Academic Teams & Honor Societies
Bishop McNamara High School has a wide selection of Academic Teams and Honor Societies. Browse through the possibilities below. Click on the Team or Society name for more information.
The International Thespian Society Troupe consists of those “theatre students" maintaining an overall commitment to theatre activities beyond performing in specific productions. The organization also serves as the Theatre Honor Society whose members will be recognized for their achievements. Thespians plan and carry out all aspects of the Bishop McNamara theatre department's St. Genesius Awards' Ceremony.
Moderator: Mrs. Mitchell-Donahue
The purpose of It's Academic is to prepare students for Quizbowl-style competitions, including, but not limited to the Giant Food/WRC-TV "It's Academic!" television quiz show and official NAQT tournaments at local schools. The moderator selects and prepares appropriate study materials, meets with the "Team" on a regular basis, coordinates with the "Team" regarding competitions, and arranges transportation to and from these competitions, and, in years when the "Team" is to appear on "It's Academic," to coordinate participants, band, cheerleaders, and audience for scheduled taping dates, and to communicate with the WRC-TV staff.
Moderator: Mr. Fox-Boyd
The Moreau Scholar Society is a service organization made up of students who are Moreau and Moreau Merit Scholars. Bishop McNamara High School proudly sponsors the Moreau Scholarship Program to recognize the academic achievement of outstanding Catholic students. The scholarships are based on the results of the Moreau Scholarship Examination administered by Bishop McNamara High School in January, offering the top scholars full and partial tuition scholarships. For more on the Moreau Scholarship, go to Scholarships. Events include the autumn induction ceremony and the Je-parody challenge.
Moderator: Mr. Greer
The Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society offers recognition to exemplary students who have excelled in mathematics. The society exists to increase interest and awareness in mathematics and its relation to real world events and occupations, and to nurture a positive attitude toward mathematics and problem solving.
Moderator: Mr. Nolte
The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Individual high schools are invited to petition for a local chapter, through which individuals may be inducted into Society membership. Immediate benefits of affiliation will be national recognition, scholarship eligibility, and opportunities for national networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in, the language arts. Eventually NEHS will hold conferences and provide ways to link NEHS with other honor societies and with organizations related to the field of English.
The National Honor Society is an organization of students who have been selected for membership because they have exhibited excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Members are required to continue their service to the school and community. Activities include peer tutoring, the Christmas toy drive, induction ceremonies and receptions, and the Father/Daughter Dance. The Society sponsors bake sales on the evenings of report card distribution to help fund the Father/Daughter Dance.
Moderator: Mrs. Corley
NHSDA exists to promote and honor outstanding artistic achievement in dance, outstanding academic achievement,to encourage young dance artists to be leaders in their community and to foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.
- The NDEO Student Chapter provides students interested in dance and dance arts education the chance to:
- Organize performance opportunities for students
- Implement mentorship programs with incoming freshmen or local middle school aged dance students
- Make connections with community organizations to offer dance workshops or classes
- Administer the National Honor Society of Dance Arts program
- Raise money to benefit local dance initiatives and charity programs
- Sponsor guest teaching artists and other enrichment activities
- Host professional and career development networking events with the NDEO state affiliate and other professional local organizations
- Provide social opportunities for intellectual and creative exchange of ideas
Moderator: Mrs. Keithline
RHO KAPPA Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. RHO KAPPA provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. The mission and purpose of this organization is to promote scholarship and to recognize academic excellence in social studies in secondary school environments and the community, to provide through its local chapters opportunities for exploration in the social studies in secondary school environments and the community, to encourage interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.
Moderator: Mr. Pozniak
The Science National Honor Society acknowledges those students who have accomplished much in the field of science and have been recognized for their achievements. Members are encouraged to pursue science, engineering and mathematics in college. The society offers students new, innovative and unique programs to enhance their skills as well as activities that emphasize the importance of integrity, creativity and leadership. Besides regularly scheduled meetings, possible activities may include: participation in the NIH Holiday Lecture Series, an Earth Day program, IMAX field trip, and guest speakers.
Moderator: Ms. Kazimer
The purpose of this organization is to promote the McNamara instrumental and vocal music program and increase student appreciation for music. The chapter helps with the organization and promotion of all school events as well as planning events and trips for the school community. Membership criteria include continued participation in the instrumental or vocal music program with an “A" average, an overall “B" or above average in all other courses and a demonstrated desire and effort to excel in the music program. Society members assist at all McNamara musical events. Other activities may include concert trips to the University of Maryland, Kennedy Center, etc. Fundraising may be done to support after school programs featuring speakers/guest artists.
Moderator: Mrs. Hardy