• Clubs and Organizations


    Bernalillo High School

    Clubs and Organizations

    ART Club

    Sponsor/ Elizabeth Prusak

    Room 713 CTE Bldg.  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


    Sponsor/Director: Matt Bouma

    Rm. 805 ext. 5163   email: mbouma@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)


    • 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.

    BHS Book Club

    Sponsor: Ms. Medina

    Library  ext: 5153  email: cmedina@bps.k12.nm.us

    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.


    Sponsor: Amanda Jaramillo

    Room 715 CTE Bldg.  ext.5186   email: amjaramillo@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:

    National FFA Cord

    To be eligible to receive the National FFA cord, a member must meet the following

    minimum qualifications:

    1. Have received the Chapter FFA Degree.

    2. Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree.

    3. While in school, have completed the equivalent of at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in

        agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program.

    4. Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a

        combination thereof, in a SAE program.

    5. Demonstrate leadership ability by:

        a. Performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law.

        b. Giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA.

        c. Serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee.

    6. Have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the local agricultural education instructor and the principal or superintendent.

    7. Have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter’s Program of Activities.

    8. Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.

    9. Have participated in at least 25 hours of community service, within at least two different community service activities. These

        hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.

    Bernalillo FFA Cord

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

    minimum qualifications:

    1. While in school, be enrolled in at least one agricultural education course during the school year and/or follow a planned course

        of study. Either course must include a supervised agricultural experience program, the objective of which is preparation for a

        career in agriculture.

    2. Show an interest in the affairs of the organization by attending meetings, striving for degrees of membership and participating

        in other organized activities of the chapter.

    3. Pay all current state and national dues by the date determined by the chapter.

    4. Display conduct consistent with the ideals and purposes of the National FFA Organization.

    5. Have effectively led a group discussion for 15 minutes.

    6. Have demonstrated five procedures of parliamentary law.

    7. Show progress toward individual achievement in the FFA award programs.

    8. Have a satisfactory scholastic record.

    9. Have participated in at least 10 hours of community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated

        as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours.

    Hahn Youth Council

    Sponsor: Lorilei Chavez 

    Rm. 722  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 Club

    Sponsor: Liz Gonzales  

    Room 401   ext: 5239   email: egonzales@bps.k12.nm.us

    BHS International club raises money for bi-yearly trips to Europe. Students will have traveled to Spain, Italy, France and Germany. The club meets on Thursdays during lunch or after school. Anyone interested in traveling with the BHS International club should contact Ms. Liz Gonzales.

    Requirement for receiving graduation cords:

    Travel on one international adventure with club

    International Thespian Honor Society 

    Sponsors: Brandon Gilliard & Elizabeth Prusak

    Room 154 ext: 5162   email: bgilliard@bps.k12.nm.us; eprusak@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.


    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. 

    Le Rendez-vous French Club


    Room     email:

    The French Club is open to all students. It promotes French culture and community involvement. The club meets regularly the first Wednesday of every month during lunch.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    The French Honor Society Cords (red/white/blue) are given only to those that have participated in French Club earning 100 points, have no less than an A- average in French and no less than a B- average in all other classes (not including French in the average). Students must pay dues ($15).

    French Club Cords (blue) May be given to a French Club member who has earned 100 points and must be purchased by the student.

    Literary Club

    “Do Not Go Gentle” is the BHS Literary Magazine, named for a poem by Dylan Thomas that was addressed to the poet’s dying father.  “Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month.

    An annual publication, the literary magazine showcases student poetry, prose, art work and photography.  The magazine staff selects the content, edits, and does layout and design.  Also responsible for fund raising and magazine sales, the staff participates in school activities such as Fall Carnival, attends workshops, and submits their own original creative work.


    Sponsors: Hope Montoya-Encinias and Jennifer Rossiter

    Room: 219   ext. Hope 5158/ Jennifer 5194   email: hencinias@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

    Rachel’s Challenge (FOR Friends of Rachel)

    Sponsor: Ben Lukoski

    Counseling Office 108 ext.  5223  email: blukoski@bps.k12.nm.us

    Rachel’s Challenge FOR (Friends of Rachel) strives to set a tone of acceptance and respect throughout the campus. Rachel was the first student shot at the Columbine shooting and the club was established in her memory based on excerpts from her diary. We will work toward increased leadership skills, educating our fellow students about the harmful effects of bullying, date abuse and other important issues that harm one’s self image.


    Sponsor: Tania Lovato 

    Room: Culinary Arts  Rm. 711,  ext: 5198  email tlovato@bps.k12.nm.us

    SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Skills USA helps each student excel.  We provide education programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation's classrooms.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    • Active member in SkillsUSA for two or more years
    • Member must be an active participant during senior year
    • Competed in (at least) in-house competitive events
    • No debt is due to BHS SkillsUSA
    • Participated in 75% Community Service Project
    • Participated in 80% of meetings and activities

    Spartan Techno Gears


    Room 227  ext: ______  email: jriel@bps.k12.nm.us

    The Spartan Techno Gears Club is open to all students who are engaged in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of robotics and programming.  The club aims to maximize the potentials of the students who are interested in the field of research and technology. The club also promotes awareness on the possible and promising career pathways towards engineering and robotics.

    Requirements for receiving graduation cords:

    1. Every member must attend at least 70% of the club meetings as recorded in the minutes of the meetings.
    2. Every member must participate in at least 70% of club's events and functions; any graduating student must have a GPA of 2.0 or better by the time of graduation
    3. A student must be a member for at least 2 years including a full senior year (exception for the seniors who just joined the club in their senior year when the club opened in Fall 2016.)
    4. Participated in at least one (1) of the robotics competitions and/or exhibits in and out of the school.

    Student Council

    Sponsors: Elizabeth Gonzales

    Room 154  ext: Ms. Gonzalez 5239  email:elgonzales@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 and civic life of BHS. Officers are elected yearly and meetings are held weekly during Spartan Time on Wednesday mornings.

    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