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Berkner High School

The United States Academic Decathlon® is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students.

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  • James Coffman
  • Brittany Chance

Twitter: @BerknerBarbers

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Dance and Drill Team.  The Berkner High School Bandoleras are a prestigious group of young women who perform for their school and community. 

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BHS Film is a studio housed at Berkner High School,  that has received many praises from around the state of Texas and Nationally. Yearly, we compete in multiple film festivals and give professional opportunities to students that many other film programs are unable to provide. We are often asked to create works around RISD, and even other high schools. We let the students know what it means to be a part of such a prestigious organization, and how to behave appropriately in all the different settings of life. Whether it be in a classroom or a film set, if a student is involved in the BHS Film Team, they are aware to the high standard they are held to.

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  • Demetra Durham

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Meets every Tuesday after school 4:30 – 5:30 in BHS library.  Students and staff are welcome. 

ALL Levels (even if you don’t know the game.)

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The Berkner Colorguard is a Visual Performing Ensemble that utilizes Modern, Contemporary & Jazz Dance along with Flags, Rifles, Sabres, and various other props to enhance the music performed by the band OR (in the spring semester) in a gymnasium with their own chosen soundtrack/stage.

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Twitter: @Berkner_SalonB

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DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Twitter:  @BerknerDeca     Instagram:  decaberkner     Website:  berknerdeca.com

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  • Michael Smith  Phone:  469-593-7271  (room)   469-389-1450 (Google Voice)
  • Natasha Scott 

Dragon’s Guild is a Dungeons & Dragons organization that welcomes both new and experienced players.

We are a creative group that holds multiple RPG campaigns throughout the year.

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The Elegant Emeralds are a group of esteemed young individuals who provide the most exemplary model of school spirit and support for Berker High School and its entire student body. We embody the essence of teamwork through grace, elegance, and style. We believe that all members of our prestigious organization exhibit what it means to be a part of an unquestionable alliance that accentuates academic and organizational excellence while continuously being highly respectful and responsible individuals. The Elegant Emeralds are pleased to perform at pep rallies, basketball games, student council events and countless other dance opportunities offered by the entire RISD community.  This program was designed to model various other hip hop-based dance lines such as “The Alabama State Stingettes”, “The LSU Golden Girls”, “The Prairie View A&M Black Foxes:, and The Southern University Gold N’ Bluez,  in an effort to prepare all members to be successful beyond the classroom, in the community and wherever else their talents may lead them. Through discipline, hard work, and determination, every member of The Berkner High School Elegant Emeralds will gain the knowledge and experience to know what it truly means to “Shine Bright.”

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  • Emily Young

This group will run the flags at
all Varsity Games, Pep Rallies and ring the
bell for all touchdowns!

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Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps is a Physical Education or Elective credit that motivates young people to become better citizens using an accredited curriculum. Sponsor:

Patrick Laverenz+1 (469) 593-7235Website
Major, U.S. Army Retired
Senior Army Instructor
Berkner High School JROTC
1600 E Spring Valley Rd
Richardson, TX 75081
Room E106

Motto:  Caring:  Our way of life

Mission:  An international student-led organization providing its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. 

Core Values:  Leadership, character building, caring and inclusiveness.

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Leader Outreach Opportunities Program (LOOP)- Women in STEM.  This club supports young women who are developing their interest in future STEM careers through speakers, mentoring, learning activities, games and field trips.  The club meets every Tuesday in the STEM Center after school from 4:30 to 5:30.

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Mariachi is a genre of regional Mexican music that dates back to at least the 18th century, evolving over time in the countryside of various regions of western Mexico. Richardson’s Berkner High School’s Mariachi Orgullo performs for the school and community.

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Student organization that is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors who have earned a 90+ GPA and submit their candidate materials to the faculty committee in October based on information provided via letter and email.  The organization focuses on developing leadership, character, scholarship and service through volunteering in the school and community. Additional information can be obtained by talking to any NHS member or by emailing paula.rilling@risd.org.

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The award winning Berkner Area Orchestra program has a long tradition of excellence. The string program in the Berkner attendance area has an enrollment of over 300 students grades 6-12. Located in the Richardson Independent School District, our students participate in All Region Orchestra and the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Orchestras.

Facebook  Berkner Orchestra    Instagram @berknerorchestra   Twitter @berknerorch

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How to become a Peer Mediator: Peer Mediation is a class and organization of upper-class students that must be selected through the an application and interview process. Students are welcome to apply in early spring of their 10th and 11th grade years for selection into next year’s program.

What we do: Peer Mediators are campus leaders who are trained in conflict resolution skills to give each student in conflict a voice. Mediators guide the students to ensure each party’s concerns are heard while working toward resolution of the conflict in a safe space. 

Our primary audience: Berkner High School students but we also work with our BLC to provide mentorship, training, and support.

Need to refer a student for Peer Mediation? Go to: http://tinyurl.com/BHSPeerMediation 

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Berkner HS Country Western Dance/Stunt Team.

Facebook:  BHSRamblers     Twitter:  @BHS_Ramblers     Instagram:  @berknerhs_ramblers

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The Berkner Swim Team is a fun and  competitive team that strives for academic excellence, integrity, teamwork, and RAM PRIDE.  They are a competitive, hardworking, dedicated group of student athletes who strive for their personal best on a daily basis. We have all levels represented in our program, from beginners learning the basics to advanced competitive swimmers. All are welcome to Join our Squad!

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Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of all your favorite musicals and plays?

LIGHTS – SOUND – CURTAINS – COSTUMES

All necessary parts in order to make any show work!

In tech theater you will build and paint sets, design lighting and effects, make the magic of sound happen, create and fit costumes and much more. It’s a fun creative outlet and learning opportunity, where you can grow both your technical and personal skills.

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