Academic Clubs

Academic Decathlon

2017 National Champions!

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 State Champions!

Moderator: Sr. Carol Ann Murray


Description: The Academic Decathlon is a state-wide competition involving A/B/C level students who compete against each other in 10 disciplines. The 10 disciplines are: essay, speech, interview, math, English, science, economics, social studies, fine arts, and a super quiz whose topic varies from year to year.  The team winning the state competition goes on to a national competition.  Students are invited to an organizational meeting, based on academics. A, B, C, levels are established. When the organizational meeting is announced, it is open to all interested students.  

Board Game Design

Moderator: Mr. Gray, Mr. Morey


Description: The Board Game Design club meets throughout the year on Thursdays after school in room 107B. The objective of the club is to construct and a design a board game. Students work together to develop a non-war board game.  Teams of four students are made in the areas of art, computer science and math, English and writing, and business and entrepreneurship. Guest speakers from the Naval War College and Hasbro visit to discuss several aspects of game development. This club is open to all students in grades 8 through 12.

Book Club

Moderator: Mrs. Connolly 


Description: The Book Club meets after school, often on Wednesdays, in the library. Titles are chosen by the club as a group, with the moderator’s input. Some book titles are made into movies, thus students have requested we discuss the pros and cons between the books and movies. Membership is an open enrollment for students of all grades. Come be a brother of the book!

Business Club

Moderator: Mr. Armstrong


Description: The Hawks Business Club helps students focus on possible careers and opportunities in the business world.  It also provides students with opportunities to meet local successful business leaders. The club helps seniors in getting a good Senior Experience for the spring of their senior year. A fund raiser for local community aid is held each year. Meetings are held on a regular basis. The club is open to all students.

Chess Club

Moderator: Dr. Tardiff


Description: The purpose of the Chess Club is to develop a sense of team work through intense head-to-head competition, a willingness to meet other students with a love for the game and to have fun. Membership is open to all students. The team competes against other area high schools in head-to head competition.

Computer Programming Club

Moderator: Mr. DiPippo, Mr. Wright


Description: The computer programming club is open to all students in grades 8 through 12. The club practices for high school programming competitions. No experience is necessary. Each year we compete online and in local, regional and national programming competitions. Any programming language, such as C++, Java, Python, Visual Basic or C is allowed.

Debate Team

Moderator: TBD


Description: The Debate Team meets throughout the year and is open to all students. The team meets multiple times per month and practices for competition against area high schools. Students do not need prior experience to join; just a willingness to get their point across!

French Club

Moderator: Mr. Theroux


Description: The goal of the French Club is to stimulate interest in the language of French, to create enthusiasm for Francophone culture and civilization and to promote and perpetuate international friendships. Membership is open to all students.

Health Club

Moderator: Mr. Sheehan


Description: The primary purposes of the club are to create activities and experiences that enhance a healthful school environment and educate about important health issues. The club works to improve attitudes about being alcohol and drug-free. Opportunities are created for our students to help build resumes by taking leadership roles. It also is involved in the participation of our blood drives and national bone marrow registry. Field trips and guest speakers from various health agencies are also available. The club also promotes comprehensive CPR, first aid, advanced first aid and other first responder initiatives. Meetings take place on a weekly basis. Students interested in medicine, social work, fire fighting, counseling, etc. are encouraged to participate.

Italian Club

Moderator: Dr. Marion


Description: The purpose of the Italian Club is to promote interest in the study of the Italian language, culture and civilization. The club activities include field trips. “In house” celebrations offer a chance to experience the food and some of the traditions associated with various holidays. Membership is open to all who are interested in Italian culture. An official member must attend 80% of all club meetings and activities. Membership is open to all students.

Joseph Guild (Woodworking)

Moderator: Dr. Tardiff


Description: The Joseph Guild is a shop club dedicated to woodworking and general maintenance. It is an education of the hands. Students can bring in projects of their own or work on ones submitted by teachers and staff. No dangerous tools are involved, but students should bring gloves, goggles, and hearing protection. The Guild is open to all, but groups must be small to be manageable, and so will meet on a rotating basis if necessary. This club is open to students in grades 9 through 12.

Math Team

Moderator: Mr. Morey


Description: The Math Team (which has its own home room) enriches students’ mathematical skills. It deepens certain areas of mathematics and teaches some new areas as well. Work is done both individually and collectively. The team competes six times a year from October to May. Tryouts take place at the end of each year to select the team of 30.

Mock Trial

Moderator: Mr. Flanagan


Description: The Mock Trial Tournament is an educational exercise intended to promote an understanding and respect for the legal system and its underlying principles of justice, equality, fairness and truth. The team consists of twelve members and participants tend to be upperclassmen. Membership is open to all students. Eighth graders are eligible to be interns.

Model Legislature

Moderator: Mrs. Lynch


Description: The group follows the path a bill takes in becoming a law. Meetings are held to propose legislation to be brought to the statewide legislative session held at the State House in March. Membership is open to all students.


Moderator: Mr. Evans


Description: The philosophy club meets bi-monthly to discuss philosophical topics such as ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, logic, and much more. This club is open to students in grades 8-12.

Robotics Club

Moderator: Mr. Rakovic, Mr. DiPippo


Description: The Robotics club at Bishop Hendricken High School follows the guidelines established by the national organization known as US First. Within the US First organization, we compete at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) level. A maximum of ten students works from October to February to construct a robot to meet the current year’s challenge established by First. In February or March our robot is then entered in the statewide competition, the winner of which earns the right to represent Rhode Island at the national championship. 

Science Fair

Moderator: Mr. Graney


Description: This club provides the student with an opportunity to explore the world of science and to participate in competition with their peers throughout the state. Each participant has the chance for national recognition, scholarships and the right to attend various Department of Energy laboratories for continued studies. Meetings are held weekly September through March, and membership is open to all students.

Science Olympiad

Moderator: Mr. Gray, Ms. Davenport


Description: Science Olympiad is a series of 24 events comprised of building and testing robotics, model airplane flying, bottle rocketry, forestry, health science, computers, astronomy, trebuchet, etc. Membership is open to all students.

Spanish Club

Moderator: Ms. Lisa Barboza


Description: The Spanish Club provides students the opportunity to experience local Hispanic culture. Students visit restaurants and attend plays and other expositions related to Hispanic culture. Some events are presented in Spanish, while others are not. Membership is open to all students.