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Chess Team

Chess is a competitive team that competes in matches and tournaments. We are looking for students who are interested in competitive chess and want to develop skills that will improve their level of play. In team competition, eight players form a Varsity team and play individual matches against players from opposing teams. We also have a JV team that competes in tournaments and matches.

Meeting Information: Fridays, 3:45- 6p.m.

Sponsor(s): Michel Campbell, Adam Levy

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Debate affords interested students an opportunity to learn the rudiments of persuasive speech while acquiring an in-depth knowledge of national affairs. GBN debaters participate in tournaments each weekend competing against schools from throughout the United States. Debaters combine after-school practices with individual research, both of which are highlighted by personal achievement and team camaraderie.

Meeting Information: Monday-Friday 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Sponsor(s): Michel Greenstein

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DECA is designed for any student who wishes to realize opportunities of a business career, establish occupational goals, gain business experience and develop self-confidence. The value of community responsibility is learned through speakers and other club activities. Participation in DECA competitions is also available to the student.

Sponsor(s): Bicky Birg, Mindy Ingersoll

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FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America)/ is designed especially for students who are enrolled in family & consumer sciences. It explores and prepares them for careers, including the cooperative educational program. The program is designed to help build both leadership & “followship” in its members as they take into their hands both the planning & implementing of school related chapter activities. Attendance at local, state & national conferences is a key opportunity.

Meeting Information: 2nd & 4th Thursdays 7:20 - 7:50 a.m. Room C109

Sponsor(s): Kim Petty

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Math Team

Students with an interest and ability in mathematics are afforded an opportunity to compete at local, state and national levels. The team is a member of the 55-school North Suburban Math League. The organization is open to all levels of math students who wish to improve their problem-solving skills by participating in competitive mathematics.

Meeting Information: Tuesdays 3:20 p.m. Room A250

Sponsor(s): Steve Goodman

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Model UN

The Model United Nations Club is an organization for students interested in international relations and how the United Nations functions. The club attends national conferences each year on college campuses where students from different schools role-play the foreign policy of their assigned country in a mock U.N. setting. 

Meeting Information: Every other Wednesday in A260 at 3:20 p.m.

Sponsor(s): John Reifenberg

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Scholastic Bowl

Scholastic Bowl is a competitive club open to all GBN students. The Scholastic Bowl members will gain a broadened knowledge of general facts as well as be able to showcase their individual intelligence of information.

Meeting Information: Wednesdays every week from the end of September through the beginning of March 3:20 p.m. Room B106

Sponsor(s): Kelly Kasmar & Sam Wernert

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Speech Team

Individual Events (I.E.)/Speech offers a unique opportunity for students to develop a diverse set of performance skills.  Students learn to express their dramatic, broadcasting, public speaking, reading, writing, and comedic talents.

An audition is required. Students compete against other schools in such events as humorous and dramatic interpretation, duet acting, radio speaking, oratory, special occasion speaking, extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, prose reading, poetry, original comedy, and more. 

Meeting Information: 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays for team meetings; Individually scheduled 30-60 minute practices

Sponsor(s): Sarah Illie

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