Sports and activities

The Sutherland Band is composed of students in junior and senior high school. The group marched at NE State Fair in 2014. At District Music Contest in 2014, the group received and Excellent rating. Many students received Superior ratings on their solos and small group performances. The Sutherland Band supports our athletes by providing pep band for our home football and basketball games.

Basketball (Boys)

The Sutherland Boys basketball team has been very competitive in the Class C2 and D1 ranks for the last 20 years. Over those years, the Sailors have qualified for the Boys State Basketball tournament four times, with the last time being in 2009. This year’s team is comprised of 1 senior, 5 juniors, 3 sophomores, and 5 freshmen. The Sailors return four starters off of last years’ team and are working to compete for a district title.

Basketball (Girls)

Sutherland Girls basketball is a program that builds character, commitment and teamwork. Sutherland has made it to the state tournament 9 times since 1992, Runner-up in 1998. Most recent state appearance was 2014. Jason Gunderson, who was been at the helm for 3 years, coaches Sutherland Girl’s Basketball team.

Buddy Program

Buddy Program is an opportunity for all students in grades K-12. An elementary student is paired up with a 6th grade, Jr. High or High School student in a “buddy situation”. Students meet with their buddy every Thursday morning, from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the South Gym. During this time, you will see buddies doing a variety of activities. For example, some students practice spelling words, work on math facts, do a craft, create on the computer or play board games. This is a great way to bring all of our students together in a positive environment.

Cross Country

Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on courses over natural terrain. The course is 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles and may include surfaces of grass or dirt, pass through woodland areas and open country, include hills, flat ground and some times gravel roads. It is both an individual and a team sport. Runners are judged on individual time and teams by a point scoring method.


Football at Sutherland has enjoyed a rich tradition of success over the years including a State Championship in 1969 and 15 postseason appearances in the State playoffs since there inception in 1975. Currently the Sailors have qualified two years in a row for the playoffs (as of 2014) and look to build on current accomplishments to push the program to new heights in the future.


The Sutherland FFA chapter makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success though agricultural education. Some competitions that can occur are: range judging, individual speaking events, team leadership events, and livestock judging. The 2014 range judging team brought home 7th place, also the Jr. Livestock judging team brought home a 15th place.

Future Problem Solvers

Sutherland Future Problem Solvers is part of an international program that engages students in creative problem solving. The program stimulates critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future. Students learn the six steps of problem solving and solve three futuristic scenarios during the school year. They present their plan in booklet form with the culminating step being an action plan. FPS helps students learn “how to think." Students love to think and solve the problems they may be engaged in as adults. Mission: To develop the ability of young people globally to design and promote positive futures using critical, creative thinking.


The Sutherland High School golf team has the privilege of playing on one of the nicest courses in the area, Oregon Trail Golf Course. The season is played in the Spring semester and the team often battles some tough weather conditions. Being a member of the golf team gives the students a great opportunity to grow as a student-athlete as golf provides many lessons that builds ones character along the way.

Math Olympiad

4-6th grade Math Olympiad is an international program intended to stimulate enthusiasm and love of mathematics. It introduces important mathematical concepts and teaches major strategies for problem solving. A major element of MO is to develop mathematical flexibility in solving problems, strengthen mathematical intuition, and foster mathematical creativity and ingenuity. MO mathletes find satisfaction and joy in the thrill of meeting challenges. Our mathletes are proud of their accomplishments in what they fondly call "adult math." Students practice problem solving together at weekly meetings. They have a contest simulation and a contest once a month from November-March. Students have 25 minutes to solve 5 very difficult math problems during the monthly MO contest.

National Honor Society

Sutherland’s chapter of the National Honor Society has stringent guidelines for membership, which is based on the tenants of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character that align with the National Handbook.  Our selection also includes Citizenship that goes with Leadership within the school.  We have a point system where a student must have 400 of the 500 possible points for membership.
For Scholarship, a student must have an 86% (B average) or higher.  For Citizenship, this involves participation in co- and extra-curricular activities in school for two years with a table for points per events.  Service includes community activities and volunteer service hours.  Leadership and Character have a rubric so that all students and faculty know what these entail, with such things as:  Sense of humor, responsibility, acceptance of criticism, cooperation, tone of voice, trust, and perseverance.  The tapping ceremony for new members is held in February.
NHS members do two blood drives, Lunch with a Veteran, breakfast for the veterans and their families on Veterans Day, give $100 dollars of books to the local and school libraries after the annual Book Fair, and at least two other service projects that vary from year to year.

Play Production

Play Production is Sutherland's theater group. Each fall, students prepare a one-act play that they present at competitions as well as for the school and the community. There are typically between 20 and 30 students involved in various aspects of the productions such as acting, sets, and costumes.

Quiz Bowl (Elem)

In the elementary both fifth and sixth grade students will are able to take part in Quiz Bowl. Quiz Bowl is an academic team that practices for and competes in academic competitions. The questions come from all areas such as: language arts, literature, math, social studies, science, current events and sports. The teams will be entered in two computerized competitions this year. These competitions will take place on campus after school. They are the Great Plains Regional Bee and the America Answers National Bee. The 6th graders will also be entered in at least one head to head competition that would be held off campus. They attended this type of competition in Hershey and Brady last year.

Quiz Bowl (High School)

In the spring of the year, Sutherland High School students have the opportunity to be part of the Sailor Quiz Bowl team. The Academic Quiz Bowl Competition is between two teams of six players – a captain and five other members. Four alternate players are allowed. The questions for the competitions range from trivial to the profound and cover many areas of academic knowledge including: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, Art and Music, Sports, and Current Events. The Sailor quiz bowl team has been competitive in our area contests and has qualified for the state meet in Holdrege.

Show Choir

The Sutherland Show Choir is an auditioned group of musicians that represents our school's music department. The group participates in area show choir competitions. In 2014, the group received 3rd place at the Cardinal and Black Show Choir competition.


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA. kills USA is a great program that teaches kids how to be a leader. It allows the students to try and experience different job opportunities. They have every type of competition from cooking, welding, speeches, job interviews, building homes, plumbing, and lots of other job fields. These competitions allow the students to get better prepared for life after high school and to just become overall better adults. It is a great program!


Students involved in Speech select from nine different events, either in individuals, pairs, or small groups. Events range from prose interpretation to public speaking. Students compete within their event at various competitions from December through March. Speech is a growing program that has seen an increasing number of students going to the state competition in the last several years.

Student Council

Sutherland Student Council: The Purpose of this organization shall be to: Develop attitudes of, and practice in, good citizenship; Promote harmonious relations throughout the entire school; Improve student-teacher relationships; Improve school morale; Provide a forum for student expression; And promote the general welfare of the school.


TeamMates Mentoring Program of Sutherland was started in March of 2010 with approximately twenty matches.  We currently have thirty matches but the need for new mentors remains high.  In 2014 TeamMates Mentoring Program of Sutherland had seven mentees graduate.  Three of those graduates received scholarships because of their involvement in TeamMates, two of which were full tuition scholarships.  The local TeamMates board has two scholarships available each year.


Track and field is a sport which combines various competitions based on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name comes from the oval shaped running track enclosing a grass field where the jumping and throwing events take place. The sport has its roots in early human history. Track and field events are among the oldest of all sporting competitions, as running, jumping and throwing are natural and universal forms of human physical expression.


The Sutherland Sailor Volleyball team has had many successful seasons including 11 state appearances and was the Class C State Runner-Up in 1973. The most recent state appearances include 2010, 2011, and 2012 when the Sailors finished 3rd. Student athletes in our program pride themselves on a strong work ethic and team-first attitude. The program strives to prepare students not only for the next level of play but also for valuable life experiences.


The Sutherland wrestling program was established in 1995. Throughout the years, Sutherland has had multiple state qualifiers and several state placers. In 2014, the wrestling team qualified seven wrestlers for the state tournament and earned a runner-up finish in the NSAA District D-4 tournament.

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