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Student Clubs, Organizations, and Activities

ACADEMICS

Model United Nations (Model UN)

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.

Debate Team

Members participate with the LFHS Debate Team in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association, National Forensic League, Junior State of America Tournaments, and Public Forum. 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.

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 2013 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.

Chinese Club

Chinese club汉龙 (han long - Chinese dragon) provides a platform for the LFHS students who are studying or interested in Chinese language and culture to expand their knowledge and experiences with China and Chinese culture through art, games, movies, folk sports, food and traditional festival celebrations.

Spanish Club

Spanish Club is for students who are interested in learning about Spanish language and culture with hands-on activities that may include attending film festivals, dining in restaurants, cooking and preparing food, and other events of students' interests. Members are free to participate in as many activities as possible, but should attend as many meetings as possible to remain active. Spanish Club meets 1-2 times per month.

French Club

French Club is a club for French students at LFHS to explore the francophone culture beyond the classroom. Some examples of possible activities are visiting francophone restaurants, watching francophone films, and attending Chicago area francophone events.

Math Team

The Math Team competes in a variety of mathematics competitions including North Suburban Math League, Illinois Math League, and Illinois Council of Mathematics Regional and State Math Contests. The Math Team regularly places in the State Math Meet.

Robotics Club

Robotics club competes in the FIRST Robotics FTC competition. FTC is designed for students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams.

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.

Speech Team

Speech Team 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.

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.

Yearbook (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.

COMMUNITY AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS


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.

Link Crew

Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Boomerang Project’s proven high school transition program trains mentors from your junior and senior classes to be Link Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes t o be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.

Student to Student (STS)

Our goal is to make all students feel comfortable and welcome at LFHS. Our main focus is helping transfer students become part of the LFHS community. We do this through mentoring and supporting new students in their first few weeks of school, giving tours to new families, running information sessions about LFHS, hosting activities for new students and helping direct people around the building for various LFHS events. Large group meetings occur monthly before or after school. Contact Megan Miles for further information.

TED-Ed Club

The LFHS TED-Ed Club is devoted to developing student voice, sparking curiosity, and promoting big ideas through digital and live presentations. Students will meet to watch and dissect TED Talks, share their own ideas through myriad mediums, and get involved in the community.


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.

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, 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.

Scout Buddies

Scout Buddies is a club that encourages friendship building among Lake Forest High School students with and without disabilities. It offers students an opportunity to build relationships through activities like: bowling, hanging out, playing games, crafts, etc. Scout Buddies also offers the high school students an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteerism at places like: Bernie's Book Bank and Feed My Starving Children. Scout Buddies meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

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.

CROYA

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.

LEADERSHIP


Student Council

Lake Forest High School Student Council is made up of interested, committed students from all four classes. The members generally meet on Thursday mornings - alternating group meetings and individual class meetings.These councils combine their time and expertise on several annual projects including Homecoming pep rally, spirit week, community window painting, pregame student/staff picnic, crowning of a king and queen, and the semiformal dance. Seniors design and sell t-shirts to identify grade levels. Student Council also plans and hosts the Winter Turnabout Dance in January. Student Council uses the monies earned at these social events reaching out to those in need. Student Council has shopped for and filled the shelves with snacks, craft supplies, and operational necessities for the Boys and Girls Club in Waukegan. They have purchased library shelves and ipads for Greenwood Elementary School in Waukegan where they joined Greenwood students in games and a snack. Coats for Kids, Project Bookshelf, Wounded Warrior project, as well as holiday gifts for needy children and stocking food pantries are a few of LFHS Student Council’s many meaningful accomplishments. The Sophomore class works at a Soup Kitchen once a month. Juniors plan and host the Junior/Senior prom in May. Seniors choose and purchase a class graduation gift for the school and host an annual support staff luncheon featuring a video shout out to every member of the support staff.


National Honor Society (NHS)

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. Meetings: NHS members can attend, on the first Tuesday of each month, either the morning meeting from 7:15 to 7:45 AM or the afternoon meeting at 3:15 to 3:45 PM in the Library classroom.

Cum Laude

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.

International Thespian Society (ITS)

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.

ATHLETIC

Intramurals

FALL INTRAMURAL SPORTS:

Fall intramural sports currently include flag football for girls and boys. The fee is $20. Listen to the morning announcements at the beginning of the school year for sign-up information

CREATIVE/SOCIAL

Art Club

Art Club is a great activity for people who like to make art, whether it’s painting, photo, animation or any other medium. Our club meets once a week to make projects, go to art events and paint large-scale murals.

Book Club

Book Club is a group dedicated to reading and discussing popular books, ranging from young adult and adult fiction to graphic novels to memoirs and everything in between. Each month we pick a new book to discuss, enjoying lively debates as well as donuts. All students are welcome, and teachers too

Broadway Songbook

This is a Student Service Club dedicated to the performance and preservation of the American Song Book focusing on the music of Broadway, Operetta and Opera.

Chess

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.

Bass Fishing Club

A group that gets together to enjoy one of the world’s oldest and most respected past times…fishing! Bass fishing in particular has grown dramatically over the years. The sport has changed drastically since its beginnings in the late 19th century. The black bass (Small Mouth, Large Mouth) has become the second most sought-after game fish. This club is open to all students. The sport is primarily a spring sport, though the club may get together at times out of season.

Gamers

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.

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.

Orchesis

Students with all different types of dance experience work together to choreograph, rehearse and perform dance pieces for an annual spring concert. Additionally, students create a piece and try out for the talent show. Students perform dances in hip hop, jazz and modern.

Practice times are weekly on Tuesdays at Croya in the dance studio from 3:30-5:30 PM.

Scout Nation

The mission of Scout Nation is to create a positive atmosphere and establish school unity by supporting the teams and clubs of Lake Forest High School. Scout Nation will lead the charge with cheering for our teams' successes while following good sportsmanship guidelines.

Shakespearean Scouts

Meetings for this new student activity club Shakespearean Scouts will be held on Tuesdays at 3:15pm in the RMA. This club is a member of the English Speaking Union & Chicago Youth Shakespeare of Chicago which competes in the National Shakespeare Competition & Battle of the Bard. Our local solo monologue and sonnet competition will be February 4th and our winner will then compete in the regional solo competition which will be held February 10th at Roosevelt University in Chicago. For more information contact Dennis Mae dmae@lfschools.net or contact student leader Bailey Lawrence for more information.

Technical Crew (Tech 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 Theater calendar, please visit us here. Please join us!