ACADEMIC TEAM Sponsor: Gene Toth
The Lafayette Academic Team consists of both varsity and junior varsity teams participating in quick recall type tournaments in Kentucky and throughout the Southeastern United States. We also compete in the KAAC Governor's Cup Competition. Topics include world and US history, art, music, literature, math, and science. The team practices three days per week after school beginning in September. Students cannot have any D’s, F’s or U’s in conduct in order to compete.
ANIME CLUB Sponsor: Zach Matson
The Anime Club meets one afternoon per week, after school, for 60-90 minutes. During this time, students watch animated Japanese programs, read manga, draw, and discuss items of Japanese culture. Other related activities, such as Dance Dance Revolution, are occasionally scheduled. Any student interested in Japanese anime, manga, or related items, is welcomed to attend.
ART CLUB Sponsor: David Page
ATA CLUB Sponsor: Joanne Trammell
The All-of-the-Above Club is for students with a wide variety of interests including arts and academics. Students joining All-of-the-Above should be prepared to have fun and have curious minds.
BETA CLUB Sponsor: Steven Vogel Beta Club honorary society is a club that honors students for academic achievement, leadership, and service. It is open to students having high overall grades and displaying school or community service. GPA requirements: (using unweighted grades) Seniors, 3.0, Juniors, 3.2, Sophomores, 3.4 and Freshman 3.6. Beta Club members are expected to attend meetings (second Wednesday of every month) during the school year and do at least twenty hours of community service. There is a one-time fee for national dues. Club members attend the Kentucky Beta Club convention and organize Lafayette's Battle of the Bands.
CARD/TABLE GAME CLUB Sponsor: Mariko Barnes
CHESS CLUB Sponsor: Todd McCormick
The Chess Club meets one afternoon per week, after school, for 60-90 minutes. During this time, students play chess, and discuss chess strategies. Some students choose to independently attend chess tournaments, competing in individual and team categories. Any student interested in chess is welcome to attend.
COMPANY Sponsors: Sarah Strohmaier Lafayette’s Drama Society. A typical play requires a six to eight week time commitment and practices are held both after school and on weekends. Any student interested can be involved. Students are also recruited to work on costumes, set, makeup, sound, lighting and non-acting duties. Lafayette stages one musical and one comedy each year. Interested students also travel to professional performances in Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati. Students usually enroll in drama class and receive full academic credit for their efforts, but that is not a requirement for trying out for individual productions.
D.A.R.E. Sponsor: Kathryn Chastain-Leon
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a group that seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Students interested in joining this group should be committed to being drug and alcohol free and serve as role models of a fun and successful lifestyle without drugs and alcohol. Students will serve as leaders and mentors by speaking to middle and elementary students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the benefits of being drug and alcohol free.
DECA Sponsor: Cindy Gatsos Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is an Association of Marketing Students. Students participate in a number of student activities designed to develop the competencies needed to prepare for and advance in marketing, merchandising and management careers. The DECA Region, State and National Competency Based Competitive Events Programs and Career Development Conferences facilitate effective integration of DECA as an integral part of the total marketing education instructional program.
FBLA Sponsors: Jennifer Schings & Derrick Smith
Future Business Leaders of America is pen to anyone enrolled in a business department class. Members study world business and engage in various business-related activities. Club members participate in competitions around the region.
FCCLA Sponsor: Helen Graham Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important family, personal, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. This student run organization competes in Star Events, travels to regional and national conferences and works with other schools in the Unite to Read program. This is a co-curricular club for Family and Consumer Science students. The club meets once a month during class and once a month outside of class. Officers meet twice a month. There is a $15.00 affiliation fee collected with class fees.
FCA Sponsor: Dawn Brown
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a national faith-based organization. Our school club emphasizes developing character, serving the school, and serving the community. Students will have the opportunity to interact with college and professional athletes, listen to local speakers, and participate in social events. While the club focuses on athletes and coaches, anyone is welcome to join or visit the club, and no dues are required. The group gets together for breakfast meetings in Room 213 at 7:40 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
FEA (Future Educators of America) Sponsor: Rhonda Mullins
FRENCH BOOK CLUB (La Société Littéraire) Sponsor: Tracy Lambert French Book Club is a way for intermediate French students to improve pronunciation, fluency, and reading comprehension. Our book list includes contemporary young adult literature such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events as well as poetry from well-known French authors. Students in French 3 or above and with various ability levels are encouraged to join us every Friday from 3:30-4:15.
FRENCH CLUB Sponsor: Tracy Lambert Are you interested in learning more about French and Francophone culture? Maybe you’re just starting out in French but you’re not too comfortable with your speaking abilities. The French Club is for you. To be in French Club, you don’t have to SPEAK French—you just have to LOVE French! We meet on the first Monday of every month from 3:30-4:15 to learn something new about French culture and to be around others who share our interest. Oh, and BTW, we ALWAYS have great food, great friends, and great fun.
FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: Tracy Lambert French Honor Society is a national recognized, invitation-only group. Any student in French 3 or higher with an A average in French and a B+ average in other classes is invited to join the FHS. This service-based group provides tutors and mentors to lower-level French students. We also have fun while increasing our language skills at our monthly social meetings over coffee. FHS members who complete their service requirement and attend meetings earn the privilege of wearing special blue, white, and red honor cords at graduation. French Honor Society meets the first Friday of every month from 5:00-6:00 PM. On Facebook at “French Club Lafayette High School Lexington Kentucky”
FRESHMAN CLASS Sponsor: Todd Reynolds
Incoming freshmen are welcomed to Lafayette with an orientation and workshop. A class shirt will be made available for purchase. Students with 3.0 GPA, and acceptable conduct are invited to the end of the semester “Make the Grade” recognition parties in the spring and the fall. Freshmen are also encouraged to run for class officer positions, as well as the freshmen class E-Board.
GAMERS’ CLUB Sponsor: Gary Thomas
This is a casual gaming club focusing on computer games. The club meets Fridays after school in one of the available computer labs.
GLOBAL AID CLUB Sponsor: Mary Kay Sliney
The Global Aid Club was formed in 2011 to raise funds and awareness for global issues through the Off the Mat into the World organization. Each year, Off the Mat (OTM) sponsors an international service project called the Global Seva (selfless service) Challenge. Since 2007, the Seva Challenge has raised over two million dollars for projects in Cambodia, Uganda, South Africa, and Haiti. In 2012 the Seva Challenge will be focused on the issue of human trafficking in India and worldwide. The primary fundraisers are Arts Night and Talent Night, which will be held in the fall. Students in the Global Aid Club help plan and execute these two events (among others) throughout the year. Students will also sell wristbands to help raise funds for India. Contact Ms. Sliney for further questions at email@example.com. Meetings are held Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:15 in room 230.
INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CLUB Sponsor:
INTERNATIONAL TUTORING CLUB Sponsor: Tim Mitsumori
The International Tutoring Club (ITC) is an after school tutoring club for students who live in bi-lingual households. ITC meets after school in Mr. Mitsumori’s room (205). Students meet from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Incentive field trips, snacks, and limited bus tokens are provided. ITC is funded through Partners for Youth and the Youth Services Center (YSC). Applications are available in the YSC or in Room 205.
JUNIOR CLASS Sponsor: Jennie McClanahan & Chelse Bugg
Juniors host the prom, which requires much of the school year to plan and fund. Class elections are held in the fall and applications are due early in the school year. Students must listen to announcements. Following officer E-Board applications will be made available.
KEY CLUB Sponsor:
Community and school service club. Organize activities throughout community and school. Club members meet on Thursdays of each month before school at 7:50 a.m. There are group service requirements as well as individual service requirements.
LAFAYETTE GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY Sponsor: Whitney Walker
The Lafayette Geographical Society is an organization open to all LHS students interested in geography. Besides having lots of fun, the club will promote geography at LHS and work collaboratively with local universities and organizations that support and enhance geographical education and literacy. Geography careers will be explored as well.
LIFESTREAM CLUB Sponsor: Ashley Reed
Lifestream is about creating ripples and encouraging students to extend themselves to others in order to foster a better community for all to enjoy. Lifestream meetings encourage students in general education and special education to breakdown barriers through social opportunities. Meetings are held in a relaxed environment, promote positive social interactions, and allow students to make connections with other students. Club members are invited to a weekend event once a month. These outings encourage students to support their classmates in the community, and foster shared areas of interest. It is an opportunity for students to model friendship skills and improve peer interactions.
MU ALPHA THETA Sponsor: Connie Waespe
Mu Alpha Theta is a national math honorary. Lafayette’s chapter has over 150 members. In order to be eligible for membership, a student has to have taken three (3) college preparatory math classes (must be in Algebra II or higher), has to have maintained an overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 and has to have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 in all math classes. Our service project is a tutoring program for our feeder middle schools and to help with the math ESS program at Lafayette. Members are required to commit to one hour of math tutoring. Dues are $10 initially and $5 a year after that. The group traditionally has a social event in the spring at Joe Bologna's.
NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: David Page and Sara Jones
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: Alison Crowley
Juniors and seniors are eligible for initiation into the National Honor Society. They are required to have a 3.6 unweighted grade point average. Any student eligible for National Honor Society who has transferred from another school or district must fulfill Lafayette’s requirements for National Honor Society. Election of officers will be held in early fall with students who were inducted as juniors. Induction of new members will be conducted in the spring.
OUTDOORS CLUB Sponsors: Linday Hale and Todd McCormick
The Lafayette Outdoors Club is a student driven organization designed to connect members with nature, no matter their background or athletic ability. Members have the opportunity to enjoy activities in the outdoors and raise awareness on its preservation for the enjoyment of future generations. The club provides a challenging environment where students engage in responsible behavior and build leadership skills in the outdoors
PHILOSOPHY CLUB Sponsor: Whitney Walker
SENIOR CLASS Sponsor: Matt Cornett
The senior schedule traditionally includes a picnic, lock-in, dinner dance, ice skating and “Senior Class Live”. Senior class officers, according to the Senior Class Constitution, must have an unweighted 3.5 GPA. E-Board Members must have an unweighted 2.5 GPA. The senior class E-Board meets about once a month and organizes a senior class fall and spring event, the Senior Dinner Dance, as well as other events that arise during the year. All seniors are invited to participate in all senior class activities.
SENIOR CLASS LIVE
Senior Class Live is an annual tradition at Lafayette. It is a comedy performance developed and performed by Seniors in the spring.
SOPHOMORE CLASS Sponsor: Tracy Kurzendoerfer The sophomore class elects presidents, vice-presidents, treasurers, and secretaries in the early part of the school year. By October, sophomores may apply for E-Board. Any sophomore can be on E-Board; however, these students must meet behavior standards appropriate for leadership positions. Meetings are held once a month until it is dance season (late February to early April) and then meets once a week. E-Board members must attend the Sophomore Class Dance. There is a fundraiser in the fall.
SPANISH CLUB Sponsor: Javier Garcia-Penya and Cathey Kersey
The Lafayette Spanish Club is a social and service club that explores the language and varied cultures of Spanish speaking countries. The club is open to all students currently or previously enrolled in a Spanish language class. During meetings, students celebrate and learn more about the traditions, customs and music of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, including Mexico's Independence Day, El Día de los Muertos, Salsa dance, Cinco de Mayo and the Running of the Bulls. One meeting takes place at a local Mexican restaurant and breakfast meetings where “churros y chocolate” are served take place at Lafayette throughout the school year. T-shirts are available for purchase and dues for the year are $10. Meeting times are varied and newsletters to announce upcoming meetings are distributed in Spanish classes. ¡Bienvenidos a todos! (Welcome to all!)
SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY Sponsor: Javier Garcia-Penya and Cathey Kersey
Spanish Honorary Society is for students with three or more semesters of Spanish, a 3.5 average in Spanish and a 2.0 overall GPA. Activities include formal invitation, initiation ceremony, picnics, dinner, and participation at the state convention.
SPEECH TEAM Sponsors: Matt Middleton
The Lafayette Speech Team is open to any student at Lafayette. The team competes on state and national levels. Members of the team compete in any one of eleven categories, ranging from solo acting and humorous interpretation to extemp, original oratory and impromptu speaking. The season extends from the end of October through March on the state level and June on the national level. The team competes in tournaments sponsored by the Kentucky High School Speech League, the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association League, the National Catholics Forensics League. Travel is required, with some overnight trips.
Students also will become members of the National Forensics League based upon their competition on the state level. Auditions are September and May.
STLP Sponsor: Jason Sturgill
The Student Technology Leadership Program is an organization that helps develop technology within students from various walks of life. We focus on various technology-based concepts like networking, coding, game development, animation and computer art. We meet once a week after school in Room 133.
STUDENT COUNCIL Sponsor: Courtney Boulanger and Beth Ewing
The Student Council sponsors homecoming, new student orientation, annual blood drive and toy/food drives. The Student Council tries to give students a positive experience with student leadership and the democratic process. It also tries to unite the students, school administration, faculty, and the community in common endeavors. Interested students may be elected as representatives by petitioning at-large on a limited basis. The Student Council meets twice a month during the school day.
TATU Sponsor: Courtney Boulanger and Beth Ewing
Teens Against Tobacco Use is a very active committee of the Student Council. Members participate in anti-smoking campaigns in the school and give presentations at area middle and elementary schools.
TSA Sponsor: Marty Nolan
The Technology Student Association is for students interested in the activities and programs of the Tech. Ed. department.
Dues - $9.00 National + $3.00 State + $3.00 Local(School) = $15.00
Participating in TSA activities provides every member the opportunity to develop good attitudes and leadership abilities. Some of the special benefits of membership include:
• Learn new skills through programs and competitions
• Develop and use leadership skills
• Earn recognition and prestige
• Meet and work with business and industry leaders
• Learn about careers in technology
• Plan and attend social events
This club is open to all students at Lafayette and is sponsored by the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association. The club participates in service and fundraising events at school. Members pay $10.00 a year membership fee which entitles them to reduced rates for the extremely popular KYA (Kentucky Youth Assembly) in November and KUNA (Kentucky United Nations Assembly) in March. These conferences last three days and require students to miss two days of school.
YOUNG DEMOCRATS Sponsor: Stephanie Lester
YOUNG REPUBLICANS Sponsor:
YSC TEENBOARD Sponsor: Kathryn Chastain-Leon
The Youth Services Center TeenBoard acts as a student advisory council for the Youth Services Center. This very diverse group of students works together to improve the services of the YSC and to sponsor activities and programs for LHS. At the beginning of the school year, students may apply for an interview and service begins in late September. There are bi-monthly meetings on Mondays after school and 3-4 retreats on non-school days. The Teen Board participates in many team building and leadership trainings as well as diversity education. One school-wide program that the TeenBoard sponsors is Mix It Up. Applications are available outside the YSC and should be returned prior to the deadline.
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- Author: Bryson Perry
- Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012