Clubs at Central High School


Chess Players Club

It is the mission of the Chess Club, an educational organization, to maintain a formal program of instruction to teach the game of chess and to promote and support its educational program through community outreach and local and national partnerships to increase the awareness of the educational value of chess.



The Co-Ed Hi-Y

Hi-Y clubs perform school and community service projects and also participate in the Virginia YMCA's model government programs.

The Virginia YMCA is a statewide, non-profit, educational organization which sponsors Hi-Y and Youth & Government clubs in secondary schools in Virginia. These are service clubs which stress leadership development and values education.

In addition to the Hi-Y club program, the Virginia YMCA conducts model government programs for older high school teenagers: Model General Assembly and the Model Judiciary Program. These hands-on programs allow students a closer look at the inner workings of the Commonwealth's legislative, judicial, and executive branches. 

Coed Hi Y Purpose and Platform

The YMCA is a world-wide movement dedicated to helping all persons reach their potential through spirit, mind, and body. The stated purpose of Hi-Y clubs is "to provide opportunities for leadership development and community service, to promote self-confidence and self-esteem, to increase community awareness and global education, and to learn about Virginia government."

The Hi-Y platform consists of:

     Clean Speech
     Clean Sportsmanship
     Clean Scholarship

Coed Hi Y Club Responsibilities

Hi-Y clubs are non-denominational organizations composed of high school aged students of all faiths, who desire to belong to a club interested in high personal values and growth. Advisors assist the students in the pursuit of those goals. 

Coed Hi Y By-Laws

Club dues include the YMCA affiliation fee. These dues will be used for Hi-Y purposes only.

The club shall participate in the YMCA missions program. 

Failure to live up to the purpose and platform of the Hi-Y program may result in a member losing membership in the club. Said member shall be counseled by the advisor and president. 

An induction service for new members will be held immediately after the membership drive each year. 

Returning members should rededicate themselves annually to the Hi-Y purpose and standards.


Distributive Education Clubs of America

D. E. C. A. is the student organization, which exposes Marketing students to leadership training and a competitive events program to evaluate marketing skill and knowledge. 

D. E. C. A. has over 65 years of tradition as part of a strong marketing curriculum in hundreds of high schools throughout Virginia. 

Each year more than 20,000 students statewide enroll in the Marketing program.

D. E. C. A. helps students research potential careers in marketing an management, as well as understand the education and training requirements to pursue business careers.

The purpose of the DECA Club is: 

Develop a respect for education in marketing and distribution which will contribute to career and technical education competence. 

Provide a thorough program of activities relating to the opportunities in the field of distribution thereby assisting the student in making an intelligent choice of occupation 

To allow practical application of Distributive Education knowledge, skills and abilities through competition, social and professional student-centered activities and events. 

Develop progressive, compete self-reliant and cooperative leadership in the field of distribution. 

Engender an understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free, competitive enterprise system. 

Encourage the use of high ethical standards in business. 

Establish a sense of responsibility through business to the civic, social and moral welfare of society. Give each student an awareness of career and technical education and what it can contribute to business through use of the training facilities it offers. 

DECA seeks to achieve its purposes by creating interest in all phases of marketing and distribution study, and serving as an avenue of expression for individual talent. 

Students in marketing courses learn skills in:

     human resource management,
     career planning,
     job acquisition, 
     marketing principles, and 

Many students also work in marketing-related fields and receive on the job training.




Students Interested In Science and Ecology.

Saving the Environment one day at a time.

Understanding the challenges of tomorrow.

Protecting our precious resources.

Making the planet better today.



Future Business Leader of America

Students In The Business Classes participate in the Future Business Leaders of America Club.

The F. B. L. A. is a co-curricular organization, and its activities are an integral part of the instructional program.


The following is a list of F. B. L. A. goals:

To develop competent, aggressive business leadership. 

To strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work. 

To create more interest in, and understanding of, American business enterprise. 

To encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community. 

To develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism. 

To encourage and practice efficient money management. 

To encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty. 

To assist students in the establishment of occupational goals. 

To facilitate the transition from school to work.


Family Career and Community Leaders

F. C. C. L. A. students in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America. Formerly the Future Homemakers of America (F. H. A.) 

Family Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. 

Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence and career exploration. 

Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life-planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication-necessary in the home and workplace. 

F. C. C. L. A. Mission

To promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader. 

F. C. C. L. A. Members Develop Skills For Life Through:

     Character development;
     Creative and critical thinking; 
     Interpersonal communication; 
     Practical knowledge; and
     Career and technical preparation.

F. C. C. L. A. Purpose

     to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life;
     to strengthen the function of the family as a unit of society; 
     to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community;
     to encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation;
     to promote greater understanding between youth and adults; 
     to provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities; 
     to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society; 
     to promote family and consumer sciences and related occupations. 

F. C. C. L. A. Program Emphasis

FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus

FCCLA is a career and technical education student organization that functions as all integral part of the family and consumer sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system. 

FCCLA provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state and national levels.

FCCLA has a national membership of nearly 220,000 young men and women in nearly 8,000 local chapters. There are 53 state associations including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. 

Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than nine million youth. Former members are eligible to become members of Alumni & Associates. 

FCCLA is supported primarily by student membership dues. Additional funds are raised from individuals, corporations and foundations. FCCLA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Career and Technical and Adult Education) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)



Key Club - Kiwanis International Students

Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

Key Club International brings together all Key Club's members' efforts and energies into an area that makes an international impact through the Major Emphasis, "Children: Their Future, Our Focus.” The Major Emphasis unites Key Clubs under the banner of service that deals with the most important part of our community, our youth. 

The Key Club service initiative is the hands-on element of the Major Emphasis. All of the hands-on service provided to children by Key Club International members is directed to a single area of need, to make a substantial impact. The current service initiative, The Eliminate Project, allows Key Clubbers joining forces with Kiwanis International and UNICEF eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Each year, Key Club International teams up with its three partner organizations, March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network and UNICEF, for the fundraising element of the Major Emphasis. As you plan your club’s service programming for the year, keep these organizations in mind. Each Key Club is encouraged to participate with our partners as we join together to make a difference in the lives of children. 



Mu Alpha Theta - Math Club

Purpose of Mu Alpha Theta

Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with over 88,000 student members by June each school year in more than 1,800 schools. We are dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students. 

Mu Alpha Theta achieves these goals by: 
     Providing a method for schools to recognize and encourage those students who enjoy and excel in mathematics. 

     Students participate in math-related events and interact with others from around the area. 
     Rewarding outstanding extracurricular achievement by offering special awards to students. 

     Providing Mathematics Competitions to participating members at  school.



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, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since the beginning in 1921.

More than one million students participate in activities of the NHS. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.



Student Council Association

About SCA

The student council helps share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals. They often also help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects and school reform. Members learn skills that are an extension of their formal education.

SCA is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school the staff for the benefit of the school and its students.

SCA Functions

Student councils operate in many forms. SCA is representative-based with a President, Vice-President, secretary, treasurer, and reporter. In this form student representatives and officers are elected from and by the student body.


scholastic-bowl Scholastic Bowl

Scholastic Bowl, pits four-person teams in a test of knowledge of English, Math, Science, Social Studies and miscellaneous areas like current events, entertainment, the arts and sports. A double-elimination format in six rounds of team-on-team face-offs is used to pare a field of the top eight schools in each group to the eventual champion. The field includes two representatives from each geographic region of the state.


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