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Waupaca High School Activity Guide
2013-2014

 

Becoming a well-rounded student……..

The secret to enjoying high school is finding a positive niche where you can share your talents, meet people with similar interests and build friendships. Remarkably, if you are involved in one or more activities that you enjoy, your grades improve as well because you enjoy school and a good attitude makes all the difference. Studies have shown that students who participate in extra-curricular activities learn to budget their time more efficiently, demonstrate greater classroom achievement and learn to work with many different people. These life skills are priceless and the best part is high school activities are fun!!

You may never again have the opportunity to take part in clubs as those listed below, so take some time to explore what Waupaca High School has to offer and challenge yourself to become involved. You will not regret it!

 

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Waupaca High School offers a variety of activities to enhance the participant's school experience including the following:

 All School Play                                            Green Team

Archery Club                                                   Hockey

Art Club                                                                  Jazz Ensemble

Basketball - Girl's                                      Math Team

Basketball - Boy's                                     National Honor Society

  Baseball                                                               Pep Club

Bowling                                                                   Photo Club

Business Club/FBLA                              Prom

Cheerleading                                                   SADD

Chess Club                                                        SHINE

Color Guard                                                      Soccer - Boy's

Cross Country                                                Soccer - Girl's

Curling                                                                      Softball

Dance Team                                                     Spanish Club

Debate                                                                      Spanish NHS

Die Meistersingers                                    Student Council

Destination Imagination                      Track - Boy's

Disc Golf                                                                Track - Girl's

FFA                                                                               Volleyball

Football                                                                    Women's Concert Chorale

Forensics                                                               Wrestling

Gamerz Guild                                                   Yearbook   

Golf                                                                         

 

 

All-School Play
Mrs. Reeves

The all-school play is open to anyone in the high school who wishes to take part in dramatics. Both drama students and non-drama students are encouraged to become involved. Opportunities include auditioning for a role or being a part of the lighting, sound, make-up, or stage crew. Auditions are in December, and the play is performed in February. Past plays include Robin Hood, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Miracle Worker, The Boys Next Door and Alice in Wonderland, Midsummer Night's Dream and the Boys Next Door.

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Archery Club

Mr. Kroseberg, Mr. Stults, Mr. Larson

 

If your are a seasoned archer or a newcomer to the exciting sport of target archery or bow hunting then the WHS Archery club is for you!  We shoot through the winter and spring season in the Chain Elementary School gymnasium after school one night a week.  Archery is a fun and challenging sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.  Come and join us.

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Art Club
Mrs. Schultz

Art Club is open to any interested student; you do not need to be in art class to join. Art Club meets every other Monday from 3:30-5:00.  Meetings vary and may include field trips to visit artist's studios, fund raising activities, art show set up, chalk drawing, pumpkin carving, or etched glass. Contact Mrs. Schultz with any questions.

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Baseball
Mr. Koronkiewicz, Mr. Koll, Mr. Mondello

The Waupaca Comet baseball program is designed to introduce and develop baseball skills, to pursue excellence, and reach our potential as players and as a TEAM. Our philosophy is to "play as hard as we can as long as it takes."

The Comet baseball program is open to anyone from grades 9-12, but due to the nature of the game, this program requires a level of competitive spirit and skill, and a willingness and desire to assume the risks of competition and be the best you can be – every day.

The Comet baseball program is built on three levels: a freshmen team, a junior varsity team, and a varsity team. Players from all grades have a chance to compete at any one of the levels depending on an individual’s competitive skill and readiness and the team’s needs.
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Girls’ Basketball
Mr. Temperly, Mr. Nellis

Come join the most widely played girls’ sport in America! Waupaca girls’ basketball welcomes any freshman girl regardless of ability or experience. Our goal is for all girls to enjoy the camaraderie of a team sport and get to know each other while involved in a fun, competitive activity. Basketball keeps an individual physically fit, increases coordination and helps to improve the life skills that a team sport provides. The season begins in November and ends in early March.

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Boys’ Basketball
Mr. Weber, Mr. Tomlinson, Mr. Kienert

Waupaca High School offers a freshman boys’ basketball team. The team is open to all freshmen boys interested in basketball. Participation in 7th and 8th grade basketball is strongly recommended, but not mandatory.

The season begins in November and continues through February. Coaches try to play as many players as possible in games, but they are also preparing players with more ability and skill for future junior varsity and varsity competition. Therefore, the most skilled players will get the majority of playing time. Typically, the freshmen play a conference schedule plus three non-conference games for a total of seventeen games.

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Bowling
Mrs. Rachel Nelson

Bowling is the fastest growing high school sport this decade and continues to gain more participation every year that it is offered. Bowling also gives students an opportunity to become involved with their high schools, teaches fundamentals for a lifetime sport and helps athletes earn scholarships and bowl in college.

The high school bowling club is open to students in grades 4-12. The season begins in October and ends in February or March. The team practices opposite the Waupaca Middle School either on Monday's or Thursday's.  See schedule for details. The practices are held at Waupaca Bowl and Nelson's Strike Zone from 4:30-6:00. There are both junior varsity and varsity teams. High school bowling meets are scheduled on Sundays throughout the season. The team bowls against other teams from Amherst, Iola/Scandinavia, and Manawa.

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Cheerleading
 

Waupaca High School is looking for committed and enthusiastic students, males and females to support Comet athletics. The football cheerleading season begins in August and ends in November. The boys’ basketball season begins in November and continues into March. Since there are two seasons, students can cheer either in the fall or winter season or for both sports. The squads cheer only at home events during the regular season and at all play-off games, both home and away. Try-outs are held in the spring, but if any freshmen or new students are interested, please contact WHS.

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Chess Club/Chess Team
Mr. Hiddemen

 

Chess in the Waupaca schools is made up of two different parts. The Chess Club is an intramural activity and is free to all K-12 students of all abilities. There are several intramural tournaments during the year, and club members are encouraged to come to practices, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays from late October until late March.  Practices include lessons, free play, and tournament play.

 

The Chess Team also practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays and competes in a series of interscholastic tournaments around Northeast Wisconsin from November through March or April. The top 5 players make up the varsity chess team, while everyone else competes at the junior varsity level.

 

In 2011 Our Varsity A team took second place in Division 2 at the State Tournament, while our Varsity B team was the Division 3 Champion. We have also won State Titles in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 we won the Unrated Section at the National Chess Tournament. In recent years we have traveled to National Tournaments in Milwaukee, Kansas City, Columbus, Atlanta and Nashville and have placed in the top 5 or 10 each time.

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Color Guard
Mr. Kryshak

The color guard is an extension of the marching band. The nine-member squad is an audition-based group open to 10th – 12th graders with auditions held each spring for the Memorial Day parade and the following school year. Prerequisites to membership include mastery of flag twirling skills, ability to march and create a “routine” for each marching band performance. The group uses a team effort to produce the routine and works with the director in preparation for each parade. Participation at the middle school level color guard is a plus. Color guard members must also be enrolled in one of the instrumental ensembles.

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Cross-Country
Mr. Unertl, Mr. Michel

What is cross-country all about? Cross Country meets are divided into boys’ and girls’ races. The boys’ race is a little over three miles and the girls’ race is about 2.5 miles long. The meets are held at different courses with a variety of terrains. Some courses include significant hills, while others are mostly flat.

When are practices and how often are the meets? Practices typically last from 3:30-4:45 in the fall. The practices allow runners to get to know each other and learn the strategies of running a cross-country meet. Every practice is set up so that each runner can train to his/her ability. There are nine to ten meets a year held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays. The meets last between one to two hours and the team returns before nine o'clock in most cases.

What is the difference between varsity and junior varsity? At each meet, six to seven boys and six to seven girls run on the varsity team, depending on the meet. The remaining runners are allowed to run in the junior varsity races. This allows every athlete to compete in all of the meets. The best times from previous races determine who will run on the varsity team.

Why join the cross-country team? One reason is that students like to run and compete with other athletes. Another reason is to get involved in a physical activity that will improve your personal health. Finally, many students join cross country to get to know other students and have a fun and enjoyable experience.

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Curling
Mr. Smith

Curling is becoming one of the fastest growing sports on ice. The men’s high school team won the state title in 2008. The curling season starts in November with practice mainly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30—5:30. The season continues through February. Teams will travel throughout the state to different meets. Come and check out the sport of curling.
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Dance Team
Ms. Amy Marcom

The Waupaca Dance Team season runs from September to February.  We perform at half time of basketball games. Our competition season begins in November when we attend five competitions including our regional, which determines if we qualify for the state competition. We qualified in 2003-2012 and placed at the state level in 2008 and 2009. In 2012, the team placed second at state in pom and jazz.  In 2010 and 2013 the team won first in both pom and jazz!

Tryouts are held in the spring and are open to grades 9-12. No experience is necessary.

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Debate
Mr. Young

VERITAS! (Latin: Truth!) The motto of the 21st Century Debate Association of Wisconsin.  A unique educational debate experiment emphasizing collaboration, research, and competition to create evidence filled dialogue focused on finding truth.

Students determine the topics for the two tournaments each month during the September - January season.  This is the students’ activity not the coaches’.  The aim of the organization is to create good human beings that can intelligently engage in their society not “win-at-any-cost” debaters.

Public Forum style debate involves partners prepared to discuss either “The Pro” or “ The Con” of any resolution based on the flip of a coin.  Students are guaranteed four rounds of debate at each Saturday tournament (two per month).  All students participate in the final round as part of the official judge panel if they are not debating.  Tournaments do not have trophies but useful prizes and students are required to bring their own lunch. Debate is a letter-able activity and open to athletes with good time management skills.  Please visit the 21st Century website at <http://21stcenturydebatewis.blogspot.com/>

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Destination Imagination

Colleen Larson

 

Destination Imagination is a world-wide, competitive, extracurricular activity.  Students form teams (2 to 7) and choose from one of six challenges to work on throughout the school year.  The team presents their solution at the DI regional tournament, held in Mid-March.  Teams that place first or second can move on to state level competition, and possibly even global competition.  The challenges are different every year and focus on theatrical skills, technical engineering, construction, improvisation, science, or community service.  Each challenge also involves developing a skit that incorporates the specific requirements of the challenge into a performance.

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Die Meistersingers
Mr. Wolfgram

Die Meistersingers is a male chorus open to all men at Waupaca High School. They meet on Tuesday mornings from 7:15 a.m. until 7:50 a.m. throughout the entire school year. Students may join in the beginning of the year or following a concert. Concert performances include the holiday, spring and tribute concerts. The group explores all styles and types of male chorus music with an emphasis on the “classics” as well as some novelty numbers. Possibilities for travel may occur on a sporadic basis.

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Disc Golf Club

Mr. Young

The Disc Golf Club, a student-led organization, is a gathering of disc enthusiasts who live by the two club mottos: “Discing is fun” and “Spread the love that is disc golf." Participating students desire to improve their disc skills regardless of the level and are open to meeting new people and working together as a community of discers with a fun-loving attitude. In order to play on the Waupaca Educational Disc Golf Escape, which is on school property, members also must do maintenance work on the course.

The club meets officially one or two evenings per week after school typically in the spring but that can change based on student desire. Unofficially, club members meet every day that they can to play on their own and plan, organize, and execute their own trips to other disc events and seek out new disc experiences.

In a desire to “Spread the love that is disc golf,” the club travels to other courses in the area.  Future goals include recruiting students and organizing teams from other schools to play against at local courses.

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Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Ms. Duda

In order to become a member of FBLA, you need to have an interest in business or developing leadership skills, working with other members for the benefit ot the organization, and in making plans for community service and fund raisers.

We raise money to buy gifts for less fortunate children.   Some years we organize a data match, and we try to also fit in some fun activities like a spaghetti dinner at Christmas time and other things in the spring. The time to sign-up is in the fall, and the club’s meeting times vary throughout the school year. Through this club we can participate in leadership conferences and travel to other locations to compete against other high school students.

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Football
Varsity Coaches: Mr. Koronkiewicz
JV Coaches/Assistant Coaches: Mr. Sternweis , Mr. Krcmar, Mr. Harms, and Mr. Noltner

Freshmen Coaches:  Mr. Moyer and  Mr. Waller


Open to all students grades 9-12
No prerequisite or prior experience necessary.
The football program consists of 3 teams at the H.S.
Varsity (Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores)
Junior Varsity (J.V.) (Juniors and Sophomores)
Freshmen (Freshmen players only)
The Varsity and J.V. players practice together while the freshmen practice on their own.
Football Game Days (from September through November)
1) Varsity: Friday nights 7:00 p.m.
2) J.V.: Monday nights 5:00 p.m.
3) Freshmen: Thursday nights 5:00 p.m.
Learn the Game; Love the game.

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Forensics
Mrs. Cummings, Mr. Steinhorst

What do Oprah Winfrey, Jane Pauley, Shelly Long, Kelsey Grammar, Hubert Humphrey, and Ted Turner have in common? They all participated in high school forensics.

Forensics offers opportunities for 9th through 12th grade students to compete in 21 different speech and activity sources such as play acting, oratory, story-telling, student congress, phrase reading, poetry reading, acting and debates. Students may participate in the full season or partial season and may sign up any time throughout the school year. They have the flexibility to attend as few or as many events as they want.

Competitions are held on Fridays and Saturdays beginning in January and ending in April. The coaches practice with the students either before or after school or during the school day as schedules allow.

The ability to qualify for and compete at a national tournament offers many challenges and travel opportunities, including several overnights. Students compete on varsity and junior varsity teams earning points towards a letter and National Forensics League memberships. Forensics students are also eligible to travel on the Fine Arts Field Trip to Toronto, New York, Minneapolis or Chicago.

Students interested in the fields of broadcasting, law, advertising, communications, media, theater, music, teaching, travel, and business will gain valuable experience for the future.

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FFA
Ms. Erb, Ms. Lehman

The Waupaca FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premiere leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The chapter has ranked number one in the state for the past three years and top ten in the nation for the last two years.

The Waupaca FFA Chapter consists of approximately 140 members and 2 advisors. These members have the opportunity to participate in speaking contests, career development judging teams (which can range from wildlife and floriculture to small animal vet science) as well as community service projects (concession stands, Adopt-a-Highway, FFA Farmfest, community garden, and petting zoos just to name a few). Also, please note that members do not have to be enrolled in an agri-science course to be involved in FFA. Meetings are held during the second Tuesday of each month in the agri-science room at 3:20 p.m. with fun activities that follow.

Over two million dollars in scholarships are provided to members nationally and $1,000 on the local level. Our FFA chapter has something to offer every student. Choose FFA as your journey to success!  "BLUE JACKETS ~ GOLD STANDARDS"

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Gamerz Guild

Mrs. Bauer

If you like gaming, then you’ll love Gamerz Guild!  Gamerz Guild is a way for teens to connect to their peers through the playing boards, cards, and wires of gaming.  Students join in on various gaming every other Monday after school until 5:00 p.m.  We plan to hold optional tournaments throughout the year.  Join today and make new friends who like gaming as much as you do!

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Golf
Boys’ Coach: Mr. Noltner, Mr. Temperly

Girls’ Coach: Mr. Temperly

Would you like to learn a sport you can enjoy the rest of your life? Golf may be the sport for you. We have a very successful program and have won numerous conference championships. Better yet, you don't need to know how to golf because we will teach you.

Waupaca High School has both girls’and boys’ varsity and junior varsity golf programs.  Boys ‘golf is a spring sport and girls ‘golf is played in the fall. Golfers on both teams should plan to practice nearly every school day for approximately 3 hours. Students should, however, have access to a set of clubs, because none are provided.

Think about it! Try it; you might like it! Remember that this is a life-long skill.

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The Green Team
Mrs. Wierzba

The Green Team was started at WHS by a handful of students in hopes of commencing an organization to reduce communal waste and increase the awareness of it. We hope to continue progressing, in member size and financial support, so that we may aid parts of the world with severe wildlife destruction.

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Hockey
Mr. Crisman, Mr. Johnson

Comet Hockey has become very competitive during the last decade here at Waupaca High School. The Comets were crowned Lumberjack Conference Champions during the 1999-2000 season. The Lumberjack Conference is one of the toughest most competitive in the state.

Most of our players come through the Waupaca Area Youth Hockey Association; however, students who wish to participate on the team are encouraged to sign up. Playing high school hockey is a big commitment. The practices are Monday through Friday and most games are on Saturday. Comet Hockey is a team sport, and it's very important for the team to come first. Each participant is expected to give 100% effort each and every day on and off the ice.

The players realize hockey is more than just a sport. The participants learn how to be a team player and work with other individuals in a unified effort to achieve success. Each player learns how to deal with adversity in a positive way. Comet hockey players learn self –discipline which is a skill they will carry with them long after they graduate from high school.

More importantly, players, managers, and coaches feel as if they are part of a family. The relationships you will build will be some of the strongest bonds you will have for the rest of your life.

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Girls Hockey

Mr. Guyer

We are very encouraged to announce the beginning of girls’ hockey as an offered sport at Waupaca High School this year.  Waupaca, along with Manawa, Iola, and Amherst High School have formed a co-op in order to make this happen.  We are continuing to look for anyone interested in giving it a try.  It takes a great commitment to play as we will be practicing and playing games up to 6 nights per week.  We want the student/athlete to come away with a positive experience that includes teamwork, commitment, leadership, friendship, and fun.  Practices will begin in early November, and the season will go into February.   If you are interested, you can contact Tim Guyer or Mrs. Simonson.  See you this winter!!!!

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Jazz Ensemble
Mr. Kryshak

Jazz Ensemble is a co-curricular activity at WHS. It is open to all students who are currently enrolled in one of the instrumental ensembles as Concert Band or Wind Ensemble.

To become a member, you must be a saxophone, trumpet, or trombone player or a percussionist. You may also audition for membership as a guitarist, or piano or bass guitar player at the discretion of the director. Admittance as one of these performers is based upon your current knowledge and skill level. Guitarists and pianists must be able to read and perform from a standard jazz ensemble piece in both chordal and melodic notation. Knowledge of “swing-style” is essential; however, a great deal of time is spent upon mastery of the various jazz styles throughout the course of the school year. In addition, strength in sight-reading and performing solo material is a necessity since much of the music is individually “scored” requiring the player to read his/her part alone within their respective sections.

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Math Team
Mr. Feldt

Comet Calculators is an extremely dedicated group of people. They study for exams and participate in many contests. The Math Team travels to U.W.S.P. three times a year to take the Central Wisconsin Math League exam. We have been very successful while having a great time learning together! If you’re interested, contact your math teacher for more information.

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National Honor Society
Mr. Feldt

National Honor Society is the top award given at Waupaca High School. It includes four dimensions: scholarship, service, character and leadership. Students do not join N.H.S.; they must apply and be selected by a faculty committee. A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.3 is required to apply.

Once selected to receive this honor, students are required to continue the ideals to which they are selected.

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Pep Club
Mrs. Ikert, Mrs. Popham

Pep Club organizes two major events throughout the year. Planning Homecoming events is the first task of the year. Pep Club selects the Dress-up Days, chooses a theme for the week, plans and oversees class competitions as the float, window, skit and obstacle course events. They also line-up the parade and organize Coronation Night and the Homecoming Dance.

Pep Club also works closely with the Waupaca Booster Club to recognize and honor the parents of all Waupaca athletes, particularly the parents of senior athletes for the fall, winter and spring sports. Fresh ideas and an enthusiastic spirit are welcome! Students in grades 9-12 may join.

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Photo Club

Mr. Koll

 

The WHS Photo Club is open to students 9-12 and designed to introduce students to the joy of composing and developing their own photographs.  Students will learn basic camera and composition techniques and will be introduced to the basics of developing digital files for photographs.  Each student will have the opportunity to compose, develop, and publish photographs for a variety of purposes: personal enjoyment, the yearbook, school displays/sales, art shows, and club workshops.  Though helpful, students do not have to own a specific type of digital camera to join the photo club.

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Prom
Junior Class Advisers

The Waupaca High School Prom is an annual spring dance which is organized by the junior class as a formal occasion. It includes the traditional Prom customs: tuxes, formal dresses, dinner, flowers, and photos. Immediately following Prom, the Waupaca High School S.A.D.D. organization sponsors a Post Prom Party.

Post Prom: A night of games, prizes, food, and fun. This night allows students the opportunity to make lasting memories in a drug-free environment. The community and students of S.A.D.D. sponsor this event which runs from 12:00 a.m.- 4:00 a.m..

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SADD
Mr. Feldt

S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) includes students who believe in the power of choice and the idea of responsible drinking. It is each individual’s responsibility to decide if the consumption of alcohol will or will not get him or her into trouble. If a student has a driver’s license or has signed the athletic code, he or she MUST make the right decisions, because the consequences can be all too great.

This group gets the word out through working booths serving non-alcoholic drinks and recipes. However, their main function is organizing Post Prom. Post Prom is a party held after prom, with the purpose of demonstrating to students that a party can be fun and safe without alcohol.

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SHINE     Mrs. Collins-Reed

SHINE stands for Students Helping Improve Negative Environments. The SHINE group works to promote tolerance and increase a positive school climate. SHINE members are trained in leadership skills, cyberbullying, diversity, and sportsmanship. The SHINE group educates others on these topics as they raise awareness on issues related to people.

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Boys’ Soccer

Mr. Lawniczak, Mr. Rusch, Mr. Thorland

The boys’ soccer program supports three teams at WHS: varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen squads. The program became a varsity sport in 1996. The varsity squad earned the Mid-State Conference Championship in 1998, 1999 and 2000, 2001, 2002. Practice begins early August and ends in late October. Practice is every day after school with tournament games on weekends. Approximately 18-24 games are played each year. 

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Girls’ Soccer
Mr. Polebitski

The girls’ soccer program supports two teams at WHS: varsity and junior varsity. The varsity program began in 1997. Practice begins in mid-March and ends in late May or early June. Practice is every day after school with tournament games on the weekends, with approximately 24 games played each year. 

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Softball

Ms. Imhoff

Girls’ "fastpitch softball" is a varsity sport, which requires a fairly high level of skills - throwing, fielding, and hitting.

It is highly recommended that girls going out for softball have some background experience such as participating in the summer recreation program offered by the city.

The program is split into two teams: a varsity team and a junior varsity team. There is no freshmen team unless there are sufficient numbers to warrant one.

All players are required to have their own gloves and softball shoes. The sport runs from about the third week of March through the end of school. Games are played after school and/or on several Saturdays throughout the season.

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Spanish Club
Mrs. Abrahamson, Mrs. Batten

 The Spanish Club or “el club de español” is open to any WHS student interested in different cultures and fun. We sponsor a Spanish / Mexican cooking night, movie nights, and a piñata workshop. We travel to the Milwaukee Holiday Folkfare and Great America. Other activities include: roller-skating, bowling, soccer, shopping trips, and attending Spanish theatre / dance productions.

Students enrolled in Spanish classes also have the opportunity to travel to Spain or Mexico during the summer break. During these trips, students will experience the foreign cultures firsthand and have opportunities to communicate with native speakers in their language.

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Spanish NHS
Mrs. Abrahamson, Mrs. Batten

Spanish National Honor Society is an honorary club, in which a student can demonstrate his or her appreciation for the Spanish language. In order for a student to be eligible, they must have studied at least four semesters of Spanish at the high school level and have a 3.5 grade average in Spanish classes.

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Student Council
Mrs. Cummings

If you are an enthusiastic and hard-working student who wants to become more involved in your school, Student Council may be a great choice. The Student Council works hard to serve the students and community. They rake leaves for the elderly, help with the Miracle Tree project, earn money for charities, sponsor activities at athletic events as Chuck a Puck and free throw contests, provide appreciation gifts for the staff and faculty, organize the Academic Awards Banquet and sponsor an entertainment event called Coffee House featuring student talent. In addition, there are a variety of opportunities to attend leadership conferences throughout the school year.

They meet once a month during the school day. Members are expected to attend the meetings, vote on issues affecting the student body, and organize and help with various events. Some events take place after school or in the evenings, but often much of the work is done during the school day. A Student Council member needs to be dependable and willing to follow through on commitments. Elections are held in the spring for the upcoming school year.

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Boys’ Track
Mr. Sternweis, Mr. Dornfeld

Track is a great sport for helping to build overall athleticism because more time can be devoted to strength-training and building explosive power and quickness. This will allow a student to become a better athlete and ultimately more successful in the other sports. In track and field, there is less of a team focus than other sports like football and basketball. It is not necessary to have participated in middle school track.

Track has more events and involves more skills than any other sport. Fourteen of these events are individual and can be grouped into five general categories: jumps (high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump), throws (shot put, discus), sprints(100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter dashes),distance (800 meter, 1600 meter, 3200 meter runs), and the hurdles (110 meter high hurdles, 300 meter intermediate hurdles). There are also four relays. With such a wide range of events, every athlete has an opportunity to experience success.

The track season begins the second week of March and lasts until the last week of May, or the first week of June if you are fortunate enough to compete in the state meet. Practices start at 3:30 and last until about 5:45 the month of March, 5:30 in April, and practice is done between 5:00 and 5:15 in May. Each season there are close to twenty meets scheduled. Most meets are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, although there is an occasional Monday or Friday meet. The only meets on Saturdays are the Waupaca County Invitational and the Valley 8 Conference Meet.

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Girls’ Track
Mr. Kempfert, Mr. Nellis

No previous experience is necessary to be involved in girls’ track. Track and field is more than running in circles. It includes 18 events like long jump, high jump, triple jump, hurdles, shot put, discus, sprints, middle distance, and long distance runs and relay, and since 2000 – pole vault. Track is an individual sport as well as a team sport. Students must provide their own equipment- training shoes are a must! This is a great way to get in shape, test your limits, and meet new friends.

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Volleyball
Ms. Benitz, Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Temperly

Volleyball is open to all girls in grades 9-12 and usually begins the second week in August, with all day practices until school starts. Each summer there are camps and open gyms available to improve the students’ volleyball skills. Any girls interested in learning how to play volleyball must come to the first meeting of the season, where the coach will answer all questions and steer you in the right direction. Students usually want to get a head start in high school. Come join the Comet team!

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Women's Concert Chorale

Ms. Morrissey

This vocal ensemble meets every Friday morning before school and is open to all women enrolled in the vocal music program. WCC sings at the three major concerts of the year. The group is comprised of freshmen through seniors. The literature selected for the group ranges from medium-easy to advanced, with many of the selections performed a-cappella. Participation in WCC gives students a chance to sing quality literature in an ensemble of 80-100 singers. This setting allows freshmen and sophomore women to gain experience and confidence in their abilities and allows junior and senior women to be leaders and mentors to their peers.

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Wrestling
Mr. Reif, Mr. Mannel

All students are eligible to participate in wrestling, including wrestlers who have competed in earlier programs and those who come out for the sport for the first time as freshmen or even seniors. The sport is known for its fairness. If you are the top wrestler at a weight, you are on the varsity team, so the coaches have very little say in determining the starting team. Dual meets are during the week with varsity and junior varsity tournaments on most Saturdays. All the non-varsity level wrestlers will be set up with matches if it is possible. If one-on-one competition is your thing, wrestling may be for you.

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Yearbook
Mr. Polebitski

The Waupaca High School yearbook is called The Crystal. Crystal staff members learn to use desktop publishing software to create the entire yearbook via computer. They are dedicated students who work long hours and are constantly busy taking photos, writing copy, creating layout designs, designing artwork, selling ads, and selling and distributing the yearbooks. The challenge of filling over 132 pages with school-year memories and meeting all deadlines is an awesome task. However, the satisfaction of seeing your work published in a hardbound book is an accomplishment that lasts a lifetime. We welcome new Crystal Staff members!

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