• The following is a list of clubs and extra-curricular activities at Hamilton West.

    • Academic Honor Societies
      • French Honor Society
      • German Honor Society
      • Italian National Honor Society
      • Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor Society)
      • National Honor Society
      • National Technical Honor Society
      • Science National Honor Society
      • Spanish Honor Society

    Honor Societies:
     
    French Honor Society
     
    German Honor Society
     
    Italian National Honor Society:
    SOCIETA` ONORARIA ITALIANA MICHELANGELO
    All students who have completed a full year of Italian with an A average are invited to be part of this special group. The requirements for membership are as follow: Enrollment in Italian II, III or IV and a minimum GPA of 3.50 or higher in that course ( B + ). Continuing the study of the language to level IV Honors. 80% attendance to the monthly meetings held in room 109 @ 7:20 am. 
     
    Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor Society) - Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, was formed in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma. Dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students. As of June 2017, more than 110,000 students are Mu Alpha Theta members at more than 2,400 schools in the United States and in 20 foreign countries.

    Mu Alpha Theta:

    • Provides a method for schools to recognize and encourage students who enjoy and excel in mathematics.
    • Organizes a national convention for students and teachers to participate in math-related events and interact with others from across the country.
    • Rewards outstanding extracurricular achievement by offering special awards, scholarships, and grants to students and their faculty advisers.
    • Provides mathematics competitions to participating members at their own school through the Log1 Contest, Rocket City Math League and the Mathematical Minutes Video Contest.

    Requirements:

    • For Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors – must have successfully completed 2 years of high school level math and be currently enrolled in a mathematics course.

    • For Seniors – must have successfully completed 3 years of high school level math (not including Personal Finance)
    • Attend 7 Math Meets  - an additional 5 services hours can be used to replace one meet

    • Attend semi-monthly after-school practice sessions. 30 to 60 minutes long

    • Accrue 5 hours of service work (any time spent towards bettering one's community, signed off by an adult).

    • Maintain a mathematics GPA of:

      • 3.2 at the AP or Honors level

      • 3.5 at the A-level

    Application Fee: $20 for registration year (first year only if you are inducted)

      
    National Honor Society - National Recognition of student academic achievement and community involvement
     
    Requirements: Junior or Senior with GPA of 3.75 or higher.  Must complete application, reviewed by school committee
     
    Activities: 
    • Students are required to complete 20 hours in combination of tutoring and community service per year
    • Volleyball tournament to raise food donations for local food bank(Fall & Spring)
    • Personal Care stocking for Anchor House
    • Help with Back to School night activities
    • Spring Fish fundraiser for scholarship fund
     
    National Technical Honor SocietyNTHS is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career & technical education. Thousands of schools and colleges are affiliated with the Society.  Member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today's highly competitive workplace.
     

    The Hamilton West Business and Information Technology Department is proud to announce its membership in the National Technical Honor Society. Students wishing to apply for the National Technical Honor Society must have

    • a minimum GPA of 3.25 in all courses
    • a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all Business courses
    • must have 3 Business courses completed
    • active in school/community extra-curricular activities
    • Must furnish an up-to-date resume
     
    Science National Honor Society
     
    Spanish Honor Society


    Clubs and Organizations Description and Requirements 
     
    Audio/Visual Club: The Hornet Audio/Visual club works behind the scenes to make our Musical, Jazz Ensemble, Talent Show, Fashion Show, Mr. HHW, etc. look/sound their best! Our auditorium is equipped with state of the art LED lighting and sound equipment waiting for you to make them come alive. Join us and learn to be a sound/light technician for theatrical production. For more information visit www.hornetjazz.com
     
    Color Guard: The Hamilton West Color Guard performs as the visual component to, and is fully intergrated within, our Marching Band. Our Hornet Marching Band performs at all home and away football games, and also performs competitively in the USBands Marching Band competitive circuit. Our Marching Band also performs on a yearly band trip. Past performance locations include Boston, MA, Walt Disney World and Virginia Beach, VA. Admission into the Marching Band is by audition. Color Guard auditions are held at the end of every school year for the upcoming year. For more information, please contact the band office at (609) 631-4168 x3305, or at HornetBand.org. Twitter: @HornetBands
     
    Debate: We are assigned a topic for the year, which we must diligently research to form arguments both for and against the "resolved." Each week, our affirmative and negative teams present arguments against other schools in our conference and are awarded points based upon analysis, argument, refutation and presentation. It is a great way for students to work on research skills, public speaking and analyzing arguments.
     
    DECA: 

    Purpose

    • DECA is co-curricular and is infused into the curriculum of marketing, management and entrepreneurship.
    • DECA's co-curricular programs and activity tools teach the practical skills of career preparation, encourage exploration of career fields and provide experience in the world of work.
    • DECA develops leadership skills by offering extensive leadership development opportunities.
    • DECA offers state and national recognition through competition in 35 occupational areas.
    • DECA promotes free enterprise and entrepreneurship.
    • DECA focuses the student on defining his/her college and career goals and emphasizes the relevance of core studies.
    • DECA creates community and business-based partnerships benefiting the student and school.
    • DECA provides key skills to be successful.
    • DECA civic consciousness projects build self-awareness and responsible citizenship while winning community recognition and approval.
     We will accomplish said purpose as we:
    • Teaming up with a local charity and conducting a local fundraising event has multiple benefits to chapter members, and is an outstanding way that students can practice public relations skills.
    • When teaching promotion concepts and strategies, have students practice good public relations for the DECA chapter by writing news articles for the local newspaper.
    • After completing lessons on selling, integrate a real sales project into the curriculum as a chapter project.
    • Students can conduct a public service activity, which can be used to reinforce job-seeking skills and provide recognition at the same time, by putting together a job seeking skills packet for students in the school seeking employment.
    • Bring in business people to practice role-play situations with the students which will also help prepare them for the interview process, provide opportunities for problem solving and prepare them for DECA competition as well.
    • Utilize DECA's Marketing Research Events and Team Management

    Activities 

    • Regional Conference
    • State Career Development Conference
    • International Career Development Conference
    • Scholarships
    • Chapter Activities
    • Community Service
    • Career Development Activities
    • Fundraising
    • State Leadership Conference

    Membership Requirements

    Prerequisite: Full year in a business class

     

    Dramatics:
     
    Ecology/HEY:
    HEY Club (Hamilton Environmental Youth) is an after school club open to all HHW students interested in preserving the beauty and health of our school, community and global environment.  Activities include: rain garden maintenance, pond maintenance, school planting projects, and fundraising projects to benefit the World Wildlife Fund's efforts to preserve species biodiversity.
     
    Equality Club:
    Mission Statement:
    The mission of Hamilton High West "Equality" is to provide an alliance between all members of the community regardless of sexual orientation.  "Equality" provides a safe and positive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, and questioning (GLBTSQ) youth to learn more through peer interaction and educational experiences. 
      
    Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) - The purpose of FBLA is to provide, as an integral part of the instructional program, additional opportunities for secondary students (grades 9-12) in business and/or business related fields to develop vocational and career supportive competencies and to promote civic and personal responsibilities.
     
    GALRE:
     
    German Club:
     
    Italian Club:
     
     
    Jazz Ensemble: The Hornet Jazz Ensemble is a performance oriented group designed to further develop our talented students at Hamilton High School West. Membership to the Ensemble is by audition only. Students accepted into the ensemble are introduced to a wide range of jazz literature to enhance their knowledge of improvisation, theory and the history of jazz. More information can be found at www.hornetjazz.com or follow us on twitter @hornetjazz
     
    Junior Class: The Junior Class hosts and participates in various events and fundraisers throughout the year, including Homecoming, a Faculty vs. Student Basketball Game, Spirit Week, Junior Class Fashion Show, and, of course, Junior Prom! All Juniors are encouraged to get involved and participate in meetings and events throughout the year. 
     
    For more information, join the Junior Class Remind by texting @hhw19 to 81010 and follow us on Twitter: @HHWJuniorClass
     
    Key Club:
     
    Literary Magazine:  Throughout the year, we gather pieces of student artwork and poetry/creative stories to create the literary magazine Menagerie for the school. Members of the club select the pieces we put into the magazine and then organize those pieces to put the magazine together. 
     
    Marching Band: The Hamilton West Marching Band is one of our school's elite musical ensembles. Known as "The Pride of Mercer County," our Hornet Marching Band performs at all home and away football games, and also performs competitively in the USBands Marching Band competitive circuit. Our Marching Band also performs on a yearly band trip. Past performance locations include Boston, MA, Walt Disney World and Virginia Beach, VA. Admission into the Marching Band is by audition. Auditions are held at the end of every school year for the upcoming year. For more information, please contact the band office at (609) 631-4168 x3305, or at HornetBand.org. Twitter: @HornetBands
     
    Math Club:
    The Math Club develops a students’ level of Math skills and knowledge through targeted practice sessions and attending 10 competitions. The Math Club supports classroom learning, enriches student skills with higher order thinking, and prepares students for future Math Competitions. Having the Math Club on a high school student's resume shows that they not only participated in an extracurricular activity but challenged themselves with an academic extra curricular.
     
    Newspaper (Criterion):
    The Criterion is the official Hamilton High West school newspaper. If you enjoy writing, investigative journalism, and getting the scoop on important school events, then joining The Criterion might be just the thing for you. We publish three issues per year; one right after Thanksgiving, one before spring break, and the grand finale at the end of the year. If you take Journalism with Mr. Ziegler, a half year elective course that compliments Creative Writing, you will automatically be on the staff for The Criterion. See Mr. Ziegler in room 202 for details. 
     
    NJFEA (New Jersey Future Educators Association): The mission of the New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA) is to foster the recruitment and development of prospective teachers through the dissemination of innovative programming and relevant research. By elevating the image of teaching, the NJFEA will attract dynamic and diverse students who will become great teachers.
     
    Peer Leadership:
     
    Producer and Publicity:
     
    REBEL:
     
    Robotics:
     
    Spanish Club:
     
    Student Government (SGA): Student Government is open to all students. Business meetings are the first Tuesday of every month, after school.  Subcommittees for school activities (homecoming dances, spirit week, haunted house, Breakfast with Bunny, etc) are formed at this time.
     
    Talented Tenth:
     
    TSA: The Technology Student Association enhances personal development leadership and career opportunities in S.T.E.M whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs.  
     
    Unified Club: The Unified Club at West provides opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities to work alongside one another to form an inclusive Hamilton High West Community. The goal is to achieve a unified setting here at West using social interactions, emotional support, team building, and the formation of friendships to form a united school environment where every individual is accepted and valued regardless of individual differences.   
     
    VIP: The Student Volunteer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, apply their educational knowledge to the real workforce, and offer fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to problems. Students have the opportunity to participate in the volunteer program throughout the year.
     

    Qualifications

           1. Students must be a senior.

    1. Student must have their own form of transportation.
    2. Be hard-working, accountable, and able to work autonomously.
    3. Be creative
    1. Be comfortable asking questions and asking for direction
    2. Be organized and prepared
    3. Be detail-oriented
     
    Vocal Music: