Extracurriculars & Committees

In addition to our academic program, Meridian offers abundant extracurriculars and committees for students to explore other areas of learning. Click on the links below to read more about these opportunities: 

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The Meridian Band

Student musicians – ranging from beginners to experts – learn songs from a variety of musical genres, and they perform at events throughout the year. Recent renditions include "Sing" by My Chemical Romance, "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé, and "I Want You Back" by The Jackson Five. During intensive two-day band workshops, students have learned entire albums, including The Beatles' Revolver, Weezer's The Blue Album, and Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life.

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Cross-Country Running

The cross-country running club works to slowly build runners' stamina by increasing running time 2-3 minutes each week. The club aims to create a supportive and encouraging environment, and runners of all experience levels are welcome.The club trains in preparation for a 5K race in the fall and a 10K race in the spring. 

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Theater

This program combines improvisation and the performance of two full-length plays per year. We have produced comedies – like Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare – dramas – like Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day – musicals – like Artemis in the Parking Lot, an original piece by Meridian faculty members Misha Chowdhury and Laura Jaye – contemporary work – like John Cariani's Almost Maine – and plays from the Renaissance – like Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. Beyond acting, students have the opportunity to get involved as designers, builders, and even directors.

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The cross-country running club works to slowly build runners' stamina by increasing running time 2-3 minutes each week. The club aims to create a supportive and encouraging environment, and runners of all experience levels are welcome.The club trains in preparation for a 5K race in the fall and a 10K race in the spring. 

This program combines improvisation and the performance of two full-length plays per year. We have produced comedies – like Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare – dramas – like Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day – musicals – like Artemis in the Parking Lot, an original piece by Meridian faculty members Misha Chowdhury and Laura Jaye – contemporary work – like John Cariani's Almost Maine – and plays from the Renaissance – like Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. Beyond acting, students have the opportunity to get involved as designers, builders, and even directors.

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Model United Nations

Students participate in United Nations simulations including the Middle School Model United Nations at the U.N. in New York and the high school trip at Brown University. Our high school delegates also mentor our middle school group. Past conferences include:

  • Boston Invitational Model United Nations Conference
  • Brown University Simulation of the United Nations
  • December Invitational Model UN 
  • Eagle Model UN Conference
  • Global Classrooms New York MUN
  • United Nations Association of Greater Boston

Rock-Climbing

Our rock-climbing team ventures to Rockspot in South Boston for afternoons of top-roping and bouldering. Cultivating bravery, endurance, and strength, students learn to climb under the guidance of advanced climbers from the gym, and they come away with lessons that apply on and off the rock wall. 

Sailing

The sailing club meets during Spring and Fall, practicing in the day sailers on Jamaica Pond. We welcome all skill levels, from first time sailing to experienced racing. We focus on improving boat-handling skills, sail theory, and informal racing. 

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee provides a fun outlet for students to get involved in sportsmanship and to collaborate with one another. This co-ed frisbee team practices throughout the school year, and we play against other high schools in the spring season. The frisbee team allows for students to take part in a new sport without being too competitive.

Audio-Visual-Tech

The Audio-Visual-Tech Committee works to maintain school and equipment and to document school activities. Students work collaboratively to take care of school resources such as printers, desktop computers, and our laser cutter and 3D printer. Additionally, students take photos of major events and produce short videos about Meridian for external use.

Community Service

The Community Service Committee supports volunteer and fundraising opportunities both locally and globally. Through the non-profit Birthday Wishes, we organize monthly parties at a Jamaica Plain family shelter. At an annual Supermarket Drive, we raise donations for Our Place, a family shelter in Cambridge. We've organized school fundraisers to support Cards4aCause and the Hurricane Maria relief effort in Puerto Rico, and we run a semi-annual menstrual products drive for the Brookline Food Pantry.

Entertainment

In the Entertainment Committee provides a variety of fun and creative events for the Meridian community. Students are responsible for the planning and execution of these events, which have included Movie Night, Game Night, Open Mic Night, the Spring Party, and Cuttlefish on Ice, an annual winter tradition of ice skating at the Frog Pond in Jamaica Plain.

Environmental Action

The Environmental Action Committee's goals are to reduce Meridian's environmental footprint and to make Meridian's space more hospitable for all. We make it our job to inform and guide the school's waste disposal practices, to procure and care for plants to beautify the school, to engage the community in improving our environmental impact, and to educate students, faculty, and families on global environmental issues.

Literary Magazine

Meridian's student-run literary magazine, The Equatorial Editorial, gives students a public outlet for their poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The students running the club receive training in the skills needed for literary publication. Through writing competitions, themed supplements, and the publication of one official magazine per year, The Equatorial Editorial aims to generate energy and enthusiasm for the written arts at Meridian. 

Scaly Animal

The Scaly Animal Committee, established in 2014, is responsible for the care and keeping of our school bearded dragon, named Galileo (Leo for short). We raise all our funds through bake sales and other events, and use them to feed our dragon and maintain his habitat. It is a student-led effort across divisions with Stephanie Kinkel, the science teacher, in the advisory role.

Social Justice

The SJC is a diverse group of student who meet to learn about various aspects of social justice and then disseminate that information to the rest of the community. Within the SJC is the Mental Health sub-committee, whose focus is reducing stigma around the conversation about mental health. We work on several projects throughout each year, including SLAB presentations, hosting guest speakers, and community activism at Meridian and in JP.

Student Government

The Student Government meets biweekly to propose, debate, and refine changes to school policy. The committee is also responsible for facilitating discussions about Meridian culture and regulations during all-school assemblies, and it makes decisions about how to grant school store profits to support student endeavors. 

Theater Design

The Theater Design Committee organizes and catalogues Meridian’s small but mighty costume and prop closet. We are often knee-deep in wigs, hats, and velvet! The committee helps actors look their best – and brings characters and story alive – in Meridian's fall and spring theater productions. 

Yearbook

The Yearbook Committee is a student-directed group that combines organizational savvy and artistic enterprise to produce a yearbook for every student. Complete with senior pages and a full spread of Meridian "sports" (including Poetry Out Loud and Model UN, as well as our sailing, rock climbing, and cross-country teams), our final product helps maintain the year's highlights in our memories (and in perpetuity through the Meridian Archives).