Student Life

Student Clubs at St. Ambrose Academy

Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that strengthen or introduce skills and interests outside of the classroom. In addition to our Athletics, Fine Arts, and Spiritual Life activities, St. Ambrose also offers a growing number of Student Clubs that offer extra opportunities to grow in friendship with peers, to know students across many grade levels, and to practice effective leadership skills. 

Students who are interested in starting other groups not listed below are invited to contact Dr. Mary Skemp, Dean of Students.

Aviation Design Glub (GAMA)

St. Ambrose students who participate in the Aviation Design Club study the science of flight and airplane design and airplane design modification. They then apply what they have learned by competing in a “virtual fly-off” that is scored on aerodynamic and performance parameters while flying a mission.

Advisor: Mr. Grant Emmel

Board Game Club

The two student-led after-school Board Game Clubs (one for junior high and one for senior high) offer students an opportunity to pit skill against skill, work together collaboratively to achieve goals, and, in more complex games, practice intricate strategies and role-playing.

Junior High Advisor: Mrs. Michelle Lancaster

Senior High Advisor: Ms. Katie Behrens

Debate

St. Ambrose has a strong Debate Team that meets weekly to prepare for competition organized by the WDCA (Wisconsin Debate Coaches Association). The season starts in September and continues through mid-January. Debate is open to all high school students. Interested 7th and 8th graders can join with permission. Members of the Debate Team develop critical thinking skills and self-confidence through research, writing, and learning to speak extemporaneously.

Advisor: Mr. Michael Kwas

Forensics

Students on the Forensics Team prepare a speech or a dramatic piece to present at competitions through the WFCA (Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association). They meet weekly beginning in November for the season which starts in January. Although the Forensics club is designed for high school students, interested junior high students should speak to Ms. Behrens.

Advisor: Ms. Katie Behrens

Guardians for Life

The Guardians for Life is a student-run pro-life club. Guardians for Life offers students the opportunity to get involved in several pro-life initiatives, which include assisting at the Sharing Center (housed in the Catholic Multicultural Center), participating as prayer warriors outside Planned Parenthood during 40 Days for Life, holding a Mother’s Day diaper drive to benefit the Sharing Center, and attending other pro-life events and rallies. 

Advisor: Mrs. Ahrom Thompson

Model UN

Participants in Model UN role-play as ambassadors to the UN General Assembly to tackle complex issues at home and around the world. Students cultivate public speaking and critical thinking skills, performing in-depth research that enriches their global affairs knowledge.

Advisor: Mrs. Diane Marsland

National Honor Society

Students with a GPA of 3.4 or higher at the end of their Freshmen, Sophomore, or Junior year are invited to apply to be a member of the National Honor Society. Members are chosen according to their record of leadership in academics and service. The St. Ambrose NHS chapter organizes service opportunities for the St. Ambrose community. 

Advisor: Mr. Michael Kwas

Student Ambassadors

Each new student is assigned a personal Student Ambassador, a student of the same sex and in the same grade who befriends and mentors the new student in the school’s customs and social life. Student Ambassadors bring Christ’s love in a special way to every new student. Students volunteer for the Ambassador program and are selected by the Dean of Academic Success. They complete a training program in which they engage in prayer, practice role-playing, and learn about their mentees. 

Advisor: Mr. Michael Kwas

Student Council

The St. Ambrose Student Council includes two representatives from each of the high school classes. These representatives are elected by their classmates in a September election and are responsible for planning Catholic Schools Week activities as well as student dances. They act as the voice of the students in discussion with the administration. 

Advisor: Dr. Mary Skemp

Yearbook

Students take the lead in designing the St. Ambrose Academy Yearbook. All students from 6th to 12th grade are welcome to be part of the creative force behind the documentation of a year in the life of St. Ambrose Academy Guardians. 

Advisor: Dr. Mary Skemp