The Community Service Corps (CSC) has been serving Delaware County since 1960. It is a response to the gospel call of Jesus to serve one another. This organization invites students to respond to the many needs of the church and community. O’Hara students take an active role in service projects throughout the year. CSC activities include:
The Film Club is a weekly after school club that advances the O’Hara vision and mission through the development of several student produced short films and other video productions. The club will start off by developing several short student produced videos that will introduce students to the basic fundamentals of the filmmaking process including; scripting, filming and editing in a collaborative, hands-on learning environment. These short videos would then be marketed through social media circles and other forms of online distribution, acting as PSA’s for Cardinal O’Hara High School. The club will then move on to the production of several longer O’Hara-themed film productions that could be screened for the entire student body during special events or at student film festivals. These film productions would stretch anywhere from 20-45 minutes and would work to unite both student and faculty members as the cast. The club will aim to produce two of these larger productions during the school year (one at Christmas, another in the spring) while focusing on producing shorter films in the time between these productions.
Genesis I is an ecological awareness club that was founded by an O’Hara student in 2006. The name comes from Genesis I in reference to the creation of the Earth. The Genesis motto is "RECYCLE, REUSE, REDUCE, RETHINK." Genesis members meet on Tuesdays in Room 113 and do a variety of things relating to ecology such as campus clean ups, managing the proper disposal of paper and plastics, organizing the collection of ink toners and cellphones, discussing related issues and new projects, and actively spreading ecological awareness. The biggest undertaking is the end of the year Locker Clean Out for each class. Genesis collects reusable school items, which are then donated to elementary schools and/or community centers who pack school bags for young students in September.
Delco Hi-Q is the oldest continuous academic quiz competition in the United States. It was started as radio quiz program for high school students in Delaware County, Pennsylvania by the Scott Paper Company. Today, twenty-one Delaware County high schools participate in Delco Hi-Q.
All interested students are invited to attend a sign up meeting early in the school year, however the official team can only be comprised of ten students. These ten students will represent O’Hara at official competitions. Students who are not on the official team participate and assist with the preparation sessions for the official team.
As students graduate or decide not to participate from year to year, unofficial team members are incorporated into the official team. Competition practice is held after school one day a week. Topics/subject material is divided up among the team members with the idea of becoming the experts in that subject area. To some degree all team members are expected to incorporate as much material as they can.
There are three matches during the regular season, one home match and two away matches. Playoff positions are determined by points that were accrued during the regular season. There is one round of semi-finals; two matches of three teams per match. The winners of the semi-final rounds then move on to the final championship match.
The Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and the Daily Times sponsor the selection of an All Delco Hi-Q member from each participating high school. All Hi-Q teams and moderators are celebrated at the Partners in Learning Banquet held each Spring.
The Interact Club, sponsored by the Delaware County and Broomall Rotary Clubs, was established in 2013 and chartered in 2015. This student led and student run club gives students the chance to to tackle issues in their community that they care most about. Members meet once a month to discuss issues of concern and plan service projects to address those concerns. They carry out at least two service projects a year. Club members develop leadership skills and learn the importance of serving others while making lasting friendships. O’Hara is the first Catholic school in the area to have an Interact Club.
The transition to high school is a major event in the life of a young person, and yet very few substantial strategies for support exist in most high schools. Numerous studies show that the transition to high school is marked by a period of emotional stress and discomfort for adolescents, often times resulting in a decrease in academic achievement and an increasingly difficult social adjustment. It is this combination of factors that can be the impetus to poor decision making, as well as high risk and self destructive behavior for freshmen.
O'Hara's Junior and Senior LINK leaders are trained in the summer for our freshman orientation program. LINK is both a leadership development program and a freshman success program. On the first day of school, freshman will be connected with their LINK group and two upperclassmen and begin their high school journey. Throughout the year, the LINK groups will meet and get together at various school events, both in and out of school. By the end of day #1, freshmen will have the skills they need to be prepared to succeed in high school and new friends to travel with on their journey.
We are proud to be the only school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to offer the LINK program.
Marketing Club members work with the Director of Marketing and Communications within the Advancement Office to promote the academic, athletic, service, leadership and social events of the school. Students must apply to be a member of the Marketing Club. If selected they will help promote O’Hara on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), in local newspapers and through student email.
Cardinal O'Hara High School's Mini-THON has now celebrated two very successful and rewarding Mini-THON events. Led by the student body at Cardinal O'Hara, our Mini-THON raised $72,034.61 in 2016 and $26,511.93 in 2015 for the kids! We look forward to our continued work with the Four Diamonds Fund.
The mission of the Four Diamonds is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. Each year, Four Diamonds provides direct support to approximately 600 children with cancer – 100 who are newly diagnosed and 500 who are continuing their fight. Four Diamonds supports a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital; seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit those around the world. Watch our 2016 Fundrasing Kick-Off video.
“The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.”
To be considered for NHS, students must have first or second honors, be involved in an activity and/or athletic team, give time to service, and be approved by a faculty council.
The O'Herald is the Cardinal O'Hara High School Community's newspaper. Released a minimum of four times per year, the staff of The O’Herald strives to bring students the latest news about O'Hara life, sports and entertainment as well as news in the surrounding Delaware Valley and around the world. Since its first issue in 1963, the journalists in the newspaper club have enjoyed a friendly atmosphere where they can flex their creative writing muscles among other students who may want to consider a career in journalism after they leave the halls of Cardinal O'Hara High School. All students are eligible to join the O'Herald staff. Whether you're interested in writing, conducting interviews, editing, cartooning, illustrating, or taking pictures, new members are always welcome. No previous experience is necessary as long as individuals are responsible and interested in putting their creativity to work.
The purpose of the Renaissance Program at Cardinal O’Hara High School is to encourage and celebrate success among every member of the Cardinal O’Hara community. Students earn “levels” based on grades, conduct and participation in a school sponsored club, sport or service organization. Renaissance members are eligible for prizes and drawings throughout the year; participation in “Renaissance members only” events; free admission to school games and events; discounts at the school store and cafeteria; first in lunch line status; dress down passes; homework passes; and display on the Wall of Fame and lunch table recognition.
Each year through the FIRST Tech Challenge, Robotics members design, build and program robots based on sound engineering principles to perform particular tasks.
Teambuilding, strategy development, and organizational and problem solving skills enable students to take principles of science, technology, engineering and math and apply them to real world situations.
Student Council provides students with leadership and service opportunities throughout the school year. Elected officers and representatives act as the student body government and work to foster student involvement, build school spirit and provide varied opportunities for growth and leadership. Activities include planning Homecoming activities, Mini-THON, and various school-wide service opportunities such as canned goods drives, gift collections and other social programs. Student Council’s executive officers and representatives attend a leadership retreat in the summer.
Tech Club allows students to explore various areas of technology. Students learn how to put ends on computer (Cat5) cables; program in languages like python, php, and java; learn the basics of various operating systems (Linux, Windows, etc); use the RaspberryPi; solder, and repair computers.
WCOH Studios is a live, student produced morning announcement show. It runs every morning during the homeroom period and features daily announcements from clubs, activities and sports organizations.
Seniors may audition in the beginning of the 1st and 2nd semester to be on-air talent, while underclassmen submit applications at the end of the 1st quarter to be considered to work on the behind-the-scenes staff.
The World Affairs Club is composed of students interested in International Affairs, particularly issues of economic, social, political, and environmental importance. The club is affiliated with The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the oldest and most prestigious Council in the country. Students attend the Model UN conference in Boston, the Mock G8 Summit at Temple University and the World Affairs Speaker Series. Through these experiences, they learn of the challenges facing our world today and prepare to become educated citizens and future community leaders.
Members of the yearbook staff work year round to provide the student body with a book of memories. They capture important events of the school year as well as club members and athletes in action. Staff members use Adobe software to build pages, crop photos and key text. The book is distributed end of May/beginning of June and a supplement is mailed to seniors and given out to underclassmen in the fall.