St. Francis DeSales offers an extensive club program to meet the interests of all of our students. There are over 50 active clubs offering everything from the Gaming Club to competing in Mock Trial. Depending on a student’s schedule, they are able to join multiple clubs expanding on experiences and friendships.
Held annually near the beginning of the school year; it's an opportunity to learn more about the student organizations and clubs that are being offered!
September 6, 2019 SFD Gymnasium During all three lunch periods
SFD Clubs and Activities
SFD Clubs and Activities
Come explore the final frontier with the Astronomy Club. Activities include outings at COSI, Perkins Observatory, exploring the night sky to observe meteor showers, and informative meetings at school. We are also members of the Astronomical Society at The Ohio State University and are invited to their meetings and activities.
Advisor - Mrs. Garrick
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
The Battle of the Books Club divides a list of books among its members to compete in a Central Ohio competition in the spring. Meetings are held twice a month in the Media Center after school.
Advisor - Mrs. Van Arsdale
This student run club meets twice a month on Mondays after school in the media center. The club chooses the books to be read and organizes activities and discussion.
Advisor - Mrs. Van Arsdale
The Business Club serves as a gathering of like minded business oriented students. This club is a charter member of Future Business Leaders of America and competes in state and national competitions covering a wide gamut of subject matter. The group hosts monthly speakers, participates in business etiquette class and attends field trips.
Advisor - Mr. Jeff Montenaro
Chemistry Club is open to AP Chemistry students - current and past. The purpose of the club is to provide extra practice and resources for students studying chemistry and to help previous chemistry students maintain skills for college.
Advisor - Ms. Nancy Johnson
n the Chinese Club, members learn about Chinese culture, history and language. Activities include Chinese games, eating Chinese food, watching movies, listening to music, dancing, cooking, and more. Please come have fun with us! HUAN YING!
Advisor - Mrs. Menqi Wu
The Engineering Club is designed to inspire students to further consider and pursue the engineering profession. Students participate in activities that foster teamwork, problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking. They experience engineering situations outside of the high school classroom in industries, universities, design firms and more!
Advisor - Mrs. Sheila Yerkey
The French Club is open to any student who is interested in learning more about the French culture and is designed to promote and encourage the understanding of that culture. The club meets on a monthly basis to participate in activities including, but not limited to: making (and eating!) crepes, viewing French films and celebrating Francophone holidays.
Advisor - Mrs. Evans
FUTURE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
The Future Medical Professionals is designed for students interested in entering the medical field. At meetings, students hear short presentations on science careers and public health, and learn about research opportunities open to high school students - including summer programs offered at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio University Medical facility in Dublin.
Advisor - Mrs. Molly Barrett
The history club provides students with an opportunity to further their interest in both United States and World History through potential involvement in the National History Day Competition, as well as going to movies and lectures geared toward historical topics.
Advisor - Mr. Steve Ulry
IN THE KNOW
The In the Know Team competes against other schools in an academic quiz bowl format at both varsity and junior varsity levels. The season runs from mid-October to mid-February.
Advisor - Ms. Lisa Stevens
Italian club is open to students that enjoy Italian culture: food, bocce, playing cards, Italian art, Italian products, music and family. There are opportunities to make pizzelles and cannoli, bocce tournaments, "Scopa" tournaments, special feast day masses at St. John the Baptist Church, Abruzzi Club dinners, food "tasting" from local favorite Italian restaurants, and an annual group trip to the Southern Theater to watch an Italian opera.
Advisor - Mrs. Iacobone
JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA (JSA)
The JSA is the perfect club for students that are passionate about democracy, rights, and justice. This national organization was founded in 1934 to better educate high school students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be active, informed, and responsible leaders within our American democracy.
Advisor - Mr. Trent Shuemaker
Math Club offers students a chance to earn bonus points for their math class through Bonus Point Quizzes. Quiz questions offer students the opportunity to practice ACT/SAT questions (Juniors/Seniors) or OGT questions (Freshmen/Sophomores). Math club is open to all students enrolled in a math class.
Advisor - Mrs. Pina
LASER (Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research ) is a program at The Ohio State University. The program utilizes OSU resources to build connections within the community inspiring young Latinos to pursue a college education. LASER mentors come to SFDHS once a week to host tutoring sessions, mentor, and present college and career readiness sessions. Students also have opportunities to attend events and camps on OSU’s main campus.
Advisor - Mrs. Danielle Polemeni
The purpose of the Latin Club is to promote fellowship and to have fun learning about Ancient Roman culture. The club meets at least once per month and relies on student leaders to organize activities.
Advisor - Mrs. Tracy Moose
Mock Trial is an activity in which students learn about the legal process and the Constitution by working with legal advisors to prepare a case. Students practice to become attorneys and witnesses and compete against students from other schools in the Ohio Mock Trial competition
Advisor - Mrs. Colleen Mascarin
Model UN Club is for students interested in world affairs and global problems. Students are assigned countries to represent and work together to explore solutions and participate in simulations of the United Nations.
Advisor - Mr. Michael McGoldrick
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
National Honor Society is comprised of Juniors and Seniors who have an accumulated GPA of 3.60 or above, have participated in a minimum of 15 hours of service, and receive the recommendations of 5 faculty members in the qualities of character and leadership. NHS members are required to complete a minimum of 65 hours of service before graduation, attend quarterly meetings, maintain a 3.60 accumulated GPA and remain in good conduct standing to receive recognition at graduation.
Advisor - Mrs. Jill Pina
¡Bienvenidos amigos! Don’t speak Spanish? No hay problema. All students are welcome. Come have fun in learning and promoting the richly diverse Hispanic cultures! Activities include dancing, Day of the Dead celebration, cooking, service oriented fundraisers, and increasing awareness of Hispanic traditions to the students, faculty and staff of SFDHS.
Advisor - Mrs. Marie Zinn
Each class chooses representatives for this student government organization. Student Council plans and organizes a wide variety of events for the student body, as well as sponsors service projects to help others.
This club focuses on educating the community about autism. Members participate in volunteer opportunities assisting individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
Advisor - Mr. Jeff Montenaro
CORRAL FOR THE KIDS
Corral for the Kids is a service club that works with OSU’s BuckeyeThon, the largest student-run philanthropy in Ohio. In this club, students help plan, organize, and lead events to raise both money and awareness for pediatric cancer. All donations raised go to the Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplant Department of Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The Environmental Club fosters the Catholic social teaching of Care for Creation. By being stewards of the Earth, students learn about and respect its resources and systems, and are guided by concern for the welfare of others. The club promotes recycling within the community and hosts nature hikes and clean up projects. The clubs has formed a partnership with Teen Eco Summit at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and have plans for a Diocesan-wide Eco Summit for Spring 2019.
Advisor - Mrs. Polemeni
his Evangelization Team is made up of 40 sophomores, juniors, and seniors chosen to lead retreats, prayer services, and partake in other opportunities to evangelize. The application process opens in the spring.
Advisor - Mrs. Allison Grosik
Fraternitas (Latin for "Brotherhood") is a club for young men at DeSales that seeks to build Christian masculinity through lives of virtue. Young men gather weekly for prayer, donuts, and discussion and are challenged to perform feats of strength, intellectual prowess, and heroic virtue. Some of these include root beer tasting, basic carpentry, and debating the merits of Nietzsche's metaphysical worldview (or lack thereof).
Advisor - Mr. Jack Welsh
GO RED FOR WOMEN
The mission of the Go Red for Women Club is to improve the health of women in our community. The club works to build awareness of heart disease and stroke and to encourage healthy lifestyle choices in all students and families.
Advisor - Mrs. Nicole Swisher
Liturgical Ministers help with Mass at SFDHS as Altar Servers, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Gift Bearers and Candle Bearers. We accept currently trained students and offer training opportunities.
Advisor - Mrs. Rebecca Metzger, Mr. Jake Neal
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE BAKING CLUB
This is a service club where members can enjoy time with friends while baking treats for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Columbus' Nationwide Children's Hospital. Baking sessions are held once a month after school in the Family and Consumer Science classroom.
Advisor - Ms. Tiffany Schworm
RUN THE RACE CLUB
This is a service club that supports the Run the Race Club founded through the Brian Muha Foundation. Students have an opportunity to volunteer at the Run the Race Center to work with inner city children. There are many projects that are student created and run, such as dinners, birthday bags, festival games, fundraisers, hosting the children at events at SFDHS, and the club ends the year with a house makeover for a family.
The goal of the Student Organization for Black Empowerment is to be a light of relatability and fellowship for African American Students at SFDHS. This group will be a safe space to discuss the unique, yet shared experiences in the Black community. SOBE will have a hand in community outreach specifically among the youth bringing about awareness and support.
Advisors - Mrs. Swisher and Mrs. Reither
ST. VINCENT dePAUL
The DeSales St. Vincent de Paul Club is the first youth service organization of its kind in the Diocese of Columbus. Established in 1998 through the efforts of the St. Vincent DePaul Adult Conference of St. James, the club’s emphasis is on service and advocacy to and for the poor, both locally and globally. Service projects are developed by officers and members of the club.
Advisor - Mrs. Kade
STALLIONS FOR LIFE
Stallions for Life is a service club dedicated to spreading the pro-life mentality that “Every Life is Sacred from Conception to Natural Death.” This student led group is open to all and is focused on living out the pro-life message in our school and in our world. This is a faith based club that promotes service as well as fellowship.
Advisor - Mrs. Colleen Mascarin
STALLIONS FOR WELLNESS
Stallions for Wellness promotes an environment of support and activity for all students to commit to a drug and alcohol free life, as well as overall wellness. This club provides opportunities for fellowship, service, and fun in a way that upholds Christian values.
This co-ed vocal ensemble performs a variety of literature, from traditional choral based selections to vocal jazz and gospel selections. The choir is open to all students, regardless of experience, to broaden their musical knowledge.
Advisor - Mrs. Gwendolyn Rehm
Dance Team performs for all home and away varsity football games and pep assemblies. Tryouts are held in May and are open to all students registered to attend SFDHS in the fall.
Open to all students to act, sing, dance, play musical instruments, build sets, work lighting, backstage running crew, make-up, costumes, tickets, publicity, and/or usher. In addition to two major productions each year, Drama Club offers a Fall Theatre Social and other activities.
Advisor - Ms. Lori Arnett
EQUUS LITERARY MAGAZINE
All students are invited to collaborate for this collection of stories and poetry published in the spring.
The flag corps performs at all Varsity football games as part of the marching band. All students are welcome - no past experience necessary! To join the flag corps, please contact Mrs. Steller in the spring.
Photography is open to any student interested in photography. Students can use a digital or 35mm camera and we will be utilizing the darkroom during meetings. We may also plan some outings to take pictures as a group.
Advisor - Mrs. Belt
VISUAL ARTS CLUB
A club for students interested in pursuing artistic activities outside of the classroom. This club will participate in hands-on workshops with SFDHS art instructors as well as with local artists. Art club members will also be involved in artistic community projects, provide assistance with school displays, and take trips to local art events.
Advisor - Mrs. Lori Aumiller
WRITER’S CLUB / PEN OHIO
Writer's club is for students who like to write fiction, poetry, non fiction, and more! We share writing and meet with published authors. PenOhio is our competition team - you can choose to do one or both. Competition will be in March and is similar to Power of the Pen.
The fishing club teaches all aspects of fishing lakes, ponds and rivers in the area. There are 6-7 fishing tournaments each year with first and second place trophies awarded.second place trophies awarded.
There are two groups in gaming club - physical and virtual gaming. Meetings are scheduled on different days - so you can sign up for one or both! Physical gaming club mainly consists of Dungeons and Dragons, as well as other games. Virtual gaming club plays a variety of video games such as FIFA, Super Smash Bros, and NCAA.
Advisor - Mrs. Johns, Mr. Michael Weisenberger
SKI AND SNOWBOARDING
The SFD ski and snowboarding club travels to SnowTrails in Mansfield, OH to hit the slopes every Friday! Beginning in January, the group charters by bus from school and ski until 9:15 PM. Two packages are available for students varying between $210-$330 for 5 or 6 ski trips.
Advisor - Mrs. Val Sharritts
The Flying Stallions compete in the indoor drone racing league. Team members learn to build and fly First Person View (FPV) racing drones and compete against other schools in the area.
Advisor - Mrs. Kim Gattis
Student Ambassadors are trained to be admissions representatives. Ambassadors host prospective students during school visits, as well as plan and participate in a number of admissions events including Open House and SFDHS Discovery Nights.
Advisor - Mrs. Julie Barber
YOGA FOR FITNESS AND WELLNESS
Yoga for Fitness and Wellness is open to all students and faculty to promote fitness and wellness of the mind and body. The flow of Yoga poses and the integration of breath increases flexibility, balance, and focus. We incorporate Pilates, Stability Ball and Pilates Ring exercises to enhance core strength. Our final relaxation time enables us to absorb all of the benefits of our practice.
Advisor - Mrs. Scott
TheWorld Cultures Club is designed to celebrate the many different cultures at SFDHS. Members of this club help organize the activities and performances for the St. Francis DeSales High School annual World Culture Week Assembly in March.