Co-Curricular Programs

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 “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.  Additionally, the Quiz Bowl Panthers compete in an online competition, the National Academic Challenge.

Moderator:  Mr. Kevin Lueck x 607

Albanian Club

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.

Moderator:  Dr. Christina Zeoli, PhD x 655

Art Club

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!

Moderator:  Ms. Melissa Castignoli x 695

Caribbean Club

The Caribbean club is an events- based cultural club that hosts various functions, including bake sales and the annual Thanksgiving Potluck. There is also a dance that takes place in the spring each year. All the money raised goes toward a local children's orphanage.

Moderator:  Ms. Laura Donodeo x 133

Compassion Connection

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

Moderator:  Ms. Dora Dekajlo x 669

Dance Team

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.

Moderator:  Ms. Grace Fragale x 148

Gaelic Society

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!

Moderators:  Ms. Kellyanne Farrell x 678; Mrs. Kimberly Branach x 195

Garden Club

The purpose of the Garden Club is to introduce gardening, conservation, protection of wildlife, recognition of plants, growing food, urban farming and a love and appreciation of nature. The goal is that they will be future citizens who will be responsible and capable with greater self-expression, dignity, integrity and knowledge of their environment.

Moderator:  Ms. Elizabeth Shireman x 652

Italian Club

The Italian Club is open to all students who are interested in immersing themselves in the Italian culture. The Italian Club provides many opportunities for students to fulfill service requirements. There is no prerequisite of pursuing a formal study of the Italian language.

Moderator:  Ms. Rosemary DeMaio x 627

Italian Honor Society

The Italian Honor Society is open to students who pursue formal language study of Italian. The student must have a year and a half study of Italian, a 90% average in Italian, and an 85% GPA. The Italian Honor Society provides many opportunities for service both at Preston and its local community. 

Moderator:  Ms. Rosemary DeMaio x 627

Ladies of Color (LOC)

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.  Meetings are select Wednesdays at 3:15 in Room 204.

Moderator:  Mr. Joseph De Bona at x 130 or jdebona@prestonhs.org. 

National Honor Society

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

Moderator:  Ms. Jennifer Connolly x628

Panther Vision

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!

Moderator:  Mr. Craig Youngren x 196

Preston Players

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.

Moderator:  Mr. Steve Abel x 629

Spanish Club

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.

Moderator:  Senora Ana Varela x 676

Spanish Honor Society

“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.

Moderator:  Senora Ana Varela x 676

STAR Club

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.

Moderators: Mrs. Cristina Fragale at x 132 or cfragale@prestonhs.org and Ms. Karen Guzman at x 131 or kguzman@prestonhs.org.

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.  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. 

Moderator:  Mr. Joseph De Bona at x 130 or jdebona@prestonhs.org. 

Women’s Empowerment

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.

Moderator:  Mrs. Ilze King x 657