OMHS Clubs & Organizations
This is an overview of a few of the opportunities for students to be involved at OMHS. Clubs are being added a continuous basis. Be sure to watch the announcements and club schedule to stay up-to-date on what is offered.
Alabama Youth Legislature (Mr. Moore and Ms. Touchstone) Alabama Youth Legislature is a sound educational approach to the development of citizen participation in the democratic government by providing opportunities to high school youth to study public government through a model legislative program. We meet during the year at school. Participants are also required to attend a District meeting in B'ham or the Electoral College in Montgomery. The Youth Legislature convenes in April for a four-day weekend in Montgomery, where we actually use the House and Senate chambers. Students learn parliamentary procedures, brainstorm ideas for bill writing, learn how to write them in the correct form, and practice debating those we write.
APC Code Red (Nabors) Addiction Prevention Coalition is focused on dealing with stress in healthy ways. Not only drugs and alcohol, but binge watching Netflix, playing video games for hours, binge eating, cutting, etc.
Apologetics (Mr. Dunham) Apologetics is the proof and defense of a set of beliefs, typically associated with the Christian faith. The club is focused on equipping students with the knowledge and Biblical reference to strengthen their foundation and confidence when questioned about their religion. This club is open to any students who are curious about Christianity.
Art Club (Ms. Lemley and Ms. McKinney) The OMHS art club is a student led club open to students interested in promoting art in the community and the school.
Athletic Leadership Council (Mr. Gallman and Ms. Mills) The mission of the Athletic Leadership Council is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by expanding school and community public relations, sponsoring and participating in school and community service activities, improving communication, and promoting school spirit. This council will be comprised of athletes nominated by coaches.
Band The Spirit of Cahaba (Mr. Ownby and Mr. Bender) The OMHS marching and symphonic band performs under the direction of Mr. Kevin Ownby. The band performs at all football games and competes in local marching competitions. Majorettes and the All-American Dancers all work with this dynamic marching band.
Battle of the Books (Ms. Hart and Ms. Lewis) An academic competition based on six books that students will read from August to March. Students compete in a Scholar's Bowl-like tournament against the other high schools in Shelby County. The annual tournament is held in March at SCISC in Alabaster.
Business Essentials/Mentor Program (Mr. Milton) The mentor program works to provide children that are students at OMES and IES a nurturing and sustained relationship with a trained student mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become healthy, productive members of the community. This program is an extension of the Business Essentials course that is offered at OMHS.
Choir (Mr. Zauchin) Under the direction of Mr. Michael Zauchin, students develop their artistic abilities and express themselves musically by performing all genres of music. The Oak Mountain High School Concert Choir, The Muses (women’s show choir), and the Oak Mountain Singers (mixed show choir), entertain the Oak Mountain community with concerts throughout the year, as well as compete in local and national competitions.
Debate Team (Mr. Johnson) Competitive Debate, also known as Forensics, is the greatest opportunity for a student to learn about the art of Debate. In a competitive arena, students will debate a chosen topic in a Lincoln-Douglas or Policy format. For each competition, the student receives points toward membership in the National Forensic League (NFL), a national honorary society dedicated to the recognition of service in the realm of public speaking. Student competition lasts from early September to April. Students compete for trophies, state titles, and a chance to go to the national tournament.
DECA (Ms. Ingram) DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), an Association of Marketing Students, is the co-curricular organization created to enhance the educational program of marketing students. DECA helps students develop skills and competencies for marketing careers, build self-esteem, experience leadership and practice community service. Some of the yearly activities include officer elections, leadership training, fashion shows, induction ceremonies, field trips, and traveling to three levels of competitive events. During the local induction ceremony, students receive a membership pin, card, and a subscription to DECA’s national magazine, DECA Dimensions
Destination Imagination (Ms. Weaver) An international organization for students teaching life skills and expanding imaginations. eams are formed in the fall with parents serving as coaches. Problems involve structure building, the arts, science and mystery, inventiveness, and improvisation. Competition begins in early March at the Regional level, followed by State and Global finals.
Diamond Dolls (Ms. Moore) Support the Varsity Baseball Team, help by keeping score, selling tickets at the gate, and attending home games.
EnviroBowl Team (Dr. Strong) The EnviroBowl team competes against other teams around the state to see who knows more about Alabama's natural environment and the science surrounding us. The team meets weekly from October through March to study all branches of science. They learn about specific aspects relating to the problems and potential within our environment. Many questions require very specific knowledge of Alabama’s natural environment and resources.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) (Ms. Triplett) FBLA is an international vocational student organization that is a component of the Business Education Program. FBLA members will demonstrate leadership as they participate in local school activities, as well as district, state, and national competitions. The competitive events include Computer Concepts, Computer Applications, Business Calculations, Keyboarding, Business Communications, Graphic Presentations, and others. FBLA allows students to come in contact with individuals that can assist in their career goals and dreams. All students that are taking Business Education courses are encouraged to be active members of FBLA.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Coach Irons) The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a nondenominational group of students that meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The mission of FCA is “to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the Church.” All students, including students not involved in athletics, are welcome to participate.
FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) (Ms. Baker) A national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders. It addresses important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education and offers real world learning experiences through community service activities.
Foreign Language Clubs Students are exposed to the traditions of different cultures in addition to studying various foreign languages. Students also engage in various competitions throughout the year.
- French Club (Ms. Maguire)
- Spanish Club (Ms. Silvestre)
- Junior Classical League (Ms. Sheffield)
Future Teachers of America (FTA) (Ms. Smith) Future Teachers of America is an organization for students who MIGHT be interested in becoming an educator, or want to understand teachers and what they do, better.
Gender Equality Club (Ms. Gallups) This club discusses ways to make OMHS and the OMHS community equal among all genders.
Interact Club Community A service group that is sponsored by the Inverness Rotary Club. They raise money for charitable organizations and do volunteer work in the community.
International Club (Ms. Zoll) The OMHS international club is a social club to bring all students together to to nurture cultural awareness, to support a diverse population, and to promote ideas of tolerance and acceptance at Oak Mountain High School and the community as a whole. The club provides students with the opportunity for cultural exchange and a chance to learn more about the world.
Key Club (Ms. Humphrey) Key Club is a service club sponsored by the Inverness Kiwanis Club. Student in Key Club participate in many community service projects during the school year.
Literary Magazine (Ms. Blakemore) Plans and designs the OMHS school literary magazine, which showcases a broad collection of student artistic, literary, and musical talents.
Make a Change Club (Ms. Nabors) A group of students that works to promote a positive environment amongst students at OMHS.
Math Teams (Algebra II, Adv. Math,& Geometry) (Ms. Bittinger, Mr. Feldman, and Ms. Roberts) These teams stay busy throughout the year with weekly practices and competitions. The student must be enrolled in the course to be on the team.
Mat Maids (Ms. Mace) Pin Pals show their support for the Wrestling Team. They help keep score and make signs to encourage the players.
Minority Student Association
National Honor Society (Ms. Rath) This academic honor society promotes academic excellence throughout the high school years. To be considered for membership or “tapping,” you must have a 3.75 GPA, teacher recommendation, and be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
Honor Societies by Subject - various academic requirements for each
- Mu Alpha Theta (Ms. Roberts and Ms. Williamson)
- National Business Honor Society (Ms. Ingram, Ms. Temple, Ms. Triplett)
- National English Honor Society
- National French Honor Society (Ms. Maguire)
- National Latin Honor Society (Ms. Sheffield)
- National Science Honor Society
- National Spanish Honor Society (Ms. Gandy)
Newspaper and Broadcast Staffs (Ms. Hart) Plans and designs the OMHS school newspaper, The Eagle’s Eye.
Not Your Average Book Club
OMHS Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) (Ms. Touchstone) A student-run club that brings together LGBTQI+ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform to fight for racial, gender, LGBTQ, and economic justice. OMGSA is a part of the GSA Network, which is an organization that empowers and trains queer, trans, and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize a movement for safer schools and healthier communities. The members of GSA develop leadership and activism experiences that prioritize building alliances across sexual orientation and gender identity lines as well as across race, ethnicity, and class lines.
OMHS Color Guard (Ms. Molnar) The OMHS Color Guard performs in the Fall with the Oak Mountain High School Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band. The Guard adds a visual component to the band’s performance using flags, rifles, and sabres. The Guard is currently under the direction of of the University of Alabama's Million Dollar Band Color Guard Staff. In the Winter, the team competes as the Oak Mountain High School Varsity Winterguard through the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit. You can learn more at omhsguard.weebly.com
OMHS Starlettes (Ms. Di Piazza) The Starlettes are a competitive dance team at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL. They spend the Fall as part of the Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band. After marching season, the team begins competition season, competing at both the state and national level in kick and jazz.
Oak Mountain Masters (Ms. S. Watkins) A service organization dedicated to serving OMHS. Five boys and five girls from the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classes are eligible for membership. Once selected, the students will remain in the program until they graduate. The Oak Mountain Masters serve as OMHS ambassadors.
PALS (Ms. Polk and Ms. Shepard) is a student-run organization that fosters relationships between students with and without disabilities through one-on-one and group activities. PALS desires to allow all students to experience the benefits of friendship, teamwork, and responsibility.
Peer Helpers (Ms. Gandy) This class is designed for students who have a desire to take an active part in creating a positive environment for the school community. Students are trained to become listeners while maintaining the requirement of confidentiality. Students are also trained be successful mediators by understanding the nature of the conflict, cultural differences and nonviolent resolution. Students will develop school prevention programs and aid in peer tutoring and new student orientation. This class is open to 10th-12th grade students. Students must apply and interview in the spring for this class.
Photography Club (Ms. Nabors) Photography club is a social group where students can talk about all things photography, share work, participate in photo challenges, and be around others that share an interest in photography.
Ping Pong Club (Coach Lyon and Coach Morrison) This is a group of students that will meet and play ping pong during SOAR60. It will be a time to build positive relationships and character as well as take part in some healthy competition.
Relay For Life (Ms. Ingram) OMHS Relay For Life is an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. Throughout the year student volunteers give their time to help plan and organize events that recognize cancer survivors in our community, spread important cancer awareness information and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society.
Scholars’ Bowl (JV & Varsity) (Ms. Gallups and Mr. Moore) Participates in various competitions such as the Energy Bowl, Shelby County Tournament and various competitions throughout the school year. Sponsored by Alabama Power.
Science Olympiad (Ms. Wilcox) Team members become experts in one or two areas of science and compete in February at the University of Alabama in an Olympic style setting with other area high schools. Events range from engineering airplanes to surfing the web to chemistry detectives.
SGA (Mr. Milton) The Student Government Association serves as representation of all students at OMHS. Representatives are elected from each class and work together to promote a positive school environment. This service organization is also involved in activities to benefit local charities.
Soccer Sweeties (Ms. Mace) Soccer Sweeties attend the Boys’ Varsity Soccer home games, support the players and work the concession stand.
SOZO (Ms. Miller) The SOZO Club at Oak Mountain exists to raise support and awareness for a Birmingham-based, non-profit organization called SOZO Children. SOZO Children, founded by Oak Mountain High School graduates, supports and maintains childrens' homes for orphans in Uganda. The SOZO Club at Oak Mountain hosts fundraisers and provides volunteers for SOZO Children events.
Thespian Club (Ms. Strinkland) The Drama Club is an organization of students that are interested in all aspects of the drama world. Students help in the promotion and production of plays, assist with drama competitions, and also learn techniques which enhance their acting skills. The year culminates in the Drama Club One-Act Plays, which are student directed. Meetings are held once a month.
THRIVE (Ms. Clark and Ms. Mace) A non denominational Christian-based group that meets weekly. They worship through songs, speakers and student testimonies. First Priority also sponsors “See You at the Pole.”
Technology Student Association (TSA) (Ms. Hughes) The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions and related programs.
VEX (Ms. Hughes) Teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April.
Yearbook Staff (Ms. Gregory) The Yearbook Staff Plans and designs the award-winning OMHS yearbook, Paragon. Staff members are chosen through an application and selection process.
Zen Club (Ms. Nabors) A social group where students can take some quiet time to color and express themselves in a calm, stress free atmosphere. Coloring can be very therapeutic. In addition, music and low-lights will create a space where students can relax and decompress.
updated Aug. 2016