Activities & Clubs

Through its various programs and activities, Rockhurst High School aids in the total development of its students, according to the Graduation-at-Graduation Profile.  St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit order, challenges us to view creation as a gift, to revel in its discovery, and to work within ourselves to draw people closer to God. 

While academic excellence is the hallmark of the school, Rockhurst is equally committed to providing an experience of excellence through student activities by which students experience “the tasting of things” as part of creation.  High school students have a real need for opportunities in which they can explore, excel, make friends, learn, and give expression to their talents and abilities.

Rockhurst’s student activities program is designed to provide all students with this opportunity to share with the larger community his God-given gifts and to develop them further. Rockhurst’s programming of athletics, clubs, and other student activities aim to be truly co-curricular, i.e., equal partners to academic course work that support and advance the goals of the Graduate-at-Graduation Profile.

Vision Statement for Rockhurst Co-Curriculars (non-athletic)
RHS co-curriculars will be areas of student life that extend Rockhurst’s Catholic, Jesuit school curriculum beyond its classroom to aid in the total development of its students.

Mission Statement for Rockhurst Co-Curriculars (non-athletic)
In the spirit of its Jesuit tradition, RHS co-curriculars bring students to affective experiences in which they explore personal interests and develop talents both latent and active.  Its activities foster student collaboration, friendships, and leadership as students become men of competence, compassion, and conscience in the spirit of the grad-at-grad.
 
In addition to the student clubs and activites listed below, Rockhurst also has 11 sports programs (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swim & dive, tennis, track & field, wrestling) run by the Athletic Department, and you can find out more about those sports under "Athletics".

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  • Astronomy Club

    The Astronomy Club introduces students to the planets and stars of the cosmos by giving them an up close encounter while using telescopes.  The goal of the club is to create new methods to observe the night sky while promoting interest in astronomy.

    Contact Mr. Winkeler: pwinkele@rockhursths.edu
  • Automotive Club

    The automotive club is a group of students that are interested in automotive mechanics, car maintenance, and driving safety.  We also share car show information as well as car group meetings throughout the Kansas City area.  

    Contact Mr. Owens: towens@rockhursths.edu
  • Career Exploration Club

    This club explores different career interests by sharing information, sponsoring guest speakers, and visiting area occupations.  Its goal is to expand potential career interests while gaining an appreciation for the vast career fields available. 

    Contact Mr. Owsley: gowsley@rockhursths.edu
  • Chamber Choir Club

    The Chamber Choir is an auditioned club open for any choir student grades 10-12 interested in singing capella music in a co-curricular setting.  Meetings and rehearsals meet during the Activity Period and other select times throughout the year.  This club gives students opportunities to share their musical skill and preparation at select Rockhurst events.  They serve as ambassadors to the Rockhurst Fine Arts Department as they perform and serve at these Rockhurst sponsored events.

    Contact Mr. Anderson: sanderson@rockhursths.edu
  • Chapel Choir

    This group of individuals are concerned about developing an important aspect of the spiritual life at the Rock. This group of vocalists and instrumentalists perform at all school liturgies and at the monthly Father/Son masses.

    Contact Mr. Hord: bhord@rockhursths.edu
  • Chess Club

    One of Rockhurst’s most active and successful extracurricular programs, the RHS Chess Club participates in as many as eight local tournaments per year. A perennial contender for the STATE title, the Chess Club has competed nationally in recent years.

    Contact Mr. Armenta: carmenta@rockhursths.edu
  • Classic Club

    This club is open to Latin and Greek students.  This club will successfully compete in the JCC convention and explore meetings with other high school classics clubs.

    Contact Dr. Cusick: mcusick@rockhursths.edu
  • Conservation Science Club

    The Conservation Science Club focuses on the preservation and understanding of the natural world that we live in.  The Club advocates for a healthy ecology in our environment through the pursuit of knowledge.  Through citizen science projects involving animals, plant life, and outdoor service projects, the Conservation Club is at the forefront of our school community in helping Rockhurst understand the needs of our planet.  
    The Conservation Science Club is divided into three divisions; the Animal Division, the Fish Division, and the Field Division.  The Animal Division focuses on the required habitats and husbandry of the animals at our school.  Members of this division focus on the care of animals and rescue those in need.  The Fish Division maintains for the freshwater and saltwater fish tanks at Rockhurst, as well as works with several citizen science projects to help release fish into the wild.  Members of this division are commissioned with creating the most optimum aquatic environments.  The Field Division works as a unit on service projects that benefit the environment as well as advocate for the needs of the outdoors.  The Field Division is the caretaker of the Outdoor Classroom.  

    Contact Mr. Winkeler: pwinkele@rockhursths.edu
  • Culinary Club

    Club members explore different cusines available at local restaurants.  Members also bring their own special meals to share with classmates or participate in potlucks during activity periods.  

    Contact Mr. Jones: bjones@rockhursths.edu
  • Digital Arts Club

    We seek to foster a love for all arts, especially animation, game design, movie making and graphic design. Through this we hope students are able to grow their skills in whatever artistic medium they chose.
    Our goals as a club are to expose students to various different forms of digital art, and enable them to create whatever they want to in whatever said art form they choose. We seek to do this through group collaboration projects each semester and peer learning each meeting. In addition, we hope to create a space students can come together to work on projects or start projects on their own.

    Contact Mr. JW Clark: jwclark@rockhursths.edu

    Meeting Times

    The club meets every Tuesday for the entire duration of activity period, but students are free to come and go as they please.
    In addition, we meet once every weekend to work on the current group collaboration project. If enough interest presents itself we will pursue meeting after school on certain days as well.

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  • Dramatics

    Each year the school Drama Dept. presents a number of productions including a fall play, spring musical and a theater workshop.  Students may participate as actors, technical crew members or in other ways depending on their interests and talents.
  • Drone Club

    The Drone Club consists of students who are either aerial drone enthusiasts or simply interested in learning more about such technology.  Activities range from flights and tasks to a discussion of new features. 

    Contact Mr. Doyle: pdoyle@rockhursths.edu
  • Drum Line

    The Drum Line is Rockhurst High School's premiere percussion ensemble. Membership is by audition and only after attending the Drum Line camp during the 1st week of August. Students interested in the Drum Line can start to sharpen their skills by being in the Drum Corp of the Pep Band. The Drum Line performs at all the varsity home football games and intends to broaden their scope by performing at the varsity basketball games also.
  • Engineering Club

    The Engineering Club introduces students to the modern concepts of engineering through demonstrations, build projects, and hosting of engaging speakers.  The club's goal is to educate students and promote interest in the field of engineering.  

    Contact Mr. Arico sarico@rockhursths.edu or Mr. Hirner lhirner@rockhursths.edu
  • Entrepreneurship Club

    Entrepreneurship Club strives to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools they need for success while fostering innovation and action that will better our community. In the 2019-2020 school year, we will organize a fully student-run enterprise at Rockhurst and create a structure within which future club members will be able to establish their own organizations.

    Contact Mr. Re: are@rockhursths.edu
  • French Club

    The French Club is open to students who enjoy French Language or Culture.  Annual events include a French breakfast with Notre Dame de Sion High School, frequent games of "Boule", and participation in the Foreign Language bowling tournament.

    Contact Mrs. Emily Lane: elane@rockhursths.edu
  • Future Business Leaders of America

    As an FBLA chapter, the Rockhurst FBLA Club integrates business study with career and leadership development.  Topics range from investment, management, entrepreneurship, and marketing.  This robust group participates in numerous competitions and conferences both locally and nationally each year.

    Contact Mr. Radosevic: mradosevic@rockhursths.edu
  • Gardening and Philosophy Club

    It's as simple as the club's title indicates: this group cultivates the school's vegetable garden and discusses philosophy while doing so.  Good salsa is also a byproduct of this club.

    Contact Dr. Cusick: mcusick@rockhursths.edu
  • Hacky Sack Club

    The perfect game--instead of standing around, looking at each other doing little, why not incorporate a fun challenge that adds focus, a high level of teamwork, and the possibility of increased friendships?  The club meets multiple activity periods per week and sponsors occasional tournaments open to all.

    Contact Mr. LoPiccolo: clopiccolo@rockhursths.edu
  • Hockey

    It is the mission of the Rockhurst High School Hockey Club to maintain a high school ice hockey program representing Rockhurst High School and to operate the program in such a manner to which conforms to the standards, regulations, requirements and principles of this Rockhurst High School. The Club is organized to provide the student participants of Rockhurst High School a developmental opportunity through a competitive hockey program. We regard our first priority to assist these young men to grow toward adulthood by experiencing the joys and managing the trials of team development, competitive play, managing wins and losses, relating to an adult supervision, exercising self-discipline, demonstrating locality to teammates and school, and striving for excellence on and off the ice.

    It is the mission of the Club to provide an opportunity for the students of Rockhurst High School to represent their school as a student-athlete by playing high school ice hockey. 
    It is the mission of the Club to promote excellence in high school ice hockey participation by emphasizing a high level of academics, conduct, teamwork, personal development and Christian character for those participating members of the Club.
    It is the mission of the Club to play a competitive schedule in order to allow each participating member the opportunity to maximize their potential as a hockey player at the high school level and, if it is their individual desire, help prepare them for continued hockey participation beyond their high school careers and accomplish the following objectives.

    The Rockhurst Hockey Club is a member of the Mid America High School Hockey League.
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    Contact Mr. Winkeler: pwinkele@rockhursths.edu
  • Human Dignity Club

    This club will look at privilege as it relates to our social responsibility to our community and the world. The group organizes and participates in numerous activities to promote its goals in the school community.

    Contact Mrs. Dougherty:cdougher@rockhursths.edu
  • Improv Club

    Contact Mrs. Christopher: achristopher@rockhursths.edu
  • Interfaith Club

    The interfaith meets with students with Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, the Islamic Center of Kansas City, and Sion High School to engage in dialogue and community service.  Field trips include visiting other schools, social events, and organizing community and educational projects.

    Contact Mr. Aaron aaaron@rockhursths.edu or Mr. Grilliot mgrilliot@rockhursths.edu

  • Intramurals

    Students may participate in this program on a “no cut” basis. Touch football and soccer are offered in the fall, basketball in the winter, and, volleyball in the spring. Intramural games are played during activity period. Intramural faculty basketball and volleyball teams have been known to defeat the student teams with regularity.

    Contact Mr. Severino: tseverin@rockhursths.edu
  • JESUBOTs

    JESUBOTs stimulate interest in science and technology, as a pathway to professional opportunities in the future.  Students who are engaged with technological activities develop mastery of necessary science skills and applications, while energizing the classroom and having fun!

    Contact Mr. Wilcox: awilcox@rockhursths.edu
  • Joseph of Arimathea Society

    Open to upperclassmen to serve as pallbearers for the homeless and indigent.

    Contact Mr. Ratermann: aratermann@rockhursths.edu
  • Juggling Club

    The Rockhurst High School Juggling Club is a student-motivated club committed to having fun. They meet during activity periods and after school when possible. The club performs before the Rockhurst plays and puts on their own talent shows from time to time during activity period. Nearly all members joined with no previous juggling experience. Each member is committed to promoting a relaxed and fun environment with hopes that it will be contagious in the Rockhurst community.

    Contact Mr. Owsley: gowsley@rockhursths.edu
  • Math Club

    Sponsored by the Math Department, the math club competes locally and regionally in math competitions organized by local universities.

    Contact Mr. Armenta: carmenta@rockhursths.edu
  • Mock Trial Team

    The Mock Trial Team competes in Metro, Regional, State and National competitions.  The currently eight-member team works with a teacher/coach and an attorney/coach on case materials provided by the State Bar Association.  After school practices develop prosecution and defense skills for attorneys & witnesses in opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations and closing arguments.  Season is November through March, with State in April and Nationals in May.

    Contact Mr. Sonnenberg:gsonnenberg@rockhursths.edu
  • Model United Nations Club

    The Model UN Club brings students into contact with local, national, and international opportunities with Model United Nation competitions.  Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington D.C. are recent destinations. 

    Model UN simulates the practice of diplomacy, debate, and policy exploration among multiple nations and global organizations to address complex global challenges.  Considering a variety of worldly issues from the past and present, Model UN participants practice research and crtical thinking skills with the very practical skill of written and oral communication.

    Contact Mr. Helt: phelt@rockhursths.edu 
  • Multi-Ethnic Educational Team (MEET)

    An organization of interested students striving to promote multi-cultural harmony and awareness at Rockhurst.  It serves as an open forum for students' thoughts on diversity, as well as promoting events that encourage cultural understanding and appreciation. 

    Contact Mr. Buckman: gbuckman@rockhursths.edu
  • Musical Production Club

    The club emphasizes a collaborative spirit among members who meet multiple activity periods per week in room 121.  The primary goal is for members to help each other improve in their skills of digital music production.  

    Contact Mr. Clark: jwclark@rockhursths.edu
  • National Honor Society

    Rockhurst’s Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ, chapter of the National Honor Society is composed of students who have earned the cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and have completed the NHS admissions process, including an essay, faculty recommendations, and thirty service hours. NHS serves as official hosts and helpers at many Rockhurst events. NHS sponsors the Battle of the Bands, a fundraising effort in support of the Jesuit missions in Central America. NHS also sponsors the in-house Rockhurst tutorial program. Students experiencing academic difficulty may receive tutoring from NHS members. Students become NHS eligible at the end of their sophomore year and inducted members at the end of their junior year.  

    Contact Mr. Jones: bjones@rockhursths.edu
  • Ni Hao (Chinese) Club

    The RHS Ni Hao Club is a language and culture club for all students interested in the Chinese language and culture.  Club members plan such events as language practice, homework tutoring, cooking workshops and culture experience (watching Chinese movies and tasting Chinese food).  Also, club members may attend various local events related to Chinese culture.  Events include programs such as Chinese New Year Celebration at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in January, EEC festival at Swope Park in August, Dragon Boat Festival in the Plaza in June, etc.

    Contact Mrs. Shao: sshao@rockhursths.edu
  • Outdoors Club

    A group of students who plan and experience a variety of outdoor experiences, from camping trips to one-day fishing or rock-climbing excursions.  Major trips have included Wrangell-St. Elias national park in Alaska, Badlands-Yellowstone-Grand Teton; the Swiss Alps; the Galapogos Islands; and Machu Picchu. 

    Contact Mr. McLellan: lmclellan@rockhursths.edu
  • The Patriotism Club

    A group of students working to promote the patriotic spirit of the RHS community and to honor and assist members of the U.S. armed forces.

    Contact Mrs. Smith: nsmith@rockhursths.edu
  • Pep Band

    The ensemble performs at all varsity football and basketball games.  If you can keep a commitment, this group is for you!  Come and join the fun.

    Contact Mr. Hord: bhord@rockhursths.edu


  • Piano Club

    The Piano Club brings together students who share an interest in playing or a desire to learn this intricate instrument. It also provides the opportunity for beginners to learn how to play the piano and a place for pianists to gather and meet other pianists and to create opportunities for pianists to perform.

    Contact Mr. Hord: bhord@rockhursths.edu
  • Photography Club

    The club enables former photography students to continue developing their artful skills and also provides an opportunity for those who have not taken the Photography course.

    Contact Mrs. Lehane: alehane@rockhursths.edu

  • Prep News

    The official student newspaper, The Prep News, is published monthly during the school year. It's goal is to present information that is accurate, entertaining and thought-provoking. Reporters are members of the Journalism I class and Newspaper I and II classes. All work is done by the students. Students not enrolled in those classes may work on the newspaper as artists and photographers.

    Contact Mrs. Smith: nsmith@rockhursths.edu
  • Pro-Life Club

    Serves to honor the Catholic Christian tradition of respecting life and defending the helpless.  Focused on the abortion issue, we seek to educate ourselves and others to serve whenever applicable, and to make our interests known to state and national lawmakers.

    Contact Mr. Nickson: mnickson@rockhursths.edu
  • Quarry Yearbook

    The yearbook or annual, The Quarry, is published through the work of juniors and seniors in the Yearbook class.

    Contact Mr. McAnany: rmcanany@rockhursths.edu 
  • Regis Club

    The Regis Club seeks to provide students an opportunity to perform community service, as well as fostering relationships between members of the Rockhurst community and between Rockhurst and the broader Kansas City community.  Our activities in recent years have included our monthly trips to the Shalom Catholic Worker House, our annual Toy Drive and Bowling Tournament, and projects at the CCVI center, the Recycling Center, and the Hope Center. 

    The Regis Club is always looking for new members and new ideas for community service.  We seek to help students find ways to get involved in the Rockhurst community, complete their service hours, and learn about the needs of those with whom we share our local community.  Listen to announcements for upcoming activities and meetings.  You are always welcome to participate!

    Contact Mr. McAnany: rmcanany@rockhursths.edu
  • Rock Collection

    The Rock Collection is the student literary magazine published each year in the spring. Writing and editing of the magazine is done largely in the fall semester with the final stages of production completed in January and February. Any student may submit his original work for publication.

    Contact Dr. Caughron: mcaughron@rockhursths.edu
  • RockFit

    The primary goal of RHS RockFit is to explore the CrossFit fitness methodology of constantly varied, high intensity interval training with the Rockhurst High School community.
  • Science Club

    Sponsored by the Science Department, the science club competes against other high school students in local and regional competitions, including the Rockhurst College Science Olympiad and the Science Knowledge Bowl.
  • Software Engineering Club

    A room where students may gather to work on software projects, meet like-minded individuals with similar interests in software. Gather, plan, serve, and compete. Friends will be made, applications will be built, community service will be delivered, and competitions will be competed in.

    Contact Mr. Clark: jwclark@rockhursths.edu
  • Spanish Club

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     Spanish Club Annual Activities
    • Pen Pal letter program with "Instituto Cultural de Tampico,"  a Jesuit school in Tampico Mexico.  Link to I.C.T. in Tampico! 
    • Club T-Shirt Design
    • "Chipotle" Lunch Days
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Service
    • "Fiesta" with food & music
    • Language Club Bowling Tournament
    • Spanish Language Mass
    • Visit Hispanic festivals or local exhibits
    Contact Maestra Haroian: aharoian@rockhursths.edu
  • Speech & Debate Team

    Practices will be held two days a week after school.  

    Contact Mr. Helt: phelt@rockhursths.edu
  • Spikeball Club

    The club enjoys this newer recreational activity during most activity periods, often outside on Mackey Field during nicer weather.  The sport challenges students to work together, be physically active during a break in the day, and meet others interested in the game.

    Contact Mr. Bradshaw: jbradshaw@rockhursths.edu
  • Spoken Word Club

    Contact Mrs. Smith: nsmith@rockhursths.edu
  • Student Government Association

    Students may participate in SGA by running for office in the spring and freshmen in late October. Students may participate in planning of events by volunteering to be a part of the Class Committees that are chaired by each of the class presidents. SGA serves as the official representative of the Student Body to the faculty and administration. The SGA acts as a consultant to the faculty and administration concerning all matters of student life. It promotes school spirit and community by acting as a networking organization for student clubs and sponsoring a variety of social and social justice awareness events.

    Freshman Class Moderator: Mrs. Nicole Smith
    Sophomore Class Moderator: Mr. Phil Helt
    Junior Class Moderator: Mr. Patrick Doyle
    Senior Class Moderator: Mrs. Kim Brown

    Contact Mr. Magee: mmagee@rockhursths.edu
  • Table-Top Gaming Club

    These students and their moderators strive to foster friendship and brotherhood through the playing of table top card and board games.

    Contact Mr. Spitz spitz@rockhursths.edu or Mr. Buckman gbuckman@rockhursths.edu
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club

    This group is a mix of experienced and completely inexperienced students (and occasionaly faculty) who enjoy the easy recreation of ultimate frisbee--or simply more casually tossing the "B"--during activity periods when weather allows.  It's a healthy way to get moving and enjoy fresh air in the middle of the morning between classes.

    Contact Mr. Bradshaw: jbradshaw@rockhursths.edu
  • Video Club

    This club studies concepts of video design and production.

    Contact Mrs. Smith: nsmith@rockhursths.edu
  • Video Game Club

    The goal of the Rockhurst Video Game Club is to establish a gaming community among students that helps support the core values of the Grad-at-Grad document.

    Contact Mr. McLellan: lmclellan@rockhursths.edu
  • Visual Arts Club

    For interested students of the visual arts, this club seeks to deepen awareness of local and regional art exhibitions and offerings and to encourage talented students to continue exploring their own talent and creation of a portfolio of work for submission in area competitions. 

    Contact Mr. Owens: towens@rockhursths.edu
  • Volleyball

    These students come from different experience levels to enjoy the sport of volleyball the spring.  The teams (usually a varsity and jv squad) compete in the Kansas City High School Boys Volleyball League.

    Contact Mr. Sullivan: msullivan@rockhursths.edu
  • Yell Leaders Club

    The yell leaders attend selected sporting events to promote school spirit and the leading of the cheering section. Members are required to dress in uniform, and to attend a specified number of events, as well as participate in all spirit assemblies and rallies.

    Contact Mr. Leroy: jleroy@rockhursths.edu