Student Life

Clubs and Organizations

Welcome to Clubs at Ballard HS

Welcome Ballard High School Student Life

Clubs are a great way to get involved!

Clubs are also a great way to sustain and create new connections at Ballard HS. Find a Club that matches your interests and get involved! We currently have 50+ clubs! 

Resources

How to Start or Continue a Club

Complete this Online BHS Clubs Info Form to start a new club or to continue an existing club for the school year 21-22.

Reach out to 1jbfewel@seattleschools.org with any questions or the Activity Coordinator; Laura Lehni at lllehni@seattleschools.org.

For Reference Only | Previous Clubs and Organizations

Below is a listing of previous clubs at Ballard High School and original advisors in case helpful to think about starting a new club. Previously all Clubs were on Instagram and the Clubs Instagram @ballardstudentlife as well.

3-D Games Club

Advisor: April McKenna
A club where students can play games of the 3D variety such as 3D chess, 3D checkers and others. A truly exciting club that all high schoolers should give a try.

Advanced Physics

Learn how to become a connoisseur of the finer things in life. Discuss, learn and have fun with friends.

Art Club

Advisor: Matthew Harkleroad
Art club is a place for any student that has a passion for art, or any student that would like a space to pursue creativity. At Art club, we can find opportunity to do art from observation, organizing group projects and supporting anyone who wants to create.

Ballard Asian Student Society

We have discussions about our shared heritage and current cultural developments as well as discussions over political situations in Asia.

Ballard Debate Club

Advisor: Shawn Lee
Debate club is an engaging place to come and discuss raw, relevant social, political and economic issues and injustices in the world. Members will learn to speak confidently in front of their peers, think quickly on their feet and so much more.

Ballard Think Tank

The Ballard think tank convenes 1 time a week to discuss a hard hitting topic during lunch with a new topic being discussed each week

B.O.A.T. Club

B.O.A.T. (Ballard Outdoor Adventure Team) organizes fun adventures designed to help members develop a love for the great outdoors and build a sense of community.

Calligraphy Club

Advisor: Kaija Reinelt
A space for people to take the time to learn calligraphy, take pretty notes, set up their bullet journal, learn to bullet journal and overall share their excitement for notes, calligraphy, stationary and bullet journaling with others.

Chess Club

Advisor: TuesD Chambers
Snacks are provided! All players are welcome, regardless of ability. If you want to learn chess or just play, chess club is the club for you. We even have laser chess. (Other days are available, just shoot us an email and we can work something out)

Club of Comedy

Advisor: Robin Dowdy
Club of Comedy is about watching, learning and performing stand-up comedy.

Coed Uno Club

Advisor: Kelly Locklin

DECA

Advisor: Mary Jereczek
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, and Management in High schools and Colleges around the globe.

Diabetic Student Union

Advisor: Scott Cachopo
To bring together the diabetics of Ballard High School and their friends for some positive interactions about different experiences with the disease.

Dungeons and Dragons

Advisor: Scott Gross
A fantasy roleplaying game – Members will play as a set character and complete campaigns.

Earth Service Corps

Advisor: Noam Gundle
Earth Service Corps is a club dedicated to helping the environment. We work on projects like making reusable cloth bags, hosting park and beach clean ups, working on Ballard’s native plant garden, composting and creating school wide Earth themed spirit week every year. Anyone interested in protecting the Earth is welcome!

Fashion

Advisor: Marcia Lalonde
Fashion Club will create fashion illustrations, talk about fashion, learn about job opportunities and go on field trips related to fashion and trends.

FCCLA

Advisor: Marcia Lalonde
FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for both at home and in the workplace. Meetings will include improving professionalism and fun activities related to Family and Consumer Science classes.

Feminist Club

Advisor: April McKenna
Feminist club is a group focused on taking on social justice issues, particularly those regarding issues of gender inequality, sexual harassment/assault and other women’s rights issues.

Filipino Club

Advisor: Joseph Subido
The Ballard High Filipino club is a community that anyone can join and learn about Filipino culture, meet new people and have a great time!

Film Club

Advisor: Steven Bradford
Film club has film screenings and discussions. Prepare to broaden your knowledge of film! We are also looking to have guest speakers from within the industry.

FLUSH Club

Advisor: Joe Schmidt
Health, lifestyle, and wellness club as it relates to the digestive system. Weekly meetings and educational guests and group activities.

French Club

Advisor: Annaick Sturgeon
We will learn about French culture by doing things like making crepes, eating brignets, and buche de noels and many more

Girls Who Code

Advisor: Jim Verhaeghe
If you’re a girl interested in STEM, Girls Who Code is the perfect club for you. We work on computer science projects, host different speakers and do outreach in the community to help build girls coding skills, and confidence in STEM environments.

Girls Who Fish

Advisor: Eric Blazevic
Girls Who Fish Club is devoted to representing/ empowering women in fields they usually are neglected from, and also educating people on the fishing industry and ecology.

Generic Computing Club

Advisor: Jim Verhaeghe
Build a game, app or website in a project-oriented environment. All experience levels welcome. We will have a finished product by the end of the year, which members are able to include in their portfolio.

Global Current Events Club

In global current events club, we discuss news that stands out from around the world, from climate change to the release of a new album. Each week of the school year we will focus on and learn about a different country, and snacks from that country will be provided.

GSA – Gay Straight Alliance

Advisor: Mrs. Schmider
GSA will support and raise awareness for our BHS and Seattle school’s LGBT community.

Hacky Sack Club

Advisor: Mr. Stedman
Location: On the field or local parks We will play hacky sack and learn new tricks.

History Club

Advisor: Robin Dowdy
History Club is a place where students build their skills in historical analysis, research, collaboration, and presentation by making a project for the National History Day Competition. By understanding the past, History Club members are ready to change the future! 

Ink Club

Advisor: Mr. Macdougall
Ink club is an arts and literature club that supports artists and writers in the club while also accepting submissions from all BHS students for publishing in the yearly INK journal. The club also helps plan the Spilled Ink events at the Ballard Public Library.

Japanese Club

Advisor: Sachiko Smith
You do not need to be able to speak Japanese to participate. Club members take part in various Japanese cultural and linguistic activities including cooking, arts and crafts, games and movies.

Jewish Student Union

A club dedicated to uniting Jewish students and their allies through fun, games and education.

Key Club

Advisor: Oana Rus
We plan and run service-learning events’ such as the in-school Blood Drive and various fundraisers for local and international charities; while also volunteering at outside organizations.

Latinx Student Union

Advisor: Leti Bravo
The goal of the Latin Student Union is to promote the education and cultural representation of Latino students at BHS. We work to create community support as well as address social justice and educational issues. We have guest speakers, watch movies and participate in culturally relevant events and community service activities.

Magic: The Gathering

Advisor: Westin Pentecost
We will play Magic: The Gathering and other collectible card games. Decks not required.

Model United Nations

Discuss foreign policy in a formal environment while playing the role of a delegate to the United Nations. Learn public speaking skills and global politics while attending conferences.

Mountain Bike

Advisor: John Foster
We practice every Wednesday at Woodland Park and ever Saturday morning we ride a different trail around the state.

Multiracial Student Union

Advisor: Carol Faust
A space for multiracial students to talk about our common experiences and meet new people.

Muslim Student Association

Advisor: Kira Franz-Knight
The Muslim Student Association is a place where students of all backgrounds come together to discuss issues Muslim’s face at Ballard and in the world. It is a place where Muslims can come together and feel welcome.

Outdoor Club

Advisor: John Foster
This club is for anyone who enjoys being in the outdoors

Philosophy and Ethics

Advisor: Kristin Storey
A world view changing experience with topics of discussion decided by members. We participate in the Washington State Ethics Bowl each February, providing opportunities to voice your solutions to the world’s problems. No matter your beliefs or interests there will be something here that engages you.

Ping Pong Club

Advisor: Eric Ensign
This club is for people of all skill levels who love to play both competitive and recreational ping pong.

Plant Club

Advisor: India Carlson
Plant club focuses on cultivation, propagation and overall care of all plant varieties.

Polynesian Club

Advisor: Sailau Tuitele
Represent Polynesian culture, learn about Polynesian culture and practice Polynesian culture, by doing dances and celebrating/ meeting with poly food and all member coming together.

Pre-med Club

A fun way for kids who have similar interests in the future to get together and build community. 

Psychology Club

Advisor: Ms. Spencer
Come meet with us to discuss your dreams, learn about psychological conditions and how our brains work.

Sailing Team

Advisor: John Foster
We race small, 2 person sailboats against local High schools around Washington. We welcome new sailors and help them to improve their skills.

SLAM Club (students learning about mental health)

Advisor: Chelsea Clark
This club is a student group that presents at schools around Seattle, educating students about mental health awareness and resources. We also do events at Ballard, like chalk projects and so much more!

South Paw Club

Advisor: Robin Dowdy
We are the schools left-handed club. In order to ensure left-handed infrastructure, promote understanding of what left handedness means, and just generally enjoy being south paw, we invest our time to this club, and hope you do as well. 

Spanish Club/ Club de Español

Advisor: Vanesa Lopez-Madrid
Spanish club is learning about Hispanic culture through fun community building activities. There will be snacks, fun games, dancing and music (we are an all-inclusive club),

Spike Ball Club

Spike ball is a competitive partner-based ball sport, similar to volleyball or badminton. This club is all about getting people together to play and improve their skills. All levels of ability are welcome, even if you have no idea how to play the game!

STAR (Students and Teachers Against Racism) Club

Advisor: Taryn Coe
STAR club works to combat racism within Ballard High school. We create content to present to students, help plan MLK assemblies and hold discussions on school and national issues pertaining to race.

Stock Talk

We will discuss trade policy, politics or anything that affects the broader market.

Tetris Club

Tetris club is a club for playing Tetris and chatting with Mr. Thompson occasionally. We also have discussions and help each other with homework.

Viking Robotics

Advisor: Joe Schmidt
Bolster your college resume while learning to fund, program, design and build a robot on a world champion team. No experience is required to join. Feel free to stop by any time!