Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
National Honor Society
The RUHS chapter of the National Honor Society recognizes students for both academic and extra-curricular effort. Selection to NHS is a privilege, not a right. Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society; instead they provide information to be used by the local selection committee to support their candidacy for membership. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specific level of academic performance.
The Selection Process is as follows:
- The chapter advisor reviews student academic records to determine those students who are scholastically eligible for membership (i.e. those students with a 3.50 or higher cumulative G.P.A.).
- Students who are eligible scholastically will be informed that for further consideration for selection they must complete the Student Activity Information Form, outlining their accomplishments in the areas of Service and Leadership.
- Faculty and staff are invited to evaluate the candidates in the areas of character, service, and leadership. Those evaluations are then passed on to the chapter advisor.
- The Faculty Council then reviews the Student Activity Information Form along with the faculty and staff evaluations and any other verifiable information about each candidate. The leadership, service, and character of every candidate is reviewed carefully.
- The final selections are made by five faculty members appointed by the High School principal as members of the Faculty Council. Candidates receiving a majority vote by the Faculty Council will be inducted into the chapter.
Selected candidates and their parent(s) will be informed in writing of their acceptance and the date and time of the induction ceremony. Students who are not selected will be informed in writing by the chapter advisor and invited to discuss the areas of growth they should work on during the following year.
For more information about the National Honor Society, contact Advisor Kelly Tucker.
The Randolph Union High School Outing Club is open to all students in grades 7 through 12, and is a four-season organization committed to providing students, parents, teachers, and volunteers with a wide range of wilderness experiences including hiking (day and overnight), backpacking, snowshoeing, indoor rock climbing, and more.
Members regularly enjoy guest speakers and take part in workshops, shelter adoption programs and other outdoor-related activities. To learn more about the Outing Club, contact Advisor Hayley Quinones.
YATST at RU
No, this isn’t a misspelling or a new secret language. It’s an acronym that stands for Youth and AdultsTransforming Schools Together at Randolph Union
In the spring of 2016, students “voted with their feet” in showing little interest in running for class office and student council. According to Kara Merrill in the Student Services office, only one student showed an interest in running for class officer out of 16 potential offices in grades nine through 12. And prior to that, she said, the numbers of students interested in student government had been declining.
Initially the declining lack of interest in Student Council came as a bit of a surprise, but it led to a new and different student leadership model that has attracted more students than used to run for class office. Today the RU Student-Faculty Senate is a more egalitarian, all-are-invited-to-participate model of student government, and it's continuing to gain momentum.
This past year (2017), 36 students responded to the open call for involvement, and 22 committed to being a part of the YATST / Student Senate. The group is also partnering with Up! For Learning, a Vermont based organization that helps students develop the skills they need to assess their learning environment, and begin making positive changes at their school.
Students interested in becoming a part of YATST should contact Advisors Kara Merrill, Lisa Floyd, and Bev Taft; or, Campus Life Committee Chair Carol McNair.
The Yearbook staff is responsible for the design, creation, editing, and printing of the annual RUHS yearbook. To learn more about or to participate in putting together the Student Yearbook, contact advisors Kelly Tucker and Eileen Snow.
The Encore Theater Company (ETC) at Randolph Union High School performs two (and sometimes three) full length plays every year. Open to all students, the company performs comedies, dramas, musicals, and more to the delight and appreciation of community members from throughout Central Vermont.
Students who are new to drama but interested in leaning more are welcome and encouraged to join the troupe and get their feet wet by participating on a lighting, sound, or tech crew, or just volunteering backstage to get a better understanding of how plays come together and what's involved in bringing the written word to life. Any academically eligible student is welcome to join the program, and more than 40 students choose to do so each year.
ETC members attend Vermont State Drama Festival (which is often hosted at RUHS), where schools from throughout the state present one-act plays and compete for prizes and awards. An annual trip to New York City to attend a professional performance and an end-of-the-year Induction and Recognition night cap the ETC season (although the trip to NYC will not take place during the 2017-18 season).
Volunteers are needed throughout the season and the company welcomes any and all who wish to help create costumes, build and paint scenery, sell tickets, and provide refreshments for rehearsals and intermission sales.
For more information about the ETC Theatre Company, contact Advisor Brian Rainville at 802-728-3397, ext. 337