Student Activities

Academy Engineering Club

The Academy Engineering Club introduces students to the modern concepts of engineering through demonstrations, designing and building projects using Solidworks Software. The club's goal is to educate students and promote interest in the field of engineering.

Moderator: Mr. Clarence Wilson

Academy Junior Senate

The Academy Junior Senate is a team of four Academy students selected to represent their peers. These officers meet regularly with the Assistant Principal for the Academy to organize events, voice student concerns, and brainstorm new ideas for the Academy.

Moderator: Mr. Malcolm Teasdale

Arabic/Chaldean Club

The Arabic/Chaldean Club meets regularly to learn about the Arabic language and culture. The Arabic/Chaldean Club goes to an Arabic restaurant once a semester to taste different Arabic foods. The club is open to grades 7-12 and meets every other Thursday after school in room 135.

Moderator: Ms. Kristen Rockwell

Black Awareness Society for Education

BASE is a service and social organization whose main objective is to create unity within the community. BASE members participate in numerous service activities in the school and in the larger community. Each February, BASE sponsors the annual BASE Convention, an open forum where delegations from five metro area high schools come together to discuss different topics affecting the African-American community. BASE meets every other Tuesday after school in the Chapel.

Moderators: Mr. Kyle Chandler and Mr. Malcolm Teasdale

Business & Marketing Club

The Business & Marketing Club is for students who plan to pursue a career in business or simply have an interest in business and entrepreneurship. Club members meet with alumni and community business leaders, learn the workings of the Stock Market, review the latest business trends and practices, and have discussions about investment, finance, and the economy. The Business Club meets after school every other Thursday in Conference Room 005.

Moderator: Mr. Brandon Johnson

Chess Team

Through competitive play, the UDJ Chess Team will develop proficiency in memory and concentration, veracity in problem solving and decision making, and mastery of logic and critical thinking that will result in improved academics at UDJ and high regards as great thinker among the chess community.

Moderator: Mrs. Chevelle Brown and Mr. Joseph Lauchlan

Cub Annual

The Cub Annual is the U of D Jesuit yearbook and is a comprehensive extracurricular activity that employs a staff of student editors, photographers, artists, and writers. Students work on the yearbook throughout the school year and well into the summer. The club is open to grades 7-12 and meets on Fridays in the Art Room (135).

Moderators: Ms. Kristen Rockwell

Cub Broadcast

The Cub Broadcast is a platform for students to produce a live broadcast of the daily announcements. Students produce the broadcast and work as anchors and reporters. The club is open to grades 9-12 and meets every other Tuesday after school in Room 126.

Moderator: Ms. Chelsea Estes

Cub News

The Cub News is U of D Jesuit's school newspaper, which comes out about once a month. The staff is chosen through a competitive process at the beginning of the year. The moderator and student editor form a staff of writers, editors, and photographers who work on the paper for the entire school year. All students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to participate.

See our home page

Moderator: Ms. Rosemarie Gonzales

Cub Sportscast

The Cub Sportscast serves to connect students, faculty and staff, alumni and parents to sporting events at U of D Jesuit. Student announcers attend games and provide a live broadcast. Click here for recent sportscasts. Follow us on Twitter @UofDJesuitSport!

Moderator: Ms. Chelsea Estes

Cubing Club

The Cubing Club at U of D Jesuit High School and Academy aims to teach members how to solve various puzzles and improve on the ones they can already solve. It also strives to provide an inviting environment that encourages openness among its members, and to allow students the opportunities to have fun and achieve skills in an area many are not familiar with.

Moderator: Mr. Michael Bindon

Diversity Union

The Diversity Union’s mission and work is to educate our students about the different backgrounds and viewpoints of other students as well as allowing a bridge for communication among them. Our members strive to be open-minded and respectful of each other’s opinions and beliefs. Although our opinions may differ, our goal is to know each other better and learn from our fellow students by listening to each other.

Esports Team

The U of D Jesuit Esports Club is aimed at providing high school and academy cubs with high level esports competition while also learning about collegiate esports opportunities and scholarships from college recruiting visits. Members of the esports club compete against other high school students from across the state and nation in MiHSEF, STATE CHAMPS! Esports, and HSEL. Our young men also participate in certain physical fitness activities alongside the school’s Health & Fitness Club to promote healthy living and to break the sedentary nature of video gaming. Finally, our club members will become involved with local gaming charities throughout the course of the year to help those who may be struggling by doing what we love, gaming. If you would like to contact club officials directly, contact methods and social media accounts are on the link below.

Moderator: Mrs. Elizabeth Ward


The University of Detroit Jesuit Forensics Team is a group of dedicated high school students who compete in areas of public speaking and dramatic performance as a part of the Detroit Catholic Forensic League. The forensics team competes against local schools throughout southeastern Michigan in the following categories: Oratorical Declamation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Performance, Duo Performance, and Oral Interpretation of Literature. To learn more about the team, what we do, and the competition categories, please click here to view an informational slideshow. For additional information and schedules, please contact the club moderator or visit (Meetings for Forensics vary and meet in either Room 130 or 215.)

Moderator: Mr. Alexander Davidson

Generation of Promise

Focus Hope's Generation of Promise Program is a cross-school district, multi-cultural, urban/suburban student leadership development program. Participating students meet to focus on the resources, leadership, and critical issues that influence the quality of life in Metropolitan Detroit Session topics include education, volunteerism, racial/cultural diversity, economic development, and youth leadership issues. The group meets in the Library various times of the year.

Moderator: Mrs. Erin Chekal

Health & Fitness Club

The UDJ Health & Fitness Club strives to promote a healthy student body who can make beneficial choices in enhancing their physical well-being. We promote the use of safe training techniques and simple choices that can improve our students' health. We will place an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, stressing the importance of diet and regular exercise. We will encourage our group members to incorporate physical training, meditation, and proper nutritional choices into their daily lives. We are open to anyone who is interested in improving their physical ability and strength

Moderator: Mr. Edward Maddox

Ignatian Service Corps

To help create "Men for Others" the Ignatian Service Corps works with the Coordinator of Service Projects to plan service activities for the U of D Jesuit community. The traditional activities are the Focus:Hope food drive, monthly food deliveries and blood drives. The Ignatian Service Corps meets every Thursday morning from 7:20 - 7:50am in the Commons. For more information, please visit the ISC's web site.

Moderator: Mrs. Barbara Koster

Students participating in the Pallbearer Ministry.


Inscape, U of D Jesuit's literary magazine, publishes once at the end of each year. Students can participate in two ways. Students are invited to serve on the editorial staff, which assesses submissions and edits the final publication. All students are invited to submit stories, essays, poems, and artwork through the cocurricular's group page on myUofDJesuit or by uploading to the Inscape website (link below). Meeting times are as needed in either Room 130 or 215.

Moderator: Mr. Alexander Davidson

Click here to go to the Inscape page.

International Food Club

The International Food Club is dedicated to the appreciation of the diversity of food and culture found throughout the Metropolitan Detroit Area. The club holds meetings at which students present their research on the food and history of various ethnic groups. The student members of the club plan outings to ethnic restaurants throughout the area. The group meets monthly, before outings, in either Room 206 or 005.

Moderator: Mr. Paul Diehl

Intramural Bowling

Students meet once a week after school at Hazel Park Bowl to compete with other Catholic School Intramural teams. The season begins in October and concludes in February. Both the high school and the Academy have Intramural Bowling teams.

Moderator (High School): Mr. Darrin Flowers


During all lunch periods, U of D Jesuit sponsors organized intramural competition and open gym on various days. Students compete in a variety of sport leagues including intramural flag-football and intramural basketball. These leagues culminate in playoffs at the end of each intramural season. Intramurals occur daily during lunch periods on the back field or in the auxiliary gym (depending on season).

Moderator: Mr. Dan Hill

JustPeace Human Rights Council

JustPeace Human Rights Council focuses on a broad range of local and global issues related to human rights, justice, peace, and community building. Through films, speakers, discussions, and activities in and out of school, members respond to the Ignatian mandate to work for justice. The club is open to grades 7-12 and meets every Thursday after school in Room 312.

Moderator: Mrs. Kimberly Redigan

Labre Ministry

Labre Ministry serves the marginalized of Detroit. Every Tuesday students prepare food and beverages that they serve to the homeless people that they meet as they walk through Greek Town and the riverfront. The students have built relationships with many of these people, it is more than just feeding people food it is recognizing that they are human beings and that they count, that someone cares for them.

Moderator: Mrs. Claudia Foerg

Latin Club

The Latin Club is open to all Latin students of U of D Jesuit. The club meets regularly to plan events in the school and for field events, such as Junior Classical League conventions. Our activities combine social and cultural/learning events. U of D Jesuit is a member of both the Michigan and National Junior Classical Leagues. The group meets on Tuesdays in Room 204.

Moderator: Mr. Nicholas Young

Life Club

The Life Club is a resource and place of support for students and faculty who desire to promote Cardinal Joseph's Bernardin's challenge of the consistent ethic of life. The club meets every Thursday after school in the Chapel.

Moderators: Ms. Kathleen Curran

Mock Trial

U of D Jesuit participates in the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament. Students take the roles of lawyers and witnesses in the case and attempt to win the trial against teams from other schools. Each of the last three years, the team won 2 of our 3 rounds and received an Honorable Mention. In 2008, the team claimed third place in a field of 41 at the Eastern Regional and advanced to the State Tournament. Mock Trial meets Mondays and Wednesdays in Room 201.

Moderators: Ms. Kathleen Curran

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) organizes students into small groups, each of which represents a sovereign nation's United Nations delegation. In addition to providing an excellent opportunity to meet students from Mercy, Marian, and Sacred Heart, Model United Nations students master the valuable arts of rhetoric, oratory, and politics. Top students represent U of D Jesuit in the North American Invitational MUN tournament held in Washington D.C. MUN meets on Tuesdays in Room 141.

Moderator: Mr. Brendan Lopus

National Honor Society

The St. Peter Cansisius, S.J., Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) consists of seniors who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Members of NHS are leaders in the school and serve as ambassadors at major school events such as fall orientation, open house, mini-class nights, and parent-teacher conferences. NHS students also participate in a number of service and fundraising activities throughout the year and sponsor leadership development seminars open to the entire student body. For more information, click here.

NHS meets the second or third Friday of each month in Room 139.

Moderator: Mrs. Nancy Carapellotti

National Junior Honor Society

The Patrick J. Rice, S.J., chapter of the National Junior Honor Society at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Students are selected to be members by a five-member Faculty Council, appointed by the Assistant Principal of the Academy, which bestows this honor upon qualified students each Spring.

Seventh-grade students are eligible for membership in the second semester. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required.

To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input. First, school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, citizenship, and leadership. These forms and the Student Activity Information Forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection.

Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are require to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all five criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at monthly chapter meetings and participation in the chapter service projects.

Moderator: Mr. Todd Wilson

Outdoor Club

As participants in the Outdoor Club, students take trips away from school to experience the natural environment. They hike, fish and ski together at different points throughout the year. The Outdoor Club is for anyone who enjoys spending time outside and engaging in outdoor recreation. This club meets every Wednesday after school in Room S-122.

Moderator: Mr. Dominic Coccitti-Smith

Philosophical Society

The purpose of the Philosophical Societyis to provide a forum for the serious discussion of various topics in philosophy such as ethics, logic and metaphysics. We meet on Thursdays, after school in Room 117.

Moderator: Mr. John Feeney

Pizza & Pages for Justice

Pizza and Pages will be a book club/writing club/service club with a focus on social justice issues in our community and the world. The club will be open to all Academy students. Each meeting would involve a discussion of a book or poem related to a social justice issue...while eating pizza!

Moderator: Ms. Lydia Sawchuk

Ping-Pong Club

The Ping-Pong Club is open to U of D students of all levels of competence who wish to improve their ping-pong skills and compete with others in a friendly atmosphere. The club meets on most Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Commons from 2:45 - 4:00pm.

Moderator: Dr. William Elster

Politics Club

The Politics Club offers students an opportunity to discuss current political issues, both in the United States and around the globe. Students also dialogue about the American election process and debate the strengths and weaknesses of political candidates.

The Politics Club meets on Thursdays in Room 141.

Moderator: Mr. Timothy Monck

Quiz Bowl

The Quiz Bowl Team will compete against other schools in Metro Detroit and elsewhere. Quiz Bowl follows the format similar to that of the TV show Jeopardy, where team members attempt to answer questions from literature, science, current events, sports, etc. more quickly than members of the opposing team.

Group meetings vary throughout the year and meet in Room 214.

Moderator: Mr. Dan Hill and Mr. Daniel Babcock

Robotics Team

The Robotics Team at U of D Jesuit is involved in building small robots for Robofest (Academy and Freshmen) and the FIRST competition (High School). These endeavors inspire students to learn more about science, math and technology. For additional information and schedules, please contact the appropriate moderator.

FIRST Robotics meets daily, January through March, in the Robotics lab.

Academy Small Robotics meets Thursdays in Room S-022.

Click here to visit the Robocubs website.

Moderators - First Robotics: Mr James Terry, Mr. Eugene Kotlinski, Mr. Rich Wong, Ms. Jennifer Wint, Mrs. Elizabeth Wood

Moderator - Academy Small Robotics: Mr. Clarence Wilson

Science Club

The Science Club at U of D Jesuit is active and successful. Students in the science club enter science competitions, including The Toshiba Exploravision Competition, Science Olympiad, and US Physics Team. The Science Club meets every Tuesday at 3:00 PM in S-310.

Moderator: Mrs. Claudia Foerg


Student Pastoral Team

U of D Jesuit strives to incorproate a student voice in the leadership of our Campus Ministry efforts. We have an active Student Pastoral Team that leads efforts to address the spiritual needs of our students. Members of the team help plan school liturgies, serve at Mass, coordinate Reconciliation services, lead school prayer, promote retreats, and develop new ideas to promote the spiritugal growth of the student body. For more information, please click here.

Moderator: Mr. Joseph Gall

Student Senate

The Student Senate is the voice of the students at U of D Jesuit. The Senate is in charge of raising funds for a variety of student activities and for directing a number of events. The Senate sponsors dances on a regular basis, represents student issues to the administration, and directs a variety of activities designed to promote school spirit. Its biggest endeavor is Pledge Detroit, a fundraiser that aims to demonstrate the school's commitment to the city of Detroit. The composition of the Senate includes: five officers, elected by the entire student body; Big Brothers, appointed helpers for freshmen and academy homerooms; Co-Chairs, charged with coordinating major events; and Homeroom Representatives, elected by their homeroom to serve renewable one-semester terms.

The Student Senate meets monthly in the Chapel or Commons. Click here to visit the Student Senate website.

Moderator: Ms. Amy Ong

Theater and Stage Crew

U of D Jesuit sponsors two productions throughout the school year: the Fall Play in November and the Spring Musical in February. These productions are open to all U of D Jesuit students and to female high school students from area high schools. Auditions are required for performers, but other students are invited to participate in a number of ways including stage crew, light crew, business crew, and orchestra. Both the Fall Play and Spring Musical meets daily during the season in the Commons after school.

Fall Play Spring Musical

Moderators (Fall Play): Mr. Justin Manwell and Mr. Alexander Davidson

Moderators (Spring Musical): Mr. Edmond Guay

Video Production

Members of the Video Production Club discuss cinematography and video editing and also work on creating short videos for the school community. The club meets every Wednesday after school in Room S-022.

Moderator: Mr. Jim Adams