Clubs & Organizations
Clubs & Organizations
We make a difference with our art while collaborating with teachers and the community. Art club offers answers, design, creative ideas and assistance. Therefore, we are an intricate part of the school and community.
We have repaired, restored, fine-tuned items needed, assisted teachers with class curriculum posters, decorated halls and library, filled businesses in the town with art for the art crawl, painted windows for Christmas. Then at the end of the school year, the art club sets up a fine art district art show at the end of each year filling the middle school gym!
Meetings are announced and on typically last Wednesdays. Some of the projects are in art 2-3 class hours. Rm 129
Art club shirts are usually under $15
Advisor: Kim Heckenkemper
Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) is a national student-led organization for students currently enrolled in FCS (Family and Consumer Sciences)classes. These classes are formerly known as Home EC classes. Students are encouraged to expand their leadership potential while developing skills for life such as planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication. Emphasis is placed on the ability to develop those skills to be used in both the home and workplace.
VHS Chapter of FCCLA attends district, area, regional, and state level competitions and conferences. Meetings are typically held on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 in room 101.
The VHS Chapter of FCCLA’s faculty advisor is Emily Colvin who is also the FCS classes educator for Vinita High School.
The VHS Chapter of FCCLA’s annual dues are $25. A chapter t-shirt can be purchased for $15 and is required for the FCCLA State Convention in March.
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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. Throughout the year FFA students are active in numerous SAE, LDE, and FFA activities that promote awareness and prepare young people for leadership opportunities after graduation. We utilize Blue and Gold Sausage company as well as T&D meats for our fundraising opportunities as well as the local labor auction that is held yearly in conjunction with National FFA week.
Advisor: Todd Blocker
Our goal is to celebrate German language and culture through a variety of fun activities, including a scavenger hunt, making gingerbread houses, playing games, eating traditional German food, and a variety of other activities. German Club is open to all current and former German students and people who are interested in German culture and language.
Advisor: Barbara Stecklein
National Honor Society (NHS)
NHS ( National Honor Society) the purpose of this organization is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership and to encourage the development of character in the students of Vinita High School. Our chapter operates under the direction of and in full compliance with the NHS National Constitution. Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the Faculty Council and shall be based on outstanding scholarship,character, service, and leadership. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the sophomore, junior or senior class and have been enrolled for at least one semester with a GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.
NHS has monthly meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30AM. Membership dues are $15 per year.
The NHS advisor for Vinita High School is Carrie Palmer.
Our goal is to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the Hispanic culture. Also to learn to help others by doing fundraiser during the year for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (Selling water, pickles, chocolate). We have different activities during the year. I.e. outing to Mexican restaurants, dancing (in the classroom), bowling. Spanish Club is open to current and former Spanish students.
Advisor: Vilma White
Student Council members are students at Vinita High School who work together to help create and maintain a spirit of democracy, fellowship, and good will; to improve school morale; to establish and promote cooperation between students and faculty; and to further any project for the betterment of the school. Members embrace the idea of leading through service both in VHS and the Vinita community.
The membership of the Student Council consists of a President, President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Chaplain. Additionally the class officers of grades 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, and four representatives from each of the four classes are members of the Student Council. Any student who is not elected to an officer position but would like to be a member of the council can join by attending 3 consecutive meetings. Missing 3 consecutive meetings will result in removal from the council.
The election of Student Council officers takes place in the spring preceding the school year that they are to hold office. They are elected by the students by secret ballot.The term of office for each officer runs from the first to the last day of the school year for which they have been elected.
Some of the events and activities that the VHS Student Council organize include: School pep-assemblies including a senior night bonfire event, the Hornet Race, homecoming week events such as the Hornet Olympics, homecoming shirt sales, school dances, Thankful Week, The 12 days of Christmas, sale of Fall and Winter reserved sports parking, as well as many other service events. One of the major legacy service projects that the council organizes is the Hornet Help Boxes found in both North and South Park. The boxes provide food, toiletries, laundry soap, and other essential items to community members in need. The council works to keep supplies for these boxes and fills them regularly both throughout the school year and the summer.
VHS currently has two leadership classes that work as a part of the Student Council to help accomplish their many projects and goals throughout the year.
The Vinita High School Student Council is a member of the Oklahoma Association of State Student Councils as well and the National Association of Student Councils. VHS holds an office in District 1 of the OASC.
The advisors of the VHS Student Council are Kathy Sooter and Mandy Blocker. Mrs. Sooter is also the adviser for the OASC District 1.
The Varsity Blue newspaper class is part of the overall Hornet Media programs offered at VHS, in addition to Yearbook and Broadcasting class, when available. Print journalism has been on the decline over the past decade, but is still relevant in today’s world during a time when many consume their news through social media and digital platforms. The mission of the newspaper class is to help students see the importance of fair journalism on all platforms and to gain communication and computer skills that can be used in any career field in the future. Those enrolled in newspaper class get hands-on experience from newspaper professionals and learn about all aspects of newspaper production and journalism. They are involved in interviewing, reporting, writing, photography, designing, and selling advertising for print publications of the school newspaper, The Varsity Blue, as well as a semi-monthly publication of the Hornet Insider page featured in The Vinita Daily Journal. Students learn communication and professional skills which are useful in all types of careers.The school newspaper is available in print as well as online and available to view on the school district’s website.
Newspaper class is 7th hour and is an Elective credit course with enrollment upon approval by the adviser and school administration.
Adviser: Angela Thomason, Vinita Daily Journal Associate Editor/Reporter
Vinita Elementary Academic Bowl Team
To provide high-achieving students with unique and challenging experiences of demonstrating their knowledge of various topics by promoting healthy competition, good sportsmanship, and social opportunities.