At Lower Dauphin High School, we believe in providing our students the opportunity to excel academically as well as socially.At the start of every school year, each club, team, and organization is open to new members. Our student activities program is diversified and of the highest quality. There is no better way to meet students with similar interests than to become involved in a co-curricular club or activity.Students make the difference at Lower Dauphin. We urge all our students to get involved.
BANDMusical literature from the Baroque period to Contemporary Music is performed. Varied activities of football games, marching band contests, parades, community performances, concerts, trips, county, district, regional and state events all provide the interested student with many opportunities to be a vital part of the school community. Membership in the Falcon Band is determined by yearly audition. This is an elective course (#1213) that is given 1 credit toward graduation requirements. Any students in grades 9-12 are eligible to audition. Rehearsals outside of the "school day" are required.
Director: Mr. Keith Richardson, Room 502
OUTDOOR/INDOOR COLOR GUARD
The Outdoor/Indoor Color guard is an extracurricular activity, which emphasizes the execution of movement through dance as well as the use of color guard equipment. Membership is determined by yearly audition. All rehearsals are held outside of the "school day". Any student in grades 9-12 is eligible to audition. Auditions will be held in May for the Outdoor Color Guard and December for the Indoor Color Guard.
Director: Mr. Keith Richardson, Room 502
INDOOR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Percussion ensemble is an extracurricular activity, which enhances the student's knowledge of the percussion activity by giving students an opportunity to further their musical skills and percussive techniques. Membership in the ensemble is determined by yearly audition. All rehearsals are held outside of the "school day". Any student in grades 9-12 is eligible to audition.
Director: Mr. Keith Richardson, Room 502
The Jazz Band is an extracurricular activity, which enhances the student's knowledge of the jazz idiom through listening and performance of many different styles and eras of Jazz music. Membership is determined by yearly audition. All rehearsals are held outside of the "school day". Any student in grades 9-12 is eligible to audition. Auditions will be held in September of each school year.
Director: Mr. Keith Richardson, Room 502
The Chorus is open to all students, grades 9-12. Chorus enhances students' group singing skills, performing music including Renaissance, Classical, Folk, Multi-Cultural, Musical Theatre, and Spirituals. The Chorus performs winter and spring concerts. Chorus is a 1-credit course and rehearses daily in room 501.
Director: Miss Elizabeth Colpo, Room 501
Concert Choir is a chamber choir selected by audition. Students currently in Chorus or Women's Select Choir are eligible to audition in March for their upcoming 10th-12th grade year. Music includes Renaissance, Classical, Folk, Multi-Cultural, Musical Theatre, Spirituals, Vocal Jazz, and Contemporary. The Concert Choir performs at the winter and spring concerts, Baccalaureate, Commencement, and extra gigs throughout the community. Auditioning for ACDA and PMEA Honor Choirs, including County, District, Regional, and All-State Choirs, is highly encouraged. Concert choir is a 1-credit course.
Director: Miss Elizabeth Colpo, Room 501
WOMEN'S SELECT CHOIR
Women's Select Choir is a chamber choir selected by audition. Females currently in Chorus are eligible to audition in March for their upcoming 10th-12th grade year. Music includes Renaissance, Classical, Folk, Multi-cultural, Musical Theatre, Spirituals, Vocal Jazz, and Contemporary. The Women's Select Choir performs winter and spring concerts and extra gigs throughout the community. Women's Select Choir is a 1-credit course.
Director: Miss Elizabeth Colpo, Room 501
The Vocal Octet is selected by audition in September of each year. 10th-12th grade singers currently in Concert Choir are eligible to audition for this extra-curricular ensemble. The Vocal Octet provides members with the opportunity to perform vocal repertoire at an advanced artistic level. Repertoire and performance opportunities are similar to those of the Concert choir, but include extra gigs throughout the community. Octet members practice independently and are expected to come to weekly rehearsals prepared to create music at a high level.
Director: Miss Elizabeth Colpo, Room 501
Membership is open to all students, 9th through 12th grades: membership is determined by auditions, which are conducted yearly. The prerequisite for all members except for string students is course 1215. The orchestra and string orchestra provide the students with the opportunity to study and apply techniques that have been previously presented in ensembles, sections, and/or lessons. Musical literature from the Baroque to Contemporary periods, as well as popular music, is performed. String orchestra and orchestra members participate in Holiday and Spring Concerts, as well as the school musical, county, district, regional, and many other performance opportunities throughout the year. Grade 9-12.
Director: Mrs. Melody Cliff, Room 501
As a member of the Falcon Flash team, students learn the methods involved in writing factual accounts of school events. The students will also learn the techniques of interviewing, editorial writing, news analysis, column writing, newspaper layout, and production. A study of the ethics of journalism in American society is included in the course. Students must pre-register with the instructor prior to the official registration day.
Instructor/Advisor: Mrs. Lena Russell, Room 206
Students learn the practical application of the theory and techniques of yearbook production, resulting in the current year's FALCONAIRE. Students learn style and composition, picture cropping and arrangement, and organization of material. Students learn to use Photoshop. They also learn to design, create, and publish the school's yearbook online through use of the Taylor Publishing website. A pre-registration conference with the advisor is necessary.
A sense of responsibility and dedication are essential for the student to bring to this course, as the class continues into part of the summer.
This course may count as a humanities credit but does not satisfy the four-credit requirement for English. Grade 10-12.Instructor/Advisor: Mr. Steff Chortanoff, LibraryNon-Curriculum Related ActivitiesCLASS COUNCIL
The freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior class councils' main objective is to raise money for their respective classes. The funds are used to cover the expenses of the Junior-Senior Prom, Graduation, and other class projects.
Class of 2017Advisors: Mrs. Nicole Stultz, Room 110; Mrs. Aimee Radel, Room 301
Class of 2018Advisors: Mrs. Darby Fischl, Room 107; Mr. Dean Reigner, Room 109Class of 2019Advisors: Mr. Clint Fackler, Room 810; Mr. Chad Lister, Room 808Class of 2020Advisors: TBABelievers in the Gospel (BIG)
Believers in the Gospel, formerly Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is an organization made up of students interested in Christian fellowship, service, and activities. Students meet Wednesday mornings in the High School Library from 7:00 to 7:30 A.M. Student leaders integrate discussions, guest speakers, studies, activities, etc. BIG organizes various activities throughout the year, including See You at The Pole (a nationwide rally for school students to meet at the flagpole of their school to pray), Winterfest (a winter concert and open gym with free food and admission), Summerfest (a pool party with free food and activities during final exams), True Love Waits campaigns, etc. These activities are organized to promote awareness, fellowship among students, and service to the school community. BIG holds a Prayer & Praise time on Thursdays, 7:00-7:30 AM, in the auditorium. This is a student led time of singing contemporary Christian music, reflection on a devotional topic and a time of meditation open to any student or staff member.Faculty Reps.: Mr. Nathan Espenshade, Guidance Office; Mrs. Kathy Weber, Guidance OfficeBLUEGRASS JAM CLUBThe Bluegrass Jam Club is a club for students who are interested in playing or learning to play traditional American fiddle musicin the bluegrass style. We meet regularly and jam from a list of songs that are all traditional bluegrass tunes. If you play the acoustic guitar, banjo, violin (fiddle), mandolin, or stand up bass, you are welcome to join us. If you are just starting out, our club is a beginner friendly environment to learn how to play acoustic music with other players. You will learn the basic structure of a bluegrass tune and the etiquette of playing at a bluegrass jam. We are always looking for new members to round out our sound. Even if you’ve never played in the bluegrass style, come give it a try.Advisor: Mr. Tom Hanninen, Room 904BOYS' RUGBY CLUBRugby is an exciting blend of running, kicking, passing and scoring. The object of the game is to run, pass and kick the ball to advance and touch the ball down in your opponent's try zone (think end zone). Rugby is a full contact sport like football but play is continuous like soccer. If you are interested in participating in this amazing team sport whereby anyone can score, please see Coach Johnson or Coach Moody. Practices will start in the fall with the season beginning in the spring. You will need a mouth guard and rugby boots (soccer cleats will do-just no toe guards) to participate.Co-Coach: Mrs. Patricia Moody, 800 Wing Office; Co-Coach: Mr. David Johnson, Room 108CHESS CLUBThe Chess Club of Lower Dauphin meets once a week from 2:35 PM-3:30 PM starting the beginning of September until the end of February. Any level of student ability is welcome with the students playing against each other. Although an "unofficial" win/loss record may be kept by individuals, the emphasis of the club is to play for fun while learning to improve one's chess game.Advisor: TBADIVERSITY CLUBThe Lower Dauphin Diversity Club is open to any students interested in celebrating diversity in our school and community. We have a lot to learn from each other and are dedicated to enriching our school environment with the beauty that diversity has to offer. Students have the opportunity to become involved in local cultural events, as well as the opportunity to promote diversity in our school by educating each other through a variety of activities. We meed during administrative homeroom days and once a month after school Everyone is welcome because everyone has a story to share.Advisor: Miss Emily Lepley, Room 1007EDUCATORS RISING
The mission of Lower Dauphin's Chapter of Educators Rising, formerly Future Educators of America (FEA), is to provide students with opportunities to explore careers in education. We hope that through participation in this chapter, students will gain a realistic understanding of the nature of education and the role of the teacher. Members in good standing will be eligible for 2 excused absences each year to shadow teachers within the Lower Dauphin School District. Other activities, such as college visits, conferences, etc. will be decided upon each year by the group.Co-Advisors: Mrs. Laurie Coleman, Room 707; Mrs. Michelle McGinnis, Room 704FOUR DIAMONDS MINI-THON COMMITTEEThe Lower Dauphin Four Diamonds Mini-thon Committee sponsors an annual 12 hour dance/activity marathon to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund which supports pediatric cancer patients and their families treated at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and pediatric cancer research. All students are invited to be part of this planning committee. Regular meetings facilitated by student leaders are scheduled throughout the school year. Students on the committee organize fundraising and school spirit events during the year leading up to and including the night of the actual mini-thon event when several hundred high school students attend to support the cause. Members of the committee are expected to work hard through regular attendance at meetings and active participation in planning and organizing of the mini-thon and associated events. Lower Dauphin students and the surrounding community have rallied around this wonderful opportunity to help others.Advisor: Mrs. Mary Smith, Nurse's office; Mr. Scott Payonk, Room 804GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCEThe Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) creates a welcoming unity among all students, regardless of sexuality, by promoting acceptance, tolerance, and equality in the school and community. Activities include after school group meetings for support and education, a service project, the GSA Leadership Summit at Dickinson College and Day of Silence.Co-Advisors: Mrs. Lori Beaver, Guidance Office; Mrs. Tanya Dreon, Guidance OfficeLOWER DAUPHIN NANOLINE TEAMThe LD Nanoline Team focuses on competing annually in the Phoenix contact National ayutomation Contest. Students learn fundamental skills in engineering by conceptualizing, designing, creating, troubleshooting and demonstrating a project whose core component is the Nano PLC (programmable logic controller) which is used to automate the project. No prior knowledge is necessary just a willingness to learn and work. The team meets weekly in room 1005 starting in September until competition in February.Advisor: Mrs. Nancy Kiscadden, Room 1005MEDITATION CLUBSometimes we don't realize how cluttered our mind is until we take a few minutes to slow down and focus inwardly. Meditation Club is for all students looking to relax or improve their focus. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress and improve your overall well-being. The club will teach you the basics of correct posture and how to focus on your breathing. Meditations generally last about ten minutes and are a great way to clear your mind after a long day.Co-Advisors: Mrs. Aimee Radel, Room 301; Mr. David Johnson, Room 108NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETYThe National Art Honor Society, sponsored by the National Art Education Association, offers artistically talented students the opportunity to further practice and share their art skills in the school and the community. Activities include service projects, community art projects, and field trips. Membership, upon recommendation of the student's high school art teacher, is based on good character, art class grade of 90% or better, and an interest in sharing their talent to benefit others.Advisor: Mrs. Dana Attivo, Room 506NATIONAL ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETYMembership into this society is to be considered an honor bestowed on students selected for their accomplishments in the field of English. We decided to create a chapter to provide recognition for past achievement, the nurturing of present interests, and encouragement for future success. NEHS is the organization for students who have experienced the power of literature, the pleasures of good writing, and the excitement of language studies. Attendance at LDHS for the equivalent of one semester:
NATIONAL GERMAN HONOR SOCIETYThe National German Honor Society recognizes students who excel in their German studies. Membership is open to students beginning in grade 10 who have completed two years of German and who maintain the required grade level. Meetings of the NGHS will take place through the course of the school year.
- Completion of two semesters of English prior to induction (freshman may not apply until the start of their sophomore year).
- The achievement of a minimum overall and English grade point of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) prior to induction.
- Completion of the application process.
- Students must demonstrate an interest in the Language Arts. This will be verified by the members of the English Department.
- Members must log 30 NEHS credits per year are attained through participation in meetings and activities.Advisor: Ms. Melanie Wenger Room 205NATIONAL FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY"La Societe Honoraire de Francais," was organized in 1949 and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Lower Dauphin is a member of the Susquehanna Chapter. Eligibility for membership requires a student to be enrolled in at least a French III level course; to have earned an A average in French, and to have exhibited qualities of good citizenship, character and leadership.Advisor: Ms. Barbara Blackford, Room 1002
Advisor: Miss Judy Solensky, Room 1006NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETYThe National Honor Society, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is a service organization made up of academically talented juniors and seniors. The society encourages these students to use their abilities to the benefit of the school and community.
The criteria for membership are a minimum 93% grade point average, approval by the faculty, and final recommendation by the Faculty Advisory Council on the basis of the student's demonstration of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Membership selections are made in the spring followed by an induction ceremony in March. Monthly meetings are mandatory. To maintain membership, members must do a minimum of 40 hours per year community service and keep up their GPA.Co-Advisors: Mrs. Karen Burk, Room 211; Mr. Chad Lister, Room 808NATIONAL MATH HONOR SOCIETYMu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society for high school and college students. To be a member of Lower Dauphin's chapter, a student must have earned a 90% average (non-weighted) or higher in mathematics courses taken at the high school level, have completed Algebra II and be of sophomore standing or higher. Students will participate in tutoring and other projects related to the study of mathematics. Induction of new members will occur during the spring of each school year.Advisor: Mrs. Christina Wolfe, Room 908NATIONAL SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETYScience National Honor Society (SNHS) is for students who have attained an 87.5% or higher in honors level science classes and are currently enrolled in honors level science classes. Students are asked to join the society after their freshman year. The objectives of the SNHS are to encourage and recognize scientific and intellectual thought; advance the student's knowledge of classical and modern science; communicate with the scientific community; aid the civic community with its comprehension of science; and encourage students to participate in community service and in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all of mankind. In addition to attendance at monthly meetings, members are expected to participate in the chapter's two ongoing projects Falcon Fright Night (science department's Haunted Hallway) and the Garden of Knowledge.Co-Advisors: Mrs. Darby Fischl, Room 107; Mrs. Dawn Koons, Room 104NATIONAL SPANISH HONOR SOCIETYThe Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica is also known as the Spanish National Honor Society. This honor society was organized in 1953. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsor the Society. Lower Dauphin High School's chapter is called the Sevilla Chapter. The purpose of the Society is to recognize high achievement in Spanish and Portuguese by students of secondary schools and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies. Students must be enrolled in Spanish classes for more than two years. Students who have maintained an honor average in the study of Spanish for a minimum of three semesters, and who have exhibited outstanding character and leadership qualities, as attested to by their various teachers, are eligible for membership.Advisor: Miss Emily Lepley, Room 1007OUTDOOR CLUBThe purpose of the Outdoor Club is to give students the opportunity to gain an appreciation of and enjoy the outdoors through a variety of activities. We have weekly meetings to discuss possible trips, activities, and fundraising. Throughout the year we will hike, camp, river raft, fish, boat, paintball, mountain bike, and participate in other outdoor activities. We encourage students who have experience in the outdoors and students with no experience at all. Not all members have to participate in all of the activities. We provide a variety of activities to encourage a variety of students.Advisor: Mr. Michael James, Room 505PHILOSOPHY CLUBThe Philosophy Club is a club composed of juniors and seniors interested in philosophical discussion and moral debate. The club encourages students to think critically, engage in personal exploration towards wisdom and be forever curious. Expectations include locating, analyzing and researching philosopher's work for group discussion. Such discussion topics have included ethics, personal reality, consciousness and community leadership.Advisor: Mr. Dan Mikula, room 202PING PONG CLUBThe Lower Dauphin Ping Pong Club meets once a month for fun and refreshments. Usually a tournament is set up and games are played to 11. No ping pong experience is necessary
Advisor: Mr. Jim Pirtle, Room 102QUIZ BOWL TEAMLower Dauphin's Quiz Bowl team competes at select tournaments throughout the school year, including participating in the television show Brain Busters. Skills necessary to be on the team include fast recall, a wide range of knowledge and a willingness to work with other team members. The team practices once a week. Students are selected for the team based on performance at practice and tournaments.Advisor/Coach: Mr. Doug Grove, Room 203SCIENCE CLUBThe goal of the Science Club is to develop student's interest in science. This will be done by participating in projects and preparing for competitions. The main activity of the Science Club is to prepare for the Science Olympiad competition in the spring. Other activities will include but are not limited to in-school competitions, other inter-school competitions, and various other science awareness and educational activities.Advisor: Mr. Tom Hanninen, Room 904SKI CLUBThe Ski Club provides the student body with an opportunity to learn, perfect and enjoy the sport of skiing and snowboarding. The club travels to Ski Roundtop on Thursdays for six trips during the months of January and February. All the costs for equipment rentals, lift tickets, lessons, and transportation are the responsibility of the student. Students purchase a Night Club Card, which is a night season pass. This pass allows students to ski as many times as they can on any night for the entire season.Advisor: Mrs. Tina Crone, Room 711SPRING MUSICAL PRODUCTIONThe Spring Musical is an excellent opportunity for Lower Dauphin students to demonstrate their talents. Student involvement ranges from acting, singing, dancing, and playing in the pit orchestra, to assisting with set designs and staging. Student auditions take place in early winter and the production is scheduled for March 2-3-4, 2017.Advisor: Mr. Kevin StrawserSPRING MUSICAL BACKSTAGE CREWCrewmembers are expected to help construct and paint sets for the annual musical production. Members must be available for rehearsals and performances at least the two weeks before performances. Responsibilities include preparing the stage for performances, placing and moving sets and curtains and other chores that may be needed during performances.Advisor: Mr. Douglas Grove, Room 203STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONSThe L.D. Chapter of S.A.D.D. provides leadership within the school community to reinforce the concept that destructive decisions have a negative impact on students. The Chapter has participated in educational awareness programs such as the Applebee Pond Puppets, which involved skits performed for elementary school age children, the Sticker Shock Program, and Prom Promise.Co-Advisors: Mr. Nathan Espenshade, Guidance OfficeSTUDENT COUNCILThe Student Council is a representative organization of and for the student body of Lower Dauphin High School. Student Council undertakes several activities such as the canned food drive, teacher appreciation breakfast and Homecoming festivities. Homecoming activities include the powder puff football game, spirit week and the Homecoming Dance. In addition to these activities, Student Council has organized the Mark French Benefit Dodgeball Tournament. Because of these events and others, the Student Council is a philanthropic association that works with numerous organizations both inside and outside of the school for the betterment of the school and community in general.Co-Advisors: Mr. Scott Payonk, Room 804; Mr. Douglas Grove, Room 203TECHNICAL CREWLearn what goes on behind the scenes at school plays and musicals. Tech crew creates the lighting design and runs sound for the stage. Learn how to run a soundboard and/or a light board along with other sound and lighting equipment. Members must be available for rehearsals and performances at least two weeks before performances. Any high school student may be a member.Mr. Michael James, Room 505THESPIAN SOCIETYThe Thespian Society promotes the development of theatrical interests among the student body. Thespian Society members participate in the fall play and various other extracurricular theater related activities.Advisor: Mr. Doug Grove, Room 203TRI-M NATIONAL MUSIC HONOR SOCIETYThe Lower Dauphin Chapter of the N.M.H.S. provides exceptional music students with the opportunity to advance the music program in the school.
Membership criteria includes: a "B" average in all classes, an "A" average in all music classes, member in good standing in at least one Lower Dauphin High School ensemble, recommendation and approval by the music faculty on the basis of demonstration of excellent character, leadership, service, cooperation, and musicianship in addition to an audition or report. Meetings are conducted monthly.Tri-Advisor: Ms. Elizabeth Colpo, Room 501Tri-Advisor: Mr. Keith Richardson, Room 502Tri-Advisor: Mrs. Melody Cliff, Room 501VOLUNTEENThe VolunTEEN club promotes the involvement of students in many school and community service activities. Membership is open to all students in grades 9-12. Meetings are conducted the first Friday of each month at 7:00 AM in the school library.Co-Advisors: Ms. Patti Hresko, Price Bldg.; Mrs. Amy Falk, Room 909WOMEN IN STEM CLUB (WISTEM)The goal of the organization is to expose girls to the different possibilities in the STEM fields which include science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Another goal is to create a culture that helps them feel supported so they are confident in whatever field they choose, within or outside of STEM. Activities include hands-on challenges, presenters, presentations by members, outreach to middle school and elementary school students, and participation in the Capital Area Intermediate Unit STEM competition.Advisor: Mrs. Elizabeth Kirman, Room 701YOUNG DEMOCRATSThe Lower Dauphin Young Democrats Club is open to any students interested in discussing issues that impact our lives as citizens. Members will have the opportunity to express their opinions as well as to listen to the opinions of others, involving those of the media. We will learn to identify bias and spin in order to be able to objectively understand the positions of all players in the political process. Students will also have the opportunity to become involved in campaigns by volunteering their time at various levels. This club is open to anyone with an open mind who is interested in the workings of our government.Advisor: Mr. Geoffrey Kyper, Room 809YOUNG REPUBLICANSThe Teen Republicans is an organization made up of students interested in government and our political system. The club meets on a regular basis to discuss personal and political ideation. Students are encouraged to express their own personal and political opinions on the topics that are discussed. The clubs also gets involved in political campaigns. Members have a chance to volunteer their time at the local, state, and national level. Everyone is welcome regardless of political affiliation. The club is open to all students in grades 9-12.Advisor: Mr. Nathan Espenshade, Guidance Office