VERONA AREA HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES/CLUBS 2018-19
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The purpose of Art Club is to give all students at VAHS a chance to make and enjoy art while interacting with other students who have similar interests.
Ms. Carrie Punzel
Battle of the Books
“The statewide Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among our students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books. It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school districts throughout the state in encouraging students to read.”
Ms. Teresa Voss
Black Student Union
The Verona Black Student Union exists for the the development of student members with a primary focus on the Black community and issues related to Black society and culture. Our focus will be on teaching Black history, being a resource to school teachers and administration, providing service opportunities for students that relate to the larger Black community,
touring HBCU’s, being a resource to educate and inform non-black students, and being a forum for Black speakers to share
with students about their college experiences and professions.
Ms. Andrea Bonaparte
Mr. Shawn Harris
Mr. Walter Williams
Students in Brothers United (BU) come together to discuss current issues related to being African American male students
within the VAHS community. BU promotes successful peer relationships and helps to form connections that prevent isolation. Students explore academic, social and cultural dynamics and seek ways to build positive self identity as a student at VAHS.
Mr. Shawn Harris
Mr. Walter Williams
Dungeons & Dragons Club
Students meet weekly to participate in tabletop gaming with a specific focus of Dungeons and Dragons. This club works to promote a community of inclusivity and team-building in a fun atmosphere. Dungeons and Dragons Club also works to develop critical thinking skills, creative writing, and problem solving with others.
Mr. Jace Waller
Ms. Laila Miguel
Engineering club is a club focused on allowing students to learn and explore the various aspects of engineering. It is open to novice and experienced students alike. We will have various projects ranging from building robots, building simple machines and much more. We also encourage people to find their own projects that are interesting to them to work on. If you think engineering might be something you are interested in, then this is the place for you to find out!
Mr. Rick Boehm
Fair Verona Area Shakespeare Company(FVASC)
The Fair Verona (Area) Shakespeare Company (FVASC) is a student-run company that performs works by William Shakespeare. The company was created in 2014 by Verona Area High School seniors Emma Ferguson and Graham Billings. The company is made up of VAHS and Exploration Academy students.
FVASC has expanded and now puts on two full productions each year. In order to continue running, the director(s) and tech director choose incoming high school seniors to take on the leadership roles for the following year.
In addition to our full productions, FVASC members and alumni perform Shakespeare's scenes and sonnets at local events during the summer.
Mr. Richard Matulat
Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
FCCLA focuses on connecting VAHS to its surrounding community. Students create their own service projects and are
able to compete at the regional and state levels.
Ms. Megan Wenn
This is a student driven food drive that the whole school district is invited to participate. The drive serves all residents within the Verona School at Badger Prairie Needs Network. Students are encouraged to volunteer time and talents.
Ms. Megan Wenn
Forensics is fun, competitive speaking. There are sixteen categories of speech types, ranging from group to play acting to demonstration speaking, radio address to solo acting, making it possible for there to be something for everyone who is interested in public speaking or performing.
Mr. Nate Campbell
The French Club is open to anyone interested in the cultures of French speaking countries. Students plan and enjoy various activities during meetings, such as preparing and eating French food, listening to music, playing games, and watching movies. Student may also participate in activities outside of regular club meetings, such as trips to French restaurants, shows at the Overture Center or movies.
Ms. Jenny Wolfe
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL)
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world! Our mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. FBLA-PBL's programs focus on: Leadership Development; Academic Competitions; Educational Programs; Membership Benefits; Community Service; and Awards & Recognition.
Ms. Tammy Makovec
The National FFA is a youth organization that uses agriculture opportunities to develop Leadership Skills, Personal Growth, and Career Success. We are open to all students. We conduct many community service projects throughout the year, compete in Speaking and Career Competitions, Exhibit at the Dane County Fair, attend many Leadership Workshops, and participate in a variety of Field trips.
Ms. Angie Midthun-Hensen
Ms. Jamie Morris
Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
Club that meets weekly to provide support to Gay, Straight and Allies of Gays or gender questioning students, family members and friends.
Mr Andrew Larson
German Club is open to any VAHS student interested in learning about the German language, history and culture. We begin the year with an Oktoberfest celebration, travel to a German Christmas market in the winter and visit the historic Dorfhaus restaurant in the spring with lots of fun activities in between. Meetings are held after school on late start Mondays in B110 and once per month during A+.
Ms. Karen Diemer-Toney
Mr. Anthony Simonini
Mr. Jeremy Solomon
Interact Club is “Service Above Self”. Are you interested in helping others? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Have you dreamed of making a difference in your community or even the world? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Interact is the perfect place for you! You will do: hands on service projects, make international connections and develop leadership skills, meet new people and have fun!
Ms. Kelly Knueve
Mr. Jeremy Solomon
To join Jazz Orchestra a student just needs to be able to play an instrument and read music. JO will play and perform Jazz and Pop music, and is open to anyone in VAHS. A student does NOT need to be in a regular VAHS band, orchestra, or choir to be in Jazz Orchestra. Rehearsals are Monday evenings 6:30-7:45.
Mr. Paul Heinecke
Latino Nation is an opportunity for students of Latin American descent to come together to discuss current topics, set personal and academic goals, peer mentoring as well as a time to celebrate and share cultural experiences.
Mr. Frank Rodriguez
The VAHS Math Teams participate in math competitions throughout the school year. We travel to meets around the area including the Madison Area Mathematics League, and the UW-Platteville Mathematics Contest . We meet outside of the school day, and sometimes during A+. We welcome students of all levels and abilities that enjoy math, problem solving and having fun with peers!
Ms. Jenny Johnston
Minority Student Achievement Network(MSAN)
The Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) is based out of the University of Wisconsin Madison and has 25 school districts active across the nation. The official MSAN mission is "To understand and change school practices and structures that keep racial achievement gaps in place while improving the achievement of all students". 6-8 VAHS students attend the MSAN National Student Conference annually and create an action plan to continuously improve the VAHS school community. At VAHS, we are creating a culture of students interested in the MSAN project. Any interested students may attend the MSAN A+ sessions to help in the development and implementation of the action plan.
Ms. Carri Hale
Model UN is an opportunity to be engaged in international politics, diplomacy, and global issues in an academic setting.
Ms. Lynn Vilker
Multicultural Leadership Council (MCLC)
MCLC represents students from a huge variety of backgrounds. The council strives to create an environment at VAHS that is welcoming to all students.
Ms. Carri Hale
National Honor Society (NHS)
Juniors and Seniors only. Premiere organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Mr. Doug Waddell
Peer Learning and Tutoring (PLANT)
Peers Learning And Teaching (PLANT) is dedicated to implementing peer tutoring at VAHS. To make it simple for students to attend, tutoring sessions are during A+ on Thursdays and alternate Fridays.
Ms. Hope Mikkelson
Red Cross Club
The American Red Cross is a world renowned organization, and its humanitarian objectives are 100% community service focused,with connections branching out nationwide. Join the Red Cross Club to make a real difference by helping our own community, and beyond its borders, to help save lives! The club provides students with opportunities to organize activities based on disaster preparedness and biomedical services. Red Cross Club is special because it’s fun, you learn new skills and it’s rewarding!
Ms. Dianna Rogers
Open to all students who have a common interest for science and being social. We do a variety of things throughout the school year from rocket building to camping.
Ms. Hope Mikkelson
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.
Ms. Meera Kumar
Sign Language Club
The Sign Language Club will learn and practice functional signs and phrases. The club will also participate in Deaf culture activities such as Deaf Awareness Week.
Ms. Sue Whooley
Sisters Supporting Sisters
Sisters Supporting Sisters (SSS) is committed to enriching the social, physical health, and intrapersonal skills of the young women at Verona Area High School (VAHS) and Exploration Academy (EA). The goal of SSS is to broaden the ideal of what it takes to be an empowered young women through the development of healthy self-esteem, learning the importance of self-worth, fostering positive identities, making healthier life style changes, and volunteering service to our community. SSS will empower the young women of VAHS and EA to be the leaders of today and tomorrow.
Ms. Andrea Bonaparte
Ms. Tamara Sutor
Skills USA is a partnership of Students, Teachers and Industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Skills USA helps each student excel!
Mr. Matthew Griffin
Spanish Club provides students with the opportunity to learn more about Spanish and Latin American cultures through attending musical concerts, informational presentations, cooking Spanish and Latin American foods, learning Latin dances and through gatherings with native Spanish speakers. The club also collects shoes and school supplies to send to underprivileged countries in Central America
Ms. Sofia Ruelas
The VAHS Student Council is the governing body of the students through representation on the council and on the Verona Area High School Site Council. Student Council is open to all students in grades 9-12. There are no applications or restrictions. Student Council is run by an Executive Student Board. We do school service, community service, organize Homecoming, help with new students, and so much more!
Ms. Sarah Domres
Theatre Arts is a program for students who are interested in all aspects of theatre performance and production that features an opportunity to perform in a state of the art Performing Arts Center. Auditions for two main-state productions are open to all students.
Mr. Steve Nibbe
Vocal Jazz 2 (The Naturals) is a club open to all singers at VAHS. We learn and perform vocal jazz, acapella, and popular styles of music. Students enhance their vocal technique, vocal styling, rehearsal skills, jazz and microphone technique. This vocal group meets on Monday's 4:30-6:00 from mid-October through mid-May in the choir room. Students must be dedicated to the ensemble’s success, motivated to grow musically, and be confident, and willing to try something new. Concerts, festivals, and other scheduled events are required if you want to join the group, typically at least three performances per year.
Ms. Heather Thorpe
Wildcats United’s mission is to deliver aid to the impoverished citizens of Dane County and to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.
Mr. Jason Knoll
Youth Entrepreneurship Club
The Youth Entrepreneurship Club is a club for anyone interested in learning how to create or manage a business. In this club, you will have the ability to learn from other students who have created their own business and from guests who are local business owners who have started or been a part of creating a business. This club also gives students a time and place to explore possible business ideas and opportunities they may offer.
Mr. Will Howlett