Activities & Clubs

ACREW

Students master K-pop choreography in order to present these routines at various showcases such as the student talent show.

Room: Dance or MST Hallway

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 2:10 pm-3:10 pm

Kathleen Jones Teacher kathleen_jones@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.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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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.  Meets on Tuesday's from 2:10-3:00 pm in Room 232A.

Davin Johnson ESOL davin_johnson@hcpss.org

Arabic Club

The Arabic Club promotes the learning of Arabic culture, language, food, and activities.

Room: 138

Day: Fridays

Time: After School

Eliana Ayoub French Teacher eliana_ayoub@hcpss.org

Astronomy Club

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

Room: 252

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:10 pm-2:45 pm

Scott Engler Teacher Scott_Engler@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).

Room: 119

Day: Varies

Time: Afterschool and evenings

Margaret Schultz Teacher Margaret_K_Schultz@hcpss.org

Bharatanatyam Fusion Dance Club

Indian Classical dance Club that preforms Bharatanatyam around community and school

Room: 222 or 223

Day: Thursdays

Time: 2:15 pm

Cathleen Maloney Teacher cathleen_maloney@hcpss.org

Biology Club

We have three main parts. First and foremost we help students with biology through tutoring, secondly we run USABO in the county. Students from around county come to us to take the us bio Olympiad. Third is an open forum for biology to discuss with our sponsor, Mrs. Chamness.

Room: 251

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Shelly Chamness shelly_chamness@hcpss.org

Bollywood Club

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

Karen Allshouse Teacher karen_allshouse@hcpss.org

Chemathon

Competition team preparing for a meet at the University of Maryland in April.

Room: 248

Day: Thursdays and Fridays

Time: 2:10 pm-3:30 pm

Kelly Wester Teacher kelly_wester@hcpss.org

Cloud Watching Club

We will have picnics and watch the clouds. We will also paint them. The goal is to ease the stress from all of the pressure of school.

Room: 120

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Leslie Topus Teacher Leslie_Topus@hcpss.org

Comedy Improv Act

The Comedy Improv Club aims to teach improvisational acting skills to student. No experience is necessary to join!

Room: 218

Day: Fridays

Time: 2:15 pm

Jocelyn Martin Teacher Jocelyn_Martin@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

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: Wednesdays

Time: Hawk Time

Chona Manuel Teacher chona_manuel@hcpss.org
Diettra Allen Teacher's Secretary Diettra_Allen@hcpss.org

Ecology Club

Group takes care of the School's recycling bins.

Room: 117

Day: Wednedays

Time: 2:10 pm

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 and competitions are a part of club participation.

Room: 151A

Day: Wednesdays

Time: Hawk Time

Katie Noecker Teacher Katie_Noecker@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: Tuesdays

Time: 2:15 pm-3:00 pm

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.

Room: Media Center and 142

Day: Wednesday

Time: After school

Teresa Waters Instructional Team Leader Teresa_Waters@hcpss.org

Future Doctors of America

Club for students interested in going into the medical. They can share internship/volunteering opportunities, participate in talks by physicians, share information about medicine.

Room: 251

Day: Wednesdays

Time: After School

Shelly Chamness Teacher Shelly_Chamness@hcpss.org

Gender Spectrum Allegiance

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: Mondays and Tuesdays

Time: 2:15 pm

Richard McCready Teacher Richard_McCready@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, 141, or Blue Room

Day: Thursdays

Time: 2:10 pm-2:45 pm

 

Mary Jane Sasser Mary_Sasser@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: 6 pm-8 pm

Katherine Geiger Instructional Team Leader katherine_geiger@hcpss.org

Hispanic Student Association

The Hispanic Student Association offers a community to hispanic students at River Hill, educates the River Hill community about the unique aspects of hispanic culture, and hosts events and fundraisers to promote hispanic culture. Our objective is to provide a safe space for Hispanic students to share and reflect on their familiar experiences in the River Hill community. We would also like to educate our school community on the unique aspects of Hispanic and Latino countries by hosting various events throughout the year. For example, we plan to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, participate in the Cultural Assembly, and showcase aspects of hispanic culture through food and art. In addition we would like to fundraise for Hispanic countries in need, such as Puerto Rico which is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.

Room: 221

Day: Tuesday. Wednesday

Time: Hawk Time or After School

Diana Irby Teacher Diana_Irby@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. Contact Jose Valdesuso (joeav@verizon.net) for more information.

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Wayne Tromble Teacher Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

Impact

We are trying to make a change to the refugee community in the Baltimore community through acts of community service.

Room: 234 or 149

Day: Mondays and Tuesdays

Time: After School

Zina Gurvich Teacher zina_gurvich@hcpss.org
Diane Curry Teacher Diane_Curry@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

Maker 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 pis.

Room: 155

Day: Fridays

Time: 2:10 pm-4 pm

Bradley Post Teacher

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.

Room: Varies

Day: Monday

Time: Varies

Jessica Nichols Teacher jessica_nichols@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 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.

Room: 256

Day: Wednesday

Time: 2:15-3:00 pm

Rhonda De La Mar Teacher Rhonda_De_La_Mar@hcpss.org

Meraki

Meraki is dedicated to spreading positivity and unity in the school community by breaking through barriers and society-generated prejudice, while encouraging leadership, innovation, creativity, and the importance of supporting one another. Although we want students to become more aware of what is happening within the community, we also hope to touch on events that are occurring or have occurred nationally and/or globally.

Room: 231

Day: Tuesdays

Time: After School

Jay Bond Teacher Jay_Bond@hcpss.org

Mini-Thon

Mini-Thon- fundraiser

Room: 219

Day: Wednesday

Time: Hawk Time

Chona Manuel Teacher chona_manuel@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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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: Wednesdays

Time: Hawk Time

Wayne Tromble Teacher Wayne_Tromble@hcpss.org

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

To foster an environment for Muslims and interact with each other through a variety of educational community building and service activities.

Room: 132A

Day: Wednesdays

Time: After School

Kelley Pfefferkorn Teacher Kelley_Pfefferkorn@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

Neuroscience Club

To make members more knowledgeable about neuroscience and to support research about the brain.

Room: 251

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 2:30 pm

Shelly Chamness Teacher Shelly_Chamness@hcpss.org

Neurotrition

Learning how to have a healthy lifestyle and good mental health though interactive and informational activities.

Room: 251

Day: Tuesdays

Time: After School

Shelly Chamness Teacher Shelly_Chamness@hcpss.org

Pokemon League

Students meet to play Pokemon games.

Room: 248

Day: Thursdays

Time: 2:10 pm-3:00 pm

Kelly Wester Teacher kelly_wester@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

Students learn and practice programming and participate in programming competitions.

Room: 143

Day: Thursdays

Time: 2:10 pm-3 pm

Bradley Post Teacher

Red Cross Club

The purpose of the Red Cross Club is to provide volunteer opportunities to students and allow them to experience the world of donation, charity work, and helping the community. We strive to participate in a variety of events, including blood drives, fundraisers, community service, and hands-on volunteer opportunities at local Red Cross affiliations.

Room: 222

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 2:15 pm

Noelle Mineart Teacher jessica_mineart@hcpss.org

RHHS ESports

We are going to teach/learn the fundamental principals 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: Media Center

Day: Fridays

Time: After School

Michael Ahr Media Specialist Michael_Ahr@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.

Room: 140

Day: Fridays

Time: 2:10 pm-3 pm

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 Bowl

Prepare for the National Science Bowl competitions in teams of 5.

Room: 251

Day: Thursdays

Time: After School

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: Thursday

Time: 2:30 pm

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. Thursday

Time: After school

Gregory Clark Teacher gregory_clark@hcpss.org

SGA Executive Board

The Ribver Hill High School Student Government Association is a fun way to get involved in events at RHHS as well as 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 included increasing school spirit, increasing communication between the administration and student, having successful fundraisers that will benefit different charities, and 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, parade and dance.

Room: 240

Day: Monday

Time: 6:45 am-7:20 am

John McCoy Teacher john_mccoy@hcpss.org

Shakespeare Club

Meets on Wednesdays during HawkTime in Room 219.

Wayne Tromble Teacher Wayne_Tromble@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

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.

Room: Computer Lab in Media Center

Day: Tuesday

Time: 2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Anthony Cipro Teacher anthony_cipro@hcpss.org

Step Up

Step team

Room: 219 or Media

Day: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: Hawk Time or After School

Chona Manuel Teacher chona_manuel@hcpss.org

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

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 fields for football and soccer

Day: Thursday

Time: 2:20 pm-3:30 pm

Unilife

Meets on Fridays after school in Room 120.

Leslie Topus Teacher Leslie_Topus@hcpss.org

World Language Club

The World Language Club exposes students to a variety of cultures, celebrates traditions from different countries. and encourages students to learn world languages.

Room: 135

Day: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Time: Hawktime or After School

Teresa Goodrich Instructional Team Leader Teresa_Goodrich@hcpss.org

Wrtier's Guild

A community of creative writers who have fun, write, and workshop their original-work. We strive to grow as writers, both in skill and appreciation of others' talents.

Room: 240

Day: Wednesdays

Time: Hawk Time

Rachael Schultz Teacher Rachael_Schultz@hcpss.org

Young Democrats

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: Thursdays

Time: 2:10 pm

Jamie Parrish Teacher Jamie_Parrish@hcpss.org

Young Republicans

Come mingle with other conservatives and discuss current events/issues. We will discuss political topics, debate over current issues, and volunteer for local public officials.

Room: 218

Day: Thursdays

Time: 2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Jocelyn Martin Teacher Jocelyn_Martin@hcpss.org