Clubs and Organizations
Involvement with clubs and organization is a key element to connecting with peers outside of the classroom. The following are the various clubs and organizations sponsored by Dalton High School.
Buddy Program: sponsor - Melanie Franey; mission - to mentor and support at-risk elementary school students through weekly visits; resources and administration provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia.
DECA: sponsor – Dr. Joey Wills; mission –to enhance the co-curricular education of students with interest in marketing, management and entrepreneurship; activities include monthly meetings, school-based Enterprise Operation, promotion of special events, community service and regional/state competitions.
DHS Players (Drama Club): sponsor – Wes Phinney; mission – To promote theatricals arts at Dalton High School through presentation of three major theatrical productions/year including GHSA Regional One-Act Competition, membership in International Thespian Society and participation in annual Georgia Thespians Conference. Membership in Players/Drama Club is open to all students. Membership in International Thespian Society (DHS Thespian Troupe 1702) is limited.
FBLA-Future Business Leaders of America: sponsors- Hailey Brock and Jesus Jacobo; mission – to bring education and business together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
FCCLA: sponsor – Nathan Greven and Evangeline Starks; mission – national student organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader. Open to all students.
FCA: sponsor – Matt Land, Teresa Bennett; mission – largest interdenominational, school based, Christian sports organization in America; purpose – to present to athletes and coaches and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of integrating Christian principles into their personal lives.
FFA: sponsor C.J. Little; to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
French Club: sponsor – Shanda Hester; mission – to promote interest in the French language and to provide a setting for students who share that interest and to promote service learning through service projects.
German Club: sponsor – Ava Wyatt; mission – to encourage and promote German language and culture.
Interact Club: sponsor – Larry Tripp; mission – a Rotary sponsored organization dedicated to service and international understanding that provides an opportunity for students to work together.
International Club: sponsor – Regina Ragon; mission – to promote learning about and exposure to other countries and cultures, increasing student and parent involvement and to facilitate communication and understanding among students and faculty at DHS.
International Thespian Society: sponsor Wes Phinney; mission -to honor student achievement in theatre and enrich their theatre education experience.
JROTC Color Guard: sponsor – 1SG (Ret) Eugene Jackson; mission – to perform in school, local, area and state activities and competitions.
JROTC Drill Team: sponsor – 1SG (Ret) Eugene Jackson: mission – to perform in school, local, area, and state activities and competitions.
JROTC Raiders: sponsor – CSM (Ret) Heriberto Vazquez; mission – to learn military skills and to accomplish personal physical challenges in an outdoor setting.
JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Club: sponsor – CSM (Ret) Heriberto Vazquez; mission – to promote air rifle safety and competitive marksmanship.
Key Club: sponsor –; mission – to perform community service to benefit various charitable organizations and needs throughout the community.
Latin Club: sponsor – Dana Miller; mission – to promote interest and the study of the Classics
Literary: sponsor - Teresa Bennett; a competitive group representing Dalton High in contests related to performance and writing.
Mock Trial Team: sponsor – Minako Barry; mission – to participate in academic competitions to promote student achievement and academic excellence and to compete for scholarships.
National Art Honor Society: sponsor – Trevor Ledford and Heidi Heidenescher; mission – to inspire and recognize students who have shown ability and interest in art.
National Beta Club: sponsor – Annette Buckner; mission – to promote character, to develop leadership skills, to encourage service involvement and to recognize achievement. For grades 10 – 12. Requires a GPA of 3.0.
National Honor Society: sponsor –Teresa Harper; mission – to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character.
Pep Club: mission – Melissa Quick, Tami McClain, and Tasha Allen; mission - to promote school spirit by decorating lockers, school hallways and competition areas.
Philosophy Club: sponsor – Michael Coulter; mission – to encourage and promote the independent study of philosophy and critical thought.
Student Info Tech Assistance (SITA): sponsor - Jesus Jacobo;
SkillsUSA: sponsors – Melanie Patrick, Nancy Hallsworth and Ken Wiggins; mission – to promote job skills, service, leadership, and competition. Affiliated with the national and state SkillsUSA organization.
Spanish Club: sponsor – Sandy Crow; mission – to expose students to the Spanish language, culture and civilization.
Student Council: sponsor –Chrissie Dillard and Nick Amonett; mission – to provide an official voice of students’ opinion through elected officers and representatives, to promote the exchange of information and ideas among students at DHS and to act as a liaison between the student body and the faculty and administration.
Technology Students Association (TSA) sponsor – Jessica Ashlock and Jimmy Gallman; mission – to prepare students for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership and problem solving that results in personal growth and opportunities.
Writer's Guild: sponsor - Angela Massingill; mission - to provide aspiring student writers with a forum for sharing ideas, developing their creative writing abilities, and mentorship.
Yearbook: sponsor - Melanie Patrick; mission - to design a publication that reflects the spirit and values of Dalton High School. Students must apply for the class and have recommendations from teachers. Books are published for Spring distribution.