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ACE - A Commitment to Excellence

Led By: Mr. Edwards

ACE is an acronym for A Commitment to Excellence. ACE awards are given at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters and an ACE banquet is held each spring for the seniors that qualify as ACE winners. The qualifications that make a student eligible to receive an ACE Award are as follows:

                *The student passed all of his/her classes for the quarter.

                *The student did not receive any referrals for the quarter.

                *The student did not miss any school for the quarter (exceptions for funerals and school field trips only).

Students who fit the above criteria will be entered into a pool for prize drawings and/or nomination to attend the ACE banquet. 

Chess Club

Chess Club is for anyone interested in developing their chess skills or just wanting to learn the game.  We meet weekly after school from September through February.  We belong to the Central Illinois Chess League.   We compete against other schools in our division as well as several larger tournaments.  We host the Morton Invitational Chess Tournament in November.  Our goal is to play in the State Chess Tournament in February.  This is a great opportunity for any chess player.

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends is a group of students at Morton High School who want to support, encourage and befriend the students with disabilities.  Typically the students that join Circle of Friends are responsible, caring, young people.  Each person that joins our group adds his own unique style and personality, which enhances the quality of support and friendship that we can give to student with disabilities.  We have Breakfast Club every other week before school to give the students an opportunity to get to know one another.  We go on two fieldtrips each school year.  These fieldtrips are a lot of fun and a great bonding time.  Sometimes students in Circle of Friends help out in the classroom once a week during their study hall. 
If you are a high school student and are looking for something meaningful and fun to do during your time at MHS, talk to Mrs. Levitt or Mr. Lemke. about joining Circle of Friends.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Led by: Student Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets every Tuesday morning before school at 7:07am in Bertha Frank Lobby.  The meetings generally consist of an ice-breaker activity and a student-led devotion.  All students are welcome to attend.  It's never too late to come for the first time!


Freshman Class
Led By:

Led By:
 Mr. Jay Mahannah

Interact is a service club for Morton High School students.  The club is sponsored by the Rotary International Club of Morton and supervised by Señor Mahannah.  Interact's name is a combination of International and Action and service is focused on both the local community and the international community.  Every Interact club project, great or small, has a lasting impact on society worldwide.  Brazil, India, the Philippines, and the United States boast the highest number of Interact clubs.  In the 2015-16 school year, Interact served through the Pumpkin Festival, local food banks, Loaves & Fish Meal outreach, OSF Cards for Patients & Families, UNICEF, the Talent Show, Senior Citizen Brunch, grade school carnivals, Sweethearts Dinner at Restmoor, Operation Christmas Child, Oktoberfest, and fundraisers like No-Shave/No-Makeup November and Culver's Night.  

Junior Class
Led By:
 Ms. Rachel Adams, Mrs. Erin Kemp, and Ms. Amanda Wilfinger

Key Club
Led By:
 Lisa Schock
Morton High School Key Club is a service leadership organization for high school students, operating under school regulations and drawing its membership from the student body.  Key Club is a unique organization because its joint sponsorship by the Morton Kiwanis club, which composed of the leading business and professional people of the community and school district.

 Key Club's objective is the development of initiative, leadership ability, and good citizenship practices.  Key Club exists as a student-led organization on the club level, on a district level (state/province), and the International level. This highly developed structure provides service and leadership development programs, and the opportunity for teenagers to relate to their peers in the United States and other nations. Key Club is the largest service organization of its kind. It offers numerous opportunities to link with service learning and character education programming.

This year we helped with both school registration and freshman orientation, Meet the Teacher Night, the B.A.C.E. Pumpkin Ice Cream stand during the Pumpkin Fest, Peanut Days for Kiwanis, Letters from Santa, UNICEF, St. Jude Week at the High School, and numerous other school and community service projects.”

Laws & Order Club
Led By:
 Mrs. B. Katz
Laws & Order club is a group of students who enjoy getting together to debate current issues and to role-play such activities as trials and UN gatherings. Every year, the Club changes its focus based on the interests of the current group of kids.


Math Team 
Led By: Joel Zehr & Joe Zeller

The Math Team is comprised of approximately 30 freshmen, sophomores, junior and seniors.  The team competes annually in the ICTM regional competition at the end of February and the state competition at the beginning of May. The competitions consist of a variety of events including: individual tests, two-person and eight-person team events, calculator team, relay teams and oral presenters. The math team has been the top finishing public high school in our division for the past six years and won the state title in 2012.

National Honor Society
Led By: 
Mrs. MacKenzie Love 

The Morton Chapter of the National Honor Society requires that students must have maintained a cumulative grade average over a minimum of three semesters in order to be considered for membership in the Chapter.  The average required, as set by the Honors Review Committee, is a 93-grade average or a 35.000 weighted average. 

Those students who are determined to be academically eligible are then evaluated by the faculty to determine if any student is considered not qualified based on the other required criteria of citizenship, character, and leadership.  Once a student is inducted into membership of the National Honor Society, he or she must maintain these high standards in order to retain membership.

Office Helpers
Led By:
 Mrs. L. Schafer

Senior Class
Led By: 
Mrs. Lisa Barra, Mrs.Deidra Ripka & Mrs. Holly Riggins

Sophomore Class
Led By:
 Mr. C. Ingwersen, Mr. Bob Hornsby, and Mr. Jake Tierney

Student Council
Led By:
 Mrs. A. Wilfinger & Mrs. D. Fountain

  • Homecoming
  • Fall babysitting day
  • Santa Calls
  • St. Jude week
  • Faculty Appreciation
  • Blood drive  
  • Mid-Illini meetings
  • Discipline Committee


Student Council Links:
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District Site

Led By: Mrs. Holmgren, Mr. Dunn, Mr. Young, & Mr. Zeller

What is the WYSE team?

In short, the WYSE team is an academic test taking team.

A maximum of twenty-eight students will be selected to take two of seven subject-area tests for the Regional competition.  All tests are 40 minutes in length.  Students can advance as individuals are as a team.  You may try out for as many subject areas as you would like.  Try-outs for this team take place in November.  Regionals are in February, Sectionals in March, and State is in April at the University of Illinois.  Scholarships can be earned if you are accepted into the U of I Engineering program.

The subjects tested are: 

English, Physics, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Graphics, and Computer Science

Yearbook Staff
Led By:
  Mrs. D. Fountain & Mrs. K. Kolls


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Asst. Principal Kirk Edwards email
Asst. Principal Deidre Ripka email
Athletic Director Scott Jones email

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