Clubs & Activities
Bound Brook High School is a member of the Somerset County Academic League. We have two high school teams who participate in the league: a Junior Varsity team (Underclassmen) and a Varsity team (Seniors Only). Academic League competitions are held on Thursdays beginning in the month of November and last until mid-February. The teams go to a host school, where students participate in a quiz format similar to the Jeopardy game. When arriving at the host school, students have time to prepare for the matches and eat a quick snack provided by the host school. Each match lasts approximately 60 minutes of active competition. There are 10 total teams in the league and each team will be played once a season.
At the end of the season, the team with the maximum wins will decide the first and second place. Winners are determined for both JV and Varsity Teams. The students and teams are then ranked against every other student and team in the state. Questions are focused around the following topics: General knowledge, American History, Easy Math, Tough Math, American Literature, Sports, Current Events, Geography, Arts and Entertainment, Fictional Characters, Foreign Culture, Life Sciences, Visual, These United States, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine/Health, Mythology/Religion, Historical Figures, Government & Law, Grammar, Where in the World, and Fine Arts.
Advisor: Lauren Kowalczyk
Students in the Art Club meet after school to work on special art projects and to share art experiences with their peers. Art club is open to all students who are interested in the arts; they do not need to be currently enrolled in an art class. In addition to producing art that interests them, students will participate in volunteer and community service opportunities by working on art related projects to better their school and their community.
Advisor: Janet Gattone
Black and Brown Cultural Alliance
The Black and Brown Culture Alliance is intended to educate and support students and staff about the importance of social justice issues, while educating each other on the necessity of respecting, appreciating, and understanding the culture of the black and brown community. Students can express themselves and be educated while receiving support from other members of the BBCA. Students also plan fundraising events to raise awareness and money for different organizations surrounding the social justice issues of the black and brown community. Senior members are eligible at the end of the year to apply for the BBCA’s scholarship. All members of the BBCA will be exposed to different aspects of black and brown culture which will entail field trips, guest speakers, demos, crafts, and more. All students are welcome to share their voice and a helping hand but must be respectfully engaged with an open mind and heart.
Advisors: Samantha Beatrice
In this untraditional book club, students suggest, vote, and read books which are then discussed at an in-person meeting and an online forum. At meetings, students have the opportunity to suggest new items for the library’s collection and participate in other literacy outreach programs for the community and school.
Advisor: Rozanna Barqawi
The Chess Club teaches students strategy skills through the game of chess. Students compete against each other to practice as they compete in different local tournaments.
Advisor: Angel Menendez
College Bound Club
Bound Brook College Bound is meant to assist high school students in the pursuit of college after graduation. This club aims to support students through this process and provide them with a place to ask all of their questions and discuss solutions. The goals and objectives of the club are to help students identify possible college majors and different college programs; help students with the college application process – college essays, deadlines, test scores, and types of applications; and assist students in the college search and creation of a list of places to apply.
Advisors: Samantha Beatrice
Computer Science Honor Society
Advisors: David Romancheck
Crusaders Dance Club
The Crusaders Dance Club’s mission is to create a safe space for students to express themselves, embrace different cultures, and form connections with peers through the art of dance. Learning styles such as the bachata, merengue, salsa, hip hop, and contemporary, students are introduced to a variety of step sequences, movements, and musical arrangements that expand their knowledge of dance from around the world. Whether you dance for fun or dream of putting on a performance, the Crusader’s Dance Club provides students with opportunities to showcase their talents and hard work. Experience is not necessary to join the Crusader’s Dance Club, just a passion for dance and a positive attitude.
Advisor: Jenna Calo
Debate Club/Junior Statesmen of America
In the student-run Junior Statesmen of America (Debate) Club and at JSA summer schools and summer institutes, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good.
Advisor: None listed
The Bound Brook High School Drama Club gives students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of musical theater. Participants will sing, dance, and act in public performances including a cabaret-style show, a spring musical, the Somerset County Teen Arts Festival, and other community events. Students may also choose to participate in a technical role – stage crew, sound, lighting, and/or set design. Drama club members have the option to join the International Thespian Society (theater honor society) after accumulating points by participating in productions. Join the Drama Club to work as a team to create meaningful art, learn performance skills, entertain the community, and most importantly, have fun!
Advisor: Anna Shaffner
The Bound Brook Elysium is one of the longest running clubs at the high school. The goal is to foster interest and enthusiasm for writing, listening, and performing poetry, stories, essays, song lyrics and scripted videos. Students participate in planning and executing meeting goals as well as long-term products such as coffeehouses each marking period. Eligible students are invited to the Somerset County Teen Arts Festival in the spring.
French National Honor Society
The French Honors Society recognizes high achievement in French by students of secondary schools and promotes continuity of interest in French studies and culture.
Advisor: Pierre Abd
From board games to video games to card games, Gamer’s Club talks about and plays just about anything. It is a chance to get to know other gamers in the school and play games together cooperatively or competitively. The club gets together once a week to play various games and meet new friends. No matter what you are doing in Gamer’s Club, the goal is to have fun.
Advisor: Sam Haber
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place.
Advisor: Scott Orshan
Advisor: Cynthia D’Andrea
National Art Honor Society
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.
The Neurodiversity Club’s mission is to serve as a community of support for neurodivergent students. The club advocates for those in the neurodivergent community and encourages patience, understanding, and cooperation. The term Neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one “right” way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits.The club’s goal is to spread this message of awareness with kindness and understanding. This club is student led and staff member guided. Club members are encouraged to organize accessible social events, advocacy projects, and educational programs to increase acceptance and accessibility within the Bound Brook community.
Advisor: DeAnna Scott
Advisor: Chris Shaffner
Power Puff Football
Advisor: Anthony Melesurgo
P.R.I.D.E. (People Respecting Inclusion, Diversity and Equality) Club
P.R.I.D.E (People Respecting Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) Club is an alliance that provides all BBHS students with an inclusive, safe and supportive space for social activities, networking, and event planning. PRIDE is committed to encouraging diversity and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) issues. The meetings are highly social, and the group strives to create a safe space where everyone feels comfortable. The mission is to foster an awareness of the diverse community at BBHS, and the club’s activities are first and foremost geared toward advancing this mission. The club hopes that by having a visible and active presence at BBHS, we can encourage others to live openly and confidently, no matter who they are.
Project Graduation is a 100% free, fun, safe celebratory event for the current graduating class of Bound Brook High School, without the risks of alcohol and illegal substances. This event provides graduating seniors a place to get together and celebrate their graduation for one last time with their peers and as a class, enjoying activities like bouncy houses, a hypnotist, other types of performances, and of course, some great food! Project Graduation is funded by school fundraisers and monetary/goods/services donations from the local Bound Brook community. Please contact either advisor to support Project Graduation. All types of donations are welcome.
The Bound Brook High School Robotics team, also known as R.O.B.B.E. (Robotics Of Bound Brook and Ethicon) and Team 56, allows students the opportunity to work alongside robotics engineers and other mentors to build and design a large-scale robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition, as well as learn other skills and abilities relating to branding, business, safety, and community outreach. R.O.B.B.E. & TEAM 56 is more than just robots! Through participation on Team 56, students learn gracious professionalism and are provided unique opportunities to prepare for a future and/or career in S.T.E.A.M. (Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Mathematics.) fields. Students who actively participate on Team 56, now have the opportunity to earn a Varsity Letter, as the high school program is split into three levels: Varsity, JV, and Club. Regardless of level, participating with Team 56 helps facilitate a passion for learning, as driven students can expect to develop 21st-century skills through a wide variety of opportunities. More information can be found on the team’s website, the Blue Alliance, or by contacting one of the advisors.
Science National Honor Society
Science National Honor Society (SNHS) is a prominent scientific organization that will engender a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America. The purpose of this organization is to encourage participation in and recognition of scientific and intellectual thought. It is to advance the students’ knowledge of classical and modern science, to communicate with the scientific community, and to aid the civic community with its comprehension of science. It is to encourage students to participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all mankind. Throughout the year, students will meet at general meetings once or twice a month to hear guest speakers and student board speakers discuss relevant topics in science. Members are also required to participate in science outreach opportunities and encouraged to be involved with our science competition teams. In order to join and become a member of SNHS, specific requirements must be met. For more on the requirements and other important information, please visit the national SNHS website.
Advisor: Matt Hueston
Social Justice Coalition
The BBHS Social Justice Coalition is a place for students who believe, like Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Members discuss local and global human rights, as well as social justice issues. Students plan awareness campaigns at the school, and occasionally within the community in the form of special events, rallies/assemblies, guest speakers, and celebrations of diversity. All students are welcome but must be civically engaged.
Advisors: Rosalia Lopa
Spanish National Honor Society
The Spanish Honors Society recognizes high achievement in Spanish by students of secondary schools and promotes continuity of interest in Hispanic studies.
Advisor: Kari Trevidic
Stage Crafters & Musical
Advisor: Chris Shaffner
The Student Council promotes leadership, self-confidence, and self-reliance. It is a privilege, not a right, and teaches students important lessons regarding the proper balance of freedom, privilege, and responsibility. The Student Council members serve as liaisons between the student body and school administration, leaders for the student body, and role models and ambassadors to the Bound Brook community. Bound Brook High School’s Student Council assists in planning and running our seasonal pep rallies, our fall homecoming dance, and our homecoming halftime show at the football game. They also participate in school-wide fundraising efforts. Students who are members of Student Council get exposed to a wide variety of opportunities, both locally and nationally.
Advisor: Lauren Kowalczyk
Bound Brook High School’s yearbook, The Chronicle, captures a moment in time that students can reflect on and reminisce about years after their time as a Bound Brook High Crusader. Students in the Yearbook Club assist by learning the basics of photography, layout design, and photo editing using 21st century technology to create the yearbook. Students play a massive role in the content placement, creative design, and all aspects of layout and design. The yearbook is an inclusive club that allows participants from 9-12 grade to participate.