Activities & Clubs

AHI Tuna (Athotlon High Improv)

This unique club offers students that opportunity to participate in a variety of Improv settings. AHI Tuna is open to all students and performs on stage in front of live audiances. We will meet in room 145. Please contact Ms. Stackhouse for more information and details.

Emily Stackhouse | Teacher | Emily_Stackhouse@hcpss.org

AHS Dream Team

Michael Lake | Paraeducator | michael_lake@hcpss.org

Alpha Achievers

Targeting African-American males in grades 9 - 12, the Alpha Achievers is an education program of the Howard County, Maryland Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It fosters a positive learning environment in order to facilitate students’ pursuit of excellence by attaining, maintaining and exceeding a 3.0 grade point average. The minimum requirement for membership is a 3.0 GPA. The program also seeks to encourage and motivate those students who have less than a 3.0 grade point average to strive toward it.

Jessie Moore | Sponsor | Jessie_Moore@hcpss.org

Anime and Manga Club

 Anime are Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. The club’s mission is to provide a positive environment for students to connect with each other through the medium of Anime. Our members participate in watching, discussing and learning about Anime related topics during meetings.

Emily Wasson | Teacher | Emily_Wasson@hcpss.org

Asian Club (ASU)

Asian Student Union will create a community within Atholton to support charities in Asian countries and learn more about Asian culture. Students will be able to bond with others, as well as meet with other students from all backgrounds.

Hana Rhee | Teacher | Hana_Rhee@hcpss.org

Atholton Car Club

This unique club will meet to discuss various aspects concerning automiblies such as styles, mechanics, building of cars, and financial costs. This club will not test drive cars, but discuss important topics around the car industry. This club will meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month in room C153.

Jennifer Dalrymple | sponsor | jennifer_dalrymple@hcpss.org

Atholton In Motion

This club will introduce members to animation techniques, create scripts, characters and plots. Participants will make live action short films, and films that can be used in classes, at special events, and possibly local film festivals.

Carolyn Pilcher | sponsor | Carolyn_Pilcher@hcpss.org

Be The Change

Students at Atholton will be able to share the issues that they care about with the club. Students in the club will learn about issues in which other students are passionate about. Students will learn how to evaluate charities and organizations. Students will gain valuable experience by participating in fundraisers and creating positive change. Students in Atholton will learn from posters or other awareness raising means about important issues and what they can do to help.  

Richard Jones | Teacher | Richard_W_Jones@hcpss.org

Becca's Closet

To provide free dresses for girls who may need one for proms or homecomings. This club collects and gives out incredible dresses for special occasions including prom. Please look for announcement 1-2 months prior to prom.

Krista Bopst | Teacher | Krista_Bopst@hcpss.org

Best Buddies

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Meetings are held in Room F189.

Erin Bourque | ALS Teacher | Erin_Bourque@hcpss.org

Black Student Union (BSU)

The Mission of the Black Student Union Club is to ensure a viable resource to African American students and to others interested, to their parents and to the community. Our goal is to educate students about the African American culture and historical accomplishments through learning, acknowledging, and respecting those of the past. We promote a positive, nurturing, and safe environment to enrich all students so that they can be college and career ready upon graduation. We strive to motivate and enrich all by providing opportunities that promote excellence through diversity.

Cheryl Grimes | Achievement Liaison | Cheryl_Grimes@hcpss.org
Linda Petty | Teacher | Linda_Petty@hcpss.org

Bully Free Forever (BFF)

This club is set up to discuss topics pertaining to bullying. This is a safe place to share feelings, concerns, and discuss ways we can improve the social environment specific to Atholton HS. The BFF will also have an amazing school-wide assembly inviting guest speakers and special performances by present and past students from Atholton HS.

Jessica Grady | Teacher | jessica_grady@hcpss.org

Chess Club

Come to chess club to enjoy fun and relaxing games, in addition to honing your skills. Open to all players, regardless of experience or skill.

Nicole Payne | Teacher | Nicole_Payne@hcpss.org
Benjamin Schmitz | Teacher | Benjamin_Schmitz@hcpss.org

Clay Club

To club is open to all students regardless of experineces. This club will hopefully minimize stress for students in a fun and exciting environment. One of the goals of the club is to provide more around the school and classrooms. The Clay Club provides education about ceramics, skills, techniques and practice.

David Decker | Teacher | David_Decker@hcpss.org

Computer Science Club

 A club for anyone interested in coding, game design, 3D modeling, Android development and, LAN Gaming and anything else related to computer science. Open to all students.

Natalie Kelly | Media Specialist | Natalie_Kelly@hcpss.org

Creative Writing Club

This club encourages the process and development of creative writing, as well as promotes passion and creativity for non-academic writing.

Emily Stackhouse | Teacher | Emily_Stackhouse@hcpss.org

Delta Scholars

The overall goal of the Delta Scholars program is to promote continued academic excellence in young women and provide mentoring support through the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The GPA requirement to join is a 3.0 and above. Participants are eligible for scholarship opportunities as well as honors at the time of graduation.

Jennifer Edwards | Teacher | Jennifer_Edwards@hcpss.org

Dramatics/Stage Production

Anyone interested in helping with the behind the scenes activities of the plays and concerts please feel free to join this club. This club will assist with building sets and constructing pieces of equipment to aid in the production of the plays and concerts at Atholton HS.

Nathan Rosen | Teacher | Nathan_Rosen@hcpss.org | Drama Website

Educator's Rising

Educators Rising is a National organization that supports students and education professionals.  Students are encouraged to network and compete at national levels.  Field trips and competitions are a part of club participation.

Katie Impeduglia | Teacher | Kathryn_Impeduglia@hcpss.org

Equestrian Club

The equestrian club will meet to discuss issues surrounding the riding of horses, care and safety of horses. It is important to note that this club will not participate in riding horses as the AHS equestrian club. Individuals may participate as individuals.

Stephen Braun | Teacher | Stephen_Braun@hcpss.org

Fashion Club

To diversify fashion and discuss fashion trends.

Nicole Payne | Teacher | Nicole_Payne@hcpss.org

Feed the Future

Discuss ways this club can support community efforts in ensuring that all people will have access to food.

James Woomert | Teacher | james_woomert@hcpss.org

Filmmaking and Cinematography Club

The Filmmaking and Cinematography Club is designed to give students an opportunity to view and study film after school and also to use the facilities and equipment of Atholton High School to produce their own films.

FIRST Robotics Team 2537 Space RAIDers

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) was founded to promote math, science, and engineering by engaging high school students in a “varsity sport for the mind.” Atholton High School Team 2537, known as Space RAIDers, is one of over 5000 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams participating in this rigorous and exciting program. Our mission is to inspire young people to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields by providing an experience which inspires technical innovation and fosters well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Each year, we build robots weighing up to 120 pounds that can complete a task, which changes every year. Teams are given design guidelines and the game details at the beginning of January and are given six weeks to construct a competitive robot that can operate autonomously (no human control) as well as when guided by wireless controls to accomplish the game’s tasks.
 

Charles Lidard | Teacher | Charles_Lidard@hcpss.org

Fishing Club

The purpose of the club is to inform and talk about ties and tactics based on how the fish are strung.One of the goals of the club is to gather people toether who enjoy the sport of fishing and discuss local fishing spots.

Jessie Moore | Alternative Education | Jessie_Moore@hcpss.org

French Honor Society

Société Honoraire de Français. The purpose of this organization is to recognize students with a high level of comprehension and interest of the French language. The members of French Honor Society will be students who are enrolled in French 3 or above, with a cumulative 3.5 GPA previous to membership and 3.0 after being inducted. Students must remain in French after being inducted (complete French 4/5). Student members will be required to complete five hours of service.

Laura Cassard | Teacher | Laura_Cassard@hcpss.org

Friends Across Boarders

Friends Across Boarders (FAB) is a club that emphasizes and advocates for inclusion across different diversities and ethnic and cultural education. The goal of the club is to create safe place for students of all different ethnicities, cultures, and religions to be able to share their own experiences and cultures with other students and to learn about the cultures and ethnicities of other students.

Carolyn Pilcher | Media Specialist, Instructional Team Leader-CTE | Carolyn_Pilcher@hcpss.org

FTC - For the Community

To provide community service and volunteer opportunities to the students of Atholton. Create relationships within the community through volunteering and community service.

Stephanie Johnson-Rolle | Teacher | Stephanie_Johnson-Rolle@hcpss.org

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

The purpose of the club is to bring together innovation, responsibility, business, and financial knowledge to students and those participating in the club. Students will have the chance to develop vocational skills and expand their knowledge of different career opportunities. Career competency will also be established among participants, learning what all is involved in different career paths, how to achieve their goals in a specific career, and how to innovate and strategize new and useful business tactics. FBLA allows students to strengthen their confidence, creating projects and sales pitches; learning to not only develop ideas, but also how to present them and relay their thoughts and thought process.

Crystal Shelley | Teacher | Crystal_Shelley@hcpss.org

Future Investors Club

The purpose of this club is to stimulate students interest in the stock market in an educational, yet enjoyable environment. Students will build confidence in their investing ability and learn how to apply it in the future. At meetings, students will discuss trading strategies and share their results/experiences with specific investments. Overall, we hope to create an accepting environment where students can freely explore trading possibilities and learn from each other.

Donald Mitchell, Jr. | Teacher | donald_mitchell@hcpss.org
Benjamin Schmitz | Teacher | Benjamin_Schmitz@hcpss.org

GEN (Global Equality Now)

GEN stands for Global Equality Now (which was formerly School Girls Unite).  It is a huge club in some of our middle schools, but has not been active at AHS for the last year or two.  We are excited be offering this club to AHS students this year. The clubs goal is to raise funds for global education initiatives for young women.

Lynette Burns | Teacher | lynette_burns@hcpss.org

Gender & Sexuality Alliance

Gender Sexuality Alliance, the GSA, is dedicated to creating a safe space for anyone of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as their allies, and discusses weekly topics related to the LGBTQ+ community.

Jo Seibel | Teacher | Jo_Seibel@hcpss.org

Glee Club

The Glee Club allows students to enhance and exemplify their musical abilities while building relationships with their peers. In this club, students will practice their performing abilities and develop their creative skills by expressing themselves artistically. They will be able to build their musical portfolio by recording their performances. The club will also provide a safe and judgement free environment for students to express themselves.

Jennifer Street | Teacher, Instructional Team Leader | Jennifer_Street@hcpss.org

Green School (STEAM Team)

The Green School Club empowers students to think about and explore ways to support the "green" movement. Activities will include educating AHS students and staff members the importance of being environemntally friendly.

Donna Schwab | Teacher | Donna_Schwab@hcpss.org

Health Occupations Club

HOSA – Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), is an international career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA is composed of middle school, secondary, and post secondary/collegiate students, along with professional, alumni, and honorary members. Students in this club will explore a variety of occupations associated with the health profession.

Deirdre Lindsey | Teacher | Deirdre_Lindsey@hcpss.org

Hispanic Club (La Familia)

The Hispanic is a club for AHS students of Hispanic/Latino descent and for other students who are interested. Our goal is to provide an environment that fosters community building among Hispanic students and reinforces a positive ethnic identity. We will promote academic achievement and higher education through fun and informative activities throughout the year. Come join us!

Mary Coates | Teacher | Mary_Coates@hcpss.org

Ice Hockey

To teach and train young athletes the fundamentals of the sport of ice hockey and to provide an opportunity for interscholastic competition between them and their cross-county peers. This club is not a sponsored HCPSS interscholastic event, however, participant can participate in a local league with events in Columbia and Laurel.

Heather Haffey | Teacher | Heather_Haffey@hcpss.org

International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society is an honor society for theatre arts students. The Thespian troupe is a subset of the theatre arts program. It is the student honor society, a separate student organization, and membership is earned. Any student may be a member of the theatre program, but only students who have been officially inducted and registered with the EdTA national office are members of the theatre program and the International Thespian Society.

Nathan Rosen | Teacher | Nathan_Rosen@hcpss.org | Drama Website

It's Academic

The It's Academic club at AHS competes at numerous quiz bowl tournaments throughout the year, where participants answer questions covering a broad range of subjects, from history to chemistry to even sports. These competitions test not only your depth of knowledge in certain areas, but also your ability to buzz quickly, similar to Jeopardy. It's Academic itself is a televised academic quiz bowl competition aired on CBS. Every year, our club sends a team of three top players to compete against other teams in the area. Anyone who enjoys trivia or competition, regardless of skill level, is welcome to join us at our weekly meetings, where we practice with buzzers and answering questions. If you're interested in what types of questions are offered at tournaments, check out the hsquizbowl.org for free tournament packets and a forum on high school quiz bowl with many resources devoted to it.

Shawn Douglas | Teacher | Shawn_Douglas@hcpss.org

Jazz Ensemble

The purpose of the Jazz Ensemble is to expose students to different styles and time periods of jazz through performance at Atholton HS Music Department concerts and National Competitions.

Eric Posner | Band Teacher | Eric_Posner@hcpss.org | (410) 313-7075

Jewish Student Union

The club provides Jewish teens with programs that strengthen their Jewish faith. The purpose is to discuss local issues associated with the Jewish faith and how to support local community groups.

Devin White | Teacher | Devin_White@hcpss.org

JROTC (Drill Team, Color Guard, Raider Team)

JROTC offers many teams open to all cadets as an extension of the program.  The teams promote leadership, team-building, discipline, decision-making, physical fitness, self-esteem and volunteerism.  They include Armed Drill, Unarmed Drill, Color Guard, Raiders Challenge (a physical-military sweepstakes), JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), and CyberPatriot.

William Reinhart | ROTC Advisor | William_Reinhart@hcpss.org | (410) 313-7076

Key Club

Members of the Key Club perform community services, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. Key Club is an internationally recognized service organization that is sponsored by Kiwanis. Leadership opportunities exist not only as club leaders, president, vice-president, etc., but each fundraising and service project also has its own organizer that leads the project. We also encourage members to organize outside activities and invite fellow members to participate.

Benjamin Schmitz | Teacher | Benjamin_Schmitz@hcpss.org

League of Legends eSports Club

Bryce Cramer | Teacher | bryce_cramer@hcpss.org

Letter Writing Club

To be able to interact with others in places all around the world. So that the students can learn about different cultures and how other students from different countries live their lives. The club also reviews the concepts of how to write a letter on paper.

Emily Dulany | Teacher | Emily_Dulany@hcpss.org

Letterman Club

This sole purpose of the Letterman Club is for student athletes to have a voice in the Atholton HS Athletic Program. Will meet during Raider Time in senior cafeteria. Please contact Mike Senisi at Michael_Senisi@hcpss.org if you are interested.

Michael Senisi | Athletics and Activities Manager | Michael_Senisi@hcpss.org | (410)313-7080

Math Honor Society

In order to be a memebr of the Math Honor Society, you must meet certain expectations set forth by the school. This group is dedicated to iinspiring an interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school.
 

Samantha Rangos | Teacher | Samantha_Rangos@hcpss.org

Math Team

Math Team is a member of Howard County Math League (HCML) and participates in eight HCML competitions each year. Our focus is to practice high level mathematics problems to prepare for Howard County Math Team competitions. Math Team allows students to engage in friendly interaction with other students from XX High School, as well as the other high schools in Howard County. The students become engaged in higher-level critical thinking and problem solving skills, while at the same time helping XXHS in competition against neighboring schools in the county. All students are welcome to join, as there is no mathematical prerequisite for membership. Mathematical topics covered will range from Algebra 1/Data Analysis through Trigonometry.

Lisa Toohey | Teacher | Lisa_Toohey@hcpss.org

MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement)

Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement promotes student interest and participation in STEM events.  Students develop academic and leadership skills, improve their academic performance, and gain confidence in their ability to compete professionally.

Stephanie Johnson-Rolle | Teacher | sjohnson-rolle@hcpss.org

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) is a speech and debate activity in which students take the part of political and diplomatic leaders of states while role-playing their interactions in the United Nations, in crisis situations, in historic events, and other international relations scenarios. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The Model UN club seeks to explore the world of diplomacy, debate, and international current events through authentic simulation of the United Nations. It is open to all students who are prepared to commit to the team and the required participation. Projects will include attendance at a fall and spring conference. Interested students debate about contemporary issues that affect the international community and learn about the United Nations organization. 

Crystal Shelley | Teacher

Mountain Bike Club

The purpose of the Mountain Bike Club is to promote bike safety, promote mountain biking, and teach about maintenance of mountain bikes. Participants in this club will not ride as the AHS Mountain Bike Club, but will meet independently to ride on local trails.  All students are welcome to join the club and learn more about the sport of mountain biking.

Scott Vennard | Teacher | Scott_Vennard@hcpss.org

Muslim Students Awareness Club

Mission Statement: The Muslim Student Union aims to educate our community by sharing the young Muslim-American experience in an effort to address the negative stereotypes of Muslims, while addressing Islamophobia.
Vision Statement: The Muslim Student Union aims to bring together individuals from all backgrounds that work collaboratively to accomplish each year’s charity mission and educate our community about Islam.

Mabrooka Chaudhry | Teacher, Instructional Team Leader | Mabrooka_Chaudhry@hcpss.org

National English Honor Society

The National English Honor Society (NEHS), is the only international organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments.

Jennifer Dalrymple | Teacher | Jennifer_Dalrymple@hcpss.org

National Technology Honor Society

The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 100,000 active members world wide and nearly a million members since its inception in 1984.  Awarding over $2 million in scholarships to date, NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.

Jean Fregeau | Teacher | Jean_Fregeau@hcpss.org

Our Minds Matter

The purpose of the club is to discuss mental health in our school community, encourage students to seek help for themselves and friends, promote the development of healthy habits and coping skills, and break societal and cultural stigmas associated with mental health.

Michael O'Shaughnessy | School Psychologist | Michael_OShaughnessy@hcpss.org
Samantha Rangos | Teacher | Samantha_Rangos@hcpss.org

Peaceful Raiders

To offer the tools of yoga and mindfulness to the students and staff of the Atholton Community.

Katie Impeduglia | Teacher | Kathryn_Impeduglia@hcpss.org

Photography Club

The AHS Photo club will provide a friendly and supportive environment for photographers at all levels of experience, with interests in all genres of photography. The club will encourage the growth of artistic vision and technical knowledge of photography among its members. Members can share ideas and knowledge with each other to help promote interest in photography in the school community through exhibition and school events. Additionally, it is the goal of the club to use our hobby and passion to benefit the AHS school community.

Christopher Mackechnie | Teacher | Christopher_Mackechnie@hcpss.org

POMS

POMS is a group of competitive dancers that perform during football and basketball half-time shows. Our Team also competes in competitions across the area during the winter season. Tryouts for the new team are held each year in May.

Nicole Payne | Teacher | Nicole_Payne@hcpss.org

Pre-Med Club

The Pre=Med club designed to enrich the participants with guest speakers, from all types of health care careers, in order to facilitate an understanding of the potential college preparation, need for volunteering, and college degrees related to becoming a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, EMT, and other administration opportunities.  The majority of our guest speakers are former Atholton students and have a great deal of insight into the possible future of those in attendance.  Every few years we offer CPR training, when available.  The Pre-Med club gives the student an opportunity to network with other classmates and identify others for scholastic and moral support.

Jimmie Mowder Jr | Teacher | Jimmie_Mowder@hcpss.org

Raider Review (Newspaper)

Scott Vennard | Teacher | Scott_Vennard@hcpss.org

Robotics Club

The Robotics Club has actively participated in an international HS robotics competition that is organized by FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Students and mentors work intensely during a six-week period (Season: Jan-Feb) to build game-playing robots. Each team member becomes a valuable team-member by bringing in their own sets of skills. Thus, besides on-field competition, students have an opportunity to show case their entrepreneurship, creativity, engineering and industrial design, computer programming, organization skills, safety and exemplifying the core values of the program. The goal of the club is to inspire students to be science and technology leaders. 

Charles Lidard | Teacher | Charles_Lidard@hcpss.org

Rocketry Club

This club will be focused on building and testing working model rockets.

Michael Simmons | Teacher | Michael_Simmons@hcpss.org

Role Playing Game Club

Stephen Braun | Teacher | Stephen_Braun@hcpss.org

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

We empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. We accomplish this by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-run chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership, and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions that will carry them throughout life.

Charles Midkiff | Teacher | Charles_Midkiff@hcpss.org

Science National Honor Society

The purpose of the Science National Honor Society Chapter at Atholton High School is to advance the students’ knowledge of science, to communicate with the scientific community, and to aid the community with its comprehension of science. We encourage students to participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all mankind. At least one full-day Saturday competition occurs in January, February, March, April, and May. We are anactive participant in the Maryland and National Science Olympiad. Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. Who can join? Anyone who loves science and would like to compete at an advanced level in much the same way an athletic team does including: try-outs, brain-storming, testing, building, revising, and most importantly having fun!

Donna Schwab | Teacher | Donna_Schwab@hcpss.org

Science Olympiad Club

Encourage and recognize scientific and intelectual thought Advance the students' knowledge of classical and modern science.
Communicate with the sciencetific community. Gives an opportunity for motivated students interested in science a chance to compete and be recognized for their talents in a science competition

Deirdre Lindsey | Teacher | Deirdre_Lindsey@hcpss.org

SGA: Class of 2020

The Atholtn HS Student Government Association aims to bring students from every organization in the school together, to provide a voice for the student body of AHS, and to provide opportunities to develop student leadership skills through school and community service. The Student Government Association is a group that plans and runs school events.

Sponsors: Chuck Fales and Juan Gordiano

Chuck Fales | Teacher, Instructional Team Leader | Chuck_Fales@hcpss.org
Juan Gordiano | ROTC Advisor | juan_gordiano@hcpss.org | (410) 313-7076

SGA: Class of 2021

The Atholtn HS Student Government Association aims to bring students from every organization in the school together, to provide a voice for the student body of AHS, and to provide opportunities to develop student leadership skills through school and community service. The Student Government Association is a group that plans and runs school events.

Sponsor: Nicole Payne

Nicole Payne | Teacher | Nicole_Payne@hcpss.org

SGA: Class of 2022

The Atholtn HS Student Government Association aims to bring students from every organization in the school together, to provide a voice for the student body of AHS, and to provide opportunities to develop student leadership skills through school and community service. The Student Government Association is a group that plans and runs school events.

Sponsors: Emily Dalton and Jennifer Dalrymple

Emily Dalton | Teacher | emily_dalton@hcpss.org
Jennifer Dalrymple | Teacher | Jennifer_Dalrymple@hcpss.org

SGA: Student Government Association

The Atholtn HS Student Government Association aims to bring students from every organization in the school together, to provide a voice for the student body of AHS, and to provide opportunities to develop student leadership skills through school and community service. The Student Government Association is a group that plans and runs school events.  Students who have a 2.0 GPA as well as a signed petition by thirty (30) peers and teachers can run for an office by giving a speech in front of the entire grade level class. Students may apply to join when applications are released - most often in the spring for the following school year and sometimes in the fall for the current school year. Students who submit an application will be interviewed by the current SGA executive board.  We coordinate and organize school-wide events to encourage and promote school community and spirit like Planning Spirit Weeks, Pep Rallys, School Fundraising, and Dances.

Thomas Stuppy | Teacher, 9th Grade, Allied Bowling and Softball Coach | Thomas_Stuppy@hcpss.org

SGA: Class of 2023

The Atholtn HS Student Government Association aims to bring students from every organization in the school together, to provide a voice for the student body of AHS, and to provide opportunities to develop student leadership skills through school and community service. The Student Government Association is a group that plans and runs school events.

Sponsors: Benjamin Schmitz and Crystal Shelley

Benjamin Schmitz | Teacher | Benjamin_Schmitz@hcpss.org
Crystal Shelley | Teacher

Show Luv Club

To promote motivation, positivity, and to spread love throughout the environment to a later cause give back to the community. We want to show kids that it is okay to be different and to follow your dreams.

Michelle Howard | Teacher | Michelle_Howard@hcpss.org

Sister to Sister

Sheila Carr-Spence | Teacher | Sheila_Carr-Spence@hcpss.org

Social Studies National Honor Society

The Social Studies National Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies. This club provides provides national recognition for our outstanding students, and encourages an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.

John Abrahms | Teacher | John_Abrahms@hcpss.org

South Asian Association

Promote Indian (and surrounding nations) culture in Atholton community through Diwali and Holi events.

James Woomert | Teacher | james_woomert@hcpss.org

Spanish National Honor Society

The Spanish National Honor Society is an academic honor society focused on Spanish language excellence in secondary education and promotes a continuity of interest in Spanish studies.

Brandon Morfoot | Teacher | bmorfoot@hcpss.org

Speech and Debate

The Speech and Debate Club is for students who want to improve and showcase their skills in public speaking and logical argument. Meetings are kept to a minimum, with plenty of opportunities to compete in tournaments. The competitive events include, solo, duo, and small team events, with a wide variety of topics that will appeal to different interests.

Lynette Burns | Teacher | lynette_burns@hcpss.org

Spirit Fingers

Members will draw croquis, which are quick sketches of a live model. Each member will take turns at being the model and can do whatever pose they want. The club can be used as a way to improve one’s drawing or anatomy skills, or as a way to socialize, relax, and make new friends.

Rachelle Eichert | Teacher | Rachelle_Eichert@hcpss.org

Stand UP to Cancer

The Stand Up to Cancer club is set up tp provide support for individuals and family members who are suffering from cancer. We have written cards to soldiers, the elderly and sick. Please feel to join us as we try to make a difference in these unfortunate times.

Donna Elshafei | Teacher | Donna_Elshafei@hcpss.org

Stress Less Club

The Stress Less Club's mission is to give students an opportunity to learn how to decrease stress. In the past, we have had the school psychologist discuss ways to decrease stress during mid year exams.  The students have a club meeting about social activities to decrease stress such as baking cookies, aromatherapy, and coloring.  In the past, students have made blankets for the Lionus project. 

 

James Woomert | Teacher | james_woomert@hcpss.org

Student Activist and Change

Our purpose is to raise awareness about international, regional, and school issues. We want to positively impact as many people as possible.

Emily Wasson | Teacher | Emily_Wasson@hcpss.org

Student Leadershio Cadre

The Student Leadership Cadre at Atholron High School is a group of 10th-12th grade students, selected through an application process each June, who serve as ambassadors for the school, participate in leadership and service activities, plan schoolwide Advisory activities, and provide feedback to the administration.

Robert Motley | Principal | Robert_Motley@hcpss.org

Student Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE focuses on giving Atholton girls with an interest in engineering and computer science a unique place and voice within the Atholton STEM community.  SWE meets, on average, two Mondays a month from 2:45-3pm in E171.   We wield power tools, eat chocolate and network with other girls who share our interests and challenges.  No experience is necessary. Members of the club must complete a Safety Test and get a parent signature for the Technology and Engineering Education Laboratory Acknowledgement Form.  See Ms. Fregeau in room E171 if you have any questions.

Jean Fregeau | Teacher | Jean_Fregeau@hcpss.org

Swim Club

Promotes the sport of swimming and helps organize Atholton High School swimmers to compete in the Annual Howard County Swim meet. This is not an HCPSS interscholastic sport and will not be sponsored by HCPSS at this time.

Donna Elshafei | Teacher | Donna_Elshafei@hcpss.org

Ultimate Frisbee Club

To discuss strategies and tactical play in ultimate frisbee. Spread the sport of ultimate frisbee.

Scott Vennard | Teacher | Scott_Vennard@hcpss.org

UNICEF

UNICEF (The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) is a United Nations program dedicated to providing humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. This club is open to all students with a desire to provide aid through fundraisers, advocacy efforts, and more!

Donald Mitchell, Jr. | Teacher | donald_mitchell@hcpss.org

USpeak (Formerly Toastmasters)

We want to give an opportunity to high schoolers who have a fear of speaking. We are part of a Youth Toastmasters Club at Howard County Community College. We want to develop students into leaders who can listen, speak, and evaluate. We want a variety of students, whether they are good at speaking or want to improve. Those who are good at speaking can now have a medium where they can deliver prepared speeches and receive critical feedback from an “audience”. In addition to just speeches, we also want to focus on impromptu speaking. We have a section of our meeting dedicated to table topics. In table topics, you are given a question and you have to answer it back immediately without any preparation. This is the hardest thing to do, but with time and hard work, a great impromptu speaker can be born.

Emily Dulany | Teacher | Emily_Dulany@hcpss.org

World Cultures Club

The purpose of the Arab Culture Club is to educate students about arab culture and history. Students of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to join.

Jennifer Forgnoni | Teacher, Instructional Team Leader | Jennifer_Forgnoni@hcpss.org

Yearbook

Yearbook is a “club” that is an actual class you take during the school day. In this class, you have the responsibility for creating and publishing the current year’s edition of Impressions, Atholton High School’s Yearbook! You must be enrolled in Yearbook I, II, III, or IV to participate. Level III and IV of the course earns an Honors level credit. This course is open to all grade levels.

Christopher Mackechnie | Teacher | Christopher_Mackechnie@hcpss.org

Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)

YAF is a conservative club committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

Rachelle Eichert | Teacher | Rachelle_Eichert@hcpss.org

Young Democrats

The Young Democrats is a student-run club that explores and evaluates the principles of the Democratic Party. Members meet weekly to discuss current events and work to become involved in the political process. Students participate in lively discussions, listen to guest speakers, interview political candidates, and participate in informal debates.

 

Lynette Burns | Teacher | lynette_burns@hcpss.org