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Sponsors: Vera McKee, Hope Steinhoff, Sarah Paulk and Katie Ellis
(BPA) is a national organization giving students the opportunity to sharpen their business skills and compete on a regional, state and national level. By joining BPA, you can develop skills to work efficiently, develop competence in business occupations, develop student leadership skills and become a member of the National Technical Honor Society. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday at 8 a.m. each month in Room 601. If you are interested in joining BPA, please contact Lisa Sargent or Jane Pearce.
Sponsors: Lisa Sargent and Jane Pearce
Chess-Friendswood Knights meets Thursdays after school.
Sponsor: Jim Owen
Sponsor: Annette Walter
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation’s largest cyber defense competition that puts high school students in charge of securing virtual networks.
Sponsor: Annette Walter
Sponsor: Kara Buster
Sponsor/Director: Kathy Powdrell | Drama Website
Meetings will be every other Wednesday morning at 8 am in room 112. Watch MCS for specifics. Everyone is invited.
Sponsor: D’Ann Hervada
Sponsors: Melissa Novak and Brooke Holtvluwer
Membership in FFA is limited to students who are enrolled in one of the agriculture science classes. This is a national organization with over 1300 chapters in Texas alone. Competition opportunities are leadership contests in the fall, career development contests in the spring and raising and showing animals throughout the year. Students travel to many high schools and universities for contest sites. Many outside activities are available to students throughout the year. The purposes of this organization are to develop leadership skills, organizational skills, responsibility and productive citizens for the future. Follow us on Twitter
Sponsors: Trevor Reifel and Rachel Hults
Sponsor: Jennifer Gray
GERMAN NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (Delta Epsilon Phi)
GNHS is a national honor society with chapters on high school and college campuses. The GNHS works in conjunction with the German Culture, but includes a service component as well. Members participate in one group service project per semester, as well as complete individual hours. Membership is voluntary, but initialized on a purely academic basis. All German students are considered for membership after the first semester of German II. Students must have an “A” average in German and an 85 cumulative high school average.
GERMAN AMERICAN PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (GAPP)
GAPP is a bi-lateral, home-stay exchange program, supported by the US State Department and German Ministry of Education. Participating students host a German teenager from our partner school outside of Berlin, Germany for 3 weeks. Friendswood students visit their partners for 3 weeks in June. Eligible students must be in German II or higher and at least a sophomore before applying to the program. The program is a year-long commitment and will be next experienced in the 2009-2010 school year.
Sponsor: Myriam Bussmann
HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division. HOSA’s 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 HSTE-HOSA Partnership. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs. HOSA is 100% health care! It is 100% student-led organization.
Our award winning local chapter is very active in leadership development, community service, as well as the competitive events offered by National HOSA. HOSA is open to any student who has an interest in the health care profession, not just students who take Health Science Cluster classes.
Sponsors: Carla Burris, Heather Martin and Bridget Ruth
Sponsor: D’Ann Hervada
Sponsor: Lauren Malone
Sponsor: Michael Wells
The Math & Science Organization is an organization that strives to promote a passion for mathematics & science while providing tutoring services to the elementary & intermediate schools in Friendswood. Students are also encouraged to participate in UIL math events. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 average in their high school math class in order to participate. Students may earn a membership into the national high school and junior college math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta by joining the Math & Science Organization and completing 30 service points. Club dues are $5 and meetings are once a month at 8 a.m. in room 1031.
Sponsor: Fred Lewis / Organization Website
The Friendswood National Honor Society is governed by the national organization. To qualify for membership in the Friendswood Chapter of the National Honor Society, a student must meet requirements set in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Candidates for election to NHS must be members of the Sophomore, Junior or Senior class. To be eligible for membership, a student who is a Senior must have a cumulative average of at least 7.210. Sophomores and Juniors must have a cumulative average of at least a 7.210. All students who rise in scholarship to or above such standards may be admitted to candidacy for election to membership. Applications are sent to students in fall through their English classes if the required cumulative GPA has been met. Students must then show they are involved in a wide range of activities and community service before they are accepted. More details on the requirements for activities and community service are given in the Mustang Manual. Students and parents may also find how to calculate cumulative GPAs on the 8-point scale in the Mustang Manual.
Sponsors: Kara Osborne and Karla Mendoza
NHS Honor Society Website
Sponsor: Mandy Harris
Sponsor: Kellye Nye
The Sociedad Horaria Hispánica (SHH) is an honor society in Spanish and/or Portuguese, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Any secondary school student who has maintained an honor average (90+) in the study of Spanish or Portuguese for a minimum of three semesters in a Pre-AP or AP course and is in the 10th grade or higher is eligible to be a member of the SHH. Prior to induction, members are also required to earn a minimum of 6 credit hours by participating in culturally relevant community service, giving Spanish tutorials on campus, or attending Spanish Club meetings. Spanish Club meets every other Thursday after school in Mrs. Gutierrez’s room, room 110. Induction to SHH occurs in late April or early May. Watch MCS for details!
Sponsor: D’Ann Hervada
Sponsors: Melissa Schwartz and Brooke Holtvluwer
Sponsor: Joseph Brownfield Journalism and Newspaper
Teacher/Sponsor: Melissa Victorick
Recycling Club is open to and welcomes all students at FHS and meets on Wednesday afternoons in Ms. Woodley’s classroom (804). It is a truly unique club here at FHS in that it is not only a LOT of fun, but also serves an important function – it is the only method of recycling cans and bottles on campus. Every week, the students collect the “recyclables” from all classrooms/offices and then separate and sort cans, bottles and tabs. This year we will also be collecting used markers for Crayola’s “ColorCycle” Program.” Recycling Club works closely with both the community of Friendswood, as well as various charities, such as the Ronald McDonald House. Students also have the opportunity to gain valuable service/volunteer hours. So if you have a will to help save the world, this club is for YOU!!!
Sponsor: Elizabeth Woodley
The FHS Robotics team competes in the FIRST® Tech Challenge Platform. Students work together in groups to design, build, and program robots that will eventually compete in floor games against other teams’ robots at the district, state, and national levels. Involvement in FIRST® also qualifies students for numerous FIRST® scholarship opportunities.
Sponsors: Nishi Stjohn Lead Sponsor, Derek Carter, Co-Sponsor
Teacher/Sponsor: Al Taglialavore
Sponsors: Toby Wise and Al Taglialavore
SKillsUSA Engineering students at FHS compete in contests such as Urban Search and Rescue Robotics, Mobile Robotics Technology, and Technical Drawing. Students compete at the district, state and national level. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
Sponsors: Derek Carter and Nishi Stjohn, Co-Sponsors
Sponsor: Jon Hall
The Spanish Culture Club is an extension of the cultural studies of Spanish classes. It provides students with a social outlet related to Spanish and a chance for camaraderie among students. Membership and meeting attendance can be used towards service credit hours for the Spanish National Honor Society. Meetings are every other Thursday after school in room 110. Watch MCS for details. All are welcome! Sponsor: Sonia Gutierrez
Sponsors: Laura Peter and Kristen Balch
Sponsor: Mike Tyer
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) offers the most comprehensive program of academic competition in the nation. UIL Academics offers more activities than any other UIL division, with 29 contests at the high school level.
The events that students can compete in are the following:
The Accounting Contest is an hour-long contest consisting of 80 – 100 questions that focus on the elementary principles and practices of accounting for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, and may include bookkeeping terminology, the worksheet with adjustments, income statement, balance sheet, trial balance, account classification, journalizing, posting, bank reconciliation, payroll and other items related to the basic accounting cycle.
Sponsor: Jane Pearce
The Calculator Applications Contest involves a thirty-minute test comprised of 70 mathematical problems that are solved with a handheld calculator:
• 35 numerical,
• 21 stated,
• 14 geometry.
Sponsor: Mary Gillespie
Computer Applications focuses on word processing speed and accuracy, skill in the use of database and spreadsheet applications, and the integration of all of these. Contestants will have the opportunity to produce two printouts and the mandatory tie breaker. Each printout will be assigned a weighted point value, based on difficulty, which will be so indicated on the contest paper.
This is a technology based contest, and the goal is for students to have a thorough, working knowledge of these three applications and be able to complete substantial tasks in all of them and to direct data from one application to another. The difficulty of the elements on tests will increase as we get to higher levels of competition.
Sponsor: Kristen Balch
The Computer Science contest challenges students to study a broad range of areas in computer science and has both an individual and a team component. Competition consists of a 45-minute written exam for both components, along with a two-hour programming contest for teams.
At all levels of competition, individual places are determined solely by written exam scores. All contestants compete for individual honors at all levels of competition. Individuals placing first, second and third advance to the next level. For the team component, the team’s top three scores on the written exam are added to its score in the programming session to produce an overall team score. First-place teams advance to the next level of competition.
Sponsor: Annette Walter
Current Issues and Events
The Current Issues and Events Contest focuses on a basic knowledge of current state, national and world events/issues and consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and one essay. The essay is intended to assess the competitor’s ability to synthesize and evaluate information and present it in an informed manner.
Sponsor: Ashley Birmingham
The UIL sponsors five journalism contests – News Writing (45 minutes), Feature Writing (60 minutes), Editorial Writing (45 minutes), Headline Writing (30 minutes) and Copy Editing (15 minutes). Students compete at the district level, and then the top three places advance to regionals. From regionals, the top three places advance to state competition. The UIL journalism program has seen increased participation in recent years. Many contests winners have gone on to excel as professional journalists.
Sponsor: Joseph Brownfield
The Mathematics Contest consists of a 40-minute, multiple-choice exam with 60 questions, designed to test knowledge and understanding in the areas of basic mathematics, algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, math analysis, analytic geometry, pre-calculus and elementary calculus.
Sponsor: Mary Gillespie
The UIL Literary Criticism Contest is a 90-minute test in which the student’s familiarity with the concepts associated with literary analysis, authors, and works that represent English-language literary history, as well as some of its classical and international influences, is assessed.
Three sections constitute the scored part of the test; a required tie-breaking essay that invites the student to exercise his or her skill in literary analysis completes the test.
• Part 1: Knowledge of Literary Terms and Literary History (30 one-point items)
• Part 2: The UIL Reading List – differs year to year (20 two-point items)
• Part 3: Ability in Literary Criticism (15 two-point items)
• Part 4: The Tie-Breaking Essay
Sponsor: Suzanne Stafford
The Number Sense Contest involves a ten-minute, 80 question mental math test covering all high school mathematics courses (See the sequence chart link in the right sidebar). Short cuts need to be developed and practiced in order to compete and finish the test.
Sponsor: Mary Gillespie
In the Ready Writing Contest, the students are given two hours to write expository compositions. They have a choice between two prompts, each an excerpt from literature, publications (past and present) or speeches.
Sponsor: Kevin Reed
The purpose of the Science Contest is to challenge high school students to do a wide range of reading in biology, chemistry and physics, to gain an understanding of the significance of experiments rather than to recall obscure details, to be alert to new discoveries and information in the areas of science, to gain an understanding of the basic principles as well as knowledge of the history and philosophy of science, and to foster a sense of enthusiasm about science and how it affects our daily lives.
The contest consists of a two-hour objective test with 60 questions – 20 from biology, 20 from chemistry and 20 from physics.
Sponsor: Megan Marshall
The Social Studies Contest consists of 45 objective questions and an essay. Students are expected to master primary reading selections, as well as specific documents, and to be familiar with general-knowledge social studies concepts and terms. Each year, the contest focuses on a different topic area and a reading list that is provided by UIL.
Sponsor: Jennifer Sicuro
Spelling and Vocabulary
Each year, the UIL Spelling and Vocabulary Contest is based on a different vocabulary list provided by UIL and consists of a three-part test:
• Part I: A fifteen-minute section of 30 multiple-choice items focused on vocabulary and proofreading, and…
• Part II & III: The hand-written spelling of 70 words pronounced aloud to contestants, as well as a tiebreaker section of 20 additional pronounced words.
Sponsor: Jennifer McNew