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Clubs, Activities, & Student Organizations

 

Romelle L. Taylor Sr. Irene Balogh
Associate Principal Student Experiences Assistant to Associate Principal Student Experiences
(847)692-8506 (847)692-8512
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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 Kate Lee
A CAPPELLA – A vocal group that sings contemporary popular music with only their voices. Perform at choir concerts, V-Show, and in the community! No experience necessary and all are welcome.
AMNESTY CLUB - Human Right Defenders TBA

Human Rights Defenders provides activist opportunities for students and staff. We focus on education, awareness, and taking action on human rights issues such as torture, police accountability, prisoners of conscience, ending gun violence, refugee and immigrant rights, and LGBTQ rights. We are affiliated with Amnesty International (amnestyusa.org)

ANIMAL ADVOCATES CLUB Laura Goldman, Kristin Hussmann

Animal Advocates is a space for students, especially those passionate about animals, and/or activism, to learn about animals, animal-rights concerns, and ways to live more cruelty0free lives! As a club, members engage in activities that promote the well-being and rights of animals, and support local animal shelters.

ASSYRIAN CLUB Sabrina Benjamin, Marta Gozo

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!

BAGGO CLUB Annie Propst

We are a group of students who enjoy getting together after school, rain or shine, to play Bagg-o. Come join us anytime. No commitment necessary. We look forward to sharing more information with you!

 

BAKE-FOR-A-CHANGE TBA

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 Andrew Beckwith
BLACK STUDENT UNION Mieka Yochim, Alen Ibrahimovic, Keleyssa Block
Open to all students interested in learning about, and promoting, the diversity of the Black experience through dialogue, community service, and social events.
Follow us on Instagram @MaineEastBSU !
 
BROADCASTING CLUB Phil Ash

Find out how you can be live on our student-run radio station or, on the crew for our monthly video announcements or V-Show. Plus, we try to gather and watch a film once-a-month of different genres.

 

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 TBA

The Maine East Sideline cheerleading team supports the football team and boy’s and girl’s basketball programs during scheduled games. In addition to sideline cheering, we also support the Maine East student body at pep assemblies and various events throughout the school year.  

CHEERLEADERS- VARSITY Kayla Turner

The Maine East Sideline Cheerleading team supports the football team and boy’s and girl’s basketball programs during scheduled games. In addition to sideline cheering, we also support the Maine East student body at pep assemblies and various events throughout the school year.  

CHEM PLUS Angie Etzwiler, Anna Klein

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

CHESS CLUB Dale Lasky

Chess is a two-player strategy board-game played by millions of people worldwide. It is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga, sometime before the 7th century. Come get involved! You might be able to win some prizes!

 

CHOIR Kate Lee

If you love to sing, or want to learn ho to sing, choir is the place for you! the Choir Program at Maine East includes Treble Choir, Bass Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and All In Choir. We sing music of all genres and aim to represent all students’ cultures. We showcase our work at concerts and in the community. Students of all experience level, age, ability, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religion are welcome! Please reach out to Ms. Lee at [email protected] or speak to your counselor if you are interested in joining a choir. We would love to have you join the Choir family!

CLASS COUNCIL - FRESHMAN Dave Berendt

Freshman Class Council coordinates fundraising efforts (with Sophomore Class Council) that help pay for Prom and Senior Breakfast for our class while also building class spirit within the grade.

Please contact the sponsor for more information.

CLASS COUNCIL - JUNIOR Angie Etzwiler, 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 Alaina Vasta, Dino Di Legge

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 Sonja Rzeszutko

Sophomore class Council coordinates fundraising efforts, with Freshman Class Council, that help pay for Prom and Senior Breakfast for our class while also building class spirit within the grade.

Feel free to contact the sponsor for more information.

COACH Pauline Sterenberg

COACH is a voluntary peer-to-peer tutoring program.

COLOR GUARD Megan Foley

The Demon Guard (Color Guard/Flags) 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

We are a group of students who meet to play cricket. We are members of the Mid Suburban Cricket League and play regular indoor games against other schools over the winter.

We finished 2nd Place at the Cricket Championship Tournament in our inaugural season!

DEBATE Keith Barnstein
DEMON SQUAD Sue Kawecki

Demon Squad-POMS are an award-winning competitive dance team that competes statewide.  They perform at halftime at football games and basketball games as well as perform at the assemblies.

DEMON STRINGS Ms. Cassandra Ruiz

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 (MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS CLUB) Ron Clark, Alaina Vasta
DRAMA - THESPIANS TROOP 1792 Karen Hall

Thespians Troop 1792 is an international society of honor for students involved in on-stage and backstage theater activities. As a student gets involved he or she earns points for each theater activity they participate in based on number of hours and difficulty. When a student meets all of the point-qualifications, they become a member of the Thespian Society.

EAST PALS Bekah VanWolvelear, Terri Simpson

Our goal is to develop lifelong friendships between students of all abilities through meetings, activities, and games.

EAST PRIDE - GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE Colleen Cochran, Marlon Cruz

East Pride exists to provide a safe space for LGBTQ students and their allies. We work to raise awareness and increase acceptance of students who are LGBTQ, as well as provide a place for all students to positively interact. We do this through education and fun events. East Pride is open to anyone who wishes to create a more positive environment at Maine East.

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-SPOKEN WORD CLUB TEAM Eric Coval, David Hessert

In the Edge Spoken Word Club/Team students workshop and write poems to be performed at poetry slams like Louder Than a Bomb, the Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and Louder Than a Lawnmower, Maine East’s own regional slam. Our students have also performed on stages including Windy City Live, Northwestern University, Oakton Community College, and other local high schools.

FASHION CLUB Jillian Ristow

Fashion club welcomes anyone interested in learning more about the fashion industry, sewing or other creative activities. Students leave most meetings with a personal creation, designed by them. We explore fashion design, construction and merchandising. All are welcome to join at any point throughout the year.

FCCLA Tess Buchbeger, Michelle Meyer, Jillian Ristow.

Students that have taken an FCS (Family and Consumer Sciences) class can use skills and topics learned to participate in FCCLA which allows students to attend an annual leadership conference and compete in Family and Consumer Sciences’ events at the sectional and state levels. The competitive events include Culinary, Fashion, Child Development, and Consumer/Career related topics. Fundraising, social and community building activities are planned by the student members and officers who develop leadership skills as a result of participating and leading the club.

 
FEMINIST CLUB Kate Lee-Chin

Maine East Feminist Club offers an open space for discussion regarding equity and intersectional feminism. Feminism is not anti-men, it’s a pro-equality movement. We welcome anyone and everyone to join in conversations exploring current issues with this lens. “If you see inequality as a “them” problem or “unfortunate other” problem, that is a problem.- Kimberle Crenchaw, Civil Rights Advocate & Intersectional Feminist

 
FILIPINO CLUB Tina Sabatello
The Filipino club promotes the culture and traditions of the Philippines; all are welcome. 
The Flipside Dancers perform at the variety show and the International Celebration.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE HONORARIES Bernie Lewis
FRENCH CLUB Bernie Lewis

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

GAMER'S GUILD -ESPORTS Andres Gonzalez

The Gamer’s Guild provides opportunities for students to become gamers. With pathways for competitive and casual gaming, students can develop skills and strategies in their favorite games, think critically in various ways, and learn how to problem-solve if they go the competitive route, or create genuine lasting friendships, a drive for success, and a sense of individuality intermixed with teamwork, if they go casual route. Or they could attain both — there are many things a Gamer’s Guild Gamer can achieve!

 
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 Drew Schneider

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 East clubs. Club members support Maine East 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.

H2O CLUB Mark Dobner

H2O Christian Club’s mission is for students to reach out to others on campus and to grow in fellowship with one another.

HELLENIC CLUB Angie Edsey

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

HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) Tess Buchberger, Amy Swanson

Are you interested in having a future in healthcare occupations? If so, HOSA is the club for you! Come and join us for guest speakers from professionals in the industry, opportunities to volunteer at a variety of community service activities, and have the chance to compete at a state competition. HOSA is a nationally-recognized organization and we are just starting our chapter here at Maine East!

INTERNATIONAL CLUB Deb Labno

We are a club that promotes awareness and appreciation of different cultures represented at Maine East and around the globe. Looking to becoming a leader at Maine East? This club welcomes your new ideas, talents, and enthusiasm towards making International Club one of the school’s best!

 

INVESTMENT CLUB (Foundations) Dale Lasky

Investment Club introduces business and investing concepts through real=life scenarios and cases that teach critical thinking and strategy. Students compete in various business competitions to solidify writing, thinking, and presenting skills.

LANGUAGE LEARNING AND EXCHANGE CLUB Sharon Baima

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

LATINX CLUB Jazmeen Rivera

Latinx Club is a place where students from all racial backgrounds come together and celebrate the Latino culture through countless activities.

LENS - YEARBOOK Angie Hughes, Theresa Bonifazi
The mission of LENS is to record all students and events throughout the school year while creating the ME yearbook. If you have a knack for digital design, art, writing, photography, or simply want to help in the mission of getting ALL students in the yearbook, then LENS may be the group for you.
M-CLUB Kendall Griffin

M-Club is for all varsity captains from each varsity sport-team athletes. Athletes in this club help with school spirit and attend as many sporting events, outside of their own sport, as they can to promote school spirit. Follow us on Twitter @MEHSBlueDemons or on Instagram @mehsbluedemons.

M.E. CARES Rachel Samlan

ME Cares is a student-led group which identifies humanitarian needs within our community and presents these needs to the school community. After the school community selects a cause, we spend the school year developing community outreach and fundraising opportunities to support our annual campaign. Notable activities include dine and shares with local restaurants, our holiday auction, and an annual charity basketball game. 

MAINE EAST RECREATION CLUB Dale Lasky

Come join us for some fun and games!! We enjoy games and activities that help create a sense of community and competition at the same time. We play board games, card games, and sometimes we even watch movies together!

MAINE EAST RHYTHM CLUB Greg Lundberg

We study the percussion-based music of West Africa and perform at various school and community events. No experience necessary – only an enthusiasm for music! All drums and instruction provided!

 

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY Snjezana Salamon

Maine Historical Society upholds the traditions of this organization that were started back during the Great Depression in 1929. This organization is the second oldest organization in District 207, second only to the National Honor Society. From the Pumpkin Carving Contest to the Cherry Pie Festival, we celebrate America’s traditions and history along with those of D207.

MATH TEAM Mark Dobner

The Math Team competes against other area high schools throughout the year. Anyone interested in problem-solving, challenging themselves, and learning new math topics that may not be covered in math classes, is encouraged to join. The team meets for practices and competitions regularly.

MODEL UNITED NATIONS Ron Thomas, Aileen Alden

Model United Nations, also know as Model UN, is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations…It is meant to engage students and allow them to develop deeper understanding into current world issues.

MONGOLIAN CLUB TBA

Mongolian Club is for all students who want to celebrate and participate in the Mongolian culture.

MU ALPHA THETA Alaina Vasta
MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION Rummanah Aasi, Waleed Atawneh, Nesrin Unlu, Uzma Sattar

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 HONOR SOCIETY Wendy Reitz

NHS is a national honors organization for secondary school students. Students with Junior or Senior standing who hold a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of the end of Sophomore year will be invited to submit additional information to attain membership. Invitation for membership is based on four criteria: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. Membership invitations are sent after the application is adjudicated by a  Faculty Advisory Council based on examination of transcripts, student-submitted materials, and other relevant school records. NHS members are inducted in fall and spring of each year and are expected to maintain high levels of academic achievement, school and community leadership and volunteer service, including a minimum of five to fifteen hours of service every six months. 

NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE ASSOCIATION TBA
NOVUS CLUB TBA

Novus is committed to building a generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.by empowering students with the skills needed to succeed tomorrow. Novus coordinates a series of programs throughout the school year to help students learn valuable skills needed to succeed in college and their careers. Please visit Novusclub.org for more information.

 
ORCHESIS - DANCE CLUB Kathryn (Katie) Desalvo

Orchesis is an auditioned based club in the medium of dance. It is comprised of freshman through senior students. Orchesis performs numerous times throughout the year with the highlight of the year being our annual concert in the spring that consists of student choreography along with guest choreography. Orchesis members continue to learn technique in dance as well as choreographic expertise. They grow as dancers, using their creativity and skills throughout the year. 

ORCHESTRA Ms. Cassandra Ruiz
PHI LAMBDA KAPPA Bernie Lewis
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB TBA

Photography Club is open to all students sharing an interest in photography; no experience or class enrollment necessary. Students explore darkroom and digital techniques in artistic and fun ways while creating exciting photo projects geared toward individual and group interest. Photo Club is an excellent opportunity for students to try their hand at photography in a pressure-free environment of fellow photo-lovers.

PING PONG CLUB Robert Brown

Ping Pong Club is open intramural drop-in table tennis. We bring out the tables weekly after school, most Thursdays during the school-year. All levels are welcome to play and free mini-lessons are given by Mr. Brown and club attendees. Anyone is welcome to play any time!

The Table Tennis Team is a combined competitive team that includes serious players from both Maine East and Maine South. the team competes in the Interscholastic Table Tennis Illinois (ITTI) high-school league from November through February.

PIONEER - SCHOOL NEWSPAPER Matt Miller, David Hessert
The Pioneer is the school newspaper at Maine East, reporting on news, sports, entertainment, and interesting people in the M.E. and surrounding communities. We are always looking for students interested in news or editorial reporting and writing, photo journalism, editing, and graphic design/layout. Stop by a Pioneer staff meeting and discuss how you might contribute to an upcoming issue of the newspaper!
POLISH CLUB Michelle Meyer

Everyone is invited to join Polish Club as we seek to share in the Polish traditional holidays, for example Wigilia and Andrzejki. We will conduct fundraisers to directly benefit students in securing club wear, we will plan to participate in the International Celebration, and we hope to have fun in having gatherings around sharing food! Come join us!

PRINCIPAL ADVISORY Dr. Michael Pressler
R-CODE Chris Peters, Peter Przekota

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 resilient behavior.

READING CLUB Catherin Lee-Chin

The Reading Club’s focus is reading and discussing the annual “Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice Master List”. In February, the club competes in the Niles’ Library Lincoln Cup, showcasing their knowledge of the books on the annual list. Check us out! 

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 Robert Payne

We have many exciting events in store this year. We fundraise to support local OR international philanthropic, nonprofit organizations. Another exciting annual event is the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference, a weekend-long camp in which attendees participate in fun activities to build leadership skills and make lifelong friendships!

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 knowledgeable 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, Jon Kulesza
SERBIAN CLUB Snjezana Salamon

Serbian Club celebrates the culture and history of Serbia.

SHADES OF MAINE EAST Ann Propst, Tina Sabatello

We are the club that organizes and produces the annual International Celebration, a gathering of cultural clubs showcasing food, costuming, and dance from our district 207 community and around the world.

SKILLS USA Thomas Kaiser, Ken Adkins

Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work-force. Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

SOAR Mieka Yochim, Eric Coval

You are invited to be a part of the continuing district-wide, student-led discussion organized and developed by SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism). SOAR works to help dismantle racism through brave conversations and education. Join our journey.

SOUTH ASIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION (SASA) Kate Lee-Chin, Aankita Patel

We are a regional cultural-based group celebrating the great diversity of South Asia.  We welcome everyone from all backgrounds to join us as we explore traditional and modern cultural elements through celebrations, food, movies, and more. We meet every-other-Monday at 3:30 pm , in Room 245, starting Monday September 30. Come join us!

SPANISH CLUB Rose Middleton

Spanish Club recognizes and celebrates the culture and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries. We also collaborate with the other language clubs and and organizations to create diverse experiences. Activities, Games, Music, Fundraising, and More! All are welcome. Come join us!

SPEECH AND PERFORMANCE TEAM TBA

Speech Team is a competitive activity in which students compete in thirteen unique events ranging from impromptu speaking, poetry reading, radio broadcasting, and original comedy.

SPORTS MEDICINE CLUB Megan Luetje

Sports medicine club instructs Maine East students in First Aid, CPR and to disseminate pertinent medical information. To apply learning in a hands-on environment to reinforce the information presented. To expose members to the many career options available in the medical field. 

STUDENT COUNCIL Natalie Bourn, Tess Buchberger

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 TBA

The Maine East Tech Genius Club has been providing students with opportunities to pursue a career in technology. Since 2013, we’ve 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 Andrew Beckwith, Kate Lee, Cassandra Ruiz

Tri-M is the international music honor society. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. The selection process for Tri-M Honor Society takes place in the spring. 

V-SHOW Rory Martin
WMTH-FM Phillip Ash

WMTH Radio is a group of students interested in music and audio-mixing. Students run our radio station 90.5 FM and can produce their own radio shows on air. If you love music and want to learn more, join our club.

 

WMTH-TV Phillip Ash

WMTH-TV is a group of students that produces our regular announcement productions and helps to live-stream concerts and sporting events. If you are looking for more experience in producing, editing, filming, or anchoring, join us!

 

WOMEN AND NONBINARY PEOPLE IN STEM Cassie Cowperthwaite

The purpose of this club is to foster a space for club members to explore their passion STEM and remedy the existing confidence gap among pre-college level gender minorities in these fields. Our main focus is to conduct outreach events to middle and elementary schools. Furthermore, the club will provide members with opportunities and support in their individual pursuits related to STEM.

Youth Development Dave Berendt

Youth Development connects students with mentors to develop relationships and support for any student in the school.