Student Clubs and Activities

Anime
The Anime Club meets Friday afternoons every other week. The goal of this group is to relax and enjoy some anime with fellow anime lovers.  Everyone at HHS is invited.  See Mrs. Phillips for more details.

Ballet Folklórico Sol Azteca
"la disciplina es la base del exito..."

Join Sol Azteca to experience Latino culture through folklórico dance, music, costume design, and construction. No previous dance experience needed. Must love to have fun! Dancers of the group (in grades kinder through12th grade) learn dances from various regions of Mexico. 

The dancers are mostly from Holland Public Schools. Holland Public Schools is the only district in the area to have a folklórico club. They are taught and mentored by Holland High students and Holland High alum, Angela Gonzalez-Urbina. The ages range from 4 years old and up. There is no charge to participate and enrollment begins in late August for fall classes. Classes will be held at Holland Language Academy located at 461 VanRaalte Ave. Join the group today and bring a friend!

To enroll, contact Martha at mreynago@hollandpublicschools.org.  

Open enrollment starts on August 23, 2017.  Please check back then for the registration link.

Please enter Holland Language Academy's 20th St. entrance.

Calling All Colors
Calling all Colors meets weekly to discuss local, state and national events that bring light to racial and ethnic diversity.  The group unites to bring awareness about diversity to Holland High School through the implementation of a year-long project. All are welcome. See Dr. Emde for more details.

National Honor Society
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Students are selected through being selected by the Selection Committee comprised of both teachers and administrators only after a student has earned a 3.5 or higher by the end of their 1st semester sophomore year. Selection is based on Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. See Mrs. LeFebre for more details.

PALS
PALs are a specially trained group of students who improve the culture of our schools through mentoring other students and designing school-wide initiatives to address student needs. The Holland PALs program is designed to help students who struggle academically, socially, and emotionally. PALs are the first people new students see when they come to Holland High as they provide the new student tours. They help people feel welcome and a sense of belonging. Students interested in PALs go through and application process, and once selected, go through a one semester class for training.  See Mr. VanHarmalen for more details.

Quiz Bowl
This team academic competition showcases speedy responses and wide-ranging knowledge.
Mr. VanFaasen – Room C2209

Robotics
Who is Holland C.H.A.O.S?

We are a group of high school students from Holland High School and Black River Schools who use teamwork as a strength to bring us together through challenges. One of our greatest abilities is to survive on pizza and soda alone during our 6 week winter build season. We are composed of potential engineers, athletes and the quiet kids from the back of the classroom who share a passion for creating opportunities for our future because robotics is more than just robots.

In addition to the diverse students that compose our team, we have an equally eclectic support group of parents and mentors. They are who guide and encourage us to become better leaders, students, and friends.

As a team, we would like to invite students, parents, and potential mentors alike to add to our tradition of excellence and our community. To learn more about the team visit our website.

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What is a FIRST robotics competition (FRC) team?

An FRC team is a group of high school students that are given a challenge and 6 weeks to complete said challenge. The challenge changes every year. The challenge for 2013 was Ultimate Ascent. For 2014 the robot challenge was Aerial Assist. Simply follow the link for more information about each game. During the 6 week build time, we have rules that govern the dimensions, weight limit and the amount of money we're able to spend, all without blueprints to follow. The only materials we are given is a kit of parts at kick off which is the moment that every team finds out what the challenge is.

What is the outcome of being on a team?

Being on a first robotics team is a very rewarding experience. You receive an amazing hands on experience. FIRST offers over $20,000,000 in scholarships and opens many doors. For example, one of our students received an interview with a software development company due to his time on with FIRST. Also, another student received an internship from one of our many amazing sponsors.

The benefits and experiences of being involved with an FRC team range from personal to professional.  These experiences offer challenges, struggles and learning unmatched by other activities offered through school.

Rocket Club
Led by Mr. De Ritter, Room D2410

Snowriders
Ski and Snowboard Club gives students a chance to ski at Bittersweet Ski Resort for discounted prices. The club is available to all HPS students and organizes informal trips to Bittersweet throughout the winter. Mr. Harrell at HEC and Ms. Busscher at HHS are the sponsors. 

SLIC
Student Leaders Initiating Change
Mr. Vartanian

Students for Social Justice
S4SJ is a group of committed high school students who meet weekly to help the disenfranchised in our school and community. Our mission is to educate ourselves, raise awareness, and peacefully act to rid our school and community of social inequities. Show up for any meeting (Tuesday's at lunch) and you are a member!  See Mr. Zwiers for more details.

Youth in Government
Youth in Government shows students how to write bills. At the spring conference in Lansing, students debate their bills in the state capital and try to get them approved. All approved bills go to the actual state legislature for consideration. They can just see the advisors and we can add them to our lists. Enrollment is limited to a certain time period. See Mr. Ceithaml or Mr. Telgenhof for more details.