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  • Academy of Finance



    The purpose of this organization is to provide students with a  rigorous, career-focused curriculum tied to real-world engagement opportunities with business professionals that set the stage for college success and rewarding careers.


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    Two recommendations

    Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA

    Meeting date, times and location

    Lunch and learns are scheduled once a month during all lunches. Locations vary. Dates, location and theme are announced on our website. Students are required to attend 3 of 9.

    Required attendance to Kickoff in September

    Field Trips

    AOF has a total of 16 trips a year (4 per grade level) to various businesses and universities in the area.

    Fun Facts

    Students join a cohort their freshmen year. The take required business classes and core classes together creating a “school within a school” environment. Students visit NYC senior year and ATL junior year to learn about the business world and tie their classes to the real world. Students participate in a paid internship the summer after junior year.  Senior take 2 classes at the community college and earn credit while in high school at no cost (students are only responsible for cost of books). All AOF seniors graduate with a certificate of financial studies along with a NAFTrack certification backed by major corporations.  There are over 200 AOF members made up of a diverse group of students. Since AOF is an academic program our students are also involved in other organizations including theater, band, athletics, student council, JROTC and more.



    Angie Melton

  • Air Force JROTC

     Sanderson High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps  (JROTC) is an elective course designed for students interested in building self-discipline, leadership, and time management skills.  Activated in July 1993 as NC-939, Sanderson AFJROTC's mission is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. 
    Sanderson’s AFJROTC program provides extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities which include Competitive Drill and Rifle Teams, Color Guard, Veteran’s Day Parade, Kitty Hawk Air Society (National Honors Society equivalent), Sports Day and Picnic, Field trips, model rocketry, geo-caching, and the Annual Military Ball and Awards Social.
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  • Dance Ensemble


    Target Group

    The target group for Sanderson Dance Ensemble is students in grades 9-12 who have a passion for all forms of dance--particularly ballet, modern, and contemporary. The purpose of this group will be to teach students all forms of dance, promote a positive environment, collaborate with one another, and perform at Sanderson events.


    Members must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50.

    Members must attend 85% of all scheduled meetings and rehearsals. Failure to do so may result in the student not being able to perform in events.

    If a member fails to attend meetings and rehearsals, the Advisor and Executive Council has the power to prohibit the member from performing at events.  

    Meeting Dates, Times and Locations

    Meetings will be held in Pod 3 on the first Thursday of the month at 6:50.  Afternoon rehearsals will be in the cafeteria on the media center side.

    Fun Fact

    Students will audition for the Variety Show this year and have a series of professionals help choreograph their performance piece.  Students will get to take Master’s Classes through the Dance Ensemble.


    Carson Ford, Pod 3

  • Environmental Awareness Club


    Target Group

    Students interested in learning more about the environment and the damage we are doing to it and helping to counteract some of the damage


    Attend meetings and events whenever possible

    Meeting Dates

    At least once a month on Friday afternoon in room 232

    Specific dates for meetings and events will be on the scrolling announcements and sent out via Remind


    Successful Adopt-A-Stream last semester

    Plans for This Year

    Field trips, guest speakers, campus cleanup, campus advocacy, Adopt-A-Stream each semester

    Why Participate?

    You want to learn more about the environment and help the environment, it looks great on a college application or resume, there are leadership opportunities, and it’s fun

    Contact Information/Club Advisor

    Ms. Herlacher,, Room 232, Google Voice # (919) 964-0917

    Remind Code: @shseac 

  • Gay Straight Alliance

    Target Group

    LGBTQ, students, and allies


    An open mind, attendance, and be welcoming/accepting of all people

    Meeting Dates, Times, and Location

    Every other Thursday afternoon, 2:30-3:30, E107

    Fun Facts and Accomplishments

    This is our 2nd year, so we are still finding our footing; however, we have a handful of awareness events we are looking into participating during the upcoming year.

    Club Advisors

    Eric Kyle Belk

    Candice Chester

  • Image Club

    Image Club  Impacting Males to Achieve Greater Excellence


    Target Group

    Males in general, minority males specifically


    IMAGE members must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50

    Members of the IMAGE will be students who reflect a commitment to their academics, behavior, and attendance in school.

    Our members are expected to demonstrate leadership in the classroom, hallways, and community.

    All members are expected to be great examples of strong character

    All members are expected to attend all scheduled meetings and events.

    Meeting Times

    Tuesdays and/or Thursday mornings from 6:50-7:15

    All meetings will be at the discretion of the Advisors

    Fun Facts

    A year in the IMAGE club will consist of inspiring and engaging meetings, tutoring sessions, work in the school as well as the community, college tours, field trips, as well as sponsoring Sanderson’s annual Black History Program.


    Mr. Barry L Smith

    Traci Claiborne

    Jermel Harrell  
  • International Club


    Target Group

    Students interested in promoting international awareness and Sanderson’s diversity.


    Attend meetings and events whenever possible

    Meeting Dates

    At least once a month on Friday morning in room 115E

    Specific dates for meetings and events will be on the scrolling announcements and sent out via the reminder.


    Organize and put on International Festival at SHS

    Plans for This Year

    Raleigh Int’l Fest Field trip, guest speakers, Int’l Fest this Spring

    Why Participate?

    You want to promote international diversity at Sanderson; it looks good on a college application or resume; there are leadership opportunities and it can be a lot of fun!

    Contact Information

    Ms. Auld,, Room 115 East

  • Key Club

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    Target Group

    Open to all students at Sanderson High School

    Dues are $14.50-  $7.00 to Key Club International, $6.00 to Carolinas District of Key Club, $1.00 to Sanderson High School Key Club.

    Mission statement

    Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.


    We are caring and competent servant leaders transforming communities worldwide.

    Core Values

    The core values of Key Club International are leadership, character building, caring and inclusiveness.


    I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.


    Caring–Our Way of Life


    • To develop initiative and leadership.

    • To provide experience in living and working together.

    • To serve the school and community.

    • To cooperate with the school principal.

    • To prepare for useful citizenship.

    • To accept and promote the following ideals:

      • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.

      • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

      • To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts.

      • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.

      • To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service and to build better communities.

      • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.


    Jenni Gillam, 

  • Library Club

    Open to all students at Sanderson High School

    Projects include book drives for Wake Up and Read and Read Alouds at local elementary school after school programs.

    Students Can Stay In Touch

    2 meetings per month before school in the Library

    Text @h9hab8 to the number 810-10 (don’t forget the hyphen!)

    Follow @libraryclub_shs on Twitter to stay updated


    Mission statement

    Library Club will encourage reading among students and aid in their development of leadership skills through community projects.


    We want to benefit our community through reading and service.

    Core Values

    The core values of Library Club are leadership, caring, a love for reading, and learning.

  • Math Team


    Target Group

    The target group for the Math Team is students in grades 9-12 who have a passion math, logical puzzles, and problem-solving.  Students don’t have to have any particular grade in their math class to join.


    Attend 80% of the meetings.

    Meeting date, times and location

    Meetings will start the morning of 9/14 (7 a.m.) and we will meet every other Thursday morning.

    Field Trips

    We have 1 field trip in March or April every year to the Wake Technical State Math Competition.

    Students Can Stay In Touch

    Text @mathteam10 to the number 810-10 (don’t forget the hyphen!)


    Tracy Conte

  • Model United Nations



    Target Group

    Academically strong students interested in current events and international relations.


    Willingness to put in extra time outside of club time to research assigned perspectives and time to attend a weekend conference in Spring 2017.

    Meeting times and locations


    Fun facts/accomplishments

    We attended a conference for the first time in spring 2014 and are still developing the club.

    What is Model UN?

    Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which is usually organized by a high school or college MUN club. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel. Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.


    Kristin Larsen

  • National Art Honor Society


    Article I – Name

    *Section 1 – The name of this club or organization shall be the National Art Honor Society

    Article II – Purpose/Mission Statement

    * Section 1 – The purpose of this club or organization shall be to [Insert the club or organization’s defined purpose (to promote, to organize, to educate, etc.) and if available, its mission statement.]

    * Section 2 – The National Art Honor Society shall abide by all Sanderson High School and WCPSS policies and procedures

    Article III – Membership

    * Section 1 – Sanderson High School students must comprise 100% of the student club or organization’s membership.

    * Section 2 – NAHS elligable members must meet the following requirements:

    • A/B average in at least one studio art course, current or past.

    • Must maintain A/B average in Art courses to remain eligible.

    • A/B average grades for school GPA.

    • 10 volunteer hours/ art related (to be completed in one year)/ minimum of 5 hours must be completed at school.

    • Must submit artwork to at least 4 shows during the school year.

    Seniors wishing to wear cords at graduation must also meet the following requirements:

    • A/B average in at least two studio art courses and be enrolled or have taken an honors level visual art class.

    * Section 3 – Membership in this club or organization is open to all meeting the above criteria, irrespective of race, creed, color, gender, class, age, nation of origin, nationality, disability, marital status, religion, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

    Article IV – Officers/Executive Board

    The officers of this club or organization shall be:

    • President: Lead meetings/ outings/ general art organizer

    • Vice President: assist President as needed, contact group members (social media)

    • Secretary: take notes/ minutes at meetings  

    • Treasurer: collects dues/ money raised

    Article V-Meetings

    *Meetings will be held every other Thursday in Rm. 106 from 2:30-3:30 unless a special meeting is called.

    Article VI– Advisors

    *Section 1 – There shall be at least one full time Sanderson High School faculty or staff advisor who shall serve as an advisor to the club or organization. The faculty advisor for The National Art Honor Society will be Mrs. Ange Cretarolo and Mrs. Abigail Tucker Gravatt

    *Section 2 – Advisors will assist officers in facilitating meetings, fundraising, organizing service opportunities, and Art Show opportunities.

    Ange Cretarolo

    Abigail Tucker Gravatt 
  • PALS Club


    Target Group

    Open to any and all students who would like to spend time with students with learning and social differences


    Be respectful

    Meeting Dates

    Open during all student lunches


    Top Fundraiser for Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Featured on ABC11, Acknowledged in North Carolina Autism Society Blog

    Why Participate

    Make a difference.


    Ms. McGee, Room 124 E

  • Photography Club


    Target Group:

    The target group for the Photography Club is for aspiring photographers or students who just enjoy taking pictures.


    Must attend at least 75% of the meetings and give at least a days advanced notice before missing a meeting. You must submit all assignments on time.

    Meeting date, times and location

    Every last Friday of the month at 2:25 p.m. in room 203

    Field Trips

    None planned at this time

    Students Can Stay In Touch

    We don’t have anything yet,  but will discuss at next meeting.


    Molly Saltino 
  • Science Olympiad

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    Target Group

    Students interested in science, technology, and engineering


    Commitment to all meetings and the tournament, $20 registration fee, $15 t-shirt, cost of materials for your events

    We do not want anyone to be excluded due to cost, so we do have payment plans and scholarships available.

    Meeting Dates

    At least once a month on Friday afternoon in room 232

    Specific dates given to all students who sign up

    Raleigh Regional Competition is 7:00am to 7:00pm at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School on Saturday 4 February 2017 and attendance is mandatory


    We have won the Spirit Award every year we have competed.

    In 2015, our varsity team brought home the 6th place trophy and barely missed going to the State Tournament in April.

    Why Participate?

    Students always have a lot of fun, it looks great on a college application or resume, leadership opportunities, and the possibility of scholarship money to NCSU.

    Contact Information

    Ms. Herlacher,, room 232, Google Voice # (919) 964-0917

    Ms. Dwyer,, room 124

    Mrs. Carroll,, room 132

    Remind Code: @shsso1617

  • Speech and Debate Club


    Fun Facts

    Why Speech & Debate?  Opening Doors, Changing Lives - From the founding fathers to the current explosion of online and social media technologies, the principles of open debate have been the life-blood of our democracy, making society stronger by transforming policies, guiding public opinion, and casting light on injustice.

    Today, it’s more crucial than ever that American teens develop the skills to speak powerfully and persuasively in front of an audience as well as learn to think critically, explore all sides of an issue, and formulate evidence-based, rock-solid points of view.

    Beyond the improvements in their academic performance that prepare them to excel in college, speech and debate students change in ways that influence every aspect of their lives. It gives them the social and academic confidence they need to grow as individuals, achieve educational goals, pursue meaningful work, and improve the lives of others – and our world.

    Speech and debate gives students an edge:

    -  Speech and debate students have a significant edge in college admissions.

    -  99% of participants go to college and 90% continue on to graduate school.

    -  Underperforming students in urban schools show dramatic improvements through participation in speech and debate competitions.

    -  Speech and debate participation provides real cognitive and behavioral outcomes in the following areas:

     Improving reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills

     Improving critical thinking skills

     Fostering intellectual curiosity

     Increasing motivation

     Increasing engagement – both at-risk and gifted     students engage more and act out as much as 50% less

    Speech and debate creates enduring transformation in teens, setting them on a path that can lead them in amazing new directions. Check out all the research that proves the ability of speech and debate to change lives.

    Consider the people who got their start as student members of the National Forensic League: Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Samuel Alito; media visionaries Oprah Winfrey and Ted Turner; actors Brad Pitt and Renee Zellweger; TV personalities Stephen Colbert and Tom Lennon; and Senators Richard Lugar, Russ Feingold, and William Frist.

    It is not easy, but nothing worthwhile is easy. You will be hard pressed to find another extracurricular activity that will have the lasting academic and social impact of Speech and debate. We usually compete at five tournaments a year.


    Tim Gillespie -

    Meeting Times - Speech and Debate meets on Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:30 - 4:00.  During this time students learn about events, research, develop arguments and practice speech and debate skills.

  • Step Team - Alpha Omega

    Step Team - Alpha Omega

    “Do it Right you do it light, Do it Wrong you do it long”

    Step Team  

    Target Group

    Open to Males and Females, 9-12 grade 



    Members must maintain a 2.0 GPA 


    Meeting Dates, Times, and Location

    Members must attend 4 out of 5 practices each week 2:45 pm to 5:00 pm (Competition weeks)


    Fun Facts

    Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps.


    Sanderson's Step Team is one of the few team in North Carolina that is a strictly School based Team (All Member attend Sanderson High School) Other School have to open up to the community and other school to fill their team.



    Travis Wilson

  • Student Council



    The purpose of this organization shall be to develop and practice good citizenship in the student body, to provide direction of school activities, and assist in the management of student concerns.

    What We Do

    Promote School Spirit:  Sanderson Student Council encourages the participation in school events and activities as well as supports the efforts of other clubs and organizations.  

    School Spirit Activities Include:

    *Spartan Fridays and the sale of spirit merchandise

    *Themed Nights at Sanderson Athletic Events

    *Homecoming, Winter, and Senior Spirit Week

    *Senior Parade, Assembly, and Picnic

    *Senior Spirit Wall

    Schoolwide Events:  Student Council holds schoolwide events for all to enjoy!

    Schoolwide Events Include:

    *Homecoming Dance, Winterfest Dance, and Prom

    *Homecoming Powderpuff Game-Football for Girls

    *Volleybros Game-Volleyball for Guys

    *Holly Days

    Community Service:  Student Council hosts a variety of events for the betterment of the school and community.

    Community Service Events include:

    *Campus Beautifcation

    *St Balderick's Events

    *Sanderson Sprint, Class Competitions, and Variety Show to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

    Staff Appreciation: Student Council recognizes the hard work of the staff throughout the course of the year.

    Civic Responsibility:  Student council holds school-wide elections and encourages the democratic process.

    Civic Responsibility Events include:

    *Council elections

    *Homecoming, Prom, and Winterfest Court Elections

    *Voter Registration Drives

    Student Leadership:  Student council encourages and develops leadership skills for members as they grow into responsible citizens.

    Leadership Events include:

    *Freshmen Orientation

    *Council Lock-in

    *Council Cookouts

    *Participation and representation on Athletic Booster and PTSA

    *Participation in State and District Leadership Conferences

    *Meetings with Wake County Student Body Presidents


    Stephanie Rhodes - 
  • Winterguard

  • WISE


    Women Inspiring Success in Each Other

    Target Group

    The target group for WISE is minority females, grades 10th-12th


    A commitment to Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character

    Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA

    Meeting Dates, Times, and Location

    Meetings will be the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:55 a.m. in the career center.  Afternoon meetings may be necessary when planning or participating in specific events and activities.  Afternoon meetings would begin at  2:30 p.m.

    Field Trips

    Each year WISE will travel to an in-state HBCU (Historically Black College/University)

    Fun Facts

    We take part in the annual Black History Program and at the end of each year, we along with our brother organization (IMAGE), we have an end of the year social activity at Frankie’s Fun Park.


    Traci Claiborne


    Deidre Johnson, Camille Grissom, Claire Benton, Rashunda Jennings