Clubs and Activities

 

Elk Grove High School offers dozens of clubs and activities for students that span a range of categories. Click the links below to go directly to a particular section. 

Academic - Noncompetitive
Academic - Competitive
Athletic
Career-oriented
Cultural
Fine/Performing Arts
Leadership/Volunteerism
Media/Writing
Student Support

 

Academic - Noncompetitive

Anime Club
Sponsor: Cliff Darnall

Back on Track
Sponsor: Scott Deutsch

Film Club
Sponsor: Bruce Janu

Film Club exposes students to a variety of films produced in the last century. The Film Club strives to show movies that students may not watch on their own including black and white, foreign films, animation, silent movies, and a myriad of genres. 

French Club
Sponsor: Kirsten Fletcher

Graphics Club
Sponsor: Jay Whalen
The EGHS Robotics Club is a year-long club that competes with various high schools in the area. The idea of the robotics club is to promote career related skills through hands on experiences. Students are exposed to numerous skills related to engineering including: design, manufacturing, reverse engineering, electronics and programming. EGHS robotics club builds and competes with 4 robots in the district competition. A formal structured process is followed to complete each robot: brainstorming, rough sketches, digital designs, prototypes, and finally a completed version. Students are required to follow several constraints: each robot must be under a set weight limit, safety regulations, electronic guidelines, weapon constraints, and the use similar components.  Previous weapons students have engineered were “drum bots”, “flipper bots”,  “spinner bots” and a simple “wedge bot”; however, as design constraints are met, any variation of robot is considered as a possibility.

Italian Club
Sponsor: Anna Izzo

National Honor Society
Sponsor: Scott Deutsch
This is an honorary organization for students who demonstrate outstanding qualities in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

NJROTC
Sponsor: Jeff Morse (at Wheeling HS)
NJROTC is a course in leadership, teamwork and citizenship, using studies about the Navy as a common core. Students take the course as an elective and receive a grade that counts toward graduation and their GPA. Only the academic class and a few unit activities are mandatory, but cadets are highly encouraged to participate in the unit's 'extra-curricular' field trips, teams, and events. Click here to visit the NJROTC website and learn more.

Saturday School
Sponsor: Scott Deutsch

Shakespeare Club
Sponsor: Rita Sayre

Spanish Club
Sponsors: Pam Cote, Leslie Guimon

TED-Ed Club
Sponsor: Kim Miklusak

 

Academic - Competitive

Chess
Sponsor: Peter Wang
Chess team helps students learn the rules and skills necessary to be a chess player. Teams compete in the North Suburban Chess League, the MSL Chess Tournament, as well as in the IHSA State Chess Tournament.

Debate Team
Sponsor: Matt Bohnenkamp

The Elk Grove Debate Team participates in Congressional Debate, simulating the format and considering the issues of the United States Congress. The debate season runs from September through April. Practices are held twice per week on Mondays and Wednesdays after school and competitions are held on Saturdays once per month. Click here to learn more about the club and why you should join debate.

Math Team
Sponsor: Dave Johnson
Math team gives students who enjoy and excel in mathematics an opportunity to explore math topics that extend beyond the curriculum taught in the classroom. The team competes in the North Suburban Math League and in state competitions.

Robotics Club
Sponsors: Jay Whalen, Patrick McGing

Scholastic Bowl
Sponsor: Susan Montemayor
Scholastic Bowl is an IHSA academic competition at the frosh/soph and varsity levels. The competition involves two teams of five students who attempt to answer questions from various academic areas. The regular season usually begins in December and ends sometime in March to coincide with the state tournament.

Speech - Individual Events
Sponsor: Chuck Cavazos

 

Athletic

Athletic Trainer Student Aid
Sponsor: Mike Porters
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Training Student Aides (ATSAs) assist the licensed ATs in these duties. ATSAs will earn awards just like all other sports participants.

Bass Fishing
Sponsor: Matt Snow
In 2009 bass fishing became an IHSA sanctioned activity. The Elk Grove High School club meets to go fishing and learn successful techniques. The outings and informative meetings are designed to prepare students to compete in local bass fishing tournaments, as well as the IHSA tournament in the spring. The club is open to all students interested in fishing.

Cheerleading
Sponsor: Danielle Damato
The Elk Grove cheerleaders work hard to promote school spirit and crowd involvement at various athletic events and other school functions. Additionally, the Varsity cheerleading squad competes at local, IHSA Sectional and State competitions.

Cricket
Sponsor: Robert Ray
The Cricket team is organized as a club sport and welcomes any student who is willing to learn this exciting international sport as well as compete against teams from other schools. Spring is the official season for competitive play; however, practices or free-plays may also be held during the fall and winter based on facility availability. In addition to building cricket and athletic skills, we stress sportsmanlike conduct, academic achievement, and a positive attitude. 

eSports Club
Sponsor: Peter Wang

Intramurals
Sponsor: Dave Windholz
Intramural sports teams offer a less competitive level of play for students interested in athletics but who do not want to commit to the more intensive junior varsity or varsity teams. 

EG Dance (Poms)
Sponsors: Courtney Lavand
The Poms are a dance team that provides half-time entertainment at a portion of EGHS athletic games. Students must try out to be on the team.

Skate Club
Sponsor: Matt Snow

 

Career-oriented

Auto Club
Sponsor: Jeff Zdenovec
Auto Club offers a place for students to go after school to hang out, work on cars, and tell stories about automotive issues. Whether you plan on going into the industry or just love cars and working on stuff, this club welcomes all.

Health Career Club
Sponsor: Caryn Blanke

SkillsUSA
Sponsor: Jeff Zdenovec
SkillsUSA is a national organization that is based around preparing students for the world of work as it relates to the career and technical education (CTE) areas.  Although SkillsUSA offers over 90 competitions around skill-based training, EGHS has traditionally had students participate in the Automotive, Machining/Manufacturing, and Culinary areas.  SkillsUSA offers the opportunity for students to compete at the local, state, and national levels in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.  SkillsUSA members are leaders, and Champions at Work!
 

 

Cultural

African-American Club
Sponsors: Ton-E Dillard, Brian Lee
This club focuses on African American culture and history. The meetings promote cultural awareness and the connection between African American and other world cultures. Discussions also include current events, social skills needed for success, and college admission information. All students are welcome.

Japanese Exchange Program
Sponsor: Cliff Darnall
The Elk Grove High School Japanese Exchange Program allows participants an invaluable opportunity to experience home and school life in another country and make close friends from a different cultural background. Students do NOT need to be in Japanese classes to participate. Students can take part in the exchange program even if they are in sports or other activities. Click here to learn more.

Latino Leadership Club
Sponsor: Alex Sanchez

See also: French Club, Italian Club, Spanish Club in Academic - Noncompetitive

 

Fine/Performing Arts

Band (Jazz, Marching, Pep)
Sponsor - Ron Fiorito
Elk Grove has a long standing tradition of excellence in performance. The band program consists of two concert bands, two jazz bands, two jazz combos, competitive marching band and colorguard, pep band, and small ensembles. The Elk Grove High School music department hosts a Percussion Festival every year in March. Click here to visit the band website and learn more.

Choir
Sponsor: Sarah Catt
Elk Grove curricular choirs include Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Mint Condition Vocal Jazz.  Co-curricular ensembles include Chamber Singers, Women's Chamber Ensemble, Co-ed A cappella, and female a cappella. Click here to visit the EGHS choirs page and learn more. 

Color Guard (Flags)
Sponsor: Nichole Fiorito
Color Guard members use a variety of flag equipment, dance choreography, and drill maneuvers in routines that are performed with the marching band and at various events, parades, and competitions. 

Drama
Sponsors: Chuck Cavazos, Miguel Sanchez, Brad Kahler, Bonnie Kale, Joe Wolfe, Sarah Catt, Ron Fiorito, Sue Montemayor

The Drama Club is open to students at all grade levels who are interested in furthering their participation in theater. Elk Grove High School students produce a full play, a musical, and a series of one-act plays each academic year, giving students the opportunity to learn more about acting, vocal performance, set design, and all that goes into modern theater.

EG HIP HOP Club
Sponsor: Scott Deutsch

Orchesis
Sponsor: Lisette Rodriguez
Orchesis is a performing group that encourages all forms of dance including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, breakdancing, lyrical, tap, character, multicultural, choreography, etc. Orchesis is a co-curricular activity that involves a variety of performance opportunities. The team also focuses on exploring, creating and producing dance as an art form.

Orchestra
Sponsor: Maura Brown
Elk Grove offers a number of orchestra opportunities for students, including concert, symphony, honors chamber orchestra, pit orchestra, and the District 214 honors symphony. Click here to visit the EGHS orchestra website and learn more. 

Variety Show
Sponsor: Ron Fiorito
Rich with traditions and exciting opportunities, the Variety Show features auditioned talent acts from all corners of the EGHS community. The Variety Show is produced and directed by a team of students, in partnership with their sponsors. 

Winter Guard
Sponsor: Nichole Fiorito
Winter Color Guard is a group that performs at numerous basketball games and TDI competitions.  A variety of flag twirling and dance skills are incorporated. The season runs from November through March.

 

Leadership/Volunteerism

Class Board
Sponsors: Ioanna Lo Destro (Freshmen), Tom Walloch (Sophomores), Donna Kloster-Preuss and Stacy Strama (Juniors), Anthony Furman (Seniors)
Represent your peers on the Student Council. Class Board members plan and organize class-sponsored dances and events throughout the school year.

Green Grens Environmental Club
Sponsor: Steve Gordon
The Green Grens Environmental Club provides an opportunity for students to facilitate environmental awareness, interaction, cooperation, and action.

Leadership Council
Sponsor: Joe Bush

Mastery Lab Tutors
Sponsor: Sue Montemayor

Principal's Advisory Council
Sponsor: Paul Kelly
This council gives the EGHS principal an opportunity to hear from students about their greatest concerns and receive input on important decisions about the future of the high school. 

Relay For Life
Sponsor: Rita Sayre
Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser that brings communities together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones, and raise money for a cure. Participants join relay teams and walk around the EGHS track during the annual event.

SADD
Sponsors: Deb Ohler, Sandy Bisinger

Student Assistants
Sponsor: Sandy Bisinger

Student Council
Sponsor: Cindy D'Alessandro
Student Council’s purpose is to encourage students to involve themselves in the school and community; to conduct activities that promote the general welfare of the school and the community, to represent the interests of the student body, and to instill and promote leadership within the student body. Student Council is responsible for planning many all-school activities. Elections for the Executive Board are held in the spring for the following year’s council. Representatives must apply after board elections are held (in the fall for freshmen).

Students 4 Democracy
Sponsor: Gerri Songer

Students vs. Cancer
Sponsor: Rita Sayre

See also: NJROTC in Academic - Noncompetitive

 

Media/Writing

Newspaper (Guardian)
Sponsor: Mary Larson
The Guardian is the official news source of Elk Grove High School. Staff members write articles, edit stories, take photos and manage a website as well as organizing, budgeting and planning each monthly edition. Click here to visit The Guardian's website. 

Write-On Club
Sponsor: Mary Larson

Yearbook (Montage)
Sponsor: Lisa Martineau
Yearbook is a journalism class in which students do the graphic design, photography, interviewing, writing, editing, and marketing of the school yearbook, which they create from cover to endsheet.  They learn photography techniques, journalistic writing, photo journalism, and online graphic design programs, while working as a team to create a real product that captures the school's year.  Meets daily as a class, occasional nights and weekends.  Earns an elective English credit. 

 

Student Support

Freshman Program
Sponsor: Suzanne Eytel

Gay - Straight Alliance
Sponsor: David Maya
The Gay-Straight Alliance in Elk Grove High School exists for the purpose of promoting acceptance of all people regardless of their sexual orientation. The intent is to create a safe environment for all students. At our meetings, we will discuss issues concerning Straight and Gay unity in our school and community. At GSA, members are not expected to divulge their sexual orientation. Click here to learn more about the club and its upcoming activities. 

Peer Helpers
Sponsors: Deb Ohler, Sandy Bisinger

Youth Circle 7
Sponsor: Gerri Songer