Clubs and Organizations in District 126


Academic Team



Description: 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. Since we compete in teams, students often focus on studying for the subjects they enjoy the most. ZB hosts 1-2 home meets and participates in at least 4 away meets, plus a conference meet. The team may also attend Sat. tournaments. This is an IHSA activity.

Meets: Mandatory practices on Monday afternoons. Students choose either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning for second required practice. Meet in room 156.

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Slabaugh - Varsity
Ms. Durston - JV

Anime



Description: Do you have a passion for anime? Are you new to anime, but want to learn more? Come check out the Anime Club! We host monthly meetings where we play anime themed games, watch various anime, and try Japanese snacks. Are you more into manga? You're totally welcome too! We're an inclusive group, and we always welcome new members interested in learning the difference between "subbed" and "dubbed." Come check us out after school on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of the month in room 213.

Meets: 3rd or 4th Tuesday of each month in room 212.

Sponsor(s):
Ms. Grafman
Mrs. Slabaugh

Band



Description: 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

Sponsor(s):
Mr. Kazmi
Assistant TBD

Bass Fishing Club



Description: 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

Sponsor(s):
Mr. Galgan


Bee Leaders



Description: Group of students who work with freshmen to acclimate them to school. They also work collaboratively with staff to promote a positive school culture.

Meets: Before school, after school and during advisory various times during the year.

Sponsor(s):
Ms. Grafman
TBD

Bellas



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

Meets: Spring Semester once a week

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Rickert


Brotherhood of Extraordinary Young Men



Description: 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 room 350.

Sponsor(s):
Mr. Lee


Choirs



Description: The four Zion-Benton choirs sing at concerts at school and in the community. Beginning Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Advanced Treble Choir, and Chamber Singers participate in several school concerts, area and college festivals and school events. See Mrs. Rickert or your counselor to put choir on your schedule.

Meets: Daily during school (class)

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Rickert


Class Officers



Description: Involvement of students elected by their respective school class to cultivate leadership and communication skills, promote school spirit, plan safe and fun activities such as Prom and Senior Week 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 after school

Sponsor(s):
TBD - Seniors
TBD - Underclassmen

Encore Players



Description: 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.

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Regnier - Drama Producer
Ms. Meyer - Business Manager

Fellas



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

Meets: Spring Semester once a week

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Rickert


French Club



Description: 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, fundraising and trips to French restaurants and French language movies.

Meets: Twice a month

Sponsor(s):
Ms. McKeown


Game Club



Description: This is a social club that focuses on playing card and board games at ZBTHS. This includes games of strategy, cooperation, social collusion and even a little bit of plain old fun for students of all grades or skill levels. Come join our club and make great friends while playing new and exciting games every week. If we get enough interest, our club may sponsor a Role Playing/Magic: The Gathering game night in addition to our regular weekly meeting.

Meets: Every Tuesday from 2:45 - 3:45PM in room 162. Role playing night every Thursday from 2:45 - 4:45PM in room 162.

Sponsor(s):
Mr. Jacobs
Mr. Kalpedis

Gay-Straight Alliance



Description: 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: Thursdays in room 320

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Marhefka


German Club



Description: 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

Sponsor(s):
Ms. Rymer


HATT



Description: HATT 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

Sponsor(s):
Mr. Flores


Healthy YOUth



Description: Healthy YOUth 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

Sponsor(s):
Ms. Will
Mr. Hall

Homecoming



Description: 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

Sponsor(s):
Ms. Sherman


IMC Youth Advisory Board



Description: This is a group of dedicated students who wish to promote reading, computer literacy, and library usage at the ZB IMC and at the Zion-Benton Public Library. These students are leaders during Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week and contribute to our library's website and print collection. Students must maintain a "C" or higher in all classes and be respectful and responsible to all students and staff. Meet during periods 4, 5 and 6 with lunch provided.

Meets: As referenced above.

Sponsor(s):
Ms. Will


Jazz Band



Description: 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.

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

Sponsor(s):
Mr. Kazmi
Assistant TBD

Jazz Voices



Description: A select group of 12-16 female and male singers. We focus on vocal jazz technique and literature. This group performs at choir concerts, at their own ZB Jazz Night, and participate in other events outside of school. 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

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Rickert


Key Club



Description: 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 October and one in March. 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.

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Shorey


Mosaics



Description: 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.

Sponsor(s):
Mr. Burd


National Honor Society



Description: 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 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Sponsor(s):
Mrs. Voss
Ms. Golden

NJROTC Rifle Team



Description: A six time 2004, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Navy National Air Rifle Team, 2009 and 2016 Junior Olympic Champions, 2013 and 2014 National Rifle Association National Champions, 2014 and 2017 Civilian Marksmanship Program National Champions and 2009 US Army National Champions composed of all NJROTC cadets. The team has won the Illinois State Championship fourteen of the last sixteen years. Cadets are issued all the equipment they will need for practice and competitions. One-time fee of $50.

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

Sponsor(s):
Master Chief Hackstein - USN-Ret