Listed here are the Clubs & Activities offered to all high school students. Students interested in joining a club should ask for more information at the school office.
Cat Chronicle Newspaper
Depew’s own publication, the Cat Chronicle, is student run and edited. Staff members are able to publish their own articles, reviews, and poems. Papers are distributed to all students and teachers each month.
DECA, which stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a student organization whose program of leadership and personal development is designed specifically for students interested in entering the field of business. DECA helps students to develop skills and competence in marketing, builds self-esteem, offers leadership opportunities and gives students a chance to volunteer in their community. DECA is recognized on a regional, state and national level.
Sponsored by Upstate New York Transplant Services, the focus of Donate Life is to train students in educating their peers on sensitive subjects, especially Tissue & Organ Donation and Transplantation. Club members work on leadership and communication skills through workshops presented by the Dale Carnegie Training and the University at Buffalo.
The Ecology Club is designed to heighten student awareness about the environment and the many interesting and fun ways we can help to protect it.
The Depew High School French Club has over 100 members. Each year they enjoy a Sabres/Montreal Canadians hockey game, attend an international festival, hold Buche de Noel cake competitions, enjoy visits from guest speakers, and have our year-end French Club Banquet. They also celebrate National French Week by visiting Old Fort Niagara, appearing on TV’s Weather Outside, and taking a French cooking class. C’est tres amusant!
The Girls Athletic Association is a club open to all females at DHS who wish to get involved in community events and in leading the younger generation of females in the district. Throughout the year, this club organizes events which develop leadership skills and camaraderie. The GAA also sponsors the annual “Harvest Hop” dance each fall.
The H.E.L.P. club is a group of students who get involved in raising social awareness about a variety of issues in our society today. Whether it is taking part in A.I.D.S. Awareness Day, or getting involved in Health and Wellness Week, the members of this group educate their fellow students on important issues. HELP members hold a “shower” for Children’s Hospital and adopt a family during holidays. The year is always highlighted by the annual “Homeless Sleep Out” which raises awareness of the homeless while giving the students a night to remember.
HS Talent Show
The High School talent show features the many talents of our students in an annual fall performance. Auditions, rehearsals, and the performance occur from September through November.
The High School Jazz Ensemble performs throughout the year. Check with the Music Dept. for more information.
The Leo Club's mission is volunteerism and getting involved in community service events to help make our world a better place. Our events include: The Giving Tree, Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat Food Drive, volunteering at St. Luke's Thanksgiving Food Packing event; a Warm Coat Drive as well as sponsoring the annual “Father-Daughter Dance Paw-ty” for Cayuga Heights Elementary School with donations going to a local Pet Rescue Organization.
Marching Band is open to all DHS students. Performance opportunities include band, color guard, and rifle line. The performance schedule includes Fall Pep Band for home Varsity football games, Spring parades, and the annual Memorial Day weekend trip. Sign-up is during the first week of school.
Masterminds is a club that allows Depew students to compete (with ring-in buzzers) against students from other area high schools in contests of general and academic knowledge.
The Mock Trial team is an educationally oriented activity with emphasis on developing critical thinking, public speaking, teamwork, and positive self-expression. Students are engaged in preparation and portrayal of an actual trial in competition against other schools.
Dream of life on Broadway? Then the DHS musical can be your start! Each year a new musical goes into production in December and opens in March. Even if the spotlight doesn’t call your name ~ there are still places behind the curtain for stage crew, sound, and lighting support.
National Honor Society
The Elizabeth Earl Chapter of the National Honor Society represents the best of the best in DHS students. Not only do these students possess excellent academic records, they also possess the personal traits that make them leaders. Nomination to this group requires a commitment to excellence both in the classroom and throughout the community.
The Photography Club is a great group to get involved with if you love to take pictures, or simply love to get involved in all of the different events that take place at DHS. Members of the Photography Club make sure that all of the special moments at the school are captured on film for all to see. This club assists the yearbook as well by taking most of the pictures published in the Sentinel. This club is fun and puts you behind the camera.
One of the most important jobs at DHS is keeping the students aware of the events that are happening at our school. The Radio Club takes on that responsibility and does it with style. Whether it’s sports, news, club reminders, or simply just words of inspiration, the members of this club fill the morning classrooms with a lively, and often entertaining, set of announcements.
The members of Students Against Destructive Decisions make it their mission to ensure that all students understand the risks involved in alcohol and drugs in your life. Events such as Red Ribbon Week and the national promise are just some of the means by which this group educates.
The Science Club is for students who have an interest in Science. If you are planning on going into Physics or a career in medicine, then the Science Club would give you an opportunity to learn more about Biology, Physics and Chemistry through fun projects and activities.
The Show Choir is a select song and dance group made up of men and women who prepare two to three shows per year. The group performs for the Depew community in annual concerts and events. The highlight of the year is the annual Memorial Day weekend trip. Auditions for the Show Choir are conducted in September.
The Depew High School Spanish Club has over 100 members. Each year they enjoy a Buffalo Sabres hockey game, attend a college international festival, hold Dia de los Reyes Magos cake party, make a cultural craft, celebrate Dia de los Muertos and Carnaval, and have a year-end LOTE Club Banquet. They also celebrate National LOTE Week by sponsoring the Ethnic Dessert Fair and LOTE Week Trivia Contest. Que divertido!
The Student Senate, consisting of homeroom representatives, class officers, and club representatives, is the glue that holds the school’s activities together. Members of the Senate work tirelessly to make events such as Homecoming/Spirit Week, Follies Week, dances, food drives, assemblies. and Bloodmobiles come off without a hitch. Senate representatives meet with the principal on a monthly basis, have a Sunshine Committee and even a Cafeteria Committee. Students are also elected to serve on the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) executive board through Student Senate. Working along with the Leadership in Action class, Student Senate always has something going on, so if you would like to have some input and represent your friends ~ run for homeroom rep. or become an at-large member.