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Clubs & Organizations

There are many exciting clubs and organizations at MCHS - enough to suit a wide variety of interests.  If you don’t see a group below that interests you, you can work with the Student Council to start your own.  Don’t hesitate to get involved before then - just listen for announcements about initial club meetings.


Abraham Lincoln Book Discussion Group – Ms. Jones – Read and discuss several chosen books each school year.

Anime – Ms. Huang - Anime Club is designed to foster an appreciation of Japanese culture through film & language study.

Computer Club. – Mr. Carlson – Students work with and learn different programs as well as creating projects.

Creative Writing Club – Ms. Mueller – Students create and have discussions about poetry, short stories and other writings.  

Diversity Club – Ms. Springer– This group explores the diversity of cultures in our school community through activities, group discussion and field trips. The students plan announcements, activities, and events to celebrate the richness of the diversity of the Marian Catholic High School community.  

Dominican Ambassadors – Mr. Kozojed, Mr. Thirstrup, Mrs. Lamb – The Dominican Ambassadors are a specially trained group of Senior Recruitment Corps members who assist with Freshman Orientation and the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Retreats as small group leaders.

Equestrian Club – Ms. Jones - Membership in the Equestrian Club will provide students with a better understanding of horses.  Students will be riding horses as part of this club, and will have the opportunity to take lessons.

Game Club - Mr. Humbert - Students meet weekly to play chess and other board games, discuss strategies, and refine their skills.  This group meets throughout the school year.

Generation Green (Ecology Club) – Ms. Clifford – This group works to help the Marian community in our efforts to go green and protect the environment.

Go Extreme for Jesus Club – Sr. Mary Jo – Students collect items for the homeless, make brown bag lunches, and take the train downtown as a group on weekends to distribute these items to the homeless in Chicago.

Gospel Choir – Mrs. Russell - Members will work to enhance our liturgical celebrations with song.  All students are welcome to join.  The group practices once a week after school.

History Club - Mr. Iggins - The History Club allows students to explore historical topics as well as current events.  Movies, guest speakers, and field trips are incorporated into the club.

International Club - Ms. Sypole - The purpose of the International Club is to broaden students’ awareness of different people and cultures of the world.  Foreign Exchange students will present information about their countries.  Meetings will take place monthly.

Literary Society - Mr. Raftery - Students read, meet, and discuss selected novels throughout the school year.

The Mariner (School Yearbook) – Sr. Mary Jo - Members work to take, select, and crop pictures of school activities for the yearbook.  Students will also write copy to accompany the photographs.  A computer program is used to produce the yearbook.

Math Club/Contests - Mr. Rohn and Mrs. Werner - The math club is an organization of students who are interested in mathematics.  The members compete in math contests, tutor other students, and prepare junior high math contests.  See any member of the math department for more information.

The Megaphone (Student Newspaper) - Mr. Rohn - The newspaper is published monthly during the school year.  There is a need for staff members, reporters, and photographers.  Meetings are held after school.

Model U.N. - Mr. Graham-McHugh - Model United Nations is a simulation activity focusing on civics, communication, globalization, and international diplomacy.  In Model U.N. students take on roles as foreign diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization such as the United Nations Security Council or the European Union.  Participants research a country, take on a role as a diplomat, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to real-world problems.

Mu Alpha Theta - Mrs. Denty/Mr. Rohn - This group is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. Membership is by invitation only after 4 semesters of outstanding work in college preparatory mathematics courses.  Members must also give some service in mathematics.


National Honor Society - Mr. Golden/ Ms. Springer - The NHS recognizes and encourages scholarship, leadership, character, and service.  Membership, based on grade point average and service activities, is by invitation only during the junior or senior year.  View the NHS policy.


French National Honor Society - Mrs. Doran - Members may attend out of school field trips such as museums, plays, or restaurants relating to the French language and culture.  Membership may be earned by maintaining an A average through the end of the 5th semester of French.

Latin National Honor Society - Mrs. Loris - Members of the National Latin Honor Society compete in national and state contests.  Students are recommended for membership after maintaining an A or B average in Latin for at least 3 years.

Spanish National Honor Society - Ms. Grauvogl - Members in Spanish NHS must have a 3.6 GPA in Spanish classes for a minimum of 5 semesters for juniors and 7 semesters for seniors.  Membership is by invitation only after 5 semesters of Spanish are completed.

Operation Snowball - Mrs. Savick - The Operation Snowball retreat takes place in February each year.  This retreat promotes positive peer influence, self-esteem, teen communication with family and friends, and a drug-free lifestyle.  Listen for announcements at the beginning of second semester to sign up for this retreat.

Psychology Club - Mr. Bodnar - Members of the Psychology Club will discuss psychological topics, movies, and career information.  Psychology Week will be promoted, and field trips may be taken.

Recruitment Corps – Mr. DeCarlo/Mr. Mele – By recommendation from several teachers, students can be chosen for the Recruitment Corps.  Recruitment Corps members assist the Recruiting Office by visiting area grammar schools  and working on the various recruiting events held at Marian Catholic.

Service Club – Ms. Chase/Ms. Springer - Service Club is one of the largest and most active groups at Marian.  There are a wide variety of service projects to choose from, such as cooking meals for the homeless, participating in bake sales and car washes, and entertaining inner-city children.  You may choose to participate in one or all of these events.

Speech Team/Forensics - Mr. Donaway - Speech Team members compete on an individual basis with team members from other schools.  Categories include dramatic performance, duet acting, poetry and short story readings, speech writing, speech performance, and current event speaking.  Students practice two or three times a week with one of the coaches.

Stage Techs - Mr. Calgaro - Students who are members of Stage Techs are behind the scenes theater people who build sets, run lights and sound, and keep the auditorium running.

Student Council - Mrs. Lamb and Mrs. Mesterharm - The Student Council provides a means by which the students can address school-related issues and help plan school events.  Representatives are elected from EMMAUS groups and will meet as needed during the school year.

Blood Drives – Mrs. Lamb & Mrs. Mesterharm - Throughout the school year students 16 years and older are encouraged to donate blood through our on-campus annual blood drive, sponsored by Student Council.

Thespians - Mr. Donaway - You can become a member of the International Thespian Society by earning points through hours spent on stage or backstage.  The Marian Thespians present two productions a year - one in the fall and one in the spring.  Listen for announcements about tryouts.

Varsity Club (Pep Club) – Mr. Murray– A student group which encourages active participation and fan support for all extra-curricular events.

Video Club – Mr. Cassidy - Members of this group will work to learn to film, edit, and create videos for teams, events, and special activities.