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
Ophelia works to create an environment in which each person can develop a positive sense of self by promoting kindness and respect. The club empowers members of the younger generation to respect themselves and others by educating middle school students about Relational Aggression.
Baking Club is made up of Lakers who enjoy sharing wonderful recipes for baked goods. They hold bake sales to benefit Mercyhurst Prep and our local community.
The 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 children under the auspices of Catholic Services. This trip has been both beneficial to those being served and life changing for those serving. Indeed, a true ministry and partnership has grown from this unique opportunity.
Calamari’s Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need presents a service opportunity for all members of the MPS community. Students gather all the makings for a Thanksgiving meal complete with the dinnerware and help prepare and serve the meal to more than a thousand guests 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 MPS families.
Chrysalis is the award-winning literary and art magazine for Mercyhurst Prep. Student 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, publish, and distribute the magazine.
Concert Choir is a performing arts club and classes designed for any Laker with the desire and the discipline to sing challenging vocal repertoire. Music preparation includes performances at Mercyhurst Prep and in the community. Every other year, the choir travels to Orlando, Florida, to perform at Walt Disney World.
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.
Dance Company is a performing arts club 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.
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.
Fitness Center is open to all MPS Lakers and employees for healthy workouts on a variety of machines including new elliptical and exercise bikes.
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 promotes and supports the growth and involvement of the MPS community in the performing arts area. Laker members give back to the MPS and Erie communities through performance and service.
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 perspective on global issues and negotiation. Members have opportunities to develop extemporaneous speech skills.
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.
National Art Honor Society aspires to recognize Lakers who have shown outstanding ability in art. It aims to further the creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members as well as the school’s entire art enrollment.
National Honor Society is a group of academically oriented Lakers who maintain a QPA of 3.5 or above. National Honor Society members provide service to Mercyhurst Prep and the Erie community while maintaining high academic, character, and leadership standards.
Orchestra Ensemble is a performing arts club and classes for competent Laker instrumentalists who perform for liturgies, school musicals, and the Christmas and spring concerts.
Robotics and Technology Club members learn how to use a 3D printer and teach others to do the same. Members learn and use modeling software to develop individual projects with state of the art technology to be shared in global seminars.
Serteens is a Laker-led volunteer program that operates under the supervision of Sertoma, a city-wide adult volunteer group in Erie. Serteens do good deeds for the local community.
Show Choir is a performing arts club and classes designed to teach Lakers how to combine the art of dance with singing. Show Choir performs for various Mercyhurst Prep and community events and travels to Orlando, Florida, to perform at Walt Disney World every other year.
Ski Club members travel to enjoy the winter sports of skiing or snowboarding at Peek ‘n Peak Resort. Bus transportation and ski instruction are available to Laker Ski Club members. The club also offers a ski trip to a major ski resort early in March.
Speech & Debate is an academic organization offering Lakers the opportunity to test their talents at local, regional, and national levels. Through dedicated coaching, MPS students learn memorization, research, and speaking skills. Lakers compete against other schools and students for scholarship money and recognition.
Spirit Club is comprised of Lakers who are definitely marked by pride and spirit and show it with great enthusiasm by forming an extreme cheering section to support Laker teams during competitions.
Minecraft is a game club where Lakers come together and enjoy playing all types of board, card, and role playing games (RPGs). Come learn new games that you never knew existed. Everyone is invited to participate.
Student Council/Student Government is an elected body of Laker leaders who serve as a liaison among administration, faculty, and students. They develop good citizenship, an appreciation of service, and Mercy values through significant student leadership experiences.
Travel Club members meet to discuss everything related to travel such as passports, currency exchange, tipping, packing, etc. Lakers may travel abroad as a cultural study group during Easter break. Past trips have seen Lakers travel to Spain, Italy, France, England, Ireland, China, and other countries.
Women in Motion is a Mercyhurst Prep club created to raise the self-esteem of women and raise awareness of women’s issues often through service-oriented community projects that benefit women.
How to Start a Club at Mercyhurst Prep
- Survey other Lakers to discover if there is an interest in your club.
- Be able to explain how the goals and activities of your club will support an academic or athletic program or a service mission at MPS.
- Find a moderator for your club. The moderator must be an adult, but does not necessarily need to be a faculty or staff member.
- Gather a core group to establish goals, meeting times and other club criteria such as the need for dues or special equipment.
- Submit your proposal to the Activities Director, Mrs. Deborah Kooser, for approval.
Why Laker Activities and Clubs are Important
University of Illinois sociology professor Chris Lleras, writing for Science Daily, suggested that students who participate in extracurricular activities in high school make more money, complete higher levels of education and enjoy greater career success than their peers who avoid such activities. “Soft Skills” such as social ability, punctuality, conscientiousness and the ability to function on a team serve students well in advancing their career goals and are often determining factors in college and job interviews.
Edward Klesse, a contributing educator/writer for the National Association of Secondary Principals, labeled extracurricular programs the “Third Curriculum.” Sports, theatre, student government and service-oriented clubs allow students to develop time management and prioritization skills. Often these programs provide an extension of learning not possible in the classroom due to time and logistic constraints. Extracurricular programs often stretch individual students to assume responsibility for learning and social events as well as competitive ventures that highlight their talents.
Statistics show that students who participate in extracurricular programs are more motivated in their coursework and have better school attendance. Even the most reluctant student may find success and acceptance within an extracurricular program. Many clubs provide hands-on opportunities to develop special skills such as photography, public speaking and financial investment. When students enter situations where they are working closely with advisors and fellow students who share their interests, they are validated in their shared passion and their vision of school improves significantly.
Co-curricular activities are invitational and nurturing of individual interests. Whether it is Spanish Club, Model U.N., basketball or a prom committee, students can exercise a sense of personal challenge while developing social competency, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity along with the practical application of their imaginations.