SWA CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS AND ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS
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SWA Club Mission Statement
- To create opportunities for ALL students to be able to explore and pursue activities and new interests that they may not have had an opportunity to partake in elsewhere. To offer programs that provide the opportunity to create a voluntary and positive connection with our school. To create and promote club programs that teach universal lessons, build confidence, relationships and character in a safe, monitored environment.
SWA Club Vision Statement
- For Southern Wake Academy to offer a wide variety of clubs that foster and nurture our student body interests while promoting achievement, student engagement, and the attitude and habits that lead to a work/college aspirations and success. We will continuously assess our activities to fit the wants and needs of a growing student population and an ever-changing global society.
Benefits of School Clubs
- Clubs help students build supportive relationships among peers and adult staff, a key component in classroom engagement and college aspiration.
- Structured activity programs create peer groups with higher aspirations and more commitment to academic success.
- School club programs help promote healthy physical, psychological, emotional and social health.
- Clubs BUILD:
- Clubs TEACH:
- The value of practice
- How to apply themselves to a task
- The satisfaction that comes from achievement
- Clubs IMPROVE:
- School attendance
- College opportunities
2020 - 2021 Clubs, Organizations & Academic Competitions List
Open to: Membership by Invitation only: 10th - 12th grade
About: Southern Wake Academy’s Beta Club is a member of The National Beta Club, which is committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills, and encouraging service to others. The SWA Beta Club is dedicated to these same goals, and SWA’s honor roll students are invited to join. The National Beta Club is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in the United States.This club meets on Tuesdays and lives up to the national organization’s motto: Let Us Lead by Serving Others. SWA Beta Club activities have included exploring college admissions and providing community service, such as food, clothing, and book drives.
Adviser: Ms. Cochran
Open to: Membership by Invitation only: 7th - 8th Grade
About: The National Junior Beta Club is an honor organization that recognizes outstanding academic achievement, promotes strong moral character and social responsibility, encourages service to others, fosters leadership skills, and provides settings for you to develop strong interpersonal skills.
National Honors Society
Open to: Membership by Invitation only: Grades 10th - 12th
About: The National Honor Society (NHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four pillars have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1921. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, US Territories, Canada, and around the world. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. As such, NHS chapters and students are in schools that care not only about student achievement, but also community engagement.
Adviser: Mrs. Reed - email@example.com & Mrs. Jutton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paws and Claws
Open to: Middle/High School Students
About: Educate our students on various animals and reptiles. We organize fundraisers and events to help raise funds and goods for animal shelters in the area.
Adviser: Ms. Holloway
Open to: 6th - 7th grade
Meeting Day: Wednesday
About: Students will learn to code. This club will be instructed by a professional programmer from ISSA (Information Systems Security Professionals Association, Raleigh Chapter).
Adviser: Mrs. Neumann, email@example.com
Open to: Middle school students
About: One of the best leadership learning opportunities at SWA is its Student Council. Three representatives per middle school grade are elected annually by the entire middle school body. Student Council officers include a President and Vice President. One of the Council’s main responsibilities is to organize school-wide events.
Adviser: Mr. Knapp, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Government Association (SGA)
Open to: High school students
About: The goal of Student Government Association (SGA) is to act as a group of representatives for the student body of SWA. SGA members will hear concerns made by students and mediate these concerns to the faculty and the administration in an amicable, respectful, and tactful manner. Also, the students of SGA will lead various projects and service work aimed at the betterment of SWA and the surrounding community.
SGA members will promote all SWA events and functions, are primarily in charge of funding and promoting prom, and will promote the selling of yearbooks. Students who are members of SGA are a part of an organization that promotes a positive image of SWA to new students, returning students, and the community.
Adviser: Mrs. Latus Christine.email@example.com
Young Musicians Club
Open to: High school students
About: The SWA Young Musicians' Club provides student singers and instrumentalists of all backgrounds and skill levels with a place to meet, share their musical talents with others, and swap music and ideas with one another. As the opportunities arise, club members will have the chance to prepare for musical events and performances in the life of the school and surrounding community.
Adviser: Mr. Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dungeons & Dragons
Open to: Middle/High school students
About: Dungeons & Dragons Club is a club where students will collaborate to solve school and age appropriate problems and puzzles within a fantasy setting by taking the persona of a character they create. These individual problems and puzzles, commonly called adventures, will tie into a larger story known as a campaign. Throughout the adventures and campaign students will practice social and creative problem solving skills, and boost their confidence in front of peers.
Adviser: Mr. Richmeier, email@example.com
Serve & Share Club
Open to: 8th - 12th grade
About: We will share ideas on how to creatively serve our community during this unprecedented time of social distancing, and learn more about becoming good citizens by caring for one another. Projects we have done in the past include working with the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Pantry, Christmas Cards for the Military, Pet blankets for the Harnett County Animal Shelter, Custodian Appreciation Day, BINGO at Windsor Point, Toys for Tots Collection, Valentines for Meals on Wheels, and more. Students can expect to be able to earn community service experience credit for completed projects, but more importantly, they will have the personal satisfaction that comes from doing something meaningful for someone else.
Adviser: Mrs. Mangum, firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to: High School Students
About: The purpose of Gaming Inc. is to provide a place where kids can play games, enjoy each other's company, learn teamwork skills, and develop possible opportunities in E-Sports (chance of scholarships). All games are pre-approved by SWA Administration.
Adviser: Mr. Rambaldi, email@example.com
Open to: Middle School School Students
About: The Civics Club is a club in which students discuss and role play activities pertaining to government, law, society, conflict, and history.
Adviser: Mr. Dubois, firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to: Middle School School Students
About: Coming soon...
Adviser: Mrs. Cox, email@example.com
Debate Team/Mock Trial Competition
Open to: High School School Students
About: What is Mock Trial? Each year, hundreds of students from all across the state gather inside courthouses to participate in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice High School Mock Trial Competition. Through the involvement of judges, attorneys, paralegals, teachers and students, courtrooms are turned into classrooms. (In 2021, the default plan will be to hold the February regional competitions virtually pending a final decision before December 1 regarding in-person participation.) For weeks, teams composed of seven to nine students work with attorneys, legal assistants, and a teacher adviser to prepare for their day in court. No outside research is necessary because all case materials and rules of evidence are provided. At the trial, students become the attorneys, witnesses, and bailiffs.
What is the purpose of Mock Trial? The focus of the Mock Trial program is education; it is designed to:
- Improve students' public speaking, writing, listening and critical thinking skills
- Encourage effective communication between the educational and legal communities
- Promote tolerance, professionalism, and cooperation among young people
Adviser: Ms. Konas, firstname.lastname@example.org and Ms. Hatcher, email@example.com
If you have any general questions pertaining to the above club, organizations and/or academic competitions please contact Mrs. Neumann at firstname.lastname@example.org
The SWA Lion Crusade is the proud sponsor of all SWA Clubs, Student Organizations, Athletics and Academic Competitions.
For more information on how you can become a Lion Crusade Partner and help support our after school student programs please click HERE .