Clubs & Extra-Curricular Groups

BCHS Club Protocols

Student clubs that meet on school grounds must be approved by a building administrator and must meet the following criteria listed below.

Guidelines for Student Clubs:

  • All clubs must have at least one professional staff member to serve as an advisor
  • The club must be initiated by students
  • Student attendance at club meetings is voluntary
  • Clubs shall be student-run
  • Club meetings may not interfere with the school instructional day
  • Nonschool persons shall not conduct or regularly attend meetings

Participation in clubs must be available to all BCHS students and cannot be denied on the basis of a student's gender, religion, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, height, weight, marital status, social or economic status, and/or any other legally protected characteristic.

These protocols are based on BCPS District Policy 5730: Equal Access For NonDistrict-Sponsored, Student Clubs and Activities

BCHS Clubs & Organizations

We encourage all students to get involved in a club or sport to help develop their interests.  BCHS offers a variety of clubs. A club can be started by anyone with an interest.  A student only needs a group of students and a staff member willing to sponsor the club.  Then the club can begin with approval from the administration.  Following is a list of clubs and organizations we currently have:


AUA is our Diversity Club promoting unity, appreciation, and awareness of cultural, religious, and socioeconomic groups.

Club Advisor: Mrs. Sibalwa

Co-advisor: Mr. Zeilenga  


Be nice is a mental health and suicide prevention program with an action plan. When used effectively, the program encourages individuals to challenge themselves and others to seek appropriate professional help when they notice changes in their mental health. 

The program includes a four-step action plan to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower individuals to take action when they or someone they know may be experiencing a change in their mental health. Take it a step further, and be nice. The implementation of be nice in schools creates a positive culture and increases mental health referrals and suicide prevention behaviors.

Club Advisor: Mrs. Kenney

Co-advisor: Mrs. Kalajainen

The Chess Club gives BCHS students the opportunity to develop their interest in and enjoyment of the most popular game in the world. Members come to play, to learn, to teach, and to get together with friends and make new ones. 

Club Advisor: Mr. Wait

Code Red Robotics is a competitive robotics team that is part of FIRST Robotics Competition. It is "the ultimate sport for the mind" that provides an opportunity for real world problem solving in a fun atmosphere.

FIRST is an international organization that creates games and runs large sporting event style competitions. From the moment the game is revealed in January, Code Red has six weeks to design, build, wire, program, and drive a robot to play that game. The team competes in 2-3 district events with the goal of making it to the Michigan State Championship and ultimately the World Championship in April!

The team also meets in the fall during the off-season for training and to serve our community by mentoring our elementary and middle school teams and doing robot demonstrations at community events. Code Red is a team for students with all kinds of interests: robot design (CAD), robot building and wiring, programming, creating published materials, creating videos and animations, game strategy and scouting, and robot driving.

Code Red Robotics is for any student who is interested no matter their skill level.  We can teach students the skills needed. 

For more information, check out our website at

Club Advisor: Mrs. Baas

The Debate Club is focused on preparing students for the challenges of competitive debate. Practices are held once a week during the first semester, with opportunities to participate in formal debates with students from other schools.

Joining the Debate Club is a great way to make connections with other students who enjoy the challenge of using critical thinking and argumentative skills in a fun, competitive environment. 

Club Advisor: Mr. Cotts


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Our student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.

Organzation Advisor: Mr. DeHaan

The Environmental Club at BCHS is back! We're currently rebuilding, so now is a great time to get in on the ground floor. A fairly large group of enthusiastic and visionary students are forming three branches of environmental activism: education, research, and service. The education branch will seek to increase awareness of environmental challenges and solutions for both club members and others in the BCPS community. The research branch will explore big-picture initiatives with the goal of making our school operations more environmentally friendly. Finally, the service branch will plan and organize hands-on service projects that reduce the school's environmental footprint and reconnect our student body with the natural world. Join us!

Club Advisor: Mr. Anglin

Club Advisor: Mr. Diekevers

GENup is a nationwide student led organization that is focused on fighting for education equality. GENup Byron Center seeks to fight for an education system that prioritizes students and educators first. GENup Byron Center works to provide students a voice in schools, to make education better for all.

Club Advisor: Mrs. Merritt

The members of the German Club learn and celebrate the German language and culture. 

Club Advisor: Mrs. Finkbeiner


The GSA club creates a safe place for all students to gather, from allies to the LGBTQIA+ community, where no judgment is passed. The focus is on making sure that all students know they have value and are welcome at BCHS.

Club Advisor: Mrs. Koziara

Co-Advisor: Mrs. Finkbeiner

Knitting Club is a drop-in club for high school students who enjoy or would like to learn fiber arts. We meet on Tuesdays after school roughly every other week.

We use both donated materials and our own supplies to practice crochet or basic knitting. Those who have more experience help others who are just learning. It's a fun, relaxed atmosphere where we hang out and support each other.

Come knit (or crochet or cross stitch) with us!

Club Advisor: Ms. Caley

Student Advisor: Catie Morell

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Students with a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply for membership when they are sophomores.

NHS Bylaws

Organization Advisor: Mrs. Parrish 

Co-advisor: Mrs. Kraker

Pride Pack is a student-led organization to promote school and community pride. Pride Pack members volunteer their time during home sporting events and organize themed events. Applications are available in the Spring for the following school year.

Club Advisor: Mr. Boillat

Co-advisor: Mrs. Ingersoll

Club Advisor: Mrs. Parrish 

Co-advisor: Mrs. Sibalwa

The Spanish Club at Byron Center High School highlights events throughout the year to encourage students to learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Events at the high school include movies in Spanish, salsa dancing lessons, and holiday parties. The Spanish teachers encourage students to travel to Spanish-speaking countries through a company called EF (Education First) tours. Events in the Grand Rapids area are promoted including the Hispanic Festival, Mexican Festival, and Day of the Dead exhibits at the Grand Rapids Public Library and Museum. 

Club Advisor: Mrs. Showers

Co-advisors: Mr. Domeier

Mrs. Kraker

Mrs. Sibalwa

Student Life & Leadership is a mix of all high school grades who work hard to build a positive culture in our district through event planning, mentoring younger grades, leading peers, and building personal leadership skills through the Leader In Me curriculum from the 7 Habits.

Mission Statement: Student Life & Leadership provides students with an opportunity to become servant leaders whose work connects and shapes the culture of BCPS.

Organization Advisor: Mrs. Klopfenstein

Co-advisor: Mrs. Bower

Club Advisor: Mr. Reinstein

Co-advisors: Mrs. Vanderlaan

Mr. Afienko

Club Advisor: Mr. Cotts  


BCHS Clubs

Be Nice
Code Red Robotics
Environmental/Preservation Nation
Pride Pack
Science Olympiad
Technology, Art & Design
Washington Close-Up

BCHS Organizations

National Honor Society
Student Life & Leadership