Co-Curricular Program

Academic Quiz Bowl

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 “tossup” 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.  Additionally, the quiz bowl team competes in an online competition called the National Academic Challenge.

Anime Club

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 alternate Tuesdays. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Vellani at

Art Club

To provide additional enrichment opportunities in the fine arts to Preston High School Students, while also increasing leadership skills and developing an understanding of the arts.


The purpose of the Art club is to provide students who have an interest in the visual arts an opportunity to get together to share ideas, learn new techniques and share their passion for art with one another. Art club provides students with experiences that stimulate and encourage their own 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 was to exercise some creativity, please join us!

For more information, contact Ms. Castignoli at

Asian Club

To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.

The Asian Club works to inform students of the diverse cultural and social backgrounds of the East with the goal of deepening and strengthening their cultural heritage and identity. Students explore the traditions and customs of Korea, Malaysia, China, India, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, and other Asian nations through a variety of activities. Focusing on a single country each month, the members plan events that are both exciting and educational.  Asian club also raises money for various charities and cooperates with the Student Council organizing the Springternational that helps to raise money for St. Jude’s hospital and other vital causes of the year. Open to all, the Asian Club is proud of its diversity and seeks to foster “the inner Asian” in all of its members.


The Asian Club meets bi-weekly on Thursdays in Room 220.  For more information, please contact the club moderators, Dr. Mark King, at mking@prestonhs.orgor Dr. Ilze Bulbika-King at

Big Sisters/Little Sisters

Helping one another is part of the religion of sisterhood.

Big Sisters/Little Sisters’ purpose is to provide student mentors for younger girls. Each “big sister” works with one specific “little sister,” helping her with homework, creative theatre arts and craft projects. Through this club, young girls, ranging from six to eleven, experience two hours of individual attention every Tuesday in Rooms 231 & 232. To celebrate Halloween, the sisters created masks, celebrated birthdays and enjoyed line dancing. When special holidays occur, both the big and little sisters complete craft projects and enjoy parties. If you are a person with a compassionate heart and a love of children, consider joining Big Sister/Little Sister. This program is conducted at Preston High School under the auspices of the Preston Center of Compassion. The advisors for this activity are Sr. Patricia Warner, RDC, Sr. Carol Wagner, RDC and Ms. Cathy Mulvaney. For more information, please contact Sr. Patricia Warner at

Campus Ministry

What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.

The activities of Campus Ministry foster the spiritual development of the Preston High School community and thus fulfill the school’s mission. Led by three enthusiastic juniors and monitored by the Religion Department, Campus Ministry members organize daily prayers, special liturgical celebrations, and monthly communal reflections. By focusing on one virtue a month, Campus Ministry hopes to instill in the PHS community important, character-enriching values. Campus Ministry also encourages all Prestonites to share their faith and thus enrich the community. All students are invited to join Campus Ministry to serve the PHS community as lectors and altar servers and to live lives of compassion. While PHS is a Catholic institution, students of any denomination or religious background are welcomed and embraced.

For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Ms. Thomas at

Chemistry club

Chem Club gives Preston High School students a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom. Students engage in activities that enhance their understanding of the science, get them involved in the community, and help them better appreciate how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives.

Compassion Connection

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

If you want to be happy, practice compassion.


Compassion Connection’s mission is to promote compassion within the Preston High School community and beyond. 


The club's projects and events include:

-the annual Food Drive (that collects over 2 tons of non-perishable foods)

-Christmas Sing-a-long (with Preston Center of Compassion)

-Dance Marathons (to raise funds for organizations in need)

-Cardboard City (to raise awareness of the homeless)

-Food Fest Fridays (collecting spare change for the hungry)


Co-Co meets every other Thursday after school. 


Dance Club

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 wish to perform at some of PHS  events and possibly enter a dance competition at a local high school. Our mission is to reach out to young ladies in our school but also in our community. We would like to host some Master Classes during the year. The dance club members would teach community members of any age a dance.

Digital Arts and Media Club

Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.

The Multimedia-Computer club’s purpose is to expand the knowledge of computer software for its members and the school. The students plan and teach various skills to the members and offer tutorials for others in the school community. Some of the programs include: Photoshop, Word and Web Design. Together with the Junior Web design class, students of the club compete in the NJIT Web Design Competition in March of each year. The club plans a trip to a local technology site each year, whenever possible.

The club meets twice a month from 3:00 to 3:45. For information please contact the club moderator Mrs. Cuomo at

Drama Club

Life's like a play; it's not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters.

The Drama Club, which meets once a week, is open to any Preston High School student interested in the dramatic arts. Student-run meetings give participants the opportunity to hone their skills in improvisation and performance. Through monologue and scene study, members learn not only how to analyze a character, but how to tap the emotions necessary to make the character come to life. Our year culminates in the Spring Arts Festival, when we present an evening of dramatic performances focusing on a common theme. For more information, contact the club moderator, Mr. Abel at

English Honor Society (EHS)

Gelast Sceal Mid Are (Duty Goes With Honor)

As a selective society, membership in the Sr. Mary Ellen Bernard Chapter of the E.H.S. is determined by a student’s academic performance in her English classes. In addition, E.H.S. members must demonstrate leadership and character. Students are expected to share these gifts with the rest of the student body to promote the enjoyment of literature, reading and writing. While initial eligibility is based upon their previous grades, they must also maintain their grade point average to remain in the Society.

For more information about membership, please contact Ms. Forlini at

Gaelic Society

Cead Mile Failte!

The Gaelic Society’s primary purpose is to preserve and advance Irish culture. The club sponsors Irish events, such as an annual Ceili and participation in the Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Naturally, March is our busiest month because of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations when we hold our Ceili and march proudly down East Tremont Avenue. In addition, we always visit the local nursing home right before Christmas and bring the residents some home-baked treats. We also set aside some time to watch Irish films during some of our meetings so that club members can get a better insight into Irish culture and traditions.

The Gaelic Society meets on the second Monday of the month in Room 204. If you are interested, please feel free to come visit us some Monday. Our moderator is Ms. Moran-Muldoon. For more information, contract Ms. Moran-Muldoon at

Garden Club

Mission statement:

The purpose of the Preston High School Garden Club is to foster students’ pride in their campus, encourage an appreciation of nature and the importance for growing vegetables, to teach students proper gardening techniques, and to encourage voluntary community service. Along with urban farming at local restaurants and class trips to community gardens, we also participate in the Garden to Café program, a city wide initiative to bring awareness to healthy organic eating.

Mrs Shireman

Gospel Choir

Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.

The purpose of Gospel Choir is to enrich the Preston High School community through the voices of PHS students who harmoniously render gospel tunes. This student-run choir sings at liturgies, the Black History Month Celebration, and various assemblies. They have also been featured performers at the U.S. Postal Service’s annual Christmas Stamp unveiling.

The Gospel Choir meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. in Room 101 and is moderated by Mr. Hayes. At the beginning of the year, students who wish to join can sign up at the Co-curricular Fair. Auditions are then held at the next meeting. All are welcome to join, and anyone can join throughout the year. For more information, please contact the moderator at

Italian Club

I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.

Open to student of all backgrounds, the Italian Club is an organization that celebrates Italian culture. Through events such as the Festivale Culinario and the annual trip to Little Italy, our members are given the opportunity to experience Italian heritage. Also the club organizes assemblies to educate all Preston High School students about Italian cultural contributions and holds periodic bake sales to raise funds for charitable causes.

The club meets on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please drop by Room 103 any Wednesday! For more information, contact our advisor, Ms. DeMaio at

Italian Honor Society (IHS)

Con un po’ di coraggio, si finisce ogni viaggio (With a little bit of courage, one can finish each journey)
(With a little bit of courage, one can finish each journey.)

The Italian Honor Society is open to students of all ethnic backgrounds who have an interest and passion for the Italian language and culture.

Students must be academically eligible in order to apply for admission to the Italian Honor Society.  Upon approval of a student's application, she is inducted into the Italian Honor Society at a ceremony in April.  All students in the Italian Honor Society are required to take Italian 4.

Members of the Italian Honor Society take part in many activities throughout the year to assist those in need.  Students are involved in fundraisers and bake sales.  Donations are made to LAMP Ministries, American Italian Cancer Foundation, Help the Hospitalized Veterans, Catholic Charities, Shepherd's Flock, Sisters of the Divine Compassion, and Preston High School.  This Italian Honor Society sponsors several yearly after school dinners for the Compassion Center's Senior Run Program.

Over the past seven years, members of the Italian Club and the Italian Honor Society have been awarded college scholarships totaling over $155,000. 

Junior Ambassadors

In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.

Junior Ambassadors are students who have the desire to lead others; they value the importance of academics, and they demonstrate a willingness and commitment to learn and to grow. Their main role is to advise and encourage the school’s freshmen.

Junior Ambassadors:

Build upon their co-curricular activities by volunteering and working with the freshmen.
Establish positive relationships with faculty, staff, and peers within the program and throughout the Preston community.
Develop and articulate transferable skills appropriate to their personal and professional goals.
Enhance their communication and facilitation skills.
Strengthen individual leadership ability
Become women of dignity, honor, respect, and compassion

For more information, please contact Sr. Carol, at



Open to student of all backgrounds, the Hellenic Society is an opportunity for all to explore Greek heritage through culture, history, and language.

The club meets every other Tuesday at 3 p.m. in room 220.  For more information, contact our advisor, Mrs. Fragale at  

Ladies of Color: LOC

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 include the Cultural Thanksgiving, field trips, the Kwanzaa assembly, Black History Month assembly and awareness campaign, and open discussions about current events.  We also participate in the Springternational Preston Festival in May.  Meetings are select Wednesdays at 3:15 in Room 204. For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Mr. De Bona, at

Mu Alpha Theta

The purpose Mu Alpha Theta at Preston High School is to promote a love and understanding of mathematics among high school students. 

Members are students in grades 11 and 12, who are academically eligible and have completed four semesters of college preparatory mathematics, have completed or are enrolled in a fifth semester of : Precalculus, College Math, University Calculus or AP Calculus. Continued membership includes academic criteria, attendance at meetings and activities.

National English Honor Society (N.E.H.S.)

Gelast Sceal Mid Are (Duty Goes With Honor)

Membership in The Sr. Mary Ellen Bernard Chapter of the N.E.H.S. requires academic excellence, leadership, and character. Students are expected to share their gifts and talents with the rest of the student body to promote the enjoyment of literature, reading, and writing.

For more information about membership, please contact Ms. Forlini at

National Honor Society (NHS)

Noblesse Oblige (With privilege comes responsibility)

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 their sophomore year.

NHS meets the first Tuesday of the month in Room 104.

Panther Vision

Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.

The Philos-o-film Club's purpose is to produce short student films. Students write, produce and direct a few projects throughout the year. The process of filmmaking is also documented. Our plan is to produce these films with some festivals in mind (e.g. McCormick Freedom Museum's Seen & Heard National Student Contest, ThinkQuest NYC, etc.). Therefore the films should conform to standards/genres as applicable, and the club's schedule will intensify as deadlines near. For additional information, contact the faculty advisor Mr. Youngren at

Preston Echoes

The first duty of a newspaper is to be accurate. If it be accurate, it follows that it is fair.

The Preston Echoes is the student newspaper of Preston High School. Written and edited by students, The Echoes publishes quarterly and presents an accurate reflection of student life and concerns. Editors learn management, proofreading, and layout skills. Reporters learn the basic tenets of journalism as they write news, feature articles and editorial opinions. Editors determine the content of each issue, assign articles to reporters and follow-up to make sure deadlines are met. Working on layout, they put in long hours after school to make sure the paper looks sharp and reads well.  Reporters are responsible for digging up information, verifying the truth, interviewing subjects if necessary, and writing acceptable copy under deadline pressure.

General meetings are held monthly for assignment purposes. Editors work several days per week after school to ready the paper for publication. This year the staff anticipates bringing in guest speakers and touring a major publication site. For more information, contact the faculty advisor, Ms. Duarte at

Preston Players

The Preston Players is an encounter with the rich world of theater. Through rehearsal and performance of a musical production, students develop and sharpen their dancing, singing, and acting skills in an effort to share their collective talents with the community. But this collaborative effort requires more than just onstage talent. Opportunities exist for learning and participating in set design and construction, props, lights, sound, costume design and production, make-up, publicity, and house management. Students also take on leadership roles as stage managers, assistant directors, choreographers, and dance captains.

Vocal and dance auditions are the first week of November with four performances going up January 14 - 17. The almost four-month rehearsal period is a demanding and time-consuming one that requires students not only to memorize dialogue, music and choreography, but also to prioritize and manage their time efficiently in order to maintain their school load while bringing the best possible production to life.

For more information, contact the director, Mr. Abel, at or the producer, Mrs. Cristina Fragale,


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.

The moderators of the S.T.A.R. club are Mrs. Cristina Fragale ( and Karen Guzman (  

Please contact either moderator if you wish to participate.


Science Club

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

Science Crew is a team of dedicated students from all grades who have a passion for science. We will be conducting exciting experiments through which we will learn about the world around us. Occasionally, we will present education programs for the whole student body on important topics such as health and the protection of our environment. In addition, we will also participate in volunteer opportunities and take trips to local science-oriented sites. For more information, contact moderator Mr. Dillon at

Sisters of Caribbean Ancestry

The goal of the Sisters of Caribbean Ancestry (SoCA) club is to raise awareness of the culture, heritage, and current events in the Caribbean. The club is open to students of all backgrounds and works to develop an appreciation for the Caribbean heritage while educating the Preston community about the Caribbean islands and its people. Through our monthly meetings and different events, like our annual potluck, we are able to promote Caribbean history and showcase the roots of the Caribbean people.

The Club meets every 2nd and 4th Monday in room 232 after school. If you are interested in joining please stop by one of our meetings or email Ms. Guzman at

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club promotes pride in Hispanic culture, celebrates the achievement of its members, sponsors children in need in other countries, and maintains and funds a Spanish Scholarship that benefits Preston High School students. Leadership development and social responsibility, as well as promotion of pride in the Christian faith of Hispanic students are integral parts of the Spanish Club’s mission.

Spanish Honor Society (LA ALIANZA ESPANOLA)

Preston’s Chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society is 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 their academic status, leadership and service.

Step Team

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 and are highly regarded for their skills and discipline.

Student Council

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 by bringing student concerns to the attention of the administration and faculty. Student Council meetings serve as a forum for the free exchange of student opinion on matters relating to school life. The Council demands both leadership and service from its members. Council members 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.  The Student Council also organizes 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 has its general meetings on the first of the month in the cafeteria while the leadership team meets other Mondays in Room 204. For more information, please contact the moderator, Mr. Joseph De Bona at

Tennis Club

The Tennis Club is a great outlet for Prestonites who wish to learn to play tennis or who want to have some fun competing against their friends. Members of the Tennis Club meet at the New York Tennis Club on Fridays during the spring. At the club, members are taught the game’s basics by professional and collegiate players and occasionally engage in friendly competitions. Members are also able to get in shape by improving their speed, agility, leg strength, and arm strength. They also develop a great work ethic, learn sportsmanship, improve social skills, and, most important, have fun as they learn to play the sport. Students can sign up to join the Tennis Club either at the beginning of the year or at the beginning of the spring. Then in the spring, they must register at the New York Tennis Club. Members of the club meet in the main lobby on Friday afternoons and walk to the New York Tennis Club.

For more information, contact the Tennis Club moderator, Mr. Lueck, at


To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.

Fiction. Playwriting. Poetry. Members of The New Scribblerians Club work in all of these genres. We take our name from the 18th Century English community of writers that included Addison, Steele, Pope, and Swift.

During our bi-monthly club meetings, we write. We follow the motto – First Thought…Best Thought. Our goal is to unleash our creativity without the interference of our critical mind. Only later do we use our critical skills for editing and re-writing. We use a variety of writing prompts, such as photos, painting, images, or lines from other books as jumping-off points for our imagination. Once the students complete their work, they can choose to share their work with the group.

Additionally, after editing and revising our work, much of it appears in Veritas 2.0, our literary eBook, published online. The eBook requires our club members to learn about Adobe InDesign 3, layout, and desktop publishing, as well as Web 2.0 skills that have transformed the publishing industry.

For additional information, contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Vellani at


We all have our time machines. Some take us back; they're called memories. Some take us forward; they're called dreams.

The Yearbook is a student-edited chronicle of the Preston High School academic year. It is a hardbound book, published by Herff Jones, that prints formal and candid photos of every student, faculty and staff member at PHS. Each club, sports team, and most major events are also featured.

Students on staff devise a theme, which drives all section stories and artwork. Staff members lay out stories and pictures in our +/- 140 page book using “Herff Jones” layout programs. Time management, photography, and proofreading are key skills that are learned and sharpened in order to meet deadlines for page and proof submissions with the publishing company. Classes are held during Blocks 8-1 and 8-2, from September through June. Regular participation in Yearbook earns .25 academic credit per semester.

For more information, please contact Mr. Edelstein at

Yoga Club

"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without."

Yoga Club is an open group of students from all grades who are dedicated to the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat. By exploring asanas (postures), vinyasa (the flow of postures with the breath), dharana (meditation), and the yamas and niyamas (right action towards oneself and others), we hope to improve our skills as yogis with patience and grace.


Yoga meets on Mondays after school. It is an excellent afternoon complement to the ongoing morning Yoga classes held at Preston. For more information, contact Alexandra Lupo at

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