Clubs and Organizations

Lancaster Catholic High School is proud to offer over 30 different clubs and activities across five different categories!
 
Academic
Competition
Professional Development
Service
Social
 
These clubs and activities provide opportunities for leadership, creativity, and the chance to bond with peers. In the drop-down description of the club/activity, you'll discover the purpose of the club and who is the advisor. Please feel free and contact the advisor with any questions!
Academic
 
Academic-based clubs are extensions of the classroom. These clubs include subjects of writing, culture, literature, and honor societies. 

FrenchFrench Club

Students meet monthly to share and experience French and francophone food and culture. 

 

Highlights of the French Club include the Annual Cheese Tasting Event where students have the chance to indulge in cheeses native to France and vote on their favorites!

 

Advisor: Mme. Jessie Bordeau (jbordeau@lchsyes.org)

National Honor Society

Lancaster Catholic High School wishes to recognize the efforts of students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics and the community. All students inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) must demonstrate excellence in areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Students hear guest speakers related to post-high school life and participate in peer tutoring.

 

To be eligible to apply for membership in NHS, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher, possess qualities of character and leadership attested to by teachers, moderators, advisors, and coaches and participate in activities at school and in the community.

 

All current sophomore and juniors with a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.8 or higher will be invited to submit informational forms. Determination of eligibility is made after the third quarter of the sophomore and junior years. The membership decisions will be made by the NHS Faculty Committee and acceptance/rejection letters will be mailed home. An invitation does not imply the right to membership.

 

Advisors: Mrs. Christine Leonard (cleonard@lchsyes.org)

National French Honor Society

Lancaster Catholic High School wishes to recognize the efforts of students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of French. In accordance with school and national guidelines, standards of performance have been established, enabling us to recognize French-speaking students as members of the Societe Honoraire de Francais.

 

These students have demonstrated outstanding proficiency in French and work to share their understanding and appreciation of French and francophone cultures. Members are expected to be actively involved in the French Club and to tutor.

 

Advisors: Mme. Jessie Bordeau (jbordeau@lchsyes.org)

SpanishNational Spanish Honor Society

Lancaster Catholic High School wishes to recognize the efforts of students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of Spanish. In accordance with school and national guidelines, standards of performance have been established, enabling us to recognize Spanish-speaking students as members of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH).

 

To be eligible to apply for membership to the SHH, students must be in tenth grade or higher and actively enrolled in an upper-level Spanish class (Spanish 3 or higher). Students must also have a minimum of 90% grade in all Spanish courses and have an excellent behavioral record.

 

Students who meet these requirements will be invited to apply for membership in SHH in the spring of each year.

 

Advisors: Sra. Donna Cunningham (dcunningham@lchsyes.org) & Sra. Susan Ringlein (sringlein@lchsyes.org)

Science Fair

This club prepares students for competitions (PA Junior Academy of Science & INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair). Students conduct independent research projects that can earn between ¼ to 1 full course credit and a letter grade.

 

Advisor: Mrs. Anne Bleistine (ableistine@lchsyes.org)

Writers Anonymous

Writers Anonymous is an organization for those who love writing and want to promote writing at LCHS. Our number one goal is the publication of a quality literary journal featuring the work of many students.

 

We meet monthly through January and then focus on judging, organizing, and publishing the Writers Anonymous, literary journal.

 

We encourage and invite students who have a passion for reading, writing, and sharing with others to consider joining.

 

Moderators: Mrs. Jackie Cicchetti (jcicchetti@lchsyes.org)

Competition
 
Competition-based clubs are categorized by the ability to receive recognition in a public setting through a competition. An example of this type of clubs is Quiz Bowl or the eSports club.

Chess Nuts

Chess Nuts is Lancaster Catholic High School's chess club! We welcome all ability levels, from those who have never played chess before to those who have a national ranking.

 

The Chess Nuts Club is internal and meets after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Chess Nuts Competition Team has after-school meets with the other schools in the Lancaster Scholastic Chess League on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Thanksgiving to mid-February.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Advisor: Mr. Jim Rothwell (jrothwell@lchsyes.org)

esporteSports

Lancaster Catholic is proud to host its very own eSports team! Founded in 2019, the Crusader eSports team has grown from its founding members to include students who enjoy all aspects of video gaming. 

 

Advisor: Terri Swisher (tswisher@lchsyes.org

 
 

Mock Trial

Students will prepare and organize trial material as provided by the Pennsylvania Bar Association as to prosecution and defense. The Bar Association and the moderator collaborate on competition dates.

 

There are typically two competitions at the Lancaster County Court House against other Lancaster County Mock Trial teams, where the team that wins in the county advances.

 

Advisor: Mr. Geiser (pgeiser@lchsyes.org)

Model UN

Model UN is a club that simulates the actual workings of the United Nations in New York City.

 

Students are assigned a country and committee and will work to represent that country as accurately as possible at various conferences. Students will get practice in public speaking and the rules of formal debate.

 

Model UNis an activity that helps students increase their awareness of the World around them and allows them to work with other students to come up with solutions to complex problems. The time preparing for the conferences will vary from student to student.

 

As a club, there will be meetings to go over rules of procedures and rules of debate as well as the writing of working papers which are key components for the conferences.

 

Advisor: Mr. Dan Martin (dmartin@lchsyes.org)

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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

 

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.

 

Each year LCHS holds a school contest to determine a regional winner who goes on to compete at The Ware Center. Students choose their poems from a vast collection on the Poetry Out Loud website. Each student who wishes to compete is offered private coaching before the event.

 

Advisor: Ms. Dana Kinsey (dkinsey@lchsyes.org)

Quiz Bowl/Brainbusters

Quiz Bowl is an academic competition in which varsity and junior varsity teams compete in Lancaster/Lebanon League matches, Saturday Tournaments, and WGAL’s Brainbusters competition. The team also competes in the Scholarship Challenge in Sayre, PA.

 

Advisor: Mrs. Patricia A. D’Elia (pdelia@lchsyes.org)

Professional Development
 
Professional Development-based clubs are designed to help aid students in career exploration and networking. These clubs are typically linked to nationally-recognized organizations. 

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world. Members pay dues to join FBLA national and state levels. They learn skills to compete in the 21st-century business world. Business leaders in the community are often invited to speak with the members of FBLA during Crusader Periods.

 

Members can also attend leadership conferences and participate in competitive events. FBLA students have the opportunity to complete assigned activities to attain Business Achievement Awards.

 

Advisor: Mr. Nick Marinaro (nmarinaro@lchsyes.org)

Future Medical Leaders of America (FMLA)

Students who are interested in careers in health sciences meet monthly to hear speakers talk about their careers, required education, various other topics pertaining to the medical field.

 

Advisor: Mrs. Tanya Mason (tmason@lchsyes.org) & Mrs. Pat D’Elia (pdelia@lchsyes.org)

Link Crew

Link Crew runs the New Student Orientation each year, working with the new students to get them acclimated to Lancaster Catholic High School.

 

Link Crew members go through 10 hours of training to be a part of this organization and must apply to be considered.

 

Advisors: Mrs. Lauren Fink (lfink@lchsyes.org), Ms. Noelle Cybulski (ncybulski@lchsyes.org), Mrs. Angela Baumler (abaumler@lchsyes.org)

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors work as an extension of Lancaster Catholic in all events that engage with our larger community. This group of students trains on life skills and soft skills so that they are best able to represent Catholic High.

 

If you are in 9th grade at LCHS and would like to host a shadow, please complete the form below. 

9th Grade Shadow Host

 

Advisor: Mrs. Angela Baumler (abaumler@lchsyes.org)

The Student Council promotes the welfare of the school, fosters and establishes cooperation among the entire student body, faculty, and administration. Student Council also promotes student leadership and cooperative group interaction through activities and programs that are beneficial to the school and community. 

 

This organization organizes the Homecoming festivities including the Homecoming Dance and the visit by St. Nick. 

 

Advisors: Mrs. Adrienne Howe (ahowe@lchsyes.org) & Miss Tracy Wagner (twagner@lchsyes.org)

Women in Business Mentor Program

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Women in Business sponsor a county-wide program where eight female junior students from LCHS are selected by faculty to participate in a mentoring program that helps students consider career options.

 

Each student is matched with a local mentor who is an active businesswoman in the community. The mentoring program is a way to help educate and connect students to business professionals and assist them with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful professionals.

 

Advisor: Mrs. Joie Culbert (jculbert@lchsyes.org)

Service 
 
Service-based clubs are in and of itself to dedicated to service. These clubs impact the community from helping veterans to new mothers to helping the environment. 

Aevidum

Lancaster Catholic’s Aevidum club, with its motto “We’ve got your back!” is an enthusiastic and caring group of students who come together for monthly breakfast meetings. 

 

The purpose of the group is to inspire kindness, help the school community recognize symptoms of depression and help prevent teen suicide. Through guest speakers, school-wide projects, art, poetry and music, Aevidum attempts to use creative outlets as healing and inspiration.

 

This LCHS club is connected with other Aevidum groups in Lancaster County and beyond.

 

Advisors: Ms. Dana Kinsey (dkinsey@lchsyes.org)

Autism Awareness Club

This club is meant to educate students at LCHS about autism and help to give an understanding of what living with autism may be like.
 
Guest speakers will talk about organizations that support autism awareness and research being done on ways to interact with autistic people in everyday life. The club will meet roughly twice a month and will raise funds that go towards research.
 

Civitas Lancaster Catholic

Formally known as the Serteen Club, Civitas is a service club made up of LCHS students and sponsored by Civitas Lancaster.

 

Members volunteer with a variety of projects including an annual coat drive, the spring clean up at Long's Park, serving meals at Hershey Ronald McDonald House and assisting in various other Civitas Lancaster activities.

 

Moderator: Mr. Dave Sharp (dsharp@lchsyes.org)

Crusader Youth Club

This student-led service club helps those in need locally and abroad. Members in the Crusader Youth Club select service projects that have meaning to them and raise funds or donations. 

 

Moderator: Mrs. Nicole Martin (nmartin@lchsyes.org)

Dream Catchers

Dream Catchers is a network of high school or college student clubs dedicated to fulfilling the end-of-life Dreams of hospice patients in their communities.

Moderator: Ms. Dana Kinsey (dkinsey@lchsyes.org)

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club is a club composed of LCHS students who are interested in maintaining God's earth as stewards of His creation. Members enjoy beautifying the world, one act at a time.

 

The Environmental Club has monthly events which include hiking, recycling and cleaning up the community. There are monthly meetings with an environmental topic and activity and students collect recycling throughout the school every other week.

 

Advisor: Mrs. Anne Bleistine (ableistine@lchsyes.org)

Mini-THON

In conjunction with the Four Diamonds Fund, Mini-THON is a club that organizes an annual dance marathon (12-hour event) where students pledge to stay standing/dancing to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer.

 

The event is held in the spring, but the club works throughout the school year to raise money and awareness for the kids (FTK).

 

For more information, click here.

 

Advisor: Mrs. Beth Newill (bnewill@lchsyes.org) & Mrs. Sherry Hamer (shamer@lchsyes.org)

FoodRespect Life Club

The Lancaster Catholic Respect Life Club promotes the Gospel of life in the school community. Activities include the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, 40 Days For Life, support of A Women's Concern pregnancy center and other life issues.

 

Advisors: Mrs. Diana Wentz (dwentz@lchsyes.org) & Mrs. Nicole Martin (nmartin@lchsyes.org)

Toysfortots

Varsity Club

The Varsity Club is a service organization for any athlete who has received a varsity letter.

 

Varsity Club's mission is to assist those in need in our school and local communities.

 

Some of the activities include Toys for Tots, adopting families for Christmas, and the Super Bowl Celebration which supports veterans in our community.

 

We are looking for dedicated students who have a passion for social justice and we meet once a month in the mornings before school.

 

Advisors: Mrs. Jackie Cicchetti (jcicchetti@lchsyes.org) & Mrs. Rhonda Byers (rbyers@lchsyes.org)

 

Social 
 
Social-based clubs are where students can meet peers who share a common hobby or ambition. These clubs are designed to bring the Crusader community together!  

American Sign Language

This student-led club is dedicated to teaching its members American Sign Language. The American Sign Language Club is a club that meets every month to provide exposure to ASL. We usually start with basic communication skills and work up from there.

 

Most club members are familiar enough that they can at least say hello or how are you appropriately in sign language. Our goal is that students from LCHS will, at the very least, be able to acknowledge and communicate with people in the community that are deaf.

 

Advisor: Mrs. Abigail Henry (ahenry@lchsyes.org)

Dance Team

The Lancaster Catholic Dance Team is a by-audition performance group that dances at many basketball games and other various LCHS events. Primary auditions are held in the spring, with smaller auditions held in the fall. All performances are choreographed by the students on the team.

 

Advisor: Miss Noelle Cybulski (ncybulski@lchsyes.org)

Equality for All

Equality for All provides members with an opportunity to learn leadership skills while raising awareness of women's rights in our community and to help build a better future for girls all over the world.  

 

Moderator: Ms. Albright with seniors Natalie Knox and Arden Dvorchak as co-chairs.

Garden Club

This is for anyone who enjoys working outside, learning about sustainable land use, and appreciating God’s beauty.

 

The purpose of Lancaster Catholic's Garden Club is to increase awareness of the environment, natural resources, ecology, conservation, composting and recycling. The Garden Club will maintain the courtyard and plant a fruit, vegetable and herb garden to provide food for our cafeteria and local food banks.

 

LCHS' Garden Club will also maintain an ornamental garden to attract local butterflies, birds and bee species. As Garden Club expands, we would like to have community outreach projects and expand to other areas of the school.

 

There will be a small monetary due required by members at the beginning of each semester that will cover purchasing equipment, seeds, plants, etc.

 

Advisor: Ms. Amanda Lowry (alowry@lchsyes.org)

Prom

Prom Committee

Prom Committee is a club composed of 30 upperclassmen who work towards planning and hosting the Sadie Hawkins dance and the Junior/Senior Prom.

 

The junior class is responsible for planning the Sadie Hawkins dance, while the senior class can focus on Prom.

 

Click here to apply to be on Prom Committee! 

 

Advisor: Mrs. Emily Svetecz (esvetecz@lchsyes.org) & Miss Noelle Cybulski (ncybulski@lchsyes.org)

Ski Club 

Ski Club takes bi-weekly trips on Friday’s to Roundtop in the winter. Members of the club fundraise for transportation all year long. 

 

Moderator: Mrs. Mary Chairs