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Student Involvement

Activities & Athletics

Student activity/athletic involvement is an integral part of the educational process at Del Norte. Studies indicate that there is a strong correlation between academic success and involvement in school-related activities. Knights are encouraged to be involved! Also, Knights are expected to behave in a manner that demonstrates school pride and positive school spirit!

2011-2012 Student Leaders

Student Body President..................................Shelby Harrison
Student Body Vice-President..........................Brianna Cornejo
Class of 2015 President .................................Aubrey Clemens
Class of 2015 Vice President..........................Alicia Nieto
Class of 2016 President ..................................Makaela Berger
Class of 2016 Vice President...........................Claire Green
Class of 2017 President .................................Carter Fietek
Class of 2017 Vice President..........................
Class of 2018 be selected in the fall


Members of student government at DN are known as Knights of the Round Table. Student officer elections for Student Body President and Vice-President, Senior Senate, Junior Jury and Sophomore Congress are held in the spring. Selections for Freshman Forum are held in the fall. All elected/selected officers attend Round Table and their respective class meetings.

Qualifications for: All Student Officers

All candidates must have positive recommendations from the following: current teachers; the appropriate Assistant Principal; the Class Sponsor(s). All candidates must complete the application form and write a letter of intent.

Additional Qualifications for: Class Officers

  • Class officers for the appropriate grade level class are:
  • President, Vice-President, Secretary, Historian and Parliamentarian.
  • Must be classified in their respective grade level class at the time of election.
  • Meet NMAA eligibility requirements - 2.0 GPA and not have more than one failing grade for the previous six-week grading period.
  • Senior and Junior Class President Candidates must have one year as an official member of Round Table prior to running for office.

Additional Qualifications for: Student Body President and Vice- President

  • Must be classified a junior at the time of election.
  • Must have enrolled in the Student Government (Round Table) class for a minimum of two school years (current school year included) having earned the grade of A in Student Government, and be a member in good standing.
  • Attend 75% of Junior Jury meetings throughout this current school year.
  • Meet NMAA eligibility requirements - 2.0 GPA and not have more than one failing grade for the previous six-week grading period.
  • Student Body President and Vice-President Candidates must have two years as an official member of Round Table prior to running for office. Students interested in running for Student Body President or Vice-President, or class offices should: listen to the daily announcements for important information, read the student calendar for important dates/deadlines, sign up in the Activities Office, meet all deadlines.

Class Ambassador

Class Ambassadors are selected by a committee made up of the Student Body President and Vice-President, the appropriate class President and Vice-President, Class Sponsor(s) and the Activities Director. Selection of Class Ambassadors will not exceed 20 members total from each grade level class. Ambassadors attend class meetings and Round Table class.

Qualifications are:

  • Complete an application.
  • Must be classified in their respective grade level class at the time of selection
  • Meet NMAA eligibility requirements - 2.0 GPA and not have more that one failing grade for the previous six-week grading period.

Freshmen Class Leadership – Freshmen interested in 2015 leadership positions will follow the same process as selection of Class Ambassadors. The number of Freshmen Ambassadors will not exceed 20 total members. The selected Freshmen Class leaders will select a chairman, secretary and historian from within this team. They will attend class meetings and Round Table class.

Qualifications are:

  • Complete an application.
  • Must be classified in their respective grade level class at the time of selection
  • Meet NMAA eligibility requirements - 2.0 GPA and not have more that one failing grade for the previous six-week grading period.

Homeroom Representatives

Homeroom Representatives will be selected at the beginning of the school year in their 3rd period class. Homeroom representatives meet with the Knights of the Round Table and the Activities Director during the 3rd period class on select days. The purpose of the Homeroom Representatives is to take important information back to their homeroom class and to encourage student involvement in all activities.

Student Organizations - Academic

Selection for membership into these Academic Organizations is based on meeting criteria that include a specific grade point average, character, service and leadership.

BSU - Black Student Union - Membership is open to interested students interested in learning about African American history and culture. BSU promotes and prepares ALL to become contributing members of a diverse and changing world with respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of others.

Kitty Hawk Air Society - NM 51st AFJROTC. Promotes higher academic standards, school/community service, develops leadership and promote self- confidence.

National Art Honor Society – Promotes the arts within the school and the community and provides enrichment opportunities for advanced art students.

National Honor Society - Creates an enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulates a desire to render service, promotes worthy leadership and encourages the development of character in all students of DNHS.

Quill and Scroll International Honor Society - This organization recognizes student journalists who have high academics.

Spanish National Honor Society - Recognizes high achievement in Spanish language students of secondary schools and promotes continuity of interest in the Hispanic studies.

TriM - Music National Honor Society - Recognize musical achievement, helps students reach their full musical potential, encourages instrumental and vocal students to work together and presents inspiration and challenge to music students.

Student Organizations - Athletic

Students of all grade levels are welcome to participate in athletics. Specific information on each sport is available from the Athletic Director or from the head coach of each sport.

Cross Country
Girls Soccer

Boys Soccer

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball


Track & Field


Castelles - A dance/drill team organized to perform and to promote school spirit at Del Norte High School.

Cheerleaders - Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshmen. The cheerleader’s role is to maintain enthusiasm and school spirit, develop a sense of good sportsmanship among the students, and to better relationships between schools at all athletic events.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes- Membership is open to all interested student athletes. This group encourages a higher self value and self esteem, encourages good study habits and creates an atmosphere for like-minded athletes with similar moral standards.

Student Organizations - General Interest

Each year these organizations are offered based on student interest and staff sponsor.

AFJROTC - Air Force Junior ROTC. This is a class that provides leadership training and engages in school and community service projects.


Concert Band - This band is comprised of all grades and is part of the marching band.

Jazz - Satin Knights. Intermediate and Advanced. Membership is by audition or director’s approval.

Phantazia - The Phantom Knight’s flag corps (also known as the color guard).

Phantom Knights - The marching band. This band performs in the Fall.

Wind Ensemble - This is Del Norte’s top performing band. Membership is by audition only. Auditions are held at the end of marching season. This band is held to strict instrumentation. Openings are based on instrument needs.

Bowling – Membership is open to all students interested in desiring to improve their bowling skills, and to participate in team play and tournaments.

The Black Knights Dance and Step teams are performance groups comprised of active BSU members who audition.

Chess Club - Membership is open to all students who have a desire to improve their chess skills, and play in the city league and state tournaments.

Chorus - Membership is by audition or permission of instructor.
Mixed Choir - The beginning level choir for grades 9 - 12.
Concert Choir - The advanced mixed choir for all grades.

ACE (Academic Career Experience) - Membership is open to students based on an application and selection process. This program is a year-long program that develops and fosters employability skills, interpersonal skills, foundation skills and school to work and career plans.

Belly Dancing- This club is open to all students. Members learn and perform the art of Middle-Eastern dance.

DECA - Membership is open to students enrolled in one or more Marketing Education classes. Membership is mandatory for all marketing students due to the co-curricular nature of the organization. Purpose: to act as a business organization, sponsor and coordinate chapter activities, participate in student projects at the state and national levels, and focus on development of leadership skills and working as a team.

E.A.R.T.H. - Membership is open to all students who have an interest in the environment. This club increases awareness of environmental issues and to encourage projects which focus on the care and preservation of the environment.

English Expo - Membership is open to all students, and assists students preparing for and competing in English Expo.

Epicenter – Membership is open to all students in this student administered prayer club.

Falcon Club - Membership is open to students who are enrolled in the Work Based Learning (WBL) program. This club provides a format in which members become involved in school/community activities, offer a year-long program of community service and train members in volunteer services.

Junior National Association of the Deaf - Membership is open to all interested students. This organization provides deaf students an opportunity to network with other deaf students around the nation, and to provide an opportunity for deaf students to become involved in their community.

Key Club - Membership is open to all interested students. Key Club is unique because it is sponsored by a local Kiwanis club composed of leading business and professional people from the community. Key Club’s objective is to develop initiative, leadership ability, and good citizenship practices, and provides opportunities to relate to teenagers from around the world.

MESA - Math, English and Science Association. Recognizes high scholastic attainment in the Math, English and Science curriculum.

Model UN (United Nations) - Membership is open to all interested students. Model UN provides a forum in which students debate issues in international politics and ethics. It is an opportunity to learn the dynamics of diplomatic debate. Each team’s primary task is to faithfully represent the policies of its country’s government in a knowledgeable, accurate and active manner. A mock United Nations competition is held each November.

Orchestra - Membership is by audition or permission of instructor. This is a course for the student who plays violin, viola, cello, or string bass.

POI- Membership is open to all students. This club explores and performs an ancient Polynesian dance/Art form.


The Lance - The school newspaper. The goal of the LANCE is to provide students the opportunity to report and exchange ideas.

The Pavilion - The yearbook. It is designed and produced by the Yearbook class and distributed toward the end of the school year.

Staters Club - Membership is limited to juniors at the time of selection. Selection includes meeting eligibility standards and a desire to serve the school and the community in good citizenship activities. The Boy’s and Girl’s Staters Clubs are sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Delegates represent DNHS at NM Boy’s State and NM Girl’s State.

Student Government

  1. Round Table - The purpose of the Knights of the Round Table is to take action, with Administrative approval, on matters of student interests, to coordinate and support student activities, to voice student opinion on school related issues, to participate in school and community service projects and to promote the general interests of DNHS students.
  2. Freshman Forum - The selected leaders of the Freshman Class co-sponsor Winter Ball, organize and execute fund raisers and develop community service projects.
  3. Sophomore Congress - The elected and selected officers of the Sophomore Class co-sponsor Winter Ball, fund raisers and community service projects.
  4. Junior Jury - The elected and selected officers of the Junior Class organize and execute the Homecoming Dance, Prom, fund raisers and community service projects.
  5. Senior Senate - The elected and selected officers of the Senior Class select the graduation announcement; organize the selection process for the senior class song, flower and motto, design the senior shirt, produce and distribute the Senior Video, provide a worthwhile senior gift to DNHS and organize fund raisers and community service projects.

Thespian Troupe #2776 - Membership is limited to interested students that meet the qualifications and who are invited and inducted into membership. The troupe further educates, explores and participates in the theatre.

Youth & Government - Membership is open to all interested students. It is sponsored by the YWCA and the State Bar of NM. The program includes involvement in projects in citizenship training designed to bring high school students a laboratory experience by actual participation in and understanding of the process by which we make laws to govern ourselves.
NOTE: In accordance with APS policy, the principal or his/her designee has the authority to suspend students guilty of an alcohol/drug/tobacco related violation from participation in any school- related activities or athletics. All students participating in out-of-school events must meet and maintain eligibility.


All students who participate in activities and athletics governed by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a minimum of four classes.
  2. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale after the first six-week grading period of the freshman year.
  3. Maintain excellent attendance.
  4. Not fail more than one class in the previous grading period.
  5. * An N, I, W, WF will considered an F when determining eligibility.
  6. Reside within the set boundaries of the school he/she is attending (or have APS district permission to attend).
  7. Have a current (yearly) physical if participating in athletics (including cheerleaders and drill team) after April 1st.

In addition-all participants in athletics, clubs and organizations will sign and follow the terms of the APS District alcohol, substances and tobacco policy. If the student falls below these requirements, he/she will be ineligible for participation in the activity or athletics as stated by the policy.