Student Activities and Organizations

  • Alpha Omega (Sanderson's Step Team) Profile

    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. 2017 & 2018 Regional Champions, 2017 & 2018 State Champions

    Requirement to join:

    • All grade levels boys and girls are welcome to tryout for the Step Team. Experience is not required


    DECA Profile

    DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools around the globe. DECA enhances the co-curricular education of members through a comprehensive learning program that integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition.

    Requirement to join:

    • Students must currently be enrolled in a CTE Business or Marketing course or have previously taken one of these courses.


    Digital Media Club Profile

    This organization will work with student council to create the daily scrolling and video announcements.

    Requirement to join:

    • Prior experience in Digital Media and editing


    Environmental Awareness Club Profile

    The Environmental Awareness Club (EAC) works to improve awareness and understanding of current environmental issues through Adopt-A-Stream, increased campus recycling, PSAs, and other measures. The students in the EAC strive to help the rest of the Sanderson community find ways to decrease their ecological footprint. Our goal is for students to enjoy learning about issues while helping others to gain awareness as well.


    Family Career Community Leaders of America Profile

    FCCLA is a co-curricular organization and students must be currently enrolled or have been previously enrolled in a Family and Consumer Science class to be involved in the organization. FCCLA helps students improve leadership skills and gain confidence. We have around 50-75 members and students must join by October 1st of each school year. This student- led group has successfully competed at the state and national level with classroom based projects and its members and officers are excited to get more students involved in competing.   

    Requirement to join:

    • Students must be currently enrolled or should have already taken a Family and Consumer Science course such as Parenting Child Development, Personal Finance, Principals of Family and Human Services, Foods, Interior Design, or Apparel.


    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Profile

    FCA is a diverse group that welcomes ALL students and faculty. We gather at least weekly to learn more about Jesus Christ of the Bible. We meet every Friday morning from 7-7:20am in the Main Gym to eat breakfast, fellowship, play games, and listen to and engage with encouraging speakers of God's Word. We also get together for socials, service, and Bible studies. FCA's vision is "to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes." To receive Remind messages about SHS FCA events, text @7ba2ge to 81010.


    First in Family: Juntos 4H Profile

    The club goal is to implement a program to help future first generation Latinx college students and their parents navigate the systems surrounding access to higher education. To this end students and parents, who have not attained education beyond high school, will participate in family engagement nights provided in Spanish. In the sessions, families will receive information on various topics necessary to help their students succeed in high school in preparation for their career or educational paths post-graduation. These topics include making education a family goal, family and school communication, graduation requirements, how to finance higher education, applying for college and creating a plan of action. Furthermore, this program would provide opportunities to attend campus tours and educational fairs for participants.

    Requirement to join:

    • The program is primarily for Latinx 9th grades students but other students interested in participating may do so at the discretion of the advisor.


    French Club Profile

    Students who would like to be in French club should have an interest in Francophone cultures! Students DO NOT have to be enrolled in a French course to join. We will meet roughly once a month to discuss and share in topics of Francophone culture. 


    German Film Club Profile

    Starting in October, the Film Club members will watch one German movie per month in downtown Raleigh on every 3rd Thursday. The first Thursday of the month, we will discuss that movie or watch another movie in the classroom.

    Requirement to join:

    • None


    Girls At-A-Promise Profile

    Girls At-A-Promise focuses on positive educational, social and emotional development, as well as employment preparation. Professional educators and community counselors mentor high school students aged 13-19 in order to prevent at-risk behaviors. Both clubs sponsor motivational speakers, educational field trips, recreational activities, discussion sessions, service learning, conflict resolution, and tutoring in math, writing and reading.

    Requirement to join:

    • By invitation


    International Club Profile

    The International Club welcomes all students that have an interest and desire to promote diversity and cultural awareness at SHS. Please join us!

    Requirement to join:

    • All students and grade levels welcome.


    International Thespian Society (ITS)

    The International Thespian Society is an internationally recognized honor society for excellence in high school theatre. ITS recognizes, rewards, and encourages student achievement and celebrates the work of students in all aspects of theatre— performance and production. Each student is honored on a national level and gains access to opportunities and resources beyond those of their school. To be inducted into ITS as student must participate in the cast or crew of 3 Sanderson main stage productions, or 2 Sanderson main stage productions and have been inducted into Junior ITS in middle school or 2 Sanderson main stage productions, take at least one theatre class and complete hours of service to the theatre department. You can contact Mr. Comperatore with questions. 


    Jazz band Profile

    Student run jazz ensemble that will prepare music to play for community events.

    Requirement to join:

    • Ability to play a band instrument and read music.


    Junior Class Council Profile

    "Sanderson prides itself on service, perseverance, and endless school spirit! Within and outside the classroom, the Sanderson student body will accept your individuality and encourage you to become involved with the school to make an impact in our community. We want to focus on strengthening the bonds between students and putting differences aside to make a long-lasting impact on our community. The motto of this school year is “Spartans Stronger Together”.

    We will do this through supporting student events and raising money for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

    Requirement to join:

    • It is too late to join for this year, but watch the announcements for information about next year.


    Key Club Profile

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

    Core Values: Leadership, Character building, Caring, Inclusiveness.

    Key Club is the volunteering club at Sanderson. Members sign up for different events of their choice. Examples of events are bagging food for the homeless, cleaning up parks and trails, and working with kids with special needs. Key Club also runs Sanderson's food pantry which provides food directly to students at Sanderson. Key Club is a very rewarding club to be a part of if you want to make a difference in your community.

    Requirement to join:

    • $14.50 for dues that cover the Carolinas District of Key Club, and Key Club International.


    Latinos Unidos Profile   

    Latinos Unidos was created to foster a more meaningful and effective Latino student body at Sanderson High School, one which makes possible a greater level of Latino involvement through the preservation and celebration of Latino cultures and encourages success for high school and beyond.


    Model United Nations (Model UN) Profile            

    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.      


    PALS Club Profile

    PALS club is an inclusive club for all students at Sanderson High School. Students play games, eat lunch, and help with social and life skills for the students in the Autism Program. Anyone is able to join PALS club. We meet every day in 119E and 124 E during all three lunch periods. Some of the events associated with PALS are: Special Olympics, Unified Track, Field of Dreams, NC State Field day, NC State Fair, Halloween Party, Polar Plunge, Walk for Autism, and Spread the Word to End the Word.        

    Requirement to join:      

    • Any student can join PALS club!
    • To be on the executive committee, students must have been a consistent member for at least a year and complete the application. Students who have proven leadership and flexibility when working with students will be chosen for the executive committee.
    • In order to attend field trips, students must have good grades and be cleared by their other teachers to attend.


    Sanderson Cyber-Spartans Robotics TEAM Profile

    The team is composed of students with different tasks for one robot. These task range from collecting data, drawing different types of components to actual building and controlling the robot. 2018-2019 will be our second year in the Triangle Robotics League.

    Requirement to join:

    • Application, no experience required.


    Sanderson Dance Ensemble Profile

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

    The Sanderson Dance Ensemble was established in 2015. The most important event for the club is the annual performance at the Variety Show."

    Requirement to join:

    • 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. 


    Science Olympiad Profile

    - The Science Olympiad was founded in 1984 and is now one of the nation’s largest science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions.

    - Teams of students compete at the regional level for a chance to make it to the state tournament, which can lead to a trip to the national tournament.

    Students prepare for the regional tournament during the fall semester and winter break. The regional tournament is the first Saturday in February, the state tournament is at the end of April, and the national tournament is in May.

    - There are two main categories of events: build events and testing events.

    --- Building events require students to construct and test a device that meets specifications prior to the competition. On the day of the tournament, the students test their device. Some building events also have a written testing portion in addition to testing their device.

    --- Testing events require students to apply their knowledge of a topic to answer questions. Most, but not all, testing events allow students to compile a “cheat-sheet” of some sort. Some testing events have a hands-on lab component.

    - More information about the NC Science Olympiad can be found at


    Sanderson Theatre Ensemble

    Sanderson Theatre and Theatre Booster Group website:

    Senior Class Council Profile

    Senior Class Council is part of the Student Council at Sanderson. Students campaign and are elected by their peers and/or appointed by staff. Students are encouraged to participate in school sports and programs in addition to a service component.

    Requirement to join:

    • Current senior class student, attends school regularly, in good academic standing, completes monthly point requirement (see website).


    SHS Speech & Debate Team Profile

    Sanderson Speaks! is a great way to grow as a speaker, performer, and master of argument. No experience necessary! Whether you like to debate or perform monologues, poetry, or drama, this is the place for you. Be heard.             

    Requirement to join:

    • Come to any meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 in room 236.


    Sophomore Student Concil Profile

    Student council is a community that you will learn is built through service, dedication, intellect, and unity. Here you will discover that everyone is welcomed to embrace their individuality. You will also discover that participation and working together are important factors at Sanderson. Many will find that getting involved within the school will make the high school experience more memorable. Sophomore student council has already been established but they can apply to join at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

    Requirement to join:

    • Application, video, and students vote.


    Student Council Profile

    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.

    Requirement to join:

    • Student Council members are elected by their peers. Candidates must be in good academic standing, attend school regularly, participate in an application process, and tape a speech.


    Technology Student Association Profile 

    TSA is a national student organization created to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as business education.   


    WISE Profile

    WISE- Women Inspiring Success in Each other is an organization targeting underrepresented minority female students with the goal of providing mentoring, personal/social/academic guidance and support, civic consciousness with a focus on service/volunteering and cultural awareness/appreciation.

    Requirement to join:

    • 10th -12th; Recommended by teacher or staff member; Application, Interview and Selection Process.


    Young Democrats Profile

    Our mission is to bring together future voters, and make progress as young people in the United States through healthy discussion. Young Dems will engage in discussion throughout the year on issues that America faces, and work to both brainstorm solutions and understand opposing points of view. Through guest speakers and field trips, members will learn about the political process and how they can get involved.