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Academic Clubs

Academic Decathlon

2017 National Champions! 2011-2021 State Champions!

Moderator: Ms. Leeanne Soprano
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.  

Chess Club

Moderator: TBA
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.

Creative Writing

Moderators: Mr. Alexander
Description: This club is open to all grade levels that focuses on creative writing in multiple genres. The club will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month for an hour. The 1st Thursday will primarily focus on creative activities, writing prompts, and brainstorming, while the 3rd Thursday will primarily focus on editing, workshopping, and sharing. The club will partner with the YAWP Literary magazine twice a year with submissions and help with editing as needed. Any student interested should see Mr. Alexander in room 309.


Moderators: Mr. DiPippo
Description: The Bishop Hendricken Cyberpatriot club competes in the national CyberPatriot Competition. We typically have online meetings as well as occasional in person team meetings. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Distributive Executive Clubs of America (DECA)

Moderator: Ms. Claudine Davenport
Description: The Distributive Executive Clubs of America (DECA) is an international organization whose goal is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Our chapter meets twice a week throughout the year to discuss topics of interest, to practice public speaking skills, and to prepare for the state competition, which occurs in March. Students who receive medals in their events compete in the national competition, which occurs in Orlando, Nashville, Anaheim, or Atlanta.

Film and Literature Club

Moderator: Mrs. Connolly
Description: Film & Literature Club meets twice per month. At the first meeting, we will discuss the book chosen for that month. At the second meeting, we will watch the film and enjoy some snacks! See Mrs. Connolly in the Library to pick up a schedule for the year!

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: Ms. O’Brien
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.

Math Team

Moderator: Mr. Morey

Mock Trial

Moderator: TBA
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.

Programming Team

Moderator: Mr. DiPippo
Description: The Bishop Hendricken Programming Team competes in various competitive programming events throughout the year. In the past we have competed at Providence College and Cornell University.

Robotics Club

Moderators: 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: Ms. Iacaruso
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.

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.