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Clubs and organizations exist to help students excel in academic pursuits or leadership. Students with a passion for the arts can exercise their talents in activities such as band, chorus, orchestra, speech, and theatre. 

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100th Green Butterfly

Lindsay Jackson  Wednesday after school, Room 49.

African Students Connect 

Sunday Ogunsola
Jean Muhammad
First and Second Generation African Immigrant students meet to celebrate culture and discuss issues related to being a part of this demographic

AHS Shout

Josh Gorman   Student-produced newscast about Ames High School events. Broadcasts once a month during homeroom. Meets Tuesdays during plus period in the ELP Alcove located in the MC.

AHS Democrats


Anime Club

Sunday Ogunsola  

Art Club

Lindsay Wede This group is for students interested in working on art beyond the classroom. Students may work on their own art and within groups to develop their own creative ideas to execute.

Astronomy Club

Collin Reichert Students study astronomy concepts and help plan and carry out community astronomy viewing events.

Bee Club


Book Club 

James Webb  Students collectively select a book to read and meet every other week to discuss their thoughts about it

Citizens Actualizing and Understanding Sustainable Environments (CAUSE)

Collin Reichert  Student plan and carry out actions within the school and community to make Ames more sustainable.

Chess Club 

   Meet Tuesdays after school in room 229 to play chess with each other.

Community Care Project 

Vicki Hales  Meets During Plus Period 


   Helps students with skills needed for college.

Dance Marathon

Ginny Seibert

A group that meets all year working to raise money for the Iowa Children’s Hospital. We have small events throughout the year and a dance/celebration in the winter/spring. There is a larger club and a sizable leadership team. Meetings are once to twice a month depending on the time of year.


Anne Deam Meets Monday and Thursday to prepare for debate competitions.


Vicki Hales A career-technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for their future through community service, enhanced leadership and networking opportunities, and competitive events. Meetings are held every other week, with mini-sessions offered weekly.

Drama Club


ECO Club

Mike Todd Helps manage Ames High Prairie and the native plants on the Ames High campus. Clears undesirable plants, manages erosion and raises native plants to help restore the prairie. Meets daily after school and Mondays during PLUS period room 49.

Extended Physics Club

Beth Brenneman  

Fashion Show

  Meets Wednesday morning before school once a month to prepare for the annual Fashion Show.

FCA ( Fellowship of Christian Athletes) 

Stacy Dobernecker Bi-monthly huddle meetings for students to learn about and encourage each other in living out their faith in all aspects of their lives.

Fiber Club 

Stacy Dobernecker Each Wednesday we knit, crochet and do other needle crafts in a relaxed atmosphere.  We have plenty of supplies and teach each other, so no experience is required!

Garden Club

Mike Todd Student meet year-round (several times a week during the growing season) to grow food in a sustainable way.

Girls Who Code

Ginny Seibert Girls Who Code is a county-wide attempt to promote STEM skills, especially coding skills. The club meets weekly with local engineers (who truly sponsor and run this club) at the Public Library at a date and time TBD each year.

Graphic Design


Guitar Club


HAT (Help Ames Trees)




Homeless and Foster Youth Achievement Club

Collin Reichert  



Improv/Capture the Flag

Chuck Ripley  

Intramural Bowling


Junior Senate/
Prom Committee

  Meets Wednesday December through April to plan Prom.

Key Club

Cynthia Gillette Kiwanis-affiliated student service club.Meets Tuesdays before school.Service organization dedicated to volunteering around Ames, sponsored by the Kiwanis Town and Country Club; Key stands for Kiwanis Educated Youth (KEY)

Mayor’s Youth Committee

Denise Denton (YSS)

Ofc Nick Schieffer

For 9th through 12th grade students who are civic minded and would like to work with Ames Mayor John Haila on topics important to them.

Mental Health Club 

James Webb  We meet weekly to learn more about various aspects of mental health: what it is (and just as importantly, what it isn’t), how to find help, and how to help others. Our goals are to raise awareness, destigmatize, and advocate for change.

Mock Trial

Peggy Michelotti  

Model UN 

Chad Zmolek  

Multicultural Vision Program

Jessica Zeiss  

National Honor Society

Jessica Zeiss The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

National Art Honors Society 

Lindsay Wede 

A subgroup of Art Club, you can apply to be part of this organization of artists. You will find more contest and scholarship opportunities, as well as ways to use your art in the school and surrounding community with service learning

Quiz Bowl 


General trivia questions with about 5 tournaments a semester

SASHA (Students Against Sexual Harassment and Assault)

Ginny Seibert

 This club is starting for the first time this fall. The student leaders are hoping to raise awareness about sexual assault/harassment through discussion, events, and speakers, potentially. Meetings will be held during Plus Period.


Students Advocating for Civil Rights Education

Jean Muhammad

Students Advocating for Civil Rights Education: Students meet to discuss social justice, diversity, and cultural issues


Ginny Seibert

Students Against Destructive Decisions promote positive options in teenage lives. We meet once or twice a month and sometimes work with adults from the community.

Science Bowl 

Jordan DiLorenzo

Science and math trivia questions with 1 large tournament at the end of Jan.

Science Research Club

De Anna Tibben

A peer group to help students in process of scientific research. Outside sources of Iowa Junior Academy of Science, ISU, UNI, SSTFI, WISEF and others to help students with lab sites, equipment, and scientific review are available to all club members.  Students do not have to have a project to attend club meetings or to attend extension activities.

Skeptics Club



Scratch Pad

 Steven Woolery   A compilation of student writing and artwork edited and published by students that is published and sold every spring at Ames High School.

Senior Mentors 

 Allison DeBlasi Train senior mentors as they help freshmen transition to the high school

 Senior Senate

   Seniors who plan and run two blood drives, make important decisions regarding graduation (invitation information, graduation speakers, and name readers), and plan and run the senior picnic.


Students Helping End Poverty and Huger

  SHEPH is student-led group that meets Thursdays at 7:20 a.m. to learn about and  raise money to address issues related to Hunger and Poverty. Hosts Tucheze Dance (Too Chay Zay, Swahili for “Let’s Dance) in the fall and hosts Hunger Banquet in the spring as a simulation of the distribution of food to the world’s population.


 John Burke Ames High School’s Gay/Straight Alliance — student led support, education and advocacy for LGBTQ students and allies.


Kate Engelkes
Charles Ripley
  Iowa High School Speech Association 

Spoken Word and Poetry 

Kate Engelkes Meet weekly to watch, write, and practice performing spoken word poetry.

 Student Council

Allison DeBlasi
John Burke 
Provides leadership opportunities and fosters leadership skills as they offer activities at school and help set policy

Super Smash Bros. Club

   Play Super Smash Bros Melee (and Super Smash Bros 4) with other people that like that! (go to some tournaments on your own hosted by ISU club)

TEEN (Students Against Human Trafficking)

John Burke  Meets Monday during Plus Period.
 Student let education, awareness and prevention of Human Trafficking.

Uganda Project


YAW (Young Americans for Whatever)

Leah Stearns  

Young Americans for Freedom

   Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), American youth organization based on conservative principles, notably limited government, traditional social values, and free enterprise.

Youth Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Allison DeBlasi
John Burke 
Strives to create awareness and promote social justice

In the News 


Juicebox Interactive