Clubs and Organizations
Debate and Forensics Team
Advisor: Rashia Vann
Co-advisor: Amy Carpenter
The Debate and Forensics Team is great place for students to explore the art of organized arguing and speech. Students on the Debate and Forensics team tend to enjoy discussing current issues and if they don't already have a strong voice and good presentation skills, they will learn these abilities in a fun, safe environment. Students learn to create factual/logical, ethical and emotional arguments and speeches to inform, persuade, and entertain their audiences and judges. The goal is to compete in tournaments with other high school students. This experience is a great way to build friendships, communication skills and your college applications.
Meeting Days: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:40 - 5:00 PM
- Ability to meet with the team at least once a week, either Monday or Wednesday or with a coach.
- Confidence – Belief in themselves and their abilities, and the desire to participate in all classes.
- Curiosity – The passion of discovery through effective tools for research, organization and presentation.
- Critical Thinking – How to explore the world through the lens of an inquisitive mind
- Communication – Oral & written skills and strategies for lively yet respectful discussions & disagreements.
- Control – Eliminate the fears of public speaking.
- Creativity – The desire to explore, create and invent.
- Camaraderie – Meet like-minded peers at tournaments and build healthy bonds of competition.
- Leadership – Self-motivation and the ability to delegate assignments and manage peers.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent critical thinking skills.
- Effective tools for research, organization and presentation.
- Strategies to overcome fears of public speaking.
- Confidence and desire to participate in all academic classes.
Traditional Hispanic Dance Club
Advisor: Moises Inostroza
We honor our Hispanic roots by learning traditional dances.
Meeting Days: Mondays and Fridays
Membership Requirements: Responsibility, perseverance, and respect.
National Technical Honor Society
Advisor: Tamika Faison
The National Technical Honor Society is for CTE students who have completed a Level 1 and Level 2 course and have maintained a 3.00 GPA unweighted.
Meeting Days: no set meeting time
Requirements: By Invitation only. Must meet CTE concentrator guidelines, which is, must have completed a level 1 and level 2 course in a pathway. Example: Foods 1 and Foods 2. Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (Unweighted) in those courses. Must pay membership dues.
Academy of Scholars
Advisor: Matthews, Shana
Academy of Scholars is a Cumberland County Schools based organization geared toward college-ready students. College admissions representatives state that they have begun to look for participation in the Academy of Scholars when accepting students because they know these individuals are prepared for the stressors and reality of life beyond high school. Eligible students attend monthly seminars held at high schools, local university campuses and community sites throughout the school year to discuss a multitude of subjects ranging from scholarships, financial aid, transitioning to college, and lifestyle issues.
Meeting Day: Monthly
Membership Requirement: Students who are ranked in the top 20 of their junior class are invited to join. Each comprehensive high school has 20 seniors and 20 juniors participate in the program.
Bears Sports Network
Advisor: Jason Fitch, Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBears Sports Network is dedicated to covering all athletics at Gray's Creek High School so that family, friends, the media, and fans, in general, are kept up to date. Most of our members are student-athletes. Those who are not student-athletes are sports fans, who love reporting and discussing athletics.Bears Sports Network uses social media to report scores and updates, highlights and newsworthy events in general. We are also dedicated to spotlighting athletic accomplishments by our student-athletes and sports teams in general by using interviews, articles, and other methods.Dues: NoneMeeting Day: None; Students attend all sports games and film interviews during or after school hours.Membership Requirement: Bears Sports Network uses high standards for membership consideration. There are not just GPA requirements; however, there are also behavioral expectations as well. We look for talented, well-rounded, motivated students to represent Gray's Creek High School, our community and our school district. For more information on Bears Sports Network, contact Coach Rhoda in Room 117.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
Advisor: Jennie Elliott
Co-advisor: Myra Womble
The purpose of FBLA is to provide, as an integral part of the instructional program,
additional opportunities for secondary students (grades 9–12) in business and/or
business-related fields to develop vocational and career supportive competencies
and to promote civic and personal responsibilities.
The specific goals of FBLA are to:
• develop competent, aggressive business leadership;
• strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work;
• create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise;
• encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute
to the improvement of home, business, and community;
• develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism;
• encourage and practice efficient money management;
• encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty;
• assist students in the establishment of occupational goals; and
• facilitate the transition from school to work.
FBLA membership shall consist of members of chartered local chapters. These
members shall hold membership in their state and national chapters. Individual
members shall be recognized only through a state chapter of FBLA except that, in
the case where there is no state chapter, the member shall be recognized by the
Active Members shall be secondary students who become members while
enrolled in business and/or business-related fields, who accept the purpose of
FBLA, subscribe to its creed, demonstrate willingness to contribute to good
school-community relations, and possess qualities for employment. Active
members shall pay dues as established by FBLA and may participate in national
events, in accordance with the guidelines of the National Awards Program, serve
as voting delegates to the National Leadership Conference, hold national office in
accordance with Article VI, and otherwise represent their state and local chapters
as approved by their respective state and local advisers.
Meeting Day: Officer meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
General members: 3rd Thursday of each month 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Other days as needed for special projects and competition practices
Membership Requirement: Current/Future enrollment in a Business or Business-related course.
FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
Advisor: David Lovette, Email: email@example.com
FCA is a student organization that exists to educate students on Biblical principles through devotions. See an advisor for more information or any questions.
Meeting Day: 8:00 am every Thursday morning in room 218.
Membership Requirement: Open to all students.
FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)
Advisor: Tamika Faison
Co-advisor: Stacey Orr, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Advisor: Sharan Godwin
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.
Meeting Days: No set meeting date, but meetings regularly throughout the year.
Membership Requirement: FCCLA is open to all students who are taking or have taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
The National FFA Organization
Advisor: Tara King, Email: email@example.com
Advisor: Ashley McCullen, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisor: Sean Garcia, Email: email@example.com
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Students enrolled in an agriculture course are eligible and encouraged to join this organization. Members can participate in a very diverse program of activities including leadership conferences, community service projects, recreational camps, career development competitions, conventions, and socials.
Meeting Days: Official business meeting bi-monthly (usually a Tuesday). However, there are typically contest practices and other activities going on multiple times weekly after school. See an advisor for a calendar of events.
Membership Requirement: Open to all students enrolled in an agricultural course during the school year.
Advisor: Cody Fulcher, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gamer's Club is a social club where gamers of all kinds meet to share their love of gaming. Meetings consist of planning various club events, fundraising, tournaments, discussing releases and various games, and planning for the monthly Gamer's Club event where students bring in gaming systems and other types of games after school. Rather than students playing online, alone, or never being able to play a game, the Gamer's Club gives students an opportunity to socialize with other like-minded people in the school. The club also gives students a chance to compete with other gamers in various ways.
Meeting Day: Every Friday, 3:40 - 5:00 PM
Membership Requirement: None
GEMS (Girls Expecting More Success)
Advisor: Tamika Faison, Email: email@example.com
G.E.M.S. was started in 2012 by Jarius McNair, a former GCHS teacher, to address the needs of young women who are proactive, positive, and well-rounded. These ladies often have a strong sense of self-worth, but desire mentorship professional women and a connection with like-minded young ladies. The current mentors, who are also teachers, saw the value of this mentorship program, and continue to help develop its legacy. G.E.M.S offers a positive outlet for young ladies who have every appearance of having “it” together but need a little extra support and a road map on how to be successful young women in today’s world.
Meeting Days: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month starting at 3:35 p.m.
Membership Requirement: Eligible members are female students who are in grades 10-12. Ladies must not show a pattern of poor behavior or grades. Ladies must have one reference letter from a teacher that gives a brief reflection of classroom behavior and interaction with peers. Ladies must have time to meet with mentors, attend occasional meetings, community service events, and social gatherings. Ladies must be willing to dress in professional attire once a month. Ladies must be able to get along with others and willing to share information about themselves pertaining to the goals, life lessons, and areas in need of growth.
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
Advisor: Susan Tally, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOSA is a state and national organization whose mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all Health Science Education; therefore, helping the students to meet the needs of the health care industry.
Meeting Day: No set meeting date, but meetings regularly throughout the year.
Membership Requirement: Any student interested in a healthcare field or Veterinarian practices.
Journalism Staff (Arktos Yearbook and Creek Chronicle Newspaper)
Advisor: Joel Mayo, Email: email@example.com
The Journalism Staff is responsible for the production and release of the Arktos, the school's annual yearbook, and the Creek Chronicle, the school's newspaper.
As the yearbook staff, students are assigned roles of either a journalist, designer, photographer, or sales consultant. They are responsible for taking pictures of all that occurs at Gray's Creek, designing the layouts and images used on pages, conducting student interviews and writing copies and captions, or marketing the yearbook and selling both yearbooks and advertisements. Students have the opportunity to work on their teamwork and leadership skills no matter what position.
As the newspaper staff, all students are responsible for writing news stories that range from something small to a larger piece for either the bi-weekly newsletter or the newspaper's official website. Students who are afraid of writing or feel they are bad at writing should not be discouraged from joining the staff due to having to write articles, as the entire process is a learning experience. News stories range from editorials, advice columns, faculty/student/athlete of the week stories, sports, and various features to spread information to the community. Everyone can access the school newspaper website at http://www.creekchronicle.com.
The organization uses a hierarchy model for overall production. Students have the opportunity to learn and work towards a leadership position, including Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Design Editor, Copy Editor, Photo Editor, Sports and Events Photo Editor, and Sales Manager.
Meeting Day: Daily in class; Photographers are expected to attend events outside of school.
Membership Requirement: Students must apply and sign up for the Journalism Staff. They must see Mr. Mayo for an application and submit by the deadline. The application includes a teacher recommendation and a sample based on the position they are applying for. Once a student is accepted, they will take either Journalism I or Journalism II Honors. Once a student is in the program, they can remain in the program unless they are removed from it.
NHS (National Honor Society)
Advisor: Shana Matthews, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the oldest and most respected student recognition organization in the United States. Membership in NHS distinguishes students who have committed themselves to the pursuit of academic excellence, community improvement, and personal development. The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in high school students.
Dues: $20 (one-time)
Meeting Days: Monthly
- The student must meet the basic guidelines for scholarship, leadership, character, and service of the National Honor Society.
- Students will be invited to join NHS in the fall of their Junior year.
- Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.9 (weighted)
- Once invited to join, the student must complete an application for a candidacy that will be read and reviewed by a committee.
- Any student who has been assigned to ISS more than twice or OSS more than once will not be considered eligible for NHS membership.
- Club dues are $20 and will be collected after the candidate has been admitted.
Once inducted, members are expected to attend all meetings and participate in service projects. Students must maintain a minimum of 3.0 (weighted) GPA and maintain excellent attendance and disciplinary records. Any student found to no longer represent the NHS values of scholarship, leadership, service, and character will be removed from the club.
The NHS member must maintain the standards of
Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character
by which the member was selected.
NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps)
Advisor: LCDR DeAnna Adams, Email: email@example.com
Rifle Team, Academic Team, Physical Fitness Team
Advisor: Chief Kenneth Davis, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drill Team, Color Guard, Orienteering Team
The NJROTC accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extra-curricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training. Electronic classroom equipment, textbooks, uniforms, educational training aids, travel allowance, and a cost-share of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.
Meeting Days: Weekly/POW
Membership Requirements: Open to all students enrolled in an NJROTC course during the school year.
- Be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education program..
- Be selected by the NJROTC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative.
- Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation.
- Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.
- Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect discredit upon the naval service
SGA (Student Government Association
Advisor: Melissa Bishop, Email: email@example.com
SGA is an organization that seeks to be the voice between the student body and the administration. We are a group made up of elected officers and appointed representatives from grade levels 9-12. We plan activities centered around raising school spirit, fundraising, community service, leadership development, and staff appreciation. We are active in our state organization, The North Carolina Association of Student Councils, by attending conferences, leadership workshops, and running for and/or holding offices on the state board. We enjoy being a group that likes to give back to our school and community.
In Loving Memory of LeAndra Barriage, longtime SGA Advisor
Meeting Day: No set meeting date, but meetings regularly throughout the year.
Membership Requirement: Must fill out an application (usually available during late April/early May), get teacher recommendations, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, attend an interview, no discipline record, and campaign/run for election.
Advisor: Joel Mayo, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spectrum is a club that promotes diversity, equality, and acceptance within the school. It is a social and service club that brings students together and works towards creating a safe space for all and contributing to the community.
Meeting Day: Every Wednesday
Membership Requirement: Anyone is allowed to join Spectrum. Students must obey a policy of acceptance and privacy.