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

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.

Bakers for Others: Bakers for Others, which is open to all students, focuses on two things: building community among members and providing baked goods for those in need. Through baking and breaking bread, we are in service to one another.  No baking experience is necessary. Meets at least once a month after school on Thursdays or Fridays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Gibbons Hall Kitchen. Contact Mr. Dennis Hjort '01.
 
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.
 
Billiards Club: An organization open to all students that gathers twice a month to shoot pool and learn more about the game of billiards. Contact Mr. Bob Wimbiscus ’81.
 
Cats Kick Kids Cancer: The umbrella group for all student-led fundraising to benefit pediatric cancer research. Students plan events, including the Kick-It for Kevin Kickball Tournament each spring, to raise funds for the locally based Kick-It Foundation. The group has raised more than $150,000 in the past five years. Contact Mr. Tom Healey ’77 or Mr. Jim Brennan ’85.

Chess Club: Meets weekly. 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. Contact Mr. Jerry DeCarlo.

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 and Mr. Art Thomas.

Culinary Club: Introduces students to basic cooking techniques, kitchen safety, and proper food handling. The club draws from different ethnic groups and culinary traditions for its inspiration and meeting ideas. Consists of in-kitchen, hands-on cooking opportunities and field trips to local restaurants' kitchens. Contact Ms. Rafaella Barnes.
 
DJ Club: The DJ Club meets twice a month to discuss the art and practice of being a disc jockey. In addition, the group will provide music at school events such as mixers and Freshman Spirit Day. New to mixing tracks? The DJ Club will teach you how. Contact Mr. Brian Holleran.
 
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. Casey Yandek ’95, Mr. Dave Sabol ’99 or Mr. Joe Ginley '12.

FIFA Club: Provides students of all four years with a chance to let loose and show off their FIFA skills. Meets in Room 235/236 every Wednesday for friendlies against other students. Periodically, the club hosts tournaments to benefit charities. Contact Mr. John Rowell '11.
 
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. Christine Piatak.
 
Golfers for Others: After school the Golfers for Others hit the links of local golf courses and raise money through hosting various outings. Funds are donated to agencies in need. Students of all abilities are welcome. Contact Mr. John Cooney ’67 or Mr. Dan Baron.

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 or Ms. Angela LoBue.

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 and Mr. Tobias Peltier.

Hydroponics Club: Learns about hydroponic gardening, designs innovative green systems for growing plants and produces food to donate to the West Side Catholic Center. Open to anyone interested in agriculture, philanthropy or building and design. Contact Mr. Doug Emancipator '96.

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. Anthony Fior '02.

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. Contact TBD.
  • The Liberal Caucus: Meets regularly to explore and discuss, from a progressive/liberal perspective, political topics. Contact Mr. Bob Corrigan '93.

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

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 or Mr. Pete Corrigan '69.

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 Crolio or Mr. Dan Hamlin.

Math Club: 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 or Mrs. Cindy Reagan.

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. Jason Reed '95.

The National Honor Society: Seeks to create enthusiastic scholarship, present opportunities to render service, promotes worthy leadership, and encourages the development of character. Open on an application basis, beginning in the winter of junior year. Contact Ms. Nikki Henderson or Mrs. Kim Gross.

NERF Club: Meets randomly throughout the year, both on and off campus, to play team and individual elimination games with more than 50 NERF products. Open to students of all grade levels. Contact Mr. Matt Donovan, S.J. or Mrs. Mary Walsh.

Notre Dame Club: A social and service club that meets once a week to discuss all things Notre Dame--including sports highlights. Assists in sponsoring the Hesburgh Lecture series and supporting the local Kick-It organization. Contact Mr. Tom Healey '77.

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.

Poster Cats: A school service organization that produces signs for advertising and celebrating events at Saint Ignatius. Responds to requests from faculty members and student organizations. Contact Mr. Paul Prokop.

Pre-Law Club: Meets twice monthly on Mondays to listen to local attorneys and judges, discuss future careers in law, and work hands-on with tools used in the field. Open to students of all four years. Contact Mr. Mike Howard and Mr. Ken Sullivan '06.

Pre-Health Society: The widely growing Pre-Health Society 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. Aaron Mekker '06, Mr. Kyle Keller or Mr. Bob Ward.

Rock and Roll Club: Established to foster musical relationships outside of school-sanctioned clubs and bands. All instruments and musical genres, as well as abilities, are welcome. Meets every Monday, usually in The Breen Center lobby. Contact Mr. Brian Holleran.

Runners for Others: A group of students, faculty and staff who gather for the love of running and helping others. Runs together after school on a weekly basis and participates collectively in a variety of local 5ks and fun runs for charity. Contact Mr. Ed DeVenney.

S.A.D.D.: Provides students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drunk driving, drug abuse, texting, and other possible decisions. Sponsors speakers and displays posters to raise awareness. Contact Mrs. Melissa Lessick or Ms. Megan Simstad.

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 or Mr. Chris McGinness '02.

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. Jeff McCormick ’83 or Mr. Joe Ginley ’12.

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.

Ski Club: Creates and provides social activities and healthy exercise through skiing ventures at Boston Mills on Tuesdays, beginning in the first week of January. Meets five times each season and is open to all students, regardless of ability. Contact Mr. Joe Buzzelli.

Spanish Club: Celebrates Hispanic culture and promotes interest in the study of Spanish through cultural experiences, peer tutoring and community service. Contact Mr. José Torres.

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.

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. Dave Gannon or Mr. Art Thomas.

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.

  • 2017-18 Officers: Nathan Abdelnour '18 (President), Christian Seybert '18 (Vice President), Michael John Raddell '18 (Secretary), Richie Hofstra '18 (Treasurer)

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. Jeff McCormick '83.

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.

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.

VISTA: The school literary magazine, VISTA is published once a year and contains stories, poems, nonfiction, and artwork submitted by students of all grades. Staff is composed of editors, proofreaders, typists and artists. Contact Ms. Alexandria Miranda.

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 or Mr. Drew Vilinsky '97.

Young Authors Club: Inspires love of writing in students, fosters creativity and imagination, develops writing skills, encourages self-expression, and utilizes students' natural talents and interests. Meets every other Wednesday to improve skills through creative writing, and shares individual works. Open to all students. Contact Mrs. Liz Colborn.

Student Life Staff