List of Activities and Clubs

Activity Opportunities for Student Involvement at Arvada West


ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST - Grades 9-12. Requirements: Interest in Global Issues.   Purpose: Academic WorldQuest is a fast-paced trivia game in which competing high school teams test their knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, countries, current events, and more. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and state at the national competition held in Washington, D.C. each April.  Sponsor: Mr. DiPasquale.

BLEACHER NATION – Grades 9-12; Requirement: SCHOOL SPIRIT; We are the SCHOOL SPIRIT club you've been looking for!  Together we promote purple pride by rallying the troops for athletic events, and supporting their fellow peers at other school functions.  Bleacher Nation is committed to supporting the sports programs, developing a bond with alumni, and building community relations.Bleacher Nation was established as a student-operated club during the Fall of 2014.  The members have done everything from selecting spirit themes for athletic events to supporting the teams during regional and state tournaments. Each year, we strive to build our Bleacher Nation to support and cheer for our Arvada West Wildcat athletes!

Meeting Time and Location: First rotation of Connections in Ms. Mulvaney's room (W229) Sponsor: Ms.Mulvaney




BOARD GAME CLUB - Grades 9-12; Requirement: A good attitude and an open mind!; Not everyone wants to play sports. Board games can improve memory, cognitive function, response times, and reduce blood pressure and stress. They also have been shown to reduce the risk of mental diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer's. Board games also serve as a great way to practice communication and social skills. 

But most importantly, board game club is a place where kids can spend time together having a bit of competitive fun!               Sponsor: Kim Mizenko

CHEERS/POMS – Grades 9-12. Requirements: Application and selection process. Meeting times: Class and scheduled practices throughout the year, games and extra practices for competition. Fees: Uniform, competitions and camp. Purpose: The primary purpose is to provide spirit and leadership for athletes and various activities at A-West. Our secondary purpose is to compete at the state and national level. Sponsors: Coach Espinoza and Coach Wendi Fisher.

CHESS CLUB– Grades 9-12. Meeting times: During office hours the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month, open play other Fridays.  Requirements: A desire to play chess. Purpose: To form a community of chess players who wish to improve their chess skills through play and practice. Sponsor: Mr. Pugliese

E-SPORTS - To provide an organized high school level esports team, in a comfortable environment with healthy competition.  We believe that esports should be available to every student as a legitimate varsity level sport in high schools across the nation. We want to connect high school gamers and clubs across Colorado, expanding the world of high school esports. Sponsor:  Mr. Collins


FCCLA (Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America – Consumer /Occupational) – FCCLA is a career and technical student organization that helps students become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues. It is the ultimate leadership experience that provides students with the opportunity to be active members in our school and larger community as well as to participate at a district, state and national level through leadership conferences and competitions. This organization is open to all 9-12 graders and meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month from 7:15 to 7:55 am. There is a $15 fee for state and national dues. Sponsor: Ms. Hamilton. Room: W140

FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES/STUDENTS – Grades 9-12. Meeting times: Tuesday evenings at student or sponsor’s home from 8:30pm-9:30pm. Purpose: To provide an environment in which Christian and non-Christian athlete students can fellowship and feel comfortable.  Sponsor: Mr. Zott.

FRENCH CLUB - French Club is a place for people to learn more about French culture including music, food, history etc. No knowledge of France or the French language is required. We just want people to come and enjoy French culture in a casual environment.

Sponsor: Madame Taylor       Meets: To Be Determined


GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE - Grades 9-12.  Requirements: none. Our mission is to promote tolerance and acceptance throughout the school and community and to provide a safe, non-judgmental space as a support network for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Straight youth who share a common vision of social equality. 

Sponsor: Mrs. Dallman and Ms. Lacy  Meets: Tuesdays after school in W220

HEALTH OCCUPATIONAL STUDENTS OF AMERICA (HOSA) - The Health and Medical Club which will eventually be called HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America) is for those students interested in joining the health fields after high school.  Students will learn about the different health fields and understand the need for high quality health care in our society. Students will also recognize the “rapidly changing health care system, and understand the need of dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team.” (HOSA 2018) This club will also be required for students who are involved with the Anatomy/physiology Capstone Project. Sponsors: Mr. Whittington

INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Requirements: Passion. This club works to achieve gender equality within the school and the larger community.  Come to our meetings and be empowered! 

Sponsor: Mrs. Dallman Meets: Monday after school in W220

LINK CREW – Grades 11-12. Requirements: Application process and GPA of 2.5 or better. Meetings in Room 116.  Dates and times may vary depending on need. Purpose: A freshman transition program. This club helps build leadership skills as Junior and Senior lead freshmen in activities at freshmen orientation and throughout the semester.  These activities are designed to build leadership skills while helping freshmen feel welcomed to Arvada West High School. Sponsors: Ms. McCain, Ms. Lepke, Mr. Studenny, Mr. Sena. For more information, visit



MARCHING BAND/DRUMLINE/COLOR GUARD – Grades 9-12. Requirements: In a music department class or director's permission. Meeting times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3:15-6:00pm and football games, parades and competitions. Fees:  Activity Fee and uniform and instrument fees as needed. Purpose: An extension of the Instrumental Music department, giving music students the opportunity to learn the activity of marching band. Members will learn music and marching techniques and perform at various events throughout the fall season. Sponsor: Mr. Hansberry.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY - Grades: 9-12. Membership is based upon art scholarship, service, and character. For induction, students must have completed at least 12 hours of NAHS service, 1 semester of a Fine Arts course & a minimum Art GPA of a “B". Fees: $15- goes to NAHS dues & membership. Any further materials (ie. cords upon graduation, etc.) are a separate fee. Purpose: The NAHS program provides avenues for recognition of the artistic talents and leadership roles for visual art students, while spotlighting the success and community work of Arvada West's art program. Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Dalton.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – Grades 10-12. Requirements: 3.6 cumulative GPA at the end of 1st semester of sophomore year. Selection is based on service, leadership, extracurricular activities and character. Application is online and is available in January.  Meeting times: The second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, unless otherwise stated on the calendar. Fees: $35 induction fee when joining. Purpose: To create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership and to encourage the development of character in students of Arvada West High School. Visit

Sponsors: Ms. Dryer.

SOCIEDAD HONORARIA HISPÁNICA – Grades 10-12. Requirements: Maintain a 3.5 GPA in Spanish classes and 3.0 overall GPA. Continue taking Spanish classes throughout high school through the highest level possible. Selection is also
based on character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty,
service, and commitment to others. Applications are available at the beginning of the fall semester, and the new member induction ceremony is held in September. Fees: $15 fee per year, which covers yearly costs to the AATSP national organization. Purpose: To recognize students for their outstanding scholarship in the study of the Spanish language and to encourage members to participate in Spanish language literacy, and cultural activities beyond the classroom.

Sponsor: Mrs. Dill

NEWSPAPER/JOURNALISM--Grades 9-12, Requirements: Anyone interested in learning the process of putting out an online and paper version of the school newspaper. Facets of this include interviewing, writing stories, taking photos, laying out the sheets, and working with various software applications.  Purpose: To produce the school newspaper. Meetings: Journalism Class Sponsor: Mrs. Norwood.

SOURCES OF STRENGTH - Grades 9-12 Meeting Times: Vary by Adult Advisor.  Purpose: A leadership program aimed at improving school climate, increasing help-seeking behaviors, and developing resilience and protective factors such as connectedness.  Sponsors: Ms. Evans & Mrs. Boots (Counseling Office)

SPANISH CLUB – Grades 9-12.  Meeting times: Every Friday during office hours in room 231.  Purpose: To promote knowledge of Spanish culture and language. Sponsors: Ms. Dill.


SPARKLES - This program is for teens with special needs in Jeffco Public Schools to lead as a spirit squad at school activities and functions. The Wildcat Sparkles is committed to give teens with special needs a way to be involved in an extracurricular activity while improving social, communication, and physical skills. The program is being conducted at Arvada West High School in Arvada, Colorado. Sponsors: Ms. Williams and Ms. Dallman

STEAM CLUB - Grades: 9-12; Meeting Times: Whole team meetings the first Thursday of the month and other times will be determined by teams; Requirements: $5 club dues and participation in a minimum of one community service opportunity;The STEAM Club provides opportunity to enhance personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs. There will be opportunities for school-based competitions monthly and off-site competitions including Colorado Technology Student Association Conference, Front Range Math Competition and NREL Science Bowl. Please join by seeing Ms. Stewart or through the Google Classroom with code v8ekcjq

Sponsor: Mrs. Stewart (N125)

STUDENT COUNCIL –Grades 9-12. Requirements: 3.0 GPA, application, interview and teacher letter of recommendation.  Meeting times: Class and after school time is required to help with activities. Purpose: To promote school spirit and student involvement. Sponsors: Ms. Welsh.  




STUDENT VOICE - Grades 9-12. Meeting will be held in N112, and times will vary by sponsors. Purpose: To empower Arvada West students from diverse backgrounds to be voices for positive change in our school. It is a forum for students to collaborate with the Superintendent and other school, district and community leaders to create a sustainable movement for social justice in our school through compassionate leadership. Our district-wide SV gatherings take place four times per year at the Ed Center where 5-10 Ambassadors from every Jeffco high school gather to learn and build together. Sponsor: Ms. Evans and Ms. Serrano.


THEATRE/DRAMA – Grades 9-12. Meeting times: Once a month during connections, please see Ms. Welsh  Purpose: To go above and beyond with theatre. To get involved within the Arvada West Theatre Company and out of school conferences and festivals. Fall play auditions are the first month of school; spring musical auditions are in November. Sponsor: Ms.Welsh

UNIFIED CLUB - Grades 9-12. Meeting Times: 2 Friday mornings a month 7:25-7:55 1 after school activity a month. Purpose: to plan after school and social activities for students who have special needs with students who are neuro-typical.   Sponsor: Evie Wilson

VOCAL MUSIC – Grades 9-12. Requirements: Free Agents (9-12)-None; Women’s Ensemble (9-12)-None; Concert Choir (10-12)-Audition; Company West (10-12)-Audition and 1 year of another choir; Vocal Showcase (11-12)-Audition and 1 year of another choir. Meeting times: Class time. Fees: All choirs will require a performance outfit except Concert Choir. Purpose: To perform in various concerts and places. Sponsor: Mr. Maunu.


YEARBOOK - Grades 9-12. Requirements: Application and an interest in photography, graphic design, and writing for publication. Meeting times: Publications class and as scheduled. Purpose: to create a yearbook that represents the school year and the students. Sponsor: Ms. Fry