Clubs Around Central

All the Information Students Need to Know

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Students gathered in Ms. Cox’s room for an Earth club meeting during power hour on September 28th. (Photo Courtesy of Maggie Phelps)

Alayna Edblom and Parker Lally

Central Hardin High School is filled with a variety of wonderful clubs that allow students to express themselves and share their interests. The school takes great pride in the multitude and diversity of the clubs and the benefits they have to offer. Students get to participate and study topics they enjoy learning about and work with others as a team.

There’s a total of 26 clubs that span from politics, cultures, games, religion, and so much more. Listed below are some transcript ed interviews with the club sponsors throughout the school where they wish to inform students about their club and how to join. Unfortunately, not all sponsors were able to be interviewed directly, but the information on how to join their club is still listed.

Art Club

Visual Arts teacher Megan Meredith, sponsor 

What does the club do?

Bruin Art Club is for any student seriously interested in the Visual Arts. We plan to work on community projects and art contests throughout the school year. We will discuss media techniques, artists, and scholarship opportunities for art students. 

Meetings: Meeting the first Friday of every month in room 128 during the second half of PowerHour with the exception of: October 7th is moved to October 14th, May 5th is moved to May 12th. Also, there will be some club meetings held on Tuesdays, after school, from 3:30 to 5:00. These dates will be announced when community projects/competitions arise.

Dues: Club dues are $15, which pays for the art museum trip(s).

Should you join?

Students do not have to currently be in an Art class to be in the Bruin Art Club; however, an application and original artwork is required. According to Meredith, “Students should join the art club because there are more creative opportunities than within just the art room. We get involved within the school and community to visually express ourselves and our community. There are also opportunities to travel to become immersed within the arts, and you are surrounded by creatives that help foster ideas.”

ASL (American Sign Language) Club

Coordinated by junior Emma Childress, supported by English and journalism teacher Susan Sherrard

What does the club do?

The ASL club was created to help students at Central Hardin learn sign language. Along with learning the language, students can also implement it in their life by practicing with other club members. Another goal of the club is to make Central Hardin a more inclusive space for people who primarily communicate using sign language. 

Meetings: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month in Room 112

Dues: N/A

If you are interested in joining, contact Childress at [email protected]

Beta Club  

English teachers Angela Cannon, Lindsey Corley, and Kayla Ernst, sponsors 

What does the club do?

The National Beta Club is the largest independent, nonprofit, educational youth organization in America. Our mission is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among our students. 

Meetings: Fourth Friday of each month in the library. 

Dues: N/A 

Should you join?

In order to be eligible for induction, students must have an average of at least 92.

Bruins Against Destructive Decisions (BADD) 

Resource Officer Larry Robinson, sponsor

What does the club do?

The mission of the Bruins Against Destructive Decisions is to help students and staff avoid the dangers of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions. Bruins Against Destructive Decisions approach involves young people presenting education and prevention messages to their peers through school and community activities. Projects include peer-led classes and forums, teen workshops, conferences and rallies, prevention education and leadership training, awareness-raising activities and legislative work.

Meetings: Members will meet the 2nd Friday of each month.

Dues: N/A

Drama Club 

Resource teacher Sarah Ryan Dakin, sponsor 

What does the club do?

The club generally performs one play and one musical at the PAC during the school year, as well as participating in workshops on various aspects of the theater.

Meetings: Thursdays in 304 on a need basis (Approved by Mr. Isaacs) 

Dues: N/A

Should you join?

Drama club is open to any student, with or without previous theater experience, who wishes to act, sing, or dance on stage or do technical work backstage. Any student looking for experience onstage or backstage, with or without prior experience, is encouraged to join.

Earth Club 

Science teacher Tina Cox, sponsor 

What does the club do?

A club for students who care about good stewardship of the Earth.

Meetings: Third Wednesday of Each Month Room 109 1st half of power hour/starts at 12:07.

Dues: N/A 

Educators Rising Club 

FACS teacher Jo Million, sponsor 

What does the club do?

This club helps promote the education field and prepare young teachers for their future careers. High School Students will embrace the calling of teaching as a profession, learn technique and get clinical experience as an accomplished teacher even before college and get recognized as a student leader and an advocate for education.

Meetings: Members will meet the 2nd Friday of each month.

Dues: N/A

Executive Council 

Social Studies teacher James Sisk, sponsor 

What does the club do?

Organization that assists the principal and school in various school and community activities. 

Meetings: Meet on an as needed basis. 

Dues: N/A 

FBLA 

Business teacher Christopher Greene, sponsor 

What does the club do?

The mission of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Dues: N/A

FCCLA Club 

FACS teachers Leslie Lewis, Jo Million, and Jeanice Charlton, sponsors

What does the club do?

“We do lots of things related to allowing students to get ready for their future careers. It’s a student-led organization. We just did an activity called The Step One. They earned a certificate for their resume recognized by the national organization. We always try to have snacks and food at meetings. We play games and other activities at our meetings. We also have regional meetings. We just got back from a regional meeting at North Hardin where we met with all the other regional and district members,” Lewis shared.

Meetings: Meet in room 126 and we meet on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Dues: $20, which also gets you a T-shirt. That makes you a national member and a regional member. Students are still able to join. There isn’t a cut off necessarily.

Should you join?

Lewis said that students must have at least one FACS class to be able to join, but that anyone who is interested in helping their community and being a leader would be a good fit.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

English teacher Paul Gray, sponsor

What does the club do?

“It’s basically a club that allows students to express their faith. And again, it has the word ‘athletes’ in it, but it’s not just for athletes. It’s for anybody who’s involved in any extracurriculars, but people who want to just kinda have a place on campus where they go to school to express their faith and kinda who they are in that regard. Some of the kinds of things we do are students lead bible studies, devotionals, we do service projects, we have prayer times, do outside of school activities together, concerts we’ve gone to, and just those kinds of things. Again, it’s something where people of faith who want to express that faith everywhere, not just at church, have an opportunity to be together and know other people who have the same belief as they do,” Gray said.

Meetings: Meet several times a week.

Dues: There are no dues.

Should you join?

Gray hopes that anyone of faith or anyone who is curious about faith will join and be a part of it.

FFA (Was not interviewed) 

Agriculture teacher Adam Sanderson, Agriculture teacher Rachel Wilson, and Agriculture teacher Jayna Thompson, sponsors  

What does the club do?

FFA is a youth organization designed to promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.

Meetings: Meets the 3rd Friday of each month in Library

Dues: N/A 

French Club 

Foreign Language teacher Christine Wilson, sponsor

What does the club do?

The mission of the French Club is to provide students the opportunity to speak French and explore the language and culture of francophone countries. The French Club seeks to promote the study of foreign languages and the development of multicultural understanding.

Meetings: Meets the third Wednesday of the month in room 313.

Dues: $5

Should you join?

The French Club is open to any student interested in learning more about the French language and culture. You do not have to be in French or speak French to join. 

Game Club

Art teacher Antonio Menendez and English teacher Tracy Granger, sponsors

What does the club do?

“The main point behind (Game club) is for kids to meet, interact, do cooperative games together as a group and then they kind of dictate which games they play as far as like… it’s more on the lines of like roleplaying games, like Dungeon and Dragons and miniature games and card games like Magic Gathering and like co-op board games is the gist of it,” Menendez said.

Meetings: The club meets twice a month on the second and fourth Thursday during PowerHour.

Dues: $10 and will be taken up until Fall Break.

Should you join?

Menendez said the club is open to any student who is interested in playing the games listed above or just having a place to meet with other students and hang out.

German Club 

Foreign Language teacher Colleen Higdon, sponsor 

What does the club do?

The goal for the German Club is to promote German cultural awareness by providing educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities to members to enjoy German-related events at Central Hardin. 

Meetings: 1st half of PowerHour on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in room 311 

Dues: Club dues are $5

Should you join?

German club is open to current and past students who have taken German language classes.

Green Team

Math teacher Megan Pauley, sponsor

What does the club do?

“So really we’re going around the school, we’re recycling any paper people will have, a couple different classrooms have recycling bins in their room and then that’s like one of our main goals is to reduce the paper usage. We’re also making sure that classrooms have their lights turned off, their computers shut down, and that we’re saving electricity wherever we can,” Pauley said.

Meetings: Meetings are held every other Wednesday, but starting October it should shift to twice a month.

Dues: There are no dues.

Should you join?

Pauley said that she welcomes any students who share a passion for helping the community and the planet.

Pep Club

History teacher Emily Wortham, English teacher Jeff Crady, Administrator Tessa Dumbacher, Transition Coach Paige Wilson, Math teacher Kristina Covington Jones, Resource teacher Glenn Peterson, Math teacher Emily Pawley, and English teacher Rosalie Batistoni, sponsors

What does the club do? 

“So, the purpose of Pep Club or what we’re doing is essentially supporting our student athletes and encouraging them,” Wortham stated.

Meetings: Meetings take place in room 312, the first Friday of each month, during PowerHour.

Dues: $15 and were already supposed to be turned in, but late dues will still be accepted.

Should you join? 

Wortham says that any students who are full of school pride and want to support the school would be a perfect fit for the club.

Science Olympiad 

Science teacher Kimberly Gibson, sponsor 

What does the club do?

This is a science-oriented club that competes in Science Olympiad competitions across Kentucky. Events at the competitions include life science, physical science, and engineering events. 

More information to come on meetings, dues, etc.

Spanish Club

Foreign Language teacher Jennifer Pinto, sponsor

What does the club do?

“This is actually the first year that Spanish Club has been back in a couple years because there were just a few years where we didn’t have a sponsor, so in a sense it doesn’t have any standard events or standard fundraisers or anything like that set in place. I’m hoping that this year is an opportunity to sort of build the club into what the members want it to be. I keep telling them that I don’t want this to be what I want it to be, but I want it to be an extension of what they’re interested in. Essentially, the goal of it is to spread an appreciation for the different aspects of Hispanic culture and Latin American culture basically. I feel like there’s a stereotype that is so prominent in today’s society about anyone that is any ratio of Hispanic or Latin, which is not necessarily what the club is about, but I hope it can maybe open some people’s eyes and bring some attention to the fact that there are so many aspects of the culture that I personally find so beautiful and interesting that I don’t think enough people know about, especially this generation. So, we’ll be doing different things to celebrate traditional Hispanic events or celebrations or festivals. I hope to put stuff up around the school so people can see that and eventually I hope we can do fundraisers when it gets more established,” Pinto said.

Meetings: Meeting in room 308 during the second half of PowerHour the third Wednesday of the month. The date may change.

Dues: $5 and anyone is welcome to join at any time.

Should you join?

Pinto said that any students who are interested in the Hispanic culture and want to learn about the language are welcome to join.

Spectrum Club 

Science teacher Kimberly Gibson, sponsor 

What does the club do?

An all-inclusive club for students who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their allies. Students will take part in discussions, activism, and community-building activities.

Meetings: every other Friday during Power Hour in room 425

Dues: N/A 

Should you join?

“Students who should join are anyone who belongs to the LGBTQIA community, anyone who is an ally of that community, and anyone who wants to help our school become more inclusive,” Gibson said.

Speech and Debate Club

Science teacher Jared Eaton, sponsor

What does the club do?

“It’s a competitive club, kind of like a sport, obviously not physical competition like a sport, but in that we go from school to school around the state of Kentucky competing with other schools in public speaking competitions. There are a number of categories that a student can choose from, each student on their own gets to pick the category they want to compete in. Some of the categories involve memorizing a speech that you’ve written ahead of time that you will deliver, some involve coming up with a speech on the fly in a very short amount of time, some involve working with partners, some are comedic, and some are more dramatic,” Eaton explained.

Meetings: Meetings are flexible and depend on students’ availability. Competitions are always on Saturdays, but practice is usually one night a week.

Dues: $100 because every time there is a competition, Eaton has to pay for each student’s registration. Any money left over helps with expenses that are needed during trips.

Should you join?

Eaton said any students who are confident speaking in front of people are obviously very good fits, but people who also want to improve at organizing their thoughts, feeling confident talking in front of people, and anyone who wants to improve their confidence are also a perfect fit.

Teenage Republicans

History teachers Dana Garrett and Rachel Wilson, sponsors

What does the club do?

Created for those who want to serve their community, stay informed and debate about issues in the news, and learn more about the democratic process and Republican Party. This club is for anyone interested in politics, not just Republicans.

Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month, will meet in either Garrett’s room (302) or Wilson’s room (106).

Dues: N/A

TSA Club 

Engineering teacher Russ Pike, sponsor 

What does the club do?

The Technology Student Association enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in STEM, whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs. Activities range from various community volunteer experiences to team building activities. Students will have the opportunity to compete in the annual KYTSA State Conference in events including 3D CAD modeling, written essays, CO2 Dragsters, and VEX robotics competitions to name a few.

Meetings: N/A 

Dues: N/A 

Y- Club

History teachers Tyler Vessels and Katherine Graybeal, sponsors

What does the club do?

“Y-club is a student organization. So the goal is to develop engaged citizens and servant leaders to effect change to the community. Our goal is to do 2 or 3 service projects throughout the year. We attend KYA around Thanksgiving. And KUNA is in March,” Vessels said.

Meetings: First half of PowerHour in the library. The plan is the second Wednesday of every month.

Dues: $15. Students were already given a due date, but if someone still wants to join they can.

Should you join?

Vessels said that any students who want to see change in their community or are interested in learning more about how the government operates would enjoy this club.

Young Democrats

Math teacher April York, sponsor

What does the club do?

“Young Democrats and Teenage Republicans work together a lot to do some raising awareness of political issues and how to get more involved in the political process. Currently, we have a voter registration drive going on. We always try to do one of those before any chance to vote, so that students know that they can register to vote for the general election or register to vote in the primary. Last year we also did a lot as a Young Democrats club to talk about more knowledge of how state and local politics work. That is something that our members in the beginning of the year shared that they were interested in learning about, so the officers shared different things that they knew about the different offices. One meeting we went through all of our local offices, one meeting we went through all of our state offices, we talk about important bills that are being debated, really lean on some of our officers to share bills that they think are interesting, and make sure our members know ways to stay engaged in the political process,” York explained.

Meetings: Meetings take place on the second Thursday of every month, the first half of PowerHour, in room 218. 

Dues: Dues are $5 for a returning member, $10 for a new member and that includes a T-shirt. New members are welcome to join anytime throughout the year.

Should you join?

York said she encourages any students who share an interest in politics to join the club and make their voice heard.