Clubs & Organizations

Ambassador Organization

Being an Ambassador is an opportunity for students to meet new people while promoting Catholic High. Ambassadors visit area elementary schools and other community events to spread the word about Catholic High. They also host our seventh and eighth grade shadows, or prospective students. Ambassadors assist during Open House and act as tour guides when necessary.

The Director of Enrollment hand-selects students to become an Ambassador. Those who are selected have the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills and exemplify Catholic High character and leadership. For more information, please contact moderator Mrs. Angela Baumler, Director of Enrollment, at abaumler@thecatholichighschool.org

Athletic Association

The Athletic Association works to promote sports within Catholic High. They encourage participation and help to organize pep-rallies and the end-of-the-year Sports Banquet. Membership is based upon leadership and sportsmanship. Each member must be involved in two or more sports a year and must be voted in. They must exhibit good character and leadership. For more information, please contact moderator Mrs. Kari McBride, Athletic Director, at kmcbride@thecatholichighschool.org.

Book Club

This club works to promote the enjoyment of reading for fun. Participants must read one book a month, create a book review to be placed on Destiny, and attend a book discussion at the monthly meetings. Members will help choose the grenres and titles, as well as, read and participate to the best of their abilities. The book club meets on the second Monday of each month, in the DeCarlo Library from 2:45-2:30. For more information, please contact club moderator Ms. Jordan Farinelli at jfarinelli@thecatholichighschool.org.

Canticles

Canticles is Catholic High's award-winning school literary magazine. It is a compilation of student writing (short fiction and poetry,) artwork, and photography. Canticles is published once annually in the spring.

Duns Scotus Forensics Society

Catholic High has a very active Forensics Team. Forensics is competitive speech, drama, and debate. Check the school calendar for upcoming Forensics tournaments.

The Catholic High Forensics Team is one of the strongest teams sponsored by a girls' school in the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League. For the past several years, several of our girls have earned a place on the Baltimore team that is sent to the national competition which has been held in such cities as Chicago, New York City, Rochester, Boca Raton, Omaha, and Washington, D.C. For more information, please contact the club moderator and coach Mr. Howard Scott at hscott@thecatholichighschool.org.

Flute Choir

The mission of this club is to further the knowledge of music and improve performance of quality flute-only literature. It will also provide teamwork and leadership opportunities. In order to become a member, one must pass the fall band audition, flute choir interview, and duet audition. This club will be responsible for representing the TCHS band program and through quality flute performance.

This ensemble meets once a week for rehearsal and will perform for school events and volunteer situations, such as Hello Day and Nursing Homes.

French Honor Society

Members of the French Honor Society must have completed two years of French at Catholic High with a grade of least 90. She must also continue her studies of the French language and culture into her 3rd or 4th year. For more information, please contact moderator Mr. Howard Scott at hscott@thecatholichighschool.org.

Green School Club

Members of this club will perform activities related to the care of creation and implement environmental projects such as recycling, and other sustainable projects. For more information, please contact club moderator Ms. Kathleen Daniels at kdaniels@thecatholichighschool.org.

Library Club

The Library Club is an eclectic group of young ladies with a passion for books and the adventures those stories take them on. In addition, the group is impassioned to spread the good news of reading by sponsoring several events during the school year such as munchy movie mania days, poetry slams, and open mic sessions. Book discussions in the Book Chat Café give everyone an opportunity to share their favorite novels while enjoying refreshments.

Inspired by the Catholic High's mission statement, the library club actively participates in giving back to the community through book drives and other ventures to improve the quality of life of other young ladies throughout our world. All students are welcome to join the sisterhood of the Library Club. For more information, please contact club moderator Ms. Jordan Farinelli at jfarinelli@thecatholichighschool.org.

Mathletes

This club participates in the Maryland Math League and the National Catholic Math League. Students take 6 half hour tests during the months from October to March.

For more information, please contact Mr. Colm Carolan at ccarolan@thecatholichighschool.org.

Tri-M, Music Honor Society

Modern Music Masters, Tri-M, Music Honor Society was developed to motivate students, recognize their efforts, and honor their accomplishments. It is the purpose of the individual chapters to provide the opportunity to strengthen school music programs, help students reach their full musical potential, encourage instrumental and vocal students to work together toward common goals, and to focus attention on school music programs throughout communities.

Students are selected based on five points of distinction: scholarship, character, cooperation, leadership, and service, as well as musicianship. For more information, please contact moderator Mrs. Jane Brown at jbrown@thecatholichighschool.org.

National Art Honor Society

NAHS is committed to recognizing high school students who demonstrate outstanding abilities in the visual arts and bring art education to the attention of their schools and communities.  Members are selected based on commitment, and grades in art, as well as core subjects.  Students are expected to complete a portion of their community service using their gifts in a positive way in line with our Franciscan values.  We raised money through face painting over the years with St. Baldrick’s, a foundation committed to childhood cancer research, painting wall murals, painting bowls for Empty Bowls at St. Vincent de Paul and fund raising for Animal Rescue.  We have also attended art-related field trips to galleries, theaters, and a glass-blowing class over the past year.  For more information, please contact moderator Mrs. Elaine Hummel at ehummel@thecatholichighschool.org.

National Honor Society — The Mother Generosa Chapter

Named in memory of Mother Generosa McCafferty, the founder of The Catholic High School of Baltimore, the chapter strives for excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Our charter was granted by the National Council of the National Honor Society.

By being a member of the National Honor Society, students are eligible for college scholarships. Inductions take place in Spring where they will be given a gold NHS pin and certificate. Inductees must purchase a white sweater and a NHS emblem for their sweater. Each inductee has a sponsor who is already an NHS member. They are recognized by family, friends and the school community in an evening induction ceremony.

The objective of this chapter is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in all the students of The Catholic High School of Baltimore.

The requirements for membership are:

  • Students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior who has spent at least a full semester in this school.
  • Students must carry a weighted GPA of 3.5 from the previous year to the end of the current semester.
  • Students must possess excellent leadership qualities and have good character.
  • Students must willingly participate in community service activities.
  • Upon completion of an application, selection is determined by the chapter council consisting of five faculty members. The moderators are also non-voting members of the council.

The officers of the chapter consist of: a president, a vice-president, a secretary, treasurer, and two members of the junior class appointed by the moderator.

For more information about NHS, please contact club moderator Jessica Robinson-Brown  at jrobinsonbrown@thecatholichighschool.org.

National Science Honors Society

The Science National Honor Society was organized this year with the following objectives:

•  To encourage and recognize scientific and intellectual thought
•  To advance students’ knowledge of classical and modern science
•  To communicate with the scientific community
•  To aid the civic community with its comprehension of science, and
•  To encourage students to participate in community service and in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all of mankind.

The motto inscribed in Latin on the Science NHS shield translates: “Fortunate is one who understands the causes of things.” It is indeed fortunate to have students like these here tonight who are willing to share their understanding of “the causes of things” with other students and community members.

Every student inducted as a Full Member into Science NHS this evening has met and maintained the following qualifications:

  • Each member is classified as either a junior or senior at TCHS.
  • Each member must have and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Each member must maintain an average grade of at least 85 across all science courses in grades 9 through 12.
  • Each member must have completed two science courses at the Honors or AP level.
  • Each member must not have received a level three or four disciplinary infraction.

Nurses' Club

The Nurses' Club provides students with an interest in the Nursing/Allied Health profession the opportunity to experience various areas of health care. Students learn to assess vital signs, receive CPR certification, and hear from speakers working in a variety of health care settings. The club offers students field trips to hospitals, the operating room, and the opportunity to participate in a hospital-based student intern program. For more information about Nurses' Club, please contact club moderator Mrs. Barbara Maher at bmaher@thecatholichighschool.org.

Piano Ensemble

This ensemble performs in concerts at TCHS and possible IA fundraisers and service functions. In order to become a member, one must audition on the piano. For more information, please contact club moderator Mrs. Jane Brown at jbrown@thecatholichighschool.org.

Sea Perch Robotics Team

Sea Perch is an innovative underwater robotics program that challenges students to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an extra-curricular setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The Sea Perch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

Building a Sea Perch ROV teaches 21st Century Skills as well as basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.

Team members will meet throughout the year and involvement requires several Saturday morning events in late spring to build, practice and compete against other teams. For more information, please contact team moderator Mr. Steve Cole at scole@thecatholichighschool.org.

VEX Robotics Team

This organization inspires a group of curious learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and creativity. Teams will be encouraged to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM, the arts and possibly service learning. Anyone who is interested in being a member of a team to work on solving a long term problem is welcome to join. Continued membership is dependent upon the individual's ability to attend meetings regularly, work cooperatively and be productive.

The VEX Robotics team will prepare for competitions, as well as, have meetings frequently which will vary by season (usually once or twice a week for durations of two hours). For more information, please contact team moderator Mr. Steve Cole at scole@thecatholichighschool.org.

Spanish Club

There are no requirements for being a member of the Spanish Club. You don't even have to speak Spanish fluently! You only have to have a great enthusiasm for learning and experiencing the Spanish Culture. Members of the Spanish Club sponsor a young child from Guatemala and will write and receive letters from him or her. The members of the Spanish Club work with the members of the Spanish Honor Society during meetings and cultural activities. For more information, please contact club moderator Mrs. Tatiana Boiko at tboiko@thecatholichighschool.org.

Spanish Honor Society

Members of the Spanish Honor Society must have completed two years of Spanish at Catholic High with a grade of least 90. She must also continue her studies of the Spanish language and culture into her 3rd or 4th year. Every year, students are inducted into the Spanish Honor Society during a school-wide assembly. The members of the Spanish Honor Society work with the members of the Spanish Club during meetings and cultural activities. For more information, please contact moderator Mrs. Tatiana Boiko at tboiko@thecatholichighschool.org.

The National English Honor Society- Sister Corda Marie Bergbauer Chapter

The mission and purposes of NEHS shall be literary and educational. This chapter shall strive to

  • confer distinction upon students for high achievement in English language and literature;
  • encourage interest in the English language arts;
  • promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; and
  • serve society by fostering literacy.

Inductions take place in the presence of family, friends, and the school community in an induction ceremony each spring.

Membership in the chapter is an honor bestowed on a student. Selection for membership is decided by the Chapter Advisory Council and is based both on academic accomplishment in English and English-related courses, as well as on overall academic accomplishment.

 The requirements for membership are:

  • ​Attendance at The Catholic High School of Baltimore for the equivalent of one semester prior to being considered.
  • Completion of freshmen English prior to induction as members.
  • Completion of at least one English course at the Honors and/or AP level.
  • A weighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale overall prior to induction as members.
  • An ‘A’ average in all core English course work prior to induction as members.

In addition to these requirements, candidates must demonstrate a willingness to participate in chapter meetings, service projects, and activities. Leadership, service, and character shall also factor heavily into acceptance decisions for membership in NEHS. 

Candidates with documented Category III and IV infractions or any other breaches in discipline that result in school suspension for the current school year and immediate past school year will not qualify for membership. 

The principal shall receive appeals in cases of non-selection of member candidates. The principal’s decision is final and the appeals process in cases of non-selection of member candidates ends here. The NEHS National Advisory Council shall not review the judgment of the Chapter Advisory Council regarding selection of individual members to local chapters. 

Each new member pays a one-time induction fee that covers the cost of their NEHS membership, the processing of membership records, and the preparation of a national membership certificate.

For more information about the chapter, please contact NEHS moderator, Mr. Scott Derosier at sderosier@thecatholichighschool.org.

Student Council

Student Council, consisting of representatives from each class, helps students realize their leadership potential. They use their talents to plan events for the entire student body such as Hello Day, Hall Deocrating, Adopt-A-Family and Miss Catholic High. Student Council also participates in various community service projects throughout the year.

For more information, please contact club moderator Emily Vandergriff at evandergriff@thecatholichighschool.org.

TCHS-TV

TCHS-TV, a student-run television studio, airs daily with the prayer, pledge, and announcements and Catholic High news. For more information, please contact club moderator Mr. Howard Scott at hscott@thecatholichighschool.org.