Clubs and Activities


Clubs and Activities

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 5, 2018
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


The club will split a list of books among its members in order to compete in a central Ohio high school competition in the spring. The Battle of the Booksteam meet twice per month, in the library after school.  Students do not have to attend meetings to be a part of the group or team. 

Advisor - Mrs. Van Arsdale


The focus of the club is to read and discuss popular fiction. Meeting will be held after school in the library each month. 

Advisor - Miss Emily Gilles



The business club serves as a gathering of like minded business oriented students.  We are a charter member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), that compete in state and national competitions covering a wide gamut of subject matters.  In the past, the business club has visited Chicago and this year is exploring a trip to New York to visit Wall Street.

Advisor - Mr. Jeff Montenaro



Chemistry Club is open to students who are currently enrolled in AP Chemistry or have completed a year of AP Chemistry.  The purpose of the club is to provide extra practice and resources for students studying chemistry at this level and to help previous chemistry students maintain chemistry skills before going to college.

Advisor - Ms. Nancy Johnson


In 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 debate team will follow Ohio High School Speech League structure and rules and will give students the opportunity to participate in individual or two person debates at tournaments in the Columbus area.  Students who are interested in public speaking, history or politics - or just want to learn how to win arguments - are encouraged to check it out.

Advisor - Ms. Ode

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The engineering club is designed to inspire students to further consider and pursue the engineering profession. Students are informed of college requirements and become familiar with various engineering disciplines. They 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, etc. 

Advisor - Mrs. Sheila Yerkey, Mrs. Kim Gattis



The French Club meets monthly for social activities and service projects designed to encourage interest in and understanding of French-speaking cultures while promoting the school's Catholicity goal.

Advisor - Mrs. Evans


Molly Barrett           The Future Medical Professionals is a club for those wishing to go into the medical field. During meetings, students learn about various careers you can pursue in medicine, take tours of hospitals, and prepare for future careers as a medical professional. 

Advisor - Mrs. Molly Barrett


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 - Mrs. Jill Pina, Ms. Lisa Stevens



Italian club is open to students that enjoy the Italian culture: food, bocce, playing cards, Italian art, Italian products, music and family.  There will be opportunities to attend and/or participate in cooking demonstrations, making pizzelles and cannoli for school and church bake sales, bocce tournaments, "Scopa" tournaments, special feast day masses at St. John the Baptist Italian church, Abruzzi Club dinners, food "tasting" from local favorite Italian restaurants, and we hope to meet friends from Italian clubs of neighboring schools.

Advisor - Mrs. Iacobone



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 all the resources of OSU to build connections within the community to inspire young Latinos to pursue a college education. LASER mentors come to DeSales once a week after school to hold tutoring, mentoring, and college and career readiness sessions with students. Students also have opportunities to attend events and summer camps on OSU's Columbus campus.

Advisor - Mrs. Danielle Polemeni


The purpose of the Latin Club is to promote fellowship among all members and to have fun learning about Ancient Roman culture. Our club will meet at least once per month and will rely 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.  Student practice to become attorneys and witnesses and compete against students from other schools in the Ohio Mock Trial competition.

Advisor - Mrs. Seggerson



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 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: salsa dancing, movie day, cooking, service oriented fundraisers, and increasing awareness of Hispanic traditions to the students, faculty and staff of DeSales.  We hope you can join us!

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.

Advisor - Mrs. Garrick, Mrs. Cofojohn


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SFD Clubs and Activities 


Catholic / Service

SFD Clubs and Activities 



This club focuses on raising awareness in the community about autism.  Students participate in volunteer opportunities and host events to raise money to donate to Autism research. 

Advisor - Mr. Jeff Montenaro



Corral for the Kids is a student-led service club that works in conjunction with the Ohio State University’s BuckeyeThon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of Ohio. In this club, students help plan, organize, and lead fun 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.

Advisor - Mr. Trent Sheumaker

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The Environmental Club fosters the Catholic social teaching of Care for Creation.  By being stewards of the Earth, we learn about and respect its resources and systems, and we are guided by our concern for the welfare of others.  The club promotes recycling within the community and sponsors nature hikes and clean up projects.  We also regularly volunteer at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.  The club aims to raise the level of  environmental consciousness in the student body.

Advisor - Mrs. Polemeni


This 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 - Ms. Nichole Fox



Fraternitas (Latin for "Brotherhood") is a club for young men at DeSales that seeks to build Christian masculinity through lives of virtue. The club meets once a week in the morning for Scripture study, as well as once a week in the afternoon for prayer and fellowship. In addition, the club welcomes speakers regularly to speak on topics pertaining to Christian virtue.

Advisor - Mr. Travis Burtch, Mr. Jack Welsh


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


Interact is a service club designed to create leadership skills and help students discover the power of service above self.  Through Rotary International, local Rotary clubs sponsor over 12,300 clubs in 33 countries giving the opportunity to connect with other Interact clubs all over the world! Interact Clubs across the world participate in fundraisers like Purple Pinkies for Polio, and our money together helps to eradicate some of the worse diseases.

Advisor - Ms. Amy Schockling


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 - TBA



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 from September through May.  Baking takes place in the Family and Consumer Science classroom.

Advisor - Mrs. Peggy Griffith


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 DeSales, and the club ends the year with a house makeover for a family.

Advisor - Mrs. Sarah Gantz.

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The St. Vincent de Paul Club is a service organization that was established through the efforts of the St. Vincent DePaul Adult Conference of St. James.  The emphasis is on service and advocacy to and for the poor, both locally and globally.  This club works with St. Lawrence Haven, St. Stephen's community center, and Holy Rosary/St. John.  Service projects are developed
by officers and members of the club. 

Advisors - Mrs. Kade, Mrs. Johnson


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.

Advisors - Mr. Montenaro




Stallion TACK is an environment of support and activity for all students who commit to a drug and alcohol free life, as well as overall wellness.  Stallion TACK provides opportunities for fellowship, service, and fun in a way that upholds our Christian values and leads us to a successful experience at St. Francis DeSales High School.

Advsiors - Mrs. Monroe, Mr. Delfino


Fine Arts

SFD Clubs and Activities 

Fine Arts

SFD Clubs and Activities 


All musicians, including brass, woodwinds, and percussion are invited to participate in performances and orchestrations.

Advisor - Mr. Bill Steller

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This co-ed vocal ensemble performs throughout the DeSales community. The choir 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 or talent and is an excellent chance to broaden musical knowledge.

Advisor - Mrs. Rehm


Dance team performs for all home and away varsity football games and competitions. Tryouts held in May each year, are open to all registered to attend SFDHS in the fall. Competition season is generally immediately following football season, and is optional.

Advisor - Mrs. Megan Polk


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.  Besides our two major productions each year, Drama club offers a Fall Theatre Social and many other activities.

Advisor - Ms. Arnett



A collection of stories and poetry by SFDHS students of all grade levels.

Advisor - Ms. Ode

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Auditions are held in early spring for this field unit, which performs at all home and away football games. Open to registered incoming freshmen and current SFDHS students.

Advisor - Mrs. Steller

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Horizons consists of singers and musicians who practice and participate in all school Liturgies, and prayer services.

Advisor - Mrs. Rehm



Musicians who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, or bass are welcome to join this eclectic group to “jam” and occasionally perform for the school.

Advisor - Mr. Steller

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Instrumentalists are welcome to participate in the SFDHS Marching Band, which performs at halftime of all home and away varsity football games, and
provides pep music at various other functions.

Advisor - Mr. Steller

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The Pen Ohio team competes in a regional writing competition in February.  Students meet on Mondays in the library after school for writing practices prior to competition.  This is a similar competition to Power of the Pen but for high school students.

Advisor - Mrs. Pam Van Arsdale


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



A club for students who are interested in pursuing artistic activities outside of the classroom.  This club will participate in hands-on workshops with DeSales 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. Aumiller



SFD Clubs and Activities 


SFD Clubs and Activities 


Open to all students at SFDHS. This club teaches all aspects of fishing lakes, ponds and rivers in the area.  Topics discussed include how to use various types of fishing gear and lures, how to tie different fishing knots, how to read lake maps, how to clean fish, and when to use live bait versus artificial baits. No experience is necessary. We have group competitions for gift cards and prize giveaways each meeting. There are 6-7 fishing tournaments each year, with first and second place trophies awarded. 

Advisor - Mr. Zacharias

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Do you like to play video games all weekend? Do you often play against people you know? Do the abbreviations 3PS, COD, or GOTY mean anything to you? The join the Gaming Club! We host monthly meetings where we set up multiple gaming systems and play against one another.

Advisor - Mrs. Johns, Mr. Michael Weisenberger


The SFD ski and snowboarding club travels to SnowTrails in Mansfield, OH to hit the slopes every Wednesday!  Beginning in January, the group charters by bus from school and ski until 9:15 PM. Members return to the school by 10:45 PM.  Two packages are available for students varying between $210-$330 for the 6 ski trips. 

Advisor - Mrs. Sharritts



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. Barber



This club uses the flow of yoga poses and the breath to reduce stress and to promote flexibility, strength, balance and focus. Pilates and stability ball workouts are incorporated to build core strength. 

Advisor - Mrs. Scott


The Stats club is an opportunity for female students to help with our wrestling program. Stats help run all home and away events as well as keep records of the events.

Advisor - Mrs. Johns