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ACES - Academic Challenge in Engineering & Science

Sponsor: Aron Kopera

ACES is an academic team that competes by taking tests in the categories of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering Graphics, Computer Science, and English. The Regional Competition is in February. Sectionals are in March and State Competition is in April.

Pre-Requirements: The team is open to all individuals. There will be a selection process in January to choose the top 14 individuals to represent Stagg in the team event. However, there are possibilities to compete as an individual in the OPEN section.
    

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Adventure Club

Sponsors: Gordon Oliver & Kelly Peterson

Co-Sponsor Email: kpeterson@d230.org

The Adventure Club incorporates both outdoor and team building activities. We go on a variety of trips ranging from kayaking, high/low rope courses, canoeing, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and camping. The Outdoor Adventure Club allows students to learn practical life skills. The students are provided with the opportunity to develop leadership, growth, and team building by actively getting involved in the learning experience. The club also introduces the students to outdoor opportunities they have in our local area.

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Arab American Heritage Club

Sponsor: Suzan Atallah

Dabka club is a group of boys and girls celebrating Arab folk dance. Dabka is usually performed during joyous occasions. These students learn and perform the art of traditional middle eastern dancing.

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ARISE Christian Club

Sponsor: Kelli Preto

An encouraging group of students that study the Bible and discuss topics of the Christian faith!

 

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Art Club

Sponsor: Arwa Azhari

Art Club is open to all students interested in creating art projects.

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Auto Club

Sponsor: Bernard Kay

Auto Club is for students interested in the automotive field. Our club provides opportunities for student enrichment of automotive related repair knowledge and skills. All students are welcome to join us. Students have the opportunity to work on their own cars as well as assist others while they work on theirs. 

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Athletic Media Club

Sponsor: Eric Elget

Stagg Athletic Media Club promotes, captures photos and creates content for our athletic programs. All media posted on the Instagram page is created by Stagg students.

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Bass Fishing Club

Sponsors: Brian Jackson & Mike Grice

Co-Sponsor Email: MGrice@d230.org

Bass fishing team for beginners and competitive anglers.

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Best Buddies

Sponsors: Colleen Regan & Emma Hansen

Co-Sponsor Email: ehansen@d230.org

Best Buddies, formerly know as Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a social organization that encourages inclusion and acceptance!!! We have monthly meetings to plan out whole group activities that allow everyone to get involved at Stagg High School!

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Black Leaders Encouraging Stagg Students (BLESS)

Sponsor: Lakeshia Dillard & Karen Butler

Co-Sponsor Email: kbutler@d230.org 

This is a group to promote a feeling of pride and love of the Black Community while examining, strengthening, and celebrating culture and heritage. 

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"Business Casual" Vocal Group

Sponsor: Chris Betz

An advanced singing group that meets after school for 3-6 hours per week. This group is made up of a limited number of singers from the choir program. Auditions are held in May of every school year for the following season. Singing primarily with  microphones, Business Casual performs arrangements of pop songs from all decades. They utilize a beat boxer and low bass as well as soprano, alto, and tenor singers.

 ***Prior members do not automatically get placed into Business Casual for the following year. They must re-audition.***
 
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Business Club

Sponsors: Jim Duffy & Mike Durbin

Co-Sponsor Email: mdurbin@d230.org

The Stagg Business Club is open to all students. It is a club focused on dealing with real life situations that businesses have to deal with on a daily basis: sales, inventory, scheduling, and more! We are excited to run the School Store during lunches for our students!

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Cercle Français / French Circle

Sponsor: Nitya Viswanath

French Circle is a cultural club where all Stagg students can learn about the French language and Francophone cultures. All Stagg students are welcome!

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Charger Nation

Sponsors: Jacob Randulich & Saja Alnajjar

Co-Sponsor Email: salnajjar@d230.org

Charger Nation is a club that promotes school spirit. We not only support the varsity sports, but we also promote Charger pride by having student vs staff contests. This is a club for students that is run with student ideas. If you have something that promotes school spirit, this is the club for you. 

 

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Chargers Who Code

Sponsors: Lisa Grahn & Chris Sandor

Co-Sponsor Email: csandor@d230.org

Chargers Who Code is a club to inspire students to learn about computer coding. The club is open to all students to join. We generally meet twice per month and learn coding through programs like Khan Academy and Scratch. In the past, we have taken a field trip to Google in Chicago, sponsored Hour of Code, and learned about other scholarship and internship opportunities.

 

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Chargers Who Crochet

Sponsors: Jaime Bradshaw & Kate Schwartz 

Co-Sponsors Email: kschwartz@d230.org

Chargers who Crochet is open to all Stagg students who want to learn or already know how to crochet. We believe crochet is for everyone! This club provides an opportunity to create unique, handmade items in a supportive and fun environment. Crochet is well known for its mental and social/emotional health benefits. Students will also have the opportunity to donate items to earn service learning hours. 

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Chess Team

Sponsors: Aron Kopera & Ernesto Razo

Co-Sponsor Email: erazo@d230.org

We are a competitive chess team that competes in the SWSC, IHSA, and at local invitationals. We accept all skill levels and are looking for individuals who are serious about learning to play chess.

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Child Care Club: SKILLS USA

Sponsor: Erin Wendt

Child Care Club is an activity for those interested in teaching or working with children! In the spring, we compete as part of a national organization called, Skills USA. During the fall, we do fun activities that encompass our preschool program at Stagg.

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Color Guard

Sponsor: Christina Schmidt 

 

The Stagg Color Guard is a unique performance group. If you like music and dance, you would like Color Guard. Team members spin equipment (flags and more), dance, and act while performing to music played by the Stagg Marching Chargers. All members are trained to spin equipment and dance, so no experience is necessary. The Color Guard season starts at the end of May and runs through the end of October.

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Connections Club

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Connections is a place for students to develop positive relationships with their peers based around student interest (i.e. crafts, cooking, board games, and video games.) The name of the club, Connections, was chosen as it represents the ‘connections’ that the students will make with each other but also explains another component of Connections; encouraging the students to ‘connect’ with their community and school environment through providing random acts of kindnesss, earning Service Learning hours, and socializing at community establishments. All with an open mind and positive attitude are welcome.

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Contest Play

Sponsor: Jacob Fisher

Contest Play is an IHSA sanctioned theater competition and is directed by Mr Fisher. We compete in Contest Play in March with auditions in early January. Auditions are open to anybody. We focus on character development, advanced acting and dramatic techniques. You can also be a part of the backstage crew where you learn to design, build, set up and take down a full theatrical production.

 

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CORE (Cancer Outreach, Resources & Education)

Sponsor: Alyssa LePretre 

CORE stands for Cancer Outreach, Resources and Education. The purpose of this club is to give Stagg students an avenue to support causes that have touched their lives. Students will plan and participate in fundraisers throughout the school year, meet and talk about the impact that cancer has had in their lives, seek out volunteer opportunities to support others with cancer, and overall raise awareness throughout our school community. CORE hopes to bring the fun to fundraising and volunteering, while supporting many fundraisers dedicated to fighting cancer. 

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Culinary Club Skills USA

Sponsors: Kaylee Ibrahim 

Stagg's Culinary Club! For those students who are interested in learning about cooking, like to cook alone or with others!

 

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Cultivation Club

Sponsors: Mike Littmann & Tom Syska

Co-Sponsor Email: tsyska@d230.org

Learn how to grow vegetables, tend to a bee hive, koi pond, and have fun outdoors!

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Debate

Sponsors: Katy Przybylski & Jacob Randulich

Co-Sponsor Email: jrandulich@d230.org

Debate is a club that lets you, well, debate! You can debate solo or with a partner. Every 2 months, you get a new topic, and you build a case for and against that topic that you take to tournaments where you compete against students from other schools! It's a great way to get your voice out there, to make new friends, and meet students from other schools.

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DECA Competitive Business

Sponsor: Jim Duffy 

DECA is a competitive business skills club. It is more than just about competing. The club offers students opportunities to develop skills in marketing, finance and sales. It is also a great way to network with business professionals.

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Drama Club

Sponsors: Jacob Fisher & Gordon Oliver

Co-Sponsor Email: goliver@d230.org 

Stagg Drama, the after-school club that supports all performing arts in the Performing Arts Center. You can learn and develop your performance skills. Learn the trade of stagecraft and theatrical design. Act, sing, dance, build, laugh and cry with joy with your fellow Stagg Chargers. Take the stage and start a new adventure.

 

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E-Sports

Sponsors: Jon McGreal & Jake Randulich

Co-Sponsor Email: jrandulich@d230.org

Charger Esports loves videogames! Are you a competitive gamer? We play all of IHSA's games on their roster: Smash, FC, Rocket League, and Mario Kart. We also compete in our state's private league with a much longer list of games. Are you a casual gamer? We love to hangout in person and play games together like Minecraft, Jackbox, Roblox, and many more.

We are also proudly the highest performing Esports team at IHSA State in 2023 with multiple state and sectional wins!

 

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Fall Show

Director: Eliza Palumbo

Assistant Directors' Emails: sthoss@d23org and goliver@d230.org 

One of Shakespeare's most well-known comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream presents a humorous tale of an ancient Greek love triangle, which falls apart under hilarious circumstances in the woods outside Athens. In the end, mischievous fairies intervene in the lives of the humans to right their wrongs and convince the mortals that the night's strange events were really just a dream. 
Auditions for the Fall Show will take place during the week of September 25th. Specifics regarding auditions will be shared through Advisory announcements. All students, regardless of prior theater or performance experience, can audition for roles. Students may also participate by working behind the scenes with the crew. 
 
The show dates are:  November 16, 17, and 18, 2023. 

 

 

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Future Teachers

Sponsors: Jennifer Baniewicz & Maggie Smith

Co-Sponsor Email: MSmith@d230.org

This club is for students interested in becoming teachers. We will talk about teacher prep programs at universities and talk with current college students in different programs as well as learn what it is like to be a teacher.

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German Club

Sponsor: Lauren Arkin

German club is a place for culture lovers to learn all about German holidays, traditions and cultural practices!

 

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Girls Flag Football

Sponsor: Saja Alnajjar

Girls Flag Football aims to increase the participation of students with varied backgrounds and interests in co-curricular programs. Girls Flag Football allows girls who are not participating in an IHSA athletic program the opportunity to compete and fitness. Girls' Flag Football teaches accountability, leadership, responsibility, teamwork, and the impact of positive sportsmanship. 

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Guard Club

Sponsor: Jason Carr

This year club members will be certified in in adult, child and infant CPR and AED. We will also cover the swimming and water safety manual to better understand how to teach swim lessons. When possible, we will teach swim lessons to kids in the community. 

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HOSA

Sponsor: Kristin Pila

HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several other federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. 

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International Club

Sponsor: Anne Reedy

We celebrate our beautiful, culturally diverse Stagg family by learning about ethnic traditions and values. We also reach out to serve our "international" family by assisting those in need.

 

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Jazz Band

Sponsor: Robert Mecozzi

This group is composed of students accepted and placed by audition on the following instruments: saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums, bass guitar, guitar, piano, and occasionally vibraphone. The jazz group performs at three or four concerts a year and goes to festivals and clinics from February through April. The band rehearses after school at least two days a week from November to May. Other performances may include “gigs” in the community.

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Key Club

Sponsors: Beth Gulden & Amy Watkins

Co-Sponsor Email: awatkins@d230.org

Key Club is a community service club in which students volunteer to benefit their school and community. The hours that the students earn count toward the service learning graduation requirement.

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Literary Magazine

Sponsor: Mary Reynolds

Labyrinth Literary Magazine compiles student writing and art and publishes an annual book (or online edition) to celebrate the school's creative talent. Weekly meetings might be about anything from graphic design to poetry writing, depending on the needs and interests of the group. Throughout the year, the club also hosts several Coffeehouse open mic events for the student body and participates in the annual SWSC literary magazine conference.

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Madrigals Choir

Sponsor: Chris Betz

The Stagg High School Madrigals have a rich history of performing throughout the community in and around Palos Hills, IL. We have a busy schedule throughout the months of November and December, performing in churches, community centers, tree lightings, retirement homes, and even local restaurants and residences! Auditions for the Madrigals are held within the first few weeks of school in the choir room after school.

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Marching Chargers

Sponsors: Robert Mecozzi & Jim Columbo

Co-Sponsor Email: jcolombo@d230.org

Headed to the forefront of great high school marching bands, the Marching Chargers continue to be recognized for their outstanding achievements. In addition to marching band competition appearances, the Marching Chargers have been selected numerous times to perform for the world at Walt Disney World in Florida.

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Mathletes

Sponsors: Mark Lyons & Christy Frazer

Co-Sponsor Email: cfrazer@d230.org

The Mathletes team is organized for the purposes of recognition of outstanding mathematical ability, encouragement of independent study, stimulation of interest in mathematics, and provision of a meeting ground for students through academic competition. The Mathletes team practices once a week (Mondays 3:10 - 4:00pm) to prepare for five competitions against other SWSC schools. The Mathletes team also compete in the regional/state competitions sponsored by ICTM.

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Model United Nations (Model UN)

Sponsors: Brian Berg & Adam Zmuda

Co-Sponsor Email: azmuda@d230.org

Think of us as a mock government on the world level. We research countries and topics so that we can represent the wishes of those countries on those topics. Model United Nations follows the course of the United Nations by examining various current international issues facing our world, and exploring possible solutions to these issues. We attend competitions where you will learn to work with peers, understand world affairs, and debate issues in a constructive environment.   

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MultiMedia Club

Sponsor: Tony Roditis

Multimedia Club is a fun place to learn about media creation and criticism.

 

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MSA

Sponsors: Lindsey Lamorte, Sarah Mustafa, Saja Alnajjar, Ayaa Al-Kurdi

Co-Sponsors Email: salnajjar@d230.org, smustafa@d230.org , aalkurdi@d230.org 

Muslim Student Association is a club where students come together to facilitate leadership, learning, connections, and skills. The students work together to give back to the community and spread awareness about cultural diversity and perspectives. It is a club open to all Stagg students. 

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National Honor Society (NHS)

Sponsor: Laura Begani

National Honor Society is based on the pillars of Service, Leadership, Scholarship, and Character. Juniors and Seniors are invited to join based on these pillars.

 

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Occupational Information Club

Sponsor: Kristine Tarbunas

Occupational Information Club is a club for students to learn about and be exposed to various job opportunities and businesses in the community. This club promotes networking and socialization. We typically meet once per month. Activities may include exploring and researching job opportunities, touring various job sites and businesses in the community, guest speakers, and service learning opportunities.

 

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Orchesis Dance Company

Sponsors: Jennifer Koryczan & Colleen Silk

Co-Sponsors' Email: csilk@d230.org

We are a non-competitive student-run dance club that puts on an annual dance recital in the Performing Arts Center.

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Polish Club

Sponsors: Dorota Guzy, Michal Szlachta & Weronika Trzaska
 
 
Polish club allows students to discover their Polish ancestry and introduce non-Polish students to Polish culture. We want to bring students together, Polish or not, to explore Polish culture and cultivate relationships among students who have any connection to or interest in Poland. Our knowledge of the culture and traditions are also introduced to the school community.
 
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Powerlifting Club

Sponsors: Brian Buglio & Danielle Doidge

Co-Sponsor Email: ddoidge@d230.org

We are a lifting club for all students & all grades. We meet 3 days a week for an hour after school. We have additional opportunities within our club to continue training as a JR/SR elective course in Strength & Conditioning. We compete in powerlifting tournements on a regional and state level.

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Prom Planning Committee

Sponsor: Katie Fitzpatrick

The Prom Committee works together to plan the Senior Prom held in the spring. Together they make decisions concerning theme, food, decorations, music, etc. Membership is open to juniors and seniors.

 

  

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SAVE (Student Against Violence Everywhere) Sandy Hook Promise

Sponsor: Lori Foresman

SAVE gives our students a platform to share their voices and raise awareness around mental health. Our goal is to empower students to educate one another and their communities, and to create a culture of peer support within our school. Together, we’ll fight the stigma around mental illness. SAVE also encourages our students to take charge of keeping their friends, schools, and communities safe. Students learn from each other about how to create an inclusive school culture of looking out for one another through activities, events, and projects that promote kindness.

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Scholastic Bowl

Sponsors: Adam Zmuda & Mike Durbin

Co-Sponsor Email: mdurbin@d230.org

SWSC Competitive Trivia Activity at Stagg H.S. We compete at the Conference, Regional, and State level against other high schools in trivia categories such as English, History, Science, Math, Fine Arts, and more.

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Science Club

Sponsor: Ayaa Al-Kurdi

Stagg's Science Club allows students with an interest in science to explore and question the subject through various activities. Science Club strives to enrich scientific knowledge and curiosity while cultivating collaboration and relationships.

 

        

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Snowball

Sponsors: Eva LaForte and Caroline Jaroski

Co-Sponsor Email: cjaroski@d230.org

Operation Snowball is an annual leadership retreat that is open to all D230 students. Students work on developing their leadership skills by participating in small groups, team-building activities, and listening to guest speakers. Snowball helps enable students to make healthy choices in their everyday lives.

 

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Social Action Club

Sponsors: Chris Wendelin & Nitya Viswanath

Co-Sponsor Email: nviswanath@d230.org 

Social Action Club is a student activism club that focuses on designing campaigns, programs, and projects to create positive social change at the school, community, and global levels.

 

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Special Olympics

Sponsors: Tom Syska, Abby Degliomini, & Carrie Sinclair

Co-Sponsor Email: adegliomini@d230.org, csinclair@d230.org

The mission of Stagg Special Olympics is to provide sports training and athletic competition for students with intellectual disabilities. In a typical year, we offer four to five activities in which athletes can participate. These activities are Unified Volleyball, Basketball, Traditional and Unified Bocce, Swimming, and Track and Field. Unified Sports combine Special Olympians and traditional high school students in athletic competitions. Special Olympics events rely on volunteers and we can use help from students at Stagg at various times throughout the year. Volunteers can earn Community Service hours for their efforts. 

 

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Speech Team (Chattin' Chargers)

Sponsors: Frank Kowalik, Tony Roditis, Dorota Guzy, John Jakocko, & Giedre Kazlauskas

Co-Sponsor Email: aroditis@d230.org, dguzy@d230.orgjjakocko@d230.org, & gkazlauskas@d230.org

We are a IHSA sanctioned public speaking competition. We compete in 14 different events - like track and field - divided into acting, public address and limited preparation (making up speeches on the spot). We compete most weekends between Halloween and Valentines Day. Learning to speak well and with confidence will prepare you for the professional world like no other club or team.

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Spring Musical

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Director: Shirell Mollo

Assistant Director Email: DCorderoRiccio@d230.org

The Spring Musical offers students the opportunity to both perform on stage and/or work behind the scenes to bring the Palos Hills and surrounding community the Broadway Musicals Genre. 

On stage opportunities include: acting, singing, and dancing. Off-stage opportunities include: sound, lighting, make-up, set-building, costumes, and backstage management. 

The Musical begins in January with a meeting in the PAC and Band Room. Rehearsals take place in the PAC, Choir, and Band rooms after school, beginning at 4pm from February through April. 

We welcome all interested students and invite them to be part of the theater world. 

The musical is directed by Shirell Mollo, and assistant director Douglas Riccio. If you have more questions about the musical, you can contact Mrs. Mollo at smollo@d230.org or Mr. Riccio at DCorderoRiccio@d230.org.

 

 

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Staggline Newspaper

Sponsor: Christy Frazer

We are a student run newspaper. Students brainstorm article ideas, volunteer to write the articles they are interested in, edit the articles, and then create the newspaper using InDesign. We also have photographers and cartoonists if writing is not your passion.

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Student Ambassadors

Sponsor: Dorothy Guzy

Students Ambassadors is an organization for students who are interested in representing Stagg at school functions. Students may attend events like 8th Grade Open House or Parent-Teacher Conferences. You will work with teachers and administrators and be given certain duties to ensure that the event runs smoothly. These events usually take place in the evening or after school. Students receive community service hours as well.

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Student Council

Sponsors: Nicole Leibfried & Shannon Mongan

Co-Sponsor email: smongan@d230.org

Student Council is a club that focuses on student leadership, school spirit, and large events here at Stagg High School.

 

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Unity Club (Gay-Straight Alliance)

Sponsor: Courtney Kennedy-Beninato

Unity Club is a student run club in which we strive to have every student in our school feel valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Unity club meets in room 325-B every other Monday from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. If you have any questions regarding Unity Club, please reach out to Mrs. Beninato at CKennedyBeninato@d230.org

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Variety Show

Sponsors: Nicole Stachon & Kelli Preto

Co-Sponsor Email: kpreto@d230.org

Do you have a talent that you would love to share? We want to see it! This can be a musical talent, athletic talent, magical or unique talent. Whatever it is, be sure to audition for our Variety Show this year and let your Stagg community see what you have!

 

    

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Winter Guard

Sponsor Kate Alstadt

 

The Stagg Winter Guard is an indoor competitive performance team unlike any other. If you enjoy music and dance, this activity involves members spinning equipment (flags and more), dancing, and acting to show music of a chosen theme. All members are trained in how to dance and spin equipment, so no experience is necessary! The Winter Guard season starts in late October and runs through early April. The Winter Guard practices 2-3 days a week and competes across the Midwest on weekends.

For more information about the Color Guard and Winter Guard programs click here.

Check out our 2022 Production to see what our team does!

 

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Winter Show

Director: Sue Kealy

Assistant Directors' Emails: Sheli Thos (sthoss@d23org) and Gordon Oliver (goliver@d230.org

The Winter Show at Stagg is a full, theatrical production of a comedy or drama. This year's show title will be announced in November, and auditions will be held in early December. All students, regardless of prior theater or performance experience, can audition for roles. Students may also participate by working behind the scenes with the crew. 
 
The show dates are:  February 22, 23, and 24, 2024. 

 

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Yearbook

Sponsors: Chris Wendelin & Tony Roditis

Co-Sponsor Email: ARoditis@d230.org

Stagg Yearbook plans, designs, prints, sells, and distributes the school yearbook! We are looking for journalists, photographers, graphic designers, marketers and any other creative person who wants to help make a time capsule of this year's events!

 

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Youth and Government

Sponsors: Maggie Smith & Adam Zmuda

Co-Sponsor Email: AZmuda@d230.org 

-Mock Government on the State of Illinois Level

-Both a Model Legislative and Judicial Program

-Research Current Political Issues affecting Illinois and the U.S.

-Attend Weekend Mock Legislature in Springfield

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