O'Dea High School

Club Offerings

General Interest Clubs

Knowledge Bowl
Knowledge Bowl is a fun, fast paced club which could best be described as Team Jeopardy. Questions on a wide range of subjects are asked, and teams have a chance to answer based on how quickly they buzz in. O’Dea participates in the regional tournament in late January. Meetings are the first Gold day of each week.

Junior State of America (JSA) 
Junior State of America (JSA) is a student run organization created in 1934. This organization caters to students interested in politics, government, foreign affairs, law, and education. JSA allows for an exchange of ideas through stimulating debates, thought talks, and a variety of simulations.

Service Club
O’Dea’s Service Club aims at keeping students engaged in living out their faith through service. This community of O’Dea students are the heart of O’Dea’s service program. We are responsible for educating ourselves about the needs of our community and supporting all of O’Dea’s service outreach.

eSports
eSports is a student run club in which members practice and compete in online video games with high schools across the country. eSports promotes strategy, teambuilding, friendship, and fun while at the same time tapping into the competitive nature of the students. O’Dea participates in a six week spring league competing against other high school teams in the HSEL League of Legends Tournament.

Chess Club 
The Chess Club meets weekly and focuses on fine-tuning chess skills and preparing to compete in local and state chess tournaments. All skill levels are welcome, from those just learning to experienced competitors.

National Honor Society (NHS) 
The purpose of the O’Dea High School Chapter of National Honor Society is to promote enthusiasm for scholarship, character, service, and leadership amongst all students at O’Dea High School. NHS members are those individuals who epitomize all four of the ideals of the National Honor Society.

Selection to National Honor Society is done through an application process whereby students provide information used by the Faculty Council to support their candidacy for membership. Students may apply for membership during their sophomore and junior years.  A formal Induction Ceremony for the new members is held in the spring.

NHS members plan and lead two Honors Assemblies each school year to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of our students.

Student Ambassadors
The Student Ambassador program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing O’Dea High School. Student Ambassadors are selected by the Director of Admissions and support the Admissions Office by promoting O’Dea to prospective students and families. Serving as a Student Ambassador is a serious commitment and responsibility granted to a select group of students.

Cultural Clubs

Black Students United for Excellence (BSUE) 
Black Students United for Excellence, or BSUE is rooted in two themes: equity and education. Equitably, it is the goal for students to use a shared voice to demonstrate their leadership on campus. Therefore, it is important that the young men in BSUE are educated in Black History. Ultimately, through the two themes of equity and education, the young men in BSUE understand that Black History is American History.

Celtic Heritage Club 
The purpose of the Celtic Heritage Club of O’Dea High School is to preserve, promote, enjoy and actively participate in Celtic traditions, heritage, and cultural activities. It is also our ardent intent to encourage celebration of these traditions with the O’Dea community unfamiliar with our school’s rich Irish heritage, Blessed Edmund Rice, and the Irish Christian Brothers, as well as promote group unity through a series of organized activities and events.

Japanese Club 
The Japanese culture and language club offers students the chance to learn more about Japan through games, films, and participation in cultural activities.

Latino/Filipino Heritage Club 
The Latino/Filipino Heritage Club is a group of students who advocate for, and work to improve, cultural diversity and understanding at O’Dea. Through the club we plan to provide the support and resources necessary to help our current and incoming students at O’Dea.

Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Club 

The Asian/Pacific Islander Club’s main purpose is to educate, promote, and encourage awareness of Asian/Pacific Islander cultures and traditions to the O’Dea High School campus and broader community, and offer support to our students of Asian/Pacific Islander decent. Through this, we strengthen our self-awareness, individually and as a whole, while standing together proud of our past experiences and focusing on improving our school’s future.

Arts/Tech Clubs

Rhythm & Poetry 
The focus of the Rhythm & Poetry Club is creative writing and performing inspired by hip-hop, spoken word and poetry. Students learn song structure, performance delivery techniques, recording studio etiquette and more. This group also discusses relevant topics within today’s urban music market as it pertains to the group dynamics.

Digital Audio Video Entertainment (DAVE)

The DAVE club introduces students to the world of LIVE online streaming and video production. Students are exposed to the “behind the scenes” work involved in successfully producing a school event and will gain valuable experience learning how to operate a camera and navigate production software. Students will stream a variety of athletic and student life events throughout the year and are encouraged to interview players/students and assemble weekly highlights to be played during our streaming broadcasts. The DAVE club meets during Irish Block during Arts & Technology Club days.

Improv
The Improv Club provides an introduction to improvisational acting which teaches students to think quickly and read other people as they perform. Actors will sharpen their wit as they learn how to react to their audience. No special props or equipment are needed, just imagination and the courage to step outside yourself. Improv Club meets during the Arts and Technology Irish Block.

Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir is made up of students from all grades and includes the O’Dea Men’s Choir as well as many other students who love to serve the O’Dea community by singing at Mass. This volunteer opportunity allows the students to earn service hours using their artistic abilities. The Liturgical Choir rehearses during the Arts & Technology Irish Block and performs exclusively at O’Dea High School Masses.

Chamber Ensemble 
The Chamber Ensemble is a select group of band students who perform during liturgies with the Liturgical Choir. The literature is chosen from the rich tradition of liturgical and classical music. The Chamber Ensemble rehearses with the Cathedral Choir during the Arts & Technology Irish Block. Students are selected by instructor approval.