Underrepped Clubs of Niles West

By Alex Ehrenberg

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Niles West is able to boast the fact that they offer over a hundred clubs and organizations to partake in during a student’s four years here. Popular clubs at West are organizations like Dance Marathon, Wolfpack, and Recycling Club. As Activities Fair continues this week, here’s a look at some of the smaller clubs to consider joining:


American Sign Language

What is it?: Want a silent way to communicate with your friends without your teacher knowing? Then ASL is the club for you! Learning this alternative language will make you a well-rounded individual that communicate with a whole new group of people!

Time/Place: Friday – 7:30 A.M. – Room 1225

Sponsor(s): Mrs. Gross

Archery Club

What is it?: Shoot arrows like Katniss and learn this prehistoric sport! Archery club is a good way to let off steam without too much commitment!

Time/Place: Thursday – 3:45 – Room 2316

Sponsor(s): Mrs. Rauf

Astronomy Club

What is it?: Bring out the inner-Galileo in you and come out to our Niles West’s observatory to see a constellation and maybe even Venus!

Time/Place: Friday – check their website for dates/location

Sponsor(s): Mrs. Ramseyer

Bass Fishing Team

What is it?: Want to show up your grandpa on your next fishing trip together? Join Bass Fishing Team and get practicing!

Time/Place: Thursday – 3:30 P.M. – Room 1410.

Sponsor(s): Mr. Campbell, Mr. Barnett, Mr. Pistorius

Chess Team

What is it?: Competitively play this medieval sport with other students. Checkmate.

Time/Place: Monday and Friday – 3:30 pm – Room 3400

Sponsor(s): Mr. Boll, Mr. Faso, and Mr. Prude

Feminism Club

What is it?: Learn how to be a decent human being and join this club that promotes equality of all genders.

Time/Place: Tuesday – 3:30 P.M. – Room 1210

Sponsor(s): Ms. Bills and Mrs. Weatherington

Gardening Club

What is it?: If you like flowers, eating carrots, or having conversations with good people, come join this club!

Time/Place: Thursday – 3:30 P.M. – Room 3330

Sponsor(s): Ms. Hettinger and Mrs. Foley

Mock Trial

What is it?: Lawyers and criminals. This club is a student-run Law and Order episode. You even compete at the state-level.

Time/Place: Monday and Wednesday – 3:30 P.M. – Room 3130

Sponsor(s): Mr. Stanford and Ms. Kanwischer

Model United Nations

What is it?: Represent countries you have never heard or cannot pronounce. Impress your family at the next dinner party with your knowledge on coal production in Sierra Leone.

Time/Place: Monday – 3:30 P.M. – Room 3110

Sponsor(s): Mr. Wiemer

Narwhals Club

What is it?: Friends of the forest and the sea, come clean up the school prairie and make some friends while saving the planet!

Time/Place: Tuesday – 3:30 P.M. – Room 2420

Sponsor(s): Mr. Jodelka

Scholastic Bowl

What is it?: Now you can prove to your parents that being a smart aleck isn’t always a bad thing– you can win awards for it!

Time/Place: Tuesday – 3:30 P.M. – Varsity Room 3220 – Junior Varsity Room 3230

Sponsor(s): Mr. Swider and Mrs. Sosa

Speech Team

What is it?: The number one fear in all Americans is public speaking. Conquer that fear and create beautiful, linguistic works of art!

Time/Place: Tuesdays and Fridays – 3:30 P.M. – Room 3005 & 3015

Sponsor(s): Mr. Metzler

W.H.O Club (West Helps Others)

What is it?: Mahatma Gandhi says, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Why would you question Gandhi? Join W.H.O Club!

Time/Place: Every other Tuesday – 3:30 P.M. – Room 1750

Sponsor(s): Mr. Andrew Johnson


Hopefully, you were able to find at least one club you haven’t heard of before. Make sure to attend one of their meetings– you can’t go wrong with any of them!