Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Student Life

Clubs & Societies

A Place for Every Explorer

In addition to the wide range of athletic programs and societies that Columbus offers, CCHS staff members also moderate over 50 student clubs and activity groups. These organizations cover a broad range of interests that include professional, international, religious and special interest clubs and organizations.
 
The Student Activities Committee (SAC) is always available to help you find a club that best suits your needs! If you don’t see a club below that interests you, work with the SAC to start your own. Don’t hesitate to get involved and always listen for announcements about club meetings.

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  • 2k Club

    Moderator: 

    Purpose of the 2k Club: 
    The purpose of the club is to let kids enjoy video games and to help find a cure for cancer by donating money.
  • Airsoft Club

    Moderator: 

    Purpose of the Airsoft Club: 
    The purpose of the club is for the participants to build character through honesty, responsibility and team building. The club members will go on occasion to Miami Airsoft to play and build new friendships.
  • Anglers Club

    Moderator: 
    Michael Dukes - mdukes@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Anglers Club:
    The Columbus Anglers Club provides an opportunity for the students to be able to participate in outdoor sportsmanship activities. This club gives both beginner and advanced anglers a chance to be taught about the many things that the State of Florida has to offer. The club members meet monthly for activity scheduling under the supervision of Coach Dukes and to plan various monthly fishing trips. The benefits of the club not only pertain to the recreational aspect of the sport of fishing, but would also benefit the students in an academic aspect as well. Such benefits are:
    • Teach how different gear ratios in fishing reels work to help reel in line quicker or slower depending on the ratio.  6:3:1 v 5:3:1 reels.
    • Friction and resistance caused by reeling in a fish. 
    • Learn how to handle a fish without causing any damage. 
    • Reintroducing a fish properly to the water to make sure it will survive. 
    • Determine how the length of a rod changes how easy or hard it is to land a fish. 
    • Determine how different action rods have an affect on tackle action and hooking a fish. 
  • Art History Club

    Moderator: 
    Livia Koepp - lkoepp@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the Art History Club: 
    The Columbus Art History Club provides the opportunity for students to get together and talk about their interests in the arts (including music) and/or history and geography. Art history covers so many fields and topics that we end up talking about all sorts of interesting topics that come to mind. We used to plan trips to museums and other countries until quarantine. For the AP Art History students, we provide tutoring and discuss pieces relevant to the curriculum.
  • Best Buddies

    Moderators: 
    Mrs. Debra Martinez - dmartinez@columbushs.com 
    Mrs. Jeannette Gonzalez-Rojas - jgonzalez-rojas@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Best Buddies:
    Columbus' Best Buddies Club is a chapter of the National Best Buddies organization. The mission of this club is to create awareness, respect, and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Our club volunteers with students with special needs in our community. We are advocates for Inclusion.
  • Be the Light Club

    Moderator:
    Melissa Arteaga Marti - mmarti@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Be the Light Club: 
    Columbus's Be the Light Club supports the larger Be the Light Foundation®, a non-profit organization that derives it’s inspiration from Ari Arteaga’s short, but extremely blessed life. Ari lived by his personal motto, “Be the light”, as he touched many lives sharing his passion and joy in making every day filled with compassion. Our mission is to spread his spirit by helping children and families overcome obstacles they may face due to unforeseen hardships. Our goal is to shine Ari’s light on their path of need.​
  • Black Student Organization

    Moderator: 
    Alex Trujillo - atrujillo@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the Black Student Organization:
    The purpose of the club is to educate students at Columbus on Black culture while also carving a place for black students to gather, learn, and appreciate who they are. This club will encourage students to strive for academic excellence, promote positive images of African Americans and help students become more involved in our communities.
  • Business Club

    Moderator: 
    Joseph Busatto - jbusatto@columbushs.com 

    Purpose of Business Club:
    The Business Club hosts biweekly meetings to promote business knowledge including investment, finance, cryptocurrency, real estate and more. The meetings will feature a variety of guest speakers as well as games in order to learn how to navigate the world of business. The club also will have a yearly service project to assist the local community and allow students to gain service hours.
  • Cangrejos Against Cancer

    Moderator:
    Br. Peter Guadalupe - pguadalupe@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Cangrejos Against Cancer:
    The Columbus Cangrejos is a service-club that was established at Christopher Columbus High School in 2010. The Columbus Cangrejos helps support La Liga Contra El Cancer/League Against Cancer. "La Liga", is nonprofit organization that provides free cancer treatment for members of the greater Miami area who lack the financial means/and or insurance to pay for their medical costs.
     
    (Service Hours Given) Annual fund-raising events include:
    • Lourdes P. Aguila Memorial 5K Run/Walk
    • Liga Contra El Cancer Telethon
    • Hispanic Heritage Month - Miami International Mall Celebration
    • Liga Contra El Cancer Fashion Show
    • Club membership drive
    • Chocolate sale
    • Raffle ticket sale
    • Can drive held at Publix Supermarkets
  • Car Club

    Moderator:

    Purpose of the Car Club:
    The Car Club is for Explorers that share a love for cars.  Students maintain constant communication via a chat where they share ideas, thoughts and opinions on anything related to cars such as but not limited to modifications, accessories, and gatherings.  We also plan car meets throughout the school year in the evenings, support and help with the toy drive in December,  and we look forward to hosting our first Car Show in the near future.

  • CCNN Live (Christopher Columbus News Network)

    Moderators: 
    Omar Delgado - odelgado@columbushs.com 
    Christina Insua - cinsua@columbushs.com

    Purpose of CCNN Live:
    The Christopher Columbus News Network (CCNN) is a student-run broadcast news program. With a new studio, complete with a green screen, teleprompter, several cameras and a tri-caster, the students involved perfect their writing and multi-media skills. They also gain experience producing a live television broadcast, writing and reporting. CCNN Live reports the news every day, covering topics from school and national news, to features, entertainment, and sports. The crew achieves all this while staying true to Columbus students, by keeping them informed with verbal announcements and a daily live streaming. Important everyday information, such as weather and the school lunch menu are streamed on a daily basis. Please follow us on Twitter @CCNNLive.

     
    General Eligibility Requirements:
    All can join the club. 
  • Chess Club

    Moderator:
    Peter Lynch - plynch@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Chess Club:
    The Christopher Columbus Chess Club is starting anew after years of inactivity. It is a casual chess club that welcomes both new and experienced players. Any and all players of all levels are welcome! Expect monthly tournaments for players who are willing to rise to the challenge, and daily casual play for those who take a more relaxed approach to chess. There will be plenty of service opportunities throughout the year, for players who are willing to teach others their knowledge of the game. This club places special priority on both sportsmanship and having a blast. 
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Network

    Moderator: 
    Sylvie Galvez-Cuesta - sgalvez-cuesta@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the Childhood Cancer Awareness Network:
    The Childhood Cancer Awareness Network or CCAN, aims to raise awareness and funds for Pediatric Cancer. We work closely with organizations such as Sebastian Strong to aid in the mission to fight childhood cancer. Our club will engage in service opportunities, events, and projects to fulfill our goals of raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer. We donate all of the money we raise to organizations that support pediatric cancer awareness and research. We hope to make a difference in the lives of children struggling with pediatric cancer and hope that one day we can help put an end to this horrible disease. We would be happy to welcome any new members who are as passionate as we are in the fight against childhood cancer.
  • Children for Children

    Moderator: 
    Marilyn Romero - mromero@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of Children for Children:
    Children for Children is a nonprofit organization founded in Miami, FL by students whose mission is to help foster-care children and orphans in need around the world. It’s the inside that counts! The members work with Tikva Children's Home, a Jewish orphanage in Odesa, Ukraine (https://www.tikvaodessa.org/), and His House Children's Home (https://www.hhch.org/),  a frontline provider of residential and foster care services, and a private non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to restoring the lives of children from newborn to 18 years of age in Miami, FL. The volunteers also donate their time and resources to help additional children in need throughout the community. The mission is to foster cultural awareness, tolerance, and commonalities of the soul through connection, social media, and guest speakers. The group believes that everyone is the same on the inside despite different backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. 
  • Close Up

    Moderator:  
    Robert Linfors - 
    rlinfors@columbushs.com

    Purpose of Close Up: 
    The week-long Close Up trip to Washington, D.C. for high school seniors is unlike any other trip to the nation's capital. It is a total citizenship education experience, and it is fun. Close Up-Washington brings civic lessons to life by taking students behind the scenes and allowing them to witness their government in action. Students' days are packed with activities including study visits to Washington landmarks, seminars with national leaders, and small-group workshops. In addition, students attend a formal banquet and dance, and are often given scheduled independent time for exploring the city.


    Columbus has participated in Close Up for over 30 years and is proud to be one of the best represented schools from the state of Florida. Close Up is the perfect way for a senior to enhance his knowledge of our government. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Club Purple

    Moderator: 
    Mercy Aycart - maycart@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of Club Purple:
    The purpose of the club is to  raise awareness for Epilepsy disorder as well as spend time with those affected by Epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation often says that research is a great thing but it’s not the only thing that helps. Members of this club will go spend time with patients with Epilepsy at the hospital and more.
  • Coding Club

    Moderator: 
    Matthew Larrubia - mlarrubia@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Coding Club:
    The Coding Club is a great way to learn about programming with your friends. The clubs goal is to educate all high school students in Computer Science, regardless of grade level or prior experience. Members will improve their skills in programming, creating websites, and making fun games. The club also provides a great first step into coding before the Computer Science AP courses.

    Meetings: 
    Every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 in CCNN iMac Lab.

    Activities:
    • Presentations on programming concepts
    • Collaborative products
    • Guest speakers
    • Support for club members individual projects
  • DJs For A Cause

    Moderator: 
    Sylvie Galvez-Cuesta - sgalvez-cuesta@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of DJs For A Cause:
    The Columbus DJ club supports all non-profit charities in Miami with music services. We provide opportunities for the students to be able to volunteer with other clubs, organizations, or school events to be able to provide their musical skills. This club gives beginner and advanced DJs and music enthusiasts the experience they need to help out during these events. We meet weekly for scheduling and event discussions. The benefits of the club not only pertain to the recreational aspect of being a DJ but also benefits the students in real-world working experience and the academic aspect as well.  Such benefits are :
    • Time-management skills
    • Communication and Teamwork skills
    • Self-management skills
    • Responsibility
    General Eligibility Requirements: 
    Students should have a passion for music and have a great work ethic. All are welcome.
  • Drama Club

    Moderator:
     
    Purpose of the Drama Club:
    The drama club's mission is to perform, produce, and create theatrical productions while enlightening students about the importance of theater in the community. The club focuses on many aspects of theater, including performing fall/spring productions, putting on an improv show, competing in theater competitions, working on set/costume/prop design, learning lighting design, and learning sound design. Students have the opportunity to learn on and off the stage as well as how to analyze plays and focus on character development. We are a district and state award winning program with over 30 individual Excellent Awards and over 30 individual Superior Awards; we have also won three Critic's Choice Awards, the most esteemed award in theater competition. Most members of the drama club are inducted or on their way to being inducted into the International Thespian Honor Society, which is a theater honor society that is recognized worldwide.
     
    General Eligibility Requirements:
     All members are welcome!!!
  • eCubed

    Moderator: 
     
    Purpose of eCubed: 
    The purpose of the club is to bring 3D manufacturing to life. Using computer, mechanical, electrical engineering and manufacturing, eCubed strives to provide students with the base knowledge for manufacturing. This club will help students engage in 3D manufacturing including uses for real world situation. Lego Architecture, 3D printer hardware, firmware, and software considerations as well as other projects will also be focused on in this club.
  • Environmental Club

    Moderator:
    Christine M. Taylor - ctaylor@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Environmental Club: 
     
    The Environmental Club hosts meetings to promote local sustainable projects and educate its members on pressing environmental issues in the world today. The club's Power Points cover issues ranging from ocean acidification to ozone layer depletion. The club's service projects include promoting recycling on camps and attending coastal cleanups.

    General Eligibility Requirements: 
     
    None in particular. Students should be interested in environmental conservation and sustainable efforts in the community.
  • Explorers Geography Club

    Moderators:
    Mrs.Koepp, Mr. Pino, Mr. Hermida

    Purpose of the Club:
    Columbus's Explorer Geography Club is a student led extra-curricular organization that facilitates students with a place to learn and share geographical information. The Geography Club is centered around competitions such as the Miami Dade County Public School Geo Bee and the Independent Schools of South Florida Geo Bee. Additionally, the Explorers Geo Club also hosts its own Geo Bee (The Explorers Geography Club) for the Miami Dade County middle school. 
  • Fantasy Sports Club

    Moderator: 
    Javier Hermida - jhermida@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Fantasy Sports Club:
    The Fantasy Sports Club revolves around fantasy football, basketball, and soccer. This club allows students to gather and enjoy fantasy leagues. It is a great way for students to meet new people who have a common interest in sports.
  • Film Club

    Moderator:
    Rafael Diaz '91 - rdiaz@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the Film Club:
    The Film Club's mission is to write, produce, edit and screen student created films. We teach students about the film-making process and to analyze different concepts and genres of film. The Film Club is a member of the Student Television Network as well as the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Our goal is to create films that are accepted to Major Film Festivals. The Film Club meets every Thursday.
     
    General Eligibility Requirements:
    All members are welcome!
  • French Club

    Moderator: 
    Estelle Vessiere - evessiere@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the club: 
    The French Club was established to help foster an understanding of various aspects of francophone culture and language.

    Its main purpose is to promote an enthusiasm among students for the French language and culture and to provide students with a friendly way to approach a new language.
     
    The Club encourages fellowship within the organization and with other French speakers through a variety of activities.
     
    General Eligibility Requirements:
    Students interested in the French-speaking world, whether or not they can speak the French language, are welcome to attend.
  • French Honor Society

    Moderator:
    Estelle Vessiere - evessiere@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the National French Honor Society:
    The Société Honoraire de Français was founded at the national level in 1949 under the auspices of the American Association of Teachers of French. There are currently over 1500 active chapters across the country and in American schools abroad. The goal of the Society is to promote and recognize outstanding scholarship in the French classroom. These students are entitled to wear a blue/white/red cord at graduation ceremonies and the placement of a special seal on their diplomas.

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    • To be eligible, candidates must be recommended by their teacher at the intermediate or advanced level after completing four semesters of the language, or be currently in French 3 Honors or above.
    • In addition, candidates must maintain an unweighted GPA of 3.5 average or higher in the language
    • He should also receive the endorsement of two teachers who can vouch for his character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others.
    Membership:
    • Members of the Société Honoraire de Français are expected to maintain academic standards and service requirements, as well as demonstrate exemplary moral character throughout their tenure as members.
    • Members are expected to attend all regular meetings, participate in the activities, and earn a minimum of 15 service hours in the Society.
      Community service may include peer tutoring in French, preparing/participating or sponsoring various cultural, service oriented projects that promote interest in the study and appreciation of the French language within the community (French Week, Elective Fair, etc.), assisting the NHS (Blood drive, Halloween or Christmas events, etc.)
    • No student may hold office in the Société Honoraire de Français if he is an officer of any other honor society at Columbus. 
  • Future Business Leaders of America

    Moderator:
    Kevin Corazon - kcorazon@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of Future Business Leaders of America:
    The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest student business organization in the country. The driving goal of FBLA is to train future business leaders to be contributing members of society. Members benefit from leadership training, contacts made through networking, and opportunities to apply their knowledge through business-related activities.

    This organization provides students with the opportunity to apply their classroom instruction in business practices and procedures to leadership development activities. The purpose of our organization is to: “…provide, as an integral part of the instructional program, additional opportunities for secondary students to develop vocational and career supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibility.”
  • International Thespian Honor Society

    Moderator:
    Erin McGrath - emcgrath@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the International Thespian Honor Society:
    The International Thespian Honor Society is recognized worldwide as an honor society for theater students. It recognizes student achievement in the performing arts as well as continues to educate students through theater. Over 2.2 million students have been inducted since it was founded in 1929 (edta.org). Benefits include professional networking, development opportunities, access to resources in the performing arts, and being part of a community which strives to educate the public about the necessity of theater in life. Students also receive a monthly subscription to Dramatics, a performing arts magazine for theater students. Students receive thespian honor cords at graduation and can also work their way up in the society to receive higher rankings.
     
    General Eligibility Requirements:
    Students must be active members of Columbus theater and participate in at least two full-length Columbus productions (or the equivalent of the former) and receive at least 10 thespian points as outlined in the EDTA guide (corresponding to the individual troupe guide). Both are necessary in order to be considered for induction. Students must also be in good standing with the troupe as well as the school. Final decisions are made by the troupe director. As per the Educational Theater Association (EDTA), EDTA reserves the right to refuse membership to any individual believed not to be in compliance with the regulations or the policies of EDTA.
  • Intramural Sports

    Moderator:  
    Andrew Harriman - aharriman@columbushs.com

    Purpose of Intramural Sports:
    Whether you are new to Columbus or approaching graduation, Intramural Sports is an opportunity to make new friends or hang out with old ones. The Intramural Sports program has been expanded this year in order to provide additional opportunities for students to get involved. Currently, the program includes 3-on-3 basketball, flag football, ultimate frisbee and soccer. There is something for everyone! 

    General Eligibility Requirements:

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  • Key Club

    Moderator: 
    Andrew Chacon - achacon@columbushs.com

    Advisor: 
    Br. Eladio Gonzalez - agonzalez@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Key Club:
    Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. The club is so successful because it is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Members of the Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.

    Today, Key Club exists on more than 5,000 high school campuses, primarily in the United States and Canada. The organization offers a wide range of opportunities to its members:
    • Leadership development
    • Vocational guidance
    • College scholarships
    • Subscription to the KEYNOTER magazine
    • Service-learning
    • Personal enrichment
    • Value-added member benefit programs
    • Liability insurance coverage
    The Key Club motto is: “Caring – Our Way of Life” because these words clearly convey member reasons for helping others.

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

    Vision:
    "To develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service."

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

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

    Objectives:
    • 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.
  • Marist Youth

    Moderators:
    Br. Tom Long, FMS - tlong@columbushs.com 
    Fernando Machado - fmachado@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the Marist Youth Group:
    Marist Youth is dedicated to deepening our love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  We meet weekly for fellowship, discussion, faith-sharing, prayer, and socializing.
     
    Weekly Meetings: 
    Tuesdays evenings - 7-8:30 PM, CCHS Chapel
     
    General Eligibility Requirements:
    Marist Youth is open to any CCHS student. Students from other schools (high school only) are also welcome.
  • Math Honor Society - Mu Alpha Theta

    Moderator: 
    Carlos Moro - cmoro@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the National Math Honor Society: 
    The Math Honor Society - Mu Alpha Theta invites students who share a common interest proclivity in Mathematics. The young men involved in Mu Alpha Theta provide community service by tutoring fellow students after school, on Monday's Wednesday's and Friday's. They also participate in local, state and national Math tournaments. The members of the Christopher Columbus High School Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta take pride in helping others, and help exemplify the mission of our school, which is to "Make Jesus Christ Known and Loved."

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    Members must be enrolled in Honors Math courses and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.00 scale in order to qualify.
  • Mindfulness Club

    Moderators:
    Mr. Steve O'Brien - sobrien@columbushs.com
    Mrs. Sylvie Galvez-Cuesta - sgalvez-cuesta@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the Mindfulness Club:
    Columbus' Mindfulness Club is designed to introduce mindfulness to our school community. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and helps us not be overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. At club meetings we will learn about the practice and we will be incorporating techniques into our weekly mindfulness meetings, so that students have the tools to do these on their own. The mission of this club is to empower students with the gift of mindfulness in their own lives to live a more balanced and stress free existence. 
  • National Art Honor Society

    Moderator: 
    David Isenberg - disenberg@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the National Art Honor Society:
    The National Art Honor Society was established in 1978 in the United States by the National Art Education Association for high school students grades 10-12, for "the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art" from the National Art Honor Society website.

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    Students must have completed at least one semester of art in the school, and have a minimum art GPA of “B” to be eligible for membership. Membership is based upon art scholarship, service, and character.
  • National Business Honor Society

    Moderator:
    Lourdes Rayneri - lrayneri@columbushs.com 

    Purpose of the National Honor Society:

    The National Business Honor Society is a division of the National Business Education Association. NBEA is committed to the advancement of the professional interest and competence of its members and provides programs and services that enhance members' professional growth and development. Further, NBEA serves as a unifying agency among other groups dedicated to advancing and improving business education.

    NBEA provides the vital link between both the private and public sector. NBEA gives business educators an opportunity to stay on top of the changing skills required in today's business world through its linkages with corporations and small businesses. In addition, NBEA's Legislative Advocacy Committee keeps members involved with the ongoing national, state, and local efforts to further business education in our schools and communities.
  • National English Honor Society

    Moderator:  
    Keith Crossman - kcrossman@columbushs.com


    Purpose of the National English Honor Society:
    The purpose of the NEHS is to recognize students who have excelled in 2+ years of English and to provide a venue for service within the discipline. National recognition, scholarship eligibility, and opportunities for national networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts are potential benefits for active members. The Panzer Division of the NEHS, provides much of its service through tutoring composition to underclassmen in our CCHS Writing Lab.

    Selection Process:
    Juniors may be invited to apply for the NEHS at Christopher Columbus High School. They are admitted to candidacy only if they have met the following minimum requirements:
    1. Students have taken Honors English both freshman and sophomore year, and are now Juniors taking either Honors or AP English Language & Composition.
    2. Students have maintained a cumulative 3.5 unweighted GPA in English
    3. Students will either enroll in or be recommended for enrollment in AP English Literature and Composition senior year
    4. Students have had two former teacher recommendation forms completed, attesting to the character and integrity of the applicant
    Failure to turn in the recommendation forms by the deadline will disqualify the student for membership.

    Once the recommendation forms are reviewed, students eligible for membership will receive in writing an invitation to NEHS accompanied by a "Letter of Agreement". Students must submit a printed and signed “Letter of Agreement” to the adviser by the deadline on the form, including the payment of dues. NEHS dues consist of a one-time, non-refundable $25 fee which covers national membership dues, official credentials, pins for the induction ceremony, and official cords for graduation.

    Failure to turn in the “Letter of Agreement” and payment in full by the deadline will disqualify the student for membership.

    Membership:
    Members of the National English Honor Society are expected to maintain a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA and exemplary moral character. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and to participate in a minimum of 25 hours of NEHS sponsored tutoring in the CCHS Writing Lab by January of senior year. Students are also required to read one common novel over the summer, and submit a related essay for a scholarship in January of senior year. Official induction will occur at the Pinning Ceremony in late January of senior year.

    Letters of probationary status or expulsion will be sent to students who fail to maintain the standards of NEHS membership. 
  • National Honor Society

    Moderator:
    Adriana Amador - aamador@columbushs.com 

    Purpose of the National Honor Society:
    The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization, established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll distinction, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

    Selection Process:
    Students are invited to membership in the Br. Edmund Sheehan Chapter of the National Honor Society.

    Sophomores and Juniors are eligible for candidacy only if they have met or exceeded the following requirements:

    1. Scholarship:
    GPA: 3.5 unweighted cumulative (grades are not rounded up)
    GPA is calculated through the Fall semester of sophomore or junior year.

    2. Service: Christian community service recorded with the Columbus service coordinator by the end of the first semester of the year in consideration. It is a student’s responsibility to verify with the Christian Service Coordinator deadlines for submitting service hours that will be credited for the Fall semester.
    Sophomores: 25 hours
    Juniors: 50 hours

    3. Character/Leadership: 3 recommendation forms from 3 teachers or 2 teachers and a club moderator and/or a coach and/or a guidance counselor and/or an administrator currently employed at Christopher Columbus High School. These should attest to a student’s character and integrity: self-motivation/initiative, leadership, willingness to do service and exemplary conduct.
     
    Upon verification of the academic and service criteria, a letter of eligibility will be sent to the students which will include the
    recommendation forms and deadlines for their submission to the NHS Adviser. Students should print the forms and submit them to the teacher/coach/moderator/counselor/administrator. It is the students’ responsibility to ascertain if the forms have been turned in by the deadline. They may email the adviser to verify the submissions.

    Failure to turn in the recommendation forms by the deadline may disqualify the student for membership.
     
    Once the recommendation forms are reviewed, students will receive an invitation in writing regarding their candidacy to NHS. The invitation will be accompanied by a 'Letter of Agreement' (contract). Students must submit a printed and signed “Letter of Agreement” to the adviser by the deadline on the invitation. The “Letter of Agreement” is signed in the presence of the Advisor.

    Failure to turn in the “Letter of Agreement” by the deadline may disqualify the student for membership.
     
    Transfer Students:
    Students may be considered eligible after completing 2 semesters at Christopher Columbus High School and meeting CCHS chapter requirements as per the guidelines above. Please note, neither rising seniors nor seniors are eligible for membership.

    Students previously inducted at another high school may be accepted as members of the Br. Edmund Sheehan Chapter/Columbus by obtaining a letter of confirmation of membership in good standing from the chapter adviser of their previous school. However, students must maintain the Br. Edmund Sheehan Chapter/Columbus standards to earn wearing the NHS stole at graduation.

    Membership:
    Members of the National Honor Society are expected to maintain academic standards and service requirements, as well as demonstrate exemplary moral character throughout their tenure as members.

    Members are expected to attend all mandatory general NHS meetings as well as to participate in a minimum of 15 hours
    of NHS-sponsored community service activities each year of membership, especially engaging in peer tutoring. Only the
    NHS Adviser may waive part or all the 15 hours service requirement. Only the NHS Adviser may approve/accept service hours from other Columbus honor societies in lieu of the NHS service requirements.

    No student may hold office in the National Honor Society if he is an officer of any other honor society at Columbus.

    The advisor or an NHS officer will notify students of probationary status or expulsion if the student fails to maintain any of the standards and/or requirements of NHS membership. Seniors who fail to meet the conditions of probation or who are expelled from NHS will not be permitted to wear the NHS stole at the Columbus graduation ceremony.
  • Paintball Club

    Moderator:
    Anthony Lopez - alopez@columbushs.com
  • Patriot Club

    Moderator:
    Dr. E. Carter Burrus - cburrus@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Patriot Club:
    The Christopher Columbus High School Patriot Club is dedicated to supporting the brave men and women who currently serve our great nation and who have served in the past and are now our treasured veterans. We have a number of CCHS alumni who have served in our nation's armed forces and the Patriot Club coordinates events and efforts to support those here and abroad.
     
  • Pre-Law Club

    Moderator:  
    Br. John Healy - jhealy@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Pre-Law Club:
    The Pre-Law Club features guest speakers from different areas of the law profession. The purpose of the club is to inform CCHS students on how to become an attorney and get them better acquainted with the profession. Also to:
    • Help students to become better thinkers
    • Help students decide what career path to take
    • Create a collaboration between students and alumni
    • Inform students on the universities that have good law programs
  • Pre-Med Club

    Moderator:   
    Christine M. Taylor - ctaylor@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Pre-Med Club:  
    To inspire students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.  Speakers in all areas of the medical field will be featured.  Meetings will highlight different career choices as well as research and internship opportunities.

    General Eligibility Requirements: 
     
    An interest in the medical field.
  • Project Last Drop/JRDF

    Moderator: 
     
    Purpose of Project Last Drop:
    Our mission is to raise funds and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes through community-based service.
  • Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society

    Moderator
    Christina Insua - cinsua@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society:
    Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists was organized April 10, 1926, at the University of Iowa by renowned pollster George H. Gallup and a group of high school advisers for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing individual student achievement in journalism and academics. The organization has a Board of Trustees. It is composed of 11 high school and collegiate journalism educators, and media-related professionals. Day-to-day operations of the Quill and Scroll office are conducted by the executive director and office manager and student part-time employees.

    Requirements:
    • They must be of sophomore, junior or senior classification
    • They must have the equivalent of a B grade average, or be in the upper third of their class in general scholastic standing, either for the year of their election or for the cumulative total of all high school work
    • They must have done superior work in some phase of journalism or school media work. They may be staffers of a magazine, newspaper, yearbook, news organization, online site or radio/television station at the school, or one conducted by an external organization AND have a minimum of TWO published submissions in their publication per school year
    • They must be recommended by the supervisor or by the committee governing the media
    • They must be approved by the Quill and Scroll Executive Director
  • Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society

    Moderator:  
    Mary T. McCullagh - 
    mmccullagh@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society:
    Rho Kappa encourages interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies. Rho Kappa is the national student award program to recognize students for their achievement in required and elective social studies courses.  Rho Kappa members focus on academic accomplishment and community service through guest speakers, field trips, oral histories and much more.
     
    The History Club is open to any student and grade level who share Rho Kappa's mission or academic accomplishment and community service.

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    Rho Kappa requires an unweighted GPA of 3.5. History Club has no requirements
  • Robotics Club

    Moderator:
    Matthew Larrubia - mlarrubia@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Robotics Club:
    The purpose of the Columbus Robotics Club is to develop students' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through robotics competitions and other projects.  Robotics competitions such as VEX, First, Battlebots, Siemens, Google Stem Fair and Drone Racing League not only help promote and foster student's interest in STEM, but help develop life skills in the areas of leadership, teamwork, problem solving skills, and self-confidence; all in an environment with like-minded individuals.  The Columbus Robotics Club provides a place where all students, especially those with an inclination for technology, can thrive.   We hope to attract and inspire students who never thought they could do this kind of work, and to encourage students to explore career alternatives.
  • SADD Club

    Club Moderator:
    Andres Gonzalez - agonzalez@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of Students Against Destructive Decisions:
    SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership, and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions that will carry them throughout life.
     
    Events include but are not limited to:
    • Fundraising to bring in national speakers that discuss the consequences destructive choices
    • Spreading awareness and the SADD mission at Columbus Sporting events
    • Working closely with Miami-Dade Police department (Poster Judging, Seat Belt Checks, Conferences)
    • Various SADD Activities
    General Eligibility Requirements:
    All Columbus students are welcomed. We meet once every two weeks in the middle of the week in room B13.
  • Science National Honor Society

    Moderator: 
    Mercy Aycart - maycart@columbushs.com
     
    Purpose of the Science National Honor Society:
    SNHS is a prominent national scientific organization that will engender a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research and scientific exploration for America.

    General Eligibility Requirements:  
    • Juniors and Seniors who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average both overall and in science are eligible
    • A member must be enrolled in at least one honors or AP science class during or prior to the 11th grade.
    • A member must be enrolled in at least one honors or AP science class during the current year 11th or 12th grade year.
    • Members must attend 80% of the meetings during a school year.
    ****Further requirements are described in the SNHS Constitution and Bylaws
  • Scuba Dive Club

    Moderator: 
    Keith Cooper - kcooper@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Scuba Dive Club:
    The Columbus Dive Club provides certiication training from beginners to advanced to all interested members. Spring dive begins in March. All family members are welcome!
     
  • Spanish Honor Society

    Moderator: 
    Dr. Ausenda Folch - afolch@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Spanish Honor Society:
    The mission of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is to recognize high school achievement in Spanish and to promote interest in Hispanic studies. 

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    • To be eligible for membership to the school’s Pablo Casals Chapter, the student must be recommended by his teacher at the intermediate or advanced level after completing three semesters of the language
    • Students must maintain an overall unweighted GPA of 3.5 and an unweighted GPA of 3.5 in Spanish
    • The student must also receive the endorsement of three (3) other teachers who can vouch for his character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others
    • Lastly, the student must earn a minimum of 15 service hours of service per year
    • Members are expected to attend all regular meetings and  participate in the activities. Meetings are held several times per year for about 15-20 minutes. The activities may include presentations by guest speakers, participating or sponsoring various cultural, service oriented projects that promote interest in the study and appreciation of the Spanish language and its speakers
    • No student may hold office in the Spanish Honor Society if he is an officer of any other Honor Society at Columbus
    • Students who fail to earn a minimum of 15 service hours of service will not be permitted to wear the SHS cord at the Columbus graduation ceremony
  • Speech & Debate

    Moderator:  
    Gabriel de Tuya - gdetuya@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Speech & Debate Team:
    The Columbus Speech and Debate Team competes in year-round interscholastic speech and debate tournaments on a local, regional, and national level. The team are members of the Florida Forensic League (FFL), the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) and the National Forensic League (NFL). The National Forensic League also serves as the National Honor Society for Speech & Debate. The CCHS debate team consistently places in the top 10% of National Forensic League Chapters.

    The various Speech & Debate events include:

    Congressional Debate
    This is individual debate in a large group setting. Congressional Debate models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Students optionally write legislation submitted by their coach to a tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions distributed by each tournament. At the tournament, students set an agenda of what legislation to discuss, they debate the merits and disadvantages of each, and they vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined. Parliamentary procedure forms structure for debate, and students extemporaneously respond to each others’ arguments over the course of a session. Congressional Debate is a valuable learning exercise, because students familiarize themselves with current social and political problems and learn appropriate behavior and rules for formal meetings. Contestants are evaluated by judges for their research and analysis of issues, argumentation, skill in asking and answering questions, use of parliamentary procedure, and clarity and fluency of speaking.

    Lincoln Douglas Debate
    Lincoln Douglas Debate centers on a proposition of value, which concerns itself with what ought to be instead of what is. A value is an ideal held by individuals, societies, governments, etc. One debater upholds each side of the resolution from a value perspective. To that end, no plan (or counterplan) should be offered. A plan is defined by the NFL as a formalized, comprehensive proposal for implementation. The debate should focus on logical reasoning to support a general principle instead of particular plans and counterplans. Debaters may offer generalized, practical examples or solutions to illustrate how the general principle could guide decisions. Topics change every two months.

    Policy Debate
    Debaters work in pairs (teams) to address the school year's topic, either from the affirmative side (to propose a plan to solve a problem with the topic), or the negative side (to prove how the affirmative’s plan is flawed). Argumentation includes a constructive case, cross-examination, and refutation. Skills learned include research, policy analysis, case building, refutation, questioning, organization and communication.

    Public Forum Debate
    Public Forum Debate is audience friendly debate. Two pairs (teams) debate monthly controversial topics ripped from newspaper headlines. Rounds begin with a coin toss between the competing teams to determine side and order (Pro-Con or Con-Pro). Public Forum tests skills in argumentation, cross-examination, and refutation.

    Extemporaneous Speaking (United States and International)
    A contestant draws three questions, selects one, then has 30 minutes to prepare a speech in response. The contestant utilizes files of published materials (books, magazines, newspapers, online sources) s/he has compiled as a resource for answering the question. At the completion of the 30 minute preparation period, the student speaks on the topic for up to 7 minutes. The NFL divides extemp. into two separate events: United States (dealing with domestic issues), and International (issues beyond US borders).

    Original Oratory
    Orators are expected to research and speak intelligently, with a degree of originality, in an interesting manner, and with some profit to the audience, about a topic of significance. Although many orations deal with a current problem and propose a solution this is not the only acceptable form of oratory. Your oration may simply alert the audience to a threatening danger, strengthen its devotion to an accepted cause, or eulogize a person. An orator is given free choice of subject and judged solely on the effectiveness of development and presentation.

    Dramatic Interpretation
    This is an individual category in which the selections are dramatic in nature. Selections shall be cuttings from published-printed novels, short stories, plays, poetry, or any other printed-published materials. Presentations must be memorized, without props or costumes. The time limit is 10 minutes which includes an introduction.

    Humorous Interpretation
    This is an individual category in which the selections are humorous in nature. All other rules are the same as Dramatic Interpretation.

    Duo Interpretation
    This is a two-person category in which the selection may be either humorous or dramatic in nature. All other rules are the same as Dramatic Interpretation.

    Oral Interpretation of Literature
    Students present selections in two categories -- prose and poetry. Each selection must be a maximum of ten minutes in length. The student must hold a manuscript and appear to be reading. The students alternate between rounds of prose and rounds of poetry.

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    Membership in the club is open to any student enrolled at CCHS, but students are expected to keep a 3.0 un-weighted GPA.
  • Squires Club

    Moderator:  
    Br. Eladio Gonzalez - 
    egonzalez@columbushs.com

    Squires Pledge: 
    I accept the struggle to be a good Christian and I promise to work for the kingdom.

    Purpose of the Squires Club:
    • To enhance a young man’s opportunities in life
    • To provide leadership training & moral guidance needed to succeed
    • The Squires Club builds character and develops leadership
    • The Squires Club participates in many kinds of activities
    Programming includes four standing committees:
    Spiritual Activities | Service Activities | Social Activities | Membership Activities

    Programming provides the opportunity for growth in areas as decision-making, delegation of responsibility, administration, public speaking, public relations, record-keeping, financial responsibility, and program promotion. Squires will plan, organize, finance, promote and carry them to completion

    Service Projects & Service-Hours Credit:
    Throughout the school year, Squires participate in a variety of projects serving people in need in the local community.  The service hours that students dedicate to these projects are eligible for credit towards the CCHS Christian Service Graduation Requirement.  To obtain service hours credit for Squires service projects, students should use the Squires Service Hours Document, which can be obtained by clicking on the Squires Form
    link.

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    The Squires Club is open to all the students at CCHS, The Club requires good will and commitment to our purpose.
  • Star Wars Club

    Moderator: 

    Purpose of the Star Wars Club: 
    The purpose of the club is to allow students who share a common interest in Star Wars to gather and share information.
  • STEM Club

    Moderator: 
    Armando Rodriguez - arodriguez@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the STEM Club:
    The STEM Club offers opportunities for students to work on projects that involve the collaboration of the STEM disciplines of  science, technology, engineering and math.  Students interested in pursuing STEM related careers are encouraged to join.  Activities include participation in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge that involves the creation of a project to be entered in a worlwide summit.  Also, students will participate in a nationwide rocket competition through the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).
  • STN Honor Society

    Moderator:
    Omar Delgado - odelgado@columbushs.com 

    Purpose of the STN Honor Society:
    The STN Honor Society was established to recognize the accomplishments
    of outstanding students enrolled in STN programs. 

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    • Students must be in their junior or senior year to qualify to apply and submit their application by December 9th, 2016
    • Applicants are required to have a 3.5 cumulative GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)
    • Applicants must have previously participated in one of the following STN activities:
      • STN convention
      • STN contest
      • STN Volunteer
      • Other event
    • Students must have a letter of recommendation from their adviser/teacher written on school letterhead
    • Students must have a transcript from the school verifying their grade point average
    • Students’ class must be enrolled in a current STN affiliate member program
    • Students must have completed one community service project related to video
  • Student Activities Committee - SAC

    Moderators: 
    Kimberly Brown - kbrown@columbushs.com
    Chris Connell - cconnell@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Student Activities Committee:
    SAC is at the heart of student life at Columbus and is made up of an elected Student Council Board representing each grade level; in a nutshell SAC is run by students for the students. SAC is responsible for organizing and putting on our opening school year dance come to be known as “Beach Bash.” It is further responsible for school spirit, organizing pep rallies for football games as well as basketball and other sports. SAC is there to rally the students at all sporting events accompanied by our very own mascot “Mr. Explorer”. SAC organizes and runs Homecoming Week and all its activities as well as the Homecoming Dance in the fall. Spring brings the much cherished “Battle of the Sexes” talent show against our sister school OLLA, which always brings the best talent to the stage. The board assists the moderator with organizing the class trips for all grade levels including the very much anticipated Grad Bash for seniors at Universal Orlando, Florida.  To culminate a year full of activities the senior SAC board and ex-officio members help choose a theme and organize the Senior Prom.  As the academic year comes to a close a new group of explorers step up and run for office on the SAC board. The SAC board members work in close connection with the SAC Club members and organize several service oriented projects both on and off campus, such as the very successful annual Turkey Drive and the Toy Drive. SAC allots the opportunity for every student to participate and encourages each explorer to join the vast number of clubs and activities. SAC strives to make your four years at Columbus the most spirit filled experience to be had. 

    General Eligibility Requirements:
    All are welcome. Adelante!
  • The Flying Club

    Moderator: 
    Purpose of the Aviation Club:
    We plan to help others experience the thrill of flight, learn the scientific aspects on how these engineering marvels operate, and to help others learn how to operate them.
  • The Log - School Newspaper

    Moderator: 
    Bob Linfors - 
    rlinfors@columbushs.com

    Purpose of The Log:
    The school newspaper, always on top of the latest stories, keeps the student body aware of the activities of the school. With different sections it also includes students’ opinions of local and national events. Becoming involved in The Log exposes students to journalism issues as well as fostering a sense of community.

     
  • Yearbook Club

    Moderator:
    Kathryn Maratos - kmaratos@columbushs.com

    Purpose of the Yearbook Club:
    The mission of the yearbook is to record the events and lifestyles of the students at Columbus. Students will conduct interviews, participate in school functions, research, write short articles, design, photograph and create videos of student events, which they will submit for yearbook publication.
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.