BEST BUDDIES is an organization that works to match up students with intellectual disabilities with high school students from general education to create one-to-one friendships. This interaction will not only enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, but it will also provide leadership opportunities for those general education students to get involved.
C.O.R.E, which stands for Christ our Rock Eternal, is a club for Christian students who are interested in activities related to evangelizing and performing service within the community. It is student planned, organized and conducted. Club periods are spent in the planning outside activities, brief object lessons or Bible study, and fellowship.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the premier career and technical student organization preparing students for success in life. Dunlap's student organization consists of freshmen through seniors who have a desire in the business field. Students should sign up for FBLA if they are interested in any area of business, whether it would be Accounting, Finance, Technology, Management, and much more. Every year, FBLA participates in business competitions at the central area and state conferences. Each year the FBLA organization will celebrate its financial success with making a donation to a local charity. To become an FBLA member and receive a membership card, dues are $25 and include a club shirt.
FCCLA stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. This year the club has been very active with community service. The main project a few years ago was helping fight and prevent children illiteracy. Last year, the club members went to Dunlap Grade School and Dunlap Middle School where they also help the children practice and learn to read or assist teachers with running the classroom. Some fundraisers we participated in were baking and selling Christmas cookies, selling candy canes, and selling matchmaker for Valentine’s Day. In the spring the club puts on the Prom Fashion Show. This is where local stores donate prom dresses, tuxedoes, and flowers to be modeled. The club also goes on its annual spring trip to Chicago to attend design schools, culinary schools, and art museums.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. The Campus Ministry is a certified ministry that is initiated and led by student-athletes, sponsored by coaches, supported by staff, established on junior high, high school or college campuses and meets on a regular basis. The types of Campus Ministry are: Club Huddle, Team Huddle, Chaplain Huddle and Coaches Huddle. The school campus can be one of the most strategic mission fields with many youth passing through this portal. FCA focuses on equipping, enabling, empowering and encouraging student-athletes, coaches and adult leaders to impact and influence their campus for Christ.
The FFA, which formerly stood for the Future Farmers of America, is a very popular club in the high school. We do many things throughout the year. We usually go to a farm show during the fall for a day. We have “work days” where we clean up various areas around the school with trucks and saws. We participate in “Skit Night” and host many activities during FFA week. We also compete in various competitions related to agriculture during the school year. We do several activities in the community and around the school to help others.
Fine Arts Club has so many activities to offer. It is filled with many fun and exciting events. Each year we have the Fine Arts Talent Show at school with many talented arts performed by the students. Fine Arts also go on trips to the art museums where we will spend the day looking at wonderful and beautiful works of art. Not only that, the club also receives tickets to see plays, musicals, and other delightful performances at the Civic Center.
The Dunlap Fishing Club teaches students the basic fundamentals of bass fishing. Students may attend simply to learn more about fishing, or they may choose to fish competitively in fishing tournaments. Students who wish to fish in tournaments must attend practice sessions with the sponsor, and demonstrate the necessary capabilities. See Mr. Beckman in room W-5 for more information.
Foreign Language Club is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual student club that aims to bring education and culture together in a positive environment through social and service activities. Through Foreign Language Club, you not only learn about new languages and cultures, you use them communicate with new friends and to serve our community both locally and internationally. We provide social opportunities such as international food nights, movie nights, games & scavenger hunts, local dinners at various restaurants, and much more. Each year we raise money and awareness for a different international community in need of aid, and we have many volunteer opportunities for our members throughout the year. Foreign Language Club is a great place to meet new friends and learn to communicate through many different cultures and languages!
Improv Club – is a fun, stress relieving, unique club that can help members meet new friends while defeating social anxiety. Student spend time during club period playing games similar to the TV show “Whose line is it anyway?” Students learn to think on their feet and be creative in a pressure-free situation. This club appeals to students who enjoy improv, have a good sense of humor, and are willing to try new things.
Interact Club is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of
• Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
• Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
• Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
• Advancing international understanding and goodwill
Key Club is devoted to volunteer service. We work on projects for Dunlap High School, the Dunlap Community (example: grade school carnivals), the Peoria Area (example: Special Olympics, Santa’s Children’s Store), and even the world. We have raised money for IDD, Spastic Paralysis, and CMN to name a few. Often we work with Key Club members from other high schools, so this is a fun way to both make new friends and help others.
The Junior State of America (JSA) - On high school campuses across the country, there are students concerned with what is happening around them – students who are interested in politics and government, foreign affairs, the law and education. JSA was created by and for these young people. Since its founding in 1934, more than 500,000 student members have become active, informed citizens through JSA.
The Lacrosse Club is a group of students who practice the sport of lacrosse much like they would for any other school sport. Our practices begin in November and continue through the spring. Our season goes from March through June. We play teams from Morton, Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Belleville, Indiana, St. Louis, and the Chicago-area. This year, we hope to be able to field 2 Dunlap Lacrosse teams.
The LEAF (Leaving an Environmentally Aware Future – AKA the Ecology) Club main objectives will be to heighten community awareness of environmental issues, supply the community with information and services that can help resolve these issues, to get people interested and willing to improve our environment and to make our community a better place to live and breathe. Activities will be to develop a recycling program for paper and aluminum cans, eventually adopt a highway, plant a tree, plant activities for Earth Day, educate elementary students on environmental issues and enjoy and improve nature – nature hikes.
Math Club is a community where people who wish to understand how certain math concepts work the way they do can exercise their minds. We provide a friendly atmosphere to develop ourselves into students who truly understand the why—we are not just machines who simply plug numbers into equations for a test. Also unlike machines, we have fun. Each year math club competes in the AMC and ICTM contests for enjoyment. Strive to comprehend. Math Club.
Minecraft Club is a fun, relaxed club for anyone who owns the PC version of the popular building and crafting game Minecraft. We run a local Minecraft server where our club members work together in teams to survive, tame, and shape the digital world how they see fit.
The Multi-Cultural Club is made up of students that are interested in advancing the knowledge of different cultures to the school community. The club sponsors the annual canned food drive in late fall and is responsible for arranging cultural activities and events during diversity week in January. Many of our members come from different countries, but everyone is welcome to be a member. We are always looking for new members and new ideas for our club. Each spring, several members of the club end the year’s activities by attending Global Fest in Normal, IL. If you are from a foreign country or have spent time abroad or just interested in the many different cultures of the world, this club could be just what you are looking for.
Project Purple is an initiative of The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. Project Purple was established at DHS during the 2015-2016 school year. It is a student led organization. Core membership is comprised of student athletes who possess leadership skills as well as a passion for encouraging positive and healthy decision making.
Red Cross Club is a club that works with one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. The club provides students with opportunities to make a difference by addressing the community’s greatest needs and developing leadership skills. The club works to get students involved in the community while maximizing their talents, and meeting new people.
The Robotics Club is affiliated with FIRST Robotics. The club will meet weekly with corporate sponsors to learn about and build robots. In the spring the club will participate in the Robotics competition sponsored by FIRST (www.usfirst.org). This is a great opportunity to meet people in the engineering field and get your name out there. Other opportunities for members will be in areas such as computer animation, web site design, t-shirt design, publicity and community service.
The DHS Scholastic Bowl Team is a continuation of the Middle School Scholastic Bowl program. There is a Varsity and a JV team with a competitive schedule for each team. We have had success in the past largely because we have had many energetic players to choose from. If interested you do not need to have ever competed before. Questions will come from many areas including fine arts, sports, math, science, and social studies.
Snowball is for any student who is willing to make the choice of a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. Activities include an overnight “Snowball” at the high school every other year and an evening “Snowflake” at the Middle School on the alternating year. Awareness activities are planned for all high school students during “Red Ribbon Week”, which includes speakers, contests, and a reality check
Speech Team consists of 13 diverse speaking events. The events are divided into two categories, public address and interpretation. Public address events offer students the opportunity to develop and refine the skills necessary to prepare and deliver effective message in various public speaking situations. Interpretation events include duet acting, delivery of original comedy, and dramatic readings of published material. The season begins in late October and concludes with the IHSA state finals during the third weekend in February.
Table Tennis Club meets after school Mondays through Thursdays each week to learn and build upon the fundamental skills of table tennis. All skill levels are welcome. Prize tournaments are held throughout the year.