GAHS Student Clubs
Army Junior ROTC -
The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. JROTC instills in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment." JROTC’s mission, "To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens", is the guidepost for the program’s success.
The U.S. Army’s JROTC program currently operates in more than 1,700 public and private high schools, throughout the United States and overseas. As JROTC students (Cadets) progress through the program, they experience opportunities to lead other Cadets. A major component of the JROTC leadership and citizenship program is female Cadets. Female Cadets make up 40% of the Cadet population. The JROTC faculty is led by nearly 4,000 instructors who are retired from active duty, reserve duty, or National Guard Army service. Instructors are trained and qualified in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act 2007 to teach and mentor approximately 314,000 JROTC Cadets annually.
Collaborating for Youth & CFY Coalition - The CFY Youth Coalition of Adams County is a group of students who focus on making an impact in their communities, schools, and around Adams County. We are one of Adams County’s largest youth-led coalitions and are actively present in every school district! We help students grow and develop their positive potential within safe environments.
When you join the CFY Coalition, students:
- Get to connect with students from their own school and other schools
- Make a positive impact in their schools through Positive Messaging Campaigns, outreach, and service-driven activities
- Get to participate in creating a difference in the community through Public Service Announcements relating to substance use/prevention. This is done by student-made ads that air on the radio, streaming, on podcasts, billboards, and in articles that run in the Gettysburg Times.
- Have opportunities to create artwork for local businesses
- Have opportunities to attend youth conferences and training
- Get to volunteer and earn service hours
Environmental Club - A student-driven club that determines the activities of the club pertaining to environmental awareness both in the school and our community. Activities include, but are not limited to planting trees, school recycling program, Earthday observance, Envirothon, and guest speakers. Open to all students.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Fiber Arts Club - Learn about Fiber Arts using textiles such as yarn and fabric to create projects. Students can pursue areas of interest, including but not limited to knitting, crocheting, quilting, or weaving.
French Club - The purpose of the GAHS French Club is to:
- Promote French and Francophone language and culture within the school and community
- Provide experiences of the French and Francophone world through real-world activities i.e. (French cuisine, pen-pals, field trips, travel planning to France and/or a French-speaking country.)
- Offer a time for students to speak French with one another and discuss French topics of interest.
Future Business Leaders of America - FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experience.
Gaming Club - The Gaming Club is an opportunity for gamers to gather and play both video games and board games. Our goal is to meet other gamers and have fun. Everyone is welcome!
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) - The Gay-Straight Alliance is a club for those who support and celebrate those who do not fit within heteronormativity. Club activities vary, but focus on this support and celebration, fostering understanding of others and working to make the school a safe space for all.
German Club - The German Club welcomes all students who are interested in any aspect of German culture, language, or family history.
Activities include but are not limited to:
- Holidays & Celebrations: Oktoberfest, Nikolausfeier, Fasching Party, Ostern, National German Week, and Day of German Unity
- Crafts: Lantern making, Easter bunny making, and creating Christmas decorations
- Games: Traditional board games and multiple online games to promote vocabulary learning
- Eating German food, for instance, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, snacks, and other party food
- German movie night
- German music videos
- Guest speakers
- Field trips: Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Germany in spring 2024
Our club president graduated in the spring of 2022, so we also offer wonderful leadership opportunities that will help your resume stand out!
GAHS Forensics Team
History Club - For students interested in pursuing a passion for everything history, in a warm, inviting, and tolerant environment.
Interrobang Magazine Club
Key Club - Key Club is the high school affiliate of Kiwanis International, a community service organization. Members of Key Club strive to make a difference in the school and local community by working on projects small and large. The club meets once a month after school. Members must earn 40 service hours each year but have the option of choosing how and when they earn those hours. Service opportunities are made known through our club. The deadline for annual applications is September.
Lacrosse Club is for any male or female interested in learning and playing lacrosse. Students meet in the gym area and practice lacrosse techniques during the club period.
Math Club - GAHS Math Club is a place for students who are curious about and love mathematics and its related topics. Students participate in local and online math competitions throughout the school year where they work individually and in teams.
Mudslingers https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/Page/3633 - At Mudslingers Club, GAHS, people of all ages and advanced levels come together in a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere to explore pottery and ceramic arts. We offer tools, support, and instruction to help inspire the artist in us all. Our primary outreach and fundraising event is Empty Bowls. We support SCCAP’s Gleaning Project together with Gettysburg College to raise awareness about hunger-related issues, raise money for hunger-related organizations, and advocate for community involvement. We do this by donating handmade ceramic bowls for a simple community meal with a 100% donation going to feeding hungry people in our community.
National Art Honor Society (NAHS) - https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/Page/3633 - NAHS - The GAHS National Art Honor Society was established in 2005 for high school students grades 9-12 through the NAEA (National Art Education Association) Students become members of a distinguished group of 58,000+ outstanding art students, gain peer recognition, leadership growth opportunities, college and career preparation, and an unmatched sense of camaraderie.
National FFA Organization (FFA)
National Honor Society (NHS) Officers - The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize
outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the NHS serves to honor those 5 students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service,
The Faculty Honor Council, in the spring semester, will invite sophomores and juniors who have a cumulative GPA of 92% or higher to apply to NHS. Candidates will fill out an evaluation packet that will allow them to highlight their service experience and leadership potential. Input is also collected from the candidate’s former teachers, coaches, club advisors, and outside evaluators (chosen by the candidate), to help give the Faculty Honor Council a better impression of the candidate's scholarship, leadership, and character. The Faculty Honor Council also reviews the candidate’s discipline and attendance records, looking for infractions, unexcused absences, and/or excessive tardiness to school. While active discipline records, unexcused absences, and tardiness hold a few students out of the NHS each year, more students are turned away because of a general lack of service.
The advisors of the NHS encourage potential candidates to:
- ● Develop a record of diverse and robust volunteering experiences.
● Avoid disciplinary issues and report to school regularly and in a timely fashion.
● Join clubs and participate in activities that help develop leadership potential.
● Display good character and face adversity with a cheerful disposition.
Once inducted, members are held to the same high standards and must maintain a 92% GPA.
Members are expected to abide by the standards set out in the NHS Code of Behavior, given to
all new members.
Scholastic Arts - https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/Page/3633 - The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is an organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted more than 330,000 original works last year in 29 different categories of art and writing.
Skills USA - Skills USA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academic. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member with the opportunity for career success.
- Develop SkillsUSA Framework skills.
- Build confidence.
- Enhance their résumé.
- Explore career paths.
- Obtain scholarships and work opportunities.
- Network with peers, teachers, mentors, and industry representatives.
- Achieve a sense of accomplishment and belonging.
- Develop teamwork experience.
- Practice hands-on application of skills.
- Participate in local, state, or national competitions.
- Have fun!
Social Interaction Club (#SIC)
Speech & Debate - Speech & Debate is a team that practices at least once a week and competes all year, going to 5-8 invitational tournaments throughout the state in preparation for the District Qualifiers for the State Championship, although you do not have to commit to the whole year to join. If you play a fall sport or activity, you can compete in the spring and vice versa. There are 30 different events to choose from, so if you like to debate, want to write your own speech, or want to perform someone else's work, there's an event for you. There is even Impromptu, where you are given a topic and have to speak on the spot with no preparation if that is your preferred style. Public speaking is one of the most powerful life skills you can practice in high school, so come hone your skills with us.
Sports Psychology Book Club
Technology Student Association (TSA) - The TSA Mission Statement enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs. TSA is accelerating student achievement and supporting teachers by providing engaging opportunities to develop STEM skills.
Tri-M Music Honor Society
Ultimate Frisbee Club
York County Science and Engineering Fair (YCSEF) - The York County Science and Engineering Fair (YCSEF) is a club to facilitate the research and completion of science and engineering projects. This fair is a part of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). It serves all schools and students from York and Adams Counties. The York County Science and Engineering Fair was planned by a committee of local volunteers representing technical and educational organizations for the purpose of providing students with an opportunity to expand and increase their expertise in science and engineering. It also provides additional incentives by offering awards, scholarships, and an occasion to receive an expert evaluation of projects for future science fair participation.
Our Fair takes place in March & is held at Penn State York.
If you have questions about your project, please consult your science teacher or Mrs. Bechtel (B215), the YCSEF Advisor at GAHS.
Research is completed in semester 1 – mid-February.
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