St. Louis U. High fosters the total development of students while engaging their interest. Our co-curricular program, which offers more than 75 clubs and student activities, provides abundant opportunity for social, spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual growth.
Click below for a sampling of some of our co-curriculars.
- A Cappella Club
- Chess Club
- Chinese Club
- Clavius Project
- Latin Club
- Math Club
- Medical Careers Club
- Mock Trial Club
- National Honor Society
- One World Club
- Poetry Out Loud
- Scholar Bowl
- Shakespeare Contest
- Speech Team
- STARS - Student-Teacher Association for Racial Studies
- STEM Club
A Cappella Club is for any student who loves to sing! The group performs quarterly on the choir concerts. All students who love a cappella music are welcome, whether currently enrolled in a choir class or not.
Moderator: Mrs. Addie Akin
The Chess Club gives students the opportunity to improve their chess game through formal and informal competition. SLUH also competes in the Gateway Chess League. The top five players in the club play against other schools in matches on Wednesdays. SLUH students also can play chess in Saturday tournaments sponsored by the league. Information about the Gateway Chess League, along with weekly match reports once the season begins, can be found here. Or click on the match results below.
Moderator: Mr. Rich Esswein, email@example.com
The Chinese Club promotes the study of Mandrin Chinese and Chinese culture. Club membership is open to all students. Activities are based on the decision of the elected officers. All activities are free to members. Guests may be invited to share some of the activities for a nominal fee.
Moderator: Mr. Yude Huang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Clavius Project began in 2014 as a collaboration among students, faculty and staff to bring education in STEM to city Catholic schools. Named after Christopher Clavius—a German Jesuit mathematician and astronomer responsible for the Gregorian Calendar as well as the first in the Church to confirm his former student Galileo's Heliocentric Theory of the universe—the program has achieved considerable success and momentum in just a short period of time.
SLUH’s Robotics Club has partnered with selected Catholic middle schools in the city and surrounding underserved areas to offer robotics training in the STEM subject areas. In addition to providing Lego® Mindstorm® EV3 robot kits and software, the school’s outreach robotics program incorporates an initial workshop for using the kits and the programming software, followed by four to six sessions to assist staff and students in successfully developing the robotics curriculum and after-school activity at each middle school.
Moderators: Jeff Pitts [email@example.com, (314) 713-5970]
The Math Club consists of students interested in improving their problem solving skills and participating in regional and national math competitions. Meetings are held at least twice a month during activity period. Some of the competitions include the American Mathematics Competition, the Missouri Math League, Excellence in Mathematics Competition, the Continental Math League Competitions, and regional qualifying competitions leading to the state competition held yearly in Columbia.
Students interested in being a part of the Math Club should watch the bulletin board outside of the math office for meeting dates and/or see a moderator to receive messages via email. We also sponsor the SLUH Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta. This is a national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society that was formed in 1957. The purpose of this organization is to stimulate interest in mathematics by providing public recognition of superior mathematical scholarship and by promoting various mathematical activities that foster the enjoyment of mathematics. It is co-sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Juniors and seniors who have completed at least two years of college preparatory mathematics with a grade of a B or better in those courses and who have actively participated in math club meetings and events (to accumulate required points) may become members.
Moderators: Mrs. Beth Kissel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The St. Louis University High School Medical Careers Club (MCC) provides students with guidance, direction, and opportunities to explore various medical fields. Some of the major goals of the club used in accomplishing this mission include:
1. To make students aware of the different medical related fields that are available.
2. To make connections both with medical professionals and with other students who have similar interests and goals.
3. To gain educational opportunities related to medical fields.
4. An additional goal of the club is to help students gain a competitive advantage applying to undergraduate medical and health related programs.
Moderator: Mr. Tim O’Keefe (email@example.com)
Students organize and try both the prosecution and defense arguments for cases that are chosen and distributed by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis each year. Teams compete against other local high schools and may advance to both regional, state, and national competitions. SLUH students get a chance to learn the federal rules of evidence and the art of working as a trial attorney or they get to protect the information for their side of the case and creatively take on the character of a witness. BBQ and great food prevail with all Mock Trial activities!
Moderator: Mrs. Anne Marie Lodholz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NHS serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
NHS members of the Anna F. Backer Chapter serve their community through Service of Presence, Service of Involvement, and Service to SLUH.
NHS hosts an annual teacher karaoke as well as a book drive. Members also give open house tours and meet quarterly in the theatre.
- A diverse community of students coming from a variety of cities, states, and countries who share an interest and appreciation for other languages and cultures.
- An organization that promotes, advocates, and advances initiatives in collaboration with the Global Ed program and other clubs.
- A forum to promote cultural diversity and dialog as well as awareness of international issues.
- A place for international students to connect with the SLUH community.
- An environment that allows students to learn something new while exploring diversity at SLUH.
Students memorize and perform a poem from the Poetry Out Loud web site and compete at SLUH in December. The winner represents SLUH in the local competition.
Meetings are held in the weeks leading up to the competition.
Moderator: Chuck Hussung (email@example.com)
Students memorize and perform a Shakespearean monologue and compete at SLUH in December. The winner represents SLUH in the local competition.
Meetings are held in the weeks leading up to the competition.
Moderator: Chuck Hussung (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sisyphus is SLUH's (twice yearly) Magazine of Literature and Art
Most of our work occurs during two three-week periods, one in January and one in April. During those two periods, editing the magazine (especially the literary submissions) absorbs lots of time.
Participates in Christian Interscholastic Speech League Competitions throughout the year. The competition dates for the year are as follows: October 7th, November 18th, January 27th, and February 24th (this finals meet is being hosted by SLUH).
The team meets regularly for individual practice, quarterly as a group, in the theatre quarterly
Moderator: Mrs. Kathryn Whitaker (email@example.com
STARS-Student Teacher Association for Racial Studies- is a book reading and discussion club. Members include both faculty and students. Books chosen deal with racial issues.
Moderator: Rob Garavaglia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The STEM Club is open to all students who have an interest in STEM activities. Club members compete in Engineering at the Arch, TEAMS engineering competition, Billiken BEAMS bridge building competition, Team America Rocketry Competition, Science Olympiad, and FIRST Robotics. Last year we were invited to participate in the Gateway Robotics Competiton, Missouri State FIRST competition, and Robotics at the Magic House. Aside from competitions, the club hosts a monthly STEM speaker series featuring college students and professionals that discuss everything from biomimicry to the search for dark matter. The whole club meets weekly in the innovation lab with more frequent meetings taking place during the competition season.
- Admissions Ambassadors
- Community Service Program
- Liturgical Choir
- Men for Life
- Pastoral Teams
- President's Ambassadors
- Shadow@SLUH Hosts
- Sustainability Committee
The Association for Cultural Enrichment at SLUH (ACES) promotes awareness and discussion of diversity issues at SLUH, while making all students feel welcome at SLUH.
Through weekly meetings, ACES offers students a chance to come together as a group devoted to understanding and dismantling racism. Through its yearly Philia Retreat, ACES provides a prayerful setting for students to consider their experiences and issues of diversity from a spiritual perspective. Through film screenings, prayer services, and discussion forums, ACES gives students a chance to organize important community events, raise their voices, and have fun.
ACES is also the umbrella organization for a series of affinity groups that give members a chance to focus on concerns related to particular parts of their identities. Visit the ACES site at the link below in order to learn more.
Moderator: Mr. Adam Cruz (email@example.com)
Assistant Moderator: Mr. Dan Shields (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Admissions Ambassadors provide positive first and lasting impressions of what it means to be a Jr. Bill. Ambassadors are tasked with demonstrating for interested families, "Why SLUH?" and are critical members of the SLUH Admissions Team. Young men selected for these roles are considered leaders at SLUH and are perceived in our community and by college admissions counselors and employers as exceptional in character and leadership. Further detailed information about Admissions Ambassadors may be obtained from Jennifer Thomas in the Admissions Office.
Moderator: Jennifer Thomas (email@example.com)
The Community Service Program is a voluntary program offering students in all four grade levels an opportunity to place themselves at the service of others. Students volunteer at selected sites throughout the school year as their schedules allow. Many programs offer a faculty chaperone for those students who are unable to drive. The programs are organized by populations served and type of service. Categories include: pre-school programs, tutor/mentor programs (elementary/middle school-aged populations), feeding/sheltering programs, senior programs, and sports programs for those with special needs. Throughout the school year some programs are added and some end, most often by program design.
Community Service Program Moderator: Mrs. Simonie Anzalone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Liturgical Choir is a club open to students of all four years. You may elect to be a singer or instrumentalist for your particular class Masses, all-school Masses, special weekend Masses, or all of the above! There are also other opportunities for liturgical music that spring up on occasion. If you want to play, we'll try to find you a spot where you can participate. Rehearsals generally happen at Activity Periods in the two weeks leading up to the liturgies.Here are the dates for our All-School Masses for the 2019-20 school year:
- Mass of the Holy Spirit - Tuesday, August 27
- All Saints' Day - Friday, November 1
- Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 26
- Mass of Praise and Gratitude - Friday, April 24
- Freshmen: October 4, November 15, January 24, May 8
- Sophomores: September 6, November 22, January 17, April 1 (during Sophomore Retreat)
- Juniors: September 13, December 6, January 10, May 1 (Junior Ring Day)
- Seniors: August 30, November 8, February 7, April 17, May 23 (Baccalaureate Mass)
- Mother-Son Mass: Sunday, October 27 (Si Commons)
- Grandparents' Mass: Sunday, April 26 (Si Commons)
Liturgical Choir Moderator: Mr. Brian Gilmore (email@example.com)
SLUH Men for Life welcomes students to toward toward building and strengthening a Culture of Life in our school, in our community, and in our world. As Men for Others, we are committed to taking a stand for the dignity and the sanctity of all human life - born and unborn, strong and vulnerable - in a materialistic culture that too often encourages us to view each other as objects and commodities, useful for what we do and not for who we are as vibrant Children of God.
Moderator: Dr. David Callon (firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Teams are student clubs run out of Campus Ministry. Pastoral Teams are divided by grade level and meet once a week to build community, plan upcoming liturgies and outreach drives, learn about upcoming opportunities that relate to faith and justice, and engage in basic faith sharing. Each Pastoral Team is moderated by a Campus Minister, and they meet during lunch periods in the Campus Ministry office.
Freshman Pastoral Team
Moderator: Mr. Stephen Deves (email@example.com)
Sophomore Pastoral Team
Moderator: Mrs. Simonie Anzalone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Junior Pastoral Team
Moderator: Fr. Joseph Hill, S.J. (email@example.com)
Senior Pastoral Team
Moderator: Ms. Julie Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Presidential Ambassadors serve SLUH in various capacities as representatives of the President and the school. Activities include hosting special events for the school, participating in tutoring and other service projects, speaking to alumni at reunions and speaking at large all-school masses. Further detailed information about President's Ambassadors may be obtained from Kim Walsh in the President's Office.
Shadow@SLUH Hosts are Jr. Bill Freshmen & Sophomores who periodically host an 8th grade guest with similar interests for a half-day of morning class periods and lunch. Hosts provide our guests with a glimpse into what their personal Jr. Bill experience could be and are critical members of the SLUH Admissions Team. Young men selected for these roles are considered leaders at SLUH for their exceptional character and leadership traits. Further detailed information about Shadow@SLUH Hosts may be obtained from Jennifer Thomas in the Admissions Office.
Moderator: Jennifer Thomas (email@example.com)
Students help to recognize how SLUH is sustainable and seek to further these efforts by working on a variety of projects such as the MO Supermileage Challenge, Project Going Green, the Ignatian Carbon Challenge, the USGBC Green School's Quest, and a Marketing initiative.
Moderator: Anne Marie Lodholz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Art Club
- Circus Club
- Coffee Club
- Fishing Club
- Gaelic Football
- Lion Dance Club
- MTG - Magic the Gathering
- Outdoor Adventure Club
- Photography Club
- Ping Pong Club
- Rifle Team/Club
- Smash Club
- Sno Cone Club
- Strategy Board Game Club
- Tailgate Club
- Water Polo
- Wiffle Ball Club
The SLUH Fishing Club has active members from all classes freshmen–senior with a wide variety of skills and interests. The club meets at SLUH and has outings for the members to enjoy the fishing experience. The outings are an opportunity for club members to fish together, share knowledge, and enjoy the friendship of their classmates.
Moderator: Joe Komos (email@example.com)
The Lion Dance club is dedicated to the learning and study of the Chinese Lion Dance. Students dress in traditional Lion Dance apparel and often compete at Lion Dance competitions in the St. Louis area.
Moderator: Mr. Yude Huang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Outdoor Adventure Club, formed in 1995, is a student driven club whose goal is to provide challenging outdoor adventure opportunities while immersed in some of the most scenic areas of our continent and beyond. One of the largest clubs on campus, it serves anyone who wants to participate. All levels and ages of SLUH students are welcome. Students can pick and choose to participate various activities based on their interests. Activities are held year round, with trips generally offered during all four seasons of the year. The Club combines local outings with more ambitious out of state and sometimes out of country excursions. Periodically club fundraisers are held to raise money to defer trip costs. The Club has assisted in several community service activities, both locally and abroad. Clubs activities include but are not limited to: mountain biking (cross country, downhill and touring), hiking, canoeing, backpacking, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving and skiing. Local outings often take place in some of Missouri’s finest State & County Parks. Numerous out of state excursions have taken club members: Mountain Biking in Colorado & Utah Backpacking in Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies Whitewater Rafting in Colorado, Utah, West Virginia, Georgia & Tennessee Downhill Skiing in Colorado Snorkeling & Scuba Diving in Mexico and Belize Hiking, Biking and Paragliding in Central Europe.
Moderator: Mr. Patrick Zarrick (email@example.com)
The Photography Club meets on Mondays after school in the Photography Room, on the 2nd floor of the J-wing, next to the Prep News office. The club owns several Canon digital cameras and lenses, and other photographic equipment. We have the ability to take quality photos of theatrical productions, Masses, sports, and other events. All students are welcome to join the Photography Club, regardless of photography experience. Training is provided and scheduled with Mrs. Kathy Chott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our photos are used in the yearbook "The Dauphin", the student newspaper "Prep News", this web site, and in the publications of Admissions, the President's Office, and the Alumni Office. Our photos are displayed in the daily TV slideshows throughout the school campus. All SLUH students, staff, and faculty have access to, and can download, the photos that we place in our shared Google folder "Yearbook Photos".
If you are interested in the Photography Club, but have no experience with Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLRs), click the link below to learn more about ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings on a camera.
Moderator: Mrs. Kathy Chott (email@example.com)
The Smash Club is for anyone who enjoys gaming and playing Smash Brothers video games. One of the largest clubs on campus, the club is represented in all four classes and averages around 30-40 members per year. The club meets weekly on Fridays after school from 3pm - 5:30pm, with multiple games running concurrently. In addition to their regular meetings, the club hosts several competitions against Smash Clubs and other schools, and members regularly compete in local tournaments throughout the year. The club is diverse and features players of all experience levels. Enthusiasm and high energy are the hallmarks of every meeting.
Moderator: Dr. David Callon
The SLUH Snow Cone Club is a student driven initiative to provide joy to the SLUH community by selling snow cones at events throughout the year. All proceeds of the SLUH Snow Cone Club will be donated to Fe y Alegria, an international organization aimed at providing education to the impoverished and excluded populations of the world. Specifically, our donations will benefit the education in Haiti.
Meetings and Events will happen sporadically throughout the year
Moderator: Stephen Deves (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"EXPLORE NEW PLACES~EAT GOOD FOOD." The Staycation Club visits the diverse, fascinating neighborhoods of our Metro area—often well off the beaten path—and explores in-depth, always discovering wonders in the architecture, natural features, history, demographics, and people who live there. Wherever we go, we put away our devices and enjoy a meal together in a one-of-a-kind eatery for which the area is known. Check our bulletin board in the 2nd floor center hallway for news of upcoming trips. Whether you can make the meetings or not, you are welcome to join the excursions. This club runs year-round and is open to everyone at SLUH, including students, staff and teachers.
Moderator: Mr. Kevan Morshed
Strategy Board Game Club is perfect for anyone interested in playing board games of merit or designing their own board games. SBGC meets on Fridays and has a semester-long Tournament to determine who the board game master is.
Moderator: Jennifer Ice (email@example.com)
The tailgate club sponsors many athletic events and holds tailgates before big games. It often partners with STUCO to give students an awesome gameday experience. Some of the highlights of the year include a Tailgate at Fall Fest, at the SLUH Varsity Soccer Tournament, at Affton Ice Rink before a De Smet hockey game, and much more!!
Moderator: Fr. Joseph Hill, S.J.
- Architechture Club
- Car Club
- Dauphin Players
- Global Education
- Hack Club
- Mo Supermileage
- Prep News
- SLUH Crew
- SLUH Sports Network
- SLUH Student Media
- Writer's Guild
- Yearbook (The Dauphin)
- Young Conservatives
- Youth and Government
Never to fear--Gadfly the magazine remains the bedfrock of the Gadfly Collective. We aim for a monthly production, but three times a semester ain't so bad now is it? Gadfly TV, sparked by its beloved founder, Mr. Michael Koenigs, ASC, has brought the Gadutopian vision to the masses.
Moderator: Dr. David Callon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Hack Club is an organization that is affiliated with the international Hack Club organization. The goal of the club is to help students learn computer programming, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, and collaborative teamwork through projects, tinkering, and participation in community hackathons where they apply their knowledge and skills to do good for the community. The club meets every two weeks and participates in hackathons.
Moderator: Dan See
The Prep News is the weekly student-run newspaper of St. Louis University High School. Our motto is "If nothing else, value the truth." Every Friday, we print eight pages (or more) of news, sports, features, and opinion about the SLUH community. The Prep News also strives to serve as a public forum for discussion of any topic relating to St. Louis U. High. The Prep News is a dedicated staff of writers, editors, and designers (who started out as underclassman seeking an article on a Friday afternoon) organize the paper's content and stay up late on Thursday nights to put the paper together.
Moderator: Mr. Steve Missey (email@example.com)
SLUH Crew works on the technical aspects of the productions here, as well as helps to further develop technical theater skills.
Meets in the Theater Scene Shop. Visit Mr. Moore for more information.
Moderator: Mr. Tim Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SLUH Student Media embraces the creativity and imagination of students through a diverse spectrum of media, such as video production, social media, graphic design and podcast production. Members have the opportunity to explore their own ideas and projects to tell the story of SLUH and develop their own portfolios.
The club meets after school on Monday (Ignatius cohort) and Tuesday (Xavier).
Max Chehval '21
Anthony Adem '21
James Brunts '21
Luke Wagner '21
Moderator: Ryan Doyle (Digital Media Specialist)
The Mission of The Young Conservatives is to teach and promote constitutional conservative values at SLUH, which include: free market capitalism, small government, individual liberty, freedom, Judo-Christian values, personal responsibility, and a strict interpretation of the Constitution.
Youth and Government is a student-driven simulation of state government which involves 1000 Missouri students. Every fall, SLUH students gather to prepare for their roles in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches or the print or video media. Each November, YAG students spend 3 days in Jefferson City carrying out the functions and responsibilities of our state government. They present and debate bills, try civil cases as attorneys, and run for elected office. The entire process is documented through a student press. YAG focuses on leadership skills and works to ensure that democracy is learned by each generation.
Moderators: Sarah Becvar (email@example.com)
"St. Louis U High is unique in that it offers each student an opportunity to grow in leadership and community through its many clubs, whether it be an interest in theater, robotics, literature, social justice, politics, or any other interest, SLUH offers a place for that student."
- Paul Gillam '19
Editor in Chief of Prep News, the student newspaper of SLUH (pictured in middle with editorial team)