Clubs and Activities

Moderators: Amanda Reed, Lincoln Meltebrink & Erin Barnett

The Academic Team competes in knowledge based matches against other schools in the Northern Kentucky Academic League (NKAL). The matches are in a “Quick Recall” format similar in concept to the former television shows “It’s Academic” and “College Bowl”. Two teams of four players each answer questions based on Kentucky’s school curricula. Players use a buzzer system and try to beat the clock – and the opposing team – to the correct answer. This format is also used in the “Quick Recall” portion of the Governor’s Cup competition.

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Holy Cross 2018 medalists from the District Governor’s Cup Competition on January 27, 2018: (from left to right) 

Ehmet Thornton Ayers: 4th Place  Arts and Humanities

Christian Bales: 2nd Place Composition

Katherine Frantz: 4th Place  Language

Arts Wesley Schmidt: 4th Place  Social Studies

Jerome (Adam) Heist: 5th Place  Social Studies

AJ Wood: 4th Place  Mathematics


The Governor’s Cup is a way to promote, reward and recognize outstanding academic achievement on the district, regional and state level. The competition is normally in February at the end of the Academic Team season.

The competition consists of several parts:  Written Assessments, Composition and Quick Recall.

Written Assessments are multiple choice tests given to individual students in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Arts and Humanities.

Composition is on-demand writing based on a topic that is presented to the students at the time of the competition period.

Quick Recall has the same format as the Academic Team. It is similar in concept to the former television shows “It’s Academic” and “College Bowl”. Two teams of four players each answer questions based on Kentucky’s school curricula. Players use a buzzer system and try to beat the clock – and the opposing team – to the correct answer. Questions are from the same subject areas as the written tests.

Students are selected by the faculty to compete in Written Assessments and Composition.
Student in Quick Recall are members of the Academic Team.

Moderator: Craig Lipscomb

The Holy Cross Art Club is for any student at Holy Cross, but typically consist of visual arts students. Since the Art Club started 19 years ago, it has taken on many faces. It has created murals for multiple businesses and charities. It has taken trips to various local museums and galleries. It has hosted wiffle ball tournaments, and even marched as a bucket band. The most notable event is the annual senior art trip to Chicago.


The Dance Team allows students interested in dance to express their creativity through movement. The dance team performs during halftime at home basketball games.

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Moderators: Emily Martin and Caroline Mejia

Drama Club is open to all students who want to be a part of the theater. HC does at least 2 plays a year including a musical. Students in the drama club are actors, stage crew and just those who enjoy theater. The drama department is always looking for sponsors to underwrite these musicals. Please consider advertising in the program. The drama department gladly accepts any type of donations (clothing, furniture, household appliances, musical instruments) for the music program. For more information, please email Emily Martin, Director at [email protected]

Moderators: Scott Reed and Rob Knox

The History Club is open to all students and seeks members who have a passion for learning about the past. The club sponsors extracurricular activities such as trips to the cinema, museums, historical locations, and movie nights here at school. Trips taken in the past have included the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Museum of Cincinnati History, The National Museum of the Air Force at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and Battery Hooper, a local Civil War defense structure. There are no events currently scheduled.

Moderator: Dave Groneck

Intramural basketball is open for any student not involved in a winter sport. Intramurals fosters teamwork and amusement for all students involved.

Moderators: Gay Trame & Amanda Reed

Magnified Giving is an educational organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, with partner schools in greater Cincinnati, central Ohio, northeast Ohio, and northern Kentucky. Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage students in philanthropy, and to touch the hearts and minds of teens, lighten the concerns of others, and magnify the impact of philanthropy. The Magnified Giving Student Philanthropy Program provides a financial grant that student participants award to local nonprofits. Students develop leadership and decision-making skills while researching and identifying potential nonprofits, interviewing nonprofit executives and presenting a case for the nonprofits within their own schools. Created in 2008, Magnified Giving is one of the largest student philanthropy programs in the United States, with 2500 students from 50 area high school partners participating. The collective impact on the schools’ entire student bodies is philanthropic experience for an estimated 10,000 students. We are always looking for new members. Contact Mrs. Trame at [email protected] if interested in joining.

 For more information on Magnified Giving, click here.

Moderator: Emily Martin

Entry-level choir - EVERYONE is WELCOME!  Students will learn the basics of singing and reading music. Open to all grade levels, with NO AUDITION NECESSARY! Students will be exposed to various eras of musical history and from a variety of music styles: including gospel, musical theater, pop, classical, and liturgical.  There will be a focus on learning rehearsal and performance techniques for practical application. May be repeated each semester.

Moderators: Amanda Reed & Lincoln Meltebrink

What is the National Honor Society?

  • The National Honor Society is a prestigious organization that recognizes hard work and leadership both in school and in the community.

How do I get in? Minimum requirements:

  • 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average 10 hours of service in the larger community These hours are in addition to those required for Christian Community Service Faculty Committee approval Demonstration of the Four Pillars of the National Honor Society (see below)

How do we get involved?

  • Leadership roles throughout the school
  • Tutoring services upon request Community service projects Some recent ones include:
  • Volunteering at the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital
  • Partnership with Dillard’s Department Store
  • City of Taylor Mill Catholic
  • Charities Hosea House Partnership with the Northern Kentucky
  • Cheerleading Coaches Association
  • And the list goes on….

Scholarship Opportunity: Through the generosity of the Northern Kentucky Cheerleading Coaches Association we have been able to give scholarships to graduating seniors, usually two each year! These seniors earn these scholarships based on application and essay.


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Moderator: Dave Groneck

The Pep Club (“The Tribe”) is a great way for Holy Cross students to get involved in school. The Pep Club’s goal is to keep the Holy Cross Spirit alive. We support all sports teams and clubs by going to designated home games.

“Let’s Go Tribe”




Moderators: Rob Wermeling & Lisa Baumann

The Pro-Life club helps our students foster and grow a culture of life within our school and community. The Pro-Life club participates in various Diocesan pro-life events, such as the pro-life mass in October, Christmas and Valentine's Day activities at Diocesan senior citizen homes, and the "Cross the Bridge for Life" in June. We also organize car washes and bake sales to help pay for our annual trip to the "March for Life" trip to Washington D.C. in January.

Moderators: Caroline Mejia Carlie Brooks

The Spanish Club is an organization that enriches knowledge of Hispanic Culture. This club is not only for students taking a Spanish class but also for anyone who would like to enhance their cultural awareness. This club meets once a week during enrichment and will participate in themed activities both during and after school. Students will have the opportunity to advance communication using the Spanish language but also learn about: Food and Traditional Dishes Music and Dance Holidays Other Festivities and Traditions Societal and Family Values Study Abroad Opportunities Tourism Since Spanish class usually revolves around Spanish grammar and writing, joining the Spanish Club is a great opportunity for students to be involved in cultural activities and practice speaking the language in daily life. Plus, it is great for those seniors preparing for college, to get a feel for studying abroad.

Moderators: Brittany Black & Amanda Reed

Student Council serves as the liaison between the student body and faculty at HCHS. Along with planning school wide activities, student council formulates rules and regulations by which the students must abide.

Moderator: Amanda Reed

The Tribe Tribune is our student-run newspaper. It allows students to creatively express their written opinions and meet a variety of students. The Tribe Tribune is open to all Holy Cross students.

If you like to write reviews, speak your opinion, sketch, or tell jokes, we are looking for you! The New Tribe Tribune is looking for students who are interested in joining the staff.

See Mrs. Reed to participate.


Photos and any other submissions should be made to [email protected]

Moderators: Rob Knox , Amanda Reed, Scott Reed & Lincoln Meltebrink

This club works with the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association to develop engaged citizens and servant leaders, inspired to affect change in their school, community, Commonwealth, nation, and world. Through experiential learning, service, and community activism, this club fosters critical thinking, leadership, and social responsibility in students.

Additional information can be found on the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association website.

The Y-Club attends two conferences each year, the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) in the fall and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) in the spring. The Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) is a 3-day experiential learning conference in which students participate directly in a simulation of Kentucky’s democratic process. Students act as senators, representatives, lobbyists and Supreme Court attorneys.


The Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) is a 3-day experiential learning conference in which students participate directly in simulated international diplomacy. KUNA offers students the opportunity to experience the richness of cultures from around the world, develop empathy, and hone their critical thinking skills while engaging with a wide variety of perspectives and global issues.
Students choose a country to represent as a group and then create and argue U.N. resolutions, dress in that country’s traditional cultural attire, and highlight cultural aspects of that country.

Moderators: Amanda Reed & Nick Ritter

The Yearbook committee works collectively on photographing school events, collecting information, creating the yearbook theme and designing the page layouts. Students interested must be able to exercise creativity and imagination.