Extracurricular Academic Activities
Competition is not just on the playing field. It can also take place in many other different places. Competition can also bring about life time learning.
The Next Generation (AD:TNG) AcaDec is a an academic competition that pits students against others of similar GPA levels. It is internationally recognized and has a unique focus each year. Students compete for individual rankings as well as team rankings. The U.S. Academic Decathlon website says it quite well: “It’s not about demonstrating how good a student you already are. It’s about daring to push your limits, to master college-level material and to practice skills, like public speaking, that might be wholly new to you. It’s about the people you’ll meet along the way—the coaches who will mentor you, the competitors who will challenge you, and the teammates who will become your lifelong friends.”
Are you a person who likes to argue? Do you like acting? Do you like being the center of attention? Would you like to learn how to think on your feet better? If so, then Mock Trial is for you. Students from all grade levels are welcome to join our team as we prepare for trial over the next several months. Roles for attorneys, witnesses, court clerks and bailiffs are available.
Moderator - Mr.Lehney
Ewe Can Too
This is a club where students are taught to knit or crochet. Students learn to make handmade beanies for babies who are in hospitals. The beanies are donated to Memorial Hospital, Mercy Hospital, San Joaquin Memorial Hospital and to Children's Hospital Central California. The activities teach students to give back to the community while learning a life-long skill. The purpose of the club is to realize the power of a small, simple gift.
Sponsor - Mrs. Limpias
Garces Book Club: A Novel Idea
The purpose of the Garces Book Club is to encourage recreational reading and discussion among Garces students.
Interact is a service club sponsored by Rotary International. Our focus is "service above self", service to our community. Working with our sponsoring Rotary Club, Bakersfield East Rotary, club members work together on various service projects. Club members support CASA, M.A.R.E (Mastering Abilities Riding Equines), the Ronald McDonald House and various service projects supported by Bakersfield East Rotary. Bakersfield East Rotary also sponsors at least two Interact Club members to attend a leadership camp in April called RYLA. In addition, members of Interact are strongly encouraged to apply for college scholarships sponsored by our Rotary Club Foundation.
Moderator - Ms. Abbott
Garces Memorial Ag Club
The purpose of the Garces Memorial Ag Club is to help promote the importance and preservation of agriculture through industry exposure and hands on experiences. This club with give students the opportunity to network within the all aspects of the agriculture industry and socialize with peers sharing common interests.
Moderator - Mrs. Rossi
Beach Culture Club
BCC is a recreational, special interest group of welcome friends. We are centered on the appreciation of our calf irons roots. We will be listening to and teaching music, tie dying, skateboarding and doing a variety of other beach - related activities.
The cycling club is for Garces students and Garces staff alike. We are here to encourage physical fitness in the Garces community. Cycling club will be teaching how to bicycle correctly and what to do and how to do it properly. EX: change a flat tire, hand motions, and what to bring for the ride. There will be two groups one will be fast group the other will be beginners and slower people. Any bike is acceptable and helmets are needed. Safety first always.
Moderators - Mrs. Rizzo
This club will allow students to calm down and have a greater state of mind in order to achieve their goals. Meditation would incorporate what students learn in junior theology into their personal lives and give students the opportunity to become more spiritual through discovery of themselves and their faith.
Garces Memorial’s Right to Life Club
Dear Life, focuses on taking a pro-life stance. Pro-life encompasses the whole of life, in every stage and at every age. Throughout the year, the club will handpick projects such as Operation Gratitude, service at the Homeless Center, Operation Christmas Child, and the Kern County Right to Life Fish Fry to further our purpose. These projects are both something we strongly believe in, but also find that they promote each stage of life as a gift and something to be treasured. While promoting service to others, the members will also find the reward of respecting and appreciating life as a whole. We plan to equip leaders to stand up for life, to speak out, and to serve.
Moderator - Mr. Carrisalez
This club is the Latinos Unidos en la Cultura Hispania de Aztlan de Mexico and is offered for everyone and anyone interested in helping our local communities with volunteer work. Some of our projects include food basket making during the holidays, reading at local schools, and gathering Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. We will also take trips to different Latin cultural locations.
Model aviation entertains, educates, and elevates, the world of flight. We encourage students to come learn how to build and fly model radio controlled planes.
Moderator - Mr.Garcia
The Garces Outdoorsman Club is a place for all the people at Garces who love hunting fishing and archery to get together. We will discuss laws and news going on in the “hunting
Moderator - Mr.Brown
Pre Med Club
This club is for upper class men interested in careers and new developments in the health sciences. We will discuss job descriptions, talk about current or common medical issues, possibly complete medical related service projects, watch videos and listen to guest speakers. The objective is to give an understanding of what doctors/nurses/etc.do, shat medical schools have to offer and most importantly what practice is right for them.
Moderator - Ms. Boehning
Random Act of Kindness Club
This is a club for students who want to work together to promote kindness at school, at home, in the community, and in the world! Could you and your friends benefit from a little more kindness? Join the RAK Club and you will find all sorts of kindness ideas that are perfectly suited for the Garces campus: from exam-time treats to free hugs.
Moderator - Ms. Mckniff
Skiing and Snowboarding Club
During the winter this club will go on ski/snowboarding trips. This club gives students a chance to travel to the mountains and have a great experience as a class while doing fun activities such as skiing and snowboarding.
Moderators: Ms.Peck and Mr. Dees
Karing 4 Kids Club
The purpose of Karing 4 Kids is to collect toys, soccer balls, coloring books, and other items to send to children in third world countries. We will do so through multiple toy drives and fundraisers throughout the year. Our first project, or country, we will be donating to is Costa Rica. We will meet on Thursdays at lunch to plan these drives and put together the boxes to send. We hope that this will benefit not only the children we are sending these toys too, but also inspire kids at our school to reach out and give back to those in need.
Moderator - Ms. Durrett
Young Republicans Club
The Garces Memorial Young Republicans club strives to instill in its members a passion for politics and current events. Our goal is to inform as many students as we can about hot button political issues, crises in the world, and their impacts locally and nationally. Our members are well equipped to defend their political stance, whatever it may be. We welcome anyone from other political parties to join us as well to have rational, thought provoking discussions and debates. Past speakers have included House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Congressman David Valadao, State Senator Shannon Grove, and local radio personality Ralph Bailey. Come join us!
Club Moderator - Mrs. Rhodes