InterTribal Council (ITC)
ITC is a South High student organization for American Indian students regardless of their program or grade. ITC members meet as a group regularly after school. Students use these times to support one another, do homework and activities such as beadwork and crafts, Indian Taco sales, and outings to local entertainment like bowling, movies and Valley Fair. The goal of ITC is to have a group where any and all American Indian student can participate and connect with one another.
Knowledge Bowl is Quiz Bowl's sister team. The difference is in the format of matches, so the teams have been merged into one cohesive unit referred to collectively as just the Quiz Bowl team! Together they offer members 6 matches and 3 tournaments per year. It is a great academic way to become part of the South High student co-curricular community.
Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board
The Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board is a student-run organization that plans and carries out activities for Liberal Arts students. It meets monthly and sometimes more often depending on need. We welcome Liberal Arts students from all grades.
The South Math Team is a member of the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League. Students from every program can participate. Like every „sports‟ activity, it is good to have students begin as freshman and practice so that junior and senior years they can be scorers on the team. Students in Math League attend five meets where they compete in events that roughly follow the mathematics curriculum. Those not selected for the team can still participate and accumulate points toward individual scoring honors. Each team is in a division and the top teams and individuals are recognized at an awards ceremony. They are invited to the state tournament and on the basis of their performance over the year and on other national tests, 30 students are picked for Minnesota‟s All-Star Teams. These are sent to the national tournament. This activity is also an excellent way to meet other students who enjoy math and to sharpen both math and math testing skills.
Mountain Biking Team
South High mountain bikers are part of the Minneapolis Southside Composite team which welcomes riders from numerous high schools including Washburn, Roosevelt and Southwest. The team trains from July to October with five weekend races across Minnesota: St. Cloud, Cuyuna, Austin, Rochester, Mankato. Contact: Katie.MacDonald@mpls.k12.mn.us
Help those with cancer, cancer survivors and the families and friends who have been impacted by cancer. Students volunteer with children who have cancer and raise funds to send such children to camp and other events.
National Honor Society (NHS)
South High NHS is a student run organization, led by elected student officers, under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The organization is chartered under state and national organization guidelines. South High NHS consists of junior and senior student leaders. The academic minimum, a 3.5 GPA, is a basic standard of excellence, which must be maintained throughout a student‟s membership. Applications will be taken in the spring of each year for the following year, and reviewed by a faculty council. Membership is a privilege and not a right. Selected members have the option of serving on one of four different committees, to include Academic, Environmental, Community Service, and School Events. Each member must contribute a minimum 30 hours of service each year in the three areas of tutoring, recycling, and community service. Additionally, students must help facilitate at two different NHS sponsored events during the course of the year. Major events sponsored by NHS during the course of the year include the Sadie Hawkins Dance, various leadership
retreats, the Talent Show, and TAPPP Holiday Party for student parents and their children. NHS also sponsors many community outreach projects.
Open Directional Council (ODC)
The student led leadership organization that helps govern the open program. This group is made up of students from all grades. In the past they have organized retreats and written the open student handbook.
Quiz Bowl is an irreverent action-packed season of knowledge based academic matches and tournaments that puts South High‟s quickest and brightest students against the rest of the city, the state and eventually the world. Students practice 3 days a week beginning in late October and continue on through April. Teams of different levels of skill and experience enter academic contests throughout the year. They wage cranial war against other local teams using only their wits, humor and an endless backlog of up-until-now useless trivia. An appreciation for obscure knowledge, facts and data along with a severe disdain for pompous, pretentious pedantry are useful tools in this action-packed, fun-filled academic endeavor. Quiz Bowl is never dull; it‟s often cerebral and is always an unpredictable good time.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the like of engineers and researchers can be. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week time-frame using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions. There are over $9 million in scholarship opportunities available to accomplished team members from nationally acclaimed academic associations and universities. FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.
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