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Academic Clubs


Academic Decathlon

2017 National Champions! 2011-2018 State Champions!

Moderator: Sr. Carol Anne 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

Moderators: 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.

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.

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.

Cyberpatriots

Moderators: Mr. DiPippo & Mr. Wright
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.

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!

DECA

Moderator: TBD
Description: Coming soon!

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.

German Club

Moderator: Dr. Marion
Description: The German Club seeks to promote the understanding of German culture through the study of film and history, learn the German language through informal oral practice, and to experience German culture through traditional celebrations. The club meets 1-2 times monthly in Room 604, including field trips.

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.

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.

Philosophy

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.

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.

Science Olympiad

Moderators: 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.