Clubs

Service Clubs and Organizations

Club Name Description Sponsor(s) / Room(s)
Interact Youth organization of the Rotary Club Ms. Stone G-25
Faculty Frenzies Ms. Alati, Ms. Hodor
GAME To help support our male students academically, professionally, and socially and prepare them with life skills necessary to be successful after high school. Mr. Avery F-05
Gay/Straight Student Alliance (GSSA) The Gay, Straight, Student, Alliance (GSSA) is a club dedicated to educating people and creating understanding about the LGBT + community. We hope to help LGBT students and their supporters to feel welcome, more comfortable with themselves, and their community. We encourage all people interested in learning about the LGBT and their supporters, to join our mission for equality through education.
Key Club To provide experience in working and living together; to promote higher standards in sportsmanship, scholarship, and social contacts. Ms. Nelson F-01
Marshals To serve as the official hosts and hostesses for school activities. Open to juniors with a cumulative average of 2.8 and selection is conducted by a faculty committee representing the various disciplines. Mr. Davis G-06
National Honor Society To demonstrate and promote leadership, character, scholarship and service by participating in various school community and activities. Open to juniors and seniors with a cumulative average of 3.5 and selection is conducted by the National Honor Society Faculty Committee. Ms. Alexander D-04 , Ms. Caffee M-04
PEARLS To enhance and develop the whole female student by creating a culture that fosters collaboration, confidence, and character. Ms. Lee – Guidance
Red Cross Club Youth organization to help and promote the ideals of the American Red Cross Ms. Grigg E-10, Col. Kloskin J-02
S2S S2S is a student-centered and student-led program that support students transitioning with ease to and from WBHS through mentorship for both military students, their families, and transfer students. Ms. Lee – Guidance
Student Council Association (SCA) The Western Branch Student Council Association (WBSCA) is a leadership organization for students that provides learning experiences and opportunities to practice the citizenship skills necessary for effective participation in our democratic society. Ms. Hinton I-04
Willett Service Club To develop leadership through service to the community. Ms. Bunting K-05

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Special Interest Clubs and Activities

Club Name Description Sponsor(s) / Room(s)
Chess Ms. Flory C-03
Bruin Book Blazers To promote and encourage reading, to discuss literature, and to support literacy efforts at WBHS Ms. Allen & Ms. Degnan – Media Center
Cooperating Hampton Roads Organization for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME) To encourage students to widen their interest in the areas of math, science, and engineering. Mr. Falls F-14
Comic Book Club Mr. Hartzog F-15
Debate To learn academic argument Ms. Ambrose K-09
Forensics To learn to compete in public speaking Ms. Hood F-06
Japanese Club To Provide an opportunity for students to learn about the Japanese culture Ms. Ingram-Smith J-08
Korean Club Korean Club at Western Branch High School will be part of the International Club. In Korean Club, the students will have the opportunity to learn about the Korean language, culture and cuisine. Ms. M. King C-04
Resurrection Club To provide an opportunity for students to participate in Bible Study and Community Outreach Programs Ms. Muncie B-09
Scholastic Quiz Bowl*/Battle of the Brains To stimulate interest and recognize student achievement in the academic program emphasizing knowledge of English, math, science and social studies. Ms. Riordan I-10
Stage Crew Western Branch High School offers students a variety of opportunities to get involved behind the scenes with our Stage Crew program. Stage Crew is a voluntary after-school program where students will be assigned to a crew for each school performance and/or activity that takes place within the WBHS Auditorium. The crews include lighting, sound, scenery, properties, publicity, stage management, house management, theater business management, costumes and makeup. Please feel free to contact Ms. Lee with any questions about the Stage Crew Program. Ms. Lee – Guidance
STEM STEM Club will meets regularly in an informal environment to work on inquiry-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related activities. WBHS STEM club may have the following benefits:

  • Providing opportunity for meaningful STEM learning and for students to engage in science, technology, engineering and math in multiple ways and in a supportive and fun environment.
  • Building their knowledge and application (i.e., behavior change) of STEM content and processes.
  • Honing their ability to collaborate with and learn from other students and from STEM professionals.
  • Building their interest in academic success and higher education
  • Foster their interest in additional STEM learning opportunities and careers.
Ms. Alexander D-04, Mr. Rogers G-27

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Class-Related Clubs and Activities

Club Name Description Sponsor(s) / Room(s)
Art Club/Open Studio The Art Club provides an environment that allows students to join together and expand their creative minds through different art making activities. We also strive to support our Bruin family and spread our artistic talent throughout the school. Ms. Valdivieso A-02
Chorus Mr. Nespoli P-03
Color Guard The WBHS Color Guard is a performance ensemble that uses flags and other props along with dance to express dynamic passages in the music accompanying the marching band at football games, parades, and competitions. Ms. Deskevich F-08, Ms. Harden, Ms. J. Rodriguez
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) DECA is a co-curricular organization for students enrolled in Marketing classes. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world. Ms. Caffee M-4 , Mr. Lytle M-2 , Ms. Stone G-25
Drama Club In addition to supporting and funding the Theatre Department productions, we provide theatre workshops, community volunteer opportunities, participate in school events, and offer students who cannot take the class a chance to work with theatre students and learn about the art of theatre. Ms. Wells M-8
Educators Rising Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. The club will provide volunteer opportunities for students also. Ms. M. King C-04
Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education as determined by the state department of education. FCCLA is the Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities. Ms. M. King C-04, Ms. Robinson A-09
Film Society To provide an environment where filmmaking skills can be developed and where students interested in films can collaborate Mr. Jedlowski I-10
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) The FBLA is the largest student business organization in the world. Our organization strives to help students develop leadership skills by introducing them to the business world through networking, conferences, competitions, and community service. The FBLA is also a large supporter of Project ASK, a childhood cancer foundation. TBD
International Cultural Society The purpose of this organization shall be to promote, learn and share international cultures. The general objectives of this club shall be: to provide social interaction for internationally minded students, to promote awareness of diverse cultures throughout our community, to serve the community at large, and to foster an appreciation of academic world language development. General activities include the following: exposing students to cultural samplings through film, music, cuisine, games and holiday festivals, to promote academics through guest speakers and national organizations, and to develop school spirit through building activities. Mr. Yowell F-12, Mr. Hartzog F-15, Ms. Dunbar F-14
*Literary Magazine (VHSL regulated) The Literary Magazine, also known as Lit Mag, is a group of students who work together to compile a range of writing, art, photography, and even music to be published. Many students are also in Writing Club or the Creative Writing Class, but do not have to be. The Muse is published in May and is submitted to VHSL judging. Ms. Steadele I-03
Marching Band TBD
Orchestra Mr. Glasco P-05
Photojournalism Mr. Harver I-03
Technology Student Association (TSA) The specific purposes of the Technology Student Association is to develop, through individual and team work, the ability of members to plan, organize, and use a variety of resources to solve problems by exploring technology and developing an understanding of technological literacy.

Technology classes support this by providing exploratory experiences in classrooms and laboratories. These classes instill desirable work habits and attitudes toward a positive way of life in students and foster a deep respect for the dignity of work. TSA will prepare individuals for enrollment in advanced or highly skilled vocational and technical education programs.

Mr. Kiesow-A7
Writing Club Writing Club meets once a month and often works with Literary Magazine to publish a magazine of art, photography, and writing in May. Club meetings often include a free write centered on a writing principal or theme; then, students can share if they wish. All genres of writing are explored and encouraged. Ms. Steadele I-03
*Yearbook (VHSL regulated) Yearbook, or Journalism IV, is a year-long, every other day class. The staff, editors, and adviser work to create the yearbook, The Bruin, while learning a range of journalism skills including copy writing, photography, graphic design, editing, interviewing, advertising, and distribution. Students must have one semester of English and complete an application for consideration. The Bruin is submitted for judging to the VHSL. Ms. Steadele I-03
Youth In Government To provide students the opportunity to participate in the political system. Ms. Bunch K-03
* VHSL regulated activities/clubs requires a 2.0 cumulative average for participation.

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Club Name Sponsor(s) / Room(s)

Grade Level Class Sponsors

Senior Class Ms. Muncie B-09 , Ms. Diaz
Junior Class Ms. Legg – Guidance, Ms. Ransom – Guidance
Sophomore Class Ms. Bunch K-03, Ms. Guida L-19, Ms. Stiltner L-06
Freshman Class Ms. Hodor F-17

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