Horseheads Extra-Curricular Activities
Horseheads High School:
Academic Challenge - Advisor: Mr. Van Zile. We are a competitive quiz team competing in local and national competitions throughout the school year. With Jeopardy style buzzers we compete against each other in practice to prepare for our competitions against area schools. You don't have to be a genius in every subject to join our team, just ready to have fun! Please see Ms. Doren if you're interested.
Freshman Class - Advisors: Mrs. Fesetch. Duties of the elected class officers: attend and participate in monthly meetings, volunteer work, participate in and help tally orders for class sale, plan and run the Black Light Dance in the spring (co-planned and co-run with Sophomore Class officers and advisor). Watch announcements for meeting notices.
Sophomore Class - Advisor: Mrs. Brenzo and Ms. Luongo. Sophomore class officers plan and execute a yearly fundraiser and make charitable donations to various community organizations. Class officers also act in tandem with and on behalf of their class members in completing community service projects and meaningful volunteer endeavors. Class officers are elected by their peers and are expected to demonstrate leadership and initiative in all of their activities. The sophomore and freshman classes host the annual Black Light Dance in the spring which has become one of the most popular events of the school year for the entire high school population. Sophomore class officers meet at times agreed upon by the members. Meetings will be announced.
Junior Class - Advisor: Mrs. Carpenter. Officers are elected in the Spring of their sophomore year. The major function is the Junior Prom in the spring, for which there is a big fundraising event. Meetings will be announced.
Senior Class - Advisor: Ms. Tyrrell. The Senior Class takes care of the planning and implementing of various events in a student's final year in high school. These events include: the magazine sale; the victory dance; the senior trip; the senior prom; and senior day. The club consists of elected officers but all students in the class are welcome to participate in the events. See Mrs. Fesetch if you're interested.
Debate Club - Advisor: Mrs. Brice-Hyde. Do you know how to argue? Can you persuade people to believe in your point of view? The Horseheads Debate team needs you! We debate school from over 72 countries on various hot topics impacting the world today. This year we are participating in a Model UN as well as a model Parliament. We are planning to meet the Cornell team and possibly visit the United Nations.
Greenroom Players - Advisors: Mr. Rice, Mr. Schiavone, and Mrs. Thompson. This student group presents three major productions each year in the high school auditorium: a play or musical, a Variety Show, and a Broadway-style musical. Opportunities are available for students in grades 9- 12 in acting, singing, dancing, as well as many backstage assignments (lighting, sound, props, makeup, costumes and such). Participating students are eligible to apply for lifetime membership in the International Thespian Honor Society for high school theatre arts students, Horseheads Troupe #8978. Application is open to all student positions in the theatre including performance, technical, and support. The benefits of membership include a valuable addition to college and employment applications, a bi-monthly subscription to Dramatics magazine, and eligibility for scholarships, grants, and awards. Watch and listen to announcements for information on upcoming auditions and backstage opportunities.
Interact - Advisor: Ms. Doren. Interact is a community service club sponsored by the Horseheads Rotary Club. Students participate in community and school activities that emphasize the value of volunteerism. Leadership opportunities are available and encouraged through committee chair people and club officer positions. Weekly ½ hour organizational and informational meetings are usually held and it is expected that each member will do a minimum of 5 service hours each semester in order to remain in good standing. Students can join early in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Meetings will be announced.
Marching Ensemble - Advisors: TBA. Marching band membership is open to instrumentalists in grades 9-12 who enroll in Concert Band or Wind Ensemble, or Colorguard in grades 7-12. Colorguard is a section of the marching band responsible for spinning flags, dancing, rifle/sabre work, and interacting with field props. Practice begins in July and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8:30pm throughout September and, with competitions and/or football halftime shows on Saturdays. The marching band plays entertaining music of various themes each year. We perform at several venues throughout New York State each season, culminating with championships in the Syracuse Carrier Dome. The marching band also performs in local parades and at the annual Bandtoberfest show in Corning. Stop by the band room any time for information.
Mock Trial - Advisor: Mrs. Brice-Hyde. If you are a fan of legal shows/movies or aspire to a career in the Criminal justice system, Horseheads Mock Trial team is for you! We have a history of excellence as participants in the New York State Bar Associations Annual Mock Trial Competition. We plan and conduct criminal and civil cases. We prep witnesses' testimony and plan for convictions and acquittals. Our team is coached by Mrs. Brice-Hyde. Richard Rich and John Brennen from the Public Advocates office, both Horseheads graduates and practicing attorneys at law in our community advise our team. This year we are participating in international Law week with over 72 other countries conducting an international war crimes trial, a Texas murder and in December the New York State trial.
Multicultural Club - Advisor: Mr. Smith. Multicultural Club is an organization for students who are interested in learning and sharing our different cultures and traditions. Our main goal is to spread awareness about cultural diversity. Activities include celebrating holidays, making and displaying posters of different cultural events, expressing our heritage, and eating lots of food from around the world. We meet every other Friday in the Round Room (in the Music Suite) from 3:15-4pm. We would love to welcome new members!
National Honor Society - Advisor: Mrs. Thompson. National Honor Society is devoted to students who exhibit excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character both in school and outside school. Students are selected after an application is completed and they have maintained a 90 and above average. Please listen and watch the announcements for meeting notices.
Science Club – Advisor: Mrs. Anastasio. The Science Club focuses on strengthening the scientific community at Horseheads High School. This club is driven by students and their desire to explore and discuss scientific principles. Members of this club encourage each other to identify ways that science affects their lives, their community, and the world. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other and the local community in this effort. Activities may include, but are not limited to, projects (school and community based), research, presentations (by fellow students and by local scientists), and field trips. See Mrs. Anastasio and listen and watch announcements for more information.
Student Council - Advisor: Ms. Doren. Our goal is to promote student spirit by planning and implementing activities throughout the year, including Spirit Week. To foster leadership in our officers...to promote student/community involvement by hosting Blood Drives and Food Drives. Watch and listen to announcements for meeting notices.
Varsity H - Advisor: Mr. Jacobs. Positions available are: PRESIDENT: Writing announcements, pep assembly, writing Thank you notes, communication with advisor, help organize club events, meet with officers on a regular basis to address concerns, Sports Banquet. VICE-PRESIDENT: Decorations, DJ for dances, assist President at any meeting and to lead the meeting in the absence of the President, Sports Banquet. TREASURER: Making deposits, paying bills, liaison with Central Treasurer for Athletics, balancing the monthly ledger. SECRETARY: Bulletin boards, newspaper articles, taking minutes at meetings. SEASON REPS (FALL/WINTER/ SPRING): Responsible for getting information to captains and helping out with concession stands. HISTORIAN: Hanging all photos of teams and newspaper clippings on the bulletin boards, keeping all photos updated. Attendance in school as well as athletic events is required. All officers are required to: work concession stands; use lunch/activity to sell tickets, passes, sign-up for sports teams; stop by Athletic Office to see if any help is needed; recruit other athletes to work concession stands, decorate; work tournaments; sell tickets during lunch periods; help out with the Sports Banquet. Applications are submitted in the spring, and members are selected in June. Meetings will be announced.
Yearbook Club - Advisor: Mrs. Brice-Hyde. Wouldn't it be great if you could capture and document all the good times you've had in High School? YOU CAN! It's called Yearbook! Students are responsible for all phases of yearbook publications: planning, design, layout, writing copy, taking pictures, and selling advertisements. There is a job for any student who expresses an interest. Meetings take place every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in Room 166. Please join us for any or all of these days that you're able.
Youth Activation Committee (YAC) - Advisor: Mrs. Tenbus. The Youth Activation Committee (YAC) is made up of youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities. Its purpose is to educate, motivate, and activate youth be become agents of change in their communities through advocacy for respect, inclusion, and acceptance for all people. Through the YAC, students plan and implement activities that create a culture of inclusiveness in school. The purpose it to create a whole school environment where authentic social inclusion and learning happens through meaningful activity providing respect and dignity for all. See Mrs. Tenbus for more information.