MHS Clubs and Activities
Description of Club/Activity
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Academic Decathlon Team
The students receive study material which covers 10 academic events. Each season has a different topic. Practices consist of reading and studying material together. Students will be expected to prepare at home as well for the competition. During competitions, students will compete against other schools within their GPA range on a paper and pencil test. Answers are not given verbally. Awards are presented in each events on an individual basis Web Site
Academic Mock Trial Team
Teams of 6-8 students research and role play case trials in front of a real judge in a real courtroom using correct courtroom protocol and legal
procedures in competition with other high schools Mock Trial Web Site
Academic Quiz Bowl
Quiz Bowl is a game of trivia in the style of Jeopardy. Questions are random and there is nothing to study. WE EVEN USE BUZZERS!
Academic Superbowl Team
Are you really good at Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Art/Music, or all of these subjects? The Super Bowl team may be for you. The competition is made up of five subject matter rounds and a sixth interdisciplinary. Each subject area will consist of teams of five students (seven in interdisciplinary) that will work together to answer multiple choice questions.
Contact Mr. Unterfranz or Mrs. Monix for more details.
Do you like to draw, paint, or just be creative? The Art Club is open to any student and is the perfect opportunity for you to show your creative side! Students will learn how to create artwork and designs for various events, contests, college portfolio, and personal interest. The club is opened to any MHS student regardless if they are enrolled in an art class. The meetings are held weekly from 3pm.-4:30pm.(unless announced)in room FA206.
Contact Mrs. Anderson for more details
Bible Club is a student sponsored activity that meets each Wednesday to share the Gospel, empower students to support one another and connect in ways that will have a positive impact on how students experience life at MHS.
Join the chess club to learn how to play chess, to enjoy friendly games, and have a chance to compete against students from all over the state. Learning chess is fun and it is something that you can enjoy your whole life! We meet every Monday and Wednesday after school in E 203. The State tournament is on January 24, 2015. Start preparing now.
Contact Mr. Meagher for more details.
See "THESPIAN TROUPE"
If you are a student who has a background in two or more languages and has, at some time in your schooling, been a part of an ESL, ENL, or bilingual language program, you are invited to be a part of the MHS ENL Club. This club is only open to students who have been a part of a second language program. We have about 45 languages spoken in our school and we have students from all over the world. We would love for each of them to be represented in our group. Our ENL students here at MHS thought it was important that they remain connected, even after they test out, and experience the things that they might have missed, so they have developed a student organization. We would love for you to join us as we support one another, engage in various activities and trips, and hang out together. Contact Ms. Czuba for more details.
The environmental club is a student led club with a focus on community service from an environmental point of view. Activities include but are not limited to learning about what going green is all about, participating in the recycling of plastics, paper, cardboard and cans at MHS, working in the outdoor lab and prairie grassland restoration project at MHS and learning about the natural environment. The club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. A recycling schedule will then be set up.
Future Educators of America FEA Web Site
Family, Career & Community Leaders of America . FCCLA is a student-led organization that is affiliated at the district, state, and national level. Our focus is on community service, leadership development, and state & national competition. FCCLA sponsors the December & the Spring blood drives, and the Inclusion Dance for seven high schools. Contact Ms. Von Behren for additional information. Check the state & national website for additional information: www.indianafccla.org & www.fcclainc.org
French Club is a club that highlights the French-speaking world’s customs and traditions. We try to meet once a month after school, usually the first Wednesday or Thursday after school in room C107. We enjoy trying French foods, seeing French videos and getting together with the Spanish Club and German Club.
GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)
The Gay-Straight Alliance is an LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers youth leaders to advocate a movement for safer and healthier school. GSA promotes activities and events that advocate for the protection of youth from harassment and violence, and broader issues of oppression. Students are sponsored by Mrs. Chelich.
German Club is basically for students studying German or who wish to study German. We have games and activities at our weekly meetings. In December we usually take a field trip to Christkindlmarkt in Chicago. In the Spring we usually take the club to a German restaurant.
Jazz Band Club
Jazz Band Club is open to any Merrillville High School student interested in jazz. Students will be provided materials that they will use in their performances, discussions, and critiques. Students will learn the different forms of Jazz, and they will also learn how to perform simple improvisations on their instrument. It’s OK if you don’t know how to read music. If you want to learn more about Jazz, then we want YOU! Jazz Band Club meets every Wednesday after school in room FAC-104.
TSA TEAMS (formerly JETS TEAMS) will practice on Mondays in January and February for the REGIONAL. STATE, and NATIONAL examination competitions all held Tuesday March 3rd 2015 @ Purdue Calumet.
See Mr. Curme for more information
Key Club is a student-led organization with a focus on community service. Club projects include bingo at a nursing home, visits to a soup kitchen, a chili cook-off for lupus, reading to children, and raising funds for various charities. KC will meet the 1 and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 3 PM in A108 Key Club Web Site
National Honor Society
Each year, following NHS national guidelines, Honor Society chapters throughout the country collectively dedicate countless hours to school and community service projects, as well as fundraisers for local, national, and international charities. Instilling these values early in life helps lay the groundwork for a lifetime of service. Juniors who achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher are invited to become a part of Merrillville High School’s chapter and continue as a member throughout their senior year until they induct the next group of honor society members. Contact Mrs. Sickinger or Mrs. Flores for more details
Newspaper: The Mirror
Members of the newspaper staff meet daily in class to produce monthly issues of The Mirror. To provide news about the community to MHS students and families, staff reporters interview sources, write and edit their own news stories, and prepare layouts for the newspaper that is printed and delivered to students in their first hour classes. This publication is a member of Quill & Scroll and the National Scholastic Press Association, which awarded the 2011-12 staff with a first class rating and a mark of distinction for writing.
See Mrs. Procter for more information.
Permanent Ink/Poetry Club
Permanent Ink, Merrillville’s poetry slam team, focuses on performance poetry. Students get to tell their stories publicly in a variety of formats, including slam poetry competitions, open mics, and shows at school and around the area. Every year Permanent Ink team members participate in the Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry festival in Chicago, the Hotter than a Steel Mill regional poetry festival here at MHS, and a variety of spoken word and slam poetry shows in northwest Indiana and the wider Chicagoland region.
Contact Mr. Hossler for more details.
The Merrillville High School Dance/Poms Team, which is under the direction of sponsors Latoya Tyson and Celia Pollard, is a spirit team which supports our boy’s football and basketball teams. The squad performs dance routines at every home football and basketball game. They practice at least 3 days per week throughout the school year and during the summer. Members are chosen based on their dancing ability as well as academic success and school and community citizenship. The team commits to several community service projects every school year including the Key Club Carnival and Community Trick or Treating. If you love to dance and you aren’t afraid of working hard, please try out for the Merrillville High School Dance/Poms Team. Tryouts take place in March. Dates and times are published in the student announcements well in advance.
"Dancing is dreaming with your feet, so let your dreams be you inspiration."
—Guest Haylie Marie
Quill and Scroll
Quill & Scroll is the international honor society for high school journalists. Merrillville High School established a chapter in 1961, and that chapter remains active today with 14 members involved in the publication of the student newspaper and yearbook. When a candidate is recommended for membership, he or she pays a one-time initiation fee. The Society then provides the initiate with an official membership pin, membership certificate, and a one-year subscription to Quill & Scroll magazine. The adviser to Merrillville publications conducts induction ceremonies in the spring. Members of Quill and Scroll Honor Society must be chosen from students enrolled in the high school who, at the time of their recommendation, meet the following requirements:
1. They must be of sophomore, junior or senior classification.
2. They must have the equivalent of a B grade average, or be in the upper third of their class in general scholastic standing, either for the year of their election or for the cumulative total of all high school work.
3. They must have done superior work in some phase of journalism or school media work. They may be staffers of a magazine, newspaper, yearbook, news organization, online site or radio/television station at the school, or one conducted by an external organization.
4. They must be recommended by the supervisor or by the committee governing the media.
5. They must be approved by the Quill and Scroll Executive Director.
Contact Mrs. Procter for more details.
SADD is a student-led group that promotes making positive decisions in life. Many teen issues will be promoted during the school year. SADD is in charge of Red Ribbon week and the candle walk. New ideas are welcome. SADD will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3 PM in A108
Science Olympiad will be busy in January with the Valparaiso University Invitational on January 10, the Northridge Invitational in Middlebury on January 17, and Regional @ Purdue Calumet Jan. 31. Last year, the Team made the Wild Card Tournament at Ball State. This year that tournament will be March 7, with State Finals (our goal) on March 21. Practices are Monday Tuesday and Wednesday in Room E 210. Call out dates have passed, but if you are a 9th , 10th, or 11th grader, you can still join. See Coach Curme or Coach Schlinger ASAP.
The Science Olympiad Team will be preparing for two January Invitational Tournaments. January 10 the team will be at Valparaiso University, and January 17 the team will be at Northridge High School. These two invitational tournaments, and lots of practice over Winter vacation, will prepare us for the Regional at Purdue Calumet in March. We have a lot of returning members, so our prospects look good, but we have a lot of work to do. Coach Curme and Coach Schlinger have made State Qualification goal number one this year.
See Mr. Curme for more information
Meets once a month after school and the meetings are held in classroom- 9G200. We try to celebrate major events from Spanish speaking countries. Spanish Club Web Site
Speech and Debate Team
Contact Mr. Mizimakoski for details.
Spell Bowl Team
Spell bowl begins at the beginning of the school year. Students learn to spell words and compete with other schools. A 15 page list of words is given to study/practice. During meets, each student has to spell 9 words and the total is their team points. Web Site
Society of Student Authors
Society of Student Authors fosters the creative writing of Merrillville’s students who are interested in poetry, fiction, and other genres of writing. Each Trimester, the club hosts an open mic night and, at the end of the year, attends at writing conference with published authors. The club meets bi-weekly on Mondays. Contact Mrs. Sickinger for more details.
S.T.A.N.D. (Socially Together and Naturally Diverse is a student-led club that promotes an appreciation for diversity through community service. The club provides its members with the opportunity to earn community service hours through mentoring opportunities, participating in student exchanges with other schools, creating programs that address discrimination and other injustices, and educating and celebrating the rich cultural diversity that exists in our community.
Student Government is a student led club that does, Homecoming, provide various fundraisers throughout the year, and go to leadership conferences and seminars. It helps promote student responsibility, leadership skills, and school pride for our students. We meet every Wednesday in the arena.
The Thespian Troupe is dedicated to the performance, design, production and advocacy of Theatre. The Thespians are an organization of Actors & Performers, Technicians & Designers, Artists and Promoters who are focused on creating enlightening and entertaining works of Theatre. The Thespians also use their skills to perform acts of Community Service in order to improve the lives of people within our community. Meetings are held on Mondays at 3pm in the Small Theatre. Visit our website at mhsthespians.org for more information.
Voices of Reason
Inspirational singing and mentoring group.
WMHS Production Club
Contact Mr. Past for more information
Yearbook staff members meet daily in class and work throughout the school year to produce Merrillvue, the yearbook of Merrillville High School. To chronicle the year, student staff members are responsible for organizing coverage and writing stories, taking pictures at school events, and designing the pages that comprise the 200-page book. Students also sell advertising to local merchants. The book is printed during the summer and is available for distribution in late August. See Mrs. Procter for more information.
Interact is a service club for youth ages 12 to 18 and is part of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization. The Rotary Club is a world-wide organization held together by business people that serve their district and planet Earth. Y.E.S! (Youth Enriched by Service) Interact is an extension of them and is founded on Rotarian principles. Y.E.S. Interact Club promotes making new friends, building positive relationships, building leadership skills and building self-esteem. Y.E.S. Interact club sponsors a minimum of two community service projects annually. One project is an international project and the other is a community service project. The club meets bi-weekly on designated Tuesdays from 3:00 – 3:45. The mission of Y.E.S! Interact is that we strive to better ourselves and others locally, nationally, and globally through works that exemplify “service above self” and preserve hope. See Mrs. Maldonado or Ms. Jordan in Guidance for more information.