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.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
Purpose: DPS is a club for students who simply enjoy poetry. Members bring poetry to read aloud based on a monthly theme. Poetry can be of one's own writing or from authors well-known to the literary world or lesser known.
Membership: Any student may join at any time during the year. Meeting times vary and are announced in advance.
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 everyone’s 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.
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.
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.
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 opportunities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purpose: Photography club allows students to learn and discuss a variety of digital photography concepts and techniques. Speakers and field trips will occasionally be part of the meeting schedule. Students will be able to publish their photos in either print or electronic form.
Membership: Any student may join. Members must pay their portion of the cost of the activities described above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purpose: Forensics is a competitive speech team focusing on building students’ confidence and articulation through participation in one or more of six individual events. Competitors strive to portray either their own speech or the work of another speaker, playwright, or author effectively.
Membership: Eligible students must complete Oral Interpretation in the fall of their sophomore, junior, or senior year and assist with fundraising activities to compete in this winter sport. Competitions are held on five Saturday mornings, and eligible students may also compete in a national tournament. Please see Mrs. Salow for additional information regarding membership.
Purpose: Are you thinking of being a lawyer someday? Do you want to learn how to win an argument like the professionals? Here is your chance! The Mock Trial team competes in tournaments that simulate a real trial where student participants play the roles of attorneys, witnesses, jurors etc. Students work together with classmates, teachers and volunteer attorney-coaches on a hypothetical case and learn real lawyer skills. Some attorneys have even said, "This is like the first year of law school!" Develop and sharpen your critical analysis, public speaking and interpersonal skills while learning about the protocol and procedures unique to the US Justice system. Does this sound like a unique and fun experience that will put you at the head of the class? Look no further...it is! Learn more at http://www.miciviced.org/mock-trial/what-is-mock-trial
Membership: Any student may try-out in mid-October. Coaches are looking for confidence, enthusiasm, commitment to learn, and a sense of giving back to teammates. A team of 12 students is selected from those who try-out. Practices run October – March, Tuesdays (6-8:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (2:45-4:15 p.m.).
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.
Purpose: Quiz Bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture using a lock-out buzzer system (think Jeopardy). Mercy's teams are based somewhat on grade level (9-12) and experience, playing in a local league against private and public schools in the area.
Membership: Any student may join. Participants must pay $25 dues each year plus the cost of a team shirt, if required. Practices are held Tuesdays from 2:45 until 3:45 p.m. beginning in September. Games are scheduled during the Winter sports season and are held after school about once a month. An academic letter can be earned after 2 years of participation, consistent attendance at practices, games and occasional tournaments as well as with an accumulation of required Varsity points earned by correct answers during games.
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.
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.
Student Council Officers
President - Kristen Hiser
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Sophia Van Acker
Class of 2018
Anne Acho Tartoni
HRC - Blair Cha, Anne Marie Giroux, Carmela Sleva, Kerti Zhao
HRC - Ciara Lopus, Brooklyn Rue, Janice Smith, Helen Zheng
HRC - Margaret Ewald, Supreet Nirman, Shannon Seabolt, Anastasia Warner
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.