Clubs and Other Activities

Check out all the clubs and other activities for students to get involved in at Pickerington High School North!

Pickerington High School North Clubs and Activities

Best Buddies - Advisor Molly Zeiher

Best Buddies is an international nonprofit that builds inclusion for people with disabilities through friendship, leadership and jobs. Pickerington North will have a friendship chapter. Students with and without disabilities matched in one to one friendships for an entire school year. Other roles will be issued to those who are not matched with a Buddy.

Chess Club - Advisor Mark Hanzlik

Chess Club will meet every Wednesday after school in room 126. Students may come any other day after school and play Chess also.

Club Hope - Advisor Sarah Whitcraft

Club Hope focuses on students working together to make a difference at school and in our community. All grades are encouraged to join. The students will volunteer at a number of different local charities and non-profits giving back to their community in a variety of ways. They will also plan, organize and run fundraisers to benefit these organizations. We meet once a month and offer the choice of before or after school. Club Hope is just as dedicated to the students at North as it is the community, working through all of its events to make the students more dynamic and teach them important values they can take with them wherever they go in life.

DECA - Advisor Kim Pennycuff

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. A 70-year old co-curricular club, DECA promotes competition, attends professional conferences, provides real-world learning experiences, connects to business, and makes learning fun! DECA members travel, go on business education field trips, prepare as leaders and contribute back to the community. We meet during E/I regularly and rehearse for competitions during January. The national conference and competition is in Los Angeles in April 2017.

Drug Free Clubs of America - Advisor Alicia Newbury

Parents,

If your son/daughter is interested in joining Drug Free Clubs of America at Pickerington HS North, they need to complete the application with the fee and turn it into the main office by Wednesday October 7. The application was mailed home a few weeks ago and students were also given a copy in their 3rd period class. If you need another application form, there are extras in the main office and student officers will be in each lunch period passing them out to those interested.

The first year of having this club at PHSN was a huge success where we had 274 students voluntarily sign up to be drug tested. Each member will receive a photo ID card in the near future and receive school and community incentives for staying drug free!

You can also sign your child up online by going to the link below and you can view some of the rewards that our members receive within the community.

http://drugfreeclubsofamerica.com/index.php/apply-here-to-join-drug-free-clubs/pickerington-north-high-school

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at alicia_newbury@plsd.us .

Eco Club - Advisor Julie Meek

Eco Club is about becoming more award of the ecosystems around us in a fun interesting way. At meetings, we discuss upcoming events and brainstorm ideas for ways to fundraise and bring awareness to the ecosystem. Last year, we started a recycling system in the cafeteria and cleaned up the outside area outside of the cafeteria. This upcoming year, there is a possibility of taking a trip on the weekend to the zoo or the Franklin Park Conservatory. As a club, we like to be open about ideas and make everyone feel like they have a say. Even if you aren’t super interested about the ecosystem, we are confident that you will enjoy being in the club. Hope to see you there!

FCS (Fellowship of Christing Students) Advisor - Dani Guinen

Our goal with this club is to get the kids in the morning and have a fresh start to the day and get them excited to be inclusive and kind to their fellow classmates.

GISA (Gender Identity and Sexuality Alliance - Advisor Bob Weida

“GISA stands for ‘Gender Identity and Sexuality Alliance’. We are a safe place for both members of the LGBT community and allies of the community alike. We provide information, discuss topics of interest to the LGBT community, create service projects, and have fun. This is a place where you can come and be yourself and meet others from around the school.”

The club meets in Weida’s room (222) on Tuesday afternoons.

HOSA - Advisor Andy Harris

This is a National Future Healthcare Organization

In the Know - Advisor Parker Fernandez

This is the Quiz Bowl team which competes against others schools on TV shows and in tournaments trying to get more points answering academic and general knowledge questions covering all kinds of topics with buzzers and teammates. Practices will be once a week starting in October and November. See Mister Fernandez in room 145 with questions.

JSA - Advisor Nona Lindquist

The Junior State chapter is the most fundamental part of the organization. The vast majority of a student’s involvement in JSA takes place at the chapter level. JSA chapters have a huge impact on the lives of high school students and have an equally meaningful impact on their high school campuses and communities. In more than 500 high schools across the nation, JSA chapters are recognized as the place to go for students who are interested in politics.
A strong JSA chapter attracts liberals, conservatives, moderates and even people who don’t know where they fall on the political spectrum. The lively debates, stimulating discussions and engaging activities let students express their opinions while learning about the issues. The student leaders of the chapter gain valuable skills as they build and run the club. School administrators and faculty recognize the chapter augments the social studies curricula and is an addition to the civic-education mission of their school.
Junior State chapters are school-sponsored extracurricular clubs. They must have a teacher/advisor and at least eight members and follow the regulations of their high school. Junior State chapters hold regular meetings on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Visit to the Starting A Chapter section of this site for information on bringing JSA to your school.

Key Club - Advisor Mary Rawlins

What Exactly is Key Club?
We are a student-led organization (Internationally known) that provides service to our community. Volunteer work is what we are known for. We are much more than what we do, We are a family.
Key Club is also the oldest and largest service organization for high school students

Kpop Club - Advisor Kathy Lyons

To explore a different culture and to unite students through unique and fun music.

The League of Legends - Advisor David Watros

The League of Legends club will meet on Wednesdays from 3-4 PM. The club focuses on the most popular game in the world: League of Legends. There are many scholarships you can get from this game, plus a great experience learning how to strategize and be proactive instead of reactive.

National Art Honor Society - Advisor Angela Kalb

National Art Honor Society is a program for high school students in grades 9-12 through the National Art Education Association that is designed to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

Panther Tech Club - Advisor David Lindquist

Panther Technology Club provides an opportunity for students to learn about tools and processes dealing with woods, metals, plastics, and some graphic arts. You will learn to wood with new tools as well as getting more comfortable with ones you already know how to use. You will also get a chance to work with new people and make friends with people of similar interests.

Ping Pong Club - Advisor Mark Hanzlik

Ping Pong Club will meet after school on Tuesday near room 126. Students may come any other day after school and play Ping Pong also.

Roller Skate Club - Advisor Erin Thomas

To get students physically active in a fun way without the pressure of competing. Will meet the last Thursday of the month at United Skates of America

Senior Class - Advisor Heidi Ozment

Looking for information regarding graduation and end of the year activities – please click below:
Senior Information

United Students - Advisor Brionna Patterson, Allen DeCarlo, Christina Grice

United Students celebrates and embraces cultural differences through educational enrichment programs, events, presentations, and much more.

Black History Program celebrates the history and culture of African Americans. Anyone is welcome to be apart of this program

Yearbook - Advisor Ben Baptist

There are several key Yearbook events happening in the next week, so I wanted to take an opportunity to let you know what important things are going on.

First, the base price of $65 for the yearbook expires at the end of the day tomorrow, Friday the 2nd. Starting on Saturday, yearbooks will be $70. If you have not ordered your book, please act quickly to ensure you receive the base price. All ordering is done through www.smart-pay.com.

Along with this, starting Monday, December 5, the yearbook editors will be raffling off ten candy bouquets. Anyone who has bought a book by Monday the 5th will be entered in the raffle. We will hold one raffle each school day through Friday, December 16th, so there will be ten winners.

Next Friday, December 9th, is our annual club/group picture day. Students will be receiving specific information throughout the next week, but if they are a part of a school club/group, they will need to see their adviser for a pass. This pass will allow them to get out of class for the group picture.

December 9th is also the day that seniors will take their portrait for the yearbook. This year, we are asking all seniors to take a photo on the 9th to ensure consistency throughout the portrait section. Seniors will be excused during part of their English class to get their portrait taken. Any senior who attends a career center will have an opportunity later in the year to get their senior portrait.

Finally, the editors are holding a “cover picture contest” as they gather photos for a collage on our cover. Students are encouraged to submit pictures to the yearbook email account (phsn_yearbook@plsd.us). The photos should be close-up shots of students’ faces, as we hope to capture the individual personalities of our students. In addition to being featured on the cover, the students whose pictures are selected will receive a $5 discount/refund on the purchase of their book.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. My direct line at the school is 614-830-2752, and my email address is ben_baptist@plsd.us.

Ben Baptist
Yearbook adviser

Youth and Government

This is a nation wide organization that has branches in 46 states. Each state has a conference in the spring where students go to form and act out the three branches of government in their statehouse. Last year, Pickerington North was represented by four students at the state assembly, and two students at the national assembly. This conference is a very rewarding experience, because not only students really get a strong understanding of how government works, but they also get to meet people from all across Ohio and understand different viewpoints, perspectives, and ideas.