If you like Jeopardy, you will like Academic Team. Quick reflex action is needed for questions and answers. We compete in various tournaments, all after school and on weekends. Some of these tournaments take place at High Tech, and some are at other high schools.
The Chess Club is open to any student who is interested in playing chess or learning to play chess. The Chess Team competes against other schools in the Shore Chess League, and also competes in several tournaments. Chess team rankings are determined by in-house competition. The Chess Club/Team meets on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:00 beginning in mid-September.
Creative Arts Club primarily works to publish issues of L'Allumette, an art and literary magazine that showcases the writing, photography, and art of High Tech students. French for "the match", L'Allumette symbolizes the initial spark of creativity that inspires a masterpiece. CAC also makes decorations for various school events.
Serves students interested in preparing for research competitions and those pursuing independent study during their Junior and Senior years at HTHS. Time commitment varies depending on research project and number of competitions entered - minimum of one lunch meeting with Mr. Roche every two weeks, January through March. After school consultations by appointment and Saturday competitions for Jersey Shore Science Fair and NJ Academy of Science in mid-March and early April. Cost varies by project, but PFA support in the way of matching funds and NJAS mini-grants are available for interested students.
The Key Club is a service organization that serves the school and community through fundraising, volunteering, and hosting events throughtout the year. Members are required to pay a membership fee of $15, participate in at least three Key Club events and activities, and attend all meetings unless there is a legitamate excuse. Meetings are held every Monday in Room 165 during lunch.
If you're a math whiz and love competition, join the Math League. You can compete in different leagues at various times (lunch time, afterschool, or at Brookdale). The various leagues are seasonal, look for the posted schedule.
NHS creates enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulates a desire to render service, promotes worthy leadership and encourages the development of character. The purpose of NHS is to serve both the school and community throughout the school year with both service and leadership. Meetings occur on the average of twice a month unless the group is involved in a major project. Elections for next year's NHS officers will occur in June.
The Performing Arts Club is a combination of the Drama Club and the Jazz Band. Every year, the Performing Arts club puts on a play. Meetings are every Wednesday after school.
The High Technology High School Robotics Club is an extracurricular organization at HTHS that is involved with the design, testing, documentation, and implementation of robots. Throughout the course of the year, the Robotics Club prepares for and competes at two different competitions. The first competition, generally geared towards underclassmen, is the RoboRocks competition, where students construct robots using a LEGO Mindstorms kit and compete with other high schools in completing given tasks. Although RoboRocks is focused on underclassmen, upperclassmen are invited to take roles as mentors throughout the process. The second competition is soon to be announced. The RoboRocks competition is held during the fall and the club generally meets a few times a week after school and as often as necessary in the last week or so leading up to the competition. A heavy commitment to the HTHS Robotics Club is required in order to attend the competitions (usually 80% of the meetings). That said, the HTHS Robotics Club welcomes new members, who will be key to its future success. If you are interested in joining the HTHS Robotics Club, an announcement will be made in the near future regarding an introductory meeting. In the meanwhile, please feel free to contact the club's advisor, Ms. Grunthaner, with any questions and check on the BBS under First for updated announcements.
Science League has 6 academic teams (Bio I, Bio II, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Physics I and Physics C) that participate with other local schools in their subject areas. There are 4 competitions/tests (multiple choice) monthly starting in January and ending in April. Our scores are entered on the state level and last year 2 out of our 6 teams were in the top ten in the state. Physics C was 3rd in the state and Physics I was 5th. Students are also eligible for individual awards for excellence in their areas. One student in Physics C placed 1st in the state. Although there are 4 competitions, students will meet as a team with their advisor and review subject matter in preparation for competitions. There is also a Science Bowl team composed of 5 students with expertise in the areas of science, mathematics, and computers. This team practices and competes in Princeton in February for the chance to go to the national competition in Washington, DC.
The SGA members are elected by the student body in May of each year. The most visible responsibility of the SGA is to present the morning announcements each day on channel 26. They are also the liaisons between the student body and the principal. Ideas for change at High Tech should be presented to the SGA. The SGA also coordinates several school wide activities (such as town meetings, and some of the Friday night events) and assists other clubs and class councils as needed.
We offer computer courses to the community for a fundraiser and enjoy regional competitions in any and every area of technology. If you win first place at the NJ State Regional Competition you advance to an all paid trip to the Nationals. Mission - The mission of the Technology Student Association is to prepare our members for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem solving, resulting in personal growth and opportunity. We generally meet every month for meetings during lunch and then more often when it gets closer to the State Competition and the National Competition. All participants are required to complete their chosen event requirements on their own time and be prepared for the competition at least 1 week before the competition date.
Join this club to help design this year's yearbook. Members will have the ability to create a yearbook that will be admired by their peers. Yearbook needs artists, photographers, journalists, administrators, and energetic individuals. The club's goal is to create a yearbook the school can be proud of while having fun! This club will meet once a week on Monday after school, with lunchtime meetings as needed.