Clubs/Activities

(Clubs/Activities/Sponsors are subject to change)

The advisor for each activity is listed after each description.  Please email advisor with specific questions.

ACABELLAS

Acabellas is LHS’s only co-curricular auditioned vocal ensemble for girls.  Admission to this group is open to females from freshmen through seniors.  Auditions are in October and the group runs from November through May performing at the Holiday Music Festival, Cabaret, and Spring Choir Concert.  Acabellas focuses on vocal jazz and pop a cappella music for females. Advisor: Dr. Jeff Brown

ACADEMIC DECATHLON

 The Academic Decathlon team is composed of nine students from different academic levels.   Each student competes in ten different academic disciplines:  math, science, literature, economics, music, art, speech, essay, interview and super quiz. Advisor:  Mr. Mark Buesing

ACE (ATHLETES COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE)

 This is an organization that is for any athlete, cheerleader, or pompon squad member that is committed to a alcohol or substance free lifestyle.  The goals of this club are to promote the idea of being good role models for our school and community and at the same time raise the awareness of substance-free living.  We will participate in many service projects and also be involved in promoting this substance-free message to our feeder schools.  Advisors: Mr. Sean Ferrell, Mr. Matt Thompson and Mrs.  Mary Kate Schoenbeck

ADVOCATS

 This is a club dedicated to spreading awareness of issues regarding gender inequality.  As a club, we aim to spread awareness of issues ranging from unequal pay to reproductive rights.  Throughout the year, we raise money for organizations that help women all over the world and complete volunteer projects to benefit women closer to home. All students are welcome to join.  Advisor: Mrs. Lara

ART CLUB

 Do you find yourself always wanting to creatively express what you feel and think? Art Club could be the perfect activity for you! This club is designed for anyone, taking the class or not, interested in many fields of art such as:  ceramics, painting, drawing, or photography.  Some of the artwork is displayed throughout the halls os LHS! Advisor: Mrs. Johnson

ATHLETIC CLUBS

Ice Hockey. See Mr. Kelly - Athletic Director

BASS FISHING CLUB 

IHSA Bass Fishing Team is a group of individuals dedicated to improving their skills as bass anglers and participating in competitive bass tournaments.  The team is primarily active during the open water season in the early fall and mid to late spring.  The state sectionals and championship occur in the spring and invitationals can occur in either fall or spring.  Meetings to prepare for the tournaments begin in late February. Advisors Mr. Reichert and Mr. Uliks

BEST BUDDIES

The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.   By introducing Best Buddies to public and private high schools, we are crossing the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without.  Best Buddies introduces socialization opportunities and helps provide the necessary tools for student, with intellectual disabilities, to become more independent and, consequently,  more included in the community. Advisors: Mrs. Lindsay Recsetar and Mrs. Stevens

BOOK CLUB 

Book Club is a place to read and discuss interesting books with other people (both students and teachers) who like to read and discuss interesting books.

BRIDGE GROUP 

Bridge group was formed to create social opportunities for students who may struggle in traditional social settings.  The group is led and comprised of students who want to become more involved in the school community.  This club offers the opportunity for kids to be social. Advisors:  Mrs. O'Neil and Ms. Wine

CARING FOR CAMBODIA

This club's mission is aligned with the nonprofit organzation Caring for Cambodia.  Members raise awareness of the poverty striken nation of Cambodia and hold drives for needed supplies such as toothbrushes, sports equipment, shoes and various other clothing items.  Funds are raised with the goal of holding a student mission trip during the summer to help build schools in Cambodia. Advisor: Mrs. Owens 

CHESS CLUB 

This is a non-competitive recreational opportunity for students to allow students to play against one another in a family game of chess.  Check the bulletin for meeting times of this fun recreational activity! Advisor: Mrs. Maggie Castelyn

CLEFTOMANIACS 

If you are a male and like to sing pop music from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, this group is for you.  The Cleftomaniacs meet one day a week after school in the music department and is open to any male at LHS, grades 9-12.  No audition is required.  The Cleftomaniacs perform three times a year at the Holiday Festival, Cabaret, and Spring Choral Concert. Advisor: Dr. Jeff Brown

CHINESE CLUB 

The missions of the Chinese Club at Libertyville High School are to promote Chinese culture and language within the school community and provide a favorable environment for students to learn and practice Mandarin Chinese.  The Chinese Club will organize and host various activities every two weeks during regular school year.  These activities will include presentations about Chinese history and culture given by guest speakers, various cultural activities related to Chinese culture, such as Chinese cooking, calligraphy, painting, Taijiquan, meditation, movies, etc.,  field trips to visit the Chinese Cultural Center in China Town and other Chinese cultural sites, and Chinese Corner for students to practice their Mandarin Chinese. Advisor:  Mrs. Lily Zhao

COSMETIC CLUB 

The Cosmetic Club is open to all students interested in developing personal care products.  The club members have to pay for the raw materials they use while developing various products.  The cost is usually around $5 which includes the container and label.  The club will focus on learning the basics of chemistry used in developing personal care products. Advisor:  Mr. David Kreutz

DEBATE TEAM

The LHS Debate Team offers students a chance to compete at both the regional and state level in Lincoln-Douglas and/or Public Forum debate.  Throughout the season (September-March), students conduct research, write cases, and apply argumentation theory to problems of significant social impact. Coaches: Mr. Brian Voss, Mr. Dennis Duffy and Mrs. Sarah Greenswag

DRAMATIC EVENTS 

The Fine and Performing Arts department produces three stage presentations each year:  a fall musical and two  dramatic productions that are directed by adult sponsors but are student oriented.  Any LHS student may audition for a production or sign up to work on the “Tech crew” which includes scenery construction, painting, costumes, lighting, props and house management.  See Mr. Holly for Information

DROPS OF INK 

The school newspaper is a class, meeting each school day to work on publishing the news magazine and website articles. Staff members of the class write and edit their own work, take pictures, create layouts and graphics, and manage the publication's social media. Some after school work is needed inorder to meet publication deadlines.  See Mr. Gluskin with questions.

*FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES 

FCA allows student/athletes the opportunity to strengthen their Christian faith through their athletics.

ERIKA'S LIGHTHOUSE 

Erika's Lighthouse club strives to raise awareness of adolescent depression and build support systems for teenagers within the school community.  It is an advocacy group, rather than a support group or therapy group.  There will be presentations and information to faculty, students and parents in order to raise awareness for depression and mental health. Advisors: Mrs. Lindsay Recsetar and Ms. Jennifer Anderson

FCCLA 

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national student organization that helps young men and women become better leaders in their families, careers and communities.  Members have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills through Family Consumer Science based competitions.  Membership is based on classroom performance and are teacher selected. Students must be enrolled in FCS classes to qualify for this club. Advisors:  Ms. Katie Hyla et al

FENCING CLUB 

Whether it’s Zorro, Star Wars, or the Three Musketeers, fencing is all about heroic combat, fancy moves, spectacular attacks and defenses, but most of all it’s fun.  The fencing club, called the Thundercats, is a co-ed fencing team made up of students from the Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools.  We fence epee and sabre.  We compete in the Great Lakes High School Fencing Conference.  The club is open to all students regardless of previous fencing experience, so come out and give fencing a try!  To learn more visit www.thundercats128.org.

FILM CLUB 

The club offers students an opportunity to watch a variety of films from the 1930s to present day and discuss them.  We also talk about film history, important people, media messages, and other issues related to film. Advisor: Mr. Craig Schmidt

FRENCH CLUB 

Get in touch with your French side!  Whether you take French or not, French Club is open to anyone interested in exploring French culture in an interactive and engaging way,  The club participates actively in International Language Week and introduces members to various French cuisines, films, music, plays and more.  The club will motivate you to improve your French abilities or pick up some new French phrases and have fun while doing it too.  Advisor: Mrs. Laura Guiard

FRESHMAN CLASS COUNCIL 

This council is open to all freshmen and will represent the entire freshman class.  The elected Freshman Student Council Class Officers will direct this group.  The Freshman Class council will have bi-weekly meetings to organize and plan homecoming activities, community service projects and dances. Advisor: Mrs. Karen Kym

FBLA (FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA) 

FBLA is a national organization providing youth with an interest in business a venue to share, network, and compete with others on local, state and national levels. Coaches:  Mrs. Loretta O'Dea and Mrs. Kristin Connolly

GSA (GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE) 

GSA is a club open to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The club aims to provide and advocate for a safe environment for all students at LHS, paying particular attention to issues surrounding the LGBT community.  Students participate in regular discussions of local, national and worldwide events, school climate, and current issues.  Students organize and execute activities raising awareness during Ally Week, No Name Calling Week, National Day of Silence, and Transgender Memorial Week.  Additional activities may include movie nights, field trips to live theatre performances, and perhaps a summer outing to the Gay Pride Parade. Advisor: Ms. Dyan Naslund

INTERACT 

Interact is a student organization whose primary focus is to provide volunteer services to fit area needs.  Some  activities include helping at a home for women and children, volunteering at a senior center, working with the Park district and a wide range of other community-oriented activities.  If you are interested in helping others through service, this club is for you! Advisors:  Mrs. Jennifer Uliks 

INTRAMURAL ATHLETICS 

Intramural activities are offered to LHS, District #128, students throughout the year.  These include boys and girls weight lifting, basketball, coed volleyball, badminton, flag football and bowling.  Programs are offered satisfying student interest when facilities are available.  Announcements concerning these activities can be found in the daily bulletin, which is read in homeroom.  Listen for details of your favorite activity and get involved.  Contact the Athletic Department for more information.

JUNIOR CLASS COUNCIL 

This council is open to all juniors and will represent the entire junior class.  The elected Junior Student Council Class Officers will direct this group.  The Junior Class council will have bi-weekly meetings to organize and plan homecoming activities, community service projects and dances.  Advisor:   Mrs. Amaya Peterson

LATIN/CERTAMEN TEAM 

Latin/Certamen Team is an organization open to all students who love Roman history, culture, mythology, and language. The club is primarily a social club, and yearly outings include trips to the Olive Garden for dinner, Greek and Roman themed movie nights, bowling, and laser tag. We also celebrate the most important Roman festivals, such as Saturnalia, with food and games. Latin Club caps off the year with a “Roman Olympics” where teams can participate in events such chariot racing, footraces, catapult construction, and mosaic making. Enrollment in Latin class is not required. Latin/Certamen team also participates in tri-annual district wide Latin Certamen competitions. Certamen is a quiz-bowl style Latin competition in which teams from Chicago and North Shore area high schools compete against one another in the areas of Latin grammar, translation, history, culture, and mythology. Advisor:  Mrs. Jaime Reuben

LEAF (LIBERTYVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION FORCE) 

LEAF was formed to serve the communities of Libertyville and Vernon Hills and the students and faculty of LHS.  LEAF’s objectives are to promote environmental awareness and encourage environmental activities at LHS while networking with existing programs locally, nationally and globally.  Each week the club collects the school's recycling and each year they engage in local environmental activities and hold fundraisers to support conservation organizations. Advisors:  Mr. Dave Lapish and Mrs. Tiffany Owens

LHS UNITED (formerly Amnesty International) 

LHS United is a club where LHS students and staff join together in a friendly environment with the shared plan to connect with and help others in our school, community and world.  Goals of the club are to connect with each other while spreading awareness of and raise money to aid inidivisuals and groups in need. We also strive to help students become aware of humanitarian or sultural issues in other places, near and far.  We encourage students to gain knowledge and ask questions.  LHS United welcomes all to join and unite in having a positive impact on society.

LIBRARY / ANIME CLUB 

This activity is more than a traditional book discussion club.  Students who enjoy reading and who like to share ideas and reflections will want to join this club.  The club also discusses Japanese animated videos and art forms. Advisor: Mrs. Jodi McPhillips

MASTER SINGERS 

From the madrigals to vocal jazz, the Master Singers cover the musical spectrum.  Auditions for membership are required.  The group performs at the Holiday Festival, Cabaret, and Spring Choral Concert, as well as the IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest. Advisor: Dr. Jeff Brown

MATH TEAM 

Do you like to be challenged, to think in new ways and to broaden your mathematical horizons?  If so, you will fit in perfectly on the Math Team.  The Math Team participates in monthly competitions covering topics ranging from counting to calculus.  Meetings are held weekly on Tuesday after school.  Coaches: Mr. Brenner, Ms. Rende, Ms. Joesten, Ms. Warfield, Ms. Davis, and Mr. Stroeve.

MED CATS

Are you interested in medicine and possibly a career in a healthcare field?  Come join us as we explore a variety of healthcare professions, site visits, and other related activities. Advisor: Mrs. Cam Traut

MOCK TRIAL

Bring the excitement of courtroom drama to life!  This team prepares a case, either criminal or civil, and competes against other schools in the area.  Team members will serve as attorneys, witnesses, or both throughout the competition season.  The year culminates with the state competition held in March in Springfield.   In addition to the school sponsor(s), local attorneys volunteer to help the members hone in their litigation skills. Coach:  Mr. Dennis Duffy

MODEL UNITED NATIONS

This club trains students to understand the problems of different countries throughout the world.  Students interested should apply and train for the annual excursions, area contests and to the national Model United Nations Conference. Coaches:  Mr. Matt Thompson and Mrs. Lauren Pothast.

MU ALPHA THETA 

Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with over 108,000 student members in more than 2,200 schools. The organization is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, providing community service opportunities through tutoring, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students.  Mu Alpha Theta meets twice a month (every other Monday) after school and new members are always welcome.  Mu Alpha Theta is sponsored by Mr. Brenner

*MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION 

(MSA) is a national organization with many branches in various universities, colleges and high schools around the country.  It is a club designed to promote the human values that Islam emphasizes: community, equality, justice, mercy, compassion and peace.  The club is designed to promote understanding and awareness of Islamic heritage to other LHS students. Advisor: TBA

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY 

Membership into the LHS chapter of the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors a student can receive in District 128.  Membership is open to juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.4 GPA.   A committee elects members.  In addition to scholarship, members must show evidence of service, character and leadership.  Advisors:  Mrs. Sarah Kelly 

ORCHESIS

This is an audition based dance company featuring a variety of dance styles including jazz, ballet, modern and tap dance.  Members have the opportunity to learn student, faculty, and guest artist choreography to perform in a formally staged concert.  Orchesis is open to all grade levels, and auditions are held in November with a performance in March.  NU DELTA ALPHA DANCE HONOR SOCIETY is a national dance honor society for high school students, which recognizes outstanding academic and artistic achievement, including performance, production, scholarship, technology, and community service.  Students admitted by being actively involved in dance classes, maintaining a B average, completing an application, and earning 30 membership points.  Meetings take place periodically after school throughout the year, and students involved participate in dance workshops and community service projects.  Coaches:  Mrs. Eryn Brown and Mrs. Lauren Pothast   

PHYSICS CLUB

This team consists of students selected from the physics classes to compete in several competitions.  Students participate in the AAPT Physics Bowl the U.S. Physics Team Competition and the Physics Olympics.  The team also sponsors several outreach activities for the feeder schools and parents. Advisor: Mr. Mike Bush

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB 

This club is designed for the recreational purpose of taking pictures.  Students who enjoy finding the beauty in the things around them may be interested in this club.  Advisor:  Mrs. Dahlstrom

PING PONG/TABLE TENNIS CLUB 

For those who want to have fun playing ping pong once a week – no experience needed.   Just come and hit the ball! Advisor: Mr. Christophe Guiard and Mr. Michael Kallison.

PRODUCTION SERVICES

This organization is responsible for the technical work for most any event at LHS.  Consist of anything from a simple set up for a meeting in the Studio Theater to special effects lighting and complex sound systems for the Jazz band concert.  Their ultimate responsibility to produce a professional looking and sounding show. Members of Production Services are in charge of lighting crew, sound crew, and set crew for all the theatre productions.  Advisor: Mr. Kevin Holly

RANDOM ACTS of KINDNESS CLUB (RAK) 

A student run organization that promotes acts of kindness among their peers and school community.  These students bring everyone at our school together in a cooperative and caring way.  Remind everyone to look for the good in people and praise it all the time!  Members collaborate to build self-esteem and raise school morale by showing every person at our school that he or she really can make a difference.  Our goal is to change the world with kindness!  Advisors: Mrs. Sarah Kelly 

ROBOTICS TEAM 

The Robotics Team is for students who are interested in science, engineering and programming.  The team will be divided into smaller teams and will be able to design, build, and compete with a robot at the robotic competitions held at Abbott Labratories using Lego Mindstorm Kits.  There are eight competitions with the last as a public event. Advisor:  Ms. Sherri Rukes

SCHOLASTIC BOWL 

Scholastic Bowl is an IHSA activity.  In teams of five, students compete against many high schools in the Chicago area to answer questions covering a broad base of knowledge which includes math, science, history, geography, music, literature, mythology, art history, spelling, grammar, sports, current events and entertainment.  Think Jeoparty!, except with four friends on your team. Coach: Mrs. Karen LeMaistre 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD 

A National, non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of K-12 Science Education.  Students participate in competitive tournaments.  The teamwork required in many Science Olympiad events parallels the collaborative group dynamic of scientists in real-world settings.  Coaches: Mrs. Ahern and Mrs. Allen

SENIOR CLASS COUNCIL 

This council is open to all seniors and will represent the entire senior class.  The elected Senior Student Council Class Officers will direct this group.  The Senior Class council will have bi-weekly meetings to organize and plan homecoming activities, community service projects, dances, graduation and class gift.  Advisors: Mrs. Kelly Angelos and Mrs. Sandra Kruckman

SKILLS USA 

Skills USA is open to all students that are involved in skilledareas such as automotive technology, electronic,woodworking, graphic communications, drawing, television production, photography and advertising design to mention a few.  Students may also get involved in leadership contests such as extemporaneous speaking, prepared speed and many more.  Skills USA/VICA students compete in their area of expertise at the state and national level. Advisor: Mr. Jeremy Gerlach

SLANT OF LIGHT

Slant of Light is the literary magazine at LHS.  It is staffed and compiled by students of all levels who are interested in student-generated poetry, short stories, plays, artwork, etc. Advisor: Mr. Matt Tooley

SNO CATZ

SnoCatz is the ski and snow boarding club that provides students with an opportunity to refine their ski and snow boarding skills at various resorts around Illinois and Wisconsin.  Whether you are a novice or an expert, gather your friends and get ready for fun. Advisors: Mrs. Sarah Kelly and Mr. Sean Kelly

SOPHOMORE CLASS COUNCIL

This council is open to all sophomores and will represent the entire sophomore class.  The elected Sophomore Student Council Class Officers will direct this group.  The Sophomore Class council will have bi-weekly meetings to organize and plan homecoming activities, community service projects and dances. Advisor Mr. Kevin Gorrell

SPANISH CLUB 

Spanish Club is welcome to all LHS students who have an interest in expanding their knowledge about the Spanish speaking world.  Students will further explore the language and culture through music, movies, fiestas, food and crafts. Advisor: Mrs. Meghan Gavin

SPORTS MEDICINE CLUB

This is a program for any student to get involved with the athletic teams as a Student Athletic Trainer.  The program offers students seeking a career in any medical profession, (Athletic Training, Physical or Occupational Therapy or physician) the chance to experience and assist in the area of Sports Medicine.  See Mr. Ron Russ with details.

STAGEPLAYERS 

This is your chance to get to work backstage or in the spotlight.  Every year the Stageplayers participate in the Illinois High School Association Theater Festival where over 240 schools participate. Advisor: Mr. Chrisopher Thomas

STUDENT AMBASSADOR SERVICES 

This group helps those students new to the district successfully transition into the LHS Community.  Students are utilized throughout the school year on an as–needed-basis.  All students are welcome. Advisor Mrs. Kelly Angelos

STUDENT COUNCIL 

Student Council is an organization that represents the entire student body.  The council consists of four elected officers along with five elected representatives from each class. Students may petition to join the Council as non-elected “walk-on” members.  The student body, at large, elects a five member Executive Board to supervise and plan all Council events.  The council serves to relay student concerns and opinions to the administration.  Advisors Mrs. Andrea Lara, Ms. Amanda Wine and Ms. Maggie Nicholson. 

TOPCATS AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM 

Topcats will provide opportunities for LHS students to mentor “at-risk” elementary students one afternoon a week at the elementary school.  Topcats is open to any student at any grade level who will commit approximately two and one-half hours weekly after school from 3:00 to 5:30 to this activity for the duration of the school year. Advisors Mrs. Audry Glenn and Mrs. Jewel Ronne

TREBLEMAKERS

If you are a female and like to sing pop music from the 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s, this group is for you.  The TrebleMakers meet one day a week after school in the music department and is open to any female at LHS, grades 9-12.  No audition is required.  The TrebleMakers perform three times a year at the Holiday Festival, Cabaret, and Spring Choral Concert. Adivsor Dr. Jeff Brown

ULTIMATE FRISBEE 

Students will learn the aspects of ultimate frisbee. All ages welcome.  Pick up games will be offered weekly depending on group interest and weather dependent! Advisor Mr. Bill Reichert

WILDCAT GUARD 

The Guard is comprised of those aquatic enthusiasts who want to help the school and community through our swim program. Guard members help teach at our Learn-to-Swim program on Saturday mornings, and weekdays during the summer.  They also work as lifeguards for our weekend and evening community programs. See Mr. Eric Rogers with questions.

WILDCAT PRODUCTIONS

Whether you enjoy producing videos in your spare time or want to be a part of a live broadcast seen by many; this is the place for you. Working alone or collaboratively become the writer, producer, director, graphic artist or camera operator for your masterpiece. Unleash your creativity while producing commercials, promotional videos, documentaries, green screen videos, and much more. (Mr. Treptow)

WRITERS CLUB

Come share your writing talents throughout the year with other club members.  Writes will be invited to be a part of the Annual Writer’s Week at LHS and share their works with the school community.  Advisors: Mr. Craig Schmidt, Ms Dyan Naslund and Ms. Mary Kate Schoenbeck

WYSE (WORLDWIDE YOUTH IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING)

WYSE has several competition teams.  The Academic Challenge Team is a group of 14 students who are selected to participate in competition offered in 7 subject areas.  The TEAMS group consists of eight selected students who work cooperatively to solve engineering problems.  The Science Bowl is a tournament-style academic competition. Coaches Mr. Pete Dawson and Mr. David Kreutz

YOGA/ZUMBA CLUB 

Looking for a fun way to take of your body and stay healthy?  Join us as we tkae some time to slow down our busy lives during Yoga class with a certified Yoga instructor.  We use Yoga straps and blocks to enhance our Yoga practice as we learn new poses. Opposite of Yoga days, we will conduct Zumba class.  The Zumba advisor will lead a lively Zumba dance party that incorporates Latin-based rhythms with easy to follow international dance moves.  It's exercise in disguise! No previous Yoga or dance experience is required for this club!  All welcome!  Adivsor:  Ms. Margaret Norton

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

Young Entrepreneurs is a distinct and exclusive club at Libertyville High school.  It is open to innovative freshman-seniors who wish to be involved in an opportunity of a lifetime.  Talented students will be able to join Young Entrepreneurs and expand their minds with creative ideas to create a profitable business.  Students will be able to get a hands-on experience of conducting business and may earn an opportunity to obtain a college scholarship. Advisor Dr. Deb Kellum

 

Questions on student activities may  be directed  to Jennifer Uliks, Director of Student Activities, at (847) 327-7258 or Jennifer.uliks@d128.org or contact the sponsor of the organization.  Watch the daily bulletin for club/activity meeting dates and times.*

 *Non-school sponsored club.

Student Activities are supplemented from the profits realized through school contracts with companies on items such as class rings, beverages, and photography.

***Pilot Club for 2015/2016