SHS Student Organizations
Black American Club - Mica Parker, Sponsor
- To create more interest and understanding in black culture
- To develop character
- To encourage improvement in student-faculty communications
- To strengthen the confidence of young men and women in themselves and in their work
Business Professionals of America
Gain the competitive edge for college and career success with the Business Professionals of America.
BPA is the premier organization for students preparing for careers in business. With 250,000 members all over the country, BPA prepares students for “real world” professional experiences. The purposes of BPA include:
● Develop student leadership
● Improve poise, social ability, attitude, and tact
● Develop competence in business and office occupations
● Promote better understanding at local, state, and national levels
● Promote student ambition for useful purposes
● Learn to plan effectively
● Develop confidence and a spirit of competition
● Learn to get along with others
● Understand and promote business
Kassidi Seaton, SHS Sponsor
Phone: (325) 235-3491
DECA - Nina Wilson, Sponsor
DECA is a national career and technical student organization composed of more than 170,000 marketing education students who are interested in entrepreneurial, marketing and/or management careers. DECA provides the student members with educational and leadership opportunities through the partnership of the marketing education instructional programs and the business and industry community. DECA’s goal is to teach the following skill set to it's student members:
- Occupational competencies needed for careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship
- Leadership skills
- Social and business etiquette
- An understanding and appreciation of civic responsibility
- Ethical behavior in personal and business relationships
- An understanding of the role of the free enterprise system in the global economy
FCCLA - Rebecca Duncan, Sponsor
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America - Sweetwater High School Chapter
FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technology student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school, grades 7 -12.
FCCLA has been a part of Sweetwater High School since 1948, when the first chapter was organized as Future Homemakers of America.
In 2007-08 we had 35 members that received many opportunities for personal growth and leadership development through activities in Family and Consumer Science classes and community service activities.
Activities the Sweetwater High School FCCLA participated in included:
- Parent Night at Southeast Elementary and East Ridge Elementary
- Blood Drive
- Christmas Faculty Dinner
- Gift bags for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center
- STOP the Violence seminar in Austin
- STOP the Violence presentations to SHS classes
- Concession stand fundraiser
Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Liz Miller, Sponsor
Get focused to be the best at your game.
Have the desire and discipline to excel, not only in your sport, but in life.
Have the passion to pursue the prize set before you...a relationship with Christ.
Succeed because your body, your mind and your heart are focused on Him.
When you think of FFA, like most people, farming is probably the first thing that comes to mind. While FFA used to stand for Future Farmers of America, the organizations name changed in 1988 to The National FFA Organization, to reflect the science, business, and technology of agriculture. There is so much more to FFA than farming and ranching. It focuses on developing the skills and leadership of today’s youth. FFA is a very diverse organization. From the Leadership Development Events in the fall to Career Development Events in the spring to Public Speaking and exhibiting livestock year round. Students have the opportunity to participate in all of these things.
It is natural for everyone to want to excel in some way or another. In the ag department at Sweetwater High School, we believe in the idea that "everyone can be good at something." Because of the diversity of the program, the challenge is simply to find the avenue to success best suited for each student. It takes a lot of hard work to be successful in competition. However the results of hard work are very rewarding. As a member of the Sweetwater FFA chapter, students learn new skills that benefit them later in life. Whether it is leadership skills, such as public speaking or chapter conducting, or decision-making skills required in livestock, meats or other judging contests, participants are given the opportunity to learn, lead, and hopefully become successful.
National Honor Society - Scott Whittenburg, Sponsor
The NHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. The National Honor Society at Sweetwater High School is in its 40th year. An induction ceremony for new members is held each year in November.
Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and providing service to the community through activities such as Halloween on the Square, TAKS tutoring of middle school students, and community cleanup.
The Spanish Club consists of a group of students interested in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. The goals of the Spanish Club are:
- To promote a sense of cultural diversity and awareness
- To serve the community through service activities
- To further the education of its members by awarding scholarships
Throughout the school year, the Spanish Club meets for culturally significant celebrations, such as el Dieciseis de Diciembre and el Cinco de Mayo. The Club also provides a number of community services, including raising money for the Goodfellows organization and decorating the nursing homes at Christmas. The club also provides a scholarship for a qualified senior member.
Student Council - Candice Mercer, Sponsor
Technology Students Association
The Technology Student Association is an extracurricular organization for students who are currently enrolled in a technology education class. Our school offers the following courses under technology education:
- Architectural Graphics
- Computer Applications Research, Design, and Development
- Manufacturing Systems
- Construction Systems
- Manufacturing Technology
The Sweetwater High School Industrial Arts Department first affiliated its TIASA (Texas Industrial Arts Student Association) club in 1982. We have continuously been affiliated with the state and national TSA since 1982. Since 1982 the department's name changed to Industrial Technology and later to Technology Education. TIASA also changed its name to reflect the changes in the technology education field. In May of 1987 TIASA became TSA, Technology Student Association.
Sweetwater technology students have competed at the regional and state levels even before the club was organized. Since the affiliation of our chapter, we have strived to improve leadership, competition, and education through club participation. Sweetwater TSA chapter 412 has attended leadership workshops and also competed in the Tarleton technology challenge, winning awards and scholarships.
In June of 2000, three of our members competed at the national TSA conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In June of 1999, two of our members also competed at the national TSA conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.