Viewing and discussing Japanese animation.
Asian Student Association (ASA)
The Asian Student Association (ASA) exists to provide a support group for students of Asian descent and to encourage interaction with all the students and staff at South High School. ASA is open to all students at South High, both Asian and non-Asian. Students gain a sense of belonging, meet new people, work together towards a goal, participate in school and ASA activities, and often reconnect with their own ethnic heritage. ASA serves as a vehicle for developing student leadership skills. Student officers conduct meetings and plan activities such as dances and fundraising events for the year. ASA's May Production has become a favorite school-wide event, featuring traditional ethnic dancing, modern dance, poetry, songs, and skits.
The South High Chess Club was established to give chess players at South a high level of chess competition. We are a member of the Minnesota High School Chess League where, in the course of our season, we have dual meets against a variety of teams from the metro and surrounding areas. Players practice 2 days a week and the club provides chess experts and masters to review games and discuss future strategy. The team also sends a group of players to the State Tournament and the Nationals Tournament every year. South High students of all chess experience levels are encouraged to participate in the team.
Close Up is a national program that allows students from all over the USA to visit Washington D.C. while providing them with an excellent first-hand opportunity to study our government. Students meet in November and devise ways to earn money for the spring trip. Meetings are regularly held and become mandatory 2 months before the trip. Students love the entire experience and come home with many new ideas, friends and memories. They develop a better understanding of and appreciation for our American governmental system. Some students may choose to earn a Social Studies elective credit by following a set list of requirements. All students agree that it is a fun and rewarding experience.
Any and all students are encouraged and eligible to join the debate team where they will learn skills and compete in the policy debate format. Debate practices afford students the opportunity to hone research, critical thinking, communication, organization, and teamwork skills. Students will be encouraged to formulate and express their thoughts on a variety of issues posed by each year's new resolution for debate. As the saying goes, you get out of debate what you put in. For those debaters who wish to exert extra effort, tournaments across the nation with high levels of competition are made available. For debaters with less involvement, a plethora of local tournaments provide plenty of competition and opportunity to bring home trophies. The debate season lasts from mid September through January and practices are held up to three times a week. Debaters are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible, but there are absolutely no requirements to be on the team. All students with interest in debate will be included in the activity regardless of time commitments.
Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA)
The Gay/Straight Alliance was formed at South in 1997 by a small group of students who wanted to make schools safer, more accepting places for GLBT students and families. Remembering the homophobia they or their peers had experienced, they choose to go back to middle schools to educate students to be more knowledgeable and tolerant of GLBT people. Since then, the group has presented to classes in intermediate, middle and high schools in Minneapolis and Columbia Heights. They are also active in promoting Anti-homophobia Week, the Day of Silence, and participating in Lobby Day at the Legislature and in several community events.
The South High German Club is a co-curricular extension of the German Program. The club meets weekly for tutoring support, planning field trip events, screening German films, and liaison activities with our partner school, Gymnasium Farmsen, in Hamburg. Major events during the year include hosting Gymnasium Farmsen students; Oktoberfest at Corcoran; a trip to Germany; field trips to restaurants, galleries, and theater performances; German Day at the zoo; Concordia German Weekend; Deutsches Fest; and the Minnesota Language Proficiency Assessment. The South High German Club is a non-profit organization, which may occasionally perform fundraising to subsidize student activities. All German students are eligible to participate.
South High Green Tigers is a student group that seeks to lower the energy consumption of its school and make an environmentally conscious student body. It is the goal of Green Tigers to create a learning environment that is aware of its actions toward its local and greater community. Some of the group‟s many activities include the organization of a successful annual Bike to School Day and Bike to School Week. South High is one of the state's leading schools in terms of participation and estimates that about 20% of the school participates. Green Tigers is also involved with the Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota, an organization of 20 metro high schools who work together towards environmental sustainability.
Human Rights Club
The South High Human Rights Group is an extra-curricular student group dedicated to education and activism to promote human rights. The topics and activities are determined by the students, and involve local, national, and international issues. This is a great opportunity to work with other students on issues that matter to you, and to make a difference!
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