Clubs, Activities, & Student Organizations

Maine Township District 207 schools offer extensive opportunities beyond the classroom to engage in learning, self-discovery, and the pursuit of personal interests with like-minded peers.  Offering over 80 clubs and activities, students can participate in clubs based on hobbies, academics, charitable efforts, as well as social and political interests.  Take a few minutes to explore our clubs listed below:

Activity Name Sponsor Name Social Media
A CAPPELLA CLUB Kate Lee
ACTS OF KINDNESS Catherine Lee-Chin
AMNESTY CLUB Robert Brown

We are affiliated with Amnesty International an international group working on human rights.

ASSYRIAN CLUB Sabrina Benjamin

Assyrian club welcomes anyone interested in getting to know more about the Assyrian culture, food, and costumes. We work together for philanthropic causes and try to connect to the Assyrian community!

ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES - BOYS
ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES - GIRLS
BAGGO CLUB Ann Propst
BAKE-FOR-A-CHANGE Natalie Bialecki

Bake for a Change is a club all about donating and giving back to our community. We have three events throughout the year where we bake, package, and sell sweets. With the proceeds from our bake sales we donate the money to our choice of charity!

BAND Pam Holt
BLACK STUDENT UNION Mieka Yochim, Alen Ibrahimovic, Jesse Smith
BROADCASTING CLUB Phil Ash
CCA (COMIC, CARTOON, ANIMATION) Gary Zielinski

The Comics-Cartooning-Animation Club (CCA) meets periodically and conducts activities in the areas of comics, cartooning, and animation, such as learning and having discussions about the modern forms of visual art: meeting people who work in the areas of comics, cartooning, and animation to learn about their work: and creating comics, cartoons, and animation. (from the Preamble to our constitution).

CHEERLEADERS- JV Erin Donnelly
CHEERLEADERS- VARSITY Jessica Olsen
CHEM PLUS Angie Etzwiler, Anna Klein

Our students develop, research and later perform chemistry demonstrations to the community and local jr. high school students.

CHOIR Kate Lee
CLASS COUNCIL - FRESHMAN Don Miller
CLASS COUNCIL - JUNIOR Mecca Sadler, Karen Wolfe

Junior Class Council is responsible for many of the Homecoming Festivities that everyone enjoys! We decorate the hallway for homecoming, decorate for the homecoming dance, and help plan events for the homecoming assembly.

We also coordinate fundraising efforts that help pay for Prom and Senior Breakfast for our class, such as candy sales and car washes.

Finally, we plan activities that students in the school can enjoy. This year we are planning to coordinate and Escape Room and Movie Night for students.

CLASS COUNCIL - SENIOR Angie Etzwiler, Alaina Vasta

Senior Class Council is a student-run organization that plans and promotes activities and events for the senior class at Maine East. Such events include Prom and Senior Breakfast. The club also runs fundraising events supporting the school-wide charity.

CLASS COUNCIL - SOPHOMORE Rachel Samlan
COLOR GUARD Megan Foley

The Demon guard adds visual elements to the Blue Regiment’s sound. We meet once a week, practice with the Blue Regiment, and perform during halftime at football games.

CRICKET CLUB Pat Baldwin
D.E.C.A.
DEBATE Keith Barnstein
DEMON SQUAD Sue Kawecki
DEMON STRINGS Sarah Djordjevic

Extra Curricular String Performing Ensemble

DEMON-OCRACY (POLITICS CLUB) Jennifer Conlon

Students meet to discuss current issues, plan for speakers and events, work on a service project (now developing a website for contacting community officials and locating service opportunities), and prepare to attend a statewide forum at ISU on the US role in a changing world.

DEMONS AGAINST DEPRESSION Ron Clark
DRAMA - THESPIANS TROOP 1792 Karen Hall
EAST PALS Christina Steiner
EAST PRIDE Rachel Samlan
ECOLOGY CLUB(GREEN REACH) Shelby Riha, Jessica Castellanos

We help maintain our nature spaces on campus – the oak savanna near Dee entrance, butterfly garden outside science wing, and vegetable garden in center court. We have work days to maintain trails and remove invasive species, we plant and harvest food from our veggie garden, help raise awareness about our recycling program, and strive to improve our school’s green report card.

EDGE-Literary Magazine Eric Coval
F.C.C.L.A. - General Sabrina Benjamin, Michelle Meyer, Tess Buchberger

Family Community Leaders of American (FCCLA) – club for fashion, culinary and child care

FASHION CLUB Jillian Ristow
FEMINIST CLUB Catherine Lee-Chin

We discuss issues associated with feminism

FILIPINO CLUB Tina Sabatello
FOREIGN LANGUAGE HONORARIES Bernie Lewis
FRENCH CLUB Bernie Lewis

French Club promotes the culture and traditions of French speaking countries.

GERMAN CLUB Tony Illescas Amador

German Club is a social and cultural club to further the enrichment of the language and knowledge of new students taking German, students who have been in the program for years already, as well as for any new-comers. The club is open to anyone in the school. The club does fun activities, such as field trips, breakfasts, movies, decorations, and other after or before school activities.

GRAPHIC ART CLUB Collin Spratt

Students have fun while learning how to use graphic arts software (Adobe: PhotoShop, Illustrator, and InDesign) to create their own projects or projects for other Maine South clubs. Club members support Maine South departments, clubs, sports teams, and organizations by providing graphic design assistance whenever needed. Club members may be able to submit graphic design work to local and state competitions.

GYMNASTICS CIRCUS CLUB Betty Axelson-McClelland

Gymnastics Circus Club provides the opportunity for any boy or girl to learn gymnastics and Circus skills- no experience is necessary. Besides all the gymnastics apparatus, we have unicycles, stilts, and juggling equipment, along with Board Tumbling and Acromaniacs Vaulting for students to learn any skills they are interested in trying.

H2O CLUB Mark Dobner
HEALTH CARE SOCIETY Jacquelyn Pauly

The goal of the club is to inform the students of Maine East of the career opportunities in the medical field and also to raise donations for worthy causes.

HELLENIC CLUB Angie Edsey, Elizabeth Papanastasopoulos

Hellenic Club is for all students interested in celebrating Greek heritage and culture.

INTERNATIONAL CLUB Dorothy Bruzan, Deb Labno

We are a club that promotes awareness and appreciation of different cultures.

INVESTMENT CLUB (Foundations) Dale Lasky
ITALIAN CLUB Toni Campisciano Ungaro

Meet new people and chat with friends about the Italian language and culture.

KOREAN CLUB
LANGUAGE LEARNING AND EXCHANGE CLUB Sharon Baima

Language Learning and Exchange club (LLE) to provide students with opportunities to learn another language through conversation, communication, and tutoring from their peers and/or online resources.

LATINO CLUB Adad Ocampo
LENS - YEARBOOK Elizabeth Papanastasopoulos, Susan Clifford

We make the yearbook.

M-CLUB Steve Schanz
M.E. CARES Rachel Samlan

School-wide Charitable Fundraising Group

MAINE EAST RECREATION CLUB Dale Lasky
MAINE EAST RHYTHM CLUB Greg Lundberg

West African Percussion & Performance

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY Snjezana Salamon

Maine Historical Society upholds the traditions of this organization that were started back in 1929.

MATH TEAM Mark Dobner

Math Team

MOCK TRIAL TEAM
MODEL UNITED NATIONS Ron Thomas
MONGOLIAN CLUB Elizabeth Papanastasopoulos
MU ALPHA THETA Susan Clifford, Alaina Vasta
MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION Robert Payne

Everyone who is interested in learning about Islam and wants to help fight the battle of Islamophobia is welcome to attend.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY Magdalene Eisenberg
NATIONAL FORENSIC LEAGUE Tim Pappageorge
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Wendy Reitz

Academic/character/leadership/service club

NOVUS CLUB John Schwan
ORCHESIS - DANCE CLUB Amanda Ilic

We dance.

ORCHESTRA Sarah Djordjevic
PHI LAMBDA KAPPA Bernie Lewis
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB Laura Hanna
PING PONG CLUB Robert Brown
PIONEER - SCHOOL NEWSPAPER Matt Miller
POLISH CLUB Ala Lipka

As a club we celebrate Polish traditional holidays, for example Wigilia, Andrzejki, etc. We conduct candy sales resulting in students receiving sweatshirts or t-shirts, we participate in the International Celebration, have pizza party, end of the year party, etc.

PRINCIPAL ADVISORY Dr. Michael Pressler
R-CODE Chris Peters

R-Code is a PBIS organization that is dedicated to improving the culture and atmosphere at Maine East High School. R-Code’s focus is on teaching respectful, responsible, and ready behavior.

READING CLUB Rummanah Aasi
RESPONSIBLE TECHNOLOGY Chris Peters
ROBOTICS CLUB Jan Wieczorek

We build robots using VEX parts and program them to complete challenges. We compete against other schools in these challenges in January.

ROTARY INTERACT John Schwan
SCHOLASTIC BOWL TEAM Owen Doak, Jan Wieczorek

Scholastic Bowl is an academic quiz bowl competition. Students compete in teams of five to show their knowledge of literature, social science, math, science, fine arts, as well as popular culture and current events. This competitive activity is especially geared for students who are very knowledgable about the advanced high school curriculum, and can answer questions quickly with a buzzer/close out system. Maine East Scholastic Bowl has a full conference schedule in the CSL, and we also compete in about six Saturday tournaments. The season concludes with the IHSA state tournament, beginning with a regional competition in early March.

SCIENCE FICTION CLUB Gary Zielinski

The Science Fiction Club promotes the exposure to and enjoyment of various science fiction media to all Maine East students.

SENIOR LEADERS Theresa Bonifazi
SERBIAN CLUB Snjezana Salamon

Serbian Club celebrates the culture and history of Serbia.

SHADES OF MAINE EAST Ann Propst
SKILLS USA Thomas Kaiser, Ken Adkins, Tim Heim

CTE &Technical Skill Competition and Leadership

SPANISH CLUB Rose Middleton

Spanish Club promotes the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking countries.

SPEECH CONTESTS Mark Hankins
SPORTS MEDICINE CLUB Megan Luetje
STUDENT COUNCIL Natalie Bourn, Tony Montesano

Student Council gives students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects. In addition to in club leadership activities the officers organize and run homecoming committees, V-Show ticket sales and advertising, blood drives and charity fund raisers.

TECH GENIUS Mike Cannizzo

The Maine East Tech Genius Club has been providing students with opportunities to pursue a career in technology. Since 2013, weŐve connected our student members to valuable paid-internships, chances to network with established technology professionals, and provided student members with the funding necessary to work on exciting and distinctive tech-related projects. Join us to learn about how we engaged our members and helped them jumpstart their careers in technology.

TECHNICAL THEATRE Jessica Mitilineos

We do the building, lighting, sound, props, and costumes for all shows at Maine East. We run any and all events in the auditorium. As well as maintain the space and equipment.

TRI-M Pam Holt, Sarah Djordjevic, Kate Lee
ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB Collin Spratt
V-SHOW Rory Martin
WMTH-FM Phillip Ash
WMTH-TV Phillip Ash