|Student Clubs, Organizations, and Activities 2012-2013|
This list will be updated as new information is received. (print .pdf). Students should listen to the morning announcements and look for posted notices on the school’s many bulletin boards to receive current information about activities and club meeting times and places. Also, many clubs and organizations have additional information posted on Edline in the “activities” section.
Alliance: Our mission is to work toward a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, through education, support, social action, and advocacy. We believe that schools can be truly safe only when every student is assured of access to an education without fear of harassment or violence. The Alliance welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, questioning youth, and their heterosexual allies.
Big 2 Little: Through a program sponsored by the Gorter Family Foundation of Lake Bluff, interested students will have the opportunity to travel to a nearby North Chicago elementary school one afternoon a week to work with children in their after-school activities.
Chess Club: Any student is welcome! Club members will be taught all aspects of the game, Openings, Middlegame techniques, Endings, and Chess Strategy. During the Chess Team season, members compete against other schools in official matches and participate in the IHSA State Team Chess Tournament.
CROYA: Students are aided in communicating their needs or problems and CROYA then provides programs to meet these youth-identified needs in conjunction with other resources. Activities include meetings, retreats, work trips, community service and much more. For more information, visit www.croya.com.
Cum Laude Society: The Lake Forest High School chapter of The Cum Laude Society, a national organization, honors scholastic achievement. Election to membership is granted to Juniors and Seniors by a faculty committee on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. Induction is held in conjunction with the National Honor Society and is usually held in April, preceded by a dinner.
Debate Club: Members participate with the LFHS Debate Team in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association, National Forensic League, Junior State of America Tournaments, Public Forum, and EuroChallenge. Tournaments are as close as Highland Park and as far away as Washington, DC. Active members have improved their speaking skills, learned about current events, developed an appreciation for the fine art of politicking, and enjoyed the camaraderie of teammates and competitors. The team is active all year and students may join at any time.
Fall Intramural Sports: Fall intramural sports currently include flag football for girls and boys. The fee is $10. Listen to the Public Address System announcements at the beginning of the school year for sign-up information.
Forensics: Forensics is a competitive speech and drama club. Members of the team compete in any of 14 individual events which include speaking events, such as Original Oratory and Prose Reading, and acting events, such as Duet Acting and Interpretation. Competitions are held on Saturdays from November through January. For more info, see the team’s Facebook page.
Forest Trails: Forest Trails is responsible for creating and publishing the LFHS yearbook. Interested students who are able to dedicate the majority of their extracurricular time to yearbook make up the editorial staff, usually one editor-in-chief and several co-editors. Students who are involved in other extra-curricular activities can also participate by being paired with their peer editors and working on specific pages and themes throughout the year as these meeting times are flexible.
Gamer’s Club: Gamer’s Club provides a social outlet for students who are into gaming. Members can play card games such as Magic the Gathering or Munchkin, board games such as Risk or Settlers of Catan, or various cooperative video games such as Super Smash Brothers.
Girl Scouts: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character by challenging them with opportunities that encourage leadership, mentoring and community service. Members will have the opportunity to participate in national and international high adventure destination trips, Camp CEO and local social events. Girls are encouraged to work on the Girl Scout Gold Award which is the highest award attainable.
Glee Club: The LFHS Glee Club is comprised of students, teachers, staff, parents and community members. All singers are welcome! Rehearsals are scheduled before the school day begins.
Human Rights Club: This club was created to foster and develop an understanding of human rights in the 21st century among club members and the school community. Each year the club chooses a human rights topic/issue to promote understanding and awareness among the LFHS student body and community. Last year the Human Rights Club raised $1,000 to help support “Little By Little,” a non-profit organization that provides health care to women and children in Haiti.
International Club: Club arranges opportunities for students to experience cultures outside of their own through art, film, food, and activities.
International Thespian Society: As students work on theatrical productions during their high school career, they receive points as determined by the adult supervisors. Each point represents 10 hours of quality work in a theater production. Students are inducted into ITS upon receiving 20 points. The induction ceremony is held in conjunction with the end of the year banquet and Senior Roast.
Latin Club: Club plans monthly events for Latin students to get together socially and have some fun doing activities related to Latin and the Romans. Scheduled events for Fall 2012 are: October, Olive Garden Banquet; November, movie night with movie relating to the ancient Romans or Italy; and December, celebration of the Saturnalia (an ancient Roman winter holiday). Club members also participate in the Illinois Certamen League, which is a jeopardy style contest (all questions are about Latin grammar, vocabulary, mythology, or history), against local high schools.
Men’s Club: Men’s Club members are dedicated to performing community service activities that often have a physical requirement. As dictated by its name, Men’s Club is a one-gender club which meets every other Wednesday morning, on a good day attracting almost 40 members. Club members help out many individuals and organizations in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff as well as other communities up and down the North Shore. Whether it is large events which the club participates in every year such as the ELAWA Farms Christmas Greens Sale, the Polar Plunge Special Olympics benefit, the yearly car wash to benefit Kids Uganda or just helping out individual members of the community with small chores like raking leaves or moving furniture, the Men’s Club is there to help.
Model United Nations: Participants try to develop solutions to the world’s most significant problems by simulating the United Nations. Problems are worked out through diplomacy and debate with each club member representing a different country and point of view. Club attends several conferences during the year to compete with other schools.
National Honor Society: The National Honor Society recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Students are considered for membership starting at the end of the first semester of junior year. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 4.5, have at least 30 hours of volunteer service dating from the beginning of their freshman academic year, and have strong leadership skills and character as evaluated by LFHS faculty and staff. Once inducted into NHS, members continue to contribute their leadership and service to many community organizations such as GLASA, LEAD, PADS, and Catholic Charities’ “Adopt-a-Family” program. Members are required to volunteer at least 20 hours of service per year, through NHS sponsored activities. An executive committee comprised of 8 members is selected by their NHS peers and is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization on an annual basis.
Orchesis Dance Club: Students with dance experience work together to choreograph, rehearse and perform dance pieces for the public and for service projects. Dancers also have the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer on a performance piece. The club also choreographs and performs an annual spring concert.
Peer Tutoring: Students volunteer to help fellow students in improving their academic and organizational skills. Students tutor LFHS and middle school students on an individually scheduled basis. LFHS tutors must have proficiency in the academic area in which they wish to tutor, but middle school tutors only need general academic proficiency.
Red Cross Club: Students in this LFHS chapter of the Red Cross provide relief to victims of single family emergencies as well as community, national, or international disasters. Activities include participating in the Library of Congress Veterans Project, organizing blood drives, fundraising for disasters, CPR/AED training, disaster training, and nursing home visits.
SADD (Students Aware and DeDicated): Students stage several school wide campaigns throughout the year to educate their peers about issues affecting emotional and physical wellness. Campaigns include “Clothesline Project”, which promotes awareness of physical and sexual abuse; “Red Ribbon Week”, which promotes awareness of drug and alcohol abuse; “Depression Awareness Week,” which provides education about depression, anxiety and suicide; “Eating Disorder Awareness Week,” which educates students about emotional health in terms of body image.
Scholastic Bowl: Scholastic Bowl is an IHSA competition academic team that competes in the North Suburban Conference and in Illinois state playoffs. There is a Varsity and a Junior Varsity (Freshmen/Sophomore) team.
Science Olympiad: Takes all areas of science (biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics) and turns it into a competition. Team competes with high schools from all around the region and state. Students get the opportunity to learn through a process of inquiry by designing, building, testing, and re-designing devices and structures to be used to solve a given problem. Students are also tested on their knowledge of a broad spectrum of specialties in science.
Scout Buddies: Scout Buddies is a friendship club which helps build friendships among individuals with and without disabilities. Club members participate in a variety of social activities both within the school and in the community. Activities include organizing holiday parties in the school, bowling, going to movies, and eating out at local restaurants.
Student Council: Student Council serves as a representative group of the LFHS student body. Student Council works to address the needs and ambitions of LFHS students, to provide community building and enriching activities, and to serve as a voice of the students to other components of the school. Student Council is made up of about 70 elected students. The members meet once a week with their respective class and elected officials meet an additional morning each week with all class officers. At different points of the year, all Student Council members assemble in the David Miller Theater when discussing and planning school wide items, including Homecoming festivities, the Winter Dance, and many other service projects. Traditionally each class also has specific responsibilities. Freshmen and Sophomore Student Councils focus on service and leadership; the Junior Student Council is in charge of Prom; and the Senior Student Council concentrates on senior activities such as the class graduation gift and the Bike and Bake Sale. With different members each year, and according to the nature of Student Council, new ideas are always welcome!
Student to Student (STS): Our goal is to make all students feel comfortable and welcome at LFHS. We do this through mentoring and supporting new students, giving tours to new families, and helping direct people around the building for various LFHS events.
Technical Crew: Tech Crew handles all of the construction, paint, light, sound, props and special effect requirements in LFHS’s theatrical works; including Junior/Senior play, Freshman/Sophomore play, APT Talent Show, and Spring Musical. No previous experience is necessary; the advisors and student technical directors provide all of the hands-on training. As show time nears, the time commitment increases although accommodations can be made for a student’s involvement in other extracurricular activities or family events as long as advisors are notified in advance. For more information, including the Theatre calendar, please visit www.lfhstheatre.org. Please join us!
Winter Intramurals: Intramural basketball usually starts in late November or early December. Players need to submit a team roster of 7 to 10 players. There is a team fee of $75.
Women’s Club: This club provides volunteer service opportunities for LFHS students that meets the needs of our greater community. The goal of each member is to help with at least two service projects by the end of the school year. In past years, the club raised money for GLASA and PKD by gift-wrapping during the holidays, made Valentine’s Day kits for Children’s Memorial Hospital, and organized a drive for the Glass Slipper Project, a program that collects prom dresses and redistributes them to girls in the Chicago area who cannot afford them. The club also sponsored a senior citizens carnival at Lake Forest Place. For more information, visit www.lfhswomensclub.weebly.com.
Young Idea: Young Idea is LFHS’s art and literary magazine. Students of all ages who love writing and art are encouraged to become part of the staff of this award winning magazine. Young Idea encourages all students to submit art and literature to the magazine, whether they choose to be a part of the staff or not. From September through February, Young Idea meets on Thursdays after school in the Publick Room to critique the pieces that have been submitted to the magazine and provide feedback for the authors. Students are welcome to join the discussions when they are able, and may come later in the Fall after their sport season or other Fall activity is over. From the end of March until early May, the staff works daily after school until 5:30 laying out the magazine using the computer program In Design. Young Idea staff members must commit to coming daily for this portion of the work.