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Academic Team
Academic Team

Advisor: Miss Brown, Room 110

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The quest for knowledge, in the form of trivia questions, and two big competitions.

Art
Art Club

Advisor: Mr. Noot, Room 113

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The purpose of Art Club at BHS is to stimulate and promote interest in the visual arts at the high school and in the community. All interested students are invited to join. Art Club meets every Tuesday at 3:30pm in Room 113. There are scheduled art events throughout the year including our annual art trip to Minneapolis in the spring.


Chess Club
Chess Club

Advisor: Todd Wolf

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Chess Club is a group set up to learn and compete at chess as well as to share and spread knowledge of chess around the community. Students will have the opportunity to compete in tournaments, volunteer at elementary tournaments to accumulate service hours, and share their knowledge of chess with the community.

Close Up
Close Up

Advisor: Mrs. Davis, Room B29

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Close Up is a nation wide organization that brings students to Washington, DC to learn about US Government and our History. Washington, DC is used as your classroom! There is sight seeing, learning, meeting new friends and a great week in Washington, DC and Williamsburg, VA.



Drama Club
Drama Club

Advisor: Mrs. Bedard-Upgren, Room 111

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Drama Club is for those who are interested in the art of theater. Students spend time participating in theatrical activities including acting, technical activities including acting, technical theater and working on special events. Being part of drama club does not require you to participate in BHS's productions.

Drama members meet Mondays from 7-8:30am

Environmental
Environmental Club

Advisor: Mrs. Smallbeck, Room 201

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Environmental Club is open to all students interested in the preservation or improvement of the natural environment. Thinking globally, yet acting locally is the focus. Past projects have included the establishment of the native grasses and wildflower area, maintenance of the bluebird trail, tree planting, and recycling. Member of this club are often the members of the environmental competition team (E-Society).

Envirothon Team (E-Society)

Advisor: Mrs. Smallbeck, Room 201

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This team is open to all students who have good general knowledge of topics within ecology. All students who enjoy the outdoors and have an interest in wildlife, soil science, plants, wetlands, water and riparian areas in ND and the US, are encouraged to join. The team prepares throughout the year studying both in a group setting as well as working individually. Experts or Scientists in the related areas are often asked to present information to the team. The state competition is usually held the first full week of May

Knowlen
FBLA

Advisor: Mr. Knowlen, Room 309

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FBLA offers students opportunities available to collect business and entrepreneurial-related knowledge and experiences.

FCA
FCA

Advisor: Mr. Lardy, Room 311

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes engages athletes and coaches to grow in their faith and sport.

FCA meets Tuesdays at 7:45am

FCCLA
FCCLA

Advisor: Mrs. Beckers, Room B8

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national Career and Technical Student Organization and provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

They meet every other Wednesday at 7:45am



Four Directions
Four Directions

Advisor: Mrs. Karla Davis, Room 317

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Four Directions celebrate the diversity in our student population at BHS by sharing cultures with one another, doing cultural activities, and listening to speakers from the community. Everyone is invited to attend.

Schedule for these meetings are posted in room 307B.

French Club
French Club

Advisor: Ms. Kling, Room 211

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French Club promotes the study of French language and culture and to enhance learning that takes place in class. The club is open to anyone. Activities include celebrating French holidays, preparing French food, watching French movies and taking a French cultural trip.



LGBTO
Gay Straight Alliance

Advisor: Mrs. Fode, Room 109

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The mission is to provide a safe place for students to support one another, to serve as a voice of acceptance and understanding for LGBTQ youth, and to help educate the school about LGBTQ issues. They are an open-door club and respect every student's right to privacy. All students are welcome to join us.

This group meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 3:30pm

Genesis
Genesis

Advisor: Rachel Douts, Choir Room

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Genesis Jazz Choir is BHS newest addition beginning in 2013. They are an auditioned group made up of Freshman and Sophomores at BHS. Auditions are held in early to mid-September of each year. Rehearsals for the group are held before school 2 or 3 days per week. In their first year, the group performed in 2 concerts and attended the MacNally College of Music's Jazz Festival in March of 2014. Genesis also performed for the entire BHS student body for the first annual Academic Awards Ceremony in May of 2015.

Genesis meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-8am

German Club
German Club

Advisor: Ms. Crow, Room 213

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German Club is for students of German and focuses on local heritage as well as current German Cultural events.

Hi-Herald
Hi-Herald (Newspaper)

Advisor: Mrs. McKenzie, Room 103

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After taking Journalism 1, sign up for Journalism 2 and be part of a 100% student-run newsmagazine where all decisions are made by student editors! Being a part of the Hi-Herald staff is a great way to put your communication talents to work in the "real world" and feel a great sense of accomplishment. Staff members enjoy putting their talents to work whether they are in photography, writing, designing, graphic arts, business, art, etc. to publish a monthly publication. Hi-Herald staff members also enjoy traveling around the U.S. twice a year to the two high school national journalism conventions where they compete against 5,000 other students around the nation. Being on the Hi-Herald allows you to showcase your talents in our monthly newsmagazine, apply for an internship at the Tribune, apply for a wide variety of scholarships, travel and U.S., compete for national recognition, and give you something to be a part of during your high school career.

Hi-Herald work during Period 4

HOSA
HOSA - Future Healthcare Professionals

Advisor: Mrs. Frey, Room B7

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HOSA is a national organization for any high school or college student that is interested in pursuing a career in a healthcare field. Students are given the opportunity to develop leadership through state and national competitions in various career oriented specialties.

The mission of HSA is: To enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students meet the needs of the healthcare community. HOSA focuses on group and individual achievement.

They meet Tuesday mornings at 7:45am.

Jazz Too
Jazz Too

Advisor: Mrs. Halverson, Band Room

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Jazz Too is a jazz band, welcome to anyone wanting to play jazz in grades 9-12 that participates in a high school concert band.

They meet daily from 7:15-8am

Key Club
Key Club

Advisor: Mrs. Nein, Room 121
Co-Advisor: Mrs. Rinas

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Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. Bismarck High and other high schools have student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

BHS Key Club meets at least 2 times a month to organize and plan service projects. It is a great way to earn service hours, and it is also a great way to develop leadership skills for scholarships. Contact Robin Nein to learn more about the advantages and opportunities Key Club can offer.

Past projects include toys for Africa, Jam the Gym, Peanut Butter Drive, Help for Hannah Miller, and Run for the Heart. Anything is possible it only takes a generous creative attitude!

Key Club meets the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday at 7:30-8:10am

Latin Club
Latin Club

Advisor: Ms. Hovland

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Latin Club promotes the Latin language and culture.

Lit Mag
Literary Magazine

Advisor: Mr. Henderson, Room 101

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This is a group of creative writers who produce a book of poems and stories called PenSoul. They have been going for about 10 years. They meet daily during Period 3.

Media Club

Advisor: Mrs. Bedard-Upgren, Room 111 or Room 306

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Media Club members produce, film and edit videos for the student broadcast which airs each Friday to the school and to the community, and it is published online. The club uses technology including video cameras, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, and more to create their videos. To be in Media Club, members must be enrolled in a Multimedia class

Math
Mu Alpha Theta (Math)

Advisor: Mr. Silbernagel, Room 312

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The BHS Math Club is for students who enjoy solving challenging mathematical problems on a competitive basis. Competition is on an individual as well as team basis. Contest are held locally and out of town.

They meet after school once a month, see Mr. Silbernagel for dates.

NHS
National Honor Society

Advisors: Mrs. Brenden and Mrs. Wahl, Room 317

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This is a group of students who work together to contribute to one or two community service projects and spread the word of NHS.

One-Act Play

Advisor: Mrs. Bedard-Upgren, Room 111

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This groups meets mid February- beginning of April Monday-Fridays from 3:40-5:30.

The one-act play is 35 minutes long and is presented both at BHS and also the NDHSAA play festival. Participation in the play is by audition for speaking parts and volunteer for technical support.



Yearbook
Prairie Breezes - Yearbook

Advisor: Mr. Henderson, Room 101

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The yearbook staff has the sacred responsibility to commemorate each year for all students. Students have countless opportunities to take pictures, write stories, design layouts and make a lasting contribution to a book that will endure for years to come. Taking Journalism 1 first is helpful, but not required. Open to grades 10-12.

They work during Period 2

Prom
Prom/ Jr. Class Activities

Advisor: Mrs. Grassel and Ms. Rinas, Room B32

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Starting in January they meet almost every Thursday morning at 7:40am.

This group plan the whole prom for BHS and decorate. Prom is the fourth weekend of April.

SADD

Advisor: Ms. Douts and Ms. Brown, Room 110

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SADD empowers young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them in their daily lives. We know students face potentially destructive decisions (drinking, drugs, tobacco, dangerous driving habits, violent behavior and others)every day and this group will help you learn how to overcome them.

They meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30am.

Science Bowl

Advisors: Mrs. Smallbeck, Room 201 and Mrs. Brenden, Room 317

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The BHS Science Bowl team is a group of highly motivated individuals who are considered to be academically strong in the areas of math and/or science. All students who feel they are strong in these areas, and who have the desire to learn more than their courses allow, are encouraged to participate in this competition team. Independent individual preparation is a large part of the team's success. This team competes at the state event and if successful, may compete at the national event.

Science Bowl meet Tuesdays from 6:45-7:30am

Science
Science Olympiad

Advisor: Scott Weigum, Room 203

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Science Olympiad is often described as track meets for science & engineering, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

A team consists of up to fifteen students, and BHS typically forms two or three teams each school year for the Regional competition in March; competition events are assigned to pairs of students, with each team member typically entered in two to five events. Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that build alliances.

Sr. Advisor
Senior Class Activities

Advisor: Mrs. Peterson

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Elections are held in October for Sr. Class President, Vice President and any other office based on how many students are interested in being part of the group. They plan Senior-only events, mainly focusing on the Senior Banquet held in May. There is also interest in holding other events or activities throughout the year, but it is up to whomever is elected to the position of President to spearhead.

Sophomore
Sophomore Class Activities

Advisor: Ms. Caya

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Any Sophomore may apply to be a Sophomore class officer. There will be no designated office (president, secretary, etc) but if accepted they will become the Sophomore class cabinet member.
The main duty of a Sophomore class officer is to do Cappucino for a Cause, once a month, usually in the library, before school for about a hour. The dollar donation for the cappucino goes into the Treasure of Hope fund. This fund is to help BHS students in need--for example if a student is having financial difficulty and can't afford something, they could get help from this fund. The Treasure of Hope is only for BHS students. Any teacher or fellow student can inform the Sophomore class advisor of a particular student's need.

Sources of Strength

Advisor: Mrs. McKenzie and Mrs. Peterson, Knaak

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SOS is a diverse group of students who believe in creating a positive community at BHS. Their goal is to include and educate all students from every sub-group in the building and focus on their strengths: positive friends, family, mentors, spirituality, medical access,mental health, healthy activities, and generosity. Everyone goes through hard times, but it is in the spirit of spreading messages of hope, help and strength that we hope to connect students and adults in order to break codes of silence and get people the help they may need.

They meet Thursday mornings from 7-8am

Spanish
Spanish Club

Advisor: Ms. Devine, Room 209

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Spanish Club is open to all Spanish language students, grades 9-12. Activities center around cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries of the world such as Day of the Dead, Carnaval, Cinco de Mayo, food, movies, holidays, crafts, and more. Field trips may include Concordia Language Villages, Festival of Nations, art exhibits or restaurants. They meet once per month.

Speech
Speech Team

Advisor: Miss Wendel, Room 107 /Assistant Coach Apryl Walth

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Speech Club enables students to develop their public speaking skills in a competitive environment. These are fourteen types of events that range from original written pieces to the more theatrical, interpretive pieces. Competitions are held locally and out of town with opportunities to win trophies an progress towards a state competition.

Student Council
Student Council

Advisors: Mrs. Nein, Room B28 and Mr. Wangler, Room 207

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Bismarck High student council is a student government organization that is led by elected student officers and students at large from all four grade levels. Students plan and organize events that will better increase student pride, sense of community, and positive involvement at Bismarck High.

Student council is a great leadership opportunity. We participate in the state student council convention by running for state office positions. Student council plans many events in the course of a school year including activities during homecoming week. We meet every Friday morning before school.

Sophomores and Juniors apply for student council every spring. Freshman and new students apply in the very beginning of the fall. Contact Robin Nein and Justin Wangler for more information.

They meet Fridays at 7:30am in Room 206

Young Writer's Club

Advisor: Mr. Henderson, Room 101

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Young Writer's Club provides opportunities for BHS students to receive feedback on their work, give feedback to other writers, and submit their work for publication or to writing contests. Meetings are held on Thursdays at 3:30.


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