Clubs are in alphabetical order
|Academic Decathlon||None||Iowa Academic Decathlon, a division of United States Academic DecathlonR, is an academic competition comprised of ten events. Students from large and small schools around the state compete for awards, advancement, and scholarships. Preparation usually begins in August at the beginning of the school year and continues through the scrimmage in December, regional competition in January, state competition in March, and national competition in April (Iowa Academic Decathlon).|
|American Sign Language Club||Kyle Berg||The American Sign Language Club is a student-run organization that gathers together to learn American Sign Language (ASL). In addition to this, we learn about deaf history and culture in today’s society and examine how to interact with members of the deaf community. We will play games and at the end of the year, we have a silent lunch where all members of the club enjoy an afternoon snack communicating only through sign! Everyone is welcome to come to join the fun – new members & signers at any level are always welcome!|
|Art Club||Monica Weinman
|Indianola High School Art Club meets once-twice a month. Highlighted events include: Homecoming window painting, socials, potlucks, open studios, MAD dance, art activities and more! Each year the club elects officers. These are posted outside the 2D Art Room. The club is run by Mrs. Weinman and the Art officers. We communicate through the Remind App and many social media outlets. Events are also posted in the IHS daily announcements. We hope you join today ($5 per year) for a creative, fun and memorable time!|
|Creative Writing Club||Jonathan Bethards||The IHS Creative Writing Club meets every Thursday after school to craft original fiction, poetry, drama, and all other types of writing. The group shares and publishes our writing through our own literary magazine, Imprints.|
|Debate||Indianola High School participates in National Speech and Debate Association and Iowa High School Speech Association tournaments from September to January. The debate team attends one Saturday tournament each month culminating in the Friday-Saturday IHSSA tournament the first weekend in January.
There are a myriad of categories from individual events to student congress that students may participate in with the strongest emphasis on public forum and Lincoln/Douglas style debates. Public forum debates feature a team of two students arguing the pros and cons of a current event topic. Lincoln/Douglas is a one-on-one debate that argues the value of one topic over another.
|DECA||Jamie Busby||DECA is an organization for students with an interest in the business field. The mission of DECA is to prepare students to develop into emerging leaders in the fields of business administration, finance, marketing, and hospitality and tourism. Students may attend leadership conferences where they hear real world experience and tips from those in the industry. Students can also compete in a variety of ways. They may compete in role plays where they are judged based on their communication skills through providing explanation of business terms and ideas over a case study. Students can also compete in a wide range of written projects, such as composing an advertising campaign for a local business. Students who place high enough at the state competition in February have the opportunity to compete at the international competition held in either Nashville, Atlanta, Anaheim, or Orlando. More information about our club and competition can be found on our website: www.ihs-business.weebly.com|
|GSA – Gender and Sexuality Alliance||Quinn Whitaker||GSA is a student-led group advocating for greater awareness of the issues faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary students, and promoting a safer school environment free of bullying and harassment. The group meets weekly after school to share experiences, support one another, and plan projects and participation within the school community. All students, including those who do not fit these categories but are supportive or interested in these issues, are welcome.|
|ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)||Chelsea Cataldo|
|Environmental Awareness Club||Jonathan Bethards||The Indianola Environment Awareness Club welcomes all students who are passionate about the environment, who wish to engage in a dialogue about the effects of Global Warming, who want to take action on a local level, and who want to sustain a global conversation about the positive changes individuals can take to give back to our global community. EAC meets periodically throughout the semester, plans fundraisers and volunteer opportunities to promote our mission.|
|Fall Play||Wendy Arch
The fall play is a large, non-musical production performed in the fall semester. All students are welcome to audition. Auditions and rehearsals will begin shortly after the start of the school year. We will rehearse at least four (4) times a week for several hours either immediately after school or in the evening to best fit student & teacher schedules.
Students can also participate in the Fall Play by working behind the scenes in all technical aspects of the production (set, lights, sound, etc.).
|FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)||Kimberly Lind||Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a student organization that helps students become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA activities are planned and run by student members and student officers. It is the only student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in state/national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities. Our Indianola High School FCCLA chapter focuses on community service activities as our central focus. We also provide opportunities for field trips to a variety of local, state, and national leadership conferences.|
|IHS Book Club||Emily Schwery||High School Counselor Emily Schwery and Mrs. Allison Brown, Indianola Public Librarian, co-sponsor the IHS Book Club. The club is open to any student attending IHS. Book discussions are held once a month September – April at 3:15 in the library. Students vote on a list of books to be read and the Friends of the Indianola Public Library purchase the paperback books for the students to keep each month.|
|Indianola Theatre Department||Wendy Arch
This year Drama Club and Theatre Crew have combined to provide an all-inclusive theatrical atmosphere and experience. In the Indianola Theatre Department, you’ll have a chance to participate in all aspects of theatre – on stage, behind stage, and more!
We also get the opportunity to participate in fun activities such as Thespian Festival, elementary drama camp, concert set up, social gatherings, workshops, and lettering! Participate at will in any of our activities.
|INTERACT||Michelle Lester||INTERACT is a service club that develops leadership while discovering Service Above Self. Interact club organizes at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Interact meets twice a month on Wednesdays after school.|
|Junior State of America||Greta Southall||Junior State of America is a non-partisan political club that works to educate students on issues that are affecting them. This is accomplished through non-judgemental discussion. Everyone is welcomed regardless of knowledge level.|
|Large Group Speech||IHS participates in the Iowa High School Speech Associations’ Large Group Speech contests each year in January and February. The contests include more than a dozen different types of performances ranging from mime to one-act plays. Any 9th-12th grader may participate and sign ups are in late November.|
|Mid-winter One Act Play||Wendy Arch||Mid-Winter One-Acts are a group of scenes or one-act plays performed in January. Mid-Winters allow students to explore different aspects of the theatre world in a performance setting. Students can act, direct, design, and just generally have fun while participating in a new theatrical experience.|
|National Honor Society||Open||The purpose of Indianola National Honor Society as stated in our bylaws, Article I shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of Indianola High School.
Indianola NHS is open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 cumulative grade point and no out of building suspensions, no violations of the good conduct code, and only one in-building suspension.
Students who qualify will be sent a letter inviting them to apply to NHS. Further information will be disclosed at the parent meeting held in late October.
|Ping Pong Club||Susan Pottebaum|
|Rec Room Club||Mitchell Sparks|
|Student Council||Quinn Whitaker||The IHS Student Council helps share student ideas, interests, and concerns with IHS Staff and administration. They often help raise funds for school-wide activities including: social events, community projects, and helping people in need. Service is also a requirement for the group. Class representatives and officers are elected in the spring for the following year.|
|Tech Club||Mitchell Sparks|
|UNICEF||Susan Pottebaum||The UNICEF Clubs program is a youth led grassroots movement rooted in a belief that high school and college students in the United States have a vital role to play as the voice for children everywhere. UNICEF clubs partner with UNICEF USA to activate their local community by educating, advocating, and fundraising for UNICEF’s health, survival, protection and development work for children in over 190 countries and territories.|
|Youth Alive||Linda Warner||Youth Alive is a faith-based group designed to challenge students toward a Christ-centered walk with God.|