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 Government roles are elected positions.
STUDENT COUNCIL: Mercy’s Student Council is comprised of the Student Council Executive Board (one Chair and three council women) and the Class Officer Boards (one board per grade). The Executive Board represents and performs duties for the school at large. The Class Boards function in their small groups to represent and perform duties for their classmates. The Student Council functions as an entire group as they sponsor various school activities throughout the year.
THE HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL: This Council has four elected representatives from each class plus at large positions filled by invitation only. HRC 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 within the school community to the attention of the council.
BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS of AMERICA (BPA)
Purpose: BPA is a national career and technical student organization that helps students gain experience now for their future. In addition to service and leadership activities, members participate in the Workplace Skills Assessment Program, which allows students to apply knowledge and skills in realistic job scenarios. The organization offers more than 50 events in various areas related to video/film, speech, finance, coding, management and marketing. Members compete against students from area schools at the one-day Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) 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. BPA meets 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 Ms. Moore for additional information regarding membership.
Purpose: Mock Trial is for students considering the field of trial law. 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 to learn real lawyer skills. Members will develop and sharpen critical analysis, public speaking and interpersonal skills while learning about the protocol and procedures unique to the U.S. Justice system. Learn more at http://www.miciviced.org/mock-trial/what-is-mock-trial
Membership: Open to all students. Students 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: Open to all students. 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. MUN meets outside of the school day.
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, mythology, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture using a lock-out buzzer system (like Jeopardy). Mercy’s teams are based on grade level and experience, playing in a co-ed local league against private and public schools in the area, as well as Saturday tournaments at colleges throughout the state.
Membership: Open to all students. Participants must pay $50 dues each year, which covers registration, materials, transportation to local league meets, and a uniform polo. Practices are held Tuesdays from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. from September to March. Local meets are scheduled during the Winter sports season and are held after school about once a month. Players can earn an academic letter after accumulating 100 Varsity points, which can be earned through consistent attendance at weekly practices, monthly meets, weekend tournaments, and correct answers in games.
Purpose: Mercy’s FIRST Robotics Team 1481, “The Riveters”, 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. The team meets once a week in the evening throughout the school year. Students are welcome to come when they are able. During build and competition season (Jan - April) the team meets twice a week (one evening and on Saturdays). There is a participation team fee to cover registration, uniform, snacks and build season meals. Students can earn not only a Varsity Club letter but also first-hand experience in engineering, CAD, business and/or programming.
The school recognizes and approves the following clubs:
ANIMAL RIGHTS CLUB
Purpose: The purpose of Animal Rights Club is to learn about how everyday decisions impact animal welfare. In addition, the club members take their knowledge and help to raise awareness of the issues within the school community.
Membership: Open to all students. Animal Rights Club meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day.
BASE (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: Open to all students. Members must pay $5 dues each year and attend meetings regularly. BASE meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day, and after school 1 - 2 times per month.
Purpose: To inspire young women to choose a path of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines critical to our nation's future. The competition puts teams of high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Through a series of online competition rounds, teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and are tasked with finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for top placement within the state and region to advance to the national final competition.
Membership: Open to all students. CyberPatriot meets outside of the school day.
Purpose: To provide students the opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinions on various topics. This club is student led, and the club leaders are responsible for choosing the topics that will be discussed/debated. The topics discussed are typically current events.
Membership: Open to all students. The Debate Club meets once a month after school.
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. The club’s 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 discussion, activities and fundraisers, attempting to take positive actions in the community.
Membership: Open to all students. FEMClub meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day, and after school.
FISH BOWL - Mercy Spirit Club
Purpose: To encourage participation and pride in being a Mercy Marlin. The Fish Bowl creates and leads student cheering sections at sporting events. Additionally, the club fundraises and completes projects to increase school spirit.
Membership: Open to all students. Fish Bowl meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day. It is required that members attend at least two Mercy events (games or performances) per season (Fall, Winter, and Spring).
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 French students. French Club meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day.
FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY (SHF)
Purpose: To provide an opportunity to recognize outstanding scholarship of students in the study of French through rich, cultural and social activities which support their learning experiences in and beyond the classroom setting. In addition, members provide and engage in services to the school and community which further promote the study of the French language, history and culture throughout the Francophone World.
Membership: The SHF (La Société Honoraire de Français) is open to students enrolled in a second, third or fourth year French language course. Students must have a 3.4 GPA in French studies and a 3.2 GPA overall at the time of application and acceptance. Students are expected to maintain the required language and overall GPA as well as enrollment in a French class each year of membership. In addition, members are required to pay dues and participate in 75% of the activities sponsored during the year, which include National French Week and the major annual fundraiser, French Immersion Day. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory to remain a member of the SHF. SHF meets on Language Honor Society Meetings Day.
GREEN CLUB (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. GREEN Club meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day. It is required that members attend at least two of the four meetings each year.
Purpose: To provide a space for students to be challenged to think critically and to persevere despite difficulty while having fun playing challenging games.
Membership: Open to all students. Gritty Games meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day.
Purpose: Healthy Habits aims to integrate healthy eating, exercise, and stress-relieving habits into the daily lives of Mercy girls.
Membership: Open to all students. Healthy Habits meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day.
INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY (ITS)
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. ITS meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day.
Purpose: To provide students exposure to career paths in the health field while providing the opportunity to practice skills and techniques that are specific to careers within the healthcare industry. Students are also provided opportunities to demonstrate leadership and fellowship at HOSA regional and state events.
Membership: Open to all students. Membership/International Affiliation Fee is $20 annually. HOSA meets 1-2 times per month before or after school.
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 of 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. iWizards meet outside of the school day.
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. JCL meets on Language Honor Society Meetings Day.
Purpose: Mercy Works is a Campus Ministry service club that provides social outreach to the Sisters of Mercy at the McAuley Center. The club visits 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. Mercy Works meets after school.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS)
Purpose: The National Honor Society at Mercy High School recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership, character, and service to the school community.
Membership: Seniors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4, have 20 hours of verified in school or out of school service (not counting the MCAP service requirement for graduation) may be considered for membership. Juniors may apply during the second semester of their junior year while seniors may apply the first semester of their senior year. NHS meets outside of the school day.
Purpose: To educate about current peace and justice issues and inspire change in the world through various means including discussion, fundraising, and participation in outside activities that promote peace.
Membership: Open to all students. Peace Club meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day. Members may participate in the 4 club meetings and/or out-of-school/after school activities.
Purpose: To promote and raise awareness of pro-life issues and events in the metropolitan area. This is accomplished through club meeting discussions about abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, the death penalty, embryonic stem cell research, and other pro-life issues. Club members will also communicate and advertise to the school at large events that are available outside of school (i.e. walks, rallies, concerts).
Membership: Open to all students. Pro-Life Club meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day.
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 activities and for guest speakers.
Membership: Open to all students. Science Club meets on Club Meetings Day, during the school day.
SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY (SHH)
Purpose: To recognize high academic achievement of upper level students in the Spanish language and to promote continuing education of Hispanic culture as well as community service.
Membership: The SHH (La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who are enrolled in third and fourth year Spanish classes and earn at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in Spanish. Students are expected to maintain the required GPA as well as enrollment in Spanish classes each year of membership. Additionally, members are required to pay dues, participate in 75% of the SHH activities, participate in the annual fundraiser, and attend all club meetings to remain a member of SHH. SHH meets on Language Honor Society Meetings Day.
Purpose: To provide music for all school Masses/Prayer Services.
Membership: Open to all students. Spirit Choir meets during Adviser Group period prior to Masses/Prayer Services.
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 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. Tri-M meets on Language Honor Society Meetings Day.
YOUTH MERCY ASSOCIATES
Purpose: The Youth Mercy Associates aim to come to know God and learn more about Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy, and the five Critical Concerns — Earth, immigration, nonviolence, anti-racism, and women. Members hope to accomplish these goals in many ways, but are especially focused on doing so through service.
Membership: The orientation process for new Youth Associates usually takes from six months to a year to complete. During this time, new members complete a service project, read a book about Catherine McAuley, go to a special event, hold prayer service, and attend a retreat and meetings.