Clubs & Activities

Our high school offers many activities for students. 

After School Assistance Program (ASAP)

  • Sponsors - Jeremy Unger & Kaitlyn Czernicki
  • Requirements - Any student who wants to work on assignments or get tutoring is welcome to join.
  • Description - The After School Assistance Program occurs in the library after school until 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Teachers are available to help with homework and tutor students. Students are also able to just sit and work in a quiet environment if that is what they need. Come one day or come every day, students are always welcome.

Coalers with Character

  • Sponsor - Brad Boresi
  • Requirements - Students must participate in one sport throughout the year in order to be a member.
  • Description - Coalers with Character is an athletic leadership group at Coal City High School that focuses on providing the students with lessons on leadership, service, and character. The group meets once a month, and they are very active in the school and community with different service projects.
  • How to Join - Students interested in joining must apply and be accepted in April/May of the previous school year. This group meets during the summer so students must be accepted and apply prior to the start of summer.

Drama Club

  • Sponsor - Jack Micetich

Educators Rising

  • Sponsor - Ben Baer


  • Sponsor - Michael Kren
  • Requirements - Audition at the beginning of each school year. Preference is given to those who are actively participating in CCHS music activities.
  • Description - Footnotes is one of the two top auditioned groups at Coal City High School. They sing different music throughout the year in preparation for the two concerts that curricular groups sing in. This group will also perform in a variety of venues throughout the community. The music that will be performed by this group ranges from a capella, pop music, musical theater, and a variety of choral pieces.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

  • Sponsors - Harlan Kennell & Amanda Malsky
  • Requirements - Any student is welcome to join before November of the current school year. Students must be taking a business course and have taken one semester of a business course.
  • Description - Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world! A quarter of a million high school and middle school students, college, and university students, faculty, educators, administrators, and business professionals have chosen to be members of the premiere business education association preparing students for careers in business. Why is FBLA so popular? It's simple! We have developed a unique value program that excites students, faculty, and administrators, and business professionals to join our organization. If you are interested in developing leadership, communication, and team skills, or simply looking for an organization to meet and network with others at the local, state, and national levels, then FBLA is the organization for you.
  • How to Join - Link to Application

Gamers Guild

  • Sponsor - Kim Sondgeroth
  • Requirements - None
  • Description - Gamers Guild is an all-inclusive group of students who enjoy tabletop gaming, RPG, and other board games. We meet twice a month after school to play. Students can attend as often or as little as they like.
  • How to Join - Come play with us!

Genders & Sexualities Alliances (GSA)

  • Sponsor - Traci Fritz
  • Description - Student organization that unites LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.   EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!  Meetings happen during CCT and after school and there are several opportunities for after-school social events.  Our major goals are to support, educate, inform, and provide opportunities to socialize.  We strive to create safe spaces for students and raise awareness of the issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community.  The CCHS GSA is registered as part of the national organization.

Link Leaders

  • Sponsors - Katie Thetard & Rachel Bjorklund
  • Requirements - Any sophomore, junior, or senior is welcome to apply and interview.
  • Description - Link Leader Purpose/Objective: The purpose of having the Link Leader program is to assist the freshmen (and others) in adjusting to the high school atmosphere and responsibilities along with creating and encouraging a positive community. Link Leaders are available to make sure that every freshman feels welcomed and has a great high school experience. Link Leaders will be placed in each CCT to help students be successful.


  • Sponsors - Shanan D'Agostino & Ann Gill

Math Team

  • Sponsors - Mary Kay Sthay & Sarah Cyrkiel
  • Description - Math team is a group for competitive students looking to do (a little) extra math. The math team competes in two different competitions - our ICE Conference competition as well our our JJC Competition. We host optional practices leading up to the competitions, which will occasionally include food and snacks. If you like math and have a competitive spirit, this is the club for you!
  • How to Join - We will have flyers up around the school with QR codes to the Google Form for sign up. We start practices in December/January, but we will start our Google Classroom with all pertinent information around October/November.

Musical Pit

  • Sponsor - Hope Connelly
  • Description - Musical "Pit" Band is an auditioned ensemble that meets in January, February, and March to practice and prepare for the upcoming High School Musical. Recent Shows include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Mis, Little Shop of Horrors, Tuck Everlasting, and Beauty and the Beast. Auditions for the pit are held generally in December. 

National Honor Society (NHS)

  • Sponsors - Brad Schmitt
  • Requirements - 3.75 or Higher GPA 
  • Description - Students who are Sophomores-Seniors and have a 3.75 or higher cumulative GPA will be eligible to be a candidate for the National Honor Society. Lists of those students who are eligible will be posted throughout the building in September of each school year and those students will be asked to attend ALL meetings and meet the necessary requirements of The Pete DiPaolo Chapter of the NHS. All students will be rated by the faculty on Service, Character, and Leadership by our Staff and Faculty Council.
  • How to Join - Sophomore-Seniors can come to the first Meeting in September and be informed of all the qualifications that need to be met.

Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS)

  • Sponsor - Melissa George
  • Requirements - Attend an informational meeting at the beginning of the school year; Complete student application; Attend weekly meetings; Participate in extracurricular activities with PATH students; Most importantly, have fun!
  • Description - It is composed of a group of students who are great role models and positive student leaders. A member of PALS should be enthusiastic and school spirited, but also genuinely concerned for others around them in school and in the community. Members of PALS engage with students from the PATH program while enjoying fun activities that help build social and learning skills. Each member should truly want to be involved with promoting a positive school atmosphere and with helping others while including their special education peers.  More information and pictures can be found on Ms. George's Teacher Page.
  • How to Join - Students who are interested can fill out this form found on Ms. George's Teacher Page. During the introduction meeting at the beginning of the new school year, students will be given an application. Once the application is filled out and returned, it will be reviewed for approval.


  • Sponsor - Hope Connelly
  • Description - The Penultimates is an auditioned Jazz Ensemble and is open to any Coal City High School student. Repertoire includes swing, rock, funk, fusion, and other jazz idioms. They perform at the Holiday Concert, Fine Arts Festival, and Spring Concerts as well as jazz festivals around the Chicagoland area. Auditions are held in May for the next school year. Instruments involved are Vocalist, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar, electric guitar, drum set, piano, and vibraphone.

Ping Pong Club

  • Sponsor - Jeremy Unger
  • Requirements - No requirements are necessary. We meet every Wednesday after school in the events entry hallway from September to February.
  • Description - This club is open to anyone who wants to play ping pong. It is a relaxing stress-free club to have fun and improve your table tennis skills.

Racket Club

  • Sponsors - Matt Leman & Jeremy Unger
  • Requirements - Meet every morning at 7 a.m. in the Aux Gym starting in November.
  • Description - This club is open to all who enjoy racket sports. Included in this are pickleball, badminton, and ping pong.

Scholastic Bowl

  • Sponsors - Emily Hayse & Mark Fiske

School Musical

  • Sponsor - Jack Micetich

School Play

  • Sponsor - Jack Micetich

Science Club

  • Sponsor - Mike Kostbade
  • Requirements - Any student is welcome to join at any time. Participation hours of service are kept for each member. Eligibility for officer positions is based on hours.
  • Description - This is a club of high school students who enjoy science and nature, and aspire to learn more through a variety of fun activities. Our two pillars are Service and Education.

Spanish Honor Society

  • Sponsor - Kim Sondegroth 
  • Requirements - Students must have completed at least the first semester of Spanish 3 to become eligible. They must have a GPA in Spanish of 3.5 or better and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must have no serious disciplinary records.
  • Description - The mission of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is to recognize high school achievement in Spanish and to promote interest in Hispanic studies.
  • How to Join - Students will be invited at the end of Spanish 3 if they are eligible and then fill out an application form.


  • Sponsors - Dave Sinkular & Ben Baer
  • Requirements - Any student is welcome to join. There are competitions designed for novice through veteran levels.
  • Description - The speech team is a competitive program that teaches students how to perform and present in front of an audience. The team has 14 categories ranging from straight public speaking through solo and duet acting. Our number one goal is to improve each students ability to present in front of a crowd. There is a state series that allows our students to compete from regionals through a state competition. Students will also interact with competitors from around the state on a regular basis.
  • How to Join - The speech team begins its auditions (there are no cuts) in October of the school year. Prospective members will need to see Mr. Sinkular or Mr. Baer in order to be placed on the team and to sign up for practices. If anyone has questions, they can see us before that time as well.

Student Ambassadors

  • Sponsor - Art Stafford
  • Requirements - No disciplinary referrals, C average or higher, participate in at least one Ambassador activity per semester
  • Description - Ambassadors complete the Philanthropy project, assist with school spirit and staff interviews, lead new staff and students, give tours to incoming freshmen, support the Principal with programs, and create programs to boost school spirit and student involvement.
  • How to Join - LINK TO APPLICATION - Due Aug 30, 2023

Student Council

  • Sponsors - Allison Peterson & Sara Anderson
  • Requirements - Candidates for Student Council office should have an exemplary academic, attendance, and extra/co-curricular record.  Candidates for Student Council office should have initiative and leadership skills with an unparalleled commitment to the improvement of Coal City High School. 
  • Description - Those elected to Student Council office will be in the Student Council CCT class to brainstorm, plan, and execute a variety of activities and events throughout the school year.  Student Council's largest event is Homecoming Week, and other activities planned throughout the year include assemblies, games, dress-up days, mental health awareness, Spring Week, and much much more. Our goals are to develop a cohesive strategy to promote Coaler Pride, engage students in school-wide activities, and encourage student ownership of activities at CCHS through collaboration and inclusion of all. 
  • How to Join - Student Council members are elected class officers and representatives. Elections for incoming freshmen take place in the fall of their freshman year; all other elections take place in the spring for the coming year.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

  • Sponsors - Tara Welch & Lisa Stith
  • Requirements - All grades are welcome to join. In order to become an officer: an application must be filled out; along with a possible interview.
  • Description - Students Against Destructive Decisions is a club that encourages all of our students to be positive leaders in our school. It focuses on making good choices and realizing the impacts of our choices. SADD has monthly meetings and we perform a variety of activities throughout the year.
  • How to Join - It is best to join our club early in the year. Every August, we have a Coaler Club Day in which students can sign up at that time or a prospective member can see a sponsor at a later date to become part of our organization.

Visual Art / Art Club

  • Sponsor - Mark Fiske 


  • Sponsor - Amanda Malsky 
  • Requirements - This club/class is open to students in grades 10-12 and requires an application process.
  • Description - All activities involved in the yearbook club/class focus on the construction of the yearbook. Taking pictures, creating layouts. cropping photographs, writing and typing copy/captions, selling business advertisements and yearbooks are all activities that the club members undertake.