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Extracurriculars

LEADERSHIP/SERVICE

Camp Kern Counselors: Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to apply for a position as a counselor for the Camp Kern outdoor learning program provided to fifth-grade students in Forest Hills School District. Applications are reviewed and then counselors are chosen by the Camp Kern directors.  Applications are available in January.  Students will need three teacher recommendations as part of the application process. Advisor: Anita Eshleman

Classes:  Students in their respective graduating class work together to organize fundraisers to support their prom.  See individual advisors for more information.

Future Educators of America:  FEA has become Educators Rising. Educators Rising is a co-curricular program with Teaching Professions Academy that allows students opportunities to go beyond the classroom to experience various aspects of education. They compete at state and national levels in areas like lesson planning, public speaking, researching learning disabilities, children’s literature, and many more. The Ed Rising Conferences, apart from just competitions, provide students with opportunities to network with people all over the state and country and attend breakout sessions on many different topics in education. Students can also run for state and national officer positions and apply for scholarship opportunities. Advisor:  Josh Coleman

Future Business Leaders of America:  The mission of FBLA is to prepare students for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA provides students with opportunities in career preparation, to receive scholarship, compete in competitive events, and networking events. Advisor:   Erin Horn

Gr8tness Club:  Spread Gr8tness and brighten people's days with random acts of kindness. Advisor: Annie Jagoditz

Key Club:  This club is a service organization sponsored by Anderson Hills Kiwanis.  Members may choose to become involved with a number of projects such as: helping the elderly, collecting canned goods, volunteering at Beech Acres and St. Rita School for the Deaf Haunted House.  Other activities involve Amnesty International and the Red Cross. The opportunities are many and varied. Advisor:  Holly Elliott/ Amy Wiginton

Link Crew:  Freshmen Transition Program. Advisor:  Ashley Minnick/Larry Chialasrti

Magnified Giving:  Is a Midwest based, not-for-profit (501 c 3), and educational organization, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage students in philanthropy, and to touch the hearts and minds of teens, lighten the concerns of others, and magnify the impact of philanthropy. Advisor: Ashley Minnick

National Honor Society:  Juniors and Seniors with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible to be considered for membership.  Students are selected based on scholarship, leadership, character and service.  Refer to the Turpin High School Parent/Student Handbook for a complete listing of the criteria and procedure used for NHS Membership selection. Advisor:  Kate McKenzie

Peer Counseling “Elementary”:   Peer Counseling is an opportunity where high school students can make an impact with younger students.  High school students are able to go into an elementary school for one time a week for 5 weeks and teach topics to small groups of 5th grade students on healthy habits by using LifeSkills Training Curriculum.  This program is supervised by elementary counselors. Advisor:  Amy Wiginton

Peer Tutoring: Following a recommendation from a teacher, students can tutor fellow students who need extra help with their coursework.  Students may choose to identify the grade and/or subject preference.  Advisor: Amy Wiginton

Student Council: Students in grades 9 through 12 organize and participate in fundraisers, school dances, and community service projects.  Specific events include the Winter Formal, a project with Washington Park Elementary School, Pen Pal programs, exchange days with other high schools and Hamilton County Youth Conference and State Conference for Student Council.  Officials are elected but all students are encouraged to join and become involved in activities.  Meetings are every other Wednesday. Advisor:  Steve Bertsch


FINE ARTS

Art Club:  This club is for students who want to enrich their experiences in the Arts.  By getting together with others who are passionate about the Arts students will grow in ideas and motivation.  Art Club will be involved in activities that will help to beautify the school, increase knowledge of the Arts and explore the local/greater Cincinnati Arts community. Advisor:  Emily Casagrande

Drama Club/Musical: Members are involved in a creative production artistically, technically, or in the direction of the performance.  Events include plays, musicals, Thespian Society and fundraisers.  Meetings and auditions vary so listen for announcements and see the bulletin board outside Principal Peggy Johnson’s office. Advisor:  Lauren Kean

Film Club:  Film Club is a club for film enthusiasts at Turpin High School.  Monthly meetings will focus on the work of a notable director or genre of film and will include a screening of a feature length film.  Discussion before and after screening will provide a forum for students to analyze and critique the films and further their appreciation of the art form.  Film Clubis open to 11th-and 12th-grade students with parental consent. Advisor:  Tricia Buck

Jazz Band:  This is for students who are interested in performing the genre of jazz music.  We perform many different styles of jazz, as well as learn about the rich history and famous performers in the different jazz eras.  The Turpin Jazz Ensemble is treated as an advanced audition group.  We start in the fall and continue throughout the rest of the school year, while performing in several concerts, events, and jazz festivals in the Cincinnati area. Advisor:  Shaun Day  Learn more

 

ACADEMICS

Academic Quiz Team:  This is a lettered sport activity that participates in regular competition within its own league as well as other contests.  The team is eligible to participate in the OAC tournaments in the spring by winning in a tournament of eight or more teams.  Turpin hosts an invitational in January.     Advisor:  Adam Bridges

German Club:  Students learn about the German culture and language. Advisor: Nick Stoller

Junior Engineering Technical Society:  Student members are trained to compete in the JETS Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) Competition. The statewide test is held in February. Advisor:  Carmen Venditto

Latin Club:  Students learn about the Latin culture and language. Advisor: Kate Rodgers

Mandarin Club:  To experience Chinese culture with educational and fun activities that get people excited about learning Mandarin. Advisor Carol Chen

Mock Trial: With the help of a local lawyer, students interested in the law prepare a legal case and compete with students from other area high schools. Advisor: Erin Horn

Spanish Club:  Gives students a chance to get together to practice the speaking Spanish through other fun activities. Advisor: Laura Martinez

Turpin FTC Robotics Team: The team designs, builds, and programs a robot based on the FIRST Tech Challenge competition.  Students also get into computer aided design, the engineering design process, and game theory. Advisor: Peter Hoying

 

ADDITIONAL CLUBS 

Chess Club:  To inform and teach students how to play chess. Advisor:  Geoffrey Steadman

Chillin Chums Club:  This club includes different activities ranging from board games to parties that celebrate the seasons. It meets approximately two times a month and begins the first week of October.  Advisor:  Amanda Smith

Cornhole Club: Play and organize games of Cornhole for students interested in Cornhole.  Advisor:  Kate Rodgers

Diversity Club:  To help people understand and accept different cultures, races, and other practices that may cause people to come off as different. Advisor: Jake Goetz

Environmental Club:  This club is an organization whose focus is on environmental issues.  Our goal is to educate the Turpin community about global environmental concerns as well as participate in community service activities that create a cleaner and healthier environment. Advisor:  Erin Berling

Gay-Straight Alliance:  Group aiming to help the school community handle diversity in a respectful manner.  Building an understanding of the issues that face those of different backgrounds and orientations. Advisor:  Matt Chaney

Gender Equality Club:  The purpose of this club would be to create a space where anyone can speak their mind on issues involving equality and they can have thoughtful discussions with all other members to deeper educate everyone.  Advisor: Maryann Spurling

Hiking Club:  Enjoying nature and outdoor activities, while learning about the environment of our area and region. Advisor:  Matt Chaney

Kaleidoscope:  This is a student-run publication of literary and art works.  The Kaleidoscope committee selects poems, short stories, and artwork for publication.  All students are encouraged to join Kaleidoscope and/or submit their work for publication.  The magazine is on sale during the month of May.  Meetings are scheduled as needed December through May. Advisor:  Kate McKenzie

Newspaper/Yearbook:  Students who enroll in Journalism in addition to learning journalistic writing styles, desktop publishing, design and advertising, also work on two publications: The Lancer (newspaper) and The Odyssey (yearbook).  Advisors:  Katie Holocher/Annie Jagoditz

Running Club:  To promote health and fitness and get people to enjoy running. Advisor:  Caitlin Hickman

Self Kindness Club:  The purpose of the Self-kindness Club is to promote self-worth and confidence in students here at Turpin, and membership is available to all students. Our meetings, which are the first and third Tuesday of each month, will center around activities that involve kindness to oneself AND others. Advisor:  Tricia Buck

Ski Club:  The ski club goes to Perfect North ski resort and the Turpin students enjoy their time skiing or snowboarding with friends. We take everyone from beginner to expert. All are welcome and go at their own pace and ski level. Lessons are taught if needed by the resort. Register with the ski club and get a 30% discount on tickets. Buses are used to take and pick up for convenience of parents and for safety for those who have their drivers license. Fun had by all who participate. Advisor:  Brian Bosse

Smash Brothers Club:  Smash Club is meant to be a start to a new community at Turpin in which fans of the popular Nintendo game "Super Smash Brothers" can come together and play for fun and competition. Advisor:  Ben Schulcz