Clubs and Organizations
"When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”― Maya Angelou
Sponsor - Chris Harris
Students attend academic “Quiz Bowl” type of tournaments. These are open to anyone but in order to participate in the tournaments, you have to join the club. There is a $50 membership fee that helps cover the costs of the club (includes polo shirt, travel, entry fees, etc.) In order to get to compete, you have to attend practice 75% of the time.
Sponsor - Jenny Brunsell, Eric Brunsell
Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to compete in this academic competition that covers ten areas of academics from math to history to speech and everything in between. The team is made up of three teams of students whose academic GPAs fall in the A, B and C categories. We compete at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
Sponsor - Ben Steinbrecher
Academic Octathlon provides 9th and 10th grades the chance to compete academically in teams. The competition has eight events. There are seven multiple-choice exams in the following areas: economics, literature, science, mathematics, social science, art, and music. There is also an essay exam based on the curriculum. The Super Quiz is an oral relay.
Sponsor - Erika Garza
Assist elementary students with homework by tutoring them. Through this club we will be able help student by giving them the determination to study which will lead them to achieving success in middle school, high school & eventually college. Meetings are Tuesday from 2:45-3:00 in Room 1160 then go to Memorial Parkway Elementary at 4:00.
Art National Honor Society (NAHS)
Sponsors - Nancy Viola
NAHS is an honor society dedicated to recognizing art students who have shown outstanding ability in the visual arts. NAHS strives to encourage members to work toward attainment of the highest standards in visual arts. Potential members must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in art, have completed at least one semester of art and are currently enrolled in an art class.
American Sign Language Club
Sponsor - Brandy Cabe
ASL club members learn more about the deaf culture and deaf events. Socialize with other ASL students of various levels and increase fluency in the language.
ASL meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2:45PM.
American Sign Language Honor Society
Sponsor - Brandy Cabe
Must meet National requirements & maintain good GPA status for Chords 15 hours community service
per year of membership voluntary work intended to support people in the deaf community. 8 hours tutoring/mentoring
per year of membership. Students may opt to be paired with an ASL student at THS. It will be members’ responsibility to check in with their mentee and report hours to Mrs. Cabe. Other tutoring opportunities must be approved for credit. ASL Honor Society meets the 3rd Friday of the month at 2:45PM.
Faculty - Michael Ary, Jon Cabot, Eric Weingartner
The JET Band offers a wide variety of educational and performance opportunities through its five concert bands, marching band, jazz ensemble, winter guard, and private lesson program. The experiences that come with membership in the JET Band build academic excellence, discipline, character, pride, and self-confidence at a crucial age, which forms the springboard to even greater achievements in adulthood.
Faculty Advisor: Addie Porter
Special Education Advisor: Edward Skaggs
Best Buddies is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing opportunities for one-on-one friendships with their peers from the general education population. Interested students will be interviewed and matched with a participant. Students will then participate in group and individual social activities with their "Buddies."
Sponsors - Bruce Campbell
Blue Review is a video news magazine produced by the Blue Review Audio & Video Production class at Taylor High School. Applications are accepted at the end of the year for the following year.
CASA - Corporate Academic Student Assistance
Sponsor - Nitzia Guillen
CASA is a tutor/mentor club where tutoring is available for all subjects for students who do not understand the language or the subject. Meetings are held during enrichment.
Sponsors - Buffy Brummett, Lauren Rodgers
Students earning a position on the school cheerleading squad are instructed in the fundamentals of cheerleading activities. The purpose of the cheerleading squad is to promote school spirit and a positive school climate by participating at athletic events and extra-curricular activities as deemed appropriate by the campus administration and Cheerleading instructor. Cheerleaders are expected to be positive role models, serving as school ambassadors on campus and in the community.
Sponsor - Kerry Savage, Katherine Smith
Taylor Chess Club is open to all interested chess players regardless of ability. The club will meet Tuesdays after school and allow players to challenge each other. Members can learn about local and regional tournament play opportunities, United States Chess Federation Ratings, Internet play, and much more.
Sponsors - Kevin Riehle, Jo Beth Wasicek
The Choirs of Taylor HS provide students with thorough structured choral and music educational experience. Striving for and achieving high levels of excellence, students learn discipline, teamwork, experience community, and an emotional vulnerability within a broad expressive palette. In seven vocal choirs, a hand bell ensemble, academic and AP music theory classes, and private lesson program, Taylor singers develop the capacity to enjoy a lifetime of singing and music, leading to productive and fulfilling adulthood.
Chinese and Japanese Club
Sponsor - Naomi Wang
The Chinese and Japanese clubs meet after school and they are run by students. The clubs’ mission is to introduce students to Chinese and Japanese languages and various aspects of their culture. Anyone interested in joining is welcome.
Close Up Foundation
Sponsors - Rebecca Vandagriff. Patrick Knock, Keith Roy
Through seminars with Washington policy makers and study visits to government offices and historical sites, high school students get a “close up” look at the process of democracy and our nation’s heritage. The seven-day program in January prepares young citizens to meet the challenges of governing themselves and their nation.
Sponsor - Kelley Hughes, Sara Blumber
A competitive improvisation troupe open to all grades. Students undergo an audition in the fall. The troupe meets regularly and plays in matches against other area schools. Students learn teamwork, quick thinking and sharpen their acting skills through improv.
Computer Science Club
Sponsors - Ryan Nutt
The computer club is a group of students interested in computer programming contests and computer technologies. Club members are responsible for hosting the Taylor High School programming contest, which in the past has had 100+ teams compete. Additionally, team members travel to other schools for programming competitions.
Dance Team - Pacesetters
Sponsors - Barbie Parker, Sarah Peterson
Pacesetter tryouts are open to 9th, 10th, or 11th grade students who are interested in being a part of a spirit dance group representing THS. A mandatory parent information meeting is held in early March informing parents of financial obligations, mandatory events, and requirements of the team members. Try-outs are held in March. A week-long clinic is held after school to prepare the girls for try-outs on that Friday. Pacesetters is a year-round activity.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Sponsors - Hope Tilford
FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become strong leaders in families, careers and communities through family and consumer sciences education. Members are students through 12th grade who are taking or have taken family and consumer sciences courses. (Could also have taken in junior high)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Sponsor - Nitzia Guillen
Uprising FCA meets every Wednesday from 2:45-3:30PM
Sponsors - Adena Sealock, Nanette Leonard
The French Club is available to any Taylor student who is interested in the French language and culture. Officer elections are held in the fall. Membership is open year round. There is a $20 membership fee that covers the cost of the club shirt. Activities include enjoying French food, watching movies in French, going to art museums, and other social gatherings.
French Honor Society
Sponsor - Nanette Leonard
French Honor Society - Société Nationale de Français - at THS is open to juniors and seniors in French 3 or 4 with a French GPA of at least 3.75. We do service projects to earn honor cords at graduation.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Sponsor - Kyle Brown, Efrain Gutierrez
Anyone can join FBLA. There are no prerequisites. Members participate in community service projects as well as compete in area and state competitions. Attendance at monthly meetings is required. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) contributes to the advancement of leadership, citizenship, personal growth, academic and technological skills. Competitive events enhance career/job preparation, workplace competencies, self-confidence, and the instructional program.
Gay Straight Alliance
Sponsors - Jennifer Simpson, Cedric French
The Gay Straight Alliance is a student-led organization intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBT youth and their allies. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2:45PM.
German Club - Deutschklub-Deutsch Verein
Sponsors - Sarah Smith
The German Club is open to any THS student who is currently taking German, has taken German or just has in interest in the language and the culture. Club membership allows students the opportunity to get together on an informal basis to practice speaking German, to learn more about the culture and history of the country, to dine in German-speaking restaurants, and to attend cultural events.
Habitat for Humanity Club
Sponsor - Lisa Fobian
The THS Habitat for Humanity Club is an official Chapter of Houston Habitat for Humanity. We are beginning our 4th year as a club and utilize the latest technology to communicate with our students and the community about fundraising events. Students will have the opportunity to raise funds for local families to have their dream of owning a home realized. At least one date is set aside during the school year where students 16 years of age and older are able to work on building a home in Houston.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Sponsor - Phuong Nguyen
HOSA is a national leadership organization specifically for secondary and post-secondary students enrolled in Health Care Science classes and have an interest a career in health care. $40 membership fees enroll them at the local, state, and national levels. Students meet every other Wednesday, after school. Tentative plans include various community service activities, high school blood drives and guest speakers whenever possible. A major part of HOSA is attending fall leadership conference, area, state, and national competitions where student have the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills on various topics related to health care careers. A fall fundraiser is planned to raise money to offset the cost of state competitions.
Hip Hop Club
Sponsor - Carolyn Collins
The Hip Hop Club provides a positive, fun and interacting environment for all students to express different ideas, projects & cultures through dance.
Sponsor - Keka Kar
The Interact Club is an organization where students complete one community service project each month. The club meets Wednesdays after school.
International Cultural Society (ICS)
Sponsors - Mary Ann Morrison
ICS is a club designed to increase student awareness of different international cultures. Any student interested in learning more about other cultures/countries is encouraged to join. Dues are $5 for returning members and $20 for new students, which includes the t-shirt. Membership is open for the first month of each semester. Officer elections will be held at the end of the school year for the following year. Activities include experiencing restaurants, offering international cuisine, trips to museums, foreign film viewing, service projects for the needy, guest speakers, dance lessons and cultural field trips.
Katy Students Run (KSR)
Campus Lead - Duff McClain
KSR seeks to empower at-risk students in Katy to set and achieve life-altering goals through mentorship, unconditional acceptance, and training for a half-marathon. Through mentorship, unconditional acceptance and training for a half-marathon we empower youth to set and achieve life-altering goals. We want our student athletes to leave KSR with an ability to set and achieve goals, a confidence to try new things, an ability to interact with others as contributing members of the community, and a desire to live by KSR's core values.
Students in KSR are nominated by THS staff in the spring and training begins in September. We meet 3 days a week, T, TH, and Saturday Mornings. Tues & Thurs meeting time is from 2:45pm-4:30pm. On Saturday we meet at 6 am.
There is no fee for participation in KSR. Meetings on campus are Tuesday and Thursday in room 1609, inside the library.
Sponsor - Blair Bennett
Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.
Sponsor - Ben Powers
Latin Club is an organization that promotes the study of Latin through social and service activities, competitions and field trips.
Sponsor - Kyle Brown
Liberals club welcomes all politically active minds at Taylor to come and discuss various points of view regarding current events. This is an entirely student ran club and debates or differing opinions are praised instead of criticized. Students from all grade levels are eligible to join in and express their opinions in this safe and free environment. Pre-planned topics are presented to the club every meeting in order to create stimulating conversation. Meetings take place every two weeks after school in Coach Brown's room.
Liberty in North Korea
Sponsor - Keka Kar
The Liberty in North Korea Club is an organization that aims to raise awareness for the plights of North Korean people and also holds fundraisers to contribute toward the rescue of refugees. The club meets Wednesdays after school.
Sponsor - Stace Hitt
This is the school newspaper, which is produced by the newspaper class. The paper is produced 8-10 times a year and is available to all students. Unsolicited articles by non-staffers may also be used. Students interested in joining the Mane Event staff should enroll in journalism or photojournalism.
Model United Nations
Sponsor - Efrain Gutierrez
The Model UN presents annually a Model United Nations Conference in which schools represent UN member states, with students role playing the part of UN delegates from those countries in various UN committees and agencies. The purpose of Model UN is to educate high school students in the goals, history, structure, and function of the UN.
Mu Alpha Theta
Sponsor - Ben Steinbrecher
mathematics organization is for students interested in mathematics. For full
membership status, students must be enrolled in at least Algebra II with a B
average in mathematics. Students who are not yet in Algebra II are associate
members. The club participates in academic contests during the year.
Sponsors - Sara Burke, David Laird, Jerry Shimek
FFA is a national youth group that promotes agriculture. Students raise and show animals at livestock shows such as Houston Livestock Show and the KATY ISD Livestock Show. FFA members compete in judging and leadership contests. Students can receive scholarships, attend State and National Conventions, leadership training, etc. Anyone can join if they are enrolled in an Agriculture Science class.
National FFA Organization
National Honor Society (NHS)
Sponsor - Ericca Fader
Taylor’s chapter of
the National Honor Society is open to junior and senior students who have at
least a 3.75 GPA and receive teacher recommendations. Students become eligible to apply in the
spring of their sophomore year.
Applications are mailed home to eligible students in late March.
Sponsor - Clint Capshaw, Tiffany Webb
The Taylor Orchestra
is a comprehensive program with four string orchestras (Chamber, Philharmonic,
Concert Blue, and Concert Orchestra) and a full orchestra (Symphony). Our
students perform a series of concerts at THS and in the community. They also
compete at UIL and TMEA contests throughout the year.
Peer Assistants and Leadership (PALS)
Sponsor - Kristi Caldwell, Julie Wells
This is a junior-senior class that students must be nominated, interviewed, and invited to join. PALS visit local elementary and junior high schools working one on one with younger students.
Sponsor - Kyle Brown
Taylor High School's Robotics club welcomes all levels of skill and knowledge to come together in learning about and building robots that will compete in various competitions throughout the year.
Sponsor - Bruce Ferland
The Science Club is organized for students interested in careers in engineering. The club invites engineers to address the club and participates in competitions that are engineering and science based, such as BEST Robotics, Science Olympiad, and the Science Bowl.
Spanish National Honor Society - SHH (Sociedad Honoraria Hispania)
Sponsor - Nitzia Guillen
SHH is designed for students with a minimum of three years in Spanish studies and who have maintained an honor average in Spanish classes. Selection process to SHH is based on student character, leadership, honesty, service, and commitment to the organization. Consideration is also given to GPA in overall classes. The club meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7am & 2:40pm
Sponsor - Buffy Brummett
The club participates in a wide variety of social, cultural and community service activities. Members organize food and clothing drives, mentor elementary students in after school Spanish programs, attend and compete in the Pan American Student Forum convention in San Antonio, enjoy social outings to local Mexican restaurants, listen to guest speakers on international travel and culture, as well as many other functions and events. Membership is open to all students.
Speech & Debate
Sponsors - Gay Hollis, Greg McGee
Taylor Speech and Debate is an organization that competes in a variety of speech, debate, and interpretation contests at the local, state, and national levels. Events include speaking on current events, prepared oratorical speeches, improvisational speeches, debates on government policy or values in conflict, student congress, solo and duet dramatic or humorous performances, and interpretive reading. Membership is open to any student in grades 9-12.
Sponsor - Sandra Weems
Student Council is a leadership organization that anyone can join. STUCO members lead the school in helping out others in the community with such events as Big Feast (we raise money to feed 200 families a Thanksgiving feast), Pajama Day (we raise money for Easter Seals), Santa Cops (we raise money to provide gifts for 20 children for Christmas, and every year we have SPUD week (we raise money for Taylor families through talent shows, etc.). We are also in charge of Homecoming and Pep Rallies to lead the school on with spirit!!
Come join us today in room 2190!
Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)
TAFE is a club for any student who has an interest in becoming a teacher and who enjoys working with elementary students 2-3 times a week after our school day is over. The club actively participates in district and statewide events and conventions.
Taylor Anglers Club
Sponsor - Lisa Fobian
Community service organization that assists elementary school fishing clubs with their outings. The club also goes fishing with the members at various ponds near Katy.
Taylor Bowling Team
Sponsor - Edward Skaggs Rm 9101
Come out and try one of the fastest growing sports around – Bowling! Teams are forming now… Whether you are an accomplished bowler or an amateur, we can use you on the team. Collegiate scholarship opportunities are available.
Sponsor - Sara Blumber, Kelley Hughes
Taylor’s Theatre Production Company - The Taylor PlayMakers produce full-scale plays and musicals throughout the year in both the Black Box and Performing Arts Center. Auditions for most positions in the cast and crew are open to all Taylor students, though advanced positions are available only to theatre students.
THS Book Club
Sponsor - Robin Dickey
The students refer to it as the Underground book club and they read anything they want and discuss their selections each week. New books and also brought to their attention. To join, see Ms. Gunderson in the library. Meetings are held on Tuesdays in the library during enrichment.
University Interscholastic League (UIL)
An academic event at the UIL spring meet which involves team and individual competition. Students take tests in different areas:
Debate & Speech,
One Act Play,
Yearbook - Stampede
Sponsor - Stace Hitt
A group of students in the yearbook class publish the Stampede every year. There is a selection process for this activity.