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  • Bernalillo High School

    Clubs and Organizations

    ART Club

    Sponsor/ Elizabeth Prusak

    Room 307 Art Room  ext. 5240     email: eprusak@bps.nm.us

    Art Club offers students the opportunity to investigate and learn new art techniques in addition to creating art for themselves. Art Club is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school in room 713 from 2:30 until 4:40. 

     

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    • An A in every art class
    • 2 years (2 credits by semester) in Advanced Studio Class
    • Must have had art displayed in an art exhibition

    Band

    Sponsor/Director: Corey Walker

    Rm. 301  Band,Choir, Guitar  ext. 5163   email: cwalker@bps.k12.nm.us

    Bernalillo Bands are made up of grades 7-12 from both Bernalillo Middle and Bernalillo High School.  The Bands annually attend the New Mexico Music Educators Association District VI Band Music Performance Assessment, also known as Band Large Group, and have earned Superior ratings for the past 5 years in a row.  The Bernalillo Bands have also qualified and attended the NMAA State Concert Band Competition for the last two years, and earned our schools first “Superior” ratings at that competition placing 5th in our class at an event with over 100 other bands from all over New Mexico. 

      

    BHS Publications

    Sponsor: Nina Quintana

    Room 213  ext. 5196   email:nquintana@bps.k12.nm.us

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    • Student organizations: BPA, Quill & Scroll, JEA, and NSPA

    BHS Cord: Red/Silver/White:

    • Must have been on staff for 2 years with the final year being their senior year. Student must have contributed to the current year’s publication in writing and in photography. Demonstrate financial responsibility for the publication through the sale of the publication/production, selling advertisements, and by participating in fundraising activities
      • Since broadcast journalism is new for this school year, cords will be given to those seniors who actively participated in developing and launching this new production and, therefore, setting the way for next years program.

    Quill & Scroll Honor cord: blue/yellow w/tassel emblem noting honor:

    • Must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher while on publication staff within a leadership role (i.e. editor in chief, section editor, or business manager)

    Or

    • Must have competed and have received a mark of distinction in a JEA write-off competition (state or national)
      • Broadcast journalism-students may compete in the BPA or JEA competitions

    Additional cords from Quill & Scroll: blue

    • Student has actively participated and contributed to a school’s publication for 3+ years in both writing and in photography. Demonstrate financial responsibility for the publication/production through the sale of the publication, selling advertisements, and by participating in fundraising activities.

      

    BPA - Spartan Chapter

    Sponsor: Laura Zamora

    Room 238  ext: 5202  email: lzamora@bps.k12.nm.us

    BPA stands for Business Professionals of America. It is a student organization that promotes leadership and success in business. Business Professionals of America has a history as an association that contributes to the preparation of students for the business workforce through the advancement of leadership, professionalism, poise, dependability, patriotism, and competency in its members. BPA allows students to explore and compete in a variety of fields including technology, administrative support, finance, management, marketing and human resources. Through co-curricular programs and services, members demonstrate and improve their business skills, network with one another and professionals across the nation, and get involved in the betterment of their community through good words and projects. Overall, BPA is a fun environment to meet new friends and gain incredible experiences!

    We are committed to developing the best possible career and technical education organization for students in the United States. The measure of our success will be the perception that alumni of Business Professionals of America are highly competent and skilled workforce professionals who enable business and industry to maintain the economic vitality and high quality of life associated with our celebrated United States of America.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    Honors in BPA

    Honor cords can be earned through participation and achievement in BPA. While the member’s entire application will be considered, below are some of the key requirements that must be fulfilled to receive an honor cord. After review of the application, the final determination of receipt of an honor cord is made by the BPA advisor.

    • Active member in BPA for two years.
    • Member must be an active participant during the senior year.
    • Qualified as a finalist at the State Leadership Conference in competitive events.
    • Achieved the Statesman Level or better in Torch Awards.
    • No debt is due and owing to BHS BPA.
    • Completed the Honor Cord Application.
    • Chapter Advisor will review applications and grant approval of honor cord recipients

     

    FFA

    Sponsor: Amanda Olivas

    Room 401 ext.5199   email: aolivas@bps.k12.nm.us

    FFA (Future Farmers of America) is a student organization that helps students develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. FFA is also responsible for developing team work skills as well as leadership skills through competitions and activities. Students who participate in FFA also learn about career readiness. We travel throughout the state, working on various activities, but we always have fun.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    Bernalillo FFA Cord

     To be eligible to receive the Bernalillo FFA cord, a member must meet the following minimum qualifications:

    1. Must be an active member for two years and be active their senior year in high school or serve as an officer their senior year of high school.
    2. Students must attend a total of three parent/student meetings every school year and be involved in all FFA business.
    3. Student must pay all state and national fees (part of their class fees) at the beginning of the school year all years they have participated in FFA.
    4. Students must behave and represent themselves and the school in a way that supports the ideals of the National FFA Organization.
    5. Students must compete at chapter and district level in a career development event of their choosing.
    6. Students must attend at least one leadership activity every school year that they were active.
    7. Must maintain a grade point average of a 3.25 or higher all years they participated in FFA.
    8. Show progress toward individual achievement in the FFA award programs.
    9. Have participated in at least 20 hours of community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.
    10. Student must hold an FFA Greenhand Degree and Chapter Degree.
    11. Student must apply in order to receive their graduation cord; all activities will be documented by the student and teacher.

     

    National FFA Sash

     To be eligible to receive the Bernalillo FFA cord, a member must meet the following minimum qualifications:

    1. Must be an active member for three years and be active their senior year in high school or serve as an officer their senior year of high school.
    2. Students must attend a total of three parent/student meetings every school year and be involved in all FFA business.
    3. Student must pay all state and national fees (part of their class fees) at the beginning of the school year all years they have participated in FFA.
    4. Students must behave and represent themselves and the school in a way that supports the ideals of the National FFA Organization.
    5. Students must compete at chapter and district level in a career development event of their choosing.
    6. Students must attend at least three leadership activity every school year that they were active.
    7. Must maintain a grade point average of a 3.5 or higher all years they participated in FFA.
    8. Show progress toward individual achievement in the FFA award programs.
    9. Have participated in at least 40 hours of community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.
    10. Student must hold an FFA Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, State Degree.
    11. Student must apply in order to receive their graduation cord, all activities will be documented by the student and teacher.

     

    *Active Members must be enrolled in an agriculture course (as stated in the by-laws) their senior year of high school and participate in all FFA activities

      

    Hahn Youth Council

    Sponsor: Lorilei Chavez 

    Rm. 232  ext: 5212  email: lchavez@bps.k12.nm.us

    Hahn Student Council started out as a Native American Club organized by a group of students interested in promoting Native Amercian culture on campus. With a grant from NMPED, the club was able to evolve to a council. The formation of HAHN Student Council led to many unique groundbreaking experiences for BHS students.  The students take a proactive approach to accomplishing goals by electing representatives, creating a unified partnership with BHS Student Council, and establishing November as Native American Heritage month. 

    HAHN Student Council Goals: 

    • To encourage Hahn students to actively participate in their education. 
    • To promote that Hahn students take an interest in college and/or career readiness
    • To create a united campus with exposure to the many cultures at BHS
    • To educate Hahn students about self-awareness (mind, body, and soul.   

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    • Attend at least 70% of HYC meetings
    • Participate in 70% of all HYC events
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher

      

    International Thespian Honor Society 

    Sponsor: Heather Bergeron

    Room: Black Box  Rm. 320  ext: 5181   email: hbergeron@bps.k12.nm.us

    The International Thespian Honor Society is a group that is dedicated not only to excellent work within the realm of theatre and film, but also gets involved with community, academic, and extra curricular activities. Students involved work toward different honors and awards by obtaining Thespian points through participation in shows, competitions, festivals and conferences. All students are welcome to participate in every aspect of theater including technical theatre. The formal club meetings are on Mondays during lunch. Rehearsals are after school.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    • An initiated Thespian must be in good standing by the time of graduation.
    • For a Blue stole student has to earn 60Pts.
    • For a White stole student has to earn 120 Pts.
    • For a medal student has to earn 180 Pts.

      

    JAG

    Sponsor: Loretta Apodaca 

    Room 180  ext. 5205  email: lapodaca@bps.k12.nm.us

    Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a school-to-career program that provides a comprehensive set of services designed to keep young people in school through graduation & improve the rate of success in achieving education & career goals.  Along with this, JAG’s mission is to provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. JAG is a state affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., one of the nation’s most effective programs in assisting underserved youth in successfully completing school and moving into the job market and/or higher education.  For more information visit www.jag.org.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    • JAG student has been inducted in the National Career Association by participating in the induction ceremony and fulfilled one or both of the following:
      • Been an active member in their local chapter of the National Career Association for two or more years with the final year being their senior year.
      • Served as an officer during their senior year, and fulfilled all planning and implementation of activities around leadership, career development, community service and social activities through the chapter’s program of work. 

      

    MESA

    Sponsors: Melba Acantilado

    Room: 211   ext. Jennylou 5235 / Melba  5193 email: macantilado@bps.k12.nm.us                                                                             

    New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement, Inc. (NM MESA) prepares middle and high school students for college majors and careers in mathematics, engineering, science and related fields. NM MESA supports programs throughout the state, in which students participate in activities such as field trips, speaker presentations, workshops, academic competitions, community service and leadership development.  Meetings will alternate between Thursday at lunch and Tuesday after school.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    MESA students are required to meet the guidelines for "active participation" as defined in the state MESA handbook for two years, one of which must be their senior year.

      

    National Honor Society (NHS) – Spartan Chapter

    Sponsor: Melba Acantilado

    Room  177   ext. 5193    email: macantilado@bps.k12.nm.us

    The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921.

    Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools."  These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in the NHS - Spartan chapter.  At Bernalillo High School, sophomores, juniors and seniors who: a) maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher for the last three consecutive quarter; b) demonstrate good character, leadership, service and scholarship; and c) provide a letter of recommendation from a current or former high school teacher, are eligible to apply for membership to the National Honor Society – Spartan Chapter.  Membership is conditioned upon approval and acceptance by the Spartan NHS Faculty Council.

     

    Requirements for receiving graduation stole:

    • Members must be in good standing
    • 10 hours minimum of community service
    • Regular attendance at meetings
    • Participate in all fundraising campaigns
    • Maintain grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the past 3 quarters

      

    Outdoor Club

    Sponsor: Karla Bejos

    Office:  222 Speech Therapist Room     ext: 5244   Email: kbejos@bps.k12.nm.us

    No cords

    Recognitions given on Awards Night

    The BHS Outdoor Club emphasizes environmental education and peer understand and cooperation by exposing students to experiences in nature through hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, snow-showing, camping, and other outdoor activities.  The club expects students to accept one another, be responsible, contribute, and cooperte in a group effort through fundraising, trip preparatrtion, and collaborationg in the development of club guideline and safety procedures.  For camping trips, mixed groups work together to set up camp collect and chop firewood, cook, clean-up, break camp and participate in group treks and/or activities.  When introducing members to new activities, participants are required to teach and patiently encourage one another. The goal is to respect and appreciate nature and each other. 

     

    Student Council

    Sponsors: Activities Director John Chavez and Jennifer Jaramillo

    Room 129  ext:             email: jochavez@bps.k12.nm.us

     

    Student Council is a student-run organization that is the voice of the BHS student body. It promotes and develops positive attitudes, and plans and organizes activities and projects which foster the social growth for the civic life of BHS. Officers are elected yearly and meetings are held weekly during 3rd period and Advisory Time.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    • Attend 85% percent of meetings, events, projects, etc sponsored by Student Council
    • Must be a member/officer of Student Council for 2 years including full Senior year
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Must stay in good standing with administration and teachers while in Student Council
    • Must complete 2 out of 3 items
    1. Run a service project
    2. Attend a state or district conference
    3. Self made school event /activity