
- Stock Market Club
- Student Council
- World Cultures Club
The Black Student Association is a student-led group with the purpose of bringing to light issues of diversity for students, faculty and staff at De La Salle Collegiate. The club empowers students, encourages responsible youth leadership and enables students to be a positive force for change within the school and their communities. They work to plan and organize educational opportunities to spread awareness on cultural and social issues.
MISSIONThe Black Student Association exists to create a culturally, socially aware environment and to promote the appreciation of each ethnic group within the De La Salle community. We seek to provide educational opportunities for ourselves as well as the student body, which can enhance learning and growth in cultural competence.
VISIONTo embrace diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by high levels of empathy, respect, intercultural awareness, cultural consciousness, critical thinking, and positive understanding and celebration of differences, resulting in a community that is welcoming and diverse.
Board Game Club meets every Monday and Wednesday after school 2:20-4:00 P.M!
All students are welcome! No experience is necessary- come and find out what it is all about.
No charge for all games. All games are provided by Mr. Slusser.
Students are welcome to bring their own games to play.
Chances for prizes in the future.
Great way to socialize, develop logic and strategy skills, and have fun!
Beating the Pilots is a tall task for most opponents. Beating the Pilots when the BroZone is involved is nearly impossible.
At De La Salle home football, soccer, basketball, and hockey games, you can find the Pilots student cheering section in full force, cheering their brothers to victory. It doesn't stop there, however. The BroZone attends swim and wrestling meets, even tennis matches and golf tournaments! Wherever the Pilots compete, you can be sure to find De La Salle students to cheer their alma mater on to victory.
Each year, the senior BroZone members select class representatives to lead the group in the upcoming year. The leaders selected are expected to be creative, active and positive in representing De La Salle and must help create an atmosphere of good sportsmanship. In fact, the BroZone helped create Conduct Expectations for All Spectators and each year, freshmen members are reminded of the expectations of the responsibility necessary to be a school leader.
Theme nights and special events are created by BroZone leadership and shared through social media.
De La Salle Collegiate supports an extensive Robotics program where students can develop science, engineering and technology skills.
The program is offered as an extracurricular activity. The program seeks to educate students in all phases of the project life cycle: problem analysis, design, implementation, testing, and revision/support. A variety of programs and projects take place during the school year which foster these goals. Primary meeting times are after school and on weekends. Students who have an exploratory interest in engineering as a college major are especially welcome to seek an enrichment experience through the program.
The AutoPilots Robotics program seeks to inspire students and the local community to pursue careers in science and technology. We prepare students to make an informed decision about their college major and future career by giving them hands-on experience with industry standard equipment and practices framed within the competitions created by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics.
See the FRC Team 7762 Profile here.
De La Salle continues to be a premier educational institution for boys in southeastern Michigan, offering college preparatory coursework in the charism of its founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. We're proud that the Pilots' athletic and intramural programs continue to reflect the mission of the school and its founder.
We are extremely proud of not only the 17 state championship trophies we've earned, but of the graduates we produce who become better men as sons, brothers, husbands and fathers by participation in our educationally and spiritually-centered approach to learning through educational athletics.
De La Salle offers a variety of intramural sports to encourage teamwork and collaboration among students. Students participate in intramural sports for fun, practice, physical exercise, or competition. Faculty and staff often participate, as well. These recreation-based sports teams are designed primarily for enjoyment, but teams often compete for titles, awards, and bragging rights.
Intramural sports promote inclusion, acceptance, health, and wellness among students at De La Salle. Those who compete and those who participate in the planning and organizing of intramural sporting events often benefit from taking a break from studying, coursework, and the demands of everyday life.
Moderated by teacher Annmarie Michol and counselor Jonathan Hickey, the Link Crew is students helping students succeed.
Link Crew is a program designed to help freshmen make a smooth transition into high school.
Each summer Link Crew leaders go through a rigorous training program. Juniors and seniors are trained in team-building activities, cooperative-skill development, and discussion skills. Each Link Leader is assigned to a freshman seminar class to work with students in an advisory role throughout the school year. They become leaders, motivators, role models, and teachers.
ORIENTATIONLink Crew orientation is phenomenal! Students are welcomed and made to feel at home. The orientation is a combination of opening and closing ceremonies, and two small group sessions of 8-10 students led by a Link Crew leader. It takes place the during morning of freshmen Orientation Day each August.
YEAR-LONG SUPPORTThe same Link Crew leaders that led the new students on Orientation Day will provide social and academic support throughout the school year. Link Crew leaders act as helpers in their advisory classrooms where they share life-skill lessons during the year. Most Link Crew leaders are also involved in our school-wide tutoring program throughout the year.
COMMUNITY-BUILDING PROGRAMSchool climate will change because of Link Crew. This program is based on a simple concept: linking freshmen with successful upperclassmen. While creating a sense of comfort for the incoming students, the Link Crew concept also addresses the attitudes of the upperclassmen toward the freshmen, and respect for freshmen becomes the norm.
OBJECTIVESEmpower seniors to become role models for freshmen.
To increase academic success through support of peers.
To develop leadership skills in students.
Pass on positive traditions to younger students.
Expose students to a variety of individuals in positive situations.
Teach students that by working together they can be successful and enjoy one another.
To help create a supportive and positive atmosphere on campus.
The Middle East Club aims to promote De La Salle and the services that young men from the Middle East can provide to the Community.
Our efforts include feeding those in need and organizing clothing drives to provide for the homeless and those who can't afford it. We volunteer to work with church-sponsored programs to help our community.
We hope to encourage those of Middle East descent to choose De La Salle as a school of choice ahead of others.
Contact Mr. Mukhtar with questions at email@example.com
The Medical Club is designed to offer Pilots that are interested in careers in Medicine the opportunity to connect, learn and network.
The main objective of Medical Club is to prepare students for admission to various medical training programs by educating them through guest speakers, job shadowing, field trips and information/ skill training sessions. The club will also provide community service opportunities (volunteering and fundraising) to its members. The Medical Club is open to all grade levels.
Contact Mrs. Balamucki with questions!
De La Salle’s mock trial team competes against various schools in the area as part of a high school mock trial tournament through the Michigan Center for Civic Education. The mock trial competition has students act out a trial by taking on the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Teams of 6-10 students present arguments for either the defense or plaintiff before panels of real judges and lawyers who serve as the presiding judge and jury.
This is an excellent opportunity for our students to get exposure to what an actual trial is like, and to make real connections with well respected lawyers in the area.
The team practices at De La Salle’s campus starting in November. The team will also be able to to practice at the Macomb County Circuit Court in Mt. Clemens, which is the location for the Macomb County Regional Tournament.
The team has consistently done well at the regional tournament, receiving high praise from several local judges and attorneys. The team placed third and received the Honorable Mention award in 2015. In 2016, they did even better as the team qualified for the state tournament by finishing as one of the top two teams out of the 14 that competed. The 2017 and 2018 teams did not advance to states, but had great showings at the regional tournament.
The De La Salle Model United Nations Club attends conferences with other local high schools, as well as schools from across the state of Michigan and other states.
Who can join?
Anyone with an interest in international relations, politics, global issues, or just wanting to join a group at school.
Conferences include being assigned topics and countries and working together to pass resolutions. Students have participated in conferences at the University of Michigan (2015), the University of Notre Dame (2017), and Boston University (2018).
Students interested should email Mr. Shortt or see him in Room 214 with questions.
National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the membership requirements to join our chapter of NHS?
You can apply for membership at the end of your sophomore year. All new applicants and current members must have and maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average. You must also have no major behavioral write-ups. All students must also complete service and tutoring hours.
Is the Bro. Arator Justin Chapter of NHS on social media?
Yes, we are. Twitter: @DLS_NHS
Does the Bro. Arator Justin Chapter of NHS have officers?
Yes, we do. We elect officers at the beginning of the school year.
Where can I find information for the national organization?
Check here: The National Organization's website.
Who can I speak to about joining NHS?
Contact Mr. Westphal, the NHS Moderator - firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the DLS NHS website here for more information!
The powerlifting program has been consolidated with the current after-school lifting program.
If any students have any interest in competing at powerlifting meets, please see Mr. Castine in Rm 211 or contact him at email@example.com.
Further information on the Michigan High School Powerlifting Association and competitions can be found at mhspla.com.
Students Against Vandalizing the Environment promotes an environmentally friendly world by coordinating and practicing to reduce, reuse and recycle in the De La Salle Collegiate community.
We are currently in charge of all recycling at De La Salle. We also have helped our school earn Green School as well as Emerald Status through the Macomb County Green Schools Program.
Meetings are at least three times per month; and members are committed to participating in events as often as once per week. Our purpose is to make De La Salle a more environmentally-friendly place.
Our goals and tasks include coordinate recycling events (paper, plastic, bottles, classroom single stream, and electronics); educate community to reduce waste, promote reduce, reuse, and recycled; implement new ideas; plan Earth Day events; complete paperwork to help De La Salle earn Green School status; complete service at or off campus; etc.
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The Snowboard and Ski Club sponsors outings to Mt. Holly on Friday evenings throughout the winter. As well, in mid-February, the club hosts a three-night, four-day trip to Boyne Mountain.
For more information about the club, email club moderator Joe Gerardi at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Social Studies Olympiad team is a fun and educational club that competes in state-wide competitions. We compete in both on and off-site competitions throughout the school year.
The purpose of Social Studies Olympiad is to increase student interest in social studies and to provide opportunities for our students to gain individual and team recognition for academic accomplishments. Social Studies Olympiad encourages the development of a strong social studies skill set, participatory experience, social and intellectual interactions, and strengthens personal confidence through collaboration and competition.
In the 2016 statewide quiz bowl competition in Detroit, the De La Salle Social Studies Olympiad team took first place. We sent two teams to compete against tough competition from all over Michigan, and the team of Zachary Breininger, Brendan DeSantis, Justin Smith, and Jason Kathawa took home the state championship. We are looking for more members to have another strong performance at next year’s competition.
The De La Salle team repeated their first-place performance in 2017. The Pilots traveled to Center Line High School where they faced the toughest competition yet. The team of Zachary Breininger, Brendan DeSantis, Christian Stelkic, and Michael DeDecker took home the gold for the Pilots. The team is open to anyone who wants to be involved and test his social studies knowledge against teams from around the state.
The De La Salle Sportsmen's Club participates in clay target shooting - trap, skeet, and sporting clays.
The club practices every Wednesday after school (4-6 p.m.) at the Detroit Sportsmen's Congress, located in Shelby Township. Special events (field trips, scrimmages, competitions) as scheduled.
Equipment drop-off and transportation must be arranged beforehand (Tuesday 8 p.m.) with Coach Mike Jolly.
ABOUT USMike Jolly, Head Coach - Certified Instructor, USA Shooting and National Rifle Association; Life Member, National Rifle Association; Life Member, Michigan Antique Arms Collectors; Board of Directors, Michigan High School Coaches Association; Member, Positive Coaching Alliance; veteran coach for 50-plus years; former athletic director and current coach and substitute teacher at De La Salle.
Sam Tews, '08, Assistant Coach - Registered Instructor, SSSF; Charter Member, De La Salle Clay Target Program; University of Michigan graduate; active competitive shooter (Cowboy Action, Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays).
Andrew Bielman, '08, Assistant Coach - Charter Member, De La Salle Clay Target Program; University of Michigan graduate; Member of Detroit Sportsmen's Congress; active competitive shooter (DSC Club Skeet Champion and trap and sporting clays); Director of Vintage Clay Target competitions at the DSC.
The purpose of De La Salle Collegiate's Student Council organization is to develop good citizenship, leadership, scholarship, and service to both the Catholic community and our own local community. The goals of this organization are to promote harmonious relationships, to improve the morale of the student body, to assist in the management of certain school activities, to provide a forum for student voice, and to provide channels for student involvement.
The Student Council body is comprised of four executive officers and six officers from each squadron. Faculty members serve as moderators for each of the squadrons and for the Student Council at large. The president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the executive branch and of each of the squadron representatives are elected positions.
To learn more and keep up to date with all of the DLS Student Council Activities, follow us on social media!
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The World Cultures Club aims to offer its members opportunities to get acquainted with other cultures and traditions around the world. Every month we celebrate major events from various countries - Spanish and Mexican celebrations, Italian Appreciation Celebration, National French Week, Oktoberfest in Germany, Albanian Independence Day, Chinese New Year, Greek/Ukrainian/Romanian Easter, Polish Heritage Celebration, etc. Ethnic foods and music, presentations, cultural artifacts, and videos that illustrate these events are offered by students whose families continue to keep in touch with the traditions of their countries of origin.
Members are welcome to participate and make their own ethnic backgrounds known - so we can celebrate them as well. We are trying to continue our tradition of building a strong community in which everyone feels accepted and appreciated.
Please inquire if you are interested in signing up to be a member of the club. You may reach out to the members of our board or directly to our moderators, Mr. Juncaj & Mrs. Vidican.
President: Shane Speck
Vice President: Charlie Seip
Secretary: Gianmarco Rizzo
Moderators: Mr. Juncaj & Mrs. Vidican