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Welcome Saint Ignatius Students

Student Extra-Curricular Activities

ACADEMIC CHALLENGE

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

AERONAUTICS CLUB

The club has flight simulation software and radio controlled planes and helicopters.  We typically meet every other Thursday.

Moderator: Mr. 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

ASTRONOMY CLUB

Meets weekly on Tuesdays where students can watch astronomy videos and learn about current theories and recent astronomical discoveries.

Moderator:  Jerry DeCarlo

BAND PROGRAM

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. Daniel Hamlin

BICYCLCATS

The purpose is to promote the riding of bicycles, be it to school, off-road or distance riding.  Some organized rides after school or on weekends are planned.  Safety and rules of biking are stressed.  The club is open to anyone with a love of cycling or a desire to get started. 

Moderators:  Mr. Ed Nolan and Mr. Mike Strauss '87

BILLIARD CLUB

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

BLOODMOBILE

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.

Moderators: Mrs. Holly Woytek, Mrs. Darlene Hernandez, and Ms. Angela LoBue

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.  Our 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. We welcome all new comers who wish to join us in support of these efforts. We have meetings every Tuesday right after school in room 102. 

Moderator:  Mr. Ed Nolan

BROADCASTING CLUB

SIBN 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

CHORAL PROGRAM

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 adjudication 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

SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI PEACE AND JUSTICE MINISTRY (aka Ignatians for Peace and Justice)

Strives to support students in their quest to live out their faith by building just relationships which lead to a lasting peace.  Committed to student formation within the framework of Catholic Social Teaching, IPJ is dedicated to providing opportunities that allow students to grow in awareness of social justice issues through facilitating participation in meaningful and appropriate social action.  IPJ facilitates annual events such as the Informed Ignatians debates, the March for Life, Respect Life Month, and much more.  In addition, IPJ is the Ignatius chapter of the Diocesan organization Catholic Students for Peace and Justice.  

Moderators: Mr. James Brennan '85 and Mr. Tim Evans '87

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. Tim Evans '87 and Mr. Terence McCafferty '97

IGNATIANS FOR LIFE

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. Augie Pacetti

IGNATIANS ON POLITICS

Includes the following three groups: Conservative Caucus, Liberal Caucus and Libertarian Club.

  • The Conservative Caucus meets twice a month to discuss politics, take political action, and increase membership in the conservative movement.  We are guided by the doctrine of the Catholic Church and then look to the social analysis and social strategies of Catholics.  We are confident that conservatism, rightly defined, represents true social justice for all, including the poor, women, all cultures and countries, all races and ethnicities, and all sexual orientations, whom we strive to serve by promoting the truth in love. Moderator: Mr. Marty Dybicz
  • The Liberal Caucus of the Informed Ignatians seeks to explore and discuss, from a progressive/liberal perspective, topics such as human rights, the environment, and the role of government. The group meets regularly throughout the school year to screen films, host guest speakers, plan school-wide events in conjunction with the other members of the Informed Ignatians, and to chat about current events. Students of all grade levels are welcome. Moderator: Mr. Bob Corrigan
  • Libertarian Club seeks to protect the liberty and freedom of the individual, in accord with the Church's teachings on solidarity and personal dignity. The club promotes natural rights; limited, constitutional, and consensual government; and the free market. Moderator: Mr. Brian Dybicz '99

Christian Action Team (CAT)

Formed to give students opportunities to fulfill the mission of the school by practicing the Works of Mercy.  While every student is potentially a member of CAT, membership in CAT requires a student to participate in at least three school-sponsored Christian service activities and regularly attend the weekly meetings of CAT.  CAT meets every Thursday to celebrate the spirit of Christian service in the Saint Ignatius community.  CAT Meetings are where students from all four years learn about ways in which they can answer Jesus’ call to serve those most in need and sign up for unique Christian service opportunities through CAT and the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership.  CAT publishes a weekly calendar of Christian service events and opportunities.

Moderators:  Mr. John Gill '97, Ms. Megan Sheehan, Mr. James Skerl '74, and Mr. Patrick Valletta '05

Chaplain:  Fr. Frank Canfield, S.J.

THE CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE

A massive organizational effort that provides holiday food baskets for over 600 needy families in the City of Cleveland.  The CFD Team involves the whole school community in gathering enough canned goods and money to purchase other additional food items to round out a generous food basket for each family served. The CFD coordinates the activities of over 400 people on the day of food delivery and works directly with local social service agencies.

Moderators:  Mr. Marty Dybicz, Mr. Rob Matsumoto and Mr. David Cicetti

THE CORPORAL SUPPORT SQUAD

An advocacy group that solicits material goods from companies and businesses in order to support the various organizations of the Christian Action Team.  Material goods that have been received from the letter writing efforts of the CSS are: winter vests, socks, toiletries, candles, batteries, and water bottles.  

Moderator:  Mr. Patrick Gallagher '04

FRIENDS WITH L’ARCHE

A ministry in partnership with L’Arche Cleveland, a faith community for adults with developmental disabilities.  This ministry features a monthly visit by Saint Ignatius students to two of the L’Arche homes.  Students bring a prepared dinner for the community and share in the post-meal prayer to develop personal relationships with L’Arche’s core members.  Friends with L’Arche also sponsors an annual liturgy at Saint Ignatius for people with developmental disabilities, their families and friends. 

Moderators: Ms. Kathy Betz, Mr. Marty Dybicz, Ms. Megan Sheehan, and Mr. James Skerl '74

THE GONZAGA SOCIETY

A prayer ministry that meets weekly to pray for the needs of the Saint Ignatius community. Prayer takes place before the Tabernacle before school on Thursday mornings.

Moderator: Fr. Frank Canfield, S.J.

MEN OF REGIS

A ministry is in partnership with the West Side Catholic Center that enables Saint Ignatius students and people served by the Catholic Center to share food and fellowship at a common table. Taking place three days each week during the sixth lunch period, a team of students, along with a faculty person, develop relationships with people in need.

Moderator: Mr. Jim Brennan '85

THE MISSION COLLECTION TEAM

Solicits and distributes funds from the student body to provide monetary support to non-profit social service agencies and families in emergency need.  The Mission team is empowered to direct the funds of the 25 weekly mission collections, often totaling more than $20,000 each year.

Moderator:  Ms. Gayle Scaravilli

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless 

A weekly ministry designed to share food, faith and friendship with the homeless poor of Cleveland.  While Labre involves preparing and delivering food to people living on the streets of Cleveland, it also and more importantly is designed to develop transforming relationships with people in need.  This activity meets each Sunday evening and goes throughout the year.

Moderators: Mr. James Skerl '74,  Mr. Mike Strauss '87, Mr. Ed Nolan and Mr. Ed Plaspohl

Saint Camillus Fraternity of Care

A Sunday morning ministry in partnership with Metro Hospital that assists in the transportation of patients to Sunday Mass in the hospital. The Fraternity is a Eucharistic ministry of prayer and presence. Teams of students visit and pray with the patients they transport to the liturgy. They also assist the hospital chaplain in bringing the Eucharist to Catholic patients.

Moderators:  Mr. Drew Vilinsky '97

SAINT JOHN BERCHMANS SOCIETY

The Saint John Berchmans Society, named for the Jesuit patron saint of altar servers, is comprised of Ignatius men who volunteer to serve Mass at school functions, the TV Mass on Channel 8, and the Fest.  Some members serve Latin Mass at St. Stephen's Church.

Moderators: Mr. Jim Brennan '85 and Mr. Dan Galla

Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry

Has been established to practice the corporal works of mercy by offering pallbearer services free of charge to those in need, especially the poor.  In affirming the value and dignity of human life, the pallbearer ministry represents the community at a person’s final commendation.  Another important dimension of this ministry is to commemorate and pray for the dead.

Moderators:  Mr. James Skerl '74, Mr. Dan Baron, and the Alumni Volunteers

SAINT MICHAEL COMPANY TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

Usually meets the first and third Mondays of each month in order to appreciate the service rendered by our troops, write them letters of support, conduct care package drives, and honor them on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. 

Moderator: Mr. Marty Dybicz

SAINT MONICA MONDAY NIGHT MEAL

Supporting those seeking alcohol addiction recovery by sharing in meal, prayer and companionship monthly.

Moderator:  Mr. Tim Evans '87

SPRING INTO ACTION

Gathering for one day to renew and refresh the neighborhoods of the near West Side of Cleveland through a variety of Christian service projects and sites. 

Moderator: Mr. John Gill '97

WILDCAT MOVERS AND SNOWMEN FOR OTHERS

Assembles weekly (or more often, as the need arises) to move material belongings of people or social services in dire need. The Movers also direct the Wildcat Snowmen, shoveling snow for senior citizens in our neighborhood. 

Moderators:  Mr. John Gill '97 and the Alumni Volunteers

CIRCUS COMPANY

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 (outside of school) as a means of earning extra cash.  

Moderators: Mr. Art Thomas and Mr. Chris Laco '03

COMIC BOOK CLUB

Open to all students and meets a couple of times a month to enjoy comic books and comic book related television shows and movies.

Moderator: Mr. Milton Alan Turner '81

CULINARY CLUB

Will introduce students to basic cooking techniques, kitchen safety, and proper food handling. The Club will draw from different ethnic groups and culinary traditions for its inspiration and meeting ideas. Meetings will consist of in-kitchen, hands-on cooking classes as well as field trips to local restaurants' kitchens. Students will have the opportunity to cook and share the meals together. The Culinary Club will also invite local chefs to our kitchen for demonstrations. 

Moderator:  Ms. Raffaella Barnes

DRAMA

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: Fr. Ross Pribyl, SJ and Mrs. Christina Stires

The EYE

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. David Sabol '99, Mr. Mike Howard , Mr. Terence McCafferty '97 and Mr. Mark Pecot '91

FISHING CLUB

Meets monthly to promote the fine art of angling. All grade levels are welcome. The club's primarily purpose is to promote fishing. We will have guest speakers and demonstrations on various types of fishing. Members are encouraged to bring pictures and stories of their recent outings.  

Moderator:  Mr. Dan Baron

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 

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

INTRAMURALS

The Murphy Field House has two full basketball courts, an elevated running track, 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 from pick-up basketball to 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

J.C.W.A./MUN is the Junior Council of World Affairs

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. 

Moderator: Mr. Dennis Arko and Mr. Peter Corrigan '69

KAIROS FOREVER CLUB

For those students who have already gone on Kairos and want to continue to “Live the Fourth.” 

Moderator:  Fr. Frank Canfield, S.J.

LATIN CLUB

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

Liturgical Musicians Ensemble

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 CARD CLUB

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

MATH CLUB

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

Modern Music Club

Modern music club listens to and discusses all genres of music and compositions from the late 20th and 21st centuries. A brief summary and history of the music is provided at each meeting. Students are welcome to bring appropriate music suggestions to meetings. This club meets once a week.

Moderator:  Mrs. Mary Catherine Koehler

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT UNION

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

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 Saint 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

The Notre Dame Club is a social club that meets once a week to discuss all things Notre Dame.  The Club typically hosts a “watch party” for a Notre Dame football, basketball, or hockey game a couple times a year and hosts film sessions having to do with Notre Dame history, as well.  The Club brings in a speaker, often a famous alum of Notre Dame, once a year and occasionally coordinates events with the local Alumni Chapter of Notre Dame.  Most importantly, the Notre Dame Club sponsors, organizes, and runs the annual Rudy Bowl, a flag football tournament, and Kick It, a kickball tournament; and the proceeds of both benefit cancer research.  They are dedicated to the memories of Conor Murphy and Kevin Healey, Ignatius grads who proudly attended Notre Dame.  The Notre Dame Club also sponsors, with Student Senate, “The Shirt” with Student Senate.  Proceeds from The Shirt also go to charity.

Moderators:  Mr. Tom Healey '77 and Mr. Patrick O’Rourke '90

OFF-CENTER TROUPE

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: Fr. Ross Pribyl, S.J.

POSTER CLUB

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

PRE-MED SOCIETY

The club is in existence to inform youth of the Saint Ignatius student body about the medical profession.  The society has guest speakers, volunteer opportunities, and activities (e.g. Health Fair) to promote interest and expand knowledge about the medical profession.  Membership to this society is open to all grade levels of Saint Ignatius High School.

Moderator:  Ms. Tara Henderson

RELAY FOR LIFE CLUB

American Cancer Society Relay for Life events take place throughout the year across the nation.  The Relay itself is an 18-hour walk-a-thon in a carnival-like atmosphere during which each team should have a member on the track at all times as well as an on site fund raiser during the Relay itself.  The Saint Ignatius team, Cats For A Cure, raises money throughout the academic year leading up to the Relay for Life event chosen by team sometime near the end of the school year.  The team members plan and organize fund raising events prior to and throughout the Relay event.  We Relay to raise money for cancer research and to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back.

Moderator:  Mr. Rob Matsumoto 

Robotics Club

A club 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

S.A.D.D.

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.

Moderator: Mrs. Pat Kyle

Saint Ignatius Historical Society

The Saint Ignatius Historical Society offers students the opportunities to go on field trips, include a historical tour of Ohio City, and other regional historical sites.  Has a monthly showing of historical movies along with food.  Holds monthly board game tournaments, including Axis and Allies, Risk, and Stratego.  Plays board games and discusses history among other things each week and finally holds Tea Socials to discuss history and socialize in a civilized fashion.

Moderators: Mr. Dave Cicetti and Mr. Bob Wimbiscus '81

SAINT IGNATIUS PLOUGHMEN

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. Terence McCafferty '97 and Mr. Mike Strauss '87

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

The Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization 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

SIEntA

A new venture at Saint Ignatius in which students participate in an extra curricular club AND take classes to augment and enhance their learning.  At the end of four years, young men may earn a "certificate of completion" they can use to apply to college business programs.  In club meetings and activities, we discuss entrepreneurship, business management, finance, and many other topics.  Our enterprising young men compete for real investment dollars in our stock games and our business plan competitions. Paid summer internships are available in which a student shadows an alumnus entrepreneur for four weeks.  Along with regular attendance, members are encouraged to take Economics, AP Economics, and Entrepreneurship Studies to round out the program.  

Moderator: Mr. Dan Hess

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

SPEECH/DEBATE

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 & TECH CREW

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

Comprised of officers elected by the entire student body and the appointed cabinet members, 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 SENATE OFFICERS

Michael Zupan…………………………. President

Owen Manning………………………….Vice President

         Blake Yoho………………………….......Secretary

         Pat Meidenbauer.………………………Treasurer

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 statistics as directed by the moderator and coaching staffs.

Moderator:  Mr. Jeff McCormick '83

Ultimate Frisbee Club

The purpose of this club is to promote, organize, and develop an inclusive Ultimate Frisbee club for all St. Ignatius High School students, under the superior mission statement of Saint Ignatius High School, providing the equal opportunity to play socially and at the highest competitive intramural level. The club also demonstrates and teaches the value of team sports for health and social benefits of its members.

Moderator: Mr. Mark Kaiser '06

VISTA

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. 

Moderator:  Mr. Patrick Gallagher '04

YEARBOOK

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 at the top of the main staircase in the tower (next to the Tower Room). Editors and editors-in-chief for next year's book are chosen each spring, and training at a yearbook workshop is offered each summer. 

Moderators:  Mr. Ed DeVenney