Auto Club

The Auto Club is a student organization. Meetings are held weekly in which students can further increase their knowledge/hands-on training by performing work on a project car.  The project for this year is to research, design, and build a eco-marathon vehicle.  All students are welcome to participate, though at least one auto class would be helpful. 

Sponsor: Kyle Thomas ~
Meeting Schedule: Thursdays @ 3:30 PM in Room 1525 (Autos Lab)

Chess Team

Chess Team competes against other teams within the North Suburban Chess League. Members may also have the opportunity to compete at the IHSA State tournament. Recreational and competitive members are encouraged to join. The club meets on Wednesdays with most competitions on Fridays.

Special functions/events: Competing in IHSA State championship.

Website: Click Here
SponsorsMario Faso ~
Doug Roberts ~
Meeting Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays @ 3:30 PM in the Lit Center, Room 1161

Debate Team 

Want to argue against students across the country? Want to travel to big universities like Michigan, Kentucky and Berkeley? Interested in discussing a variety of topics including ocean exploration, U.S. foreign policy, and politics? Want to earn large college scholarships to schools such as the University of Kentucky and Michigan State University? If so, then the Debate Team is a perfect fit. The Debate Team is open to all students who are interested in working on their critical thinking skills, analytical abilities and competing in interscholastic speech and debate competitions. Debate Team members compete in several local, regional and national tournaments throughout the year. Finally, as members of the Debate Team, students are recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association, and honors society and professional organization. Come check it out!

WebsiteClick Here
Twitter: @NilesWestDebate
Sponsors: Eric Oddo ~
Matthew Fahrenbacher ~
Meeting Schedule: 
Junior Varsity & Varsity: Mondays, Wednesdays
Novice: Tuesdays, Thursdays in Room 2240


DECA is a competitive business club offered to anyone enrolled in a business education course.  Membership benefits include traveling to conferences in cities like Orlando and Anaheim.  Other benefits include competitions, cash rewards, scholarships and the opportunity to meet 160,000 other DECA members from all over the world.

Special functions/events: Numerous fundraisers as well as competitions at the regional, state and international level
Eric Lueder ~
Tricia Brown ~
Meeting Schedule: 
TBA @ 6:45 AM or 7:30 AM in Room 1510
Follow WESTDECA on Twitter for meeting updates

Engineering Club a.k.a. Vex Robotics Club

The VEX Robotics Competition is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students. Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and Skills Challenges. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills.

Website: Click Here

Special functions/events: Participation in Curriculum & Activities Night
Sponsor: Robert
Meeting Schedule: Wednesdays @ 3:30 PM in Room 1520 

Math Team

Do you enjoy the challenge of math? Are you interested in exploring math beyond the normal classroom activities? If so, Math Team is for you. Math Team is open to all students with a high interest in math. Club members compete in five North Suburban Math League contests and the regional and state contests sponsored by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Math.

Math Team Link

Special functions/events: Competition in numerous conference and regional contests
SponsorsBob Nortillo ~
Dan Larabee
Jamie Krzeminski
Jasminka Jukic
Matthew Fahrenbacher
Meeting Schedule: Wednesdays @ 3:30 PM in Room 3185

Mock Trial

The Niles West Mock Trial team(s) competes in functional courtrooms in the Chicagoland area. Mock trials are set up and structured just like a real court, bound by similar rules. This can help the students to know exactly what role each of the different people in a court (judges, lawyers, witnesses, etc.) do in the judicial system. The Niles West Mock Trial team also participates in the state competition held on the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign campus. New members are encouraged to attend a meeting during first semester to learn about the club.

The season runs late-August to mid-March.
WebsiteClick Here
Sponsor: Jason Stanford ~
Meeting Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 3:45 PM in Room 3015

Model UN

MUN challenges thinkers to build consensus on the issues that define our world.  We travel to conferences across the country and learn how to negotiate global issues that dominate the headlines. If you really want to make things happen, join us to learn how deep thinking and honest exchange matter now more than ever.

Special functions/events: Five Model UN competitions
Meeting Schedule: Tuesdays @ 3:30 PM in Room 3430

Scholastic Bowl

Name the longest river in South America. With what war is Pearl Harbor associated? Who wrote the novel Of Mice and Men? What does carpe diem mean? The graph y = 5/x is a ________?Correct answers and the quick press of a buzzer are keys to success on our Scholastic Bowl teams, both Varsity and JV. Members compete in local, state, and national contests, which ask questions from all areas of the curriculum as well as from a few offbeat realms.Special functions/events: The 2010 JV Scholastic Bowl Team won third place in conference with an overall record of 8-3 and first place in the CSL Conference Tournament.  The combined Varsity and JV teams were fifth in the state of Illinois in the national AUK Tournament.
SponsorsMatthew Wiemer ~
Meeting Schedule: Tuesdays @ 3:30 PM Room 3130

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad team has been chosen each year since 1993.  It spends October through March preparing for regional competition in the areas of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and apparatus building. At all but one regional competition we qualified for state competition.  In 1999, we qualified for our 1st national competition and placed 8th in the nation!

*Tryouts in the fall…watch the website*

Special functions/events: Numerous local, regional and state competitions
SponsorsMike Boll ~
Elizabeth Ramseyer

Parin Patel ~
Emily Roth ~
Meeting Schedule: 
Thursdays @ 3:30 – 5:00 PM in Room 2425

Speech Team

Speech Team is open to all students interesting in improving and developing their public speaking skills. Not only do you learn how to perform a speech, but you learn how to better interpret material to a level of greater understanding. Students compete in speech competitions at the local, state, and national level throughout the year. Members of the Speech Team are recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association. What better place to have fun, make new friends, build your confidence, and learn something new. Join us today!

SponsorRobert Chin ~
Meeting Schedule: 
Wednesdays – 3:30 PM, Room 2199

Academic Competition (formerly W.Y.S.E.)

Academic Competition is an exciting competition made up of a team of fourteen students. Members compete in math, English, chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, and engineering graphics. Membership is determined by tryouts. There are regional, sectional and state competitions.

WebsiteClick Here
Special functions/events: Numerous district, regional and state competitions
SponsorsMatthew Fahrenbacher ~
Martha Lietz ~
Meeting Schedule: 
Mondays @ 3:30 PM in Room 1235
*October – March*