Clubs and Activities
Asheville High School & SILSA
Clubs, Activities, & Honor Societies
We are excited to get our clubs up and running this year!
Use this link to access information about each club, its teacher sponsor, and ways to get involved. (This link is only accessible by indivduals with an @acsgmail.net account.)
- Many clubs continue to accept new members throughout the school year.
- The sponsor(s) listed beside each club can give you more information.
- Listen to announcements, read flyers posted around the school, and check the calendar tab on the AHS home page for information about club meetings.
- Students must meet certain criteria before being invited to be inducted into an honor society.
- Teachers listed as sponsors of each society can give you more information about each.
It’s a Fact!
Students who get involved in extracurricular activities—clubs, athletics, and honor societies—find a place where they feel at home and can make important contributions to the school.
Scholarship committees look for students whose involvement in school activities extends beyond academic endeavors.
Colleges and universities look to extra-curricular activities as an indication that a student is well-rounded, invested in his or her school and community, and able to work as a member of a group. Those are the people they want on their campuses. Good grades alone are not enough.
AH-Cappella Club – This is a student-led organization focusing on rehearsal and performance of a cappella music; an audition is required. Wed., 3:45-5:15, & Fri., 7:15-8:25 a.m., Choir Rm. (810), Ms. Jennifer Nicholson
AHS UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) Club – Fundraises to help provide opportunities for children around the world affected by economic, political and educational hardships. All students on campus are welcome to join. Tue., 8:00 a.m., Rm. 214, Ms. Kim Fink-Adams.
AHS Science National Honor Society – Recognizes and encourages juniors and seniors who are successful in science and pursuing rigorous advanced science courses; membership requirements must be met. Alt. Wed., 8 a.m., Rm. 201, Ms. Jennifer Thomas
AHS Interact Club – Join energetic students from all grades eager to make a difference in our local community through service to others; affiliated with Rotary Club of Asheville. 1st & 3rd Wed., 8:00 a.m., Rm. 311, Mr. Jacob Kerber
AHS SGA – The AHS Student Government Association (SGA) represents the student body's interests. This organization plans and facilitates opportunities for recreation, service, school improvement, and leadership development. The AHS SGA uses an "Elect - Select -Volunteer" model. Elected positions (Student Body and Class officers) are elected by the students of Asheville High School. "Select Offices" are filled via application and interview process after the spring officer elections. Volunteer positions are available throughout the school year via an application. The Executive Council (Elect and Select officers) meet Tue., 7:45 a.m., Rm. 207, Mr. Bill VanCleve & Ms. Jessica Williams
Anime – For students interested in the animation style of anime. TBD, Rm. 104, Mr. David Kotchmar
Art Club: The Movable Mural - an exploration of Public Art – This club is structured around the idea of the MURAL as a collaborative creation. Interested students must have basic drawing and painting skills. Students in the club will each design personal images that "speak" about a specific issue, and then work together to create a multi-layered image on an over-sized canvas. The club will also seek out locations in our town that would be willing to "host" our mural, as it moves from location to location. Alt. Wed., 3:30-5:00, Arts Bldg, Rm. 827, Ms. McCombs
Aspire – The purpose is to mentor minority males and discuss topics that are relevant to them. Lunch TBD, Mr. Jerome Hughes (217)
Book Club – Students choose one book per month to read. TBD, Ms. Sarah Duffer (304)
Chinese Club – Members learn about the language and culture of China, particularly Chinese traditions and the politics of China and her provinces, addressing common misconceptions and stereotypes. Activities include food field trips, singing Chinese songs, cooking Chinese food, and the opportunity to visit China during the summer. Last Thu. each month, 3:40, Rm. 500, Ms. Chunna Liang
Cosmetology & Barbering – Students work on life skills and anything having to do with the world of beauty and the fascinating world of barbering. Students explore, working with skin, hair, and nails from the male and female aspect; as well as work with community members in need of hygienic procedures. Thu., 4:00 p.m., Rm. 522-23, Ms. Trina Jackson
Cougar Nation – Pep club that organizes and participates in pep rallies, attends athletic events, and promotes school spirit. Fri., 8:00 a.m., Rm. 814, Ms. Natalie Davis
Drama – There is no drama club, but any student may audition for, or work tech for, the fall plays and spring Quixotica. Ms. Lori Hilliard (Rm. 800, Theatre Classroom)
Ecology Club – Raises awareness of and facilitates student involvement in greening initiatives, like sustaining our campus recycling and participating in beautification projects. Tue., 3:40-4:40, Rm. 103, Ms. Cindy Byron
Efforts Towards Conservation Club – Focused on community service and fundraising for local pet shelters and organizations that support endangered wildlife. Alt. Mon., 8:10 a.m., Rm. 103, Mr. Polk Deters
GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance) – A group of supportive students who stand for equality of LGBTQ+ and straight students in our school community. Thu., 3:45–4:45, Rm. 304, Mr. William Wallace, Ms. Kristy Decker, Ms. Sarah Duffer
Girl Up Club – Girls are powerful. When they’re educated, healthy, and safe, they transform their communities. When girls stand up for girls in need, they empower each other and transform our world. As the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, Girl Up engages girls to take action. Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, our efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl. Alt. Thu., 8:00 a.m., Rm. 119, Ms. Lizzie Rogers
Hiking Club – We will be hiking three times each semester, weather permitting. All communication will be made through announcements, emails, and remind. If you are interested in joining please complete the form under clubs on the AHS and SILSA webpages AND join our Remind (Text the message @hikeavl to the number 81010 OR go to rmd.at/hikeavl from your phone browser). TBD, Ms. Dacia Harris (300) & Mr. David Kotchmar (104)
HOSA-Future Health Professionals – For students interested in pursuing health-related careers. Thu., 7:45 a.m., Rm. 508, Ms. Kim Hill & Ms. Robyn Iuliano
International Thespian Society – Students who fulfill requirements, including participation in at least 2 shows on campus in at least 2 capacities, are inducted each spring and function as leaders of the Theatre Program. 1st & 3rd Mon., 3:40, Rm. 800, Ms. Lori Hilliard
Keepin' It Real is a club where students organize to take action against social injustices in our community. The club increases the involvement of students from marginalized communities in our school system and is open to all. We discuss relevant, contemporary issues, volunteer in school and out of school, and mobilize to make our school, community and world a more equitable place. Friday, 8:00 - 8:25 a.m. and 3:00 - 3:25 p.m., Rm 217, Mr. Jerome Hughes
Lutherie Club – For students who are interested in building an acoustic guitar or a ukulele over the course of the school year. Prospective members must be at least sophomores, and must have completed a woodworking class at Asheville High, or be able to demonstrate basic woodworking proficiency. Dues are $300, and cover the cost of all materials, supplies, and tools. Dues may be paid in two installments of $150 each. Membership is limited to the first six students to make a dues payment. Meetings will begin in early September; members must be committed to meeting one day a week after school and on selected weekends in order to complete an instrument over the course of the school year. Time TBD, Woodshop, Mr. Howard Shepherd (122) & Mr. Christopher Randall (Woodshop)
National Art Honor Society – We are pleased to invite students who have completed one visual arts or ceramics course in high school to apply for membership into the Asheville High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) each year. Monthly mandatory meetings on Wed. with additional days for activities and service activities.
National English Honor Society – An organization for students with a special interest in literature and writing. Students must have completed 2 semesters of high school English and have a 3.0 GPA. 1st Thu, 7:45 a.m., Rm. 211, Ms. Michelle Greener
National Honor Society - Eligible juniors with at least a 3.6 weighted GPA, clean discipline record for 11th grade, good attendance, and recommendations from teachers are invited to be inducted into NHS during the spring of 11th grade. Events and deadlines are listed on the AHS calendar. Mr. Bart Murphy (316) & Ms. Amy Wiesner (208)
National Math Honor Society – For students in grades 10-12 who have completed 2 levels of math, are currently enrolled in a higher math course, and have at least a 3.0 Math GPA. Alt. Tue., 7:45 a.m., Rm. 221, Ms. Anu Kan
ProStart Student Teams. ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. This skilled team will meet weekly after school with business and industry partners to hone culinary skills that will take them into the future. Applications from ProStart students accepted August through early September. Teams will compete in November at AB-Tech, Asheville, and March at Johnson and Wales, Charlotte, NC. Sponsor TBD, Rm. 527
Prom Committee – For Juniors and Seniors interested in helping with preparations for prom. Students communicate to the school community about prom details and are expected to meet at school on weekends in the spring to work on prom decorations. They also help to set up the weekend of prom. Other informational meetings happen as needed. Ms. Amanda Schoonover (203)
SILSA Science National Honor Society – Recognizes and encourages students who are successful in science and pursuing rigorous advanced science courses; membership requirements must be met. Bimonthly, TBD, Rm. 104, Mr. David Kotchmar & Mr. Polk Deters (Room 101)
SILSA SGA – (Student Government Association) – Elected representatives. TBD, Rm. 117, Ms. Michelle Almeida (Rm. 115)
Snow Sports – Wed., Jan. through Feb., at Cataloochee. Mr. Kyle Kett (Media Center)
Spanish Club – Practice Spanish, celebrate Hispanic culture, and do community service. Thu., 3:40-4:40, Rm. 600, Sra. Loretta Booher
Speech & Debate Team – Compete in Speech & Debate tournaments through the state and country. Some Saturday participation is required. Wed., 3:45–5:00, Rm. 205; Mr. Keith Pittman, Mr. Will Smith, Mr. Neil Clement, Ms. Kim Fink-Adams, Mr. Jacob Kerber, Ms. Vern Lepa, Mr. William Wallace, Ms. Kristy Decker.
Spoken Word – Students in the club watch, write, workshop, and perform poetry (individually and collaboratively.) Meetings alternate between workshops and feedback sessions. Anyone is welcome to attend to write or give feedback; those interested in participating in slams will be coached in both writing and performance for spoken word. Mon., 3:34-4:45, Rm. 121, Ms. Heidi Freeman & Mr. Steve Shell
Sports Outreach – Thu., 8:00 a.m., AHS Auditorium, Coach Jordan Phillips (Varsity Gym)
Sustainability Club – A student-driven club that works to educate students and the community about social (creating a more equitable community), environmental (reducing our impact on the environment), and economic sustainability (strengthening the local economy). TBD, Ms. Dacia Harris (300)
Technology Student Association (T.S.A.) – Use your interest in the STEAM subjects to develop and compete in state and national STEAM related events. From animatronics and board games to vex robotics and websites, you get to design your own experience in the TSA. Wed., Rm. 410, Mr. Luke Shofestall
Ulimate Frisbee – Learn, practice and play Ultimate Frisbee. Usually meets after school on Tue. & Thu., fall & spring, with games TBD. Ms. Michelle Mills (Media Center)