Clubs & Activities

ACADEMICS

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.

Advisor:

Ms. Xiao, hxiao@lfschools.net

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Debate Team

Members participate with the LFHS Debate Team in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association, which is a mock legislative assembly competition where students research and debate bills and resolutions and try to pass them into law. In addition, the Debate Team also participates in Junior State of America (JSA), which is the nation’s largest student-run organization and focuses on civic engagement.  Debate tournaments and conventions are as close as Highland Park and as far away as Washington, DC. Active members improve their speaking skills, learn about current events, develop critical thinking and reasoning skills, and enjoy the camaraderie of teammates and competitors. The team is active all year and students may join at any time.

ADVISORS:

Mrs. Carol Clark, cclark@lfschools.net
Mr. John Wanninger, jwanninger@lfschools.net

Debate Team members: Visit the team Schoology group (LFHS Debate Team) for more information (LFHS login required).

You can also find us on Instagram and Twitter: @LFHSDebate

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French Club

Bonjour! Bienvenue à French Club! This is a club for French students and/or Francophiles at LFHS to explore the francophone culture beyond the classroom. Some examples of possible activities are visiting francophone restaurants, watching francophone films, arts and crafts, cooking and attending Chicago area francophone events.

Advisors:

Laura Sperling, lsperling@lfschools.net
Kristin Gregory, kgregory@lfschools.net

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Hack Club

Hacking is a misunderstood concept that has been hijacked by the media to often mean criminally breaking into a secure network to steal from an organization. Hacking is simply using known techniques and experience to solve a problem. Hack Club at LFHS experiments with programming to address specific goals or problems with guided exercises to introduce the possibilities to those of all levels of experience. Our goal is the help demystify programming and show how easy it can be to get productive quickly and apply our own creativity to activities. The club also looks for outside hacking events where multiple groups gather to compete at hacking.

Join our Schoology Group to learn more!

Advisor:

Jim Mergl, jmergl@lfschools.net

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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. Some scheduled events for the year are: Olive Garden Banquet, Movie Night with movie relating to the ancient Romans or Italy; a celebration of the Saturnalia (an ancient Roman winter holiday), Latin Trivia Night, and Bowling Night. Club members also participate in the Illinois Junior Classical League Convention each February, and have the opportunity to travel to Italy every three years.

ADVISOR:

Ms. Ariel Landvick,

Follow us on Instagram: @lfhs.latin.club

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Math Team

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

ADVISORS:

Mr. Steve Aronson,
Mr. Paul Goldstein,
Ms. Andrea Lemke,

Students may get information online by searching for Math Team in Groups on Schoology and joining the group.

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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.

ADVISORS:

Mr. Greg Simmons, gsimmons@lfschools.net
Ms. Lauren Grosskopf, lgrosskopf@lfschools.net     

Follow us on Instagram: @lfmodelun

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LFHS Robotics Club

FTC is designed for students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Team(s) are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. There is also a marketing portion of the team that arranges fundraisers, finds sponsors, and informs the public about the team.  The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Students get to:

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $13 million in college scholarships

Teams will be formed in September and will consist of approximately 5-8 students per team. Teams will work to design and develop a working robot to compete in the FIRST robotics FTC competitions. The FTC competitions include Scrimmages, Qualifying Tournaments, State Championships, Super Regional Championships, and World Championships.

ADVISORS:

Matt Wilen, mwilen@lfschools.net
Joe Dudeck, jdudeck@lfschools.net

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Scholastic Bowl

Scholastic Bowl is a fun and fast-paced team competition in which participants, working alone and together, answer questions drawn from a variety of knowledge areas, including literature, history, science, mathematics, geography and current events. In this IHSA sponsored activity, Lake Forest fields a Varsity and Junior Varsity (freshman-sophomore) team. These teams compete in the North Suburban Conference, in various tournaments, and in the Illinois State playoffs. Practices and competition mostly occur on Wednesdays.

ADVISORS:

Laura Grigg, lgrigg@lfschools.net – Varsity team
Ariel Landvick, alandvick@lfschools.net – Junior Varsity team

Join our Schoology Group to learn more!

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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.

ADVISORS:

Ms. Lena Kopecky, lkopecky@lfschools.net
Mr. Brian Runft, brunft@lfschools.net

More information can be found on Schoology!

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Spanish Club

Spanish Club is for students who are interested in learning about Spanish language and culture with hands-on activities that include attending film festivals, dining in restaurants, cooking and preparing food, and exploring music. The club also sponsors a Mariachi Band that performs through the school year.  Spanish club meets twice monthly. Students are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible to help organize events, trips, concerts, and celebrations. The Spanish club has a board or officers consisting of a president, vise-president, and secretary.    

Advisor:

Mr. David Hain, dhain@lfschools.net

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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 October through January.

MEETINGS:

A mandatory team meeting takes place every Monday at 3:25. At this time, members schedule individual coaching sessions for the week and discuss details for weekly competitions. Competitions take place on Saturdays, beginning late October through January. All members are required to meet with their coaches at least once each week to work on their pieces.

Advisors are flexible in working around students' other extracurricular activities, including theater and debate. Varsity members are available to work with novices.

ADVISORS:

Mrs. Sara Dreiling, sdreiling@lfschools.net
Mr. Joe Pulio, jpulio@lfschools.net

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Young Writers

Young Writers is a club for writers, visual artists, and students wanting to collaborate in the production of LFHS's art and literary magazine, Young Idea. We meet on Thursdays after school to read and offer feedback on the pieces that have been submitted for possible publication. Occasionally, we do some writing and sharing amongst club members, with the aim of creating an in-school writing community. In the spring we are busy with the layout of the magazine, getting it ready for publication. Attendance is not mandatory to allow students to join our Thursday discussions when they are able. In addition, Young Writers invites all students to submit art or writing to the editorial staff for consideration.

If you are interested in submitting your work to Young Writers for potential inclusion in Young Idea, please go to: bit.ly/youngidea.

ADVISORS:

Dr. Mara Dukats, mdukats@lfschools.net
Mr. Jimmy Juliano, jjuliano@lfschools.net

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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.

MEETINGS:

The Forest Trails staff meets regularly on Wednesdays after school, with occasional dates added depending on deadlines. The advisors encourage interested students to attend all Wednesday meetings, but for those students who are involved in a sport or other activities, arrangements can be made so that all students have an opportunity to participate. Editors are expected to dedicate time outside of meetings to ensure completion of the book.

ADVISORS:

Ms. Melissa Doucette, mdoucette@lfschools.net
Ms. Bridget Mobile, bmobile@lfschools.net

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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.

ADVISORs:

Mr. David Hain, DHain@lfschools.net
Ms. Katie Secker, KSecker@lfschools.net

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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.

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LEADERSHIP

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 based on outstanding academic achievement per Cum Laude national guidelines. The first half of the Cum Laude class admitted at the end of their junior year, and then the second half is accepted at the beginning of their senior year with a result of the top 20% of the senior class being accepted into Cum Laude. Admittance is purely based on a student's weighted GPA - no application is required of the students. Each year the GPA requirement is altered due to the overall junior/senior class GPA and class size. Students will be notified in March of their junior year or September of their senior year if they have met the GPA requirement.

ADVISOR:

Mr. Corey Holmer (Library - EdTech Studio), cholmer@lfschools.net

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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 business organization in the world with over 230,000 members. It prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. 

Advisor:

Mr. Phil LaScala, plascala@lfschools.net

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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 Roberti Community House, Beacon Place, 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 11 members is selected by their NHS peers and is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization on an annual basis.

Applications:

Important Information for Current Juniors:
The NHS Junior Application will open in spring of 2019 at the beginning of February with an email being sent out at to all eligible students. Students/parents will be notified through email. The application will consist of a letter of intent, gathering signatures for service hours, extracurriculars, sports, jobs, and similar experiences, and an essay. The LFHS Faculty Committee will then review all applications. If accepted, the NHS/Cum Laude induction ceremony will be April 5th, 2020. 

All communication regarding liability, the application, and acceptance MUST come from the student. Thank you.

ADVISOR:
Mr. Corey Holmer (Library - EdTech Studio), cholmer@lfschools.net

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As students work on theatrical productions during their high school careers, they receive points as determined by the adult supervisors. Each point represents 10 hours of quality work in a theater production. Upon receiving 20 points, students are eligible for induction. The induction ceremony is held in conjunction with the end of the year banquet and Senior Toast. ITS members plan and encourage student participation in events such as the IL High School Theater Festival, the ITS Parent Coffee, theater social events, and more.

ADVISOR:

Ms. Sara Dreiling, sdreiling@lfschools.net

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Student Council

Lake Forest High School Student Council is made up of interested, committed students from all four classes.  These councils combine their time and expertise on several annual projects including Homecoming pep rally, spirit week, community window painting, and pregame student/staff picnic. Seniors design and sell t-shirts to identify grade levels. Student Council also plans and hosts the Winter Formal Dance in January.

Student Council uses the monies earned at these social events to reach out to those in need both in our immediate community and beyond. Student Council has shopped for and filled the shelves with snacks, craft supplies, and operational necessities for many local organizations as well as shopped for holiday gifts for families in need.

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.

OVERALL ADVISOR:

Ms. Laura Clegg, lclegg@lfschools.net

SENIOR ADVISOR:

Ms. Kristen Logas, klogas@lfschools.net

JUNIOR ADVISOR:

Ms. Julie Chantler Crouch, jcrouch@lfschools.net

SOPHOMORE ADVISOR:

Ms. Shelly Lindsey-Perera, slindsey@lfschools.net

Freshman Advisor:

Ms. Cindy Rogna, crogna@lfschools.net

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COMMUNITY AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Big 2 Little

Big 2 Little members travel to Evelyn Alexander School in North Chicago on Wednesday afternoons to work with Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students on their after school activities and projects. This mentorship club is sponsored by the Gorter Family Foundation of Lake Bluff and the North Chicago Community Partners.

ADVISOR:

Mr. Dan Panfil, dpanfil@lfschools.net

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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 our  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 to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.

Applications for Link Crew Leaders are completed in the spring with Leader Training occurring in August just before the start of the school year.

LINK CREW COORDINATORS:

Ms. Maggie Harmsen, mharmsen@lfschools.net
Ms. Rebecca Schwartz, rschwartz@lfschools.net

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Red Cross

The Red Cross is a symbol of hope throughout the world. As part of this humanitarian organization, the LFHS Chapter of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago provides relief to victims of single family emergencies, and community, national and international disasters; and helps people to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Annual activities include, CPR/AED trainings, sponsoring blood drives and aiding through fundraising and collections relief to those in need.
Please see Mrs Diane Bower RN for further details.

ADVISOR:

Mrs. Diane Bower, dbower@lfschools.net

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Scout Buddies

Scout Buddies is a club that encourages friendship building among ALL STUDENTS at Lake Forest High School. 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.  We  volunteer at places like Bernie's Book Bank.

ADVISOR:

Mrs. Lovitsch, dlovitsch@lfschools.net

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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.

ADVISOR:

Ms. Megan Miles, mmiles@lfschools.net

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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.
 
The goals of a TED-Ed Club are:

  • To stimulate and celebrate creative ideas put forth by students from all over the world.
  • To work with a generation of problem solvers, critical thinkers and innovators to make the world a better place.
  • To connect groups of students and educators of all different backgrounds around the world.
  • To be a platform for student ideas.
  • To support students in developing presentation and public speaking skills, so that their ideas can be more easily seen, understood, shared and acted upon.
  • To make an idea--developed and presented by a student--a valuable reference point on a résumé, college application or in a job interview.
Advisors:

Mr. Jimmy Juliano, jjuliano@lfschools.net
Ms. Laura Grigg, lgrigg@lfschools.net

Follow us on Instagram at: @TEDxLFHS

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Women's Club

LFHS Women's Club is a student led organization which focuses on helping women and children in the surrounding area (mainly North Chicago). The members are dedicated to the belief, that if all work together, they can impact the people they strives to serve and also those who are helping. Activities include trips to Bernie's Book Bank, volunteering at a school in North Chicago, and various local volunteer options and events such as "The Glass Slipper Project".

ADVISOR:

Ms. Elizabeth Hannon, ehannon@lfschools.net, 847-582-7346

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ATHLETIC

FALL INTRAMURAL SPORTS

Fall intramural sports currently include flag football and basketball. The fee is $20. Check your email announcements at the beginning of the school year for sign-up information.

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CREATIVE/SOCIAL/Advocacy

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.

ADVISOR:

Mr. John Wanninger, jwanninger@lfschools.net

Follow us on Instagram at: @LFHSAlliance

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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. The club members determine which projects we do, based on the group’s interests. Members can join as their schedules allow, so if you have a sport and need to jump out for a few months, that’s fine! Come check out Art Club!

ADVISORS:

Ms. Carolyn Bielski, cbielski@lfschools.net
Ms. Jennifer Thomas, jthomas@lfschools.net

Follow us on Instagram at: @LFHS.ArtClub

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Bass Fishing Team                   

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. To keep in practice the club fishes locally, and participates in a few tournaments a year, including the IHSA tournament. There is not a limit to the amount of students, though in tournaments you can only have 2 students fishing at a time and a total of two boats. The club usually meets on Wednesdays after school, though the days can change depending on the schedule and weather. On fishing days transportation will be provided.

Advisor:

Mr. Joe Busse, JBusse@lfschools.net

IHSA - THE FUTURE FISHES HERE!

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Book Club

The Book Club is the official club for reading enthusiasts at LFHS. We read a new book each month, and get to enjoy conversations about reading in a fun and relaxed environment.

For updates regarding our club and to find out what we’re reading, feel free to contact Ms. Pausch at kpausch@lfschools.net

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Chess

Any student is welcome! Come and play for fun or more serious competition.  Club members will be taught all aspects of the game: Openings, Middlegame techniques, Endings, and Chess Strategy. During the Chess Team season, members can compete as a team against other schools in official matches, tournaments, and participate in the League and IHSA State Team Chess Tournament.

ADVISOR:

Mr. Phil Woodruff, pwoodruff@lfschools.net

SEASON SCHEDULE

October
November
December
January
February

IHSA State Chess Team Tournament

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EmbRACE

EmbRACE is a safe place OPEN TO ALL students to embrace positive racial identity, develop racial consciousness, and advance racial justice through school initiatives. This group centers around the experiences of people of color as well as offers a space to explore whiteness. Activities range from social events to attending area-high school conferences with other student groups that organize against racism.

Advisor:

Ms. Amy Lyons, alyons@lfschools.net

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eSports

eSports is one of the newest activities to come to Lake Forest High School. We are a group dedicated to bringing competitive eSports to LFHS and help support the growth and talents of are many avid gamers. We currently focus on the game "League of Legends", but are looking to expand in the future to more games. We compete in the IHSEA annual tournament and are also participating in the Lawrence Tech University "State Champs!" Tournament. All are welcome to participate, no matter what experience you may have with gaming.

The club is coached at the Varsity level by Brian Boruszak and at the Junior Varsity level by Greg Simmons. Both are Social Studies teachers and have been gamers for their entire lives. They are thrilled at the opportunity to bring eSports to Lake Forest and can't wait to see how the sport grows over the next few years.

Advisors:

Mr. Brian Boruszak, BBoruszak@lfschools.net
Mr. Greg Simmons, GSimmons@lfschools.net

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Environmental Club

Enviro Club seeks to fight climate change and educate both club members and the school as a whole regarding the environmental impact of human activities. Club members are provided opportunities to realize their goals of environmental service. Most projects are student initiated. Last year's activities included: fundraisers for Ocean Cleanup and Save the Bees, partnering with Big2Little to help the kids plant tomatoes and basil for home gardening, and Earth Week activities to raise environmental awareness, including a plant giveaway.

ADVISORS:

Mr. Jim Mergl, jmergl@lfschools.net

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Gamers Club

Gamers Club is a social club for students interested in games of all types: console gaming, board/card games, Dungeons & Dragons, PC gaming, etc. The club is what you make it. Bring your favorite games and join us!

Advisors:

Mr. Steve Aronson, saronson@lfschools.net
Ms. Laura Grigg, lgrigg@lfschools.net

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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.

ADVISOR:

Mr. Timothy Haskett, thaskett@lfschools.net

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Human Rights Club

The LFHS Human Rights Club was created to develop and foster an understanding of human rights in the 21st century among students, faculty and the Lake Forest school community. Each year our club recognizes International Human Rights Day, on December 10th, by hosting a speaker in the DMT to raise awareness of human rights around the world. In past years our club has sponsored speakers to address issues such as landmines in Cambodia, education and poverty in America, relief efforts and health care in Haiti and the refugee crisis in Syria, just to name a few. We hold meetings every other Tuesday to discuss current global issues and plan fundraising initiatives.  Last year our club opened a new thrift shop for social justice.  The store is called Continental Thrift and it is located in the old snack shop on the first floor near the student cafeteria.  Club members work in the store during all three lunch periods on Thursdays.  All proceeds are donated to a specific non-for-profit organization each month.  New members are welcome!

ADVISOR:

Ms. Kelly McKee, kmckee@lfschools.net

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Scout Nation

Scout Nation Mission Statement

The 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.

ADVISOR:

Ms. Kristin Gregory,  kgregory@lfschools.net

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Activities:
  • Support ALL Lake Forest High School Sports
  • Meet and decide which games will make the "Highlighted" games of the week
  • Go to as many games as possible and cheer in a positive way by cheering for LFHS rather than cheering against an opponent.
  • Create different themes & ideas for each game to create interest and fun for fans to participate in.      
LFHS FIGHT SONG!    

Play it while you sing along!     
Cheer, cheer for Lake Forest High
the school whose spirit never dies.
Cheer for the team that has made it famous in the years gone by
and we will cheer for the blue and the gold,
the colors ever wave on high.
So let’s add to the score and win here once more,
come on and fight Lake Forest High.

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Tech Crew

Welcome to LFHS Tech Crew!
Tech Crew creates the sets, lighting, sound, special effects and scenic automation for all plays, musicals and the APT Talent Show. No prior experience is necessary – so please join us if you have any interest in building, painting, lighting, sound or electronics.

Once you have learned the basics, working on a few school productions, you can be invited to join the elite team of technicians on the PAID TECH STAFF who provide technical assistance for school, community and outside events, which take place in one of our performance spaces.

VIEW MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TECH CREW HERE

Advisor

Mary Toledano, mtoledano@lfschools.net

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Exchange Opportunities

China Exchange

Mutianyu Great Wall-Beijing                   Forbidden City-Beijing

The application for the 2019-2020 China Exchange program has been extended to December 3rd!

Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have an interest are encouraged to apply!

The highlights of the program include:

  • Travel to China, visiting our sister school in Shanghai, and exploring 4 cities - Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xi'an and Beijing. Tentative dates: June 11 - June 24, 2020
  • Host a student from our Shanghai sister school in China. Tentative dates: October 1 - October 14, 2020
  • Scholarships are available. Please contact Xiao laoshi or Señora Serrato for further information.

Sample China Trip Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrive in Shanghai-school tour/Settle in dorms/Welcome reception

Day 2 – Visit classes at sister school/Peace Hotel Tour/Architecture Tour/Oriental Pearl Tower

Day 3 – Shanghai Museum/Urban Planning Exhibition Museum/Yu Garden

Day 4 and 5 – Hangzhou-West Lake/Meijiawu Tea Plantation/Lei Feng Pagoda/Lingyin Temple

Day 6 and 7 – Shanghai: Home Stay with your exchange student’s family in Shanghai

Day 8 – Fly to Xi’an/Terracotta Warriors/Ceramics Art Factory/Big Goose Pagoda

Day 9 – Xi’an – Hua Shan Mountain/Xi’an City Wall/Muslim Market/Fly to Beijing

Day 10 – Beijing – Tiananmen Square/Forbidden City/Temple of Heaven/Peking duck and Kung Fu show

Day 11 – Beijing – Great Wall/Ming Tombs/Olympic park/Jade Center

Day 12 – Beijing – Summer Palace/Bayi High School/Hutong and Houhai Tour

Day 13 – Beijing – Flag raising ceremony/depart for Chicago

How to apply:

Two videos made by a former participant:

http://lfhsnewmedia.com/video/play/dOHiL9uu81-O

http://lfhsnewmedia.com/video/play/0Vz90wzGlp2X

ADVISORS:

Ms. Han Xiao, hxiao@lfschools.net
Ms. Drea Serrato, aserrato@lfschools.net

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Dutch Exchange (Applications currently not being accepted, 2019 group is confirmed)

What to expect:

  • You will be matched with a Dutch student exchange partner; you will correspond via email and social media before you meet.  They are high school students from the Netherlands who are fluent in English.
  • You will meet a few times with our American group to prepare for the trip and discuss Dutch culture and travel expectations.
  • You will host your Dutch exchange partner as a house guest from May 1st to May 10th, 2019.  They will spend one day shadowing you at school but otherwise will have activities planned for them during school days with their group.  They will be with you in the evenings and for weekend days.
  • You will be a house guest of your Dutch exchange partner for ten days when we go there in June.  While you are there you will:
    • Visit Segbroek College (equivalent to our high school) and sample classes there
    • Tour the Netherlands’ cities, towns, countryside, and canals
    • Visit museums and historic sites
    • Learn about Dutch culture

Who is going:  The maximum number of students we will take is 25; graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.  The teachers accompanying the students are Mrs. Cindy Collier, history teacher at LFHS, and Mrs. Drea Serrato, Spanish teacher at LFHS.  Both teachers have chaperoned multiple international student trips before and both are knowledgeable of the people we will meet and sites we will see on the trip.  Our Dutch partner is Mr. Martijn Ras and Ms. Mary Koekenberg, both teachers at Segbroek College, who have organized and participated in this exchange multiple times.  This exchange has successfully operated for over 20 years.

What it will cost:  The estimated cost is $2000, and includes round trip airfare from Chicago to Amsterdam, lodging with a Dutch family for ten days (including multiple meals), transportation in the Netherlands for length of stay, tour of Amsterdam, tour of the Hague, tour of Rotterdam, and the entries to museums and other sights of interests at these places.  Students will need additional money to cover some lunches, souvenirs, and admission fees for places they choose to visit on their free time.  

When: Dutch Students visit for 10 days in the Spring of 2019, LFHS students travel in June 2019 (and subsequent odd numbered years)

ADVISORS:

Ms. Cindy Collier, ccollier@lfschools.net

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