KHS Clubs and Student Organizations
Academic Team (A-Team)
A-Team competes in the Polk County High School Tournament, which is a highly academic competition for high school students. The team consists of six members, a coach, and a co-coach. It is a quick response tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, fine arts, world language, and technology. A-Team is led by Emily Gulley and Jon Gulley.
The Pride of Kathleen Band has many exciting co-curricular opportunities available. These include Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, AP Music Theory, and Eurhythmics (Color Guard.) As a member of the program you get to be in integral part of the Red Devil family while pursuing activities you enjoy – making music together!
Criminal Justice is designed to give students opportunities for in-depth experience and study in specific areas of interest pertaining to law. Criminal Justice has many opportunities to participate in Teen Court, mock trial, and law enforcement ride-a-longs. The goal of Criminal Justice is to interest, recruit, and guide the most talented and committed students towards a criminal justice or law-related career.
Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Family Career Community Leaders of America has been working for over six decades to instill positive leadership and foundation skills in their members. Their impact has built across the country, stronger families and better communication through visionary and practiced leadership. FCCLA’s impact is visible and extraordinary nationally. FCCLA is the ultimate leadership experience. FCCLA is led by Kirk Stephens.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a club whose main goal is to teach students how to develop good character. FCA is open to anyone who wants to join, but it focuses on athletes. The members meet every Thursday morning for donuts and devotion. During their meetings, they learn lessons about God, and read from the bible. FCA members also helps keep the community clean by sponsoring community clean-ups. FCA is led by Anthony Troutman.
Junior Class sponsor is Amy Lowery
Latin Club is led by Kitty Wells.
Yearbook is led by Jessica Mahmood and ITV is led by Andrew Gash.
The AFJROTC program is responsible for building better citizens for America. The Aerospace Science program explores the civilian, industrial, and military aspects of aerospace. The leadership program prepares high school students for greater responsibilities and challenges. AFJROTC is led by CMSgt Al Thompson; with assistance from Major Jerome J. Frederick, Jr; CMSgt Dennis E. Douglas and our newest member to the team MSgt Xaviera McFadden.
DECA prepares emeging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. Their strong connection with our organization has resonated into a brand that people identify as a remarkable expeirience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. DECA’s programs and activities have cnstantly evolved as we use the latest technology and apply cutting edge education research. Our core focus has remained consistent and is capture in our mission. DECA is led by Lori Jenkins.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Future Business Leaders of America is a non-profit, local, district, state, regional and national organization for all middle and high school students participating in business related programs. The organization provides students with the opportunity to apply their classroom instruction in business practices and procedures, to leadership development activities, and in competitive event experiences. The purpose of the organization is to provide additional opportunities for secondary students (6-12) in business education to develop vocational and career supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibility. FBLA is led by Malinda Pough.
National Honor Society (NHS)
NHS is led by Rob Miller.
Skills USA is a professional organization that is designed to be run by students for their growth and benefit. Skills USA members develop into well-rounded people with technical, academic, and employability skills that will help them secure jobs and have successful careers. Students build their skills through chapter meetings, contests, leadership conferences, and activities. Each chapter chooses, plans, and conducts its own activities. Annually, at state competition, over $1,000,000 in scholarships are presented to students who showed exemplary leadership and career skills. Judging these students are members of the local industries and businesses. Skills USA is led by Alan Darr.
The mission of Art@KHS is to foster awareness of the importance and the presence of art and beauty in the world around us including, Kathleen High School. Thru exploring, examining, imagining, designing and constructing, students will broaden their interests generated through the Visual Arts. Students will experiment with media and techniques used to create a variety of two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional artworks through the development of skills gained through the Elements and Principles of Design. Students will manipulate the Elements and Principles of Design to improve observation, research, and imagination. The goal at Art@KHS is to engage and inspire every student to take part and learn to appreciate the vast variety of choices in the Visual Arts field . . . opening a world of invigorating art careers.
We believe the game of chess is an exciting way to teach critical thinking skills, sequencing, sportsmanship, self-control, and other skills. We have seen the progress and academic improvement of students who play chess. Chess is for everyone – even if your student is not a high achiever. In the schools, chess often serves as a bridge, bringing together children of different ages, races and genders in an activity they can all enjoy. Chess helps build individual friendships and also school spirit when children compete together as teams against other schools. Chess also teaches children about sportsmanship – how to win graciously and not give up when encountering defeat. For children with adjustment issues, there are many examples where chess has led to increased motivation, improved behavior, better self-image, and even improved attendance. Chess provides a positive social outlet, a wholesome recreational activity that can be easily learned and enjoyed at any age. Chess Club is led by Mr. Bakker.
Drama/Thespians is led by Christina Lee. The KHS club engages in a range of activities. The club performs two main stage productions and attends two competitions each year. The club also has an Improvisation Troupe that performs at First Friday events downtown. They are also a member of the International Thespians organization.
Interact Club is a service club and it’s sponsored by the Lakeland Rotary Club. The students get to work with the Rotarians and help them with their various fundraising events and community services projects, such as the Rotary Twilight 5k run. Students in Interact club also have the opportunity to particpate in certain leadership events throughout the county. They also have access to certain scholarship opportunities such as the Rotary Speech contest.
Student Government (SGA)
SGA is led by Quanjeana Simmons.