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Clubs and Organizations

Student Clubs and Organizations


Academy of Scholars

Advisor:  Lewis Orr, Email:  lewisorr@ccs.k12.nc.us

Academy of Scholars is a Cumberland County Schools based organization geared toward college-ready students.  College admissions representatives state that they have begun to look for participation in the Academy of Scholars when accepting students because they know these individuals are prepared for the stressors and reality of life beyond high school. Eligible students attend monthly seminars held at high schools, local university campuses and community sites throughout the school year to discuss a multitude of subjects ranging from scholarships, financial aid, transitioning to college, and lifestyle issues.

Dues: $0

Meeting Day: Monthly

Membership Requirement: Students who are ranked in the top 20 of their junior class are invited to join. Each comprehensive high school has 20 seniors and 20 juniors participate in the program.


Bears Sports Network

Advisor: Rick Rhoda, Email: rickierhoda@ccs.k12.nc.us

Bears Sports Network is dedicated to covering all athletics at Gray’s Creek High School so that family, friends, the media, and fans, in general, are kept up to date. Most of our members are student-athletes. Those who are not student-athletes are sports fans, who love reporting and discussing athletics.
Bears Sports Network uses social media to report scores and updates, highlights and newsworthy events in general. We are also dedicated to spotlighting athletic accomplishments by our student-athletes and sports teams in general by using interviews, articles, and other methods.
Dues: None
Meeting Day: None; Students attend all sports games and film interviews during or after school hours.
Membership Requirement: Bears Sports Network uses high standards for membership consideration. There are not just GPA requirements; however, there are also behavioral expectations as well. We look for talented, well-rounded, motivated students to represent Gray’s Creek High School, our community and our school district. For more information on Bears Sports Network, contact Coach Rhoda in Room 117.

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

Advisor:  Ladonna McNeill, Email:  ladonnamcneill@ccs.k12.nc.us

Our mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs to include competitions designed to further their knowledge of today’s business world.

Dues: $20

Meeting Day: Tuesday (tentative)

Membership Requirement: Must be taking at least one business course.


FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)

Advisor:  David Lovette, Email:  davidlovette@ccs.k12.nc.us

FCA is a student organization that exists to educate students on Biblical principles through devotions. See an advisor for more information or any questions.

Dues: $0

Meeting Day: 8:00 am every Thursday morning in room 218.

Membership Requirement:  Open to all students.


FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)

 

Advisor:  Deneen Freeman, Email:  sarafreeman@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  Stacey Orr, Email:  staceyorr@ccs.k12.nc.us

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.

Dues: $20

Meeting Days: No set meeting date, but meetings regularly throughout the year.

Membership Requirement: FCCLA is open to all students who are taking or have taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.


The National FFA Organization

 

Advisor:  Tara King, Email:  
Advisor:  Ashley McCullen, Email:  ashleylong@ccs.k12.nc.us
Advisor:  Sean Garcia, Email:  seangarcia@ccs.k12.nc.us

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. Students enrolled in an agriculture course are eligible and encouraged to join this organization. Members can participate in a very diverse program of activities including leadership conferences, community service projects, recreational camps, career development competitions, conventions, and socials.

Dues:$0

Meeting Days: Official business meeting bi-monthly (usually a Tuesday). However, there are typically contest practices and other activities going on multiple times weekly after school. See an advisor for a calendar of events.

Membership Requirement: Open to all students enrolled in an agricultural course during the school year.


Forensics/Speech and Debate Team

 

Advisor:  Melanie Lingenfelter, Email:  melanielingenfelter@ccs.k12.nc.us

Students compete both locally and around the state in various speech, interpretation, and debate events to earn medals, trophies, recognition, and confidence.  Students are able to learn and practice vital public speaking skills and strengthen both verbal and nonverbal communication. Points are also accumulated for each event of competition and are cumulative until graduation; the more points, the more prestige. Students with a solid foundation in Forensics may be recruited for college teams upon graduating from high school and, in some cases, can help to earn scholarships for strong candidates. Students can compete in simple speech events like Declamation or Impromptu; memorized interpretation performance events such as Humorous, Dramatic, Duo, or Program of Oral Interpretation; or debate-centered events like Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas or Congress. There are other events offered and students are encouraged to explore each to determine which best aligns with their personal interests and strengths as a public speaker. Reliable students with a good work ethic who enjoy meeting new people and networking are ideal applicants for the team.

Dues: $25 annual (includes t-shirt)

Meeting Day: Scheduled on a weekly calendar individually or by the event.

Membership Requirement: Any interested student can join with a minimum of 2.5 GPA.


Gamer’s Club

 

Advisor:  Cody Fulcher, Email:  codyfulcher@ccs.k12.nc.us

The Gamer’s Club is a social club where gamer’s of all kinds meet to share their love of gaming.  Meetings consist of planning various club events, fundraising, tournaments, discussing releases and various games, and planning for the monthly Gamer’s Club event where students bring in gaming systems and other types of games after school.  Rather than students playing online, alone, or never being able to play a game, the Gamer’s Club gives students an opportunity to socialize with other like-minded people in the school.  The club also gives students a chance to compete with other gamers in various ways.

Dues: $5.00

Meeting Day: Every Thursday

Membership Requirement: Complete a Permission Slip


GEMS (Girls Expecting More Success)

Advisor:  nicolerivers@ccs.k12.nc.us

G.E.M.S. was started in 2012 by Jarius McNair, a former GCHS teacher, to address the needs of young women who are proactive, positive, and well-rounded. These ladies often have a strong sense of self-worth, but desire mentorship professional women and a connection with like-minded young ladies. The current mentors, who are also teachers, saw the value of this mentorship program, and continue to help develop its legacy. G.E.M.S offers a positive outlet for young ladies who have every appearance of having “it” together but need a little extra support and a road map on how to be successful young women in today’s world.

Dues: $10

Meeting Days: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month starting at 3:35 p.m.

Membership Requirement: Eligible members are female students who are in grades 10-12. Ladies must not show a pattern of poor behavior or grades. Ladies must have one reference letter from a teacher that gives a brief reflection of classroom behavior and interaction with peers. Ladies must have time to meet with mentors, attend occasional meetings, community service events, and social gatherings. Ladies must be willing to dress in professional attire once a month. Ladies must be able to get along with others and willing to share information about themselves pertaining to the goals, life lessons, and areas in need of growth.


Gray’s Creek Slam Team

Slam Coach:  Joel Mayo, Email:  joelmayo@ccs.k12.nc.us
Slam Coach:  Nicole Rivers, Email:  nicolerivers@ccs.k12.nc.us

Gray’s Creek Slam Team is the first youth poetry slam team in Cumberland County. Students audition to join the team each semester and participate in spoken word performances and competitions throughout the area. Students participate in writing workshops to grow and practice performance techniques to ready for shows. Slam incorporates not only writing poetry but aspects of theater and forensics. Poem topics range from political issues to comments on society to personal expression. All students are encouraged to join.

Dues: No dues; T-Shirt required to purchase for performances/competitions.

Meeting Days: Practice every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Membership Requirement: Team members try out in October/February each year. Once a poet makes the team, they are part of the team for good.


HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)

 

Advisor:  Jill Holloman, Email: jillholloman@ccs.k12.nc.us

HOSA is a state and national organization whose mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all Health Science Education; therefore, helping the students to meet the needs of the health care industry.

Dues: $22

Meeting Day: No set meeting date, but meetings regularly throughout the year.

Membership Requirement: Any student interested in a healthcare field or Veterinarian practices.


International Thespian Honor Society

Advisor:  Claudia Warga, Email:  claudiawarga@ccs.k12.nc.us

The Thespian Honor Society is for members to attend shows, do fundraising, act.

Dues: $24

Meeting Day:  2nd Thursday every month

Membership Requirement:  Member is inducted by completing 100 hours of working theatre and/or community service.


Journalism Staff (Arktos Yearbook and Creek Chronicle Newspaper)

Advisor:  Joel Mayo, Email: joelmayo@ccs.k12.nc.us

The Journalism Staff is responsible for the production and release of the Arktos, the school’s annual yearbook, and the Creek Chronicle, the school’s newspaper.

As the yearbook staff, students are assigned roles of either a journalist, designer, photographer, or sales consultant. They are responsible for taking pictures of all that occurs at Gray’s Creek, designing the layouts and images used on pages, conducting student interviews and writing copies and captions, or marketing the yearbook and selling both yearbooks and advertisements. Students have the opportunity to work on their teamwork and leadership skills no matter what position.

As the newspaper staff, all students are responsible for writing news stories that range from something small to a larger piece for either the bi-weekly newsletter or the newspaper’s official website. Students who are afraid of writing or feel they are bad at writing should not be discouraged from joining the staff due to having to write articles, as the entire process is a learning experience. News stories range from editorials, advice columns, faculty/student/athlete of the week stories, sports, and various features to spread information to the community. Everyone can access the school newspaper website at http://www.creekchronicle.com.

The organization uses a hierarchy model for overall production. Students have the opportunity to learn and work towards a leadership position, including Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Design Editor, Copy Editor, Photo Editor, Sports and Events Photo Editor, and Sales Manager.

Dues: None

Meeting Day: Daily in class; Photographers are expected to attend events outside of school.

Membership Requirement: Students must apply and sign up for the Journalism Staff. They must see Mr. Mayo for an application and submit by the deadline. The application includes a teacher recommendation and a sample based on the position they are applying for. Once a student is accepted, they will take either Journalism I or Journalism II Honors. Once a student is in the program, they can remain in the program unless they are removed from it.


Just Go With It

Advisor:  Claudia Warga, Email:  claudiawarga@ccs.k12.nc.us

Just Got With It is an improv troupe where members participate in shows throughout the school year.

Dues: None

Meeting Day: Practice days vary

Membership Requirement: Students audition, are selected, and trained. Members audition each year.


NHS (National Honor Society)

 

Advisor:  Melissa Bishop, Email:  melissabishop@ccs.k12.nc.us

Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the oldest and most respected student recognition organization in the United States. Membership in NHS distinguishes students who have committed themselves to the pursuit of academic excellence, community improvement, and personal development. The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in high school students.

Dues: $10 (Annual)

Meeting Days: Monthly

Membership Eligibility:

  1. The student must meet the basic guidelines for scholarship, leadership, character, and service of the National Honor Society.
  2. Student will be invited to join NHS in the fall of their Junior year.
  3. Student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.9 (weighted)
  4. Once invited to join, student must complete an application for candidacy that will be read and reviewed by a committee.
  5. Any student who has been assigned to ISS more than twice or OSS more than once will not be considered eligible for NHS membership.
  6. Club dues are $10 and will be collected after candidate has been admitted.

Membership requirements:

Once inducted, members are expected to attend all meetings and participate in service projects. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (weighted) GPA and maintain excellent attendance and disciplinary records. Any student found to no longer represent the NHS values of scholarship, leadership, service, and character will be removed from the club.

The NHS member must maintain the standards of
Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character
by which the member was selected.


NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps)

Advisor:  LCDR DeAnna Adams, Email: deannaadams@ccs.k12.nc.us

Rifle Team, Academic Team, Physical Fitness Team

Advisor: Chief Kenneth Davis, Email: kennethdavis@ccs.k12.nc.us

Drill Team, Color Guard, Orienteering Team

The NJROTC accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extra-curricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training. Electronic classroom equipment, textbooks, uniforms, educational training aids, travel allowance, and a cost-share of instructors’ salaries are provided by the Navy.

Dues: $30

Meeting Days: Weekly/POW

Membership Requirements: Open to all students enrolled in an NJROTC course during the school year.

  1. Be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education program..
  2. Be selected by the NJROTC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative.
  3. Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation.
  4. Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.
  5. Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect discredit upon the naval service

SGA (Student Government Association)

 

Advisor:  LeAndra Barriage, Email:  leandrabarriage@ccs.k12.nc.us

SGA is an organization that seeks to be the voice between the student body and the administration.  We are a group made up of elected officers and appointed representatives from grade levels 9-12.  We plan activities centered around raising school spirit, fundraising, community service, leadership development, and staff appreciation.  We are active in our state organization, The North Carolina Association of Student Councils, by attending conferences, leadership workshops, and running for and/or holding offices on the state board.  We enjoy being a group that likes to give back to our school and community.

Dues:  $50

Meeting Day:  No set meeting date, but meetings regularly throughout the year.

Membership Requirement:  Must fill out an application (usually available during late April/early May), get teacher recommendations, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, attend an interview, no discipline record, and campaign/run for election.


Spectrum

Advisor: Joel Mayo, Email: joelmayo@ccs.k12.nc.us

Spectrum is a club that promotes diversity, equality, and acceptance within the school. It is a social and service club that brings students together and works towards creating a safe space for all and contributing to the community.

Dues: $5

Meeting Day: Every Thursday

Membership Requirement: Anyone is allowed to join Spectrum. Students must obey a policy of acceptance and privacy.


TARS (Teenage Republican Society)

 

Advisor: Samuel Bullard, Email: samuelbullardii@ccs.k12.nc.us

The purpose of TARS is to generate interest in current political, economic, and social issues. To offer young, conservative, politically-minded students an opportunity for discussion, debate, service opportunities, and to promote conservative political ideas. We will work with the Cumberland County GOP and the NC Teenage Republicans (TARS) after school and at events and local/state elections.  Reorganized in 2010, North Carolina Teenage Republicans is one of the North Carolina Republican Party’s official youth auxiliaries. We are a youth-led organization where teens can become involved in their local, state, and national political processes. Our goal is to establish clubs, campaign for candidates, and spread our conservative message across our State.

Dues: $5

Meeting Day: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month

Membership Requirement: Be a registered Republican or intending to register Republican. But those unsure may come and decide after a few meetings.  Must fill out an application.

 

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Published by Joel Mayo on October 7, 2019