The Blue Key Society is a leadership program that offers Merion students an opportunity to represent and promote Merion Mercy Academy and to provide our Mercy hospitality to all they meet. The primary goal of a student ambassador is to provide prospective students and their parents the opportunity to explore MMA through the eyes of a current student. As a member of the society, you may spark a new interest in life at Merion Mercy or help students finalize their high school decision.
The goal of our National French Honor Society is to promote the appreciation of the French language, enthusiasm for francophone culture, and understanding of the French-speaking world. Members of the Society must demonstrate academic excellence through the achievement of:
-three consecutive semesters of an A grade as well as
-a dedicated interest in the continued study of French
Inducted students have sought to go beyond the basics of language learning to develop a meaningful cultural awareness.
The National Latin Honor Society is dedicated to promoting the study of the Latin language and recognizing its myriad contributions to both modern and ancient civilizations and its interdisciplinary merits. Members of the Latin Honor Society must demonstrate academic excellence through the achievement of three consecutive semesters of an A or higher in Latin, and a commitment to continuing the study of Latin.
Our Ministry Team provides an opportunity for students to integrate learned Christian values and principles into their daily pattern of living and into the broader context of their community. The team is divided into five groups, each with a faculty moderator. Team members help organize Theology class liturgies, and assist in planning retreats as well as paraliturgical services for special occasions.
The entire team comes together once a month to assess needs and set future directions - these meetings allow for a building of team spirit and time to work together as a group, reorganize and nurture leadership, and foster creativity. Membership is limited to students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Students must first go through an initial selection process and are then chosen by the School Minister.
Tri-M Society is an international music honor society, which recognizes musical achievement, academic excellence, and community service. In order to participate, students must be active in two different Performing Arts activities and contribute 20 hours of community service. This may be in the form of performing at the Convent for the retired Sisters of Mercy, singing or playing at nursing homes, helping with the needs of the Performing Arts Department, and singing or playing for the liturgies, open houses, and other school functions. An award ceremony is presented at the end of the year.
Merion's chapter of the National Art Honors Society welcomes all grades and not only art students. We are a service-based group who creates good in the wider world with creativity: students perform and log 15 hours of visual art-related service to those in need within a school year. Some service activities are performed in school to benefit the global community, such as the Memory Project (www.memoryproject.org), and some of the good is performed in local communities, such as knitting scarves for Project Home.
Membership into the National Honor Society is open to qualified members of the junior and senior class. To be eligible, a student must have a quality cumulative (unrounded) grade point average of 3.6. A special committee of faculty members reviews each qualifying candidate in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Induction takes place in the fall of each year.
The purpose of this organization is to encourage participation in and recognition of scientific and intellectual thought, and a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all mankind. It is to advance the students’ knowledge of classical and modern science, to communicate with the scientific community, and to aid the civic community with its comprehension of science.
Throughout the year, students hold general meetings during co-curricular periods and discuss relevant topics in science. They also plan science week, organize community service, and help with science tutoring. Our goal is to create women scientists of tomorrow. To be eligible, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all courses and a 3.7 GPA across all science courses. At the completion of the year, you should have completed 3 science courses; at least one course at the honors level or an upper level science course. You must take at least one science course all 4 years at MMA (even senior year).
Spanish Honor Society is an academic organization that seeks to promote and engage in the study of the Spanish Language and associated civilizations and cultures, and complete service to that end. Students who have received a grade of A or above for 3 consecutive semesters and who have chosen to continue their study of the language into the 3rd and 4th year are invited to be inducted as members.
The Student Council is a group of students, elected by the student body to partner with administration in building an effective school community. Elements include providing an effective voice for students in those school-related issues which affect their lives; maintaining a continuous communication channel between students and faculty/administration, as well as among the students themselves; encouraging students in the duties and responsibilities of good citizenship, using the school environment as the primary training ground; and mirroring the quality of leadership among fellow students to encourage and facilitate leadership qualities in them.
The executive board is made up of a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Each graderoom is then represented by one elected member. Elections for representatives for the upper classes are held in the spring, and ninth grade representatives are elected at the end of September.
Merion Mercy is a Platinum member of the Global High School Partnership (GHS) with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Our students are proud to be involved with this organization, and, in concordance with them, stand in global solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
We support CRS yearly by participating in Rice Bowl as the entire school community during the season of Lent, and by promoting greater awareness and advocacy opportunities based on current events. Most recently, our students generated interest, awareness and action in how our school community can show support and prayerful solidarity for those affected by the war in Ukraine.
Community Center at Visitation offers incredible programs to bring brighter possibilities to members of the Kensington community, such as the Fresh Food Pantry, summer camp, monthly Family Dinner nights, CCV Scholars Program and seasonal community celebrations. Our Parent's Association directly supports the Fresh Food Pantry through our monthly "Mother's Cupboard" drive. Many opportunities to participate include helping with Family Dinner nights, large events such the Fall Festival and Winterfest, and building bonds with the children in this community through summer camp and mentorship.
Face to Face Germantown seeks to alleviate the needs of individuals and families who may experience homelessness, poverty and food insecurity in the Germantown neighborhood, through an array of social services. Opportunities to serve this community include monthly casserole donations, snack bag donations and food preparation sessions on the weekends.
Based on the legacy of the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Kate's Girls enables students to serve in the model of Catherine McAuley. Outreach activities include writing notes of hope and joy, as well as cheerful visits and activities with the Sisters of Mercy who live on campus.
The MMA community has been involved in Mercy Girl Effect for several years. This project brings together students from Mercy schools around the country to raise awareness of global issues and empower young female leaders to improve the quality of life for females in developing nations.
During Mission Week, students take part in activities that are intended to foster school spirit and also raise awareness and money for the current year's project. In recent years, the MMA students helped to raise money to help end human trafficking and modern-day slavery, build a library in Kenya, schools in Cambodia and South Sudan, and hut-houses for refugees in Nigeria (once the children had housing, they could get an address and were then eligible to enroll at the local school).
My Place Germantown helps to reduce homelessness in the Germantown neighborhood by providing permanent supportive housing to disabled homeless individuals. Opportunities to serve this community includes planting seasonal vegetable gardens and decorating the home for holidays in December.
Project HOME seeks to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and to empower individuals to attain their fullest potential as members of the community. Opportunities to support Project HOME include participating in the annual Race HOME, helping with street cleanups and raising awareness for Project HOME's mission to end and prevent chronic street homelessness.
Sanctuary Farm seeks to address the health inequities resulting from systemic racial oppression and economic injustice, by converting abandoned and neglected areas in our community into spaces that promote safety, hospitality, nutrition, and growth. Our work with entails helping to tend to the gardens with planting, weeding, harvesting and maintenance chores. Our opportunities with Sanctuary Farm allow students to volunteer on Saturdays alongside community volunteers. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to signup with a parent or family member.
St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan, Eucharistic community that meets the immediate needs of the materially poor and those experiencing homelessness in the Kensington community. Opportunities to participate in this ministry often include serving the guests of the community with fellowship and a sitdown home-cooked meal.
Summer Service Trips (formerly Mercy Volunteer Program or "MVP") has provided educational and service immersion opportunities for students entering senior year during the summer for over 25 years. With our summer service trips, students and faculty travel to domestic and international sites to work in collaboration with community partners and in solidarity with people of diverse cultures, particularly with those who are materially poor. Volunteers live in community for a week or longer and are called to reflect on their roles as young women of mercy.
Our summer service trips are open to all rising seniors, and we try to accommodate every student who is interested and committed to serve in this capacity. In June 2022, 30 students and 10 faculty and staff members served in West Virginia, Camden, NJ and the Kensington community of Philadelphia.
Chamber ensembles are small groups of musicians who are paired together, and meet during or after school to prepare chamber music for concerts or other events. These groups have played concerts for the Sisters of Mercy in their beautiful convent chapel, and at the McAuley Home for Retired Sisters.
Polish your vocal technique by studying more sophisticated repertoire in a chamber setting, singing a cappella, multi-lingual, or complex part-singing. Chorale rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. This is a half-credit course for those who love to sing, want to get better and create beautiful music. Members of Chorale sing at concerts throughout the year. Merion’s Chorale has consistently received the highest possible ranking, Superior, at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Adjudication.
The Dance Troupe is a team that consists of three sects: hip hop, liturgical, and pep squad. The hip hop sect performs at holiday concerts, BSU Showcases, and various assemblies while the liturgical sect performs during various prayer services and masses throughout the year. All students of all different religious backgrounds are welcome to participate in this section of the troupe. Lastly, the pep squad performs during home basketball games during the winter sports season. The troupe practices during co-curricular periods as well as after school to prepare for upcoming events. Students in the dance troupe can pick which sect they would like to participate within the club throughout the year.
Led by Chris Monaco, who also directs for the esteemed Upper Darby Summer Stage program, MMMT performs two shows yearly. Almost a quarter of the school participates in the MMMT program, either on the stage, in the pit, or on the stage-crew. Membership is open to all students in singing, dancing and acting. The time commitment is from November to March.
Study and perform a vast repertoire with other instrumentalists, from classical music to popular theatrical extravaganzas. Orchestra rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:15. This is a half-credit course and participation is by audition only.
Merion Mercy’s select A Capella group rehearses on Monday morning from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday mornings from 8 - 9 a.m. This is a small, select auditioned group. They travel and perform at various fundraisers, competitions and events. Members of Sirens also all participate in Chorale.
The Stage Crew is an integral part of the Merion Mercy Music Theater, as well as being a group which provides technical service for all assemblies, concerts, and events. Members learn lighting, sound and set construction. Membership is open to all interested students.
The annual Literary Magazine, Image Explosion, offers an opportunity for the creative spirit to emerge. The staff begins to gather material early, but the editing process starts after Christmas. Members meet for an hour a week to review, organize and plan the magazine. Meetings are more intensive the month prior to publication.
The school yearbook, the Meriannal, is an annual publication published in spring. Recruiting for new members is done each spring, for the following year's publication. The Yearbook is open to students in Grades 9-12 through an application process.
The online Ricordia capitalizes on the writing skills and creativity of MMA students who produce articles that inform, entertain, and acknowledge the achievements of our community members. Staff add news stories and features to the online site on a monthly basis.
Our writers demonstrate educational courage through their desire to learn, to develop their writing, and to present news and information of value to its readers. They show principled leadership through the integrity of their work and by fulfilling the responsibilities they undertake as writers and editors.
By welcoming all interested students to join the staff and by sharing news about and of interest to the diverse members of our community, Ricordia serves as a voice for dignity and respect.
Affinity groups exist for Black/African American, gender non-conforming, Latinx/e/o/a, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Desi Americans, and Middle Eastern students, as well as those interested in addressing racism, the environment, Catholic identity, mental health and human rights.
ASIA Club welcomes students of all ethnic backgrounds to introduce and preserve various Asian cultures at Merion Mercy Academy. Topics include pop culture, folk tales, traditional clothing/fashion, different languages, music, and social issues.
The BSU is a group designed to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of people of color, especially those of African and Caribbean heritage. It also works to provide support, comradery and understanding for the MMA girls of color. During our meetings we discuss their concerns, their challenges and ways in which to share the riches of their culture with the wider student body. Members also develop ideas about service projects and ways to live mercy in their communities.
The group reflects the joy the girls have in recognizing their strength and resilience, and in sharing their efforts to be active and visible participants in the life and activities
of Merion Mercy Academy.
The Classical Studies Club celebrates the many aspects of the Mediterranean world and allows students to learn more about the culture, history, traditions and art of ancient Rome and Greece. Popular topics covered include mythology, architecture and the role of women. Activities often include games, crafts, movies, songs and helping to plan Latin Week (usually in February). Sessions are student-directed and student-led, and all students are welcome!
Investigate and practice coding and cybersecurity, through techniques such as 3D printing, app development and online platforms for competitions. We want to abolish negative sterotypes about young women in Computer Science and promote that young women can be successful in this industry.
Comedy Club acts as an outlet for Merion students to enhance their writing, filmmaking, and performing/acting skills while simultaneously providing opportunities to connect with their fellow classmates through laughter. This engaging club will allow students to take a break from the stresses of school and have a good time sharing laughs and good-humored jokes in the spot we love so well.
The Good Morning Merion (GMM) team produces our daily announcements, and supports communication of special events, including the production of video public service announcements, theater production trailers, and school celebrations.
The Conservative Women and Freethinkers Club creates an open and welcoming environment for young women of different political backgrounds to discuss and learn about different conservative values. The club discusses topics such as fiscal responsibility, free markets, limited governments, and global affairs from a conservative viewpoint. It cultivates young women to think freely and be a leader in our country and world.
Dungeons and Dragons provides a space for combining collaborative storytelling, role play, world building, and strategy. It is an inclusive game, allowing participants with varied interests and backgrounds to share a common space as they explore and create together.
The purpose of this club is to create awareness of environmental issues, such as protection, conservation, preservation, and restoration, with an emphasis on educating and empowering students. Students who are interested in environmental advocacy and awareness are encouraged to join. Throughout the year, students will meet at our general meetings during co-curicular time, and discuss relevant environmental topics, plan science week, and organize community service related to the earth and the environment.
This club is for anyone who enjoys movies. The student leaders develop monthly themes, often based on the input of the members, with movies then selected for each theme. Several times each month we host a movie night, watching the movies from the comfort of our homes, either as a group or individually according to our own schedules. Then, during the scheduled club time we meet and the student leaders organize a discussion of the movie (themes, characterizations, plot, social issues, personal opinions, etc.), and include activities related to the film.
French Club allows interested students to explore cultural topics and make connections between the francophone world and their own. Activities include - but are not limited to - helping to plan and execute National French Language Week (usually held in November), watching and discussing French films, studying French literature or authors, holiday traditions, cuisine, history and art. Sessions are student-directed and student-led. There is a language component, but you do not need to be a student of French to participate - all are welcome!
The GSA seeks to create a safe, respectful, and accepting place for members of the Merion Mercy Academy community who identify as LGBTQ+. The club hosts educational presentations, promotes mental health awareness, raises funds for community organizations, and works to strengthen ties with other identity groups within MMA. The GSA is open to all students who identify as LGBTQ+ and to their allies.
The History Club is a group dedicated to learning about history, and promoting its value within the school. We meet to discuss various aspects of history such as famous persons, critical events etc, and to learn more about the value of preserving history. The value of a history degree in reference to various careers will be illustrated.
The Kpop Club’s mission is to share Korean culture and music with the MMA community. Kpop Club offers students the opportunity to learn more about Korean music, traditions, language, current events, history, and much more, and encourages them to educate themselves more about Asian culture, while spreading positivity and Asian awareness. The club also gives students a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends, and create a greater bond between one another. Kpop Club’s mission statement supports the school mission for MMA by offering students a chance to educate themselves about a culture that is not mentioned much in the MMA community, the Korean culture. Common club activities include watching Kpop music videos and K-dramas, acting out our favorite scenes from these dramas, dancing, eating Korean snacks, learning about Korean culture, and helping to plan and execute activities during MMA's Asian American and Pacific Islander Month in May.
The members of Lit Lovers share an appreciation for literature and pursue their interests in fiction and poetry, Shakespeare, and creative writing. Student leaders work with club members to plan literary activities, writing workshops, and fun events.
JV Mathletes represents Merion Mercy Academy in the Archdiocesan Mathematics League. The group meets once each week to prepare a specific math topic for the month. Competitive exams are held once a month at various schools in the Philadelphia area. JV Mathletes is open to students in grades 9 and 10.
Varsity Mathletes represents Merion Mercy Academy in the Archdiocesan Mathematics League. The group meets once each week to prepare a specific math topic for the month. Competitive exams are held once a month at various schools in the Philadelphia area. Varsity Mathletes is open to all students in grades 11 and 12 with skills in math.
MMA's two Mock Trial teams engage students in simulated court trials in which they compete against teams from other schools. Working with faculty and professional advisors, students prepare to act out the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, and other court members. Through preparation and competition, students hone their research and critical thinking skills, develop confidence in their public speaking ability, and learn about the judicial system.
This club teaches members a variety of skills including productivity, mental health, and taking care of your body and beauty. Elements include expressing yourself through fashion and makeup, and exploring beauty throughout history. The goal is to provide joy for all members by providing a simple yet informative space that isn't judgemental. We hope to provide all members with increased self confidence, self love and self awareness.
The Spanish Club provides enrichment for the Spanish curriculum by means of guest speakers, films, games, making Spanish foods, songs and field trips. It also provides various opportunities for cultural experiences. Membership is open to all Spanish students.
STEM Club explores the world of exploration and engineering. Club members will participate in field trips. design thinking, and manipulate various materials to build projects that will be shared with the school community, including access to 3D printers and laser cutters. Members may also participate in ESports, VEX Robotics, and the "Governor's STEM Competition", where students will compete against 70+ schools in the state to design a prototype with the goal of bettering our global community.
This organization encourages students to become involved in promoting a respect for all life, born and unborn. Letter writing campaigns, videos and guest speakers are available to the members at monthly meetings. In January, the members participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. All students may join.