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Academic Challenge Team is a team composed of 14 members with strong academic abilities who enjoy competitive test taking. The Academic Challenge team practices November through April. There are 3 competitions we attend; Regionals in February, Sectionals in March, and State (possibly) in April. Students focus on 2 academic areas and get to choose those 2 areas from the 7 possibilities; Math, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering Graphics, and Computer Science. If you are interested in joining the team you just need to see Mrs. Good in room 44 sometime in October when the team members are determined. If more than 14 students are interested in joining the team, a test is administered and the 14 highest scores make the team.

Advisor: Mrs. Jennifer Good

Budget is the student-run newspaper of GHS. Student journalists write articles, take pictures, and provide other newsworthy items for use on the website www.ghsbudget.org and various social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Advisors: Ms. Mandy Stegall or Mr. Brad Bennewitz

Class Sponsor- Student involved in class sponsorship help built floats for the homecoming parade, help decorate the spirit wall, and help with Prom their senior year. Each grade (freshman, sophomore, juniors, and seniors) has class sponsors.

Color Guard is a co-curricular class. Enrollment is by audition only. The Color Guard will perform for community parades, home football games and out of town festivals and competitions. Attendance at rehearsals outside the school day are required.

Advisor: Mrs. Sandra Deligiannis

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - FCA is a group of Christians who meet every Wednesday morning before school for a time of Fellowship, Guest Speakers, Bible Studies, and Devotions. Students do not need to be athletes to attend FCA. 

Advisor- Mr. Bredemeier

FFA- FFA is for students interested in the field of agriculture. Members participate in projects, social events, leadership training and judging competitions related to the vast agriculture industry.

Advisor: Mrs. Corrine Wascher

Gay Straight Alliance- GSA is a small organization that currently meets on Mondays after school. We strive to bring the local LGBT+ community more together. We want to provide a safe place for all those LGBT+ students and their allies in our school. We also try to educate the other students in the school on LGBT+ issues including anti-bullying, Day of Silence, and the importance of allies to the community. Our largest goal is to support each other. We are a family first and foremost. Process to Join: We have no formal process to join our organization. Show up to a meeting any time of the year and you will be accepted. 

Advisor: Ms. Elizabeth Plemmons

German American Partnership Program- GAPPis a school to school exchange program between Galesburg High School and our partner school Gymnasium Wildeshausen in Germany. We host our partners for three weeks during March and April of odd years (2019, 2021, etc.) and visit for four weeks during late May and June of even years (2020, 2022, etc.) Students are encouraged to host and travel, but might sign-up to only host or travel. Students may only travel after completing a minimum of two years of German and commit to take as many German classes as possible at GHS. Students host students from Germany in their homes and stay in the home of the partner in Germany. We attend school and travel some around Germany. An opportunity to travel to Chicago is offered to hosts and travelers as well when we are hosting. The primary application period is early fall of even years (2020, 2022), although if travelling spots remain, sometimes students are admitted during odd years. Students are expected to apply during even years even if they are not yet enrolled in German if they intend to travel during the next two years. There are only 18 hosting and travelling spots every two years. See Mr. Spindler for more information.

Interact is a service organization. It’s goals are to promote community service as well as international service. (Hence the “Inter” in the name). Interact is one of Rotary International’s programs designed to help clubs and districts achieve their service goals in their own communities and in communities abroad, fostering fellowship and goodwill in the process. Interact is for young people ages 14-18 and strives to help young people develop leadership skills while participating in fun, meaningful service projects. We are sponsored by the Noon Rotary Club in Galesburg.

Advisor: Mrs. Jennifer Robinson

Key Club International, (Kiwanis Empowering Youth) founded in 1925, is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. Often referred to as simply Key club, it is a student-led organization whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others.

GHS Key Club works closely with Galesburg Kiwanis. A few of our projects have been

  • Raised money for The Eliminate Project
  • Participated in Kiwanis Pancake Day and Shopping Day
  • Volunteered at elementary school Fall festivals and Family nights
  • Hosted a blood Drive at GHS
  • Raised money and volunteered at Loving Bottoms Diaper Banks

To be an active member of Key Club one must pay $18 dues, complete a required amount of service hours and attend at least two meetings per month.

Advisors: Mrs. Mary Gehring and Mrs. Jenni Robinson

National Honor Society (NHS) Each spring the Galesburg High School National Honor Society inducts new members. Membership selection is a long, in-depth process. During the third term of each year, all tenth (juniors) and fourteenth (seniors) term students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher qualify scholastically for candidacy. Once a student has qualified scholastically, he/she will be required to complete an information form and a five paragraph essay. Information will be verified. GHS faculty will rank each student in three categories: leadership, character and service. The information for, faculty rankings and the essay are then give to the National Honor Society Faculty Advisory Committee who, upon evaluation selects students for membership. Upon induction into the National Honor Society, members must fulfill the obligations of membership.

Advisors: Mrs. Lisa Wolfe and Mrs. Jennifer Robinson

Project Graduation is a celebration the underclassmen host for the graduating seniors the evening of graduation. The event consists of food, games, music and lots of prizes. A supervised event for a safe way to celebrate. Students are invited to apply to the Project Graduation Committee in the fall of the year. 

Advisors: Mr. Bennewitz

Scholastic Bowl tests your knowledge of various subject areas, including mathematics, science, history, literature, and pop culture. Working with a team of five, you compete to answer questions first by buzzing in. We welcome anyone to our team, just see the advisors for more details.

Advisors: Ms. Kelsey Gaudette or Mr. Daniel Zeh

Speech Team- The GHS Speaking Streaks is an IHSA backed team that competes in meets across the state of Illinois. With 14 different events to choose from, whether you like acting, writing, or researching, there will be something for you. When people think of Speech, most of the time they would think of reciting someone else’s speech, in more technical terms that would be Oratorical Declamation. If you are into acting, you can take an either Humorous or Dramatic approach, or get your friend involved and make it a Humorous or Dramatic Duet. Other events in the acting-type category would include Poetry Reading, or Prose Reading. If you prefer to write your own material, Speech offers Original Oratory, Original Comedy, or Special Occasion Speaking. Then for the more research-based events, you could participate in Radio Speaking, Informative Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, or Impromptu Speaking. Our season begins in late October and lasts through the winter into early February. We become a close-knit team, and we would love for you to join us! 

Advisor: Mr. Bob Dillard

Student Spirit Association- Galesburg SSA is the official Student Section for GHS Athletic Events. SSA creates “themes (white out, black out, pink out, etc) for each game and provide a spirited atmosphere for athletic events. 

Advisor- Laurie Aten

Student Council is for student leaders who want to make a difference in their school, their community and their world. We mainly organize dances and spirit weeks combined with a number of volunteer opportunities such as blood drives for student scholarships, food drives, Haunted High School, Veteran's Day Breakfast, Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree gifts for 50 local foster kids, St. Jude fundraisers, Special Olympics basketball game, HOPE Week for raising funds for cancer. Babysitting night, Freshman Orientation. We are involved in activities every month to make our school a giving school and our community and world a better place. Students complete applications the first week of May and we announce membership of the next week. Freshmen and new transfers apply the first week or two of school.

We are looking for hard working, student leaders.

Advisor: Mrs. Tammy Qualls

Theater sponsors two shows each year for students. The fall show is usually a non-musical. This could be a comedy or tragedy. This is a smaller show but is often double cast to get a lot of people involved and has been running for 6 performances in October.

We also do a large spring musical in April. This includes acting, singing and dancing. Usually 40-5- students are involved in this production on stage. This runs for 3 nights.

Both of these performances include full tech crew. Crew is involved in designing, lights, sound, building set, painting set, running computer projections, costume, make-up, hair, props, stage management and running house. About 150 students are involved in these productions annually. Join us! 

Directors: Mrs. Nancy Dillard and Mr. Russ Ulrich

World Language Club- meets every two weeks and exposes students to cultures and languages from around the world, but has a focus a bit more towards French, German, and Spanish. Students do not need to have taken a language to join and just need to come participate. Some major events include Barktoberfest, Mardi Gras, Day of the Dead and we usually try to take at least one trip to Chicago. Meetings usually have some aspect of language or culture in them such as trivia questions, traditional stories, or dance.