Extracurriculars

Our high school offers numerous school sanctioned groups, afterschool clubs, and electives in various subjects such as performing arts, government, marching band and even robotics.

Our available extracurriculars are listed below with links to learn more.

Academic Challenge

Art Club

Business Professionals of America (see below)

Breakfast Club (see below)

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Horticulture Club

Indoor Track & Field

Marching Band

Math Club

National Honor Society

NJROTC (see below)

Pep Band

Robotics

Performing Arts

Spanish Club

Student Council (see below)

Yearbook (see below)

Youth in Government (see below)

 

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast club works hard to promote healthy relationships and bring awareness to Teen Dating
Violence. Students will plan activities and create posters that help spread the word about the
importance of healthy dating relationships. Groups in the past have created pennants, yard signs and awesome t-shirts. They have also provided orange handkerchiefs and sunglasses to ‘ORANGE OUT” the school during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Day in February. The group meets one to two times a month in the morning: 7 to 7:30, to have breakfast together and make a difference! Group advisors include Master Chief, Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. H.

Business Professionals of America

Students that join Business Professionals of America have the opportunity to further their knowledge and prepare for a career in today’s fast paced business environments. We offer an assortment of engaging learning tracks that will strengthen their core understanding and lay the foundation for the next steps in their lives. See Ms. Cahall in room 231 for more information.

Navy Junior Reserve Office Training Corps NJROTC

 Highland High School’s Navy JROTC is not only an elective but is also a class at Highland that teaches students leadership skills they can carry with them throughout their life. Many  people assume the NJROTC program is designed for those preparing for military service, this is not the case. The program is designed as a “citizenship development” program. While it is wrapped around military values of respect, confidence, teamwork, responsibility, etc., it primarily prepares students to be responsible and informed citizens.

 Students will be faced with many challenges in this class and they will learn how to solve them ethically. This also provides students with a chance to be part of a unit that treats each other like family. There are after school activities involved within taking this class including, community service, air rifle team, drill team, drone team, and many more. If students want to take an extra step there is also an opportunity for summer leadership camps and air rifle camps. Each year NJROTC students are offered an opportunity to make a week-long trip. Last year the unit traveled to Quantico, VA and were able to also see some of Washington, DC for a day as well. Most former cadets will say they truly enjoyed the opportunity and growth that came from NJROTC. See Master Chief Shipley for more information. 

Student Council

Student Council members host community outreach initiatives, leadership opportunities, community-building activities and fundraisers. Past activities include a student exchange with other local schools, “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness, participation in the Trunk or Treat event at HHS, MOAC Leadership Conference, pep rallies, pictures with Santa, carnation sale on Valentines Day, food and hygiene product drives, and more! See Ms. Kennedy for more information. 

 

Yearbook

The Highlander is a cherished part of Highland’s history. Since 1960 student journalists have captured each school year and compiled it into the yearbook for students, parents, and people in the community to enjoy and reflect on year after year. Today, students learn about photography, design, writing, as well as marketing, customer service, and more. Recently the 2020 Highlander “Limitless”  AND 2021 Highlander “Stranger Times” were proudly Nationally recognized as Honorable Mentions in Balfour’s 2021 and 2022 Yearbook, Yearbook. Don’t miss out on your chance to treasure your high school memories, pre order your copy of the current Highlander today at YearbookForever.com
If you are interested in joining the yearbook staff, contact Mrs. Banbury before scheduling in the Spring to get an application! Adviser Kara Banbury, kara_b@hlsd.us

Youth and Government

Youth in Government is the ultimate hands-on experience of how state government really works.  Students will choose the legislative branch or the judicial branch and write a bill or a brief.  There is a 3 day conference in Downtown Columbus in which students will present their bills or briefs.  We will stay at a hotel for 2 nights and have all of our activities at the State House. Cost is= $295- we will do fundraisers to help reduce the cost. See Ms. Hearlihy for more information.
Youth Leadership Association: https://ylaleads.org/youth-in-government/
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