ACADEMIC BOWL TEAM
Academic Decathlon provides students of all learning levels the opportunity to excel academically through team competition. The Academic Decathlon is a team competition wherein students match their intellects with students from other schools. Students are tested in ten categories: Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, and Speech. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for individual events and total scores. Winning teams advance through the local, regional and state levels of competition. The state champions compete at the national finals. Travel may be required for this activity. Judith Fleet is the Sponsor.
Our Northwest Archery program is aligned and supported by NASP®, The National Archery in the Schools Program is highly standardized to be safe, durable, economical, and most importantly, universal fit for almost every student. The sport is open to any student participant and supports the Academic Archer, a program to drive academic excellence in sports participation. Our archers will participate in tournaments throughout the year to ensure an elite group of sharpshooters on Varsity and JV. Sponsors are Joseph Marshall and Chris Albritton.
BEAR TRACKS (YEARBOOK STAFF)
The yearbook staff compiles and organizes the information that is put into the yearbook. The staff is first trained and then allowed to work on the actual book. Qualifications for membership include involvement and interest in school like, ability to cooperate with others, ability to work independently, and willingness to work outside of school hours. Minako Barry is Sponsor of the yearbook.
BRUIN GIRLS SERVICE CLUB
Bruins Girls Service Club is a service organization for female students in grades nine through twelve. The purpose of the club is to develop leadership, teamwork, helpfulness, and good citizenship. Members are required to participate in service projects and volunteer opportunities throughout the year and to attend work sessions in preparation for these events. Senior members who meet participation requirements earn a cord to wear at graduation. Dues are $8 for the year. Abby Reaves is the sponsor.
Leadership group for under-represented minority groups here at NW. Sponsor is Rebecca Jenkins.
The Drama Club is officially known as The Northwest Theatre Company. The Company produces plays, musicals, and variety shows for the general public. Company members work as performers, technical crew, and production management. Members also take trips to see plays, attend conferences, and perform in Drama competitions. Because of the Company’s visibility, members must maintain good grades and have a record of good behavior in accordance with the School Handbook. Membership is open to all students. Dues are $25 which includes the club shirt and free admission to all NHS productions. Mr. Ruben is the sponsor.
FAMILY, CAREER, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF AMERICA (FCCLA)
The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America at Northwest Whitfield High School is an organization through which members work together to help youth and the community. Members assume their roles in society through family and consumer science education in areas of personal growth, family life, school activities, chapter projects, vocational preparation, and community involvement. The purpose of this organization is to enrich the classes in the area of Family and Consumer Science. The club provides an opportunity for service and leadership. Activities include participation in the region and state leadership meetings, educational and fun trips, Thank-a-Teacher Feathers, regional and state competitive events, and local community service projects. The Northwest Chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America meets monthly during the activity period, once a month before school, and as needed to complete projects. Mrs. Deborah Craft is the sponsor.
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES (FCA)
FCA is an organization where students take charge of outreach for Christ. The goal is to bring students to Jesus. Even though FCA is an organization for athletes, you do not have to be an athlete to join. FCA at Northwest is growing and we want to see more faces at every meeting. We provide support and encouragement to one another, incorporating Biblical principles/truths into our everyday lives. There is always something for everyone. Come and join us in Fellowship! The price to join has already been paid. We meet every Thursday @ 7:55 in the Auditorium. Sponsor is Bobby Sneed.
FRENCH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Membership in the French National Honor Society is based on the student having an “A” average in all French classes (at the end of French II) and a “B” average overall in all other classes. Students who have displayed anything less than a positive, respectful attitude in French class and/or who have had behavior referrals in French class will not be considered for membership. The recommended student must be well-rounded, participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, and be in good behavioral standing at NHS. Mrs. Diane Hearn is the sponsor.
FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA (FBLA)
Any student in grades 9-12 who has had or is presently taking a course in the Business Education Department is invited to join and become an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America. FBLA provides an important part of the instructional program within the Business Department. It provides additional opportunities for high school students to develop job-enhancing skills and to promote civic and personal responsibilities. The club includes a t-shirt and membership dues are $20. Students have the opportunity to earn certificates of participation at various levels. Students can earn a senior stole if they have met certain requirements that may be found on the Google Classroom FBLA site. Students are recognized if they place at any of the FBLA competition.
Shara Cook and Laura Bivens are the sponsors.
How does FBLA-PBL Benefit You?
Friendship and Fun
Certifications for Business & Industry
INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the globally recognized honor society for students dedicated to live theatre. Membership is achieved through a point system. Points are earned by participation in Northwest Theatre Company productions and providing leadership to the region’s arts community. Members are eligible for scholarships, awards, and other benefits. As seniors, members may wear the ITS Honor stole at graduation. Membership is $30, which includes a year’s subscription to “Dramatics” magazine. Mr. Josh Ruben is the sponsor.
The Key Club is a service club for high school students of all grade levels. Participation in Key Club activities helps students develop initiative, leadership, and good citizenship. The projects and activities provide service to the school and community. Members must maintain a strong academic record. Jordan Leonard is the sponsor.
The “Blazing Blue” marching band is a group of dedicated staff and students. We proudly carry on a tradition of excellence, upheld and handed down by past and present members who have made a commitment to excellence.
Our educational goals are to develop high practice standards in organization and presentation and to develop the strict self-discipline necessary to instill an individual desire in order to achieve group goals and to develop as an important member of a team.
The Northwest Marching Band provides a recreational goal by offering all members an opportunity for worthwhile use of leisure time, for an emotional and physical outlet in an activity that is different from any other that Northwest has to offer, and for a social experience with a varied cross-section of the high school’s student population.
The musical goals of the “Blazing Blue” are to perform well-written arrangements and compositions of worthwhile music in an exciting manner and at a high level of performance. The band will provide musical entertainment, inspire school spirit and loyalty, trigger memories, and increase the enjoyment of those present at functions for which the band performs.
The Band Director is Mr. Nathaniel Vanoy. He is assisted by band director Christina Bryant and Ashley Hooker.
Northwest has a varsity math team. The purpose of the math team is to enjoy and learn more mathematics at a competitive level. Membership is open to any interested student who maintains at least an A average in accelerated courses. Attendance during morning practice sessions is important as well as self-motivation to practice on your own. Quick and logical thinking is required without a calculator. The math team competes in several math tournaments each year. Mrs. Gay Shaughnessy is the sponsor.
NATIONAL BETA CLUB
Beta Club is a national honor society and service organization. High school students are eligible at any time beginning in the second semester of the sophomore year. High standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character are required for election to membership. Beta Club requires a “B” or better average in all subjects during high school. We ask members to lead by example through their scholarship, daily conduct, and service to their community. Members are required to complete service credits by participating in various service projects throughout the school year. Dues for new members are $20.00; dues every year after are $5.00. The sponsors are Wendy Gowin and Christina Roland.
NATIONAL FFA ORGANIZATION (FFA)
The Northwest Whitfield FFA Chapter caters to students who are interested in all areas of agriculture such as forestry, wildlife, horticulture, agriculture mechanics, animal science, and much more. Leadership skills development is also a major focus of the Northwest Whitfield FFA. The mission of the chapter is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Students compete in career development events across the state in a variety of agricultural areas. Janet Robbins is the sponsor.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The National Honor Society consists of sophomores, juniors, and seniors who maintain a cumulative academic average of 90 or better. Membership is achieved based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character which are reviewed by a faculty council for approval. The candidates will be inducted at a formal induction ceremony at the end of their first year of membership. The active members must maintain the standards by which they were selected or probation or dismissal from the National Honor Society will result. The National Honor Society is a service-based organization that does various projects aimed at helping the less fortunate such as feeding the homeless, bringing food to the needy and participating in fundraising activities. Michelle Bailey and Lynne Buckner are the club sponsors.
National Honor Society will meet on one Tuesday and one Thursday each month in Dr. Bailey's room (31) starting at 8:00. Students should attend one of the two meetings each month or an extra service hour will be assigned.
The dates of the meetings are:
Tuesday or Thursday
NHS ART CLUB
The purpose of the NHS Art Club is to promote visual art at Northwest by keeping artists aware of competitions and scholarships that are available, encouraging young artists to continue pursuing their interests and by providing opportunities to make art. Art Club Members are part of the National Art Honor Society. Sponsor is Ms. Greer.
NORTHWEST BROADCASTING CENTER
The goal of the Northwest Broadcasting Center is to be the central information source for the entire school. Each day, students produce a morning show, broadcasting announcements, and news of interest to the campus community. Students are involved in various aspects of production, such as set creation, graphic design, scriptwriting, newsgathering, camera operations, sound and video mixing, and many others. Students who are interested in the technical aspect of the production or in being anchors must commit to arriving early to school (usually by 8:00 a.m.). Those interested in being a part of Northwest Live need to register for the Broadcasting 1 & 2 courses. Mr. Dwayne Maynard is the sponsor.
The Photography Club is composed of students interested in photography. Students have the opportunity to gain experience and improve techniques using traditional and digital cameras. Careers in photography are also discussed. Students use their skills in providing photography services to other areas of the school and individual projects in classes. The Photography Club is open to students at all grade levels. Mr. Jim Barclay sponsors the club.
SPANISH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The Spanish National Honor Society is open to all students who have completed two years of Spanish with a 4.0-grade point average in Spanish, a 3.0 or better overall G.P.A. and are active in their school and community. The society is to honor those students who have shown outstanding interest and ability in the Spanish language and are interested in furthering international understanding. Dues are $15. Mr. Miguel Rojas is the sponsor.
The Student Council is an organization which provides a voice for the student body of Northwest Whitfield High School. It represents the students in all basic areas of school life. Class officers are automatically members of the Student Council and other students can be added based on teacher recommendation. This group of students' work to keep the school administration informed of student concerns. Sean Torbett is the sponsor.
This year, students will electing Class Officers when they return to campus in the fall. The elections for all four grade levels will be sometime in September or October. Applications will be on Dr. Michelle Bailey's classroom door (31) and will be available from several teachers throughout the building. Anyone interested in being a class officer needs to be listening for the announcement of when applications become available, and when the deadline for turning them into Dr. Bailey is. Elections will be held after the application deadline is complete and all eligibility has been checked. For a student to be a class officer, he/she is required to have the same academic eligibility as athletes, no major disciplinary referrals, good attendance, including no excessive tardiness to school or classes and good teacher referrals.