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At O’Gorman High School involvement in activities is a hallmark of our campus community...

A school’s culture doesn’t just happen.  A school’s culture takes a lot of work, care and attention.  At O’Gorman, we have a long history of tradition and an amazing atmosphere where our families, guests and students are welcomed and cared for. Our students, faculty, staff and parents are involved in many different activities and events all of which are integrated with each other, support our mission and provide a welcoming and faith-filled atmosphere. This approach represents the core of who we are, and it is the hallmark of everything we say and do! Our students are given numerous opportunities to be engaged and to practice leadership.  Organizations ranging from Academic Quiz Bowl to our Student Ambassador Program provide students with opportunities for involvement and community.

Art Club

Supervisor: Patrick Frankman

The Art Club offers a unique opportunity for students who have an interest in the visual arts to devote time outside of the usual school day for self-expression, personal exploration, and group service projects within the school and the Sioux Falls Diocese.  Any interested student is welcome and encouraged to join the Art Club. Participants do not have to be in an art class and do not have to attend all sessions. The club meets after school twice a month throughout the school year.
 

Boys & Girls State

Supervisor: Kelly Jones

Boys’ and Girls’ State are  week-long leadership experiences held in late May or early June on the campus of Northern State College (boys) and the University of South Dakota (girls).  Applicants are selected by faculty nominations based upon academics, extra-curricular and community involvement.
 

Campus Ministry

Supervisor: Brian Stai

Throughout the year, students plan and participate in various activities that invigorate the O’Gorman faith community through prayer, learning, and service.  Habitat for Humanity, Empty Bowls, the Banquet, the Angel Tree, Spiritual Adoptions, food and clothing drives, and a focus on various life issues are just some examples of the many different activities. Students in all grades are invited and encouraged to participate.
 

Chess Club

 
Supervisor: Deborah Jorgensen
 
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join. No previous chess experience is required. While the group meets after school once each week, players are able to come and play as their schedule permits.
 
Typical meeting times/dates: Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Purpose:
Learn the game of chess, teach others how to play, and explore strategies for consistent wins
 
What we do:
  • Practice games against other chess club members
  • Assist Cub Scouts in obtaining their chess badge
  • Organize and hold tournaments during the school year (per member interest)

Students are encouraged to attend regardless of their experience level. If you do not know how to play chess, even better. Our existing members are waiting to show you the ropes. Make your next move by joining chess club today!

History Club

Supervisor:  Jeff Gordon

All students who are interested in history are encouraged to join. The club meets after school several times throughout the school year.
 

HOSA - Future Health Professionals

Supervisors: Beth Odenbach & TJ Pederson

HOSA is a national student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science students to join and be actively involved.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. HOSA is 100% health care!
 

IMPACT

Supervisor: Shannon Poppinga

IMPACT is a great way to meet students from all classes and to be unconditionally accepted. Anyone interested in growing in their faith is encouraged to attend.  IMPACT exists to give all students an opportunity to come together in Christ. At O’Gorman our students have this opportunity constantly, so our IMPACT huddle may be slightly different than that of a public school.  We meet weekly or biweekly at school or a student’s house. We may have an event planned at a specific sight some weeks.  Each meeting includes a fun activity and a Christ centered message.  The meetings will be either student-led, coordinator-led, or will involve a guest speaker.  
 

International Club

Supervisor:  Anika Rodig & Kelly Brose

The purpose of the International Club is to help the international students become more familiar with the US and OGHS while providing an opportunity for the traditional students to learn about the world and become global citizens. Individual customs & traditions of the various countries represented are shared.  By participating in discussions, games and international food, students are encouraged to learn about other cultures and languages. The club meets once a month on a Thursday after school. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
 

Knitting Club

 
Supervisor: Angie Lynch

The Knitting Club is a student-led group that meets one day a week for an hour after school to create scarves and hats for those in need. All of our finished products are donated to local children's cancer units and The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. No need to bring anything or know how to knit, we have generous donors and student leaders that will teach you! 
 

Knights Legend Yearbook

Supervisor:  Skye Bork

The Knight Legend is the school yearbook. The staff is selected each spring from those who express interest. Preference is given to students with a strong writing background; photography skills are helpful. While work is generally done during the school day, other meetings may be required when production deadlines dictate. All yearbook staff members must have access to a digital camera.
 

Knights Scroll Newspaper

Supervisor:  Skye Bork

The Knight Scroll is published monthly. Approximately ten students are selected for the newspaper staff each year, but this number can vary depending upon interest. An attempt is made to get a mixture of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Journalism class is a prerequisite. While the newspaper staff generally meets during the school day, some nights may be required each month for layout and proofing, especially as deadlines approach.
 

National Honor Society (NHS)

Supervisor: Julie Benson & Heather Nohrenberg

National Honor Society (NHS) exists to recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to good citizenship.  The four pillars of NHS include character, service, scholarship and leadership.  Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 and above (weighted or unweighted) are eligible to apply for membership.  Students meeting the 3.6 or above GPA will receive an invitation to apply during the spring semester of their junior or senior year.  Selection into NHS will be made based on the student’s ability to demonstrate how they have fulfilled the requirements pertaining to the four pillars of NHS (scholarship, leadership, service and character).
 

Quiz Bowl

Supervisor: Jeff Gordon

Quiz Bowl is an academic competition. While all interested students can participate, try-outs are requested for team placement. Competitions occur after school throughout the year. Students compete against area schools in groups of 4 to 6 students to answer questions pertaining to all school subjects.

Retreats

Supervisor: Brian Stai

Retreats are opportunities for students to reflect on God’s work in their lives. Through prayer, discussion, and other activities provided at retreats, students grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. O’Gorman provides retreat opportunities throughout the year for all students. 

Rocket Team

Supervisor: Jane Schnell

O‘Gorman has participated in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) since it began in 2002.  TARC requires each team of ten or fewer students to design, fabricate and fly a rocket that meets contest specifications. Many hours are spent in designing, flying and perfecting the simulated rocket. Once the rocket performs within specifications, parts are ordered and the building begins. The rocket must be built from scratch by team members with only the aid of the software results. Eventually, the rocket is born and is ready for actual test launching. After numerous hours and launches, two “Qualifying Launches” will be attempted and scored.  The best score is submitted to the TARC office for National Finals consideration.  If the score is one of the top 100 scores, the team is invited to attend the National Fly-off, near Washington, DC, as a Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finalist.

Meeting Times and Dates: Rocket Team meets after school twice per week from Labor Day through the end of the school year.  Days will be determined based on participant schedules.
 

Student Ambassadors

Supervisor:  Nancy Carpenter

Student Ambassadors help with a wide range of activities throughout the year including eighth grade visitation and registration, new student orientation, open houses, etc. Ambassadors commit themselves to a highly visible position as a representative of OGHS. An application and interview process is used to select approximately 40 student ambassadors in the spring of each year.
 

SADD/TATU

 

Supervisor: Kris Amos (Prairie View Prevention Counselor)


Students Against Destructive Decisions “SADD” and Teens Against Tobacco Use “TATU” is a group that is active throughout the school year.  Special activities focus around events such as Red Ribbon Week, 4D Month, Awareness Day, the Great American Smoke Out, Kick Butts Day, and No World Tobacco Day.  Students also do prevention activities in the elementary schools. To become a member, students must submit an application and are required to attend training. They must also follow the guidelines listed in the code of conduct and be passing all classes.  In order to participate in activities that take them out of class, members cannot have excessive absences. TATU/SADD students are placed in the position of “role model” for their peers and the youth they serve.  Any behavior that does not reflect this may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
 

Ultimate Frisbee

Supervisor: Rebekah Ridder

Ultimate Frisbee Club is a student-led group that meets weekly for about two hours (weather permitting in the fall and spring) to get to know each other and exercise through the wonderful and intense game of ultimate frisbee. All students are welcome to participate, ranging from those who consider themselves avid players to those who have never played before and anyone in between. 
 

Video Game Club

Supervisor: Tara Johanneson

The purpose of the Video Game Club is to provide an atmosphere of collaboration and friendly competition. The group meets twice a week for practice, partner/group fun, and is open to all students (signed permission form required). Games are appropriate for everyone, and one or more tournaments allow students to practice skills such as strategic thinking, problem-solving, perseverance, and socialization. No previous experience is necessary.