PHS Leadership & Clubs




ASTRA Club of Pendleton is a service club for all PHS students, run by students. ASTRA members have monthly opportunities to make an impact through service in our community and around the world while developing leadership, communication, project planning, and organizational skills. The ASTRA Club is sponsored and supported by the local Altrusa club. ASTRA meets the first Monday of each month. (Advisor: Debbie McBee)


BIONIC (Believe It Or Not I Care) A club for students (elementary through college) to reach out to others facing challenging times. (Advisor: Brianna Voorhies and Stacey Hansen)


COMMUNICARE is a program of the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and has a chapter at Pendleton High School. Through this club, students are challenged to create change through philanthropic giving. Students spend all year learning about the needs of our community and develop leadership skills through grant-making by forming a “mini-foundation.” (Advisor: Jill Gregg)


Dance Team members perform at sporting events, parades, assemblies, and competitions.


Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life—planning, goal setting, problem-solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication—necessary in the home and workplace. (Advisor: Kaden Clark)


The National FFA Organization is the largest youth organization in the world, boasting over 425,000 members. Traditionally known for farm training, FFA has evolved into a more leadership and natural resource role whose purpose is to develop student potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Many FFA activities still include traditional livestock shows, crops, and machinery. Students are also able to have their own projects at FFA’s 15-acre land lab. The classroom is designed for hands-on learning with many opportunities for horticulture, wildlife, forestry, tractor driving certification, and field trips. (Advisors: Marty Campbell & Kylee Jensen)


This club is organized for students with interest in foreign languages. It is a social organization that provides interaction between foreign exchange students and regular Pendleton High School students outside of class. It also provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the culture of foreign countries through presentations by foreign exchange students and serves as a source of information about exchange programs. (Advisor: Kathryn Youngman)


Intermountain High School Rodeo Club involves schools from Umatilla County. There are Fall and Spring rodeos involving competition against other schools in Oregon. State Finals are held with the chance for students to compete at Silver State and/or National High School Rodeo Finals. (Advisor: Karen Smith)


Students are involved in the planning and implementation of the various student activities at PHS. Leadership also coordinates the Link Crew program. (Advisor: Stu Clem)


NHS gives recognition to those students whose academic achievements, leadership qualities, service to school and community, and standards of ethical conduct meet the criteria for selection. (Advisor: Danielle Blanc)


The Pep and Marching bands are special band groups. Students must be members of the Concert Band and try out for the special band or flag team. (Advisor: Andy Cary)


Robotics Competitions are the ultimate Sport for the Mind. Student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited time, and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship. (Advisor: Cary Wasem-Varela)


The Pendleton High School Gay-Straight Alliance is a student-led group that works to promote equality for all members of our school, regardless of religion, race, social group or sexual orientation, real or perceived. We respect all of our group members, and we welcome anybody with an open mind who is ready to accept others and their opinions. GSA members value diversity, acceptance, respect, and equality for all members of our school and encourage members to have pride in who they are, no matter what their identity or sexual orientation, perceived or real. (Advisor: Mary Thouvenel)


TSA is a nationwide organization aimed at preparing students for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem-solving. Students compete regionally and statewide in a variety of technology-related events, selected individually based on students personal interests. (Advisor: Abbey Prevot & Bailey Sitts)