Clubs are in alphabetical order
|Academic Decathlon||Jordan Kenkel||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).|
|Art Club||Monica Weinman|
|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||Randy Stone||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||Ashley Noethe||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 Atlanta, Georgia in April 2018. More information about our club and competition can be found on our website: www.ihs-business.weebly.com|
|GSA – Gender and Sexuality Alliance||Sarah Keyser||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.|
|Drama Club||Randy Stone||Drama Club is active throughout the school year with activities including such things as homecoming window painting, holiday parties, attending a performance at the Des Moines Civic Center, and holding a three-day theatre camp for third-fifth graders in November.|
|Fall Play||Randy Stone||Fall play is held in November.|
|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.|
|INTERACT||Meighan Carroll||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.|
|Knitting Club||Bradi Darrah|
|Large Group Speech||Randy Stone||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||Randy Stone||This event is held in January.|
|National Honor Society||Shaen Polasky||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. The student application and By Laws are on the school web site.
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.
|Student Council||Jori Coghlan
|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.|
|Theatre Crew||Pitt Strohm
Brandi Ann Wilson
|Thespians||Randy Stone||IHS is a member school of the International Thespian Society that honors excellence in high school theatre programs. Students receive points to qualify for the Thespian Society by participating in productions both on stage and backstage. Being a member of the Thespian Society not only is a great honor, but also allows for students to compete for performance, educator, and technical scholarships at both the state and national levels.|
|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.|