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Activities & Clubs

African Student Association

Kemi Omisore | Teacher |

AHI Tuna (Atholton 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 |

AHS Bollywood Dance Club

This club will foster cultural awareness through the form of dance. The Bollywood club will give students the opportuniy to express their creativity in a fun, safe and relaxing environment.

Will meet on Tuesdays, 2:35pm-3:35pm in the dance studio.

Paige Petroziello Stutman | AHS Dance Teacher |

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 |

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 DeFilippo | Teacher |

Art for All

The purpose of the Art for All club is to provide students with a designated time to enjoy and pursue art, whether physically or digitally.This is a great way to relax and enjoy your passion with fellow peers of Atholton High School.

This club will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday after school in room F178

Mikayla Lee | Teacher |

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.

Rachelle Eichert | teacher |

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 |

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, CTE Instructional Team Leader |

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.

Amy Bolt | ALS Teacher |

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.

Robert Thompson | Teacher, 9th Grade ITL |

Book Club

The purpose of this club is to read a variety of books and then have engaging conversations with peers.

Meets on selected Tuesdays in room C142

Emily Stackhouse | Teacher |

Botany Club

The botany club is for all students who have in interest in nature and plants. We will discuss ways to facilitate positive change in our environment by having fun activities focusing on plants and nature.

This club will meet on the 1st Monday of every month after school and a few selected Raider Times in room G125.

Alycia Senisi | Science Paraeducator |

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.

Emily DeFilippo | Teacher |

Business Management and Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this club is to give members a real life experience in business management and finance through a variety of experiences. This club wil meet during selected Raider Time and Thursdays in room E176


Kurtis Coleman | Technology and CIM |

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.

Benjamin Schmitz | Teacher |

Chords for the Community

The purpsoe of the club is to provide opportunities to give back to our local community by playing music at a variety of retirement homes. This club meets on Wednesdays from 2:45-3:45pm in room B116.

Madeline Swartz | Band Director |

Christian Student Union

The Christian Student Union aims to create a Christian community at Atholton where we can connect with each other and use that community to invest in service projects. This groups wil meet on 1st & 3rd Thursday in room C-133

Richard Jones | Teacher |

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.

Hana Rhee |

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 |

Crochet and Knitting Club

Bryce Cramer | Teacher |

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.

Hayley Adler | Teacher |

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.

Stephanie Johnson-Rolle | Teacher |

Feed the Future

The club will provide resources and goods for individuals in need. This club will meet on Wednesdays as selected after school in room G205

Michael Simmons | Teacher |

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.

Ian Fyock | Teacher |

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 |

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.

Anne Kuonen-Galvez | Teacher |

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.

Matthew Lathroum | teacher |

Good Neighbors Club

The Good Neighbors Club will focus on facilitating community service projects within the Atholton community. This will include partnering with Grass Roots, Senior Living Center, Freetown Farm, Harriett Tubman building and local schools.

This club will meet after mid-term exams. Please stay tuned for announcements.

Mabrooka Chaudhry |

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 |

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 |

HOSA: Health Occupation Students of America

This club will raise awareness of opportunities in the healthcare field. Students will explore a variety of employement opportunties in this upcoming field. The club will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday in room A102

Emily DeFilippo | Teacher |

Humane Society

The Humane society will go to a variety of animal shelters to raise awareness about the need for animal welfare. The club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday in Room C133

Richard Jones | Teacher |

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.

Investment & Economic Club

To teach and learn about financial investments.

Will meet 2nd & 4th Monday in room C130

Donald Mitchell, Jr. | Teacher |

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 for free tournament packets and a forum on high school quiz bowl with many resources devoted to it.

Thomas Stuppy | Teacher |

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.

Jewish Student Union

Jewish Student Union (JSU) offers cultivating programs, education, and activities that prioritize meaningful, positive Jewish experiences. The mission is to create a welcoming environment for students from all backgrounds to learn and connect with each other, explore Jewish culture and history, and discover opportunities for community engagement.   

Dana Meledick | Counselor |

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.

LTC William Reinhart | JROTC Senior Army Instructor | | (410) 313-7076

Korean Club

Do you enjoy watching K-dramas? Do you enjoy listening to K-pop?  Do you want to enjoy these Korean cultures without subtitles? Then this is the right place for you to start! The purpose of the Korean Club is to spread the Korean language to all who wish to learn the language of Korea. Whether you are a Korean descendant or not, all are welcome to partake in our weekly lessons and have fun in the process. We meet every Tuesday from 2:15 to 3:10 in room D164. We hope to see you all there! 
Sponsor: Mrs. Hawkins
Meeting Schedule: Every Tuesday from 2:15 to 3:10
Location: D164

Tim Reinhardt | Teacher |

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.

Robert Piche | Teacher |

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 |

Mock Trial

Imani Hinson | Teacher |

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. 

Allison Sultan | Registrar |

Morgan's Message (Student Athletes and Mental Health)

The purpose of this club is to start conversations about mental health among student athletes. The club will also work towards the stigma of "just push through it" mentality. This club will create a space where student athletes can feel comfortable to talk and learn about mental health in a safe and open environment.

Club will meet 3rd Tuesday of the month in room A107

Michael O'Shaughnessy | School Psychologist |

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 |

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 |

National English Honor Society

The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only international organization exclusively for secondary students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Individual secondary schools are invited to petition for a local chapter, through which individuals may be inducted into Society membership. Immediate benefits of affiliation include academic recognition, scholarship and award eligibility, and opportunities for networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts. This is the Freetown Writer's Chapter.

John Criscuoli | Teacher, NEHS Advisor |

National Honor Society for Dance Arts

National Math Honor Society

In order to be a member 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 |

National Technical Honor Society

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) accepts applications for new members in the fall of each year.  The purpose of the organization is to recognize juniors and seniors who have excelled while pursuing a technical curriculum at Atholton HS, and to give back to the Atholton community through technical service.  Member selection is based on technical coursework, GPA and character. Contact Ms. Fregeau,, if you have questions about the organization or application process. 

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.

Origami Club

Whether you have experince in origami or not, all students are welcomed. The purpose of the club is to help students learn how to create origami structures, as well as donating origami structures to local community organization. The club will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday's of the month, in room F178 and during selected Raider Times. Please see Ms. Kunst if you have any questions.

Megan Kunst | Art Teacher |

Page Turners Book Club

Page Turners is a book club for students. The club selects the book as a group and meets about once a week or once every two weeks to discuss the book.

Emily Stackhouse | Teacher |

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 & Yearbook Advisor |


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.

Caitlyn Brosnan | Teacher |

Principal's Advisory Committee

The Principal’s Advisory Committee is a group of students from all four grade levels who meet monthly with Principal Novak to discuss what is going well at Atholton and what can be improved. Students provide feedback to administration, but also take a leadership role in addressing some of the pressing needs they identify. Students apply for the committee each year.

Nicholas Novak | Principal |

Queer Student Union

 Atholton High School’s Queer Student Union (QSU) strives to spread awareness about LGBTQIA+ issues, people, and culture. We aim to make a safe space where LGBTQIA+ identities and issues are affirmed and supported by connecting students with peers and allies, hosting enrichment events, and promoting LGBTQIA+ initiatives.  Core values: Awareness, Safety, Community, Diversity, Inclusion

Mikayla Lee | Teacher |

Rocketry Club

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

Michael Simmons | Teacher |

Role Playing Game Club

The Atholton Role Playing Game club meets Thursdays, from 2:40 until 4:15.  The students meet regularly to explore fantastic settings and develop their characters using a variety of tabletop games.


Stephen Braun | Teacher |

Scholars Leadership Program (SLP) formerly Delta Scholars

Scholars Leadership Program (SLP) formerly Delta Scholars

Primarily geared towards African American females, The Scholars Leadership Program (formerly known as Delta Scholars), is a community service-based honor society seeking to develop leadership skills, promote academic excellence, and empower African American females in grades 10 through 12 in Howard County Public School System. The membership requirement is an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher and prior community service experience would be great. The group is sponsored by the Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an African American sorority, in partnership with the Howard County Public School System.
Advisor: Mikayla Lee
Mikayla Lee | English Teacher |

Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, June 8th through Friday, September 9th, 2022.
If needed, hard copies of the paperwork can be picked up in room C153.
Application link:
Teacher Recommendation Link:


Mikayla Lee | English Teacher |

Science National Honor Society

Bade Hanna | Teacher |

Science Olympiad

Robert Piche | Teacher |

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 |

Sister to Sister

Sheila Carr-Spence | Teacher |

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 |

South Asian Club (The Desi Union)

The purpose of this club is to promote South Asian culture and to bring more awareness to the students of Atholton HS. The club will facilitate conversations around the South Asian Culture with the hope that students will share their own personal experiences. This club is open to all students

The club will meet every other Tuesday after school in room F180

Scott Brenfleck | Teacher |

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.

Mikayla Lee | Teacher |

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.

Stand Up to Cancer

This club is an avenue to raise awareness of individuals who have cancer and discuss various treatments. Open to all

Anitra Baker | Student Assistant |

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. 


Liela Razik | Teacher |

Student Women Engineers Club

Bryce Cramer |

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.

Dana Meledick | Teacher |

Tennis Club

The purpose of this cub is to privide anopportunity for all students to learn more about the sport of tennis. It is a great way to meet new people.

Meets on Thursdays after school in 1st Serhgenat Davis room (JROTC)

Useeth Davis | JROTC- 1st Sergeant |

Tri M-Music Honor Society

Tri-M is a national honors society for students actively enrolled in a music course at Atholton high school.We focus on creating leaders and advocates in and for music through philanthropy. See Ms. Freel in the music department for details.

Carolyn Freel | Teacher |


The purpose of the club will be to educate and advocate for UNICEF causes including delivering the essentials every child needs for an equitable chance in life. This club will spread awareness on international issues and provide avenues to develop leadership skills. The club will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays after school in C130. Please see Mr. Mitchell for details.

Donald Mitchell, Jr. | Teacher |

Volleyball Club

The volleyball club provides an opportubity for individuals to participate in volleyball in a non-competative environment. Students will need to provide a medical waiver to participate. The club will meet on Wednesdays from 3-4pm outside the band room. Please contact Ms. Swartz if you have questions.

Madeline Swartz | Band Director |

Volunteens Club

This club will have students from Atholton HS participate in a variety of volunteering projects to better our community. Students will sponsor a service project that will help many non profit organizations in local and national areas.

Mikayla Lee | Teacher |

West African Student Union

The purpose of the club is to engage students in West African culture and do a variety of activities surrounding West African culture.

Will meet on the  1st & 3rd Mondays after school in room C-138

Imani Hinson |


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 & Yearbook Advisor |

Young Americans for Freedom

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 |