Clubs and Organizations

Academic Team (formerly It's Academic)

SponsorMr. Schuman
Captain - Riley Hoffman, Co-captain - Ben Littman
Monday & Thursday at lunch in room 324
Description: The academic team competes in quiz-style competitions against other schools around the DC area, the most notable of which is the TV show “It’s Academic.” Sherwood vs. QO Quizmaster

Africa United Club

SponsorMr. Textoris
Student Officers: President: Blanche Anyango, VP: Lynda Taneku, Treasurer: Kercy Irakoze, Secretary: Jael Kish
:2nd Friday of each month at lunch in room 228J
Description: The Africa United Club is interested in learning about and celebrating African Culture as well as community service projects in Montgomery County and in Africa. Some of the activities we have been involved in: Field trips to the African History Museum and IMAX film on Egypt, African Art History lecture at GWU, African History lecture at Montgomery College, clothing drive for flood victims in Mozambique, Christmas Toy-Drive for Head Start in Montgomery County, donation to Trees for the Future to help plant trees in Africa, annual participation and organization for International Night at QOHS, participation in the African American History Month Assemblies, African dinners at student homes. We will also be participating in Putting on the Hits.

American Sign Language Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Combs
Meetings: Listen to announcements for dates and times, meetings in room 218
Officers: President: Ashley Smith, VP: Ana Galeana, Historian: Zakaiyah Bright, Secretary: Annie Coulson
Description: The ASL Club discusses Deaf events in the Washington, DC area. Come learn some sign language basics. In addition, the club assists the ASL Honor Society with its yearly fundraiser of sending a deaf child to camp.

Anime/Manga club

Sponsor: Mr. Rockwood
Officers: President - Paris Lane
Meetings: Tuesdays after school (2:30 - 3:30) in room 239
Description: Fans and artists unite! Join the Anime/Manga club after school and spend time hanging out with people who share your interests.

Astronomy Club

Sponsor: Ms. Hollies
Officers: President - Stefano Santini, Vice President - Alvand Fakhari, Co-Secretaries - Francesca D'Cruz & Brianna Ho
Description: The astronomy club is interested in learning more about the universe we live in. This club is great for anyone interested in science and astronomy.

Best Buddies

Sponsor: Mr. Benas
Officers: Co-Presidents - Abby Cohn and Emily Kramer, Associate Member Director - Kathlyn Kavadias
Meetings: We have club luncheons on the last Wednesday of each month, and out-of-school activities at variable times. Listen to announcements and check our bulletin board next to the nurse's office for event locations.
QOHS Best Buddies Webpage,,
Best buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
How can I participate in Best Buddies?
You can choose to become a Peer Buddy. A Peer Buddy is a student without an intellectual disability who is pairing up in a one-on-one friendship with a student who has a disability for a full school year. A Peer Buddy is expected to contact his/her Buddy at least once a week and hang out with him/her at least twice a month. You may decide to become an Associate Member instead. Associate Members are students that are not paired up in a one-on-one friendship, but still attend all chapter meetings and events.

Chess Club

Meetings: TBA
Description: Play some chess!

Class of 2019 - Seniors

Facebook: Quince Orchard Class of 2019
Instagram: quinceorchard2019
Twitter: @qoclassof19
Remind: @qohs2019

Sponsor: Ms.Reese
President: Annie Coulson
First VP: Jenna Shatzman
Second VP: Jack Dacy
Third VP: Adam Shatzman
Treasurer: Kevin Bae
Secretary: Bradley Pasekoff
Historian: Sara Smith 

Class of 2020 - Juniors

Sponsor:  Mrs. Burdette
President: Kate Faraon
First VP: Lyla Kim
Second VP: Lindsey Brick
Third VP: Faith Lane
Treasurer: Monica Soni
Secretary: Maddie Pomrink
Historian: Jose Juhring

Class of 2021 - Sophmores

Sponsor:  Mr. Kozlowsky
President: Kylie Parker
First VP: Clare Lilyestrom
Second VP: Paul Beltran
Treasurer: Shrestha Makar
Secretary: Phoebe Portnoy
Press Secretary: Lulia Fitiwi
Historian: Kendall Lumsdec
ESOL Ambassador: Jecolia Koffi 

Class of 2022 - Freshmen


Coexist Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Burdette
Description: It’s a group of kids who discuss topics of tolerance.  Sometimes we discuss various religions and their belief systems, others it a current event.  We’ve done book studies (think Life of Pi), and discussed movies (Sniper).  Though our discussions we discuss what’s going on, we try to understand why it happened (what motives people might have), and ways we can make a difference.

Comprehension Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Soykan
Officers: President - Akshiv Gulati, Co-Vice Presidents - Martin Ivanchev & Eddie Zhou & Leon Cao
Meetings: Thursdays at lunch in room 240
Description: A place where anyone who needs SAT or ACT help can come in for tutoring.

Computer Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Adams 
Officers: Co-Presidents - Martin Ivanchev & Eddie Zhou, Vice President - Gudrun Thorkelsdottir, Treasurer - Ryan Gniadek, Secretary -Molly Heston
Meetings: Mondays at lunch in room 128
Description: Computer Club allows students interested in technology to broaden their knowledge. We will participate in various competitions and raspberry pi projects. We Do Computers!

Cougar TV

Sponsor:Mr. Malcolmson
Crew Council: Ben Palmer, Allison Hobson, Cooper Hoffman and Devin Streight
Meetings: Thursdays at 2:20pm and Fridays at 6:45am in the TV Studio
Description: Produces a student run Friday morning live news broadcast reporting on noteworthy QO events of the week.

Debate Team

Sponsor: Mrs. Jones
Wednesday at lunch in room 227
Description: The Quince Orchard High School Debate Team provides students an opportunity to engage in public forum style debates. Each student researches and prepares for four different topics per year and individually debates these topics with opponents from other Montgomery County schools. For more information talk to Ms. Jones or Devin Streight.

Drama Club & Stage Crew

Sponsor:Mr. Saadipour
Producer:Mrs. Lee
Officers: President: Annie Coulson, VP of Activities: Keegan Lauricella-Reed, VP of Publicity: Jackson Freed, VP of Technology: Ken-Ichi Shay, Secretary: Sydney Lauricella-Reed, Treasurer: Alex Roth, Historian: Victoria Keith

Description: Drama Club and Stage Crew is an organization comprised of those interested in the theatrical arts. It functions as the producing body for at least 2 shows a year, with members not only performing in cast or pit orchestra, but also involved in such aspects as constructing and painting sets, making costumes, props, lights and sound, hair and makeup, and serving as the front house crew during performances, as well as many other areas of production.  All student members involved in the productions are eligible for becoming members of the International Thespian Society, the Educational Theatre Association's student honorary organization. Actors must audition; workshops are held to show you how.  Stage/Technical/Backstage Crew members, as well as Pit Orchestra members, do not audition but there is a level of expectation of commitment.  All members of the productions generally meet every school day from about 2:45-5pm while preparing for shows and can run later the week the show opens (Tech Week). Certain areas of crew also work some weekends. The club also participates in other activities, which may include the Homecoming parade, going to festivals and participating in fundraising activities. Occasional Drama Club meetings generally occur at lunch. The call board next to the elevator on the first floor and the website carries Drama Club notices.  The club welcomes all new members to come and share their talents and knowledge.

Engineering and Robotics Club

Sponsor: Mr. Sontz
Officers: President- Ryan Gniadek, Vice President - Willard Sullivan, Treasurer - Akram Hossain, Secretary - Daniyal Bharmal, Team 7518 Captain - Philip Johnson, Team 7519 Captain - Samantha Krakovsky, 3D Printer Manager - Maxwell Rosenthal
Meetings: Mondays and Wednesday after school; for more specific information visit
Description: This group explores the fields of Engineering while allowing students interested in STEM to meet and work together to solve different problems and work on different projects. Our projects include FIRST Robotics, 3D Printing, and Drones. Stop by and be an engineer. You can do it. 

Environmental Club

Sponsor: Ms. Haase
Officers: President - Timothy Kress, Vice President - Elliot Hayes, Treasurer - Adam Levey, Secretary - Bret Williams, Historian - Torii Isaacson, Community Relations - Michael Bauer & Sine Wari
Meetings: TBD
Description: Environmental Club is focused on gaining awareness of environmental issues, encouraging environmentally healthy behaviors in our lives and community, and enjoying nature through outdoor excursions. Throughout the year we will organize activities such as hiking, local restoration, conventions, documentary screenings, and participation with local and national environmental groups.

Equestrian Club

Sponsor:Mrs. Teddi Bewernitz
Meetings: Listen for announcements for meetings during lunch
Description: We compete in the Interschool Horse Show Series against other public and private high schools in Maryland. There is one show a month and we are always open to new members.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Sponsor: Ms. Yu and Ms. Hall
Meetings: Mondays at lunch in room 220
Description: This is a place where students can meet and learn how to follow Jesus by living out our Christian faith wherever we are. Everyone is welcome. Come for food, fun, and fellowship!

Feminism Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Lo
Student Officers: President - Olivia Howard Coto, VP - Isabel Fairbanks, Treasurer - Jeremy Robinson
Description: In QO Feminism, our mission is to educate individuals on what feminism really is; Equality between both genders. Besides educating others, we have group discussions open to questions about how to be a better feminist  and also help local women shelters

Foreign Affairs Club

Sponsor: Mr. Textoris
Officer: President - Sung Min Joo
Meetings: Wednesdays during lunch in room 228J
Description: This club discusses and debates issues and events happening around the world, focusing on international topics not covered extensively in US News.  Students/members prepare presentations with Google Slides or Power point.

Forensics Team

Sponsors: Mr. Arora
Description: Forensics is more than just talk.  It is actually several forms of public speaking, including Prose or Poetry reading, Radio Broadcasting, Duo Interpretation, as well as Storytelling, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, Dou Improvisation, and Dramatic Interpretation. These are presented in competition at high school invitationals as well as in the district, region, and across the state. While participating on the Forensics team you will develop your speaking and acting skills, gain self-confidence and poise, learn how to express your ideas clearly and convincingly, and understand the meaning of commitment-to yourself and to the team.

Gaithersburg Student Union

Sponsors: Mrs. Aranda, Jake Hersom(City Sponser), and TBD
Meetings: Wednesdays at lunch in room 144A
Description: This group meets weekly to discuss different SSL opportunities in Gaithersburg as well as other activities that students can participate in.  Get more information about what is going on through the links below.

Game Development Club

Sponsor: Mr. Rockwood
Wednesdays at lunch in room 302B
Officers: TBD
Description: The Game Development and Design club is about making video games! Have you ever gotten so mad at a game, and said to yourself "I could do that better" well, now you can! Join the game dev and start making a game today!

Gamers' Club

Sponsor: Mr. Rockwood
Meetings: Thursdays after school (2:30 - 3:30) in room 239
Officers: President: Paris Lane
Description: Gamers’ Club lets students find both players for their favorite games and new games to play; video, board, card, and role playing games are open to anyone who wants to drop in. Have fun, improve your game, and make school a more awesome place

Global Griots

Sponsor: Mrs. Bradley
Editors - Ana Gomez and Gyda Murrar
Meetings: During lunch in room 230
Description: Global Griots is a group of multilingual student leaders who create an annual literary magazine that addresses issues and ideas that are relevant to international and immigrant students. This group is led by students who are previously or currently enrolled in ESOL classes. Submissions are collected throughout the fall semester, design and editing is completed during the late winter and early spring, and the final version of our magazine is printed at the end of the school year. It is distributed to any staff or student that is interested in global stories. If you are or were and ESOL student, come check us out.


Sponsor: Ms. Bewernitz
Meetings: Wednesdays at lunch in the greenhouse (next to 344)
Description: Horticulture is the art, science, and business of all things plants. The Horticulture club also performs annual fall centerpeices and a spring vegetable plant sale!


Sponsor: Ms. Raughley
Officers: President - Amy Ritter, Vice President - Samantha Palmrose, Secretary - Nikki Ahmadi, Historian - Kevin Bae
Meetings: Mondays at lunch in room 330.
Description: This club works on planning community service and international service events and fundraisers. It is a fun way to meet people and earn SSL hours. Everyone is invited.

International Club

Sponsor: Ms. Bradley
Officers: President - Natasha Vozenilek, Vice President - Daya Lu, Secretary - Tiffany Pei, Historian - Catherine Cassell, Treasurer - Shadi Davari
Description: The International Club at QOHS is a group of motivated diverse students who enjoy learning about other cultures, sharing their own cultural traditions and engaging other students in cultural events. The student members of the club put on the annual “International Night” show. The show features student cultural performances that include dance and musical performances, singing, reading poetry and performing dramatic skits. If you consider yourself a citizen of the world, come join International Club!

Jewish Student Union

SponsorMr. Schuman
: President - Lara Amar
Description: Promotes fellowship among Jewish students at QOHS, and explores a variety of aspects of Judaism, American Jewish culture, and service opportunities.

JUNTOS (Just Unite Now That's Our Solution)

Sponsor: Ms. Cardona and Mrs. Mohan
Offficers: Captain - Jullia Goncalves Senior
Meetings: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school (2:40 - 3:45) in Room 313 and Saturdays from 10am - 12pm  in the Dance Studio
Description: Its mission is to elevate and nurture students’ personal growth through dance and help them discover the power of their artistic expression. One goal is to build dance skills in order to able to compete in area dance competitions, Irene Holtzman, dance instructor of ClaveKazi Dance Company provides private instruction to JUNTOS members on Saturdays from 11:00am - 1:00pm at QOHS and students use after school practices to master the skills taught each Saturday. The MCPS Latin Dance Competition will be held on Monday, November 23, 2015 from 7-9pm at The Strathmore Hall in Rockville, Maryland. Tickets will be on sale in October. In order to be a member of JUNTOS, students must meet eligibility requirements as required by the county GPA of a 2.5. The MCPS Dance Completion will be held Monday November 20th, 2017

Key Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Parker
Officers: President - TBD, Vice President - TBD, Tresurer - TBD, Secretary - TBD, Editor - TBD
Meetings: Second and fourth Thursdays of each month in Ms. Parker's room, check the Facebook page for details
Description: Key Club is an international organization dedicated to service, leadership, and community. The club plans and participates in many volunteer opportunities through fundraisers, drives, and direct service. Members have a chance to earn SSL hours easily throughout the year. 

Last Minute Crew (LMC)

Sponsor: Mrs. Gordy 
Officers: Captain - Hazara, Co-Captains - Audrey Pham & Rachel Andries
Meetings: Mondays and Thursdays after school (2:30 - 4:00) in room 300. Extended practices run until 5PM
Description: We are a dance groups that specializes in dancing to Kpop (Korean Pop), hip-hop, and a variety of other dances. We participate in some school events such as POTH and pep rallies as well as performing outside of school in public. Anyone who enjoys and appreciates dance is welcome to join! Those who want join will have to tryout first. If you have any questions, email us at: 

LgbtQO Alliance

SponsorMrs. Rodgers 
Officers: TBD
Meetings: Every other Wednesday at lunch in room 221
Description: The GSA supports all gender and sexuality issues. We seek out events and causes that relate to teenage and young adult issues. At meetings, we discuss personal issues related to sexuality and plan events to meet other clubs with similar interests. Contact Ms. Rodgers or any officer to get involved. You don't have to be gay to join -- we talk about all issues related to dating and family relationships. 

Life Sciences Club

Sponsor: Ms. Hollies
Officers: President - Francesca D'Cruz, Co-Vice Presidents - Gabby Fuster and Abee Tariq, 2nd Vice President - Isabel Yoon, Secretary - Martina Mackleer, Press Secretary - Anna Y, Historian - Emily Wang
Meetings: Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunch in room 323F
A club dedicated to promoting interest and awareness in science, math, biotechnology, medical engineering and careers associated with these areas. Club members and guest speakers have an opportunity to present and discuss science related topics. They can attend field trips to federal research, academic and industry organizations. They can volunteer to help with elementary and middle school science fairs and tutoring. Everyone is welcome.

Literary Magazine

SponsorMrs. Stopler 
Erin Lanham, Edith Martinez
Meetings: Thursdays at lunch in room 228I
Description: Students create and publish the Cat’s Tales literary magazine. Magazine staff participate in fundraising activities, advertise for submissions, edit and choose submissions to be published in the magazine, and create the magazine design and layout.

Marching Band

Sponsor: Mr. Fiero 
Meeting Information: See the Marching Band website for details about practices and performances.
DescriptionThe marching band is one of the largest spirit organizations at Quince Orchard. The Marching Cougars perform at all varsity football games and at several competitions throughout the region. Membership is open to all students grades 9-12. The colorguard is also a dance unit that performs with the marching band at all events. The marching band rehearses two days a week during the fall (football season).

Minority Scholars Program

Sponsor: Mr. Saadipour and Mr. Favazzo
: The Minority Scholars Program (MSP) is a student driven initiative aimed at reducing the achievement gap by expanding the number of African American and Latino students in honors and Advanced Placement courses in Montgomery County public high schools. Based off the premise of positive peer pressure, MSP empowers out high school students to work consistently increase the number of African American and Latino students that are college bound by (1) identifying student candidates for honor and AP courses, and (2) providing MSP participants with support through peer-led workshops and events, and (3) providing leadership opportunities within the school and local community. Began in 2005 at one MCPS high school, the program has grown and now has chapters at 15 area high schools.

MSP at QO is comprised of 11th grade college-bound students with at least a 3.0 CGPA. The goal of MSP is to assist and support its members to be college and career ready and supporting them in leadership, academic success, and mentoring. Specific activities will be focused on helping develop the skills and strategies to maintain and improve member GPA, earn scholarships and grants and complete the college application process. Furthermore, members will develop their leadership skills by mentoring middle school students. MSP meets twice a month in Mr. Saadipour's room. Please see the sponsors or any MSP member for more information.

Mock Trial Team

Sponsor: Ms. Jones
Officers: Council Members - Yardley Borton, Clive Liu, Philipe Castillo, and Brent Jamsa
Meetings: Wednesday and Thursday after school in Mrs. Jones' Room 320

Model UN

Sponsor: Mr. Lasko

PEEAR (Tutoring Club)

Sponsor: Ms. Yeck
Officers: President - Stefan Ko, VP - Isabel Yoon, Secretary - Jina Lee
Description: PEEAR (Program for Educational Excellence and Academic Readiness) is a tutoring club with the purpose of enhancing education among students in our community. The members of PEEAR are consisted of high school students who attend Quince Orchard High School. Our club's objective is to provide tutoring for students who attend Ridgeview Middle School and Jones Lane Elementary School.

Physics Club

Sponsor: Mr. Boettcher

The Prowler (Newspaper)

Sponsor: Ms. Cooley-Klein
Editors-in-Chief: Tori Berry, Brandon Freedman, and Matthew Gordon
Meeting Place: Room 228I
Description: The Prowler publishes six issues a year and covers news, features, and sports in the Quince Orchard High School community. Students manage all aspects of newspaper production including reporting, editing, circulation, and business operations. In order to be involved in the newspaper, students must first take Newspaper Journalism, a year-long introductory course.
Latest Issue:   May 2017 
Past Issues:  May 2017 - February 2017 - December 2016 - November2016 - October 2016 - March 2016 - February 2016 - November 2015 - May 2015 - Senior Issue 2016 - March 2015 - February 2015 - December 2014 - November 2014 - October 2014       

Psychology Club

Sponsor:Ms. Keune
Officers: TBA
Meetings: Tuesdays at lunch in room 326, other activities are typically on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Description: The purpose of the Psychology club is to provide current and previous Psychology and AP Psychology students an opportunity to explore topics and themes related to the study of psychology beyond the classroom through movie nights, field trips, service projects to Springfield Psychiatric Hospital, book club dinners, and guest speakers. Membership is closed to only students who have completed AP Psychology or are currently enrolled in AP Psychology.

QO Film Society

Sponsor: Mr. Truman
Officer: Luke Tittle
Description: The QO Film Society is a group dedicated to the production of films and videos.  Students work together on all aspects of film making:  brainstorming ideas, writing scripts, blocking scenes, lighting and locations, and recording images.  All levels of abilities and interests are welcome.

Quince Orchard Project

Sponsor: TBA
Officer: Patty Dirlam
Description: The Quince Orchard Project is about bringing the community together, as well as explore the history of Quince Orchard and reintroduce it back into the community.

Red Cross Club

Sponsor: Ms.Letourneau
 Rachel Najdowski, Elena Dietz, Sydney Dalin, Kelsie Flaim
Meetings: Announced via email or morning announcements
Description: This club organizes book drives for QO Community library as well as being instrumental in getting awareness out about community projects and helping man the fall and spring blood drive.

SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions

Sponsor: Ms. Miller
President - Sam Holmberg, VP - Alka Jays, Treasurer - Stefan Ko, Secretary - Mina Lee, SSL Secretary - Jina Lee, Historian - Bella Roberts
Meetings: Wednesdays at lunch
Description: SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) - We are primarily an educational group with a goal to speak out against underage drinking and all the potentially destructive aspects of drinking and doing drugs. We promote this stand and try to educate students at QO through Cougar TV, posters, announcements, winter holiday cards, speakers, and participation in the schoolwide "Every Fifteen Minutes". We invite anyone to join us at any time to participate in our activities and become a member of our club.


SponsorMs. Keune and Mr. Lasko

President: Riley Hoffman
First VP: Jamie Grossberg
Second VP: Sam Mercer
Third VP: Lauren Kong
Treasurer: Katie Orr
Secretary: Taylor Wonnacott
Press Secretary: Lulia Fitiwi
Videographer: Zoe Zindash
ESOL Ambassador: Kercey Irakote

Meetings: TBD by calander events
Description: The Student Government Association is dedicated to voicing the concerns of the student body, and therefore resolve matters that affect the student body most.

South Asian Student Society

Sponsor: Mrs. Yang
Officers: President - TBA, Vice President - TBA
Meetings: Once a month during lunch in room 330, dates are on the morning announcements.
Description: One major project that SASS does is create a dance team to perform at International Night in March.  Please see Ms. Yang in room 330 if you are interested.

Teenage Republicans

Sponsor: Mr. Sontz
President - Chris Hunter, VP - Devin Streight, Treasurer - Zene Hall, Secretary - Ryan Gniadek, Historian - Brent Jamsa
Meetings: Fridays at lunch in room 133
During meetings we discuss issues facing the country and the Republican Party, and occasionally have guest speakers. Outside of school we get involved in political activism around the community. People of all political affiliations are welcome to participate in the club!

Women in Engineering

Sponsor: Mrs. Adams 
Description: This group welcomes all girls interested in learning more about Engineering and sharing what they know. Members work together to discuss issues in Engineering and help each other with course work for the PLTW courses at QO.   


Sponsor: Ms. Lo (Walkowiak)

Editor-in-chief: Jessica VanValkenburgh  
Assistant Editors-in-chief: Hannah Morin, Carly Porter 
Business Manager: Jamon Jex 
Photo Editor: Shannon Marsh  
Public Relations Officer: Alexandra Romano 
Senior Editors: Nicole Beisner, Skylar Saffer 
Sports Editor: Ulric Ayivi-Fandalor, John Fierstein 

Description: The award-winning yearbook is produced by the yearbook class taught by Ms. Lo (Walkowiak) and is published every year.

Young Democrats

Sponsor: Mr. Schuman
 Co-Presidents - Ela Dhankar and Ayesha Shahzad, Vice President- Will Husted
The Young Democrats Club is dedicated to political activism in the DC area, promoting a progressive view of local and national politics, including volunteering for local campaigns and attending issues-based rallies and event

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