Clubs at Northwest High School
Academic Team/Scholar Bowl: Melissa Ray
This is a MSHSAA-sanctioned, interscholastic competition. Our team competes against other schools from our region and even from other states at tournaments across the area. Subjects span history, math, science, literature, and the arts. The competition prizes knowledge and speed, as students try to be the first to buzz in with the correct answer. We meet Mondays and Thursdays after school from 2:30 - 3:30 in the library. Students currently in sports can still participate with virtual meetings. We will compete in about one tournament each month from November until April, which take place on Saturdays. We aim to improve individual team members' knowledge base in a wide variety of subjects and their ability to strategize as a team. New members are always welcome to train with the team and try to earn a spot on the next tournament roster!
ASL Club: Lisa Webb
The goals of ASL (American Sign Language) Club include the following: provide students with various opportunities to interact with the Deaf community,enhance students ASL receptive and expressive skills and increase students' knowledge of Deaf culture. We meet every Tuesday from 2:30-4:30 in room 175.
Art Club/Mural Club: Shannon St John
Our mission is to beautify the school and our community with our skills and talents. We meet every Monday after school from 2:30-4:30.
Christians in Action: Kristi Lee
We meet Wednesdays at 2:30 in room 203.
Color Guard: Katie Hermann
A competitive performance ensemble which makes up part of the marching band, color guard provides the visual aspect of the competitive marching band shows. Members learn skills in dance and movement; they also learn to spin a variety of equipment, including flags, rifles, and sabers. Students practice with the marching band starting in July, and practice after school 4 days a week after school once school starts. We perform at all varsity football games and compete on Saturdays, averaging 6 times each season, against schools from all over the country. Competition season concludes in October, when students then focus on parade pieces for the Christmas in St. Louis parade on Thanksgiving Day, as well as the House Springs Christmas Parade.
Students audition in May for the following school year, as summer practices do take place. MSHAA academic eligibility rules apply. No experience is required to audition, just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn! See Ms. Hermann in room 258 for more information.
DECA: Joanne Williams
DECA (Distribution Education Clubs of America) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) combine meetings every Thursday morning at 7:10 in room 271. Students will do community service projects and help the school out with anything we can. For example, we always adopt a family from our district for Christmas. This year, we prepared 10 boxes of traditional Thanksgiving dinners for 10 families from Feed My People. We also adopt pets from Open Door for Christmas. Members have the chance to compete in events of their choosing and compete at District competition in February with the chance of winning and moving onto state competition in Kansas City and possibility winning and moving onto International competition which will be in Florida this year. We will be fundraising for 3 DECA scholarships, holiday parties, DECA spirit week and a lot more fun activities.
Fashion Club: Adria Al-Amami
We meet once a month on the second Thursday of each month in room 176.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America): Amber Kamler
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is an Intracurricular club that helps high school students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions (FBLA Competitive Events), leadership development, and educational programs. FBLA members also demonstrate their leadership skills through community service projects, fundraising activities, and chapter officer positions. Members have many scholarship, award, and recognition opportunities.
Most meetings are held during Advisory. FBLA club members host the annual Trick-or -Treat night at the high school, a community service project for the local food pantry.
FCCLA: Adria Al-Amami
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America meets once a month on the second Thursday of each month in room 176.
FCA: Eric Haas
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a Christian club that is open to anyone. We meet every Monday from 5:30 - 7pm in the Cafeteria. More information is available at FCA.org.
Game Club: Melissa Ray
Game Club is a casual group for students who love to game, whether it be video games, card games, or board games. We meet Wednesday (unless otherwise notified) in the library from 2:30 - 3:30. You are welcome to bring your own games, including game consoles for the TV, so long as they are school appropriate. Video games must be rated E for Everyone or E+10. Teen and Mature is not permitted. We are a very welcoming group and we invite anyone who loves to play games and meet fellow gamers. Game on!
GDSA Gathering Diverse Student Alliance: Stacy Knernschield
This is a student lead organization for any student who wants to provide support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender & Questioning students. This group provides a non-judgmental environment for students to focus on education and social emotional support for all students. This group meets the 2 Thursdays a month in the Teacher Cafe from 2:30 - 4:00. For more information contact Ms Stacy Knernschield in the Counseling Office.
International Club: Melissa Oatman
The International Club is responsible for welcoming exchange students to NHS. We also meet to learn about new cultures. We have guest speakers and sample different foods. We do several fundraisers to help out with community needs around the holidays. We meet one Wednesday a month from 2:30 - 3:30.
Marching Band: Brett Dunsford
We practice daily afterschool from 2:30-5:30. More information can be found on nwlions.com
Math Club/Mu Alpha Theta: Teresa Strande and Deb Boyer
Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school. Students are eligible after maintaining an A/B average after two years of high school math of Algebra 1 and higher. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, participate in math competitions, and volunteer during school and community events.
National Honor Society: Maria Pavia and Tracy Gregorc
We meet the first Wednesday of each month in the lecture hall.
The NHS Art and Literary Magazine: Miss O'Connor
The NHS Art and Literary Magazine is an annual, hard-copy magazine published by and for students at Northwest High School to include art in any medium such as pottery, paint, fabrics, etc.; composition from across varied subject areas of both long and short pieces; and even original music scores.
A staff of approximately 20 members meets twice a month first semester and three times a month January through April (if necessary) in Faculty Editor O’Connor’s classroom 246 from 2:30 to 3:30 or 4:00 (also if necessary). The Publishing Party is held the first week of May and distribution of orders of the magazine is completed to students and staff. Staff receives first copies prior to the public.
1-2 student editors guide student account managers in manipulating our online design program while editing and assisting with layout questions and organization of the publication at large. Account managers recruit and design magazine pages. The entire staff reviews creative pieces submitted by students and even staff to elect which best fit design and quality standards. Our goal is to include as many students as possible in the publication through both art and composition.
As a publishing staff, all members learn key skills of pre and post-production and work on individual Chromebooks to design account pages. Printing is done in-house, thus staff assists with the construction of the magazine also. We enter our publication in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) National Literary Magazine Contest whose rubric we use to guide quality of our processes and procedures. 2018-2019 will be our first-ever entry, so wish us luck!Northwest Theatre Troupe: Ms DownsWe currently meet 2nd and 4th hrs. as well as after school rehearsals as needed for our Winter and Spring productions.
Northwest Writers' Club: Miss O'Connor
The Tooth and Claw is an extracurricular club that meets once a month throughout the school year in Sponsor O’Connor’s classroom, 246, from 2:30 - 3:30. A writing prompt initiates each gathering with sharing of composition thereafter.
This group encourages creative thinking and creative approaches to writing for any interested students at Northwest High School. No prerequisites exist but a love of turning words into lyrical lines of verse!
Robotics: Mike Horn
We meet Wednesdays and Thursdays in room 124.
Science Club: Dolane Dubbs
The Science club is an opportunity for students to forge friendships and to learn with others who share a common interest in science. To expand awareness of career/college options. To reinforce or explore further what is being taught in class. To increase student confidence in exploring science in a non-pressure environment. Meeting will be held on Mondays(subject to change) from 2:30- 5pm.Slam Poetry Team: Katie GilbertThe Slam Poetry Team competes in Verbquake, an interscholastic slam poetry league that challenges students to create original poetry meant to be spoken aloud to a live audience. Students from across the St. Louis region vie for a spot on the Final Stage and for a chance to be on the traveling team representing St. Louis at Brave New Voices. Slam poets practice harnessing the power of words through regular writing, workshopping, and performing. With Advisory team meetings, flexible after-school practices, and monthly Open Mic Nights open to the entire community, we gear up for the Verbquake season and work each year to position NHS students to make it to the Final Stage and, most importantly, to speak their truth with power.
Show Choir: Marleisa Amsden
Show Choir practices 7th hour each day in room 202.
Speech and Debate Team: Miss O'Connor
Our Congress and Lincoln-Douglass debate squad members become masters of research and rhetorical manipulation, flowing arguments, critical and analytical thinking, information management, oral speaking, and listening skills. As a team, we work together to prepare for tournaments; yet members govern their own scores based upon individual performance.
Our Speech team incorporates various solo and duo events in categories like dramatic and humorous interpretation, informative speaking, and extemporaneous speaking that encourages individual growth and team unity. Tournaments provide interaction with other performers and insight into performance variation.
Team members invest time in after-school practices once a week in order to participate in tournaments that are a part of the Greater St. Louis Speech and Debate League (GSL) as well as local invitational tournaments.
Student Council: Dan Durso and Lana Romaine
Student Council meets daily 5th hour in room 148.
Winter Guard: Ms Hermann
A competitive performance ensemble similar to color guard, this activity uses popular music in place of the marching band for performance. This season is indoors, January through April, and focuses more on technical skills and artistic expression, in addition to advanced equipment skills with flag, rifle, and saber. We practice 2-3 times per week after school, and compete on Saturdays throughout the season. We compete in the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) against schools across Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas. Many of the skills resemble those of winter guard, but prior participation in color guard is not required!
Auditions occur in November/December. MSHAA academic eligibility rules do apply. No experience is required to audition, just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn! Please see Ms. Hermann in room 258 for more information.
Yearbook: Amy Pflasterer
The LionTrac Yearbook strives to report the highlights of the school year showcasing the students and staff of NHS. A 300 page, full-color book is produced each year by a staff of 30 students who meet daily for class. Students are accepted to yearbook staff through application in January and can apply in room 208. Yearbooks can be purchased at www.yearbookordercenter.com