GFHS Clubs and Service Organizations
GFHS has a wide variety of clubs, ranging from speech and discussion groups to those of an athletic or service nature. There is an average of twenty-five clubs a year. With this wide choice, the individual student should recognize one or more of their interests in the form of a club.
Besides providing a student with the opportunity to pursue his/her interests, the clubs are valuable as a chance for self-expression and association with one's fellow students.
At this time, only the number of clubs in operation limits the number of clubs a student can participate in. It is urged that students take on only as many activities as they can easily handle. Most of the organizations in Great Falls High School take in new members at the beginning of each school year. Initiations for any school sponsored club or activity that infringe upon the rights of others are not allowed. Violations will be handled on an individual basis by the administration. The following is the present list of clubs, their activities, and information about them.
American Indian Club - Mrs. Boyer: An organization of both Indian and non-Indian students who are interested in learning about Native Americans. A huge part of this club is an annual pay-it-forward project. In addition, the club sponsors fundraising drives to pay for club activities, which all club members are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in American Indian issues and culture, please attend one of our meetings.
Art Club—Mrs. Harant: Art Club is for GFHS students who wish to enrich their experiences with hands-on art making. Art Club meets regularly to work on activities and projects that are determined beforehand by group consensus. You do not need to be in an art class to join Art Club. We are basically a community of artists who want to explore, put our talents to use, and have fun!
Band Council—Mr. Mepham: Band Council consists of the elected officers from the four concert bands as well as the section representatives from Symphonic Band. They meet to discuss and organize band events such as concerts, dances, marching band shows, trips and the general welfare of the GFHS Band program.
Books and Breakfast Club– Mrs. Crocker: A group of avid readers for book discussion over breakfast. We will read one book every month. Breakfast will be offered while the meeting is being held and the next book will be chosen by popular vote of the members.
BPA: Business Professionals of America - Ms. Dolderer: As members of Business Professionals of America, GFH chapter, students will be affiliated with Montana and National Business Professionals of America.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Join BPA:
- Meet people with similar interests.
- Network with people from the business world.
- Participate in an active national student organization.
- Gain opportunities to advance in a chosen career path.
- Participate in conferences and workshops on regional, state, and national levels.
- Participate in the BPA Torch Awards Program.
- Become active in community service.
- Qualify for scholarships.
- Join in an outlet to discover your talents.
- Why not, it’s fun!
Dance/Drill Team - Mrs. Wasson, Assistant Coach-Mariah Buckmaster: Drill/dance team is a competition dance team that represents GFH at various school and city functions. The group travels to local and national competitions to compete in High Kick, Military, Novelty, Prop and Dance routines. They also perform during sports halftimes and assemblies throughout the school year, as well as invitations to perform at various local events and parades.
DECA: Distributive Education Clubs of America –Mr. Edlund: Open to all students, DECA is a dynamic club closely connected to the introduction of marketing and entrepreneurship classes. DECA is a local, state, and national organization. This club sponsors the MORP dance in February.
Drum Group—Mr. Coburn: Drum Group consists of traditional Native American songs led by our leader. Drum Group meeting time to be announced.
FCCLA: Family, Career, Community Leaders of America: Mrs. Kessner: FCCLA is a career and technical student organization that functions as part of the Family & Consumer Science education curriculum. This organization provides opportunities for active students participating at the local, state, and national level. Fundraising opportunities and project development are required. Students who are enrolled in a class involving child development, culinary arts, fashion or interior design are encouraged to participate. FCS instructors look forward to working with students who are passionate about developing skills in these areas. Please join us to see what it is all about!
FES: Flat Earth Society – Mr. McNamee: This is a place for free thinkers that want to explore all aspects of this big flat world. We will study and discuss issues of political, social and economic interest. We will be the sheepdogs and the canary in the coalmine who will explore so called “conspiracy theories” to help lift the wool over the sheeples eyes.
Fly Tying Club—Mr. Hodges: Meets two times a month with the goal of learning how to tie fly patterns that will work with local streams and rivers. Our main focus is tying flies for the Missouri River. You will learn a series of patterns, tying methods, and fly fishing techniques to help you be a better fly fisher.
Green Club– Mrs. Crocker: The GFHS Green Club began as a student project to promote recycling at our school. Students in the club work to recycle both paper and aluminum cans. They also address environmental concerns, such as littering, through a variety of clean-up activities. Occasionally, they try their hand at creating things out of recycled objects. If you are interested in saving the world, join Green Club and make a difference!
GSA Club– Mrs. Rosales: Gay Straight Alliance Club promotes tolerance, acceptance, and support for our LGBT students and families. We participate in various community service projects and activities. Everyone is welcome to join.
HOSA—Mrs. Lloyd: Future Health Professionals—If you are interested in a career in healthcare, then this is the club for you! The mission of HOSA is to empower students to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. Students of all grades are welcome! We host healthcare related events and community service opportunities, as well as participate in the state competition in the spring. Come see Mrs. Lloyd (307) for information about joining.
InterTribal Strong–Mrs. Boyer: An organization made up of American Indian student representatives from all three high schools. InterTribal Strong’s purpose is to develop a support system of American Indian students by decreasing dropout rates, giving back to the community, and demonstrating positive Native leadership.
JROTC—Lt. Col. Holbein: Many options for those enrolled in JROTC class. Color Guard Team presents the American and Montana flags at school sporting events, parades, pep-assemblies and other events in the community. The exhibition drill team performs marching drill and routines with replica rifles that includes spinning and throwing/catching them. Marksmanship team learns safe gun practices and shoots air rifles at targets for score. Academic Bowl team competes against other JROTC teams on standardized test type questions. The flag team raises and lowers the school flag and performs other flag ceremonies. Other Leadership Development Requirement opportunities such as Model Rocketry, Drones/quad copters, Archery and more may be offered with enough Cadet interest. Students must be enrolled in the JROTC class and program as cadets in good standing in order to participate in these clubs.
Key Club– Ms. Simkins: Key Club is an international STUDENT-LED organization providing it’s members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership. Key Club is open to any student who desires to become a leader in their school and community and wishes to provide service to others. Every Key Club elects its own officers annually; a President, Vice President, Secretary, Reporter, and Treasurer. Each Key Club selects and plans its own service projects. However, members unite to make an international impact under the banner of the Major Emphasis Program, Children: Their Future, Our Focus. Key Club empowers its quarter million youth members to lead and serve in over 5, 000 clubs in 24 nations. Providing more than 12 million service hours annually. Key Club proves to be an ever-popular high school organization for teenagers seeking to cultivate leadership skills, develop friendships, and perform service in their communities. Key Club members demonstrate a passion for helping others and develop excellent leadership skills they carry with them for a lifetime. Service projects include: Trick or Treat for UNICEF, Book Nook reading at elementary schools, GF Food bank Cantastic, Leap Night for freshmen. There are also 3 leadership conferences and camps available to members.
National Honor Society: National Honor Society is a student service organization. Membership is based on meeting the requirements of the four NHS pillars of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character. Application and the process for acceptance into NHS occurs during a student’s Junior year.
Poetry Club—Mrs. Crocker: This club is to come together and connect with others who enjoy poetry. It will be a positive environment for everyone who wants to join. It will be safe place to express yourself.
Role Playing Game (RPG) Club–Mr. Robertson & Mrs. Lloyd: We are a club of students who enjoy playing Role Playing Games such as Dungeons and Dragons and other similar style games. If you like games, this club is for you. Everyone is welcome. This club offers informal, fun, and creative gaming with other like-minded students. The club usually meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please see Mr. Robertson or Mrs. Lloyd for more information.
Skills USA Club– Mr. Vanlieshout: Club for all students interested in Carpentry, Welding, Auto Shop and Woodworking
Student Council– Mr. Ringler: (STUCO)-Is an organization made up of student representatives from each grade level. The purpose of STUCO is to give students the opportunity to undertake leadership roles within the school and community. STUCO members represent the voice of their peers, address student body concerns, sponsor activities such as Homecoming week, dances, and community service activities.
The National Thespian Society– Mrs. Marcell: It is comprised of students interested in drama who become eligible for membership by earning points as members of a crew or cast. Activities include participation in school productions, the production of Thespian plays, trips to conventions, festivals, trips to see college plays, discussion of plays, actors, and other theater activities.