If you like the game show Jeopardy, our club is for you. We meet once/week for an hour after school and compete against other schools in occasional Saturday tournaments throughout the year.
Moderator: Mr. Jonathan Barker '87
The club has flight simulation software and radio controlled planes and helicopters and typically meet every other Tuesday.
Moderator: Jerry DeCarlo
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE (A.I.R.)
The goal of this group is to raise school spirit through large artworks for special events (guests), semi-permanent display (stained glass), large gatherings (rallies), and personal requests (giant cards) and anything else the community requests.
Moderator: Ms. Julianna Burrows
The Saint Ignatius Wildcat MARCHING BAND is the largest and most active of all the music groups on the Saint Ignatius campus. This group is open to all musicians regardless of experience. The Marching Band performs at all Saint Ignatius football games, numerous parades, and takes a trip to other cities every other year. Members of this group are expected to attend Band Camp during August and be present for all performances. This is a class that meets during the school day with minimal after-school rehearsals. The Marching Band handbook lists complete procedure and policies. Fine Arts credit and a varsity letter can be earned for participating in this group.
The WIND ENSEMBLE is a select group of wind and percussion players who have shown above average musicianship. Enrollment is determined by an audition, and selections are made based upon correct instrumentation. The music performed by this group is challenging and requires outside practice. In addition to the Winter and Spring Concerts, this group also represents Saint Ignatius High School at the Ohio Music Educators' Band and Choir Contest in March.
The CONCERT BAND, like the Marching Band, is open to all musicians regardless of experience. No audition is required, and the music performed provides an appropriate challenge as fundamental musical skills are polished. Those who unsuccessfully audition for the Wind Ensemble, will be placed into this group. Both the Concert Band and the Wind Ensemble meet during the school day and provide Fine Arts credits.
The JAZZ ENSEMBLE is comprised of students from the concert and marching bands and the general student body. All students are invited to join the jazz ensemble. However, auditions will be required if a large number of students want to participate. The director will then select students based on their audition to become members of the jazz ensemble. The group performs at all concerts held by the concert band; and, when requested, the jazz ensemble performs outside the school for civic events.
The PEP BAND is open to all members of the marching and concert bands. This group performs at all home basketball games and other school events. The pep band usually performs music that was used for the marching band.
Moderator: Mr. David Roth
An organization open to students of all four years. Members will meet twice a month to shoot pool and once a month to watch an information video on the sport.
Moderator: Mr. Robert Wimbiscus '81
Saint Ignatius was honored last year as having the finest bloodmobile among high schools in a three-county area. Under adult guidance, students plan and run four bloodmobiles each year, recruiting student donors and staffing the actual bloodmobiles. This excellent service activity has grown in popularity as a way for students to donate a literal part of themselves to serve their fellow man.
Moderator: Mrs. Holly Woytek, Miss Angela LoBue, Mrs. Darlene Hernandez
BLUE MAN GROUP
The Saint Ignatius Blue Man Group was created by students who believe that we need to show spirit and support to our athletics, arts and academic programs in fun and creative ways. Some of the past themes have involved beach party, gold rush, and painting up for sporting events. The program is here to show that we appreciate all of our students’ hard work for what they have accomplished for the school. We are here to offer support and show respect for these programs and to show why We the Men in Blue are Men for Others.
Moderator: Mr. Edward Nolan
The club allows students the opportunity to do live play-by-play broadcasts of Ignatius football, basketball, hockey and baseball games on the internet. Membership in this club is by audition only.
Moderator: Mr. Jeff McCormick '83
Chess club meets once a week. The beginning of the year is devoted to learning, teaching, and understanding the rules and nuances of the game. The middle part of the year is spent playing games and developing abilities. The annual Saint Ignatius Chess Club Tournament is played during the last part of the year. Currently there are approximately 50 members of the Chess Club scattered throughout the four years. In the future members hope to play some interscholastic matches as well as outside tournaments.
Moderator: Mr. James Hogan
The Saint Ignatius High School Choral Program is recognized as one of the premiere choral programs in the state of Ohio. Our choral ensembles consistently earn high ratings at local, state, national and international festivals and adjudications and have performed at such prestigious venues such as the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist (Cleveland) and Riverside Church (New York City). Students of all abilities and experience levels are welcome to participate in one or more of our offerings.
The MEN'S CHORUS is open to all students in grades 10-12 regardless of experience. Men's Chorus is offered as a credited, academic class which meets during the regular school day. The Men's Chorus performs frequently throughout the school year and serves as music ministers for all-school liturgies.
The FRESHMAN CHORUS is open to all freshmen students regardless of experience. This credited, academic class is designed to develop and enhance vocal capacity and prepare the student for participation in more advanced vocal ensembles. The Freshmen Chorus performs on select programs with the Men's Chorus.
The CAT-O'-TONICS is an extracurricular ensemble specializing in a cappella music of the pop, doo-wop and barbershop styles as well as music of the male glee club tradition. Members are selected from the Men's Chorus through audition. This group rehearses twice a week after school and performs frequently throughout the year for school-related and community events.
The A CAPPELLA ENSEMBLE is an extracurricular ensemble open to all students. This non-auditioned ensemble rehearses once a week after school and specializes in a cappella singing. This group performs at select concerts and venues throughout the school-year. Students wishing to audition for the Cat-o'-Tonics are highly encouraged to participate in this group.
Moderator: Mr. Jason Falkofsky
CHRISTIAN ACTION TEAM (CAT)
The Christian Action Team was formed in an effort to give students the opportunity to live out the gospel and fulfill the mission of the school by being men of service to those of the greater community who are in need. Each and every Saint Ignatius student is invited to be a member of the CAT. To achieve member status, a student has to participate in at least three service activities sponsored by the Service Leadership Council. Members of CAT should also regularly attend meetings of the SLC and/or their individual service projects.
Moderators: Mr. James Skerl '74 and Mr. John Gill '97
The Circus Company is made up of students who have an interest in juggling, magic, unicycle riding, and performance acrobatics. The club meets weekly for practice and performs at more than 150 events each year at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, scout meetings, Indians games, and many other high visibility events. They have won awards for their service activities, and many members of the club use performances as a means of earning extra cash.
Moderators: Mr. Art Thomas and Chris Laco '03
COMIC BOOK CLUB
The Comic Book Club is open to all students and meets a couple of times a month to enjoy comic books and comic book related television shows and movies.
Moderators: Mr. Milton Alan Turner '81
CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
The Creative Writing Club is open to all students. Writers will learn techniques about fiction writing and poetry, and they will be able to share their own pieces with members for critique. It offers a way to have students receive evaluation in a non-judgmental environment.
Moderator: Mr. Michael Strauss '87
Cruciverbalist club is designed for students who love doing crosswords and other types of word puzzles. The Club meets a couple times a month to share their enjoyment of crossword puzzles in a relaxed atmosphere. The possibility of creating our own puzzles for publication also exists. All students are welcome.
Moderators: Mr. Jim Murphy '99 and Mr. Patrick O’Rourke '90
Moderator: Mr. David Roth
The Harlequins perform a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Saint Ignatius boys work with girls from area schools to produce two high-quality theatrical events. Besides being an outlet for creative skills, dramatic activity has helped many students obtain scholar-ships at colleges. Backstage, students work as production assistants, stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, and in areas such as set construction and painting, and during productions on stage and prop crews.
Moderators: Mr. Art Thomas and Mr. Rich Fujimoto '66
The EYE is Saint Ignatius High's school newspaper, which comes out about once a quarter. The staff solicits articles from all students. Any student who wishes to submit an article to The Eye is encouraged to do so. Once a student submits an article that is accepted by the staff, he is eligible to apply for a staff editor internship. Any sophomore, junior, or senior is eligible for such an internship. Good writing skills are the only requisite. These interns will work with page editors to learn the word processing, layout, and paste-up skills necessary to create the various pages of the paper. Work on the paper usually involves time after school as well as one Saturday or Sunday per month. Besides writers and editors, The Eye also encourages students with an artistic talent to submit cartoons and other pieces of their artwork for the paper's use.
Moderators: Mr. Joe Buzzelli, Mr. Mike Howard and Mr. Mark Pecot '91
Moderator: Mr. Dan Baron
The French club includes students from all four levels who have an interest in broadening their knowledge, practicing their French, and who enjoy French culture. Members may take advantage of after-school meetings with small group discussions and viewing French films.
Moderator: Ms. Christine Piatak
GOLFERS FOR OTHERS
Golfers for Others is an after school activity for students of all skill levels and interest in the game of golf, through which students can not only "exercise" their physical talents on various golf courses, but students can also "exercise" their willingness to help others in the process. The golfers for others club raises money through each outing that it puts on and donates those proceeds to various agencies of need. Additionally, club members are given the opportunity to work with Youth Challenge, volunteering to assist students with disabilities learn to play and enjoy the game of golf.
Moderator: Mr. Tim Evans '87
GREEK CLUB/GREEK STUDENT UNION
Moderator: Mr. Joe Zebrak '87
THE GREEN TEAM
The green team exists because our Christian tradition teaches us that we must cherish the gift of creation as we use it for the purpose the Creator intended. Recognizing our role as 'stewards' on God's earth, we emphasize awareness and action. First, it is our goal to have a heightened awareness of the problems that face our world. Secondly, out of compassion for all living things, human and non-human, we act to establish and maintain a healthy, balanced environment for the present and future.
Moderators: Mr. Timothy Evans '87 and Mr. Terry McCafferty '97
History club is designed to offer interested students opportunities to explore historical topics in a manner that is not always available in the classroom setting. One avenue for exploration has been a bimonthly movie night which features films that contain historical content. Another opportunity that is afforded to History Club members is a competition that could result in a free trip to Washington D.C., which is sponsored by FLAG Foundation. Also, throughout the year students may participate in any of the various trips that are scheduled. Included in these trips are Close UP, USS Cod, Gettysburg, Put-in-Bay, Hale Farm and Village. The History Club also sponsors competitions that could result in scholarship money and awards. To meet the requirements of the History Club, a member must attend at least one function each quarter.
Moderator: Mr. Joseph Ptak
IGNATIANS FOR LIFE
Ignatians for Life is a student organization dedicated to promoting and defending all life from the womb to the tomb. Embracing the Catholic teachings of a consistent ethic of life, students will actively engage in the promotion of Catholic teaching on all life issues including but not limited to abortion, death penalty, embryonic stem cell research, and more. Students meet periodically to discuss issues, hear presentations from guest speakers, and learn about the issues surrounding these subjects. Also students participate in activities such as the Rosary for Life, death penalty vigils at Lucasville State penitentiary, and the Annual March for Life in January in Washington DC.
Moderator: Mr. Tim Evans '87
Moderator: Mr. Bob Corrigan '93
The Murphy Field House has two full basketball courts, an elevated running track, heavy and speed bags for boxing, weight room, wrestling room, and the Intramural/Physical Education Office. The purpose of the Field House is simple: a place for students to go after school to compete in organized intramural activities. When intramural activities are not scheduled, the building will be open and supervised for a variety of student activities including badminton, wiffle ball, soccer, floor hockey, basketball, team handball and volleyball. It is a goal of Saint Ignatius High School to allow as many students as possible to compete or participate in as many sports or activities as possible. The Field House makes this goal realistic.
Moderator: Mr. James Michals
The SIEC was formed to give students of Saint Ignatius an avenue to express their interest and excitement for the topics of economics and finance. We wish to teach our members how to manage, invest, save, and handle money. Our efforts are to inform the school as well as ourselves about the economic issues of the day. Lastly, our energies will also be spent trying to improve the financial well-being of Saint Ignatius.
Moderators: Mrs. Moira O’Riordan and Mr. George Moy '89
Moderator: Ms. Raffaella Barnes
JUNIOR COUNCIL OF WORLD AFFAIRS
JCWA participates in Model United Nations with other high schools. Students travel to college and university campuses which sponsor, for a weekend, the Model UN. Participants represent an assigned country at a Model UN to debate, politic, and give speeches before both committees and the General Assembly in an attempt to gain support for resolutions that are in their country's interest. Prior to the Model UN, students research the position of their assigned country on six issues which have been placed on the agenda for that session, prepare position papers, and meet in strategy sessions with students from neighboring schools who form a geographical `bloc'. JCWA is open to all grade levels, and workshops are offered to students seeking practice or experience. Public speaking is not required; but an interest in world affairs, government, geography or politics is helpful.
Moderators: Mr. Dennis Arko
is a growing extracurricular which complements the students' involvement in the Latin language, Roman history, and ancient culture. This year the club plans to publish a Latin Eye which will be written completely in Latin and which will accommodate all levels of Latin students. The club plans to continue its philanthropic activities such as the Easter Egg Hunt which was a joint venture with St. Joseph Academy last year. The club will also continue its tradition of making banners for select football games. The organization is always looking for new sources of enthusiasm and zeal.
Moderator: Mr. Joseph Zebrak '87
LATIN PEER TUTORING
Moderator Mr. Jim Murphy '99
LITURGICAL MUSICIANS ENSEMBLE
This ensemble is comprised of student vocalists and student instrumentalists who lead the musical worship of the Saint Ignatius High School community. Students rehearse weekly after school in preparation for Eucharistic liturgies and prayer services. Students interested in participating in ANY capacity are encouraged to contact the director.
Moderator: Mr. Jason Falkofsky
THE MAGIC GATHERING
The Magic Gathering is a club for students who play Magic and other collectable card games. The club gathers on the first day of each week for one-on-one, team, color, and emperor matches. At least once a quarter there is a Type I or Type II tournament. The club keeps members aware of the latest releases and expansions to the CCA.
Moderator: Mr. Andrew Johnson '79
Members of the Saint Ignatius Math Club have the opportunity to participate in the national high school math club -- MU ALPHA THETA. Students meet periodically to see interesting and unusual films. They also discuss fascinating and intriguing problems as well as participate in just plain fun projects such as math card tricks, race car mathematics on a grid system, and "mind reading" feats using mathematics as well as the mathematics of billiards and ZENN. Problems involving the Ohio Math League Contest and the Annual High School Exam are discussed and analyzed in order for students to successfully compete in these contests.
Moderators: Mr. Jon Barker '87, Mrs. Cindy Reagan and Mr. David Sabol '99
MEN OF REGIS
Moderator: Mr. Jim Brennan '85
MULTICULTURAL STUDENT UNION
The MSU is dedicated to providing a wide variety of cultural and social experiences to encourage students to explore and understand cultural similarities and differences that exist among the student body. As Ignatius students we feel it is important to recognize and share the traditions and values of our own culture and to actively discover and open ourselves to the customs of our fellow classmates. Multicultural Student Union is open to ALL students.
Moderator: Mr. Jason Reed '95
THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The purpose of the National Honor Society chapter at Saint Ignatius High School is to create enthusiastic scholarship, to present opportunities to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character. Historically, the NHS has come to be recognized and utilized as a service organization in our school; members serve as tour guides, ushers, and greeters at numerous school and community events throughout the year.
Information will be provided to students in the winter of their junior year regarding applications. Criteria for applying will be emailed to all juniors, and those eligible to apply may do so. Students with documented incidences of cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty will not be considered for membership; students with disciplinary violations, or a significant number of tardies or absences will also not be considered.
NOTE: Simply applying, even if one meets the application criteria, does not make one automatically eligible for membership. The National Honor Society is reserved for exceptional students in the areas of academics, leadership, character, and service to St. Ignatius High School. The faculty shall determine membership, and will be guided by the procedures of our local chapter at Saint Ignatius High School, and by the directives in the Constitution of the national organization.
Continued membership in the NHS is contingent upon active participation expressed in the constitution and by maintaining the appropriate academic level and disciplinary status. Any member who falls below the standards that were the basis of his election shall be either warned or dismissed as a member. Any flagrant violation of school or community rules, such as, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, violation of drug and alcohol policy, insubordination, illegal entrance, or theft of school property, will be dismissed immediately. Once a member is dismissed, he is never again eligible for NHS membership. If a student has already applied to college with NHS membership on his resume, he will be expected to notify those colleges, in writing, of his dismissal from the organization. If the student chooses not to do so, the moderator will notify those colleges.
Moderator: Mr. Hugh McManamon '76
NOTRE DAME CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Pat O’Rourke '90
This is the school’s theatrical alternative. Spinning around Cleveland Theatre Conference and The Ohio Educational Theater groups, the troupe performs challenging off-Broadway style one-act plays and full length productions from September into April. The troupe performs at home but most on other campuses such as Beaumont High School, Ashland University and Baldwin –Wallace College.
Moderator: Mr. Jason Falkofsky
Moderators: Mr. Jim Skerl '74 and Mr. Dan Baron
Moderator: Ms. Gayle Scaravilli
The Poster club is a school service organization that produces signs for advertising and celebrating events at Saint Ignatius. Faculty members and other student organizations make requests for posters, and the Poster Cats design and display them.
Moderator: Mr. Paul Prokop
RELAY FOR LIFE CLUB
Moderators: Mrs. Moira O’Riordan
The Robotics club is for students who want to learn to design, build, wire, program, and operate robotic vehicles. The major event of the year is the US FIRST Robotics competition in which students team with engineers and other adults to produce a wheeled robot that can perform a given set of tasks. No prior knowledge of robots is needed to join.
Moderator: Mr. Robert Ward '65
RUNNERS FOR OTHERS
Moderator: Mr. Ed DeVenney
The Saint Ignatius High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) Chapter has close to 200 members. These students have promised each other that they will not ride in a car where the driver has been impaired by intoxicating substances. This is followed up with a "Contract for Life" with the student’s parents. This contract states that if there is a situation where the student should not be riding with someone, the student will be provided with safe passage home and the incident not discussed until a later time. S.A.D.D. encourages all students to adopt a "No Use" policy to drinking and drug use, following the Mission Statement for all chapters: "To provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drunk driving, drug abuse and other destructive decisions." At Saint Ignatius the students participate in making the school community more aware of dangers associated with underage drinking. The group sponsors guest speakers and displays posters at and before school dances as a means of raising student and faculty awareness. Other S.A.D.D. sponsored campaigns are intended to continually support the decisions of students who do not drink and do not ride with those who have been drinking.
Moderators: Mrs. Pat Kyle and Mrs. Mary Catherine Koehler
Moderators: Mr. Drew Vilinsky '97
SAINT IGNATIUS PLOUGHMEN
The Saint Ignatius Ploughmen are committed to growing fresh food on the campus of Saint Ignatius High School. Through this endeavor, we will build relationships with each other, our neighbors, our Earth, and ultimately our God, the giver and sustainer of all life. The Ploughmen seek to educate themselves and others about local food production and contemporary food issues.
Moderators: Mr. Michael Strauss '87 and Mr. Terry McCafferty '97
The Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organizaiton devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. The Science Olympiad Tournaments are academic interscholastic competitions, which consist of a series of twenty-three individual and team events that students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and application. Although the Science Olympiad is a competitive event, most events are team competitions which require teamwork, group planning and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, having fun, and developing team spirit.
Moderators: Mr. Thomas Bogen and Mr. Robert Ward '65
SERVICE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
S.L.C. is made up of students who meet weekly to plan, coordinate, and execute community service projects that address the Corporal Works of Mercy for people in our neighborhood and beyond. Core S.L.C. projects include weekly mission collections; the Christmas Food Drive; Habitat for Humanity; tutoring at Dunbar School and OLMC (West); hunger awareness; St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the homeless; St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Project; as well as programs that make up the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership (Board-game Tuesdays, Block Club, Cub Scouts, Bike Club, Snowmen of Ignatius, Adopt-a-Family, Open Gym, Big Brothers, etc.). Students apply for leadership positions and, once named, are evaluated each semester. Senior students on the SLC are eligible for the St. Peter Claver Service Award given at Senior Awards night.
Moderator: Mr. James Skerl '74
Ski club gives an opportunity at reasonable cost to either learn or improve skiing skills. Boston Mills provides an instructive and safe area for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiers. Cost varies if skis are rented or transportation is required.
Moderator: Mr. Joseph Buzzelli
Moderator: Mrs. Rachel Morse
Speech/debate at Saint Ignatius High School is an academic, interscholastic competition in which students strive for excellence through performance and friendship at a weekly convocation. The program is open to all students. There are categories for students to utilize their interpersonal public speaking skills in the areas of current events; theatre performances, both humorous and dramatic; interpretation of literature, including prose, poetry, and oratory; and logical argumentation of policy and values. Competition exists at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Opportunities abound for the chance to receive trophies, certificates, and monetary stipends. Students are invited and encouraged to attend civic oratory contests and democratic forums such as those sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and The City Club. More important is the reward of being selected to the National Forensic League, a national society, and the recognition of success and admiration by one’s peers.
Moderators: Mr. Joseph Buzzelli and Mr. Richard Fujimoto '66
STAGE AND TECH CREW
Stage and tech crew are parts of the school's drama program. For the fall play and the spring musical, the crews are responsible for building the sets, acquiring the props, and setting the light and sound systems. During rehearsals and performances the crews change the sets and operate the light and sound systems.
Moderator: Mr. David Sabol '99
Student Senate is comprised of officers elected by the entire student body and the appointed cabinet members and represents the students and provides leadership for student activities. The Senate committees are responsible for a variety of programs, among them Homecoming, Winter Formal, Christmas on Campus, the Arrupe Halloween Party, Easter on Campus, rallies, sports tournaments, and the coffee houses. The Senate strives to involve students in these events. It also seeks to maintain communication with students, faculty, and administration. Elections are held in the spring.
Moderators: Mr. William Kelley '62 and Mr. Joseph Popelka '84
STUDENT SPORTS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT (SSID):
The students in this position facilitate the dissemination of information about Saint Ignatius Athletics for internal and external consumption. Under the supervision of the club moderator, SSID’s will be required to do the following: compose articles about teams for the Saint Ignatius website, post articles and statistics to the website in a timely way, alert local media of scores and statisitics as directed by the moderator and Coaching Staffs.
Moderator: Mr. Jeff McCormick '83
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
Support our troops usually meets the first and third Mondays of each month during the school year. The club writes letters of support to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. The club also sponsors a drive in the Fall and one in the Spring to send care packages to our troops. The club also seeks ways to honor our troops, such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs.
Moderator: Mr. Marty Dybicz
The school literary magazine, is published twice a year and contains stories, poems, nonfiction, and art work submitted by the students of every grade level. AudioVista is a division of the literary magazine which releases compilations of musical numbers performed by the members of the student body. The staff is comprised of editors, proofreaders, typists, and artists.
Moderators: Mr. Michael Strauss '87 and Mr. Jon Jarc '93
WILDCAT WIFFLE-BALL CLUB
The Wiffle Ball Club is a loosely organized group of students who get together in teams of 4-5 to play wiffle ball "for the love of the game." The wiffle season starts in early September and runs for 5-7 weeks (depending upon the weather.) Games are played after school. There are two divisions: Freshmen/Sophomore and Junior/Senior. A tournament is held to determine a champion in each division.
Moderator: Mr. Ed Nolan
The Ignatian is Saint Ignatius High School’s yearbook. Beginning with the 2000-2001 book, the Ignatian is complete-year yearbook and therefore is delivered in the fall of the next year. Every senior receives an Ignatian, the cost of which is included in his graduation fee at a discount. Underclassmen must order their Ignatian. Students are invited to join the staff any time during the school year. Writers, researches, photographers, layout assistants, proof readers, typists, and filers are often needed. In order to get involved a student simply needs to come any day after school to the Ignatian Office, which is located on the ground floor of the Main Building in the back of Wirtz Pavilion behind the Athletic Office. Editors and editors-in-chief for next year's book are chosen each spring, and training at a yearbook workshop is offered each summer.
Moderator: Mr. Ed DeVenney