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The Power of an Hour

Written by Arianna Kholanjani, Junior Journalism Student

Power Hour is a unique concept that allows students to get involved in a variety of clubs, activities, and improve their academics. It has been a part of New Century since the 2016-2017 school year and has been a success in getting students involved in various activities that shape our school. This article will elaborate on the various clubs that students can participate in during Power Hour.

Some clubs that students partake in are strand-based, which allow them to expand their knowledge regarding their chosen strand. For example, HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) is a biomedical club, sponsored by Jane Bouldin, that exposes students to healthcare related experiences through community service. Every year, HOSA students compete in competitions at the HOSA State Leadership Conference, where Tatjana Nashadka won 1st place in Behavioral Health Science last year. Some students in the computer science strand participate in the Computer Science Club, sponsored by Jeff Baker, in which students can apply their computer science skills outside the classroom, as well as compete in programming competitions. For engineering students, they have the option of participating on the robotics team, sponsored by Scott Agnew and Terry Thornton. Robotics students use their engineering and software development skills to build a robot and compete as a team. Last year, the robotics team competed in the Rocket City Regionals competition.

New Century also offers clubs that teach and implement leadership skills and community service projects. Beta Club, sponsored by Shanna Hays, is a national club that allows students with a 3.7 and above GPA to plan school benefiting projects, community service projects, and go to the National Beta Convention to compete in STEAM competitions and show off community service projects. At last year’s state convention, there were six students that qualified to go to the national competition. At the national competition that was held in June, former student Daniel Williams won 3rd place in his division. Key Club, sponsored by Alexander Mercieca, is a community service based club that encourages students to have leadership positions through community service. This year, students in Key Club will raise money for the Children’s Miracle Hospital Network, along with other various activities throughout the community. The New Century Student Government Association, sponsored by Glenn Watson, allows students to have leadership roles and plan student events, such as Homecoming, and represent the student body at meetings with Huntsville City Schools’ Central Office.

Clubs that promote students’ academic success are also available. New Century’s Academic Team, sponsored by Karman Morgan, allows students to compete in trivia contests with other schools in Huntsville City Schools, as well as other schools across Alabama. Last year, the New Century Academic Team came in 3rd place across the district, the JV team was a state qualifier, and the Varsity Team was a regional qualifier for the Alabama Scholastic Challenge. The New Century Math Team, sponsored by Molly Latham, allows students to participate in math related activities. Those on the math team have the opportunity to participate in competitions at the local, district, state, and national level.