Altoona High School
"Home of the Railroaders"

Clubs & Activities

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Andrew Lierman, Lauren Lierman

Description:
Academic Decathlon is the premiere academic competition for high school students. Teams are comprised of nine students, three from each GPA range: 3.76+, 3.00-3.75, and 2.99 or lower. Students study materials from seven different subject areas, all relating to the theme of the year. After the Local competition, students also compete with impomptu essay, 4 minute prepared and 2 minute impromptu speeches, and interview. The season runs from September until we are eliminated from competition. The Local competition is hosted in November, the Regional competition is in January, and the State competition is in March.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Kim Youngberg

Description:
Art Club is for anyone who loves art! You don't need to be in an art class to be in Art Club. Students who are involved in this club will get to enjoy doing art activities not usually done during regular class hours. Some of these fun and interesting activities may include: ink ornaments, pumpkin carving, creative costume party, pottery making, special guest artists who will speak to the group, and field trips to local art galleries and artist studios.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Russ Riehbrandt

Description:
Chess club is for any student who wishes to play chess. Matches can be played for fun or at a competition level. If you don't know how to play chess, we will be happy to teach you the basics and some strategies. It is a goal to get other schools interested in chess and set up competitions.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Amy Thiede

Description:
Coding Club is a student-run club. We teach our new members how to use javascript, and how to make a website. Our more experienced members teach coding to the newer members. Our goal is to get more people who enjoy coding!

 

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Kevin Fruit

Description:
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. We participate in competitions in which students will have to use problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills that are used in a variety of career paths. DECA is known around the world and is an excellent resume builder for all students looking at careers and colleges alike.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Justin Ranek

Description:
Focus exists to provide motivated students another opportunity to learn choral music outside of the school day. We typically focus on learning various styles of a cappella music, from traditional choral repertoire to pop music. Interested students should talk to Mr. Ranek

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Angela Roloson, Emily Sibilski

Description:
Forensics is an organization that engages in competitive speaking. The goal of Forensics is to improve students’ public speaking, communication skills, and confidence. There is a wide variety of categories to compete in ranging from interpretive categories, to acting, to speech writing. The AHS Forensics Team has been quite successful in the past couple of years with 5th, 4th, and 2nd place finishes for Division 3 schools at State.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Mel Engen

Description:
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club that gives young people the opportunity to participate in meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills. Our motto is 'service about self'. All students with a willingness to help others and make our community a better place in which to live are encouraged to join!

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Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Andy Riechers, Anita Fairbanks

Description:
Math Club is a group that competes in mathematical competitions throughout the year. We participate in two competitions at school, one competition at UWEC and a Cloverbelt conference competition as well. Any students who enjoy thought-provoking challenges are welcome to join!

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Jenna Baxter, Erin Lynnes

Description:
The Altoona National Honor society is a chapter of the national organization. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Service is a major focus of our organization, and our club strives to provide volunteer opportunities for students both within the school and in the community at large. Juniors and Seniors with a 3.5 or above cumulative GPA are encouraged to apply in the fall of each school year.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Amanda Mussehl

Description:
Railway Ties has a mission of creating lasting relationships between peers that usually don't hang out. Focus is on creating one monthly out of school activity for students with disabilities to participate in with their peers. Whether it be a ball game or the pumpkin patch, it's all about getting out and having fun with friends and carrying those frienships into the school day.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Erica Emerson

Description: 
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a group of students who educate their peers on making positive decisions that will enhance their health and safety. Activities include the Mock Car Crash, Grim Reaper Day, texting and driving simulators and monthly activisms to get awareness out to students about the dangers of drinking alcohol, using drugs, texting and driving, etc.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Justin Ranek

Description:
The School District of Altoona currently hosts two competitive show choirs. At the middle school is "In Training" and the high school has "Locomotion." Both groups perform throughout the year and compete in multiple invitationals each year against other schools from around the Midwest.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Mel Engen, Jenna Baxter

Description:
The Altoona High School Spanish Club is designed to bring together students interested in the Spanish language and culture. Approximately once monthly, students will have the opportunity to explore culture in entertaining ways and promote pride in the Spanish culture and language within our school. Activities include, but are not limited to, cultural projects, eating and/or cooking cultural food, watching a movie in the target language, and an occasional field trip to restaurants or places of cultural significance in our community. The club will enhance and further explore items like traditions, language or history of the language learned in the classroom. All students currently enrolled in Spanish are invited to attend.

Advisor(s) 2018/19:
Emily Sibilski, Jess Richards

Description: 
Student Council is a group of leaders that helps to make positive school climate and organize student events and activities. Our goal is always to improve the "AHS Experience" for all students and staff. We participate and lead various events such as Homecoming, the Red Cross Blood Drive, Teacher Appreciation, A Time to Share, etc. In addition to these community/school events, we attend numerous WASC Leadership Conferences. AHS Student Council rocks!