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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.


Art Club

Advisor:  Felicia Maye, Email:  feliciamaye@ccs.k12.nc.us

Art Club’s mission is to primarily serve as an Arts-based volunteer organization that gives back to our community by volunteering 2-3 times per month at Visual Arts events at The Arts Council of Fayetteville, Cape Fear Studios, Very Special Arts, and a wide variety of in-school volunteerism including semi-annual Student Art Shows, creating spirit banners and posters, assisting the Theater department with their productions, and working closely with other nearby high schools for collaborative art projects. Art Club does not collect fees or dues, as our mission is to help others first and foremost.
Dues: $0
Meeting Days: No set meeting date, but meetings regularly throughout the year.
Membership Requirement: Anyone is welcome to volunteer with us, regardless if you are enrolled in Art class. See Miss Bernstein for details and a volunteer calendar.


ARKTOS (Yearbook Staff)

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

Dues:
Meeting Days:
Membership Requirement:


FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

Image of the Future Business Leaders of America Logo (FBLA) 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)

Image of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes LogoAdvisor:  David Lovette, Email:  davidlovette@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  Joshua Carter, Email:  joshuacarter@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)

Image of the Family, Career, and Communities Leaders of America LogoAdvisor:  Deneen Freeman, Email:  sarafreeman@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  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 student through grade 12 who are taking or have taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.


Forensics/Speech and Debate

Image of the National Speech & Debate Association's LogoAdvisor:  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 weekly calendar individually or by event.
Membership Requirement: Any interested student can join with a minimum 2.5 GPA.


Gamer’s Club
Image of the Gray's Creek High School Gamer's Club LogoAdvisor:  
Joel Mayo, Email:  joelmayo@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)

Image of the Girls Expecting More Success (GEMS) LogoAdvisor:  nicolerivers@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  Toscha Yeager, Email:  toschayeager@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  jilliansutton@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.


Harry Potter Book Club

Advisor:  Jamie Miller, Email:  jamiemiller@ccs.k12.nc.us

The Harry Potter Book Club explores various subjects through themed enrichment activities from the wizarding world of the Harry Potter series. Learn about herbology and magical creatures (plants and animals), potions (fruit/veggie juices and smoothies), muggle studies (basic life skills), how to play chess, muggle quidditch plus more! Students will be sorted into houses where they will experience team-building, cooperative learning, and compete against other houses for the House Cup awarded at the end of the year. Students will be encouraged to read books to improve literacy and participate in academic discussions.


HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)

Image of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) LogoAdvisors:  Jill Holloman, Email:  
Co-Advisor:  Regina Armistead, Email:  reginaarmistead@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.


Just Go With It

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

Improv Troupe where members are selected and trained by former members.


National FFA Organization

Future Farmers of AmericaAdvisor:  Tara King, Email:  
Co-Advisor:  Ashley Long, Email:  ashleylong@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  April Pittman , Email:  aprilpittman@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: $10
Meeting Days: Official business meeting monthly (usually around first Thursday of each month). However there are typically contest practices and other activities going on multiple times weekly after school.
Membership Requirement: Must be a member of an agricultural education course.


NHS (National Honor Society)

Image of the National Honor Society's (NHS) LogoAdvisor:  Sharon Finkler, Email:  sharonfinkler@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:
Membership Eligibility:  T
he student must meet the basic guidelines for scholarship, leadership, character, and service of the National Honor Society. The student must be at least a sophomore, and must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at Gray’s Creek High School. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.9 (weighted) at the end of the semester ending in January of that school year. All students who can rise in scholarship to or above this minimum standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection to membership. The student must have completed at least one Honors level class. Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, and GPA standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character. Any student who has been assigned in school-suspension twice or out-of-school suspension once will not be considered eligible for NHS membership.

Membership Requirement:  Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony. Candidates are not members until they are inducted. The NHS member must maintain an overall GPA of 3.9 (weighted). The NHS member must complete 4 higher-level classes per academic year. (Honor, AP, etc.) The NHS member must attend all meetings unless given prior permission from the NHS advisor. The NHS member must participate in a Service Activity as a National Honor Society group. The NHS member must complete 8 hours of service per semester.


NTHS (National Technical Honor Society)

Image of the National Technical Honor Society LogoAdvisor:  Toscha Yeager, Email:  toschayeager@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  Jill Holloman, Email:  jillhall@ccs.k12.nc.us

Co-Advisor:  Christilyn Page, Email:  christilynpage@ccs.k12.nc.us

The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 80,000 active members in 2015 and nearly three quarters of a million since its inception in 1984. Over $225,000 in scholarships is awarded annually to its members. NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. Mr. Graham Yarborough established a chapter for Gray’s Creek High School in 2008. Since our first induction ceremony, GCHS has inducted over 90 new members. For more information go to www.nths.org.
Dues: $37.50
Meeting Days: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month starting at 7:45 a.m.
Membership Requirement:
Initial GPA at least a 3.75 GPA and maintain a 3.5 GPA, completion of 50 volunteer hours, attend at least 75% of regular meetings, be a member of another Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), uphold all seven attributes and be in good academic and behavioral standing.


Poetry Club

Image of the Gray's Creek Poetry Club LogoAdvisor:  Joel Mayo, Email:  joelmayo@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  Nicole Rivers, Email:  nicolerivers@ccs.k12.nc.us

The Poetry Club, otherwise known as Poetic Pathos, is a club where poets of all kinds come together and appreciate the power of poetry.  Students can share their personal work, listen to the work of others, participate in various writing workshops, and collaborate with various other poets from the around the school.  The goal of the club is help students express themselves and to grow as writers.  A section of Poetic Pathos includes the Slam Poetry Team, where students train to compete in Slam competitions.  The competitions consist of performing a spoken word poem in front of an audience.  Besides competitions, the Slam Team performs for the school and community in various events and shows.
Dues: $5.00
Meeting Days: Second and Fourth Wednesday of the Month, Slam Practice every Tuesday.
Membership Requirement: Anyone is free to join Poetry Club.  Slam Team requires tryouts and Poetry Club membership.


SGA (Student Government Association)

Image of the Student Government Association LogoAdvisor:  LeAndra Barriage, Email:  leadrabarriage@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 minimum GPA of 3.0, attend an interview, no discipline record, and campaign/run for election. 


SkillsUSA

Image of the SkillsUSA LogoAdvisor:  Michael Wright, Email:  michaelwright@ccs.k12.nc.us
Co-Advisor:  Connie Gaddy, Email:  conniegaddy@ccs.k12.nc.us

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. Serving more than 300,000 students and instructors annually, the organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA. For more information or to join the champions at work, contact one of the advisors.
Dues:  Annual membership dues of $20 covers membership fees for local chapter, state, and national dues. Students normally incur additional costs for spring competitions to cover registration fees, lodging, and food.
Meeting Day:  Our meetings are typically scheduled for Thursdays immediately after school.
Membership Requirement:  Any student who has completed or is enrolled in a CTE course. 


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 working theatre and/or community service.


Upstanders

Image of the Gray's Creek High School Upstanders Club LogoAdvisor:  Vanessa Wade, Email:  vanessawade@ccs.k12.nc.us
Advisor:  Krystyna Stern, Email:  krystynastern@ccs.k12.nc.us

The Upstanders Club promote awareness of teen issues and being upstanders in their school and in the community.  Promote awareness of anti-bullying
Dues: $0
Meeting Day: Every Wednesday
Membership Requirement: None (see an advisor to sign up)

 

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Published by Mary Lovette on February 27, 2017
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