Honors & Accolades

Honors Convocation 2017

Leadership. Service. Character. Excellence. The entire Mercy school community convened for the annual HONORS CONVOCATION to recognize all the stellar students of 2017. Visit these links to see the full list of student awards: grades 9 - 11 and grade 12

Sr. Emily George Award ~ Nicole Belans
Principal's Leadership Award ~ Ciara Lopus
Garn Griffin Athletics Award ~ Sophie VanAcker and Emily McCann
Heart of Mercy Award ~ Claire Johnston
Salutatorians ~ Chiaka Ibe and Jordyn Kreucher
Valedictorian ~ Sarah Kurpiers
Teacher of the Year ~ Madame/Senora Carol Shea

2017 Valedictorian & Salutatorian Finalists

We are proud to announce the Class of 2017 Valedictorian is Sarah Kurpiers and Salutatorians are Chiaka Ibe and Jordyn Kreucher. Congratulations to the following seniors who were selected as Valedictorian and Salutatorian Finalists for the Class of 2017!

Nicole Belans
Hannah Hamilton
Chiaka Ibe
Elizabeth Janitz
Edith Jones
Samantha Kleedtke
Jordyn Kreucher
Sarah Kurpiers
Marissa Lobbia
Hanaa Saleh
Alexandra Sanderson
Katelynn Smith
Juliana Stoneback
Alissa Sweeney
Sydney Van Acker
Jillian Yassay

MERCYx Learning Worth Teaching

30 future leaders will presented their work in the form of short, powerful talks (12 minutes or less). Inspired by their study of English and American literature, race relations in America, and each other, they hope to engage you with their ideas and spark conversation.


2017 National Merit Scholarship Program
 
Congratulations to Saveri Nandigama '17 who was named a Semifinalist and then FINALIST in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. And more congrats to Katelynn Smith, Olivia Warner and Giavanna Zaremski who were named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award Finalist

Congratulations to Sarah Kurpiers '17 who was announced as a Finalist in the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Awards. To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and previously have won a varsity letter in at least one sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament. Students also were asked to respond to a series of short essay questions, submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.


HONOR ROLL - To qualify, students must earn a minimum 3.2 GPA for reported current semester.


Robotics 1st Place Win and World Championships!

The Riveters Robotics Team won their first ever district competition this past weekend at Woodhaven High School. They were selected first out of a field of 40 robots and were paired with team 5053, the Lakers from Lady of the Lakes Catholic School. This is the first Blue Banner in the history of The Riveters and was a thrilling culmination to the regular season. As an added bonus the team was awarded The Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers for their superior business plan and execution. This victory seals a trip to the Michigan State Championship on April 13 - 15 at Saginaw Valley State College and will likely send The Riveters to the World Championship in St. Louis on April 27 - 29. The Riveters are currently ranked 8th in the State of Michigan out of over 450 teams. Thank you sponsors and supporters of the team that helped us to register and build this year's competition robot. They donated money, time, software, fasteners, aluminum, and a whole lot of support and encouragement for the team.

Riveting News

The Riveters robotics team competed at the FIRST World Championship this past weekend in St. Louis, MO. Qualifying as the 38thbest robot in the State of Michigan out of 450 teams, team 1481 easily met the district point requirement to qualify for the World Championship. The competition featured 6 divisions with the Riveters competing on the Daly field named after Marie Maynard Daly, the first black woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. In Chemistry. This connection to our mostly girls team resonated and the Riveters ended up in 13th position out of 68 robots on the field. This is the furthest the team has ever advanced in post season play and the resume of the Riveters keeps getting better. With the number of teams selected for eliminations this places the Riveters as a top 400 robot in the world out of nearly 4,000 teams. This is exceptional performance for a third year FIRST Robotics team. You can see the team in action again this summer at the Big Bang Competition in Taylor on July 7-8.

Read full article of highlights here.


Regional Scholastic Art Award Winners

Congratulations to Elise Almquist, Morgan Brietzke, Gabrielle Byrnes, Evelyn Dahmer, Mary Elizabeth Dunstone, Kaitlin McHenry, Bianca Seely, Yiran Shi, Katelynn Smith, Annie Treharne, Katherine Wildern and Jacquelyn Wilson from Mercy’s Art Department who won awards in this year’s Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition. Special congrats to Bianca who a won gold key in the individual photography and Katelynn who won a gold key in ceramics. Their pieces will compete in New York for national awards in March. Check out all the pieces here.


FHS Induction - The French Honor Society of Mercy High School welcomed 13 new members at the Annual Induction ceremony and Awards reception held in the Media Center on April 26th. The induction was highlighted by a beautiful candle lighting ceremony, in which the current members welcomed the new members by sharing the flame and reciting the pledge of induction. During the induction, La Marseillaise played as the French flag "Le Tricolore" was raised by the members. Madame Witte, who has attended every induction and awards ceremony since being Principal of Mercy High School, was inducted as an Honorary Member of the National French Honor Society. The following 2nd and 3rd year French students were proudly inducted after a year of candidacy and participation. We congratulate these new members and wish them success in their continued studies of the French language and culture:
 
Avalon Barr
Katie Bullock
Abigail Cataldi
Lauren Chalker
Isabella Dugas
Maggie Dwyer
Nathaie Gijsbers
Emily Marzolino
Danielle McDonald
Alexandra Neary
Alison Rybicki
Shannon Seabolt
AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award and Medal of Excellence: Sarah Kurpiers
AATF Senior Excellence in French Award and Medal of Excellence: Jordyn Kreucher
Northeast Conference Certificate of Excellence in French Award: Claire Frankowski
Michigan World Language Association Outstanding Student in French Award: Alissa Sweeney
Alliance Française Certificate of Merit in French Award: Catherine Sawicky
 
The following seniors received certificates of Merit for 4.0 in 7 semesters of French:
Claire Frankowski
Jordyn Kreucher
Sarah Kurpiers
Alissa Sweeney
Catherine Sawicky
 
The following 3rd and 4th year members received Certificates for Outstanding Service:
Grace Denomme
Mackenzie Farrow
Cinya Hou
Jordyn Kreucher
Allison Lapinski
Karina Lloyd
Danielle McDonald
Kathryn Wolf
 
The 2017 Mercy French Honor Society Member of the Year was awarded to Mackenzie Farrow.

AP SCHOLARS 2016

AP Scholar With Distinction
Hyejeong Cha
Audrey Jones
Leah Kiros
Taylor Lombard
Alana Sullivan
AP Scholar with Honor
Kaitlyn Brown
Lucy Devine
Philomena Engel
Nadia Hakim
Erin Judd
Emma Mason
Maureen McGough
Lindsey Seashore
Keting Zhao
AP Scholars
Theresa Benton
Natalie Cieslak
Caitlin Delevie
Sarah Dwyer
Lauren Foley
Meaghan Fortney
Bridget Furlong
Erin Gormley
Colleen Hadley
Hannah Hembree
Julia Kirby
Annie Leuker
Emma Reck
Carmela Sleva
Caitlin Somerville
Madison Tarchala
Sabrina Yancey

Robotics Ribbon Cutting for New STEM Space

Mercy High School and the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mercy Robotics Team, The Riveters, on Friday, December 16, 2016. We celebrated the new dedicated space at Mercy which will house equipment and materials to support Robotics. This new advanced space will make Robotics more feasible for Mercy students to participate and compete in the coming years as well as help contribute to STEM type activities at the school.

Watch the robot cut the ribbon here!

Mercy is the largest all-female high school in Michigan to house their own FIRST Robotics Team. Team 1481 The Riveters is only in their third year of competition, but finished 59 out of 411 teams in the State of Michigan last year and is the current defending State Champion in Imagery for the iconic representation of Rosie the Riveter. They also qualified the team for the World Championship of Robotics in St. Louis last spring. The team is dedicated to inspiring women to pursue careers in STEM related fields and the business of technology. There are currently 45 students and 20 mentors on the team.


Wendy's High School Heisman School Winner
 
Congratulations to Sarah Kurpiers '17 who was named a 2016 National Wendy's High School Heisman School Winner for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and community service.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Click here for list of NHS as of May 2016. NHS Officers Class of 2017: President: Edith Jones; Council: Saveri Nandigama, Hannah Hamilton,Julie Lilley, Nicole Belans, Hanaa Saleh.


Mercy Named Apple Distinguished School 2015-2017

Mercy High School is pleased to announce that we have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2015 to 2017 for our integration of technology across the curriculum and school life. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple's vision of exemplary learning environments. The selection of Mercy High School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Read full press release here.