Sponsors: Mrs. Kathleen Philips
Book club allows students to read and discuss popular literature outside of the classroom. As a group, the students choose a book to read for the month and then gather for snacks and discussion. We also meet to watch the movie version of the month's book when available. This is a great club for avid readers or those interested in contemporary works not covered in the curriculum.
Sponsor: Mrs. Katie Matlak and Miss Rebekah Hayes
Faith-formation is an essential component of the Quigley Catholic community. Our Campus Ministry team strives to maintain and invigorate the Catholic identity and culture of our high school. Students and faculty work together to plan our monthly liturgies and to celebrate the liturgical year throughout the school. Our chapel is used regularly for traditional Catholic devotions such as the Rosary, Adoration, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as well as times for praise and worship, and meditations on the Scriptures and the lives of the Saints. Each grade level participates in a one day retreat with a particular theme for the class. Upper class members of the campus ministry team help lead and facilitate these fun, faith-filled day retreats. Also available to Quigley students are two optional weekend retreats. Kairos is a four day fall retreat open to all juniors and seniors. It is a time for our young men and women to enter more seriously into the sacramental life of the Church, and it also a wonderful opportunity to deepen friendships and have a lot of fun! Each summer students have the opportunity to join us in traveling to Franciscan University to attend one of the summer Youth Conferences. This retreat is open to all Quigley Catholic students as well as graduating eighth graders who plan on attending Quigley in the fall. Teachers and students also make the pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, DC every January to spread the Gospel message of protecting the innocent, unborn Americans who are killed every day. In addition to these excellent faith building opportunities, Quigley Catholic also has more specific groups within the Campus Ministry department. In previous years we have had Respect Life groups, the Pure Love Club, Works of Mercy groups, and charity fundraisers including toy, food, and clothing drives. These groups may vary from year to year depending on the interests of our student leaders.
Sponsor: Ms. Nicole Koutsourais
Math League runs once a month during a set period of the day. Students meet in the cafeteria to take a timed test aimed at demonstrating their problem solving skills. Tests are scored by Miss Turkovich and the top scores are counted towards the school’s overall score. This is then submitted to the Math League organization and published. As other local schools compete in this program and school scores are compared, our students strive for excellence each month that they take the test.
Sponsor: Mr. Timothy Waxenfelter
Mock Trial is not just for future attorneys. Participants assume the roles of attorneys and/or witnesses to try a case in court. Practice begins in November when the statewide case is distributed. Quigley Catholic enters two teams in the University of Pittsburgh tournament the first week of January, and begins state wide competition in late January. All students are encouraged to participate.
Sponsor: Mrs. Marta Zak
Musical Theater Madness Club focuses on preparing students for their musical audtions. In addtion, students will learn to improv on stage, play some theater games, sing, dance, and work on stage movement. All are welcome. See Mrs. Zak if interested.
Sponsor: Mrs. Marta Zak
The students in the Music Ministry provide music for our Masses by actively taking part in the choir during each of our monthly Masses. On special occasions, students also serve in this ministry by sharing their talents as instrumentalists.
Sponsor: Mrs. Kate Taylor
The local chapter of the National Honor Society is an organization designed to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of Quigley Catholic High School. The school principal oversees the operation of the NHS while the moderator is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the chapter. Membership in this local chapter is both an honor and a responsibility bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once elected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Members are elected in the second semester of their junior year.
Sponsor: Mrs. Kate Taylor
The “Q Review” is a student-run newspaper that publishes approximately once a month. Under the guidance of Miss Lyons, the editor in chief, a senior, organizes the staff at the beginning of each school year appointing student editors, writers, and contributors. Each student picks an area of the paper of interest to him or her: Sports, Quigley News, World Events, Politics, Fashion, Cartoons, Puzzles, Student Interest, Interviews, Editorials, etc. The news editors assign articles to writers, the writers compose articles to report on various school events and activities, and the layout and design staff edits the articles and places them on the page for publication. This is a great activity to hone writing skills and get involved at Quigley. News staff members are welcome throughout the year. Click HERE to visit the newspaper site.
Current Contact: Dr. Maria Diaz
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is a state-wide organization which encourages scientific research for students in grades 7 through 12. The students choose a topic of interest in any field of science and then design a scientific experiment to support or refute their hypothesis. The students must follow strict guidelines utilizing the scientific method. The design and experiment is conducted over a period of months often beginning in the summer and extending into the fall semester of the school year. Students must prepare an oral report of their findings and do a presentation before a panel of judges from the scientific community. Students involved in PJAS participate in a regional competition at Slippery Rock University in the spring. Any student who wins a first place award at the regional competition then has the opportunity to advance to the State Competition which is held at Penn State University at State College, PA. There are approximately 500 students at the regional competitions and then approximately 3000 students state-wide who advance to the State Competition at Penn State. Quigley Catholic has participated in PJAS for over 20 years. Students interested in being involved in PJAS should contact Dr. Diaz as soon as possible at the beginning of the school year.
Sponsor: Junior Class Moderators
The prom committee is responsible for organizing and running the junior/senior prom.
Sponsor: Mr. Timothy Waxenfelter
Public speaking is a crucial skill. Through speech and debate training, students will learn valuable skills they will need now and in the future. The Quigley Catholic speech and debate program encourages all students to participate in a variety of categories including prose and poetry reading, original oratory, dramatic, humorous, and duo interpretation, impromptu, extemporaneous speaking, student congress and public forum debate.
Sponsors: Mrs. Marta Zak and Ms. Laura Yoerg
The Quigley Catholic High School musical is a much anticipated event that includes over seventy students each year. Through this experience, students learn a lot about themselves as they explore characters, situations and story lines from some of the most beloved musicals in the Broadway repertoire. Auditions for the musical are held in October, and the musical is performed in April. Click Here to view site.
Sponsor: Mrs. Kathleen Philips
The Executive Board is elected in a school-wide election at the end of each school year. The Executive Board is comprised of the Council President, Council Vice President, Council Secretary, Council Publicity Director, and the Council Spirit Director. Also part of the Executive Board are the four Council Class Directors – the Presidents of each individual class chosen by their classmates each year.
Sponsor: Mrs. Renee Price
The program is for students who are dedicated to serving and representing Quigley Catholic High School. Students wishing to represent Quigley Catholic High School by reflecting their love for our school are invited to apply to become a Student Ambassador. Selected Student Ambassadors will volunteer their time and will be expected to represent Quigley Catholic at various functions.
Sponsor: Sr. Bridget Reilly
The Student Tutor program is a peer service program aimed at having students help students. Students can sign up to be a tutor in the Guidance Department in the beginning of the year. At times, students are even invited into the program based on academic performance and need. Student Tutors are matched with a student in need of extra help during study hall times. They are then permitted to leave study hall and go to the guidance office to study together.
Sponsor: Dr. Maria Diaz
The Westinghouse Science Honors Institute is a series of Saturday morning science lectures, which include the opportunity to visit a nuclear reactor. This prestigious lecture series is free and open only to juniors who have demonstrated a strong interest in science and engineering and who are of high scholastic standing. Applicants who are accepted to WSHI will receive valuable information and experiences to help them decide whether to pursue a scientific or engineering career, and if so, in what field. All participants receive certificates of completion to add to their resumes, and top finishers in the voluntary end-of-program exam may earn up to $1,000 in prize money.