ContentsClass of 2015 (Sophomores) (J. Agan 919 or T. Hayter 326)
Class of 2013 – Seniors
Class of 2014 - Juniors
Class of 2015 – Sophomores
Class of 2016 – Freshmen
Color Guard or Winter Guard
Winter Drum Line
Varsity & JV Dance Team
Clubs and Organizations
Family, Career & Community
Green Valley High School 2012-2013 Club List
Here at GVHS there are many opportunities to meet students with common interests. We have an extensive variety of clubs and activities that you can join. In addition to the clubs listed below, we are always accepting applications for new clubs.
American Red Cross Club (B Beam 801)
Amnesty International (R. Cairns 800)
Art Club (F. Agreda 318)
Best Buddies J. Rowland 812 or R. Schultz 212)
BEST Inc, (S. Hanson TC-109)
Beyond Reality (T. Webb 901)
Bible Club (S. Hanson TC-109)
C.H.A.N.C.E. (R. Smith 206)
Cheerleaders – Freshman (H. Coleman 231 or J. Odell 230)
Cheerleaders – Junior Varsity (H. Coleman 231)
Cheerleaders – Varsity (J. Odell 230)
Chess Team (C. Luca 909)
Choir (K. Barclay-Ritzer 407)
Class of 2013 (Seniors) ( A. Furmanek 208 or M. Matherly 201 or A. Snyder Counselor)
Class of 2014 (Juniors) (D. Pico 916 or A. Thorstenson 321)
Class of 2016 (Freshman) TBA
Color Guard or Winter Guard (D. Koutsulis 411 or C. Myers 411)
DECA (B. Rowles 325)
Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (P. Langlois 302)
Forensics (S. Ginger 209 or 211)
French Club (K. Jaske 823)
Future Business Leaders of America (T. Anders 317)
Gator Green (C. Kern 911)
Gatorettes (J. Savage 212)
Harry Potter Club (C. Kern 911)
Humanist Club (M. Haskell 921 or T. Webb 901)
IB Honor Society (D. Block Counselor or C. Fialkiewicz 213)
Interact or Rotary (K. Vidal 830)
Instrumental Music (D. Koutsulis 411 or C. Myers 411)
Issues Concerning Adolescents of Nevada (B. Beam 801)
Junior State of America (K. Lewis 811)
Key Club (A. Patai 232 or H. Wharton 825)
Lacrosse (J. Clark 809)
Make-A-Wish Club (R. Bleeker 210A)
Mock Trial (A. Furmanek 208)
Mu Alpha Theta (N. Mele 322)
National Honor Society (R. Cairns 800)
New Age Step Club (M. Starr 314)
Newspaper – “The InvestiGator” (E. Johnston 825)
Orchestra (S. Burger 501)
Outdoor Exploration Club (M. Haskell 921)
Photo Club (E. Wright 316)
Poetry Out Loud (A. Furmanek 208)
Psychology Club (M. Matherly 201 or A. Snyder Counselor)
Science Bowl (S. Panik 903
Science Olympiad (S. Panik 903)
Spanish Honors Club (I. Donley 822)
Student Council (V. DeArmas 505)
Thespians (J. Hemme 402)
Ultimate Frisbee Club (R. Snyder 810B)
Varsity & JV Dance Team (N. DePiazza Gym)
Varsity Quiz (B. Beam 801 or L. Beam 323)
Winter Drum Line (D. Koutsulis 411 or C. Myers 411)
Wonderous Worlds (D. Streigle 912)
Yearbook (J. Goldstein 813)
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Student Council Advisor: Viviana DeArmas Rm. 505
The Student Council is the primary governing organization of the Green Valley High School student body. Student Council is composed of five (5) elected Student Body officers, including Student Body President, First Vice President in charge of Homecoming and Fine Arts Week. Second Vice President in charge of assemblies, Secretary, and Treasurer. The organization is also made up of Class Officers and the Advisory Board which is appointed. To run for Student Body, Class Office and or or apply to be on the Advisory Board, a student must be in good academic standing (this is an unweighted GPA requirement) and have a good citizenship and attendance record. Student Council members are expected to enroll in a Principles of Leadership course taught during fifth period.
^ Advisors: Amy Furmanek Rm. 208
Michelle Matherly Rm. 201
Alisa Snyder Counselor
The purpose of the senior class committee is to involve seniors in activities and build school spirit. Every senior is invited to participate in senior class activities. The committee will promote more school spirit and senior participation in school activities. Special activities include building a homecoming float, choosing graduation announcements, planning the ceremony, and producing the senior assembly.
^ Advisors: Denise Pico Rm. 916
Anne Thorstenson Rm. 321
The purpose of the junior class committee is to involve all junior students in activities and spirit building. Class meetings are held periodically during the school year and all junior students are invited to attend. Major projects of the junior class include building a float at homecoming, participating in various homecoming activities, fund raising, and sponsoring the prom.
^ Advisors: John Agan Rm. 919
Theresa Hayter Rm. 326
The purpose of the sophomore class committee is to involve all sophomores in activities and spirit building. Class meetings are held periodically during the school year and all sophomores are invited to attend. Activities include building a homecoming float and participating in other homecoming activities. Fundraisers will be used to acquire money for these and other activities. Sophomores will also choose their class rings.
^ Advisors: TBA
The purpose of the freshmen class committee is to involve all freshmen students in activities and spirit building. Class meetings are held periodically during the school year and all freshman students are invited to attend. Major projects of the freshmen class include building a float at homecoming and participating in various homecoming activities.
Cheerleaders – Freshmen Advisor: Heather Coleman Rm. 231
Jennifer Odell Rm. 230
The primary purpose of the Freshmen Varsity Cheerleaders is to promote spirit for freshmen varsity sports. The group also performs at school assemblies. Tryouts are held each spring to select six (6) cheerleaders. All candidates for cheerleader must have a 2.0 G.P.A. for the nine-week period preceding tryouts. Each candidate must carry a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. to be eligible for the tryout process. Citizenship marks must be satisfactory. Participation is limited to freshmen students.
Cheerleaders–Junior Varsity Advisor: Heather Coleman Rm. 231
The primary purpose of the Junior Varsity Cheerleaders is to promote spirit for junior varsity sports. The group also performs at school assemblies. Tryouts are held each spring to select twelve (12) cheerleaders. All candidates for cheerleader must have a 2.0 G.P.A. for the nine-week period preceding tryouts. Each candidate must carry a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. to be eligible for the tryout process.
Cheerleaders – Varsity Advisor: Jennifer Odell Rm. 230
The Green Valley High School Varsity Cheerleaders’ main function is to promote school spirit and to provide support for all athletic groups. All candidates for cheerleader must have a 2.0 G.P.A. for the nine-week period preceding tryouts. Each candidate must carry a 2.0 cumulative semester grade point average to be eligible for the tryout process. Citizenship marks must be satisfactory. Fourteen members will be selected through a formal tryout process in the spring of the school year. Participation is limited to junior and senior students.
Gatorettes Advisor: Jodi Savage Rm. 212
This group is comprised of ten (10) female students and their purpose is to support the wrestling team at all matches, tournaments, activities, and fundraisers. A minimum 2.0 G.P.A., a good citizenship record with no RPC’s or suspensions, and five (5) or fewer absences (during the current semester) are required to be eligible. A non-refundable $50 deposit for a uniform will be required to be eligible. Additional costs will include personal gear (shoes, socks, bloomers, warm-ups, and pom-poms), and meals at away games. All expenses should total approximately two hundred and fifty dollars ($250).
Choir Advisor: Kim Barclay-Ritzer Rm. 407
Green Valley High School’s vocal music opportunities center around our Concert Choir which meets daily as a class. This group of 90-120 members performs on and off campus, and participates in out-of-town festivals. We also have a Women’s Choir which meets daily as a class. This is a non-auditioned group that trains its members for the other choral groups. Girls with prior singing experience should audition for our select Women’s Chamber Choir – Bella Voce. They travel and participate in performances out of town and on the campus. Members of Concert Choir and Bella Voce have the opportunity to audition for Madrigals, Men’s Choir, Women’s Barbershop, Men’s Barbershop, Clark County School District Honor Choir, and the Nevada All-State Choir.
^ Advisors: Diane Koutsulis Rm. 411
Cecil Myers Rm. 411
The backbone of Green Valley’s Band program is our Symphonic and Concert Bands. Each group averages approximately 70 members and meets daily as a class. Band members are also part of our Marching and Pep Bands and are eligible to audition for Jazz Band. All bands perform and compete extensively in Las Vegas and throughout the United States.
Orchestra Advisor: Shelly Burger Rm. 501
The Green Valley High School Orchestra program is an exemplary program in Southern Nevada. The Advanced and Intermediate Orchestras are the largest in the program. There are also opportunities for students to perform in smaller ensembles (quartets, strolling strings and chamber ensembles). The Advanced and Intermediate Orchestras meet daily as a class. Each ensemble averages approximately 40 members. All orchestra members are qualified to audition to participate in the musical productions at Green Valley and Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Performances of both orchestras are of the highest caliber. The Orchestras have performed and competed extensively in the Clark County School District. Recently in Florida and Edinburgh Scotland.
^ Advisor: Diane Koutsulis Rm. 411
Cecil Myers Rm. 411
The Color Guard is an integral part of the Marching Band. The Color Guard provides a visual interpretation of music through dance, flag work, and the use of props. Color Guard members are also eligible for the Winter Guard. The Winter Guard is a competitive group that performs indoors (without the band) during second semester. Both groups are approximately 30 members and meet daily as a class. Both groups perform and compete extensively in Las Vegas and throughout Southern California.
^ Advisor: Diane Koutsulis Rm. 411
Cecil Myers Rm. 411
Winter Drum Line is a competitive organization that performs a unique all percussion-based show during second semester. Only band members are eligible for participation. The Winter Drum Line performs and competes extensively in Las Vegas and throughout Southern California.
^ Advisor: Nury DePiazza Gym
The Green Valley High School Varsity & JV Dance Team promotes school spirit and performs at school games, assemblies, dance concerts, and CCSD functions. The teams compete in Regional and National competitions during the school year. The team will also attend a dance team camp during the summer. Tryouts are during May every school year.
^ Advisor: Jennifer Hemme Rm. 402
Interested in all things theatrical? This is the club for you. The Thespians promote interest in the performing arts at Green Valley High School. Membership in the Thespians’ Society must be earned by working on productions and compiling points which vary job to job and is open to all members of the student body. Thespian Society members help put on the GVHS productions, engage in fundraisers, and attend community productions.
Newspaper–“The InvestiGator” Advisor: Eric Johnston Rm. 825
The newspaper staff exists to publish “The InvestiGator”, the monthly school newspaper. Students from Journalism II comprise the membership and may also participate in intern programs with “The Henderson Home News” and “The Las Vegas Review Journal”.
Yearbook Advisor: Julie Goldstein Rm. 813
Yearbook is made up of students from the Publications classes. It functions by committees to handle all areas of publication and to hold the annual signing party. The Legacy is an Award-winning publication depicting life at Green Valley High School
American Red Cross Club Advisor: Bud Beam Rm. 801
The Green Valley American Red Cross is a student chapter of the Red Cross that is dedicated to working with the Las Vegas Red Cross and other community organizations to promote student awareness and assistance to those in need.
^ Advisor: Rachel Cairns Rm. 800
The purpose of this club is to promote human rights throughout the world. The primary method is through writing letters protesting violations of human rights. The letters or case studies come from the national organization in San Francisco or the international organization in London.
Art Club Advisor: Fernando Agreda Rm. 318
Art Club is a place where any creative student can come and unwind from the world, to relax and work on their own unique ideas without the stress or pressure of any out of school activities put on their shoulders. It is simply a home away from home, with a motive to strive for excellence in the eyes of each of its members. There is no failure here, just a new understanding of different ideas.
^ Advisor: Jason Rowland Rm. 812
Rebecca Schultz Rm. 212
Best Buddies is the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Best Buddies Chapters are registered student organizations that foster mutually enriching friendships between students with and without disabilities. The Chapter meets once per month to share and plan activities. Students talk with their “buddies” once per week and hang out at least twice per month. A Buddy Pair consists of a student with and a student without a disability.
BEST Inc. Advisor: Susan Hanson Rm. TC-109
Entrepreneurship is professional business environment for those interested in a business as a career. BEST Inc. is a fully functioning business that produces, markets and sells Gator Memories, the video yearbook. In addition to Gator Memories, students research, develop, market and sell other spirit items to enhance their business experience. With monthly “Apprentice”-style challenges, the hands-on experiences in this company provides students with a working knowledge of how to manage an entrepreneurial venture and to acquire those skills necessary for success in the real world. Employees must master time management skills, goal setting skills, a positive work ethic, leadership skills, resume development, and interview skills, as well as those computer and technology skills necessary to run a successful business.
^ Advisor: Thane Webb Rm. 901
Beyond Reality is Green Valley High School’s science fiction club. Meetings are held on a weekly basis and provide a place for fans of the genre to share their common interests. Meetings will include watching movies, reviewing books, sharing collectibles, and presenting our “favorites” with each other.
^ Advisor: Susan Hanson TC-109
The GVHS Bible club is a student-led organization that strives to build up believers and spread God’s Word. The purpose is to promote faith in biblical teachings of the Bible on our campus and to provide a positive environment where students can encourage one another.
C.H.A.N.C.E. Advisor: Rosemary Smith Rm. 206
C.H.A.N.C.E. (Creating hope, answering needs, changing everything) was created by teens for teens with the sole purpose of helping others and creating a better world by raising funds for national and international nonprofit charity organizations, volunteering as a group within our community, and learning about how helping and other fun activities can be beneficial to those in need.
^ Advisor: Carl Luca Rm. 909
The GVHS Chess Club is dedicated to spreading knowledge and enjoyment of chess. All GVHS students are welcome to join. If you do not know how to play chess, we will teach you. If you can play, we will improve your game. If your game is better than ours, you can teach us. Our season begins in September and consists of nine matches with other Clark County High Schools. Interscholastic matches are based on the top five varsity payers. Each December an
individual tournament is held for the entire district. For information, see Mr. Luca in room 909.
DECA Advisor: Brenda Rowles Rm. 325
DECA contributes to the development of skills necessary for careers in marketing, merchandising, management, and entrepreneurship.
^ Advisors: Phyllis Langlois Rm. 302
Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Family, Career & Community Leaders of America is offered to all Green Valley High School students who are currently or have been previously enrolled in a Family and Consumer Science course. This is the only in-school student organization with the family and skills for life as its central focus that also provides opportunities for active students to participate at local, state, and national levels. The organization encourages personal growth, leadership development, family and community involvement and preparation for the multiple adult roles of wage earner, community leader and family member.
Forensics Advisors: Scott Ginger Rm. 209 or 211
The GVHS Forensics Team membership consists of students from Forensics I, Forensics II or Advanced Study English (i.e. grade 9-12 Forensics) classes. Students are required to compete in speech and debate events at local weekend competitions and may travel to out-of-town tournaments. Fundraising may be done to help defray costs of competitions. The team is co-curricular so competing in local tournaments is a required part of class.
^ Advisor: Kat Jaske Rm. 823
Membership in this social organization is composed primarily of those students enrolled in a French class. However, all interested GVHS students are welcome to join.
Future Business Leaders Advisor: Tom Anders Rm. 317
of America (FBLA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the premier business and technology student organization. FBLA gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills by traveling to fun and exciting cities to attend leadership workshops and compete at our State and National Conferences. Did you know that Business is the #1 major in colleges and universities across the nation? So, why not get a head start on your future and join FBLA today.
^ Advisor: Cynthia Kern Rm. 911
Gator Green is a club committed to helping the environment. Our goal is to inform the GVHS student body about recycling and problems in the environment. This year we are planning on making plastics recycling our priority. We also plan to perform community service by planting trees in the parks.
^ Advisor: Cynthia Kern Rm. 911
Our goal is to share our passion for Harry Potter, which is now recognized worldwide. We discuss the intricacies of, not only the seven book series, but recent HP news, updates, films, amusement parks, exhibitions, music and more.
^ Advisors: Matt Haskell Rm. 921
Thane Webb Rm. 901
The goal of the Green Valley Humanist Club is to promote the application of science and reason to an understanding of human experience.
IB Honor Society Advisors: Debra Block Counselor
Christa Fialkiewicz Rm. 213
The purpose of the IB Honor Society is to honor the achievements of IB students, to participate in fundraising, and assist with the achievement of CAS hours through service projects. Membership is limited to students who are IB diploma candidates.
^ Advisor: Kylene Vidal Rm. 830
Interact Club is sponsored by the Green Valley Rotary Club. It encourages membership from all grade levels, and its key focus is on leadership training and community service. Interact is a service organization with international, national, community school-wide projects. Each year in the spring there is a leadership training conference which members may attend. Our motto is “Service with a Smile.”
^ Advisor: Bud Beam Rm. 801
Adolescents of Nevada (I.C.A.N.)
I.C.A.N. Club is a leadership group, to educate and empower young adults to be self-reliant, inspirational peer and community role models through leadership training.
^ Advisor: Kristie Lewis Rm. 811
The purpose of the Junior State of America is to teach high school students about politics and government.
Key Club Advisor: Adam Patai Rm. 232
Heather Wharton Rm. 826
Key Club is an international organization of high school students committed to school and community service. It is sponsored by Kiwanis Club; a business person's organization devoted to community service. Key Club's motto is, "Caring - Our Way of Life." Students applying need enthusiasm and a sense of commitment. To remain active, each member must volunteer 50 hours of community and Key Club service.
Lacrosse Advisor: Jason Clark Rm. 809
Lacrosse Club is created to teach the rules and procedures of Lacrosse.
^ Advisor: Rachel Bleeker Rm. 210A
The Make-A-Wish club is for actively participating in aiding the community. Fundraising and volunteering by its members achieves the ultimate goal of granting young children with illnesses their greatest wishes.
^ Advisor: Amy Furmanek Rm. 208
The Green Valley High School Law Club is a competitive activity for those students interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. Members of the team will prepare legal cases from fact patterns and witness statements given. Toward this end, club members will be afforded the opportunity to work with actual practicing attorneys and judges in an educational environment; learn about investigative, analytical, and trial techniques; and to participate in mock trials up to and including district, state and national competitions. To earn a spot of the competitive team, members must audition. All work will be done outside of school hours. Students must be academically eligible to compete.
^ Advisors: Nick Mele Rm. 322
Mu Alpha Theta is a national high school mathematics honor society. The purpose of this organization is to promote scholarship in, and enjoyment and understanding of mathematics. Requirements for membership include enrollment in at least Geometry and the maintaining of a 3.3 average (semester grades) in all mathematics classes with no semester grade of C or lower. Associate membership is available for students enrolled in Geometry Honors. Members must be available to tutor once a week.
^ Advisor: Rachel Cairns Rm. 800
The purpose of the National Honor Society is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students. All Green Valley High School students who meet the following minimum standards are eligible to apply for membership: 1) must be a junior or senior, though applications for the next school year are taken at the end of the sophomore year, 2) must have a cumulative and unweighted G.P.A. of 3.5 or a weighted G. P. A. of 3.8 from 9th grade on, and no F grades, and 3) must have a good record of service, leadership and character. The Green Valley High National Honor Society engages in various service projects throughout the school year. Membership in this prestigious organization is recognized nationwide.
New Age Step Club Advisor: Marylou Starr Rm. 314
New Age Step Club is about teaching those who want to learn more about dancing and those who want to dance. It’s a fun environment for everyone.
^ Advisors: Matt Haskell Rm. 921
The purpose of Outdoor Exploration Club (O.E.C.) is to foster an appreciation of local wilderness areas by experiencing them firsthand. Members will have the opportunity to develop hiking, camping, paddling, and other critical outdoor skills while exploring regional and national recreation areas. O.E.C. has adopted and expects members to adhere to strict conservation practices on all trips.
^ Advisor: Erica Wright Rm. 316
Green Valley High School Photo Club is to bring together individuals who share a common interest in photography, to establish a learning environment and spread the knowledge, techniques, skills, and the joy of photography.
^ Advisor: Amy Furmanek Rm. 208
Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theatre. Students will learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.
Psychology Club Advisor: Michelle Matherly Rm. 201
Alisa Snyder Counselor
The purpose of this club is to educate students about the variety of career possibilities in psychology, to expose students to the issues covered by the field of psychology, to perform community service in coordination with psychology, and to provide a standard of excellence for participating students.
^ Advisor: Scott Panik Rm. 903
Science Bowl team practices for the regional Science Bowl competitions in the spring. Science Bowl is a quiz-style competition where a moderator reads questions about all fields of science and teams buzz in with the answers. Our team competes in the hopes of qualifying for the Nation Tournament in Washington D.C.
^ Advisor: Scott Panik Rm. 903
Science Olympiad Club meets to practice the 23 events held at the State Science Olympiad Tournament. Students form teams of two people to compete in 2 to 4 of the 23 events held each year. Winning the State Tournament earns the team a spot at the National Tournament in May.
^ Advisor: Ileana Donley Rm. 822
The Green Valley High School Spanish Honors Club promotes the Hispanic culture through authentic experiences and activities, assists the Hispanic community, and provides a scholarship fund for selected members. This fund is awarded at the end of the year to those seniors who have put tremendous time and effort into the Club. Fundraising, free tutoring, community service projects, a car wash, and fiestas are all important aspects of the Club. Members are chosen by the recommendation of their Spanish instructors. Each must have an “A or B” in Spanish. Members are required to earn a certain number of participation points each year.
^ Advisor: Roy Snyder Rm. 810B
The purpose of the Ultimate Frisbee Club is to develop and encourage friendship and fun among students while increasing the awareness of competitive Frisbee.
Varsity Quiz Advisors: Bud Beam Rm. 801
Lisa Beam Rm. 323
Varsity Quiz is an inter-school scholastic competition. Selection of team members is based on the results of a competition in simulated games and academic eligibility based on the current Clark County School District Regulation. Varsity Quiz team members practice two afternoons a week for one hour. Regularly scheduled games are on afternoons during the season.
Wonderous Worlds Advisor: Dale Streigle Rm. 912
The purpose of the Wonderous Worlds club is to promote unity, sportsmanship, and strategy through gaming. Students can engage in a variety of games from card games to board games, puzzles, and more. Wonderous Worlds also tutors students in strategy and game play.