Competitive Clubs

Competitive Clubs are active throughout the entire year. Many meet weekly. Some compete at the state level and other stay local. Some have tryouts and other have open enrollment all year. All students are welcome!

Academic Team

The Academic Team, also called Scholastic Bowl, Scholar Bowl or Quiz Bowl is made up of 10-15 members who compete in five-person teams at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. Questions are chosen from science, math, social studies, literature, fine arts, performing arts and miscellaneous categories. Members are chosen by the coaches who receive student referrals from the faculty, as well as student self referrals. The Academic Team competes against other area high schools in IHSA approved competitions.


Days: Tuesday and Wednesday*

Time: 3:30 - 4:30

Room: 1420

* Competition begins in November.

Once the season begins, we will practice on

Tuesday and complete on Wednesday.

Transportation is provided and we return to GCHS

around 7:30pm.

Email Coach Mindy Newman

Debate Team

The Central Debate Team runs from August to April. This competitive club provides excellent opportunities to learn how formal debates work and develop skills in research, leadership, teamwork, and public speaking. Students write bills dealing with foreign affairs, economics, and public welfare and then debate them according to congressional/parliamentary procedure at tournaments held one Saturday a month. In between the tournaments students research the bills so they are able to give speeches and ask questions during a debate. No prior experience is necessary.

Practices are 3:30 on Wednesdays in room 2315.
Coach: Christopher D'Amico
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Assistant Coach: Amber Gibbard
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Chess Team

The Grayslake Central Chess Club is a weekly club that welcomes novice as well as experienced players. Students work on honing chess fundamentals and strategies and also engage in spirited competition with one another. The GCHS Chess Club has approximately 15-20 members in attendance per meeting, and new members are always welcome! The GCHS Chess Club is actively pursuing outside competition opportunities, particularly with our counterpart Grayslake North.

3:30 - 4:30
room 2660/LRC
Sponsor: Stacey Chojnacki

Future Business Leaders of America

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a non-profit educational association of students preparing for careers in business, leadership and related fields. This is a national club that can extend from high school into college. There are numerous leadership, business, charitable and social activities planned throughout the year. We plan to attend a yearly conference that provides opportunities for recognition, scholarships and awards.

Meetings are Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in room 1570
Sponsors: Diane Keuth and Margaret Hansen
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Basketball Intramurals

The intramurals program is a fun, recreational, social, and competitive on-campus sports activity for Grayslake Community High School students. Intramurals is designed with the everyday athlete in mind and is open to all students not currently competing in-season with an interscholastic sports program. This is a great opportunity for students to have some fun and participate in organized, competitive leagues. It is easy to get involved as students form their own teams with their friends. Basketball is the sport during the winter season.

Sponsor: Brendan Kick
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Journalism Program: Ramsmedia

Welcome to RamsMedia!

The RAMPAGE newspaper and RamTV broadcasts serve as an educational project for the students of Grayslake Central High School’s journalism and broadcast journalism courses. As co-curricular activities, RamsMedia’s basic function is to serve the community by informing, educating and stimulating the exchange of diverse opinions. Students are responsible for the content as well as the design, photos and editorial content of both award-winning publications. The paper and broadcasts will maintain a policy that is fair, accurate and impartial. The paper is both printed and online; the broadcasts are published online.

Additionally, journalism students will have opportunities for field trips through organizations like KEMPA (Kettle Moraine Press Association) and JEA (Journalism Education Association). By attending these conferences, students will see what working as a journalist in the world is like through both hands-on experiences and expert opinions from the field.

If you have any questions or would like to join RamsMedia, please contact the staff adviser.

Nina Cavender
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Assistant sponsor: Steve Reitman
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Math Team

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The Math Team is made up of students from all four grade levels that enjoy challenging math problems and timed competition, as individuals and teams. Participants compete against schools from across the suburban area in the North Suburban Math League competitions held once a month in September, October, December, January and March. Our conference, the NLCC, hosts a yearly competition in January, where conference champions are crowned for individual and team competitions. Each year the Crosstown Classic pits Grayslake Central against Grayslake North for the coveted “Pi” Plate. The ICTM Regional competition takes place each February and gives individuals and teams a chance to earn their way to the ICTM State competition in May at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Many members participate in other activities and sports teams while still competing.

Meetings are Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:45 in room 2415 beginning in August and running through the ICTM State competition.

Coaches: Ben Ault and Madison Everett

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A robotics club is a gathering of students who are interested in learning about and working with robots. At robotics competitions, teams of students must design and build a robot that can compete against opponents in a series of specific challenges.

Sponsor: Chris Ellingsen
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Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad team is composed of students from all grade levels that are interested in a wide range of scientific and engineering fields. The team trains from September to March, preparing for the 23 events that make up a typical competition. Event topics include biology, human anatomy, chemistry, earth sciences, astronomy, physics, and engineering. Event competitions include knowledge tests, laboratory experiments, and demonstration of prebuilt machines. The regional competition is held in March and the state competition is held in April at the U of I.

Sponsors: TBA

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for high-school students with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

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Sponsors: Ashley Edwards & Jen Pope

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The yearbook is what students use to remember their high school days. Through the pages of the yearbook, all the major events of the year are featured. The yearbook staff first compiles pictures, captions and stories and is responsible for designing the pages and putting it together around a unifying theme. Students may be members of the yearbook staff during their sophomore, junior and senior years as part of the Yearbook class. The yearbook may be pre-ordered in the bookstore.

Yearbook teacher
Maureen Ritter
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Assistant Sponsor: Jeff Fujiu
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