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Student Activities Welcome to the Student Activities Department home page. A complete listing of student activities is found below. For additional information on the Student Activities Program, please contact our department chair - Ms. Emily Paulus at emily.paulus@ignatius.org. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.

American Political Club

The American Politics Club offers an open forum for the variety of hot topics that today's society has to deal with. Everybody is given time to put their two cents into the topic of discussion and yes, try to convince opponents otherwise. Educating and communicating to students different sides of political issues is the goal of the club.

Chess Team

Both experienced players and novices might want to consider the Chess Team. This game requires mental strategy, forethought, and patience - along with a great deal of practice and teamwork. Our team competes against other Catholic schools. The season culminates at the State Competition.

Circle of Friends

We help mentally handicapped / developmentally challenged young adults to lead meaningful and happy lives with dignity and respect. In association with the Ray Graham Training Center, our members contribute as friends to such events as sporting games, dances, holiday parties, a clothing drive, a concert, etc. The members benefit from ongoing education and training in the areas of mental and physical disabilities. The group is about social inclusion and making real friends.

Classics Club

Students interested in the ancient world—the language, culture, history and mythology of ancient Greece and Rome—may enjoy Classics Club. In addition to viewing films such as “Gladiator” and “Troy”, we also attend the annual state convention for the Illinois Junior Classical League and compete in the Illinois Certamen League, a quiz bowl-style competition in which teams answer questions covering all aspects of the ancient world.

Club ALAS (Association of Latin American Students)

The Association of Latin American Students celebrates Hispanic cultures and heritage. We embrace students of all ethnic backgrounds who enjoy the traditions, food, music associated with the diverse cultures of Latin America. ALAS members organize and participate in a mentoring program, Masses of the Novena and the Virgin of Guadalupe, Festival of Nations, a Banquete for students and their families, as well as other cultural outings around Chicago.

Club ASIA (Alliance for St. Ignatius Asians)

Club ASIA’s executive board has been rigorously planning for the 5th Annual Club Asia show, which is going to be an exciting presentation of dances, music and food for everyone to enjoy. Club ASIA also enjoys activities such as fields trips, movie days, Dance revolution (DDR) and Guitar Hero competitions. The club is currently teaching origami-making; it hopes to make 1000 cranes before the show. The club meets every Tuesday at Rm 345 and welcomes people from all ethnicities.

Club Erin

We are a Saint Ignatius ethnic club welcoming all who wish to experience and learn more about Gaelic and Irish culture, history, heritage and current events outside of regular school day activities. Students will share knowledge and experiences about their heritage and participate in planning and staging events and activities that interest them.

Club IDEA (Ignatians Determined to Express Art)

Club IDEA provides an outlet for creative students to work in a comfortable atmosphere. IDEA stands for Ignatians Determined to Express Art. Club IDEA creates artists out of students unaware of their artistic potential, while pushing current artists to the edges of their own imagination. It also provides an environment for students to meet other students with a common interest in the arts, especially drawing, painting, collaging, jewelry-making, creative writing, poetry and music (vocal and instrumental).  Weekly meetings begin with a short student presentation for inspiration followed by creative time.  At the end of each meeting, members are encouraged to share their finished work.

Club Interact

Club Interact, in association with the Rotary Club, values “Service above Self” by encouraging students to participate in a variety of service options. The club provides for youth development and mentor opportunities.

Club Italia

Club Italia celebrates all things Italian by participating in events related to the Italian culture. We believe strongly in the beauty and sheer joy of this culture and take time to celebrate with its food on a regular basis. We also explore its contribution to Western Civilization in general and the great impact it has had on the history of Chicago in particular.

Club ISIS (Ignatian Students in Sisterhood)

Club ISIS, Ignatius Students In Sisterhood, focuses on women’s issues both within the school and the outside world. Yearly activities include women’s empowerment and self defense classes, movie nights and the farewell Senior Tea. Girls Night Inn has brought the female students together to discuss peer pressure, sexuality and the drinking and drug culture. The focus of this evening is on how to protect yourself from bad decision making. Under the guidance of SICP faculty, girls have the opportunity to hear what has worked for others and to discuss their challenges in a non-threatening environment. Club ISIS is open to both male and female students.

Club Ukraine

We are a Saint Ignatius ethnic club welcoming all who wish to experience and learn more about Ukrainian culture, history, heritage and current events outside of regular school day activities.  Students will gain from each other a knowledge and similar experiences about their shared heritage and also will be able to participate in planning and staging events and activities that interest them.

CTA (Community Tutoring Alliance)

The Community Tutoring Alliance tutors students from neighboring elementary schools. Tutors and tutees work one-on-one throughout the year on all areas of the grammar school study. A very special relationship often develops between the pair of students as the year progresses. Social activities such as parties near holidays and field trips are planned throughout the year. Participation in CTA can be a very rewarding experience!

Ethnic Clubs

These cultural clubs provide students with opportunities to learn more about their own and others' ethnic and international backgrounds. The clubs sponsor parent nights, service projects, social activities, and an ethnic festival in the spring. These groups celebrate the diversity that Saint Ignatius proudly holds as one of its primary characteristics. See separate listings for each club

  • ASIA (Alliance of Saint Ignatius Asians)
  • ALAS (Association of Latin American Students)
  • Boss (The Black Organization of Successful Students)
  • Club Erin (Gaelic and Irish)
  • Club Italia (Italian heritage)
  • Club Ukraine (Ukrainian heritage)
  • French Club (French heritage)

Film Society

We are a group of cinemaphiles who meet to expand our appreciation of film as an art form. Discussions of films and voicing of various viewpoints helps to build self-confidence and a respect for the diversity among the students. One of our goals is to have a good time while learning more about films and our fellow Ignatians.

French Club

The French Club is devoted to the promotion and celebration of French language and French-speaking cultures around the world. Biweekly events have included food-tastings, film viewings, theater outings, and holiday festivities. The French Club is also a proud participant in Saint Ignatius’s Festival of Nations. Membership is open to all Francophiles.

French Honor Society

« L'homme qui sait deux langues en vaut deux! »
The Société Honoraire de Français recognizes outstanding students in the study of French language. This organization of highly motivated students in French provides an opportunity to experience leadership in serving as officers, to direct the initiation ceremony and to sponsor service and tutoring activities around French language and culture.

Frisbee Club

The Frisbee Club provides an opportunity to learn how to throw a Frisbee and play the game of Ultimate Frisbee, a competitive and athletically oriented team sport that involves seven people advancing disc over a 125 yard field through a series of short and long passes against defenders. The team practices twice weekly during the fall and winter to practice basic disc skills and game strategy. In the spring, the team competes in the Chicago Ultimate Junior League against teams from area high schools. No prior experience is required and new members are always welcome.

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club of Saint Ignatius College Prep exists to to strengthen the individual’s knowledge of his or herself, to connect the history of the student’s family to the study of history in the student’s classes, and to showcase the diversity of Saint Ignatius to other students.

Harlequins

Our theatrical organization, started in 1927, provides the Saint Ignatius College Prep community with two energetic performances per year. Past shows include Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Neil Simon’s Fools, Sugar, Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water, The Spitfire Grill, The Curious Savage, Honk!, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Lucky Stiff, and Twentieth Century. The troupe’s productions have been selected from shows produced from across the state of Illinois to perform at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival in '94, '96, '97, and ’04.

Ignatius Alumni Mentoring

This organization matches you one-on-one with a graduate of Saint Ignatius who would help you navigate through your years here. Your mentor provides you with assistance and support on the basis of his/her experience as a student here and beyond, his/her professional experience, and his/her life experience. The group meets as a whole twice a year and individual meetings with your mentor occur as needed.

IETA (Ignatians for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

We are Ignatians for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and our group educates its members and the wider school communities on the important work of protecting animals from exploitation, neglect, and abuse. We also sponsor letter campaigns, and encourage volunteer work at animal shelters.

Ignatian Health Coalition

Organize, support, and encourage students and the SICP community to be aware and actively involved in healthy living. Health promotion related activities and education will be offered to provide opportunities to further these goals.

Ignatian Improv

Improvisational theater is an exciting fine arts activity that gives the students the forum to leap out of the 'ravines' of everyday life, and create exhilaration on a stage. Meeting weekly the Improv group practices their skills at not being prepared yet creating comedy and spirit; sometimes the mere survival to perform again is the most immediate desire, but in that lies the amusing electricity that is Ignatius Improv.

Ignatians Committed to Peace

Ignatians Committed To Peace is the St. Ignatius club dedicated to addressing issues of peace internationally in an effort to live out the Ignatian value of social justice. This club meets weekly to discuss and act on issues related to oppression of the poor and disenfranchised here in Chicago and in the world community.

International Club

The International Club hopes to support and engage Saint Ignatius students who who have studied abroad, are studying abroad, or are thinking of studying abroad, either in high school or college.

ISEED (Ignatians Serving to Experience and Embrace Diversity)

ISEED is an organization that promotes and leads diversity initiatives and programs at Saint Ignatius. Through such activities as Mix-It-Up Day and Diversity Dialogues, ISEED fosters active school community awareness of diversity issues.

IVC (Ignatian Volunteer Corps)

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps seeks to be of service to one another and the larger community; to be "men and women for others." Additionally, IVC hopes to increase the level of awareness in our students of the problems of social inequity within our country and our world. IVC accomplishes this through activities such as a Halloween party for the neighborhood children, planning the Hunger Awareness Month, and Peace and Justice Week. We also sponsor monthly projects such as neighborhood clean-ups, working soup kitchens, coordinating a food drive, and coordinating Family Reading Night at community centers. Students may receive community service hours through their commitment to IVC.

Job Program

St. Ignatius operates a job referral program. Through the cooperation of alumni and friends of the school, many job openings are referred to the school. Interested students should consult the school's jobs coordinator.

Latin Honor Society

The Latin Honor Society exists to honor outstanding scholarship in Latin; to encourage interest in the Classics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members toward their peers, teachers, and the communities; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in Latin.

Literary Organizations

If writing or publishing is your interest, you may wish to join one of our student literary co-curriculars. These activities engage thoughtful and creative writers to publish their work through highly visible media involving sophisticated technology and style. Saint Ignatius has three long-standing publications:
Phantasm (literary journal)
Prep (yearbook)
Spirit (newspaper)

Math Teams

At the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman levels, these students represent Saint Ignatius at various mathematics competitions in the Chicago area.

Boss (The Black Organization of Successful Students)

The mission of this ethnic club is to foster an appreciation for and an awareness of African American culture and also to support students of African American descent at Saint Ignatius. Activities include the annual Family Picnic, the Big Brother and Big Sister program tutoring elementary students, Anthology, and social and cultural field trips.

National Honor Society

Members of the NHS are elected in either their junior or senior year by the faculty based upon quality of service, scholarship, and leadership. The Rev. Arnold Damen, S.J. Chapter of the national organization of honor societies functions as a service community of Saint Ignatius.

Outdoor Ecology Club

The main goal of our ecologically minded group is to raise awareness of Environmental Issues and to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Environmental service projects and field trips are sponsored each year.

Pack Pride

Pack Pride is a group of energetic Ignatius students who want to initiate fan support for athletic contests. Pack Pride members will create opportunities for other Ignatians to join them in cheering on the student-athletes of Saint Ignatius College Prep.

Pep Band

We provide an opportunity for students to play both fun and challenging music, and spread school spirit during Pep Rallies, Football games, Basketball games, and other school events. The band meets once a week for an hour to rehearse and performs once or twice a week. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to join (need to be able to read music). The following instruments are found in the Pep Band: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, and Drums. Bass and Piano (basketball season only). For more information contact Mr. Steffen or Dr. O’Keefe.

Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Organization gives students the opportunity to be Men and Women for Others by allowing them to share their intellectual gifts with each other. The members of the organization exemplify the grad at grad values through their commitment to helping their fellow classmates succeed academically.

Photography Club

The Photography Club has two goals. First, to help students learn the techniques of using a digital camera, whether it is a simple point-and-shoot model or a more sophisticated SLR model. Second, in order to practice their skills, members will be assigned to take pictures for PREP, the school yearbook. The club meets once a week.

Ping Pong Club

The Saint Ignatius Ping-Pong Club is centered around building community and friendly competition for players of all skill levels. It seeks members who wish to dedicate themselves to ping-pong not as a hobby but as a passion. With these things in mind, it is also about having fun.

PREP

The Saint Ignatius yearbook, PREP, chronicles the events of each year. It attempts to become a history of the school year. Currently, students learn to use the Adobe InDesign program with the Jostens template to lay out and produce each page. They also learn how to write copy and captions, as well as to use a digital camera and crop pictures. Students learn a wide array of technical and leadership skills through their commitment to the yearbook.

Recycling Club

Recyclers meet weekly after school to gather all materials from the blue recycling bins located throughout the classrooms and offices of Saint Ignatius. These materials are then sorted and boxed to be picked up by the recycling center. Freshmen may receive community service hours through their commitment to this valuable service.

SADD

Students Against Destructive Decisions is a large group formed to alert students to the dangers of drinking and driving and to conduct community awareness programs. Take a stand for yourself and others and participate in this proactive effort.

Scholastic Bowl

Our Academic Team competes in question and answer competitions that test teamwork, quick recall ability and students' depth of knowledge in math, science, literature, social sciences, fine arts, language arts, and general knowledge. Juniors and seniors compete in IHSA-sanctioned varsity level matches; freshmen and sophomores compete with opponents from their own age group on the junior varsity level.

SIMUN (Saint Ignatius Model United Nations)

The Saint Ignatius Model UN affords students the opportunity to participate in authentic simulations of the United Nations. Students learn to debate current issues; learn about the international community and develop research, writing, public speaking and conflict resolution skills. SIMUN hosts a Model United Nations conference each fall for local high schools. Saint Ignatius also competes in major conferences in the Chicagoland area as well as at major cities throughout the country including Washington D.C., New York, and Boston.

SICP Pro-Life League

The SICP Pro-Life League exists to raise awareness of the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

Sociedad Honoraria Hispanicia

The Spanish Honor Society is an organization of exceptional 3rd, 4th, and 5th year students of Spanish. It conducts free tutoring for struggling 1st and 2nd year Spanish students, as well as sponsors several social events throughout the year.

Speech organizations

Students involved in Forensics and Student Congress are interested in public speaking, dramatic interpretation, and congressional debate. These two traditional and highly acclaimed groups are successful in local, state, and national competitions.

SPIRIT Newspaper

The Spirit newspaper is the student coordinated paper of Saint Ignatius Prep. Student writer/reporters and the journalism class contribute photography, feature stories, news events, sporting news, and editorial opinion. Student editors choose art work and graphics as well as design the various sections of the paper. The paper is published and made available to students throughout the academic year.

STEP Team

Students who can keep the beat and encourage others to move along, are welcomed in this club. The ability to stomp your feet, snap your fingers, and clap your hands is a must. Students perform at pep rallies and other functions.

Students Committed to Social Action

Students participating in this club become actively involved with social issues and attempt to “make a difference” in world events . Participation in World AIDS Day, a Peace Vigil, the National Day of Silence, and letter writing campaigns are a few of our main projects.

Student Council

This student organization provides an opportunity for young men and women to learn about leadership, organization skills, achievement, and team building. The council is composed of elected representatives for each class and led by an elected executive board. In addition to planning and sponsoring extracurricular events, members of Student Council actively participate in fundraisers, consciousness raising, and service projects.

Wolfpack Media

Students will explore the use of audio and digital video resources to document and broadcast school events. The events may be carried live over the Internet or stored as part of the school's digital media archives. These broadcasts will be available for instructional use in the classroom and for general informational use. Students will be exposed to the entire production process from the pre-production work of scripting and researching to the post-production work of audio and video editing.

WYSE (World Youth in Science and Engineering)

World Youth in Science and Engineering is an academic competition allowing students to demonstrate their abilities in two of the following areas: biology, chemistry, computer fundamentals, engineering graphics, English, math, physics and society and technology. WYSE is sponsored and headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana. The Saint Ignatius squad took third in the state last year in competition at the University of Illinois.