Activities & Clubs

Active Minds at River Hill

Meets monthly. Active Minds is a national organization that "empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking." Active Minds at XX High School seeks to open up the conversation about mental health as well as bullying. Students organize and run events in order to educate and promote self-advocacy and positive mental health.

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Jonathan Solomon School Psychologist Jonathan_Solomon@hcpss.org

Alpha Achievers

Targeting African-American males in grades 9 - 12, the Alpha Achievers is an education program of the Howard County, Maryland Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It fosters a positive learning environment in order to facilitate students’ pursuit of excellence by attaining, maintaining and exceeding a 3.0 grade point average. The minimum requirement for membership is a 3.0 GPA. The program also seeks to encourage and motivate those students who have less than a 3.0 grade point average to strive toward it.

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David Evans BSAP

Angel's Network

Meets in Room 220.

Leirdre Galloway Teacher Leirdre_Galloway@hcpss.org

B.L.U.

We unite students who are interested in the African and African-American culture, provide leadership experiences, connect with the Howard County Community, and participate in school and community service.

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Leirdre Galloway Teacher Leirdre_Galloway@hcpss.org

Best Buddies

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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Alison Kaplan Speech Pathologist Alison_Kaplan@hcpss.org
Margaret Schultz Teacher Margaret_K_Schultz@hcpss.org

Bollywood Club

Meets once a week on Fridays after school in Room 144.

Karen Allshouse Teacher karen_allshouse@hcpss.org

Chemathon

Meets every other week on Fridays after school (January-April) in Room 248 or the Media Center.

Kelly Wester Teacher kelly_wester@hcpss.org

Comedy Improv Act

Pamela Land Instructional Team Leader Pamela_Land@hcpss.org

Cultural Awareness Club

To share the diversity of our school to all students and to the community.

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Caroline Appel Teacher Caroline_Appel@hcpss.org

Ecology Club

Meets on Tuesdays after school in Room 250.

Regina Hobbs Teacher Regina_Hobbs@hcpss.org

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and DECA

FBLA is the premier organization for students preparing for careers in business and the largest student business organization in the world with a quarter of a million members. FBLA prepares students for "real-world" professional experiences. Members gain the competitive edge for college and career success.

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Teresa Waters Instructional Team Leader Teresa_Waters@hcpss.org

Gender Spectrum Allegiance

Meets every other week on Wednesdays during Hawk-Time and after school in Room 239.

Richard McCready Teacher Richard_McCready@hcpss.org

Honor Council

Callie Casper Instructional Team Leadre Callie_Casper@hcpss.org
Karen Allshouse Teacher karen_allshouse@hcpss.org

Ice Hawks Ice Hockey

To teach and train young athletes the fundamentals of the sport of ice hockey and to provide an opportunity for interscholastic competition between them and their cross-county peers.

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Wayne Tromble Teacher Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

It's Academic

Refreshments (donuts/cookies/sodas) are provided at each meeting. The It's Academic club at XXHS competes at numerous quiz bowl tournaments throughout the year, where participants answer questions covering a broad range of subjects, from history to chemistry to even sports. These competitions test not only your depth of knowledge in certain areas, but also your ability to buzz quickly, similar to Jeopardy. It's Academic itself is a televised academic quiz bowl competition aired on CBS. Every year, our club sends a team of three top players to compete against other teams in the area. Anyone who enjoys trivia or competition, regardless of skill level, is welcome to join us at our weekly meetings, where we practice with buzzers and answering questions. If you're interested in what types of questions are offered at tournaments, check out the hsquizbowl.org for free tournament packets and a forum on high school quiz bowl with many resources devoted to it.

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Karen Allshouse Teacher karen_allshouse@hcpss.org
James Fisher Teacher james_fisher@hcpss.org

J.A.C.C.

Meets on Tuesdays after school in Room 149.

Zina Gurvich Teacher zina_gurvich@hcpss.org

JOLT

JOLT encourages the learning of the Jewish culture. Not only is it a club for Jewish teens to hang out together, it is a place for anyone to come have fun and learn about culture.

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Leslie Topus Teacher Leslie_Topus@hcpss.org

Man in the Mirror

Meets on Wednesdays after school and during Hawk-time in Room 244.

Noelle Mineart Teacher jmineart@hcpss.org

Math Team

Math Team is a member of Howard County Math League (HCML) and participates in eight HCML competitions each year. Our focus is to practice high level mathematics problems to prepare for Howard County Math Team competitions. Math Team allows students to engage in friendly interaction with other students from XX High School, as well as the other high schools in Howard County. The students become engaged in higher-level critical thinking and problem solving skills, while at the same time helping XXHS in competition against neighboring schools in the county. All students are welcome to join, as there is no mathematical prerequisite for membership. Mathematical topics covered will range from Algebra 1/Data Analysis through Trigonometry.

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Rhonda De La Mar Teacher Rhonda_De_La_Mar@hcpss.org

Mock Trial

The purpose of the Mock Trial Team is to provide extensive knowledge on the subject of law and debate. It will also provide knowledge on important aspects of public advocacy and speaking, especially in cases of criminal trials. Furthermore it will instill a sense of challenge and constant rebuff against their point of view. It will enhance a student's ability to understand the rights, processes and procedures involved in both real and simulated court trials. Student Membership: Anyone is eligible to become a member of the Mock Trial Team.

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Lisa Kump Teacher lisa_kump@hcpss.org

Model UN

Model United Nations (MUN) is a speech and debate activity in which students take the part of political and diplomatic leaders of states while role-playing their interactions in the United Nations, in crisis situations, in historic events, and other international relations scenarios. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The Model UN club seeks to explore the world of diplomacy, debate, and international current events through authentic simulation of the United Nations. It is open to all students who are prepared to commit to the team and the required participation. Projects will include attendance at a fall and spring conference. Interested students debate about contemporary issues that affect the international community and learn about the United Nations organization.

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Lisa Kump Teacher Lisa_Kump@hcpss.org

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Meets every other Wednesday during Hawk Time in student services.

Margaret Schultz Teacher Margaret_K_Schultz@hcpss.org

POMS

POMS is a group of competitive dancers that perform during football and basketball half-time shows. Our Team also competes in competitions across the area during the winter season. Tryouts for the new team are held each year in May.

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Programming Club

Meets every other week on Tuesdays after school in Room 143.

Victoria Mariano Teacher Victoria_Mariano@hcpss.org

Rocketry Club

The Rocketry club supports student's interest in building and launching rockets, and teaches students the science and engineering associated with rocketry.

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Gregory Clark Teacher gregory_clark@hcpss.org

Rubick's Cube Club

Brings together students who enjoy Rubik's cubes and puzzles.

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Maureen Miller Spanish Teacher Maureen_Miller@hcpss.org

SASS

Safe Animal Sanctuary Society (SASS) meets every other Friday after school in room 134.

Safe Animal Sanctuary Society is a club based on raising animal awareness and helping them, especially mistreated animals. We would be helping by working with various local and some widespread organizations to host events at veterinary hospitals and pet stores, and occasionally volunteer at shelters.

Richard Gray Teacher Richard_Gray@hcpss.org

Science Olympiad (STEM)

Encourage and recognize scientific and intelectual thought Advance the students' knowledge of classical and modern science.
Communicate with the sciencetific community
Give an opportunity for motivated students interested in science a chance to compete and be recognized for their talents in a science competition
Build collaborative skills through team activities.
Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. The events reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved in grades 9-12. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

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SGA Executive Board

Meets every Monday at 6:45am in room 241. 

The River Hill SGA Executive Board serves to manage the club directory and the Class SGA sites. In addition, the Executive Board runs many annual events including, Homecoming, and the River Hill Yard Sale. The Executive Board is a multiple-time National Association of Student Councils (NASC) Gold Council of Excellence as well as a four-time recipient of the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Felix Simon Award.

John Difato Instructional Team Leader john_difato@hcpss.org

Shakespeare Club

Meets on Wednesdays during HawkTime in Room 219.

Wayne Tromble Teacher Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

Songs for Seniors

Meets on Mondays after school in the Band Room.

Michael Blackman Teacher Michael_Blackman@hcpss.org

Songs of Love

Richard McCready Teacher Richard_McCready@hcpss.org

Speech and Debate Team

Debate is a formal discussion on a topic, consisting of a resolution or notion that two people or groups can argue. The discussion is comprised of evidence and analytical arguments with the objective or purpose of winning the argument in front of a judge. We are a student-led group passionate about communication and competition. We teach, practice and compete the following forensics and debate formats: Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas debates, oratory, interpretation, impromptu speaking, and others. We participate in monthly local tournaments as part of the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League (BCFL). Students who compete also become members of the National Speech and Debate Honor Society, or the National Forensics League (NFL). Public Forum Forensics is the term given to competitive speech and debate activity. Our award-winning Forensics Team is currently comprised of approximately 10 students in grades nine through twelve.

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Richard Gray Teacher

Ukulele Club

The purpose is to help people learn how to play the ukulele, while getting ready to play in the guitar concert. The school has an abundance of ukuleles in storage, and it will be a good way use them, and spread the joy of playing the ukulele. Open to all people willing to join the fun community of ukulele players.

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Richard McCready Teacher Richard_McCready@hcpss.org

Unilife

Meets on Fridays after school in Room 120.

Leslie Topus Teacher Leslie_Topus@hcpss.org