LI CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
At LI, we strongly encourage students to participate in co-curricular activities. Joining a student organization presents many opportunities to learn more about yourself, your goals, and your strengths. These activities provide you with the opportunity to connect with and learn from how other students and to expand your knowledge and experiences.
Student organizations have a lot to offer. Whether you join as a member or choose to lead one, simply taking part in an activity or group will enhance your school experience but perhaps the simplest reason to join a student organization is to have fun. You will meet new people, make new friends, and participate in activities will help you make the most of your school experience!
CO-CURRICULAR Student ACtivities
The Athletic Honor Society recognizes student-athletes who have met the following requirements: have a 3.0 GPA, provided 10 hours of community service, have attended LI for a minimum of 2 years, have earned 2 varsity letters, and displayed good citizenship.
Upon their acceptance, they have all signed an Athletic Honor Society contract. They have agreed to provide community service hours to the Athletic Dept., maintain a positive attitude despite challenges, be coachable, and exhibit school pride and spirit in all athletic and school events.
This club will recognize athlete's achievements in academics and athletics on the field, courts and in the classroom. It will encourage and promote good sportsmanship, citizenship, leadership, and the willingness to coach/volunteer time in the local schools and community. This club will inspire harmony and friendships in school, athletics, and all social media.
The Lyndon Institute Purpose states our commitment to providing thoughtful and rigorous preparation for students of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and beyond to help them reach their intellectual, creative, and physical potential. The Lyndon Institute Mountain Bike Team lives this Purpose by challenging students to educate themselves regarding the sport, it’s related equipment, histories, safety considerations, and more. We further encourage students to push their physical capacities by engaging in rides and races that challenge their skills at an appropriate level. Finally, we encourage creativity in all that they do and we invite them to become active in a community of other skilled and creative riders that can educate and engage them regarding trail development and maintenance, equipment maintenance and enhancement, riding, and more.
The goal of this program is to create a team of mutually supportive riders that both educate and challenge one another as they engage in, and learn about, the sport of mountain biking. We further strive to help each team member develop their skills in ways that are supportive of their riding goals and interests.
Team members from all grades and of all levels of ability are welcome. We strongly encourage and happily welcome inexperienced riders.
Practice Schedule: The Lyndon Institute Mountain Biking Team season starts in the fall, generally in early September, and ends at the end of October. A sample practice schedule follows:
- Riders generally ride 2-3 days a week. Two of the weekly rides take place on the Kingdom Trails and one takes place on L.I.’s own Simpson Fitness trails.
- Rides may focus on speed and distance, interval training, climbing, bike handling or endurance.
For those team members who wish to participate, the Lyndon Institute Mountain Biking Team will travel to participate in regional mountain biking races. The team participates in a variety of Cross Country and Enduro race in the New Hampshire Scholastic League. Additionally, L.I. will be hosting an annual event for local schools on The Kingdom Trails. Racers may enter races in the A, B, or C levels depending on experience. There are also opportunities for L.I. racers to compete at local races on the Kingdom Trails or at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
With an abundance of breathtaking natural scenery, grassy meadows, and glorious mountains, the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts, especially mountain bikers. The Lyndon Institute Mountain Bike Team is proud to call Kingdom Trails, widely known as being the best collection of professionally managed mountain biking trails in the eastern United States, our home trail system.
Boasting over 100 miles of singletrack and doubletrack, mountain biking Kingdom Trails is one of the best ways for Lyndon Institute students to experience Vermont's natural beauty, connect with our local and regional riding communities, and develop new skills with the support of their dedicated coach and teammates.
Kingdom Trails was recently recognized as the Best Mountain Bike Trail Network in North America by Bike Magazine, and was awarded the prestigious Editor's Choice distinction by Yankee Magazine Travel Guide.
The LI dance clubs offer students the experience of learning various dance styles, techniques, and supplemental dance instruction. Students get the opportunity to appreciate the art of dance through educational and performance-based events.
Students at Lyndon Institute are able to join dance club whether they are/are not enrolled in a dance class. In the dance club, students will learn about their body and safe movement practices and gain experience in a particular style/genre of dance and create a choreography to be performed at the winter and spring recitals. This club meets on Mondays from 3:20-3:50 pm in the Town House.
Students at Lyndon Institute are able to join tap club whether they have/have not tapped before. Students in tap club will play with percussive body movement, gain a better understanding of tempo and musicality, and create a choreography with tap terminology to be performed in the winter and spring recitals. This club meets on Mondays from 3:50-4:20 pm in the Town House.
Students at Lyndon Institute who have a solid foundation in ballet techniques have the opportunity to join pointe club. In this club, students execute combinations at the barre and in the center to enhance their technical skills and work on choreography in classical pointe style as well as more contemporary approaches on pointe. Choreography set in the fall semester will be performed in the winter recital and choreography set in the spring semester will be performed in the spring recital. Pointe club will meet during the school day when the members agree upon shared/common time. The schedule will be set the first few weeks of each semester.
HIP HOP CLUB
Students at Lyndon Institute have the opportunity to study some forms of hip hop/break dance in their fall curriculum but as an extension of this work, also have the opportunity to join hip hop club after school if they so choose. In hip hop, students can tailor the styles of hip hop they are interested in a group choreography. It is a collaborative club that meets Mondays in the Town House from 4:20-4:50 pm to put together a hip hop exploration for the winter and spring recitals.
Advisor: Rebecca McGregor
At LI the theater program combines course work with an extracurricular production program. Students can take a theater class all four years of high school with acting levels 1-4 offered during the day. Students have the opportunity to develop skills needed to quality for acceptance to excellent undergraduate theater programs and for work in local amateur productions. The LI Theater Company, a dedicated group of actors, singers and dancers, is always working the next show. A strong technical theater team (lighting, set design and construction, and customs) is behind the scenes. The theater company meets three or four times per week with three productions a year.
The mission of this club is to promote knowledge and understanding of the classics. The club has trips to Latin conventions to compete in contests, socialize with other students and perform service projects.
The mission of Select Chorus is to provide a rigorous music experience to Lyndon’s most talented vocalists.
The National Art Honor Society emphasizes outstanding artistic scholarship and service to the school and community through the development of artistic endeavors, together with a strong moral character.
Students in the National Art Honor Society demonstrate outstanding artistic scholarship and service to the school and community through the development of artistic endeavors, together with a strong moral character. By exemplifying these standards, the individual student members of the society promote an awareness of art and become active participants in the education process at their school and their community. Additionally, students are required to participate in community service and volunteerism in the visual arts, enroll in a fine arts class or have already completed a fine arts course, and attend NAHS meetings.
The objectives of this organization are: create an enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote worthy leadership; and to encourage the development of character in students. Candidate selection is based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Advisor: Tim Ulrich
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.
NTHS strives to bring well-deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical education fields as their profession.
Students must carry a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program at LI to apply for membership.
The NTHS seeks to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and advance career opportunities for the students at Lyndon Institute Technical Center.
Scholars 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 LI Scholars Bowl team is made up of highly motivated students who choose various areas of study to explore and master. LI's Scholars meet regularly to practice and learn and compete in local, state, and regional tournaments through the VT-NEA Scholars Bowl League.
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) is an extracurricular group for students in pathways to further their knowledge and skills by participating in activities, events, and organizations.
SkillsUSA is open to all students who are in any technical education class or trade regardless of age or class. Students are able to not only be able to be leaders at their own school but also leaders at the state level as well. The students are tested in their career fields against other students of the same levels. The students spend months getting ready for Skills USA and some students will spend up to 100 hours or more getting ready above their normal school activities.
SkillsUSA is a professional organization that is designed to be run by students, for their own growth and benefit. SkillsUSA members develop into well-rounded people with technical, academic and employability skills that will help them get a job and have a successful career. Through chapter meetings, contests, leadership conferences and activities, students will be building these skills. Each chapter chooses, plans and conducts its own activities.SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor. The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System is a comprehensive tool to help students document entry-level skills as defined by industry and accepted by state education policy. The Work Force Ready System offers over 40 technical and employability assessments in 11 cluster areas. Students who compete at nationals and score in the top 10% of the grading of their field will receive one of these documents with all of their entry-level skills listed on the back of the sheet.
This club creates leadership development, community service, and enhances students' knowledge with real world recognized skills.
Design Studio Club
Students will learn about the process of organizing and composing words and images to create a message. Students will create various types of designs for the LI community and the broader community we serve.
Future Farmers of America (FFA)
FFA provides a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.
Lyndon Institute Student Government is composed of Student Council and class officers. This group meets weekly to discuss school-wide initiatives, plan activities for the student body and address student concerns. Student Council coordinates two major week-long school events – Spirit Week and Winter Carnival. Members of the Student Council also support LI through participation in 8th Grade Day, Open House, trustee dinners, fundraising, and community/school projects.
Ultimate is a spring club sport and participates in the Vermont Youth Ultimate League. Practices are daily except on game days. Tournaments, both in-state and out of state, are also scheduled to increase athlete exposure to different levels of opponents.
Lyndon Institute Athletics is excited to announce that beginning in the Spring of 2020 club lacrosse will be added to its programming with the goal of becoming a Varsity sport after two years as a club sport. In aligning with their mission to help every student discover their individual academic, artistic, technological, and athletic aptitudes, club lacrosse will allow for several of their student-athletes to achieve that mission.
Non-CURRICULAR Student Activities
League of Lyndon is an e-sports club designed to encourage teamwork, competition, new friendships, scholastic achievement, cross-cultural understanding and community service. Our club meets one day a week, in a school computer lab, for two + hours of gaming. Right now, we primarily play League of Legends, but we are willing to consider any game that is rated T for Teen or lower. Our long-term goal is to build a school e-sports team that can compete against other high schools. We occasionally have weekend tournaments that include prizes! As a school club, we are also dedicated to encouraging our students to be successful in class and to give back to their community. Each year we will pick one way that we can give back to our community. League of Lyndon - more than fun and games.
Students will be tutoring math, participating in the national Log1 test series, and entering other math related contests.
A student-led program which plans and executes outdoor excursions throughout the entire school year. The club's goals are: to get outside in all seasons, be stewards to our natural surroundings, and build skills as well as friendships. This club also provides opportunities to explore and prepare for outdoor careers.
Students who are involved with this club participate in the construction and composition of the student newspaper which is circulated every few weeks. Students will learn many styles of journalistic writing including but not limited to writing, feature writing, photojournalism, and opinion (op-ed) writing.
National science challenges pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Group, and individual.
The mission of Viking SAGA is to promote equality and understanding between and among the LGBTQ community, the LI community, and the extended community.
This club plays a card game called Magic the Gathering, as well as some other fantasy based games like Dungeons and Dragons. The club meets once a week, has snacks, and students play for an hour to an hour and a half. The club is based on the enjoyment of playing, being competitive, making new friends, and learning new strategies. The members love to laugh, team up, and spend some time unplugged and engaged in an activity together.
The club is open to all freshmen thru seniors. To cover insurance, all athletes must join the Scholastic Clay Target Program ($20 fee), complete a medical waiver and sign a sportsmanship contract. All activities will take place at the NEKSC range in Burke. Club members must be in good academic and community standing in order to participate.
The Sustainability Club is in charge of the recycling program on campus. They meet weekly to collect recyclables from all over campus, helping to make sure items are properly sorted and transferred to appropriate collection points. They were also instrumental in getting a composting program started in the cafeteria. In addition to reducing our waste stream, this group is also awaiting the results of an energy audit while currently investigating ways to incorporate other energy sources on campus.
In the spirit of supporting Lyndon Institute’s mission, as well as the school’s Core values, the Rotary Interact Club combines the idea of selflessness with making positive contributions to LI, the community, and the world beyond our local boundaries. By giving back to our local and regional community, students learn the value of becoming positive and productive citizens.