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Location & Contact Details

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address:

West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Events Calendar

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Get Involved!

More than 85% of the students at West Catholic are involved in athletics or extracurricular clubs and organizations. Take advantage of the unique clubs, organizations and worldly experiences that we have to offer.

Academic or Activity-Based Groups

Art Club

The Art Club generally does one art-related activity per month. Sometimes these activities are service oriented—painting murals at local establishments, re-painting the sculptures for the courtyard, decorating bags for Kids’ Food Basket or decorating for our school auction. At other times, meetings are educational; we may tour an art college, visit an art museum or view artsy films. Still other times, we just have fun—learning to tie-dye, doing face-painting, carving pumpkins, decorating Christmas cookies or cutting paper snowflakes. The club changes every year based on the gifts and talents of its members.

Advisor:  Lisa Nawrocki
[email protected]

Chess Club
The chess club meets to play, learn and enjoy the game of chess together.

Advisor:  Sean Nolan
[email protected]

Equestrian
Meetings: For practice and competitions as needed.
Advisor: Mrs. Stelma
[email protected]
Esports

West Catholic Esports is a competitive video game club for gamers. West competes in Rocket League, Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, Super Smash Bros and Apex Legends. No matter which one is your favorite, the esports club is the place for you!

Advisor: Dakota VandenToorn
[email protected]

**West Catholic also offers an 8-week competitive middle school program in the spring (Knockout City and Rocket League) as well as a middle school summer camp!**

 

FIRST Robotics

The FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. Student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

Advisor: Cindy Brown
[email protected]

Garden Club

Garden Club is a group of students who meet to improve the beauty of the school, enjoy fellowship and pursue individual projects related to gardening. We have helped to maintain a rain garden, planted flowers for Mary, set up a hydroponics system and grown tomatoes. Garden Club is open to all students and all suggestions! No green thumb required!

Advisor: Molly Bergman
[email protected] 

House Council

House Council allows for development in key areas of leadership. Throughout the year, House Council is the force behind the many drives at West Catholic. Students develop plans of action and execution for food drives, blood drives and countless other student activities — including Household competitions and projects.

Advisor: Tracy Byrne
[email protected] 

Jazz Band
Meetings: Jazz Band meets on Mondays and Thursdays after school starting in December through the end of the school year.
Advisor: Darren LaPrise
[email protected]
Math Challenge

Math Challenge is available to 9th and 10th grade students. A group of 12 students in honors math compete in an all-day event at GRCC in the spring. Students practice four different events with their six teammates in preparation for the event.

Advisor:  Samantha Kemperman
[email protected]

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society is comprised of junior and senior students who, by virtue of their academic record and community activities, are invited to apply for membership. Each member is required to do 10 hours of tutoring in addition to attending meetings and other activities.

Advisor:  Rebecca Cortes
[email protected]

Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl is an academic competition covering a variety of academic disciplines and popular culture. Team members prepare for competitions with friendly practices and then compete against other schools in local, league and statewide tournaments.

Advisor:  Pat Nugent
[email protected]

Rotary Club

Each year, two juniors and two seniors participate in Rotary Interact—an organization that promotes service, integrity and the advancement of world understanding, goodwill and peace through the fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Meetings: Students attend field trips and local Rotary meetings twice a month.
Advisor:  Diane Ysasi
[email protected]

Safe Haven
Safe Haven is open to any current students or staff members who want to spend time together to grow in friendship. This is a safe meeting place that gathers weekly and it is not mandatory for members to attend on a regular basis.

Advisors:  Cynthia Kneibel
[email protected]

SWAAG

Students of West Athletic Advisory Group (S.W.A.A.G.) is comprised of student-athletes working with the athletic department to improve the overall student experience at West Catholic. The group consists of at least one member from every athletic program at West Catholic. Community and school service projects are also an integral part of this club. Improving school culture through awareness and support of all student-athletes and programs is the main goal of S.W.A.A.G.

Advisors:   Megan Pittman
[email protected]

Women's Leadership Group
The Women’s Leadership Group provides the opportunity for young women to explore a wide array of career paths in West Michigan. Through partnerships with a variety of local businesses, our students are able to shadow professionals and learn valuable techniques for leading diverse groups and understanding the workforce.

Advisors: Jill VanderEnde, Megan Eversman
[email protected] / [email protected]

Other: Students must apply to this group the year prior to becoming a member.

World Language Club

World Language Club is a new club designed to celebrate the different cultures of the world. If you are interested in joining, just show up to an event. Events are posted in the announcements.

Advisors: Gloria Coste de Falk
[email protected]

Writing Club

Meets every other Friday during Focus

Advisors: Carolyn Hathaway
[email protected] 

Faith-Based Groups

Acton Group

The Acton Group discusses the principles and ideas that help to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles. The group also takes a field trip to the Acton Institute each semester.

Advisor:  Sean Nolan
[email protected]

Catholics in Action (C.I.A.)

Catholics in Action (C.I.A.) is a student-led group that meets to share food, fellowship and faith. They seek to focus on particular aspects of their faith so they can grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and understand the teachings of the Church in a less formal, non-classroom setting. C.I.A. always welcomes new members.

Advisor: TBD

Life Force

Life Force is a group of motivated students charged with putting on the Life Force retreat, usually held in the spring, and leading Catholics In Action (C.I.A.) events.

Advisor: Josh Kohane
[email protected] 

Other:  Students must apply to be a member of this group.

Liturgical Choir

Meetings:  TBA
Advisor:  Joe Houdek
[email protected]

Morning Adoration Club

Prior to the beginning of each school day, students have the opportunity to participate in Eucharistic adoration in the Maria Goretti Chapel.

Advisor: Josh Kohane
[email protected] 

Peer Advocates

Students can apply to become peer ministers during their junior year.

Junior peer ministers help to welcome and minister to our international students by participating in different events that help acclimate our international students to West Catholic. Additionally, they receive training that will help them as a senior peer minister.

Senior peer ministers are students dedicated to sharing their faith not only in their daily interactions with classmates but also on class retreats. Additionally, these students help welcome and transition the incoming freshmen.

Advisor: Sean Nolan / Josh Kohane
[email protected] / [email protected] 

Other: Students must apply to be a member of this group.

Priestly Discernment Group

The Priestly Discernment Group is a group of young men, bound together in the brotherhood of Christ, that together discerns the will of the Lord for their lives and is open to the possibility of entering the seminary after high school.

Advisor:  Josh Kohane
[email protected] 

Students for Life

Students for Life promotes the pro-life message in our school and in the greater community. Club members volunteer at HELP Pregnancy Center and at other pro-life events, take part in educational opportunities, sponsor pro-life activities at the school and attend the March for Life.

Advisor: Pat Nugent
[email protected]

Women's Discernment Group

The Women’s Discernment Group is designed so that young women can enjoy fellowship, prayer and other activities that help them discern God’s will for their station in life. Whether this station is consecrated religious life, married life, or single life, friendships that are based on love for Christ or others provides support for the journey.

Advisor:  Carolyn Hathaway
[email protected]