WAHS Club and Activities
AQUARIUM CLUB Advisor: Mr. Flint
The aquarium club designs, builds and maintains the school's aquariums. We breed fish, raise coral and attend aquarium conferences where we sell the fish and coral raised at the school. Meetings are after school and during Bank in room F115.
ART CLUB Advisor: Mrs. McDonough-Varner
Art Club will be open to all students in grades 9-12, regardless of current enrollment in art courses. Students will work independently and collaboratively on small and large scale art projects during club time.
BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS Advisor: Mrs. Flint
Club members work with coordinators from The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Susquehanna Valley to mentor and tutor elementary students within our district.
BILLTOWN BANNER Advisor: Mrs. Mahon
The student newspaper publishes news, opinion, features and sports. The paper develops a marketable skill for writers, illustrators, photographers, and desktop publishers. It is written, illustrated, designed and printed by students.
(Generally an upperclassmen activity but freshmen may stop in to learn more. Call to discuss a student.)
CHERRY AND WHITE Advisor: Mr. Murafka
The literary magazine is an annual publication produced by a volunteer staff. The staff creates and accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and other genres, as well as artwork. The magazine exists as a place where student writers, artists and photographers can display their work. The Cherry and White is Pennsylvania's oldest continually published school magazine.
CLASS EXECUTIVE BOARDS (2013-14)Advisors by Grade: 9th – Academy, 10th - , 11th – P. Bower, 12th – S. Moore
Class officers are elected by classmates and members of the class board are volunteers. Officers must maintain a cumulative average of 85 or above while executive board members are required to maintain a cumulative average of 80 or above.
CONCON Co-Advisors: Mrs. Hutchinson & Mrs. Segraves
A 2 day convention held at Lock Haven University whereby students represent state delegations in an effort to write legislation to possibly "change" the constitution. It is not a recreation of the 1787 convention, but more so an adaptation of that process to the present.
DRAMA CLUB Advisor: Mrs. Marie Fox
With exercises in pantomime, script work, improvisation; school dances, plays, and trips to New York City we allow kids to express themselves and have fun while making new friends.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Advisor: Mrs. Wimer
· Students participate in conferences and competitions
· Fundraising and community (school) service is involved
· Ideal for students interested in business/computers or public speaking.FFA (Future Farmers of America) Advisor: Mrs. Etzler
Students promote agriculture through career development events, community service and supervised experience projects in a nationally-recognized program. Students must take Horticulture to be an FFA member.
GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) Advisor: Mrs. Nardella
The GSA proposes to make students aware that individual differences among people should be respected. The GSA’s primary focus is to combat any and all discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, race, religion, and or gender. The group strives to create a supportive group for all students and invites all students to join regardless of their race, creed, nationality, physical disability and/or sexual orientation.
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS CLUB Advisor: Mr. Miller
For students who wish to develop an interest and awareness of the Graphic Communications program at the Williamsport Area High School.
INTERACT Advisor: Mr. Pish
Interact is a service organization to help the school and the community and the world.
*This is activity is not open to freshmen but freshmen may stop in to learn more about this service organization. Contact the advisor.
INTERNATIONAL CLUB Advisor: Mrs. Lang
Celebrate several significant holidays a year show-casing the history, culture, and food of a particular area. Welcome our international and exchange students to our school and community with a variety of different events and activities.
KEY CLUB Advisor: Mrs. Takach
Key Club is a service organization sponsored by the Williamsport Kiwanis Club. Students hold fund raisers and work on projects to help our school and our community.
*Key club is an activity open to students in 9th through 12th grades. Dues are $15, and we try and take a trip every year!
The Yearbook staff is combined with business publications to offer students a unique opportunity of showing off multiple talents that involve: photography, writing, interviewing, and networking with small businesses in the community. Students will work together for a few months to create a scrapbook, capturing priceless moments that will last a lifetime.
MILLIONAIRE MARKSMEN Advisor: Mr. Soars
Shooting Civil War rifles, muskets, carbines at a national shooting match held in Winchester, VA twice each year as part of the North-South Skirmish association (www.n-ssa.org).
.22 Rifle or Muzzle-loading rifle shoots are held several times each month. We participate in weekly Archery practice with the Penn College Wildcats and have skeet or sporting clays several times each year.
Members participate in the NRA's Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) in State College each year. Students will have countless opportunities to experience hunting and fishing throughout the year by building relationships with people in the community who will help them achieve their goals. Leadership and public speaking opportunities abound within this club. Even students who aren't interested in the shooting sports should consider participating within the administrative activities of the club if they would like resume building experience in the areas of restaurant/business management, organizational structure, community networking, food services, computers, journalism, team building, accounting, etc. Whatever your interest is- we can keep you busy.
MOCK TRIAL (Currently Inactive) Advisor: TBA
Student organization that focuses on introducing students to today’s legal system. Includes competition where students work to develop a case for both plaintiff and defendant. All students are welcome but must be able to stay after school and find a way home. Early participation is encouraged.MODEL U.N. Co-Advisors: Mrs. Hutchinson & Mrs. Segraves
The task is to examine contemporary world issues and problems and find solutions, as the United Nations would do so. We write resolutions and debate resolutions at the mock Model U.N. conventions. Open to all students.O.D.T.A CLUB (Organ Donation & Tissue Awareness) Advisor: TBA (Currently Inactive)
Organ Donation and Tissue Awareness Organization is designed to raise awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation throughout the US as well as in the Gift of Life area of PA. The goal of the organization is to increase knowledge of the medical sciences and its social implications.
ODYSSEY OF THE MIND Advisor: Mrs. Moore
Students involved in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem solving competition, will have time to develop their long term solution to one of five "long term" problems. They also will practice for the "spontaneous" portion of the competition. This activity develops creativity, team work, innovative thinking and also may involve dramatic, artistic, engineering, costuming, and set building skills.
PA BUILDERS Advisor: Mr. Williamson
The WAHS Construction Club is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapter, which is required for industry endorsement by the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA). The WAHS Construction Club is open to any student who is enrolled in the Construction Trades Program levels 1, 2 & 3.
“The NAHB Student Chapters program is dedicated to enriching the educational experience of students by offering them first-hand exposure to the real world of the building industry through NAHB membership, educational programming, and networking opportunities.” http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?sectionID=2598&genericContentID=204851PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization) Advisor: Deb Detrick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our purpose is to develop a strong bond between educators, parents, students and the community. We do this by facilitating communication via our:
- Open house in September where students have an opportunity to showcase their clubs and organizations
- Our PTSO meetings which are held 4 times a year (Sept, Nov, Feb, and April at 7pm in the school library) where we encourage student participation and the sharing of ideas
- PTSO Web site located on the WAHS site, with updated Monthly highlights
- Monthly e-newsletter called Millionaire Messages containing important dates from school events, guidance…, Club & Organization updates (their fundraiser information) with links to WAHS sports schedules, the school website, PTSO site and more.
We also provide recognition and scholarship awards, support for student activities, and support for school & faculty projects.
To receive club credit students must attend meetings, and help on membership, fundraising, hospitality or special project committees (often by assisting at PTSO table at events).
PETROS Advisor: Mrs. Seeley
Petros provides students who have similar beliefs in Christ with an opportunity to fellowship in a non-denominational Christian atmosphere and to meet the student’s spiritual needs.
This group covers the business end of things for the yearbook such as solicitation of ads, sales and distribution of the magazines and books.
*This activity is not open to freshmen. Mentors can contact advisor with student questions.RECYCLING CLUB Advisor: Mrs. Eberhart
Open to all students. Groups of students walk around to the designated recycling drop off locations throughout the school and take the accumulated recyclables to the loading dock and dump it. We also hope to make a recycling "how to" video and decorate the bins for recycling.
RED CROSS CLUB Advisor: Mr. Eck
The Red Cross Club works closely with the leadership of the local Red Cross organization to be actively involved in the Williamsport community. We organize and do student registration for the fall Blood Drive for the Red Cross and help on donation day. We perform a routine at the Montoursville haunted house each year and won second prize last year. We volunteer at local hospitals and other charity events in and around Williamsport. We go to elementary schools in the district to do “scrubby bear”. In addition, we raise as much money as possible for Relay for Life (last year taping Mr. Reed to the wall) and have a booth at the Relay itself.
Members can become trained “CPR” instructors that will teach classes throughout the community in Red Cross provided apparel. A great new opportunity this year that could help any student prepare for the real world of work or college.
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Advisor: Mr. Kutz
A student centered organization doing activities that support students in making positive decisions. Some of the activities include Red Out for Safety, Ghost Out, Fund Raisers, Conferences, Toys for Tots and Prom Promise.
The Student Government Association is an important organization at our school. We represent the needs and concerns of the entire K–12 student body to the School Board, work with high school faculty and administrators to improve the WAHS learning community, plan school spirit events, conduct all elections for the school and organize and participate in community service projects.
*This activity is not open to freshmen but freshmen may stop in to learn more. Contact the advisor.
STEM CLUB (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Advisor: Mr. Sarge
Open to all students, 9-12 grades, who have an interest in science and/or engineering. PURPOSE: STEM Club allows students to explore, investigate and discover STEM subjects in a stimulating learning environment away from the constraints of the school timetable or a prescribed curriculum. The blub allows students and their club leaders to work together and explore many different ideas and activities.
SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT Advisor: Mrs. Hutchinson
Members work to improve the appearance of our building by painting and decorating bulletin boards.
SKI CLUB (Currently Inactive) Advisor: TBA
We usually go to Ski Sawmill 4 times and then one other long distance trip. We do not have regular meetings.
SKILLS USA Co-Advisors: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Laird, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Etzler
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives; working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
SkillsUSA is open to students in any Career and Technical Education, Family and Consumer Science, Health Occupations, or Business courses. Students will learn how to be professionals in their chosen career path. Students will also compete against students from other schools in Skill and Professional competitions.
STUDENT AMBASSADORS Advisor: Ms. Sieber
Ambassadors are fellow students who serve the school community by assisting new students in the transition process. Specifically these students will serve as tour guides to new students, information resource, and role model to others. In addition, these students assist in providing assistance for various programs in the school when called upon.
UPWARD BOUND Advisor: Mrs. Heckel
Upward Bound meets once/week after school focusing on college planning issues such as career development, college selection and admissions, and financial aid. Membership is by application. Upward Bound is a federally funded student group administered by Lock Haven University.
VIDEO GAME Advisor: Mr. Dewire
This new club will allow members to teach themselves and work with other members to create video games. Sploder, then Gamemaker8 will be the starting point with YouTube videos and online tutorials serving as guide. From there students may progress onto Blender, Unity3D and the Unreal Development Kit. As the club grows, new hardware and software may be purchased.WEB PAGE Advisor: Mrs. Baier
See advisor for more information
WILLSERVE Advisor: TBA
Volunteer organization where students volunteer helping nonprofit agencies: YMCA, YWCA, Salvation Army, daycare, etc. Advisors have sign-up forms in G003. Students can also assist life skills classrooms helping students with disabilities.
WITHOUT A CUE Advisor: Mrs. Marie Fox
YOUTH AMBASSADOR COUNCIL Advisor: TBA
The Council's mission is to transform the Williamsport area into a more vibrant and exciting place for people of all ages to live, work and play.