Robotics Team

Research Triangle High School students formed a robotics team to compete in the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.  For more information on NC FIRST, visit NC FIRST Robotics.


The team meets regularly during the “off” season to prepare for “kick-off and build” season, which starts in January each year. For the meeting schedule, to help the team as a volunteer, or for other information, contact the team mentors by email at


We don’t want the cost of building materials, training and supplies to hinder the team’s ability to build a winning robot for this globally-known and extraordinary event. Please help us out by donating what you can. Learn how to make cash donations and view our wish list for in-kind donations here.


Student Organizations

RTHS has over 25 active student organizations! Many are student-organized and run.  This list is a sample of current organizations.  We are very open to new options! Students interested in starting a new club must find a staff advisor and make a proposal to Mrs. Hall.


Groups are classified as:

Activity: Anyone can come at any time. Drop in!

Club: There are requirements to be a member. Ask the contact folks about joining!

Honor Society: There are specific qualifications to be selected. 

Anime (Activity)

In Anime Club we watch all kinds of series, new and old, like My Hero Academia, Mob Psycho 100, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Naruto, and MORE!


Meets: Mondays During Lunch in Room 103 (The Digital Music Lab)

Staff Contact: John V. Wood

Student Contacts:  Ose Okoruwa, Jessica Shaw

Art Club (Activity)

Do you like to draw and paint?

Do you have a creative mindset you want to share with others?

Well then, Art Club is the place for you!​



Art club is currently working on a project to put inspirational quotes on the walls of RTHS and brighten up the building. We have also started an “Art for Education” campaign where we are designing artistic t-shirts to sell to raise money for STEAM education.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY is an art organization that aims to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

Meets:  Every other Tuesdays During Lunch in Room 204

Staff Contact: Jessica Warren

Student Contact: Hannah Yoder

Chess (Activity)

Chess Club is a fun place where students of all ability levels can come and enjoy playing the thinking man's game.


Meets: Thursday 4:00-4:45pm in Room 50

Staff Contact: Janis Overlock

Student Contacts:  Karthik Ramakrishnan

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Activity)

FCA aims to reach true Christian Fellowship. We are able to accomplish this through devotionals, prayer, athletics, socials, and other activities.



Meets: Friday Afternoons in Room 136

Huddle Coach: Fabrienne Swepson

Staff Contact: Jared Franklin 

Student Contacts: Isabella Rogers, Claire Scott, Ryan Chriscoe, Michaela Rogers, Zane Taylor, and Victoria Swepson 

Foam Flinging Raptors (Activity)

The Foam Flinging Raptors, a Nerf group, welcomes all Nerf enthusiasts who would like to learn how to repair Nerf weapons as well as plan and play in strategy games are encouraged to come.  We have plenty of weapons now, but we can make an assessment of what you have and what we might need.  Come join the fun!



Meets: Mondays from 4:00-5:00 in Room 50

Staff Contact: Janis Overlock

Student Contact: Emily Tupper, Marcus Clark

Future Teachers (Activity)

Future Teachers will explore careers in teaching and issues in education today. Members will plan visits to shadow teachers and other schools and grade levels, as well as get some behind-the-scenes looks at what it takes to be a truly excellent educator. This is a new club this year.


Meets: Thursdays During Lunch in Room 118

Staff Contact: Deb Brown

Student Contact: TBD

German (Club)

Students interested in German culture and activities related to promoting German culture are warmly invited, even if they are not studying German at RTHS.  Activities include Oktoberfest and Sommerfeier Bratwurst lunches, Durham holiday parade entry showcasing German holiday traditions, holiday cookie baking using German recipes, Martinstag and the Day of Good Deeds, Karneval, etc.


Meets:  Wednesdays at lunch in room 50 

Staff Contact: Janis Overlock

Student Contact: Tammy Duong, Sarah Tatum

Girl Up (Club)

“Girl Up ignites the empowerment of girls, by girls around the world. In partnership with the United Nations, we stand up for girls, speak up for programs that help them thrive, and rise up as a community of advocates out to change the world, for good” – Girl Up Mission Statement. 


Meets: Every other Thursday at 4pm in Room 234

Staff Contact: Elizabeth Godwin

Student Contacts: Diane Gildehaus, Leila Fahti

International Thespian Society (Honor Society)

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Application required


Check out our video to learn more!


Meets: TBD

Staff Contact: Ian Finley

Student Contact: TBD

Model UN (Club)

The Research Triangle High School Model United Nations Club aims to promote the growth of leadership, public speaking, and diplomacy skills in our members. We seek to foster the next generation of global citizens by increasing awareness of our interconnected world and prepare our members to meet the complex challenges of this world in order make positive change wherever they go next.​


Meets: Mondays After School in Room 126

Staff Contact: Patrick Lasseter

Student Contacts: Griffin Blomquist and Emma Dieterle

Mu Alpha Theta (Honor Society)

Mu Alpha Theta is a Math Honor Society with a focus on tutoring and competition. Membership is by application only and students must meet admission requirements. Also, we will be doing competitions throughout the year.

Check out our video to learn more!

Meets: Wednesdays During Lunch in Room 238

Staff Contacts: Alan Goldstein, Lisa Austin

Student Contact: Utkrisht Mendiratta, Zachary McCarthy, Ashwin Rao

National English Honor Society (Honor Society)

National English Honor Society is a place for students who are enthusiastic or accomplished in English to participate in activities related to the language arts. NEHS participates in book discussion, English tutoring, community service, essay contests, and more.


Membership is by application and students must meet certain requirements.


Meets: Mondays During Lunch in Room 226

Staff Contact: Jessi Stokes

Student Contact: Jonathan Hayden

National History Day (Club/Team)

National History Day is a national history competition for middle and high school students. Come join us to create a historical research project for the competition this spring! Find more information on the website, including this year's theme, contest dates, and more!



Check out our video to learn more!



Meets: Mondays 4:00-4:30pm in Room 

Staff Contact: Jeff Guilford

Student Contact: Angel Dinh 


National Honor Society (Honor Society)

The National Honor Society was established in 1921 to recognize and encourage academic achievement and develop good character traits in students. Membership is by invitation only.


Check out our video to learn more! -  Please visit our website for more information. 



Meets: Every Other Friday from 2:15 - 2:45pm in the BBT

Staff Contact: Jessie Howington, Jessi Stokes, Sarah Overman, Yolanda LeMay

Student Contacts: 

Katie Chriscoe (President)

Halima Hasan (Vice President)

Claire Scott (Secretary)

Gustavo Nativio (Treasurer)

Ann Elise Norris (Historian)

Philosoraptors (Activity)

The Philosoporaptor Philosophy Club meets informally to discuss questions of a philosophical nature. 


Meets: TBD

Staff Contact: Jeff Guilford

Student Contact: Gustavo Nativio


Ping Pong (Activity)

Take a break from the school day and relieve some stress while showing off your mad table tennis skills. All skill levels welcome to participate and observe. Staff members are also invited to join the fun! 


Meets: Daily except for Friday in room 138

Staff Contact: SJ Casar

Student Contact: Afif Raman

Queer Straight Alliance (Activity)

The QSA is a safe place for LBGTQ students and allies to meet and plan events together.


Meets: Tuesdays During Lunch in The Conference Room

Staff Contact: Pamela Blizzard and Jarred Franklin

Student Contact: Paxon King, Mackenzie Marlow, and Erin Stretch

Raptor Band (Club)

This is a concert band/orchestra that was formed by two students whose lives were greatly impacted by music. When touring the school, they saw the need for a concert band program and instead of accepting the fact that there was none, they decided to establish a program.


This program is open to all students that know how to play an instrument and are looking to join a concert band/orchestra. We plan to perform our music at local events throughout our community. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email and we will be happy to assist you.

Meets: TBD

Staff Contacts: Alfonz Zsiga, Janis Overlock, John Wood

Student Contacts: Rusheek Patel, Snehil Mathur

Raptor Cheer

Bringing together students at RTHS to practice cheers and bring school spirit to sporting events.


Meets: TBD

Staff Contact: Tiz Godwin

Parent Contact: Carrie Bauman

Student Contact: Lindsey Demitriou

Raptor Creators (Club)

This club competes in the nationwide "Paradigm Challenge". In this challenge we build anything: an app, website, product etc. that can help with one of the three issues of personal health, environmental waste reduction, or food security. We work as a team to execute engineering and idea development skills.


Meets: Fridays During Lunch in Room 230

Staff Contact: Lisa Austin

Student Contact: Sabrina Grewal

Raptor Fencing (Club)

Come hit your friends with a stick! Whether expert or new, join Raptor Fencing!


Raptor Fencing is a student-led fencing club that aims to both teach fencing to those new to it, while also offering training to compete in the NC High School Fencing League.



Check out our video to learn more! 



Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm in Room 138

Staff Contact: SJ Casar

Student Contact: Trey Kaufman


Raptor Games Evolved (Activity)

We try to bring together a community of people who enjoy gaming to hang out, have a good time, and make friends.

Meets: Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  in Room 58

Staff Contact: Nathan Parker

Student Contacts: Ethan Sayer

Raptor Radio (Club)

Raptor Radio is the school radio station who plays 24/7 music on our website.


Raptor Radio also has a weekly pod cast where each member of the club has there own segment/show of anything they want. Come Join us every Tuesday at lunch in Mr. Wood's room if you want to have your voice on the school Radio Station and want to contribute to this club in any way.



We are open-minded and willing to innovate. Visit our website:


Meets: Tuesdays at Lunch in Room 103

Staff Contact: John V. Wood

Student Contacts: Ronik Grewal

Meets: Tuesdays at Lunch

Raptor Reps! (Student Council)

Raptor Reps! Is an elected council of students who work with the school administration to make decisions about the operations of the school, improve school culture, and plan fun events! There will be opportunities for other students to help the council implement their ideas! 


Meets: TBD

Staff Contacts: Mamie Hall, Ashley Fenoglio, Sarah Overman

Student Contacts: TBD

RTHS Beach Volleyball (Club)

The RTHS beach volleyball club is going to be an opportunity for students to practice their beach volleyball skills and apply them when we compete against other clubs from other schools.


The club will allow both boys and girls to join, although boys will be paired up with boys and girls will be paired up with girls. This club will play doubles, beach volleyball (two on two).


Competition will begin in the spring while practice starts this winter. Don't worry if you've never played before, there 2 experienced parents, 2 experienced students and an experienced coach to help you out. Plus, it's a fun sport even for beginners.

Meets: Twice a week after school in RTP

Staff Contact: Jessie Howington

Parent Contacts: Mary & Jason Prabel

Student Contacts: Julia & Owen Prabel

RTHS Magician's (Activity)

In the RTHS Magicians, magicians, both beginners and experienced, can learn magic with and from other members. This club serves as a focal point for people who wish to learn more about magic and for magicians to create their own unique tricks and magic routines.

Meets: Wednesdays at Lunch in Room 52

Staff Contact: Matt Tyler

Student Contacts: Jonathan Thai, Joseph Alonso

RTHS Politics (Activity)

The club that talks about current events, political ideologies, and political activities. From Anarchists to Authoritarians, from Liberals to Conservatives, from third parties to independents, all are welcome to come.



Meets: Wednesdays During Lunch in Room 52

Staff Contact: Matt Tyler

Student Contact: Kristopher Papp

Science Fair Club (Club)

The club will help students learn how to contact university professors to get research projects or work in labs/get internships. We will also bring in local university professors to talk about their research. The club aims to prepare students to get research experience, create a poster presentation, and enter their posters into local/state science fairs.

Meets: Once a Month in Room 205

Staff Contact: Monica Strada

Parent Contacts: Mwenda Kudumu, Nannette Nascone-Yoder

Student Contact: Hannah Yoder

Science Olympiad Team (Club/Team)

Science Olympiad gives students the opportunity to compete in subject matters of their choice, including math, science, and engineering. 


Meets: Tuesday Afternoon in Room 105

Staff Contacts: Ben Laptad, Cinnamon Frame

Student Contact: Arif Rahman, Oum & Namh Lahade, Morgan Chu, Ahaan Patkar

Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Honor Society)

The Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Spanish Honor Society works to foster an appreciation for Spanish culture and language. Membership is by application only and students must meet specific admission requirements. The application is in January. 


Meets: Every other Tuesday during lunch in Room 236

Staff Contact: Sra. Pandera

Student Contact: Enrico Deagan, Ani Bommu, Thao-My Nguyen

Speech & Debate (Club/Team)

Helping students find their voice-- offering practice and skill building in public speaking and dramatic performances as well as critical thinking and argumentation skills. Members prepare for competitions at National Forensic League tournaments, including individual events like Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Storytelling, as well as debate categories such as Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum styles.


Check out our video to learn more!


Meets: TBD in Room 118

Staff Contact: Deb Brown

Student Contacts: TBD

TerrorBytes FRC Robotics (Club/Team)

The TerrorBytes work in areas of Robotics design, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, gracious professionalism, fundraising, and outreach.

Staff Contact: Steve Goldberg 
Student Contacts: TBD
Mentors:  Brian O'Sullivan

Ultimate Frisbee (Club)

Would you enjoy playing pick up games of Ultimate Frisbee after school? What about competing in an intermural league in the Spring? Join Ultimate Frisbee!


Meets: TBD 

Staff Contact: Jeff Guilford

Student Contacts: Zach Abbott, Chase Viscue

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