Clubs & Organizations

Merrill High School offers multiple academic and extracurricular clubs for students to participate in and enjoy. Getting involved in different groups inspires friendships, new interests and involvement. Our clubs and organizations include:

Art Club

The Art Club is open to all students who love Art in grades 9-12! We meet every Wednesday after school until 4:00. Art Club gives students the opportunity to work with a variety of different Art media. It is a safe and relaxed environment where exploration of individual ideas and creativity is encouraged. Students will be able to work independently, as well as work on large scale group projects like murals and sculptures. A yearly day long field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts is held every spring. Students work is displayed in the yearly art show held on the campus of Merrill MS/HS.  

Book Club

Book Club meets to talk about new books! We choose a book each month to read and discuss as a group…but even if you don’t read it, you can come to hear about more great stories. Participants pay around $10 each book, but some we are able to get for free from outside sources and fundraising. At Christmas there is a book exchange and pizza party. We volunteer to help with the preschool Christmas party as well. This year, we are hoping for more author visits and opportunities outside of the building. Grades 6-12 welcome!

Chess Club

The Chess Club will meet 2x monthly to provide an opportunity for students to play chess. Beginning players are encouraged to attend and will be taught how to play by more experienced student players. Students in grades 6-12 may participate.

Choir

The MS/HS Choir meets every Wednesday to provide an opportunity for students to explore the passion of singing and performance. All levels of experience are encouraged to attend!  Students in grades 6-12 may participate.

Class Advisors

Class Advisors are critical to enhancing the Merrill High School student experience.

Responsibilities of class advisors include:

  • Oversee class meetings on a regular basis to plan activities and projects
  • Supervise and provide direction for Class Officers during class meetings and class sponsored projects/ events;
  • Help coordinate and direct Homecoming preparations, i.e, float building, hallway decoration
  • Help coordinate and direct class fundraisers;
  • Account for all income and expenses for the class;
  • Make sure fundraisers, projects, building use is pre-approved by administration

Often, multiple class advisors are assigned to one class to ensure adequate support through these events and activities. If you are interested in volunteering as a class advisor, please complete the application HERE. Consideration for applicants occurs from May 1st thru May 15th of each school year.

 

First Robotics

The FIRST Robotics Competition simulates engineering in the real world by having students build and program industrial-size robots under strict rules, limited resources, and a six-week time limit, they must raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills to play a difficult field game against other high school teams in competition. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with a FIRST Championship.

Every year FIRST gives access to millions of dollars in scholarships varying from one-time awards to full four-year tuition from organizations and colleges who support FIRST. Students in grades 9-12 may participate. 

Forensics

Forensics offers students an opportunity to compete in a variety of acting and public speaking categories. Forensics explores individual and group speech events building on voice and diction. Students in grades 9-12 may participate.

Law Day

Law Day is an exercise in mock trials where students take on the roles of attorneys, witnesses, victims, and jury members. We argue a case in front of an actual judge in Saginaw County. Each student is assigned a persona and acts out their part. Merrill has a great tradition of excellence at Law Day competitions. 

Knitting Club

Knitting club meets after school at student’s availability. Knitting club is for new and experienced knitters. We have a relationship with Twisted Warp and Skein in Merrill and often visit them during the school day for help and instruction. 

Model UN

Model UN is a competitive simulation of a session of the United Nations General Assembly. Teams are required to research a variety of political, economic and diplomatic issues as part of drafting resolutions to be introduced into the general session. They are scored in 5 categories during the UN session held at the Gratiot/Isabella RESD in Ithaca. The categories are: Parliamentary Procedure, Being in Character to the Delegation, Effective Problem Solving, Knowledge of the Session Topic and Knowledge of the UN. The MSAC usually holds three meets per year. Students in grades 9-12 may participate. 

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Members join their junior year by invitation only. 

Quiz Bowl

A team competition with a format similar to Jeopardy. It is a game of questions and answers based on a variety of subjects including sports, science, history, math and literature.

Spanish Club

Students in Spanish club participate in activities within the nearby communities to learn more and be active in Hispanic culture and the Spanish language. They will fundraise, organize events in the schools surrounding Hispanic tradition, and even explore the potential of traveling to a Hispanic country in the future. Students in grades 9-12 may participate, regardless of language level or Spanish courses taken. 

High School Student Council

Students are elected to class offices or apply to represent the student body. Together, the 32 students help run student activities and often serve as decision makers when student input is necessary. 

Talent Review

Students in the fine arts have an opportunity to showcase their talents by participating in try outs for the traveling MSAC talent show. Two acts are selected from each school and they join with the acts from the other conference schools to perform a talent show at each school within the conference. This is typically held in late spring and students in grade 9-12 may participate.

Technology Team

Competition includes teams from Coleman, Ashley and Vestaburg. All high school students are eligible to participate in the day long competition in desktop publishing, spreadsheet, database management, multimedia and web page contests.

Writing Team

The Language Arts team participates in the MSAC academic team league. They have three meets a year. Each school sends 12 members to the event where they are given two hours to use their teamwork skills, writing skills and creativity to produce their quality writing. These may include a position paper, a fictionalized journal, etc. Each team may submit at least two, but no more than four entries, which are then judged and scored by league coaches. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate.

Staff Advisors

Art Club
Mrs. Jodi Carpenter
carpenter@merrillschools.org
September – May

Chess Club
Mrs. Jenell Barker
barker@merrillschools.org
September-May

FIRST Tech Challenge
Mr. Greg Bales
balesg@yahoo.com
September – November

Knitting Club
Mrs. Allison Jordan
jordan@merrillschools.org
September – May

Priceless Project
Mrs. Kathy Nock
nock@merrillschools.org
September – May

Spanish Club
Ms. Stephanie Marr
marr@merrillschools.org
Full year

Technology Team
Ms. Jade Hoglund
hoglund@merrillschools.org
December – February

Book Club
Mrs. Allison Jordan
jordan@merrillschools.org
September – May (During lunch)

Entrepreneur Club
Ms. Terri Church
terbear68@yahoo.com
September – May

Forensics
Ms. Chelsea Lagalo
lagalo@merrillschools.org
January – April

Model UN
TBD
October-December (During School Day)

Quiz Bowl
Ms. Jade Hoglund
hoglund@merrillschools.org
October – December

Student Council
Mrs. Tina Fischer
Mrs. Jessica Fordos (MS)
fordos@merrillschools.org
Full year, starting in May of year prior

Writing Team
Mrs. A. Jordan
Mrs. J. Fenby
jordan@merrillschools.org
October-December (During the school day)

Choir
Ms. Chelsea Lagalo
lagalo@merrillschools.org
November-May

FIRST Robotics
Mr. Brandon Martin
17martin@merrillschools.org
January – April

Law Day
Mrs. Allison Jordan
jordan@merrillschools.org
December-March (After School)

National Honor Society
Mrs. Allison Jordan
jordan@merrillschools.org
Full year

Science Olympiad
TBD

Talent Review/Art Show
Ms. Chelsea Lagalo
lagalo@merrillschools.org
April-May

Talent Review/Art Show
Ms. Chelsea Lagalo
lagalo@merrillschools.org
April-May

Merrill Community Schools
555 W. Alice St.,  Merrill, MI 48637
Phone: 989-643-7261
Fax: 989-643-5570

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