Activity Organizations

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Kearney Public Schools believes extra-curricular activities are important elements in a student's educational experience. Because of the importance of these activities, Kearney Public Schools are committed to offering a variety of activities that are available to all students.

Kearney High School offers the six Career & Technical Student Organizations endorsed by the Nebraska Department of Education as well as the five Activities sponsored by the Nebraska Schools Activities Association. Please click on the Activities listed below for specific information.

 

Career & Technical Student Organizations

DECA
Distributive Education Clubs of America

Prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and business management. Members are in charge of running the school store, organizing the Powder Puff football tournament, and attend the Central Region Leadership Conference.
Adviser(s): Rebecca Larson rebpettz@kearneycats.com
David Gifford davgifford@kearneycats.com
Fees: $20 to be an official member
https://sites.google.com/a/kearneycats.com/advanced-marketing/deca
Social Media: @KHSDECA and @bearcatcorner on twitter

FBLA
Future Business Leaders of America

Provides members with opportunities to explore careers in business and technology, take part in community service, develop leadership skills, prepare for college, and travel. Students focus on service projects including Adopt-A-Highway and Trick-or-Treat Food Drive. They also attend the Fall Leadership Conference and State Leadership Conference. 
Adviser(s): Tennille Allison tenallison@kearneycats.com
Fees: $15 to be an official member. Possibly more expenses if attending leadership conferences.
https://sites.google.com/a/kearneycats.com/fbla/
Social Media: @KearneyFBLA on twitter

FFA
Future Farmers of America

Members meet once a month and focus on careers related to agriculture. They also participate in a large variety of contests including livestock judging, vet science, and floral design. Students attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis and State Convention in Lincoln.
Adviser(s): Macie Wippel macwippel@kearneycats.com
Spencer Noble spenoble@kearneycats.com
Fees: $25 -includes a free t-shirt and free meals at every meeting
Social Media: @Kearney_FFA on twitter

HOSA
Future Health Professionals

Members learn about the many opportunities in the medical field and gain experience by working blood drives. Health professionals speak to the students during HOSA Days and members attend the State Leadership Conference at UNMC. They also are in charge of the Holly Jolly Jog, a run before winter break, to promote healthy habits.
Adviser(s): Kelli Arens kelarens@kearneycats.com
Terri Rech terrech@kearneycats.com
Fees: $25
Social Media: @BearcatHOSA on Twitter

SkillsUSA
Industrial Technology

Recommended for students who are interested in Robotics, Automotive, Construction, Drafting, Health Care Sciences, and more. Members attend the state conference in Grand Island and can participate in over 100 contests. Students meet around once a month and do various activities. 
Adviser(s): Jeff Shield jefshield@kearneycats.com
Andrew Moland andmoland@kearneycats.com
Fees: $20 & must take Industrial Technology class

FCCLA
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America

Members take part in community service (SAFE Center’s 5k glow run), participate in competitive events (Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia), and attend a variety of conferences. Competitive events can range in everything from having a mock interview to making a nutrition plan for an athletic team, to teaching elementary students about how to deal with their emotions with art. Meetings take place once a month in the evenings. 
Adviser(s): Jennifer Cramer jencramer@kearneycats.com
Fees: $25 to be a member and participate in district, state, and national events.
http://kearneyhighfccla.wixsite.com/kearneyhighfccla
Social Media: @kearneyfccla on twitter

Educators Rising

Ed-Rising is a career student organization that helps students develop the skills and gain the experience they need to teach in a classroom.
Adviser(s): Mackenzie Burnham macburnham@kearneycats.com



Nebraska School Activities Association

Journalism

Members learn about correct ways to report with additional units on different types of writing skills. They also study research and surveys and discuss careers in journalism. Students also get the opportunity to attend state journalism. 
Adviser(s): Chris Johnson chrjohnson@kearneycats.com
Fees: $50

Choir

Freshmen students have the opportunity to take concert choir. Sophomores can participate in Chorale or POPS. Sophomore and junior girls can be a part of the Varsity girls choir (sapphire & gold, girls glee, concert choir). Concerts for all take place throughout the school year during the winter and spring.
Adviser(s): Clayton Moyer clamoyer@kearneycats.com

Speech Team

The speech team season begins in June with a workshop and finishes in March with the NSAA State Speech Championships. Students are required to prepare two types of speeches; platform and interpretive. Members have the opportunity to earn a varsity letter in Fine Arts. 
Adviser(s): Jonathan Anderson jonanderson@kearneycats.com
https://sites.google.com/a/kearneycats.com/khs-communications/competitive-theatrics
Social Media: @KHSTheatrics on twitter

Play production

The One-Act play production is open to all students grades 9-12. Auditions for the fall play take place within the first few weeks of school and competitions begin in November. The NSAA State One-Act Tournament is in December and members can earn a varsity letter in Fine Arts. 
Adviser(s): Jonathan Anderson jonanderson@kearneycats.com
https://sites.google.com/a/kearneycats.com/khs-communications/competitive-theatrics
Social Media: @KHSTheatrics on twitter


KHS Activities

Tri-M Music Honors Society

A national organization for middle and high schools through the National Association for Music Education (NAME). Talents are shared through community service projects and students build skills useful for school and beyond.
Adviser(s): Rick Mitchell ricmitchell@kearneycats.com
Requirements: Earn points at honor festivals

GSA
Gender Sexuality Alliance

The club is to help and listen to LGBT+ students. Help them figure out how to come out to those around them. Members also attend the PRIDE parade and some students participate in the Drag show that is put on by QSA at UNK.
Adviser(s): Jorge Ortega jorortega@kearneycats.com

BassCats
Fishing Club

Kicks off in October with a BBQ and goes through the end of July, ending with the state competition. Members participate in tournaments throughout the season and equipment can be supplied if needed.
Adviser(s): Trevor Clark treclark@kearneycats.com
Fees: $5 to be an official member

Book Club

Open to all students who love to read! One book is read per month and book discussions/activities take place monthly as well. 
Adviser(s): Stefanie Green stegreen@kearneycats.com

NAHS
National Art Honor Society

Open to all students who are really interested in art and love doing cool craft projects. The group meets every first and third Wednesday after school. 
Adviser(s): Linda McFadden linmcfadden@kearneycats.com
Charlotte Kaeding chakaeding@kearneycats.com
Fees: $30 to pay for supplies
Social Media: @NAHSKearneyHigh on twitter

DAFY
Drug and Alcohol-Free Youth

A positive way for members to get involved and help spread positive influences to younger students throughout Kearney Public Schools. Students get to dress up in costumes and travel around to elementary schools to do fun activities. 
Adviser(s): Robbie Samuelson robsamuelson@kearneycats.com
Caley Nelson calnelson@kearneycats.com

Class Officer

As a junior, planning prom is the main task of a class officer. They are required to pick the pre-prom meal and post-prom activities. As a senior, planning graduation is the main task. They also the choose class song, motto, flower, etc.., read a pre-written speech to the graduates during the ceremony, and read the names of the graduates. 
Adviser(s): Deb Eickhoff debeickhoff@kearneycats.com
Requirements: Chosen to be a class officer by classmates and approved by teachers

Mock Trial

Members look at court cases that have been created by lawyers around Nebraska. Try-outs are held at the beginning of the school year and teams are announced by the second or third week of school. Students are given a role (attorney or witness) and must create an argument and case theory for both sides of the case (defense and prosecution). They will go to competitions with other schools where they will present their cases as if they are in an actual trial. The competitions are usually held in an actual courtroom with lawyers and judges acting as judges for the competitions.
Adviser(s): Kathleen Sladek katsladek@kearneycats.com

LOG
Yearbook

Members “log” all of the events that take place during the school year. This class is a year-long commitment and students need to have good writing skills and be good with technology. Members will design layouts, arrange pictures, and write captions on the pages. They will also have opportunities to attend conventions to collect new ideas from other schools. 
Adviser(s): Chris Johnson chrjohnson@kearneycats.com
Fees/Requirements: Must take journalism before requesting the course.

ECHO
School Magazine

Students are responsible for writing the school newspaper, publishing one issue about every three weeks. This class is a yearlong commitment and students need to have good writing skills and be good with technology. Members will design layouts on the pages and write articles about events in the news or activities happening at the school. 
Adviser(s): Chris Johnson chrjohnson@kearneycats.com

Photography

Students are required to go to after-school activities and take photos of the events, activities, projects, etc. All photos taken are used for the school yearbook (The LOG) and the school newspaper (The ECHO). 
Adviser(s): Chris Johnson chrjohnson@kearneycats.com

Student Council

Members are elected by classmates and hold a position on the council for one school year and have the opportunity to be re-elected. Council members are in charge of organizing school dances, blood drives, movie on the football field, and are the leaders of the school. 
Adviser(s): Amber Lewis amblewis@kearneycats.com
Andy Chadek andchadek@kearneycats.com
Fees/Requirements: Elected by classmates every school year
Social Media: @KHSstuco_ on twitter

FCA
Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Members gather twice a month on Mondays to discuss how bible stories and verses connect to the leadership on athletic teams.
Adviser(s): Dan Martin danmartin@kearneycats.com
Natalie Madsen natmadsen@kearneycats.com
Social Media: @Kearney_FCA on twitter

K-Club
Varsity Letter Club

Varsity athletes volunteer around the community and participate in service projects. 
Adviser(s): Scott Steinbrook scosteinbrook@kearneycats.com
Dan Martin danmartin@kearneycats.com
Lerrin Rowe lerrowe@kearneycats.com
Fees/Requirements to join: Must be a member of a varsity athletic team or varsity letter winner.

Key Club

Service organization that partners with Kiwanis Club. Volunteers serve around the school and community with events like SOCKtober (collecting goods for the homeless shelter), trick-or-treat for canned foods, Good Fellows, and the Kearney Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunt.
Adviser(s): Dan Martin danmartin@kearneycats.com
Fees: $15- helps fund service projects

National Honor Society

This is an organization that recognizes students for their outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Student must be a junior or senior to apply and must have at least a 3.65 GPA. The induction ceremony takes place in April of every year. Seniors must complete 40 hours of volunteer service to wear a NHS honor stole at graduation.
Adviser(s): Amber McKay ambmckay@kearneycats.com
Fees/Requirements to join: 3.65 GPA and turn in an application

Thespians

Thespians is an international society dedicated to the arts and specifically theatre. Actors work on a point system to be inducted. 
Link to information about point system: https://www.schooltheatre.org/internationalthespiansociety/troupedirectors/thespianpointsystem
https://www.schooltheatre.org/internationalthespiansociety/home
Adviser(s): Kari Vyhlidal karvyhlidal@kearneycats.com

Band

Consists of 3 classes: concert band (freshmen), symphonic band (sophomores-seniors), and wind ensemble (sophomores-seniors). Wind ensemble is the highest level and there are limited spots, so auditions are required.
Adviser(s): Rick Mitchell ricmitchell@kearneycats.com
Mr. LeFeber natlefeber@kearneycats.com
Social Media: @bearcatband on twitter

https://kearneybands.org/

https://www.facebook.com/bearcatband/

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Dance Catz

Practices take place on Tuesday nights and Thursday mornings before school. Football and basketball are the main events that are danced for. They also volunteer in the concession stands and work with different organizations in the community. The Universal Dance Association (UDA) dance camp takes place at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 
Adviser(s): Meggie Rusher megrusher@kearneycats.com
Requirements to join: Tryout
Social Media: @dancecatz on Instagram

Cheer

Practices take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school. The main cheer events are during football, volleyball, basketball, and wrestling competitions. They also volunteer during swim meets and work in the concession stand. Cheer camp takes place in early July and state cheer is on February 15th. 
Adviser(s): Nicole Aubuchon kearney.cheerleading@gmail.com
Requirements to join: Tryout
Social Media: @kearneyhighcheer on Instagram

Orchestra

Consists of Camerata and Full Orchestra. Full Orchestra is for anyone and Camerata is a select group that requires a tryout. 
Adviser(s): Pat Nebesniak patnebesniak@kearneycats.com

Bowling Club

All grade levels are welcome to join. The competitive team is made up of only 7 players, so not everyone is able to compete. Practices take place on Monday and Thursday after school and compete to qualify for state bowling in Lincoln. All coaches and sponsors are volunteers. 
Adviser(s): Robbie Samuelson robsamuelson@kearneycats.com
Fees/Requirements to join: $75 for expenses and uniform

Interact

This club is the high school version of Rotary club and is associated with Kearney Dawn Rotary. The purpose is to complete community service opportunities and fundraisers to benefit people both within the community and throughout the world. In the past, Interact has raised money for polio research/vaccinations, water pumps in Haiti, and have sponsored the education of students around the world. 
Adviser(s): Kathleen Sladek katsladek@kearneycats.com

YAF
Young Americans for Freedom

A Political group that debates topics happening in the news. Members take part in the main 9/11 project dealing with a flag from the Marine Base Core in Japan. The group meets every Tuesday after school.
Adviser(s): Andrew Olson andolson@kearneycats.com

Cat Pals

Members assist life skills students and help with the adaptive physical education class.
Adviser(s): Caley Nelson calnelson@kearneycats.com

Student Ambassador

Assigned new students to the school and help them find their place at Kearney High. They also give tours to incoming freshmen.
Adviser(s): Crystal Zimmerman cryzimmerman@kearneycats.com