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    Art Club - Mrs. Jacobs

    The Westmont High School Art Club is a once a week, after school, open studio where students choose to continue working on projects from current classes or explore new areas of interest.   It is open to current students as well as students who are not enrolled in an art class but want the opportunity to be in visual art.  The goal of the club is to provide enrichment to interested students as well as provide some field trip opportunities that focus on art and art making.

    Art Club Website

    Best Buddies "Sentinel Buddiez" - Mike Farthing

    Students with special needs and regular education students interested in being a friend to these students.

    The club matches one or two regular education students, called peer buddies, with a student with special needs. These buddy pairs or groups get together at monthly, planned activities after school and/or during the school day. The peer buddy is asked to make contact with the student at least once a week. The monthly activities are planned by the club officers and advisors and may include: Halloween Party, a bowling trip, holiday shopping trips, participation in a wheelchair floor hockey tournament, and attending school sporting events.

     

    Business Professionals of America - Bridget Dervin

    What sets you apart from your friends?  What leadership experience do you have for your college applications and resumes?  When seeking an internship while in college, hiring managers look at leadership opportunities that you have been involved in.

    The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. 


    All Business Education students are encouraged to join Business Professionals of America.  BPA is for students pursuing careers in finance, accounting, business administration, management, marketing, communications, human resources, management information systems, digital communication and design.

    BPA members contribute to the community by participating in civic activities throughout the school year.  Students will also attend leadership conferences at the regional, state and national levels.  BPA members will participate in a competitive event structure based on five distinct assessment areas:
    • Finance
    • Management Information Systems
    • Management, Marketing & Communication
    • Business Administration
    • Digital Communication and Design 

    These assessments prepare the students for the rigor of college courses through activities linked to Common Core Standards and College Readiness Standards.

    Meetings are held throughout the school year.  Contact Mrs. Dervin if you have any questions at bdervin@cusd201.org.
     
     

    Environmental Club - Lisa Hootman

    The Westmont High School Environmental Club is based around creating a sustainable environment for future generations. Club members are critical to the recycling efforts of the school and reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills each week. One of the main functions of the Environmental Club is to tend and monitor the school garden. Members tend to the soil, sow seeds, harvest produce, and gather data regarding the garden’s production and upkeep. The environmental club also takes several trips to local parks, museums, and forest preserves in order to observe and participate in critical environmental field work. The Environmental Club strives to preserve and care for the natural resources of the Earth through its various activities.

     

    Geography Club - Peter Landreth

    All students with a desire to explore the city and state.

    The purpose of the Geography Club is to explore the history and geography of Chicago, as well as the varied cultures and cultural celebrations that occur in the Chicago Metropolitan Area each year. There are eight to ten excursions per year with each excursion lasting six to ten hours on nonattendance days. There are no requirements for this club other than a sense of enthusiasm.

     

    Model United Nations - Peter Landreth

    In Model United Nations (MUN), students take on the role of United Nations’ representative from another country and take part in simulations of the UN over critical world issues. The club goes to at least three MUN’s each year at various colleges and universities in the Chicago area. It also conducts a MUN during the months of December and January within the high school.

     

    Rotary Interact - Laura Pergande

    Our motto is: Service before Self. So, we are looking for students that are interested in completing service based projects to help those in need locally, nationally as well as internationally.

    Rotary Interact is an international service organization. We meet two times per month and complete 1-2 service projects per month. Service projects that we complete each year vary; however, generally include food drives, Hats off for Cancer, community service help with Holly Days, Feed My Starving Children, Paws ‘n Claws Drive, Gently used Denim ‘n Dress drive, Change for chicks spring drive, gently used board game drive and many other student driven events.

    Rotary Interact also provides students with an opportunity to apply to participate in a cultural year abroad through the Rotary Club of Westmont. Students interested in participating in this cultural exchange must talk with their guidance counselor to make certain that all graduation requirements are met. While there are options on how to build this into your high school career, it is recommended that students take a gap year between high school graduation and enrollment in the university. Your guidance counselor can best help you with your academic four-year plan.

    If you would like to welcome an exchange student into your home and heart, please contact Laura Pergande. Families can host a student for three months during the school year. Rotary of Westmont will provide all host families with information on the rules that all exchange students are to follow. Exchange students are required to have insurance, attend some Rotary meetings and events throughout the year (transportation is generally provided by Rotary members), will be invited to some local cultural sites and events with Rotary members, provided with a cell phone and also given a small monthly allowance.

     
    National Honor Society - Michelle Torrise
     
    The WHS National Honor Society local chapter was established to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Successful NHS students are involved in a variety of leadership activities throughout the year that raise money for local charities and provide services to those in need. A popular student organized NHS events is Mr. Sentinel, a male pageant held to raise money for DuPage Habitat for Humanity.  Students are a required to earn 20 hours of service annually and complete an individual service project to be members of NHS and complete and individual service project. Invitations to apply are sent out in March. Consideration for induction to NHS by a faculty selection committee takes place in early April, with the induction held in late April.
     
     

    Scholastic Bowl Team - Tom DeMay

    This is an IHSA team activity. Varsity and JV teams compete against other school teams in a Jeopardy type competition. The questions involve trivia, current events and academic subjects. If you enjoyJeopardyandWho Wants To Be A Millionaire, you will enjoy this team.

    The season is from November 1st through March, depending on the team’s success in the regional tournament. Practice is after school two to three days a week and generally lasts about one hour. The matches are played after school. All students are welcome to try out.

     

     

    The Sentinel Banner - Ms. Eckart

     

    Sentinel Pride - Kim Danielski and Jane Most

    Sentinel Pride is a leadership team consisting of a group of enthusiastic students working together on a positive school culture in which all students feel welcome, respected, and valued. Members will plan, organize, execute, and participate in spirit-based events, social activities, service-centered opportunities, and fundraisers, to promote a kind and caring culture. All students are welcome. Meetings will be held 2x each month at 7:30 AM. Members will have an opportunity to become positive role members while developing individual leadership and communication skills, ad they create a welcoming school environment. 

     

     
    Students Against Destructive Decisions (EMPOWER by SADD)- Mrs. Philgren and Mrs. Torrise
     
    The original SADD mission statement was to help teens say "NO" to drinking and driving.  In years past, the mission has evolved to encourage students to raise awareness about issues that affect teens and encourage teens to make positive decisions in their lives. Students meet regularly to plan events in the community including, the Random Acts of Kindness Week and Operation Prom.  SADD Students also organize the District Blood Drive. 
     
     
    Student Council – Deidre Dunbar and Brook Ceh
     
     
    Student Council is an organization made up of student volunteers at Westmont High School. Meetings take place 1-3 times per month (depending on events being held during the month) before school. Student Council is responsible for organizing such events as Senior T-Shirts, Homecoming, Battle of the Bands, and the Variety Show. All students are welcome to attend meetings and participate in events throughout the school year. Student Executive Board members are appointed based on academic merit, leadership skills, and activity/dedication within the organization.
     

    Westmont Alliance Club

    The Westmont Alliance is a student centered club  focusing on creating a safe space for LGBTQ students and Allies to talk about  feelings, questions and issues they’re facing at home, at school and in their everyday lives.  The Alliance will also create a fun and safe place for students  make friends, and celebrate being LGBTQ & Allies of the Community.

    The Westmont Alliance strives to educate students, teachers, parents and community members on how to create a safer and more accepting school for LGBTQ students and helping to stop harassment & discrimination.

    Alliance Club Website  

    Yearbook - Jamie Mahmoud

    Meet once a week after school to work on the yearbook. Students are involved in the layout and design of the yearbook, candid photography, and photography selection. This club offers an opportunity to learn new technical skills.

     

    Youth & Government - Peter Landreth

    Students participate in a mock legislature in the chambers of the House and Senate in Springfield, IL with students from around the state over the course of a weekend in March.