CHS Clubs

American Civil War History Club

The American Civil War History Club meets once a month in room 2W2. Meeting topics range from discussing Civil War battle strategies to tours at Forest Lawn Cemetery. For more information, contact Mr. Sam Rizzo ’97 at rizzo@canisiushigh.org.

Anime Club

The Anime Club meets once a week at Canisius. Students in the club watch Japanese animation movies or TV series. Students also attend conventions at local colleges, movie showings at theaters, and workshops at local libraries. For more information, contact Mr. John Zachritz at zachritz@canisiushigh.org.

Arena

The Arena yearbook functions as both a class and a club. The CHS yearbook typically is over 300 pages long and covers all students, faculty, clubs, and sports as well as service trips and retreats. Arena is entirely student-run: Students must take care of the necessary photography, writing, editing, layout, distribution, and publishing processes. For more information, contact Mr. Christopher Appleton at appleton@canisiushigh.org.

Art Club

The Art Club meets on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 in M302. Students in the art club work with students from St. Augustine’s Middle School. They also spearhead school-wide art projects and listen to and observe guest artists. For more information, contact Mrs. Cathy Pitek at cpitek@canisiushigh.org.

Auditorium Tech Crew

The Auditorium Tech Crew is a team of dedicated students who work together to meet the lighting needs of events held in the CHS Auditorium. The crew provides illumination for drama and musical productions, school Masses and assemblies, award and graduation ceremonies, and school dances. For more information, contact Mr. Bill Group at group@canisiushigh.org.

Big Brothers

Big Brothers is an advisement composed of juniors and seniors. Each of these students is assigned to a freshmen advisement in order to help the newest Crusaders adjust to life at CHS. For more information, contact Ms. Julie Doyle at doyle@canisiushigh.org.

Broadcasting Club

Broadcasting Club meets in our digital arts lab in OB1. Students in the club use video and audio equipment to cover school events including sports and other activities. For more information, contact Mr. Bill Blenk at blenk@canisiushigh.org.

Book Club

The Book Club meets once a month in the Library study room. Students in the club decide on a book to read and discuss each month. For more information, contact Ms. Brigid Monica at monica@canisiushigh.org.

Canisius Heroes

Canisius Heroes meets after school in 2E2 during the spring semester. Students in this club are dedicated to supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Each year, the club administers a fundraiser through a March Madness bracket contest and by assisting with the Relay for America’s Heroes in June. For more information, contact Mr. Dennis Beecher ’88 at beecher@canisiushigh.org.

Chanticleer

The Chanticleer is the CHS student literary magazine. Students submit and edit short stories, poems, and photographs to put together a quality magazine each year. For more information, contact Ms. Sherry Taylor at taylor@canisiushigh.org.

Chess Club

The Chess Club meets almost every day in 1E3, where members stay after school to enjoy a few matches before heading home to study. Students in the Chess Club attend monthly tournaments at which they play against other high school teams. For more information, contact Mr. Christopher Appleton at appleton@canisiushigh.org.

Chinese Culture Club

Chinese Culture Club allows students to supplement their Chinese studies with in-depth discussion on the Chinese culture. Students do not have to be enrolled in Mandarin Chinese to join. Meetings often include interesting videos, presentations and of course Chinese cuisine. For more information, contact Ms. Peggy Du. at du@canisiushigh.org.

Coding Club

The Coding Club meets each Thursday in the 2B2 Computer Lab. During meetings, students create websites, build apps, and discuss various technology-related topics. Members use HTML, CSS, Swift, Objective-C and JavaScript to create interactive and engaging websites and apps. No previous experience is needed to join the club. For more information, contact Mr. Eric Amodeo ’94 at amodeo@canisiushigh.org.

Crusaders for America’s Heroes

Crusaders for America’s Heroes are a group of students and faculty dedicated to raising awareness of and money for the vital work that WNYHeroes, Inc., does for veterans of all wars who live in the WNY region. We volunteer at the annual Red, White & Blue Gala, support families in the Adopt-a-Veteran-Family holiday program, and sponsor annual fundraisers and activities related to veterans’ issues. Contact Dr. Amy Kimmel at kimmel@canisiushigh.org.

Culinary Club

The Culinary Club meets once a month. Local restaurant chefs are invited to the meetings to teach their favorite recipes to students. The Culinary Club also serves the community, cooking annually for the Ronald McDonald House. For more information, contact Ms. Luciana Galante at galante@canisiushigh.org.

Cultural Awareness Club

The Cultural Awareness Club meets every other Tuesday from 3:00 to 3:45 in 1E4. The club discusses important social issues in today’s world and celebrates diversity by observing and learning about the holidays and festivities of various cultures. For more information, contact Ms. Joni Schaller at schaller@canisiushigh.org or Ms. Sherry Taylor at taylor@canisiushigh.org.

Current Affairs Club

The Current Affairs Club meets twice a month after school in 2E2. Meetings generally consist of constructive debates on current international news issues. For more information, contact Mr. Dennis Beecher ’88 at beecher@canisiushigh.org.

Donate Life Club

The Donate Life Club, comprised of student ORGANizers, plans various events throughout the year. The club’s biggest events, however, are the blood drives that it plans in conjunction with the Upstate New York Transplant Services. For more information, contact Ms. Lisa Muller at muller@canisiushigh.org.

Drama Guild

The Drama Guild is comprised of students interested in participating in CHS theatrical productions. Students in the Guild participate as actors, singers, dancers, musicians, stage crew personnel, set construction and painting personnel, makeup artists, and stage managers. The Guild puts on a drama or comedy in the fall semester and a musical in the spring semester. For more information, please contact Mr. Bill Group at group@canisiushigh.org.

Drumline

Playing on a drumline is a great way to start friendships and to participate in an ensemble environment. This club meets after school and performs in several school events. For more information, contact Mrs. Katie Michalewski at michalewski@canisiushigh.org.

Frisbee

The Frisbee Club gets together to enjoy flying disc sports. The club invites players of all abilities, from experienced players to people who have never picked up a Frisbee before, to participate in casual, but structured games, where newer players can learn from the more experienced players. For more information, contact Mrs. Mary Wachter at wachter@canisiushigh.org.

Gaming Guild

The Gaming Guild meets in the Montante Cafeteria on Fridays after school. Students in the club enjoy playing cards, board games, and any video games. New members and their favorite games always are welcome. For more information, contact Ms. Nikki Lewandowski at lewandowski@canisiushigh.org.

Ignatian Scholars

Students with outstanding academic achievement are designated as Ignatian Scholars when they register as freshmen at Canisius. Ignatian Scholars participate in cultural events throughout the school year. In past years, the Scholars have attended plays and visited museums. For more information, contact Mrs. Sarah Beckwith at beckwith@canisiushigh.org or Mrs. Maria Todtenhagen at todtenhagen@canisiushigh.org.

International Affairs Club

With an emphasis on education about global affairs, including current events, geography, history, language, literature, flags, world leaders, arts, culture, and world travel; students broaden their perspectives. Participating members compete in teams of four at the WNY Academic World Quest trivia contest with a chance to qualify for national level competition. For more information, contact Ms. Peggy Du at du@canisiushigh.org.

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz ensemble meets before school and plays a varied jazz repertoire. The ensemble performs at various events throughout Western New York for community members as well as school functions. Students can join the ensemble upon auditioning. For more information, contact Mrs. Katie Michalewski at michalewski@canisiushigh.org.

MasterMinds

MasterMinds is Canisius’ academic quiz bowl team. In this competition, teams from area high schools compete against each other in a question-and-answer-style game. The season runs from October through April, and Canisius has both a varsity and a junior varsity team. For more information, contact Mr. Christopher Appleton at appleton@canisiushigh.org or Mrs. Anne Lipp-Read at lippread@canisiushigh.org.

Medical Club

Medical Club provides students insight into the medical field and specific knowledge on how to pursue careers in medicine. Activities have included lectures and guest speakers as well as visits to hospitals, medical campuses, medical schools, and research labs. For more information, contact Nurse Keating at keating@canisiushigh.org.

Mock Trial

The Mock Trial team meets on various weekday evenings from November through March. The Mock Trial season is centered around a single, hypothetical case. Students fill roles as attorneys and witnesses for both sides of the case, and competitions against other schools in the Erie County tournament offer a chance to test students’ argumentation, speaking, and acting skills. For more information, contact Mr. Scott Flaherty '97 at flahertys@canisiushigh.org.

Model United Nations

Model UN meets on Tuesdays in 2E2. Members of this club discuss world problems and prepare for two Model UN conferences. At the conferences, which are designed to replicate United Nations conferences, students are assigned to be representatives of a UN member country. For more information, contact Mr. Dennis Beecher ’88 at beecher@canisiushigh.org.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society invites students to apply for membership during the spring semester of junior year. Applications are reviewed by a faculty council and are considered on the basis of the four NHS characteristics: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. NHS members volunteer at various events throughout the school year. For more information, contact Mrs. Erin Conley at conley@canisiushigh.org and Mrs. Ann Marie Moscovic at moscovic@canisiushigh.org.

Peer Educators

Peer Educators, an official chapter of SADD, is a group of CHS students, parents, faculty, and administrators who share an interest of and commitment to improving the health and well-being of students. The Peer Educators host many events throughout the school year, such as the dodgeball and basketball tournaments. For more information, contact Mr. Scott Flaherty ‘97 at flahertys@canisiushigh.org.

Pep Band

The Pep Band is our student ensemble of instrumentalists who play at sporting events to entertain and energize spectators. For more information, contact Mrs. Katie Michalewski at michalewski@canisiushigh.org.

Plastic Model Building

The Plastic Model Building Club meets once a week at Canisius. Students in the club assemble, paint, and detail small-scale versions of military, automotive, and animal models. A project can take two hours or many months. For more information, contact Mr. John Zachritz at zachritz@canisiushigh.org.

Press Corps

The CHS Press Corps offers students the opportunity to have photography or articles published in school magazines, promotional materials, and on the school website. For more information, contact Ms. Ginger Geoffery, CHS director of communications, at geoffery@canisiushigh.org.

Robotics Club

The Robotics Club meets in M104 on Tuesdays after school. Students in this club learn how to program and build robots. For more information, contact Mr. Michael Magnuson at magnuson@canisiushigh.org.

Sailing Club

The Sailing Club holds its practice sessions at the Buffalo Yacht Club race courses every Monday and Wednesday during sailing season. On Fridays, the team races against other high school teams. The club is open to any CHS student — no prior sailing experience is necessary. For more information, contact Mr. Christopher Appleton at appleton@canisiushigh.org.

Science Olympiad

The CHS Science Olympiad allows students to compete at the local, regional, and state levels in 25 different events covering all scientific disciplines and principles of engineering. The two CHS teams practice twice a week from September to March and attend three competitions each year. For more information, contact Mr. Robert Cain at cain@canisiushigh.org or Ms. Lisa Muller at muller@canisiushigh.org.

Ski Club

The CHS Ski Club takes place each Friday after school in the winter. On these cold, snowy days, the members of the club take busses from CHS to Holiday Valley before hitting the slopes. At the end of the evening, the students take the busses back to CHS. For more information, contact Ms. Staci Shick at shick@canisiushigh.org.

Speech and Debate

The Speech and Debate Team practices after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:00. Practice days depend on in which of the eight categories a student competes. Tournaments are held at various schools throughout Western New York. The highlights of the Speech and Debate season, however, are the state and national tournaments. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Kimmel at kimmel@canisiushigh.org.

Student Senate

The CHS Student Senate is a peer-elected group of students who work throughout the year as a representation of the student body. Student Senate hosts school-wide events such as dances, Christmas decorating contests, and assemblies. For more information, contact Mr. William Wolf ’09 at wolf@canisiushigh.org.

Wall Street Club

The CHS Wall Street Club meets in M104 once a week after school. Students in the club are given 100,000 fictional dollars to play against other local high school teams. For more information, contact Mr. Michael Magnuson at magnuson@canisiushigh.org.

Writers’ Club

The CHS Writers’ Club meets for two hours twice a month. Students in the club use this time for writing exercises and to share original projects in order to garner constructive criticism. Some members of Writers’ Club also participate in National Novel Writing Month, in which they are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Kimmel at kimmel@canisiushigh.org

Young Democrats

The CHS Young Democrats meet every other Tuesday to discuss politics and current events, as seen through the lens of the Democratic Party. Students in the club discuss local, state, and federal politics. Occasionally, the Young Democrats meet with the Young Republicans for formal and informal debates. For more information, contact Mr. Thomas Whalen ‘06 at whalent@canisiushigh.org.

Young Republicans

The CHS Young Republicans meet every other Wednesday to discuss politics and current events, as seen through the lens of the Republican Party. Students in the club discuss local, state, and federal politics. Occasionally, the Young Republicans meet with the Young Democrats for formal and informal debates. For more information, contact Mr. David Hayes ‘87 at hayes@canisiushigh.org.

Youth and Government Club

Student delegates prepare state level legal cases or write and present bills to introduce or change legislation. You will learn and practice bill writing, parliamentary procedure, and argumentative debate. Social opportunities include collaboration in Rochester, as well as participation in the YMCA sponsored Model Legislative Conference in Albany. For more information, contact Mr. Scott Flaherty ‘97 at flahertys@canisiushigh.org.