Great Bend High School
Clubs and Organizations
Sponsor - Richard Mehringer
The Art Club is for those students who are visually creative and want to get involved in an organization of like-minded people. Activities of the club include Zoo Boo, and artist talks. Art Club meets on the last Tuesday of the month during Advisory.
DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
Sponsor - Chris Battin
DECA is a club comprised of students enrolled in Marketing Education courses. It enhances the co-curricular education of students enrolled in Marketing I and II, Introduction to Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. DECA assists students in developing skills and competence for marketing careers, building self-esteem, and experiencing leadership and community service opportunities. DECA is committed to the development and growth of business and education partnerships and utilizes local businesses in many of its activities. Through DECA, students become eligible to travel and attend regional leadership conferences. They will also participate in career development conferences at the regional, state, and international levels.
Sponsor - Dan Heath
What is Drama Club?
The Panther Acts Drama Club is designed to enhance theater skills for interested students, or merely help develop self-confidence for interacting in groups. Many opportunities for both occur throughout our monthly meetings and various other activities. At the meetings, members discuss upcoming events and play games similar to those that can be seen on "Whose Line is it Anyway?" The main projects include our homecoming float, going to see plays, participating in the two main stage shows, offering the chance for juniors and seniors to direct a one-act play, and various holiday parties. Fundraising efforts have included a bake sale at the Rainbow Festival, and participation in face painting at selected home football games. Along with activities, members have the opportunity to receive different honors in the club.
In order to letter, a member must sell fifteen tickets each to the spring and fall play, have a good attitude about theater, see two shows not given at Great Bend High School, and participate in twenty hours of drama club activity.
The same requirements as lettering are needed to become a member of Thespians, but a goal of one hundred hours must be obtained before inductions in the spring.
FBLA (Future Business Learders of America)
FBLA at Great Bend High School is focused on bettering ourselves by bringing business and education in a positive working relationship to our school and community. Every year, our organization is very active in both the school and the community. We lead many projects including partnerships with businesses and community service events. Since 2009, members have qualified for the national conference and competed and brought home national awards. This is an outstanding organization for high school students who are looking to be actively involved and looking to build their resumes for potential scholarships.
FEA (Future Educators of America)
Sponsor - Janette Bryant
Future Educators of America Future Educators of America is a club for Great Bend High School students who are interested in finding out more about teaching through college visits, teacher shadow days, volunteer work with children, guest speakers, and get-togethers with other students who have similar interests.
FFA (Future Farmers of America)
Sponsor - Rollie Peter
What is FFA?
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education -- this is the main goal of the National FFA organization. For more than 72 years, the FFA has continued to be an integral part of agricultural instruction by making classroom lessons come to life through realistic applications. FFA has grown from 33 members in 1928 to 451,997 members in all 50 states.
Who can join FFA?
All boys and girls in grades 9-12 can join this organization. By belonging to FFA, these students can experience the concept of teamwork and gain the knowledge it takes to be a lifelong learner. Through FFA, students can sharpen their leadership skills as well as build their confidence and self-esteem. In addition, FFA service projects promote community pride within our local chapter.
El Sol Folk Dancing
Sponsor - Zusseth Pinillo
The El Sol Folk Dancer Club performs Mexican folk dancing at the Cinco de Mayo festival each year. They also have the opportunity to perform for community groups. This club fives members a unique chance to share the Hispanic culture with others in the community.
KAYS (Kansas Association for Youth)
Sponsor - Tina Hiss
What is the Kansas Association for Youth?
The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is a character-building, leadership-training service program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through well-organized programs, projects and parties. Programs educate, inspire, and direct members into carefully planned service projects. These projects emphasize four areas of service - school, community, nation, and world.
Who Can Join KAY?
At GBHS all boys and girls in grades 9-12 may join the KAY Club or KAYettes, respectively, in their school. By belonging to KAY, these students can experience the concept of teamwork: That they are all unique individuals and that by working together they can achieve a desirable goal. Through KAYU, students can sharpen their leadership skills as well as build their confidence and self-esteem. In addition, KAY school service projects can promote school spirit and pride. In KAY, students are developing an attitude for life regarding leadership and service - an attitude of
'we are privileged to," rather than "we have to." They are learning at a young age about assuming citizenship responsibly.
Pledge: I will, as a member of the Kansas Association for Youth, endeavor to maintain the high ideals of my organization, to make my personality a positive influence on the life of my school and my community, to appreciate all races, faiths, and creeds, and to help pass on to future members an association which will be a source of joy and satisfaction.
Purpose: Service to our school and community
Service projects throughout the year
Occasional club meetings
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
Mr. Perfect Panther Contest
Other worthwhile projects during the school year
Requirements for Hollyball
Be a paid member in good standing
Sell $20.00 or more worth of holly (holly delivered and money turned in prior to dance date)
Earn three service points prior to the dance date. Only one of these points may be earned by aiding a teacher for at least one full hour outside of the school day.
NHS (National Honors Society)
Sponsor - Kayci Scott
What is National Honor Society?
The purpose of National Honor Society, as stated in its constitution, is to "create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character in the students of secondary schools."
How does one become a member of National Honor Society?
Membership in National Honor Society is an honor bestowed by a faculty council upon those students who demonstrate oustanding character, leadership, scholarship, and service. Students are expected to continue to demonstrate these qualities for as long as they are members.
The applicants must:
Be a junior or senior
Have at least a 3.8 cumulative GPA from the beginning of ninth grade
Show evidence of leadership skills
Show evidence of continued community service since the beginning of the ninth grade
Have had no excessive excused absences and no unexcused absences in the previous year
Have no record of dishonorable conduct during the preceding year
Have had no ISS or OSS or probation assigned during the preceding year
Have exhibited exemplary character in school and in school activities, as evaluated by his teachers and approved by the National Honor Society Faculty Council
Submit a completed application form by the deadline; late applications will not be accepted.
Completion of the application form does not guarantee selection.
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Sponsor - Emily Mulch
Pep Club is open to all students in all grades. This is a spirit organization for athletic events. This club helps to sponsor fall and winter homecoming activities.
Sponsor - Karen Clark
President's Club is an organization designed to accommodate the presidents of all of the student clubs at Great Bend High School. This club has two major projects during the year: They help sponsor, plan, and run Santa's Workshop through the Recreation Center, and they also hold an Activities Leadership Banquet in the spring of each year. This banquet is held to honor all of the student clubs at Great Bend High School. It gives each club a chance to talk about their club's contribution made during the year.
STUCO (Student Council)
Student Council is organized to help promote a healthy school morale, to act as a liasion between students and staff, to plan social activities, to be a political area for tudent ideas, and to give service to the school and community. The members are selected by a combination of student body, selection, teacher recommendation, and a written essay. Members meet weekly before school and put in hundreds of hours planning and implementing activities to enhance the school climate.
VTC (Vocational Technology Club)
Sponsor - Travis Straub
The Vocational Technology Club provides students with additional eucational experiences in leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and character development. An opportunity will be given to students to pursue an interest in a possible career choice. This club would allow students who cannot currently fit drafting, woodworking, and technology into their schedule an opportunity to experience drafting/design, architecture, woodworking, and technology.
World Language Club (WLC)
Sponsor - Karen Clark
World Language club is the newest club to GBHS that started in 2011. It was created by combining Spanish and German club. World Language club focuses on the studies of the people, languages, and customs of cultures all over the world. Students will meet to discuss and learn allowing them to expand their knowledge of the world around us.