Clubs & Organizations
HHCA seeks to enrich the student experience through programs and opportunities beyond the classroom, to foster student growth and development and to help students develop their God-given gifts and abilities. There are many opportunities to get involved within the HHCA community and we encourage students to get plugged in through clubs, organizations, academics, athletics, or the arts.
Listed below are many of the clubs available to students:
- Battle of the Books (BOB)
- Environmental Club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- International Thespian Society
- Junior Beta Club (Middle School Honor Society)
- Math Club
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos
- Pep Band & Jazz Band
- Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica
- Student Leadership
- Teens for Healthy Youth (THY)
- VEX Robotics Club
- Zonta Z-Club
Battle of the Books (BOB)
Calling all super readers! Battle of the Books Club (also known on campus as "BOB") is a great place for students who share a love of reading and competition. HHCA has Lower School (4th & 5th grade), Middle School and Upper School BOB teams. Teams typically meet once a week during lunch. SCISA provides participating schools with a book list and BOB team members read as many books from the list as they can during the summer and fall, in preparation for the annual SCISA Battle of the Books competition between schools, typically held in January. During weekly BOB Team meetings, students review details from the books they've read and the authors/titles they need to know. Students in BOB also enjoy sharing book recommendations and conversation with their fellow readers during weekly meetings.
Questions about Battle of the Books? Contact Lower School BOB leader, Sarah Atkins or Middle School/Upper School BOB leader, Laura Smith.
HHCA students become environmental entrepreneurs as they spearhead projects that help protect our local environment and help create a "greener" campus. Current project examples include Creation of repurposed bike racks, reducing use of one-time plastics and non-biodegradable waste in the cafe, and the organization of a student uniform drive to reuse outgrown clothing.
Questions about HHCA's Environmental Club? Contact Middle School Mentor Megan Robbins
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
FCA seeks to unite faith with athletics to impact the world for Christ. HHCA's FCA chapter meets on Wednesday mornings during the school year and is open to all Middle School and Upper School students. Small groups and guest speakers encourage student athletes to be good examples for Christ on our campus, in competition, and in the community. We participate in FCA's annual Fields of Faith and we participate in leadership and athletic camps throughout the year. In the past, student athletes have participated in FCA "Serve" which finds ways to serve in the community together with other schools in the area.
Questions about FCA? Contact Coach Matt Smith.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is for students interested in professional business careers. FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. High school students will gain a competitive edge in business through academic competitions, leadership development, and educational programs.
- Strengthening the confidence of students in themselves and their work
- Developing competent business leadership
- Developing character, preparing for useful citizenship, and fostering patriotism
- Assisting students in the establishment of occupational goals
- Creating more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise
- Encouraging members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community
- Facilitating the transition from school to work
- Encouraging scholarship and promoting school loyalty
- Encouraging and practicing efficient money management
Questions about FBLA? Contact Jordan Ingolia or Mary Delle Robinson.
International Thespian Society
The International Thespian Society is the student honorary division of the Educational Theatre Association recognizing excellence in high school theatre. Schools join the International Thespian Society by chartering a Thespian troupe, which serves as the honor society for their theatre student artists and technicians. The troupe recognizes and rewards student achievement by inducting eligible students into the International Thespian Society.
Students in grades 9–12 who attend schools with active high school Thespian troupes can earn lifetime membership in the honor society. Troupe directors and leaders track student achievement and determine induction eligibility using a point system based on the quality and quantity of each student’s work in theatre and related arts. Thespians receive a wide range of benefits and opportunities throughout their high school careers and become Thespian alumni after graduation. As a Thespian, you uphold the Thespian motto, “Act well your part; there all the honor lies.”
Questions about International Thespian Society? Contact HHCA Theater Director Michelle McElroy-Cox.
Junior Beta Club (Middle School Honor Society)
The Junior Beta Club serves as the Honor Society for students in 6th-8th grade. Membership is awarded based on academic achievement after one complete year of Middle School. Junior Beta Club's motto is to serve others in gratitude for the gifts we have received from God. The club participates in school-wide fundraising and service events throughout the year.
Questions about Junior Beta Club? Contact Middle School Mentor Tamara Davis.
Lower School students in 2nd-5th grade are invited to participate in Math Club, which meets after school. The goal of this club is to instill an intrinsic sense of value and wonder of mathematics for our Lower School students. Participation in Math Club will be of great benefit to any student who loves learning. Leading Math Club again this year is Dr. Swati Debroy. Dr. Debroy has a PhD in Mathematics and is an Associate Professor at USCB. She is a gifted teacher to curious learners. As an added bonus, Dr. Debroy will coach students who are interested in competing in Math Competitions on the state and national level. Several Upper School students volunteer with Math Club and assist as Math Mentors.
National Honor Society (NHS)
The National Honor Society, or NHS, is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor sophomores, juniors and seniors who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. A minimum of a 4.0 cumulative GPA is required to apply, as well as participation in extracurricular activities and community service. Applications take place in the spring of each year, beginning with sophomore year. NHS is looked very favorably upon by colleges and universities nation-wide. NHS members participate in service projects, tutor their peers at school, and actively seek out ways to better their school environment.
Questions about National Honor Society? Contact Christine Jackson.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos
Pep Band & Jazz Band
Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica
HHCA's chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica has been named after the southern coast of Spain, known as “La Costa del Sol”. The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica has two levels of membership. If a member is not currently enrolled in a Spanish course, the student remains in the Sociedad as an Associate Member until graduation. Students who are currently enrolled in a Spanish course or have completed the highest level of Spanish offered by the school remain in the chapter as Active Members. Members of La Costa del Sol are involved in a variety of activities throughout the HHCA community. These include achieving academic excellence in all courses, tutoring HHCA students in Spanish, providing mini-Spanish lessons to children in Lower School, and hosting final exam study sessions.
To participate in HHCA's Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica:
- Student must be actively enrolled in a Spanish class (3rd semester of high school Spanish or higher)
- Student must have a 90 average in all Spanish classes
- Student must not have failed a class
- Student must participate in the National Spanish Exam or National Spanish Assessment at least one time while a student at HHCA
- Student must demonstrate good character, leadership, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others
Questions about Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica? Contact Karen Kopitsky for more information.
HHCA Student Leadership is a group of Upper School students committed to developing leadership skills while working together to create a positive school culture. The group was selected through an application process in the spring and meets weekly during E10. Leadership students plan and organize student events and work diligently to create a positive environment and supportive high school experience for the entire HHCA student body.
Coached by Ignite2Unite's Jason Jedamski and inspired by his work with Breaking Down the Walls, HHCA Student Leadership's goal is to connect students, create empathy within the student body, build social awareness and form meaningful, Christ-centered relationships. The group began with 12 students last year and has grown to 68 students this year.
Questions about Student Leadership? Contact Brandon Gray for more information.
Teens for Healthy Youth (THY)
The mission of Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) is to promote positive teen health through:
- Positive Youth Development
- Peer-to-Peer Education
- Community Service
We create service projects and learning opportunities related to substance use prevention, suicide prevention, bullying prevention, mental health awareness, stress awareness, teen violence awareness, the campaign for tobacco-free kids, and self-harm awareness.
Questions about Teens for Healthy Youth? Contact Middle School Mentor Jill DelGuercio.
VEX Robotics Club
VEX Robotics Club
HHCA students in 4th-12th grade have the opportunity to participate in HHCA's Robotics Club and VEX IQ and VEX 5 Robotics Competition Teams. As team members, students have the opportunity to learn far more than science and engineering principles. VEX encourages creativity, teamwork, leadership, and problem solving in groups. Lower and Middle School students participate on VEX IQ teams and Upper School students participate on VEX 5 teams. VEX Robotics hosts the world’s largest robotics competition for students all over the world to compete against one another using a robot of their own design. Tournaments to determine the best teams are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April.
Questions about Robotics Club? Contact Jill McKay
HHCA's Zonta Z-Club is open to all Upper School girls. Its purpose is to foster a spirit of service among the young women throughout the school, the local community, and beyond. HHCA's Z-Club sponsors several events during the year, including:
- Collecting non-perishable food items and donations for turkeys for Bluffton Self Help’s Thanksgiving Food Drive
- Sponsoring a school-wide Operation Christmas Child campaign to fill shoeboxes with goodies for impoverished children around the world.
- Organizing an “End It Day” fundraiser in February to raise awareness about human trafficking. Last year, we raised $300 for Fresh Starts Healing Hearts (a local freedom organization changing the lives of young women).
- Hosting an annual Blood Drive in the spring--one pint can save three lives.
- Conducting a kindness-oriented event for our school community. Last year, we held “Mayfair” for all Upper School students. There were food trucks, game stations (with corn hole and spike ball), sidewalk chalk, music, and dancing. The “cost” of attendance was a non-perishable food item for Bluffton Self Help.
Questions about Zonta Z-Club? Contact Mary Delle Robinson.