Balboa Academy High School clubs are 100% student directed.  To start a new club, students must petition DRACO where they determine if the club meets the requirements.  All clubs must have a stated mission, officers, sponsors, and a service component.  In August, a club fair is held in the high school where each club works to recruit new members.  Club meetings are usually held during lunch; however, many of the club activities occur off-campus during weekends and Wednesday afternoons. 

The clubs are listed below:


Mission: To promote and support social,cultural, and educational well-being, along with the development of this group of children by providing tutoring, financial support and celebration of festivities, making their lives a bit sweeter.

Sponsor: Chelita De Obaldia

President: Guiliana Claus

Balboa Dance Club

Mission:  to help students express themselves in an unconventional and creative way through dance.  To empower young adults to become great leaders through dance and encourage good health.

Sponsor:  Ana Centeno

President: Ana Camacho

B. Notes

Mission:  To implement music into students’ high school life, to raise funds by performing music publically, to allow the purchase of instruments for schools with limited means, and to teach students of these schools how to play.

Sponsors:  Ray Durbin

President:  Pablo Labbate

Balboa Talks

Mission:  To give students an avenue to share their experiences, reflections, opinions, research, etc. in a semi-formal setting.

Sponsor: Jill Kneeland

President: Gayatri Khatwani

Business Club

Mission:  To learn about business and grow a love for business.

Sponsor: Shelby Morris

President: Fedra Najera

Chicken Club

Mission:  To promote the consumption of chicken meat at school in favor of a healthier society.

Sponsor:  Ruben Padmore

President: Pablo Labbate

Debate Club (M.U.N)

Mission: To improve members’ public speaking skills as well as empower students with the confidence to debate in MUN style conferences.

Sponsor: Zack Kunkel and Laura Diaz

President: Francisco Fuentes


Mission:  To create unity and school spirit through exemplary leadership

Sponsor:  Alix Mendoza

President: Guillermo Archilla

Dragons Soccer Athletic Club

Mission Encourage the participation of students in the soccer team and in tournaments.

Sponsor:  Melissa Jimenez

President:  Sergio Ferradas

Ecology Club

Mission: To spread awareness, create consciousness, and address environmental issues in our community.

Sponsor: Zack Kunkel

President: Diana Aguilar


Mission: To develop awareness throughout the community concerning the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs to children with cancer.

Sponsor: Shelby Morris

President: Daniel Lukowiecki


Mission:  To improve the lives of children and mothers with help of basic baskets and interactions.

Sponsor: Shelby Morris

President: Muskaan Pathak

Fundasis (Fundacion San Francisco de Asis)

Mission:  To assist Fundasis in providing veterinary rehabilitation and sterilization to animals in need.  To advocate for proper animal care, the importance of sterilization, and adoption of animals.

Sponsor: Jill Kneeland

President: Isabella Chow Kai


Mission: To grant the wishes of children who are diagnosed and suffering with life-threatening conditions. We want to make an impact on their lives and the lives of their families.

Sponsor: Julia Achurra

President: Camila Sosa

National Honor Society

Mission: Create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service to the school and community, to promote leadership and to develop character in Balboa Academy High School students.

Sponsor: Danae Gillespie

President: Juan Savoretti

Nutre Hogar Club

Mission: To help severely malnourished children.

Sponsor: Ana Centeno

President: Maria Pinzon

Operation Smile Club

Mission: Provide free surgeries to children who have cleft palates and other facial deformities in the Republic of Panama.

Sponsor: Andrea Mossack

President: Mathew Henriquez

Paddling Club

Mission: To promote and help grow the paddling community in Balboa Academy including the sports Stand up Paddling (SUP), cayuco, V1 or V6 Outrigger Canoes, and surfing.

Sponsor: Ray Durbin

President: Javier Miranda


Mission: To help local communities of women. To raise awareness about the importance of women’s education. To create consciousness about and fight for gender equality.

Sponsor: Alix Mendoza

President: Gabriela Franco

Singing Club

Mission: Bring music and joy to Balboa Academy!


President: Sheila McKenzi

Somos Voces

Mission: To raise awareness in school about the reality of teenage moms in Panama and to provide an avenue for student to visit lower economic communities to help teenage moms.

Sponsor: Karla de Mena

President:  Lissa Paris

Special Olympics Club

Mission: To create a community of aware and socially responsible students that engage in continuous volunteer work. To inspire, accept, include, and value all people with special needs.

Sponsor: Alix Mendoza


Sports for the Community (SFC)

Mission:  To supply less fortunate schools with sports equipment and increase student involvement in sports.

Sponsor:  Mr. Young

President:  Aron Resende


Missions: Build STEM education for the next generation of lifelong learners.

Sponsor: Mr. Padmore, Mr. Navarro, and Mrs. Moreno

President: Isaac Castillo


Mission:  To create a platform where BA Dragons can appreciate the performance arts, promote team work, self-confidence, and provide a creative outlet.

Sponsor:  Linnett Ellis

President: Isabella Chow Kai


Mission: To work to our full capacity to overcome extreme poverty by working alongside needy communities. We promote community development through awareness of the living conditions of these excluded and marginalized communities.

Sponsor: Shelby Morris

President: Camila Sosa

United Way

Mission: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Sponsor: Gloria Ducreux

President: Natalia Chapman



Freshman Class

Mission: to raise money for future graduation


Sophomore Class

Mission: to raise money for future graduation


Junior Class

Mission: to raise money for future graduation

Sponsor: Ana Centeno

President:  Ana Laura Sanchez

Senior Class

Mission: to raise money for graduation

Sponsor: Alix Mendoza

President: Matthew Henriquez



The Prison Project

Mission:  To collect funds to bring care packages to prisons in Panama and centers to instill in our kids “If you don’t wanna do to time, don’t do the time.”

Sponsor:  Gloria Ducreux



Mission: To collect clothing and do pop-up markets for homeless people to be able to get clothing at no cost.

Sponsor:  Saribel Moreno (?)

President: Andrea Lopez