Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities

Many parents ask what is the value for students to become involved in clubs and activities. Research has shown that students involved in clubs and activities typically have better grades and excel in the areas of performance. In addition, activities and clubs help contribute to a student's self-respect, increase self-esteem and confidence, and emphasize the value of teamwork. Activities and clubs also tend to sustain motivation in school. We encourage all students to become involved in clubs and activities to enrich the high school experience.

To find out more about a particular club or activity listed below, click on the sponsor name to contact them through email, or scroll down for more specific information about the various clubs.

Clubs/Activities Sponsor
 Asian American Heritage Club Emily Nyman 
 Book Club Sue Spence 
Chess & Go Club David Purcell 
Choir  Alexis Rolls Duffy 
Criminal Justice Student Organization Traci Nemechek and Pat Burke
DECA & FBLA Rachel Caliga
Diversity Club  Traci Russell
 Dungeons and Dragons club  Tiffany Briggs
Engineering Student Association Chris Gray
E-Sports Mark Sherman
Far Away Friends David Purcell 
FCA Jason Casanova
FCCLA  Tiffany Briggs 
Guitar Club Stephen O'Rourke
God Squad Jessica Koehler
GSA Mark Sherman 
Hiking Club for Women Kirsten Link, Micah Snider
Instrumental Music / Band Dylan Ford
Journalism & Broadcasting Adrienne Marko
Key Club Sierra Reitz
Knitting Club Laurie Lawless
K-Pop Dance Crew Erin Forste 
Link Crew Jennessa Horan, Alyson Koerner, Taylor Terrell, Kim Trefz
 Math Club Heidi Geyer
Men of Dakota & Super Women of Dakota Jason Casanova, and Amy Ziegler
Mock Trial Tracy Peronard
 Model United Nations Club Mallory Goetz 
National Art Honor Society Micah Snider
National Honor Society  Tiffany Briggs 
Robotics Club (website) Chris Gray
Rugby Club Kathy Abeyta
Snow Riders Nile Smith & Kirsten Link
Student Government/Student Govt. Aux. Keary Sullivan
Student Voice Traci Russell 
 Upstart Crow Theater Club  James Young 
Winter Guard/Winter Percussion Dylan Ford
Yearbook Sherrod Bott 

Club Times and Locations

Asian American Heritage Club

Asian American Heritage club is a club that strives to foster a sense of community and increase the awareness of each culture. Asian American Heritage club strives for not only a better sense of community for Asian Americans in this school but for every person of color to be represented and heard. This club will bring together Asian Americans, people of color and people who want to learn more about the culture together. Our mission is to spread representation, knowledge and awareness about the various asian cultures through food, music, etc. 

Location: ST-217
Times: The first Cardinal Day of the month during Talon Time. 9/5, 10/2, 11/3, 12/4, 1/5, 2/5, 3/4, 4/2, 5/3 

If you have any questions please feel free to email Uyen Bui at [email protected]

Book Club

The purpose of book club is for readers alike to get together, read, and discuss books together. We will all choose a book together and read the "assigned" chapters/ pages, until the next meeting where we will discuss what we read. All are welcome!

Location: B-215
Time:  Wednesdays from 3:20-4:30pm 

Chess and Go Club

A welcoming environment where anyone of any ability level can come to play a game of chess. 

Location: ST- 228
Time: Wednesdays 3:30-4:45


There are several levels of choir at Dakota. These classes meet during the school day and have concerts at DRHS as well at festivals around the state. For more information please visit our website.

Computer Science Club 

The Computer Science Club is for students at any grade level who are interested in computers and computer programming, whether it’s coding, web development, app development, game development, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, social media networks, virtual reality, hardware and design, or anything else computer science related. There is no background knowledge needed to start, so students of all abilities are invited to join. Each week, we’ll have a discussion topic, optional challenge problem, and opportunities to learn from others. Students are encouraged to bring their own project ideas and contribute ideas for club activities.

The club will also be meeting at the same time as the Robotics Club, which will give our members an opportunity to provide programming support to the competitive robot being developed for the FIRST Robotics national competition. Club members interested in assisting the Robotics Club will be invited to attend the Denver Regional FIRST Robotics competition in March at Denver University.

Location: ST 128 (computer lab)

Time: Mondays 3:30-5:00 pm

Criminal Justice Student Organization

Function of our organization

  • To unite in a common bond without regard to race, sex, religion, creed or national origin full-time students enrolled in career and technical courses
  • To develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, vocational, civic, recreational and social activities
  • To foster an understanding of criminal justice system and careers in the field
  • To promote ethical behavior in the career field
  • To develop the ability of students to plan together, organize and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of the democratic process
  • To foster a wholesome understanding of service careers and how the components work together
  • To create among students, faculty members, patrons of the school and persons in industry a sincere interest in and esteem for criminal justice careers
  • To develop patriotism through a knowledge of our nation’s heritage and the practice of democracy
  • To emphasize the importance of continuous education consistent to the needs of the individual and the requirements of his or her chosen occupation

Location: HR 108
Time: Please email Traci Nemechek for more information on time/dates of meetings


DECA & FBLA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school. Every student enrolled in a business/marketing course is a part of the DECA or FBLA chapter. It is the student's choice to compete in the District and State conferences. Students have an opportunity to qualify to attend the International Conference in the spring.

DECA & FBLA have both individual and team role plays and projects. Practice and meetings occur through each class, with a couple practices in the evening with judges from the community. If you are interested in partaking and are not enrolled in a business class, please let Mrs. Caliga know. For more information please email [email protected] 

Diversity Club

The Diversity Club is intended as a welcoming place for all students who wish to share their stories and learn from one another. It is intended to promote awareness of our diverse student population and value all students regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, or religion. It is also intended to provide diverse and culturally and enriched opportunities and events for members, the school and community. Go to our website for more information.

Location: ST 222
Time: Meeting hybrid every other Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 pm

Dungeons and Dragons

Thursday from 3:30-5pm in HR-115 (Starting in September) 


Engineering Student Association

ESA is the CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for engineering, robotics, and other technology students. Most of our activities will take place during class or Academic Enhancement. Other events and activities will be announced in class or by email. If you are not currently in a technology class, email Mr. Gray for more information at [email protected] 

Location: ST 112
Time: Navy Days at 7:00 a.m.

Far Away Friends (FAF)


Sponsor: Mr. David Purcell 

Function: The Far Away Friends club function would be to fundraise money for people in rural Uganda for education and health resources. Most of the money would go to a sister school in Uganda we would be paired with. 

Operation: At our first meeting, we would have people at the meeting sign in, an icebreaker, and an introduction of everyone. We would then have the president share what got them interested in FAF, which would be followed by a video more about Far Away Friends. We would also have a mentor/ a staff member of the FAF organization come to the meeting to go over discussions we will have during later meetings and campaign events that FAF has preplanned. Before closing up we would ask everyone when the best meeting time and day would be followed by goodbyes. 

Meeting time: Tuesdays at 3:30 - 4:45 




Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club 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, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communications, practical knowledge, and career preparation. For more information please visit our website.


Gamer's Club

The Gamer's Club provides a place where students can go to be social and play games.

Location: B 217
Time: Every Tuesday from 2:45-4:00 pm

Guitar Club

The Guitar Club is an opportunity for students, whether experienced guitarists or those just wanting to learn, to hang out and jam with other like-minded students. Whether you’re into metal, pop, indie, classical, blues, hip-hop, R&B, or whatever type of music, if there’s a guitar in it, it’s welcome. Each week we’ll have a lesson or demonstration, trade licks, and practice songs for those interested in participating in live performances during the DRHS band concerts. Members are not required to own a guitar or other equipment; a limited number of instruments can be provided for use during club meetings.

Location: Band Room

Time: Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 pm

God Squad

Have you been looking for a place to connect with your peers? Join us for a refreshing time of chatting, Bible lessons, and prayer. We will be meeting in Mrs. Koehler's room, B218. You're welcome to come every week or just once in a while. We'd love to see you there! Contact Mrs. Koehler at [email protected] if you have any questions! 

Location: B218
Time: Wednesdays after school until 4:00 PM


The Gay-Straight Alliance is an accepting club that advocates for equality and diversity within the school and the world, discusses LGBTQ+ issues, has fun activities, and offers a support group for everyone. Throughout the year, we promote events like Day of Silence, Pride months and days, and The Trevor Project funding. The group is for social reasons to bring LGBTQ+ students together, for advocating reasons to bring awareness, to prevent bullying, and to encourage pride, no matter how you identify.

Location: HR 136
Time: Thursday at 1:15 p.m.

Hiking Club for Women

The purpose of the Women's Hiking Club is to share the common interest of hiking and the outdoors, to get to know new people and build connections among females at DRHS and to promote physical and mental health and self-confidence.

We plan to go on a hike approximately once every three weeks. Most hikes will be scheduled on weekdays after school and others may take place on weekend days. Check out the DRHS Women's Hiking Club webpage and/or see Mrs. Link in the counseling office or Ms. Snider in the art department for more details.

Instrumental Music/Band

The instrumental music ensembles at Dakota Ridge High School! These classes meet during the school day and have concerts at DRHS as well as at festivals around the state. Please visit our website for more information.

International Thespian Troupe 5837

The Dakota Ridge Thespian troupe is the honor theatre organization that produces three main stage productions a year along with a dinner theatre and a night of one acts. All students are welcome to participate in productions either on stage or backstage. You do not need to be in a theatre class to be involved in the shows. To find out more information such as audition information, information on working backstage and other opportunities, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook at Dakota Ridge Theatre.

Journalism & Broadcasting

The Cord News: Students interested in becoming staff writers for The Cord News publications should enroll in Reporting and Editing in grades 10-12. Any student interested in "freelancing" for The Cord News should contact either the journalism adviser, Adrienne Marko, or the student editors.

The Ridge Review Broadcast: The school's weekly broadcast, The Ridge Review, is produced by students enrolled in Broadcast Production and Television Production. Students who would like to inquire about submitting "freelance" video segments or anchoring the news should contact the broadcast adviser, Adrienne Marko.

Key Club

Key Club is an internationally based, student-led, service organization connected to Kiwanis International. Students involve themselves in numerous community service activities both inside and outside of the school throughout the year. In addition to community service, there is opportunity for leadership development both through leadership training and involvement with club leadership (e.g. school, district and state levels). Please visit the Key Club website for more information.

Location: Library
Time: 7:45am on the first Cardinal morning of each week. 

K-Pop Dance Crew

This club will give students a safe space to enjoy their musical tastes in K-pop. They will be able to support and learn about their favorite idols and groups. Through learning choreography, lyrics, and names and faces of members, this club requires commitment outside of school.

Sponsor:Ms. Weikel and Ms. Koerner 


Time/Date: Talong Time 

Google Classroom Code: u56yu3v

Knitting Club

Learn how to knit or crochet, or if you already know, come join us on Wednesdays after school. 

Location: Library
Email Laurie Lawless if interested in knitting club: [email protected] 

Link Crew

Link Crew Leaders are juniors and seniors who want to help freshmen. We run Freshman Orientation to acclimate freshmen to the school! Before finals, we host the Cocoa Cram in the library to help freshmen study for finals!

Applications for juniors and seniors are available in the spring. Join us and help leave a legacy at our fantastic school!

Math Club 

Math club is a great place to share your passion for math with likeminded students.  We work on non-routine challenging problems that are outside of the typical school curriculum.  It is a great way for students to develop intuitive thinking skills, learn new types of math, and receive tutoring support.  Students will learn to view math not as a set of rules or guidelines, but as an art.  The club aspires to participate in future national competitions.  We currently meet in Ms. Geyer's room AR 213 on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm.  Come join the fun!  Members can be of all math abilities.     

Men of Dakota and Super Women of Dakota

MOD/SWOD is a senior group of leaders nominated by the staff, and their job is to fill the leadership role and mentor role within the halls of Dakota Ridge. Please contact the sponsors for more details if you are interested in MOD/SWOD.

Mock Trial

The CBA High School Mock Trial Program is a positive academic program that gives students an opportunity to expand their speaking, writing, reading, and analytical skills while learning about the judicial system. The students play the role of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case. To play these roles, students are introduced to a number of life skills that will be helpful to them in their future, such as team work and collaboration; the importance and value of setting goals; the value of strategic planning and implementation; productive argumentative and persuasive skills; critical thinking skills; and the ability to face challenging obstacles with enthusiasm, professionalism and confidence.

Location: HR 137
Time: Starts meeting mid-September once a week, based on when the majority of students can attend, from 6-8 p.m.
Currently meeting on Thursday evenings from 5-7 p.m. via Zoom. Please email Mrs. Peronard to get the link: [email protected]

National Art Honor Society

National Art Honor Society gives students the opportunity to earn an academic letter in art or for seniors to graduate with honors and wear a special cord at graduation. Students may also use the group as a sort of "Art Club" for making new friends and spending time in a group of more serious art students than they may have in their classes. Our group is mostly student-led. In addition to improving art skills, members will be working on community service projects, both inside and outside the school building where students earn the hours needed for their honors designation. A small annual fee pays for dues in the nationally recognized organization and art supplies.

Meets Cardinal Wednesdays in AR 144 from 3-4pm and once a month during Seminar. 
**Always check out the NAHS Google Classroom calendar for the most up to date information. 

Please email Micah Snider for the GC code if you would like to join or gain more info:
[email protected]

National Honor Society

Membership in the National Honor Society is a selection process that has specific requirements outlined by national guidelines. The Constitution of the National Honor Society defines several obligations for members. Students selected for membership are expected to demonstrate and maintain the standards by which they were selected including continued performance at or above the required GPA of 3.8 weighted (Scholarship), involvement in service and leadership projects of at least 15 hours a semester and a school-based service project such as Make-A-Wish Colorado (Leadership and Service), attending required meetings once a month (Character), and attendance at the induction ceremony in February (New Member Requirement). Meeting dates and required events are outlined in a contract given to each accepted member; members are notified of their eligibility to join by sponsors at the beginning of their junior year (only juniors and seniors are eligible).
If you have questions please contact our sponsors.

Robotics Club

The Robotics club will focus on FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) which is the largest high school robotics competition. Our team is sponsored and mentored by Lockheed Martin and Comcast NBC Universal. We attend the Denver Regional FRC Competition each year in March at Denver University. Please email Mr. Gray at [email protected] if you are interested in participating this year.

Location: ST 112
Time: Monday 3:00-5:00 p.m.


We still remain part of the Westside SWARM Rugby family, high school boys program is now a club sport at Dakota Ridge High School. Please visit our Facebook page for more information.

SnowRiders Club

The goal of SnowRiders Club is to provide students with an opportunity to get up to the slopes with fellow ski/ride enthusiasts and enjoy what our beautiful mountains have to offer. For more information visit our website.

Student Government/Student Government Auxiliary

Student Government is a class students are elected or appointed into by executives/sponsors, which represents the student body. In this class, students work collectively on producing activities such as Day Without Hate, Homecoming, Mr. Dakota, Think Pink, ChaKotaBine, and so many more, that all leave a positive memory of high school. If you are interested, freshman elections begin in November. Elections for all other grades occur every spring. We hope you will consider joining our Student Government family!

Student Government Auxiliary is an outside-of-school club that assists Student Government. You will receive a pass/fail grade and credit for being in this club. If you are unable to commit to the Student Government class or it does not fit in your schedule, SG Auxiliary is perfect for you!

Student Voice

Student Voice is a district-wide initiative that empowers high school students from diverse backgrounds with leadership, cultural awareness, teamwork and advocacy skills. Jeffco Student Voice is a forum for students to collaborate with the Superintendent and other school, district and community leaders to create a sustainable movement from social justice in our community through compassionate leadership.

Location: ST 222
Time: Meeting hybrid every other Tuesday 3:30-4:30 pm

Viking Club

Viking Club will be held once a month as a social event for the students of Dakota Ridge in order to relieve stress and bond with fellow students. Primarily, these meetings will be comprised of potlucks where students bring in articles of food to share. Furthermore, games such as Viking chess and Kubb (a Viking lawn game) will be played. Brief histories of famous Viking and Norse mythology will be given.

Location: HR 136
Time: First Friday of every month from 3-5 pm

Winter Guard/Winter Percussion

Winter Guard - Competitive ensemble using dance, flag, sabre, and rifle techniques to choreographed music. Weekly rehearsals. No experience necessary, but attendance at clinics/auditions/rehearsals/competitions is mandatory.

Winter Percussion - Competitive ensemble performing a variety of musical techniques in their performance. Weekly rehearsals. No percussion experience necessary, but attendance at clinics/auditions/rehearsals/competitions is mandatory.


Yearbook is a class open to 10th-12th graders. Students in yearbook learn principles of photography, design, and feature writing. Students are assigned to specific pages in the yearbook and are responsible for attending athletic events, club meetings, and school events to complete their assignments. Once the yearbook is printed, yearbook staff members can take pride in recording their school's history. If interested, speak to a counselor about registering for the yearbook class during class registration time in January/February.

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