Marian’s extracurricular activities are an opportunity for girls to try new things and meet new people. These endeavors promote self-discovery and creativity. Auditioning for one of Marian’s annual musical or dramatic productions gives a student a chance to share her gifts with the Marian community as well as interact with others who share her same interests. Participating in one of the many dances Marian sponsors is a chance for the students to celebrate their Marian spirit collectively.
Big Sister Program
Marian’s Big Sisters are junior students who help the freshmen (Little Sisters) become acclimated to the Marian experience. The Big Sisters host a series of events with their Little Sisters each year. Juniors who are energetic, responsible and welcoming are encouraged to join. This program meets as needed.
Burn Literary/Arts Magazine
Burn, Marian’s literary magazine, is published two times each year and strives to showcase the original artwork, photography and creative writing of Marian students. As a forum for creative student expression, the goal of the magazine is to give students a place to publish their work and a place to have their peers appreciate their work. Sophomores and juniors may apply to be selected to be on the staff of the magazine. All students are invited to contribute submissions to the magazine. Meet as needed, at least five times in the fall and five times in the spring.
Marian’s Campus Ministry Program is an all-inclusive group that has several student-led ministries taking place throughout the year. Ministries include Liturgical Ministry, Worship Choir, Retreat Leaders, FIAT (Faith In Action Team), Service Site Leaders, Morning Prayer Leaders, Shadow Crew, and and service trip participants. All leadership positions are chosen in the spring for the following year through a selective application process. Various opportunities are presented throughout the year for students to get involved with service, fundraising, liturgical ministry, and prayer support. Meeting times vary.
Marian has a varsity cheerleading squad that performs at all home and away basketball and volleyball games. This team of girls pledge their time and support to the athletic programs at Marian. In addition to attending games, the cheerleaders design posters, make announcements and spark spirit for the athletic teams. Tryouts are held each spring and any student may audition, including incoming freshmen. The coaches will communicate the practice schedule.
The Dance Teams work together to build school spirit and support the athletic programs at Marian. There are two teams at Marian, junior varsity and varsity. There are two teams at Marian, Varsity and Select. The teams consist of ninth through twelfth grade girls. Teams are chosen by tryout. The Select team competes at the Nebraska State competition and Nationals. Both teams perform at numerous events throughout the year including home basketball games, Creighton Prep’s homecoming game and basketball games, Mount Michael football and basketball games, pep rallies and Creighton University basketball games. The coaches will communicate the practice schedule.
The Marian Diversity Board is committed to elevating, supporting, and celebrating the diverse range of identities, beliefs, and backgrounds at Marian High School! Board members will guide decision making for events and programming around diversity and inclusion within the building, fostering a safe and welcoming community for all. Meets as needed.
This committee plans, organizes and decorates for Prom. Meets weekly during second semester
Marian’s Recruitment Team is responsible for promoting Marian High School. The organization’s activities include grade school visitations, Open House, Home Coffees, Placement Exam and 6th & 7th Grade Exam and Workshop. Team members act as hostesses and guides to prospective students spending a day at Marian. Students in all grades are welcome to join the team. Interested students are required to fill out an application in the fall. The application process is for organizational and planning purposes; no one is turned away from the team.
The S.T.A.R. (Student Theatre Aide Resource) Program provides Marian students with the opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience and advance learning opportunities in the fields of lighting and sound, while providing service to the Marian community and beyond. The program is open to all students. Students selected will receive tuition credit for their work. This group meets once a month.
The Student Athletic Trainers/Assistant Head Athletic Trainer assist the Head Athletic Trainer in caring for the athletic teams at Marian. This involves attending practices and games for all levels of all sports. The time commitment is daily after school as well as evenings as the game schedules dictate. You will have the opportunity to learn various aspects of the athletic training profession including care and prevention of injuries, rehabilitation, and emergency management. Please see Mrs. Brusnahan if interested.
The T.A.R.S. (Technical Aid Resource Students) program allows students to gain valuable experience working in the Field of Information Technology while serving the Marian Community. They are selected during their junior year to assist students, faculty and staff with their technology issues during their senior year. The T.A.R.S. will assist the Technology Department with many tasks including maintaining Marian computer systems, installing software and hardware and assisting with various technology-related projects during the summer. The program is very selective and participating students will receive tuition discounts for their service. The T.A.R.S. meet on a daily basis and in the summer to fulfill responsibilities.
Gnimocemoh (“homecoming” spelled backwards) is Marian’s way of celebrating a “backwards” style homecoming in an all-girls school. Students attend a very informal dance where they don wacky attire.
Prom is an annual event sponsored by the Junior Class Prom Committee. It is a formal dance for juniors and seniors. Each Prom has a unique theme.
The Welcome Dance is held at Marian at the beginning of each school year. Local bands or DJs perform live for the entire student body. This is the first official event of the school year.
Winter Formal is held annually around Christmas time and is sponsored by the Student Board. The dance is semi-formal and is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Seasonal Service Activities
Operation Others provides food for 1,600 families for the Christmas holiday season and consists of students from the eight Omaha area Catholic High Schools. Each school has a leadership team of five students who meet weekly to plan fundraising and food gathering events in preparation for the delivery day. Any student can become involved in one or all of these events to the level her time and commitment allow. At Marian, Operation Others has a monthly meeting before school which is open to all students to get them involved and to share information about activities. Meets as needed, 7:20am.
The Polar Plunge Club raises money for the Special Olympics through various fundraising opportunities, but most prominently through the Polar Plunge event; which involves jumping into Lake Cunningham during the winter. This club meets in the mornings as needed before the plunge.
Spotlight On Stage
A fall musical is presented the last week in October. Auditions are held in mid-August. There are many opportunities to be a cast member or on the crew. A specific rehearsal/crew schedule is handed out once the show has been cast. Rehearsals begin the last week in August and run through the end of the show.
Show Choir (Momentum)
Marian Momentum is a competitive show choir that competes in local competitions. Rehearsals begin in August and the competition season runs January through March. The group is selected by audition in May. Meeting times will be announced by the sponsor.
A spring play is presented the first week in April. Auditions are held in early January. There are many opportunities to be a cast member or on the crew. A specific rehearsal/crew schedule is handed out once the show has been cast. Rehearsals begin mis-January and run through the end of the show.
Field Day is Marian’s largest and most colorful event of the year. Marian students spend the week leading up to Field Day making costumes, decorating halls, building mascots, learning songs, and perfecting routines, all in anticipation of winning the coveted Field Day trophy. Months of preparation and a ton of creative ideas help to make this day one of the most memorable Marian events. Learn more by clicking here.
Surprise Day is an event planned each year by the Student Board that usually occurs during the second semester. However, no one ever really knows when it will happen; that’s why it is a surprise! The half-day of games and entertainment is a way to increase student spirit and allows students to spend time together outside of the classroom.
Walk-A-Thon is the school’s only all-student facilitated fundraiser in which each student is responsible for collecting pledges from the community. The event’s goal grows each year and encourages the students to be advocates for Marian and help fund the costs that accompany the institution.
*Some photographs courtesy of Marian Journalism Students