Avon Lake High School Clubs
ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM
The Academic Challenge Team is comprised of students in grades 9-12 who represent the school in the SWC Junior Varsity and Varsity Academic Challenge matches and tournaments. Students are also selected through an audition process to compete in the WEOL Scholastic Games Radio Competition and Channel 5 Academic Challenge TV program. Other inter-scholastic competitions are held throughout the year. Students are selected for these events based on their factual knowledge and quick recall ability.
Advisors: Mike Kaminski (Guidance) and Ryan Smylie (Room 243)
The Diversity Awareness club dedicates itself to the promotion of tolerance within the school and the greater community. The club supports and advocates the views of all people, cultures, lifestyles, and ethnicities. It seeks to fulfill these goals through the action and examples set by members through various outreach activities during the year. The club also provides a safe and supportive environment for students dealing with intolerance.
The Drama Club is open to all ages from 9th to 12th grade. All facets of “live” theatre are explored; including auditioning, acting, set designs, and make-up. Students are schooled in the effective performance of comedy, classical drama, and musicals.
Advisor: Patty Frank (PAC)
The Environmental Club was started to instill a better awareness of the environment and to encourage the concern for our planet Earth. For our projects we build bird and bat houses to put up around the community. We also help with recycling efforts here in the high school.
Advisor: Chris Wolf (Room 181)
French Club meets at least once per month. All French students or those who have completed two years of French are invited to join. You must attend a minimum of 5 meetings and one activity per year to be considered an active member. Earn community service hours for our annual holiday visit to Independence Village of Avon Lake and also join us for movies, bowling, ice skating, and other fun activities.
Advisor: Janeece Ansevin (Room 166)
The Key Club is a service organization affiliated with the Kiwanis Club, whose purpose is to promote leadership, development, and charitable fund raising. Key Club’s service projects include serving at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, participating in fund raising events for scholarships, and collecting canned food for the needy. Activities include a variety of community service opportunities and participation at the Ohio District Convention in Columbus.
Advisor: Vince Shoham (Pupil Services)
MATH AND SCIENCE CLUB
The Math and Science Club has been in existence at ALHS since the 1950’s. The club’s purpose is to provide its members with relevant and interesting information in the fields of Math and Science. The club is open to all students at ALHS. Each year the club provides a series of evening seminars on diverse, but specialized topics.
Advisor: Jim Goodman (Room 245)
MODEL UNITED NATIONS
The Model United Nations Study Group is open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders interested in studying foreign countries and foreign policies. The experience includes a competition at Kent State University, Ashtabula branch, where students compete with students from other schools in other states in model Security Council format. The Group also goes to Boston where experienced delegates compete at Harvard University with some of the best students from around the world. Enthusiastic students with strong verbal skills willing to put in a great deal of their own time to do research are encouraged to apply.
Advisor: Rob Schofield (Room 202)
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The members of the National Honor Society are selected from the junior and senior classes using criteria based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students who wish to be members of this prestigious organization must show a dedication to community service, leadership in school organizations, and exemplary character. Applicants qualify in the fall of their junior year by having a specified GPA of 3.65. National Honor Society members organize a variety of activities in order to raise funds for their various projects which benefit the school and the community.
Advisor: Rob Schofield (Room 202)
La Société Honoraire de Français
La Société Honoraire de Français is an academic honor society established by the American Association of Teachers of French designed to honor the academic achievement of French language scholars and promote the study of the francophone culture. The Avon Lake High School chapter of La Société Honoraire de Français was established by the World Language Department in January 2010. Induction of new members occurs each May.
To be considered for entrance into the ALHS Chapter of La Société Honoraire de Français, applicants must BE:
- Be a student in grades 9-12,
- Have successfully completed the first semester of French II or French II honors, and be currently enrolled in academic year of application,
- Be enrolled in a French course in the academic year of application if level II has already been completed,
- Have a minimum 93% cumulative average of all French courses taken
- Have an 83% cumulative average of all non-French high school courses,
- Have not been suspended, found to have cheated or plagiarized.
Advisor: Janeece Adsevin (Room 166)
Our goal is to encourage school spirit by planning the Pep Assemblies and attending school functions.
Advisor: Tori Rudkin (Room 244)
The Robotics Club is a group of high school students that work together for the purpose of designing, building, programming, testing, and driving robots to compete in an exciting engineering challenge that is presented in the form of a game. While participating in next century learning experiences, students also gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. All students at grade/experience level or with a strong desire to learn more about robots are welcome. Come learn about mechanics, electricity, sensors, programming, design, or management.
Advisor: Gregory Svec
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is a state and national organization for students in grades 9-12. SADD encourages students to use positive peer pressure and adopt a no use life-style in their efforts to end underage drinking, drug abuse and death due to drinking and driving. Students participate in several activities both here at the high school as well as throughout the county.
Advisors: Mike Kaminski (Guidance)
SHORE LOG (Yearbook)
At the beginning of each year Shore Log Staff members develop a creative theme for presentation of the yearbook. Members then select and identify pictures, write stories for clubs and sports, and lay out pages and assemble them for production at the yearbook publishers. The yearbook staff sells advertising blocks and lays out the advertising section of the Yearbook.
Advisor: Tori Rudkin (Room 244)
The Ski Club of Avon Lake High School is open to any students in grades 9-12. Sign-up takes place in November prior to Thanksgiving. Members of the Ski Club ski 5 times at Brandywine Ski Resort on Saturday afternoons in January and February. Cost for this activity includes rental equipment, lessons and transportation (cost is less if you own equipment or have a season pass to the resort). Helmets are mandatory! Look for more information at the end of October. All ability levels are welcome, from first timers to experts.
Advisor: Kathryn Modock
The members of the Spanish club meet once a month. You should currently be enrolled in Spanish OR have completed two “successful” years. Come and join us in Salsa dancing, picnics, Adopt-a-Family, Art Museum, Movies, etc… You must attend at least four activities and three meetings per school year to be considered an active member.
Advisor: Natalie Gemelas (Room 231)
SPECTRUM (ALHS Newspaper)
The members of the Spectrum meet monthly for whole staff brainstorming and assigning articles. To be an editor, students must take the Journalism course, and already be involved with the paper staff. Editors: Editor-in Chief, News, Sports, Features; Reporters: Under all editors; Business Manager: In charge of getting advertising to pay for paper, setting ads and taking care of finances; Photographers; Typists.
Advisor: Jeff Arra (Room 168)
Student council is composed of any student who is interested in helping their school. This is a service oriented group that donates money and services to charity as well as awarding scholarships to ALHS students. Activities sponsored by student council include candy sales for various holidays, Super Bowl sundaes, flower sales, homecoming and class officer elections, talent show, Powder Puff football game and blood drives.
Advisors: Robin Bottini (Room 267) and Kelly Kozar (Room 265)
For Additional Information contact the Athletic Office at 933-5164
Fall Sports: Boys/Girls Cross Country, Football, Girls Tennis, Boys/Girls Soccer, Cheerleading, Boys/Girls Golf, Girls Volleyball
Boys/Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Boys/Girls Swimming and Diving, Ice Hockey
Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys/Girls Track & Field
The Concert Band is comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomore instrumental music students. This group performs at various performances throughout the year including, but not limited to, the Fall Instrumental Concert, the Holiday Instrumental Concert, the Winter Instrumental Concert, OMEA Band Contest, the Pops Concert, and the Commencement Ceremony. All students are encouraged to perform in the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contests. Freshmen are required to participate in marching band. This is a credited course and meets one period daily.
Teacher: David Eddleman
The Symphonic Band is comprised of mostly junior and senior instrumental music students. This group performs at various performances throughout the year including, but not limited to, the Fall Instrumental Concert, the Holiday Instrumental Concert, the Winter Instrumental Concert, OMEA Band Contest, the Pops Concert, and the Commencement Ceremony. All students are encouraged to perform in the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Students enrolling in Symphonic Band need approval from the director and/or an audition. This is a credited course and meets one period daily.
Teacher: David Eddleman
The String Orchestra is comprised of students playing any string instrument (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) in grades 9-12. The goals of the class are to develop fundamental musical knowledge and proper instrument technique, as well as to study and perform repertoire that is challenging yet appropriate for all students. Interested students must have played a string instrument for a minimum of two years, either by taking private lessons or by participating in middle school orchestra. Membership is pending upon audition, approval by the director, and/or approval by the Learwood Middle School director. This is a credited course and meets one period daily. This year, students who are not able to fit this class into their schedule can also participate in String Orchestra by coming to rehearsals three days a week before school from 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Teacher: Dawn Kulikowski
The Marching Band is comprised of students enrolled in Concert Band and Symphonic Band. The Marching Band rehearses daily during the school day and at least one rehearsal per week after school hours. The Marching Band begins rehearsals in the summer in preparation for the Band Preview and the first football game and continues to perform at football games, band contests, and other scheduled performances.
Teacher: David Eddleman
This jazz band is comprised of students in grades 9 through 12. The jazz band meets daily during the school day and usually one day per week after school. The instrumentation is that of a standard “Big Band”, including saxes, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. Other than students who play a rhythm instrument, jazz band members should also be enrolled in either Concert Band or Symphonic Band. An audition is sometimes required.
Teacher: David Eddleman
The pep Band is an extra-curricular ensemble open to any high school student in grades 9-12. Performances include, but are not limited to, most of the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games. Students who sign up for pep band should also be a member of the Concert Band or Symphonic Band. An audition is sometimes required.
Advisor: David Eddleman
Please contact Mike Lisi for all Chorale inquiries
Choral music has always been an important part of the musical life of Avon Lake High School. Each year the Chorale performs at the Performing Arts Center and throughout the region and the state. In the past few years, the chorale has sung with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and at the Ohio Music Education Association Annual Convention, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Carnegie Hall in NY City. The Avon Lake Chorale has toured England and Scotland for ten days and performed concerts in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. They perform in District and State Contest at the “AA” literature level. Audition is required.
Da Cantari Choir
Da Cantari was added to the schedule six years ago in response to the growing ALHS music program. The choir will begin to understand the basic physiological workings of human vocal production, be able to identify factors that constitute correct vocal production, understand the rudiments of music notation. They will also be able to sing specified assignments of music within a mixed vocal quartet. Da Cantari performs four concerts during the year and participates in District and State Contest at the “A” literature level. Audition is required.
Two select quartets of Juniors and Seniors which represent the ALHS Vocal department in performances throughout Northern Ohio. They perform a Christmas and Valentine show, with Pop and Broadway in the spring.
This choir is open to all students pending an audition and/or approval of the director and/or the Learwood Middle School director. Both light and serious music will be performed. Students will understand breath control, vowel placement, beginning sight-singing and basic music notation. The choir performs four concerts a year and will participate in District Contest at the “C” level literature.
From sunsets on Lake Erie
We took Maroon and Gold
And put them deep within our hearts
Their glories to enfold
Their loyalty and knowledge
Will last our whole lives through,
For Avon Lake will always be
Our Alma Mater true.
Fight on for Avon Lake
Champions of the year
Fight team to victory,
We lead you with a rousing cheer –
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Raise all your banners high
Maroon and Gold shall wave
Fight team to victory
Through all eternity
Fight for Avon Lake!