Academic Challenge is sponsored by WEWS-TV 5 in Cleveland. Each school in the Greater Cleveland/Greater Akron area is encouraged to choose a team to compete against two other schools on a televised academic "Quiz Bowl." Students also participate in additional "Quiz Bowl" competitions in the Greater Cleveland area.
Advisor: Matt Kostelnik
The BHS chapter has been established to work to preserve human rights and to end world torture. Members meet regularly to investigate and discuss "hot spots."
Advisor: John Summers
American Sign Language Club
Newly formed. Unofficial.
Advisor: Sharon Weisman
The Beachcomber is Beachwood High School’s student newspaper. Published six times a year, it is ranked among the top high school newspapers in Ohio, earning highest honors from the Northern Ohio Scholastic Press Association (NOSPA). The staff is composed of a diverse and competitive group of talented student leaders, writers and artists. Content includes news, features, editorials, arts and entertainment, and sports. Layout is completed using Adobe’s InDesign.
Advisor: Josh DavisThe Beachwood Scholars Advisory Network
A program designed to support and encourage high academic achievement and engagement in our African-American students. It is our objective to cultivate a growing group of high achieving African-American males and females. This group will make an important difference in the school community by serving as peer mentors and role models.
Advisor: Kevin HouchinsCouncil For Exceptional Children (CEC)
CEC is a club in which regular education students work cooperatively with students with special needs. Historically, the club’s focus was to prepare interested regular education students for the field of special education. Our scope is continuing to broaden to include all students.
Advisor: Josh Davis
The Debate Team competes in weekly regional competitions from November through February. Students practice for the various competition events several afternoons each week with the coaching of their advisor.
Advisor: Nicole MajercakDrama Club
The Drama Club includes all students involved in the production of plays, including acting, directing, stage crew and makeup. The Drama Guild produces two major plays each year -- one in the spring and one in the fall. Membership in the Drama Guild is open to all students.
Advisor: Justin SteckEcology Club
The Ecology Club is dedicated to raising student awareness of ecological and environmental issues. Club members participate in hikes, retreats and campouts. They also participate in local environmental activities with Beachwood elementary schools, Sierra Club, Earth Day Coalition, Shaker Lakes Nature Center and other organizations. The Club holds occasional fundraisers to support worthy causes and runs a paper recycling project at the high school.
Advisors: Lisa BugenskeIntrospect
Introspect is a literary publication edited and prepared by students. Submissions include poetry, short stories, essays, artwork and photography from students of all grade levels.
Advisor: Evan LuzarJunior Council On World Affairs
JCWA is open to all students who are interested in researching world affairs and debating vital current issues and policies. Members compete against other schools in a simulated United Nations format. They are judged on how accurately and fully they represent the needs of their assigned countries and their ability to work with representatives of other countries to present solutions. BHS’s JCWA team consistently wins top awards of best delegate and delegation at national programs.
Advisors: Sara Bargiel
& Dominic VelottaLeadership Conference
The annual Leadership Conference is designed to help students become better leaders through cooperative learning, character-building activities, and advice from teachers and outside keynote speakers. Students representing every school club and team participate in the three-day program. The conference is organized by a steering committee composed of BHS students.
Advisor: Craig AlexanderLibrary Club
Members plan library-related activities throughout the school year. These include speakers, discussion groups, reading to elementary students, collecting books for disadvantaged children, and investigating special libraries. Library Club members maintain the archives for Beachwood High School. They also promote the services offered by the library. The club’s Executive Board acts as an Advisory Council for the library staff.
Advisor: Jennifer FlahertyMulticultural Club
The Multicultural Club is an organization formed to gain student unity and recognition by offering opportunities for all cultures through various club activities.
Advisor: Patte Bettis-EddieMusic
Band: David Luddington
Orchestra/String Ensemble: Lisa Goldman
Choir: Darlene HaightNational Honor Society
The National Honor Society recognizes and honors those students who have achieved in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Members are selected by a faculty committee from the juniors and seniors who apply and qualify for membership. More information is available here
Advisors: Amy Hazelton
& Lisa MorganThe Oculus
The Oculus is the BHS yearbook, published annually. Students learn layout and desktop publishing techniques using Macintosh computers. The staff includes writers, editors, photographers, ad designers and a business manager. The staff also produces a CD that includes still photography, audio and video to accompany the hard-cover volume.
Advisor: Nicole MajercakRobotics Team
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, founded by insulin pump inventor Dean Kamen and sponsored in part by NASA, is a national program where students are provided with materials and given six weeks to program and create a robot. These robots then compete in teams on playing fields. Approximately 20,000 students from 750 teams participate in the nationwide program. Opportunities for interested students lie in engineering, programming, designing, applied physics, fundraising, public relations and leadership.
Advisor: Bob DavisScience Olympiad
Science Olympiad is a national organization that celebrates and recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of science and technology. Tournaments are held at district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.
Advisor: Alise StawickiSenior Search
Senior Search, an optional program, provides qualified seniors with the opportunity to explore individual interests and careers off-campus in a school-community partnership. It encourages BHS seniors to examine and reflect on the world outside of high school so that they are better prepared to make decisions about personal goals. Senior Search projects include shadowing a professional, creating a performance or work of art, researching a specific field, or assisting a social service agency.
Advisors: Casey Matthews
& Josh Davis
Advisor: John SummersStock Market Club
In the Stock Market Club, students learn how to buy, sell and trade stocks by starting with a virtual cash account of $100,000. The goal is to earn as much profit as possible while competing against other schools.
Student Council promotes and organizes student activities within the school including dances, the White and Gold Talent Show, student elections,Harvest for Hunger, Thanksgiving food drive, school assemblies and Spirit Week.
Advisor: Craig AlexanderTechnical Crew
The BHS Tech Crew is a student-run group that runs all technical aspects, such as the sound and lighting systems, of productions in the BHS auditorium. Tech Crew is involved with productions such as the fall play, Battle of the Bands, White & Gold Talent Show, spring musical, and various other concerts and performances throughout the year.