Upper School Clubs
Our Upper Schoolers have a plethora of clubs and extracurricular activities to supplement their learning during the week. At Dwight Global, all students are encouraged to join clubs, and students participate in a Club Fair every September during in-person Orientation. Additionally, any student is welcome to start a club, just as long as they have a faculty advisor.
Below is a sample of some Upper School clubs at Dwight Global.
- Global Citizens Model United Nations (GCMUN)
- Chess Club
- Public Policy & Activism Club
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- Global Issues Network (GIN)
Do you like public speaking, negotiating, debating, travel, world politics and are looking to boost your high school experience? Look no further, this is where you belong!
The Global Citizens Model United Nation (GCMUN) club encourages the perfection of important skills, such as teamwork, necessary to carry a productive debate and experience at the conference and individuality cherished by the adoption of a Single Delegation methodology when assigning countries and committees.
GCMUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate you about international law, cooperation and multilateral diplomacy. In GCMUN, you take on the roles of diplomats representing states and participate in a session of an organization or committee, which is part of the UN (such as the Human Rights Council or the Security Council).
You will research your countries position, debate, deliberate, consult, and eventually develop a new UN framework with solutions to world problems.
Each year, GCMUN hosts an intense 3-day conference held in New York City, usually at the end of February. Participating students will have had the opportunity to live, work and breathe in the same exact surroundings as their real counterparts – the ambassadors – each day do. If compatible with the ordinary work of the United Nations, thanks to the partnership with some permanent mission.
Model United Nations around the world are well-known for their huge educational value, and GCMUN has been no different. At the conference you can expect to engage in highly stimulating debates on world-class issues directly selected from the United Nations Agenda.
The Chess Club is ideal for anyone interested in playing chess with other Dwight Global students at any skill level. I believe that the best way to get better at anything is to do it with others who might be more skilled than yourself, and chess is certainly no exception!
The Chess Club will host weekly friendly matches with a challenging tournament at the end of each month. All matches and tournaments will be hosted via chess.com, an incredibly popular and free to use chess website used by chess grandmasters and players across the globe.
Accounts are free and the site offers a variety of different puzzles, challenge modes, and the ability to play with anyone around the world, making it the perfect site to improve your game. Zoom will also be used for the weekly calls and players will be sent to break out rooms during matches.
How do we create change? How do we know what problems are most pressing and demand immediate attention? How do we develop solutions for these problems when they seem too big to cure? How do we persuade those in charge to take action and enact fruitful concrete change?
Our answers lie in two key concrete areas: public policy and activism. Public policy is how the government, whether that be local or federal, responds to the demand for change. This is the gateway to making an abstract change become a concrete reality. Activism, on the other hand, is known as the “vehicle of persuasion.” Activism lies on the premise of civic engagement and is the key tool for persuading policymakers and decision-makers to adopt public policy and create real change. Activism is what advances public policy and change.
In the Public Policy and Activism Club, we will try to find the answers to all of the questions above while examining what it exactly takes to create change. We will explore the topics of bias, intersectionality, criminal justice, police reform, environmental racism, reproductive justice, and other sectors of society that demand a change in the status quo. We will also look at the different types of activism and the ethical, strategic, and realistic goals that are needed as an activist. Delving into the connection between public policy and activism, this club’s objective is to give members the voice and tools needed to become change agents.
Meetings will be held bi-monthly for 30 minutes depending on everyone’s schedule. In these meetings, we will discuss a whole range of topics that hold relevance to understanding and creating constructive change. From discussing current issues to issues that seem to never go away and mimic history, these meetings are a perfect place for us to grow as researchers, policymakers, and strategic changemakers.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Students in grades 11–12 who meet the requirements for membership are eligible to be invited for membership.
Dwight Global will publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the four pillars of NHS:
- Scholarship: Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a grade of 85% in all classes.
- Service: This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community without compensation.
- Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
- Character: The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete a form detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character.
The Global Issues Network Club is a group of young students committed to making social and environmental change through participation in an action-based project to raise awareness and discuss sustainable solutions to local or global problems. GIN is a great opportunity for students to create projects about social justice topics that they are passionate about.
Every year, Dwight takes a group of students on the Global Issues Network trip to Luxembourg. The inspiring stories from the keynote speakers, collaborating with peers from all around the world makes the conference a rewarding and positive experience. Students begin planning and implementing their projects before the conference in March. The GIN Club encourages young leaders to work together and positively impact global challenges!
WISER (Women's Institute for Secondary Education and Research) is a non-profit NGO, which opened the first girls’ boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, to provide girls with the opportunity to overcome life obstacles through education. Dwight has worked with WISER since 2009 through its Partner Program to build global relationships, create an international exchange of ideas, and assist in providing scholarships for girls. The support of Partner Schools is especially crucial to WISER right now as Kenya is facing new obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of Dwight's WISER group will work on continuing and building relationships with the girls and teachers in Muhuru Bay, as well as further promoting WISER within our Dwight community.