Activities and Clubs
MCI offers a wide range of activities to students. Our students are encouraged to participate in a club, activity, or sport during the school year, and it is common for students to be involved in multiple activities.
Please review the list of clubs and activities that we offer students; if you do not see a favorite activity in the list below, we encourage you to create a club or activity for the entire campus to enjoy.
Contact Director of Clubs and Activities Scott Giallombardo '00 at (207) 487-3355 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about how to join an MCI club or how to start one of your own.
- Annual Club and Activity Fair
- Aomori Program
- Art Club
- Chess Club
- Drama Club
- Fencing Club
- Key Club
- Kindness Krew
- International Food Festival
- Math Team
- Model United Nations
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- Outdoor Activity Club
- Philanthropy Council
- Ping Pong
- Quidditch Club
- Robotics Team
- Student Council
- Student Leadership Committee
- Winter Carnival
- Yearbook Club
MCI holds the Annual Club and Activity Fair at the start of each school year, usually during the first day of school with all students. The fair is held in Parks Gym, and each MCI club is represented by the faculty/staff advisor and student members. The fair is a wonderful chance for students to learn about the many clubs that MCI offers, providing students a chance to learn about current club offerings and sign up. Clubs compete for the Best Table award, which is given at the end of the fair.
Students who do not see a club they would like to participate in are encouraged to complete a survey about what they would like offered at the School.
MCI students and their families host a homeroom class of Japanese students from Aomori-Minami Senior High School. Aomori students participate in school visits, co-curricular activities, eating and shopping, and typical Maine family activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy a more personal exchange with teenagers from another country, and discover that they have much in common.
MCI students travel to Aomori via Toyko, Japan to enjoy a visit Aomori-Minami Senior High School. Our students are able to participate in a home stay with Aomori students' families that visit us at MCI.
The Chess Club is open to all students, whether they wish to play competitively, want to learn, or just have fun. MCI competes regularly in regional and statewide U.S. Chess Federation-rated tournaments, and also hosts students who just want to learn how to play against their peers in a laid-back environment.
No sign up is necessary. Contact Mr. Villmore for information.
Drama Club welcomes all skill levels and abilities. There is something for everyone! The club is designed to foster interest and promote participation in theatre activities on campus, showcase student talent in the venues outside the regular Theatre Arts classes, engage in meaningful theatrical activities and productions, demonstrate school and community spirit and pride, promote high standards of conduct, and stimulate a successful working relationship between students and faculty.
The Fencing Club has a few devotees who think it is a great way to spend a couple of hours once a week, because fighting with swords is very cool! The club is designed to teach competitive sport fencing, starting with foil, to any student who wants to learn. Both males and females fence on an equal footing and the camaraderie mostly trumps the competitive urge. Members who are able to attend regularly are usually amazed at how they improve over the course of a year. We are limited by our equipment to about eight fencers at any one time but are able to accommodate larger numbers by sharing.
Swords, masks, jackets and gloves are all provided by the club in a wide range of sizes so almost anyone can come learn.
Soon after the start of the school year in September, students participate in MCI's annual Homecoming. Homecoming is a tradition to welcome back alumni and former residents to share in the athletic achievements of our current student athletes while honoring our past athletes in our Athletic Hall of Fame. It is also a fun way for new students to build friendships with the entire student body and a perfect opportunity for alums to reconnect!
The MCI Homecoming Week features events in the community, a parade, bonfire, friendly class competitions and gatherings, and sports games featuring MCI's Football, Field Hockey, Soccer and Golf teams.
MCI's Key Club comprises students from all grades who are interested in serving their communities. At our weekly meetings, we talk about community service projects and how we can help others. In the past few years we have also prepared and served meals at the Welcome Table, partnered with the Kindness Krew to provide Thanksgiving meals to local families in need, raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and organized a charity basketball game to benefit a neighboring school district.
Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
The Kindness Krew's goal is promote and engage in acts of kindness at the school and in the community as well as on the national and global level. It is a service-based group that focuses on larger project to help accomplish this mission. Annual projects include the tree lighting on front campus where proceeds go towards the warm winter fund, the Salvation Army Christmas trees, which collect gifts for needy children, and Random Acts of Kindness week.
We also partner with the Key Club around Thanksgiving to collect full Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need. The Kindness Krew has responded to national crises and has raised money for the victims of both the Sandy Hook shootings and Hurricane Sandy. Each year we focus on one major global project. Past projects have included collecting shoes for children in Kenya and raising money to purchase life straws for people throughout Africa.
Since 2007, MCI features our popular International Food Festival to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our students and faculty. Students and advisors plan and prepare food offerings, showcase music from their home countries, develop promotional materials, and host the open-house event that has become a fun, family event in April for hundreds of area foodies and school supporters.
Masardis is MCI’s art magazine and coffee-house. Collecting and editing art publications that feature original student art and literature of varying mediums, Masardis explores the many facets of MCI’s creative community members, routinely recognized and newly found.
Beyond their dedication to visual and literary arts, Masardis sponsors performance art through regular coffeehouse nights showcasing student and faculty talents while enjoying light refreshments. Masardis celebrates and shares MCI’s creative community.
The Math Team generally meets once a week for organizational purposes and practice. Each team has ten scoring members whose performances count toward both the individual results and the team score. Other members’ scores are counted only for the individual, but teams can be rearranged at will. Doing several math problems in a limited time may not be everyone's idea of a great way to spend an afternoon, but the pride of success at such a mental challenge is very rewarding. The problems are designed to be very challenging even when the level of math is set for beginning high school students. The problem categories range from arithmetic to trigonometry and statistics. Serious math students of any level can contribute to this team.
Model UN is a student group with a focus on global awareness, global citizenship, and diplomacy. Students learn about international issues and work collaboratively to solve problems through position papers, debate, and discussion. Each May the team travels to the University of Southern Maine for three days to discuss global issues with schools across Maine. To prepare for the May conference, students work diligently throughout the spring months studying and writing about global issues.
The National Honor Society is a national organization that comprises high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. This organization is not open to all students, but exemplary students are chosen by a committee of faculty members.
Membership in the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a student. The NHS strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in four areas: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Citizenship, and Character.
Membership, however, is more than an honor. It incurs a responsibility and an obligation to demonstrate those outstanding qualities that resulted in selection. Students also must attend MCI for three semesters to be considered. MCI reviews new potential candidates each September, and students are inducted into MCI's NHS chapter every year in October.
Outdoor Adventure Club gives students opportunities to get outside and be active. The club takes advantage of the great outdoor resources in central Maine and beyond. Recent adventures include an overnight biking trip to the Maine Huts and Trails system, a hike to Katahdin Peak, and a paddle from the Pinnacle to Douglas Pond in Pittsfield.
Much of the learning experience lies in preparing for these adventures: we have learned about outdoor first aid, dressing for the cold, and even fly tying. The club is most active in the fall and spring but meets all year on a weekly basis.
The MCI Philanthropy Council is a group of students committed to encourage, inspire, and educate others about the importance of donating and contributing to beneficiaries in the local area. It is also aimed to promote gratitude and offer students the opportunity to give back to MCI and the surrounding community.
The Quidditch Club is based on love for all things Harry Potter. During the warmer months, club meetings are held outside and students play muggle quidditch, which is a magical no contact mix between soccer and basketball. In the winter, the club meets to play Harry Potter-related games and play trivia.
We welcome anyone to join us!
The Robotics Team at MCI is a competitive VEX Robotics team that competes 2-3 times a year. We usually meet every other week during the school day to work on logistics and planning purposes. Several weekends a month we have building days to create and modify our robot. The team is open to all students; we need programmers, designers, website builders, and other talented folks! Team members are expected to participate on the weekends to help build and compete, but students do not need to attend every build session and competition.
The Mission Statement of the Maine Central Institute Student Council is: “We will work to make each school day a good experience for every student at MCI. We will work to make MCI a safe, welcoming, fair, fun and learning place for students to be.”
The Student Council serves the student body. We solicit input around student issues and concerns, and develop and implement ways to address those issues. The Student Council is one avenue for administrators to gather input as well. Additionally, we conduct service projects for MCI and sponsor activities designed to meet our pledge in our mission statement. We raise money to fund three scholarships and to fund attendance at leadership conferences.
Some of the traditional activities of the Student Council:
- Theme Week - includes preparing and presenting an all-school meeting and various activities built around the school theme
- Design and present a second school meeting to revisit the theme
- Campus Coffee events in December and May for the entire school
- Attend regional/state/national Student Council Conferences
- Coordinate Fast Blast, a fun 24-hour fast and sleepover
- Produce Senior Video
- Develop Spring Fever Week, a week of activities designed to help everyone have fun and shake the mid-winter doldrums
- Maintain a bulletin board in the library
The Student Leadership Committee supports students in developing their leadership skills and in positively influencing their peers. SLC members work to promote healthy and positive behaviors in the community. At weekly meetings these students lead and participate in discussions on the many challenges facing young adults. Based on these dis cussions and their own experiences, group members develop and implement plans to support and promote positive options in our school community. Recent projects have included mentoring younger students after school, hosting community forums, and assisting Healthy SV with the annual “High on Life” 5K.
Members are expected to come prepared to actively participate in meetings and activities, and to make healthy choices to effectively lead their peers by example.
Every winter as the days slowly warm with spring, students participate in the MCI Winter Carnival, which is a long-standing tradition at our School. Students participate with their classmates in friendly competitions like creating snow sculptures, tug of war, bombardment, Quiz Bowl, skits, and fun sport events.
Winter Carnival culminates with the Sno-Ball, a formal dance where a Sno-Ball king and queen are chosen.
Students in the Yearbook Club are responsible for creating MCI’s yearbook, The Trumpet. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including: photography, digital editing, journalism, and business management. Yearbook is a lot of fun and celebrates a variety of student talents.
Students can participate in Yearbook Club regardless of what classes they are enrolled in or their class year in school.