School Life


canevin-academic-teamACADEMIC TEAM
Faculty Advisor – Mr. Timothy Wanamaker
The Bishop Canevin Academic Team participates in the KDKA Hometown High-Q television show and also National Academic Quiz Tournaments held at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University.

Any student may try out for the team. Students receive study assignments and practices are held in the morning before school once a week.

ART CLUB – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Karen Kennedy
A newer offering at Bishop Canevin, the Art Club meets informally, allowing students to work on projects and experience different mediums.

BISHOP CANEVIN DIGITAL CLUB – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Nick Sinagra
The BCDC team is responsible for producing news shows and special programs. Students are involved in various areas of TV and streaming video and radio productions from script writing to the technology of TV/Web production. BCDC also supports the technology needs of all school activities. Students assist in the maintenance of the school Web site and the school’s computers. Furthermore, students participate in developing new media and technology projects for the benefit of the Bishop Canevin High School community. Any student, regardless of media and technology experience, can join this club.

BOOK CLUB – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Sue Rakaczky
Members meet after school in the library to discuss current and classic works that the group has chosen to read.

CAMPUS MINISTRY – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Mark Lang
Anchored in Catholic identity, the Campus Ministry Team provides an opportunity to express their Catholic Faith and develop lifelong leadership and stewardship skills through service projects for charity and justice. Diocesan events are such as Love Walk for the Poor, Silver Ring Thing, Hosanna and the Diocesan Youth Council are attended.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Michael Osiecki
Circle of Friends promotes increased socialization between students in the St. Anthony Program and Bishop Canevin. Friendships form through regular outside activities such as crafts, games, field trips and the Inclusive Games.

CRUSADERS FOR LIFE – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Mark Lang
Crusaders For Life students affirm that the right to life is an inalienable right. Members help to foster a society that respects and protects individual innocent human beings from conception to natural death. Events include the March for Life in D.C., Silent Day of Solidarity and a fundraiser to support Genesis House in Bellevue.

FORENSICS – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Rita Yunker
The Forensics Club is an extra-curricular activity devoted to the fostering and perfecting of effective and persuasive oral communications skills. Open to all students, the club participates in a variety of speech related activities throughout the school year. Students compete in local tournaments in areas such as original oratory, dramatic interpretation, humor, prose, impromptu speaking, and poetry. Participants can qualify to attend State and National competitions.

FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Timothy Wanamaker
The FBLA is a national organization of secondary school students enrolled in business and office education programs. FBLA is an integral part of the business education program and is designed to develop leadership abilities and competencies for business and office occupations. Members learn how to engage in business enterprises; how to hold office and direct the affairs of the group; how to work with representatives of other youth and adult organizations and how to compete with other FBLA members on the local, regional, state and national levels.

INTERACT CLUB – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Timothy Wanamaker
Primarily a service organization open to all students, Rotary Interact has as its purpose involving its members in a variety of community projects. Affiliated with the Greentree Rotary, the Bishop Canevin Chapter selects a variety of worthwhile activities and services to undertake during a given school year and stresses active participation in charitable and community benefits.

JUNIOR A.O.H. – Advisor – Mr. Tom Kennedy
The Junior Ancient Order of Hibernians is a group of young men of Irish Catholic descent committed to the preservation of Irish culture and heritage. The membership invites all young men of Irish Catholic descent to join and live their motto of “Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity”.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Marianne Reinhart
Since 1919, the Junior Achievement program mission has been to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Students from Bishop Canevin teach the JA program at several of our partner grade schools.

JUNIOR LADIES A.O.H. – Advisor – Mrs. Maureen Murray
The Ladies AOH Juniors is a group of young ladies that promote and preserve their Irish culture and heritage. The membership invites all young women of Irish Catholic descent to join. They contribute to several community service projects.

LEONID – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Diane Finnegan
The LEONID, the school newspaper, is issued approximately six or seven times each year, and covers all current aspects of school life, as well as editorials, reviews and special interest columns. Numerous opportunities exist on the LEONID staff in the area of reporting, writing, layout and other phases of newspaper publication. Students interested in working on the LEONID staff are strongly urged to participate.

Faculty Advisor – Mr. Kevin Johnson

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Faculty Advisor – Mr. Kevin Johnson

The Musicians, while primarily a course offering, has extra curricular activity requirements which include performing at football games, local parades, pep rallies, school assemblies, school dramatic and musical productions, the annual Spring Concert and other special events during the school year.

Advisors – Mr. Johnson & Dr. Meg Coldren

The Crusettes, which is our marching drill team performs with the band at all band activities. Stressing precision, uniformity and spirit, the Crusettes practice year round to insure excellence in performance.

THE CAVETTES – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Kevin Johnson
The Cavettes, which is the marching flag and sabre squad, serves as an integral part of and performs with the Marching Crusaders at all designated functions. Stressing physical and creative ability, the Cavettes also emphasize the social aspects of the Marching Crusader group.

In Mock Trial, students compete with other local schools in which they present a trial case (decided by a panel of lawyers) where the students act as lawyers, both prosecutors/plaintiffs or defense/defendants. Students will also act as witnesses for each side. Meetings begin in mid-October and are held after school weekly. The team will enter a tournament sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Actual competitions begin at the end of January. The BC team will participate in two trials, one as the defense and one as the prosecution.

Participants in this club join in a simulation of the United Nations, where schools representing various countries of the world, come together to debate current events and vote on diplomatic solutions.

MOSAIC – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Joseph Romano
The MOSAIC is the school’s annual yearbook, providing complete photographic coverage of the school year, its activities, faculty and student body. The book is issued late each summer and is published by a student editorial staff under the supervision of a moderator. The MOSAIC provides opportunities for students to learn and exercise skills in composition, layout, editing, writing and photography, and welcomes all students.

MUSICAL – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Kevin Johnson
The Spring Musical production involves three months of hard work and rehearsal. Students may audition for chorus, acting or dancing parts or they may join one of the many backstage crews such as; stage crew, lighting, makeup, tickets, ushering, publicity or programming. The purpose of the school musical is to stimulate and develop the artistic, musical and dramatic talents of the students.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – Faculty Advisor – Natalie Liptak
The purpose of the Bishop Canevin Chapter of the National Honor Society is to stimulate high scholarship, constructive leadership, meaningful service and worthy character. The National Honor Society brings the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of their classmates, their parents, their communities, and the colleges that they may plan to attend. In electing qualified juniors to membership in the society, the Bishop Canevin High School faculty honors the past and present attainments of those students and recognizes the promise that each of them holds to face the needs and the challenges of the future. Membership is based on outstanding scholastic achievement (4.0 cumulative weight-point average or above for the first five semesters), and character as evaluated by the faculty and administration. In addition, eligible candidates must have demonstrated during their initial five semesters significant service and leadership experience especially in terms of their school and community involvement. Continued membership in the society is contingent upon the student maintaining all of the standards which qualified him/her for admission.

In PJAS the student designs and performs an experimental study of his/her choosing within the area of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Psychology or Computer Science. The student presents his/her findings to the judges of the Western PA PJAS competition. Related programs are: Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, Super Bowl of Problem Solving, and Chemistry Olympics.

SIX STRING SONGWRITER’S GUILD – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Mark Lang
The Six String Songwriter’s Guild provides guitar players with the opportunity to create, share and revise their original songs and lyrics at monthly meetings.

STUDENT COUNCIL – Faculty Advisor – Marianne Reinhart
The Student Council is a leadership organization that helps to further the welfare of the school by aiding the interpretation and implementation of administrative policies, while coordinating student activities. Membership is elective and open to any student who qualifies in ability and character for the office. Since the Student Council facilitates a most important aspect of the school program, only deserving and capable leaders should be chosen.

ORACLE – Advisor – Marian Doyle
Oracle is Bishop Canevin High School’s Literary Magazine. It is a showcase for Bishop Canevin student writers and artists. Oracle is a yearly volume of poetry, prose, short stories, artwork and photographs created, compiled and edited by Bishop Canevin students. Oracle offers students the opportunity to share their voice and vision with the rest of the Bishop Canevin Community.

WORLD LANGUAGE CLUB – Advisor – Mrs. Cassidy Checketts
The World Language Club presents members with many opportunities to learn about and appreciate other cultures. Activities include field trips to restaurants, the Benedum Center, watching movies in other languages, writing to pen pals, Christmas caroling, decorating the school for foreign language week and listening to guest speakers.