O'Dea High School

Club Offerings

Each year, clubs are offered to students to participate in during Irish Block. Clubs are subject to change due to scheduling and interest level. Below is a list of the clubs offered during the 2020-2021 school year. An updated list will be available soon!

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. Knowledge Bowl is moderated by Mr. Balinbin and meets on A Club Days.

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. JSA is moderated by Mr. McLaughlin and meets on A Club Days.

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. Service Club is moderated by Ms. Curl and meets on C Club Days.

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. NHS is moderated by Mrs. Unruh and meets on B Club Days.

Chess Club 
The Chess Club 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. Chess Club is moderated by Mr. Leighton and meets on B Club Days.

eSports is a student run club in which members practice and compete in online video games with high schools across the country. It 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 in which it competes against other high school teams in the HSEL League of Legends Tournament. eSports is moderated by Mr. Marenco and meets on B Club Days.

O’Dea 100 Club
O’Dea 100 is a club celebrating the history of O’Dea. The club was created in anticipation of the upcoming centennial. In addition to our work with Seattle’s Irish Club, O’Dea 100 will also be helping with school archives and in memorializing life at O’Dea through creating documentaries and conducting interviews with alumni, faculty, and community members. O’Dea 100 is moderated by Ms. Vasil and meets on B Club Days.

Black Students United for Excellence (BSUE) 
Black Students United for Excellence (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. BSUE is moderated by Dean Magee and meets on C Club Days.

Latino Cultural Club 
The Latino Cultural 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. Latino Cultural Club is moderated by Mr. Bustamonte and meets on B Club Days.

Asian/Pacific Islander Cultural Club 
The Asian/Pacific Islander Cultural 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. Asian/Pacific Islander Cultural Club is moderated by Mr. Balinbin and meets on C Club Days.

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. Rhythm & Poetry is moderated by Mr. Mazzeo and meets on B Club Days.

Digital Media Club (DMC)
The DMC 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. DMC is moderated by Mr. Lara and meets on A Club Days.

Korean Club
The Korean Club aims to promote education about traditional and South Korean history and culture. Students will explore the rich contributions of Korea, including Korean language, literature, music, television, sports, cuisine, and contemporary affairs. The Korean Club is open to all young men interested in broadening their knowledge of a fascinating, vibrant, and often overlooked culture. Korean Club is moderated by Mr. Odem and meets on A Club Days.

Technology Ambassadors
O’Dea’s Technology Club’s mission is to learn about current trends within the technology industry. O’Dea’s Technology Club will accomplish this by engaging the local tech community, and the greater O’Dea community to provide our members with tech-related educational opportunities. The Club’s vision is to not only help its members learn more about our local technology industry, but also to further O’Dea’s standing as a leader in Innovation in Education. Technology Ambassadors is moderated by Mr. Olinger and meets on C Club Days.

O’Dea Design Club
The O’Dea Design Club is an opportunity for students to put into practice human-centered design skills to help local businesses find solutions to real-world problems. These skills, when practiced with a combination of empathy and critical-thinking allow the student to build character while being of service to companies while experimenting with different professions and careers. For more information, click here. Design Club is moderated by Dr. White and meets on A Club Days.

Investment Club
O’Dea Investment Club educates young men about how and why to invest in stocks to create economic and financial security in a fun, engaging, intuitive environment. We are committed to educating young men about the importance of passive income in adulthood by teaching them about the various stocks and investment strategies, the stock market, and the general economy. Investment Club is moderated by Mr. O’Neill and meets on B Club Days.