Clubs

Because research shows that student engagement in clubs and activities, not just sports and academic success, helps keep them in school, we at Swain High School believe that providing a variety of clubs during the school day is a vital part of a student’s education. Clubs not only allow students to become involved in organizations that are bigger than themselves, it also helps them to see that there is more to life and society than the small circle in which they live.  Clubs provide attachment to our school, to our community, to our peers, to the sponsoring adults, and, optimally, to a meaningful cause.  By furthering the possibility that students may find some meaning and significance within these walls, clubs can help to reduce the dropout rate in our school.  Clubs engage students in activities that strengthen social skills, enrich the lives of others, provide safe places to go for guidance and support, and even better our community, state and, perhaps, the world.  Clubs introduce students to options that are not part of everyday education.  They provide a place for students who may not be strong academically to excel and become part of a group that excites and engages them. Clubs are, therefore, worth the time and effort they require outside of academics, sports, and the offerings of the typical school day.

 

Chess

A club for those interested in the game of chess. We will study the game—rules, history and strategy—and compete. Chess club welcomes both the novice and experienced, but only for those serious about playing chess and improving their knowledge of the game.  Open to all, with prior approval.  Sponsored by Jack Gray.

 

Cinema

A club for those interested in making movies.  Sponsored by Joe Holt.  Open to all, with a maximum of 20 students.

 

Debate

Debate Club is for anyone who enjoys public speaking or who really enjoys arguing.  In this club, we will have competitions among the members of the club about topics ranging from local problems to international issues.  This club is for people who are interested in serious debate and discussion, and is open to anyone with approval from the club after an application has been submitted.  Sponsored by Mike Gunter  Limited to 20 members, with prior approval.

 

Drama 

Open to anyone with a proficiency and passion for acting. In this club, we will work on improving your performance skills by working with scripts, monologues, improvisation, auditions, and character development. This club is for people who are serious about the craft and are interested in growing as actors and actresses. Everyone interested in joining will be required to submit a short application and then present a monologue, which will be provided to students if they are given a callback. Sponsored by Mrs. Yates.

 

Envirothon

The Envirothon Mission Statement: Committed to improving the local environment in our community by fostering a partnership with community leaders, area businesses, and neighbors to create a cleaner, safer place to live and work. Activities throughout the year involve road-side cleanups (in conjunction with Roger Clapp at WaTR), school grounds cleanup (done during lunches), grounds beautification (working with C Stephenson’s drafting class and Jessica Spencer, EAC members will weed, replant and maintain small bedding areas around campus). This is a CLOSED club.  Sponsored by Kathy Gray

 

FCA

A group of Christ-followers gathered together focusing on growing together as Christians and fellowshipping with one another. We want Swain County High School to see Christ in us in all that we do!  Sponsored by Eric Stephenson.  Open to all.

 

FCCLA

Focuses on the multiple roles of the family, personal growth, decision-making and life skills.  Field trips include Fall Leadership Workshop and NCFCCLA State Leadership Conference in which members participate in projects, competitive events and workshops with students from across the state.  Sponsored by Nira Franklin   Open to all, with prior approval.

 

FFA – Members/General

FFA – Officers

Students must take an agriculture class some time while in high school, and pay $15.00 annual dues.  Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors must pay their dues by the time of the first meeting. Freshmen have until the second club meeting to pay the annual dues.  Sponsored by Jessica Spencer  Prior approval required.

 

FFA – Forestry

Open to any FFA member or any current freshman interested in joining FFA.  Sponsored by Jessica Spencer

 

FFA – Land Judging

Open to any FFA member or any current freshman interested in joining FFA, with prior approval.  Sponsored by Jessica Spencer

 

FFA – Livestock

Open to any FFA member or any current freshman interested in joining FFA, with prior approval.  Sponsored by Jessica Spencer

 

Girls Mountain Bike

Sponsored by Annette Clapsaddle, Julie Richards, Amelia Allman, Joanna McMahan, and Kathy Gray.  Open to all, with prior approval.

 

History

Sponsored by Vincen Bradley and Ashley West.  Open to all, with prior approval.

 

HOSA

HOSA is a student organization whose 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 occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the Health Science Education-HOSA Partnership.  HOSA promotes and is involved in numerous school and community activities that promote health.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for students enrolled in Health Science Education programs. HOSA is 100% health care!  Sponsored by Judy Wilson and Kaila Day.  Prior approval required.

 

Interact

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves. Sponsored by Julie Richards and JennieV Sorrells  Open to all with prior approval.

 

Internship

Internship is a closed club for students currently enrolled in the Internship course.  Sponsored by Cindi Thompson

 

Jigsaw

Sponsored by Ben Cutler.  Limited to 20 members, with prior approval.

 

JROTC –  General Staff

For those on JROTC staff. Club time will serve as our monthly staff meeting as the cadets decide such things as fundraisers, field trips, community service projects, etc. Those students on staff know who they are. Also, if we have a special Color Guard event coming up, then we will ask those CG members to show up here for practice.  Sponsored by Maj. Monnat and Sgt. Jones

 

Junaluska Advocacy Group

Anyone can join the Junaluska Advocacy Group, as long as they have an interest in the Native American history, culture, and modern way of coping with problems that face Native peoples of today.  We, as a group, will discuss and explore areas where we can make a positive contribution toward the betterment of the lives of native peoples.  We will have discussions about our social environment and how it can be improved or changed to better fill the needs of the students. Sponsored by Tavish Brown.

 

Junaluska Leadership Council

Made up of the 5 JAG members selected to represent SCHS.  Sponsored by Tavish Brown.

 

Kituwah Youth Council

Open to all with prior approval.  Sponsored by Ethan Clapsaddle.

 

Lego/K’Nex

A club open to anyone interested in tapping into their creative, critical thinking, and engineering talents to build things with Legos and K’Nex.  Sponsored by Theresa Carroll

 

Martial Arts

Open to all.  Sponsored by Kim Holt

 

Narrative 4

Closed to Narrative 4 participants only.  Sponsored by Billie Clemens

 

National History Day club

Open to all.  Sponsored by Billie Clemens

 

National Honor Society

A national academic organization that recognizes students in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. This club is only for members who have formally been accepted into the National Honor Society.  Sponsored by Jessica Masters

 

New Century Scholars

This is a closed club for students that are in the New Century Scholar program. Will be split into two clubs.  One will be for 9th-grade students only, the other will be for 10th and 11th-grade students.  Seniors will have individual meetings. NCS targets high-potential students at the end of 6th grade and provides extra support through middle and high school. Students are guaranteed “last dollar” tuition assistance for two years at SCC and reserved scholarship opportunities at WCU.  Sponsored by  Julie Richards

 

Outdoor Games

This club is to promote camaraderie, self-esteem, and playful competition amongst peers.  Games such as cornhole, ladder golf, and backyard bass will be played in a structured setting.  This club is open to all, no limit, and meets only if weather permits.  Sponsored by Derek Oetting and Tammy Parris

 

Project Discovery

The Project Discovery ~Talent Search Program helps middle and high school students prepare for and enroll in the college of their choice.  Will be split into two clubs based on grade level – 9th/10th grades and 11th/12th grades.  Project Discovery offers workshops in financial literacy, SAT & ACT test preparation, financial aid, and college application assistance.  We also offer college tours and summer adventure programs.  This is a closed club, only open to students enrolled in Project Discovery.  Sponsored by JennieV Sorrells

 

Project Endeavor

Project Endeavor is an after school program that will introduce students to different fields of science through a variety of activities including inquiry-based lab and field experiments, field trips, contact with scientists, museum visits, university visits, and community-based service projects.  Project Endeavor activities will take place after school and on weekends primarily. Project Endeavor is open to any student at Swain County High School interested in learning more about science.  There is no charge to participate.  Space is limited, and there is an application process.  Students are expected to attend as many scheduled meetings and field trips as possible.  Co-sponsors of the grant include Norma Pattillo and Kathy Gray.

 

Prom (Spring semester only)

Closed club for Juniors and Seniors.  Our purpose is to plan the Junior/Senior Prom, including the theme, songs, choice of souvenirs, and to decorate the day before the event.  Sponsored by Theresa Carroll   (Membership must be pre-approved by the sponsor)

 

Skills USA

For students who are enrolled in CTE courses.  Sponsored by Carla Stephenson

 

STEM-E

For students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Entrepreneurship; who want to explore, create, collaborate and compete. Limited to 20 members.  Open to all, with prior approval. Sponsored by Jimmy Leithauser and Theresa Carroll

 

Student Council

Student council helps share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with administration, faculty, and staff at Swain High. We often help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects, and helping people in need. A few examples are food drives, fundraisers, and annual homecoming festivities. Membership is based on an election and is a closed club. Sponsored by Ameila Allman and Bill Reynolds.

 

Student Lighthouse Team

This is a CLOSED club.  Sponsored by Sonya Blankenship

 

Swainglers Fishing Club

This club meets once a month.  We leave at the beginning of lunch and fish through lunch and club period at a nearby creek/river or the lake.  Limited space.  See Tammy Parris for more details.  Sponsored by Tammy Parris, Samantha McFalls, and Pat Smiley

 

Swain Toastmaster (Public Speaking)

Open to all.  Sponsored by James Leithauser.

 

Team 2K21

Closed club for Freshmen students. Sponsored by Sonya Blankenship.

 

World Fusion

World Fusion is a club to learn about dances from different parts of the world. We will have guests come in often to teach the group a dance, and, of course, we will also hear the music associated with that dance. Open to all, with prior approval. Because of space issues and the nature of the club, this group is limited to the first 20 participants to sign up.  Sponsored by Kim Holt

 

Yearbook

This is a closed club for yearbook staff.  Sponsored by Jessica Masters   (Membership must be preapproved by the sponsor)

 

Activity A Schedule

Club/ Activity

Adviser Location Max Participants

Prior Approval

History V. Bradley

A. West

Room # 512 – English/ History NA Yes
Interact J. Richards Room # 312

Math/ Science

NA Yes
FCCLA N. Franklin Room # 416 – Vocational Yes
JROTC T. Monnat

D. Jones

JROTC room

@ 11:15

NA Yes (All staff)
Internship C. Thompson NA NA Yes (12th only)
Livestock J. Spencer Ag. Room Yes (9th– 12th)
Land Judging J. Spencer Ag. Room Yes (9th– 12th)
Lighthouse S. Blankenship Room # 408 – Vocational Members only Yes, CLOSED
Envirothon K. Gray Room # 301 – Science NA Yes, CLOSED
Lego/ K’Nex T. Carroll Learning Commons 12 No (9th– 12th)
STEM- E T. Carroll

J. Leithauser

Learning Commons 20 Yes
Math Tutor T. Caron Room # 311 in  Math/ Science NA No (9th– 12th)
Cinema J. Holt Little Theater 20 No (9th– 12th)
Quiet Room B. King Room # 517

English/History

No (9th– 12th)
World Fusion K. Holt FAC No (9th– 12th)
Narrative 4 B. Cutler Room # 518 in English/ History Yes
Kituwah Youth Council Et. Clapsaddle Room # 201

Robotics

Yes
Project Discovery JennieV Sorrells Learning Commons Yes, CLOSED (9th only)

 

Activity B Schedule

Club/ Activity

Adviser Location Max Participants

Prior Approval

Student Council B. Reynolds

A. Allman

Room # 201

Robotics

12

Members Only

Yes, CLOSED
FFA- Officers J. Spencer Ag. Room Members Only Yes (9th– 12th)
NCS J. Richards Room # 312

Math/ Science

Yes, CLOSED (9th and 10th only)
Chess J. Gray Room # 313 in Math/ Science Yes (9th -12th)
Prom

(2nd Semester)

T. Carroll Learning Commons Yes (11th and 12th)
Internship C. Thompson NA NA Yes (12th only)
Project Discovery JennieV Sorrells Learning Commons Yes, CLOSED (10th only)
Junaluska Advocacy T. Brown Room # 402 No (9th– 12th)
Math Tutor T. Caron Room # 311 in  Math/ Science NA No (9th– 12th)
JROTC T. Monnat

D. Jones

JROTC room

@ 11:15

NA Yes (All staff)
Yearbook J. Masters Room # 611

Downstairs

Members Only Yes
Lego/ K’Nex T. Carroll Learning Commons 12 No (9th– 12th)
Swain Toastmaster Public Speaking J. Leithauser Room # 602

Downstairs

No limit No (9th– 12th)
Jigsaw B. Cutler Room # 518 in English/ History 20 Yes (9th– 12th)
Quiet Room B. King Room # 517

English/ History

No (9th– 12th)
Martial Arts K. Holt FAC No (9th– 12th)
Drama Club R. Yates Little Theater No (9th– 12th)

 

Activity C Schedule

Club/ Activity

Adviser Location Max Participants

Prior Approval

National History Day B. Clemens Room # 503 in English/ History No (9th– 12th)
Internship C. Thompson NA NA Yes (12th only)
NHS T. Caron Room # 311 NA Yes, CLOSED
FFA- Members

General

J. Spencer Ag. Room Members

Only

Yes (9th– 12th)
Chess J. Gray Room # 313

Science/ Math

Yes (9th -12th)
Project Discovery JennieV Sorrells Learning Commons Yes, CLOSED (11th only)
JROTC T. Monnat

D. Jones

JROTC room

@ 11:15

NA Yes (All staff)
Lighthouse S. Blankenship Room # 408 in Vocational Yes, CLOSED
Quiet Room B. King Room # 517

English/ History

No (9th– 12th)
Cinema J. Holt Little Theater 20 No (9th– 12th)
World Fusion K. Holt FAC No (9th– 12th)
Lego/ K’Nex T. Carroll Learning Commons 12 No (9th– 12th)
Girls Mountain Bike A. Clapsaddle

J. Richards

A. Allman

J. McMahan

K. Gray

Room # 516 in

English/ History

Fishing T. Parris

S. McFalls

P. Smiley

Room # 402 in

Vocational

Space Limited

20

Yes (9th-12th)
FCA E. Stephenson Cafeteria No limit No (9th– 12th)

 

Activity D Schedule

Club/ Activity Adviser Location Max Participants Prior Approval
Project Endeavor N. Pattillo

K. Gray

Room # 303 in Science/ Math 30 Yes- by application only
JROTC T. Monnat

D. Jones

JROTC room

@ 11:15

NA Yes (All Staff)
Internship C. Thompson NA NA Yes (12th only)
Project Discovery JennieV Sorrells Learning Commons Yes, CLOSED (12th only)
Martial Arts K. Holt FAC Lobby No (9th– 12th)
NCS J. Richards Room # 312

Math/ Science

NA Yes, CLOSED (11th and 12th)
Quiet Room B. King Room # 517 No (9th– 12th)
Yearbook J. Masters Room # 611

Downstairs

Members Only Yes
Debate M. Gunter Room # 511

English/ History

20 Yes
Lego/ K’Nex T. Carroll Learning Commons 12 No (9th– 12th)
Jigsaw B. Cutler Room # 518 in English/ History 20 Yes (9th– 12th)
Outdoor Games T. Parris

D. Oetting

Multi- purpose field No limit

(Weather Permitting)

No (9th– 12th)
Math Tutor T. Caron Room # 311 in  Math/ Science NA No (9th– 12th)
Forestry J. Spencer Ag. Room Yes (9th– 12th and FFA dues paid)
HOSA J. Wilson

K. Day

Room # 409 in Vocational Yes
Team 2K21 S. Blankenship Room #201

Robotics

9th CLOSED
Skills USA C. Stephenson Room 412 in Vocational Yes, (10th-12th CTE only)
Junaluska Leadership Council  T. Brown Room 401 in Vocational Only the 5 JAG members that represent SCHS

 

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