Academic Decathlon

The Academic Decathlon club is for those students who wish to support the Interdisciplinary Studies (Academic Decathlon) class and compete in the Academic Decathlon program. The club fund raises and supports the Academic Decathlon program at Merced High School.

Joel Sebastian
Room 127

Associated Premedical Students (APS)

Associated Premedical Students is a club with goal oriented students who are working towards a career in the medical field. Activities include supporting local fund raising to cure disease or raise awareness. Students support each other in career study and networking towards medical careers.

Laurie Mclaughlin
Room 306

Art Club

The Art Club is dedicated to promoting artistic works throughout the school and the city. Art Club meets after school or at lunch on a regular basis to hold meetings. We also volunteer for local organizations to promote the arts in various ways such as Art Hop, art lessons in the after school program, and arts advocacy. Our club members enjoy open studio nights where we enjoy each others fellowship and hone our artistic skills. The Art Club works very hard to fundraise as well so that we can take trips to broaden our artistic horizon beyond what is possible in the school setting.

Del Camara
Room 120


AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Read more about AVID.

Lindsay Gentry
Room 114

Book Club

Book Club meets in the library every Monday during lunch. We spend out time reading and discussing great books and preparing for the county-wide Battle of the Books competition which we have dominated for many years!

Susan Mikkelsen

Chess Club

When: Meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays--Lunch and After school.

Where: Room 322
Why: Chess, Checkers, Connect 4, and Rubik's Cubes

Learn how to play or challenge our officers.

Mr. Aguayo
Room 322

Culinary Club

Andrew Calzadillas
Room 302

Debate Club

Debate group meets Wednesdays at lunch in room 225. Debate club members participate in formal debating, but often just share their love for passionate discussion on various topics.

Ellen Chiesa
Room 225


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. This is a fun and exciting student organization for those students interested in business or running their own business. Great opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with other DECA students at not only the local level but across the nation, and prepare you for your future in college and career. For more information please visit the DECA website:

To be an active member: Need to either be currently enrolled or have completed a class in career technical education such as Ms. E’s marketing course.

Lisa Escobedo
Room 203

Drama Club

Andrea De Leon
Drama Room

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club meets to discuss ways to help the community and school that supports the greater good of taking care of the Earth and its environment. We discuss and gain knowledge about the environment and about important issues facing the world in the 21st century.

Timothy Hagerman
Room 123

Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Formerly named FHA-HERO, FCCLA's mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation."

Any student who has taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences (Mrs. Meyer or Mr. Calzadillas) is eligible for active membership.

Andrew Calzadillas
Tammie Meyer
Room 302

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

California FBLA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) student organization committed to preparing today's students for success in business leadership. With over 60 years' experience, California FBLA is the premiere organization for student leaders.

The FBLA Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. We bring our mission to life through the application of our Motto: Service, Education, and Progress.

Read more about FBLA.

Joseph Gaestel
Room 221

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Merced FFA is the largest student-run organization at Merced High School with 350 members. It is the mission of the National FFA Organization to promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education. The Merced FFA believes that agriculture offers students endless possibilities to further their education, build self-esteem, and prepare for their future. Students must enroll in an agriculture class in order to become an FFA member.

Learn more about Merced FFA.

Steven Mua
Room S6


Regina Cherf
Counseling Room

Junior State of America (JSA)

JSA allows for an exchange of ideas through stimulating student debates, thought talks, problem solving and a variety of simulations. By participating in these activities, each member gains a more intelligent and informed viewpoint. JSA also provides a wonderful chance to meet and make friends with scores of other bright, involved students who have similar interests. It’s an experience that no young person would want to miss.

Josh Pedrozo
Room 117

Key Club




KIWIN'S is an international organization filled with high school students from California, Nevada and Hawaii. As a Merced High KIWIN'S member, you can learn leadership skills, gain community service hours and built great bonds with the people there! Members of this club help prepare dinner at the homeless shelter, participate in many parades held downtown in Merced (Veterans, Christmas, 4th of July), and SO MUCH MORE! Most of our events are held in the Merced County! We also travel to places such as Los Angeles to participate in the "Rose Float Parade" and to San Ramon to our District Convention. One Family. One Mission. One Word: KIWIN'S.

Yer Lawson

Link Crew

MHS Link Crew Leaders, all Juniors and Seniors, commit to helping freshmen find their way as they become new members of our "Bear Family". Link Crew leaders help run freshman orientation and follow-up with the freshmen they meet there throughout the year; planning activities and offering opportunities for these freshmen to get involved and be a part of the culture of our campus in fun, positive ways.

James McElroy

Marching 100

Jonathan Schmid
Band Room


The P.A.C.I.F.I.C. Club is a service organization providing students with information, motivating programs and field trips to encourage inclusion on our high school campus, as well as to offer training for job such as teaching, and in other areas working with challenged individuals.

Candy Mucci
Karen Sizemore

Poetry Club - "Ink Slingers"

The MHS Ink Slingers are dedicated to exploring the power of poetry; both written and spoken word. We meet weekly and challenge ourselves to be constantly writing; stretching our abilities as poets. We also read both classic and modern poetry; for it is through exposure to great work that we can learn to create great work. We also try to spread the power of words through our open mic night program, "Merced on the Mic," which we put on twice each school year.

James McElroy>

Skills USA

SkillsUSA is a national organization which has a 50 year tradition of developing leaders in career and technical education.

The SkillsUSA motto: "Preparing for leadership in the world of work."

Read more about Skills USA.

Gary Maxwell
Room S3

Super Smash Bros Club

Super Smash Bros Club is a social place for students to casually relax and play Super Smash Bros with other students or competitively strive to become number ones. The club takes donations in forms of both cash and game equipment in an effort to improve students social and gaming experience.

Mr. Gaestel
Room 221


The yearbook club will meet the first Thursday of every month that school is in session. Meetings take place in room 110 to fund raise, arrange special events and assist staff members of the yearbook.

President: Mark Soza
Vice President: Dariana Lara

Sarah Ratcliff
Room 110

Young Life

A club open to every MHS student known for fun, good times, amazing conversations about life and faith, and what could be the best night out of the week. Weekend and week-long camps with Young Life are incredible!

Rob Scheidt
Room 102