Activities and Clubs

Activity Opportunities for Student Involvement at Arvada West


ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST - Grades 9-12. Requirements: Interest in Global Issues.  Meeting times: the 2nd and 4th Wednesday during Resource in room 213. 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.


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


CARD CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Meeting times: Wednesday during Resource in room 237.   Purpose:  To play card games and teach games to others.  Sponsor: Ms. Kaiser.


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 Lovely, Coach Peppel, and Coach Winkleblack.


CHESS– Grades 9-12. Requirements: A desire to play chess. Meeting times: Wednesdays during Resource. Purpose: To form a community of chess players who wish to improve their chess skills through play and practice. Sponsor: Mr. Pugliese;


CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP - Grades 9-12.  Meeting times: Monday’s from 3:15-3:45pm  in room N208.  Purpose: This club is a way for anyone at Arvada West to show their faith, share fellowship and pray together.  Sponsor: Ms. Swetlic.


COMIC BOOK AND FANTASY CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Meeting times: Thursdays at 7:15 in Room N118.  Purpose: To promote discussions and bring together people interested in comics, games, SciFi and fantasy. Sponsor: Mr. Cama.


COS-PLAY - Grades 9-12. Meeting times: Wednesdays during Resource in Room 217.  Purpose: This club brings students together to end stereotyping, support anti-bullying campaigns, increase social skills and discuss comics, movies, anime and other genre in a safe environment. We also participate in community services projects.  Sponsor: Mrs. Kelver.  


DEBATE - Grades 9-12.  Meets twice a week from 3:00-5:00pm.  Purpose: To help support and inspire students in speech and debate and help them engage in important world issues. Sponsor: Mr. Arellano.


DECA – An Association of Marketing Students - Grades 10-12. Requirements: Enrolled in a marketing class. Fee: $35. Meeting times: To be determined. Purpose: DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Members have the opportunity to travel to local, district, state and national events. FBLA approved.  Sponsor: Mr Tancredi.


FCCLA (Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America – Consumer /Occupational) – Grades 9-12. Meeting time determined by members. Fees: state and national dues, $12. Purpose: This club is a vocational student leadership organization with opportunities for personal growth. The family and community is a central focus. Students have the  opportunity to participate at a district, state and national level. Sponsor: Ms. McConnell.


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.


KEY CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Meeting times: Monday afternoons at 3:00pm in room 124.  Purpose:  Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides members with opportunities to volunteer in the community, build character and develop leadership.  Sponsors:  Mr. Grose and Ms. McCain.


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 freshmen 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 and Ms. Lepke.  For more information, visit


MARCHING BAND/DRUM LINE/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 – Grades 9-12. Meeting times: The 2nd Thursday of the month during Resource in Room N216. Fees: None.  Purpose: To explore mathematical concepts in different ways and to participate in various mathematical competitions during the year. Sponsor: Mr. Pugliese and Mr. Robble.


MEMORY CLUB – Grades 9-12. Meeting Times: Wednesday after school from 3:00-4:00pm in room 213; Purpose: To develop students study skills for high school and college and possibly compete in memory competitions. Sponsors: Mr. Wahl, Mr. Parriott and Mr. DiPasquale.


MOCK TRIAL – Grades 9-12. Requirements: Interest in competing in a mock trial setting. Meeting times: Resource, after school and weekends closer to competition. Purpose: To compete in a mock trial format and learn to compile and present comprehensive arguments. Students can letter in Mock Trial by earning a score of 7.0 out of 10.0 during competition.  Sponsor: Mr. Thayer.


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. Meeting times: Once a month during Wednesday's Resource in Room N137. 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 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.


NEWSPAPER--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. Meeting times: Every Thursday morning in N100 during Resource. Purpose: To produce the school newspaper. Sponsor: Mrs. Norwood.


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


SPANISH CLUB – Grades 9-12. Meeting times: Second and fourth Wednesdays during Resource. Purpose: To promote knowledge of Spanish culture and language. Sponsors: Ms. Dill.


STUDENT GOVERNMENT –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 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. Sponsor: Ms. Ragon and Ms. Pearce.



THEATRE/DRAMA – Grades 9-12. Meeting times: Every Thursday at 7:15am, when not in production.  Purpose: To learn everything about theatre. Fall play tryouts are the first month of school; spring musical tryouts are in January. 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.


WILDCAT SPARKLES – Grades 9-12. Requirements: Students with special needs can support and participate in school athletic events by cheering and performing with the assistance of peer coaches.  Peer coaches are also needed to assist. Interested students must fill out an application, submit teacher evaluations and complete an interview.  Meeting times: Practices are Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:15pm-6:30pm in room N114, plus additional performances and events.  Fees: Cost of individual uniforms for peer coaches.  Purpose:  The Wildcat Sparkles strive to create school spirit and a bully-free school environment.    Sponsor: Ms. Molholm, Mr. English and Ms. Smutz;


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: Mr.  Yergert.