New Tech students are welcome to participate in District 126 district wide clubs and activities, such as Drama/Thespians, Stage Crew, NJROTC Drill Team, NJROTC Rifle Team, NJROTC Orienteering, Speech Team, Academic Team, etc. In addition, New Tech has several building level clubs that are offered:
Healthy YOUth (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) is a drug prevention program for dedicated, hard-working, and responsible students who have chosen to be drug-free and who want to share that commitment with others in their community. Healthy YOUth is more than just a club. The program is sponsored not only by District 126, but by the Lake County Health Department and the Coalition for Healthy Communities as well. Healthy YOUth members will be mentors and role models for other students.
National Honor Society
National Honor society is a service club that is dedicated to scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The group is made up of students who strive for high achievement, not only in academics, but also in community service and leadership. Their main objective is to serve and lead the school and community by planning and executing unique service projects and special events. Each spring, students with a 3.00 GPA or higher and a proven desire to serve the school and community may apply to become National Honor Society members.
Rotary Interact is a service organization created for youth and is sponsored by the local Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary Club. New Tech’s Interact chapter is open to all NT@ZB students. Each year, Interact works to give back to our Zion-Benton Community through various community service projects. These projects allow students to develop a better sense of self and community while strengthening their communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.
Student Government is a group of New Tech students working together to provide a voice to the student body. We identify issues important to the students of New Tech and work closely with our administration to resolve those issues, creating the best academic and social experience possible for our students. New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East is an official member of the Democracy School Network, whose approach is to provide high-quality civic learning experiences and allow young people to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that facilitate informed participation in public life. All grade levels are welcome!
The Brotherhood of Extraordinary Young Men
The overall mission of The Brotherhood is to improve male student success. While they have a diverse group across all grade levels, one of the primary objectives of The Brotherhood is to increase the number of minority students attending college. Students are encouraged to support one another, using the motto: “I am my brother’s keeper, and together we will rise.” Each year, Brotherhood members participate in District 126’s Rising Stars program, and work to make trips to leadership conferences.
Sister 2 Sister
Sister 2 Sister is an organization that teaches young women about the importance of sisterhood, with members helping each other achieve academic, social, and personal goals. Members make college visits, field trips, and senior trips to foster this greater sense of sisterhood.
Tech Crew is a program that is open to students of both ZBTHS and NT@ZB. Through this program, students will be allowed to learn and have hands on training on the installation, support, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the District 126 technology infrastructure, which includes over 3,000 users, 20 industrial Microsoft and Linux servers, 80 networked applications, 900 networked desktop workstations, 200 networked laptops, and 90 networked printers. TechCrew runs like a corporate IT department where students are ranked according to proficiency levels 1, 2, and 3.
Anime Club is a lunchtime activity where members meet, watch, and discuss various aspects of Japanese animation shows and films, otherwise known as anime. Students of all ages are eligible to attend, and it’s a great way to meet students outside your cohort or grade level.
Art club is an informal gathering of student artists to showcase and practice our drawings and paintings, and learn new skills. We meet every morning at 7am in room 203.
Chess Club is the chance to meet and challenge other students of all levels in one of the classic competitions of all time. Students of all levels are encouraged to come, from those new to the game to seasoned players.
Friends of Rachel
This club helps the school become a safer, more connected places to attend and learn. Our activities create real culture change by actively involving the entire community and students in the process. We focus on engaging the participants’ heart, head and hands in a continuing improvement process to ensure a welcoming environment for all students.
Green Bees is a group of students who are interested in and who enjoy taking an active role in learning about the environment. One of our overall goals is to find ways to make our school eco-friendlier. We partner with the Zion Park District to help with the Zion Helping Hands Community Garden at Hermon Park, in addition to other activities throughout the year such as trips to local forest preserves and museums.