Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

See below to learn more about joining, upcoming events and contact information about BHHS clubs.
Please contact Colleen O'Connor, Assistant Principal, or the faculty advisor with questions regarding any of the clubs.

Academic Team

This club is all about knowing random facts and having lightning reflexes. Two 4-person teams sit across from each other and listen as a moderator reads from a packet of questions. Each student has a buzzer to ring and answer the question. Questions may be about physics or politics or the Emmys—you never know. The Byram Hills Academic Team participates in many types of competitions. First there are your basic MACC and WACKO competitions with 4 rounds per game: Toss-up, Bonus, 60 Seconds, and Stump the Experts. As a plus, these competitions offer donuts or bagels to the students. Then, there is the NAQT with bonus questions and exciting topics dealing with current events. Sound fun? Well, it is. New members are always welcome.

Advisor: Mr. Martin Gilbert

Practice: Every Tuesday and Thursday in room 415, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM


Arch (Yearbook)
Students involved in this club take on the responsibility for producing the Arch yearbook. Students have the chance to assume leadership roles as editors, writers, designers, photographers, and business managers, while collaborating with other students to plan and create content, meet deadlines, and interact with students, parents, administrators, and community members. Staff members also have opportunities to attend national journalism conferences at Columbia University and workshops elsewhere to learn cutting-edge trends in both print and digital journalism.

Please be on the lookout for email blasts pertaining to important dates and deadlines for the 2022 book!

For questions regarding school pictures, contact Lifetouch/Prestige Portraits: 800-426-9533

Advisor: Ms. Amy Menasche

Meetings: Thursdays after school in Room 419 (graphic design classroom) from approximately 2:30-4:00 pm. Students can join any time during the year and working remotely is an option.


Astronomy Club
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to really see the rings of Saturn, the cloud belts around Jupiter, or the Moon so close that it seems like you could reach out and touch it, come and join us for an observation session. The club meets on alternating Thursdays right after school in room 328, and some evenings as announced. Indoor activities during afternoon meetings include watching space-related movies, discussing current events in astronomy, and student presentations on topics of your choosing. Outdoor events will be held at night so we can use telescopes and the observatory to view objects in the solar system and beyond.

Google Classroom code: b743bzv

Advisor: Dennis Covert


Byram Beat
Byram Hills' only acapella club is open to all students regardless of training or experience. The Byram Beat is a non-auditioned vocal group which rehearses after school on Tuesdays and performs periodically throughout the school year.

The goal of the club is to provide an all inclusive singing experience to those interested in acapella singing and to prepare and perform selections from popular music.

Advisor: Mr. Banks


The Byram Hills Sustainability Initiative
Club Advisor: Courtney Bogren 

Meeting Times: Every Wednesday at 2:30 pm in 100-A or the Administrative Conference Room

The Byram Hills Sustainability Initiative (BHSI) provides a path for students to get involved in making positive environmental change in our school. Over the past few years, BHSI has been responsible for the installation of water bottle refilling stations, banning plastic straws at The Bean, pop tab collections to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House and diverting hundreds of household batteries and lightbulbs from entering landfills, among others.  Beyond local initiatives, the BHSI also provides members with opportunities to connect to environmental change on a larger scale. On September 20, 2019, members of the club attended the Climate Strike at Foley Square where Greta Thunberg spoke.  In March 2020, we were scheduled to participate in the Youth Climate Action Leadership Summit in White Plains.

The club operates through an initiative based approach where students identify an area of need, collaborate with team members to develop an action plan, then implement the plan.  This means that members can come with their own ideas and form a group to implement them, or they can join an initiative that caters to their skills and interests.

Additionally, BHSI welcomes any and all new members. Any skills or passions can be exercised within the field of environmentalism, and participation in our club is a great way to use your skills for the betterment of the environment and our school.


Cultural Exchange Club
To promote knowledge and acceptance of diverse heritages outside of Armonk and the US, through recreational and educational activities

Club Times: Club meets every other Monday after school in Room 203.

Advisor: Ruben Torres


eNable Club
If you are interested in giving back to your local community through innovative biomedical engineering, join the eNable club! eNable club members collaborate with the Blyrhdale Hospital and Makers Making Change, working in teams to build and help design 3D-printed and laser cut devices that will change another person’s life. Don’t worry if a 3-D printer is completely foreign to you or designing a cut layout is a foriegn idea - you will learn how to creating objects with computer-aided design (CAD) software (i.e. Onshape) and build device. Join this club and eNable yourself to make a difference with science!

Upcoming Meetings/Events: The eNable club meets in Dr. Beeken’s room, room 329, every Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30. New members are always welcome!

Advisor: Paul Beeken


Film Club
Open to all students at any level & interest, the Film Club provides an opportunity for students to be part of something fun, creative, and in a friendly environment. It's the perfect way to enjoy quality screen time from the comfort of your sofa; monthly topics include short film screenings, director Q&As,  interviews,  technical demonstrations, and lively discussions about movies we've seen and loved! This year, our monthly meetings are at 7 PM  •  9/28, 10/9, 11/16, 12/14, 1/25, 2/8, 3/15, 4/5, 5/10

If you are interested in watching movies and learning how to create them, attend a meeting of the Film Club at Byram. With this club, you can explore your interest  in the film industry, such as:

• writing
• directing
• producing
• acting
• film editing  

The goals of the Film Club are to:

1. Provide students with the opportunity to develop writing, producing, filming, and editing interests through discussions with current industry filmmakers .

2. Provide students interested in careers in broadcasting, film production, and journalism the opportunity to participate in discussions that can promote the necessary skills required to make and enjoy movies.

3. Provide students (post-covid) an opportunity to collaborate on a film project. When permitted, students work together during one fantastic weekend to create a movie - start to finish - together. This film is then submitted to online and student film festivals.

The Byram Film Club is an excellent opportunity for students to watch movies together and discuss them with other film lovers their age. You don't have to be a seasoned cinephile to participate! We all approach cinema from different places and all points of view are welcome.

Advisor: Mr. Chuney


Fuller Builders Club
(formerly Habitat for Humanity)

Advisor: Mary Staudt

Upcoming Meetings/Events:
The Fuller Builders Club meets monthly with announcements coming via the Fuller Builders Club Google Classroom.  The club meetings are usually to discuss upcoming builds in the area. We work to fight poverty and homelessness by building low-income housing. Just recently, the club worked on the construction of a building in Chappaqua that will be made into a two family home for two low income families. We also work to aid in disaster relief (right now helping flood victims of Hurricane Ida in Mamaroneck and New Rochelle).



GSA: Gender and Sexuality Alliance
The goal of the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Club (GSA) is to improve the environment and the community at Byram Hills. We strive to educate and spread knowledge and awareness about the issues that have an impact on gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. We want this club to represent the best of Byram Hills--respect for others regardless of who they are. Help us create a more welcoming school here at Byram Hills!

Contact Information
Advisor: Jessica Shaw

Meetings: Most Mondays after school in the library tech lab or room 215.

Events:
Prideworks Conference in the Spring
Day of Silence
No Name Calling Week
Anti-bullying education


Harvard Model Congress
The Harvard Model Congress provides students with the opportunity to become more informed and productive citizens of the 21st century. At the Harvard Model Congress, students assume the roles of Senators, Congressman, and other vital roles within the American government. It is the goal of the Club to help students understand the importance of informed citizenry in a more nuanced way than the classroom alone can provide. Through government role play and civic involvement, it is also the goal of the Club to promote lifelong individual growth and learning through group activity in a manner which is fun, instructive and engaging.

Faculty Advisor: Matthew Allen

The 2021 Harvard Model Congress will meet on the first Tuesday of the month starting on October 5th at 2:45 in Room 411. Our classroom code is ppqxp3n. The Model Congress is slated to leave for Boston during the February Break of 2022.


Helping Young People Excel (H.Y.P.E.)
The purpose of Helping Young People Excel is to develop an awareness, understanding, and connection between Byram Hills High School students and members of the community who have special needs. HYPE hosts multiple virtual events and fundraising activities, all organized by the club’s presidents.  Events last year included a Halloween Costume Drive, Toys for Tots collection, Valentine’s Card Drive, and virtual BINGO.   Members who have participated throughout high school develop strong connections with the guests. This experience allows Byram Hills students and the guests to expand their understanding and acceptance of all individuals.

Contact Information:
Advisor: Katherine Lewis 273-9200 (x4640), klewis@byramhills.org
Assistant Advisor: Ms. Julianne Rentz, jrentz@byramhills.org

Upcoming Meetings/Events:
See Ms. Lewis in Room 410 about joining the Google Classroom for club announcements!


Interact
The Interact Club is a community service club affiliated with the Armonk Rotary Club. The goal of the Interact Club is to provide young people with fun, meaningful community service opportunities while developing their leadership and interpersonal skills.

The Interact Club supports a number of organizations through its fundraisers. In the past, we have worked with the Boys & Girls Club of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Child’s Play, the Pulsera Project, Team Rubicon, PolioPlus, and more. Additionally, every year, the Interact Club holds a Halloween Party at the North Castle Public Library in which younger children participate in Halloween festivities.

The Interact Club is always looking for new members. If you have an interest in any of the causes we support or genuinely enjoy helping people in need, feel free to come to one of our meetings.

Meeting Times: Every other Monday at 2:30-2:40pm

Meeting Location: Room 108

Advisor: Mr. Edward Eagle


Math Team
The goal of the BHHS Math Team is to provide a venue in which students who enjoy math can participate in a competitive manner (while eating donuts) with other mathletes sharing this interest on the school, county, state and national levels. Westchester Interscholastic Math League (WIML) meets are held once a month and involve competition between 67 teams from 28 Westchester/Putnam school districts. These competitions are held in smaller subgroups and rotate among three to four neighboring high schools. The final meet is held at Byram Hills High School and involves all participating districts. Students leave BHHS at 2:30PM for away meets and typically return between 4:30 PM and 5:00PM.

The top scorers in WIML competitions go on to represent Westchester/Putnam at the state level at the New York State Math League Meet in April. Here, in addition to individual competition, students have the opportunity to work as a group on Team and Relay Questions.

Contact Information:
Advisor:
Ms Fran Roby
See Ms Roby for code to join our Google Classroom

Upcoming Meetings/Events: Practices are held on Monday from 2:30 to 3:30 PM in Mrs. Roby’s room 423. Internet/mail competitions are held in the building and are used primarily as practice for the WIML meets. Information about meets will be broadcast to all those concerned.


Marketing & Media Club
Advisors: Brian Melso & Gabriella Medrano

Join our Google Classroom!

The Marketing & Media Club is perfect for students who have interests in digital marketing, media production, social media, communications, and design. We work as a marketing and production studio where each student has the opportunity to take on different roles to create content and marketing campaigns. Students learn to work as content creators, graphic designers, marketers, talent, and team members. We constantly have projects in production, so students can jump in and help when their schedules allow.

This year we are focusing on:
- Original video content creation such as The Byram Blitz
- Group Marketing Brainstorming sessions to help advocate and advertise for other clubs or events
- District-based marketing/media projects
- Individual or group workshops based on student interest such as: Knowing Your Target Audience, How to Reach Your Target Audience, Platform Usage, Photoshop, Video Content during a Pandemic, Video Editing, Front End Web Design, Graphic Design, and more.


Mock Trial
The Mock Trial Club is an association that looks at debatable cases of law that have been settled in the Courts of America. Both sides of a case are presented through evidence, witness affidavits, evidence and case law. The students who participate break down the case and act as lawyers and witnesses representing the two sides of the case. Here, students learn how to debate and how to put forward a case for their particular side: prosecution or defense. The Club participates in two competitions during the year including a county-wide tournament in March. Here, twelve to fifteen members of the club are selected to put on the case at the Westchester County Courthouse in front of a real judge in a real courtroom. If you are interested in learning more about the law and want to participate in lively debate, mock trial is certainly the club for you.

Contact Information:
Advisor: Mr. Martin Gilbert

Upcoming Meetings/Events: The club starts up in late November and meets one night a week for one and a half hours through the Spring. It is a major time commitment as it gets closer to competition time and case law homework sometimes applies. Typically, the club meets on Tuesday nights to discuss the parameters of the case.


Model United Nations
This club is a group of academically minded students who have a global view when they solve problems. Students in this club have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in a four day Harvard Model United Nation simulation in January in Boston, hosted by Harvard University students.  There is a cost associated with this trip.  

At HMUN, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets. HMUN is an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues. Participants will develop their abilities to work with others who are equally motivated and passionate about the topics of debate and to respond to global concerns.

We also participate in shorter one day conferences in the fall and in the spring.  Most of these conferences are local and they are good practice to prepare for Harvard Model UN.  These conferences do not cost the student anything. 

Contact Information:
Advisors:
Joanna Lewick


One World Club
Advisor: Evan Horowitz
Meeting info: Second Tuesday of every month from 2:30-3:00pm in room 313

Club Mission: We aim to provide many opportunities for students to become proactive and responsible citizens by participating in or attending charity events and fundraisers that raise awareness and funds for various global and local organizations in need.

Club events/activities:
Bake Sales
Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Cooking brunch for the Ronald McDonald House
Annual Car Wash
Annual Benefit Concert/Talent Show


Outdoor Adventure Club
Club Description: The Outdoor Adventure Club is an organization designed to create opportunities for its members to appreciate the great outdoors and its many wonders. Club members are faced with outdoor challenges both as individuals and as a group. Each member is encouraged to understand the importance of responsibility for self and others and being dependable, especially in the outdoors. The club also participates in many community events, such as environmental cleanup days across Westchester County.

Contact Information:
Faculty Advisor: James Gulick, John Clark

Upcoming Meetings/Events:
The Outdoor Adventure Club meets after school as necessary to prepare for the following scheduled events: Hiking, Fishing, Kayaking, Indoor Rock Climbing, Ropes Courses


Peer Tutoring Club
The Peer Tutoring Club's goals are to set up students who are struggling with their classes with older students who know the material. This club operates on a volunteer basis where students are matched up with one another once the tutor is granted permission from their teacher of the past. To get the ball rolling, tutorees are asked to fill out a tutor form and submit it back to Mr. Allen

FOR TUTORS
FOR TUTOREES

Advisor: Matt Allen

Meeting dates and duration: Tutors will meet once a month to review experiences. These meetings last 15-20 minutes.


Red Ribbon Club

The Red Ribbon club is dedicated to raising awareness and money to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic raging in our country and in the world. This is a group of civic minded students.

Contact Information:
Faculty Advisor: Joanna Lewick

Upcoming Meetings/Events:
The group meets every other Friday in room 413 to organize for different events. Especially important to the group are World AIDS day in December, the flag project in April, and the AIDS walk in New York City on the third Sunday in May.


Robotics Club
For the 2018/19 academic year the Robotics Club will meet after school on the first and third Mondays of each month. The club provides opportunities for members to explore the fields of robotics and engineering. Club members will be informed of special events or changes to meeting dates and/or times via the club's Google Classroom. Students interested in participating should contact the club advisor or club president.

Advisor: Eric Savino


SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality)
Hopes to foster awareness of gender bias and to promote tolerance of feminism, and its ideals. All genders are welcome!

Advisor: Francine Aber


Science Olympiad
The Science Olympiad C division is open to high school students from 9th to 12th grade. Students compete in three general categories of events for all disciplines of Science. Some events are purely knowledge-based, consisting of a written exam testing students in specific areas. Other events are hands-on, requiring students to assemble or dissect objects during the actual event. Still others are engineering-based: students are expected to build operational systems beforehand to be tested during the actual event. Of course, some events combine elements of the previous three, so be prepared for anything.

In the 2009 season, as a first year team, Byram Hills took the Regional competition by surprise, finishing in third place with 7 medals in 16 events and qualifying for the State competition at West Point. Since then, Byram Hills has returned to the States 11more times. In accordance with our push forward with STEAM initiatives, we will be having two teams at the Regional competition which will be once again, hosted by Byram Hills High School.

It is our hope to continue growing and cultivating a love for all fields of Science and the Scientific method of discovery. If you have any questions, please be sure to contact any of the senior members of the club or our advisor.

Contact Information
Advisor: Mr. Horowitz
Upcoming Meetings/Events: Meetings are held on Thursday in room 313. The date of the regional competition is February 12th, 2022.


Speech and Debate Team
Students work together to learn basic speech and debating skills, researching and writing casework to compete in local, regional and national tournaments which include a variety of Speech (Oratory, Interpretation, and Extemporaneous) and Debate  (Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum) events. The team meets every Tuesday and Thursday, with an additional work at home to prepare for the weekend debate tournaments that run Saturdays, with many events beginning Fridays, and continuing into Saturday.

Meeting Times:
Tuesday - 2:30 pm - 4 pm
Thursday - 2:30 pm -4 pm

Please confirm meeting times with Captains

Contact Information:
Head Coach: Thomas Andriello
Assistant Coach: Mr. Sam Azbel
Assistant Coach: Mr. Devon Weiss


Social Advocacy Clubs
The Social Advocacy Club is an umbrella club for several different groups that exist independently from each other but focus on one specific social issue. The clubs can change every year based on student interests. This school year the following clubs are part of Social Advocacy:

Growth and Awareness Group for Alzheimer’s (GAGA)
Blythedale and Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital
914 Cares
Neighbor’s Links 

Upcoming Meetings/Events: Meeting times and events vary for each club but will be held in Room 322. 

Advisor: Ms. Dellacioppa
Assistant Advisor: Mrs. Congelossi


Students Serving Soldiers
Advisor: Mr. Gulick

Goals:
Raise awareness about the sacrifices servicemen and women make
Send care packages and letters to warzones to provide support and make their deployment a little bit easier
Raise money for wounded servicemen and women that can be used to make rehabilitation easier
Raise money to support the families of fallen servicemen and women

Organizations to Work With:
OSOT: Operation Support our Troops
Operation Gratitude
Westchester County Department of Veteran Affairs

Ways to reach our goals:
Bake-sales
Collect supplies
Volunteer at events that support veterans
Visit wounded warriors

Officers:
Co-Presidents: Georgia Schwartz and Rebecca Frieden


SWAC
Are you interested in helping students remain stress-free and thrive at Byram Hills? If so, the Student Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC) may be the right club for you. We create and organize events which promote positive ways to deal with our emotions and improve mental health. Our largest event of the year is Wellness Day, where we invite professionals to speak about the most pressing issues affecting students. In addition, they provide new and different ways to cope with any issues students may be facing. We give a platform for students to improve their well-being when they may be struggling or scared to speak about the issues which are impacting them.


Tech Club
Meetings: Monday and Fridays after school in room 417
Advisor: Chris Lewick

To teach those who want to learn various technology - related skills.

The Tech Club is open to anyone who has a passion for technology. Anyone who wants to come in and learn from someone who enjoys teaching the subject. If there aren't any club members well-versed on the topic, they may be able to find another person also interested in learning the same topic, and may be able to work with that person.

To allow those who have technology related knowledge to solidify that knowledge by teaching it.

Teaching a topic can help the teacher to better understand the subject, and may offer them a new perspective on the topic. In the case of the Tech Club, teachers will be the members of the club, and won't necessarily be expected to know everything about what they're teaching, but will be encourage to share what the know.

To collaborate on medium to large scale projects of our choosing in order to improve our Skills.

Working together, members of the Tech Club can fine tune their skills by creating useful and/or interesting hardware or software projects. Members can show each other different ways to approach and solve a problem. Some potential projects include designing a website or creating a video game.


The Canvas
The Canvas! This is a student run art and literary publication that includes poetry, short stories, and various forms of artwork. Through our winter and spring issues, we seek to expose the creative works of Byram Hills students and faculty.

Contact Information:

Advisor: Mrs. Francine Aber 273-9200 (x4604) faber@byramhills.org or thecanvas@byramhills.org

The Canvas eBoard - check us out online!


The Oracle is the Byram Hills High School newspaper. We are dedicated to helping students build skills in journalism and public expression, in addition to helping students establish a sense of community. The Oracle publishes new articles online daily throughout the year. Articles focus on issues that concern students in Byram Hills and the community at large.

Email: bhhsoracle@byramhills.net

Website: www.bhhsoracle.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bhhsoracle

Advisor: Mrs. Catherine Eshoo ceshoo@byramhills.org

Meetings: Meetings take place on Mondays. Dates are posted in the Google Classroom. Email us at bhhsoracle@byramhills.net to join.


XX Coders
The Byram Hills XX Coders Club provides students with the means, knowledge, and opportunity to explore and participate in coding and computer science. The XX Coders Club seeks to prepare BHHS students with 21st century skills and the confidence to pursue future careers in STEM.  Girls Who Code is a national organization which aims “to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.” GWC focuses on promoting a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for students who are underrepresented in computer science and technology fields, and/or who feel most comfortable in a gender-positive setting. In addition to supporting after-school clubs across the nation, Girls Who Code also supports summer immersion programs and college campus chapters. The BHHS GWC Club aims to help connect Byram Hills students with this larger network of resources and role models in the field of computer science and coding.


Y.A.C. (Youth Against Cancer)
The primary purpose of YAC is to raise awareness in the school and community about cancer, its prevention, detection and treatment. Throughout the year, the club raises money for the American Cancer Society, Lee National Denim Day, the NWHC Cancer and Wellness Center and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. In addition, our members participate in local events sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Contact Information:
Advisor: David Hubbs and Evan Horowitz

Upcoming Meetings/Events: Meeting days/times will vary. Meetings are announced in the school over the PA system as well as posted throughout the building.


Youth to Youth
Advisor: Ms. Pagan, Student Assistance Counselor

BHHS Y2Y is a club that believes in the power of youth to influence their peers through positive peer pressure. Members of Y2Y pledge to be drug and alcohol-free, and work toward influencing their peers to do the same. Activities are focused on raising awareness of the risks associated with drug and alcohol use and making healthy decisions. Participation in Y2Y is open to all BHHS students. Meetings are held at least twice a month after school in Room 206.