Clubs & Activities Directory


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 PulsChristi DeChamps & Leah McElderry
Animal Club
A club for students interested in animals.
Monthly in room 351 Annette Schwalenberg
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 Monday after school from 3:30-4:30 in room 211.
Mr. Ossmann
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/
Art Club

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

Jamie Vanderheiden
Asian Heritage Club  Every other Wednesday in the LGI from 3:40-4:30  Steve Franklin
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!
1st and 3rd Thursday at 6:45am
Dave Babcock
Dave Gassner
Nikki Streck
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. Our book club members determine the titles we read, and members have about a month to read the book before our meeting. Members get to keep many of the books we read!
Discussions are held on Monday evenings in the library at West.
Mrs. Murray & Mrs. Fahrenkrug
Jeff Meulemans
Chess Club   John Moe
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.
Lisa Groff
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).
Cynthia Pavelski
Democratic League
A group of civic minded students who are interested in discussing political, social and economic concerns. Students in the group lead the discussions and bring topics to the table. All political perspectives are welcome.
Once a month on Thursday after school. Laura Heller
DnD Club
At our Dungeons & Dragons Club meetings, we take a break from reality by running action-packed adventures in a “fantasy RPG” style. Our get-togethers provide ample opportunities for players to have fun, meet new people, and be themselves—whether we’re working together to kill Monster Mobs or solo-navigating delicate negotiations of political gamesmanship. Bi-weekly leveling of our characters helps unlock awesomeness both in the game and in real life as we work together to create all-time-great heroes!
Every other Monday in room 211
Nathan Ossmann
Drone Venture 3rd Tuesday of the month in room 361 Mark Cross
Educators Rising
A club for students interested in pursuing a career in Education. The club has volunteer opportunities, career experience, guest speakers, state competitions and more.
3rd Friday of the month during Flex Lauren Ott
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.
Cassandra Lichttenegger

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.
Rebecca Herring
Future Problem Solvers
Cassie Lichttenegger
Garden/Environment 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. See Mrs. Vanderloop in room 357 or Mrs. Schadrie in room 358 for more information or if you want to be a part of Garden/Environmental Club
  Kathy Vanderloop
Lynn Schadrie
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.
Meetings announced on Google Classroom Dave Babcock & Jake Larsh
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.
3rd Thursday of the month during Flex in room 218.

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
Lauren Ott
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.
After school 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. room 115 every other Tuesday, executive (officer) meetings on the opposing Tuesdays
Advisor: Sam Cucci
Kiwanis Advisor: Doug Johnson

Appleton West Key Club

Key Club International
Math Team
Attend whenever you can! The meets are a lot of fun. We usually stop somewhere on the way to eat.
Wednesday Flex in room 121
Meets are usually the first Monday of each month
John MoeSteve 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.
Steph Gorges & Laura Heller
Patterns of Stardust
PATTERNS OF STARDUST has been Appleton High School's Literary Magazine since 1918. It is an organization for those who are interested in writing and editing for publication.
Meetings are held on Tuesdays, starting the second week in February from 3:30 to 4pm in room 246.
Katherine Kinzenbaw
Peer Crew
Peer 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.  Jake Larsh
Quiz Bowl
Quiz Bowl is a high school competition that derived from its namesake TV Show “The College Quiz Bowl” which first aired in 1953. Questions are drawn from all content areas. No topic is off-limits. The team currently meets on Tuesdays during Flex and typically attends a regional competition during the spring.
Friday Flex

Runners & Walkers Club
Jim McClowry
Science Team
Science team has two competitions a year. The National Science Bowl is a competition that covers all science topics and math. The Lake Sturgeon Bowl focuses on oceanography. Practices are usually once a week and run from October to April.
Tuesdays after school Steve Franklin
Cristina Mullally
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.
2nd Thursday of each month.

Room 361 during flex

Mark Cross

"The 'Talisman" is Appleton West's student newspaper. We are always looking for talented students who are interested in journalism to join our staff--we need writers, critics, photographers, sports reporters, and graphic designers to help continue an eighty-plus-year-long tradition of student journalism here at West!
We meet after school Tuesdays in room 211.
Nathan Ossman
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 SturtevantLaura Heller

Young Americans
A group that promotes traditional values, free enterprise and individual freedom. The club is aligned with the Young America's Foundation.

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