Academic Clubs and Organizations

Whatever your interests are now, or whatever new ones spark as a student, Hoban offers academic clubs and organizations for you to grow your flame.

Faculty and staff moderate each but rely on students to lead the groups. They run the gamut from music and reading to politics and debate, from community service to cultural and educational interests. 

Competitive Clubs

Two students hold awards at Model United Nations competition

Academic Challenge

Academic Challenge is open to students who want to expand their knowledge in many different subject areas, and want to compete against students from other high schools. 

The team conducts regular practices and compete interscholastically at junior-varsity and varsity levels in the Summit County Academic Challenge League. League competitions include a Fall season and a Winter season, each with seven to nine rounds. Then, in late January or early February, the competing schools meet in an all-day tournament at Kent State University. 

When invited, the varsity team appears on the Academic Challenge telecast on WEWS NewsChannel 5. 

Math Club

Anyone is welcome to join the Math Club! They meet occasionally to practice problems and participate in the following contests and competitions. Some of these contests are given during class.

  • Ohio Mathematics League (OHML): There are six contests throughout the year. We often meet Tuesdays during Meeting Block to work through archived practice problems on the AOPS website.
  • American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 10 and 12, and AIME (second round of AMC): These are a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students.
  • OCTM State Mathematics Tournament: The annual tournament is sponsored by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. All Ohio public, private and home-schooled students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate. Hoban sends a team each year.
  • Mathfax: This is a national math competition that was started in 1997 to develop test taking skills in participating students when they take achievement tests and college entrance exams.

Ms. Anne Rollick moderates the activities.


Mock Trial

Students learn first-hand about the law, court procedures and the judicial system while also building critical 21st Century skills. 

Guided by teach­ers and vol­un­teer legal ad­vi­sors, stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in an orig­i­nal, un­scripted sim­u­lated trial writ­ten by at­tor­neys. High school stu­dents argue both sides of the case in real court­rooms across the state. 

Mock Trial Objectives:

  • Improve critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills
  • De­velop un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the law, court pro­ce­dures, and the ju­di­cial sys­tem
  • Un­der­stand con­sti­tu­tional rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties
  • Rec­og­nize and re­ward stu­dents’ aca­d­e­mic and in­tel­lec­tual achieve­ments

Model UN

In Model United Nations Club, students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate U.N. committees. Conferences are held by local agencies at high schools or colleges. Middle school, high school and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork and leadership abilities. Mrs. Margaret Reed is the team adviser.

Language and Culture

Junior Classics League

French Club

Le Cercle Français, Hoban's French club, is for students interested in the French language and francophone cultures. Meetings are for planning activities and fund-raisers, sampling French cuisine, an occasional story or film and study sessions for exams. Activities include attending cultural and sporting events involving French-speaking countries and French culinary demonstrations. 

The purpose and goal of the club is to expose students to the French culture, to enhance their understanding of the language and lifestyle, and to learn how to express this understanding. The club is well known for the successful croissants and hot chocolate sale it has held before exams. It has also sponsored a Franco-American student exchange in recent years.

Italian Club

The Italian Club is offered to students studying Italian and other interested students. It gives members an opportunity outside of regular class time to learn more about the language, history and culture of the Italian people. The club organizes activities and field trips.

Junior Classical League

The JCL encourages an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and imparts an understanding of how much of our own culture is linked to these ancient cultures. The primary focus is to compete in academic, creative and graphic arts competitions related to the ancient world.

Magistra Christine Hahn is faculty adviser of the Hoban chapter.

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club provides students opportunities to enhance and enrich their study of the Spanish language and the Spanish and Spanish-American cultures and civilizations through multicultural, service-oriented and social experiences. 

Activities include organizing fundraisers, participating in service projects, hosting guest speakers, taking field trips to authentic restaurants and to the annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration and parade in Cleveland. The group also goes to a Spanish Mass in celebration of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

Sra. Amy Zeller is the faculty moderator. 

Science and Nature

Two students compete at the Science Olympiad state competition

Animal Care League

At Hoban we care about all forms of life. We have live animals in the classroom to help educate the mind and the heart. With all these animals comes a lot of responsibility to keep them healthy and happy. In the Animal Care League, students can learn how to care for them.  

The more help we receive from students, the more animals we will be able to obtain. Students must be responsible, want to have fun and love animals. Students are welcome to join us at any time of the year. We understand that sports, jobs and academics sometimes make it difficult to attend meetings. 

View more news and information about the Animal Care League. Mrs. Amie Mancine and Mrs. Candy Bates are faculty moderators of the club.

LEAP (Environmental Science)

Among the activities of LEAP (Leaders in Environmental Awareness and Protection) is the school recycling program.
Mrs. Candace Bates is the faculty moderator.

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.

By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.

History Buffs

Three students dressed in Revolutionary War military uniforms

Revolutionary War Living History

Beginning in 2009, students in Hoban's Museum Studies class have presented the Revolutionary War Living History Days. Each year, approximately 800 local fourth and fifth grade students attend the event to learn about life during this time period. 

Throughout the semester, the class researches local Revolutionary War veterans buried in Summit County. From their research, they create a historical interpretation of their lives and represent them during the two-day living history event. Students dress in full colonial historical apparel and military uniforms. Students deliver historical presentations, including fife and drum corps performances, field kitchen cooking instructions and 18th century printing press demonstrations. Mr. Jason Anderson is the adviser of the Revolutionary War Living History Days.

Sophisticated Students of History


Students paint sewer drains to educate community about pollution.

Book Club

Creative Writing Club

Fifth Avenue Review

The Fifth Avenue Review, Hoban's student literary and arts magazine, features the art, photography, poetry, short stories and essays of the Hoban community.

The staff welcomes submissions or original poetry, prose, photography, paintings and drawings. Submissions are accepted from August through March. Submissions may be made to the adviser.

The views expressed in the magazine do not represent those of the administration, faculty or staff of the school.

Fine Arts Club

The fine arts club gives students a broader view of art and the many forms it takes. The club visits art museums and workshops.  It also helps support the arts at Hoban, like the school plays. Club members do face paintings and help decorate for the homecoming dance, the Winter Formal dance and the senior prom. 

The club has two art shows a year, one in the fall and one in the winter. During the shows, student artwork is shown off to the rest of the student body, family, friends and even strangers. Artwork displayed at these art shows includes drawings, paintings, clay models, silk circles and various other art projects that students have done throughout the year in classes or independently on their own time. 

Members of the club have gone on road trips to places such as Chicago, Toronto and New York, to tour art museums, dine out and watch plays. These cultural experiences give students a chance to view a variety of works and forms of art. 

The club was formed to represent all the arts.  Open to all interested students, it meets twice monthly. Activities include sponsoring art and music exhibitions, field trips, movie viewing, service projects and listening to speakers. The faculty moderator is Mr. Zach Feador.

Steel Drum Bands

Hoban sponsors three levels of steel drum bands: the beginners band, composed mostly of freshmen, the intermediate ensembles and the Knights Pantastic, those in at least their second year of membership in the group.  Each of these bands performs during school assemblies, other performances around town, as well as, the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Contest. Mr. Ron Martin is the director.

The Visor

The Hoban student newspaper, The Visor, is a forum for the expression  of student news and opinion. The Visor is distributed approximately 14 times during the school year free of charge to all students, faculty and staff. Advertising is not available. T.K. Griffith is adviser.

View the latest issues of The Visor.


The Hoban Theater series produces two mainstage shows a year, the fall play and the spring musical, as well as the Winter One-Acts.

Additionally, the drama club, known as the Hoban Troubadours, is a member of the Ohio Educational Theatre Association (OEdTA) and participates in a number of other theatrical opportunities:

The OEdTA State Conference is a three-day event that includes an All-Ohio show, performances by schools throughout the state, workshops by local, regional and national professionals, college auditions, scholarship auditions, individual events competitions and tech challenge.

Kyle Kelvington is the faculty moderator.


Each year a staff of students produces a photographic memory book of the school year entitled the Way. Yearbook is a two-semester class for juniors and seniors that meets every school day. Staff members receive a grade for their work as well as one unit of credit. 

Mr. Zach Feador is the faculty adviser.

Students learn principles of computer design, layout and graphics as well as copy writing and editing. Staffers are also responsible for photography and artwork. Students should have access to a camera. Computer skills are helpful, especially knowledge in Microsoft Word, InDesign and Photoshop. Out-of-class work after school may be necessary.

Students must follow through with the yearbook's completion in June. Class size is limited to 15 students.

Historical Note: When Hoban opened in 1953, there were three student publications, the Way (the yearbook), the Truth (the newspaper) and the Life (a periodic religious bulletin). Ironically, the Life died. The '50s was an era of celebrity scandal magazines like Confidential, and some thought the Truth sounded like a scandal sheet, so the newspaper was renamed the Visor. Of the three original publications, the Way is the only one that survives to this day.


Students inducted into the National Honor Society

National Honor Society

The Hoban's Seat of Wisdom Chapter of the National Honor Society honors outstanding students for their achievements and provides service to both school and community. 

To be a member, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.750 after five consecutive semesters and fill out a student profile sheet. A faculty selection committee then reviews students' scholarship, leadership, character and service before offering students membership in NHS. The student must be able to demonstrate leadership and service.

Projects of the National Honor Society include:

  • Sale of the KidStuff Coupon Book and App 
  • The Red Cross Blood Drive
  • The Adopt a Family for Christmas project
  • The tutoring program
  • Acme Fresh Market's Community Cash Back Program
  • Christmas tree wrapping at the Children's Hospital Holiday Tree Festival.
  • Coupon books

Hoban's chapter is affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Its faculty coadvisers are Taylor Ball and Laura Siplivy.

First Friday Club

The First Friday Club of Greater Akron was founded in August, 1999. Its purpose is to bring the best Catholic thinkers, teachers and leaders to Akron on a monthly basis to promote a better understanding of the significant issues impacting church, family, work and community life. The luncheon series at the Tangier Restaurant is in its n ninth year and consistently draws an average of 250 to 300 people from Summit County and the surrounding area. All interested in the topics are invited to attend. Selected Hoban students attend regularly.  A table is sponsored by the alumni association. For more information, visit the First Friday Club website.

Akron Roundtable Luncheons

Each month during the school year, the alumni association sponsors a table of Hoban students at the Akron Roundtable luncheon. The Akron Roundtable brings speakers to Akron who inform, educate and stimulate listeners on topics of importance to the region, the country and the world.