Clubs & Activities
Art Club provides materials, instruction and support for those students who are seeking a creative outlet in addition to their academic schedule. We place an emphasis on students using their artistic talents to benefit their school and community. Projects are driven by the students, and we allow students the opportunity to cultivate their interest in art history by visiting local museums, galleries and exhibitions.
CHESS/BOARD GAME CLUB
The chess/board game club is an exciting opportunity for students of any age to participate in friendly competition with their peers while testing their wits and luck. The moderators Mr. Clark, Miss Pietrone, and Mr. Summers aim to create a fun, competitive, and relaxing atmosphere while students pit themselves against each other for glory. This club welcomes anyone with a good attitude and a desire to be a champion. There is no commitment involved. Come on the days that please you. You can bring your own game from home, or you can use the games that are provided.
Chemistry club is based on applications of the chemistry topics learned in the classroom. Students will learn about topics through laboratory-based experiments and demonstrations. Some of the topics covered include chemistry of cooking, biochemistry, natural and synthetic polymers, and material science. Students have the opportunity to suggest topics or experiments, if they have a particular area of interest within chemistry.
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
This club aims to bring the understanding and acceptance of disabilities to our campus by establishing an environment of inclusion and providing opportunities to improve social skills by building multiple circles of friendship with non-disabled peers. Each student with special needs meets with a “circle” of two to three friends from general education. the general education students are there to form relationships with their peers. The program has the dramatic impact of bringing students with disabilities out of isolation and increasing their self-esteem, thus leading them to a more successful and self-sufficient adult life.
CONCERT BAND (AP) /JAZZ ENSEMBLE (AFTER SCHOOL)
If you play a Concert Band instrument but couldn't sign up for the class, this is the perfect opportunity to come down and join. Students can learn the music outside of school to prepare for the concerts. Students in the class may come down for extra practice time.
Environmental Club is dedicated to conservation awareness and action. The students will meet twice a month for the entire school year. During activity period, approximately 20 students will be needed monthly. These students will go around and collect the paper recycling from the classrooms to take outside to the recycling bin. Students will also have the opportunity to meet after school monthly to learn about Pennsylvania Wildlife, listen to speakers from the Conservation District, to attend hiking trips to assess biodiversity, or to volunteer by cleaning up habitats or helping with the conservation of species. Some additional activities that students will have a chance to participate in are night owl hikes, local stream conservation, a trip to The Wilds (Conservation park in Ohio), zip-lining, a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo, Envirothon, Trout in the Classroom, and a camping trip to Shaver's Creek in State College.
E-Portfolio Club provides support for students who are looking to advance their E-Portfolio out of the classroom. Through amassing their creative and academic accomplishments, students create an online portfolio that will help market themselves to Colleges and Universities.
FORENSICS (SPEECH & DEBATE)
Forensics involves all forms of public speaking & debate, including, but not limited to: prose reading, poetry reading, dramatic interpretation, original oratory, impromptu speaking, congressional debate, and public forum debate. Students compete on a regular basis for individual and team recognition (state and national levels as well).
All international students are asked to join. The club is in need of student ambassadors, students who are willing to partner with an international student for the year as their guide and friend. The purpose of the club is to foster an appreciation for our international students, create friendships, and celebrate our diverse student population. Activities include: student breakfasts, Q&A, games, international holiday celebrations, and more!
INTERACT CLUB (SPONSORED BY ROTARY)
The mission of the Interact Club at NC brings together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Sponsored by the Rotary Club in Cranberry, we work on initiatives that are student-led service initiatives to help others, as our students are called to be Christ-like leaders both in our school and in our community. Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors.
KNITTING/WOVEN ARTS CLUB
The Knitting/woven arts club aims to introduce students to various fiber arts. New students will learn the fundamentals of knitting, crochet, and/or weaving. No experience or supplies are needed for the beginner, but students will have to purchase their own supplies for more experienced projects. Experienced crafters are also welcome to join us for camaraderie and help on projects.
The NC Student Council Leadership Team brings proactive leadership to the halls of NC by addressing important social issues through peer-to-peer interaction. Our Leadership Team also reaches out to the local community by offering educational workshops and positive role modeling to our local Catholic grade schools. Topics include: Anti-bullying, Smart Choices, Personal Safety, Emergency Response, Conflict Resolution, etc.
L.I.F.E. (LIVING IN FAITH EXPERIENCE)
Communities of faith for high school students
Marianist LIFE (Living InFaith Experience) is a national faith-formation program rooted in Catholic and Marianist tradition and targeted to the needs of high school students. LIFE offers students an opportunity for fellowship and fun in a caring, upbeat context.
Marianist LIFE provides students at Marianist and non-Marianist institutions opportunities to share faith, to learn from each other, and to become instruments of peace.
LITERATURE & HISTORY IN FILM CLUB
Literature and History in Film
We will examine how film has attempted to portray both Literature and History. This will be accomplished by answering questions such as:
1. How does film alter Literature and History?
2. How can film be used as propaganda?
3. How can the agenda of an artist alter the understanding of Literature and History?
Students can receive math related-tutoring.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS CLUB
Students will aim to raise mental health awareness in and around their school community through a variety of different activities, topic-based discussions and speakers. As Christ-centered young leaders, we will make the effort to end the stigma.
MOCK TRIAL (MOSTLY ON EVENINGS & WEEKENDS)
NC participates in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Mock Trial Competition, which gives more than 300 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.
ROBOTICS & STEM EXPLORERS CLUB
The mission of the robotics program at is building students of creativity, leadership, and professionalism – connecting them to a future enlightened by their STEM experiences. We aim to accomplish this by investing students in FIRST Robotics, a wholistic program in which teams of students design, build and compete with their robots. It’s about more than just robots. It is about sharpening character traits such as gracious professionalism. It’s about networking with peers and industry professionals from around the globe. And, it’s about problem solving in a project-based learning environment.
PING PONG CLUB
Ping-Pong Club is for anyone who wants to play and have a good time. Depending on turn-out for each meeting we may play a bracket to decide a champ, or just take turns playing singles or doubles. All ability levels are welcome, and we encourage everyone to learn-as-they-go to play by official table-tennis rules (as best as we can).
Pittsburgh Club provides students the opportunity to learn more about the city of Pittsburgh through literature, research, and activity period learning experiences. Members will come away with a better understanding of the city's: History, Culture, Entertainment, Industry, and Faith. This club will culminate at the end of the school year with a 2-day trip to the city where we will experience firsthand what we have studied.
PJAS & PRESF
PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) is a competition where students in grades 6-12 present original independent research in many areas in science and math. PRSEF stands for the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Each year students in grades 6–12 present their independent research projects in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. In both competitions, students begin work on their projects in early fall and compete in February for PJAS and late March for PRSEF. Winners in the local PJAS competition move on to compete at Penn State in May. Winners of PRSEF continue on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair later in the year.
“. . . We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” (Evangelium Vitae)
This quote from John Paul II calls us to challenge our participation in the defense of human life: are we actively seeking to uphold the dignity of human life in all of its stages or do we keep silent as our brothers and sisters are disregarded and often destroyed? If you want to play a role in the defense of human dignity but don't know where to start, pro-life club is the club for you. Throughout the year we participate in prayer vigils, abortion clinic outreach, and seek to become leaders for the pro-life movement among our peers.
The mission of the robotics program at NC is Building students of creativity, leadership, and professionalism – connecting them to a future enlightened by their STEM experiences. We aim to accomplish this by investing students in FIRST Robotics, a wholistic program in which teams of studentsdesign, build and compete with their robots. It’s about more than just robots. It is about sharpening character traits such as gracious professionalism. It’s about networking with peers and industry professionals from around the globe. And, it’s about problem solving in a project-based learning environment as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD COMPETITION
Science Olympiadis an American team competition in which students compete in 23 'events' pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. If you like to come up with ideas to solve problems in a science field, please come and join us. The maximum number of students on the team is 15.
SWING DANCING & MORE
Swing Dancing & More Club offers students an opportunity to learn different types of partner dancing, with a focus on swing dancing. Other dances may include Latin dances such as Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Salsa, line dancing, and ballroom dancing depending on student interest. The club uses both classic swing hits from the 1920s-1950s and also modern music. Students do not need any experience or a partner to come. If you can step on the beat to a line dances like the Cha Cha Slide or Cupid Shuffle, then you can learn to dance!
TNT - TEA & TALK
Students and staff meet for informal discussions on topics of their choosing. Information shared is both informational and opinionated, and is presented in a relaxed and open setting.
Do you have dreams of bantering with Alex Trebek on Jeopardy? Or are you someone who simply enjoys knowing that an aglet is the proper term for the plastic tip at the end of a shoelace? The NC Trivia team welcomes both the casual trivia fan and those seeking a more competitive outlet for their vast stores of knowledge. Meetings will consist of answering trivia questions or preparing for competitions such as College Bowls, the Academic Triathlon, and KDKA's Hometown High Q. This club is open to students of all grade levels.
WORLD LANGUAGE CLUB 9/10
World Language club offers students an opportunity to explore other cultures through interactive meetings with speakers, videos, activities, and food. Meetings are usually focused on holidays, language, traditions, or food. Students can also choose to go on trips abroad to Winter Carnival in Canada or the Europe trip to France, Spain, and Italy. There is a small fee to help cover the cost of food. This section is specifically for grades 9 and 10.
WORLD LANGUAGE CLUB 11/12
World Language club offers students an opportunity to explore other cultures through interactive meetings with speakers, videos, activities, and food. Meetings are usually focused on holidays, language, traditions, or food. Students can also choose to go on trips abroad to Winter Carnival in Canada or the Europe trip to France, Spain, and Italy. There is a small fee to help cover the cost of food. This section is specifically for grades 11 and 12.
MODEL UN (AFTER SCHOOL)
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches participants researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, andleadership abilities. It is meant to engage students and allow them to develop deeper understanding into current world issues.
The yearbook club is an opportunity for students to get involved with the design and creation of our school yearbook. The club is selective and limited to 8. Only those truly committed to working will be invited to stay. However, once a student makes the commitment, they will have the opportunity to become photographers, design layouts, and complete book pages. This club will run all year. Students in this club should also expect to do some work outside of the designated club time.