A Place for Everyone!
The strength of the Gross Catholic experience is the opportunity to get involved. A majority of our students are involved in more than one activity. There is a place for everyone and everyone has a place. Our Junior Cougar programs prepare prospective Cougars for success at the high school level.
Gross Catholic’s Academic Decathlon team participates in several academic competitions, including the national academic decathlon program, the River Cities Conference Academic Challenge, and area quiz bowls.The national Academic Decathlon program tests students in ten categories: art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science, and speech. The team meets during a regularly scheduled class period.
The Gross Catholic Art Club is a social club for students interested in the visual arts. Students can work on individual projects, but frequently, the Art Club participates in group art projects in partnership with outside agencies. Recent partnerships include the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, Global Art Exchange, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, University Hospital, Omaha Humane Society, and Boys and Girls Club. The Art Club also plans social events involving the arts in the Omaha area, such as visiting galleries in the Old Market and Joslyn Art Museum.
The Art Club is open to all students and meets every Tuesday from 3 to 4 pm in the Gross Catholic Art Studio.
The Gross Catholic Cheerleading squads promote Cougar spirit at sporting events and through special student activities. The squads attend camp during the summer and participate in several cheer competitions throughout the year.
The Varsity Squad consists of 10-12 freshmen, sophomore, junior & senior members, chosen by audition each spring. The squad promotes sportsmanship and Cougar spirit at sporting events during the fall and winter seasons. The squad also sponsors several events to promote unity within the Cougar Family. The Cheer Squad also has a JV Team.
The Gross Catholic Cheerleading Varsity Team has won a State Championship Medal 9 years in a row.
The Gross Catholic Chess team allows students to develop analytical skills in a competitive environment. The chess team meets once each week for practice. Students from the chess team compete as individuals in Omaha area tournaments and also compete against other Omaha area High Schools through the Metro Area Chess League.
The Culinary Team competes at the annual Metropolitan Community College High School Invitational. The competition includes a team event, individual events, and a knowledge bowl. The club also caters a variety of events at Gross Catholic such as teacher in-services and the annual wine tasting party.
Varsity Dance Team
The Gross Catholic Dance Team team consists of 12-18 freshman, sophomore, junior & senior members chosen by audition each spring. They perform at home football games, home basketball games, and at various area competitions. They compete each year in the Nebraska State Cheer & Dance Competition held in Grand Island, NE. The dancers also host the annual Half-Time Jam Dance Clinic & Performance and this summer will be offering a summer dance camp at Gross Catholic. The Dance Team also volunteers, teaching dance to young people.
Junior Varsity Dance Team
The Gross Catholic Junior Varsity team consists of 5-12 freshman, sophomore & junior members, chosen by audition each spring. The Junior Varsity team may perform with Varsity at a home football game and/or home basketball games, and at home JV basketball games and various area competitions. This team focuses on improving the dancer’s teachnique in pom, jazz and hip hop.
Junior High All-Star Dance Team
Gross Catholic also offers a junior high All-Star Dance Team program called the Junior Cougar All-Stars. The purpose of the Junior All-Stars is to expose 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls to the dance team experience. They may perform at a home football game and most home basketball games and they may perform at a local competition. The Junior Cougar All-Star Team is a great stepping-stone to future participation in the Gross Catholic dance program. There are no tryouts for this team and the focus of the team is working on pom, kick, jazz and hip hop technique. Sign-ups are typically in July/August with practice beginning in late August.
Annual Light Show and Showcase at Gross Catholic High School
In February or March of each spring, The Gross Catholic Dance Teams presents a spectacular Light Show and Annual Showcase. The Varsity, Junior Varsity. & Junior High Dance Teams will perform their competition routines for parents, friends, former dance team members and supporters of Gross Catholic High School.
Gross Catholic students have several opportunities to explore their interest in theatre, stagecraft, or student directing throughout the year. Students may take classes in Acting I or II, Stagecraft, and Musical Theatre History and Performance. They may also participate in theatre productions as an extracurricular activity. Typically, the drama department presents 1-2 productions per semester, and competes in the state One-Act competition. Students who have had longevity or exemplify excellence are invited to join the International Thespian Society. Each year, our troupe attends the state festival in Lincoln, NE, in January. The year culminates with a red-carpet evening of theatre awards to celebrate our students and our productions.
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The Gross Catholic’s Engineering Team program is designed to stimulate students’ interest and excitement in engineering, architecture and related sciences, while defining and researching a topic or problem relevant to their interests. The Engineering Team competes in the Society of American Mechanical Engineering’s annual high school competition held each spring. The team meets after school and in the evenings, with guidance from professional architects and engineers, to develop their designs. Engineering Team students are regularly admitted to the University of Nebraska at Omaha Peter Kiewit Institute as Scott Scholars.
Imprints is Gross Catholic’s student-produced yearbook. The Imprints staff serve as editors, writers, designers, and photographers for the full-color yearbook. Imprints has been consistently honored by the Nebraska High School Press Association with the Cornhusker Award. We were the state runner-up in 2012 and have had multiple individual state champions, the most recent being Joe Weiss in feature photography.
Find us online
Facebook: Search “Gross Catholic Imprints Yearbook”
Twitter: @GCCougarYB #GCImprints
Gross Catholic journalism students’ photography is also featured on our website, in Visions magazine, and on our promotional pieces.
Junior Cougar activities allow elementary school-aged children to learn more about Gross Catholic athletics and activities while learning skills, improving technique, and having fun!
Gross Catholic students are organized into 4 Houses: Barrett House, McMenamy House, Middleton House, and Willett House. For more information about House, be sure to explore the House link in the Student Life section of this site.
LIFE (Living In Faith Experience) is a national faith formation program for high school students rooted in Catholic and Marianist tradition. Based on the founders’ vision for building a community of communities to change the world, LIFE provides Marianist and non-Marianist institutions opportunities for communities of faith to form, grow, and flourish. There are approximately 40 institutions actively involved with LIFE in ten different states, Puerto Rico, and Ireland.
Mock Trial Team under construction
Gross Catholic instrumentalists have the opportunity to participate in several ensembles. The concert band/pep band rehearsals are first period everyday, and other ensembles (jazz combo, pit orchestra for school musicals, etc.) rehearse before and after school.
Pep band performs at many varsity home games.
Instrumental music students consistently receive superior ratings at District Music Contests and participate in various Honor Ensembles including: All-State Band and many collegiate honor bands.
Gross Catholic vocal musicians have the opportunity to participate in two ensembles. Students perform in the Mixed Chorus and the Blue Printz Show Choir.
The Gross Catholic Mixed Chorus is open to any student without formal auditions and meets during the school day as a class. The chorus performs at all Gross Catholic Masses and other special events.
The Blue Printz, Gross Catholic’s Show Choir, is a select group of singers that perform a variety of contemporary music. The Blue Printz repertoire includes pop hits as well as Broadway standards.
Vocal music students consistently receive superior ratings at District Music Contests and are selected to participate in the All-State Choir.
Archbishop Bergan Chapter
The National Honor Society, founded in 1921, recognizes students for their academic achievement, service, leadership and character. Gross Catholic’s Archbishop Gerald T. Bergan Chapter has been a chartered member of the National Honor Society since 1971. Eligible juniors and seniors will be notified in the fall, and students who desire membership will go throught the application process.
Gross Catholic NHS Selection Criteria
·Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service.
·Minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average required
·Attendance at Gross Catholic for at least one semester
·Good standing with the Dux Esto Service Program
·Willingness to maintain good academic standing, participate in NHS activities, and complete service obligations
Robotics rules! In our phenomenal Robotics Program, students study the engineering science and technology of robots, and their design, manufacture, application, and structural disposition. They apply these skills with the construction and programming of their own robot for competition.
The Cougar speech team is prepared for the competition. They are ready to talk their way to success. Check out their schedule and results.
Speech team is a great way to learn how to be composed in front of others. It truly helps team members be successful later on in life. Coach Brian Fuchser (firstname.lastname@example.org) inspires them to achieve.
Gross Catholic Student Ambassadors are representatives of the Cougar Family. They assist with the recruitment of future students and represent Gross Catholic at various functions such as orientations, school tours, elementary school visits, speaking appointments, community service, and other events. Student Ambassadors are chosen each spring through an application process for the next school year.
Student Council works to promote family spirit within the Gross Catholic community through spirit and social events.
Student Council consists of a President, Executive Committee and sophomore, junior, and senior Class Representatives who are elected each spring.
Student Council is responsible for planning and executing Freshman Spirit Day, school dances, Homecoming Week activities, the annual blood drive, Prom and many other great activities.