PCHS Clubs & Organizations 2022-2023
Sponsor: Trent Hendricks (rm. 224)
The Academic Team represents Putnam City High School at academic and scholastic competitions. The team competes in OSSAA sponsored contests, quiz bowls, invitational tournaments, Citizen Bee, and Knowledge Master. Membership on the Academic Team is open to all interested students in grades 9 to 12.
AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC
Sponsors: Lt Col (ret) Dane Christensen & Josh Warlick (rm. 164)
Air Force Junior ROTC is designed to acquaint 9-12th grade students (for up to 4 years total) with the historical development of flight, space exploration, cyberspace, some survival elements and the role of the military in US and world history. Leadership training will focus on citizenship, character development and Air Force traditions to include customs and courtesies, drill, and the wear of the Air Force uniform on specified days. A wellness program is also incorporated and can be substituted for PE credit in most circumstances. Students may travel throughout the city and/or state to compete in drill competitions and summer leadership camps. Many cadets will be a member of the Pirate “color guard” to present the US flag at many local, city, and state-level sporting events, parades, and veteran organizations activities. Field trips to local military installations and historical points of interest are highlights of the JROTC program.
Sponsors: Kent Quanstrom (rm. 140), Dawn LaFollette (rm. 158) & Elaine Bitting (rm. 146)
The Art Club is a social, cultural and service organization open to all students who are interested in learning more about the Arts. Students do not have to be enrolled in an art class in order to be a member and participate in club activities. Members visit numerous museums and galleries, participate in art festivals, host guest speakers, perform several service activities in the community, and sponsor several social functions during the year.
Sponsors: Beth Whipple (meets the last Tues of each month- library)
Any PCHS student is welcome to join the Book Club. We have a very diverse group of students who enjoy reading great books and talking about what they’ve read. We eat our lunch in the library while we talk, so we’re pretty informal. Book Club members also help with suggesting and selecting new titles for the library.
BPA (BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA)
Sponsors: Jessica Davis (rm.122) & Daniel Erb (rm. 133)
This is for any student interested in entering the field of business. Leadership, community service, and business personal skills are developed. Interaction with business leaders and competition are also part of this organization.
BROTHERS/SISTERS OF EXCELLENCE
Sponsors: Tenishea Lewis (rm 301)
This club was formed to provide leadership and accountability skills to young men of color, as well as, giving informative details about the African American culture. Also, to provide resources that allow young men the ability to give back to the school and community.
CLASS OFFICERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Sponsors: Senior Class- Kim Crownover (rm. 109)
Junior Class- Cari Warfe (rm. 407)
Sophomore Class- Melissa Lair (rm. 138)
Freshman Class- Lacy Grotheer (rm 110)
All students are invited to participate in class activities. Officers for the sophomore, junior, and senior classes are elected in the spring for the following year. Officers must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and display exemplary behavior. There are also many committees for interested students who desire to help with class projects.
All students are expected to contribute to the activities of their class by paying dues during the junior and senior years. There are no dues for freshmen and sophomores. Students are expected to pay $10 during both their junior and senior years. Class dues are used for spirit activities, class field trips, guest speakers, special programs, the prom, senior breakfast, and a gift to the school from the graduating class.
DECA- AN ASSOCIATION OF MARKETING STUDENTS
Sponsor: Melissa Lair (rm. 158)
DECA members can begin their experience as early as the tenth grade by enrolling in a marketing, finance, hospitality, business management or entrepreneurship course. As part of a high school chapter, DECA members can take full advantage of DECA activities while preparing themselves to be college and career ready upon graduation. Members are empowered through experience to provide effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building and project implementation.
DRAMA & DEBATE CLUB
Sponsor: Collena Dees (rm. 135)
Drama and Debate Club is for students interested in the performing and communication arts. Whether you want to go to law school or tread the boards on the Great White Way, we’ll make sure you are prepared for the future. The club produces school plays and regularly attends speech and debate tournaments, which include events in competitive acting, oratory, and debate. Students who participate in the club are eligible to join the National Forensic League (NFL), the National Speech and Debate Association’s honor society. Students must accrue 25 points to become an NFL member. You must be enrolled in, or have previously completed a theatre and/or debate class at PCHS to join the club. See Mr. Smith in room 135 for more details.
Sponsor: Frank Mattair (rm. 164)/Josh Warlick (rm. 303)
E-Sports is anew club at PCHS that turns online gaming and console gaming into a spectator sport. As with traditional sports, these games are broken down into competitive leagues and tournaments for people to compete against each other in either solo or in team events. Get in the game and come join the E-Sports team.
Sponsor: Adam Gustaitis (rm. 311)
Environmental Cub is a student-led organization open to all students of PCO, dedicated to raising awareness about the environmental impacts within our own community on a day-to-day basis. Through education and action, we hope to promote the necessity of a clean community and call others to participate.
Sponsor: Elaine Paparonis (rm. 149)
Fandom Zone brings together those who are interested in anime/manga, video games, comic book, TV shows, and movies. We will have discussions, play games, and get to know each other through these subjects. The group meets each Friday after school in Room 222.
FCCLA- FAMILY, CAREER AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF AMERICA
Sponsors: Lacy Grotheer (rm. 110) Kim Crownover (rm. 109) Madison Staggs (111)
This club is to assist all students in becoming responsible citizens and leaders in families, communities, and workplaces. Community service and competition are a large part of this organization.
Sponsor: Macey Dedmon (rm. 233)
A cultural, as well as social organization, the French Club complements the French classes. Membership is open to any student of PCHS and includes varied activities: Mardi Gras, dinners, bowling, and participation in school activities. Regular meeting is first Thursday of the month.
GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance Alliance)
Sponsor: Jennifer Clark (rm. 207)
GSA is a student-run organization which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, and talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
LATIN CLUB AND JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE
Sponsors: Dawn Duffy-Relf (rm. 237)
Any student with interest in the Latin language and/or Roman culture can join Latin Club/JCL. This club offers an opportunity for everyone interested to be involved in the curricular and extra‑curricular activities that this subject allows. Highlights of this club include the Roman carnival, game night, pizza party, scavenger hunt, and OJCL convention.
Sponsor: Yolanda Rojas (rm. 145)
Open to all PCH students, the mission and vision of the Latino Club is to promote community involvement, academic support and Hispanic/Latino cultural pride among its members. Because of the increasing national Hispanic high school dropout rate, the Latino Club members will be encouraged to participate in Academic Field Trips, Leadership conferences and Community volunteerism. The highlight of the club is to go to the NCLR (National Council of la Raza) leadership conference that takes place one a year in the summer around the year. A $5 annual membership is the only requirement to join Latino Club.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Sponsor: Linda Evans (rm. 106) and Bill Pearsall (rm. 209)
The National Honor Society is a national organization sponsored by the Association of Secondary School Principals. Membership in the NHS is based on excellence in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
The NHS constitution requires that candidates must have reached at least the sophomore year, have spent at least one semester at Putnam City High School, have at least satisfactory conduct marks in all subjects, and have a minimum 3.50 (unweighted) cumulative GPA, beginning with the ninth grade and including the grading period preceding initiation.
Active members of the NHS are required to maintain GPA and conduct requirements, earn the required number of service points, and maintain the character, leadership, and service ideals of the NHS. The PCHS chapter of the NHS holds both a fall and a spring initiation.
NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLES UNITED
Sponsor: Cheryl Bowhay (rm. 149)
This organization is open to any student who is Native American or simply interested in the Native American culture. Students belonging to this organization pursue their interests in Native American history, culture, language, and traditions.
PCO BOY’S VOLLEYBALL CLUB
Sponsor: Ryan Murphy (rm. 210)
This organization was formed to give young men an opportunity to participate in competitive volleyball the PIRATE way through Perseverance, Intensity, Resilience, Aptitude, Tenacity, and Exertion. This club will compete against other high school volleyball clubs from across the state.
Sponsor: James Welch (rm. 242)
The PCO Psychology Club is an organization that provides support/safe place for students to seek mental wellness, surveys the student body regarding mental health awareness, participates in community services related to mental health, organizes school events or activities to promote mental health education, and inspires an educational atmosphere of security, empathy, and mutual consideration
Sponsor: Tenishea Lewis (rm. 301), Christina Quatro (rm. 304), Robert Ley (rm. 302),
Activities of the club include preparing and competing in Science Olympiad competitions, field trips, guest speakers, and hosting Science Saturday, an event to teach elementary school students about science.
Sponsor: Morgan Schmidt (rm. 108)
The Putnam City High School Student Council is an organization that gives the student body a voice in the day to day operations of the school by involving students with decision making and provides a forum for student opinions. Other objectives of Student Council include encouraging student involvement, coordination student activities, and promoting the general welfare of the school. Student Council officers are selected in the spring through elections and interviews. All returning students who meet the qualifications may run for office. Students selected as an officer will be in 4th period Student Council class. Student Council Representatives are selected at the beginning of the year to help publicize and coordinate school events.
TABLE TOP CLUB
Sponsor: Autumn Pamplin (rm. 131B)
Table Top is a club where students gather to play a variety of board/card games and meet others with the same interests as them. Meetings take place after school on Mondays in room 127.
Video Game Club
Sponsor: Autumn Pamplin (rm. 131B)
Video Game club is where students can gather to play noncompetitive video games with fellow students. Meetings take place after school each Wednesday in room 127.
Sponsor: Maria Krey-Gibson (The Cove)
The Yoga Club was formed to give students and faculty a time and space to incorporate various practices to combat stress as well as other exercises that contribute to their well being of the individual.
YOUTH AND GOVERNMENT
Sponsor: Kent Gordon (Rm 113)
Youth and Government is sponsored by the Oklahoma YMCA. The purpose of Youth and Government is to provide students with an understanding and awareness of modern government and to provide students with an opportunity for participation in the legislative and judicial process. Youth and Government members will have the opportunity to debate and promote political issues with students from all over the state of Oklahoma.