Activities & Clubs

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 towards this goal.

Room: 235

Day: Every Other Wednesday

Time: Hawk Time

Contact: David Campbell (Primary Contact) David.L.Campbell@NASA.gov

Kelly Hearns Assistant Principal
Keith Gonsouland Teacher

Angel's Network

Angel's Network is an organization whose mission is to help people in need through donations towards charitable causes. Charitable causes include, but are not limited to, Breast Cancer Awareness, meals for the homeless, and school supply donations.

Room: 232A

Day: Tuesday

Time: 2:10-2:45

Contact: Davin Johnson Davin_Johnson@hcpss.org

Davin Johnson ESOL davin_johnson@hcpss.org

Astronomy Club

Students will meet to discuss their interest in all things astronomy.

Room: 203

Day: Every Other Wednesday

Time: 2:15-3:00

Contact: Richard McCready Richard_McCready@hcpss.org 

Richard McCready Teacher Richard_McCready@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). More information can be found at https://rhhsbestbuddies.wixsite.com/home

Room: Varies

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

Contact: Marni Rosenbaum Marni_Rosenbaum@hcpss.org

Jessica Mineart Jessica_Mineart@hcpss.org

Marni Rosenbaum Teacher marni_rosembaum@hcpss.org
Noelle Mineart Teacher jessica_mineart@hcpss.org

Biology Club

Room: 251 

Day: Every Other Thursday

Time: 2:15-4:00

Contact: Shelly Chamness Shelly_Chamness@hcpss.org

Black Leadership Union (BLU)

The mission of the Black Leadership Union is to explore African and African American experiences and culture through discussion, cultivate a collective student voice and promote leadership and service opportunities.

Room: 219

Day: Varying Thursdays

Time: 2:10-2:15

Contact: Sydney Michener Sydney_Michener@hcpss.org 

Chona Manuel Chona_Manuel@hcpss.org

Blue Room Breakers Breakdance Club

Our club practices breakdancing every Tuesday and Thursday. We learn how to incorporate moves into dance battles and freestyle. We perform for school and community events such as River Hill's Winter Dance Concert, Hill Fest, and Angel's Network Talent Show.

Room: Mini Theatre

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:10-3:30

Contact: Richard McCready Richard_McCready@hcpss.org

BNAT Fusion

Room: 223A

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:10-4:00

Contact: Nimisha Seshadri (Student, Primary) Nimisha703@gmail.com

Cathleen Maloney Cathleen_Maloney@hcpss.org

Bollywood Club

Room: 131

Day: Varying Fridays

Time: 2:10-3:30

 

Karen Allshouse Teacher karen_allshouse@hcpss.org

Book Club

Book Club is a fun, chill, and pressure-free environment made up of students who share a love for reading.

Room: 234

Day: First Thursday of Each Month

Time: After School

Contact: Diane Curry Diane_Curry@hcpss.org

Card Game Club

Room: 145

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:10-3:15

Contact: Jesse Childress Jesse_Childress@hcpss.org

Chem Club

Room: 248

Day: Friday

Time: 2:15-3:30

Contact: Kelly Wester Kelly_Wester@hcpss.org

Chorale

Chorale is a community chorus, which all are welcome to join! No previous experience necessary!

Room: 207

Day: Tuesday

Time: 2:30-3:30

Contact: Katherine Geiger Katherine_Geiger@hcpss.org

Cloud Watching Club

Cloud Watching Club meets monthly for discussion of observations made of the sky and clouds during the month. We post our pictures to our Instagram account: @RHHSCloudWatchingClub

Room: 120

Day: One Thursday a Month

Time: 2:30-3:00

Contact: Leslie Topus Leslie_Topus@hcpss.org

Leslie Topus Teacher Leslie_Topus@hcpss.org

Comedy Improv Act (CIA)

Room: Journalism

Day: Friday

Time: 2:10-3:30

Contact: Henry Grinnell (Student) Hemex12@gmail.com 

Wayne Tromble Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

Cosplay Club

Participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character of their choice. While meeting, we will  discuss topics such as makeup, wig styling, and sewing.

Room: 225 in the Media Center

Day: Friday

Time: 2:10-3:30

Contact: Virginia Jarvis Virginia_Jarvis@hcpss.org

DECA

DECA is an association of marketing students with the objective of improving educational and career opportunities for students in the areas of marketing, business, management, accounting, and entrepreneurship.DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs through competition in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

Room: Media Center of Cafeteria

Day: Wednesdays

Time: After School

Teresa Waters Instructional Team Leader Teresa_Waters@hcpss.org

Delta Scholars

The overall goal of the Delta Scholars program is to promote continued academic excellence in young women and provide mentoring support through the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The GPA requirement to join is a 3.0 and above. Participants are eligible for scholarship opportunities as well as honors at the time of graduation.

Room: 219

Day: Wednesday

Time: Hawk Time

Contact: Mrs. Allen DAllen@hcpss.org

Chona Manuel Chona_Manuel@hcpss.org

Dungeons and Dragons

Room: 205

Day: Wednesday

Time: 2:15-4:00

Contact: Rachael Schultz Rachael_Schultz@hcpss.org

Ecology Club

Eco Club

Group takes care of the School's recycling bins.

Room: 117

Day: First and Third Wesdesdays

Time: 2:15-2:40

Regina Hobbs Teacher Regina_Hobbs@hcpss.org

Educators Rising

Educators Rising is a national organization that supports students and education professionals. Students are encouraged to network and compete at national levels. Field trips are a part of club participation and competitions are optional.

Room: 151A

Day: Wednesday

Time: Hawk Time

 

Katie Noecker Teacher Katie_Noecker@hcpss.org

eSports Club

We are going to teach/learn the fundamental principles of competitive eSports, as well as having a good time (The games in question are League of Legends and Fortnite, which by the ESRB board are classified as 13+)

Room: Journalism

Day: Wednesday

Time: 2:15-3:00

Contact: Wayne Tromble Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

Film and Photography Club

River Hill Film and Photography club teaches about different aspects of the arts. Students will have opportunities to participate in photo shoots, photo challenges, films, editing, and much more.

Room: Journalism

Day: Wednesday

Time: 2:15-3:00

Wayne Tromble Teacher Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

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. For more information, please visit http://www.rhfbla.org/

Room: Workshops: Media, Hawk Time: 142
Day: Workshops: Varies, Hawktime: Wednesdays
Time: Workshops: Varies, Hawktime

Teresa Waters Instructional Team Leader Teresa_Waters@hcpss.org

Future Doctors of America

Future Doctors of America is a club for students who are interested in going into the medical field. They can share internship/volunteering opportunities, participate in talks by physicians, and share information about medicine.

Room: 251

Day: Wednesday

Time: 2:15-3:15pm

Shelly Chamness Teacher Shelly_Chamness@hcpss.org

Gender and Sexuality Alliance

Are you a member or ally of the LGBTQ+ community? Come join Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA for short)! The club is dedicated to creating a safe space for anyone of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as their allies, and discusses weekly topics related to the LGBTQ+ community.

Room: 120

Day: Monday and Tuesday

Time: After School

Richard McCready Teacher Richard_McCready@hcpss.org

GirlUp!

GirlUP! is sponsored by the United Nations and works on empowering girls from around the world with workshops, activities and speakers.

Room: 120

Day: One Wednesday a Month

Time: Hawk Time

Contact: Leslie Topus Leslie_Topus@hcpss.org

Green Initiative

Green Initiative is a group of students and teachers at River Hill High School who strive to educate the school and local community on how to be environmentally friendly. We've obtained Green School status and continue to implement new ideas in order to maintain it. We are dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability at River Hill High School. We meet together weekly to work on projects to make River Hill more eco friendly, while gaining leadership and collaboration skills.

Room: Media Center

Day: Thursdays

Time: 2:10 pm-2:45 pm

 

Mary Jane Sasser Mary_Sasser@hcpss.org

Hawk Talk

Room: TV Studio

Day: Every Day

Time: Beginning of 3rd Period

Contact: Michael Ahr Michael_Ahr@hcpss.org

HAWKappella

HAWKappella consists of two pop/a cappella groups (Talon Tones/Leading Ladies) that sing around RHHS and the Clarksville community.

Room: 207

Day: Tuesday

Time: 4:00-6:00

 

Katherine Geiger Instructional Team Leader katherine_geiger@hcpss.org

Hawks Fight Hunger

Room: Varies

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

Contact: Jessica Nichols Jessica_Nichols@hcpss.org

Hawks for Heroes

Room: 155

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:10-4:00

Contact: Gregory Clark Gregory_Clark@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. Contact Jose Valdesuso (joeav@verizon.net) for more information.

Room: Varies

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

 

Wayne Tromble Teacher Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

Investing Club

Room: Lab 136

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:10-3:15 

Contact: Michael Krouse Michael_Krouse@hcpss.org

It's Academic

The It's Academic club at RHHS competes at numerous quiz bowl tournaments throughout the year, where participants answer questions covering a broad range of subjects, from history to chemistry and even to 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. Refreshments (donuts/cookies/sodas) are provided at each meeting.

Room: 232

Day: Tuesday

Time: 2:10-3:30

 

James Fisher Teacher james_fisher@hcpss.org

Magic Club

Room: 145

Day: Friday

Time: 2:10-3:15

Contact: Jesse Childress Jesse_Childress@hcpss.org

Makers Club

Do you like to code, design, or make programs & apps, games, or program small robots? Join the Coding / Game Design / Maker Club and Coder Dojo. Students use our club-built Maker Farm 3D printer, raspberry pi mini computers, origami and maker supplies to create, design, or make nearly anything they can imagine! Also see https://www.raspberrypi.org/ for more information about Raspberry pi.

Room: 153

Day: Friday

Time: 2:10-3:00

Contact: Chad Boothe

Jay Bond Teacher jay_bond@hcpss.org
Chad Boothe Teacher chad_boothe@hcpss.org

Man in the Mirror

Man in the Mirror is a service club that focuses on hands-on volunteering. Events include blankets and bracelets, Grassroots thanksgiving dinner, Giving Tree, Ronald McDonald House, and more.Fro more information, please visit http://maninthemirrorrhhs.weebly.com/

Room: Varies

Day: Monday

Time: Varies

Jessica Nichols Teacher jessica_nichols@hcpss.org

Math Team

Our 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 River Hill 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 RHHS 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. One Wednesday a month the team travels to a competition- students return to school at around 5:00. Students are not required to attend county meets to be a part of the team.

Room: 256

Day: Wednesday

Time: 2:15-3:00

 

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.

Room: 232

Day: Monday and Wednesday

Time: 2:10-3:30

 

James Fisher Teacher james_fisher@hcpss.org

Model UN

The Model UN is an organization that promotes international awareness and peaceful conflict resolution by giving students the opportunity to participate in conferences held at various universities and high schools. It simulates the United Nations, where delegates engage in research of historical and current international issues, write proposals, resolve conflicts, and engage in debates with fellow conference attendees. Not only do students gain memorable experiences, they can gain knowledge in the areas of history, geography, culture, economics and science, which supplement the school curricula, providing them with a well-rounded education.

Room: Journalism

Day: Wednesday

Time: Hawk Time

 

Wayne Tromble Teacher Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

The River Hill MSA strives to achieve excellence and focuses its time on establishing the prescence of the Muslim community at River Hill. We aim to work with other clubs at RHHS to form stronger bonds between us and the River Hill community.

Room: 120

Day: Friday

Time: 2:10-3:00

 

Kelley Pfefferkorn Teacher Kelley_Pfefferkorn@hcpss.org

National Art Honor Society

Room: 215 

Day: Wednesday

Time: 2:10-2:45

Contact: Caroline Appel Caroline_Appel@hcpss.org

Jacob Cecil Jacon_Cecil@hcpss.org

Jenifer Smith Jennifer_E_Smith@hcpss.org

National English Honor Society

National English Honor Society works to promote literacy in our community; stresses the importance of writing, language, and communication; fosters creativity through writing; and leads English-related events in the school.

Room: 239

Day: Varying Wednesdays

Time: Hawk Time

Contact: Kristin Mitchell Kristin_Mitchell@hcpss.org

National History Day Club

Students will research historical topics and create competitive history projects.

Room: 223

Day: Thursdays

Time: 2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Sarah Tokar Teacher sarah_tokar@hcpss.org

National Honor Society (NHS)

Room: General Meetings: Cafe, Officers’ Meetings: 123/223

Day: General Meetings: One Wednesday a Month, Officers’ Meetings: Tuesday

Time: General Meetings: 7:00pm-8:00pm, Officers’ Meetings: 2:10-3:30

Contact: Callie Casper Callie_Casper@hcpss.org

Sarah Tokar Sarah_Tokar@hcpss.org

National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)

Room: Mini Theatre

Day: Once a Month on Wednesday

Time: Hawk Time

Contact: Jennifer Hennessie Jennifer_Hennessie@hcpss.org

Physics Olympiad

Physics Olympiad is a team that prepares to participate in the Howard County Physics Olympics and the Central Maryland Physics Olympics at Liberty High School.

Room: 149

Day: First Thursday of the Month

Time: 2:10-3:30

Contact: Zina Gurvich Zina_Gurvich@hcpss.org

Ping Pong Club

Come after school on Mondays to be a part of the RHHS Ping Pong Squad. Whether you are an advanced player or a beginner, all are welcome.

Room: Outside of the Cafe

Day: Monday

Time: 2:10-3:00

Contact: Kelley Pfefferkorn Kelley_Pfefferkorn@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

Room: 245

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:10-3:00

Contact: Chad Boothe Chad_Boothe@hcpss.org

Red Cross Club

The Rubik's Cube Club brings together students who enjoy Rubik's Cubes and other twisty puzzles. We teach beginners to solve the Rubik's Cube for the very first time, offer tips and tricks on getting faster, compete and host official World Cube Association (WCA) Rubik's Cube Competitions, socialize, and have fun! No prior experience is required! Please see our website, https://rhhscubing.wixsite.com/solvethecube , for more information.

Room: 133

Day: Friday

Time: 2:10-3:30

Contact: Kevin Wolters Kevin_Wolters@hcpss.org

Rubick's Cube Club

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

Room: 140

Day: Fridays

Time: 2:10 pm-3 pm

Kevin Wolters Spanish Teacher kevin_wolters@hcpss.org

Science Bowl

In this club, students will prepare for the National Science Bowl competitions in teams of 4 or 5.

Room: 251

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

 

Shelly Chamness Teacher Shelly_Chamness@hcpss.org

Science in Society

Science in Society aims to educate students around Howard County regarding STEM opportunities and careers. Each year, a conference is held to showcase the work of various professionals in the STEM fields and encourage students to become involved in STEM.

Room: 250

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

 

Tiffany Liu Teacher Tiffany_Liu@hcpss.org

Science Olympiad (STEM)

River Hill Science Olympiad strives to bring like-minded students together. Under the guidance of adult mentors and experienced peers, these high schoolers spend countless hours preparing for STEM-based challenges and events at local invitationals as well as regional & state competitions.

Room: 155

Day: Tuesday

Time: 2:10-4:00pm

 

Gregory Clark Teacher gregory_clark@hcpss.org

SGA Class of 2020

SGA Class of 2020 is a group of individuals who work to put events together for the senior class.

Room: 131 

Day: Officers’ Meetings are Tuesday

Time: 7:00am-7:20am

Contact: Karen Allshouse Karen_Allshouse@hcpss.org

Jessica Mineart Jessica_Mineart@hcpss.org

SGA Class of 2021

Room: Usually 237, Sometimes 250

Day: Usually Wednesday (May Vary)

Time: 2:15-3:00

Contact: Lisa Kump Lisa_Kump@hcpss.org 

Tiffany Liu Tiffany_Liu@hcpss.org

SGA Class of 2022

Room: 207

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

Contact: Katherine Geiger Katherine_Geiger@hcpss.org 

Jennifer Hennessie Jennifer_Hennessie@hcpss.org

SGA Class of 2023

Room: 140

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

Contact: Anthony Cipro Anthony_Cipro@hcpss.org 

Christina Tyrrel Christina_Tyrrell@hcpss.org

SGA Executive Board

The River Hill High School Student Government Association is a fun way to get involved in events at RHHS, as well as in the community. Student Government organizes all student events (such as Homecoming), plans fundraisers for the student body, and acts as an advocacy group on behalf of River Hill High School's students. SGA is made up of members from each athletic team, club, grade level and cultural background. Some of our goals for the year include increasing school spirit, increasing communication between the administration and student body, having successful fundraisers that will benefit different charities, and implementing programs to increase awareness of distracted driving. The Executive Board meets weekly to discuss and plan activities. We participate in an SGA conference in Ocean City, MD which provides great leadership and networking opportunities. The highlight however, is the planning and executing the RHHS Homecoming theme, pep rally and dance.

Room: 241

Day: Monday

Time: 7:00am-7:20am

John McCoy Teacher john_mccoy@hcpss.org
Amy Weinberg amy_weinberg@hcpss.org

Songs for Seniors

We perform for senior citizens at local retirement communities on the weekends.

Room: Band Room

Day: Mondays

Time: 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Michael Blackman Teacher Michael_Blackman@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.

Room: Media Lab

Day: Tuesday

Time: 2:15-3:30 

 

Anthony Cipro Teacher anthony_cipro@hcpss.org

Sports Medicine Club

Room: 102

Day: Varying Wednesdays

Time: Hawk Time

Contact: Rebecca Weinberg Rebecca_Weinberg@hcpss.org

Step Team

Room: Mini Theater

Day: Tuesday and Thursday

Time: 2:15-4:00

 

Chona Manuel Teacher chona_manuel@hcpss.org

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Room: 207/208

Day: Varies

Time: Varies

Contact: Richard McCready Richard_McCready@hcpss.org

Ultimate Frisbee

We play tournament ultimate frisbee against other self-organized teams around the county. There are no restrictions, all ages and genders are welcome.

Room: Practice Field

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:15-3:40

Contact: Anthony Cipro Anthony_Cipro@hcpss.org

Vexillology

In Vexillology, we study the history and creation of different flags.

Room: 223

Day: Friday

Time: 2:10-3:30pm

Contact: Sarah Tokar Sarah_Tokar@hcpss.org

World Language Club

The World Language Club includes any students who are involved with the Spanish, French, German, or Chinese Honors Societies.

Room: 138

Day: Third Wednesday and Thursday of the Month

Time: Hawk Time on Wednesday, 2:15-2:45 on Thursday

 

Teresa Goodrich Instructional Team Leader Teresa_Goodrich@hcpss.org

Wrtier's Guild

Come to Room 240 During Hawk Time to participate in creative writing with other like-minded writers! Any grade level is welcome to the Writers Guild Club!

Room: 240

Day: Wednesday

Time: Hawk Time

 

Rachael Schultz Teacher Rachael_Schultz@hcpss.org

Young Democrats Club

Young Democrats Club

The Young Democrats is a student-run club that explores and evaluates the principles of the Democratic Party. Members meet weekly to discuss current events and work to become involved in the political process. Students participate in lively discussions, listen to guest speakers, interview political candidates, and participate in informal debates.

Room: 233

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:10-3:00pm

Contact: Jessica Nichols Jessica_Nichols@hcpss.org