SCHOOL CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONSElizabethtown Area High School offers an assortment of school cubs and organizations for the added benefit of its students. The benefits of participation can be as follows:
- Develop character and leadership qualities
- Learn goal setting and time management skills
- Gain self-confidence
- Become skilled at working in a team environment
- Discover self-discipline and leadership traits
- Find out what it takes to overcome adversity
The district encourages students to get involved in one of the school clubs or organizations listed below.
High School Clubs & Activities
AEVIDUM-Aevidum's goal is to create positive mental health environments where all students feel accepted, appreciated, acknowledged, and cared for in schools and communities across the nation. The word Aevidum, which means "I've got your back," was created by students at a local school in 2004 after their classmate died by suicide.
Book Club-The Book Club allows readers to meet 1 time per month and discuss books in an informal setting: books are chosen by the students and we come together to talk about the book and the reading experience.
Advisor: Kelly SantoroChess Club-for students that want to learn how to play or enjoy to play the game of ChessAdvisor: Doug Ruhl
Destination Imagination-Destination Imagination is the most important course in education.
Students form teams of 4-7 members and work together to develop their own unique solution to 1 of 6 central challenges: Fine Arts, Structure, Technical, Scientific, Improvisational or Project OutReach (community service). They also practice Instant Challenges. After working on these challenges, there are competitions to eventually qualify to compete at Global Finals. DI helps develop critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, team work and presentation skills.
Elizabethtown Area Gay Straight Alliance (EAGSA)-The Elizabethtown Gay/Straight Alliance is an education and discussion group for LGBTQ youth and allies within the high school. This club is a safe-space to voice questions and participate in discussion about safer schools, current events, and ways to educate the greater community. Club events include the GSA Leadership Summit at Dickinson College and the National Day of Silence.
Advisor: Sam Piede
Fall Play (Theatre Arts Club)-There is room for everyone in the theatre! The fall play is looking for students who can, or would like to try to act for our onstage talent, as well as students to run our backstage crew including set builders and movers, painters, technical booth for lights and sound, costume dressers, and a student stage manager to lead the cast and crew into a successful production. The fall play will be held in late October or early November. More information regarding the play and auditions will come at the beginning of the school year.Advisor: Christine Blaisdell
French Club-for students who would like to learn more about French speaking countries through movies, food and music. You do not need to be a french student to join.
Advisor: Sarah CrawfordFuture Farmers of America (FFA)-FFA is a National Organization that provides premier leadership, personal growth, and career success for students enrolled in an Agricultural Education class. Elizabethtown FFA members participate in Etown Fair, Ag and Environmental Day, Holiday Sale Fundraiser, PA Farm Show, Chapter Pig Roast, drive your tractor to school day, ACES and SLLC Leadership Conferences, local, state and national Career Development Events (competitions), various community service activities, and the annual member award banquet.Advisor: Mark AndersonFuture Business Leaders of America (FBLA)- is a premier student business organization to prepare student leaders for business careers after high school.Advisor: Doug Ruhl
German Club-will meet bi-weekly to share our experiences and learn about German culture. This club is open to anyone interested in learning about the people and countries where German is spoken and will not focus on the work of learning the language in detail.
Advisor: Carl Shenk
Habitat for Humanity Club-this club is open to anyone approaching or having passed their 16th birthday who would like to help deserving families reach their goal of living in their own newly refurbished home. We are on a job site approximately one Saturday per month, helping with and learning about the house construction process. In addition, we want to work at making the Elizabethtown population more aware of the good work Habitat does both here and around the world in helping to eliminate poverty.
Advisor: Carl Shenk
Human Rights Club-Educates students about social issues and understanding the issues of equality.
Advisor: Christine Dubosky
Key Club-Key Club's mission is to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing, raising funds for local charities, and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
Advisor: Ben Will
Literary Magazine-Read and discuss student writing and Art work for ON-Line E-zine. Meets weekly.
Advisor: Kevin Goss
Math & Computer Club (COMA)-The Elizabethtown Mathematics and Computer Competition Club (formerly COMA Club) seeks to prepare students to compete in various mathematics and computer science competitions sponsored by colleges and universities throughout the area. At our meetings, we discuss mathematics and computer programming topics and prepare for competitions by completing practice problems. If you love solving problems through mathematics or by writing computer programs, we would love you have you join us.
Advisor: Mark Elicker
Mini-Thon-The purpose of the EAHS MIni-THON Committee is to help make a difference in the lives of local childhood cancer patients and their families by raising awareness of the needs of pediatric cancer patients and raising funds for the Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital. Committee members plan and coordinate fundraising events that are held at the high school and within our local community. Committee members also plan a twelve-hour Mini-THON/ dance marathon, which is modeled after Penn State's IFC/Pahnellenic Dance Marathon often referred to as THON. All funds raised by the Mini-THON Committee are donated to the Four Diamonds.
Advisor: Ken Boland
Model United Nations Club -Model United Nations, also known as Model UN, is an educational simulation and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy,international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches research, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.
Advisor: James Safford
Newspaper-In Newspaper, students work under an editor to write stories and take photos that capture life and relevant issues at EAHS. Sections covered include news, entertainment, sports, current events, student life, and more. Students should be dedicated, detail oriented, and interested in covering the past, present, and future at EAHS.
Advisor: Elizabeth YearsleyNational History Day (NHD)- National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for middle school and high school students. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. Students with a passion for history are encouraged to take part. https://www.etownschools.org/Page/6879Advisor: Gerald Huesken
PAWS & Think-spreads the word about the positive, healthy choices Elizabethtown Area High School students are making in their lives. We do activities and sponsor events promoting the reality that most students are making healthy decisions regarding drug and alcohol use and that a healthy culture exists at Elizabethtown Area High School and is worth growing!
Pep Club-Promotes school spirit by supporting clubs, athletics and organizations. This club is also in charge of organizing the pep rallies.
Advisor: Katoora Rohrer
Spring Musical-The musical is the production of a broadway show on the Etown High School stage -- with drama, music, lights, sound, sets, and pit orchestra. This is an auditioned cast, pit and crew. We rehearse after school from approximately December through show time in early March. Be a part of the tradition!
Advisor: Christine Blaisdell
Quiz Bowl-The Elizabethtown Area High School Quiz Bowl Club is a team of exceptional, academically-inclined students that possess in-depth knowledge about a broad range of academic subject matter with quick recall skills. Quiz bowl competes in several local tournaments with the potential to compete regionally and nationally. The quiz bowl team meets weekly and competes throughout the school year.
Advisor: Tim Spiegel
Roots & Shoots-Roots and Shoots is a club committed to the idea that every individual makes a difference every day. Inspired by the work of Jane Goodall, Roots and Shoots takes on projects that help animal, the community, and the environment. In 2014-2015 Roots and Shoots raised over $300 for trees planted on the school grounds.
Ski-Club-The high school ski club begins the ski season the first week in January, skiing on Thursday nights at Ski Roundtop. Students purchase passes at a school discount and participate in the Night Club program. Never skied? No problem, Ski Roundtop offers lessons and rental equipment for both snowboarding and skiing. The high school club also encourages students and families to sign up for the non school sponsored Vermont trip on Presidents Day weekend when we ski at resorts such as Killington, Stowe, Jay's Peak and more. Come and join the winter fun and learn why the Ski Club is Etown high schools most popular club. Mr. Sostack is the club advisor.
Advisor: James Sostack
Stock Market Club-is focused on education and competition. The first part of the year, we learn about stocks, charts (technical analysis) and numbers (fundamental analysis) and options. We then register for a game using virtual money and compete against each other, while learning new concepts. We also have a spring,March Madness competition where prizes are awarded.
Advisor: Justin Ivans
Student Council-Group operates in a fiscally responsible manner, support student activities, support educational goals and the creation of positive school environments, disseminate information for nurturing effective leaders, perpetuate civic engagement and community service, use current technology to network and share ideas, recognize school and individual achievements.
Advisor: Frank Telenko
Technology Student Association (TSA)-The TSA foster personal growth, leadership and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM); members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs. TSA takes the study of STEM beyond the classroom and gives students the chance to pursue academic challenges among friends with similar goals and interests. Together, members can work on competitive events, attend conferences on the state and national levels or just have a good time exploring STEM related activities.
Advisor: Troy Erdman
Winter Track & Field-Winter Track and Field Club does strength and conditioning for the upcoming spring Track and Field Season.
Advisor: Derrick McDonald
Yearbook-In yearbook, staff members work during class and after school to capture and record high school memories. Students learn, practice, and perfect the skills of photography, interviewing, reporting, copywriting, and layout and design. Many leadership opportunities are available. If you are creative, driven, and want to be a part of recording memories, yearbook is the place for you! All staff members must take Intro. to Publications as a prerequisite.
Advisor: Christine Blaisdell
Note: Students who are home schooled or attend a cyber, charter or private school are generaly eligible to take part in any of the school clubs and organizations listed above with a few exceptions as governed by district policy #137. To participate, students must complete a "Request for Participation in District Programs" form.
- Develop character and leadership qualities