Clubs and Organizations in District 126

Academic Team

Students competitively play trivia games in teams of five against other schools. Questions may cover pop culture, sports, history, literature, math, languages, the arts, mythology, science, religion, technical fields and computers. ZB hosts 1-2 home meets and participates in at least 4 away meets plus a conference meet. The team may also attend Saturday tournaments.

Meets: Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays after school from September - February. Meet in room 109.

Mrs. Slabaugh
Ms. Durston


The Zion-Benton band program consists of three concert bands and a marching band. The marching band rehearses throughout the fall and splits into separate concert bands in November. The bands perform in four concerts each year as well as tours to perform in the community and in select years tours out of state. Students in the band program also participate in local/state contests and festivals. Students with no previous experience can still join the band program with director approval.

Meets: Daily during school

Mr. Kazmi

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is open to students in grades 9-12 through audition and/or Director promotion. The group performs at all band concerts, the Fine Arts Festival and various festivals and competitions throughout the year. Auditions for Jazz Ensemble occur in October and may require student fees.

Meets: Once a week from late October through May in the Band room

Mr. Kazmi

Bass Fishing Club

Meets throughout the year - competes mostly in the spring. Focuses on teaching competitive bass fishing strategies from the beginner to the advanced angler. Practices indoors and out when possible. Male and female students of all ages are welcome- even if you play another sport! Club conducts fundraising, attempts group outings & interclub tournaments, with a primary focus on preparing for the Sectional and State tournaments in the spring.

Meets: All year

Mr. Galgan

Brotherhood of Extraordinary Young Men

Brotherhood of Extraordinary Young Men is a dynamic organization established specifically to assist our participants to excel academically, socially, culturally, professionally and in the community. Brotherhood of Extraordinary Young Men is primarily comprised of male students who strive for academic excellence and make a commitment to plan and implement programs that benefit their community at large. We encourage our participants to embrace leadership by being positive examples for each other

Meets: Every Tuesday at 7:15AM in the lecture hall

Mr. Lee


The four Zion-Benton choirs sing at concerts at school and in the community. Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Advanced Women's Ensemble, and Chamber Singers participate in Winter and Spring Concerts, area and college festivals and school events. See Mrs. Rickert or your counselor to put choir on your schedule.

Meets: Daily during school

Mrs. Rickert

Jazz Voices

A select group of 16-20 female and male singers. We focus on vocal jazz technique and literature. This group performs at all Choir Concerts, and they perform at their own ZB Jazz Night. Students must be currently enrolled in a curricular choir that meets during the regular school day in order to participate in this ensemble. See Mrs. Rickert in room 226 for more information.

Meets: After school 1-3 times per week

Mrs. Rickert


Open to all ZBTHS men, no one needs to be currently enrolled in a curricular choir class. We focus on popular music, and this group will perform in the spring semester choir concerts. See Mrs. Rickert in room 226 for more information.

Meets: Spring Semester Friday's after school

Mrs. Rickert


Open to all ZBTHS women, who are currently enrolled in a curricular choir class. We focus on popular music and this group will perform in the spring semester choir concerts. See Mrs. Rickert in room 226 for more information.


Mrs. Rickert

Class Officers

Involvement of students elected by their respective school class to cultivate leadership/ communication skills, promote school spirit, plan safe and fun activities and conduct fundraisers. Sponsors and officers encourage participation by other students interested in promoting class unity.

Meets: All year; 1-2 times/month before or school

Seniors - Ms. Peterson
Juniors - Mr. Kazmi
Sophomores - Mrs. Dravillas

Encore Players

Encore Players is made up of all students who are involved in Drama at ZBTHS. Encore Players is the producing group for all ZBTHS Drama Productions. Students who wish to join should try out for a play or one of the production crews. Questions should be directed to Mrs. Regnier in the English Department or Ms. Meyer by email.

Meets: After school for the Fall, Winter, & Spring productions.

Mrs. Regnier - Drama Producer
Ms. Meyer - Business Manager

French Club

French Club is an organization dedicated to promoting the French language and culture. Our regular meetings occur monthly, however others are scheduled as needed in order to plan and prepare activities which usually include: A welcome breakfast in the Fall, Fall picnic, Holiday Folk Fair in November, National French Contest, fundraising and trips to French restaurants and French language movies.

Meets: Monthly

Ms. McKeown

Gay-Straight Alliance

Gay-Straight Alliance is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. Our ZB-SAGA promotes and provides a safe environment that serves to support, educate and unite our diverse population. Our GSA is partnered with Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and consists of students from all grade levels and orientations.

Meets: Weekly

Ms. Marhefka

German Club

German Club gives students the chance to see and appreciate German culture in the area. Our meetings are once or twice a month, with activities happening on various evenings. Typical examples of activities are Kino Abend (movie night), Holiday Folk Fair in Milwaukee, restaurant trips and Christkindelmarket in downtown Chicago.

Meets: Twice a month

Ms. Rymer


HATT (Hispanic Americans Talking Together) is a club that strives to create a sense of community among Latino students, to foster pride in self, school and cultural heritage. Meetings are held bi-weekly. This group participates in several events, including a Hispanic Heritage Month program in October. Typical activities include a trip to the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago, Cinco de Mayo event, corn maze, Foreign Language picnic, participate in cultural dances and more.

Meets: Bi-weekly

Mr. Flores

Healthy YOUth

Healthy YOUth (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) is a drug prevention program for dedicated, hard-working, and responsible ZBTHS students who have chosen to be drug-free and who want to share that commitment with others in their community. Healthy YOUth is more than just a club. The program is sponsored not only by ZBTHS, but by the Lake County Health Department and the Coalition for Healthy Communities as well. Healthy YOUth members will be mentors and role models for other students.

Meets: Twice per month during alternating periods

Mrs. Will
Mr. Hall


Student committee formed to generate school spirit and plan the activities and dance during the annual Homecoming Week. The committee plans spirit week, pep assembly, dance and fundraising efforts.

Meets: Fall - 10-12 times after school

Ms. Sherman

Key Club

Open to all students wishing to be involved in service oriented activities. Key Club works with the Zion Kiwanis Club on projects designed to promote a better school, community and country. This includes two Blood Drives; one in Fall and one in Spring. They also hold fundraisers, walk in the Labor Day Parade, Peanut Days, distribute turkey baskets at Thanksgiving, gift wrapping at Christmas, Pancake Breakfast in March and many other service projects within our community.

Meets: Executive Board meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month in Room 120 at 7:15AM. General Membership meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in room 120 at 2:45PM.

Mrs. Shorey


Mosaics is the official literary publication of ZBTHS; it has been in print since at least 1964. Students who participate in Mosaics have a strong interest in writing, art, photography, and graphic design. As such, they work throughout the year to compile, edit, and publish the finest novel excerpts, poems, plays, short stories, personal essays, art, and photography submitted by students, faculty, and alumni. The year ends with the printing, promotion, and sale of the publication.

Meets: 1st Monday and 3rd Tuesday of each month in room 107

Mr. Burd

National Honor Society

NHS is a service organization that is by invitation only. To be invited to join NHS students will receive an application second semester of their sophomore year if they have maintained a GPA of 3.75. Students must complete the application by the set deadline. A committee will then review the applications and determine membership based on high levels of leadership, scholarship, service and character. All faculty members will vote on these pillars as well.

Meets: Every other Wednesday at 7:10 a.m. in the Lecture Hall

Mrs. Voss
Mrs. Golden

NJROTC Drill Team

A nationally ranked precision drill team composed of 30-40 NJROTC cadets that compete throughout the year against other NJROTC drill teams throughout the nation. The team has won the Area Three West Academic/Drill and Physical Fitness championship seven of the past eight years and has gone on to compete at the National Drill competitions in Pensacola, and Daytona Beach, Florida. The team is composed of armed and unarmed platoons that perform basic and exhibition drills.

Meets: Daily practice from 4PM - 7PM MWF, 6PM - 9PM T TH at various locations.

Chief Nelson - USN-Ret

NJROTC Orienteering Team

Orienteering is an outdoor sport that combines land navigation with a treasure hunt. Popular in Europe, the Chicago Area Orienteering Club (CAOC) has many members who have competed nationally as well as internationally. The Orienteering team competes with CAOC on selected Sundays in the forest preserves in the south Chicago area. Although the CAOC courses are open to the public, all members of the NJROTC team are in the ROTC program.

Meets: Sundays from 0900-1430 (9:00AM - 2:30PM) at various forest areas. Each activity meets with 18-22 cadets.

Commander Schulte - USN-Ret

NJROTC Rifle Team

A six time 2004, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Navy National Air Team, 2009 and 2015 Junior Olympic Champions, 2013 and 2014 National Rifle Association National Champions, 2014 and 2016 CMP National Champions and 2009 US Army National Campions composed of NJROTC cadets. The team has won the IL State Championship 14 times. Cadets are issued all the equipment they will need for practice and competitions. There is a one time fee of $50.

Meets: Varsity meets Monday through Thursday at the rifle range in Pearce Campus from 1500-1630 (3:00-4:30PM). JV meets Monday through Thursday from 1630-1800 (4:30-6:00PM).

Master Chief Hackstein - USN-Ret


Students are involved in the production of the yearbook. Responsibilities and skills developed include photography, writing copy and meeting publisher's deadlines. New ideas are always welcome. Students need not be enrolled in yearbook class to be involved! Amateur photographers welcome! Send us your photos! Get involved and join us!

Meets: Daily during school and twice per week after school as needed.

Mr. Sevener

Prom Committee

Committee of Junior Class Officers and other interested Juniors formed to plan the Prom Dance. This committee also helps raise funds for prom.

Meets: Once a month November through January then bi-weekly until Prom.

Mrs. Niemiera