- Academic Quizbowl
- Albanian Club
- Anime Club
- Art Club
- Asian Club
- Caribbean Club
- Chem Club
- Coding & IT Club
- Compassion Connection
- Conspiracy Club
- Dance Team
- Farm to Table Club
- Gaelic Society
- Gospel Choir
- Hellenic Society
- Italian Club
- Italian Honor Society
- Junior Ambassadors
- Ladies of Color (LOC)
- Latin Honor Society
- Math Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta
- Morning Exercise
- National Honor Society
- National English Honor Society
- Panther Vision
- Preston Echoes
- Preston Players
- Rosary Prayer Club
- Spanish Club
- Spanish Honor Society
- Sports Program: 8 sports offered at Preston
- S.T.A.R. Club
- Step Team
- Student Council
- Women’s Empowerment
- World Relief Club
Quiz Bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture. The defining feature of Quiz Bowl is the use of a “buzzer system” (or, more formally, a “lockout device”) that lets players interrupt the reading of a question when they know the answer. That element adds a dimension of confidence, anticipation, and rapid recall to what is primarily a game about knowing facts. Those “toss-up” questions are answered individually, but doing so earns one’s team a chance at a multipart “bonus” question. Bonus questions are worth more points and allow collaboration, but are generally more difficult.
Preston competes in the Columbia Cup series which is contested against area high schools at Columbia University.
The Albanian Club offers all students an opportunity to discover the interesting and dynamic culture of Albania. Meetings and events offer the immersion of the student into the Albanian culture, by exposing them to foods, dances, traditions and the Albanian language. The club also participates in charity events focused on the Albanian community, as well as the community at- large.
Life. Death. Anime in between.
The Anime Club gathers to celebrate the art of Japanese animation. Club members discuss the varieties of Anime and learn about the differences between them. The Anime Club shares its passion for the art form with students in the Preston High School community by participating in the Asian Club Festival. Anime Club meets on Tuesdays.
The Art Club provides students who have an interest in the visual arts an opportunity to gather to share ideas, learn new techniques, and share their passion for art with one another. Art Club offers experiences that stimulate and encourage creative thinking. Art club meets twice a month from 3:00 - 4:00 in the Art Room. If you are interested in developing your artistic skills, or just want to exercise your creativity, please join us!
Asian Club serves to celebrate the diverse and rich cultures of the numerous countries and nations of Asia. Open to all students, our members would like to bring awareness to the social, political, and racial issues that are affecting its people today. We want to bring pride in students’ identities and empower them to embrace their brilliant culture.
The mission of the club is to expand the students understanding about how a computer works through learning how to design and code programs and through learning about the internal parts of the computer work and are configured. The club will give the students hands on opportunity to examine the internal workings of computers and the learn how to program. If available, student will have the opportunity to enter coding competitions and participate in The Hour of Code sponsored each December.
Compassion Connection is one of Preston's largest, most popular clubs. Its mission is to offer students consistent opportunities for practicing compassion. While its projects range in size (from small in-house fundraisers to 4 ton collections of food), its presence is constant - so that compassion is ever on the minds of the Preston community. We meet on Thursdays after school. Join us - all are welcome!
Fact or Fiction...?
The purpose of the Conspiracy Club is to identify various popular conspiracy theories and examine them with a critical eye. Our club seeks to sift out factual information from media hype, and inevitably find some truth in a myriad of lies and deceit. We may not be able to debunk every theory that ever happened, but we do actively refine our abilities to detect media lies and become more discerning, inquisitive citizens.
As a team, our mission is to bring young ladies from all different grade levels together to do something that we all love: dance. We perform and choreograph dances for PHS events including the Halloween Assembly, Preston’s Got Talent, the Christmas Assembly, Springternational Prest-fest. We meet twice a week to practice what we enjoy and to learn from each other.
The Farm to Table Club gives students the knowledge of growing vegetables and all the joys of tending to a garden. They will learn to compost, weed, plant, and harvest. Each club meeting we will spend time in the school garden, harvest whatever is ready for the pickin' and then use the kitchen to cook an organic, fresh meal from what was harvested. Making the students stewards of the land.
Preston High School's Gaelic Society is a community of students who celebrate the culture, music, and spirit of Ireland. The club happily comes together to share in Ireland's rich traditions. The Gaelic Society marches in the Throggs Neck annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, celebrates with a Ceili event each year, raises money with bake sales and candy grams throughout the year, and much more. The Gaelic Society provides the opportunity for students of all backgrounds to immerse themselves in Irish culture, and to have fun while they’re doing so.
We meet every other Wednesday after school in room 203. All are welcome!
Preston High School Gospel Choir is the premier liturgical music ensemble at Preston. The Gospel Choir is a student led and coordinated group which seeks to nurture the spiritual life of its students, faculty and administration alike and inspire transformative living through its glorious singing of gospel music, African-American spirituals, and contemporary Catholic and Christian songs. The Gospel Choir serves this function through its performances at the many seasonal liturgical celebrations and communal prayer services. The choir also lends its talents to other programs and performances throughout the school year. The Preston Gospel Choir has also served the New York City area through its performances at local fundraising events for the benefit of the broader communities of the Bronx and Manhattan.
Open to student of all backgrounds, the Hellenic Society is an opportunity for all to explore Greek heritage through culture, history, music, language and food. Discover the legacy of this classical culture and the significant influence it has on our society today. The club meets monthly on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in room 220.
Junior Ambassadors are a vital part of the Freshmen Academy and important for the future success of the freshman class. They serve as mentors who are ready, able, and willing to assist their ninth grade sisters’ transition from middle school to high school. Responsibilities include meeting with their assigned freshmen homerooms at specified times to lead discussion groups on a variety of topics including time management, extra-curricular activities, and bullying. They also facilitate activities during homeroom with the entire grade level and the Freshmen mentors. Junior Ambassadors are also required to assist with the Freshmen Family Liturgy & Picnic, the Freshmen Christmas Breakfast, and any other activities deemed necessary throughout the year.
The Ladies of Color Club is open to students of all backgrounds to celebrate the diversity of our school community as well as celebrate and learn about African American culture and the many cultures of Preston High School. During the year, our activities often include the Cultural Thanksgiving, field trips, a Kwanzaa celebration, Black History Month assembly, awareness campaigns/fundraisers, and open discussions about current events. We also participate in the Springternational Preston Festival in May.
Latin Honor Society is open to those students who are currently enrolled in, or have successfully completed Latin 4. Latin Honor Society meets monthly, holds bake sales, raises awareness of the Latin language, participates in the annual multi-cultural volleyball tournament, and participates in school service projects.
Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, was formed in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma. We are dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics. Mu Alpha Theta meets periodically in order to discuss and implement math appreciation and awareness activities in our school. In addition, they "math it forward" by becoming an integral part of our extra help room, where they spend many hours helping other students. They also participate in national math challenges and plan events for Pi day.
The Thomas S. Preston Chapter of the National Honor Society promotes enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulates the desire to render service, and fosters the qualities of leadership and the development of character. As such, the members attest to the essential values of a Christian community of scholars-in-process. Students who are academically eligible for membership are invited to submit a nomination form on which they profile and document their leadership and service. These forms are made available to eligible students in sophomore junior, and senior year.
The Sr. Mary Ellen Bernard Chapter of the National English Honor Society is part of a national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. The NEHS promotes appreciation for English Language arts, including reading and writing poetry and prose. Events include raffles, movie afternoons, a spring book drive for hospitalized children, a celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, and other service-oriented opportunities.
Panther Vision produces video segments that are aired during Preston's daily announcement program, Nobody's Listening. Panther Vision club members can be seen behind the camera shooting events, in front of the camera interviewing fellow students or providing commentary for basketball games, and in the SMEB Center editing their stories. While the video production class is a senior elective, all students are welcome to join the Panther Vision club!
Preston Echoes offers a forum for all girl interested in journalism, writing and photography. Our goal is to make information available to our fellow preston students, while also using our writing skills to write in depth articles on an array of topics. On the Preston Echoes website, girls will be able to hear about the latest game from dual perspectives, read about current events in both politics and pop- culture, and find information on Preston events.
The Preston Players gives students an opportunity to explore the world of theater through the annual musical. Whether joining the cast, working backstage on the crew, or making and organizing costumes and props, students experience how the creative process evolves into a live show. The intense three-month production period generates new friendships and compassionate community through the expression of a common purpose.
The Spanish Club of Preston High School is an organization that promotes pride in Hispanic culture, celebrates the achievement of their members, sponsors children in need in other countries, and maintains and funds a Spanish Scholarship that benefits Preston students. Leadership development and social responsibility, as well as promoting pride in the Christian faith of the Hispanic students are an integral part of the Spanish Club mission. This club is open to students of all backgrounds. Thanks to its fundraising efforts, e.g., an annual Masquerade Ball, Noche Latina, Multicultural Volleyball Tournament and monthly bake sales, the club has raised more than fifty thousand dollars since it was created in 1995. The club meets every Tuesday in room 201.
“La Alianza Española”, Preston’s Chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society, is an academic honor society sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Its purpose is to recognize high achievement in Spanish and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. Students who are academically eligible are invited to apply for membership in their sophomore year, documenting her academic status, leadership, and service. Members of the Society are required to get involved in Service and Academic projects that must be shared with the members in formal presentations at the end of the school year.
VARSITY SOCCER, JV and VARSITY VOLLEYBALL AND COMPETITIVE VARSITY CHEERLEADING. (Begin August)
- SOCCER team plays in an intersectional division. The season ends in November.
- VARSITY SOCCER team played in the semi-finals for the Archdiocesan championship in the 2016 season.
- JV and VARSITY VOLLEYBALL play in the Bronx/Westchester "A" division with crossover to the other Boroughs for non-league games and playoffs. VARSITY VOLLEYBALL team won the “A” city championship in the 2016 season. JV VOLLEYBALL team made playoffs for the 2016 season.
- CHEERLEADING TEAM participates in competitions thru out the year, marches in parades and goes to NATIONALS in Florida. CHEERLEADERS made the semi-finals in NATIONALS for the 2016-17 season.
JV and VARSITY BASKETBALL play in the Bronx/Westchester "A" division and crossover to Staten Island and Brooklyn and Queens. (Begin November)
JV and VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAMS play in the "AA" division of Bronx/Westchester crossing over to the other boroughs. (Begin March)
All teams have the possibility to become Bronx/Westchester champions, Archdiocesan champions, city champions and even state champions. Former Preston athletes have received athletic college scholarships.
All Preston teams thrive on competition and strive to learn teamwork and the skills required of their sport.
Word of mouth is by far the most effective way to recruit students.
The S.T.A.R. (Student Team Admissions Recruiters) club is a team of dedicated students from all grades who have a passion for Preston High School. Their purpose is to spread the word about the “Preston Spirit” by coordinating and participating in events and visits for potential new students. Because the S.T.A.R. club is an events club, we do not hold regular meetings. Most events take place in the evenings and on Saturdays. Events include: High School Fairs; Middle School Visits; Shadow day host; Art show; Leadership Workshop; STEMFEST; Mock Trial; Open House; Information Nights; Summer Orientation.
Kick that beat!
Stepping is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps (Wikipedia). Stepping dates back to the early 20th century, when Black veterans of World War I enrolled in colleges. Inspired by their military training, they brought to their dances a highly rigorous, drill-like component and combined it with elements from other Black dances, just as today's steppers often add hip-hop movements.
PHS’s Step Team performs their routines at home basketball games, march in parades, and provide entertainment by exhibiting their skills at various school and community functions. They practice extensively after school Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:30 – 5:00 pm) and are highly regarded for their skills and discipline.
Try-outs take place the first week in October.
The Student Council is composed of students who have been elected to represent their peers as well as students who apply to serve their sister students. These leaders serve others by bringing student concerns to the attention of the administration and faculty and by performing various tasks relating to events, fundraisers, and logistical support. Council members also provide leadership in their homerooms, assist with readying the school during the summer and arrange for the class parties that kick off the school year. They organize the annual Lock-In and Springternational Prest-fest as well as other events throughout the year. In addition, Council members participate in a Leadership Workshop for local 7th graders. Student Council meetings serve as a forum for the free exchange of student opinion on matters relating to school life. General meetings are held on the first of the month in the cafeteria while the leadership team meets other Mondays in Room 204.
The mission of Woman’s Empowerment club is to raise awareness of gender equality and related social issues that are happening in our post-modern world. We encourage open discussions on different topics to raise awareness of the club members as well as we focus on different projects that could broaden the perspective of the student body as a whole. The main goal of this club is to foster a sense of security for our student body and to create a place where girls of Preston are empowered and can openly speak about essential issues and topics relating to a young woman’s life. Feminist ideals such as self-confidence and positive body image are the overarching themes incorporated into our meetings.
World Relief Club helps students make an impact on society and people’s lives by spreading awareness of current events and issues. World Relief Club aims to educate the Preston community about the needs of people around the world. World Relief Club plans to sponsor a child in need through pen pal letters and donations. We also contribute to disaster relief and have plans to volunteer at a local soup kitchen and make a trip to Ronald McDonald House.