At Ruston High School, we seek to provide each child with a well-rounded experience that not only makes high school a memorable experience but also prepares them for the challenges of the future. Our numerous extracurricular activities and clubs allow our students to explore a wide range of interests and hobbies with students who have similar interests.
4-H joins the home, the school, and the church to develop young men and women into useful citizens. Members "learn by doing". Meetings are conducted during school once each month. 4-H is open to students in Grades 9-12 who are willing to work on a 4-H project during the year. Dues are $10.
For more information, contact Becky White.
The RHS Band is home for BEARCAT PRIDE! The band participates in almost every facet of life at RHS from football games and pep rallies, basketball games and graduation. The band is a place where students are treated like family and is open to all students at RHS. If students do not already know how to play a musical instrument, we offer a beginning band.
The RHS Bearcat Mentoring Program is an organization in which upper class students help freshmen students with the transition to the high school campus. Students chosen as mentors are assigned a small group of freshman students to mentor and conduct orientation activities weekly during Advisory in the fall. Students chosen for Bearcat Mentor Council assist with the planning and implementation of the program.
For more details, please contact Alisia Thomason.
The Bearcat Belles consist of 9th – 12th grade students. The objectives of Bearcat Belles is to promote school spirit and a feeling of loyalty to RHS and to develop and maintain a spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship during sporting events and at any other time when called upon for other school activities.
Bearcat United Making Spirit (BUMS) raise spirit for all RHS sports by encouraging and participating in spirit activities. Membership is open to any sophomore, junior, or senior girl who is not affiliated with a RHS spirit organization, and is willing to work at least one advisory meeting per month during the school year. Monthly participation is required to attend special BUMS events. Dues are $10.00.
For more information, please contact Janet Maxwell.
Chatterbox is the RHS newspaper and will meet daily during advisory. Staff members must complete an application to join Chatterbox which includes a mandatory application for FBLA for $40 total. Only Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students may join Chatterbox but Freshman students can submit articles for publication.
The staff plan is to publish the school newspaper every two weeks as a layout in the Ruston Daily Leader as we publicize Ruston High School events.
Ruston High has two (2) cheerleading squads, Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity, which are part of the Pepette organization. JV Cheerleaders are 9th and 10th graders. Varsity Cheerleaders are 11th -12th graders. The primary goal of the Ruston High Cheerleading program is to promote school spirit and loyalty throughout the school and the community. Cheerleaders may play another sport, but must fully uphold their responsibility to cheerleading.
Chess is an exciting, strategic game proven to aid in cognitive skills, pattern recognition, critical analysis, and research. Whether you are an advanced player, just starting, or have never played, chess offers an excellent chance to have fun playing games, and increase your thinking capacity. If you already know how to play, great! Come join us. If you've never played, great! Come join us. You'll learn how to play. Bring a chess board if you have one and $5 for dues.
For more information, please contact Jamie Bolton.
The RHS Choirs are ripping and roaring in true Bearcat style this Fall semester! The auditions for the ACDA and LMEA All-State Choirs are coming up quickly in the month of September and our singers are preparing for those auditions. The District 1 Honor Choir will occur on October 7th and 8th at West Monroe High School and we are getting ready for these auditions and the event. The ACDA All-State Choirs will come together at the annual convention in New Orleans on Nov. 7-9. The LMEA All-State Choir will occur at the annual convention in Baton Rouge on November 21-23. As always, our choirs are working hard and preparing for our various performances throughout the year and we are having a great time "singing it up!" If there are any singers out there that need a place to contribute their vocal skills and/or want to experience some great music making and community, see Mr. Trahan for a singing session for placement into one of our great choirs before the Spring Semester. Lastly, our advanced choirs are preparing to travel to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall and to enjoy the sights and sounds of our nations most populous and culturally rich cities. We will be taking this trip from March 28-April 3, 2020. The Choral Department wishes all RHS Bearcats well as we commence this academic year!!!
FBLA is the largest national student business organization in the world and provides opportunities for students to develop vocational and career competencies, to promote civic and personal responsibility, and to develop leadership skills. FBLA is recognized nationally and offers opportunities to attend district, state, and national conferences to socialize and compete in multiple areas and network with other members throughout the world.
The vision of FCA is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes through Integrity, Service, Teamwork and Excellence. Meeting will take place during Advisory. Students must be a member of at least one athletic organization. Dues are $5.
The purpose of Family, Community and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) is to help youth assume active roles in society through family and consumer science education in areas of personal growth, family life, vocational preparation, and community involvement. All Family and Consumer Science students, past and present, are eligible for membership. As a member, students have the opportunity to attend Northern Region Meeting, and Louisiana Fall and State Conference. There is a $20 membership fee.
The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization is a vital component of the Agriscience Education Program. Leadership is provided by student officers and advisors who guide the chapter activities. FFA provides many opportunities for students to travel, compete, and associate with young people of similar interests. Travel for the FFA currently consists of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Louisiana State FFA Convention in Alexandria, LA, Leadership Camp in Alexandria, LA, and many other wonderful places that provide several opportunities for each student. The organization motivates young people to make positive contributions to their home, school, community, and country.
The RHS Fishing Team organization is for serious anglers who wish to compete in tournaments throughout the school year. All North Louisiana high school teams fish in the Student Angler Federation Tournament Series. The series includes tournaments on the following lakes/rivers: Claiborne, Ouachita River, Poverty Point, D’Arbonne, and Caney. This is a wonderful opportunity to win cash and prizes.
Student anglers who place in the top 10% at the Louisiana State Championship will be guaranteed a spot in the regional tournament, and if they do well there, the students will be eligible to compete in the National Championship. Students must have a boat and boat captain to fish. The cost is $25.00 to become a member and all tournament entries are paid by our sponsors. Team Jerseys are $50.00 and all payments may be paid to Mr. Wade, and you will receive a receipt. If you have any questions, please speak with Mr. Wade in the Agriculture Department.
The purpose of Gaming Gurus is to provide a safe environment for multiplayer gaming on a multitude of platforms and along with board games. Students involved in the organization will be able to learn more about game design, programming, production and marketing through guest speakers and research, and participate with other schools in tournament settings. Dues are $25 and interested students must have a 3.0 GPA.
For more information, please contact Emily Howell.
Interact Clubs are sponsored by local Rotary International Clubs. The sponsor of the RHS Interact Club is Lincoln Rotary. The purpose of the club is to work in conjunction with their Rotary Club partner to perform a minimum of two service projects in the community. At least one of the projects is dedicated to an international cause. Meetings are held during Advisory and membership requirements are based on a minimum 2.5 GPA and no behavioral referrals from the previous school year. Dues are $20 for first year members and $10 for returning members. Members are eligible for a college scholarship to be provided by the Lincoln Rotary.
Junior & Senior Prom Vommittee is in charge of all aspects of the prom. Officers are selected by the committee. All juniors are encouraged to help with decorating. This club will begin meeting in early 2019.
Junior Quota Club is a service organization that is sponsored by the local chapter of Quota International. The main objective of Quota International is to empower women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech impaired in local communities and around the world. The Junior Quota Club at Ruston High School will partner with Quota International throughout the year to perform service projects in our school and local community.
Membership is available to 9th - 12th grade girls with a minimum 2.5 GPA who will commit to attend monthly meetings during advisory and also participate in at least one service project after school or on weekends. Annual dues for membership are $15 and must be paid at the first official club meeting.
Key Club is a service organization for high school students that operates under school regulations and is sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club. Key Club objectives include development of initiative, leadership ability, and good citizenship practices. The primary theme of the club is service to the school and the community. Dues are $15 and are paid at the first official meeting.
Keywanettes is a girls' service organization for juniors and seniors at RHS. The purpose of Keywanettes is to provide special services for the school and the community. Keywanettes are involved in three service projects during the year. The Keywanettes also sponsor the Homecoming Dance. The club meets once a month during the activity period. Students must have a 3.25 grade point average and no suspensions or behavior referrals for the previous year. Students may apply for membership by application in the fall. Dues are $25.00 annually and members must assist the Sunrise Kiwanis Club in their fundraising projects and attend a breakfast with them once each semester.
The purpose of the National Honor Society shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage development of character in the students of RHS. Meetings are held during Advisory.
To be considered, students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and should consider serving in the community and assuming leadership positions in any organization in which they are members; all students with a 3.0 GPA or higher and sophomore or higher status with no referrals the previous year will receive an application packet to complete. Membership is granted to sophomore, junior and senior students selected based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership and service. There are also monthly service requirements that must be met. A student may be removed from the organization for serious offenses, such as in-school or out-of-school suspensions, loss of required GPA, or noncompliance of activity and attendance requirements, as determined by the sponsors and school administration. Dues are $20 at induction and $10 yearly thereafter.
The Pom Pon Girls are a pep squad and are part of the Pepette organization. The purpose of the group is to promote school spirit and loyalty throughout the school and the community. The squad is open to all female students at Ruston High, grades 9-12. Members must 2.0 GPA and no more than one out-ofschool suspension for the current school year upon time of application. Members must complete the application process and agree to abide by the Pepette Constitution. They must meet the required financial obligations.
Pom Pon Girls will cheer at all varsity football games and designated varsity basketball games. They will participate in pep rallies and other spirit activities with the Cheerleaders. Pom Pon Girls will be asked to attend meetings and practices after school. Participants may play another sport but must fully uphold their responsibilities to the squad.
Are you competitive or like to build? Want something impressive to add to your resumé and college applications? Wish you could take a test with your friend or use a cheat sheet? Do you like to travel? Then Science Olympiad is for you! Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states.
You get to choose 3-5 events from 23 choices from all areas of science: Technology and Engineering, Inquiry, Earth and Space, Physics, Life Science, and Chemistry. Events range from building and testing to lab experiences to classic written tests but all of them are fun! Our team will meet after school to prepare for 4 tournaments that we will compete in throughout the school year. Team members get a t-shirt and have team events. Please come to our information meeting to learn all about this year’s events – there’s something for everyone!
The Speech and Debate Club is a group of students who engage in competitive dramatic performance, public speaking, and debate events. They compete at tournaments in both Louisiana and Texas. The Speech and Debate Club is composed of the Speech and Debate Team, which is actually an academic team of competitors rather than a club.
In the spring, students may apply for membership on the team for the following school year. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average and must sign a contract outlining membership details. Team members are expected to enroll in the debate class and to participate in after school practice. Dues are $20 which includes membership fees to two national speech and debate organizations.
For more information, please contact Lindsay Bolton.
The objectives of the Student Council are to instill American ideals and promote democratic principles in the students of the school; to promote student participation in school activities; to act as a clearing house for student problems; to promote a spirit of cooperation among the students; and to promote the highest ideals in scholarship, athletics, and extracurricular activities in the school. Meeting times are during Advisory.
Six representatives from each class are elected in the spring of the previous year of service. Freshman representatives are elected in the fall. To become a candidate for election, each student must submit an application to the Student Council advisors within a designated time period. Representatives must have a cumulative 2.8 grade point average, and officers must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Ninth grade students' GPAs are based on their eighth grade final GPA. He or she must have no disciplinary referrals or suspensions during the year prior to service.
Members of the Resume staff compile the school yearbook. Students who enroll in Resume will use computer programs to learn the fundamentals of yearbook publishing. They will learn how to design, photograph, write, and publish an accurate account of the people and happenings of the school year. Students will also be required to interact with the business community by selling ads and working on fundraisers. Must have approval of the Yearbook Adviser. A $15.00 lab fee is required. Teacher recommendation is required for participation in this class.