Clubs and Organizations
As Blessed Basil Moreau said, no two students are alike in character and conduct. While the classroom is our cornerstone, we recognize that true development takes a combination of academics, arts, athletics, faith and Christian service. By focusing on your individual talents and strengths, you will find an academic experience that is TRUE TO YOU.
Hoban welcomes all students to explore their individual interests with a wide array of cocurricular opportunities. Student clubs and organizations provide ways for students to get involved in the life of the school, and provide opportunities for leadership and practicing organizational and teamwork skills. Through these activities, students create lifelong memories and friends.
Academic Challenge is open to students who want to expand their knowledge in different subject areas, and compete against students from other schools.
The team conducts regular practices and competes 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.
Faculty advisers are Judy Mohan, Taylor Ball and Daniel Bee.
Esports is offered as a cocurricular. Teams play competitive, multiplayer online games against schools across the nation.
- Team building: Playing online games as a team requires communication and teamwork among members, skills that are transferable skills to all other activities.
- College opportunities: Many colleges and universities award scholarships to students who participate in collegiate esports teams. Esports involvement can also trigger new interests within the STEM fields.
- Job opportunities: Esports is a booming industry. There are many job opportunities, outside of playing games. Streaming, production, programming and management are areas of future job possibilities.
Tom Hottinger is faculty moderator.
Hoban students compete in math leagues throughout the year and other mathematics competitions. New members are always weldome. Jen Kostko is faculty moderator.
- The Ohio Mathematics League test is given six times a year.
- The American Mathematics Competition is a qualifying test for the selection of the American Mathematics Olympic Team. Participants are invited based on previous math league scores and performance in their math classes.
- The State Tournament of Mathematics, sponsored by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is in February. Participants are invited based on previous math league scores and performance in their math classes.
Students learn about the law, court procedures and the judicial system while building critical 21st Century skills. Kevin Hillery is faculty moderator.
Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisers, 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
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. Margaret Reed is the team adviser.
Le Cercle Français, Hoban's French club, is for students interested in French language and culture. 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 goal of the club is to expose students to the francophone cultures, 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.
Jodi Sulbaran is the faculty moderator of the 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.
iDonatella Salvadori s faculty moderator of the club.
The Spanish Club provides students opportunities to enhance their study of the Spanish language and the Spanish and Spanish-American cultures and civilization 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. Members also attend a Spanish Mass in celebration of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe).
Sra. Amy Zeller is the faculty moderator.
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. Amie Mancine and Candy Bates are faculty moderators of the club.
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..
Diane Vrobel is faculty moderator.
- Center for Archaeological Studies
- Revolutionary War Living History
- Sophisticated Students of History
The Center for Archaeological Studies is an extension of the Archaeology class. The group has traveled to Virginia to do excavations in Jamestown and Mount Vernon. Jason Anderson directs the center. More information.
Beginning in 2009, students in Hoban's Museum Studies class have presented the Revolutionary War Living History Days. Each year, about 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.
Jason Anderson is the faculty adviser.
The Sophisticated Students of History club is for students of all grade levels and meets monthly. The purpose of the club is for members to have an opportunity to use our knowledge of the past to make relevant links with current times and discuss them with like-minded people who appreciate the insight the study of history provides.
Rob Yanko is the faculty moderator.
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 fine arts club gives students a broader view of art and the many forms it takes. The club visits art museums and workshops. It supports the arts at Hoban, such as the school plays. Members do face paintings and help decorate for the homecoming dance, the Winter Formal dance and the senior prom.
The club has two shows a year, one in fall and one in winter. At the shows, student artwork is shown off to 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.
The club has made 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 Zach Feador.
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 at the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Contest. Ron Martin is the director.
The Hoban Theatre 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 faculty moderator of the Troubadours.
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 faculty adviser.
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.
Students learn principles of computer design, layout and graphics as well as copy writing and editing. Staffers are 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. Zach Feador is the faculty adviser.
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.
Seat of Wisdom Chapter
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 an accumulative 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 Ms. Taylor Eckman and Mrs. Laura Siplivy.
Each month the First Friday Club of Greater Akron brings the best Catholic thinkers, teachers and leaders to Akron to promote a better understanding of the significant issues impacting church, family, work and community life. The luncheon series at the Tangier Restaurant draws an average of 250 to 300 people. Selected Hoban students attend regularly. A table is sponsored by the alumni association. For more information, visit the First Friday Club website.
- A Capella Ensemble
- Bicycling Club
- Black Student Union
- Film Club
- Food Club
- Harry Potter Club
- Hoban Inclusioneers
- Knights for Life
- Peer Mentors
- Philosophy Club
- Ski Club
- Student Ambassadors
- Student Council
The bicycling club hosts some fun, casual rides on the Towpath. It meets in the Merriman Valley at Blimp City Bike and Hike for each ride and heads north toward Peninsula. Riders of all levels are welcome, and the pace and distance will be moderate. Helmets are mandatory so as to protect your precious brains. Micah Kraus is faculty moderator.
The Hoban BSU is for students of all grade levels. Members are involved in weekly discussions during meetings on late start Thursdays at 8 a.m. The BSU provides students with a culturally-directed community. Members organize fundraisers, participate in service projects, host guest speakers, take field trips and attend events inside and outside of the school.
BSU Officers Janay Bass, Reba Fowler or Khatonia Ford can be contacted for more information. Paige Benson ’10 is the BSU moderator.
The Hoban Food Club meets monthly at a local restaurant in the Akron area that serves international cuisine. Our goal is to introduce new flavors to students interested in exploring different cultures.
Dan Bee is the faculty adviser.
For more information and to receive invitations to meetings, email Rachael Rice at email@example.com.
In 2017 Hoban students were invited to participate in the Adapt-a-Car project, in conjunction with the Summit Developmental Disabilities board. The students decorated Adapted Power Wheel cars, provided centerpieces for the event when the cars were given to the children, and created a driving track to allow the children to test out their cars for the first time. The Hoban students get the chance to share their talents and time with the children and their families. The students also get the opportunity to interact with the mentor engineers and college engineering students to explore future careers in those areas. This year Hoban students have been invited to decorate two cars for the Adapt-a-Car project, which will be presented at the Akron Children’s Museum at Lock 3 on March 20, 2020.
The Knights for Life is a student organization committed to promoting the sanctity of life. Our commitment to a consistent ethic of life compels us to educate the Hoban community about the harmful effects of abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, torture and unjust wars on both the individual and society.
The primary focus of our group is to promote and support life-giving alternatives that are spiritually and emotionally healthy. We challenge all those who believe that life is sacred to work cooperatively to promote a consistent ethic of life.
Peer mentors is a dynamic group of students who are committed to fostering a positive and caring atmosphere in the school. Trained as sensitive and responsible listeners, they provide monthly activities and discussion in the freshman religious studies classes to ease freshman adjustment to the Hoban community and to high school life in general. They serve as a source of support and encouragement to their peers and help field difficult situations that may not otherwise be brought to the attention of the student services (guidance) staff.
Peer mentors also sponsor activities related to student health and well-being, such as a self-defense class and guest speakers on topics like stress management.
The faculty adviser is Katie Surface.
The Philosophy Club is for students of all grade levels and meets monthly. The members will be involved in discussions related to an introduction to the history of philosophy and its methods. Discussions will focus on a variety of "schools of thought" and their influence throughout history. Rob Yanko is faculty moderator.
SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a national organization committed to reducing the tragedy brought about by alcohol, drugs and other choices that endanger the well-being of students.
The Hoban chapter is a group that organizes activities throughout the year, such as:
- Homecoming weekend pledge banner
- Red Ribbon Week
- Prom Promise
- SADD workshop at Quicken Loans Arena
- Speakers and assemblies
- The winter mitten drive
The faculty adviser of the chapter is Jamie Adaway.
The Student Ambassador program is a leadership opportunity for students in grades 10-12 who are enthusiastic about representing Hoban and the Holy Cross values and tradition.
A Student Ambassador is expected to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5, have a good record of attendance and participate in all mandatory events. You will be requested to host shadows, lead campus tours during open houses, participate at Seventh Grade Visitation Day and serve the admissions office by completing various assigned duties and participating in events. Additionally, you may be called upon to serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the student body. You are an example of what it means to be a Hoban Knight and must uphold our mission to welcome one another with the hospitality of Christ.
- Open Houses
- Seventh Grade Visitation Day
Additional Event Dates:
- Seventh and Eighth Grade Trunk or Treat Tailgate
- Placement Testing
- Christmas Crafts at the Castle for Grades K-4
- Scholarship Reception
- Class of 2023 Registration
- Future Knight Easter Egg Hunt for Grades K-4
- Welcome to the Hoban Family Picnic: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Science Knight at the Castle for Grades 5-6 - TBD
- Student Ambassador embroidered polo shirts are available for a discounted price of $15.
- Student activity passes are available for half price to all who participated as a Student Ambassador for the 2018-19 school year. Ambassadors for the school year will receive a discounted pass for the following school year.
- Student Ambassadors are recognized at an end-of-year social. Gifts for our seniors and underclassmen will be awarded.
- Serving as a Student Ambassador is a great addition to your resume and the admissions office is always happy to write recommendation letters for you.
The staff adviser for the group is Sara Stone.
Student council consists of council officers, officers of the four classes and chairpersons of the standing committees: activities, spirit, marketing /video and fundraising. It is the function of student council to coordinate student events and to work with the administration for the benefit of the school, by acting as a voice for the student body.
- President: Jaclyn Turk
- Vice president: Daniel Henry
- Secretary: Gracie Woodall
|Class Officers for 2019-20|
|Senior Class||Junior Class||Sophomore Class||Freshman Class|
|President||Owen McDermott||Luke Monteleone||Jude Yovichin|
|Vice Presidents||Eva Klockner
|Drew Pasadyn||Rachel Alexander
|Committees for 2019-20|
|Activities Committee||Spirit Committee||Marketing/Video Committee||Fundraising Committee|