Tahlequah Public Schools students are afforded a rich learning environment inside and outside of the classroom. It is our belief that exposing our students to vicarious experiences profoundly enhances the learning experience. Some of the activities and organizations available to students include: Athletics, Gifted/Talented, Academic Teams, Art Club, Career Tech (BPA, FCCLA, FFA), Robotics, Cherokee club, JROTC, National Honor Society, Band, Vocal Music, Pom, Cheer and student council.
Listed below are activities/organizations and students that competed during the first semester of 2014-2015 with much success.
- THS Football Team competed in regionals for the first time in 13 years
- OMEA Children’s All State Chorus – TMS students Madilyn Hatfield, Josie Foster, Morgan Pack, Emily Cantero
- OMEA Children’s All-State Chorus – Cherokee students Sadie Foster, Emma Hatfield
- OMEA Children’s All-State Chorus – Heritage student Lauren Hsieh
- OMEA All-State Chorus – Rachel Archer, Keri Bell, Jacob Dorlac, Molly Stocks
- OMEA All-State Band – LaNice Belcher, Jessica Woitte
- THS Volleyball Team competed in the state semi-finalist match
- THS Volleyball All-State – Katie Schneider
- THS Cheer Team – Regional Runners-Up
- THS Cheer All-Region Cheer – Mikayla Corn
- THS Fast-Pitch Softball Team – Regional Runners-Up
- THS Fast-Pitch All-State – Morgan Tarrance, Clarissa “Bub” Peters, Kirsten Chase
- THS Lady Tigers Cross Country Team – State Runners-Up and Academic State Champions
- THS Boys Cross Country Team -- State Runners-Up
- THS Cross Country All-State – Amy Hembree, Lindsey Chaffin, Zech VanFleet
- TMS Boys Cross Country Team -- State Champions
- THS Dance Team won 4th place in the Pom competition at state
- THS Dance Team were Class 5A Runners-Up in Hip-Hop at state
The Tahlequah High School FCCLA competed at the National Cluster Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas with three national winners: Samantha Tharp won 1st in Early Child Care Challenge—Junior Category; Nic Hammons placed 2nd in Science in FACS Challenge—Junior Category; and Jamie Hair placed 3rd in Fashion Design—Senior Category.
Tahlequah High School was awarded Top Honors from the Oklahoma Blood Institute in September. Col. Michael Hunt, JROTC Instructor, attended the OBI 2013-2014 Awards Banquet where THS received two awards: 1st Place 5A-6A Schools and the overall 1st Place for Education, High Schools and Technology Centers.
The Tahlequah High School and Tahlequah Middle School visual arts students had a mid-winter art show in December in the Performing Arts Center. Awards were given within the department and their outstanding talents were displayed in the foyer of the PAC during the month of December.
The Robotics Teams and Vocational Agriculture students competed throughout the first semester. Their work ethic and dedication to projects are character builders for their lives ahead. Cherokee, Greenwood and Heritage Elementary teams won several awards at the NSU Competition with some of the teams will be competing in the state competition in March.
As well as participating in extracurricular activities, our students are afforded field trips that accompany units of study in the classroom such as invertebrates and learning more about the history and culture of Tahlequah. Middle School Science Club students traveled to Huntsville, Arkansas to study at the Ozark Natural Science Center and our music students have traveled from St. Louis, Missouri to Oklahoma City competing in contests. They have attended a Student Council Leadership Conference, Business Professionals of America plan to attend the Spring Leadership Conference in March and several students have been taken to visit colleges and career techs to help determine a future after high school.
The wonderful opportunities offered our students would not be possible without the assistance of the Tahlequah community. Tahlequah Public Schools will maintain this attempt at a more holistic approach to the learning process as long as we have the resources to do so. We appreciate this beautiful community and consider it a privilege to educate your children!