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; Bleacher Nation was established as a student-operated club during the Fall of 2014. As a club, Bleacher Nation members promote purple pride by rallying the troops for athletic events and supporting their fellow peers at other school functions. 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! Bleacher Nation is committed to supporting the sports programs, developing a bond with alumni, and building community relations. Sponsor: Ms.Mulvaney BOOK CLUB- Grades 9-12 and teachers too. Requirements: A love of books and talking about them. Meeting times: Every 3rd Thursday. Fees: $10. Purpose: To read a variety of different books and discuss our opinions about them. To Write reviews for local libraries and book stores. To promote a passion for reading in our community. Sponsor: Ms. Garlow and Ms. Swetlic

BOWLING CLUB - Meets at New Brunswick Zone (49th and Kipling) on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 pm.  The team competes in local competitions. Sponsor: Mrs. Stewart

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: Ms. Wyss, Coach Espinoza.

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

COMIC BOOK AND FANTASY CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Meeting times: Tuesdays at 7:15 in Room N201.  Purpose: To promote discussions and bring together people interested in comics, games, SciFi and fantasy. Sponsor: Ms. Kuster

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 twice a month on Tuesdays during office hours. There is a $15 fee for state and national dues. Sponsor: Ms. DeAndrea. 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. The co-presidents are Cami Redford and Mary Setelin.Sponsor: Madame Taylor        Meets: Tuesdays at 3:15 in Room 240


GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE - Grades 9-12.  Requirements: none. The mission for our Gay-Straight Alliance at Arvada West High School is to work towards a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through education, support, social action, and advocacy. We believe that schools can be truly safe ONLY when every student is assured of access to an education without fear of harassment or violence.  Our Gay-Straight Alliance brings together gay youth and straight allies to join as a single unit to form a wall against harassment. We will meet in N204 during office hours on Tuesdays. Sponsors: Ms. Lacy and Ms. Dallman

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. Sponsor: Mr. Whittington AWest HOSA Website

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. Melhorn.

MATH CLUB – Grades 9-12. Fees: None.  Meeting times: 3rd Tuesday of every month during office hours in room N216.  Purpose: To explore mathematical concepts in different ways and to participate in various mathematical competitions during the year. Sponsors: Mr. Pugliese and Mr. Robble.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY - Grades: 9 (2nd semester)-12. Students must have completed at least 1 semester of a Fine Arts course & a minimum Art GPA of a “B". Membership is based upon art scholarship, service, and character. Fees: $10- 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: Ms. Dalton.

NATIONAL FFA ORGANIZATION – Grades 9-12.  Meeting time determined by members.  Purpose of FFA is an extracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.  The FFA strives to develop leadership skills, personal growth and career success in its members through activities at the local, state and national level. Sponsor: Ms. Rachel Miller

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: $20 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 Website:

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. Sponsor: Mrs. Norwood.

SOCIAL CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Meeting Times: Thursday from 7:15-7:50 am in N115.  Purpose: To help students who struggle with social interactions to communicate and interact productively and meet new friends.  Sponsor:

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 Tuesday during office hours in room 231.  Purpose: To promote knowledge of Spanish culture and language. Sponsor: 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. Sponsor: Mrs. Maseburg

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. Sponsor: Ms. Welsh.  

STUDENT VOICE - Grades 9-12. Meeting times: Thursdays at 7:15am in the Main Office Conference Room, once a month. Purpose: To promote a positive school culture and environment for all students through the creation of school-wide activities which promote an understanding of individual differences and create a more united student body. Sponsors: Ms. Evans, Mrs. Serrano

TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Sponsor: Mrs. Stewart

THEATRE/DRAMA – Grades 9-12. Meeting times: One Tuesday a month at 7:15am (Meeting dates are on the website)  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

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. Kuster