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Student Leadership

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In middle school I was scared of running for student council, but now that I’m in this environment of sisterhood and I’m not afraid to speak, I have been on student council for two consecutive years.

Nina Wall

Nina Wall ‘25

I am not the most confident person but I try doing new things here. I am class president and I would have never done that at another school.

Penelope Hickson

Penelope Hickson '26


I love an all girls education because it means that there will be young women in every single leadership opportunity in the school.

Liz Stapleton Zerella

Liz Stapleton Zerella '95
Former Associate Finance Director at The Clorox Company

Become a Leader.

NDB students are positive, articulate and confident leaders. At NDB, all activities and initiatives are student-driven. Leadership skills are developed through student government, campus ministry, athletics, and many extracurricular clubs and activities. 

Cultivate Confidence. Find Your Voice.

Students develop a tremendous amount of confidence in realizing that they, as students, drive school activities. Research findings note that it’s beneficial and powerful for girls, in particular, “to see it in order to be it.” So when students see their peers leading a club, excelling in student government or succeeding on the robotics team, they get the clear message that they too can excel in those areas. Expressing oneself, sharing their unique perspective and using their voice becomes second nature. This is the power of an NDB education. 

Leadership Roles

NDB offers over 200 leadership positions in student government, boards, and professional clubs and organizations. Roughly half of student leaders are elected into their roles by the student body while the other half are selected based upon an extensive application and interview process. 

Associate Student Body (ASB) Officers

ASB is a group of dedicated student representatives who are elected by their peers to represent the student body. As the ultimate merri-makers and spokespeople on campus, ASB Officers plan and lead rallies, spirit days and school activities, ensuring the school year is fun and memorable for everyone. They participate in monthly spirit assemblies, manage monthly meetings with student council representatives and make daily morning and homeroom announcements. 

Student Body Officers 2024-2025
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Class Council

Each class elects council members for the school year who will represent their class, holding the roles of:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Athletics Director
  • Activities director
  • Spirit Director
  • Historian

Ambassador Board

The Ambassador Board is a year-long experience that empowers students to cultivate leadership skills while amplifying the public visibility of NDB to prospective students and families. Ambassador Board members manage the Ambassador Club and represent NDB at all admissions events, including Open House, Notre Dame Night, shadow days and classroom visits. Whether they are guiding prospective students and families on tours through the school or welcoming students on shadow days, the Ambassador Board loves NDB and illuminates why others should too! 

Student Ambassador Board
Link Crew Board

Link Crew Board

The Link Crew Board plans a variety of exciting events including freshman orientation, Link-O-Week Haunted House and Spring Fling. A friendly face to incoming freshmen and the student body, Link Crew exemplifies wonderful leadership and stewardship skills. 

Hallmarks in Action Board

The Hallmarks in Action Board inspires and creates opportunities for our campus to carry out the Notre Dame Hallmarks. Board members plan and lead retreats and large events including Laudato Si Day, Blessing of the Animals and liturgies. This board is a fantastic way to cultivate leadership and public speaking skills, as members lead reflections and prayer and take pride in planning community service and social justice events. 

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MarComm Board

Marketing and Communications Interns

The NDB Marketing and Communications Internship is an academic year-long experience providing students the opportunity to learn about being a marketing/communications professional and prepare students to launch into a rewarding academic and professional career in marketing/communications. Under the direction of NDB's Marketing and Communications Manager, interns produce and publish photos, videos, graphic designs and/or social media content for NDB's various media channels. 

California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

CSF is a state-wide honors society that emphasizes high standards of scholarship for California high school students. The CSF Board works with the NHS Board to plan the winter formal, and works closely with the CSF moderator to process CSF applications each semester.

CSF Board
National Honors Society Students

National Honor Society (NHS)

The NHS Board works with the CSF Board to plan the annual winter formal, and oversees the annual induction ceremony for new members admitted into the National Honor Society. In addition, this board hosts an annual mock election on campus, coinciding with current political elections. This board also records and streams live events such as the Junior Ring Ceremony and Mock Trial Showcase. 

Academic Teams

Students hold several leadership positions on our academic teams:

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Robotics Team tabling
TigerBots students
TigerBots Students

TigerBots Robotics Team

TigerBots is NDB's award-winning, student-run FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team that introduces students to engineering, business, marketing and more. The team works together to develop technical skills to design, prototype and build robots and promote their team. The year-long experience culminates by participating in the annual FTC challenge.

Learn more about TigerBots

Math Team

Math Team practices, prepares and competes in a variety of contests and competitions including California Math League Contests, the American Mathematics competition, the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Moody’s Math Challenge.

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Mock Trial students
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Mock Trial students
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Students smile in the courtroom
Mock Trial students
Mock Trial students
Mock Trial students
MOck Trial
Mock Trial students
Mock Trial
Mock Trial students
Mock Trial students

Mock Trial

NDB students participate in a simulated criminal trial while playing the roles of witnesses who must know the facts of their witness statement, trial attorneys who must prepare direct and cross-examination questions, and pretrial attorneys who argue constitutional issues relevant to the trial and even the court bailiff. Using the official courthouse in Redwood City, students get as authentic a trial experience as possible.

Learn more about Mock Trial

Student Clubs

NDB students participate in, manage and create a variety of clubs on campus each school year.  

This years's clubs include

  • Notre Dame Belmont Effect Club
  • ASL Club
  • Tri-School Orchestra Club
  • Dig Pink
  • NDBe Art (An art club for everyone)
  • The Self Care Club
  • The Anime Club
  • Journalism Club
  • Speech and Debate
  • Student-Athlete Health Awareness Club
  • Bracelets For Smiles
  • International Ambassador Club
  • Book Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Key Club
  • Surf Club
  • I Am Diverse Club
  • Pickleball Club
  • Model UN Club
  • Intersectional Feminism Club
  • Skate Club
  • Coloring Club
  • The Orca Initiative Club
  • A Capella Club: Fermata the Blue 
  • French Club
  • Ambassador Club
  • ​​​​​​​Rainbow Club
  • Global Awareness
  • Film Club
  • Care Card Club (CCC)
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Women In Chem
  • Amnesty International Club
  • Badminton Club
  • TigerBots Club