Club & Student Leadership

Extracurricular and Leadership Opportunities

Adoration Team

Adoration Team Moderator: Deacon Rick Wagner

Bishop Chatard offers Adoration each month in the SBC (St. Benedict Center) Chapel. Theology teachers sign up to bring their classes to the chapel to participate in Adoration.

At times, there are Adoration slots that may go unscheduled. To ensure that the exposed Eucharist is never left alone in the chapel, the Student Adoration Team was born.

Requirements: Any Bishop Chatard student in good academic standing may participate as a member of the Student Adoration Team. The best candidates are those students who have a sincere desire to participate in an intimate encounter with Jesus, appreciate time devoted to reflective prayer, and want to ensure the school’s ability to offer regular Adoration to the community.

Student Ambassadors

Ambassadors enthusiastic Moderator: Tyler Mayer

Bishop Chatard Student Ambassadors aid the school by being ‘representatives’ for the school at various events throughout the year. You’ll see them in action at the BCHS Open House, leading tours or guiding you to the next event. They are committed to the mission values of the school and bring that message to the community. The Student Ambassador Program is a great way to serve the school while developing life-long leadership skills.

Requirements: Open by application to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Major Activities: Open House and other advancement/admissions activities as determined by the school calendar.

Arts Service Club

Art Club Moderator: Lisa Johnson, Jaydene O’Donoghue

The Arts Service Club is a club where students can mix artistic creativity with service. Art has the potential to brighten lives and foster change. The BCHS Art Service Club endeavors to use the creative talents of our students to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Requirements: Open to all

Major Activities: The Memory Project (View a video about the Project, spring 2018); making Valentine’s cards for St. Augustine’s residents and other projects where students can serve through art.

Asian Culture Club

Moderator: Delcia Mendez

The Asian Culture Club is for students interested in learning more about the history, language, food, music, art, fashions, and current social trends of East Asian countries.

Aviation Club

Moderator: Gary Pritts

The Aviation Club is a group of students with a passion for the aviation industry. The club is designed to educate students about the opportunities in the aviation industry and have some fun in the process. Note: This club will not be active in 2017/2018.

Major Activities: In 2014, the club organized trips and events at 3 regional airports, Vincennes University, Aviation Technology Center, and IndyJet. Students have had the opportunity to meet pilots, flight instructors, and mechanics, operate state-of-the-art flight simulators, and actually go flying with a certified pilot in his private plane

BCHS for Kids

BCHS 4 Kids Moderator: Anne Marie Gerritsen, Michelle Kowal

BCHS for Kids is an organization focused on helping children at the two major children’s hospitals in Indiana. Changes were made over the past several years to include Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital as well as Riley Hospital for Children. IU/Riley Dance Marathon has raised over $215,000 in the past 14 years. The changes were made so that Bishop Chatard could support Riley Hospital and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Each year, a service project is completed for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. BCHS for Kids hosts the service event in the fall, while the dance marathon takes place in January each school year. To be a part of this group, all you need it to care about is helping children.

Requirements: Open to all.

Major Activities: Many fundraising and dancer recruitment activities, planning for the BCHS for Kids, service project for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital (fall) and Dance Marathon (January).

Best Buddies

Best Buddies Sign Moderator: Dave Whittemore

Best Buddies Club focuses on building friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Book Club

Moderator: Maura Day, Maggie Corns

Book Club is great for anyone who enjoys reading. Students will have the opportunity to read and discuss a variety of genres of literature in a an informal, friendly environment. All are welcome!

Brain Game Team

Moderator: Stephanie Tebbe

The Brain Game is an Academic Competition Team that will compete in the Brain Game show televised on WTHR.

Requirements: All are welcome to attend practice. Competition team will be chosen based on attendance at meetings and performance at these practices. Up to 12 members can attend the taping, with the top three or four (depending on year) being on the competing team.

Major Activities: Practices in preparation for competition, which is a single elimination format.

Conspiracy Theory Club

Moderator: Greg Miller

The Conspiracy Theory Club discusses certain known conspiracies throughout history. Topics are also open for discussion.

Requirements: Open to all.

Major Activities: Monthly meetings

Film Club

Moderator: Katie Hilton

The film club is designed to allow students to practice and share their own movies. Through monthly meetings the film club holds their own film competitions and works towards submitting original works to official film festivals. This club actively pursues creativity through the art of film making.

Requirements: Open to all.

GO M.A.D. Club

Moderator: Carol Wagner, Dan Thompson

Students Making A Difference club. This is a club that gives students the opportunity to sign up and serve various non-profit communities around Indianapolis. The students are dedicated to helping others and spreading God’s love to all. They have scheduled service opportunities that they can attend as a club.

Requirements: Open to all.

Major Activities: These service activities are open to club members. Sign up on the board outside of campus ministry if club member plans to attend. A permission slip is required, good for all activities. Contact coordinators for future events.

Green Team

Green Team photo Moderator: Catherine Welch

The BCHS Green Team coordinates school-wide recycling.

Requirements:
Open to anyone willing to empty recycling boxes to the outdoor bin on a regular basis.

Harry Potter Club

Moderator: Maura Day

The Harry Potter club is for all those who love the Harry Potter books and movies! Activities of the club include watching the movie nights, weekly trivia contests, and Harry Potter-inspired games, including Quidditch!

Requirements:
Open to everyone who loves Harry

Meetings:
The club meets once or twice a month.

Hiking Club

Hiking Club Moderator: Sr. Kathleen Yeadon

The BCHS Hiking Club conducts about 5-6 hikes per year in state parks and state forests around Indiana. Usually, these hikes are on Sundays. At the end of the year, there is a three day hike along the Tecumseh Trail– Morgan Monroe State Forest through Yellowwood State Forest.

Requirements:
This club is open to seniors only

Meetings:
At the beginning of the school year, an email goes out to the whole senior class. Seniors sign up via email to be part of the group email for all hiking information.

Improv Comedy Team

Improv Team Moderator: Tyler Mayer

The BCHS Improv Team is an improvisation team that competes in the Comedy Sportz League against area schools. They practice and train in the fall for spring competitions.
The BCHS team has had great success throughout the years. In 2013, they were the state champions!

Why improvisation? Besides teaching teamwork AND having fun, improvisation develops performance skills that can carry over in many life situations: listening, observing, being in the moment and thinking on your feet.

Requirements: Open to all for tryouts. Each year we take 3-6 new members.

Major Activities: Competitions on weeknights, weekends and during the school day throughout the year.

Investment Club

Moderator: Renae Stoudt, Dan Thompson

This club plays the ‘Stock Market Game’ through the Indiana Economic Education Council (ICEE). Each student team gets a fictional $100,000 to invest in stocks/mutual funds of their own choosing. The games are online. Learn about stocks, bonds, mutual funds; compete; listen to experts in the field about investing! Everyone will earn money, but what will you do with it?

Requirements: Open to all.

Major Activities: The game is played twice a year, usually in October – December and February – April.

Latin Club

Moderator: Kelly Williams-Ihlendorf

Participation in the Latin Club is a way for students to expand their knowledge of the ancient world and engage with Latin students and teachers from around the state. There are opportunities for competitions and conventions, as well as national and international travel.

Requirements:
Open to any Latin students

Meetings: The club meets several times a year in order to prepare for the competitions.

Model United Nations

Model UN photo Moderator: Brenda Seager

Bishop Chatard participates with other high schools in the IUPUI Model U.N., the oldest continuing Model U.N. in the nation. Students represent different countries. After researching their country, students draft a resolution to deal with a problem their country shares with other nations. At Model U.N., students debate and negotiate international issues.

Requirements:
Open to all grades. Sign-ups are announced in September. Activities are held in the spring. There is a modest fee for this opportunity.

Major Activities: Participation in a mock session of the United Nations.

National Honor Society

Moderator: Pam Nixon

Membership in the National Honor Society is a valued mark of distinction and is based upon excellence in four pillar areas: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The Father Casey Chapter of the National Honor Society has been in existence since 1965. Current members contribute to our community in a number of important ways, including service activities and being role models of academic excellence and well-rounded values.

Requirements: Membership is by application and selection by a committee. Must have and maintain a 3.6 GPA or above to apply. Must participate in a formal induction ceremony once a year. Must uphold and become a model for academic honesty and disciplinary integrity. Must conduct oneself in a responsible manner and adhere to the character values of BCHS.

Major Activities: Tutoring and mentoring of underclassmen. Annual induction ceremony.

Prayer Blanket Club

Moderator: Carol Wagner

The Prayer Blanket Club makes different kinds of blankets, crochet, knitting, knotted fleece, and flannel. These blankets will be given to anyone in our Bishop Chatard community that needs comfort.

Requirements:
Open to all.

Meetings: We will meet to create these blankets one day a week after school. Schedule will be determined after the Call Out meeting in August.

Pro-Life

Pro Life Club Moderator: Carol Wagner

Pro-Life supports and promotes the Catholic attitude and teaching on the value of all life. This group strives to make evident to the students, staff, and community our support of the moral issues of life. Members participate in various city and national events to plan major activities as well as develop ways to spread the message of respect for life and dignity.

Requirements: Open to all.

Major Activities: March for Life in Washington, D.C. in January. City-wide events and rallies, such as the Life Chain.

Promise To Keep

Promise To Keep Presentation Moderator: Katie Hilton, Julia Hasbrook

Promise to Keep is an archdiocesan organization in which members declare support of chastity and prepare a one-hour presentation to be delivered to junior high students in our North Deanery feeder schools.

Requirements: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are sincere about the message they are promoting.

Major Activities: Presentations at North Deanery schools.

SERV (Students Encouraging Religious Vocations)

Moderator: Carol Wagner

SERV exists to create an atmosphere that promotes a free, honest, and informed discernment of God’s will and call in the lives of young people. The group offers awareness of and support to religious and priestly vocations.

Requirements: Open to all.

Major Activities: Awareness activities as determined by the group.

Social Justice Club

Moderator: Kelly Williams-Ihlendorf

The Social Justice Club was established as a club where students can discuss problems in the world and explore ways to solve them. In their meetings, club members will choose a topic to discuss and talk about their opinions on it. There isn’t a topic that the club won’t talk about.

Requirements: Only one requirement: To be open-minded to other people’s opinions

Spanish Club

Spanish Club Moderator: Kerensa Edinger

The Spanish Club allows its members to learn an appreciation of other cultures and experience Latin American customs and cuisine. Students participate in a wide variety of activities and events to provide a wide breadth of experience with Spanish-speaking traditions, as well as participation in special events in the Hispanic community.

Requirements: Open to all students taking Spanish

Major Activities: Participation in the International Festival, preparation of typical foods, creation of projects to bring Hispanic cultural knowledge to Bishop Chatard, community events relating to Hispanic residents such as the Day of the Dead exhibit in October and a December celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe, as well as other holiday celebrations. Service projects, through La Plaza and other Indianapolis Hispanic organizations, are also encouraged.

Spanish National Honor Society: Capitulo Manuel Zapata Olivella Chapter

Moderator: Delcia Mendez

The Manuel Zapata Olivella chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society was started in 2015 so that high achieving language students could:

  • could improve language skills and cultural knowledge in a non-classroom setting
  • become a community of teachers to educate the school about Hispanophone topics and to promote a mindset of diversity
  • become a community of givers and contributors to those in need
  • become tutors of language, to promote excellence in Spanish language
  • highlight Spanish academic achievements at Bishop Chatard

The chapter is named after Manuel Zapata Olivella who was a doctor, anthropologist, folklorist, diplomat, and writer from Colombia. Zapata Olivella is the most important representative of Afro-Colombian literature and one of the most distinguished figures in contemporary Colombian literature. In their society plege, members promise to devote themselves to the study of the Spanish language in order to master, remembering that a language can be a strong tie between persons of differing origins of race or religion. They promise to promote friendship and understanding between our country and the other lands of the world.

Speech Team

Speech Club
Moderator: Bri Lindsey, Molly Mohrfeld

The Speech Team will focus on helping students to build speaking and writing skills. Those involved in the club will have two hour practices and compete in meets on Saturdays. The practices can be scheduled after school or before school during zero time. The team will have two meets a month from October-March, minus the holiday break.

“Joining the team will help students improve their memorization, improvisation, reading, writing, and speaking skills. This can lead to better grades in high school, a more successful college experience, and a better career path. Someone who can speak with authority and eloquence will always enjoy an advantage,” said Mrs. Edinger.


Requirements:
No experience is needed to join the team. There is a fee for membership in IHSFA and competition fees.

Major Activities: Members must compete in four meets during the year to qualify for sectionals, district and state competitions.

Student Council

Moderator: Robin Kontor, Sr. Kathleen Yeadon

Student Council is involved in many school activities, including but not necessarily limited to spirit-building activities and provide service to the broader BCHS community.

Requirements: Student Council officers are elected by the student body at the end of the school year for the upcoming school year. Any student in good standing with the school may choose to run for office. Officers are expected to provide the bulk of the planning and guidance of Student Council responsibilities. However, any student can be of help with Student Council activities and can attend the meetings. All are encouraged to aid in preparing the activities.

Major Activities: Homecoming Spirit Week, Homecoming Dance, Canned Food Drive, Christmas Party for mentally challenged adults, Catholic Schools Week, Talent Show.

Student Union

Moderator: Delcia Mendez

BCSU is an active, long standing BCHS organization guided by students to accomplish an appreciation of diversity within the BCHS student body and community. Our mission for the incoming year is to install a credible and reliable understanding of diversity in the BCHS community, by providing opportunities for philanthropy, community outreach, and incorporating students of all ethnicities.

Requirements: All students of BCHS are invited to become involved in Student Union. Members exercise significant influence over the activities of the organization and learn valuable leadership skills while enjoying the fellowship of a fun and diverse group of BCHS students.

Major Activities:
Haunted House, candy grams, cultural trips, Adopt a Family for Christmas and sponsorship of the Black History Month program.

Theology of the Body

Moderator: Gary Pritts, Katie Schaffner, Amanda Horan

Theology of the Body explains the purpose of our creation as men and women. It delves into why we have desires for relationships with other people and how to respond appropriately.

Requirements:
All are welcome.

Thespian Society

Moderator: Bri Lindsey

To be a member of the Thespian Society you need to acquire 10 points. You can do so by being involved in our two productions, the Fall Play and the Spring Musical, either by acting or working on the crew. You can also do so by attending shows outside of Bishop Chatard. There are no requirements to become involved in the plays. We welcome anyone to audition or apply for a crew position!

Major Activities: Fall Play, Spring Musical, Improv Team, North Deanery Fall and Spring Acting Workshops, Regional Thespian Conference, New Play Festival, and Senior Directed One Acts. The Society tries to see an outside productions at least once a semester.

Trobotics Club

Trobotics Club Robot Moderator: Gary Pritts, Amanda Horan

You’ll find a lot of excitement around the BCHS Robotics program, commonly known as ‘Trobotics’! Students in the Trobotics team work in small groups to design, construct, and program robots. During the construction and later, during competition, they learn teamwork, and social skills as well as technical expertise! The team competes in several VEX robotics competitions across the state of Indiana. The 2014/15 Trobotics team was the Indianapolis City Tournament Champion, winner of the Excellence Award at the Warren High School competition, and finished the year as a semi-finalist at the 2014-15 Indiana State Tournament. The 2015/16 Trobotics team won the VEX Robotics City Championship. In 2017, the team advanced to the State Championship for the third year in a row. View this article from indystar.com to find out more about robotics.

Requirements: Open to all.

Winter Sports Club

Snow Sport Club
Moderator: Bri Lindsey

Winter Sports Club organizes two trips annually between December through February to various places for winter sports fun.

Requirements: Any skill level is welcome to join. Students receive emails to keep them up-to-date once they sign up for the club. Students do not have to go on every trip, but are welcome on as many as they choose to attend.

Major Activities: Ski or snowboarding trips include visits to Perfect North or Paoli Peaks. Tubing trips are to Valley’s Edge.

Yoga Club

Moderator: Maura Day

The Yoga Club is an opportunity for students to find peace in the mind, body, and spirit. Students enjoy the opportunity to let go of stress during their demanding schedules

Requirements: No requirements or experience necessary

Meetings: The club meets once or twice a month.

 

Organizations and Special Events

Blood Drive

Moderator: Aryn Stack

Senior class officers and any other interested seniors organize the yearly Blood Drive at BCHS. The drive takes place in early spring and is open to the public and any BCHS students who are eligible to donate.

Requirements: The event is organized by seniors and senior class officers

Class Officers- Freshmen

Moderator: Mallory Curtin, Cameron Huffman

The Freshman Class officers serve as Student Council members while the newest class of Bishop Chatard students adjust to high school life. They serve as liaisons with other members of the Student Council and on behalf of their class with moderators, staff, and administration. This group is also instrumental in enabling the freshman class to get to know one another through social activities and service projects. The Freshman Class Officers are the driving force on which the moderators depend for class inspiration, dedication, contributions of time and leadership, and for positive examples.

Requirements: Candidates can be any freshman who is in good standing at BCHS. Those elected by their classmates will serve as Freshman Class Officers/Representatives. Freshmen are elected early in the new school year and are expected to maintain a 2.0 GPA and have a minimum number of disciplinary infractions.

Major Activities: Class competitions, Class activities, Freshman Orientation Part I, Holla Dance, voicing the needs of the freshmen to the student council and the staff.

Class Officers- Sophomores

Moderator: Katie Schaffner, Matt Hilton

The Sophomore Class officers serve as Student Council members to suggest ideas and address concerns on behalf of their fellow classmates with the school staff and administration. Officers coordinate the selection of the class motto, song, Scripture, and flower. They also serve as the primary organizers of the Sophomore Class Ring Ceremony, which occurs in December.

Requirements:
Candidates can be any upcoming sophomore who is in good standing at BCHS. Those elected by their classmates will serve as Sophomore Class Officers/Representatives. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Ring Ceremony or other activities are welcome at the meetings.

Major Activities:
Sophomore Class Ring Ceremony in December, MORP, Canned Food Drive

Class Officers- Juniors- Prom Committee

Moderator: Katie Hilton, Jeff Bach

The Junior Class officers serve as Student Council members to suggest ideas and address concerns on behalf of their fellow classmates with the school staff and administration. They also serve as the primary organizers of the Prom Committee, which falls to the responsibility of the Junior Class.

Requirements:
Candidates can be any upcoming junior who is in good standing at BCHS. Those elected by their classmates will serve as Junior Class Officers/Representatives. Anyone interested in helping plan prom is welcome at the meetings, with those who help more in the fall and winter given more authority when making decisions for prom in the spring.

Major Activities: Planning of prom, Junior spirit activities, Halloween-o-Grams and Valentine’s Day carnations.

Class Officers- Seniors

Moderator: Lisa Barnes

The Senior Class officers serve as Student Council members in their important role as leaders of the school and student body to suggest ideas and address concerns on behalf of their fellow classmates with the school staff and administration. They also serve as the primary organizers of the Blood Drive, which falls to the responsibility of the Senior Class. In addition, they are instrumental in the planning and implementation of senior-specific activities, such as Living Rosary, class spirit shirts, Homecoming class activities, and graduation activities.

Requirements: Candidates can be any upcoming senior who is in good standing at BCHS. Those elected by their classmates will serve as Senior Class Officers/Representatives.

Major Activities:
Help with the Blood Drive (coordinated as a separate event by teacher Aryn Stack), spearheading senior efforts in class competitions, graduation-related items.

Liturgical Music

Moderator: Mark Duray

This club participates in all Liturgies that Bishop Chatard High School celebrates during the academic year.

Requirements: Open to all

Mentor Program (M & M)

Moderator: Deacon Rick Wagner, Jeff Bach

M&M Program (Mentors and Mentees), connects each freshmen student with a senior mentor. Each meeting is focused on a new question to help guide discussion, such as: Who am I? What makes me uncomfortable? Where can I turn for help? and What are my high school goals?
The goal of the program is to provide the newest members of our school community with a senior mentor to offer guidance, support, and affirmation, along with the wisdom that comes from experience. At the same time, the senior mentors develop important leadership skills and ‘pay forward’ the blessings they’ve received while at Bishop Chatard.

Requirements: Open to freshmen and seniors

Major Activities: The freshmen meet with their senior mentors approximately 8-10 times throughout the school year. Meetings begin with a large group presentation, after which the group separates for one-on-one mentor time.

Summer Field Studies

Moderator: Stephanie Tebbe

BCHS students are invited to participate in this two week summer program offered through the curriculum of Roncalli High School. The program is one part academics, one part adventure, and one part retreat. Students hike, climb, camp, cook, swim, raft, backpack, play and pray in a uniquely challenging program that teaches students to respect themselves, to become leaders, and to work to achieve their dreams. Over 2,500 students have participated in the past 33 years.

Requirements: Open to students completing their junior or senior year

Major Activities: Two week trip to various National Parks in the Rockies in the summer.

St. Augustine's Prom

Moderator: Kim Shaw

Each year students plan and attend a Prom for resident’s at the St. Augustine’s Retirement Home. Students decorate the main hall at the St. Augustine Home for the event. Each student attending is an escort for a resident of the St. Augustine Home. Prom pictures are taken and distributed to the residents in attendance. Students involved dance the evening away with the residents and fellow students. It is one of the most memorable events of the year.

Requirements: Open to all.

Major Activities: Prom is held in the Spring.

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