Extra curricular groups

Building better tomorrows

The school's extracurricular organizations offer students the opportunity to learn, grow and socialize while benefiting themselves, their school and their community. Once again, Velva Public School's standard of excellence shines through as members compete at the local, state and national levels. All of these groups plan and execute a number of community service projects, as well, as they learn good citizenship and character.

Future Farmers of America

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Velva's award-winning chapter is led by an award-winning advisor, Noel Podoll.

Recent Team State and National Awards

1997: Aggie Booster Team of the Year

1996: Horse Judging - First in state, 7th in the nation

1993: Dairy Products Team - First in state, 23rd in nation

Numerous District Awards, including Parliamentary Procedure; Ag Mechanics; Equine Science; Ag Sales and Service: Dairy Products; Livestock Selection; Public Speaking, Demonstrations; and Tractor Driving.

Recent Individual Awards

2002: National FFA Chorus, Elizabeth Redding

1989: Public Speaker, Maria Effertz, First in state

1999: Quaker Oats award, Jason Gjellstad

1998: Environmental Science State winner, Chris Knorr

1997: State Agri-Science winner, Matt Knorr

1996: National FFA Chorus, Jennifer Hystad

1995: First North Dakota State Ambassador April Hanson

Future Business Leaders of America

Visit the Velva FBLA website (N.D. FBLA First Place website)

Advisor Iris Swedlund has spearheaded FBLA for more than 30 years now, transforming this organization into one of the most respected chapters in North Dakota ... and the country! FBLA focuses on developing business, technology and workplace skills, and over 50% of our high school student body are members. Every year, six to twelve members take first place in state competition and advance to nationals, where they also win! There, the Velva chapter has received the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit every year since 1970, with the exception of three years. This award signifies that the chapter is in the top ten percent of the chapters nationwide. The chapter is also very proud of of its first place national awards in the area of money management, state chapter activities report and the Amoco Award of Achievement in the Business Advocacy. In 1994, advisor Iris Swedlund received the Future Business Leaders of America Advisor of the Year Award.

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Science Club/Olympiad

Featuring competitions such as "Roads Scholar" and "Egg-actly," the Science Olympiad offers junior and senior high school students the opportunity to solve problems and learn science while having fun. Velva's junior high and senior high teams have both captured State Championship trophies in the Science Olympiad. Our science students also participate in regional and state Science Fairs, and again, their excellence shines through. Just last year, Velva students qualified for the National Science Fair! Our science students are led by two enthusiastic teachers: Wendy Peterson and Bridget Flaherty.


Formerly the FHA, the Future Career and Community Leaders of America in Velva is an active and award-winning group. Members of FCCLA compete in STAR events at the district and state level to qualify for national competition. Under advisor Alice Westby, the Velva chapter sends several representatives to the national convention every year!

Drama and Speech

Regular play productions keep our high school thespians jumping, and speech competition has been a mainstay in the Velva Public School for some time. In the last decade, speech has blossomed into a "cool" thing to do! The dedication of these teenage orators is evident in their high finishes at regional and state competitions. In 1999, speech coach Collette Canevello was named North Dakota State Speech Coach of the Year and her Humorous Duo brought home a first place trophy from the State Meet, along with perfect scores through the entire meet! Another first place trophy came home the following year, and the trend continues...

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There are also several community organizations for our young people, including several 4-H clubs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church youth groups, a wildlife/fishing group, and the Dakota Roughriders Saddle Club.