Belleville West

Activities &
Extra-Curricular Clubs

Get Involved

Belleville West offers a variety of clubs and organizations for students to become involved with during their high school years. Some of the clubs serve as volunteer groups within our community while others recognize academic achievement. Whatever extra-curricular a student decides to participate in serves as evidence of their commitment to activities beyond the school day. The question for Maroons should not be “Do I get involved,” but rather “How do I get involved?” Students who do get involved in clubs and organizations in high school tend to do better in their classes, too!

The following listings have been prepared to highlight our clubs here at Belleville West and provide a contact person for all who want to become an integral part of the Belleville West community. Besides creating relationships with others and having fun, membership in one or more of these clubs helps to build impressive resumes for scholarships and college acceptance.

When students excel academically, they are often invited to become members of important honor societies. The next section looks at some of the honor societies you can aspire to become members of over your high school career.

Arts & Performance


#ProjectLITMaroons is a group where students can read and discuss diverse young adult novels. It is a national, grassroots LITeracy movement, a network of dedicated teachers and students who are committed to increasing access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities. We meet once per semester, November and March, in the BW Library.

Basketball Band

Basketball Band is a volunteer band open to all band students that performs for Men’s Varsity Basketball games. We perform modern music, old school soul, funk, and jazz. We provide quite a bit of energy to the game, performing absolutely as much as possible!

The 5th Hour Jazz Band anchors the group and for this class attendance is a course requirement. The Jazz Band is featured before each game and performs a set of its own.

Attire: Band Shirt and Jeans. Additional band shirts are $15.00 if you need one.

Perks: Rock star status, all-access backstage passes, great seats, solid game analysis from the saxophone section, and plentiful nachos


The Bellevinois is the Belleville West yearbook.  Editors and staff members take photographs at activities throughout the year, write short articles about student events, and design the final book. Students may learn more about applying for the yearbook staff in B328, the Bellevinois office.

Book Club

Sponsors: Ms. John Lodle; Ms. Julie Schloesser

The Belleville West Book Club provides students with an opportunity to read and discuss books simply for enjoyment. The club meets in the Library after school four times during the school year (in October, November, January, and April) to enjoy refreshments and discuss books selected by the student members.

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Debate Team

Debate is a competitive team which travels both locally and to Chicago for competitions. Debaters must write, practice, and argue a case on a number of issues of controversy. Tryouts will begin the week of September 7th. We meet on Thursdays at 3:30pm in B214.

Sponsor: Mr. Brandon Hentze; Mr. Dave Van Zummeren



Harambee is an organization of students interested in experiencing African-American history and culture and promoting cultural diversity. We also address social justice, equity, mental health and wellness issues that affect teens today. All students are welcome to join. To remain active, students must pass all classes every quarter and maintain good character. The February Harambee Show performance is the major event. Rehearsals are in December, January, and February. We have monthly general meetings from 6:30 – 8:00p.

Sponsor: Ms. Carnetta Chalmers

Hy News

The Belleville West Hy News has been reporting the news of Belleville Township High School and then Belleville West High School for over 80 years. This student publication is a co-curricular activity, produced by its staff, which includes freshmen through seniors.

Sponsor:  Mr. Stephen Garland

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Little Theatre

Belleville West Little Theatre stages five productions each school year:  the fall play, the freshman-sophomore show, the children’s play, the traveling contest drama, and the spring musical.  The group sponsors monthly informational meetings, social events, workshops for actors and technicians, and a spring honors reception. Organizational meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30p.

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Page One Literary & Art Magazine

Page One, the Belleville West Literary and Art Magazine, is published in May of each year. Applications for staff positions on the magazine are available each fall. Students from all grade levels may submit poetry, short stories, essays, photography, and art each spring.

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Pit Orchestra (BW Musical)

Speech & Acting Club

The Speech and Acting Team is a competitive group that travels around the area. We compete in 14 different events.  Some students give speeches, some do acting performances, and some do both. Members perform dramatic, humorous, and public speaking pieces.  The season runs from October to February. We meet Thursdays at 3:35pm in B107.

Sponsor: Mr. Adam Jenkins

Spring Musical

Sponsors: Mr. Nick Johnson and Ms. Kay Guebert

We stage a musical every spring and it’s a fun and exciting way to get involved, make friends, and build skills and confidence. We are always looking forward to having NEW FACES join the musical. Please consider trying out. We would love to have you! We meet after school mid-February through April, from 3:30 – 5:30p @ PAC & A111.

Visual Arts Club

The Visual Arts Club is a student-run organization.  The goal of the club is to enrich our club members with artistic opportunities that go beyond the normal art curriculum.  The activities change from year to year based on the wants and needs of the students; however, there are always two collective goals in mind… make cool art and raise money for a trip to Chicago.  We accept any students interested in joining the club, and we meet in room A126 every Tuesday after school.

Volunteer & Service


Sponsors: Ms. Lisa Quandt; Ms. Christine Schaab

BASIC (Belleville Achieves Strength In Character) Youth Board consists of students from Belleville East, Belleville West, and Althoff that model the BASIC adult board functions; doing community service and leadership service activities in the Belleville community.  Students on the board exhibit strong leadership skills and promote good character inside and outside of school. Members have to apply and go through an interview process in order to be selected for the Board.

Key Club

Key Club is about leadership development and community service. Members around the world learn how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. We have a  partnership with the local Kiwanis club. We are high school students that are making a positive impact as we serve others in our schools and communities. Key Club meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in B113.

Sponsor:  Ms. Jennifer Stauffer; Ms. Megan Periandri

Maroon Madnezz

Maroon Madnezz is the group that attends sports and cheers on our Mighty Maroons! Biggest student section in the 618. You’ll find us in the stands.

Sponsor: Ms. Lisa Quandt
Location: Home Games


Sophomore Class of 2026

This club helps prepare for homecoming activities, designs the class t-shirts and participates in fundraising for Prom. Meetings are held in the mornings to get the class ready for all the homecoming week activities.  Class shirts are designed, voted on and sold in prep for the Homecoming assembly.  All sophomores are welcome! 

Sponsors: Ms. Sally Stephens

Student Council

Student Council’s mission is to create an active student body that incorporates school spirit and involvement in the campus community.  Each class will elect representatives and officers to help organize programs such as Homecoming, Mr. Maroon Pageant, Senior Sunrise, Senior BBQ, and a variety of spirit activities throughout the year. Freshman elections are held in September and upper class elections are held in Spring. Students focus on leadership, school spirit, and community service. Meetings are held Wednesdays and/or Fridays at 7:45am in B113.

Sponsor: Ms. Lisa Quandt

Student Union

The purpose of the Student Union is to create a safe space for student voices while students cultivate their advocacy skills and promote social and cultural awareness. We meet once per month after school and occasionally during school hours.

Sponsor:  Ms. Soune Ursani/Belleville West Racial Equity Committee                 Location: BW Library

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Athletics & Teams

Boys Basketball

Boys Soccer

Boys Golf

Boys Tennis

Boys Track & Field

Boys Volleyball

Competitive Basketball Cheerleading

Cross Country (Boys & Girls)

Dance Team

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Sponsors: Mr. Jeremy Witt; Mr. Bryan Edgar
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an interdenominational group of coaches, athletes, and/or those interested in athletics who gather for Christian fellowship around the common bonds of sports and Jesus Christ.  We meet about twice a month on Monday eveningsin B218.


We create and foster competitive esports programs. These programs cultivate talents in potentially underserved populations and provide a pathway to college scholarships and careers in the gaming industry.

Sponsors: Mr. Caleb Hawkins; Mr. Joe Nesbit; Mr. Dave Van Zummeren
Location: CAVE

Girls Tennis

Girls Basketball

Girls Golf

Girls Lacrosse

Girls Soccer

Girls Track

Girls Volleyball

Students on the GO!

Students on the GO! (SOTG) Is a 17 week, team-based fitness program run by GO! St. Louis to train high school students to run the 10k (6.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) at the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon each April. GO! St. Louis supports participating students and school staff with motivational advice, nutrition tips, and training tools to carry out the program successfully.

Sponsor: Ms. Ashley Hays
Location: Track

Varsity Football Cheer


Academics & Honors

Academic Challenge

The Academic Challenge event is a high school competition that was created and is conducted annually by Eastern Illinois University. We meet after school during second semester.

Sponsors: Mr. Scott Bergmann

Location: B312

French Club

All Students who are interested in French are welcome to join The French Club. French Club meets twice a month on Friday mornings at 7:55am and has various activities such as field trips, films, guest speakers, playing games, holding French conversation sessions (Causeries Francaises), cooking, eating and parties.

Sponsor: Ms. Kelly York
Location: B130

French National Honor Society

Our goal is to promote the French language and culture in our school and community. We meet on various days throughout the year.

Sponsor: Ms. Kelly York

Location: B130

German Club

The focus of this club is to expose students to the German language and culture. We meet after school once per month and play games to learn vocabulary, make crafts specific to upcoming holidays and participate in community events.

Sponsor: Ms. Katie McDowell

Location: B129

German National Honor Society

We meet after school once per month and discuss opportunities for students to earn service hours, which are available through volunteering with the Belleville Historical Society.

Sponsor: Ms. Katie McDowell

Location: B129

History Alive

History Alive meets Wednesdays once or twice a month to discuss historical events, host debates, play historical games, and generally celebrate history. As a club, we are committed to uplifting diverse history and we host several events around the school each year. All students and grade levels are invited to join history club! Meetings are held after school.

Sponsor: Ms. Amanda Borkowski

Illinois YMCA Youth & Government

Illinois YMCA Youth & Government is a leadership development program for high school students. Participants immerse themselves in all aspects of Illinois government by assuming roles of legislators, attorneys, executive officials, lobbyists, press members and more. The culmination of each program year is a 3 day conference in which students debate issues and student-created legislation using the actual Illinois Capitol and Supreme Court facilities. Meeting days are currently TBD.

Sponsor: Ms. Cari Novaria

Location: virtual

Math Team

Math Team exists to allow those that love and or excel in math to push themselves even further! It’s a fun group! We meet Tuesdays after school.

Sponsors: Mr. Matthew Nimmons; Mrs. Tiffany Stellhorn; Ms. Jessica Hoffman; Mr. John Niebruegge

Location: B319

Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society


  • Ms. Annie Jenkins
  • Mr. Brent James

National English Honor Society

The objectives of NEHS are to encourage and recognize literary and intellectual thought, advance students’ knowledge of English, aid the civic community with its appreciation of reading and writing, and encourage students to participate in community service.  The hope is to encourage a dedication within students toward the pursuit of English knowledge that benefits our campus and community.  NEHS members will plan and participate in such events as the Shakespeare festival, the author visit, National Poetry Month, Banned Books Week, BW Book Club, and various fundraising activities.

We meet one Wednesday per month and have a service project each semester.

Sponsors: Mr. John Lodle, Mr. Alex Schobert

National Honor Society

N.H.S. is an academic and service organization.  Students who maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, are involved in campus and community activities, and demonstrate strong character and leadership are eligible for consideration after the first semester of their junior year.  Once accepted , students must maintain the high standards of character, scholarship, leadership, and service.  Active members attend monthly meetings and complete 30 service hours during their senior year in order to earn the right to wear the N.H.S. cords at graduation. 

Sponsor: Ms. Lisa Quandt & Mr. Brett Patterson

Next Generation

The focus of Next Generation is to provide a safe space for students of color in Honors/AP classes to socialize, grow, and articulate the challenges of high school. The objective is to influence and support more students of color to challenge themselves academically thus increasing the number of total students graduating in the top percentile and closing the achievement gap in our school.

To be a full member you must have 3.7 GPA and at least 2 Honors/AP classes. Provisional members: 3.5 GPA and 1 Honors/AP class.

Sponsor: Mr. Alonzo Nelson

Location: BW Library or B346

Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society

Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school students that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies.  Rho Kappa encourages an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies. Membership is open to qualifying seniors and the application process will be completed during the spring semester of junior year for those who meet specific criteria. Rho Kappa members have an induction ceremony in the fall as well as planned activities and service learning opportunities throughout the school year. Rho Kappa members who successfully complete the honor society requirements will have the opportunity to wear cords at graduation. Meeting days and times are TBD.

Sponsors: Ms. Cyndi Oberle-Dahm; Cari Novaria

Location: B232

Scholar Bowl

Scholar Bowl is an IHSA quiz game that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects like English, math, science, social studies and miscellaneous areas like current events, entertainment, the arts, and sports.  Teams of five players are read questions and try to score points for their team by buzzing first and responding with the correct answer. Belleville West team members compete with other high school teams across the area.  Tryouts for Scholar Bowl Varsity and Junior Varsity teams are held in October and practices begin in November.  The season lasts from December through March. 

Sponsors:  Ms. Kati Richardson & Ms. Grace Bartlett

Location: BW Library

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. Students work with a friend to prepare materials for a specific event they want to do.  Popular events among the students are;  Dynamic Planet, Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Experimental Design, Write It-Do It, and Green Generation.  The events can be in the form of a lab, building, or a test. The students spend mid October – March preparing their events for one tournament called the Regional Tournament that occurs in February. Students must be able to commit to their availability to participate in the tournament.

Sponsors:  Mrs. Heather Harris, Mr. Hemmer, & Mrs. Souders

Location: B208

Spanish Club

Celebrate and learn about cultures from different Spanish speaking countries! No requirements, you don’t have to be in a Spanish class, and you can attend as many or as few meetings as you want. ¡Bienvenidos a todos!  (Everyone is welcome!)

Sponsors: Ms. Sophia Border and Ms. Kayla Hosier

Location: B123, 124 or 128

Spanish Honor Society

The Spanish Honor Society (La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) consists of students that have devoted themselves to the study of the Spanish language and wish to promote global friendship and cultural understanding between different countries of the world. Students who have completed 3-4 years of Spanish can apply to be recognized at graduation with honors cords. Senior inductees tutor lower-level Spanish students throughout the year as needed.

Sponsor: Ms. Rachel Latinette

Location: B127

Other Special Interests

Astronomy Club

Astronomy Club is a student led group dedicated to all things space related. We host an annual star party once a year. We’ll meet every other Friday morning, 8:00 – 8:25a

Sponsors: Mr. Jared Hemmer

Location: B213

Chess Club

The Chess Team meets on Mondays at 3:30p in the Belleville West Library throughout the school year.  Members are instructed in chess playing strategies and participate in both practice games and competitive events.  New members are always welcome.

Sponsor: Mr. Lucas Spriggs

Location: B340

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Cooperative Education

District 201 JROTC Club

Learn about all branches of the military with weekly guest speakers. We teach basic drill and ceremony. We have our own Dist 201 JROTC Color Guard that performs in our community that is optional. We teach leadership, integrity, team building, physical training and more. Open to all students. No commitment to the military.

Sponsor: Ms. Anne Belline

Location: Belleville East Cafeteria

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Educators Rising

The purpose of Educators Rising is to give all those interested in a career in education an opportunity to learn about and grow their passion for education. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 3:30p.

Sponsor: Ms. Grace Bartlett; Mr. Derek O’Chiu

Location: B240


FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is the largest business career student organization in the world. The aim is to help students establish career goals, improve public speaking and business skills, become effective leaders, learn how to dress for success, develop character and self-confidence, and network with people across the state.  FBLA Township is now on the East and West campuses. We assist with the East Family Food Drive and coordinate the East American Red Cross Spring Blood Drive.  We compete at the regional, state and some years even the National level.

Sponsors:  Mrs. Julie Siebers

First Priority

First Priority is for students who want to join other Christians at our school. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:50am for student-led Bible study and fellowship and have a social outing at least one time a month.  Our goal is to unite the Christian community to reach our high school campuses for Christ. 

Sponsor: Ms. Katy Stinson

Location: B320

H.O.P.E. Club

H.O.P.E. Club is a social organization which aims to promote interaction between regular education and special education students.  H.O.P.E. stands for “Helping Other People Excel.”  Those who enjoy helping others and would like to serve as a positive role model will find that this club is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.  H.O.P.E. Club typically meets once per month and plans one club outing per month. Some of the outings in the past have included: the Zoo, SkyZone, Fun Spot, bowling, Laser Tag, and Eckert’s Fun Farm.  New members are always welcome.

Sponsor: Ms. Tara Tieman

Location: B119


Mighty Maroon Sports Medicine Club

This club will offer speakers within the Health Occupations realm, and the opportunity to learn about injury assessment and injury rehabilitation. CPR/AED certification offered.

Sponsor: Ms. Keli Keener; Mr. Tony Frierdich

Location:  Athletic Training Room                                                                                           

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (Model UN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate students about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.  Students role play as diplomats representing a nation in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Special Political committee or the Science and Technology Committee.  Students research a country, take on the role of a diplomat, investigate and debate current issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.  Students will write a resolution, defend their resolution and question other delegate’s resolutions.

Sponsor: Ms. Cyndi Oberle-Dahm; Mr. Brandon Hentze

Location: B214

Rare Disease Awareness Club

RDAC is a group that studies, discusses and promotes information regarding rare diseases.  Each semester this group raises money to donate to further the study of one of the diseases they studied. We meet every other Monday at 8:00a.

Sponsor: Ms. Cyndi Oberle-Dahm

Location: B230

Sewing Club (Fashion & Design Club)

Come learn and develop skills related to sewing and fashion. Group meets Wednesdays at 3:30pm.

Sponsor:  Ms. Jane Steinkuehler

Location: B104


This is a club for students that are interested in the skilled trades. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 3:05p.

Sponsor:  Mr. Tyler Oberkfell

Location: A120


Spectrum is our gay-straight alliance on campus.  It provides a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA community and allies to support each other! Spectrum meets every other Wednesday at 3:30p.

Sponsor:  Mr. Stephen Garland

Location: BW Library


VAMF provides a space for students who want to participate in Video games, Anime, Manga, and Fantasy games after school. Open to everyone! You’ll need to arrange transportation home.

Sponsors: Ms. Chelsea Kilzer; Ms. Laura Hanlon

Location: B113, 117

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