Clubs and ActivitiesAshland High School prides itself in offering students numerous opportunities to get involved in their school. Currently, the clubs and activities which are being offered to students at no charge are listed below. Underneath each club/activity name is a short description of each program, and the name of the teacher advisor for the program. If you are interested in participating, please see the Club Advisor for more information.
Club Advisor: Charles Alberts
Description: Academic Decathlon is a competition that challenges students to prepare for ten different competitions on art, economics, literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, essay, speech, and interview. Each year has a theme that links most of these topics together. Recent themes have been Africa, World War 2, Sickness and Health, and The Cold War. Competing teams have a roster of students from three different GPA brackets so students of all ability levels are not only welcomed but needed!
Club Advisor: Ron Campbell
Description: Are you looking for a good Christian community at school? Come to Agape club for games, reading/studying the Bible, and lots more! All are welcome! See Mr. Campbell for more details about this new club.
AHS Public SpeakingClub Advisor: Regina MarkhamDescription: Does public speaking make you nervous? Join us every other week on Thursdays before school to practice your public speaking skills in a safe, encouraging environment of your peers. You'll learn tips and tricks to overcome those jitters, and you can rehearse your presentations for classes to get the A! There may also be speech contests where you can earn money and prizes for your speaking skills.
Club Advisor: Scott Smith
Ambassadors: The Ambassadors help transfer students who are new to the school find their way around, navigate the schedule, make new friends, join clubs or sports and generally become a part of the AHS family. Many students and Peer leaders are on-call to greet and escort these students to class during their first few days.Peer Leadership: The Peer Leaders have been training with the Anti-Defamation League, ADL's A World of Difference team. Throughout the school year, Peer leaders lead information training sessions and discussions to the Freshman and Sophomore wellness classes, which promote respect, inclusivity and equity in all aspects of our school and greater community. Peer leaders also help to facilitate schoolwide initiatives, such as welcoming the student body on the first day of school, the Convocation Scavenger hunt, and Challenge Day.
Peer Leadership Application
Club Advisor: Christina MarshallDescription: The AHS chapter of Amnesty International is a student-run club that is focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. We discuss human rights abuses around the world, participate in international campaigns to promote equality, and organize events to raise awareness of social and political injustices.
Anatomy and Biology ClubClub Advisor: Jennifer BenstockDescription: Anatomy and Biology club is a perfect chance for any students interested in life sciences to learn more with a hands-on approach. The club will offer many different opportunities for research, dissections, exciting labs and field trips to research centers and hospitals.
Club Advisor: Scott Smith
Description: Any students interested in participating in Art Club/Open Studios are welcome to join. Activities include: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, and Sculpture. Come check it out and have some fun!
Ashland High School Theatrical SocietyClub Advisor, Artistic & Technical Director: David Harrington
Description: Ashland High School Theatrical Society is an extracurricular program that produces two productions each year. The Theatrical Society Advisor and Student Officers oversee the program. The focus of the Theatrical Society: to enhance student education by developing skills that promote success in today’s world. Skills include: effective communication, leadership, self-confidence, and self-discipline. Our productions are about collaboration. The final product - the show - is a symbol of the efforts of all involved, both backstage and onstage. Visit ahsts.com for more information.
Best BuddiesClub Advisors: Holly Leblanc and Crystal Lupinski
Description: The Ashland High School chapter of Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing lifelong friendships for people with and without disabilities. Our club creates one-on-one and group friendships while serving our community.
Bookaholics (AHS Book Club)Club Advisors: Regina Markham
Description: If you love reading, or if you want to build it as a habit, the new AHS book club, Bookaholics, is a great place to get involved. We will discuss favorite reads, hold events and host guest speakers, sponsor competitions, and much more. We are always excited to welcome new members, and we love to hear your suggestions and book recommendations! As we always say, THE BOOK WAS BETTER!
Breaking the BarriersClub Advisor: Caroline Bradley
Description: Breaking the Barriers is a community service and leadership club, supported by a DFC-funded coalition, with the hope of inspiring youth to make healthy choices and giving them the qualities to become a leader of today. We strive to spread our message to the entire high school community, not just our members, by forging connections with other clubs and sports teams. Check out our Breaking the Barriers website!
Club Advisor: Mary-Louise Nemeth
Description: The C.A.R.E.S. Team stands for Clockers for Anti-Racism, Equity, & Social Justice. It is a group composed of students, faculty, and administrators that aim to educate ourselves so that we may educate our community. We sponsor two book discussions a year and four movie discussions a year that are open to AHS students and Ashland Public School employees. We also work on a variety of action initiatives to help make Ashland High School a more welcoming and accepting environment for all.
Club Advisor: Steve O'Leary
Description: If you have watched Queen’s Gambit recently, are interested in chess, or just want a place to hang out, join Chess Club! This year, we are excited to introduce online chess tournaments where all participants will have a chance to compete and win prizes! If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org or DM our instagram @ahs.chess. Let’s play!
ChoirchimeClub Advisor: Mary-Louise Nemeth
Description: The Choirchime Ensemble is a group of twelve musicians that is open to students and faculty. We practice once a week for 90 minutes from February through May. We perform in a variety of musical styles. The concert is in May.
Coding ClubClub Advisor: Christine CarneyDescription: Coding Club brings students together to learn about computer science and build confidence. The club works together to create a computer program to positively impact our community. In the past we've focused on creating a website about the human impact on whale populations and an app to bring awareness to the environmental impact of meat consumption. The highlight of our year is the annual visit to the CS50 fair at Harvard. All are welcome to come and feel empowered by computer science.
Club Advisor: Nancy Duffy
Description: The Environmental Action Club is a group of individuals interested in learning more about the environment, taking action to help improve the environment, and teaching others about how to make important changes.
Club Advisor: Bev Chase
Description: Join us after school on Wednesdays to enjoy a variety of games - board games, card games, sports games, video games. Participate in the occasional tournament and win a prize! No need to be an expert - with practice you hone your strategies. This after-school program is designed just for pure fun. We will run a session each semester.
Gay Straight AllianceClub Advisor: Caroline Bradley
Description: The AHS GSA is a student run club that works to improve school climate for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender/identity expression. We discuss LGBTQ+ issues, participate in national campaigns to promote equality, and attend and organize social events for LGBTQ+ youth in the MetroWest/Greater Boston area.
High School Democrats of America (Ashland Chapter)
Club Advisor: Regina MarkhamDescription: The High School Democrats of America is a national political organization that serves as an entry point to politics for the youth activists across the country. The HSDA works at local, state and national levels to advance the ideals of the Democratic party. Although we are a liberally affiliated club, we welcome people of any political division, and anyone who wants to become more politically involved!
Club Advisor: Darren Maule
Description: The AHS Jazz Ensemble is an extra-curricular performing ensemble at AHS. All concert band students are eligible to participate. The Jazz Ensemble will rehearse one evening per week and would perform at the Spring Concert.
Meets: This club is currently not active
Junior State of America
Club Advisor: Christina Marshall
Description: The Junior State of America (JSA) is a national, student-run organization that focuses on debate and political awareness. The club meets weekly in school to debate issues both serious (abortion, health care, capital punishment) and not so serious (Harry Potter vs. Twilight, cats vs. dogs, Xbox vs. PlayStation). The club also goes on three overnight trips each year (Fall State in Boston, Winter Congress in Washington DC, and Spring State in Stamford, CT). Fall State and Spring State are two day trips where students sign up for previously arranged debates. Winter Congress is a three day trip where students debate and either pass or reject bills that the students themselves have written. These are all fantastic opportunities to explore the important issues in the world, learn good research tactics, improve public speaking and quick thinking, as well as make fantastic new friends. JSA - Because Democracy is not a spectator sport.
Leos ClubClub Advisor: Catherine DickenDescription: The Leos Club is the student version of the Lions Club which does charitable work in the community. It is a community service club.
Make A Wish ClubClub Advisor: Jennifer Pavia-ShielsDescription: The Make A Wish Club supports the Make A Wish Foundation through a team-oriented and student participatory approach. The Make A Wish foundation strives to grant wishes to children suffering from a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition. The Make A Wish club focuses their energy on year long fundraising efforts to assist the foundation in granting wishes.
Makerspace MentorsClub Advisor: Chad McGowanDescription:
The Makerspace Mentors is a team created to bring the joy of making to students in the middle and elementary schools. The mentors meet to create cool programs about different STEM skills including 3D Printing, woodworking, coding and robotics. Interested in learning more about creating after-school programs for kids? Want the opportunity to show your leadership skills in a student-driven environment? Are you super handy with a glue gun? Come join the Makerspace Mentors and make a difference!
Math TeamClub Advisor: Erika ThomsonDescription: The Ashland Math Team competes in the Worcester County Math League with four competitions per year. Topics on the competitions vary (algebra, arithmetic, geometry, set theory, polynomials, etc.) and all students are welcome to join! Each week, students meet to complete practice rounds and discuss any topics they are unfamiliar with to prepare for the competitions. Competitions are scheduled to be in person at various local schools for the 2022- 2023 school year.
Model UNClub Advisor: Jennifer Pavia-ShielsDescription: The Model UN features discussion about international issues in mock debates, similar to the actual United Nations, as we each pretend to represent a country while using conversation to reach a solution on various topics! Our club meetings consists of a topic and everyone representing a "country" while arguing for that country's opinions. We provide many opportunities for students to attend single-day competitions around the area, multi-day competitions around the area, as well as a national conference (the location varies every year, but possible locations have included Los Angeles, Miami, and Toronto)! We even take pride in hosting our own conference in collaboration with the Model UN club of AMSA, called MetroWest MUN! Have questions or want to join the club? Feel free to pop into a Wednesday meeting in Ms. Hansen’s room (social studies hallway), message/follow our twitter (@AshlandMUN) and instagram (@ahs_mun), check out our website at https://sites.google.com/site/ashlandhsmodelun, or email us at email@example.com! For more information about the conference we host, feel free to take a peek at its website at https://metrowestmodelun.com, message/follow us on twitter (@metrowestmun) and instagram (@metrowestmun), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
National Honor SocietyClub Advisor: Marybeth GallantDescription: "The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character" (from the NHS national website).
RoboticsClub Advisor: Christine Carney
Description: The Ashland High School Robotics Club provides an environment where students work cooperatively in their attempts to solve open ended design problems through the use of autonomous robotic designs and programming while exploring science, technology, engineering and math. The Culminating Activity for the Robotics Club is the annual New England Botball®Tournament held at UMass/Lowell.
Club Advisor: Mary Nemeth
Description: Acappella Choir will be offered after school on a weekly basis for the entire school year. Students will sing a variety of musical styles and will have input into the music selection. The ensemble will perform in at least three concerts at school: the Winter concert in December, the March concert and Pops Night in May.
Meets: This club is currently not active.
Student CouncilClub Advisors: Josh Wiczer and Erika ThomsonDescription: The AHS Student Council is a body of student leaders, primarily elected class officers, who share similar interests, ideals, and goals in order to benefit Ashland High School and the Ashland community. The Student Council offers programs and activities that provide opportunities for socialization and student government in order to encourage leadership and school pride. Many of these activities serve as fundraisers to benefit Ashland High School, the Ashland community, and charitable organizations. The Student Council also strives to promote the general welfare of the student body by improving school spirit, morale, and student-teacher relations, by providing a forum for student expression, etc. Student Council members are expected to model the core values of Ashland High School in all that they do: respect, responsibility, integrity, involvement, and achievement. (Taken from the AHS Student Council Constitution).
Visit AHS Student Council website for more information.
Students Against Destructive Decisions
Club Advisor: Michael de la Pena
Description: The goal of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is to promote good and safe decision making by teens. We emphasize drug and alcohol use prevention and impaired driving in our efforts. We have met at least monthly this year, and often more frequently. Activities are determined by group decision making, but in the past have included posting warning stickers at Ashland liquor stores, meeting with Mindess 5th graders to promote our "Caring Card" program for HS students, attending a leadership conference and hosting a bumper sticker contest.
Club Advisors: Stephen Moshkovitz & Robert Shapiro
Description: Ultimate Frisbee is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Despite popular belief, it is not just a bunch of barefoot hippies in a field. Ultimate is one of the most intense tests of athleticism and endurance out there. The team plays each spring against teams from all over the area, some as close as Hopkinton and Holliston and others as far as Andover and Abington. The game teaches not only athleticism and strategy but also sportsmanship. There are also opportunities to attend clinics and tournaments throughout the season. Ashland's Ultimate Frisbee team has had tremendous success in the past - finalists in the 2009 Abington Tournament, third place in the Division II state tournament in 2008, and finalists in the 2007 Division II state tournament - and looks to continue that success in the future. Ultimate Frisbee officially runs from March until June, but opportunities are available to play tournaments in the fall and in an indoor league in the winter.
Union Street JournalClub Advisor: Liz CooneyDescription: If you like writing, the Union Street Journal is a great place to get involved. All are welcome, and we are always looking for new submissions. Students can write about their own interests, such as community and school events, music reviews, athletics, current events, performing arts, cultural topics, and club activities. We are always excited to welcome new members!
Club Advisor: Darren MauleDescription: The AHS Wind Ensemble is an extra-curricular performing ensemble at AHS and is comprised of the most dedicated instrumentalists. All concert band students are eligible to audition for the AHS Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble rehearses once per week starting in January. Potential performances include Band Night, MICCA Festival, and the Spring Concert.Meets: This club is currently not active
Club Advisors: Chad McGowan, Suzanne Reap (financial advisor) & Scott SmithDescription: The Yearbook Club is comprised of students from all grade levels who are dedicated to producing the best yearbook Ashland High School has ever had. If you are interested in learning more, visit our AHS Yearbook website and join us at our meetings which start in early September.