National Beta Club
The National Beta Club is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. And for more than 80 years, it has prepared today's students to be tomorrow's leaders. A nationally recognized service organization, the Beta Club is offered to students who learn leadership by serving others. Academic requirements must be met and each member is required to complete service hours. The Beta Club is available for the eligible students in grades 9-12 by invitation.
Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (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.
Drama introduces the necessary skills to Middle and High School students through the study of basic terminology and the exploration of the physical and mental aspects of acting. Students will study vocal techniques, character analysis, monologue and scene work, and the components needed for group performance projects. Various types of acting techniques are introduced. Performances are held throughout the year. Harvester’s Drama Department has received superior ratings and is state recognized. In 2008, GISA awarded the HCA Drama Department the region and state top honor in drama and HCA drama students won individual state awards.
Music of many styles and periods in history is studied and performed as students learn techniques of good vocal production, diction, intonation, and interpretation of styles. The joy of ensemble participation may come in the form of singing for peers in a student chapel or assembly program, performing in a concert open to the community, or singing at nursing homes, holiday venues, and the community. This year our Middle School Choir became the GICAA Middle School Choral Competition Small Ensemble North Region Champions!
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The study of a foreign language prepares students to compete and cooperate in the international arena and helps to promote multi-cultural understanding. Spanish instruction in K4 through 6th grades introduces students to pronunciation and intonation patterns, as well as Spanish vocabulary primarily through the development of speaking and listening skills. Middle and High school students take Spanish as an elective and graduate with an understanding of the Spanish culture and proficiency in both the written and spoken language.
As an elective for HS students, this course instructs students in all aspects of publishing a school annual (yearbook). It includes page design, cover design and photography. Additionally, it teaches students to communicate and work with all the shareholders of our school: students, parents, teachers, staff members and administration.
Chess Club has continued to develop at Harvester, with enrollment topping 30 students in 2015. As the only United States Chess Federation sanctioned club in the county, members are excited to challenge each other in weekly meetings, and to participate in school-wide and regional tournaments. In 2015, HCA was honored to host the first ever West Atlanta Georgia Chess Association Open, offering students a peek into the world of international competitive chess.
HCA's newspaper, The Hawk Herald, is offered as an elective to the High School students. Students find stories, interview subjects, take pictures, and edit their articles into the paper. The Hawk Herald has special sections in each edition, aimed at highlighting the best of HCA. Features include a Senior Spotlight, a collection of teachers' favorite Bible verses, and an advice column.
Hawk Talk is HCA's own morning news program. High School students take Hawk Talk as an elective, filming episodes to be broadcast in the classrooms each morning via Apple TV and YouTube. Students secure information, prepare scripts, film, and edit.