Activities & Clubs

canevin-academic-teamACADEMIC QUIZ BOWL TEAM – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Kenneth Sinagra
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, Duquesne University and local high schools.

Any student may try out for the team. Students receive study assignments and practices are held during the weekly Activity Periods.

A.C.E. – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Adam Purdy
A.C.E. is a national mentoring program that links high school students with professionals in the fields of Architecture, Construction & Engineering. Students get exposure to both the technical and professional aspects of these fields, and begin to understand the traits, interests and experiences necessary for success. Students work on collaborative group projects and participate in competitions, and have the opportunity to earn scholarships for their participation.

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.

(BCDC) BISHOP CANEVIN DIGITAL CLUB – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Nick Sinagra
The BCDC involves students in various media projects which include DVDs, CDs, online technical support,
streaming video, and graphic arts. The club assists with the technology needs of all school activities.
Students help in the maintenance the school’s computers, iPads, and other technology. Students will also
produce videos for school events and photograph activities during the school year. Furthermore, students
will participate in developing new media and technology projects for the benefit of the B C High School
community. Any student, regardless of media and technology experience, can join this club. Members of
BCDC may choose to participate in a technology competition during the school year.

(BC²) BISHOP CANEVIN 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. Sean Fox
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 – Mrs. Chris Westrick
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 JUSTICE- Faculty Advisor – Mr. Sean Fox
Crusaders for Justice students are the advocates of social change within, not only the Bishop Canevin student
body, but also their respective communities. Members not only bring awareness to various civil issues such
as poverty and hunger, they begin initiatives to reform these dilemmas. Events involving Crusaders for
Justice focus on collaborating and supporting other school organizations to perform works of service within
the surrounding community.

CRUZADOS – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Nicole Joyce
“Cruzados” is a Spanish Club designed to increase students’ exposure to the Spanish language, culture, and
customs. Students will participate in meetings in addition to regularly scheduled events such as the Pulsera
Project, Día de los Muertos, Spanish dining, Spanish art events, Spanish Mass, and many more. In order to
join, students do not need to be currently enrolled in a Spanish course.

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.

IRISH CLUB – Advisor – Mr. Tom Kennedy
The Irish Club is open to those of Irish and non-Irish ancestry. The purpose of the club is to explore Irish
culture, history and heritage, do some service work for which the Irish and their hospitality are known for,
and have a wee bit of fun along the way.

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.

LEONID – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Chelby Collins
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.

The faith community of Bishop Canevin High School is nurtured and sustained through our celebration
of the Eucharist. Liturgical Ministers are servers, greeters, lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion,
cantors, musicians, or those who prepare the environment. They give witness to their own faith and enable
full and active participation by the school community.


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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

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.

MOSAIC YEARBOOK- Faculty Advisor – Ms. Rita Yunker
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 – Mrs. Karen Kennedy
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 – Mrs. Karen Walker
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 (4.3 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.

THE ORACLE – Faculty Advisor – Ms. Jackie Weaver
Oracle is Bishop Canevin High School’s Literary Magazine. It is a showcase for Bishop Canevin student
writers and artists. Oracle publishes fall and spring editions of poetry, prose, short stories, artwork, and
photographs created by Bishop Canevin students. Oracle offers students the opportunity to share their voice
and vision with the rest of the Bishop Canevin Community. Visit our latest edition online at

ROBOTICS CLUB – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Linda McLemore
The Robotics Club is designed to expose students to valuable STEM skills using robotics, technology, and
science. Members will participate in hands-on programming, mechanical design, and problem-solving
experiences and will compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Robotics Competition.

SCIENCE CLUB – Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Vanessa Bentley
Bishop Canevin’s Science Club engages students in events in the Greater Pittsburgh science community such
as the Carnegie Science Center and the laboratories of local universities. The topics include environmental
issues and current laboratory investigations. The Science Club goes on field trips to attend lectures and
perform experiments at local universities, providing an opportunity to interact with professors and graduate
students in the STEM fields. Members have the option to participate in competitions including trivia
challenges such as the Southwestern Pennsylvania Science Bowl and science fairs such as Pennsylvania
Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) and Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF). In
PJAS and PRSEF, students design, perform, and present independent experimental studies within an area of
their choosing: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Psychology or Computer Science. Science
Club members receive one-on-one assistance in preparing for these competitions

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.

SPEECH & DEBATE HONORS SOCIETY- Faculty Advisor – Mrs. Rita Yunker
The Speech & Debate Honors Society 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.


STUDENT GOVERNMENT – Faculty Advisor – Mr. Dave Casavale
The purpose of Student Government is to foster and promote a culture of community at Bishop Canevin by
working in partnership with the administration, faculty, staff, and parents. The Student Government will plan,
organize, and sponsor a number of events, activities, and projects within the Bishop Canevin community.
All activities will be planned with the consultation of the administration, faculty, and parents. Additionally,
members of Student Government will act as a line of communication between students, administration,
faculty, and the greater Canevin community.