Clubs and Activities
Extending the High School Experience Beyond the Classroom
Carmel Catholic High School offers more than just academics. Students have an opportunity to express themselves and excel in ministry, athletics, the arts and more. By participating in extracurricular activities, students develop skills such as leadership, working with others, responsibility and self-discipline. The school strongly encourages all students to become involved in at least one extra-curricular activity and in fact, most students participate in several.
Admissions Ambassadors Club
Ambassadors assist the Admissions Department in representing Carmel Catholic in recruitment and marketing events such as the 7th and 8th Grade Sports Night and Pizza Party, Open House, and grade school visits. Members are selected seniors, juniors, and sophomores. An Ambassador has a strong school spirit, is prepared to speak in front of student and parent groups, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, and is committed to the community that Carmel Catholic serves.
Moderator: Mr. Stith
Advancement Ambassadors Club
Added during the 2019-20 school year, ambassadors will assist the Office of Institutional Advancement in a variety of capacities from the preparation of mailings to assisting with events.
Moderator: Ms. Ciampi
The Broadcast Club is open to all students. Students will learn the wide variety of skills needed to run a broadcast such as equipment set-up, diction for announcing, and time management. The club operates over the entire academic year and covers a wide range of student activities including morning video announcements. To access videos created by the Broadcast Club, visit the Carmel Digital Network YouTube Channel.
Moderator: Mr. Franklin
Embracing Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, Carmel’s Environmental Club will expand environmental awareness throughout the Carmel community focusing upon “caring for our common home.” This club brings together like-minded individuals committed to studying, preserving and taking actions to improve the condition of our environment as well as raise awareness in the CCHS community about conservation and sustainability. The club encourages recycling and responsible care of the Earth. The promotion of social justice through environmental stewardship will be evident in events throughout the year and culminating in celebration during Earth Week.
Moderator: Mrs. Bartlett
Respect Life Club
The Respect Life Club seeks to deepen and support a vision of life rooted in the sanctity and dignity of the human from womb to tomb. It fosters initiatives that seek the creation and development of "cultures of life." Events include March for Life in Washington D.C. and March for Life in Chicago.
Moderator: Mr. Ptacek
Social Justice Club
Students gather to educate themselves and the Carmel community on social justice issues, to pray for these issues, and to participate in actions that bring about justice in the local, national and world community.
Moderator: Mr. Krawzak
The Art Club provides students with an opportunity to draw, paint and craft in an informal setting. Art Club meets weekly throughout the school year. Students may work with various media such as pencil, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, ceramics, and much more.
Moderator: Mrs. Coppins
The Classics Club is an academic club that provides students an opportunity to learn more about the Classics and Latin outside of their regular studies.
Moderator: Mrs. Bertaud
Crossroads is the Carmel Catholic Student Newspaper, featured online at carmelcrossroads.com. Launched during the 2020-21 school year, “Crosstalk” posters visually display highlights of current student news throughout the school.
The French Club is an academic club, thus an extension of the French classroom. Special events such as guest speakers, Mardi Gras celebration, and the St. Nicholas Day celebration are also scheduled. Students visit a local French restaurant to enjoy French cuisine.
Moderator: Ms. Kurek
The Harbinger, published each May, is Carmel Catholic’s nationally recognized literary magazine. It is designed to give recognition to talented writers and to provide an opportunity for students to act as the editors and business staff of a literary magazine.
Moderators: Ms. Nieminski and Ms. Murczek
OUCH Club (Opportunities to Understand Careers in Healthcare)
OUCH provides opportunities for students to interact with and learn from medical professionals, see presentations on medical procedures and new discoveries in a variety of medical fields, and participate in a forum with those considering a medical career. The club is open to all students.
Moderator: Mrs. Hunter
This club provides students with the opportunity to learn more about a world language and its native culture by celebrating holidays in the Mexican tradition, including typical foods and activities. All students are welcome, whether or not they are enrolled in Spanish.
Moderators: Ms. Thrush
Membership in Boosters II is open to all students. Boosters II promotes the active participation of students in athletics and social activities. The primary events Boosters II sponsors are pep rallies and spirit week activities.
Moderators: Ms. Kurek and Mrs. Adams
DECAL (Deaf Culture and Language) Club
DECAL Club is open to all students. In DECAL, students learn about deaf culture and learn basic sign language. We host speakers from the deaf community for students to ask questions and learn more about the community. The Club meets biweekly each month.
Moderators: Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Kalscheur
Diversity and Equity Council
Moderator: Ms. Laskonis
Film Club is open to all students and meets at least once a month to view, discuss and enjoy the art of film.
Moderator: Mr. Franklin
Moderator: Mr. Solarz
Photography enthusiasts to serious photographers, all students are welcome to practice their camerawork with fun, themed submissions, on-campus photoshoots, and off-campus field trips. Students share discussions on trends in social media and photography. Students exhibit their photographs around campus as traditional prints or experiment with crafts. Professional equipment NOT required to participate - bring your smartphones or your point-and-shoots, film or digital.
Moderator: Ms. Murczek
Academic and Interscholastic Teams
Math Team - Independent Study This Year
The Math Team is for students who enjoy exploring and having fun with mathematics. Members enjoy competing against other students from other schools. Math Team practices include solving and discussing math problems to prepare for competitions throughout the school year. Our mission is to provide an enriched mathematical experience beyond the classroom while fostering teamwork and enhancing problem-solving skills.
Moderator: Mrs. Watson
The Mock Trial Team promotes effective communication skills by having students participate in the Illinois state high school mock trial competition sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Tryouts for the team occur during the fall semester. Students are expected to attend evening practice sessions. In the spring semester, the team will compete in regional mock trial competitions. The team finishes its season with the ISBA High School Mock Trial Competition at the University of Illinois/Springfield held annually in March.
Moderator: Mr. Waddle
Robotics at Carmel consists of two to three teams creating a robot to perform certain tasks put forth by a challenge. It is much like a board game where the robot is the playing piece. We need many types of people to make our award-winning teams succeed. Builders, coders, and marketers work together to create a working robot and perform outreach to local schools and other organizations.
Traditionally affiliated with FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge), we will participate in events as much as our social distancing guidelines allow. We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® through our Core Values:
- Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
- Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
- Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
- Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
- Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
- Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!
Coaches: Mrs. Major and Mr. LoBue
Scholastic Bowl is a competitive team activity that sets many of our best students against other high schools in a game of knowledge and academic skills. Questions used in Scholastic Bowl come from all high school courses, as well as in the fields of sports and trivia. Tryouts are held at the beginning of the school year. Scholastic Bowl competes at the JV (freshman/sophomore) and Varsity (junior/senior) levels.
Moderator: Mr. Rafferty
The Academic Challenge in Engineering and Science (formerly Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering/WYSE) team participates in a series of competitive exams covering various topics ranging from biology to English. Competition occurs in three stages: Regional, Sectional, and State. Advancement is dependent both on team and individual superior levels of academic excellence in their respective subjects.
Moderators: Ms. Huntemann and Mr. Zell
Youth & Government
Youth & Government is open to all students interested in participating in a mock legislative process. The club is assigned a topic for research and has as its project the formulation of a piece of legislation. Club members compete in a mock legislative session at the state capital in Springfield, IL.
Moderators: Mr. Ptacek and Mr. Covek
Student Council & Honor Societies
Science National Honor Society
Moderator: Mrs. Titterton
This organization promotes leadership skills and builds open communication between the administration, the faculty, and the student body. The Student Council also fosters school spirit by sponsoring dances, socials, and charitable events such as food drives and blood drives, and contributes to other charitable causes. Membership in the Student Council is open to all students who meet the established criteria set forth in the Student Council Constitution and the following: a candidate should be a character role model for the student body (discerned from school disciplinary records and teacher’s recommendations) and have at least a 78 average in each subject (verified by the registrar).
Moderator: Mr. Donner
French National Honor Society
Membership in the French National Honor Society is offered to students who meet the criteria established for the FNHS by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students are eligible for consideration after completing three semesters of French at the Honors level, or five at the Standard or mixed Honors/Standard level. Membership is based on semester grades in French. For additional information, please see your French teacher.
Moderator: Ms. Kurek
Latin National Honor Society
Membership in the Latin National Honor Society is offered to students who meet the criteria established for the LNHS by the National Junior Classical League. For information on requirements for membership, please see your Latin teacher.
Moderator: Mrs. Bertaud
Mu Alpha Theta
Membership in Mu Alpha Theta is for juniors and seniors enrolled in most honors or AP level mathematics courses. Members are invited to join based on achieving a pre-established grade average in their freshman and sophomore honors math course. Members must continue to achieve a pre-established grade average dependent on the course in which they are enrolled. Contact Mr. Rank for further details on grade requirements.
Members of this organization provide leadership and service to Carmel Catholic High School and its feeder schools in the field of mathematics. Members participate in local, regional, and national math competitions as well as offer tutoring programs for students at Carmel Catholic and its feeder schools. As an honors society, we are dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school.
Moderator: Mr. Rank
National Business Honor Society
The National Business Honor Society at Carmel Catholic High School recognizes outstanding students in the business education program. It is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of the national organization. There are four criteria for eligibility. These are seniority (only juniors or seniors may apply), an overall GPA of 3.0 or above, a GPA of 3.5 or above in business education classes, and completion of at least three business classes (or may be in enrolled in the third business education class). Member students attend monthly meetings and participate in business competitions and service-based projects.
Moderator: Mrs. Lindgren
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society Chapter of Carmel Catholic High School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership in National Honor Society is offered to juniors and seniors who meet the criteria established for the NHS by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. These are scholarship (cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above), leadership (evidence presented by potential members in their application for admission), service (verified by evidence of participation in school and community service), and character (discerned from school disciplinary records and from past and present teachers).
Moderators: Ms. Daluga and Ms. Hannan. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Chinese Honor Society
The National Chinese Honor Society recognizes student high scholastic achievement. Members exemplify standards in good character, leadership, and service. The society's goal is to promote enthusiasm for Chinese Language learning and culture, commitment to advanced study and greater cross-cultural understanding.
Moderator: Mr. Cannuli
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish National Honor Society)
Membership in the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is offered to students who meet the criteria for the SHH by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Students are eligible for consideration after completing three semesters of Spanish at the Honors level, or five at the Standard or mixed Honors/Standard level.
Moderator: Ms. Thrush
Thespian Honor Society
Students that are chosen for membership in the Thespian Honor Society must qualify based on a point scale established by the International Thespian Society. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for membership.
Moderator: Mrs. Baker
Taking a Break This Year
The Bicycle Club is open to all students. Students will go on bike rides on the trails of Lake County throughout the fall and spring. The group rides at a casual pace and riders of all skill levels are welcome. The club will watch videos, learn how to fix basic bike-related issues, and go to spin classes during the winter. To view some of the activities the club has done, please visit the club's Twitter page.
Moderator: Mr. Schultz
This program provides students with enjoyable opportunities to utilize their learned skills in actual competitive situations. There are places for all students, regardless of the degree of skill development, age, or field of specialization. Intramurals will run similar to open gym. Although students may form teams in advance, any interested student may walk in to join a team in the sport of that day.
Moderators: Mr. Pazely and Mr. Rank
The Chess Team provides an opportunity for students interested in competitive, interscholastic IHSA chess. Team membership and placement are determined by a series of pre-season tryouts. Size is limited to eight active members and a limited number of alternates. Practice is vigorous, mentally stimulating, and may involve suggested readings. No prior competitive experience is necessary.
Questions regarding clubs and activities can be directed to Ms. Laura Budris '90, Director of Student Activities, at email@example.com.