Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
Clubs List 2016-17

​​​​​​​​​​​​Special Interest Clubs




ACE Engineering Club


Wednesdays @ 2:35 pm

2nd Semester Only

Mark Paricio​​
​ACE is a partnership between Smoky Hill High School and the ACE Mentor Foundation.  At ACE Meetings, students work with professional architects, construction managers, and engineers to design and present a real-world project in the same manner as the professionals do.  Scholarships to college are avaliable.

Ambassadors of SHHS  


Tuesdays @ 2:30 - 3:00 pm     

Katie Kleeman​The Smoky Hill Ambassadors is a leadership and community service club.  Smoky Hill Ambassadors service the school, community and world!
​Animal Rescue Connection


Red Mondays @ 2:35 pm
​Debbie Sengsavath

​Animal Rescue Connection works with local rescue organizations, providing volunteer time to benefit rescue animals.  Presentations from community rescues will also be giving during club meetings.

Asian Culture Club 

JapAnime Club               


Tuesdays @ 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Thor Kjeseth
​This group involves the study of Asian culture with a special focus on Animation and Manga.
​Art Club
National Art Honor Society


Tuesdays @ 2:40 - 4:00 pm
​Liz Kaplan​Students will be able to come in and work on projects for class or personal projects.  There will also be projects we work on collaboratively for our community.


Wednesdays @ 7:00 am
Joe Barnes

Buff Standers


Wednesdays @ 7:00 am
Dr. June Hicks

​Bully prevention student task force.
​Buffalo Traders


Upper Cafeteria
​Melissa Ball

Clay Club   


Tues @ 2:35 pm           

Josh Teplitzky​Clay Club is open studio time for students to experiment with clay after school.  Students may or may not be enrolled in a clay class.​
​​​​​Dance Club


Tues & Thurs. @ 2:40 pm
​​Jolei Pa



Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday PM  

Mike Trevithick

​Smoky Hill Speech & Debate is a competitive team.  Practices are held three times a week for two hours per practice.  Smoky Hill Speech & Debate is one of the top 10% of all programs nationwide.  They routinely travel out of state to tournaments and have numerous state finalists and national qualifiers.

For more information you can contact Coach Trevithick directly at

Digital Evolutions


Tuesdays @ 2:35 pm                

Dan Cornell​​​Digital Evolutions includes 3-D and 2-D digital design, robotics, and other computer based learning opportunities.
Diversity Leadership Team


Mondays @ 1:45 pm
Crystal Gillis-Drayton, Sarah Watts, Brian Byrden​Students in the DLT will build upon academic and leadership skills essential to reaching school, community and personal goals.  The DLT will provide a knowledge base on how to connect self accountability with achievement and utilize strategies to overcome potential barriers to success.
Envirionmental Action Club


1st Wed of each month @ 2:35 pm
Debbie Sengsavath​Environmental Action Club is a community service organization that works to better both our school and community.  Lights Out, campus clean-up and other student driven projects will be the focus of EAC.

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)  


Thursdays @ 6:45 am

Scott Henry
​Future Business Leaders of American is a business bases club that competes in district and state competitions.  
FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America)


Wed @ 2:45 pm
Christina Runyan
​FCCA stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.  FCCLA is an organization through which members work together to help the community through community service projects.  They can compete at a state and national level in areas within Family and Consumer Sciences including culinary arts, child development, fashion, and interior design.
First Priority (Bible Study)


Mon @ 2:40 pm
Wed @ 6:50 am
Fabrice Clark
​First Priority is a student lead Christian group.  Their goal is to reach out to support both believers and non-believers in life and at school.

Gay/Straight Alliance            


Wednesdays @ 2:35 pm  

Stephen Fernandes
​GSA is an inclusive club were everyone is welcome. We treat all people with respect and dignity in addition to participating in district-wide social activities.  We support one another and create presentations to share during World Awareness.
​Girl Up

Post Grad

Wednesdays @ 2:35 pm
​Trina Visocky
​Girl Up is the leading global community for passionate advocates changing policies and raising funds to support United Nations programs that help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.
​Greenhouse Club


Green Thursdays @ 2:35 pm
​Debbie Sengsavath​Greenhouse Club allows students to grow various plants from seed.  Club time will be used in learning about the various plants, their nutritional needs and problem-solving any plant issues during the growing cycle.
​Habesha Leadership Club


Wednesdays @ 2:35 pm
​​Liza DotyHabesha is a club that celebrates Ethiopian and Eritrean cultures in order to spread awareness about our countries and Africa. Part of this awareness includes raising money for non-profit organizations and organizing book drives and other necessities to send to Ethiopia and Eritrea. Our club participates in school activities including Homecoming Week and World Awareness where we teach fellow students traditional dances and introduce them to our favorite foods. All are welcome! We hope to see you at our next meeting.
IB Mentors

I-405 and Upper Cafeteria  

Tuesday & Wednesday AM @ 6:20 am & 7:00 am
Leland Tulper​Senior IB Mentors adopt a group of freshmen to help guild them through their first year as an MYP student at Smoky Hill High School.  They form positive relationships with the students and give them a point of contact throughout the year while meeting at least once a month to go over upcoming schoolwide events.
​Latio World Alliance


Thurs @ 2:35 pm
​Sonja Walker​Students work together to strengthen the Latino Community and increase awareness at Smoky Hill of Latino culture.  Colfax Community Network (CCN) visits every 2nd or 3rd month.  Smoky Hill students mentor the CCN kids.
Mariachi Club


Tues @ 2:45 pm
Chelsea Peele​SHHS Mariachi welcomes any vocalists, guitarists, bassists, accordionists, trumpets and string players that are interested in performing and learning more about traditional Mariachi music. This is a rehearsal-based club that will meet most Tuesdays and perform occasionally in the community​

Math Club


Red Tues PM @ 2:35 pm

Dennis Gournic​Members participate in competitions such as the Colorado Math League Contests, TrigStar, and American Math Contest.  They also provide after school math tutoring.
​Mock Trial


Green Tuesdays @ 2:45 pm
​Leland Tulper
​Mock Trial is a club that meets in order to learn about the legal process.  A base based on an actual event is given to each school to prepare for trial.  Students will learn all aspects of being a lawyer and legal process while working with actual lawyers and law students.
​Model United Nations


Thursdays @ 2:35 pm
​Don Hawley
​​Model UN meets as a 5th period class.  They attend state wide Model United Nation competitions on weekends throughout the school year. Students have an opportunity to discuss current world issues and policies.
Muslim Student Association


Thursdays @ 2:35 pm
Craig Quintana
​​MSA is a group that serves as a support group and works to educate about Muslim culture during World Awareness.
Next Generation Voices


Green Mondays @ 2:35 pm
Cindy Meis
​NGV's mission is to promote cultural awareness and to enhance cutural exchange.  They present at World Awareness and organize the annual TOE Jam dance competition.
Rock Climbing


Mondays @ 2:35 pm
Dan Cornell

Science Club/Bowl 


Mon @ 2:30 - 3:30 pm         

Doug Driver​Science Club/Science Bowl is a club for all students interested in interacting with students who like science.  The club also sponsors two teams that are eligible to compete in the Colorado Regional Science Bowl with the potential to advance to the National Science Bowl.
SHUFA (Smoky Hill Unites for Africa)


Green Thursdays @ 2:40 - 3:15 pm
Laura Buddington
​Smoky HIll Unites for Africa (SHUFA) is a club that brings awareness to Africa.  This club consists of students who are mindful of helping others and for those who are interested about learning more about the countries in Africa.  Our main service project is called Bead for Life.  Each year students sell beads made by women in Uganda to support those who are living in extreme poverty.  The club is also involved in the annual Walk for Sudan and puts on presentations during World Awareness.  All students are welcome to SHUFA!


Language Related Clubs

Club Sponsor

Japanese Club/Japanese National Honor Society  


Thursdays @ 2:30 - 3:30 pm  

Thor Kjeseth
​This club celebrates Japanese culture as well and provides Japanese culture events open to all folks in the Smoky Hill community.  The students in the group that are members of JNHS will also plan events and service projects.

Junior Classical League - Latin


Red Thurs @ 2:35 pm

Mary Zang​JCL (Junior Classical League) is an organization, sponsored by the American Classical League, whose purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Rome and Greece.  We celebrate the Classical World with food, festivals, mythology, movies, competitions and community service to Smoky Hill and the larger community.

Le Club Francais


Red Thurs @ 2:45 - 4:45 pm  

Maureen Curran
​Come learn the art of French Cuisine.  Students will create simple, traditional French food and enjoy/eat what they cook.  Bon appetit!

There is a $15 food fee.

Spanish Club


2nd Red Wednesday of each month         

Erin Nathan​Come learn about Spanish speaking countries and their cultures through cooking, crafts, and music.  Everyone is welcome.  You don't have to speak Spanish or be in a Spanish class to join.  Hasta Pronto!

Performance-Related Clubs


Ariel Dance Club


Mondays @ 2:35 pm
Lisa Wood

Chamber Music Club    


Wednesday @ 2:35 pm                

Chelsea Peele

Dance Showcase

Aux Gym

February to May

Performance May 12 & 13

Lisa Wood



1st Tuesday of each month

Tim Brown


(Spontaneous Combustion)


Mondays @ 2:35 pm

Adrian Holguin

Marching Band


Tues & Thurs @ 2:35 pm

Zak Ruffert

Service Clubs



Amnesty International


Thurs @ 2:35 - 3:30 pm

Gayle Brown​The Smoky Hill Chapter of Amnesty International works to promote awareness of human rights issues around the world as well as in our own community.  Through small informational tables to larger school-wide projects, students work towards education of relevent issues facing our world.

Key Club


Wed @ 2:35 - 3:15 pm

Sonja Walker

​Students are involved in volunteer projects and community service projects throughout the school year.



Wednesday AM @ 7:10 am

1st Semester Only

Scott Cohen
Erin Nathan
​LINK leaders run Freshman Orientation and work to LINK freshmen students with the rest of the student body.  LINK leaders present to Freshmen throughout first semester through FAST Classes.  

National English Honor Society*


Red ​Wednesdays @ 2:35 pm

Tom Fitzgerald
Kathleen Murphy
​Membership is an honor bestowed on students selected for their accomplishments in the field of English and in overall academic excellence.  NEHS is the organization for students who have experieced the power of literature, the pleasures of good writing, and the excitement of language studies.  We sponsor events like Trivia Bowl, Poetry Slam, and publish the Literacy Magazine, ​Expressions.

National Honor Society*


1st Wednesday of each month @ 2:35 pm

Mark Paricio,
Emilie Cross,
Katie Kleeman
​National Honor Society recognizes Junior and Senior Students with a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.75 and above.  In NHS, students focus on balancing leadership, scholarship, character, and community service in their lives.  NHS members contribute over 3,000 hours of community service each year.



Red Tuesdays @ 2:35 pm

Jason Bowdre
​STRIVE allows students to tutor middle schools students at Laredo Middle School.
* Clubs for Juniors and Seniors only

Class-Related Clubs/Activities



DECA (An Association of Marketing Students)

Kevin VanWormer
BJ Kingsbaker
​DECA is the business and marking club at Smoky Hill.  The organization competes in state and national competitions.  DECA is involved in a number of social and community service events throughout the school year.  DECA members also have the opportunity to work in the school store, STARBUFFS.  DECA students must be enrolled in a business class.

Choir Jazz & Symphonic


Jim Techau

Jazz Band


Zak Ruffert



2G & Wed @ 2:35 pm

Carrie Faust​Smoky Hill journalism happens during each school dayin the form of newspaper class.  Additional work sessions take place after school every Wednesday.

Pro Start (Culinary)


Mon-Thurs @ 2:45 pm

Christina Runyan
​ProStart is a Culinary Arts and Business Management Class.  Students interested in restaurant management, culinary arts, or hopitality & tourism are welcome to join us after school for field trips and to meet with different chef mentors from within the industry.

Skills USA (Auto)


1R & 1G

Brian Manley​Skills USA is our Career and Technical (CTE) organization that promotes workplace skills in our Automotive Technology Program.  We compete at the regional, state and national level, and we have had many All-State and State Champions who have garnered 10's of thousands of dollars in college scholarships and have competed nationally.

Student Government

Lecture Center


Scott Cohen
​Smoky Hill Student Government is both a class and an extracurricular activity. StuGo exists to serve the entire Smoky Hill community.  We work to develop strong community among students, faculty, staff, parents, and the rest of the Smoky Hill area.  StuGo plans Homecoming, Wish Week, World Awareness, Asset Days, Senior Celebration, Pep Assemblies, Prom and many other activites.




Carrie Faust​Smoky Hill's Summit Yearbook is one of the most outstanding Yearbook publications in the United States.

Smoky Hill journalism happens during each school day in the​ form of yearbook class.  Additional work/bonding time happens every Wednesday after school. 
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