Club & Student Leadership

Extracurricular and Leadership Opportunities

Academic World Quest

Competition snapshot Moderator: Brenda Seager

Academic Worldquest is a national world-trivia program, featuring fast-paced team competition on knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history and world cultures. Students are a part of four-person teams that answer 100 multiple choice questions from 10 varying topics about world affairs throughout history. Topics for the year are selected in advance. Winning teams can advance from local competition to final competition in Washington, D.C.
Requirements: All are welcome.


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.


BCHS for Kids

BCHS 4 Kids in action 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: Jackie Bach

Trojan Reads is a student run book club that will meet monthly. The club will select a book to read and gather to discuss the book.

Requirements: Open to all


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


Cooking Club

Moderator: Josh Schaffner, Michele McCarthy

Come have fun in the kitchen! Mr. Schaffner and Mrs. McCarthy invite you to the BCHS Cooking Club where we will spend time in the kitchen learning how to cook, use specific tools, and talk about food and culture from around the world. We will also, of course, eat!

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.


Garden Club

Garden Club with produce Moderator: Mark Jones

Details will be published when available.

Green Team

Green Team photo Moderator: Catherine Welch

The BCHS Green Team coordinates school-wide recycling.

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


Improv Comedy Team

Improv Team Moderator: Tyler Mayer

The BCHS Improv Team is an improvisation team that competes vs 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. Visit the Team’s home page


International Food Club - New

Moderator: Michele McCarthy

The International Food Club meets once a month to go out to eat at various ethnic restaurants in Indy. Meetings are typically the third or fourth Thursday of each month. We leave BCHS at 6:00 p.m.

Requirements: Students must RSVP to Ms. McCarthy the Monday before the scheduled meal for a headcount. No other requirements are needed, other than a love of eating and wanting to try new foods.


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.

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Latin Club

Latin Club at competition
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.

Open to any Latin students

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


Library Club

Moderator: Mallory Curtin, MaryBeth Graves

Members of the Library Club at BCHS have the opportunity to: assist in decorating the BCHS library each month; attend author visits at the Central Library 1-2 times per semester; promote reading around BCHS throughout the year and help select and recommend titles to add to the BCHS library throughout the school year.

Open to any students

Meetings: TBA


Math Club

Moderator: Gayle Mass

The Math Club is a group of math students who enjoy math competitions and want to get better at them. Club members participate in online competitions (usually on Wednesdays) with other schools around the country for nine weeks in the fall and six weeks in the spring. The club meets during Seminar C time and works 7-8 problems in 30 minutes. They also take the AMC test one school day morning in February with the hopes of scoring high enough to advance to the next level. As a club, we consider other competitions around the state and decide whether to compete in them. They are usually on Saturdays.
Requirements: Open to any student, especially those who enjoy math.


Mock Trial

Moderator: Brenda Seager

Mock Trial is a club for those interested in law, prosecution, and the justice system.
Requirements: Open to any student interested


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.

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.

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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.



Pro Life Club Moderator: Steven Patzke

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.


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: Lauren Palmer, Danielle Davis

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: Julia Hasbrook, Anne Marie Gerritsen

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

Moderator: Troy Cockrum Speech Club
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.

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: Cameron Huffman, Katie Fisher

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: Amanda Horan

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.


Thespian Society

Moderator: Troy Cockrum

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.


Trivia Club

Moderator: Stephanie Tebbe

Members of the club form teams of 1-3 members and compete to answer questions on a variety of topics. Trivia Club has a fall and spring season, with each season consisting of five weekly matches.
Requirements: This club is open to all students and faculty.


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 to find out more about robotics.

Requirements: Open to all.



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.

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.

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.


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.

RT @BCHStudentLife Don’t forget about the HollaDance Christmas Cookie Baking Contest this Friday!! Bring your creations to the dance or to the Student Life office during the school day! Please label according to instructions in Mr. Boyle’s email. Prize awarded to the “Best Cookie!”

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