Clubs and Activities
Wapakoneta High School has a number of clubs, which have been organized to give groups of students who share a special interest the opportunity to get together in a congenial atmosphere. You may join a club by contacting the faculty sponsor or advisor.
Academic Team (Mr. Friemering)
An academic team, which has tryouts and selections, represents WHS in local and regional academic contests. Practices occur after school with competitions and contests in the evenings and on weekends.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
This program is offered through Auglaize County and meets in St. Marys. Volunteers are assigned a student to work with and mentor. This is an excellent way to volunteer for the community.
Boys State-Girls State (Mr. Minnig)
Each year a selected group of students attend boys and girls state. These students have the opportunity to participate in a mock government situation for one week while getting to know students from around the state of Ohio.
Breakfast Club (Mrs. Epperly)
This group meets monthly and is designed to welcome all kids and get the first Monday of the month started off well. It is student led, a student chooses a topic and leads a round robin discussion. Generally, the closing asks the members to do a Random Act of Kindness some time later that day (i.e. give someone an honest compliment or a high five).
Cheerleading (Mrs. S. Koch)
It is the responsibility of the cheerleaders to encourage and maintain good school spirit. Any freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior is eligible to try out. The school furnishes uniforms. Each cheerleader is responsible for abiding by the Athletic Code.
Class and Club dances are social events sponsored by various classes or clubs to provide opportunities for recreation. Dress is usually casual. Plans for decorations are made and executed by students, usually around a theme such as Valentine’s Day or Sadie Hawkins. Music is furnished by a disc jockey hired by the sponsoring organization. The dances are instrumental in helping members of the student body make friends, practice the social graces, and develop poise and social maturity.
Class Officers (9th grade-Mrs. Welch, 10th grade-Mrs. Spencer, 11th grade-Mr. Stiger, 12th grade-Mr. Minnig)
Class officers are elected each spring by their respective classes. Each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) elects a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. It is the responsibility of the class officers to serve as role models, encourage class spirit, represent their classmates as elected officials, and make decisions regarding activities such as Prom and class fundraising.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) (Mr. Sammons and Mr. Dickey)
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a group of students who gather once a week to share in devotionals and personal experiences. The FCA also serves as a service organization by participating in activities such as Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-A-Highway and raising money to buy Christmas gifts for the needy.
French Club (Mrs. Romer)
The Foreign Language Clubs are open to any WHS student. The purpose of these clubs is to better inform interested students of the culture and customs of foreign countries which will also result in a better understanding of the people and the languages. The clubs meet monthly and dues may be charged to cover the cost of entertainment and refreshments.
Future Farmers of America (FFA) (Mr. Brown and Mr. Turner)
Members of the FFA are comprised of interested students who take an agriculture class. The group meets once a month to work on activities such as the sausage sale, pork dinner, the consignment sale, and other service activities. The year concluded with a banquet at which many students are recognized for their special contributions to the organization.
Gatekeepers (Mrs. Epperly)
Our group is designed to be the "eyes and ears" of the school. They feel the climate of the school and try make others feel welcome. Gatekeepers work with kids who seem to be facing a challenge; if the student needs more help, they meet with their counselor to find resources. Students meet twice monthly and do a variety of activities such as passing out Halloween candy, selling carnation, working the GLOW run and more.
The WHS athletic department and student senate schedules the annual homecoming celebration for one of the home football games. Special events programmed for this occasion include a performance by the marching band, highlighted by the crowing of the homecoming king and queen. The homecoming dance is held the evening following the field festivities in the high school cafeteria commons area.
Any student with study halls is welcome to volunteer to help in the library. They are trained on proper library procedures and basic office skills. Some of the students are hired at the public library because of the experience the gain volunteering at the high school.
Marching Band (Mr. Hilleary and Mr. Wimmers)
Membership in the Wapakoneta High School Band is open to all students. Students signing up for the band will participate in both marching and concert bands. Practice for the marching band will begin in late July. All band members will perform at home and away football games. At the end of marching season, the band members are formed into the concert bands. The concert bands will perform at a variety of concerts and competitions throughout the winter and spring.
Michelangelo Society (Art Club) (Mrs. S. Temple)
The Art Club offers membership to all students interested in art. Special activities, projects, and guest artists showing their work will be some of the featured events for the Art Club. Members are also responsible for helping to create and develop various spirit signs for many of our extra-curricular activities.
The cast for the musical is chosen from members of the student body. Supporting musical groups are obtained from the chorus and band classes. Additional help in staging these productions is secured from qualified students in other departments of the school.
National Honor Society (NHS) (Mr. Friemering and Mr. Dickey)
The purpose of the National Honor Society is to further an interest in scholastic pursuits through recognition of student achievement. All juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.4 or above are eligible for nomination. Students who wish to place their names in nomination are to develop a listing of all school-related activities, outside jobs, public service endeavors, and church activities. The National Honor Society is not just recognition of scholastic ability. The NHS is also an active service organization. Its goals are: 1. to create enthusiasm for scholarship; 2. to stimulate a desire to render service; 3. to promote leadership; 4. to develop character.
Octagon Club (Mr. and Mrs. Blosser)
The Octagon Club is a service club designed to give students an opportunity to be of service to their school and community. The club is actively involved in several continuing projects in the school communities. Social activities are planned throughout the year. The Optimist Club of Wapakoneta sponsors the Octagon Club.
Office Service Staff (Mrs. Klein, Mrs. West, Mrs. Hefner, and Mrs. Smeltzly)
Each year a group of students volunteer to assist with various clerical duties in the high school offices. The students assigned are selected from among those volunteers who are dependable, courteous, and have a strong work ethic. The students work under the direction of staff members in the office to which they are assigned. Training gained by students in this manner often leads to temporary or permanent positions outside school.
The Red Peppers are a group of students who serve as the band for the show choir. This band competes with the show choir in competition and performs at a variety of musical functions. Participants in the Red Peppers are selected by auditions.
Robotics Club (Mr. Fennell and Mrs. Koeller)
Students in our club are challenged to design, build, program, and operate a robot of their team's design to compete in a competition created by First Tech Challenge. Students learn to use STEM skills and engineering principles throughout the year. The club meets during our regular season from November through February. Meetings are held four to five days a weeks after school. Students are required to apply to be on the team.
The Junior-Senior Prom is the biggest and perhaps the most elaborate social function of the entire school year. Held in April or May, it serves as a farewell honoring the seniors. The junior class sponsors the dance. Numerous committees work very hard to make this a memorable occasion.
Redskin Revue is a talent show produced in the spring. Redskin Revue is a two-night affair held in the middle school auditorium. This production is for anyone in grades 9-12. Audition sign-up sheets will be in the choir room.
Senior Instructional Leadership Program
The program allows students to practice the art of teaching. Typically, high school seniors are connected with an elementary teacher who guide them through tutoring, building bulletin boards, teaching and more. A final portfolio is graded to earn credit for this experience. The program is designed to allow kids who are considering a degree in education to make a very informed decision about his or her future plans.
The Show Choir is comprised of selected members. Participants are selected by audition from the vocal music classes. The group performs for community service clubs and other organizations. Practice starts in late summer and continues throughout the school year.
Spanish Club (Miss Replogle and Mrs. Wehrman)
Spanish Club is open to all current and former Spanish students. The club hosts events such as a Spanish Concert, cultural and holiday events, and is a part of the International Dinner hosted by the Wapakoneta Foreign Language Department. It is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the Spanish culture outside of class.
Sportsmanship Committee (Mr. B. Rex)
The sportsmanship committee is a group of athletes who represent Wapakoneta High School at various sporting events and WBL meetings. These athletes, chosen by the athletic director, demonstrate good sportsmanship on and off the field.
Student Senate (Mrs. Courter)
The Student Senate of Wapakoneta High School is a group of elected students in grades 9-12 who meet regularly to:
- · Provide a forum for student opinion and interests
- · Involve students in purpose-oriented activities
- · Participate in democratically run meetings
- · Appoint students for service on committees
- · Encourage desirable attitudes and good citizenship
- · Promote leadership
- · Promote human relations
Student Library Committee
All students in grades 8-12 are welcome to apply for this group. Two students from each grade are to represent their fellow students. The group was formed to promote reading, use of our library, and to promote community service. The students will be doing fundraisers throughout the year. The money will go toward the purchase of books to be distributed to the elementary, and to purchase items needed in the library.
Theatre Arts Club/Drama Club (Ms. Barger)
This program allows students to experience all aspects of theatre. Students have the opportunity to participate int eh performances backstage and onstage. The students put on a fall production, princess tea party, and performs creative dramatic presentations for the Elementary School during Right to Read Week. Students also have the opportunity to develop their skills through various workshops offered throughout the year. There is also an opportunity to attend the Ohio Thespian Conference where they will meet other thespians, attend workshops, and watch performances.
Tutoring (Mrs. Epperly)
Students interested in tutoring elementary or fellow high school students can pick up a form in the guidance office. The guidance counselors then contact the necessary parties and arrange the services. This serves as an opportunity to interact with different age groups while helping fellow students to improve in a variety of subjects.
The yearbook members meet after the regular school day to edit the Retro, a pictorial record of the students, faculty, and events of the high school. Membership on the yearbook staff is both an honor and a responsibility, for the staff members must learn every phase of journalism in producing a yearbook that will please the readers. Credit may be earned for involvement in yearbook activities.