A wide range of activities is available to students through which they can pursue and develop their individual interests and skills. All organizations are periodically reviewed to determine if they are continuing to maintain the criteria required:
1. An organization must serve a need not already met by an existing organization.
2. An organization must be educationally sound.
3. An organization must have a faculty sponsor.
4. An organization must have a constitution.
5. All actions of an organization are subject to administrative approval.
A student may hold more than one office simultaneously in one year in all other organizations. A potential candidate for any office, however, should weigh carefully the demands of the office, his/her school schedule, and other responsibilities before running. If a student feels that holding an office will jeopardize his/her best effort in any area, then he/she should not run. If a student holding an office fails to meet its obligations, the sponsor may replace him/her.
American Sign Language Club
The American Sign Language Club provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and parents to learn American Sign Language (ASL) to facilitate communication with students who are deaf or hearing impaired. Initially, the objective will be to introduce sign language that will serve as “Sign Language for Survival”, with the eventual goal of developing conversation skills in American Sign Language. Members will have an opportunity to experience what it is like to be deaf through operating various devices used to adapt to sound, like the telephone, doorbell, alarm clock and baby cry light.
The Art Club is designed to enrich and broaden the experiences gained through the regular curriculum. It is for students intensely interested in the field of art. Enrichment experiences include field trips to museums, art shows, and other places of importance in the art world. The Art Club sponsors activities to promote a deeper interest for art within the student body. Student members submit a portfolio of artwork that is approved and accepted by the membership, sponsor and art faculty.
Best Buddies is a group of students from RISE Special Services and SHS. These students work together so that each can experience each other’s lifestyle. Southport students meet with their “Best Buddy” by email, letter, or in person at least one time per month.
Black History Club
The purpose of the club is to encourage the study of Black History, to acknowledge the achievements of Blacks especially during Black History month, to encourage an appreciation for the contributions and efforts of all races, to promote positive self-images, to encourage academic success; and to encourage outstanding behavior. Officers are elected during the second semester of each school year for the next school year. Membership is open to all SHS students.
The Booster Club is for anyone interested in promoting positive school spirit in high school. A president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are elected as officers of the club by the student body. It is the purpose of the club to boost all school activities, to organize the homecoming and pep sessions, to promote athletic events, and to cooperate with school officials in arranging varied school activities for the betterment of the high school at large. Elections are held in the spring of each year.
The Bowling Club is available for interested male and female students. The club practices and competes during the winter season at Expo Bowl. In order to participate, students are expected to complete appropriate paperwork, including physicals.
The Boys Volleyball Club is for male students interested in participating in high school volleyball. The club practices and competes during the spring season. In order to participate, students are expected to complete appropriate paperwork, including physicals.
Brain Game Team
Members of Southport High School’s Brain Game Team compete yearly on WTHR-TV Channel 13. A TV team of 4 members and one alternate are chosen by the sponsor after open competition for the places. The meetings/practices are after school. Competitions are exciting and fast-moving, requiring quick recall and a fast buzzer hand!
The Cardinal Cadre’s primary purpose is to promote general public relations as official hosts and hostesses of our school. In this capacity, students serve as tour guides to visiting students and adults, ushers for auditorium activities, serve as information resources for Southport High School and liaisons between administrators or faculty and guests to our school. Members are selected through an application process. Applicants are evaluated on previous experiences, availability to serve, poise, personality, general appearance, scholastic standing, attendance and punctuality, communication skill, trustworthiness, ability to get along with others, and overall attitude. Cadre members must be good role models and outstanding representatives for Southport High School. A GPA of 2.5 is required upon selection and must be maintained.
Cardinal Guard is an outstanding group of precision flags and rifles. Any student of Southport High School is eligible to join if he/she can meet the requirements set forth by the music department. Auditions are held each spring. This group performs at all marching band appearances plus other musical activities and competitions. Attendance is required at all rehearsals and public performances. This group must also participate in the summer band program. An award will be presented to all members who have completed three full years. Letter winners must also participate for their fourth year to retain the letter. The letter remains the property of the school until graduation and can only be sewn to a department approved white sweater or jacket.
The Dance Team is an opportunity for all students to show off their Cardinal pride. Students must try-out to be a member of the SHS dance team. The dance team supports the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams in the winter and pumps up the crowd with their energetic hip hop/contemporary dance routines and steps. They also perform at local universities and competitions.
Family, Careers & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is the only national organization that focuses on families, careers and community involvement.. The mission of the organization is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. The SHS Chapter meets after school twice a month for activities and service projects, including district and state meetings. You DO NOT have to be currently enrolled in a FACS course to participate.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a club for anyone who has tried out for a sport or has been associated with a sport. The purpose of FCA is to bring together athletes and coaches, and through them other youth, for spiritually uplifting messages and support. All meetings are before the school day begins.
Green Earth Society
Green Earth Society is the environmental awareness club for Southport High School. Students are invited to join each year to collaborate on school projects.
The International Club is open to any student interested in learning more about the world languages and the international communities and their customs. Activities include meetings, dances, plays, games, singing, visits to local restaurants, etc. Topics are chosen by the club members.
International Thespian society
The International Thespian Society is the only organization to honor secondary school students for outstanding work in theatre. The resolution with which the Society approaches this role is evident in its focus on the students; their achievements, involvement, and access to quality theatre arts instruction are the essence of the Thespian Society. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts which meets the Society’s general guidelines. Specifically, students become members by earning points for their work. Any student who has participated in at least two productions for a total of one hundred hours of work is eligible for Thespian Society membership.
Key Club, sponsored by Kiwanis, International, is a club for students in grades 9-12 that offers many opportunities for community service and student leadership. There is a formal induction ceremony of all new members by the Kiwanis Club of Perry Township. Opportunities for state, national and international experience are possible for the avid club member who is motivated and involved.
The Lacrosse Club is available for interested male and female students. The club practices and competes during the spring season. In order to participate, students are required to complete appropriate paperwork, including physicals.
National Honor Society
The Southport Chapter of the National Honor Society was organized in 1945. Membership is based upon scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Students may be selected for membership in their junior or senior year. The criteria for membership are as follows:
I. Scholarship: Grade Average: 3.5 or above
II. Character: Personal Assessment Evaluations: (based on a 1-5 scale)
Junior Year – average of 4.0
Senior Year – average of 3.8 or above
III. Leadership and Service: The Candidate:
1. Has held or holds active membership in clubs, organizations, sports, or other extracurricular activities and/or community-related services.
2. Not only successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility but displays leadership qualities commensurate with the position held.
3. Demonstrates reliability and dependability.
4. Displays leadership qualities in the classroom, the school, or in community activities.
5. Inspires positive behavior in others, whether as a leader or a member, and
6. Exemplifies positive attitudes.
Membership is an honor bestowed upon a select group of students, and final approval of the candidates for membership is made by the Faculty Council on behalf of the administration and the school faculty.
Peer mediators are selected by staff and students through a ballot process the fall of their Junior year. Peer Mediators are trained by a university to help fellow peers come to a peaceful, non-violent resolution through a formal meeting process. They help assist Southport High School students who are struggling to work out their differences before it escalates. Peers who wish to peacefully resolve a conflict with another peer may be referred by a teacher, dean, counselor, or any adult at SHS to the peer mediation process.
Pride Alliance Club
The Pride Alliance Club supports the instructional goals of increasing student achievement by helping to insure that all students are in a safe learning environment, embracing changes in society proactively, and involving students and staff in another facet of the cultural diversity of the Southport High School community. The purpose of the club is to provide an avenue and source of information and discussion for students and staff concerning GLBT persons and GLBT issues. Meetings will be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect, with a positive tone, encouraging cultural diversity and competency, and maintaining confidentiality.
Quill and Scroll
Quill and Scroll, an international journalism honorary organization gives special recognition to a select group of capable students who have done superior work in some phase of journalism or school publications and who have contributed time, energy and enthusiasm to further the cause of the school journalism program. Quill and Scroll was organized at Southport High School November 8, 1945, with a charter from the international headquarters. Quill and Scroll is open to juniors or seniors who rank in the upper third of their class scholastically and who demonstrate a superior ability in writing, editing, business management or production. The candidate for membership must have shown outstanding character and a keen interest in journalism and a willingness to work on school publications. Each candidate is recommended by the faculty advisor and approved by the international headquarters. Members pay no dues, but there is an initiation fee.
Readers Club of SHS
Readers Club is open to all interested SHS students, staff, parents and community. Its purpose is to help readers explore different genres and authors and to share what they are reading. Meetings are once a month in the IMC.
The Science Club is designed for those students interested in sciences (astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth/space, physics) and engineering (aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical) and medicine (physician, nursing, med-tech, veterinary). To be eligible for membership, a student must have a 2.5 overall GPA and currently be enrolled in a science class.
Southport Literary Travel Club (S.L.T.C.) exists to support appreciation and experience of world cultures. At monthly meetings members explore destinations and discuss current issues in international travel. Additionally, club members have the opportunity to work toward periodic trips, which are determined by the faculty sponsor and student leadership. S.L.T.C. also supports travel through fundraising efforts.
Student Council fosters good school citizenship, promotes worthwhile extracurricular activities, strengthens student-faculty relations, cultivates school spirit, and encourages positive student life in accordance with the philosophy of Southport High School. We stress the importance of good communications between the council, student body and instructional staff. The Council provides a representative voice for students and gives the opportunity to plan and manage many school events. Students who are interested in service and leadership and who have earned a G.P.A. of at least 2.5 or higher may apply to the Student Council Cabinet each semester. Freshmen may apply second semester.
White River Academic League
To participate in the White River Academic League, students must think fast and answer quickly and accurately. The competitions run from September through March. The White River team is sanctioned by the Indiana Association of School Principals. There is no curriculum and questions may come from any realm of knowledge. Membership is open to all grade levels. Students are rarely “cut” from this team and substitutes are common from quarter-to-quarter of play. Toss-up questions, bonus questions and minute rounds make up each match.
Twice a week students and teachers practice yoga together to improve flexibility, strength and mental calmness. Meditation is also practiced, along with providing nutritional information to the members and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
THE SOUTHPORT JOURNAL
Founded in 1922, the Southport Journal is the official newspaper for Southport High School. The purpose of the school paper is to give a clear and true picture of Southport to students, parents, and all other patrons of the school. All material published must be well-written, truthful, and unbiased. Under no circumstances does the paper accept gossip or rumor that may be harmful or detrimental to pupils, teachers, or the school. The Southport Journal is written and edited by members of the journalism classes. All first-year journalism pupils are reporters for the school paper; however, any pupil in the school may submit contributions to be considered for publication. The editorial board, composed of advanced journalism pupils, fills all major positions on the paper and makes all arrangements for positions as they demonstrate specific skills in writing, editing, graphics, design, photography, advertising, business management, and desktop publishing. The business staff is responsible for selling ads, circulation, and bookkeeping. The paper has a 100%circulation in the school and goes to every teacher, advertiser, and many other schools throughout the United States. The paper is sold to outside subscribers for $5.00 per year. If mailed, added postage of $5.00 makes a total subscription price of $10.00. The paper is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association, Indiana High School Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Great Lakes Press Association, and Quill and Scroll.
The Cardinal yearbook, first produced in 1924, annually presents a pictorial and written representation of Southport’s yearly events and achievements. In addition, it provides a visual record of the entire faculty and student body as they are engaged in their varied activities throughout the school. The Anchor staff is composed of members from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes and is responsible for all facets of the yearbook’s production – writing, editing, graphics, design, photography, advertising, business management, and desktop publishing. Eligibility for membership is determined by application in the spring of the year for the major posts of editor-in-chief, assistant editor, and editors of the sports, activities, academics, album, and advertising sections. Appointment to all positions is determined by the skills, interest, enthusiasm, and willingness to work of the applicants. Recommendation by student’s English teacher is required for entry in the class unless student has successfully completed Introduction to Journalism Class.
To alert parents about school activities and to encourage support or participation, The Journal staff publishes News Bureau. Please visit the Southport High School Publications website.