Clubs & Activities

From Speech & Debate to Feed the Hungry to our renowned Chrysalis publication team … from Ski Club to International Thespian Society, at MPS there are countless ways for Lakers to embrace their individual talents among a team of friends and mentors. Beyond the classroom, Laker Life is evident each day as our nearly 40 clubs and activities are in full gear year round.

At MPS each student finds his voice as he finds his place among our diverse student population.  A Laker finds or creates clubs and activities to suite his taste and style. At MPS we encourage students to create opportunities and work with fellow students to enhance their high school experiences. Lakers’ interests are unique and varied, so we offer dozens of leadership, service, arts and athletics clubs:

MPS Clubs & Activities

Anne Ryan Baltimore Mission Trip is an exciting service opportunity. This annual trip has long been a galvanizing experience for each group of rising seniors fortunate enough to attend. This is an opportunity to feed the hungry and care for the city’s underprivileged under the auspices of Catholic Services. Paula Allshouse

Business Club will meet to help interested students learn about money management and business concepts. Members will explore current economic trends and study investment opportunities. Doug Bakka

Calamari’s Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless presents a service opportunity for all members of the MPS community. Students gather all the makings for a Thanksgiving meal including the dinnerware and help prepare and serve the meal to more than a thousand homeless from our community on Thanksgiving Day at Calamari’s. Student leaders arrange the funding and schedule all of the helpers. This has become a holiday tradition for many of the MPS families. Paula Dworakowski

Chrysalis is the award-winning literary and art magazine for Mercyhurst Prep. Members collect prose, poetry, art, and photographs from Lakers and select the best of the works for publication. They develop a theme, edit works, design the format and layout, and publish and distribute the magazine. Bridget Whalen

Concert Choir is a performing arts class designed for any Laker with the desire and the discipline to sing challenging vocal repertoire.   Music preparation includes performances at Mercyhurst Prep in the winter and spring seasons. Every other year, the choir travels to Orlando to perform at Walt Disney World.  Arthur Martone and Mike Miele

Critical Concerns is a service organization whose purpose is to educate MPS Lakers about injustices in our community and our world and to provide support to groups that strive for peace and justice.  Deacon Matthew Ochalek

Dance Company is a performing arts class for the Laker with prior dance training. Students participate in both class and performance activities. Based on an audition, dancers are accepted to a master, advanced, intermediate, or apprentice class and travel to Orlando to perform at Walt Disney World every other year.  Kara Grise and Maryanne Mager-Dombrowski

Feed the Hungry is a join-by-doing group that is totally service oriented. On the second Sunday of each month, Lakers cook and serve a nutritious meal to individuals who are homeless in downtown Erie. Fundraising and collecting materials for the project are ongoing efforts throughout the school year. Matt Ochalek

Fitness Center is open to all MPS Lakers and employees for healthy workouts on a variety of machines including new elliptical and exercise bikes.  Rich Krafty

Language Club is available to all students studying French or Spanish. It offers the opportunity to learn about various Francophone and Hispanic cultures and to explore the food and holidays of those places where French and Spanish are spoken.

International Thespian Society (ITS) promotes and supports the growth and involvement of the MPS community in the area of the performing arts. Laker members give back to the MPS and Erie communities through performance and service. Arthur Martone and Mike Miele

Literature and Writing Club About once a month, students come together, examine a form, style, or genre of literature, and then individually or collaboratively create their own works in the same style. They then share their work with the group.

Mandarin Club is an academic and social club whose purpose is to promote an understanding of Chinese culture by providing students with opportunities to explore the Mandarin language and customs. Members can enjoy Chinese films, food, and pop culture. Calligraphy and Mandarin vocabulary will be practiced at each gathering. Shelly Yu and Debbie Kooser

Math Club Lakers discuss topics of math that are not covered in standard courses or elaborate on and apply mathematics that has been studied during school. The Math Club offers opportunities to compete outside of school.

Mercy Service Group The Mercy Service Group is an MPS student-led volunteer group that focuses on service opportunities in the Erie community. Students participate in monthly commitments such as helping with a local Thanksgiving dinner for the hungry, running a Christmas toy drive for various organizations that help children, making valentines for children in hospitals, and helping local animal shelters. Commitment to service and helping Erie are always part of our Mercy mission, and everyone is invited to be a part of this dedicated group. Nicole Brugger and Debby Swanson

Minecraft is a game club where Lakers come together and enjoy playing all types of board, card games, and RPGs (role playing games). Come learn new games that you never knew existed.  Everyone is invited to participate. Teresa Corso

Model United Nations is an academic club where Lakers have an opportunity to participate in a simulated UN General Assembly. The basic purpose is an in-depth study of another nation along with the analysis and appreciation of its perspecti