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
AMNESTY CLUB - Human Right Defenders Robert Brown

We are affiliated with Amnesty International, an international group working on human rights, a global movement of more than three million supporters, members, and activists in more than 150 countries and territories that campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Members of the club hold “write-a-thons” several times throughout the year in defense of victims of human rights abuses.

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!

AUDACITY IN BLUE- A CAPPELLA Kate Lee
Audacity In Blue is Maine East’s premier a cappella group that performs regularly at choir concerts and in the community. We sing arrangements contemporary popular music without any instruments. All students are welcome to audition at the beginning of the year. Every August, we hold an information social called Acapalooza. Come out and sing with us! 
 
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 Andrew Beckwith
BLACK STUDENT UNION Mieka Yochim, Alen Ibrahimovic, Jesse Smith
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
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 Marlon Cruz
CHEERLEADERS- VARSITY Kayla Turner
CHEM PLUS Angie Etzwiler, Anna Klein

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

CHESS CLUB Dale Lasky
CHOIR Kate Lee

The Choir Program at Maine East includes 4 curricular choirs: Mixed Chorus, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and All In Choir. All students may join Mixed Chorus, while Concert Choir and Chamber Choir holds auditions in the winter. All In Choir is a choir for students of ALL abilities. 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! 

CLASS COUNCIL - FRESHMAN Don Miller

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, Stephanie Jozwiak

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

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.

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!

D.E.C.A. Rebecca Stewart

DECA is the Maine East business club and our chapter is part of the national DECA organization of marketing students. DECA students compete in business competitions at the regional, state, and international level.

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 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

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 Christina Steiner

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

EAST PRIDE - GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE Colleen Cochran

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-Literary Magazine Eric Coval
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 Sabrina Benjamin, 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 Catherine Lee-Chin

In this club, students are encouraged to engage in discussions about historic and current events regarding gender equality. All students are welcome to join!

 
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 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

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, Elizabeth Papanastasopoulos

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

INTERNATIONAL CLUB Deb Labno

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

We will meet the first Thursday of the month, from 7:45 to 8:15 am. in Room 235.

INVESTMENT CLUB (Foundations) Dale Lasky

Investment Club is for all students who have an interest in investing in commodities. We experiment with investing techniques by using stock market portfolio simulation.

ITALIAN CLUB Toni Campisciano Ungaro

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

KOREAN CLUB Elizabeth Lee
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.

LENS - YEARBOOK Elizabeth Papanastasopoulos, Angie Hughes
While we create our yearbook, we cooperatively design, write, photograph, learn to use printing industry tools and programs and organize and present well into our future, all the events within our school’s academic year.  
Our purpose is to present everything we do from August to June, within all of our Athletic activities and competitions, Fine Art productions, Academic events and celebrations, fun activities and dances, numerous club and organization cultural events and of course, our portraits.   
 
M-CLUB Steve Schanz
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
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

MODEL UNITED NATIONS Ron Thomas, Aileen Alden
MONGOLIAN CLUB Elizabeth Papanastasopoulos

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

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

NHS is a national honors organization for secondary school students. The Maine East chapter of the National Honor Society is chartered by the national organization and is governed by the national’s rules and its own chapter bylaws. Students with junior or senior standing who hold a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of the first semester of junior year will be invited to submit additional information for the Faculty to consider. Invitation for membership is based on four criteria: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. Membership invitations are sent after the application deadlines by a Faculty Advisory Council based on examination of transcripts, student-submitted materials, and other relevant school records. NHS members are inducted in March of each year and are expected to maintain high levels of academic achievement, school and community leadership and volunteer service, including a minimum of twelve hours of service every six months. 

NOVUS CLUB John Schwan

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 Amanda Ilic

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 Sarah Djordjevic
PHI LAMBDA KAPPA Bernie Lewis
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB Laura Hanna

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
PIONEER - SCHOOL NEWSPAPER Matt Miller
The Pioneer is the student newspaper of Maine East, reporting on news, sports, entertainment, and interesting people in the Maine East and surrounding communities. 
 
Any students interested in becoming staff members of The Pioneer should contact sponsor Mr. Miller at [email protected] or visit The Pioneer website: bit.ly/ThePioneer.
 
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 Robert Payne
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
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.

SOUTH ASIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION Kate Lee-Chin

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 promotes the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking countries.

SPEECH CONTESTS Mark Hankins

Speech is an IHSA-sponsored and National Forensic League endorsed activity at Maine East High School. Students participate in a variety of events and compete with students from other schools. Everything from comedy to tragedy, from acting to formal expostulating, from single pieces to duet pieces is covered. 

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, 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 Andrew Beckwith, Sarah Djordjevic, Kate Lee

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. 

UKULELE GROUP Mrs. Dorothy Bruzan

Ukulele group welcomes anyone interested in playing the ukulele and/or singing. No experience is necessary. We meet every Friday from 3:30 pm to 4:00 in room 142. For more information email Mrs. Bruzan. 

V-SHOW Rory Martin
WMTH-FM Phillip Ash
WMTH-TV Phillip Ash