OKEMOS HIGH SCHOOL 2012-13 CLUBS
The following is a list of clubs that are currently offered at Okemos High School. If you would like more information regarding clubs please contact the main office.
All Connecting to Improve Our Neighborhoods is a volunteer organization open to all students. Our goal is to improve our local community through service action and inspire a strong sense of civic responsibility. Each month, we offer several service opportunities including volunteering at nursing homes and soup kitchens, mentoring children, tutoring refugees, coaching Special Olympics, and collaborating with the Meridian Senior Center. Contact Rachel Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Aurora is a literary and art appreciation club that produces an annual magazine consisting of prose, poetry, photography, and art by Okemos High School students. General membership meetings encourage students to develop, refine, and share literary and artistic skills and projects.
The Forensics/Debate Club is open to any student at Okemos High School who wishes to be trained in the art of public speaking and debate. OHS Debate is a competitive academic team that encourages students to think critically and communicate logically. Competition with other schools is an integral part of participation in this club. Debate meets twice a week after school in room A100.
This club is open to all students interested in performing or working backstage in theatrical productions offered by the high school. The club provides opportunities for actors and crew members to advance their skills in theatre and widen their repertoire of high quality productions. Rehearsals are held every day after school when working on the fall and winter plays and the Spring Musical, and meetings are held once a month to organize social activities such as Homecoming and Talent Show.
The Earth is for all students interested in learning about ecological principals and healthy, sustainable environmental practices. Members will participate in service projects to benefit the environment and raise awareness in the school and community about these issues. Past activities have included provocative guest speakers, organizing recycling at the high school, raising money to support an endangered species program, developing the school site nature areas, and organizing a statewide student environmental conference. The Earth club meets every Thursday in room C120.
GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA)*
The G.S.A. offers support and a sense of belonging for all students, and creates a safer school for all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The G.S.A. works to increase acceptance of all persons through community building and role modeling. Some school-wide activities include Ally Week, National Day of Silence, and attending diversity conferences. All students are welcome.
The Okemos Chapter of the Honor Society is affiliated with the National Honor Society and is governed by their rules and regulations. It is open to all juniors and seniors with an overall 3.5 grade point average who apply at the end of their sophomore year. Members are selected by a faculty council. NHS Members must maintain a 3.5 minimum GPA, must complete 36 hours of service each year, participate in at least one OHS service event, as well as demonstrate good character and leadership to maintain membership in the organization. Meetings are held in the auditorium and are scheduled four times a year. The dates are posted on the NHS website. New members are inducted into the society by a formal ceremony in the spring. Okemos High School National Honor society has approximately 300 students involved. For more information, go to the following Website: http://www.okemosschools.net/NHS
This club offers mathematics competitions throughout the year, including the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition and the American Invitational Mathematics Exam. Students interested in challenging themselves mathematically are encouraged to participate.
This club is open to all students, but should be of particular interest to those students interested in marine biology, physical oceanography, plate tectonics, ocean history economic and legal issues, hurricanes and ocean weather, as well as all these issues for the Great Lakes. Each year a major activity is to prepare club members to compete in the Great Lakes Regional Ocean Science Bowl. Scholarships and summer field research are available to students who participate in the Ocean Science Bowl, and several Okemos club members have participated in the research program. The club has also “adopted” a NOAA drifting instrument package in the Indian Ocean along with students in an African high school. Trips and speakers are among the activities this group has participated in.
Quiz Bowl is an academic competition in which students practice and compete with other schools in subjects such as math, science, history, literature, and culture. Activities include QUIZ BUSTERS, the CAAC Quiz Bowl League, and the Knowledge Master Open. Quiz Bowl provides students an open and fun environment in which to share their knowledge and talents with each other.
The Robotics Club is a team which is open to all students who are interested in great hands-on experience. Students will be designing and building a robot to compete at regional and possibly national competitions. There are other aspects of the team that are not related to designing and building a robot that some students may find beneficial. The team also competes in several other projects including animation, and community and safety. Students will also participate in fundraising activities, create a promotional video, and present to area businesses for sponsorship. For more information on US FIRST and the Robotics team visit www.usfirst.org or www.team1504.com (Note: The OPS is not responsible for the security and content of these Websites.)
S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions)*
This is an organization of students who are dedicated to the education of their peers regarding the consequences of destructive decisions concerning drinking, smoking, drugs, and sexual behaviors. The group sponsors programs and activities to help students choose healthy alternatives. All students are invited to join S.A.D.D. in room A206.
This is an organization of students who are interested in working on science-related projects in biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, engineering, and forensics. Students will compete at the regional tournament at LCC at the end of February. The top 2 teams will then compete at the state tournament at MSU in May.
WORLD LANGUAGE CLUB*
The purpose of the World Language Club is to enhance, support and promote the study of world languages and cultures through activities such as games, movies, cooking and holiday celebrations. These activities give students the opportunity to use the language and experience the culture in ways not available in the classroom. Students meet in room B115.
*Clubs funded by the Okemos Education Foundation (OEF)