An opportunity to learn more about each of the following activities occurs in mid-September, when the Activities Fair is held.
Black and Hispanic Awareness (BHA)
Consists of students who meet to increase awareness of black and Hispanic cultures. This group annually sponsors a multicultural day.
Emma Willard’s student newspaper, is published six times per year.
EcoEmm Fair Trade
Established in 2006, has as its mission the ongoing education of ourselves and our community about diverse cultures and trade issues affecting the poorest farmers and producers in today's world through the lens of Fair Trade. We hope to help provide small scale farmers and artisans with increasing economic stability, to encourage ecologically sustainable farming that protects producers, consumers and the environment, and to learn how to develop and manage a viable business. It is our pleasure to donate our profits to charitable organizations selected by the students in our group. We are proud to be part of the first high school in the US to achieve the Fair Trade designation.
This group aims to promote the overall health and wellness of the school community. Membership is open to all students interested in learning, discussing and communicating to others the importance of achieving and maintaining personal health while adapting to the rigorous demands of being a student at Emma. Topics include nutrition, exercise and stress management, and the club shares information about health and wellness through guest speakers, flyers and posters. http://emmafit.wordpress.com/
This news team gathers news of campus events – academic, athletic and social – and posts them to the school’s news blog.
These studenrs work with the Advancement Office to increase the interaction between current students and alumnae to build a strong Emma Willard community through projects, phonathons, events and Reunion.
Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS)
This group is a Christian fellowship group that meets regularly for religious discussions, readings and fellowship.
Foreign and American Student Organization (FASO)
This club is composed of international and American students who wish to enhance cross-cultural awareness at Emma Willard. FASO sponsors an annual international dinner and other events.
This is Emma Willard’s yearbook.
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
This weekly group works to educate the Emma community about the LGBQT community and promote acceptance throughout the school of all students, regardless of their sexual orientation. The group raises awareness about this issue through discussions of current events where LGBQT youths have been excluded or abused and by spreading the word through the posters and campaigns. They provide a safe environment for everyone as a crucial reminder that we are all equal and should be treated as such.
Founded in 2009, this is Emma Willard’s step team. Students use their bodies as instruments by stomping their feet and clapping their hands, which create complex rhythms and sounds. Elements of hip-hop, spoken word and acting are also included in their performances. To watch a performance, click here.
This student-initiated group creates opportunities for students to participate in community service projects such as volunteering with children, the elderly or disabled or a political group.
Junior Singing Group (JSG)
This is an a cappella singing group whose heads are chosen by election from the junior class and whose members are chosen by audition early in the school year.
This club gives students an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills and learn about the law. The team presents their cases in front of actual judges in real courtrooms as part of the New York State Bar Association’s mock trial competition.
This club encourages students to get outside and enjoy our neighboring Adirondacks and the great outdoors. Map and compass work are integrated into meetings in preparation for a wide variety of hikes (including an overnight hike in the High Peaks). Check out the website here.
This group gives students hands-on experience with philanthropy. Members of Phila learn about grant-making by giving away $4,000 each year to local nonprofits and organizations with an international focus. Students also organize several off-campus volunteering activities in which any member of the Emma community is welcome to participate.
A group that competes in an academic question-and-answer game format against other schools around the Capital District.
This group of student leaders is committed to strengthening communication and to developing personal responsibility in each student.
This nationwide competition has many different events for students to participate in a variety of science and technology disciplines. Students pick several events, study throughout the year with their event partner, and then compete at our regional competition at St. Rose in early February. The events range from building a bridge to designing an experiment, to taking a physics test.
Student Organization for Animal Respect (SOAR)
Student volunteers regularly at a local animal shelter and raises funds throughout the year for the animals’ care and feeding.
Emma Willard’s art and literary magazine, is produced at least twice a year. Check out the latest issue.
This is a cappella senior singing group. Members are selected through auditions held during the first few weeks in September.
This group based off the branch of the UN dedicated to Children's rights around the world. We are an official High School chapter of UNICEF. As a group we come together to discuss how current affairs around the world are effecting children, and what this means to us as students and young girls living. Each month has a different theme, chosen by UNICEF for their high school chapters. We read articles, watch videos, and discuss. Our goal is to educate ourselves, and then go and educate our community. We raise awareness, and work to fund raise, from which all money is sent to UNICEF for that month's cause.
Additional groups include Agonies, Choir, Model U.N., Orchestra, and Slavery No More.