HGM students lead and participate in many academic teams at North Hollywood HS, often starting new ones. These dedicated, hardworking students continue the tradition working together to excel in their areas of passion, even while they work hard in school.
Academic decathlon is an event where competitors are tested in ten subjects- social science, mathematics, science, economics, music, art, language and literature, an essay, an interview, and speech. Each year, these subjects are centered around an encompassing theme or era, such as the Great Depression, the Age of Empire, or Russia. An Academic Decathlon team consists of nine members, divided into three divisions, determined by GPA. The team begins preparing in the summer, as soon as the the theme is announced and the study material released, and begin competing in February.
Meetings/Season: Competitions begin in February
Teacher coach: Mr. Raul Barragan
BOTBALL Robotics Club
The Botball competition is an annual robotics tournament in which each team is required to construct and program several robots to work cooperatively in a two minute game. Throughout the game, the robots are often required to pick up and transport various objects around the board in order to score maximum points. Before the Botball’s competitive season begins, our club provides instructions on computer science and engineering up to an advanced level to any student showing interest. As our world continues its inexorable march into technology, people with skills and engineering stand at the frontier of this march. As we introduce students to the world of computer science and engineering, we are fostering students to become the scientific pioneers of tomorrow.
CyberPatriot is the nation’s premier high school cyber security competition. In the first three rounds, students compete online in teams of 5 to secure Windows computer operating system by: setting property security settings; removing malware, viruses, and unsecure programs; and removing other security risks. Additional challenges added after the first round include: linux operating systems; decoding & decrypting; and network configuration. The team also receives financial from LAUSD's Beyond the Bell program.
Teacher Coach: Mr. Jay Gehringer
Meetings/Season: One Saturday each month and 1-2 afternoons (3:30-6:00) a week from Aug – Dec. Additional meetings based on whether the team qualifies.
One of many news stories: LA Times
NOHO DECA is a business-oriented team that provides excellent education and preparation in the fields of marketing, finance, business, hospitality, and campaigning. During the conferences, the participants compete through written tests, a high school version of the Master of Business Administration Test, and an interview involving real business administrators. Our meetings are every Tuesday and Thursday after school. Tuesday meetings are mandatory (preseason and postseason); however, the Thursday meetings are mandatory only during season. Our seasonal time commitments would be about 5~9 hours a week and studying about 30 minutes every day outside of meetings as well.
Duke Moot Court
Each year NHHS teacher/lawyer Paul Landau coaches students who are eager to compete nationally and gain valuable legal experience for the Duke Moot Court(“DMC”) competition held at the end of February at Duke University in Durham, NC. Students work in teams of two and argue both sides of a hypothetical Supreme Court appeal involving complex constitutional law issues and students’ arguments are based on actual Supreme Court decisions. To prepare for DMC, students spendhours with Mr. Landau and experts in the legal field, including lawyers andjudges. This unique experience provides students with the opportunity to travelto the eastern U.S. and compete in a nationally established competition at a renowned university.
Teacher Coach: Mr. Landau
Seasonal meetings in: Kennedy 101
The FIRST Robotics Competition requires our team to build an autonomous and tele-operated robot which participates in a sports-like challenge. In just six weeks, we build, design, and program the robot from scratch, receiving a very minimal Kit of Parts from FIRST. From January to the middle of February, our team of twenty students works together, not only to build a robot, but also to build a team. We fund this expensive competition by contacting companies like Google and Disney for sponsorships and grants, thereby gaining valuable real-world business skills.
Meetings/Season: Tryouts and meetings in the fall. Daily meetings from January to mid-February. Overnight trips to one or more competitions, usually in March.
The Math Club organizes and holds many math competitions throughout the year, including the American Mathematics Contest (AMC 10 and 12), Bay Math League, Math Day at the Beach, Caltech-Harvey Mudd Math Competition, and the Mandelbrot Competition. All grades and math levels are welcome to join.
Led by teacher-coach Paul Landau and attorney coach Vivienne Crenshaw, Noho Mock Trial is an intense but rewarding competition that requires hours of training in order to prepare for the Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition, which takes place in November. The competition itself involves presenting an entire court case in front of an actual judge at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Beginning with auditions at the start of fall semester, North Hollywood's Mock Trial team is then issued a case, through which members of the team are then assigned a part, such as lawyer or witness. Under Mr. Landau and Ms. Crenshaw, members that enjoy speech and debate or acting are given a chance to elevate their argumentation skills or play a role that involves both memorization and improvisation. Mock Trial also provides a rigorous setting for those who wish to develop stronger speaking skills.
Teacher Coach: Mr. Landau
Competition: Los Angeles based tournaments from September through November sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation
Meetings/Season: Kennedy 101
Model United Nations
Ambassadors in the United Nations are the faces of their countries when they tackle crises playing out on the global stage. By emulating those ambassadors in Model UN, students immerse themselves in international politics, gain valuable public speaking skills, and get to know people from literally all over the world at MUN Summits. NoHoMUN meets on Wednesdays during lunch, and in the weeks prior to a conference, until 5:30 after school. As a new, student-led club, NoHoMUN has been very successful on the Novice level but has also received top honors at major national conferences in the Advanced division.
Meetings: Wednesdays @ lunch and (before conferences) after school
Quiz Bowl is a fast-paced, Jeopardy-style competition in which two teams of four members each compete to answer a series of questions about topics ranging from history and philosophy to biology and physics and from the fine arts to sports and popular culture. North Hollywood High School’s Quiz Bowl organization fields some ofthe most successful teams in Southem California; its flagship “A” team regularly qualifies for national competitions and was ranked twenty-eighth in the nation in December of 2012. Quiz Bowl tournaments give each team member the opportunity to experience the camaraderie and competitive rigor unique to the world of academic totunaments and to compete against intelligent, like-minded individuals. Like Science Bowl and Ocean Sciences Bowl, Quiz Bowl is a “buzzer” competition; members use lightweight electronic buzzers to indicate that they wish to respond to questions posed by a neutral moderator.
Teacher Sponsor: Mr. Maine
Science Bowl is a jeopardy-style buzzer competition in which two teams of four compete to answer a series of science-based trivia questions. Consisting of science subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Energy, Math, and Physics, this competition tests the depth of students’ knowledge and the speed with which they can apply that knowledge.
Teacher Coach: Mr. Maine
Recent article: Daily News
Science Olympiad is a national science competition in which teams are presented with a set of 23 challenges each year. These challenges cover the entire range ofthe STEM subjects and engage students in learning, experimenting and inventing well beyond class curriculum. Team members are given a fantastic opportunity to immerse themselves in areas they might have never encountered before. For example, one might study supernovae and their remnants or explore the mysteries underlying the human genome. Students are also challenged with hands-on engineering & technology tasks. Such tasks have included building a musical instrument entirely from scratch, creating a Rube-Goldberg device that can be set to operate within different time constraints, and building remote-controlled robot arm(s) to transfer objects of different shapes. Whatever the challenge may be, Science Olympiad members are always applying their ingenuity and creative thinking to different situations.
Speech and Debate
The North Hollywood High Speech and Debate Team is a competition-based forensics team that utilizes skills of public speaking, debating, performing, and original writing to compete against students from all over the nation. Students may choose to compete in different types of "events," from Individual Events (speech) to Congress to different forms of Debate. In the past several years the team has blossomed. The team now has 40 members and sends some to tournaments almost every weekend. Every year, some of our students go to state and national championships, and the prestigious Tournament of Champions. This year, one of our students also represents our country all over the world as a member of the USA Debate Team.
Coach: Evan Feldman, with support from Youth Policy Institute
Meetings: Tuesdays 2:30 – 6:00 PM in K223