At O’Gorman High School involvement in activities is a hallmark of our campus community which is why student organizations and clubs are an important part of our school culture.

Our students, faculty, staff and parents are involved in many different activities and events all of which are integrated with each other, support our mission and provide a welcoming and faith-filled atmosphere.

A school’s culture doesn’t just happen.  A school’s culture takes a lot of work, care and attention.  At O’Gorman, we have a long history of tradition and an amazing culture where our families, guests and students are welcomed and cared for.  This approach represents the core of who we are, and it is the hallmark of everything we say and do!

Our students are given numerous opportunities to be engaged and to practice leadership.  Organizations ranging from Academic Quiz Bowl to our Student Ambassador Program provide students with opportunities for involvement and community.

On this page you will see a sample of the many ways that student organizations and clubs are integrated into the life of our school.

Art Club

Supervisor: Gary Siska

Overview: The Art Club offers a unique opportunity for students who have an interest in the visual arts to devote time outside of the usual school day for self-expression, personal exploration, and group service projects within the school and the Sioux Falls Diocese.  Any interested student is welcome and encouraged to join the Art Club. Participants do not have to be in an art class and do not have to attend all sessions. The club meets after school twice a month throughout the school year.

Boys and Girls State

Supervisor:  Jessica Fauteck

Overview:  Boys’ and Girls’ State are  week-long leadership experiences held in late May or early June on the campus of Northern State College (boys) and the University of South Dakota (girls).  Applicants are selected by faculty nominations based upon academics, extra-curricular and community involvement.

Chess Club

Supervisor: Deborah Jorgensen

Overview:  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join. No previous chess experience is required. While the group meets after school once each week, players are able to come and play as their schedule permits. Typical meeting times/dates: Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Purpose:
Learn the game of chess
Teach others how to play
Explore strategies for consistent wins

What we do:
Have practice games against other chess club members
Assist Cub Scouts in obtaining their chess badge
Organize and hold some type of tournament during the school year (per member interest)

Students are encouraged to attend regardless of their experience level. If you do not know how to play chess, even better. Our existing members are waiting to show you the ropes.

Make your next move by joining chess club today!

Close Up History

Supervisor: Jeff Gordon & Doug Lindner

Overview:  The Close-Up History trip provides an opportunity for students who are interested in US history and government to spend a week in Washington, DC. The trip is open to students in grades 10 – 12. The trip costs approximately $1,500 including air fare. Fundraising opportunities are offered to defray the cost.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Supervisor:  Jonathan Konz

Overview:  FCA is a great way to meet students from all classes and be unconditionally accepted. Anyone interested in athletics and in growing in faith is encouraged to attend.  Participation in other athletics is not required. FCA is a national organization that exists to give students an opportunity to come together in Christ.  At O’Gorman our students have this opportunity constantly, so our FCA huddle may be slightly different than that of a public school.  In addition to Christian fellowship, we stress current teen topics (self image, eating disorders, chemical awareness, stress management), service opportunities (Children’s Care Hospital and School, nursing homes, family to family), Christian role model speakers (alumni, seniors, community leaders), and good old-fashioned fun (game night, music night, Christmas caroling, movie night).

History Club

Supervisor:  Jeff Gordon

Overview:  All students who are interested in history are encouraged to join. The club meets after school several time times throughout the school year.

HOSA-Future Health Professionals

Supervisors: Beth Odenbach & Carol Vaca

Overview: HOSA is a national student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science students to join and be actively involved.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. HOSA is 100% health care!

International Club

Supervisor:  Kristin Kuchenbecker & Chad LeBrun

Overview: The purpose of the International Club is to help the international students become more familiar with the US and OGHS while providing an opportunity for the traditional students to learn about the world and become global citizens. Individual customs & traditions of the various countries represented are shared.  By participating in discussions, games and international food, students are encouraged to learn about other cultures and languages. The club meets once a month on a Thursday after school. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Knights Legend

Supervisor:  Doug Basche

Overview:  The Knight Legend is the school yearbook. The staff is selected each spring from those who express interest. Preference is given to students with a strong writing background; photography skills are helpful. While work is generally done during the school day, other meetings may be required when production deadlines dictate. All yearbook staff members must have access to a digital camera.

Knights Scroll

Supervisor:  Jason Van Engen

Overview:  The Knight Scroll is published monthly. Approximately ten students are selected for the newspaper staff each year, but this number can vary depending upon interest. An attempt is made to get a mixture of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Journalism class is a prerequisite. While the newspaper staff generally meets during the school day, some nights may be required each month for layout and proofing, especially as deadlines approach.

National Honor Society (NHS)

Supervisor: Julie Benson & Heather Nohrenberg

Overview: National Honor Society (NHS) exists to recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to good citizenship.  The four pillars of NHS include character, service, scholarship and leadership.  Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 and above (weighted or unweighted) are eligible to apply for membership.  Students meeting the 3.6 or above GPA will receive an invitation to apply during the spring semester of their junior or senior year.  Selection into NHS will be made based on the student’s ability to demonstrate how they have fulfilled the requirements pertaining to the four pillars of NHS (scholarship, leadership, service and character).

NHS Student Invitation Packet

NHS Service Form

Quiz Bowl

Supervisor: Jeff Gordon

Overview: Quiz Bowl is an academic competition. While all interested students can participate, try-outs are requested for team placement. Competitions occur after school throughout the year. Students compete against area schools in groups of 4 to 6 students to answer questions pertaining to all school subjects.

Practice Dates & Time: Varies

Rocketry

Supervisor: Jane Schnell

Overview: OGorman has participated in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) since it began in 2002 and has reached the National Finals for the past four consecutive years.  TARC requires each team of ten or fewer students to design, fabricate and fly a rocket that meets contest specifications. The process begins, after Labor Day, by using RockSim software to design a rocket to specifications.  Many hours are spent in designing, flying and perfecting the simulated rocket.  Once the rocket performs within specifications, parts are ordered and the building begins. The rocket must be built from scratch by team members with only the aid of the software results. Eventually, the rocket is born and is ready for actual test launching. After numerous hours and launches, two “Qualifying Launches” will be attempted and scored.  The best score is submitted to the TARC office for National Finals consideration.  If the score is one of the top 100 scores, the team is invited to attend the National Fly-off, near Washington, DC, as a Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finalist.

TARC Background: The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). Approximately 7,000 students on 750 teams from across the nation compete in TARC each year. Teams design, build and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace.

The top 100 teams, based on local qualification flights, are invited to Washington, DC in May for the national finals. Prizes include $60,000 in cash and scholarships split between the top 10 finishers. NASA invites top teams to participate in their Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program. AIA member companies, such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have sponsored additional prizes such as scholarship money and a trip to an international air show.

Meeting Times and Dates: Rocket Team meets after school twice per week from Labor Day through the end of the school year.  Days will be determined based on participant schedules.

Student Ambassadors

Supervisor:  Nancy Carpenter

Overview:  Student Ambassadors help with a wide range of activities throughout the year including eighth  grade visitation and registration, new student orientation, open houses, etc. Ambassadors commit themselves to a highly visible position as a representative of OGHS. An application and interview process is used to select approximately 40 student ambassadors in the spring of each year.

SADD

Supervisor: Katie Kerkvliet & Rhonda Booth

Overview:  Teens Against Tobacco Use “TATU” & Students Against Destructive Decisions “SADD” is a group that is active throughout the school year.  Special activities focus around events such as Red Ribbon Week, 4D Month, Awareness Day, the Great American Smoke Out, Kick Butts Day, and No World Tobacco Day.  Students also do prevention activities in the elementary schools. To become a member, students must submit an application and are required to attend training. They must also follow the guidelines listed in the code of conduct and be passing all classes.  In order to participate in activities that take them out of class, members cannot have excessive absences. TATU/SADD students are placed in the position of “role model” for their peers and the youth they serve.  Any behavior that does not reflect this may be grounds for dismissal from the program.

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Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes.1 The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.Thankfully, there are effective measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving.  Get the factsDistracted Driving Safe Teen DrivingNew Video: Parents Are The Key to Safe Teen DrivingParent-Teen driving agreementResource:  http://www.cdc.gov/

Witness to Fitness

Supervisor: Angie Lynch

Overview: Calling all students to a party of FIT FUN! We meet once a week for 45-60 min. to provide students with an alternative and enjoyable method to exercise with Zumba, aerobics, and cardio. All students are welcome! Participants need absolutely no experience and are able to take part whenever their schedule allows.