Student Experience

Clubs & Activities

Beyond the Bell

Any Loyola Don will tell you that his experience goes well beyond the daily academic schedule. Whether writing for the Literary Magazine, performing standup comedy, planting trees in the community, or playing flag football with friends, we offer a variety of clubs and activities to keep our Dons entertained and enriched long after the last bell rings.


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    Mr. Justin White 

    Admissions Associate, Clubs & Activities Coordinator
    (410) 823-0601 Ext. 360

List of Clubs & Activities

Upper & Middle School

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  • American Politics Club

    The American Politics Club at Loyola Blakefield commits to the First Amendment right to free speech by fostering constructive discourse between varying political viewpoints. Whether Republican, Democrat, Independent, or non-affiliated, our members are Dons who eschew violence, and engage in consequential and politically-charged discussions in search of practical solutions to complex societal ills.

    Interested Upper School students should contact Mr. Plunkett or Mr. Dean.
  • Aquarium Club

    This club welcomes enthusiasts of aquarium, terrarium, and paludarium-keeping. Club members share experiences with their own home aquariums, terrariums, and paludariums, as well as design, build, and maintain ones at Loyola Blakefield. The club also tours shops and visits aquariums in the local community. No experience with aquarium care is necessary, just an interest in the hobby of aquarium-keeping. This club is open to all students.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Bromwell.
  • Art for Others

    Art for Others is a service club with the mission to bring art and companionship to those in our community who would benefit from engaging in creative projects with Loyola students. Students meet on a regular basis to plan activities in preparation for visits to areas such as nursing homes and low-income after school programs. Students follow these visits up with discussions to evaluate their level of success and how they can reach out more effectively in the future. The common denominator from all visits has not been the need to produce works of art, but the importance of companionship for those less fortunate. This club is open to all students, not just artists, who have the desire to help others.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Petr.
  • Best Buddies Club

    Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending social, physical, and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The programs help people with IDD form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society. Loyola Blakefield’s Best Buddies chapter is open to students in grades 9–12, and the goal is to promote one-to-one friendships with those with IDD as well as create an inclusive school environment. Our Dons offer social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for their peers who are often isolated and excluded. We partner with The Forbush School in Hunt Valley, and club involvement includes trips off campus various times throughout the year as well as individual outings with their buddies.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Tucker or Mrs. Cross.
  • Black Student Union

    The mission of the Loyola Blakefield Black Student Union (BSU) is to provide a resource for Loyola Blakefield students to achieve academic and social assimilation in conjunction with ethnic appreciation. In a manner consistent with Catholic teaching, students come to understand the enriching and liberating value of human variety, to embrace diversity and to cherish human differences.

    Interested students can contact Mr. Bowers.
  • Blakefield Writing Club

    Do you like writing fiction? Do you write poems for fun? Do you enjoy writing in general? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should join the Blakefield Writing Club. At the Blakefield Writing Club, you will be able to share your pieces and receive constructive feedback from fellow students. You will be able to have your pieces published and even have the opportunity to enter your pieces into contests outside of Loyola Blakefield. The main goal of the Blakefield Writing Club is to encourage and improve student writing at Loyola Blakefield.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Ed Brown or Caden Heiser-Cerrato '22.
  • Bocce Club

    Bocce ball is a relaxed but strategic game with an ancient lineage. Although probably emerging from ancient Egypt, bocce started to hit its stride with the Romans and Emperor Augustus. It gained massive popularity thanks among the Italian communities at the turn of the 20th century. At Loyola, bocce is a calming, competitive way to spend some time outdoors (and indoors), in the pleasant company of friends. Whether you are an expert player or not, you can easily learn how to play, and ultimately the secret of bocce's success is that all players have fun! Students in all grades are welcome to attend.

    Interested students should contact Dr. Barbera.
  • Boosters Club

    The Boosters are dedicated toward increasing Loyola Spirit, while working throughout the year to promote student event and activities. One key responsibility of the Boosters is running the Turkey Bowl Pep Rally each year. All students are welcome to join.

    Interested students should contact Ms. Jefferson.
  • Business Club

    The Loyola Business Club is a student-driven group aimed at providing learning opportunities for students at all grade levels to learn about different aspects of business. They run a MarketWatch Investment Simulation that gives participants an opportunity to test investment strategies and utilize information that they learn in meetings. The club also hears from alumni and other speakers about their experiences in a wide range of fields. There is an opportunity every week for students to share relevant news and topics they find intriguing.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Yancisin or Mr. Trice.
  • Chess Club

    Chess Club meets weekly on Thursdays in the Connaughton Family Learning Commons in St. Ignatius Hall to play and improve at the game of chess. Students just need to show up to participate. Additionally, the club hosts tournaments throughout the year with prizes for the winners. 

    Interested students should contact Ms. Darr or Jack Keating '22. 
  • Climbing Club

    Loyola Climbing Club meets weekly throughout the year at Earthtreks climbing center in Timonium and Hampden. The club is open to middle school and upper school students. Bouldering and top-roping are the main disciplines focused on to ensure a life-long interest in an extremely active sport.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Glorioso or Mr. Keeney.
  • Culinary Club

    The Loyola Blakefield Culinary Club is a club for Upper School students that has been active since 2003. During our meetings, we take a hands-on approach to learn how to prepare food through different techniques and through the study of regional and cultural traditions. Working out of the Knott Dining Hall kitchen, we try to make new and interesting foods. Throughout the year we have meetings that include special ingredient meals, Iron Chef competitions, faculty guest chefs, culturally themed dishes, and after school fieldtrips to local restaurants. In addition, we utilize our culinary talents to help our school and community. Last year we made bagged lunches for local shelters and made baked goods for Mothers' Club functions. To initiate, share, or improve your cooking skills, come out and join the Culinary Club (besides, we get to eat a lot of food)!

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Blake.
  • Cyber Security Club

    Founded during the fall of 2012, the club focuses on providing an environment where students can learn about the vast field of cyber security. Through hands-on experience and guest speakers, students are exposed to a variety of topics and develop the ability to identify and correct common security threats on their home PCs and mobile devices. The club also participates in competitions year round ranging from local to worldwide. This club is open to students in grades 8–12.

    Learn more about our Cyber Science & Informatics program here. Interested students should contact Mr. Morrill.
  • Dons-for-Dons Peer Tutoring

    The purpose of Dons-for-Dons Peer Tutoring is to provide a comfortable space in which younger Dons can seek academic help. Dons-for-Dons tutors consist of a group of motivated, hardworking upperclassmen who want to help their peers succeed in school by assisting with content, organization, and study skills. The tutoring is open to middle school students and freshmen.

    Students interested in tutoring or who need academic help should contact Ms. Holmes.
  • Drone & RC Club

    Students interested in drones (UAVs) will learn Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Rules and Regulations, as well as Drone Owners Required Safety Rules. Members are exposed to building mini drones, drone racing, building drone racing courses, and receiving a self-study guide to achieve a Drone License/Remote Pilot Certificate. Students will experience a lot of flying time.

    Students interested in RC will learn how to use and maintain remote control vehicles.

    The club meets in a dedicated room on the 2nd floor of Xavier Hall and is open to students in grades 8–12. Drone meets Tuesdays between 3:15–4:30 p.m. RC meets Thursdays between 3:15–4:30 p.m. Due to any unforeseen issues, clubs could be cancelled for that day.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Benway.
  • Dungeons & Dragons Club

    Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a tabletop fantasy role playing game (RPG) in which players create characters and embark on adventures across fictional worlds to battle otherworldly creatures. The goal is to have a fun time journeying through adventures created by other students, while coordinating and planning as a team. This club is open to all students and all skill levels.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Nitti or Zach Shrader '22.
  • Environmental Club

    The Environmental Club is a grassroots movement consisting of students from all grade levels who participate in environmental restoration and conservation programs, promote opportunities for Blakefield community members to enjoy the outdoors, and encourage community members to make environmentally sustainable choices at school, at home, and in their communities.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Biebesheimer.
  • Fencing Club

    The Fencing Club is open to all students at any experience level. Our experienced coach works with students from basic skills to the most competitive fencing techniques, including foil and epee. The club provides all equipment necessary.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Cross.
  • Film Club

    Our Film Club meets weekly throughout the year to create films for both fun and for the Loyola community. The club is open to both middle and upper school students with no previous experience required.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Ziegler.
  • Frazzleerham Club

    Frazzleerham was invented by Barry Morley at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Maryland sometime in the 1960s. The Loyola Blakefield Latin Club under the careful and conscientious guidance of Mr. Leo Behrendt brought the game to Blakefield in the fall of 2004. Since then, it has become a staple activity for Dons in the Hollow every year and has even been incorporated into Freshman Orientation.
    The rules of the game are designed to provide players with a thorough workout while not favoring competitors who might excel in any particular sport. Players move a ball by throwing, bouncing, heading, and under certain circumstances punting; however, players may not run with the ball. The object is for one team to bounce the ball into a bucket that is held by one of their teammates, “the Snapper,” who is confined to a small square enclosure called the “Rham.” Each team has their own. Tackling is sometimes permitted but it is not an essential feature of the game. The field of play has no boundaries, and the time limit and required score can be adjusted to the will and constraints of the group.
    The Frazzleerham Club meets regularly and is open to all students. Check the announcements for more information. No experience or commitment is required. Come out and play whenever you can.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Bromwell.
  • Hiking Club

    The Loyola Hiking Club meets regularly for hikes and some outdoor skills education, starting off at more local parks and eventually taking trips to the Appalachian Trail. Several faculty members look forward to sharing their favorite outdoor places with the student body each year. This club is open to all students.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Cucuzzella.
  • Ignatian Family Teach-In For Justice

    Each year, Loyola Blakefield sends a delegation of students to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. It is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger churches) to gather in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together, recognizing the integral link of faith and justice. Students meet every other week leading up to the Teach-In to learn about pertinent topics and plan a Candlelight Vigil for Justice. The event is open to upper school students.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Szczepaniak.
  • Intramural Sports

    Our popular intramural sports program provides students the ideal environment in which to compete and learn what it means to be a true leader and teammate. Current intramural sports offerings include Flag Football, Dodgeball, and Indoor Soccer. This program is open to all upper school students.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Lankford.
  • Investment League

    The Loyola Blakefield Investment League exists to give students an opportunity to invest and trade $100,000 of fantasy money throughout the school year. The League believes that everyone should have some financial literacy before graduating high school, and this is a great way to gain some experience with nothing at stake.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Yancisin or Mr. Trice.
  • Junior Classical League

    Join the Loyola Blakefield Chapter of the Junior Classical League—a national organization dedicated to having fun while appreciating and promoting the languages and cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome. The club occasionally attends competitions and field trips, both of which are optional. This club is open to all students.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Wise.
  • Liturgical Ensemble

    Part of the mission of Loyola is to encourage students to be religious, loving, open to growth, and dedicated to working for a just world. The goal of the Liturgical Ensemble is to provide the Loyola Blakefield community with music that is meaningful, joyful, and spirit-filled at Masses and prayer services. Rehearsals are held regularly, and all those with experience playing an instrument and/or singing are welcome to participate.

    Interested students should contact Dr. Skirpan.
  • Liturgy Committee

    The Liturgy Committee is a group of students and staff dedicated to creating a vibrant experience of worship and authentic encounters with the Holy Spirit for our school community. This club is for you if you are interested in learning more about Mass, getting involved with liturgical ministry, or using your creativity to shape our shared rituals and prayers. This is club is open to all students and staff.

    Interested individual should contact Ms. McCormack.
  • Loyola Writing Center Tutors

    The Loyola Writing Center seeks peer writing tutors who are reliable, compassionate, and committed to helping others strengthen their writing. Each spring, any rising junior may apply to become a peer writing tutor. The application is comprised of several brief self-reflection responses, a teacher recommendation, and an academic writing sample. Promising applicants may be invited to interview with Ms. Hart or a current tutor before a decision is made. Accepted students will participate in tutor training at the beginning of the next school year. Ms. Hart will email applications to all rising juniors in the spring.

    If you are interested in becoming an LWC tutor, email Ms. Hart, ask a current tutor, or stop by the English Department Office.
  • Magic: The Gathering Club

    Magic: The Gathering is a fantasy roleplaying card game. Students in this club meet once a week to engage in casual play, to work on deckbuilding skills, and to occasionally compete in special tournament events. This club is open to middle and upper school students, and new players are always welcome.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Bailey.
  • Marvel Club

    Attention all superhero fans—come join the Marvel Club where students discuss all things superhero. The club spends time watching Marvel movie and episode breakdowns, discussing upcoming Marvel/DC news, debating about the strengths and weaknesses of superheroes, and more! All students are welcome. Even if you have not seen any Marvel movies, we still encourage you to check it out.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Dearborn.
  • Math Club

    Math Club is a student-driven club that provides a platform for students to expand their math knowledge while bonding with their peers. The club competes in the Maryland Math League, a monthly competition involving local private and public schools. Students attempt to answer six questions ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus in a time span of 30 minutes. The club also explores new math topics that may not be taught in the high school curriculum and participates in other local competitions. A knack for math is not needed to join the club, just a willingness to learn and have fun!

    Interested students should contact Ms. Warfield.
  • Model U.N. Club

    The Model United Nations Club meets weekly to prepare its members to participate in the annual Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference and the American University United Nations Conference. Participants work with other students from all over the country to discuss and problem-solve current global issues. Students are tasked with representing various countries in plenary sessions of the UN’s General Assembly or Economic and Social Committees. In the past the Loyola Delegation has represented Ethiopia, Tanzanzia, Nigeria, Nicaragua, The Democratic Republic of Korea, and the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. Loyola students represent a country in various UN committees. During club meetings, students research how to best represent their country and with whom they can strategically ally at the conference. This club is open to upper school students.

    Interested students should contact Ms. Gentry or Mr. Manelski.
  • Mountain Biking Club

    The Loyola Blakefield Mountain Biking Club serves to unite all of our Dons in outdoor exploration of local trail systems and current environmental issues. The club meets in the fall and spring either to ride, conduct bike maintenance, watch educational and entertainment videos, as well as participate in local trail work days and cleanups. The club also hosts weekend rides at various trail systems in the surrounding areas. Participation is open to all grades and levels of experience.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Glorioso or Mr. Keeney.
  • Multicultural Club

    The Multicultural Club supports Loyola by encouraging students to get involved on campus. This diversity-focused club provides opportunities for students to learn and appreciate their own background, interests, values, beliefs, etc., as well as the diverse backgrounds of other student groups. 

    Interested student should contact Mr. Bowers.
  • Philanthropy Club

    The purpose of the Philanthropy Club is for Dons to help other Dons in need. The group will work to raise funds for items such as lunch accounts, ring purchases, tuxedo rentals, prom tickets, and basic necessities to help our Dons. This program also extends to Loyola Blakefield families that are in need of assistance.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Plunkett.
  • Ping Pong Club

    The Ping Pong Club meets weekly and features a fun and competitive time for all Dons. This club is open to all students.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Williams.
  • Robotics Club

    The Robotics Club is made up of a group of students who come together to design, build, program and test creative solutions to a wide variety of challenges in the technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The students develop robots to perform specific tasks in which they must complete at competitions to score points for their team. Students meet after school to test and practice with their robots in preparing for weekend competitions. Robotics teaches students how to think on their feet and problem solve through trial and error effectively. This club is open to all students in grades 6–12.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Bromwell or Ms. Copper.
  • Rock 'n Roll Club

    This club is open to any student at Loyola Blakefield who enjoys playing music. No experience is necessary. Bring your own instrument.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Flanigan.
  • Service & Justice Committee

    This committee, open to middle school and high school students, plans and coordinates monthly service projects in our local Baltimore community. These service projects occur after school and on weekends and are open to all students and faculty members. The group meets weekly in B106.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Szczepaniak or Mrs. Skinner.
  • Ski Club

    The Ski Club sponsors several ski trips on Fridays beginning in January to Ski Liberty, Ski Roundtop, or Ski Whitetail. Students depart from Loyola directly after school via coach buses and return at 10:30 p.m. The Ski Club is open to all students and all experience levels. More details and registration information are shared several weeks leading up to the trips.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Glorioso or Mr. Keeney.
  • Spanish Club

    The Spanish Club seeks to provide opportunities for students to pursue their personal and academic goals in the Spanish language. To enhance their educational experience, students are encouraged to participate in group activities that allow them to develop personal relationships, learn leadership and organizational skills, and serve the Hispanic community.  

    The Spanish Club seeks unity for Spanish students and all of the Loyola Blakefield community (faculty and staff are welcome) interested in learning Spanish. The club studies the culture and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries by examining art, music, cinema, poetry, and literature. This allows faculty and students to interact, practice spoken Spanish, and learn about Hispanic cultures in a relaxed atmosphere. The club also seeks to create networking opportunities between Hispanic students at Loyola and other schools in the area.

    Interested individuals should contact Mr. Bahamon.
  • Speech & Debate

    Loyola’s championship Speech & Debate team, also called Forensics, offers Dons a chance to compete for Loyola with their voices and their minds. Effective communication has probably never been more important than it is today. With so many voices and viewpoints screaming out for our attention in our turbulent times, those who have most fully mastered this art will have the greatest impact. Fortunately, these communication skills can be taught and learned. Our nationally-recognized program does exactly that. Whether you have a cause to advocate, a policy to debate, a character to portray, or a news issue to analyze, speech and debate provides a platform for your voice to be heard. The Dons have a rich history of success, having earned many local, regional, and national accolades at tournaments over the past decade and beyond. Join us!

    Interested Upper School students should contact Dr. Smart.
  • Sports Broadcasting Club

    The Sports Broadcasting Club produces live broadcasts of select Loyola athletic events. The club is always looking for student commentators, camera operators, producers, graphic designers, and sports writers. The club is open to students in grades 8–12.

    Students interested in getting involved with our live broadcasting efforts should contact Mr. Nitti.
  • Sportsmen's Association

    The Loyola Sportsmen’s Association provides students the opportunity to share their outdoor experiences with others who have similar interests. Club activities include freshwater fishing, Chesapeake Bay striped bass fishing, sporting clays, an annual trip to the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA, and semi-annual fish and wild game dinners with the Loyola Culinary Club. In the past, the club has also raised money to support outdoor adventures for serious ill youth.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Katchko.
  • Student Ambassadors

    Student Ambassadors consist of students in grades 10–12 who serve the Office of Admissions and the school community to welcome prospective families and visitors to Blakefield. Members act as campus tour guides and participate in Admissions events including local High School Fairs, Discovery Days, and our annual Open House by sharing their perspectives of student life.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Abrams.
  • Student Government Association

    Loyola's Student Government Association (SGA) consists of student leaders who are elected by their peers to provide further oversight and student involvement of major events on Loyola’s campus. SGA members provide a link between the administration and the student body and serve as examples for their peers and underclassmen. Furthermore, the Student Government at Loyola Blakefield is responsible for engaging the Blakefield Community in important events like the School Blood Drive, the Fall Food Drive, and the Turkey Bowl Pep Rally.  

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Pipkin.
  • Super Smash Brothers Club

    The Super Smash Brothers Club meets once a week to play the most recent installment in the Super Smash Brothers video game franchise—currently Super Smash Brothers Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. This club is made up of players with all levels of experience. This club is open to students in grades 6–12. There is also a Super Smash Brothers Jr. Club specifically geared toward middle school students.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Knapp.
  • Yearbook Club

    The Yearbook Club is responsible for the design, composition, editing, and publication of the Loyola yearbook. For over 160 years, the Loyola yearbook has been documenting the Dons of Loyola Blakefield and chronicling the changes that have occurred within Loyola’s community. Students meet twice a week to design layouts, compose copy, select photographs and edit proofs. They work diligently to capture the most important parts of everyday life here at Loyola and create an historical document revealing what makes Loyola such a special place each year. This club is open to all students.

    Interested students should contact Mr. Bailey or Ms. Andrews.

Middle School Only

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  • Math Is Fun! Club

    Math is Fun! Club meets every Tuesday to help middle school students with math homework in a supportive environment. There are also math puzzles and games available for anyone interested.

    Interested students should contact Dr. Cotter.
  • Middle School Arts Club

    The Middle School Arts Club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade creative thinkers, artists, and creators! Students will work on their own personal styles, explore materials, and enhance the school community with their artwork.

    Interested students should contact Ms. Potts.
  • Ping Pong Club

    This club is open to students in grades 6–8. It includes ping pong games and tournaments. The club also plays paddle ball and pickle ball on occasion.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Williams.
  • Squash Club

    Loyola's Middle School Squash Club meets twice a week in the evenings for practices and plays a few matches in the afternoons after the school day. The club is open to students in grades 6–8.  

    Interested students should contact Coach Lacy.
  • Super Smash Bros Jr. Club

    Similar to the Super Smash Bros Club, this club is designed specifically for students in grades 6–8. The club is led by upper school students that work with middle school students to perfect their games. The club plays Super Smash Brothers Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. Players with all skill levels are welcome. There will be periodic instructional club meetings for brand new players.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Cross.
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