Student Organizations

Campus Ministry

Moderator: Mr. Mike Young

The goal of the QND Campus Ministry is to help form teens into intentional disciples of Jesus Christ.

Click here to learn about all of the opportunities QND students have within Campus Ministry.

Catholic Athletes for Christ

Moderator: Mr. Nathan Koetters

Catholics Athletes for Christ (CAC) serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. Athletes of all levels are worked with in an effort to promote a Catholic sports culture. All student-athletes are welcome to join.

English Club

Moderator: Mrs. Pat Lask

The English Club of Quincy Notre Dame is comprised of students interested in reading and writing. A meeting is held each month, with the organizational meeting taking place during the first few weeks of school. Every year the club creates the school’s “Buzz Book,” which is the fundraiser for the organization. It also hosts the annual literary contest and Poetry Slam which are open to all QND students. The members attend area and community stage performances. Other events are planned by English Club members as their creativity, interest, and time allows.

Environmental Concerns Club

Moderator: Mr. George McDonnell

Open to all students, the ECC is based on Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it.” We as a people of God are called to care for the earth and all that God has gifted us, it is our mission then as a school to do our part in caring for the Earth. It is the ECC’s mission to help QND maintain its responsibility to do its part to be environmentally friendly.

German Club

Moderator: Ms. Rose Weston

German Club is open to all students interested in the German language or the German culture.  You do not have to be in a certain grade nor do you have to be a student of German to be a member.

German Club is involved in many activities.  At Christmas time, club members decorate Gingerbread houses for the residents of St. Vincent’s home.  The members of German club also help set up and participate in activities for our annual German guests participating in the German American Partnership Program (GAPP) exchange.  GAPP is sponsored by the US State Department and the German Foreign Office.  Many German club members have partaken in this yearly with two week exchange to Germany.  It’s a great way to make the most of the German experience QND has to offer.

Glee Club (Men’s and Women’s)

Moderator: Mrs. Monica Scholz

These extracurricular ensembles explore repertoire written for men’s and women’s voices. A range of music is learned, from folk to classical to barbershop to doo-wop. Both ensembles rehearse once a week. No audition is required, but students must demonstrate the ability to sing in parts. Students admitted at the discretion of the choir director.

HAFOC (Hands and Feet of Christ)

Moderator: Mr. Mike Young

HAFOC is our youth group at QND that meets on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm in the QND chapel. Open to all students, HAFOC is a time for students to grow together and share in their faith through worship, small group discussions, and song.

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Jazz Band

Moderator: Mrs. Jill Steinkamp

Reeds, brass, drums, piano, guitar and bass players are provided the opportunity to learn various music styles including dixieland, big band swing, jazz and jazz-rock. Lessons in music theory and improvisation are included. This extracurricular ensemble meets outside of school time. Students must audition.

Key Club

Moderator: Ms. Amy Kaiser and Mrs. Mary Pat Vahlkamp

Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It’s a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.

The QND Key Club was chartered with Kiwanis International in 1959. It is one of the oldest continuously operating Key Clubs in the country. Under the sponsorship of the Quincy Noon and Breakfast Kiwanis Clubs, the QND Key Club gives high school students the opportunity to participate in the oldest student service organization in existence.

The QND Key Club has volunteered its services to the Adams County Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and their school. Key Club members are invited to co-sponsor projects with Quincy Noon Kiwanis, Breakfast Kiwanis and Circle K. In conjunction with adults they learn the need to return service to the community which supports them. Members work together to provide services for their school and community.

Kindness Club

Moderator: Mrs. Chris Altmix

This club is a service organization that is open to all students currently enrolled at QND. To be an active member, a student is asked to pay $10 for dues at the beginning of each school year. Some of the activities include: visits to the Early Childhood Center, nursing home visits, raising money for various charities and hosting coffee and donut days at QND. The QND Kindness Club is also in charge of the Sadie Hawkins dance.

Madrigal Choir

Moderator: Mrs. Monica Scholz

This ensemble is a non-credit auditioned chamber choir that rehearses once a week after school. It is intended for the serious student, well-trained in the choral arts. Primarily acapella, Madrigal Choir emphasizes excellence in vocal performance and will perform a wide range of repertoire from early chamber music to jazz.

National Honor Society

Moderator: Mrs. Donna McCulloch

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an honor organization of members who have achieved a high degree of excellence during their four years at QND. Students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average after their junior year are eligible for membership. Scholarship alone however, does not guarantee membership into the organization. Additional criteria for membership include character, leadership and service.

Eligible students are asked to complete an application. If selected by the committee, NHS members are required to complete service hours beyond the ten required annually of all QND students. Failure to maintain the standards required for selection and/or failure to complete the service requirements may mean supervision and/or dismissal from the NHS.

Quiz Bowl

The Quiz Bowl team is open to all QND students. Practice is held once a week after school and the team participates in several local matches and state-wide tournaments annually.

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Raiders 4 Life

Moderator: Mr. Mike Young

Raiders 4 Life is the school’s group to promote the pro-life message throughout the school, community and world. It is a high school chapter of the national Students for Life Organization. This group is student-led and participates in a combination of pro-life training, advocacy and service. Students are given an opportunity to use their voice to stand up for the sanctity of life. Naturally flowing from our bi-yearly March for Life trip, these students are able to live out and promote the pro-life message in their daily life. Any student who is passionate about the pro-life message is welcome to join.

S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Moderator: Mrs. Pat Lask

S.A.D.D. stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. This organization’s purpose is for students to become informed about and then encourage other students to choose healthy alternatives to dangerous decisions, particularly concerning drinking, drinking and driving, using drugs, and engaging in other harmful activities. Toward these ends, meetings are held once a month to discuss ideas and organize activities.

A two-tiered membership is in effect – Active members attend meetings, plan events, and take leadership roles. Associate members stand for the ideals of S.A.D.D. and participate as their other activities permit. They do not attend meetings because they have other commitments. In effect, every student in the school can be involved in S.A.D.D.

Secret Club

Moderator: Mr. George McDonnell

Secret Club consists of students who quietly support the mission and values of QND through their behind-the-scenes actions.

Society for Academic Achievement (SAA)

The Quincy Chapter of SAA, an international secondary school honor society, was founded in 1959 by civic and medical organizations. The main purpose of the society are to motivate youth to achieve excellence and to honor them for the achievement. In order for students to receive a scholarship letter, they must obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the previous two semesters of for the seventh semester their senior year. Students may receive one scholarship letter and certificate – then a special seal will be provided to be placed on the certificate for each additional year, up to three seals. In order to be eligible for the SAA award membership and to receive an invitation to the Senior Banquet, students must have a cumulative average of 3.5 for the first seven semesters of the high school course. Students become a cum laude member if they have a cumulative average of 3.80 or higher.

Spanish Club

Moderator: Mr. Joe Obert

Spanish Club is made up of juniors and seniors taking Spanish III and IV. Students explore and experience Hispanic culture through foods, fiestas, games, movies, conversation, and trips. We have fun with the culture, as well as learning more.

St. Joseph of Arimathea Society

Moderator: Mr. Mike Young

This is a group of QND students who provide pallbearer service to those in the community who pass away with little or no family. The school is notified by a local funeral home when they have a client who needs pallbearers. On the day of the burial, the students attend a short prayer service at the school, attend the funeral services and assist in the burial.

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Student Council

Moderators: Mr. Todd Klauser and Mrs. Wendy Steinkamp

The Quincy Notre Dame Student Council, whose motto is “Improving Student Life”, is the governing organization of the student body. The Council consists of five executive board members (president, vice-president, recording secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer), in addition to the officers of each class, and six representatives from each class.

Through monies that they raise, Student Council supports a variety of school initiatives including Homecoming events. They belong to the Illinois Association of Student Councils and the Illinois Valley Division of Student Councils, which provide leadership workshops and conventions for their member school. In addition, the Council provides services such as Teacher Appreciation Day, Raider Pride Week, and sports’ assemblies. The Council sponsors dances, collects food for the community food drives, and helps with Catholic Schools Week.

Student Publications – Yearbook

Moderator: Mrs. Kathryn Untiedt

The Pride is Quincy Notre Dame’s yearbook which is produced each year by an enthusiastic staff. Creativity flourishes as editors and staff members put together a complete pictoral/historical book of the school year. Photographers, writers, layout personnel and those with computer skills are essential for this publication to be a success.

Writer’s Guild

Moderator: Mrs. Kathryn Untiedt

Writer’s Guild provides an opportunity to explore creative writing. Students can work independently and cooperatively to hone skills and investigate new techniques of writing. All are welcome.

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