Art Club

    Membership is open to students in grades 9-12 currently enrolled in an art class and with a sincere interest in art.  The purpose of the club is: 

    • To promote interest in art
    • Broaden minds by having speakers and taking field trips
    • Sponsor annual art exhibit during Fine Arts Week
    • Earn funds to help cover cost of trips or special projects
    • No membership dues are required.

    Debate is a public speaking activity where students compete against other schools across the state in writing mock legislation and advocating either for or against it. 

    The Equestrian Club will provide each participant with the opportunity to experience good leadership, fair play, horsemanship, sense of honesty, character, pride and good sportsmanship.  The Equestrian Club will have riding meets during the later summer months to determine knowledge and ability for class selection.  During these riding meets, the coach and her assistants will be giving pointers for areas in improvement, explanations of the different styles of riding and the different rules and regulations to each style.  The Club will compete in at least three district shows.  Depending on the success of the district shows, the Club may advance to the regional level and possibly to the state level. 

    Membership in FFA is open to all students.  It is recommended that students consider enrollment in the Heartlands Plant & Animal Science program to further experience the benefits of FFA.  Each member is expected to attend all FFA meetings and to participate in chapter activities and fundraisers.  Activities include leadership contests and camps, AG skills contests, supervised agricultural experience programs, monthly meetings, land laboratory, nature trail, parking cars, and numerous Ionia Free Fair activities.

    An organizational meeting is held at the beginning of each school year.  Officers are elected and activities are planned at this meeting.  Meetings are scheduled periodically throughout the year.

    Forensics is a public speaking activity with 12 different events ranging from Broadcasting to Poetry.  Students are able to find their speaking voice.

    Ionia Athletic Advisory Committee (IAAC)
    IAAC is an advisory group made up of student-athletes designed to give them a voice.  The goal of IAAC is to have a positive impact on the Ionia Athletic Program, by creating a growth mindset and resilient athletic culture.  That will lead to an increase in school and community pride. 

    Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. The Club is sponsored by the Ionia Rotary Club.Through Interact, you can:

    • Carry out hands-on service projects
    • Make international connections
    • Develop leadership skills
    • Have fun!

    LINK Crew
    Membership in Link Crew is based upon selection by faculty members. Students who will be juniors and seniors at the beginning of the next academic school year are eligible to apply. Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience.  Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, members of the junior and senior class are trained to be Link Crew leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew leaders are motivators, leaders, and teachers who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school.

    National Honor Society (NHS)
    Membership in the National Honor Society is by nomination and staff recommendation to juniors and seniors who have attained a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  NHS is subject to NHS rules/standards.  It is a service organization much like student council that works on various community and school activities.  Members are required to perform a certain quantity of school and community service time.  *Conflicts discussed in athletics, extra-curricular activities or other areas do not eliminate students from performing their service time.

    Principal's Student Advisory Committee (PAC)
    Membership is limited to 30 students. Students in any grade may apply by emailing the IHS principal. PAC empowers students and improves our school culture and climate. We convene during Achievement Hour once a month to discuss school initiatives, policies, our Strategic Plan, and how we can create more opportunities for students to excel within a safe learning environment.

    Quiz Bowl
    Quiz Bowl is a team-based competition against other schools in which students race to swiftly answer questions about the major school subjects as well as a variety of information from popular culture (e.g. video games, popular music, movies, YouTube stars, etc.)

    Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
    Membership in SADD is open to all 9-12 students.  All members must have a sincere commitment to the SADD belief that "Drinking and driving does not mix and can kill."  

    The responsibilities of the club are:

    • Uphold the reputation of SADD by not drinking and driving.
    • Attend meetings.
    • Participate in fundraising activities.

    The organization works on promoting the principles of SADD and plans projects/ activities that are alcohol/drug free.

    Spanish Club
    Membership in the Spanish Club is automatic if you are currently enrolled in a Spanish class.  The goals of the Spanish Club are:

    • To involve students of Spanish in varied Spanish cultures.
    • To encourage students of Spanish to improve their speaking ability through club activities.
    • To organize and carry out bi-yearly trips to Spanish-speaking countries.
    • To provide fun and leisure activities for students in Spanish classes.

    An organizational meeting is held at the beginning of each school year and meetings will be scheduled as needed throughout the year.

    Science Olympiad
    The Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing engaging, fun challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states.

    Student Council (StuCo)
    Membership in the Student Council is open to all 9-12 students. Representatives are voted on by the student body.  Each class is represented by five representatives.  Any active club/organization of IHS is welcome to select one representative to the Council.  The Council, on a yearly basis, selects officers.  The objectives of the Council are:

    • To always serve the student body in the best representative manner.
    • To be a mediator between the student body, faculty, administration, and the public.
    • To afford opportunities for the educational development of the student body.

    Trap Club 
    Students may participate in the trap shooting club team at Ionia High School.  IHS, in conjunction with the Michigan State High School Clay Target League, has developed an opportunity for students to participate in shooting sports as an extracurricular co-ed and adaptive activity for high schools and students in grades 6 through 12. The League’s priority is safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order.

    Theatre Group
    The IHS Theatre Group is open to all students. At least two performances will be conducted each year. Members can choose to participate on-stage or backstage (crew, light design, sound design, hair and makeup, costuming, set design, prop-making, etc).


    Each student is urged to participate in one or more extra-curricular activities to be a doer and not a watcher.  Students should join activities that interest them.  There are athletics, music, drama and subject-oriented clubs, student council, publications, and interest groups.  When a student commits to an activity, they owe it their best efforts.

    If a student falls behind in their schoolwork, extra help and teacher conferences take precedence over any extra-curricular activity, and they may be requested to drop extra activities.  

    Citizenship and proper behavior are expected of all students representing IHS.  A student may be removed from extra-curricular activities if they fail to meet these guidelines.  Failing to meet behavioral guidelines outlined in the Athletic Code will result in removal from leadership positions or from any honorary positions in extra-curricular activities, clubs, and organizations.

    While there is no disputing the important place grades hold in education, the most vital factor is the total education an individual accumulates. In order to take advantage of extra learning opportunities, students should plan their activity schedule carefully.  A student should not become overloaded.  The parents/guardians are to be fully informed of each extra-curricular activity in which their student participates, its hours, schedules, practice sessions, and performances.

    Activities will be scheduled during the day or after school at times convenient for the group and its advisers.  No students are to remain after school unless requested or participating in activities supervised by an advisor.