Waubonsie Valley High School

Indian Prairie School District 204

Activities

At Waubonsie Valley High School, an extensive activity program is available. Becoming a part of this program gives students an opportunity to promote their talents, cultivate friendships and gain a sense of belonging at Waubonsie Valley. All students are encouraged to participate in any of the many clubs or organizations.
Click on a tab to view more info regarding clubs and activities. Participation forms are listed below. Please direct questions to Jason Schmidtgall, Assistant Principal, at Jason_Schmidtgall@ipsd.org or (630) 375-3313.
 
If a community member with a disability requires an auxiliary aid or service in order to participate in or attend a school-sponsored event, we ask that they contact the Principal’s office 3 days in advance of the event. Please specify the special assistance or service required.
 
WV after-school campus practices:  In order to provide the safest and most secure campus for our students, it is the expectation that students/parents will arrange timely transportation for any after-school function that is not normally covered by an extracurricular bus.  Failure to be able to provide arrangements may result in exclusion from after school functions.

 

Performance Groups

Instrumental
  • Jazz Bands & Combos
  • Marching Band
  • Pep Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Tri-M
  • Warrior Strings
Dance 
  • Orchesis
  • Pom Pons/Dance Team
  • Step Team
  • Winterguard - Flags - Color Guard 
Theatrical
  • Auditorium Tech Crew
  • Contest Play & Group Interpretation - IHSA
  • Drama Club
  • Fall Mainstage Production
  • Winter Mainstage Production
  • Freshman Studio Production
  • Musical
Vocal
  • Una Voce
  • Cloud Nine
  • Pink Notes
  • Mosaic Choir
  • Show Choirs

Special Interest Groups

  • Art Club
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Biotech Club
  • Book Club
  • Catch-Up & Keep Up Club
  • Christian Student Association 
  • Defying Disorders 
  • Digital Photography Club
  • FEA (Future Educators Association)
  • Finance Club
  • Greenhouse Club
  • Identity/GSA  
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Pep Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Video Club 

Publications

  • Premiere - Literary Magazine
  • The Arrowhead - Yearbook
  • The Voice - School Newspaper

Competitive Groups

  • B.P.A. (Business Professionals of America)
  • Chess Team - IHSA
  • DECA
  • FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America)
  • IDEA (Illinois Drafting Ed. Assoc.)
  • Journalism - IHSA
  • Math Team
  • Model United Nations
  • Scholastic Bowl - IHSA
  • Science Olympiad
  • SkillsUSA
  • Speech: Individual Events - IHSA
  • Youth and Government

Cultural Groups

  • B.S.A. (Black Student Alliance)
  • Chinese Club
  • French Club/French Honor Society
  • German Club/German Honor Society
  • ISA (Indian Student Association)
  • OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students)
  • Spanish Club/Spanish Honor Society

Student Government

  • Student Council
  • Freshman-Sophomore-Junior-Senior Officers

Service Groups

  • Best Buddies
  • E-Force (Environmental Club)
  • Key Club
  • Link Crew 
  • Snowball  

Sports Special Interest

  • Hockey - Student Group
  • Intramurals - Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Flag Football, Powder Puff Football, Running Club
  • La Crosse - Student Group
  • Rugby - Student Group
  • Special Olympics

COMPETITIVE GROUPS

B.P.A. (Business Professionals of America) www.bpa.org
Contact--Karen_Leonard@ipsd.org or Jeff_Graham@ipsd.org
BPA is open to any student (freshman through senior) who is interested in pursuing any type of business or computer technology career. BPA members compete in local, state and national competitions, sponsor Santa's Breakfast, support Special Olympics, attend leadership conferences, and much more. Join the fun!

Chess Team - IHSA Event    Contact--Karen_Kripas@ipsd.org
Chess club is open to all students. Come participate in instruction and recreational chess matches to prepare for interscholastic competitions. Meetings and competitions take place during the fall and winter months with practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Click on the "IHSA Events" tab on the top of the page to view past State placewinners.

DECA www.ildeca.org or www.deca.org   Contact--Steve_Penley@ipsd.org
DECA is a business club designed to enhance the co-curricular education of students (grades 9-12) with interests in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. DECA helps students develop skills and competence for business careers, build self-esteem, experience leadership and practice community service. Opportunities for leadership conferences and competition are available at local, state and national levels.

FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)
Contact--Alison_Heuer@ipsd.org

This club is an organization open to any student interested in Family and Consumer Science topics. The purpose is to promote personal growth, leadership, and awareness in Family and Consumer Science careers and related occupations. Students may participate in local, state & national competition as well as leadership conventions.

IDEA (Illinois Drafting Educator's Association)  
Contact--Steve_Skorup@ipsd.org

IDEA is an activity dedicated to providing drafting students with opportunities to participate in regional and state competitions to assess their skills and meet other students with similar career interests.

Journalism - IHSA Event     Contact--Keith_Kohler@ipsd.org
Newspaper/Journalism is open to all students (sophomores through seniors). It meets daily and is responsible for the production of the Voice, the student run newspaper of Waubonsie Valley. An English teacher recommendation and writing samples are required for class consideration and enrollment. The Voice has competed in the IHSA sponsored journalism competition since its inception four years ago. We compete in twelve categories showcasing various skills from photography, headline writing to layout and development.
Click on the "IHSA Events" tab on the top of the page to view past State qualifiers.

Math Team    Contact--AJ_Ruopoli@ipsd.org
ALL students interested in participating in Math competitions may join. Practices are held weekly throughout the year. This team participates in both local and state competitions.

Model United Nations   Contact--Stephanie_Stevens@ipsd.org
The goal of Model UN is to learn about problems and solve them from a Global perspective, based on the country a participant is assigned. Participation in the Model United Nations Club is open for all grade levels. Participants research current international events & debate related issues at three conferences: the University of Chicago, Wheaton College and St. Ignatius. Model UN offers a unique opportunity to study current news topics, develop high-level communication skills & to socialize with high school students from across the U.S.

Scholastic Bowl - IHSA Event   Contact--Luke_Wigtil@ipsd.org
Scholastic Bowl is ideal for trivia buffs and Jeopardy lovers. Any interested student may join. The season runs from October through early March. Matches are held with all conference schools and a few local schools. We also participate in invitational tournaments and the IHSA State Tournament series. Click on the "IHSA Events" tab on the top of the page to view past State qualifiers.

Science Olympiad    Contact--Chris_Mueller@ipsd.org
The Science Club is open to students of all ages and ability levels. Each month will feature a theme, and weekly activities will be organized around those themes. Students can participate in each months activities, or only the ones that interest them! Sign-up will be available through your science classes. The Illinois Science Olympiad is an academic competition which features 22 separate events emphasizing process skills and problem-solving strategies as well as general science knowledge. Regional tournaments are held in early spring, with qualifying teams advancing to the State. The 1st place finishers from all participating states advance to nationals.

SkillsUSA   Contact--Steve_Skorup@ipsd.org
SkillsUSA is national organization that serves career, industrial, technical, and health occupation students in high schools, career centers, and community colleges. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work. Members participate in the state skills competition held each spring, as well as, service projects, homecoming activities, fieldtrips, and career exploration.

Speech: Individual Events - IHSA Event  Contact--Rebecca_DeDecker@ipsd.org
This activity is open to any student who is interested in competing in the various IHSA and conference meets. Among the various activities include extemporaneous speaking, humorous duet acting, original oratory, dramatic duet acting, prose/poetry reading, original comedy and radio speaking. The season runs September to February and there are opportunities for placing at the conference, regional and state levels. Click on the "IHSA Events" tab on the top of the page to view past State placewinners. 

Youth and Government   Contact--Chris_Wolak@ipsd.org
The group gives students a hands-on experience working in government, culminating with a weekend trip to the State Capitol. In Springfield, WVHS students enjoy the privilege of using the facilities of the State Capital as they participate in the finest laboratory in state government available.

CULTURAL GROUPS

B.S.A. (Black Student Alliance)    Contact--Alexandria_McCain@ipsd.org or
                                                                      Tonia_Lewisrogers@ipsd.org

The Black Student Alliance is a group of students who come together to address concerns facing their community, targeting primarily African-American students. The primary focus is on raising test scores on standardized tests, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act, applying to colleges or jumpstarting their careers. This club is open to all.

Chinese Club    Contact--Wei_Liu@ipsd.org
Chinese Club helps students to have a better understanding of China, the Chinese culture, and the Chinese language. Chinese Club is open to any student from grades 9-12. Students will have the opportunity to try Chinese food, listen to music, watch movies, learn about the language, and celebrate holidays. There will also be help sessions for students who are currently taking Chinese.

French Club/French Honor Society   Contact--Debra_Samuelson@ipsd.org
This club is open to any student interested in French culture. Students have a chance to try French foods, play games, listen to music, see French films, and participate in occasional field trips. French Honor Society: Candidates must be enrolled in the fifth semester of French and must have maintained an A average in French during the semester of selection, as well as an A- average in all French classes. Candidates must also have a B average or higher in all other subjects during the semester of selection, as well as a cumulative B- average in all other subjects.  French may not be used to calculate this average.

German Club/German Honor Society    Contact--Sara_Wolfersberger@ipsd.org
Any student interested in German culture may join. Activities include games, movies, cooking, festivals, and field trips. German Honor Society: Induction into the German Honor Society requires that students have a 3.6 or higher grade point average in German after at least three semesters with at least a 3.0 average overall. Members are required to continue on to an upper level of German with the exception of graduating seniors. GHS students will also attend German Club meetings.

ISA (Indian Student Association)   Contact--Kinjal_Marfatia@ipsd.org
ISA is an emerging club available to any student interested in learning and celebrating Indian Culture. ISA hopes to promote awareness of Indian Culture through a variety of activities and community service projects.

OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students) 
Contact--Elise_Reible@ipsd.org

Students work to promote awareness of the Latino community both within WVHS and within the community. OLAS participates in a variety of activities including different community service activities, college fairs and Hispanic conferences. OLAS meets to discuss issues that are important to students in the Hispanic community and is open to all students at WVHS that are interested in Hispanic culture and issues facing students.

Spanish Honor Society   Contact--Mary_Kassir@ipsd.org
Third and fourth year Spanish students, who have a cumulative average of B or above, plus teacher recommendation, are invited to be members. They tutor first- and second-year students, attend cultural field trips, and promote the study and use of Spanish beyond the classroom. They are invited to participate in local and national literary and art contests.

PERFORMANCE GROUPS

Instrumental

Jazz Bands & Combos   Contact-- Kevin_Carroll@ipsd.org
The WVHS Jazz program consists of three-tiered jazz bands:Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Swing Band. The Jazz Ensemble offers the highest quality jazz experience to the most capable players. Both the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band perform seasonal concerts and travel to festivals in Illinois and other states. The Swing Band is designed to provide a formative jazz experience and performs at seasonal band concerts and special events. There are also three Jazz Combos that perform at various events both at school and in our community. Placement in any of the above jazz bands is determined by auditions in mid-September.

Marching Band    Contact - Kevin_Carroll@ipsd.org
This all-volunteer group performs at all home Varsity football games, two parades and five competitions. The band typically finishes in first or second place at each competition.

Pep Band    Contact - Kevin_Carroll@ipsd.org
All band students are eligible to participate in Pep band. Pep band plays at games home Varsity Boys and Girls basketball games as well as special events such as pep rallies. Pep Band and Pep Club will try and work together to create awesome support for our teams.

Percussion Ensemble    Contact--Chris_Dandeles@ipsd.org
This ensemble is featured on the annual percussion concert each spring, presenting audiences with significant works for percussion. The percussion ensemble meets twice each week from November to April. Auditions for advanced literature are held in November.

Tri-M    Contact--Daryl_Silberman@ipsd.org
Founded in 1936 by Alexander and Frances Harley, incorporated and renamed Modern Music Masters in 1952, and in 1983 recognized as the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Tri-M is a student-run organization sponsored by the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).  Tri-M membership is for any WVHS sophomore, junior, or senior music student based upon the recommendation of their respective ensemble director, the approval of the music department, and a 3.50 or higher GPA.  The purpose of Tri-M is to honor our very best music students as well as afford them an opportunity to enhance our music department through service projects and various activities.

Warrior Strings    Contact--John_Burck@ipsd.org
Warrior Strings is an auditionstring ensemble which meets once a week, and performs all types of music. Because this group interacts with the audience frequently, some memorization of the music is required. This ensemble performs in the community and Prism Concerts.

Dance  

Flags    Contact - TBA
Color Guard - The fall color guard is a part of the marching band. Color guard is an artistic expression of music through dance along with the use of equipment such as flags, rifles and sabers. Color guard begins in April with a series of clinics and then tryouts. The guard practices periodically throughout the summer months, attends one week of band camp in August, and practices three days a week once school begins. The color guard performs at home football games, in two local parades and travels to several competitions.
Winterguard is an artistic expression of music through dance, along with the use of equipment such as flags, rifles and sabers. The winterguard season begins in November and continues through the end of March. The guard travels to attend several competitions.

Orchesis    Contact - TBA
Orchesis club is a performing dance troupe. Many forms of dance are utilized - modern, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Membership is by audition in the spring. Technique classes and performances take place throughout the year with one main stage performance in the late winter.
 
Pom Pons / Dance Team    Contact--Megan_Dougherty@ipsd.org
Poms are open to girls 9th - 12th grades. The squad performs at football & basketball games, as well as pep assemblies and competitive competitions. Tryouts are held in the spring for the following years squad.

Step Team    Contact--Alexandria_McCain@ipsd.org
The art of "stepping" is a dance form that combines elements of military drills with contemporary jazz and hip-hop moves. In stepping, the body takes the place of the drum: this consists of stomping the feet, clapping and slapping the hands against the heels, chest, thighs and other various body parts. This produces the complex rhythmic foundation for this dance style. In addition to this array of bodily percussion, stepping also features complex synchronized body movements, along with singing, chanting, and verbal play. Practices and performances take place throughout the year at many community events. The Step Team participates in at least one area competition each year.

Theatrical
Auditorium Tech Crew    Contact--Amy_Haga@ipsd.org
Students interested in all aspects of technical theatre are encouraged to join this crew. Creating and running the light and soundboard for the various organizations that use the auditorium will be this crew's main function.

Drama Club    Contact--Dave_Calvert@ipsd.org
A variety of dramatic opportunities are offered to Waubonsie Valley students. Each year, two main stage productions and a musical are offered. In addition, several studio productions may be staged; student directed one acts, and a production that travels to district middle schools. Other opportunities for students to become involved in acting are offered through participation in the IHSA Speech - Group Interpretation and Individual Events. Students are also encouraged to become involved behind the scenes in areas of technical theatre.
Drama Contest Play - IHSA Event    Contact--Dave_Calvert@ipsd.org
This activity's season runs from January through March during odd-numbered years, with competition at the Sectional and State levels. Students interested in technical drama and performance drama should become involved in this activity. Click on the "IHSA Events" tab on the top of the page to view past State placewinners and quaifying teams.

Freshman Studio Production    Contact-- Debra_Peplow@ipsd.org
The freshman play is an opportunity for freshmen to experience theatre at the high school level. Auditions are open only to freshmen and offer a variety of experiences. Students will have the opportunity to go through the audition, rehearsal and performance process.
 

Group Interpretation - IHSA Event    Contact--Debra_Peplow@ipsd.org
This activity has its season from January through March during even-numbered years with competition at the Regional and State level. All students who are interested in interpreting literature through acting and oral expression should become involved in this activity. Click on the "IHSA Events" tab on the top of the page to view past State placewinners and qualifying teams.

Mainstage Productions    Contact--Dave_Calvert@ipsd.org
Fall Mainstage - WVHS auditions are open to ALL STUDENTS. Auditions will be held in September in the auditorium. The production will take place in October/November.
Winter Mainstage - Auditions are scheduled in November, and are open to ALL STUDENTS. The production is scheduled for February.
Musical - Each year, WVHS stages at least one Broadway musical. Auditions precede the production by 9 weeks, and are open to ALL STUDENTS. The musicals are co-sponsored/directed by the Music and Drama Departments' staff. Numbers in the cast vary, but musicals are selected to allow numerous opportunities for student involvement.

Vocal

Una Voce    Contact-- Beth_Best@ipsd.org  
Una Voce is a small, mixed ensemble that performs a wide variety of music, including traditional choral pieces, holiday repertoire, jazz and pop. All WVHS Choir members are welcome to audition. The ensemble performs throughout the community and for various WVHS concerts. Auditions will be held in late August. Chamber Singers meet on Tuesdays after school.

Cloud Nine   Contact--  Beth_Best@ipsd.org  
Cloud Nine is a student-led, nine-voice male a cappella vocal ensemble. They prepare and perform pop, doo-wop, and novelty selections as well as some traditional choral music. Students must be enrolled in a curricular choir to be eligible to participate. Auditions are held in May to establish membership. This is a full-year activity, and the ensemble performs in each of the five curricular choral concerts presented each year.

Pink Notes   Contact-- Beth_Best@ipsd.org  
Pink Notes is a student-led, nine-voice female a cappella vocal ensemble. They prepare and perform pop, doo-wop, and novelty selections as well as some traditional choral music. Students must be enrolled in a curricular choir to be eligible to participate. Auditions are held in May to establish membership. This is a full-year activity, and the ensemble performs in each of the five curricular choral concerts presented each year.
 
Mosaic Choir    Contact--Mark_Myers@ipsd.org
A mosaic is a unique form of art created by bringing many differently shaped and colored pieces of the same material together to ultimately create a single work of beauty. In the choral ensemble Mosaic, the diverse students of Waubonsie Valley experience a sense of unity through the expressive qualities of multicultural music. The choir is open to all students of WVHS regardless of enrollment in a curricular choir.

Show Choirs    Contact--Mark_Myers@ipsd.org
The show choirs are ensembles of singer-dancers that perform pop, contemporary, and show tunes in costume with choreography. They rehearse weekly and perform in choral concerts, show choir festivals and clinics, and several community performances throughout the year. Auditions are held in May of the previous school year. Members must also participate in the curricular choir program.

  PUBLICATIONS
 
Premiere - Literary Magazine    Contact--Jen_Kastner@ipsd.org
Students interested in poetry, stories, art, and/or photography may join the staff of Premiere, which meets throughout the year to select and prepare for the May publication of a collection of our school's finest student writing and art. The magazine is submitted annually to the National Council of Teachers of English for evaluation. Enrollment in Creative Writing I and II are suggested.

The Voice - School Newspaper    Contact--Keith_Kohler@ipsd.org
The Voice is the WVHS official student-run newspaper. The paper is produced on a bi-quarterly basis by the newspaper journalism class. Students will apply skills in writing, photography, design, and business to the production of the newspaper. To be considered for the staff, a student must apply to the newspaper journalism class and receive teacher approval.

The Arrowhead - Yearbook   Contact--Jen_Brinkman@ipsd.org
The Arrowhead Yearbook staff is designed for students who enjoy reporting, writing, photography, and design. An interest/background in computer graphics is also a plus. To be on staff, students must apply to the yearbook journalism class, interview, and receive teacher's approval.
 

SERVICE GROUPS

Best Buddies    Contact-- Katie_Veronico@ipsd.org
Available to all students, the goal of Best Buddies is to pair up same aged peers with other students who have varying disabilities. Once paired, buddies participate in a variety of activities in and out of school throughout the school year.

E-Force (Environmental Club)    Contact - Sara_Young@ipsd.org
Any student wanting to make a contribution to the environment is welcome. Our aim is to make an impact on behalf of the natural world. We strive to increase student and community environmental awareness through sponsoring activities such as stream monitoring, habitat restoration, recycling, and ecological programs. We need your help!

Key Club    Contact--Andrew_Krueger@ipsd.org
Key Club is an International Service Organization, supported by the local KIWANIS, and offered to the young men and women of WVHS. The club sponsors various projects throughout the year designed to help others less fortunate/those in need. Interested students may join.

Link Crew    Contact--Lauren_Kato@ipsd.org or Andrew_Krueger@ipsd.org
Link Crew is a nationwide program for junior and senior students who seek to provide guidance and support to the freshmen class. The year-long program starts in the spring for current sophomores and juniors who are interested in developing their leadership skills, sharing their experiences, and promoting a positive school environment. Students start with a training and kick off the year with freshmen orientation in August. During the year, Link Crew works with freshmen students in a variety of settings to help them succeed at the high school level.

Snowball    Contact--Catherine_Bartleman@ipsd.org
Operation Snowball is a leadership program highlighted by weekend retreats for high school students every fall and spring. Snowball emphasizes making healthy choices and helps teens enhance their self-esteem, develop and refine decision making skills, and create a positive impact on peers. The name comes from the idea that, If I have a positive impact on you, you can have a positive impact on someone else, and the effect snowballs. Snowball began as an alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse prevention programs, and has expanded into making a difference in teens lives in hundreds of different ways. http://snow.ncoyouth.org
 

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS


Art Club    Contact - Mollie_Bozarth@ipsd.org
Any interested student may join. Students do not need to be currently enrolled in an art class to participate. Members may also elect to work in media that they have not been able to experience in the classroom. Art Club members have been involved with community service projects.

Biotech Club -- Student Group    Contact--Pam_Westfall@ipsd.org
Biotech Club provides students with opportunities to learn about molecular biology and participate in actual molecular biology research. In addition, Biotech Club sponsors a Biotech Night, which is an outreach program to show middle school students some aspects of biotechnology.
 

Book Club     Contact-- Nancy_Danforth@ipsd.org  or  Laurel_Chesla@ipsd.org
Open to all students who enjoy reading and sharing what they read. This club is student-driven and meets every two weeks. Our student book selection committee decides what we read. Join us for snacks and discussion.

Catch-Up & Keep Up Club     Contact--Steph_Cassa@ipsd.org
This group is designed for students who need after school assistance in order to maintain passing grades or to reach their full potential in each class. Students will have access to computers, academic texts and teacher support in order to complete work or study. Students' grade progress will be monitored to ensure the best chance at academic success. The club meets on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30 PM in Room 161.  
 
Christian Student Association     Contact-- Diane_Olsen@ipsd.org
This organization is for all students interested in learning more about Christianity. We support and affirm each other by reading and studying the Bible, by discussing current events, by participating in community outreach activities, and by living out our faith in our daily lives. We meet on Tuesday mornings at 6:45 a.m. in room 294.  New members are always welcome.
 
Defying Disorders    Contact - Millie_Shepich@ipsd.org
Open for any and all students of Waubonsie, this club is not only a support group and awareness group, but an active group to help regarding diseases ranging from cancer to autoimmune, primary immune, diabetes, and even dyslexia. Students who have been diagnosed with chronic diseases are encouraged to participate, as well as friends, students with a diagnosed family member, and anyone simply curious.  We will exchange stories of overcoming the struggle in our lives related to these life altering diseases, questions about how to help improve the experience of these students in our school, fundraise for charities, and welcome guest speakers.
 
Digital Photography Club     Contact--Katherine_Steinbring@ipsd.org
Open to all students interested in the art of photography. Students will take pictures with their own digital cameras and manipulate them in a computer lab. Students will focus on composition and the technical skill of photography. Computer graphics will not be the focus of this club and students will be required to use online photo development for hard copies.

FEA (Future Educators Association)   Contact-- Mike_Dwyer@ipsd.org
FEA provides students with the opportunity to explore teaching as a career option, to help them develop a realistic understanding of teaching and to encourage students to think seriously about the teaching profession. Some of our activities for members include job shadowing of teachers for a school day, helping elementary students in a tutoring program and taking part in Homecoming and other school sponsored activities. The WVHS FEA chapter participates in Aurora University sponsored activities and competes with other FEA chapters in our region.
 

Finance Club   Contact--Angie_Hysjulien@ipsd.org
Open to all students interested in MONEY! If you've ever wondered how to make your money grow by saving and investing, this club is for you! NOW is the time to learn ways to make your money work for you! Stop in to discuss the latest happenings in the financial world! Investing in YOU is the first step to financial success! There are also opportunities for financial competitions. Hope to see you there!

Greenhouse Club 
  Contact--Rhonda_Stibbe@ipsd.org
The Greenhouse Club is for any student enrolled in Horticulture class who is interested in doing more horticultural activities. It focuses on preparing students for competitions, scholarship opportunities and practical applications like-corsage work, greenhouse work, fieldtrips to horticultural locations. It is a social, educational and student led club. Because it is student run, activities are selected each year based on interest. Past activities have included: competitions at other high schools, trips to the Arboretum, botanical gardens, and local horticultural businesses, making unique floral arrangements for the holidays, and doing unusual horticulture like bonsai and topiaries.

Identity/GSA    Contact--Savannah_Smith@ipsd.org
Identity is Waubonsie's Gay-Straight Alliance. This student-lead group strives to make the school a safe place to learn for its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students by encouraging tolerance through a combination of social activities and community building events.

Muslim Student Association  Contact--Atiqa_Ali@ipsd.org
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is open to all students interested in learning more about Islam. The group holds a student-led Friday prayer (Jummah)  and sermon (Khutbah). The main focus of the group is to learn about Islam and support each other in implementing our faith into our daily lives. We discuss current events,  participate in community activities and prepare to compete in the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST). MSA meets bimonthly, on Fridays at 2:30 in Room 299.

Robotics Club       Contact - Matt_Ristow@ipsd.org
Robotics Club is a hands on, team-oriented club that focuses on working with the VEX Robotic system. Students have an opportunity to design, build, program and test the robotic vehicles they create. Ultimately, the students test the performance and success of the robots they create in a regional competition against other local high school Robotics Clubs. If you like to solve problems in a fun and exciting hands-on environment, then come c heck out Robotics Club.

Video Club     Contact--Brian_Wiencek@ipsd.org
Video Club, also called WVTV, is a video production club that creates some of the many videos that come to WVTV to be produced. The only crew position that requires experience is the Student Director. The Student Director must be a TV student, or be able to demonstrate TV production experience from community TV or another School. WVTV competes in the Chicagoland High School Video Festival, sponsored by Columbia College and CTEC (Chicagoland Television Educators Council), and hosts their own Young Filmmakers Video Festival in the spring.

SPORTS SPECIAL INTEREST  

Hockey Student Group   http://www.waubonsiehockey.com
Know what it feels like to play for your school.  Play in the Competitive Metro West League! There are set practice schedules, goalie training coaches, a fund raiser and plenty of hockey action.

Intramurals    Contact--Isaiah_Davis@ipsd.org
Intramural sports are offered to any student not participating in an interscholastic sport during the same season. Fall Intramural sports are Open Gym, Flag Football, and Powder Puff Football. Basketball is offered in the winter and in the Spring there is Bowling.  Running ClubDave_Severance@ipsd.org Intramural Running promotes physical conditioning through running, stretching, and the lifting of weights. It is for all students: the serious athlete preparing for a sport, the recreational athlete, or someone looking for conditioning. Social and service activities are also included. Ultimate Frisbee: Brendan_Wischweh@ipsd.org Ultimate Frisbee is a fun, competitive, coed (males and females) team sport that requires no experience. At WVHS, it is a fall sport that is played outside. All are welcomed to be a part of this interactive experience! Table Tennis: Ambakisye_Somola@ipsd.org

Lacrosse Student Group  http://wvlacrosse.org/
Lacrosse is an emerging IHSA sport. The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse--the big or the small. The game requires (and rewards) coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field, abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in men's and women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball.

Rugby Student Group   Contacts--Boys-Bob McNeel rsmcneel@yahoo.com 
                                                   Girls-Marc Jablonski marc.jablonski@yahoo.com

Waubonsie Valley Rugby is open to all students, male and female, freshman through senior. The season runs from February through May. Teams compete against other local high schools in competitive matches with the opportunity to compete in play-offs. Off-season conditioning occurs throughout the school year. In 2009 the WV Rugby team won the D2 State Championship and in 2014 claimed the D1 State Championship Title..

Special Olympics    Contact--Sarah_Kemerly@ipsd.org
Available to all students as athletes or peer coaches, the goal of Special Olympics is to provide access to sports to athletes with varying disabilities. Athletes compete in weight lifting, cardio, basketball, swimming, track and field, as well as bowling. Students volunteer as peer coaches to workout throughout the sports season.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Student Council    Head S. C. Contacts -- Alexandra_Rentner@ipsd.org or
                                                                   Taylor_Drefcinski@ipsd.org

Freshman S. C. Contact--Jill_Casey@ipsd.org  or Jennifer_Lees@ipsd.org
Sophomore S. C. Contact--Karen_Kuhlma@ipsd.org or Anna_Ahonen@ipsd.org
Junior S. C. Contact--Joy_Falson@ipsd.org or Melissa_McKendry@ipsd.org
Senior S. C. Contact--Mary_Schobert@ipsd.org or Terry_Zettle@ipsd.org

Our organization is for students who are interested in taking pride & leadership roles in their school. Each class council consists of three officers & their elected class representatives. These students are elected by their respective classes & aid the council in developing & improving activities. Many of our activities encourage both school & community involvement throughout the year. Class meetings are held during fourth hour lunch. Additionally, representatives will attend full Student Council meetings once a month.


Offerings are subject to change

IHSA Competitive Events
State Qualifiers & All-State

Drama, Group Interpretation, Speech, Journalism,
Scholastic Bowl, Music Sweepstakes, Chess


Drama Team
Year State Placement All-State Performers
2012-13 State Qualifier
2010-11 State Qualifier Nicole Clauson
2002-03 4th in State
Sectional Champs
Mark Spivey
Mike Montgomery
2000-01 State Qualifier  
1999-00 6th in State Chris Sheehan
1997-98 State Qualifier
Sectional Champs
 

Group Interpretation Team
Year State Placement All-State Performers
2010-11 State Qualifier Lukas Hall
Eileen Shaughnessy
2009-10  State Qualifier
Sectional Champs
 Sinead De Vries
Chris Puchi
2007-08 State Qualifier Garrett Lutz
2006-07 State Qualifier Jared Hall
Erin Christian
Garret Lutz
2004-05 State Qualifier Alex Kritselis
Paige Collins
2003-04 State Qualifier Markella Smith
Dan Rohr
Alex Kritselis
2002-03 State Qualifier Irene Polny
Michelle Kritselis
2001-02 State Qualifier
Sectional Champs
Irene Polnyi
Amalia Smith
Markella Smith
1999-00 3rd in State
Sectional Champs
 
1998-99 3rd in State
Sectional Champs
Michelle Pincus
Scott Hoffman
1997-98 State Qualifier Emily Mostyn-Brown
1996-97 2nd In State
Sectional Champs
Parvesh Cheena
Graham Kostic
1995-96 5th in State
Sectional Champs
 
1993-94 State Qualifier  
1992-93 State Qualifier  

 


Speech Team

1984-85 - Team Regional Champions
1992-93 - Team Regional Champions
2008-09 - 8th in State

Year Event & State Placement All-State Performer
2009 Prose - State Champion Lauren Campbell
2009 Humorous Interpretation - 2nd Ally Schweisthal
2005 Prose - State Champion Alex Kritselis
2005 Dramatic Interpretation - 5th Alex Kritselis
2004 Radio - 6th Kiran Sood
1993 Original Oratory - 2nd Jaime Murray
1993 Radio - 2nd Neha Sampat
1986 Humorous Duet - 4th Chris Konrad
1986 Humorous Duet - 4th Rich McMannis
1985 Dramatic Duet - 6th Eric Allain
1985 Dramatic Duet - 6th Jeff Henderson


Journalism

Year Event State Qualifier
2013-14 Sports Writing Michael White
2012-13 Headline Writing Wednesday Jordan
2011-12 Yearbook Theme Development  Andrew Kubinski &
Carolyn Suther
2010-11 Feature Writing Anu Kumar
2010-11 Yearbook Theme Development Olga Bojanic & Kassie Breen
2010-11 Headline Writing Dan Cronin
2009-10 Editorial Cartooning Kat Lukes
2009-10 Editorial Writing - 4th Mac Hasley
2009-10 Feature Photography Jackie Faassen
2009-10 Yearbook Copy Writing Allison Harvey
2009-10 Yearbook Layout: Dbl. Spread Page Lena Masek
2008-09 Headline Writing - 3rd Omar Dairanieh
2008-09 Photography Jackie Fassen
2008-09 Review Writing Dylan Barnard
2008-09 Feature Writing Anu Kumar
2008-09 Copy Editing Daniel Pezan
2008-09 Info Graphics Mac Hasley
2007-08 Headline Writing Omar Dairanieh
2007-08 Editorial Writing Bre Bush
2007-08 Newspaper Design Omar Dairanieh
2007-08 Editorial Cartooning Elise King
2005-06 Photography Tim Lieske

 
Scholastic Bowl

Year State Placement
2000-01 Regional Champs


Music Sweepstakes--Solo & Ensemble

Year IHSA State Placement
2000-01 5th
1999-00 10th
1998-99 3rd
1997-98 4th
1996-97 2nd
1993-94 State Champions
1992-93 State Champions

 

Chess Team - Team Finish
2013-14 - 15th Place
2012-13 - 13th Place
2002-03 - 16th Place

Year Board # and State Placement Name
2013-14 Board 3 -- 7th Kay Andressen
2012-13 Board 4 -- 6th Krishna Appalaneni
2011-12 Board 8 -- 3rd Wesley Lai
2010-11 Board 8 -- 4th  Arthur Li
2008-09 Board 1 -- 7th Kyle Smith
2008-09 Board 8 -- 3rd Ryan Conrad
2003-04 Board 5 -- 2nd Nick Kasmar
2002-03 Board 2 -- 4th Kendal Moore
2002-03 Board 6 -- 6th Kevin Boskey
2001-02 Board 4 -- 1st Matt Dang
2000-01 Board 1 -- 5th Tim Harrington-Taber
1999-00 Board 8 -- 6th Cole Finlay
1998-99 Board 5 -- 1st John Shen
1996-97 Board 2 -- 6th Stan Wyngowski

 

WVHS Main Stage Productions and Musicals

Check out the Theatre page

Year Plays Musicals
2013-14Radium Girls
You Didn't Say It Was Haunted
In the Heights
2012-13 Get Bill Shakespeare Off the Stage!
Midsummer Jersey
Hairspray
2011-12 Get Smart
Sense and Sensibility
The Music Man
2010-11 Flowers for Algernon
Macbeth Did It
BIG! The Musical
2009-10 The Nit Wits
Anne of Green Gables
Les Miserables
2008-09 The Crucible
Life of the Party
West Side Story
2007-08 The Odd Couple
Musical Comedy Murders
of the 1940's

The Secret Garden
2006-07 The Death of Julius Caesar
The Elephant Man
Thoroughly Modern Millie
2005-06 Stage Door
All My Sons
Annie Get Your Gun
2004-05 The Heidi Chronicles
Captain Fantastic
Fiddler On the Roof
2003-04 Cheaper By the Dozen
Once in a Lifetime
Carousel
2002-03 The Hobbit
Picnic
42nd Street
2001-02 Robin Hood
The Miser
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
2000-01 Arsenic and Old Lace
Auntie Mame
Guys & Dolls
1999-00 Our Town
Fame
Grease
1998-99 Letters to Lucerne
Jabberwock
Little Shop of Horrors
Crazy for You
1997-98 The Mouse That Roared
It Happens Every Summer
A Mid Summer Night's Dream
The Music Man
1996-97 You Can't Take It With You
The Boys Next Door
The Miracle Worker
Fiddler on the Roof
1995-96 The Imaginary Invalid
The Skin of Our Teeth
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Fantasticks
1994-95 Whose Life Is It Anyway?
The Curious Savage
The Secret Garden
1993-94 Up the Down Staircase
Count Dracula
South Pacific
1992-93 Rumors
David and Lisa
West Side Story
1991-92 The Saloon Keeper's Daughter
The Nerd
Oklahoma!
1990-91 Scapino 42nd Street
1989-90 Arsenic and Old Lace Anything Goes
1988-89 Bullshot Crummond
Lion in Winter
Carnival
1987-88 Auntie Mame
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Sound of Music
1986-87 Our Town Grease
1985-86 The Man Who Came to Dinner Hello Dolly
1984-85 1984 Once Upon A Mattress
1983-84 The Real Inspector Hound Working
1982-83 The Curious Savage Fiddler On the Roof
1981-82 The Odd Couple How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
1980-81 The Matchmaker Brigadoon
1979-80 You Can't Take It With You Oklahoma!
1978-79 Arsenic and Old Lace Godspell
1977-78 Up the Down Staircase Li'l Abner
1976-77 Love Rides the Rails You're A Good Man,
Charlie Brown
1975-76 None A Collage of Scenes from Oklahoma! &
The Sound of Music


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