Extracurricular Activities

 

Athletics & Afternoon Activities

Whether you are an athlete or have a passion for the stage, there is an afternoon activity for you. All students participate in two seasons of an afternoon activity each year. For a complete list of athletic opportunities and schedules, click here.

Badminton

In its innaugural season as a sport at Marianapolis, the Badminton team will practice their skills of the ancient game and play in tournaments as the season progresses. 
Season: Spring 

Baseball

The 2016 varsity baseball team will be led by junior co-captain Dalton Bodreau and senior co-captain Kevin Tata. Third-year starter Bodreau will return to shortstop and assume the role as the Knights ace on the mound. Tata, a four-year member, brings tremendous speed and leadership to the outfield.

As runners up in the SENE Tournament in 2015, Knights head coach Bill Monaco feels very confident that the 2016 young squad has potentially all the right ingredients to make a strong bid to return as one of the top teams within the league.

The Knights will be traveling to Florida in March 2016, for their second year of spring training.

Basketball

Boys' Basketball (V, JV, III) - After compiling a record of (47-37) in Class AA, the Golden Knights boys' varsity basketball team will relocate to their enrollment class, Class B, for the first time since 2009-2010. Before the 2010 NEPSAC basketball realignment occurred, the Knights had been to four straight Class B Championship games. The team will look to build around four returning seniors: Dominique Senat, Sebastian Ntansah, Tyler Lefebvre and Kevin Tata and returning sophomore Tyler Burton. The Knights have brought in a group of both experience and youth adding post-graduates Johnny Hatem and Chris Burkley, senior Andrew Ford, juniors Marley Blommers, Aurdric Sandoval and Joe Del Ricci, and freshmen Jared Ullstrom and Dylan Celona. The Knights hope to have a competitive season in its quest for a berth in the NEPSAC Class B post-season tournament. 

Girls' Basketball (V, JV) - Marianapolis girls' varsity basketball will look to improve on their Class A quarterfinal tournament loss from last year. Marianapolis is excited about the return of key players including senior captain and New Hampshire commit Caroline Soucy, senior captain Samantha Ellis along with juniors Nicole Anderson, Jordan Frye and sophomore Emily Sheridan. The squad is also anxious to greet the new promising talent that be joining the team this season. We will be an up tempo team that looks to run in transition. Defense will be our cornerstone and we will look to that to create transition offense. Marianapolis will again build a competitive schedule comprising of the last season’s Class A and Class B highest teams.

Crew

Marianapolis crew will open its third year of competition in September. The young program will look towards a strong senior class for leadership, while hopefully building some novice depth to bolster the team in the years to come. We are especially excited to have Marianapolis’s first rowing captains, Bennet Sage for the boys’ crew and Sage Latour for the girls’ crew, provide some guidance and motivation for their teammates.

In the fall, the crew will travel to The Head of the Merrimack Regatta, The Textile River Regatta and The Head of the Fish Regatta, among other events. The rowing Knights will square off against some strong competition and hopefully continue to assert their presence in the New England rowing community.

The fall season will help build the grit and fitness necessary for the more competitive and faster-paced spring season, where we will face off against crews from Bancroft, Lincoln, Canterbury, Pomfret and other area schools. The spring also sees our two home competitions of the year, against Thayer Academy and Rumsey Hall School, which provide an exciting opportunity for the crew to showcase all their hard work over the school year.

The girls’ crew will benefit from the depth provided by a core of strong returning rowers, including Simone Fournier, Suzanne Ellis, Grace Rett and Doreen Reagan. Marianapolis crew is poised to have its strongest year of competition, and we will be looking not only for competitive races but some victories out on the water, especially in the spring.

The boys’ crew will be supported by the strength of 3-seat Patryk Kalinowski and led by the seasoned coxswain Deanna Rapp. Marianapolis crew is poised to have its strongest year of competition, and we will be looking not only for competitive races but some victories out on the water, especially in the spring.

Cross Country

The Marianapolis boys’ cross country team looks to build off of a successful 2014 campaign. The Golden Knights ran their way to a second place finish in the SENE, their top finish since 2010 and finished 13th overall in the New England Division IV Championships. Leading the team are returning senior captain Alex Murphy and first-year senior captain Joshua Eilerman, who fills in the spot of the departed captain Justin Kunkel. Murphy and Eilerman worked hard over the summer to get into great running shape for the season and encouraged the rest of the team to do the same. 

This year's girls' cross country team is headed by senior captain Samantha Ellis, and will also see leadership from sophomore Emily Maguire. Having lost four graduating members of our team, this year the team will be small but will have an excellent opportunity for individualized training. We are hoping for success at both an individual and a team level! 

Dance

Dance is open to any community member who wants to learn or improve their dancing skills. Participants dance during the fall and spring seasons. Each season ends with a recital.

Drama

Drama opportunities are available for all three seasons. In the fall and winter a well-known play, usually a comedy is performed. In the spring the group performs a musical.

Equestrian

Available for the fall and winter seasons, participants will travel off campus to Woodstock Acres Riding Stable in Woodstock, CT.

Golf

The Golden Knights are poised and ready for a successful spring 2016 season. Senior Isabella DiNoia and junior Tyler Carlson will serve as co-captains to a team of returning faces to the Marianapolis golf circuit such as seniors Matt Walker and Matt Panagiotou, and sophomores Tim Loftus and Tim Edwards. The Knights will seek to improve their fourth place standing in the SENE and will return to Raceway Golf Club for the start of the spring 2016 season in mid to late April--hopeful that the snow will have melted by then!

Gymnastics

While the gymnatics team does not compete against other schools, participants can improve their skills daily at Deary Gymnastics in Danielson, CT. Gymnastics is offered during the fall and winter seasons.

Indoor Track & Field

Indoor track and field competes in the Southern Worcester County Indoor Track League meets, at Northbridge High School, in Massachusetts. Sprinting star junior Chenyi Xu is poised to be a leader in the 50-yard dash. Throwing star and senior Reed Hopkins is also sure to be a leader in the field events. We also have many strong relay team members returning to the stage for the upcoming season. We look forward to hopefully many victories to come during the 2015-2016 season.

Lacrosse

Boys' lacrosse: The Marianapolis Golden Knights are primed for a breakout year after an up-and-down season last spring. The Knights look to make the SENE playoffs for the first time in school history after falling short in two "win and in" games last year. Although five seniors graduated last spring, the Knights have plenty veteran talent and leadership. Seniors Gordon Ellis, Cory Pacheco and Timothy Saucier captain a team that combines their and other's veteran experience and leadership with talent from younger players such as sophomore Cole McKinstry. The Knights have learned from last years successes and disappointments and are eager to start what should be a successful year for Marianapolis lacrosse.

Girls' lacrosse: With a solid, core group of players returning, and the hope for many new prospects, the team is anticipating the same spirited season as last year.

We are excited to see what seniors Marie Thibodeau, Kellyn Snow and Francesca Lupini can do as captains this season. With the steadfast and consistent play of Thibodeau and Snow on offense and the tenacity and speed of Lupini on defense, their leadership is sure to inspire an epic season.

Martial Arts

Martial arts are traditions of combat practices which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defensecompetition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development. Marianapolis students can opt to learn these skills during the fall and winter seasons. 

Math Team

The Math Team is an academic team that competes in several regional competitions against both public and private schools. The Math Team is offered year-round, but counts as a sport during the winter season.

Media Team

The Media Team is offered as an alternate sports option during each athletic season. The Media Team is an extension of the Communications Office and assists with photography, social media, and marketing. Students must complete an application process.

Skiing

The Ski team offers students with all levels of experience the chance to improve their ski or snowboard skills. The club travels to Wachusett Mountain two days a week and trains on campus 3 days a week.

Soccer

Boys' Soccer (V, JV, III): Coach Abraham Gustavson looks forward to his first year coaching the varsity soccer squad. After a successful junior varsity campaign which saw the 2014 team go 21-2-1 overall, Gustavson will look towards the core of this young team to strengthen the varsity squad, which was comprised of mostly seniors last year.

The Knights will strive for two major goals this season: to unseat St Andrews as SENE Champions and to qualify for the NEPSAC tournament. A combination of strong leadership, impassioned camaraderie, discipline and hard work, with a touch of true grit and a bit of luck will surely make for, if anything, one memorable season. We will look to do achieve our very best and will remain sportsmanlike and determined throughout the 2015 season.

Girls' Soccer (V, JV): After having a very successful 2014 season, the girls’ varsity soccer program is looking forward to the 2015 season. With some new additions to the schedule this year, the talents of this group of young ladies will certainly be tested. Yet under the leadership of senior captains Caroline Soucy, Francesca Lupini and junior captain Taylor Pacheco, and with the return of 13 players from last year’s team, hopes are high that the program will continue to be successful. 

Additionally, coaches Esad Darman and Kellie Ryan will be returning for their third season together and are very excited about the growth and strength of the program. There is no doubt the past two seasons have put this team on the map, and we hope to return to the postseason tournament again this year!

Softball

We learn through and from adversity, and certainly the Marianapolis Golden Knights softball squad experienced much during the 2015 season. A surprising down season this past spring has the Knights refocused and ready to get back on the field as quickly as possible. To that end, the team is ecstatic to be traveling to Orlando, Florida and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex for Spring Training in March of next year. While losing two senior leaders will be difficult, that the team returns seven starters and much depth provides confidence the program will return to the heights it has reached the prior four seasons.

Leading this recharge will be senior captains Madison Snyder and Megan Tarantino. Snyder is returning to her role as captain and take up her middle infield post. Tarantino will be behind the plate and calling games for the team’s two returning pitchers--sophomores Danielle Mahlert and Gwen Gould. Around the diamond, returning infielders include senior Lydia Tourtelotte, junior Taylor Pacheco whose powerful bat will anchor the lineup, juniors Madison Boudreau and Olivia Gould and versatile sophomores Emma Sarantopolous and Isabelle Boria.

Patrolling the outfield will be seniors Christina Doherty and Samantha Ellis, junior Jordan Buell and sophomore Alyssa Caputo. In addition to all of these returning players, the program will welcome in numerous varsity-ready freshmen looking to contribute immediately.

As always, the schedule will be an excellent challenge and preparation for New England tournament play. Opponents will include two-time defending Class A champion Westminster, Loomis Chaffee, Suffield Academy, local rival Pomfret School, Class B champion Ethel Walker, Class C power Cheshire Academy, Wilbraham & Monson, Kingswood Oxford and more.

The team is thrilled to get on the field in Florida to get ready for the season!

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is offered as an alterate sports option. Students learn the movements of the ancient art of Tai Chi.

Tech Crew

The Tech Crew is an alternate sports option, and is for students intersted in learning about computer hardware, and how to troubleshoot and fix computer issues. The Tech Crew works with the IT department and helps the Marianapolis community with any and all technology problems.

Tennis

Boys' Tennis: The Marianapolis boys' varsity tennis team looks to build upon the momentum they created at the end of last season. Although they finished with an overall record of 6-10, the Golden Knights finished with a flourish by winning the last four matches. Co-captains junior Fangzhou Liu and senior Zhangyuan Gao headline a talented group of players. In addition, rising stars junior Zeilang Hu and sophomore Chengtao Song are sure to continue their upward trajectory. Senior Yu Zhou Wu will have a greater opportunity to display his improving skills. Newcomers like junior Owen O'Connell should also add to the mix. Everybody is looking forward to getting out on the courts in late March!

Girls' Tennis: Led by Keith O'Hara and Assistant Coach Kellie Ryan, the girls will look for a repeat trip to the New Englands in 2016.

Track & Field

With 2nd place finishes in the SENE league for both the girls' and boys' teams in 2015, Marianapolis track and field is excited to return to competition this year. Captained enthusiastically by junior Mariah Aubin, and seniors Alex Murphy and Joshua Eilerman, both squads are marked by depth and personality. We look forward to celebrating athletes, from those mastering events to those seeking to be among the best in New England, for their common bond: the drive to improve and surpass what once had been their best. More than any statistic, score, or individual athlete’s past achievement, the promise of this singular focus and the mutual support it fosters, is the best way to preview the season to come.

It must be noted that this spring season will be unlike any in Marianapolis’ history in that we will have a track on campus. The athletes are so excited to watch as, day by day, the project moves towards completion. In their mind’s eye, they can see themselves completing reps on straightaways or practicing their jumping form on runways yet to be constructed. Soon, the din of heavy machinery will be replaced by the roar of the crowd as friends and family cheer Knights through the finish line and to PRs throwing, jumping and running. 

Ultimate Frisbee

Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee (V, JV): Marianapolis ultimate frisbee retooled and rebuilt in the spring of 2015. For the 2016 campaign, coach Schäfer looks for an influx of freshmen and sophomores to contribute to the varsity club, led by sophomore and captain Myles Wagner. Wagner is joined by senior captain Chapin Cheney and a solid group of returners in the upperclassmen ranks. Cheney captained the CT state team that finished 16th at youth nationals this past summer.

Volleyball

Girls' Volleyball (V, JV): The 2014 season was a rebuilding year for the Marianapolis varsity volleyball team. The wins and losses didn’t reflect how well the team played against their opponents. The 2015 team has big shoes to fill this year, and most of the members of this year’s roster will be newcomers. Only 5 members of the 2014 squad will be returning this season, guaranteeing a heretofore unseen player will crack the starting line-up.

The returning Golden Knights--Kathryn Fontaine, Doreen Reagan, Izabella Dinoia, Marie Thibodeau and Emma Sarantopolous--along with their new teammates are primed to work hard and continue the success Marianapolis volleyball has strung together in the recent past.

Wrestling

The wrestling team is looking forward to building on the experience gained last year. We graduated only one wrestler but return many experienced wrestlers to a growing team. Our two senior captains Cory Pacheco and Harry Holte are poised to build on the successes of last year. Sophomores Dylan Haviland and Tomasz Mamro are looking to continue to improve as they enter their second years and make more substantial contributions to the team. Senior Tim Saucier will be stepping up as a leader in the wrestling room and looking to improve his record heading into the new season. Juniors Andrew Jalbert, Kyle Longo and Jack Griffin will be holding down the upper weights and gaining experience. The wrestling team will be looking for some new wrestlers to fill in the lower weight classes this year as the program expands to wrestle even more local schools.

Yoga

Yoga is offered as an alternate sports option. Students involved in yoga learn meditation and breathing techniques, go on nature hikes, journal, and discuss other holistic health therapies.

Clubs & Organizations

At Marianapolis, students are encouraged to explore their interests outside of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to choose from over 30 clubs and organizations, and if an interest isn't represented already, students can create their own club. From academics, to sports, to baking and knitting, there is something for everyone. 

Admission Ambassadors

Admission ambassadors are current freshmen who help prospective students experience a day at Marianapolis. Prospective students will spend the day shadowing the ambassador. The ambassador's role is to assist with campus navigation, interact with others, acquaint their shadow with the community and make them feel comfortable during their day on campus.

Art & Comic Club

The Art & Comic Club is for all students who have a love of art and comic books. Members spend time drawing comic book characters, as well as work on creating their own comic book.

Astronomy Club

Open to all members of the community, the Astronomy club explors the celestial world. Opportunities to view the starts and planets are planned both during the day and night.

Chess Club

Open to all skill levels, the Chess Club practices their skills in matches against one another.

Chinese Language & Culture Club

The Chinese Culture & Language Club promotes awareness of the culture and language of China among Marianapolis students and the surrounding community. Chinese language is not required to participate.

Chinese National Honor Society

To gain membership into the Chinese National Honor Society a student must take Chinese for four semesters with an average of B+ or higher and no grade lower than B-. The honor society promotes and recognizes students with good citizenship, leadership, and deeds of community service.

Community Choir

The Community Choir is open to all community members at any skill level. The group picks a different song to learn each week.

Community Service Club

The Community Service Club is open to all students who have a passion for giving back to the community. The club sponsors several events throughout the year including food drives, Homelessness Awareness Night, and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Creative Writing Club

The Creative Writing Club is open to any student interested in writing short/long stories, plays, poetry, etc. The group meets each week to share original work with one another.

Culture Through Film Club

Culture Through Film Club is a discussion group that provides an opportunity to discover more about the wide variety of cultures found in the United States. As America has been known as a melting pot for much of its history, this club provides the chance to discuss the way these cultures interact with the modern American way of life through humorous, light-hearted, and though-provoking documentaries and movies. 

Dance Club

The Dance Club is open to any community member who wants to learn or improve their dancing skills.

Dessert Club

The Dessert Club is for anyone with a sweet tooth! The group meets weekly to pick a dessert, develop a shopping list, and then make and enjoy their creation.

Disaster Relief Club

The Disaster Relief Club raises funds for natural or human disasters that happen in our country or around the world. In the past, the club has donated money to hurrican relief, and in the 2014-2015 school year the club dedicated its efforts to Ebola relief. Some events it sponsors include the Flag Football Tournament and the Annual Lock-In.

Girls' Club

Girls' Club is designed to be a location where girls of every grade level can come together and talk about different issues affecting women. From pressures associated with the media, to how to be the best version of ourselves possible, Girls' Club is a place where girls can exhange thoughts and feelings and learn about one another.

History Club

The History Club is open to anyone with an interest in learning about the past. The group discusses areas of interest, making history come alive. The group plans outings to local museums and film festivals.

Knitting Knights

The Knitting Knights is open to all community members who are interested in improving their knitting skills or learning for the first time. Yarn and knitting needles are available for those who do not own them.

Math & Science Center

The Math & Science Center is comprised of student tutors for math and science. The tutors are available daily after school to help other students with homework assignments, or studying for a test.

Mock Trial

Mock Trial is open to any student interested in the legal system. Through real case studies, students in Mock Trial act out the cases as "lawyers" and "witnesses." Mock Trial gives students a glimpse into the U.S. legal system.

Model U.N.

The Model U.N. Club simulates functions of the United Nations. Students assume the roles of different countries to reconcile differences of international concern. Each year the group travels to Fairfield University to compete in the Annual Model United Nations Conference.

National Honor Society

Students who are eligible for the National Honor Society are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a 3.3 GPA after a minimum of one full year at Marianapolis. Students must also satisfy the requirements of Character, Leadership, and Service.

Photography Club

Traditional and digital photographers meet to discuss, study and practice various techniques. The group visits local art shows and exhibits.

Ping Pong Club

The Ping Pong Club is open to all students of all skill levels. The group meets to hone their Ping Pong abilities, and compete in tournaments against one another.

Robotics & Engineering Club

The Robotics & Engineering Club is for any student with an interest in robotics or engineering. The club builds and programs robots for competitions regionally and nationally. Plus, the group gets to fly a drone!

Spanish Honor Society

Students who are eligible to join the Spanish National Honor Society must have completed three semesters of Spanish work at Marianapolis with demanding requirements and an overall GPA.

Sports Club

The Sports Club meets once a week to discuss the latest in sports news: Trades and Acquisitions, Playoffs and Championships, and other sporting news.

Stats Club

The Stats Club is for students enrolled in statistics, or students interested in mathematics. The club focuses on solving issues in the real world using statistics.

Tech Innovation Club

The Tech Innovation Club is for any student interested in technology. The group focuses on writing code and using technology to enhance life at Marianapolis.

Writing Center

The Writing Center utilizes student tutors to assist students on their writing assignments.

Yearbook

The Yearbook Club is responsible for creating the annual yearbook. The group collects photos, writes captions, and designs the layout for the yearbook.
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