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AFJROTC

Besides the academic curriculum, the AFJROTC program offers after-school activities including drill team, color guard, and RAIDERS teams. By participating in these teams, cadets compete in organized events against other JROTC units in the tri-state region.

Requirements: Must be a cadet in the JROTC program.

How to join: Sign up through your Flight Commander during class.

FFA
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
To accomplish its mission, FFA:

  • Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
  • Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
  • Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
  • Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
  • Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
  • Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
  • Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
  • Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
  • Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles.
  • Encourages excellence in scholarship

Requirements: Having Agriculture as a college major is preferred but not stictly required. FFA members who want to compete in State/National CDE’s or attend leadership training must be enrolled in at least one Agriculture class.

How to join: See Mrs. Pickard – room W-100

KathleenPickard kpickard@colonial.k12.de.us

WP Travel Abroad

The program will make students more aware of the world around them, with the hope of changing the way they think about their place in the world. 

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Jeneane Coulter Jeneane.Coulter@colonial.k12.de.us

Forensics and Debate
Forensics and Debate allow for William Penn students to develop skill sets in the areas of public speaking, debate, literary interpretation and original literary composition. Forensics and Debate is a competitive team, engaging in tournaments around the Greater Delaware Valley. William Penn students will encounter students from other school, throughout the year in competitive categories of poetry, prose, dramatic and humorous interpretation, extemporaneous speaking and several debate categories. Forensics and Debate is extracurricular that is well respected by colleges and universities as an activity that develops higher order thinking and communication skills in students.
Requirements: Students will need to meet with the coach for practices, fundraisers and competitions.
How to join: Students will meet with the coach or can contact the coach through email.

Frank Lusch Francis.Lusch@colonial.k12.de.us

HOSA
The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.
Jordan Hudson Jordan.hudson@colonial.k12.de.us

Business Professionals of America
Business Professionals of America is a national organization composed of students from all over the world who are interested in the field of business. The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. There are two conferences held each year: a State Leadership Conference and a National Leadership Conference where students are given an opportunity to compete against other business students in competitive events.
Requirements: The requirements are: you must be enrolled in a business or related business class.
How to join: Students may sign up in the advisor’s classroom. They may also attend a meeting at the beginning of the year.
Keri Young Keri.Young@colonial.k12.de.us

French Club (WPFC)
French Club provides students with hands on, involved opportunity to explore and enjoy French language and culture. Activities are planned to allow students a chance to connect in a diverse and casual environment. Activities include watching French films, dining in ethnic restaurants, cooking French food, and other events of students’ interest. French Club also connects William Penn students with other high school students in France through a virtual program.

Requirements: Students will need to meet with the advisor for meetings, fundraisers and field trips.
How to join: Students will meet with the advisor or can contact the advisor through email or remind.

Petit LeFort  Petit.Lefort@colonial.k12.de.us

Madame Kayla Dickens Kayla.Dickens@colonial.k12.de.us

Educators Rising

William Penn has its own chapter of Educators Rising, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that allows students to continue their exploration of education as a career pathway.  Being part of our chapter will allow students to find a supportive environment of passionate students who are thinking about working in the field of education.  These students want to be agents of change.  Through Edu Rising, students will be able to network and attend both state and national competitions, allowing students a chance to prove themselves as both professionals and leaders.  Students will also be able to mentor younger Colonial students and learn what it is like to be part of the Power of We.

How to Join: Contact advisor(s) through email or Schoology message.

Sasha Huber Sasha.Huber@colonial.k12.de.us

Kimberly Bolden Kimberly.Bolden@colonial.k12.de.us

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.

How to Join: Contact advisor(s) through email or Schoology message.

Lars Jensen Lars.Jensen@colonial.k12.de.us

Chris Wellborn

Extracurricular Activities

Dance Troupe

Group of very talented & creative dancers who perform during homecoming events, Prom Fashion Show, Elementary and middle school pep rallies, and special events in the district. Practice sessions is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Requirements: All students must maintain mininal grade average of 2.0 or better for all academic & elective classes for continue participation in this club. Students DIAA eligibility is checked each marking period.

How to join: Audition process held in September & January.

Sponsors:

Shana Bacon
Shana.Bacon@colonial.k12.de.us

DECA

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. William Penn High School members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leaders.

Requirements: DECA members must be enrolled in Business related courses.

How to join: If students are interested in joining DECA, they can attend a group meeting or contact Ms. Young.

Kai Maull   Kai.Maull@colonial.k12.de.us

Student Council

Student Council is a school based organization that organizes and participates in volunteer services through the school and community.

Requirements: All students in grades 9-12 are welcome to participate in Student Council

How to join:
Students interested in joining Student Council should contact Ms. Andersen to pick up an application. 

Ms. Taylor Anderson
taylor.anderson@colonial.k12.de.us

Senior Class Committee

The Senior Class Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all the senior class activities for the entire school year.

Requirements: The requirements are: you must be a senior and have a grade point average of at least a 2.0 or better.

How to join: They must fill out an application obtained from the Senior Class Advisor.

Maria Berrios
Maria.Berrios@colonial.k12.de.us

Penn Players (School Plays) 

Penn Players puts on two drama productions each school year–one in November and one in March. Auditions for the November production are held in early September. Auditions for the March production are held in early January. Any student who is academically eligible and interested in acting may audition for these productions. (You do NOT have to be enrolled in a drama class to participate.)

Requirements: Penn Players is open to ALL William Penn High School Students who have an interest in performing and/or the technical side of theatre. Penn Players generally stages two dramatic productions per school year (one in the fall and one in the spring). 

How to join: Students interested in being in the cast (acting on stage) for Penn Players productions must audition. Auditions are held about 3 months prior to the performance dates for each production. An interest meeting is held about a week prior to auditions to provide students with background information on the play as well as the materials and guidance necessary for the audition. 

Michael Renn 
Michael.Renn@colonial.k12.de.us 

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Stage Crew

The stage crew supports the Drama Department at William Penn by building sets for both the fall and spring productions and running the lights, sound, and managing the props for both productions. There are lots of opportunities to participate with the stage crew both during and after school. You could help build or paint the set, be a stage manager, or help with costumes and make-up for performances.

Requirements: All students in stage crew must maintain a passing average in all their courses in order to be eligible to participate.

How to join: To join stage crew please contact Catherine Rounsley-Maxwell in room E202 or Melanie Bowditch in room C202. 

Kimberly Davis
Kimberly.Davis@colonial.k12.de.us

Concert Choir
The Concert Choir is the flagship choral ensemble at William Penn. Members of the Concert Choir are in grades 10 through 12 and have at least one year of singing experience at William Penn. This group has a diverse repertoire of music.
karla.bell@colonial.k12.de.us

Select Ensemble
The Select Ensemble is a smaller group of advanced singers in grades 10 through 12, by audition only. They specialize in a capella and original student compositions
karla.bell@colonial.k12.de.us

Gospel Choir
The Gospel Choir is open to any William Penn student who has an interest in singing traditional and contemporary gospel music. This ensemble meets on Thursdays after school.
karla.bell@colonial.k12.de.us

Women’s Choir
The Women’s Choir features ladies in grades nine through twelve who are members of Chorus, Concert Choir, or Select Ensemble.
karla.bell@colonial.k12.de.us

Chorus
The Chorus features novice singers, or singers new to William Penn. This ensemble is designed to help singers build a strong foundation of ear training, sight singing, blending, and gain basic music understanding. Successful completion of Chorus results in Concert Choir or Select Ensemble participation.
karla.bell@colonial.k12.de.us

Women’s Choir
The Women’s Choir features ladies in grades nine through twelve who are members of Chorus, Concert Choir, or Select Ensemble.

Soloist instruction is offered on Tuesdays after school. This session is open to any William Penn student who pursues music outside the school setting, but desires additional support.
karla.bell@colonial.k12.de.us

 

Marching Colonials
The William Penn Marching Colonials is comprised of musical athletes who are passionate about furthering the marching arts through innovation in performance. The ensemble has a long history of performing at parades, in the stands at football games, and an elaborate themed show at halftime and marching band competitions. The color guard is an important visual component of the marching band, and there is no prior experience required to join. Color guard students learn the fundamentals of dance, as well as spinning flags, sabers, rifles and other equipment.

Requirements: Members are expected to: 1. Attend all rehearsals and performances (including BAND CAMP in August) 2. Maintain sports eligibility status 3. Prior instrumental music study recommended for winds and percussion 4. No experience is required to join the color

How to join: Current and potential members MUST attend the spring marching band informational meeting. 

John.Sopkanich
John.Sopkanich@colonial.k12.de.us

Percussion Ensemble
The Percussion Ensemble is a competitive group comprised of students who primarily study percussion as well as non-percussion students. The instrumentation of the ensemble varies but is composed of the front ensemble (mallet keyboards, synthesizer, guitars, and various drums), as well as the marching battery (snare, tenors, bass drums and cymbals). The group performs in custom uniforms in gymnasiums on a performance tarp that is painted to fit the theme of the show.

Requirements: Students are expected to:

1. Attend all rehearsals and performances

2. Maintain sports eligibility status

3. Instrumental music experience (particularly in percussion) recommended, but not required.

How to join: There will be an informational meeting sometime this coming November at the end of the Marching Colonials season.

John.Sopkanich
John.Sopkanich@colonial.k12.de.us

GSA Club

Gay-Straight Alliance or Gender-Sexuality Alliance, is a student-led and student-organized school club that aims to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The WPHS GSA has evolved beyond its traditional role of serving as a safe space for LGBTQ+, to a Club that unites LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. Moving forward into a vehicle for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice and development of the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders.

The WPHS GSA Club created its mission and goals to meet the needs of its members and the unique climate of our school. The Club has incorporated into its goals—3 different directions, all of which directly impact LGBTQ+ youth.

Social — Students meet and connect with other trans and queer students on campus.

Support — Students work to create safe spaces and talk about the various issues they face in school or their broader communities, such as intentional and unintentional discrimination.

Activism — Students take a leadership role to improve school climate through campaigns and events that raise awareness and change policies or practices in their schools.

A growing body of research confirms that the presence of a GSA Club has a positive and lasting effect on student health, wellness, and academic performance. It can also protect students from harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and improve school climates for all students in the long-term.

Barbara Winkler Barbara.Winkler@colonial.k12.de.us

Chess Club

Chess club is a great place to learn and advance your skills in the classic game.  All are welcome – whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player.  We offer a mix of friendly competition and learning skills to improve your mind in a fun & safe atmosphere.  Come check us out, mate!

Chess club motto:  We’re better than checkers club!

Requirements:  Fun-loving, willingness to learn chess, kindness towards opponents

Jon-Eric Burgess  joneric.burgess@colonial.k12.de.us

Yearbook Club
Be a part of history and join the Yearbook club! Our staff is run by students, for students. There are many roles that students can take part in, including leadership roles, design team, reporting team, photography and editing. \
 

Student Hangout Group

Looking for a group to hang out with and play social strategy games in a safe environment?  Join the Student Hangout Group for Online Games!  All you need is an open zoom, your phone, a friendly attitude, and good sportsmanship.  Games will include Roblox Mini Games, Kahoot, Trivia, Jackbox games, Among Us, Puzzles, Sporcle, & Bingo. We generally meet on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 PM.  To sign up, please message Ms. McNamara on Schoology for a link and details.
 
I’m going to send the picture later because I want to make a little collage of the games we have been playing!
 

Philosophy Club

Students engage in deep discussions, thinking critically about the world and themselves.

Generally meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 pm. Contact Dr. Capone to sign up for Remind messages and to join.

Dr. Andrew Capone  andrew.capone@colonial.k12.de.us

Updated 5/20/2021