Student Clubs, Activities and Travel

Academic Super Bowl

Academic Super Bowl is open to students grades 7-8 interested in competing on academic topics. Teams form in January or February to prepare for the competition at the end of April. There are teams for Science, Social Studies, English, and Math that compete against other middle school teams on a set theme or topic. 2018’s theme is World War 1, come ready to learn!

Sponsor: TBD

Builders Club

Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. 
GJHS Builders Club will meet on the second Tuesday of each month; from 4-5 p.m. in room 256.  We will often meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month to provide a service opportunity. 

Objective: To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community. To develop leadership potential. To foster the development of strong moral character. To encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.

Club Sponsors: Paola Miller

Chess Club

Chess Club will take place on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00 p.m. and is open to 7th and 8th-grade students at all playing levels. There is a 10$ fee. It starts in early October and runs until the state tournament in March. This includes a winter tournament and tryouts for the state tournament team.

Club Sponsors: Joe Riegsecker and Doug Baker

Colorado Trip

The PE in the Rockies backpacking trip is an elective summer course/trip offered to 8th-grade students who complete the school year in good standing. Students meet for a classroom session in April & May and then participate in a fifteen-day sightseeing and backpacking trip to Colorado in early July.  Those who complete the classroom experience are able to earn one high school Physical Education credit.

Club Sponsors: Matt Katzer and Ana Kaufman

Drama Club/GJHS Musical

“Drama Club is open to any GJHS student who loves to act and sing.  Drama Club students are introduced to acting techniques, vocal production for theatre, playwriting, and theatre costuming/make-up. The culminating event for the drama club this school year will likely be a play performance. More information on that to come. Students who are interested in working behind the scenes (lighting, sound, set design, stage handling, costuming) are also encouraged to be a part of the Drama Club.”

Club Sponsor: David Lounsbury

E-Sports Club

E-Sports is a growing digital sports community using PC and console games to compete in leagues and competitions with fellow students from across Indiana and the US.  Examples of these games are League of Legends (, Overwatch (, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl ( 

Intermediate School and Junior High E-Sports Clubs are established to set the groundwork for students to learn teamwork, sportsmanship, strategies, and skills in these styles of games. Students can then use these developed skills to compete on high school teams and open options for college and scholarships.  We welcome any and all students to join and look forward to helping them discover the fun of team gaming.

Club Sponsor: Mark Perry

Latino Club

Latino Club is having their first meeting on September 7th in room 110, from 4 -5 P.M. We meet every second Tuesday of the month. Latino club is a club where you can learn about dances, geography, customs, food, games, watch movies, and special activities from all Latin American countries. Everyone is welcome!

Latino Club tendrá su primera reunión el 7 de septiembre en el salón 110, de 4 a 5 p.m. Nos reunimos cada segundo martes del mes. Latino club es un club donde puedes aprender sobre bailes, geografía, costumbres, comida, juegos, ver películas y actividades especiales de todos los países latinoamericanos.

  ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

Club Sponsor: Vilma Padilla

National Junior Honor Society

Membership is based on five qualifications: scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership, and service. NJHS members do not meet on a regular basis but participate in several projects throughout the school year, such as packing boxes for Feed The Children and volunteering at various local events. Members also help organize and carry out the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser and the Ecophones Recycling fundraiser. In addition, new members complete a minimum of two hours of tutoring/volunteering for GJHS or our community. 

We are going to meet every other week on Friday at 7:45 a.m.

Club Sponsor: Joe Vance

Science Olympiad

Club Sponsor: Joe Vance

Student Council

Student Council is an organization of students from grades  7 – 8 who are chosen each year to act as leaders at GJHS.  These students are responsible for promoting school spirit, completing service projects, and serving as representatives and role models for the student body.  A few of the events sponsored by the Student Council each year include Red Ribbon Week, the annual carnation and Santa-gram sales, and GJH Hoops Night. Members of the Student Council also receive leadership training each school year.

Meeting Dates & Times: Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Special meetings are scheduled as needed for planning events throughout the year.

Club Sponsor: Shanna Wiese

Washington D.C. Trip

The is the week after school lets out. The trip comes at a cost and is open to all current 8th-grade students. We get to visit awesome places like the Washington Memorial, Mount Vernon, and the Smithsonian Museums. You and your friends can sign up, hang out in a 4-star hotel together, and make lifetime memories! Spots are filling up quickly! If you want more information, please contact Kaylee Shepherd from Goshen Jr. High. (

Club Sponsor: Kaylee Shepherd