Our Clubs And Organizations
The following programs are designed to give the students an opportunity to develop hobbies and talents. Other clubs may be formed with necessary support from students and faculty.
The school newspaper, The Spotlight, is published six times a year by its staff of students. It reflects the forthcoming activities of the school and also contains student literary contributions. Membership is open to all students and an editor is selected from the membership. The Spotlight is advised by a faculty advisor. The Spotlight is available on-line through the High School web page.
Southern Lehigh Key Club
The Key Club is a youth service organization sponsored by Southern Lehigh Kiwanis Club. Key Club serves the home, school, and local community. Students must apply and be interviewed for acceptance into Key Club. Students are expected to attend a minimum of two of the four meetings per month and give a minimum of two hours per month of service time. Key Club sponsors such activities as: Thanksgiving Food Basket, Toys For Tots, Special Olympics, multiple school functions, and many more. The Pennsylvania Key Club Convention is the culmination to the year’s activities.
National Honor Society
The Southern Lehigh Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools was chartered on January 15, 1947.
The objective of this chapter is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in all students. Candidates who are eligible for election to this chapter must be members of the sophomore, junior or senior class and shall have a minimum scholarship average of 3.65 at the time of induction. Eligibility shall also be based on service, leadership and character. Candidates must maintain the 3.65 minimum GPA to remain members.
Activities of the organization include tutoring, community service and fundraising for scholarships.
Speech and Debate
The Southern Lehigh Speech and Debate Team is a competitive team in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League, the Allentown Diocese Forensics League, the National Catholic Forensics League and the National Forensics League. Competition is available in Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Student Congress, Original Oratory, Declamation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Oral Interpretation and Dramatic Duo. Tournaments are usually all day Saturday events, and some full weekend events which involve competition on two days. The practice and competition schedule is relatively flexible. Students are expected to practice on a regular basis at least once a week and twice a week before a tournament weekend. The team members compete as individuals and then put their places together for a team sweepstakes score. A tentative tournament schedule is presented to the team at the beginning of the year.
The Southern Lehigh High School Student Council provides a forum in which students can address school issues by maintaining communication between students, faculty, and administration. The council, with the approval of the principal and assistant principal, processes all requests for fundraising activities, offers programs for social functions and community involvement projects, and gives students the opportunity to learn about leadership responsibilities in their school community.
As an activity and a course carrying one credit, Yearbook encourages students to use their talents to produce a publication shared with the student body. This activity requires a significant amount of time spent beyond school hours in order to meet deadlines. Professional desktop publishing techniques and standards must be learned and practiced conscientiously. Production includes choosing photos with an eye for composition and emphasis, designing layouts using a desktop publishing computer program and writing copy about all-school events. These skills, once learned, can be extremely helpful to students pursuing careers in Journalism, Communications and Graphic Arts.
The Robotics club is open to all students in grades 9-12. The team competes in the FIRST robotics league, which was designed to introduce students to engineering career fields. The robotics club challenges students to work with their adult mentors to build a robot in a six-week time frame using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. No experience with engineering or robot construction is needed. The team normally competes at 2 multi-day and 3 single day events.