Clubs and Honor Societies

Organization descriptions and sponsors

Clubs  | Honor Societies

Club Name

Sponsors

Club Details

Deaf Academic Bowl

Shan Pillai
Julie Clinch

Type: Academic Team
Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 3:10 PM - 4:45 PM
Criteria: Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Purpose: Fostering the pursuit of academic excellence, promoting a spirit of academic competition and sportsmanship, and providing social opportunities for the development of collegiality and lifelong friendship.

Anime Club

Peggy Linski

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Contact Sponsor
Dues: TBD in Library Lab
Criteria: Interest in Anime and Japanese culture
Purpose: Watch Anime films and learn about Japanese culture

Band

Aaron Morgan

Type: Performance Group
Meeting Times: Contact sponsor
Criteria: Must be enrolled in Band class. 
Purpose: Music appreciation, perform at concerts

Cavalcade (Newspaper)

Andrew Springer

Type: Publication
Meeting Times: Periods 1 and 5; After school the last week of the month
Criteria: Must be enrolled in journalism class. Occasional exceptions.
Purpose: The Cavalcade tells the stories of people who have something to share. It is a student publication run by students, for students, using the power of the written word.

Cavalier (Yearbook)

Will Giampapa

Type: Publication
Meeting Times: Yearbook meets as a class. However, students who are interested in freelancing (photography, writing stories, or helping with spread design) are welcome! Please contact Ms. Pierce, the adviser, or with any yearbook staff members.
Criteria: Applications for the yearbook class are available each spring; however, there is no course requirement for joining the yearbook staff. 
Purpose: The Cavalier Yearbook strives to record the history of the people, events, and memories that comprise each school year while maintaining the highest standards for scholastic journalism. 

Chess Club

John Nah

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Monday afternoons 3:00 - 4:30 PM, D107
Criteria: No previous chess experience or skill necessary
Purpose: Intramural club for students and faculty that enjoy playing Chess

Chinese Club

Jennifer Forney

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: TBD
Criteria: Interest in Chinese food and culture
Purpose: Promote and enjoy Chinese food and culture

Class of 2018

Tim Evans
Noelle Smith

Type: Student Government
Meeting Times: Contact sponsors
Criteria: Must be a student in the class of 2018
Purpose: Service learning and leadership to plan, organize, and support events for the class of 2018

Class of 2019

Tim Hudenburg
Joshua MacNabb

Type: Student Government
Meeting Times: Contact sponsors
Criteria: Must be a student in the class of 2019
Purpose: Service learning and leadership to plan, organize, and support events for the class of 2019

Class of 2020

Kate Wright
Stephanie Pollack

Type: Student Government
Meeting Times: Contact sponsors
Criteria: Must be a student in the class of 2020
Purpose: Service learning and leadership to plan, organize, and support events for the class of 2020

Color Guard

Aaron Morgan

Type: Performance Group
Meeting Times: Contact sponsor
Dues: Contact sponsor
Criteria: Contact sponsor
Purpose: Performance at Color Guard competitions

Computer Science

Doug Oberle
Kimberly Baram

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Contact sponsor
Dues: Contact sponsor
Criteria: Ability to promote logic, teamwork & critical thinking skills
Purpose: To tutor students of Computer Science, build teamwork in technology-based exercises and competitions, such as Cyber-patriot, gaming, and help beta-test technology based projects

Debate Team

Sam Gee

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Usually Wednesday or Thursday
Dues: $15
Criteria: Compete at Debate tournaments
Purpose: Debate social and political issues

DECA (An Association of Marketing Students)

Kelsey Treague

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: 1 - 2 Wednesdays per month
Dues: $30
Criteria: Students currently enrolled in a Marketing course or EPF course and/or show an interest in Marketing, Business, Finance, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, community service, leadership, and/or developing career and professional life skills. 
Purpose: Leadership development is found through the DECA activities, which include business meetings, curriculum-relevant projects, community service projects, competitive events at the regional, state, and national level, leadership conferences, recognition programs, and social events.

Doctors of Tomorrow Club

Jeff Root

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Wednesdays at 3:05PM in room C-137
Criteria: Interest in the pursuing a career in medicine. 
Purpose: To provide information for students seeking medical careers

E-Sports

Ellen Babcock

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Thursdays after school
Criteria: A desire to game
Purpose: To Game!

Engineering Club

Paul Adam
Alphonso Gaydon

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Every other Wednesday, 4:30PM - 6:00PM, L-122
Criteria: Grades 10 - 12
Purpose: Architecture, Construction, & Engineering Mentoring

Environmental Club

Kara Sweeney
Lauren Kinne

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Varies by week and weather.
Criteria: Interest in and love of planet Earth!
Purpose: To learn about and improve our planet. Currently working on our native garden!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

David Williamson

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: TBD
Criteria: Open to all
Purpose: To provide social and spiritual encouragement to athletes and all students in their faith journey.

Feminism Club

Alyssa Blevins
Erle Nielson

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: First Wednesday of every month
Dues: $10 
Criteria: Attend meetings regularly, pay a one-time membership fee.
Purpose: To educate and promote issues pertaining to Women's Rights. 

For the Culture

Lorenzo Simms

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Third Wednesday each month
Dues:
Criteria: Supports the #OneWoodson concept of celebrating and including all cultures and all people.

Forensics

Alex Szymanski

Type: Academic Team
Meeting Times: TBD
Criteria: Satisfying VHSL regulations
Purpose: To further cultural and educational development

French Club

Robin Simpson

Type: Language Club
Meeting Times: 1st Wednesday of each month
Dues: $10
Criteria: Love of the French language & culture
Purpose: French Club is a place to hang out with friends and explore French and francophone cultures.

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America

Aseem Rastogi

Type: Special Insterest
Meeting Times: Contact Sponsor
Dues: Contact Sponsor
Criteria: Interest in developing professionalism, leadership, social, and career skills.
Purpose: Leadership development is found through the FBLA activities, which include business meetings, curriculum relevant projects, community service projects, regional competitive events, leadership conferences, recognition programs, and social events. 

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)

 

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Wednesdays
Criteria: Anyone with an interest in equality can join
Purpose: To promote a positive and supporting acceptance of the LGBTQ+ Community

German Club

 

Type: Language Club
Meeting Times: 3rd Wed. of each month
Dues: $10
Criteria: Interest in German-speaking cultures
Purpose: To explore Germanic culture & customs

Go Club

Kurt Haldeman

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Contact sponsor
Criteria: Interest in Go Game
Purpose: Learn and improve your skills at Go Game

Habitat for Humanity

Corinne Kaplan

Type: Service Club
Meeting Times: 3rd Tuesday of the Month
Criteria: Open to all students: 
Purpose: Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that builds houses and supplies low-cost housing for the underprivileged. Its mission statement declares that the organization exists to build community and hope as it brings people together to build homes.

Hip Hop Club

Ellen Babcock

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: First and Third Wednesday of each month in the Dance room at 2:15
Criteria: Interest in music and dance, specifically hip hop
Purpose: Hip Hop Club is an open club. Woodson students that are interested in Hop Hop and B-boyingdance meet to develop and improve dance routines after school. New members at all levels of ability are encouraged to attend.

History Club

Tim Evans
Ashley Lucas

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: One Wednesday a month
Dues: $5
Criteria: Woodson student currently taking a Social Studies class
Purpose: Enrich student knowledge of history

Hockey Club

 

 

Improv Club

Terri Hobson

Type: Performance Group
Meeting Times: Most Wednesdays beginning in November when there are late buses
Criteria: This is a drop- in club. You may attend any time you are available! No prior experience is needed, only your willingness to say "Yes"!
Purpose: To improve your improv, acting, and overall performance skills

IT Girls

Kimberly Baram
Dan Tra

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Once a month depending on speakers' schedules
Criteria: Open to all students
Purpose: To increase the number of girls participating in STEM-related events and CS courses

Key Club

Elva Card

Type: Service Club
Meeting Times: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the Month
Dues: $25
Criteria: Interest in Service Projects
Purpose: To serve Woodson, the Woodson Community, and beyond!

KFC (Kosher Food Club)

Michael Steinberg

Type: Special Interest
Meeting times: Every other Monday 2:15-3:00 after school in Trailer 1.
Criteria: None, All welcome for free food and fun!
Purpose: We have small discussions on Jewish topics, eat kosher food, and have fun. 

Latin Club

Ariel Baska
Alexis Heflin

Type: Language Club
Meeting Times: Contact Sponsor
Dues: Contact Sponsor
Criteria: Contact Sponsor
Purpose: To foster and interest in Latin language & culture

Math Team (JV)

Travis Pugh

Type: Academic Team
Meeting Times: Contact Sponsor for additional times
Criteria: All students in math through Algebra 2
Purpose: Participate in math contests sponsored by FCPS and Virginia Math League.
Students attempt to correctly answer 6 math problems in 30 minutes.

Math Team (Varsity)

Betsy Ferris

Type: Academic Team
Meeting Times: 9/28 or 10/5, 10/18, 11/16, 12/14, 1/10, 2/8, 3/15
Dues: $2
Criteria: Student in PreCalculus or higher level
Purpose: To give students opportunities to practice problem-solving strategies

Men's A Cappella

Michael Ehrlich

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Dues: None
Criteria: Audition
Purpose: To develop music learning skills and build teamwork while providing entertainment

Model United Nations

Sylvia Garcia Gans

Type: Academic Team
Meeting Times: Once a month
Dues: $10
Criteria: Great knowledge in global affairs & willingness to compete
Purpose: Model United Nations Club is an academic club that allows students to complete local and national conferences. Acting like real life diplomats, students must have a great knowledge of international politics and a great debate skill.

Muslim Student Association

Lorenzo Simms

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of month
Dues: TBD
Criteria: Anyone interested in learning more about Islam
Purpose: To promote a better understanding of Islam and to be an integral part of the Woodson community

Operation Patriot

Tim Evans

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: As announced, about once per month
Criteria: A want to serve and Interest in supporting our military veterans and wounded warriors
Purpose: To support active duty military and veterans and their families through service activities and projects

Orchestra

Kathy Thompson

Type: Performance Group
Meeting Times: Contact sponsor 
Criteria: Must be enrolled in Orchestra class.
Purpose: Music appreciation, perform at concerts

Page (Literary/Art Magazine)

Meg Herndon
Drew Marvin

Type: Publication
Meeting Times: Twice monthly after school
Criteria: Anyone interested in writing, art, and/or layout design is welcome
Purpose: To create a publication that showcases Woodson's writers and artists

Photography Club 

Joseph Dixon

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Contact sponsor
Criteria: Interest in the art of digital & print photography
Purpose: To use our digital lab as well as the dark room and experiment with digital photos in Photoshop.

Poetry Club 

Tim Hudenburg

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Contact sponsor
Criteria: Interest in writing and performing original poetry
Purpose: Consider and encourage student poetry; Practice performance of poetry

Prospective College Students

Kathleen Ishii

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: TBD
Dues: TBD
Criteria: Interest and voted dues
Purpose: Learn about colleges/college match

Red Cross Club

Andrea Austin

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Varies one time month
Dues:
Criteria: Support the American Red Cross through educating, fundraising, and volunteering. Woodson Red Cross allows members to work as a group of volunteers to help the local community and beyond. Join today to help save a life!

Relay for Life

Susan Hamrock

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Once a month, Wednesdays
Dues: $10
Criteria: Participate in the Relay for Life event in Spring (Register, Raise Money, Attend, & Support)
Purpose: Raise awareness and funds for Cancer Research

Robotics Club

Ellen Babcock

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Contact Sponsor
Criteria: Student must be in or have taken any Technology Education course or Computer Science
Purpose: Internships, competition, networking

Scholastic Bowl "It's Academic"

Kevin Wright

Type: Academic Competitions
Meeting Times: Most Tuesdays & Thursdays
Criteria: Willing to compete and quick with a buzzer!
Purpose: Along with local competitions and scrimmages, the team also competes the VHSL Scholastic Bowl and NBC TV "It's Academic"

Science Olympiad

Ellen Babcock

Type: Academic Team
Meeting Times: Twice a week (Mon & Fri, 2:15-4)
Dues: Contact Sponsor
Criteria: Tryouts September 17th in Room C-138T
Purpose: Competition at Invitational, Regional, State and National levels

Spanish Club

Margie Shapiro

Type: Language Club
Meeting Times: TBA
Dues: $5
Criteria: Not necessary to speak Spanish or be in Spanish class - anyone with an interest in Hispanic cultures may join! 
Purpose: To learn about Hispanic cultures

Speech

Kristie Cooper

Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: 
Debate: Mondays, 2:15 E 204
Speech: Wednesday, 2:15 E 204
Dues: TBD
Criteria: Great knowledge and confidence in public speaking, debate, and forensics & willingness to compete and learn the art of persuasion.
Purpose: Speech, Debate, & Forensics Club is an academic club that allows students to argue with rules and compete in local and national conferences.

Student Advisory Council (SAC)

Lynn Schmauder, 
Dan Schaefer

See SGA webpage for more detail.

Student Government Association (SGA) / Leadership

Lynn Schmauder, 
Dan Schaefer

Type: Student Government
Criteria: Application, Election for SCA Officer
Purpose: To serve the Woodson school and community
See SGA webpage for more detail.

Students for Traffic Education, Enrichment, and Responsibility (S.T.E.E.R)

John Duffy

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Once a month
Criteria: Interest in safe driving
Purpose: To help reinforce sound and safe driving habits in the Woodson School Community

Student 2 Student (Ambassadors) 

Jennifer Forney

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Usually twice a month
Criteria: Friendly, personable, and welcoming.
Purpose: To welcome and assist students who are new to Woodson.

Technology Student Association (TSA)

Alphonso Gaydon

Type: Academic Team
Meeting Times: Contact Sponsor
Dues: $20
Criteria: Current TechEd students
Purpose: Internships, competition, & networking

UNICEF Club

Allison Gaynor

Type: Service Club
Meeting Times: One Tuesday a month
Dues: $5
Criteria: Attend meetings, pay dues
Purpose: Hold fundraisers to support UNICEF and educate about its mission.

VSA

Dan Tra

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Mondays once a month
Dues: $5
Criteria: Open to all students
Purpose: Sharing Vietnamese Culture

Women's A Cappella

Michael Ehlich

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Mondays & Wednesdays
Dues: $7
Criteria: Audition
Purpose: To develop music learning skills and build teamwork while providing entertainment

Woodson Buddies

Diana Khraibani
Lindsay Warren

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Contact sponsor
Criteria: Friendly, personable, and welcoming.
Purpose: A group of peers that volunteer with students with disabilities to provide social opportunities, typical high school experiences during the school day and extra-curricular activities

Woodson Christian Fellowship

Tom Edwards

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Tuesdays after school in C-139
Purpose: To give Christian students a place at Woodson to gather and support one another, as well as plan outreach to the school and community at large

Woodson Minds Matter

Diane Ross, Shannon Rousos, Molly Campbell, John Michals

Type: Special Mental Health Awareness
Meeting Times: every other Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 in L113
Purpose: Student-led club that aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, increase help-seeking behaviors, promote social connectedness, and encourage self-care and healthy habits among students at Woodson High School.

WTW Special Olympics

Lorenzo Simms

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: During the season, practice is once a week, typically on Tuesdays.
Criteria: Complete Special Olympics paperwork
Purpose: WTW Special Olympics provides sports training and athletic competition in basketball, giving students continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Young Democrats

Jeff Root

Type: Special Interest
Meeting Times: Wednesdays at 3:05 in room C-137
Criteria: Interest in the political process
Purpose: Support Democratic candidates and provide opportunities for service hours

Young Republicans

Kristie Cooper

Meeting Times: Tuesdays or Wednesdays (TBD)
Criteria: Express interest in the Republican political party and respectful of all beliefs
Purpose: Political

 

Honor Societies

French Honor Society Kathleen Binczewski Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: Twice a month on late bus days
Dues: $10
Criteria: French III or higher w/ B+ average
Purpose: Students are in charge of various activities, but most of all they must be available to help French I students who experience difficulties.
German Honor Society Laura Vinti Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: Varies
Dues: $10
Criteria: 3.6 GPA in German, 3.0 overall GPA after three semesters of German
Purpose: Community service, learning about German culture
History Honor Society Joan Brown Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: Varies
Dues: $10
Criteria: 3.5 in Social Studies, 3.0 overall GPA
Purpose: Promotes citizenship, research skills and connection to community through historical preservation and learning.
International Thespian Society Terri Hobson Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: As announced
Dues: Initial $32, $10 annual renewal
Criteria: 3.0 GPA, 10 points accrued in Woodson productions in 2 different production areas
Purpose: To recognize and continue excellence in Theatre.
Latin Honor Society Ariel Baska Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: Contact Sponsor
Dues: Contact Sponsor
Criteria: Contact Sponsor
Purpose: To participate in service projects that promote learning, 
Math Honor Society 
(Mu Alpha Theta)
Kim Jones
Valerie Silver
Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: Monthly as announced
Dues: $10 for returning member, $20 for new members
Criteria: Must be in Precalculus or Higher
Purpose: Mu Alpha Theta is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and students.
National Art Honor Society Jayne Matricardi-Burke
Joseph Dixon
Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: Twice a month
Dues: $10
Criteria: Students must have taken 2 full-year art courses at Woodson, and have at least a B average in those classes
Purpose: Promoting the visual arts within the Woodson Community
National English Honor Society Beth Koby Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: Varies, contact sponsor
Dues: Contact sponsor
Criteria: Contact sponsor
Purpose: NEHS recognizes students who appreciate and celebrate the power of the written word as well as a love for literature. 
National Honor Society Corrine Kaplan Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: The first Thursday of each month, alternating between seniors and juniors
Dues: $5 per semester
Criteria: Scholarship, Character, Service and Leadership are the four pillars of NHS. Seniors and juniors with a minimum 3.5 GPA , of good character, involved in service and demonstrating leadership are invited to apply in the fall. A faculty panel reviews the applications and recommends acceptance. Members must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA, complete 20 hours (10 per semester) of community service (15 total for new members), hold a leadership position in a school club, organization or team, or a community organization during either their junior or senior year, and demonstrate good character.
Purpose: The purpose is to recognize academic excellence, encourage community service, develop leadership skills and promote good character. 
Science National Honor Society Jonathan Morgan Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
Dues: $10
Criteria: Must be in or have taken an AP science course, have a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.25 GPA in science 
Purpose: Service learning, leadership, & passion for science
Spanish National Honor Society Maria Fidler Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: Every 3rd Thursday of the month
Dues: $10 for returning members - $15 for new members 
Criteria: Must have been in a Spanish class for a minimum of 9 quarters and keep a B+ average. To keep their membership students have to be keeping a B+ average
Purpose: To engage outstanding students in activities related to the culture, food, holidays and music of the Spanish-speaking world. To create an environment where our students will be able to meet and socialize with peers of similar goals, and to promote conversation in Spanish. To celebrate students achievements.
Tri-M Music Honor Society Amy Moir Type: Honor Society
Meeting Times: First Monday of each m onth, 3:20PM - 4:00PM
Dues: $10 per year
Criteria: 10 - 12th grade; full year enrollment in a music class; GPA of 3.0 or higher in all classes; GPS 3.0 or higher in music class
Purpose: Tri-M is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, to reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership.