Clubs & Activities Directory


Art Club

We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 3:40-4:40 every month. 

Advisors: Ellen Edge and Sam Slowiak

A-Team is a volunteer-based athletic leadership club at Appleton West comprised of student-athletes who personally strive to motivate others to become better students, teammates, and leaders, both on and off the court as well as constructing positive leadership skills, working to build a positive image of Appleton West and creating an enduring legacy within our school, community, and feeder schools. WE ARE A-TEAM!
2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 a.m. in the Health room and in small groups on the 4th Thursday during Flex.
Dave Babcock Becky Frank, & Nikki Streck
African American Club
Meetings during flex on Fridays.
1st, 2nd, 3rd Fri of the month – Women of Z (girls group) meeting in EAR 1st, 2nd, 3rd Fri of the month – Men of Distinction (boys group) 4th Fri of the month – full club meeting in LGI
Josh Puls, Nick Ivory, Christi DeChamps & Leah McElderry
Anime and Game Club
Our club provides an opportunity for students who love games and Anime to gather once a week to watch, socialize, discuss, and play. We don’t focus on any one particular style or method. Members of the club bring their own consoles, cards, board games, and DVDs to share, so we can have a different experience every meeting. All West students from all backgrounds are encouraged to join us.

We do schedule some special events during the year, and host an end of the year picnic for all members and their families and friends.
We meet every other Tuesday after school from 3:30-4:30 in room 211.
Mr. Ossmann is the advisor, and John Lambert and Ben High are the Club officers.
Appleton LaCrosse Club

The Appleton Lacrosse Club is an organization made up of student athletes from the three Appleton Area School District High Schools. The club was founded in 2003 and after just 2 seasons, Coach Mike Wenzel led the team to a perfect 16-0 record after winning the 2006 WLF State Championship. Head Coach, Eric Marsh, took over in 2010 and has led the team to the Conference Championship in 2016 and the state playoffs in 2015-2017. The AASD formally recognized Lacrosse as a Club Sport in 2013. The club now includes a High School Girls Program as well as a Youth Program. Appleton United Lacrosse is a D1 member of the Bay Valley conference fielding Boys and Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. As a fully self-funded club, all costs are covered through player dues, sponsorships and fundraising. 
Lacrosse is a spring sport played from March - mid-June. For more information, visit the club's website: http://www.appletonlacrosse.com/
Book Club
Students who enjoy reading are encouraged to participate in West's Book Club. We read and discuss approximately five books during the school year.
Discussions are held on Monday evenings in the library at West.
Mrs. Murray & Mrs. Fahrenkrug
The Appleton West Debate Team competes against other schools in the state. Debate is possible in three different formats.
  • Policy debate is team debate about changing a policy such as exploring the oceans or the need for high speed rail. A policy topic lasts all year.
  • Public Forum debate is team debate about the facts about current events topic such as NSA spying or genetically modified food. Public forum topics change each month.
  • Lincoln-Douglas debate is one-on-one debate about a values topic such as the justice of the minimum wage or the morality of organ transplants.

Members of the Appleton West Debate Team travel to competitions located across the state and sometimes in neighboring states. They also can compete in national tournaments in such places as Memphis, Washington D.C., Ft. Lauderdale, or Dallas.

We meet after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The debate season begins the end of October and runs until February.
Jenna Mueller

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

DECA provides opportunities for:

  • Competition
  • Business knowledge
  • Interview practice
  • Advice on speaking and test taking
  • Community service
  • Travel
  • Fun!
We meet Wednesday mornings at 7:15 in the LGI (not on late starts).
Advisor: Brian Gleason
DnD Club
A club for tabletop gaming welcome to experienced and new gamers alike to participate in a series of adventure campaigns.
Mondays 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in room 229
Advisors: Cassandra Lichttenegger
& Katie McClellan

Student Leaders: James Tomlinson & Laurana Wolfert
Drone Club   Mark Cross
Environmental / Garden Club
A service group that is dedicated to helping maintain the courtyard and flowerbeds on campus. In addition, members maintain the LMC plants, learn to plant vegetable and flower seeds and cuttings for our annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale and do the shopping and wrapping for those less fortunate Adopt-a-family candidates.
Meetings during flex on the third Wednesday of the month (or see Mrs. Vanderloop in room 357)
Kathy Vanderloop & Lynn Schadrie
Equality Club
Our mission is to provide a safe and active place for students to create change in our community through conversation and action related to equality. Issues have included how to be an ally, male/female gender norms, privilege, violence/assault, socioeconomic inequality, and LGBTQ/Gender spectrum. We strive for Awareness, Advocacy, and Activism regarding issues such as these.

Anyone is welcome to join our club!
Meetings are two Mondays a month from 3:30 – 5:00 in room 225 and occasional Friday Flex meeting in 225.
Advisor: Cassandra Lichttenegger
Student leaders: Mariah Hagen, Ruth Schneider, and Leo Lillge.
The Appleton West Speech and Forensics Team competes against other schools from across the state. Contestants select an event and prepare a piece to use in competition. One participates as an individual or as part of a group. Competition involves informative speech, persuasive speech, poetry reading, prose reading, radio broadcasting and dramatic or humorous monologue performances, as well as others.

Appleton West is a member of the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association, and team members are motivated to qualify for State Tournament at the UW Madison.

The team also is a member of national organizations and contestants could qualify for trips to Sacramento, Washington D.C., Ft. Lauderdale, or Memphis.
The season begins in January and is complete in April.

Hmong Club Every other Wednesday in the LGI from 3:40-4:30
Sae Yang
Room #133
HOSA is a unique program of leadership, development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for students enrolled in Health Science Programs. HOSA Mission: “The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.”

What HOSA means to students:
1) HOSA provides leadership development and scholarship opportunities.
2) HOSA members meet outstanding leaders in the health professions and education.
3) HOSA members have the opportunity to participate and or compete in state and national leadership conferences.
4) HOSA is the best position to recruit and attract qualified young people to health professions in today’s healthcare shortage.
5) HOSA promotes community and school involvement and fun leadership activities.
We meet Wednesdays during FLEX.

September: Membership drive
October: Fall Leadership Lab Conference
November: Fundraiser
December: Charity Event
January: Competitive Events Practice
February: SMILE Drive education program for local elementary buildings
March: Competitive Event Challenge
April: State Leadership Conference
May: Officer Elections for upcoming year
Roz Birch
International Club
International Club is a group that learns about other cultures, through food, games, crafts, and guest speakers. Our club members share ramen noodles with Japanese students from Lawrence University, have a gingerbread man decorating contest, and make crepes for Mardi Gras.

We also welcome exchange students to West and learn about the cultures of our international students.
  Ms. Bruner
Key Club
Vision: We are caring and competent servant leaders transforming communities worldwide.

Mission: An international, student-led organization providing its members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership.

Presidents: Amanda Capaul, Samantha Koenig Vice President: Rebecca Flom
Secretaries: Leah Gause, Carson Landin
Treasurer: Amanda Stickney
Bulletin Editor: Isabella Hedrington

After school 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. room 115 every other Tuesday, executive (officer) meetings on the opposing Tuesdays
Co-Advisor: Mrs. Stickney

Co-Advisor: Mrs. Vetting

Kiwanis Advisor: Doug Johnson

Appleton West Key Club

Key Club International
History Club
History is fun! Let’s get out and “do” history as much as possible. We try to connect your history class with our local, state and national history.

We take biking and walking tours, watch movies and get to hear stories directly from the people who experienced it.
Tuesdays after school
Dave Babcock, Jake Larsh, & Mr. Hartjes
Link Crew
Link Crew is a district program that unites upperclassmen with freshman throughout the school year focusing on study habits, getting involved and being a successful and respectful member of the school and community.
Two days of training in the summer, Freshman Orientation in August, and then weekly training during the school year during Flex time and weekly lessons in the Freshman seminars. We also hold social events throughout the school year such as a fall dance and cocoa and cram for semester finals.
Advisors: Jake Larsh & Mr. LeCaptain
Math Team
Attend whenever you can! The meets are a lot of fun. We usually stop somewhere on the way to eat.

These are some good people to talk to if you want to know more: Nathan Schilling, Justin Sung, Charlie Duimstra, or Isaac Painting
Wednesday Flex in room 121
Meets are usually the first Monday of each month
Advisors: John Moe & Steve Franklin
Mock Trial
Mock Trial is an activity that runs from late October - February. A case is designed by the Wisconsin State Bar that students will play either witnesses or lawyers on one side of the case.

Students work together to develop their direct and cross examination questions so they can compete against other teams at the regional competition.
Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Advisors: Steph Gorges & Laura Heller
Outdoor Club We do a fishing trip each fall, winter, spring and summer. See Mr. Franzen if interested.
Advisor: Terry Gross
Patterns of Stardust
PATTERNS OF STARDUST has been Appleton West’s Literary Magazine since 1918. It is an organization for those who are interested in writing and editing for publication.

The group also judges and edits entries submitted to the magazine and annually publishes one issue of Patterns of Stardust in the spring.
Meetings are held on Tuesdays, starting the second week in February from 3:30 to 4pm in room 246.
Advisor: Katherine Kinzenbaw
Peer Helpers
Peer Helpers is a hard-working dedicated group of trained young adults who will listen, offer support and reference materials and promote being healthy in all areas of our lives.

Our mission at West is that Peer Helpers will assist in creating a more emotionally supportive environment for our school and community.
Meeting times are every other Tuesday then the first Friday of the month.
Advisor: Josh Puls
Quiz Bowl
The Quiz Bowl teams compete at Lawrence University in the Spring and West proudly holds first and third place for the year 2015.
Friday Flex
Student Leader: Mark Vandenberg
Dragon Rugby Club was started in 2012 with the intention of expanding rugby opportunities in the Appleton area and is an extension of the high school rugby program started in 1996.

The club has offerings for all AASD students K-12th grade. Participants learn skills through a USA Rugby certified coaching staff and participate in matches and tournaments throughout Wisconsin.

High School players are invited to assist in coaching the youth program.
Indoor practices for the spring season begin in late February (H.S. Boys & Girls), fall practices begin in early August (H.S. Girls) and summer programs are offered for k-8th grade.
The rugby club has a girls’ season August-October and both the boys and girls play a competitive season March through the end of the School Year.
Brian Gleason
Science Team / Envirothon Team
Science team has two competitions a year at the National Science Bowl which is a competition that starts regionally and the Lake Sturgeon Bowl which focuses on oceanography. West high school has won regionals twice in a row and are hoping to continue with their legacy.

Envirothon Competition is a hands-on outdoor competition involving a knowledge nature and environmental issues.
Tuesdays after school Steven Franklin
Annette Schwalenberg
Ski Club
Ski Club welcomes all students who ski or board and any student who wants to learn. Our goal is to have fun experiencing a lifelong healthy activity while enjoying the camaraderie of others on the trips.
Varies, the current calendar is on the website Luke Hoffman & Bill Raudabaugh
Student Council
The mission of the Appleton West High School Council is to build responsible leaders within our school community and promote the values that represent good character in all students.

President: Andrew Olson
VP: Jessy Kong
Treasurer: Amanda Kellenberger
Secretary: Amanda Kellenberger
Room 343 during flex
Governance Board:
1st Tues. of each month
General Meeting:
3rd Tuesday of each month
Mark Cross
The Talisman is the school's newspaper! If you are interested in writing for us, let us know!

Chief editor, writer, and designer: Jessy Kong
Writers: Andrew Olson, Amanda Capaul
Mostly at the end of the year
Tom Morrissey
The Clarion is one of the longest-running activities in the school, as West’s first yearbook was published over 100 years ago when it was Appleton Senior High School.

The yearbook staff works hard to produce an award-winning book each year, highlighting all West students as well as the clubs, music groups, plays, athletic teams, and academic events that are a part of every school year.
We meet starting in the summer and end in March when the book is complete, as yearbooks are distributed the last week of school.
Tracy Sturtevant & Laura Heller

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