Salem High School Club Descriptions

African American History Club

Sharon Jennings:
Steven EdwardsL

AAHC Video
This organization is designed to promote interest in Black History and culture. To educate students on the rich heritage of African Americans and to support them in their own academic and personal growth. or Text the message @aahcc2020 to the number 81010.

Acts of Random Kindness Club

Andrea Johnson:
Paige Brugh:

ARK Club Video
All high school students face stress, anxiety, drama, and negativity from time to time. The Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Club strives to make high school a little more pleasant by conducting uplifting campaigns, activities, and projects, because it’s the little things in life that make a difference.

American Sign Language

Kim Martinez:
Christie Roberston:

The purpose of the ASL Club is to increase awareness of American Sign Language with respect for deaf culture.

Be a Buddy Club

Erik Largen:

Be A Buddy Club Video
Be A Buddy Club provides a chance for students with and without disabilities to work together to build friendships. Peer buddies are friends, role models, guides, and above all peers. We work to build relationships through games, music, and fun activities.

Book Club

Meredith Miear:
Moriah Moore:

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The Page Turners Book Club is for students who love reading! Students select several books per year to read and discuss, covering a wide variety of genres and interests. We also enjoy special events throughout the year, such as a movie and a field trip to an elementary school.

Chess Club

Kristen Huffman:

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The Chess Club will allow students with an interest in the game of Chess to promote their interests in the game and to engage in matches during their club time with other members.

Coding Club

Gary Lupton:

Coding Club is a place for girls and boys interested in learning and applying knowledge of programming, computer science and technology skills to program drones, robots, app development, challenges and more!  We will work together to use computer science to help out our community and hear from a variety of speakers in the field.  We are looking for students who are ready to be leaders in making this club great! Whether you are new to programming or know multiple language this is a great opportunity to be part of the coding community!

CyberPatriot Club

Randy Brinkley:

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CyberPatriot is a cyber security competition where students compete on teams to defend a network against hackers. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trip to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.


Kris Harless:

DECA is an Association of Marketing Students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools around the world.  Students must be enrolled in a Marketing Education course to join.  We participate in community service activities, competitive events, and leadership development.

Environmental Club

Kat Larson:

Environmental Club Video
Environmental Club is designed to bring awareness to the daily impact we have on the world around us. Members of this club will help collect recyclable material throughout our school on a weekly basis. Members will also be able to promote recycling and advocate for our environment. During club meetings, members will have the opportunity to learn about environmental concerns in the Valley.”

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

Laura O’Dell:

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FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is a national organization that helps high school students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions and educational programs. The goals of FBLA are to develop competent, aggressive business leadership, strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work, and to create more interest in the American Enterprise system. Additionally, FBLA promotes civic duty and fosters personal responsibility.


Andrew Cundiff:
Beth Denton:

FCA Club Video
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a student-run club that is open to ALL students (you don’t have to be an athlete).  During our meeting time you can expect a student lead Christian worship experience, small-group interactions, and fellowship.  It is our mission to build relationships and be a light for Jesus at Salem High School.


Lauren Cundiff:

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an organization for students who have been, or  are currently enrolled in a FACS course.  Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. The organization exists as an extension of classroom instruction to help members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

FIRST Robotics

Randy Brinkley:

FIRST Robotics Club Video
FIRST Robotics Competition entails building a robot to compete against other high schools in an intensely exciting environment where teams can progress from local competitions all the way to the world championships. Students design, fabricate, and build robots weighing upwards of 150 pounds that are tasked with solving challenges that change yearly.

French Club

Danyel White:

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The French Club is a social club focused on French culture and language for students of all levels. It provides a cultural experience and a comfortable environment for students to socialize, have fun, and learn.

Gender and Sexualities Alliance

Brittany Slaughter:
Beth Denton:
Moriah Moore:

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The purpose of the GSA Club is to promote tolerance and acceptance through the Salem High School student body.  It will provide a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, non-binary, and straight youth to network and share their common vision of social equality.

German Club

Diane Rice:

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The SHS German Club meets on Club A days and is open to all German students who pay a minimal club dues.  The club is dedicated to exploring German culture with events like Local Colors, our Oktoberfest dance lesson, and the gingerbread house competition.  The club also volunteers at Feeding America each year and raises money for a scholarship and charities through the Advent calendar sale.  In addition, the students write cards to the patients at the Salem VA Hospital and help the German Group at Local Colors with their festival booth.

Graphic Arts Club

David Wallace:

Students interested in graphic design and about using computers to create artwork digitally are encouraged to join this club. Various topics will be covered along with school related activities focused towards graphic design (posters, magazines, websites, illustrating, Photoshop, ect…) subjects. Students wanting to learn more about Apple computers and using professional design software will have an opportunity to discover new ways of working and thinking.

Guitar Club

Rick Marciniec:

Guitar Club is open to anyone who plays guitar or would like to learn to play guitar.  It is very informal and there is no requirement to play or perform.

Hiking Club

Emily Pitts:

Learn about Virginia’s trails and hike them.  Gauge interests about what trails are most appealing to the members.
Join the hiking club Remind to find out about meetings.  Text the message @shshike to the number 81010.

Interact Club

Kayla Wood:

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The Salem High School Interact Club is a service organization for high school students who desire to volunteer their time and aid their school and community. It gives high school students the opportunity to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of “Service Above Self”.  Our Interact club carries out a Pet Food Drive for our area shelters.   Interactors have the opportunity to attend the Rotary District Conference in March at the Homestead (free of charge), as well as attend one or more of the Thursday Rotary Luncheons at the Salem Civic Center. Interact is an international organization sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salem and Rotary International. The word Interact stands for international action.


Trayce Coe:

Keyettes is open to all female students at Salem High School. We’re a student-led organization whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others. We frequently work with the elementary schools and  retirement communities in Salem.
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Key Club

Justin Halterman:

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The Key Club is open to all male students at Salem High School.  Our big project is sponsoring the Homecoming Dance with Culinary Arts.  This helps us fund our activities for the rest of the year.  The focus of the club will be community service.  We work with the local Kiwanis organization on service projects throughout the community, as well as trying to plan our own service opportunities.

Knitting Club

Kristen Huffman:

Knitting Club Video
The knitting club is for beginners and long-time crafters alike!  Bring a project, or come learn.  This club is open to all students who are interested in sharing a love of hand-created crafts, so we welcome stitchers, knitters, and crocheters!  This club meets Friday mornings starting at 7:15 each week in the Library.

Leo Club

Maribeth Schermer:

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The Leo Club serves as the liaison between the Salem Lions Club and Salem High School.

Math Club/Mu Alpha Theta

Erin Stenger:

The Math Club provides students with an opportunity to investigate creative and different styles of math problems.  While we are a new club, we are excited about exploring interesting ideas in mathematics and working with peers.  In the past, we have competed in the American Mathematics Competition at Radford University.

Model General Assembly

Meredith Miear:

Model General Assembly is a YMCA-sponsored program designed to introduce high school students to the legislative process of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each year, approximately 500 students from across the state travel to Richmond to take over the Senate and House of Delegates chambers for the three-day serving as elected officials, lobbyists and media. If you are interested in seeing how our government works through active participation, check out MGA.

Photography Club

David Wallace:

Students interested in learning more about digital photography, lenses, camera bodies, lighting or other related topics can attend this club. Specific camera problems or issues can be addressed individually along with computer and software subjects. Students are encouraged to attend an open and friendly environment that allows for open ended conversations and self guided growth lessons surrounding photography.

Political Awareness Club

Justin Halterman:

Political Awareness Club Video
To promote public reasoning, self authorship, and perspective taking.  Students will be able to develop or communicate ideas they believe to be true and evaluate those ideas through interactions with others concerning current political issues while attending to others points of view and evaluating them.

Remote Control Cars Club

Wes Lester:

Remote Control Car Club Video
The Remote Control Car Club, or Spartan RC, is a student organization devoted to the hobby of remote control vehicles. Students build, race, and maintain their vehicles and exhibit them during club meetings. You do not have to have a vehicle to attend a club meeting.

Skills USA Club (Tech/Auto Body)

Steven Edwards:
Derek Wray:

SkillsUSA Video
SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including business and health occupations. Student members can compete against other schools at the district, state, and national levels in hands-on career competitions and leadership competitions.

Spanish Club/Spanish Honor Society

Paola Brinkley:
Andrea Fulcher:
Kim Martinez:
Jessica Sellinger:

Students who have completed three or more years with excellence in language skills are invited to become a member of the Spanish Honor Society. The group offers Spanish language students with an opportunity to learn more about culture and the language through hands-on and interactive activities. Students participate in at least one service project during the academic year.

Spirit Club

Grant Smythers:

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The Salem High School Spirit Club promotes school spirit throughout the year at SHS. The Spirit Club helps organize and plan  homecoming week, red ribbon week, the “Be a Buddy Club” basketball game, the Junior vs. Senior Powder Puff Football Game, and the “Special Olympics Spartan Sendoff”. The Spirit Club is also responsible for Salem High School spirit days and pep rallies throughout the school year. Join the Spirit Club and help make Salem High School a spirit filled, fun environment for everyone involved.

Tri-M Music Honor Society

John Wright:

Tri-M Music Honor Society Video
This honor society is open to Salem High School students enrolled in a music class with a 3.5 or higher grade point average by invitation only that exhibit quality of leadership, scholarship, and integrity. Members are expected to perform or present to the membership at a club meeting or a Tri-M sponsored event like the Souper Bowl or Dessert For the Arts. Participation in our Prism Recital and Spring Inductions are mandatory for all members.

Upward Bound

Melinda Hill:

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Promotes team building, communication, goal setting, and preparing students for college.

Women’s Empowerment Club

Robyn Harless:

Women’s Empowerment Club Video
This organization will be for people of all genders who want to support women’s issues…including women of color, queer women, and disabled women with a focus on history and service.