Saint Ignatius High School

Extracurriculars

With nearly 100 clubs and student groups on campus, there’s something for everyone. Find a full listing of extracurricular programs and descriptions here, then join your favorites!

One of the things students enjoy most about Saint Ignatius is the opportunity to make their experience unique. Aside from involvement in sports, the arts and service, students engage in all sorts of unique programs and extracurricular activities that mesh with their talents and interests. Students looking to start their own club can do so through the Assistant Principal for Student Life and Leadership office.

Extracurricular Offerings

1521 Society (Emmaus Group): For students who may be discerning a vocation with the Jesuits, this group helps students prayerfully navigate this process together. Contact Mr. Sean Teets, S.J.

Academic Challenge: If you like the game show Jeopardy, this club is for you. Meets twice a week for 1.5 hours after school and competes against other schools in occasional Saturday tournaments throughout the year. Contact Mr. Jon Barker ’87.
 
Archery Club: Open to students of all grades and experience levels, archery club focuses on teaching and practicing safe bowman-ship and increasing marksmanship. Intra-club tournaments are held throughout the year, and equipment is provided. Contact Mr. Paul Kobe ’79 or Ms. Tara Henderson.
 
Artists in Residence (A.I.R.): Beautifying our campus and special events are the Artists-in-Residence. They create large artworks for special events, semi-permanent displays, rallies, community gatherings and other needs. Contact Ms. Julianna Burrows or Mr. Clayton Petras.

ASTRA: This club is for all students who have an interest in space and aerospace engineering. Contact Mr. Jerry DeCarlo.
 
Band Program:  The guys that help us toot our own horn. Our band program comprises several sub-groups, from the Wildcat Marching Band to the Jazz Ensemble, Music Pit, Pep Band, Steel Pan Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Learn more HERE . Contact Mr. Dan Hamlin.
 
Cat-O'-Tonics: A celebrated a cappella group, the Cat-O'-Tonics perform throughout the year in a variety of events. There are tryouts for this highly respected choral society. Contact Mr. David Croglio.

Chinese Club: Open to all Saint Ignatius students from freshman through senior year, this club introduces all participants to Chinese culture, including games, abacus, tangram, holidays, martial arts, food, calligraphy, painting and music. Also includes interdisciplinary explorations with world history, math and theater. Meets every other week on Tuesdays after school from 3-4 p.m. in Room 218. Contact Ms. Quihui Li.

Choral Program: One of the premiere choral programs in the State of Ohio, the Saint Ignatius Chorus welcomes students of all four years and abilities to join one or more of its offerings: Men’s Chorus (grades 10-12), Freshman Chorus, Cat-o’-Tonics (audition only), A Cappella Ensemble (open). Contact Mr. David Croglio.
 
Circus Company: Juggling, magic and performance acrobatics—this club does it all! On top of weekly practices, the Circus Company performs at more than 150 events each year throughout Northeast Ohio. Open to students of all years and abilities. Contact Mr. Chris Laco ’03

Computer Science Club (Hacker Cats): Computer programming is a booming career field and the Hacker Cats gather to talk trade and prepare for various computer programming competitions. Contact Mr. Dennis Hjort.
 
The EYE: The voice of students at Saint Ignatius for 90 years, The EYE is the student newspaper on campus. A student-led publication, the print issue is released about six times a year; an online edition keeps students updated on the latest campus news. Contact Mr. Dave Sabol ’99 or Mr. Mark Pecot '91.

Fishing Club: Cast away! The Fishing Club brings students together in pursuit of reeling in The Big One. By heading out to various fishing holes throughout Northeast Ohio, students can learn or grow their fishing skills together. Contact Mr. Dave Cicetti.

The Forum: A new kind of extracurricular where students can gather to discuss various political issues and hear new perspectives. Contact Mr. Dave Cicetti.

Frassati Group: Named for Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Frassati Group welcomes all students for time to socialize and share faith through a variety of different meetings and activities. Contact Mr. Ed DeVenney.

French Club: Students taking French are welcome to join the French Club, which provides opportunities for students to practice their speaking skills and broaden their knowledge of French culture. After-school meetings include small group discussions, French films and neighborhood outings. Contact Ms. Eliza Bredendiek.

Greek Student Union: An event-driven club that cultivates the interest and appetites of those who are currently studying ancient Greek. Hosts a Greek Thanksgiving in the fall and lamb roast in the spring. Also celebrates Cheese Fest, Lotus Day and holds a fundraiser for the APL. Contact Mr. Joe Zebrak '87

#Heroes: Under adult guidance, student in the Blood Club plan and run four blood drives each year, including recruiting student donors and providing support during the event. The motto “Men for Others” takes on a whole new meaning! Contact Mrs. Holly Woytek, Mrs. Sara Sebring, Mrs. Angela O'Donnell.

Harlequins: Performs a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Students, along with girls from area high schools, produce two high-quality theatrical events. Backstage, students work as production assistants, stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, and in areas such as set construction and painting. Contact Mr. David Hoover '03.

History Club: For fanatics of trivia, lovers of history, the History Club gathers to learn beyond what's taught in the curriculum. In the words of former longtime History teacher Fr. Larry Ober, S.J.: "Give us more!" Contact Mr. Joe Ptak

Ignatian Alliance: Facilitates respect for all students, specifically regarding sexual orientation. In valuing the dignity of each individual, the Ignatian Alliance seeks to build acceptance, provide information, and encourage communication. The Ignatian Alliance seeks to foster justice within our community where all individuals feel respected and valued to participate fully in campus activity. Contact Mrs. Cindy Reagan, Mr. Dan Corrigan.

Ignatians for Life: A student organization dedicated to promoting and defending all life from womb to tomb. Embraces the Catholic teachings of a consistent ethic of life and engages students on all life issues. Participates in marches and rallies, hosts speakers and prays the rosary weekly on Wednesday mornings. Contact Mr. Augie Pacetti '96.

Ignatius Audubon Society: Love birds and bird-watching? This is the group for you! Contact Mr. Terry McCafferty '97.

Informed Ignatians: The school's outlets for students to engage in mature and respectful political discourse.

  • The Conservative Caucus: Meets weekly to discuss politics, take political action and increase membership in the conservative movement. Mr. Rory Hennessey '78
  • The Liberal Caucus: Meets regularly to explore and discuss, from a progressive/liberal perspective, political topics. Contact Mr. Sam Boenker.

Intramurals: Run through the Murphy Field House, intramurals are scheduled throughout the year for students to play and compete various sports. Contact TBD.

J.C.W.A./Model United Nations: A student-run forum for researching and discussing national and international affairs, which includes preparing for and participating in several regional and national MUN conferences. Open to students of all grade levels, J.C.W.A. meets weekly. Contact Mr. Dennis Arko, Mr. Pete Corrigan '69, Mr. Brandon Foster, Mr. Thomas Yarcusko '12.

Latin Club: An event-driven club that provides opportunities for students to experience firsthand some of the most interesting activities of the Roman world, including the Chariot Races, Gladiator Games, Legion 41 and more. Assists with running the Grade School Latin Program. Contact Mr. Joe Zebrak '87.

Latin Peer Tutoring: Meets three times each week (twice after school and once before school). Provides tutoring, encouragement and support to younger Latin students. Contact Mr. Chis Laco '03.

Liturgical Musicians Ensemble: Comprises student vocalists and instrumentalists who lead the muscial worship of the Saint Ignatius community. Students rehearse weekly after school in preparation for Eucharistic liturgies and prayer services. Contact Mr. David Croglio or Mr. Dan Hamlin.

Math Club (Contests): A subsidiary of the national high school math club, Mu Alpha Theta. Members meet periodically to see interesting and unusual films, plus discuss fascinating and intriguing problems. Students can prepare for the Ohio Math League Contest and the Annual High School Exam through this club. Contact Mr. Jon Barker '87.

Model Railroaders: With passion for trains and tracks, this club gets together to create and display impressive model railroad scenes. Open to all students. Contact Mr. Andrew Johnson '79.

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. Open to all students. Contact Mr. Christian Sanders '10.

The National Honor Society: The Patricia Gaski Memorial Chapter is a vibrant chapter of the National Honor Society at Saint Ignatius High School. NHS is an invitation-based society that meets monthly to encourage the pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service on campus and its members' wider communities. Traditionally, the members of our chapter facilitate one senior project and act as big brothers to our Freshmen on campus. All students interested in becoming a member of the National Honor Society should complete candidacy forms the second semester of junior year. Each year, a posting of the forms will be available for a month before the chapter's Faculty Council deliberates new members. Juniors who are interested in candidacy for the 2021-2022 school year can join the Google Classroom page with class code nehbe7r to access the candidacy materials. Contact Mrs. Nikki Henderson or Mrs. Erin Hanna.

Peer Tutoring Program: Ignatians helping Ignatians. That's the jist of the peer tutoring program, which pairs students up based on areas of academic need. Contact Mrs. Mega Giavonette, Mrs. Beth McDonnell.

The Ploughmen: Students committed to growing fresh food on campus can join the Ploughmen, which seeks to build relationships with others, neighbors, the Earth and God--giver and sustainer of all life. Contact Mr. Terry McCafferty '97 and Mr. Mike Strauss '87.

Pre-Med Society / Health Sciences Program: The widely growing Health Sciences Program introduces students to the medical world through extracurricular lectures, fairs, demonstrations and field trips. All students with an interest in working in medicine are welcome to join. Many alumni in healthcare fields support this popular initiative. Contact Ms. Tara Henderson.

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. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Contact Mr. Nathan Chaffee, Mr. Aaron Mekker '06, Mr. Bob Ward.

Science Olympiad: Our Science Olympiad team takes science education out of the classroom and into exciting, competitive events. Students plan and prepare for a variety of challenges that require their expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and more. Contact Mr. Tom Bogen, Mr. Guy Savastano, Mr. Chris McGinness '02, Mr. Nathan Chaffee.

SCOPE: Students for Compassion, Outreach, Perseverance, Education is geared toward initiatives that raise awareness about the importance of student mental health and provides events to help students manage stress and anxiety. Contact Mr. Mike Strauss '87.

SIBN (Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network): Providing live play-by-play of most Saint Ignatius sporting events, plus a host of other campus activities, is the student broadcast team of the SIBN. Participants learn to plan, set up and then call Wildcat sports, working their way up to calling some of the most exciting varsity sports games in Ohio. Contact Mr. Joe Mertens '15.

SIEntA: A venture in which students participate in an extracurricular club and take classes to augment and enhance their learning of entrepreneurship, business management, finance and related topics. Members compete in stock and business plan competitions, and are eligible for paid summer internships. Contact Mr. Dan Hess '88 or Mr. Brian Holleran.

Speech and Debate: A club whose members are part of the National Forensic League. Seeks to promote speech, debate and robust communication through competitions, debates and the like. Contact Mr. Joe Buzzelli, Mrs. Kim Gross, or Mr. Rich Fujimoto '66.

Spikeball Club: One of the fastest growing yard games in the country--and that's certainly evident on campus. The Spikeball Club gets together to play Spikeball on campus and arrange tournaments for students. Contact Mr. Johnny Rowell' 11.

Stage and Tech Crew: Integral components of the school's drama program, the crew members build sets, acquire props, set the lights and run the sound systems for the fall play and spring musical. Contact Mr. David Hoover '03.

STEM Society: For students who have a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the STEM Society gathers to celebrate all four! Contact Mr. Brandon Foster.

Student Senate: The elected and appointed officers of the student body, Student Senate provides leadership for student activities and coordinates various campus events and initiatives throughout the school year. Elections are held each spring. Contact Mr. Bill Kelley '62 or Mr. Joe Popelka.

  • 2020-21 Officers: Peter Turk '21 (President), Henry Raynor '21 (Vice President)

Student Sports Information Department: The SSID facilitates the dissemination of information about Saint Ignatius Athletics for internal and external consumption, including writing and posting articles to the athletics site, www.ignatiuswildcats.com. Contact Mr. Joe Mertens '15.

Summer Research Internships: A terrific opportunity to expand learning beyond the classroom, these STEM internships increase students' abilities to think creatively and critically. Participants will write a report or present a research poster. Contact Mr. Doug Emancipator '96.

Super Smash Brothers Club: Students who are fans of the incredibly popular Super Smash Bros. video games convene to compete! Contact Mr. Sam Boenker.

Support Our Troops and Color Guard: Meets the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of each month to appreciate the service rendered by our troops. Writes letters, creates care packages and prays for members of the military. Open to students of all four years. Contact Mr. Rory Hennessey '78.

Ultimate Frisbee: A group of students who enjoy getting together to play Frisbee, this group meets every Friday in Room 102 and then plays from 3-5 p.m. at Edgewater Park, weather permitting. Open to all students. Contact Mr. Aaron Mekker '06.

Yearbook: A student-run publication that is distributed in the fall of each school year. Students serve as editors, writers, photographers, proofreaders, layout designers, etc. and may join at any time during the year. Meetings take place monthly after school. Contact Mr. Ed DeVenney.

Yoga Club: Namaste. For students--athletes and non-athletes like--Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning AJ Short '09 leads free group yoga sessions on campus. Contact Mr. AJ Short '09.

Student Life Staff