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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    Mrs. Chantal Cross 

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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.

    The club meets Thursdays from 3:05 – 4:00 p.m. in Burk 118. Interested Upper School students can 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 designing, building, and maintaining 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. Interested students should contact Drew Alexander '21 or Gavin Leland '21.

    The club is moderated by 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. This club is open to both middle and upper school students.

    Interested students can contact Mrs. Petr.
  • Best Buddies

    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 may contact Mrs. Pru Tucker or Mrs. Chantal 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 Insiders

    The Blakefield Insiders are Loyola's dedicated news crew who provide an inside look onto campus for students (current and prospective), parents, and alumni. We cover special campus events, club showcases, student body interviews, and more. Dons with a love for news can film, write, edit videos, and even appear in front of the camera. This club is open to all students.

    Questions may be directed to Mr. Michael Nitti.
  • 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. The Blakefield Writing Club is a group of student writers that meets every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 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.

    The club moderator is Mr. Ed Brown. Email Caden Heiser-Cerrato with any questions.
  • Bocce

    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 can contact Dr. Barbera.
  • Boosters

    The Boosters are dedicated toward increasing Loyola Spirit. Boosters meetings are generally on Wednesday after school on the Knott balcony above the dining hall. All students are welcome. Boosters work throughout the year to promote student events and activities. One key responsibility of the Boosters is running the Turkey Bowl Pep Rally each year.

    The club is moderated by Mr. Brent Hiken.  
  • 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 hear 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 may contact Mrs. Smith or Mr. Prieto.
  • Chinese Language and Culture Club

    Chinese Language and Culture Club – for all students, especially those interested in or who have attended the Ricci Experience. We explore Chinese culture, history, food, and the mostly widely-spoken native language in the world, Mandarin. Interested students should contact Mr. Brendan Gottschall at 
  • 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 can contact Mr. Glorioso at or Mr. Keeney at Due to COVID, the Climbing Club will resume in January 2021.
  • 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 the Mother's 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).
  • Cyber Security Club

    Founded in fall 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 grades 8-12. Interested students can contact Mr. Morrill at
  • Dons for Dons Tutoring

    The purpose of Dons for Dons Tutoring is to provide a comfortable space in which younger Dons can seek academic help. Dons for Dons tutors help fellow students with content, organization and study skills. A group of motivated, hardworking upperclassmen who want to help their peers succeed in school. The tutoring is open to Middle School Dons and High School Freshmen. The sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Dons for Dons Tutoring Microsoft Teams Channel. Interested students with questions may contact Mr. Breit 
  • Drone Club

    Welcome to the Loyola Blakefield Drone Club, in this club we will learn the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Rules and Regulations, Drone Owners Required Safety Rules and Relevant Web Sites. Members will be exposed to Building Mini Drones, Drone Racing, Building a Drone Race Course and receive a Self-Study Guide for Drone License. The Club will experience a lot of Flying Time. We will meet on the 2nd. Floor in Xavier Hall Drone Room every other Tuesday at 3:05pm . The club is open to students grades 8-12. Interested students can contact Mr. Benway (Ken) at
  • Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) 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. 

    The club will meet virtually for the start of the 2020–21 school year, until we return to campus. The days on which this club will meet will be determined during our first interest meeting on Friday, Sept. 18. Questions may be directed to Zach Shrader '22 or club moderator Mr. Michael Nitti.
  • Environmental Club

    The Environmental Club is a grassroots movement of 6th through 12th grade students who:

    - Encourage Blakefield community members to make environmentally sustainable choices at school, at home, and in their communities.

    - Participate in environmental restoration and conservation programs.

    - Promote opportunities for Blakefield community members to enjoy the outdoors.

    Interested students can contact Mrs. Biebesheimer.

  • Fencing Club

    The club is for students at all levels. Our experienced coach works with students on the 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

    Loyola 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 being required. 
    Interested students can contact Mr. Ziegler.
  • Forensics

    Loyola’s championship speech and 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 can contact Mr. Donovan.
  • 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 of Hollow activity and has been incorporated into the Freshman Orientation Program.
    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 to meets regularly when we return to in-person learning and on community days in the Hollow, weather permitting and is open to all grades.  Check the announcements for more information. No experience or commitment is required. Come out and play whenever you can.

    Interested students can contact Mr. Bromwell.
  • Hiking Club

    The Loyola Hiking Club will meets for hikes and some outdoor skills education. We will start off at more local parks and eventually take trips to the Appalachian Trail. Several members of the faculty look forward to sharing some of our favorite outdoor places with the student body. We hope you will consider joining us on these hikes.

    The club is moderated by Mr. Cucuzzella.
  • Ignatian Family Teach-In

    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 church) 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 can contact Mrs. Szczepaniak.
  • Intramural Sports

    Our popular intramural sports program gives you the ideal environment in which to compete and learn what it means to be a true leader and teammate. Current intramural sports offered include: Flag Football, Dodgeball, and Indoor Soccer. This program is open to all Upper School students.

    Interested students can contact Mr. Lankford.
  • Investments League

    The Loyola Blakefield Investment League exists to give students an opportunity to trade $100,000 of fantasy money until March. 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. The Investment League  is moderated by Mrs. Gayle Smith.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Smith.
  • Italian Cooking Club

    Do you want to learn how to prepare authentic Italian dishes under the guidance of a native expert of Italian cuisine? Your teacher will cook virtually through TEAMS in her kitchen and Loyola students will look and copy what she is preparing by cooking at the same time in their kitchen at home.  Parents’ approval and presence in the house is necessary because students will actually cook, use utensils, stove,  and must provide ingredients prior to the cooking meetings. This will all happen while connected in TEAMS after school hours. Twice a month meetings. Students will then enjoy the prepared dishes with their family.  Among some dishes: pasta with fresh pesto; pasta with fresh tomato sauce; pasta with cream and salmon; Neapolitan pizza; chicken alla cacciatora; fish fillet in a creamy lemon sauce; scaloppini alla pizzaiola; tiramisu’; fruit tart cake and more.  

    Requirements: students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Interested students should contact Dr. Barbera.
  • Junior Classical League

    This is a national organization dedicated to having fun while appreciating and promoting the languages and cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome. We occasionally go to competitions and on field trips, both of which are optional.

    Interested students can 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 work 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 the 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.
  • Magic: The Gathering Club

    Magic: The Gathering is a fantasy roleplaying card game. Players meet once a week to engage in casual play, to work on deckbuilding skills, and to occasionally compete in special tournament events. New players are always welcome. Upper and middle school students welcome.

    Contact Mr. Bailey with questions. 
  • Marvel Club

    Attention all superhero fans: Come join the Marvel club where we will discuss all things superhero. We will watch Marvel movies, discuss upcoming Marvel/DC news, have debates about the strengths and weaknesses of the heroes, and enjoy trips to see any superhero related movies. We will meet on Tuesdays. Anyone who wants to drop in, is welcome. Even if you have not seen any Marvel movies, we still encourage you to check it out! The Club is open to grades 6-12.

    Interested students can 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 6 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 can contact Ms. Warfield.
  • Model U.N.

    The Model United Nations club meets weekly to prepare its members to participate in the JHUMUNC conference run by Johns Hopkins University. This conference has over 4000 participants from high-schools and academies across the United States and around the globe. 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, Cote 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.

    Interested Upper School students can contact Ms. Gentry or Mr. Manelski.
  • Mountain Biking Club

    The Loyola Blakefield Bike 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. The club is open to grades 6-12. 

    The club is moderated by Mr. Glorioso and Mr. Keeney.
  • 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 newly designed program- Dons Giving to Dons- will also be extended to Don families that are in need of assistance. The club will begin meeting when we return to on-campus learning.

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

    The Ping Pong club meets weekly. This Olympic Sport is a fun and competitive sport for all Dons. The club is open to all students grades 6-12. 
  • RC and Model Rocket Club

    In this exciting club, students learn how to design, build and launch model rockets as well as how to use and maintain remote control vehicles.
  • Robotics

    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 students in grades 8-12.

    Interested students can contact Mr. Bromwell.
  • Rock 'n Roll Club

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

    Interested students can contact Mr. Flanigan.
  • Senior Board

    The Senior Board plans social activities for the upperclassmen. These activities include dances, music nights, and athletic events. The events sometimes serve as fundraisers towards charities.  
  • Service & Justice Club

    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 on Mondays in the Ignatian Service office. The club will meet virtually until we return to campus.

    Interested students can 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. The trips leave Loyola at 3:15pm via coach busses and return at 10:30pm. The Ski Club is open to all Loyola Upper & Middle School students. Details and registration will be shared at a later date. 

    The club is moderated by Mr. Glorioso and Mr. Keeney
  • 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 9–12.

    If you are interested in getting involved with our live broadcasting efforts, please contact club moderator Mr. Michael 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 can contact Mr. Katchko.
  • Squash Club

    Loyola's Middle School Squash Club meets twice a week in the evenings beginning in November 2020 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.
  • Student Ambassadors

    Student Ambassadors are 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students 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 Admission events including area high school fairs, Discovery Days, and Open House by sharing their perspectives of student life. 

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

    Loyola's Student Government Association 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 for important events like the Blood Drive, the Fall Food Drive and the Turkey Bowl Pep Rally.  

    Interested students can 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, we are playing “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate” for the Nintendo Switch. This club is made of players with all levels of experience with the game. This club is open to grades 6-12.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Cross.
  • Yearbook

    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 Middle and Upper School students.  Interested students can contact Mr. Bailey with questions. 
  • Young Entrepreneurs Club

    Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Have you ever wondered what opportunities there are to make money online? Then the Young Entrepreneurs Club is for you. The Young Entrepreneurs Club is a place for students discuss and explore opportunities in a number of different sectors. Education is the key to success. Club meetings will include many different lessons on topics ranging from seed funding to options trading, e-commerce store building, ad optimization, and more.

Middle School Only

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  • 6th Grade Robotics Club

    This club is for 6th graders only. Members of the club will be building robots utilizing Vex IQ. Members of the Upper School Robotics team will be mentors for the club.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Cross.
  • Ping Pong Club

    This new middle school only club will involve students grades 6-8. The club will meet on Thursdays from 3:15pm-4:15pm, beginning January 2021 It will include ping pong games and tournaments. The club will also play paddle ball and pickle ball.

    Interested students should contact Mrs. Cross.
  • Super Smash Bros Jr. Club

    Similar to the Upper school club, this club is designed for middle school students grades 6-8. The club will be led by Upper School students that will work with the middle school students to perfect their games. The club will be playing 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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