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The Columbus Catholic High School Ambassadors work in conjunction with the Development Office to promote CCS through recruitment activities, community service, and school involvement.  They are seen throughout the school year and are highlighted in efforts to promote CCS and its achievements. They are viewed as role models and leaders, promoting our school system to the greater Marshfield Community.  The selection process is based on an application and teacher recommendation. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply for the distinguished role as an ambassador.  For more information, contact Mrs. Wieland at 

Students can begin participating in band by 5th grade and continue into middle school by selecting Band as an elective class.  By high school, students can elect to take Concert Band Class; and other opportunities include Honors Band, Jazz Band and Honors Jazz Band.  In Concert Band, out-of-school activities include concerts, contests, marching band during parades, and pep band at sporting events.  Contact Mr. Zimmerman at .  

The annual Brains and Brawn Tournament is a chance for Catholic school students in 6th-8th grade, from across the Diocese, to compete in basketball (Brawn) or to demonstrate their knowledge in six categories (Brains).  Contact Ms. Schmelzer for more information: 

Students can begin participating in choir as early as sixth grade by selecting Choir as an elective class.  In high school, students can join the Concert Choir Class and have an opportunity to participate in Honors Choir starting in 10th grade.  The Concert Choir participates in concerts, contests (Solo/Ensemble is required), clinics, festivals and guest performances.  For more information, contact Mrs. Brunson at 

The goal of Hope Squad is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.  The program was built by educators in partnership with mental health experts.  Members are trained to take action when someone is struggling.  Instead of waiting for a peer to come to them, Hope Squad members are the ones to reach out first.  

MCLA is a youth committee of the Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY).  MACY strives to reduce and prevent underage drinking and drug use; and reduce youth mental health disparities.  MCLA is comprised of youth representatives from Marshfield public and private high schools.  Their goal is to develop and implement an annual prevention plan focusing on substance abuse, anti-bullying and mental health disparities in their respective schools.  To join, contact Mrs. Wieland at  or click:   

The Mission Club raises money through monthly “dress down day” collections that benefit our community or Diocesan missions. Some examples include: the Hannah Center, Feed My Starving Children, and Casa Hogar, just to name a few. In addition to fundraisers, Mission Club is always open to service project ideas to help those in need. To join Mission Club, contact Mr. Iwanski (High School) at  or Mrs. Tollefson at  (Middle School).

This is an opportunity for students to showcase their musical/acting skills!  There are typically 30 students in the cast.  To get involved, students and parents should watch their emails for audition dates; or contact Mrs. Brunson at .  

The National Honor Society (NHS) elevates a school's commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Our chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.  Academically eligible juniors and seniors are invited to apply for membership and are selected by a 5 person faculty council.

The purpose of the Columbus Catholic High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in the students.  For more information contact Mrs. Wieland at or click below.


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Every two years the Columbus Catholic High School Spanish students (Peru Mission Team) have an opportunity to travel to Casa Hogar, Peru for 10 days to do service projects and put their Spanish language skills to the test!  So far they have traveled to Peru in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2022.  The 2020 trip was cancelled due to COVID-19.  For more information, contact Sra. Kennedy at or click below.

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Photo Club is open to any student in Middle or High School.  Photo Club meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:00pm in Classroom 29.  There are guest speakers, assignments, and lessons on photography and how to use an SLR camera.  For information, contact Mr. Coombs at  or Mrs. Loucks at

Thanks to a group of young ladies in the class of 2023, Columbus has started a ProLife club as part of an organization called the "Students for Life of America". Our ProLife club members have prayed, distributed materials, and been vocal in the fight for the right to life and the dignity of each person from the moment of conception until natural death. The ProLife club has sponsored fundraisers at school for the Hannah Center as well as other organizations that help women and children in their journeys of life. Consider becoming a member today! 

Contact Mr. Iwanski for more information at 

The high school quiz bowl team participates in academic contests with other local area schools and nationally in online competition. Students study a variety of subjects and answer questions about topics including history, math, literature, science, current events, and popular culture. All high school students are welcome to participate in practice throughout the winter months. The competitive season typically ends in the spring. Contact Ms. Thompson at 

Group for High and Middle school students (grades 7 - 12) looking to learn more in the fields of robotics, programming, documentation, and engineering. Our goal is to build a robot to use in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge. This is an international competition to see who can build the best robot to accomplish a specific set of tasks. These tasks generally included using artificial intelligence and manual methods to control the robot. We meet at least weekly to build and program our robot. We will then compete in a regional competition for the chance to move on.

When: A weekly time determined by the team the week prior
Time: after school until 5pm
Where: Columbus Media Center
FIRST competition info: 

Students have the opportunity to run for Student Council and organize events for the school.  The purpose of the Student Council shall be:

  • To cooperate with the faculty and administration for the benefit of the entire school and community.
  • To act in a Christian manner and assist in building Faith throughout the school and the community.
  • To help develop leadership, responsibility, initiative, and good conduct among all students.
  • To provide a forum for student expression. (class meetings each month)
  • To be knowledgeable of other school organizations and their activities.
  • To plan, organize, and assist in school activities such as Homecoming, Alpine Holiday, and Catholic Schools Week. 
  • To raise funds and awareness for the betterment of the school.  (In past years we have added water bottle fillers, assisted in landscaping and upkeep, and raised funds to pave a walkway from the back parking lot to the front sidewalk—plan to finish spring 2022. This year we have purchased a new microwave for the cafeteria and have several other projects underway.)
  • To raise funds and awareness for community causes.  (Winter Wonderland Volunteering and Christmas Gifts for community families/individuals in need through parish angel trees, St. Vincent de Paul outreach, and CCS Spirit of Christmas program.)

For questions about High School Student Council, please contact Mrs. Volkman at
For questions about Middle School Student Council, please contact Ms. Rayeske at  


First published in 1989, Columbus Catholic High School's literary magazine, The Side Inside, is a yearly publication of students' creative work.  Student literary magazine staff members help to gather, select, and organize--into an 80 page magazine--students' poetry, short stories, essays, artwork, and other creative work.  The magazine is published in the spring of each school year.  To submit an entry and/or become an editor, please contact Mrs. Hart at

The Yearbook staff has fun, works hard and strives to provide a Yearbook that reflects the best of Columbus High School.  They learn writing, editing, photography, layout and design skills. They also learn marketing skills for sales of ads in the Yearbook and sales of the Yearbook itself.  The Yearbook staff also decides on a cover and style for the Yearbook at the beginning of the academic year; and meets monthly (or more frequently, as needed) to discuss layout, content, etc.  Each student is given responsibility for creating specific pages.  This includes compiling photos and writing captions.  Also, each student is responsible for a set number of students in order to ensure that all students are included equitably in the Yearbook.

To join the High School Yearbook, contact Mrs. Hoernke at .   Middle School Yearbook is an elective class that takes place the fourth quarter of each school year.