Co-Curricular Activities

With over 2,200 spots for 660 students, Wheaton Academy is one of the few high schools in America that has more than a 3:1 co-curricular ratio.

Academic Activities

Business Club

Sponsors: Phil Strzalka, David Rivera

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August-May

Weekly Schedule: Weekly lunch meeting

Cost: $50

Special Factors: The Business Club will incorporate the DECA Program. Students will enter competitions to display their knowledge in may different aspects of business. We will also be attending a leadership seminar in the fall. For more information visit www.deca.org.

Parent Participation: Involvement is invited, but not required.

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

Environmental Club

SponsorDick Clancy

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: All students and grades

Season Dates: Fall through Spring

Weekly Schedule: Meetings during lunch and after school

Cost: Free

Special Factors: Meet to design methods to improve the school environmentally, including recycling.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

 

Literary Club

SponsorTrish Main

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: All students and grades

Season Dates: Fall through Spring

Weekly Schedule: After school meetings

Cost: Free

Special Factors: Collect and review students’ literature and art submissions. Meet to design and assemble the journal. Print and distribute the school’s Literary Journal in the spring.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

WYSE

SponsorLuke Regan

Participants: Up to 14

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Regional competition held in early February, with winners advancing to the sectional finals in March, and state finals in April.

Weekly Schedule: Individual practices by appointment, with team practice times built around players’ schedules.

Cost: None

Special Factors: Players practice and compete by taking challenging tests in their area of strength. This dramatically improves a student’s test taking skills, increasing the potential for success on various college entrance exams. High placement on the state finals exam results in a scholarship to University of Illinois School of
Engineering.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Given the specialized practice format, there are few to no conflicts.

Model Building and Strategy Gaming

SponsorJosh Burick

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: School year

Weekly Schedule: Once per week after school; possibly more if participants are interested

Cost: None

Special Factors: Students who like to build things with their hands and enjoy tabletop strategy gaming, computer gaming, and board games. Students can participate in one or both activities. Mr. Burick will teach model building techniques, and strategy games for students to play. Relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

Robotics Club

SponsorGerard Cruz

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Fall through January

Weekly Schedule: Saturdays

Cost: None

Makers Club

SponsorJosh Burick

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Fall through Spring

Weekly Schedule: Formal meetings once a week during lunch where we will create a weekly schedule for whenever students want to come in and work

Cost: Free unless student wants to pursue a more expensive project that is not covered by club budget.

Special Factors: Makers Club is for all students with flexible schedules that empowers students to use their creative skills in making practically whatever they like. All sorts of technology will be used in the Maker Space ranging from 3D printing to Laser CNC technology to the classic scissors and glue gun. At the beginning of the school year, students complete a small, fun project and then are given a personal budget to complete a project of their choosing. Examples range from Star Wars models, to RC cars, to class projects, to marshmallow guns and more. An ultimate goal is to submit a project to the Maker Faire in downtown Chicago each April!

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Mock Trial Team

Sponsors: Doug Hardy & Nate Leman

Participants: 8-20. Participants are chosen by application and test score

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Mid-November tryouts; November-December practices; January-March season

Weekly Schedule: 2-3 practices per week after school and Saturday mornings, 12-15 hours per week early season; 15-18 hours per week February–March.

Cost: Approximately $100 for various items an activities.

Special Factors: Students must wear professional attire and attend weekend retreats in November and March.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Saturday mornings due to tournaments

Outspoken - Poetry Club

Sponsor: Alyssa Strzalka

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Season dates: Year round

Weekly schedule: Biweekly lunch meetings

Cost: None

Special factors: Possible performance readings

Parent participation: None

Known conflicts: None

Scholastic Bowl

SponsorsEvan Jasper

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Competitions take place from late October through the first week of March

Weekly Schedule: One team practice per week. Conference matches take place Tuesdays from late October through early December. Between 2 and 3 all-day Saturday tournaments are scheduled from late October through early March.

Cost: Lunch money for Saturday tournaments plus approximately $25 for t-shirt

Special Factors: Players need not be experts in academic study or performance, they simply must be willing to learn, compete, and have fun!

Parent Participation: Communication concerning potential conflicts with competition schedule. Participation in dinners in September and March.

Known Conflicts: Winter sports

Science Bowl

SponsorLuke Regan

Participants: Up to 10

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: First competition in November. Season may continue through late April.

Weekly Schedule: Individual practices by appointment, with team practice times built around players’ schedules.

Cost: None

Special Factors: Participants should have a passion for science, math and/or computer science. Players will also benefit from familiarity with the quiz bowl format, but it is not required for participation on the team.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Given the specialized practice format, there are few to no conflicts.

Car Club

Sponsor: Patrick Tompson

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Season Dates: Year round, including summer.

Weekly Schedule: Trips to C.A.R.S. ministry at Willow Creek Church in South Barrington on Mondays every other week, Club meetings may be held once a week.

Cost: None

Special Factors: None

Parent Participation: Transportation to and from Willow Creek Church

Known Conflicts: None

Athletics Activities

Cross Country, Co-ed (JV & Varsity)

Head CoachChris Felinski

Participants: Unlimited – must be able to demonstrate the conditioning standard of being able to run 3 miles in under 25:30 for boys and under 27:00 for girls the first day of practice

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August-November

Weekly Schedule: Monday-Friday, 3:20-5:30 p.m., Saturday meets

Cost: Approximately $130 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Summer training: three days a week in June & July

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall activities. Contact the coach for specifics.

Football (JV & Varsity)

Head Coach: Jim Johanik

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: August-October

Weekly Schedule: One game, practice 3:30-6:00 p.m. after school, some Saturdays

Cost: Approximately $150 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Camp Dates: June and July. Players must have 12 days of practice before playing in a game.

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall activities. Contact the coach for specifics

Boys Golf (JV & Varsity)

Head Coach: Bob Broman

Participants: 9 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: August-October

Weekly Schedule: 2-3 hours on non-match days, 3-4 hours for home matches, 4+ hours for away matches, periodic Saturday events

Cost: Approximately $75 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Must have golf clubs

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall activities. Contact the coach for details.

 

Girls Golf (JV & Varsity)

Head CoachChip Dykema

Participants: 9-15

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior girls

Season Dates: August-October

Weekly Schedule: 2-3 hours, 2-3 days a week. 3-4 hours for home matches. 4+ hours for away matches

Cost: Approximately $75 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Must have golf clubs

Parent Participation: As requested by the coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall activities. Contact the coach for details.

 

Sideline Cheerleading

Head CoachLeah Rinker

Participants: 14-16

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior girls

Season Dates: August-October

Weekly Schedule: 2-3 practices per week

Cost: Approximately $100 for various items and activities

Special Factors: None

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall activities. Contact the coach for details.

 

Boys Tennis (JV, Varsity)

Head Coach: Chip Dykema

Participants: 10-13 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: March-May

Weekly Schedule: Practices or matches every day after school

Cost: Approximately $150 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Racquet required. Private lessons and out-of-season training are highly recommended.

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Spring activities. Contact the coach for details.

Girls Tennis (JV, Varsity)

Head Coach: Rick Huffman

Participants: 10-13 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior girls

Season Dates: August-October

Weekly Schedule: Practice or match every day after school and most Saturdays

Cost: Approximately $100 for various items and activities

Special Factors: WA summer tennis camp; private lessons, and out-of-season training highly recommended

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall activities. Contact the coach for details.

 

Baseball (JV & Varsity)

Head CoachJustin Swider

Participants: 20 maximum per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: Late February-June

Weekly Schedule: Monday-Friday, 3:00-5:30 p.m. practice, 4:30-7:00 p.m. home games, some Saturdays with double headers

Cost: Approximately $150 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Summer baseball June-July; practices, varsity trip during spring break (additional fees)

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Spring activities. Contact the coach for details.

 

Lacrosse (JV & Varsity)

Head CoachGeof Weisenborn

Participants: 20 players on each team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: March 1-end of May

Weekly Schedule: 2 hours a day, 5 days a week; 15 game season

Cost: Approximately $300 for various items and activities, plus purchase or rental of lacrosse equipment and uniform

Special Factors: Pre-season strength and conditioning program in early November. Student-led lacrosse games are held Wednesday mornings before school from January-February. Players encouraged to play in a weekly winter indoor lacrosse league. All athletes, regardless of prior experience, are encouraged to try out.

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Spring activities. Contact the coach for details.

Boys & Girls Swimming

Head CoachKiernan Mack

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: November-February

Weekly Schedule: Dependent on club team

Cost: Dependent on club team

Special Factors: Participate in State tournament with Wheaton Academy and all other participation is with club team

Parent Participation: Travel for State tournament and club team

Known Conflicts: Winter and spring activities. Contact the coach for specifics.

Boys Basketball (Freshman, Sophomore, & Varsity)

Interim Head CoachSteve Thonn

Participants: 12-13 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: November-February

Weekly Schedule: Approximately four 2-hour practices and 2 games every week

Cost: Approximately $200 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Summer league, summer camp, Thanksgiving tournament, varsity practices during Christmas break, and possible Winterim trip for sophomore and varsity teams.

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall, winter, early spring activities and possibly Winterim. Contact the coach for details.

Girls Basketball (JV, & Varsity)

Interim Head CoachErin Carwell

Participants: 12-15 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior girls

Season Dates: November-February

Weekly Schedule: 2-3 games per week, practice Monday-Friday

Cost: Approximately $200 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Summer league, summer camp, JV and Varsity practice and games during and post Christmas break and during Winterim

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall, winter, early spring activities and possibly Winterim. Contact the coach for details.

Boys Soccer (JV & Varsity)

Head CoachCody Snauffer

Participants: 18-22 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: August-October

Weekly Schedule: 20 hours a week

Cost: Approximately $250 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Most players play club or indoor soccer during the off-season.

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall activities. Contact the coach for details

Girls Soccer (JV & Varsity)

Head Coach: Maria Selvaggio

Participants: 18-22 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior girls

Season Dates: Late February-May

Weekly Schedule: Practice or games 6 days per week, 3:30-5:15 p.m. games done by 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Approximately $250 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Varsity practices & tournament over spring break; overnight trip during season

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Spring activities, spring break. Contact the coach for details.

 

Girls Volleyball (Freshmen, JV, Varsity)

Head CoachD.A. Nichols

Participants: 10-12 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior girls

Season Dates: August– mid-November

Weekly Schedule: 2-hour daily practices, weekend tournaments, off-season open gym, Labor Day weekend tournament and practice

Cost: Approximately $250-400 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Summer program, performance training, and open gyms strongly encouraged.

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Fall activities. Contact the coach for details.

Boys Volleyball (JV & Varsity)

Head CoachD.A. Nichols

Participants: 10-12 per team

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: March-early May

Weekly Schedule: 2-hour daily practices, weekend tournaments

Cost: $200-300 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Summer program, performance training, and open gyms strongly encouraged

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: End of winter activities, spring activities. Contact the coach for details.

Track (Co-Ed)

Head Boys CoachChris Felinski

Head Girls Coach: Daniel Ball

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: late February through end of May for outdoor track

Weekly Schedule: Outdoor Track and Field 2- hour practices, 5 days a week, and 12 outdoor meets

Cost: Approximately $115 for various items and activities

Special Factors: N/A

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Spring activities. Contact the coach for details.

Softball (JV)

Head Coach: TBD

Participants: 13-16 girls

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior girls

Season Dates: Late February-May

Weekly Schedule: 2-hour practices every day after school and morning practices on Saturdays; weekday and Saturday games

Cost: Approximately $150 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Non-mandatory workouts September-February; private lessons encouraged. Possible spring break trip for varsity.

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Spring activities, spring break. Contact the coach for details.

Wrestling (JV & Varsity)

Head Coach: Michael Swider

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior boys

Season Dates: November-February

Weekly Schedule: Practices every day after school, some weekend tournaments, regional, sectional, and state tournaments

Cost: Approximately $125 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Camp is encouraged.

Parent Participation: As requested by coach and team parent. See page 30 for details.

Known Conflicts: Winter activities. Contact the coach for specifics.

 

Fine Arts Activities

Camerata—Instrumental Chamber Music

SponsorSteve Willemssen

Participants: 10-15; by audition

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior band and orchestra students

Season Dates: First semester

Weekly Schedule: Mondays or Tuesdays mornings 7:00-7:50 a.m.; various community performances throughout the school year

Cost: None

Special Factors: Open by audition

Parent Participation: Transportation to morning rehearsals

Known Conflicts: None

Furnace Company Dance Team

SponsorAbby Woelfel

Participants: By audition

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August retreat; auditions are twice a year (September and May)

Weekly Schedule: Rehearsals three times a week; performances throughout the year; November tour; occasional early morning practice.

Cost: $60 for retreat; $300-$500 for tour

Special Factors: Tour is in November.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Most sports. Contact the sponsor for details

Furnace Company Improv Team

SponsorBrad Skeba

Participants: 15-25; by audition

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August retreat; auditions twice a year (September and May)

Weekly Schedule: Rehearsals twice a week; performances throughout the year; November tour

Cost: $60 for retreat; $300-$500 for tour

Special Factors: Tour is in November.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Most sports. Contact the sponsor for details

SponsorBrad Skeba

Participants: 15-25; by audition

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August retreat; auditions twice a year (September and May)

Weekly Schedule: Rehearsals twice a week; performances throughout the year; November tour

Cost: $60 for retreat; $300-$500 for tour

Special Factors: Tour is in November.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Most sports. Contact the sponsor for details

Spring Musical

SponsorCorbett Burick

Participants: 60-70 in cast; by audition

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: January-March; auditions in December

Weekly Schedule: Dependent on role, 4-5 times per week after school, and on Saturdays

Cost: Tap shoes and $20 for optional sweatshirt

Special Factors: One week of evening dress rehearsals; rehearsal on President’s Day

Parent Participation: Meals during rehearsal week; intermission desserts

Known Conflicts: Varsity girls and boys basketball, indoor track, wrestling. Contact the sponsor for details.

Spring Musical Crews

Sponsors:
Nancy Burick (Costumes)
Josh Burick (Set Construction/Design)
Rachael Burick (Tech)
Matthew Hockett (Stage)
Barb Frost (Tickets)
Angela Broman (Props)
Leah Rinker (Hair & Make-up)

Participants: Unlimited; by sign up

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: February-March

Weekly Schedule: Approximately 2 hours after school, some Saturdays and all show dates. Contact sponsor for detailed schedule.

Cost: $20 for optional sweatshirt

Special Factors: Contact the sponsor for details.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Spring Musical Pit Orchestra

SponsorSteve Willemssen

Participants: 20-30; by audition

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior band and orchestra students Season Dates: January-March

Weekly Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in January and February; more often during dress rehearsal and performance weeks

Cost: $20 for optional sweatshirt

Special Factors: Open by audition

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Winter sports

Fall/Winter Show

SponsorCorbett Burick

Participants: 10-20; by audition

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: September-October

Weekly Schedule: Rehearsals 3-4 times per week; dress rehearsal week; two-four performances in October

Cost: Tickets and $20 for optional sweatshirt

Special Factors: One week of evening dress rehearsals

Parent Participation: Meals during rehearsal week

Known Conflicts: Fall sports and other fall activities. Contact the sponsor for details.

Jazz Ensemble

SponsorSteve Willemssen

Participants: 15-30; by audition

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior band and orchestra students

Season Dates: September-May

Weekly Schedule: Rehearsals Thursdays or Fridays before school

Cost: None

Special Factors: None

Parent Participation: Transportation to morning rehearsals

Known Conflicts: None

Pep Band

SponsorSteve Willemssen

Participants: 15-30; by audition

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior band and orchestra students

Season Dates: September-May

Weekly Schedule: Rehearsals Thursdays or Fridays before school

Cost: None

Special Factors: None

Parent Participation: Transportation to morning rehearsals

Known Conflicts: None

WAcappella - Gracenotes

SponsorJoel Visker

Participants: 8-16 students (auditions will be held in early fall)

Open to: Freshman, Sophomore, junior and senior students enrolled in choral or instrumental ensembles or Intro to Musical Theater

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: Practice once per week, day TBD 7:00-7:55 a.m.

Cost: None

Special Factors: Perform in a variety of community performances throughout the school year

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

WAcappella - Prince Crossing

SponsorJoel Visker

Participants: 8-16 students (auditions will be held in early fall)

Open to: Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior music students

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: TBA

Cost: None

Special Factors: Perform in a variety of community performances throughout the school year

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

WAcappella - KANTOREI

SponsorJoel Visker

Participants: 8-16 students (auditions will be held in early fall)

Open to: Junior and senior choral or instrumental students

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: Weekly practice Tuesday mornings 7:00-7:55am

Cost: None

Special Factors: None

Parent Participation: Transportation to 7:00 a.m. rehearsal

Known Conflicts: None

Community Service

Local Service Opportunities

SponsorsJim Holtrop, Brittany Klenke, Christian Rivera, & Hollee Ball

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: October-May

Weekly Schedule: TBD

Cost: None

Special FactorsProject LEAD will continue to make local service opportunities available to those who want to grow in Christ through serving opportunities.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

Leadership

Class Activities and Events

Class SponsorsLeah RinkerCassie PrempasValerie Gregersen

Advisory Curriculum Leaders: Matt Hockett & Brigitta Engebretsen

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: All year. Homecoming events, class chapels, and many other activities throughout the year

Weekly Schedule: Weekly advisory groups, determined by scheduled events. Opportunities for participation will be announced throughout the year.

Cost: Varies by event

Special Factors: Have a desire to volunteer, serve, and lead

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Project LEAD

Mission Statement: To learn and practice Kingdom leadership in the context of our campus, local, and global communities

Sponsors:

General Project LEAD questions should be directed to Eric Bowling.

Participants: Unlimited. Participants are chosen by application and acceptance in April of students’ junior year

Open to: Seniors—application and interview process completed by the end of junior year

Season Dates: Mid-April of students’ junior year to late-May senior year

Weekly Schedule: 4-8 hours/week; evening meetings every two weeks. Retreat in August. Participation in student activities and spiritual life at Wheaton Academy expected regularly.

Cost: Approximately $80-100 for various items and activities

Special Factors: Seniors will provide student leadership for underclassmen students at WA and in our local and global communities.

Parent Participation: None

Student Council

SponsorsJim Holtrop & Brittany Klenke

Participants: Participants are chosen by application and acceptance in the spring of the previous school year

Open to: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August-May

Weekly Schedule: Meetings twice a month during lunch; extra meetings during Homecoming

Cost: None

Special Factors: Must attend all student activities, including Homecoming and Christmas Soiree.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

National Honor Society

Originally Chartered in 1934

SponsorsTrish Main

Participants: Unlimited. Participants who meet the criteria listed below are invited to apply in September. After a review of the applications, acceptance is verified in October.

Season Dates: Induction ceremony in November, year-round responsibilities

Weekly Schedule: None. Students are required to complete ten (10) hours of pre-approved off-campus service and a minimum of four (4) hours of on-campus service before the end of the school year.

Cost: None

Special Factors: Invitations are extended to Juniors & Seniors who have been enrolled full time at Wheaton Academy for at least 2 semesters and meet the high standards of scholarship (minimum of 3.6 cumulative GPA), Christian character, leadership, and service.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Round Tables

SponsorLeah RinkerCassie PrempasValerie Gregersen

Participants: 10-15 per class level

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: All year

Schedule: Lunch meeting once per month

Cost: None

Special Factors: Members will be meeting to organize ideas to unite their class community, as well as the school community. Members will also sponsor one/two fundraisers to raise funds for their class Senior Trip.

Student Reps

SponsorsBrittany Klenke and Amy Burdett

Participants: 45. Participants are chosen by application in fall

Open to: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: As able to participate

Cost: None

Special Factors: Separate evening and daytime events

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Worship Team

SponsorEvan Jasper & Brian Hogan

Participants: 14-18. Participants are chosen by application and audition in the spring of the previous year

Open to: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August retreat; active during the entire school year

Weekly Schedule: 2-hour evening rehearsals; 7:15 a.m. on days when playing in chapel

Cost: Approximately $50 for various items and activities

Special Factors: None

Parent Participation: Parents are encouraged to attend a year-end dinner and pray regularly for the team

Known Conflicts: None

Media

Live Video & Television Production

SponsorMatthew Hockett

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August-June

Weekly Schedule: Lunch meeting once a month for training and to discuss details of schedule; opportunities throughout the week to produce events (chapels, TV reports, sporting and fine arts events)

Cost: Shirt (optional)

Special Factors: There are a variety of positions available: Camera Operator, Commentators and Play-by-Play Announcers, Audio Engineer, Assistant Director, Director, Graphic Designer, Production Assistant

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

Yearbook

Sponsor: Lauren Spitler & Jim Holtrop

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August-June

Weekly Schedule: Weekly meeting (before or after school) and work online as needed

Cost: None

Special Factors: Members are responsible for designing, creating, and formatting Wheaton Academy’s yearbook. In doing this, students will be exposed to the publishing process and will mimic the function of a small business. Meeting deadlines, managing costs and budgets, selling ads, and working independently and on a team are essential elements to our individual and collective success. Students will learn and sharpen basic journalism skills, such as interviewing and caption writing; design and layout skills, such as photography and page design.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None; open participation; Seasonal participation is also an option

Recreation

Climbing Club & Climbing Team

Sponsor: Luke Regan

Participants: Unlimited, however, there are only 13 seats available in the van going to Vertical Endeavors; based on seniority

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: Trips to Vertical Endeavors in Glendale Heights 2-3 times a month from 3:15- 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Climbing Team will have the opportunity to participate in 2-3 competitions throughout the year.

Cost: $10 per visit to Vertical Endeavors

Special Factors: We climb at Vertical Endeavors, a world class indoor climbing wall in Glendale Heights.

Parent Participation: Sign liability waivers; help keep kids accountable for safety and positive mature behavior

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

Gaming Club

SponsorJosh Burick

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Maroon Platoon

SponsorLeah Rinker

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Our students that cheers at all games. Lead by a group of seniors. They lead cheers and arrange for game themes at all of our home games.

Trap Club

SponsorKen Ellis

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Fall & Spring

Weekly Schedule: Tuesday nights, some Saturdays

Cost: $90

Special Factors: Students need to apply for IL FOID card

World Cultures

French Club

SponsorAnn Kwiatkowski

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: French students, past and present

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: Monthly meetings with fun cultural activities

Special Factors: Celebrate French holidays and cultural events

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

National French Honor Society

SponsorAnn Kwiatkowski

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Students who are currently taking French III Advanced or AP French. Students have a 3.6 GPA and who satisfy character, service, and scholarship requirements as deemed by WA World Languages Department.

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: Monthly meetings with mentoring, promoting the French language at WA, tutoring French, and leading French Club.

Cost: Events/Field Trips

Special Factors: Field trips

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Kairos

SponsorsDavona Reynolds

Participants: International students and friends

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: September-May

Weekly Schedule: Tuesday evenings, 5:00-7:00 p.m.; regular attendance encouraged to build relationships; occasional Kairos events as determined by Kairos calendar.

Cost: None

Special Factors: None

Parent Participation: Transportation to and from Kairos meetings and events

Known Conflicts: None

Spanish Club

SponsorChristian Rivera

Participants: TBD

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: TBD

Cost: None

Special Factors: None

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica

SponsorChristian Rivera

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Students currently taking Spanish III Advanced, Spanish IV, Spanish IV Advanced, or AP Spanish. Students with a 3.6 GPA and who satisfy character, service, and scholarship requirements as deemed by WA World Languages Department.

Season Dates: All year

Weekly Schedule: Monthly meetings with mentoring, promoting the Spanish language at WA, tutoring Spanish, and leading Spanish Club.

Cost: Events/Field Trips

Special Factors: Field trips

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Spanish Ministry | Sin Paredes

SponsorChristian Rivera

Participants: Spanish students

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a heart to serve and use Spanish in their community and abroad.

Season Dates: All year (including summer service opportunities)

Weekly Schedule: Thursdays during lunch and other appointed times according to ministry area: Tutoring Ministry, Christian Education Ministry, Ministry Worship Team, and Team Guatemala. Listen for announcements for more information.

Cost: None

Special Factors: None

Parent Participation: Transportation to and from school and any event or ministry location

Known Conflicts: None