Student Activities

STUDENT CLUBS

The school recognizes and approves the following clubs:

B.A.S.E. (Black Awareness Society for Education)

Purpose: To raise everyone’s awareness about issues in the African American community, while bringing people from all ethnic backgrounds together to discuss these issues. The club’s goal is to unite and educate students of various backgrounds on issues and events that occur in the world and which impact racial harmony.

Membership: Any student may join. Members must pay $10 dues each year and attend meetings regularly. Meetings will usually occur twice per month, after school.

BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA

Purpose: BPA is a national career and technical student organization that helps students gain experience now for their future. In addition to a multitude of service and leadership activities, members participate in the Workplace Skills Assessment Program, which allows members to demonstrate occupational competency, applying knowledge and skills to realistic job scenarios. The organizations offers more than 50
events in various areas related to video/film, financial, administrative support, information technology, management, marketing, and human resources. Members compete against students from area schools at the one-day Regional Leadership Conference (RLC), typically in January. Winners from RLC are eligible to compete at the three-day State Leadership Conference (SLC) held in March in Grand Rapids.
Winners from SLC are eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference
(NLC) in May.

Membership: Open to all students. Members must pay dues each year to cover local chapter, state and national membership, as well as registration for RLC. Cost to attend SLC or NLC is additional. Meetings are held after school.

FASHION CLUB

Purpose: A club that brings together a group of girls who have interest in fashion, design, shopping, and the business involved in fashion. Together we will share ideas, learn new things, explore Fashion opportunities, and showcase everyones talents. The Fashion Club is sponsored by FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Membership: Open to all students; it is required that members attend at least two of the ten meetings each year. 
 
FEMClub (Female Empowerment Movement)
 
Purpose: An inclusive, solution-oriented club that wishes to deliver a message of equality and empowerment in our local communities, the larger United States, and the international community. Our main goals are to raise awareness, educate, and empower Mercy girls to make healthy life-long changes. FEMClub does not believe women are greater than men; rather, we deliver a message of permanent equality and peace that has long been overlooked.  FEMClub will meet outside of club times and participate in group discussions, activities, and fundraisers, attempting to take positive actions in the community.
 
Membership: Open to all students. Meetings will take place both on A Club days and Mondays every two weeks.  

FRENCH CLUB

Purpose: To gain insight and knowledge about France and the Francophone World through various fun and interesting activities which focus on the French Culture. Students will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences and enjoy learning about the Francophone World outside the classroom.

Membership: Open to all students.

FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY

Purpose: To provide members with rich social and learning experiences and activities and to provide services to the school and community which further promote the study of the French language, history and culture.

Membership: The FHS is open ONLY to current members and second, third or fourth year language students who are qualified to join. Students must have a 3.4 GPA in French and a 3.2 GPA overall at the time of application and acceptance. Members are expected to participate in 75% of the activities sponsored during the year. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory.

GIDAS (Genes and Disease and Symptoms)
 
Purpose: Gain valuable scientific experience in computational biology, and genetics by solving problems and researching genes. Students will be able to learn how to use various programs, as well as meet with professors and scientists from the University of Michigan. Students will also get oppurtunities to publish abstracts, papers, and intern with scientists.
 
Membership: This club is open to all and any students who are interested in a career related to science.

GREEN: Girls Reaching Environmental Enlightenment Now

Purpose: To make students aware of environmental issues and to provide them with information on sustainable living as well as opportunities to make a difference in the community through environmental service, beginning with the recycling efforts at Mercy.

Membership: Open to all students; it is required that members attend at least two of the four meetings each year.

HIGH SCHOOLERS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
 
Purpose: High schoolers without boundaries will provide students with aspirations to go into the field of medicine- with fabulous opportunities. And as a separate club activity: tired of limp, lifeless salad greens? Well don't fret we have just the solution! Here's your chance to be a part of a new and improved school garden that will contribute to new fresh and delicious cafeteria salads! Here's your chance to lend a helping hand to our community! 
 
Membership: Open to all students. Members must attend 3 out of 5 meetings each semester 

INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY

Purpose: To promote and strengthen theater arts at Mercy and to recognize students who have performed meritorious work in the Performing Arts Department.

Membership: Open to students who have participated in at least two Mercy productions in two different aspects (acting or crewing) of theater arts and have accumulated a minimum of 100 hours of excellent work according to the International Thespian Society’s guidelines. Members are required to participate in some way in both major Mercy productions as well as in the troupe’s activities.

iWIZARDS

Purpose: The iWizards are iPad enthusiasts who enrich and share their knowledge about iPad use for instruction and personal productivity.  They conduct workshops and orientations for members for the community and prospective students. They also develop resources and tutorials for self-help. Most of their meetings occur before school.

Membership:  Any current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student may apply to become an iWizard.  Two application periods occur during the school year.

JUNIOR CLASSICAL LEAGUE (JCL)

Purpose: Through an acquaintance and study of the civilization of Greece and
Rome, JCL seeks to help students understand and appraise the world of today in its
government, laws, literature, language, and arts. JCL seeks to develop responsibility,
foster community, promote enthusiasm, encourage competition, inspire dedication,
and enrich students’ total growth through State and National JCL Conventions.

Membership: JCL membership is open to any student currently enrolled in Latin, who
pays both State and National JCL dues. Club activities are open to all students.

JUST PEACE

Purpose: To actively promote, within and beyond the school community, issues of world hunger, violations of human rights and other social issues. Just Peace will incorporate the activities of Bread for the World, Amnesty International and Pax Christi.

Membership: Open to all students.

MERCY WORKS

Purpose: Mercy Works is a pastoral ministry service club that provides social outreach to the Sisters of Mercy at McAuley Center. The club will visit the Sisters three times each semester. First semester sophomores and second semester freshmen may use the visits to fulfill their sophomore service requirement. All students may use the visits to fulfill MCAP service hours.

Membership: Open to all students.

MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Purpose: MUN is an academic club which simulates issues at the United Nations. Each participant represents a country and debates the policies of that country as they relate to world situations. Qualified students may attend out-of-town simulations.

Membership: Any student may join. Members must pay $10.00 dues each year, attend club meetings, participate in MUN sponsored functions and attend 2 local weekend simulations at Mercy and/or other schools.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

The National Honor Society at Mercy High School recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership, character, and service to the school community. Seniors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4, have 20 hours of verified in school or out of school service may be considered for membership. Juniors may apply during second semester while seniors may apply first semester. Guidelines are followed from the National Honor Society national handbook.

PASTORAL TEAM

Purpose: Members of the pastoral team are involved in the following three areas: worship, service and promoting the Mercy values throughout the building. This team consists of students and staff who offer their leadership in assisting with retreat planning, school liturgies and prayer services, special events such as food collections, clothing drives and outreach projects to service agencies.

Membership: Any interested student of any faith may become a member. The only requirements are attendance at scheduled meetings and participation in a pastoral team project.

PRO-LIFE CLUB

Purpose: To promote and raise awareness of pro-life issues and events in the metropolitan area. This will be accomplished through discussions about abortion and other pro-life issues at club meetings. Club members will also communicate and advertise to the school at large what events are available outside of school (i.e. walks, rallies, concerts).

Membership: Open to all students.

ROBOTICS TEAM
 
Purpose: The Robotics Team will compete in FIRST Robotics Competitions, which, combine the excitement of a varsity sport with hands-on training in science and technology to help high school students discover how rewarding a career in engineering or technology can be. Remote-controlled robots, piloted by students and cheered on by thousands of screaming fans, go head-to-head in short games on the floor of a sports arena, battling it out to earn points during a two-minute round. Students on FIRST teams learn from and play with the "pros" - professional engineers who donate their time to work side-by-side with students to help design and build the sophisticated competition robots.

Membership: Open to all students. Meeting times are to be determined.

SCIENCE CLUB

Purpose: To help coordinate science activities at Mercy; to provide opportunities for student exploration in the field of science including hands-on experience; to promote an enthusiastic approach to science. Members must pay $5.00 dues each year. Dues are used to pay for supplies for club activites and for guest speakers.

Membership: Any Mercy student who is interested in science and in furthering the purpose of the Science Club.

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY

Purpose: To stimulate interest in and enthusiasm for the Spanish language and the various Hispanic cultures and to perform community service through a variety of activities.

Membership: The SHH (La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) is open ONLY to current members and sophomores, juniors and seniors who are enrolled in second, third and fourth year Spanish classes. Students must have a 3.4 GPA in Spanish and a 3.2 GPA overall at the time of application and acceptance. Members are expected to maintain the GPA’s mentioned as well as participate in 75% of the SHH activities each year. Attendance at club meetings is mandatory.

STARS: Sisters That Are Reading Stories (Book Club)
 
Purpose: To further students' love of reading and to allow them to share this love of reading with others by reading a variety of books and discussing them monthly during club meetings.
 
Membership: Open to all Mercy students; meets monthly (not an A or B club)

TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY

Purpose: To strengthen the performing arts by recognizing achievements in music by individuals through their music class involvement at Mercy High School as well as their outside music study and performance experiences.

Membership: Open to students who are each registered for at least one semester of music classes each year at Mercy and who accumulate at least 40 points by being an active musician in school and in the community through private study, ensemble performing, competitions, etc. Members are required to participate in all Tri-M activities.

In addition to the above, the following organizations are active:
High School Quiz Bowl Team, Forensics Team, and Science Olympiad Team.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Through the framework of student government, Mercy strives to establish an informed community in which students, faculty, and administration contribute to decisions, policies, and activities.

2014 - 2015 Student Council Officers

President - Taylor Babcock
Vice President - Sierra Wangler
Secretary - Brooke Ottaway
Treasurer - Abby Rosler 

Class of 2015

President
Ogechi Nwaopara
Vice President 
Emily Gates
Secretary
Kaela Brown
Treasurer
Molly Murphy
Class Rep
Darby Horne

Class of 2016

President
Kristen Hiser
Vice President
Arin Bell
Secretary
Miranda Konja
Treasurer
Salwa Hammoud        
Class Rep
Sloan Horejsi

Class of 2017

President
Sophie VanAcker
Vice President
Jasmine Williams
Secretary
Mallory Demeter
Treasurer
Kennedy Kuffner
Class Rep
Natalie Forster

Class of 2018

President
Danielle McClain
Vice President
Madeline Gwinn
Treasurer
Anne Acho Tartoni
Secretary
Brianna Buchanan
 
 

HRC - Sarah Carlson, Nicole DiPonio, Jillian Jennings, Bridget Lyons, Ann Mark, Jaya Jankowski

HRC - Blair Cha, Anne Marie Giroux, Hailey Goran, Carmela Sleva, Samantha Shina

HRC - Indya Hood, Ciara Lopus, Molly Lyons, Brooklyn Rue, Janice Smith, Allison Gantner, Claire Alafita, Hanaa Saleh, Josephine Wenson

HRC - Isha Ganguli, Shannon Seabolt, Anastasia Warner, Anna Wiseley

Human Relations Council:

This Council has four representatives from each class plus a maximum of five at large positions. It is responsible for promoting positive human relations among the Mercy School Community. The council meetings are open to all students on their unscheduled time. Students are encouraged to bring issues that could cause disharmony or injustice in the school community to the attention of the council.

Each year HRC puts on an extraordinary ETHNIC BAZAAR. Ethnic Bazaar is a long standing tradition at Mercy in which we embrace and celebrate diversity. Food, fashion, fan-fare, dance, song, and poetry are all featured. 

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