Social Studies Co-Curriculars
History Fair/National History Day Competition
Sponsors: Dan Larsen, Pat Ambrose
Meetings: Thursdays from 3:30-4:15 pm
Room: Library, room 2300
Description: The History Fair provides students with the opportunity to do original research on historical topics. Entrants will be eligible to participate in the National History Day competition which provides cash prizes and scholarhips at the Metro, State and National levels.
Sponsor: David Elbaum
Meetings: Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm
Description: This club is an opportunity for students to participate in civic educaiton programs like the Equal Justice Under Law Conference in December and the Illinois Youth Summit in April. Students will explore criminal and civil law topics in preparation for both conferences. With regards to the Youth Summit, students will design and implement a service learning project related to the current topic of study. Guest speakers will also assist students in preparing for these conferences. Previous speakers have included lawyers, police officers and judges.
Sponsor: Andrew Conneen
Meetings: meets online at www.marskman.wikispaces.com 24/7
Description: This club is a written forum for political debate and activities will include selecting issues to examine, writing and evaluating submissions for publications, and designing/creating the publication for distribution to the student body.
Military History Club
Sponsor: Richard Pierce
Meetings: Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 pm
Description: A group of students who enjoy studying military history. Activities include viewing and discussing military movies and magazine articles.
Model United Nations Team
Sponsors: Meredith Goddard and Jenessa Gerber
Meetings: Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00 pm
Description: Involves researching current world issues and representing various nations at Model United Nations Conferences. Students work individually and in teams to accurately represent their assigned countries in crisis situations and in-depth simulations of current and past United Nations topics.
Political Action Club
Sponsors: Vanessa Lal-Steinkamp and Andrew Conneen
Meetings: hours vary depending upon the political season
Description: Fundraising, open forum discussion, guest speakers, debates between members and current events discussions on political issues.
Sponsors: Stephanie Levenbrook and Jenna Breuer
Meetings: Every other Wednesday from 3:45- 5:00 pm
Description: Topics such as memory, learning, psychic abilities, abnormal behavior, and brain awareness will be covered. Members should also be willing to participate in a Psychology Fair.
Youth and Government (Judicial)
Sponsor: Richard Pierce
Meetings: Wednesdays from 6:15-8:00 pm
Description: The Youth and Government program puts students into the roles of attorney, judge, legal researcher, court clerk, and court bailiff at both the trial and appellate court levels. The program is divided into two basic parts: (1) the mock trial phase runs from September until December and (2) the mock appeal phase follows the mock trial and concludes at the Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield.
Youth and Government (Legislative)
Sponsor: Jim Kollar
Meetings: Thursdays from 3:45-4:45 pm
Description: Students will create and debate legislative bills to be presented at regional meetings with other schools. The program cluminates in Springfield in March with a state-wide convention and legislative program where the students will debate and vote on bills on the floor of the llinois House and Senate.