• White Plains High School 
     
     
    Administrator for HS Student Activities
     
    Secretary/Central Treasurer
    Ms. A. Adamiak
     
     
     
    Winter Tiger
     
    White Plains High School offers a plethora of clubs and groups available to students spanning many interests.  All clubs and groups are created by students for students.  Clubs and groups are open to all WPHS students to join and we encourage active participation.  Students are also welcome to form new groups, to learn how to begin please download the form.     Group Formation
     

    CLUBS & GROUPS

     

    ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM

    Club Advisor - Mr. Larson

    The ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM competes in dual matches featuring JEOPARDY! like questions in all subject areas. The team competes in three W.A.C.K.O.

    (WESTCHESTER ACADEMIC CHALLENGE OF KNOWLEDGE ORGAN­ IZATION) tournaments (NOV-JUNE) and the OMAR Q BECKINS tournament (MAR).

    Tournaments are on Saturdays and winners qualify for the NATIONAL TOURNAMENT in June. Tryouts are in the Fall.

     

    ADVOCATES FOR THE EARTH CLUB

     Club Advisor - Mr. Davis

     Students plan and work on environmental activities both in school and in the community.

    Such activities include the annual Earth Day celebration, storm drain painting, field trips, and guests speakers.

     

    ASIAN CLUB

     Club Advisor - Ms. Lee-Huh 

    The Asian Club meets weekly to discuss ways to educate and engage others in culture, celebrations, and concerns relating to

    Asia and Asian Americans. Asian Club students participate in school-wide events, run Asian­ themed programs

    and activities for others, participate in community service projects, and

    get involved in Asian themed events in the community. All students welcome!

     

    BLACK AWARENESS CLUB

     Club Advisor - Ms. Adams 

    The mission of the Black Awareness Club is to provide an environment which encourages discussions and

    activities of interest to the African American population at White Plains High School.

    The emphasis is on the development of philosophies and values, which may

    benefit the community and the club members.

     

    FRENCH CLUB

    Club Advisor - Ms. Sands 

    The French Club promotes the French culture by organizing and planning various activities to museums,

    theatre and participates in community service projects.

    The French Club also offers scholarships to graduating Seniors.

     

    GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE 

    Club Advisor – Ms. Piedra & Mr. Larson 

    The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club's goal is to create a safe, welcoming and

    accepting environment for all students at White Plains High School,

    regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We work toward raising awareness regarding

    issues that impact our club, as well as fostering a more accepting atmosphere for all students throughout WPHS.

      

    LATINO ADVANCEMENT COALITION 

    Club Advisor-Ms. De Castro   

    This club is designed to promote unity and foster awareness of various Latino cultures throughout the school.

    Activities include assemblies, forums, special events, publications, and dances.   

     
     

    ITALIAN CLUB 

    Club Advisors - Mr. Scarpa and Mr. Spedaliere 

    Our club invites all students at WPHS to become members.

    You do not need to study Italian or be Italian-American to join.

    In addition to providing the membership with an exciting culturally-enriching calendar of activities geared to 

    enhance the  appreciation  and image of Italian culture here at WPHS, the

    Italian Club engages in a variety of social activities that promote the values of

    the culture to the community-at-large.  Come join us for the fun of it, and in time you'll be enriched in more ways than one!

     

    JAZZ BAND 

    Club Advisor- Mr. May 

    The WPHS Jazz Band gives musicians an opportunity to learn Jazz, Latin, and Funk music in a Big Band setting.

    The band holds evening rehearsals once each week and performs at school concerts,

    community and school district events, and regional jazz festivals.

    In addition to the Big Band, the club includes a highly selective 

    Jazz  Combo that  performs  frequently  and meets  for  an  additional  rehearsal each week.

     

    MARIACHI JUVENIL LOS TIGRES

    Club Advisor - Mr. May 

    White Plains High School's very own student mariachi celebrates Latin American

    cultures by performing traditional music of Mexico and beyond.

    The mariachi rehearses twice per week and frequently performs at school

    and community events. The group includes trumpet, violin, vihuela, guitar, guitarron, and singers.

     

    JUNIOR ENGINEERING TECHNICAL SOCIETY

    Club Advisor - Mr. Dougherty

    JETS provides a unique opportunity to facilitate a student's understanding

    of the principles of physics. Students will be involved in hands on learning

    experiences that validate scientific principles used in their science courses.

    The JETS provides encouragement and motivation for students to excel in

    mathematics and science; experiences that will help students to better understand 

    our technological society and the nature of career opportunities within society.

     

    TIGERS NIGHT OF TALENT

    Club Advisors - Mr. Allen and Mr. Polanco

    The Tigers Night of Talent is a performance that features

    fashion and talent while fundraising for various community service clubs.

    The Tigers Night of Talent puts on display of the incredible diversity that makes

    up the White Plains community. Cultural performances included:  Asian dancers,

    Reggae dancers, and Latin dancers, as well as Hip Hop, contemporary and jazz.

    Live performers range from rock to rap and pop to opera.

    If you have talent, the Tigers Night of Talent is the place to be.

     

    KEY CLUB

    Club Advisor - Mrs. Woodward 

    A community service organization which provides opportunities for
     
    students to develop initiative and leadership, and experience in
     
    working together while serving the school and the community.
     
      

    MIDNIGHT RUN CLUB 

    Club Advisor - Mrs. Floridia 

    This club meets to prepare for our school food pantry, food and clothing drives,

    work with the AFYA foundation, and activitiesin White Plains. This club provides awareness

    to students about delivering vital medical supplies and PPE around the country and across the globe,

    homelessness and hunger in their area, and how they can be of help in their local community by

    providing outreach through this club.  Some  monthly  activities  in this club  include  

    volunteering time at local food pantries and soup kitchens,

    collecting food for our school food pantry, raising money for local homeless shelters, organizing

    food and clothing's drives, and working with local organizations

    such as Grace Church in White Plains to cook and serve dinner to those in need. 

     

    NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY 

    Club Advisors- Ms. Coppola and Ms. Ross 

    The White Plains High School's chapter of the National Honor Society

    has an ongoing mission to create an enthusiasm for scholar­ ship, to stimulate a desire to render service,

    to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character.

    Members are expected to uphold the civic, ethical, scholastic, and extra-curricular standards set by

    school and community in their behaviors both on and off school grounds. NHS members

    are recognized as school leaders and exemplars. National Honor Society

    inducts students in their Junior and Senior year.

     

    NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY 

    Club Advisor - Ms. Jordan 

    Membership in the Nation Art Honor Society is based upon art scholarship, service, and character.

    Eligibility is limited to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum

    art scholarship average of B. Members are chosen by

    nomination and review of portfolios by Art faculty and NAHS members. Club activities include: member

    are exhibits, induction ceremony,art, workshops, gallery and museum trips, portfolio preparation and art careers research.

     

    THE ORACLE

    Club Advisors - Mrs. Sahakian & Mrs. Penasso

    The Oracle is the WPHS yearbook. The student run organization is responsible for

    the planning and production of the yearbook. The yearbook is published once a year and is distributed in June.

     

    THE ORANGE

    Club Advisors - Ms. Simmons & Ms. Loscalzo

    The Orange is a student run newspaper that publishes monthly and reports on

    various issues affecting WPHS students, faculty, and community members.

    Staff members meet weekly, and new members interested in

    writing or taking pictures for the paper are invited to join at any time.

     

    THE ROAR 

    Club Advisors - Ms. DeMella and Mr. Chiariello 

    The Roar is WPHS' student-run literary and art magazine. All students at WPHS are

    welcome to submit creative writing and art in various media for the magazine;

    members participate in judging and selecting submissions for publications and

    producing the layout of the magazine as well. All are welcome!

     

    SCIENCE FICTION CLUB

    Club Advisor - Ms. Degraphenreed 

    The mission of the Science Fiction Club is to create a comfortable, fun environment in

    which students can learn about and discuss literature, film, and other cultural aspects

    of the science fiction genre. This club will help expose WPHS students to a variety of sci-ft

    media from a global perspective and allow them to go beyond the mainstream knowledge.

    Students will gain hands-on interactive experience through film, field trips,

    museums, exhibitions and analytical discuss. 

     

        S.E.E.D. (SEEKING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND DIVERSITY)  

        Club Advisor - Ms. Dale

    SEED is a forum for the discussion of issues that affect us all. We explore

    topics including, but not limited to, gender, race, class, and sexual orientation. All students, teachers, and

    administrators of WPHS are welcome. Activities include reading articles, watching videos, listening to

    guest speakers, attending our annual "Eliminating Racism" overnight at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center,

    fundraising to give to two charities (one local and one international)

    and to cover the cost of the overnight, and an end of the year gathering.

     

    SONGWRITERS CLUB

    Club Advisor - Mr. Polanco 

    Our club welcomes all students of White Plains High School to cultivate their song

    writer skills and continue to foster our schools musical diversity. Students meet to

    study great music and collaborate with other like-minded students to create songs and develop

    networking skills. The ultimate goal is to perform in annual cover showcases and original songwriters showcases.

     

    STEP TEAM

    Club Advisor – Ms. Cabell

    The White Plains High School Step Team (The Royalty Steppers) is a club for students

    that like to dance and perform in school, around the community and the tri-state areas.

    We perform at functions for the Youth Bureau of White Plains, the Slater Center,

    Churches, and Step competitions. We welcome all students in grades 9 thru 12 to join us!

     

    HONORS STRING ENSEMBLE

    Club Advisor - Mr. May

    The Honors String Ensemble is a highly selective extracurricular string orchestra that performs

    professional-level orchestral repertoire. The ensemble rehearses one evening per week

    and performs for school district events, at local hospitals and nursing homes, and for NYSSMA a

    djudication festivals. The ensemble is open to violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists

    who have passed an audition into the WPHS Symphony Orchestra.

     

    THEATRE UNLIMITED

    Club Advisor- Ms. Cepler 

    Theatre Unlimited is WPHS's theatre club. TU is responsible for producing the school

    plays and musicals, which includes opportunities for directing, designing, performing

    in, and running shows. TU also encompasses stage crew: the group of students who

    help build and paint sets pieces; hang and focus lights; and run the light and sound boards

    during performances. Additionally, the theatre club experiences theatre out­ side

    of school by seeing shows and engaging in workshops regarding theatre performance.

     

    WONDER WOMEN

    Club Advisors – Ms. Lowenhaupt and Ms. Jackson 

    Wonder Women is a club dedicated to gender equality and forging greater opportunities for

    women in all communities. By examining local and international issues affecting women,

    Wonder Women seeks to better understand the issues and concerns facing women around

    the world. Wonder Women welcomes all students to create a respectful environment for diverse

    points of view and a commitment to gender equality at school and in the larger society. Presentations

    on diverse topics facing women are presented during lunch time discussions and fundraising for a worthy

    cause that promotes gender equality occurs throughout the year. Wonder Women is an inclusive

    club that recognizes all genders and their contributions to feminism.

     

    GROUPS

     

    SCIENCE RESEARCH

    Advisor - Ms. Fleming 

    The goal of the SR club is to promote an appreciation for science research.

    This will include trips to corporate research facilities, guest lectures and visits to

    and from the National Sciences Foundation, and other government agencies.

    The club sponsors the Annual SR Symposium, as well as other local and statewide Symposia.

     

    FREEDOM FIGHTERS

    Advisor - Mr. Davis 

    The goal of Freedom Fighters is to show gratitude towards the men and women

    who risk their lives for our country. We want to assist these heroes who defended our

    flag and our most treasured freedoms.  We will do this through charity work and

    fundraisers. We would like to better inform our students through monthly

    discussions and offer different perspectives on issues happening around the world.

     

    SADD

    Advisor- Ms. Sutton 

    SADD's mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks

    and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. The WPHS SADD chapter

    raises awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and the negative effects alcohol and

    drugs can have on an individual's life. We promote healthy alternatives and raise awareness through prevention activities.

     

    LIBRARY GROUP

    Advisors- Ms. Ross & Ms. Coppola

    Library Group gives students a voice in improving our library program.

    We meet Wednesdays at 2:35pm to plan special events, write for the L

    ibrary blog, make suggestions for book and media purchases, and discuss ways

    to make the library more friendly and welcoming for all. C

    ontact or see Ms. Ross or Ms. Coppola in the Library for more details.

     

    BOOK GROUP

    Advisors- Ms. Ross & Ms. Coppola

    Book Group meets every Friday at 2:35pm to read a book of their choice together,

    chat about favorite authors and genres, and write reviews for the Library blog.

    Come discuss new books and old favorites with fellow readers!

    Speak to Ms. Ross or Ms. Coppola in the Library for more details.

     

    VIDEO GAME GROUP 

     Advisors- Ms. Coppola

    Video Game Group meets Wednesdays after school at 4:00pm to play multiplayer games.

     

    GRAPHIC NOVEL

     Advisor - Ms. Estersohn

    The Graphic Novel Club is a place of free expression where students can create stories and bring

    characters to life through their art and writing skills. It is also a place where students can socialize

    and feel unbound by the pressures of online schooling. 

    Meetings are Fridays on Zoom from 4-4:30. Remind code is @g20c20 to 81010

     

    WRITER’S DEN

     Advisor - Ms. Cepler

    The Writer’s Den is a community of students who come together to write and edit.  T

    his Group provides students with a space to generate and share work, edit each other’s

    pieces, and in times of “writer’s block” play writing games and engage in creative writing exercises to

    spark inspiration. Ultimately, the goal of this club is to cultivate writing and editing skills so students

    can produce stunning work on a competitive level, developing pieces worthy of submission.

    All forms and genres of writing are welcome.  

      

    KNOTS4CANCER

    Advisor - Ms. Johnson

    The Knots 4 Cancer group is dedicated to informing members on various types of cancer and

    treatment. We also create and donate hand-crafted "tokens of strength" for those engaging in a

    battle with cancer as well as their loved ones to hopefully brighten their days as they go through this trying time.

     

    DIGITAL ART 

    Advisor - Mr. Wintersteen

    This group will meet Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:00 pm via Zoom. It is open to all WPHS students

    who want to explore Digital Art techniques on the iPad including: Digital drawing & painting,

    character design, Photo editing & collage, animation, iMovie, and 3D modeling. This will be run as “open studio time”

    where students can explore techniques shared by Mr. Wintersteen and other students. They can also

    work on their own independent projects and get feedback from their peers.

      

    ASTRONOMY

    Advisor - Ms. Flanagan

    Let's reach for the stars! Come join us on Mondays at 2:40p.m. via Zoom for the Astronomy Group.

    In our meetings, we discuss cosmic events and outer space phenomena.

    We also recognize and celebrate human achievements in space exploration. 

     

    DEBATE TEAM

    Advisor - Mr. Davis

    Debate club presents a forum where students can engage in civil discourse, develop

    critical thinking skills and hear multiple narratives on important topics.

    Club meets on zoom after school on Wednesday.

     

    MEDICINE GROUP

    Advisor - Mr. Crino

    The Medicine Group is for students who have an interest in the medical field. Our group has

    monthly guest speakers from a variety of medical backgrounds, including EMT's, Medical Researchers,

    Physicians, Surgeons, Medical Students, etc. group members discuss medical concepts and

    current events, watch videos, plan trips, learn first aid and more!

     

    STUDENTS FOR REFUGEES

     Advisor - Ms. Esswein

    Students for Refugees (SFR) focuses on advocating, fundraising and educating people across

    Westchester County on refugees, we’re an apolitical club and welcome everyone.

      

    STUDENTS FOR CHANGE

    Advisor - Mr. Shariff

    Students for Change is designed to be a diverse and welcoming community to all students,

    where we discuss the pressing social justice issues affecting our nation and world. Every week

    we will focus on a new topic, including: racial injustice, climate change, gender equality,

    LGBTQ+ rights, immigration, and more. Join us on  Zoom, Wednesdays at 1pm! The link can be found

    on our Schoology page, which you can join with the code M37H-SX87-F2BHS. We hope to see you there!!

     

     

    In addition to the clubs and groups listed, the following groups may run depending on student interest:

    Fashion Group

    Model U.N. Group

    Stock Market Group

    Garden Group

    Health and Fitness Group

    Anthropology Group

    Philosophy Group

    Poetry Group

    Cooperative for Education Group

    Knitting Group

    American Sign Language Group

    Humane Society Group 

    Global Ambassadors Group

    ICU Movement Group

    Filmmakers Group