Organizations & Other Activities
- Color Guard
- Debate and Forensics
- National Honor Society
- Student Council
Matthew Uppman has been the Director of Belton’s Guard Program since Fall of 2012. He is currently a Site Coordinator and Youth Methods Trainer for the Local Investment Commission.
Along with coaching BHS, Matt has worked with many other schools in various capacities across the Kansas City Area. For several years he served as the instructor and choreographer for Synchronicity Independent A Winter Guard. In addition to coaching, he judges for various marching festivals around the area as well as previously for the Novice Class throughout the MCCGA circuit. During the 2021 season, Matt preformed with the Spintornix Virtual Guard (SVG) and the WGI eShowcase. He is proud to share his love of Color and Winter Guard with students from across the region, and beyond!
Mr. Uppman has been in the guard community since his freshman year of high school. In 2007, he was a Gold Medalist in the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association's Scholastic C Division and was the Captain of his high School guard in 2008 and 2009. From 2009 to 2014, he performed with Synchronicity Winter Guard and has three Mid-Continent Independent A Medals. In 2009, Synchronicity went to Semi-finals in the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships with their show "Complex Simplicity". In 2012, Matt preformed with Panache Winter Guard. During this season the team not only was promoted from Regional Class to Independent Class, they were awarded Silver Medals at MCCGA Circuit Championships. In the 2014 season, Mr. Uppman ended his marching career and aged-out with Synchronicity performing in their fan-favored show "Stand Up".
From Mr. Uppman: Thank you to my family and friends, the parents, as well as the many coaches and staff for their continued support of our program!
Shout outs to Dylan Noble, Daniel Ogle, Kristy Humbard, Liz Kenue, Amanda Miller, Belinda & Joe, Chris Sullivan, Jesse Skarr, Anna Tantaro, Sarah Braun, Erin Howard, Jennifer Neimann, Connie Mogg, Cara Corrigan, Brenda Snodgrass, Rebecca Westmoreland, Colin McClatchey, and the custodial staff at both Belton Middle School and Belton High School.
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To become a member of NHS a student must be invited to apply. Cumulative GPAs for all students in grades 10-12 are reviewed at the beginning of 2nd semester. Those with an average of 3.500 or higher will receive a letter early in February inviting them to submit an application to become a member of NHS.
When all the applications have been collected, an anonymous faculty committee reviews them. Each applicant is judged on the merit of the four pillars of NHS: Academics, Community Service, Leadership, and Character. If approved, the applicants are granted membership into the society.
Only students who are sophomores or higher can be inducted into the NHS here at Belton High School. If a student is a member of NJHS they must still be invited to join NHS and also must clear the application process.
Members of the NHS must meet several requirements on a yearly basis. These requirements include:
- Maintain a GPA at or above 3.500
- Pay annual dues
- Perform 10 hours of community service
- Attend 1 quarterly Highway Cleanup
- Attend a majority of scheduled NHS meetings
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