Clubs and Organizations
BLHS Clubs & Organization
The following clubs and organizations provide leadership opportunities for students at BLHS:
Academic Bowl Team: Students in this club will represent BLHS in the WPEC and state academic bowl competitions. (Kim Baxley)
Drama Club: The drama club provides the opportunity for students to learn and practice the craft of acting. Meetings will include opportunities to participate in drama games, improvisation and pantomime activities, and rehearsals for a fall and spring production. (Lyle Browne)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes: FCA is a state and national non-denominational organization whose main emphasis is to help athletes and students get to know each other and Christ better. The FCA is open to all 9-12 grade students and promotes Christian fellowship, morals, and principles throughout the school and community. (Eric Gambrell)
Future Business Leaders of America: FBLA is a local chapter of the national organization, which promotes ideals of citizenship, leadership, and a greater understanding of the American business enterprise system. Students enrolled in business education courses are invited to join in club activities. (Roy Frick)
Future Farmers of America: The FFA is a national organization of young people preparing for careers in the science, business or technology of agriculture, including natural resources and education. Activities such as conventions, trips, contests, and conferences reinforce skills learned in the classroom and help develop leadership. The FFA organization is open to any 9-12 grade student enrolled in agricultural education. (Libby Templeton)
Gamer’s Anonymous Club: Are you a gamer? Then, this is the club for you! Socialize with your friends while you enjoy the newest high tech games and gadgets on the market. (Paul Spence)
Guitar Club: Bring your guitar. Let’s strum along and play a song. (Mark Bolduc)
Interact Club: Founded in 1962, “Interact” stands for “International Action.” Every Interact Club is sponsored by a Rotary Club, which provides guidance to the club. The Interact Club motto is “Service Above Self.” Membership is open to students in grades 9-12. (sponsor needed)
National Art Honor Society: Selection for membership in NAHS requires that students be in grades 10-12, have a minimum of one semester in art, and maintain a “B” average in art class. NAHS is chartered by the National Art Education Association. (Sam Pouncey)
National Beta Club: The Beta Club consists of students in grades 10-12 who maintain a 4.0 GPA, participate in sponsored service projects throughout the year, and exhibit worthy character, good mentality, creditable achievement, and commendable attitude. The purpose of this organization is the promotion of scholarship, leadership, and good citizenship at BLHS. Students are invited to join this club each fall based on academic eligibility. (Sadie Hallman & Kelly Price)
National Spanish Honors Society: The Spanish Honor Society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Batesburg-Leesville High School’s Dulcinea Chapter was chartered in 1973. Students inducted into the Society must have an 85 cumulative average in Spanish through Spanish III and must be an active member of the Spanish Club. Active members are defined as attending at least 80% of the club’s meetings during the year. The Society is for recognition of excellence in Spanish and inductions take place in the spring. (Marshall Harvey)
Panther BLAST (B.L. Athletic Student Trainers) - Panther BLAST is an extension of our sports medicine program. This club is open to ALL students who wish to learn more about athletic training. Skills learned in class can be practiced through real life applications by working with athletes here at B-L. (Jim Desrosiers)
PANTHER Staff: The PANTHER Staff is responsible for producing and financing the BLHS yearbook. The editorial staff is made up primarily of upperclassmen who have had previous experience working on the yearbook. The business staff consists of any student who is willing to help secure financing for the yearbook. Applications for positions on the editorial staff are usually taken at the end of the academic year preceding service. The business staff is organized at the beginning of each school year. (Christy Dawkins)
Panther News Team: The Panther News Team broadcasts news concerning BLHS students and community. News shows are broadcast via Google Drive for BLHS, as well as YouTube and the School Website for the community. News Team members are also members of the National Scholastic Press Association, and will submit new stories for national awards. (Christy Dawkins & Era Roberts)
Pinterest Club: Do you like to make arts and crafts? Join the pinterest club. (Kim Higgins)
Relay for Life Team: The school Relay for Life team supports the efforts of the American Cancer Society in their mission to end cancer. The team sponsors the yearly BLHS Relay Palooza in the spring and participates in community- wide Relay for Life events and fundraising throughout the school year. (Deb Miller)
Science Club: The Science Club is an organization devoted to the promotion of scientific achievement. The organization strives to promote scientific awareness through trips, experimentation, and scientific analysis. (Allison Cook)
Step Team: The BLHS Step Team focuses on precision steps and choreographed movements. We also build sisterhood through development of character and self-esteem. Students generally perform during basketball games and at various competitions. (Gail Gibson)
Student Council: The Batesburg-Leesville Student Council is an elected group of students whose purpose is to promote cooperation and fellowship among the students, to provide for student participation in all affairs pertaining to the student body in general, to provide a representative group to act as spokesman for the students, and to make Batesburg-Leesville High School a better and happier place for both students and teachers. Annual student council activities include Homecoming Week, Powder Puff Football, Christmas Candygrams, and student body and class elections. A complete copy of the Constitution of the Student Council is available for review in the school office. (Wendi Miller)
Student Tech Team: Club members help with district technology distribution, integration, and overall support. Club activities include device distribution, student and teacher education, and video editing. Club is open to students in grades 9-12 by application. (Paul Spence)
Technology Students Association: TSA is open to all 9-12 grade students. During the school year, members are allowed to construct various projects that are used in a competition held in the spring of that year at the TSA Spring Showcase in Columbia, SC. (Shane Bryant)
Scheduling School Sponsored Club Meetings:
Club meetings will be held during Half-Time. The date and time for club meetings will be posted on a Google Calendar by administration. Any additional club meetings times must be held before or after school.
Establishing Clubs and Organizations
Clubs and organizations are chartered by and fall under the established guidelines of the student government association as it is outlined below:
- Extra-curricular activities are intended and should be designed to promote and develop the interest and talent of those served by the activity, to foster and promote interest in the school, and to convey a favorable image of the total school program to the parents of those we serve.
- Sponsors should have a genuine interest in the activity and strive to establish an effective program constructed within the framework of a club constitution submitted to administration.
- Each club may establish its own criteria for membership and may disqualify students for non-compliance with those standards. However, no student shall be excluded for failing to meet monetary requirements. Additionally, non-compliance with one club or organization should not preclude the student's membership or participation in another activity with different standards.
- As a precaution, we always require written permission from the parent or legal guardian whenever a trip is planned for a club or organization (one blanket permission for athletic teams, band chorus, etc. that travel often as a group). All participants in such activities must have student insurance or have a signed statement from parent indicating personal coverage is adequate and relieving school of any liability.
- No club or organization will be allowed to sponsor or participate in a fund-raising activity without the permission of the assistant principal.
- When an organization meets after school, the sponsor of the organization is responsible for supervising the group. The sponsor must remain with the students until all of them have left campus. Students who consistently fail to make arrangements for transportation to arrive at the announced times may be excluded from further participation in such activities.