Activities and Clubs
Below is a list of Prospect High School clubs and activities. Click the links to go directly to a particular section
Academic - Noncompetitive
Academic - Noncompetitive
Sponsor: Mrs. Sylvester
Sponsors: Ms. Drye, Mr. Burmeister
National Honor Society
Sponsor: Mrs. Kim and Ms. Sherwin
Juniors and seniors who have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.8 or above are eligible to apply for NHS in September of each school year. Students who are eligible to apply for NHS complete an extensive application showcasing how they fulfill all four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, character, and leadership.
Sponsor: Mrs. Page
WiSTEM is Prospect High School's "Women in STEM" group. It is a club for girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Women have traditionally been discouraged from studying STEM disciplines and entering those fields. This club attempts to provide an alternative, offering girls support to follow their passions.
Sponsors: Mr. DelBoccio, Ms. Genitoni
Zoo club is for students interested in zoology, or the scientific study of the behavior, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals.
See also: Spanish Club, French Club, and International Club in Cultural.
Sponsor: Ms. Gronski
Prospect cheerleaders work hard to promote school spirit and crowd involvement at various athletic events and other school functions. Cheerleaders cheer at home and away football and basketball games as well as a few soccer and volleyball games. Additionally, the Varsity cheerleading squad competes at local, IHSA Sectional and State competitions.
Sponsor: Ms. Rusczak
Sponsor: Mr. Stokes
Sponsor: Ms. Tole
The goal of the Poms is to promote school spirit and pride, provide an opportunity for individual growth and enjoyment, and entertain at school and community functions. They also compete at the local, state and national levels. Tryouts are held in the spring for the following year’s squads. Practices are typically held after school during the school year.
Student Athletic Training Aides
Sponsor: Ms. Monat
Athletic Training is the prevention, first aid, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Student Athletic Trainers assist the Certified Athletic Trainers in the these duties. They tape, assist with exercise, and provide first aid for all types of injuries. Become an athletic trainer to be involved in an activity that will carry over into the future, earn awards, just like all of the other sports participants, and assist athletes in their process of recovering from an injury.
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Sponsor: Mr. Camardella
Peppers. "Pep Club"
Sponsor: Mrs. Fonsino
Sponsors: Ms. Izenstark
DECA is an international organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management for college and career. DECA combines classroom preparation with competitive events.
Family, Career, Community Leaders of America
Sponsors: Mrs. Collins/Mrs. Miller
FCCLA is a national career and technical student organization with 200,000 members in more than 5,500 chapters. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life — planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication — necessary in the home and workplace.
See also: WiSTEM in Academic - Noncompetitive.
Sponsors: Mr. Bianchi, Mr. Schnell
Bass Fishing Club
Sponsor: Mr. Schaap, Mr. Hamann
In 2009 bass fishing became an IHSA sanctioned activity. The Bass Fishing Club's outings and informative meetings are designed to prepare students to compete in local bass fishing tournaments, as well as the IHSA tournament in the spring. The club is open to all students interested in fishing.
Sponsor: Mr. Olson
This group helps students who are interested in chess to learn the game and develop skills that will improve their level of play. In team competition, eight players form a Varsity team and play individual matches against players from opposing teams. Prospect participates in the Mid-Suburban League division of the North Shore Chess League, providing competitive play across the North Chicago suburbs. The season culminates at the IHSA State Tournament, usually held in Peoria in February of each year.
Sponsor: Mr. Schnell
The Prospect debate team competes in a number of invitationals throughout the school year, traveling to other schools to test their preparation against other competitors. Participants have the opportunity to win individual trophies or team awards.
Sponsor: Mr. Grasse
The Math Team competes in the North Suburban Math League of Illinois with 55 other schools. There are five regular season meets, with different topics for each of the grade levels at each meet. The "mathletes" are given a 30-minute period to take a five-question test. These contests typically contain advanced problems beyond what is given in the traditional math curriculum. The Math Team also competes in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional and State Math Contest series. Students are able to compete in both individual and team contests.
Sponsors: Mr. Schaap, Mr. Poisson
Robotics is the study of engineering concepts and principles through the construction of combat robots. Students work in teams to design, fabricate and assemble robots to compete for battle.
Sponsor: Ms. Michelis and Mrs. Berquist
Science Olympiad is a collection of 23 science and engineering events in which students compete against one another. The team competes at a regional competition locally, and based on performance at this competition, can go on to compete at the state and national levels.
Sponsor: Mr. Morton
The Individual Events team, also know as the Speech and Acting team, begins its activities in September and continues through the month of February, ending with the IHSA’s Individual Events Championships. Students compete in a wide range of activities, including interpretation of verse and prose, extemporaneous speaking, original comedy, radio, and duet acting. Students compete on two levels: Novice and Varsity. Tournaments are on Saturdays and are held at various high schools throughout the state.
See also: DECA in Career-oriented.
Sponsor: Mr. Meyers
Ebony Club focuses on African American culture, history, and community service. The meetings promote cultural awareness and the connection between African American and other world cultures. Discussions also include current events, social skills needed for success, and college admission information. In February, the club produces a number of African American History Month events. All students are welcome.
Sponsor: Ms. Sandstead and Ms. Drpich
French Club promotes interest in the study of the French language and culture. We celebrate all the French holidays and take outings to French exhibits and restaurants.
Sponsor: Ms. Drpich
Sponsor: Ms. Scolaro
Italian Club promotes interest in the study of the Italian language and culture.
JAMM (Anime Club)
Sponsor: Ms. Kruse
Sponsor: Mr. Schultz
Spanish Club promotes interest in the study of the Spanish language and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. We celebrate holidays from those countries and take related cultural outings.
Sponsor: Ms. Christofferson
Sponsor: Mr. Weber
Prospect High School students have access to a number of academic and extracurricular instrumental opportunities, including marching band, jazz band, and orchestra. The Prospect Marching Knights have been a nationally recognized marching band since 1958. Learn more.
Band Auxiliary/Color Guard
Sponsor: Mr. Barnum
There are more than 30 members of the Color Guard for the 2015-16 season. Members perform with the marching band and have contributed to the Prospect Marching Knights' award-winning seasons for decades. Learn more.
Sponsors: Mrs. Troiano, Mr. Nellessen
The Prospect High School choir program consists of a mix of open and auditioned performance groups. They are the Freshman Treble Choir, Varsity Choir, Honors Treble Choir, Chamber Choir, Madrigal Singers/Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Company, and Mixed Company. Students can also participate in the Show Choir Crew or audition for a spot in the Show Choir Combo. Learn more.
Sponsor: Ms. Tole
Sponsor: Mr. Morton, Mr. Calzaretta
The theater program brings together hundreds of student actors and crew members on productions throughout the course of the year. Students must audition for their preferred roles and commit to attending after-school rehearsal leading up to the performances. Learn more.
Sponsors: Dr. Kyp-Johnson
Sponsor: Mr. Poisson
Sponsors: Dr. J. Kyp-Johnson, Mr. Taylor
Sponsor: Ms. Monnich
Orchesis is an extension of the dance program. The group meets both as a class and co-curricular activity with an emphasis on exploring, creating, encouraging, and producing dance as an art form. Orchesis performs numerous times throughout the school year.
Sponsor: Mr. Snoble
Tech Crew gives interested students hands-on experience in many aspects of theatrical production. Participants will have the opportunity to work backstage on major productions during the school year. Numerous other events, including dance and music provide other opportunities for involvement. All students are invited to become member of "the crew" and those who join will gain experience in scenery construction, stage lighting, properties, costumes, and stage management.
Sponsor: Mr. Morton
See also: Speech/Acting in Competitive.
Class of ‘19
Sponsor: Mrs. Myers
Class of ‘20
Sponsor: Mrs. Collins
Class of ‘21
Sponsor: Ms. Fonsino
Class of '22
Sponsor: Mr. Hammerstrom
Sponsor: Ms. David
The Environmental Club is a resource for the students, staff, and community to facilitate environmental awareness, interaction, cooperation, and action.
Harvard Model Congress
Sponsors: Mr. Beishir, Mr. Hodges
Harvard Model Congress pegs itself as the largest government simulation conference in the world. This club teaches students leadership and government skills in a fun, yet serious, atmosphere.
Sponsors: Ms. Collins, Ms. Menacker
Sponsors: Mr. Hamilton, Ms. Drye, Mr. Heilman, Ms. Kim
LINK (Leading Incoming Knights)
Sponsors: Ms. Brill, Ms. Roth
Principal Advisory Committee
Sponsor: Mr. Minter
This committee was convened to give the Prospect High School principal an opportunity to hear from students about their greatest concerns and receive input on important directions for the high school.
Sponsor: Mr. Hammerstrom
Sponsor: Ms. Scolaro
Student Council’s purpose is to encourage students to involve themselves in the school and community; to conduct activities that promote the general welfare of the school and the community, to represent the interests of the student body, and to instill and promote leadership within the student body. Student Council is responsible for planning many all-school activities. Elections for the Executive Board are held in the spring for the following year’s council. Representatives must apply after board elections are held (in the fall for freshmen).
The Underground Spirit Club
Sponsors: Mr. Mirandola
Sponsor: Mr. Block
The Prospector is the voice of Prospect High School. Student staff members tell the news in a timely manner and explain its significance to Prospector readers and the community. ProspectorNow provides an online presence for the school newspaper, which aims to inform, entertain and provide a school forum for the unrestricted exchange of ideas and opinions.
Sponsor: Mr. Andrews
Roundtable is Prospect High School's literary magazine. Students with any interest in writing and publishing are welcome to join.
Sponsor: Ms. Stoltz
The Yearbook staff meets as a class every day, with the goal of producing the yearbook for PHS. Students must apply with a formal application available at registration, obtain a recommendation from a junior high school English teacher, be committed for the entire year, and be willing to learn Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop as well as how to take digital pictures. Students must also recognize that they will do some writing.
GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
Sponsor: Ms. Roth
The GSA is a student run organization created to unite people with a common goal of forming a safe, open-minded, and educated environment. The GSA promotes equality and acceptance regardless of personality, lifestyle, and sexual orientation. Participation is open to all Prospect High School students.
Sponsor: Mrs. Kruse
Sponsor: Ms. Carroll
Sponsor: Mrs. Van Hoy