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Clubs and Activities
Gaither High School offers a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular clubs to its students.
To enter a club, a student must have a Club Awareness Form on file for each club sponsor(s).


Co-Curricular Clubs

Club Name: Skills USA
Sponsor: Mendola
Meets: 301
Period: TBA
This group participates in work and competitions related to automobiles. Students must be in an automotive class to join.

Club Name: AVID
Sponsor: Cabral
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
College preparatory program in which discusses universities to visit throughout the school year.

Club Name: Movie-Makers Club
Sponsor:
Meets: 143
Period: TBA
Promotes interest in the Film Industry.

Club Name: FFA
Sponsor: K. Martin
Meets: 305
Period: TBA
Membership Requirements: Must be in an Agricultural class.
Activities: State Fair and other various events

Club Name: FCCLA
Sponsor: Showalter
Meets: 183
Period: TBA
Membership Requirements: Family and Consumer Sciences Students. Pay dues of $20.00 for school year.
Club activities: FCCLA district meeting, FCCLA District Proficiency Events Competition, monthly projects, fundraiser's, FCCLA State Leadership Conference and Homecoming activities.

Club Name: Future Business Leaders of America - FBLA
Meets: 207
Period: TBA
Sponsor: S. Fowler, C. Martinez
Membership Requirements: Must be currently enrolled or have taken a Business Technology class.
Club activities: District & State Competitions, School Service Projects, Angel Tree, District Rally, Banner Meeting

Interest Clubs

Club Name: Art Club
Sponsors: McGowan
Meets: 196
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: For students interested in art-making and art history.

Club Name: Asian Culture Club
Sponsors:
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose:

Club Name: Athletic Council
Sponsors: Cutro
Meets: Room 246
Period:TBA
Club Purpose: This group represents all GHS athletic teams. The purpose is to bring athletic concerns to the administration and to develop a close, supportive bond between all the teams in our athletic department.

Club Name: Barbershop Harmony
Sponsors: Cleveland
Meets: 112
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: For male and female singers who enjoy the special "ring" of 4 capella singing.

Club Name: Best Buddies
Sponsors: Szarowicz/Fishburne
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: Provides one-to-one friendships and opportunities to participate in social events at school and in the community. Opportunity to be a friend for no other reason than to have a friend!
Membership Requirements: Students need to complete a 2-page application with a parent signature. Write a brief paragraph about the reason they want to participate.
Club activities: Meetings take place the last Friday of each month during 3rd period. Students must apply to join. Crafts, photos, dancing, and more activities are available. Encourage lunch and after school time with Buddies.

Club Name: C.A.R.S.
Sponsors: J. Mendola
Meets: 306
Period:TBA
Club Purpose: Cops Against Racing in the street is a club for students with a passion for performance automobiles to gather and promote the safe operation of such vehicles.

Club Name: Computer Animation Club
Sponsors: C. Martinez
Meets: 207
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: This interest club is for students who enjoy creating and viewing animated movies used on the Internet. Club members share ideas on the newest innovations in computer animation and share new skills learned with each other using animation software.

Club Name: Culture Club
Sponsors: Bustamante, Fernandez
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: This club works promote diversity and understanding among different cultures and nationalities.

Club Name: Drama Club
Sponsor: Coppage
Meets:TBA
Period:TBA
Club Purpose: The Drama Club provides an opportunity for any student to participate in school performances by ushering. Banners are also painted after school on Tuesdays in the north side of the auditorium wing.
Membership Requirements: $5.00 dues and students must sell two ads at $5.00 each for the drama production programs.
Club Activities: "CRUSH" Sale, improv games, entertaining with a puppeteer, learning about stage combat.

Club Name: Ecology Club
Sponsors: J. Cattoi, Culberson
Meets: 247
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: To clean up the environment and to recycle certain items. May obtain community service hours for the cleanups.
Membership Requirements: Need to have 100 points by December to stay in the club. $5 to join, $5 for a T-shirt.
Club activities: Coastal Cleanup in September, River Cleanup in November, Highway Cleanup in April. Newspapers, ink cartridges and cellphones are recycled year round.
Additional Information: Limited to 50 members.

Club Name: Fuego Latino
Sponsors: E. Martinez
Meets:TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: This club is the official sponsor of the multi-cultural assembly/fair and the Hispanic dance team.

Club Name: Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Sponsors:
Meets:TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: GSA is an interest club for students to show their support and respect for ALL students here at Gaither, including those of different sexual orientation. The club works to eliminate intolerance and discrimination by promoting understanding and respect.

Club Name: Gospel Choir Club
Sponsors: Cleveland
Meets: 112
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: This group promotes the incorporation of diverse backgrounds for a hand-clapping, toe-tapping, celebration of the soul through Gospel Choir Singing. All voices welcome!

Club Name: HOAP
Sponsors:       
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: The Humanitarian Outreach and Awareness Project (HOAP) is a club that seeks to enlighten students about global humanitarian projects in order to motivate them to be active in combating these issues.
Club Name: Italian Club

Club Name: Italian Club
Sponsor: K. Grazier
Meets: 264
Period:TBA
Club Purpose: To promote Italian Culture and awareness. To volunteer in community and school projects.
Membership Requirements: A student should have an interest in the Italian language and culture. They must stay active and join in club fuctions.
Club Activities: Community and school projects, Banners, Culture Day, Donate time and money to other needy benefits, festa Italiana (Ybor City)

Club Name: Legacy
Sponsors: TBA
Meets: TBA
Period:TBA
Club Purpose: The Mission of the Legacy Club is to equip the next generation of leaders in the areas of ethics and morality and teaching them lessons in leadership, character, and integrity from a Christian perspective.

Club Name: Peacemakers
Sponsor: Saxton
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: To promote the peer mediation program and a safe, caring, and orderly learning environment.
Membership Requirements: Trained as a peer mediator or enrolled in Peer Mediation semester course
Club Activities: Peer Mediation Awareness-Violence Prevention Initiatives, positive role models on campus and in the community.

Club Name: Poetry Club
Sponsors: Sinclair
Meets: 258
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: This group is for students interested in a writing workshop, where they can experience instruction on writing, reading and performance of poetry.

Club Name: Political Science Club
Sponsors: C. Paunov
Meets: 410
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: Students active/interested in either Democratic or Republican politics are invited to become members of the Political Science Club. Students will have an opportunity to discuss and debate current issues and candidates.

Club Name: PTSA Student Ambassadors
Sponsors: Woychowski
Meets: Media Center
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: The purpose of this club is to promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school community, and place of worship. PTSA works to raise the standards of home life, secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth and bring into closer reason the home and the school that parents, teachers, and students may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.

Club Name: Robotics Club
Sponsors: TBA
Meets:
Period:TBA
Club Purpose: This club is for students who have a genuine interest in learning about various aspects of technology.

Club Name: SAC
Sponsor: TBA
Meets:
Period:TBA
Club Purpose: SAC is a vehicle to bring students of diverse backgrounds together to work towards unifying the school and community.
Membership Requirements: Follow all school rules and guidelines; be a positive role model on campus and in the community; possess the desire to make a positive difference!
Club Activities: Organize blood drives, organize Unity Day workshops, Induction Ceremony, active with Lake Magdalene Emergency Shelter residents, support of school programs and initiatives.
Additional Information: We celebrate our diversity while also promoting acceptance and a spirit of unity.

Club Name: SADD
Sponsors: See Student Affairs
Meets:
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: Students Against Destructive Decisions. This group works to provide awareness to students regarding the positive and negative choices that can be made by high school students. These include alcohol/drug awareness and other activities that are not conductive to positive outcomes.

Club Name: Speech and Debate
Sponsors: Martin
Meets: 257
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: To promote speaking activities and interscholastic competition.

Club Name: Spirit Club
Sponsors: see Student Affairs
Meets: Room
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: Spirit Club's goal is to promote pride and spirit at GHS. Students support all athletic teams, events, and clubs throughout the year. Blue crew is also a part of this club.

Club name: S.W.A.T. Students against tobacco
Sponsor: N. Gomillion
Meets: TBA
Club purpose: To spread the truth about big tobacco, To change attitudes about tobacco among youth and the community, Increase youth empowerment through community involvement, Reduce exposure to 2nd-hand smoke and change attitudes toward tobacco use among youth in non-traditional settings. Our Message is Truth!
                                                                                                                                                                                                           
All Interest clubs require at least a 2.0 GPA, satisfactory conduct and good attendance. 9-12 grade students may only join 2 Interest clubs.

Honors Clubs

Club Name: BETA
Sponsor: See Student Affairs
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Membership Requirements: Students must have a 4.0 GPA. Must be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior at Gaither High School. Must have 20 service stamps a year.

Club Name: French National Honor Society
Sponsor: D. Coppage
Meets: 252
Period: TBA
Club Info: To encourage excellence in student performance and to foster an appreciation for the French language and culture.
Club Requirements: Students are required to meet the national standards of 3 semesters of French maintaining a 3.5 in French and B average in other classes, excluding French.
Club Activities: FNHS conducts a collaborative induction with SNHS every year. The club also helps promote various school projects and activities throughout the year.

Club Name: Italian Honor Society
Sponsor: K. Grazier
Meets:
Period: TBA
Club Info:Italian Honor Society, in collaboration with teachers AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) is a national recognition for students of Italian excelling in Language and Culture. Its goal is to promote awareness of Italian culture in and out of school. Our President in fact, holds relations with USF Italian Club, The Italian  Club in Ybor (our students volunteer yearly to Italian Festa), Trattoria Pasquale for Italian cuisine and catering, Gelateria Duomo for our fundraiser of Italian "gelato" and other Italian associations.
At Gaither we have a full organic for this Club as well.
Club Requirements:

Club Name: Mu Alpha Theta (math)
Sponsor: Dorrell/Heatherly
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Info: Mu Alpha Theta (MAO) is a national honor society for mathematics. Its purpose is to honor students who excel in mathematics and to promote interest in the subject. The math teams, comprised of MAO members, compete in various local, state, and sometimes national contests.

Club Name: National English Honor Society
Sponsor: Dyal
Meets: 278
Period: TBA
Club Purpose:NEHS' mission is to stimulate interest in the English langueage and literary related services.
Through tutoring and other community related invovlement. Requires 3.5 weighted GPA. Grades 10-12

Club Name: National Honor Society
Sponsor: C. Szelistowski (502) and M. McQuay (Guidance)
Meets: TBD
Period: TBD
Purpose:  To promote academic excellence, integrity and community service.  
Membership requirements:  All members must have a weighted 3.5 average.  Proof of GPA is necessary---report card is acceptable.  All members must be a sophomore, junior or senior with at least one semester of attendance at Gaither High and earn 20 service stamps per year.  
Application deadline:  All applications should be submitted to Ms. McQuay in guidance NO LATER THAN 3:15 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014.  NO late applications will be accepted.
Club activities:  Teddy Bear Drive, Leukemia walk, Spring flings, tutoring and other fun events.

Club Name: Quill and Scroll Honor Society
Sponsor:, Slonena
Meets: 184
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: Q&SHS is an organization devoted to encourage and recognizing individual student achievement in scholastic journalism and media. It is part of the Council of National Journalism Organizations.
Club Name: Science Honors Club
Sponsors: Mr. Murray
Meets: 161
Period: TBA
Sponsors: Mr. Murray
Members of this club enjoy science. Discussions of new advances in science is promoted and encouraged. Members may choose to participate in science competitions throughout this year.

Club Name: Spanish National Honor Society
Sponsor: M. Thomas
Meets: 263
Period: TBA
Club Type: Honor Club.
Club Requirements: Students are selected for high GPA overall (Minimum 3.0 unweighted) and 3.5 GPA (overall unweighted) in Spanish classes.
Club Activities: Work on service to the school through tutoring and perform services to the community. Students try to generate and continue cultural understanding of Spanish throughout the school and community.

Club Name: Thespians
Sponsor:Albritton
Meets: 182
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: The International Thespian Society is a theatrical honor society. It promotes and develops an appreciation for and excellence in theatre and drama.
Membership Requirements:
1. Participation in at least two school drama productions
2. Accumulation of at least fifteen Thespian points by attending and participating in productions and Thespian - Sponsored activities.
Club Activities:
1. Participation in Thespian Competitions.
2. Participation in Florida State Thespian Festival.
3. Supporting the Gaither season of theatrical productions.
4. On - and off campus service projects.
Additional Information: Membership in International Thespians is for life.

Club Name: Tri-M (Music Honor Society)
Sponsor: Alvarez
Meets: 112
Period: 2/Tuesday
Tri-M is an international music honor society designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership.


Service Clubs

Club Name: Exchangettes
Sponsor: R. Murray, Lemmons:
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose:This girls club works to serve the community while building friendships.

Club Name: Interact
Sponsor:
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: This service club is associated with Rotary International. Interact participates in 2 community service projects per year, the goals of which are: developing leadership skills and integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect, and understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work. Membership is open to both male and females.

Club Name: Jr. Exchange
Sponsor
Meets: TBA
Period:TBA
Club Purpose: This boy's club serves the school and community in a variety of ways.

Club Name: Key/Kiwanettes
INACTIVE 2014-15
Club Purpose: The purpose of this club is provide service wherever it may be needed.

Club Name: Opti-Miss
Sponsor: Szarowicz
Meets: TBA
Period: TBA
Club Purpose: This girl's service club is united and willing to help the school as well as wider the community.

All Service Clubs require an application to be submitted and approved by the club. Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher, satisfactory conduct & good attendance. Applications are only accepted in September and January. Incoming 9th graders must wait until January to submit an application.

Student Government Clubs

Club Name: Athletic Council
Sponsor:
Meets: TBA
Per: TBA
Club Purpose: The council is a representation of all Gaither Athletic Teams. The purpose is to bring athletic concerns to the administration and to develop a close, supportive bond of these teams within our athletic program.
Membership Requirements: Two team members (one senior, one junior) from each team will be selected by each coach to attend council meetings once a month.
Club Activities: The monthly meeting will consist of roundtable discussions that will bring concerns, highlights and information to all council members to carry back to their respective teams.
Additional Information: School spirit and attendance at all contests are two main concerns that the council would like to improve.

Club Name: Student Senate
Sponsor: Trumbach
Meets: Cafeteria
Period: TBA
(Elected by Student Body) This group represents the students and their ideas, promotes school spirit, unity, and participation.
Freshman Class Committee Sponsor: see student affairs
Sophomore Class Committee Sponsor:
Junior Class Committee Sponsor: see student affairs
Senior Class Committee Sponser: E. Murray

Each homeroom class at every grade level has a representative that gathers information to share with their homeroom regarding school activities and upcoming events. Officers of each "class" are elected by their respective class and part of Student Senate.

Other Organizations

Organization Name: Gaither High School Band
Band Director: Luis Alvarez
Purpose: To provide students with instruction in the application of musicianship and technical skills.
Membership Requirements: Enrollment in a Band class.
Want more information? Visit the Gaither High School Band Boosters web site at http://www.gaitherband.org/ (This link resides on servers outside the control of Hillsborough County Public Schools. External links are provided as a service and the web site to which they go are not necessarily endorsed by the school district. The district is not responsible for content located on these sites nor on any sites that may be reached from these links. )

Organization Name: Gaither High School Orchestra
Purpose: To promote musical enthusiasm, abilities, and knowledge.
Membership Requirements: Enrollment in Orchestra class.



To enter a club, a student must have a Club Awareness Form on file for each club sponsor(s).