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FFA Foreign Language Club Honor Band
Key Club National Honor Society Pep Band
Pep Club Plays Student Council
  Speech, Drama, and Debate

Advisor: Mr. Paul Kragt
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, Montana 59019
1(406)322-5373 Ext.151

Advisor: Mr. Mark Ranstrom
Columbus Middle School
415 N. Third Street
Columbus, Montana 59019
1(406)322-5375 Ext.222

Business Professionals of America is a national student organization composed of state associations and
local chapters serving persons pursuing careers in business and office occupations as well as former
members. This organization provides the opportunity for the development of leadership skills, personal
and professional growth, and career related competencies. Involvement in Business Professionals of America
will enhance social awareness, civic responsibility, and understanding of the business community.
Business Professionals of America has a history as a student organization that contributes to the preparation
of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological
skills for students at the Secondary and the Post-Secondary level. Through co-curricular programs and
services, members of Business Professionals of America compete in demonstrations of their
business technology skills, develop their professional and leadership skills, network with one another and
professionals across the nation, and get involved in the betterment of their community through good works projects.

Mission Statement
The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce
through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.
BPA Pledge "We are met in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as we prepare for productive lives in business and
office careers.
We work together to develop professionalism and leadership 
through Business Professionals of America and pledge our loyalty to our nation."
Qualifications for joining: enrollment in a business class for one semester, pay dues

BPA web site


FFA logo
Advisor: Mr. Daniel Miller
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 59019
1(406)322-5373 Ext.137

The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students
by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through
agricultural education. 

The Columbus FFA seeks to accomplish the mission of the FFA by having students attend leadership
workshops/conferences, participating in Career Development Events (curriculum related contests),
and through travel and community activities.

In order to be a member students must have at least one semester of Ag Class per year. 
There are dues to be paid (price determined at the first meeting each year.)  Members are expected
to wear the Official Dress of the FFA at most functions (black pants, white collar shirt, blue tie and FFA Jacket).

FFA web site

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key club
Advisor: Mr. Robin Hehn
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street 
Columbus, MT 59019
1(406)322-5373 Ext.145

Key Club is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others.  Key clubbers
work together to support the community by completing service projects and fund raising for local
charities, raise money for national organizations such as March-of-dimes, and help with children
needs at the international level through the Unicef program.  Key Club focuses on children and children needs.

Here are some of the service activities Key clubbers participate in each year:

  • Sponsor blood drives where students can assist with sign-ups, hand out refreshments,
    and even donate blood themselves (age 16+)
  • Complete service projects such as participating in the Stillwater River clean-up sponsored
    by Magic City Fly fishers, helping with the Columbus
  • Elementary School carnival, serving at the Project Hope fundraising dinner, and many more
  • Putting American flags out in front of sponsoring homes and businesses on holidays
  • Participate in the annual March-of-Dimes to fund raise for research in preventing pre-mature births

Fun stuff just because:
We put on dances
We have barbecues
We love Key Club Montana state convention (this rocks!)

Why join?

  • Make new friends
  • Being involved is fun
  • Looks great on job resumes
  • Looks even better on scholarship applications

    How to join
  • Come to a meeting
  • Pay your dues ($15)
  • Sign up and get busy, have fun
  • Buy a Key Club shirt! (Okay, this is optional, but is very cool

Key Club web site

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pep club

Advisor: Mrs. Sara Rassmausen
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 59019
1(406)322-5376 Ext.108 


Pep Club's Responsibilities

Cheering games (football, basketball, and volleyball).
Organizing the Homecoming (Parade, Dance and Choosing the theme for the Homecoming floats).
Promoting school spirit by making posters, signs decorating the locker on game days, and special

items for different sports.
Provide the flowers for Senior Parent Night.

Pep Club's Requirements
2.0 GPA or above
$3.00 dues
Be a positive representative of Columbus High School.

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close up

Advisor: Ms. Christi Longin
Columbus Middle School
415 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 59019
1(406)322-5376 Ext.230 

Through the Close Up Washington program, Columbus High School juniors and seniors have the opportunity
to visit our nation's capitol and see current issues "close up" as they participate in debates, attend seminars,
and visit/learn about many of the national monuments and museums located in Washington, DC.
The CHS Close Up program is set up as two-year program so the students who choose to participate can
take two years to save and raise the money necessary to attend this unforgettable educational experience.

Currently, the program costs approximately $2000 for the one week adventure. If you work at the fundraising
opportunities or choose to set aside $75-100/month, you can make the trip a possibility. Upon the return of the
current group in the spring of 2010, the enrollment process will begin for current CHS freshmen and sophomores
who are interested in this venture. While anyone can join, an interest in our nation's current issues, politics, and/or government are important.

A non-refundable $150 deposit is required to join. This deposit is applied to your individual Close Up account
and demonstrates your commitment to the group for the next two years. All CHS Close Up members sign an
activity policy at the start of each year and are therefore expected to abide by the expectations set forth in
that document. The next trip to DC will take place in the spring of 2012.

If you have any questions about the CHS Close Up program, please contact the advisor.

Close Up web site

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Advisor: Mrs. Mary Bummer
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 59019
1(406)322-5373 Ext.140

Foreign Language Club is for students who wish to explore the Spanish language and culture through foreign
films, food, and friendships.  Meetings are held in room H-140 when needed.  You must have taken or be taking
Spanish II to be in the club.  With enough students and support we will eventually take trips to foreign countries
every other year. Please see Ms. Hamilton for more information. 







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national honor society

Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street 
Columbus, MT 59019

National Honor Society is an esteemed organization that was established in 1921 through the
National Society of Secondary School Principals.

Acceptance for juniors or seniors into the National Honor Society is based on a cumulative grade
point average of 3.5 or higher combined with accomplishments in the areas of service, character,
and leadership.

As a member of the National Honor Society, students gain access to scholarship and award opportunities

Our Columbus chapter also participates in community service activities and enjoys an educational
chapter field trip each spring.

NHS web site

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Advisor: Mrs. Johanna Kern
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 50919


In Columbus we have many talented students. One way we give the creative kids a chance to
show off their skills and work with other students is through an annual school-wide play.
The play is for students in grades 9 - 12, and parts are assigned by audition.





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speech, drama and debate

Advisor: Mrs. Johanna Kern
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 50919


Open to all CHS students, Speech, Drama, and Debate offers flexible practice schedules and
coordinates with sports coaches to allow everyone to develop and compete with their speaking
and presentation skills. A range of opportunities are available from humorous solo to team debate. 

Our organization is sanctioned and governed by the Montana High School Association,
and students are eligible to earn letters as in other MHSA activities.

Our competitions are held on Saturdays, November through January. 

Costs are limited to appropriate attire for competition, presentation supplies as needed, and dinners  when traveling.



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Family, career and community leaders of america

Advisor: Mrs. Lorie Martinez
Columbus High School 
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 59019
1(406)322-5373 Ext. 100 

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America(formerly Future Homemakers of America) is the Career and
Technical Student Organization for Family and Consumer Science students. FCCLA is a national student organization
that helps young men and women become better leaders in their families, careers and communities.  Students learn
skills for life:  planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication. FCCLA is the
only student organization with the family as its focus.  Members have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills
through participating in proficiency events, showcasing community service projects, exploring careers, attending
educational sessions and electing officers.

The mission of the organization is to promote personal growth and leadership development through family and
consumer sciences education. Focusing on multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader,
members develop skill for the life through - - - 
- character development
- creative and critical thinking 
- interpersonal communication 
- practical knowledge
- vocational preparation

We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. We face the future with warm courage And high hope.
For we have the clear consciousness of Seeking old and precious values. For we are the builders of homes, Homes for
America's future, Homes where living will be the Expression of everything that is good and fair, Homes where truth and
love and security And faith will be realities, not dreams. We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
We face the future with warm courage And high hope.

FCCLA web site

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music notes
Advisor: Mr. Chris Kapor
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 50919
1(406)322-5373 Ext. 109



Honor Band

Any high school freshmen to senior can tryout. To become a member in this club all you need to do is play an
instrument and be able to play in front of judges all by yourself. If and when you make it, you get to go on tour. 
This year's tour is to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Students are chosen by playing a selection for the judges.  If the judges like what they hear, you make it!




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pep band
Advisor: Mr. Chris Kapor
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 50919
1(406)322-5373 Ext. 109 



Sporting events would not be the same without the school spirit and great sound the Columbus Pep Band
brings to the competition. The band plays at home games and travels along with the teams to most tournaments.
To become a part of the CHS Pep Band, you must be enrolled in, or have been enrolled in band.






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keep calm and join student council

Advisor: Mr. George McKay
Columbus High School
433 N. Third Street
Columbus, MT 59019
1(406)322-5373 Ext.103

The Student Council of Columbus High School is a student elected organization with officers elected by the student body.
The council is welcomed by the administration and the School Board of Trustees to propose suggestions regarding the
operation, maintenance, and presentation of the school's facility and programs.

The Student Council is encouraged to participate in public meetings as an active and constructive liaison between
the school and the community.

They do many activities as well as their traditional sponsorship of prom.

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