2011 - 2012 Awards & Highlights

GOD BLESS the CLASS of 2012!

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to the 159 extraordinary young women who received diplomas May 31st at Compuware Arena for the 67th Commencement of Mercy High School. Did you know the Class of 2012 earned over $11 million in college scholarships and logged 26,140 service hours?

Hats Off to the Students of 2012!

Scholarship. Leadership. Service. Character. Excellence. The entire Mercy school community convened on May 30th for the annual HONORS CONVOCATION to recognize all the stellar students of 2012. From math and science, service and scholarships, Newsprint and Lore yearbook, all were honored for their awesome achievements and a standing ovation to the seniors for a fabulous four years. Visit these links to see the full list of student awards: grades 9 - 11 and grade 12

Sr. Emily George Award ~ Colette Berg
Principal's Leadership Award ~ Mimi Norwood
Garn Griffin Athletics Award ~ Olivia Samoray
Salutatorians ~ Lillianna Haddad and Elaina Weber
Valedictorian ~ Kelly Redmond
Teacher of the Year ~ Ms. Ann Jamieson
NEWSPRINT ~ Newsprint was awarded the Silver Award from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, otherwise known as (MIPA), while newsprintnow.net, our one-year-old news website, captured the Gold Award. Members of the Newsprint staff also won more than three dozen individual awards from MIPA in a wide variety of writing and design categories. Click here to see all the awards.

Teacher of the Year!

Physical Education Teacher Ms. Ann Jamieson was honored as Teacher of the Year!

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Finalists

CONGRATULATIONS to these stellar seniors who were finalists for the ultimate recognition of Valedictorian and Salutatorian: Emily Rabahy; Kelly Redmond; Cortney McKay; Olivia Cholewa; Christin Samona; Katherine Koehler; Jaclyn Wilke; Elaina Weber; Monica Shammas; Mary Sheena; Lilliana Haddad; Mary Haapala.

This distinction considers not only academic record but also leadership, service, and extracurricular involvement. Staff and the senior class provided valuable input and each candidate responded to a series of questions and was interviewed by members of Administration. The top honors go to Valedictorian Kelly Redmond and Salutatorians Lilliana Haddad and Elaina Weber who will take the stage to speak at graduation. The Mercy Administrative Team will be holding a Catherine McAuley Tea celebration in honor of all the finalists on May 3.

Erin Hand '13 was selected as an outstanding writer by the National Council of Teachers of English. She was one of five from Michigan and 274 overall nationally to receive this distinction from the 1,107 students who were nominated. Each school is given the opportunity to nominate two juniors. Those juniors submit two pieces of writing which are assessed by judges for writing that demonstrates effective and imaginative use of language to inform and move an audience.

Mercy had three semi-finalists in the Letters About Literature contest. For their accomplisments in that genre we congratulate: Molly O'Sullivan; Whitney Jenkins; and Gina Mahaz.

Lauren Vandenberg '13 has had a tremendous competitive gymnastics season this year. She competed in USAG Gymnastics Level 8 States and Regionals and finished with several 1st Place State and Regional Titles. She qualified for Level 9 States, Regionals and NATIONALS! She competed at Eastern Nationals as part of the Region 5 “Dream Team” in Landover, Maryland earlier this month. Lauren trains at Oakland Gymnastics Training Center in Walled Lake and plans to compete Level 10 next season to prepare for college level gymnastics.


Read The Best of this year's ART & POETRY Compilation Image Is 2012!

Emily Dulzo '15 received a special scholarship essay writing award.
Way to write! These 5 Mercy girls won top awards in the Farmington Community Library 2012 Teen Creative Writing Competition:
1st Place: Katie Coerdt '13
2nd Place: Elaina Weber '12
3rd Place: Lindsey Tartaglia '12
Honorable Mention: Makenzie Williams '12
3rd Place: Rebekah Banka '12

Last month, 17 Mercy students participated in the National Latin Exam. Two of our students were recognized for outstanding achievement. Congratulations Isabelle Larson '13, who earned the Cum Laude award, and Emma Greenleaf '15, who earned the Magna Cum Laude award. Gratulamur vobis!

Latin students also attended the Michigan Junior Classical League Convention at Brother Rice High School. The convention included speakers, sporting events, academic competition, banquet dinner, and dance. Two students were elected as State officers for the MJCL. Congratulations to: Mariel-Christine Mulqueen ’13 (VP and Editor of TAEDA) and Kristyn Carter ’13 (Parliamentarian). Other honors included:

Isabelle Larson ’13: 2nd place in State Vocabulary Exam; 3rd place in State Grammar Exam

Sophie Lemisch ’13: 1st place in State Oratory Competition

Stephanie Luther ’13: 3rd place in State Oratory Competition; 3rd place in State Vocabulary Exam

Maria Walawender ’13: 1st place in State Vocabulary Exam

Rose Walsh ’13: 3rd place in State Oratory Competition; 3rd place in State Grammar Exam

Arianna Watson ’15: 3rd place in State Grammar Exam

Brittany Cameron '13, Madison Stapp '13, Sarah Schrimscher '13 and Emily Wolfe '14 were awarded a Timothy Award at a ceremony April 22 at St. Edith Church in Livonia. The award is presented to young people for outstanding service to youth ministry.
Outstanding poets! These students were named winners in this year's poetry contest sponsored by Creative Communications: Alex Abowd; Jamie Anumba; Allie Atsalis; Bekah Banka; Abby Benard; Kellie Brue; Katie Coerdt; Danielle Collins; Audrey Cords; Adelia Davis; Grace Drabicki; Liz Eagle; Chelsea Edwards; Angela Engerer; Haley Fox; Deena Garmo; Haleigh Guerin; Mary Haapala; Celeste Hadad; Lilliana Haddad; Anna Hominga; Melaney Janer; Kristen Johnstone; Kelsey King; Katie Koehler; Katelyn Kulesa; Katie Lee; Shannon Lemmer; Lindsey Lerg; Clarissa LeVasseur; Ashley Lyles; Michaela Mazur; Alexandra Mattingly; Cortney McKay; Amy Nabozny; Mimi Norwood; Angel Parker; Emily Rabahy; Kelly Redmond; Christin Samona; Emily Schearer; Payas Shah; Monica Shammas; Mary Sheena; Heathe rSmith; Lindsey Tartaglia; Elaina Weber; Makenzie Wi lliams; Julie Wood; Bianca Yaldo.
The National Honor Society at Mercy has made donations to organizations throughout the year including socks and gloves to the Focus Hope Food Drive, a financial donation to Blanketed with Love for fleece and a donation of children's medicine and vitamins to a medical clinic in El Salvador. The new officers of NHS for 2012/2013 are president, Maria Walawender and council, Katie Coerdt, Gabriella D'Agostini, Erin Hand, and Emily Schumer.
French Honor Society New Officers: Erin Eusabi; Haley Fox; Adriana Haddad; Katie Baird; Whitney Jenkins. Felicitations et Bonne Chance!
Spanish Honor Society New Inductees and Officers: Anjali Alangaden; Alexandra Atsalis; Lana Grasser; Olivia Harlan; Kristen Johnstone; Sarah Kane; Kely Langan; Kristina Lyons; Julia Rettig; Christen Thompson. Officers are: Alexandra Atsalis; Angela Engerer; Lana Grasser; Sarah Kane.
Lore names 2013 leaders - Congratulations to the following seniors who were selected to leadership positions for the 2013 Lore.
Laura Hatty - Editor-in-Chief
Molly O'Sullivan - Design Editor
Alexis Schultz - People Editor
Carly Schneider - Photography Editor
Brittany Wenzel and Amy Bodien - Business Managers
Mary Fredendall - Staff Manager

Sweet student poetry! Congratulations to the following students whose poems have merited the following recognitions.

Michigan Youth Arts Festival

Distinguished Scholar of the Arts

Allie Atsalis

Christin Samona

Grace Drabicki

Lindsey Tartaglia

Lilliana Haddad

Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest

Sponsored by Albion College

Allie Atsalis

Kellie Brue

Celeste Haddad

Live Poets Society of New Jersey Publication Selection

Poems of Faith and Inspiration

Kellie Brue

Rainbow Recognition Awards - What an honor! The Farmington Multicultural Multiracial Community Council Rainbow Recognition Award Honorees are: Mrs. Judi Griggs-Dennis; Taylor Barrow; Colette Berg; Kendall Dixon; Taylor Gordon; Elizabeth Jenkins; Cortney McKay; Mimi Norwood.

Erin Pienta '12, editor-in-chief of Newsprint, was recognized in the Oakland County Schools Excellent in Education Awards. She is one of 20+ seniors from area high schools to be honored and was featured in the Oakland Press.

Madison Denomme was featured in the April edition of Mash magazine and spoke out against bullying.

Marisa Jonna '13 competed in the National Federation of Music Clubs competition last month and received the highest rating of "Superior" for her performances in the Piano Solo event.

Rachel Mack, Julianne Williams, and Genevieve Chiara of Mercy’s Art Department won awards at the annual Farmington Area Arts Commission Student Art Competition. Rachel won second place ($75) in the two-dimensional category for her color pencil drawing titled, “Ski Mask.” Julianne won second place ($75) in the photography category for her photo titled, “Teal Tie.” Genevieve won an Honorable Mention ($25) for her pencil self-portrait drawing titled, “Genevieve.” The winning art was displayed at the Festival of the Arts at the Costick Center from April 19 - April 21 and will also be displayed at Miller’s Art Supply through May 25.

Well done! Congratulations to the members of the Forensics Team who earned top medals and will advance to the Grand National Tournament over Memorial Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland:

Oral Interpretation

Annie Griffin

Dani Abboud

Oratorical Declamation

Lindsay HiserBridget CarlsonAmelia Fanelli

Dramatic Duo

Shanyn Rapson and Sarah Kmiecik
Gina D'Agostini and Gina CozzolinoAlicia Finnorn and Eileen Pawlik

Original Oratory

Kelly RedmondEllen LezotteJessica Montgomery

Dramatic Performance

Haley FoxMaggie Malaney
Jaclyn Godwin

Heart of Mercy

If the love of God really reigns in your heart, it will quickly show itself in the exterior. ~ Catherine McAuley

Mercy High School has bestowed the prestigious Heart of Mercy Award for the past 18 years on a student and staff member who devotedly live out the Mercy values of Human Dignity, Service, Justice, Mercy, and Option for the Poor. Congratulations and thank you to the 2012 awardees Mrs. Trish Brown (Counselor), Ms. Jonell Linskey (Dean of Student Affairs), and Meredith Clark '12. You are an inspiration to everyone, every day at Mercy!

College athletic committments! Go Marlins!

Elana Lamping committed to play volleyball at LaSalle University. Maddy Doyle volleyball at George Washington University, DC. Meghan Cleary volleyball at Northwood University. Carlee Jackson committed to swim at Florida Atlantic University. Lindsey Lerg will play volleyball at University of Michigan. Julie Wood committed to play lacrosse at Albion College. Margaux Kabodian committed to play tennis at Albion College. Emily Orrico diving at University of Mchigan. Ally Shrader committed to play Lacrosse at University of Detroit Mercy. Imani Gunn will play soccer at College of Wooster. Kayce Nieto will play softball at University of Utah (not pictured.)

Best of luck to all the college bound athletes!

State Solo and Ensemble - The following vocal students received Superior Rating ratings at MSVMA Solo & Ensemble in January and will be advancing to STATE Solo and Ensemble: Marissa Maino '15; Gina Mazziotti '15; Maggie Malaney '13; and Veronica Battersby '12. The MERCYAIRES received a rating of Excellent and will also be advancing to STATE Solo and Ensemble in the large ensemble category. Instrumental students, Cristina Petrella '13 (violin) and Theresa Walle '15 (cello) received a top rating at MSBOA District Solo and Ensemble and will be advancing to STATES. Good luck Mercy Musicians!

Erin Eusebi '13 was admitted to the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies Summer Program for High School Students.

Maggie Blake '13 won the VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD from the Soroptimist Club International of Grosse Pointe. The award recognizes a young woman, 14-17 years old, who has done outstanding volunteer work in her community. Maggie runs a small nonprofit called "Blanketed with Love" with Veronica Battersby '12.

Mercy Mimes - The Mercy Mimes were invited to Kalamazoo College last month to present a two-hour workshop on miming for the school's Cirque du K group, an organization on campus resembling the famous Cirque du Soleil. The invitation was extended by Mercy grad Kylie Meyer '10, a member of the Cirque du K. Joining the mimes for the workshop was Kalamazoo freshman and three-year Mercy Mime Jane Huffman '11. The mimes talked with the group about the history of miming at Mercy and then led the group in floor exercises before working on facial expressions and body movement. The Mimes taught Cirque du K how to apply the makeup before working on essentials like the wall and the rope. Afterwards, the girls entertained the group with several of their routines. After sharing dinner together, the college students felt well armed to begin to explore the a rt of mime and create mime stories to present in their community. The Mercy Mimes include: Allie Atsalis, Racheal Colbert, Chloe Constantakis, Lana Grasser, Monica Johnson, Sarah Kmiecik, Ellen Lezotte, Stephanie Luther, Monica Mackie, Maggie Malaney, Shanyn Rapson, Kelly Redmond and are directed by Mrs. Kathleen Sill.

French Honor Society - The following students achieved membership in the French Honor Society after a year of enthusiastic participation, excellent French grades and completion of an academic cooking project. Félicitations!

Danielle Abboud

Kate Anderson

Rosie Arthur

Katie Baird

Elyse Baron

Gabrielle Barthel

Micayla Benton

Laure Bouret

Natalie Bozimbowski

Rebecca Broniak

Hanel Cho

Cassidy Connolly

Madison Denomme

Erin Eusebi

Garbrielle Garmo

Christina Gee

Christa Greenwood

Adrianna Haddad

Lindsay Hiser

Whitney Jenkins

Winifred Karoub

Piper Matlock

Julia Malecke

Victoria Padula

Eileen Pawlik

Patricia Santoni

Claire Walters

Finalists in the 2012 Competition for National Merit Scholarships

Colette Berg

Elizabeth Eagle

Elaina Weber

Finalists in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program

Kellie Brue

DTE Solar Panel Roof at Mercy

Mercy High School is the first private high school to participate in SolarCurrents and houses the largest roof mounted facility in the state of Michigan. The 400-kilowatt, $2.5 million photovoltaic system installed uses 125,000 square feet of roof on the high school. The solar array will be owned, installed, operated and maintained by DTE Energy. Read more here.


Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to the 11 students from Mercy’s Art Department who won 13 awards in this year’s Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition. Special congratulations to Celeste Gonzalez and Halie Zulch. Their photography portfolios made finalist status and will compete in New York City for talent scholarships. Also, special recognition to Celeste Gonzalez and Caroline Patterson for winning gold keys in the individual photo contest. Their pieces will also compete in New York for national awards. CLICK HERE to see more photos of award-winning artwork.

The College for Creative Studies sponsors the Southeastern Michigan Art Region, which receives over 4,000 works of art and almost 300 portfolios from students in Wayne and Oakland Counties. The works are adjudicated and selected for Certificates, Silver Keys and Gold Key Awards, American Vision Nominations and Best of Show Portfolios. The exhibit and ceremony are held annually at the College for Creative Studies. Gold Key work is forwarded digitally to the Alliance for national judging. Winning entries will be on display in the exhibit at the College for Creative Studies, which will opened February 11th. The exhibit will continue through Friday, March 2, 2012, in the Walter B Ford II Building, 9:00 – 5:00 Monday – Friday, noon – 5:00 Saturday and Sunday.

Katie Anderson 10 Painting Certificate
Celeste Gonzalez 12 Photography and Photography Portfolio Gold Keys
Angela Karkoski 11 Photography Certificate
Rachel Mack 12 Drawing Silver Key
Caroline Patterson 11 Photography Gold Key
Sara Robertson 12 Mixed Media Silver Key
Alex Schulte 12 Painting Certificate
Emily Schumer 11 Painting Silver Key
Logan Wiczewski 9 Painting Silver Key
Julianne Williams 11 Photography Silver Key
Halie Zulch 12

Photography Portfolio

Gold Key

Heather Smith '12 was announced as a Finalist for the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar Athlete Award for the 2011 - 2012 school year.

Way to study!CLICK HERE to view all the super students who madehonor roll for first semester fall 2011.

Jenna Lerg '15 was named to PrepVolleyball.com's Frosh 59 list representing the Top 59 Freshmen varsity volleyball achievements and players in the U.S.

Big cheers to the Mercy High Girls Basketball team on their selection as one of Michigan's Top 100 Boys/Girls Basketball Sportsmanship Award winners! This prestigious award is earned by high school basketball teams that have exhibited extraordinary sportsmanship conduct during the award year. The award is determined by a Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan panel of judges.

Fantastic FORENSICS - The Forensics team is taking all the top places at their tournaments. CLICK HERE to check out some of the winners.


Congratulations to seniors MONICA SHAMMAS and SHANNON LEMMER who were just named winners in this year's poetry writing contest sponsored by the LIVE POETS SOCIETY OF NEW JERSEY. Both students will have their work published in that group's annual anthology.

Teacher Feature

Lynn Waldsmith who teaches English, Journalism, and is the NEWSPRINT student paper Adviser was featured in the quarterly publication entitled STET that is produced by the Michigan Inter Scholastic Press Association. It is a wonderful Q and A that details Lynn's background, her expertise, and the wonderful work she does with Mercy ournalism students. CLICK HERE to read.


Way to go Mercy Swim and Dive CoachShannon Dunworth. He received two very notable recognitions:MISCA Division I Swim Coach of the Year and 2011 NFHS Coaches Association National Coach of the Year!!

Maddy Doyle Gatorade Player of the Year

The awards just keep coming for volleyball standout Maddy Doyle '12. In its 27th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, announcedMaddy as its 2011-12 Gatorade Michigan Volleyball Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes her as Michigan's best high school volleyball player. She is also now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award announced later in December.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport. As part of Maddy's honor, The Gatorade Company will send a trophy and banner within the next few weeks to Mercy High School to be formally presented to Maddy.

Congratulations to Maddy, all the coaches and the entire vollebyall team! Mercy is so proud of you!


WOW, THEY DID IT AGAIN! FIVE State Championships in a row for the outstanding Mercy Swimming and Diving Team. Go Mercy!


Veronica Battersby, '12 was selected to participate in theMichigan School Vocal Music Association Regional Honors Choir. She will rehearse and perform with the Honors Choir on December 3 in Ann Arbor.

Congratulations to Katelyn Kulesa and Audrey Cords who won two of the three monetary prizes offered in theRichard Benvenuto Poetry Competition sponsored by Center for Poetry at Michigan State University. These girls were honored at a reception in Lansing and given their awards by the contest's judge, Michigan poet, Jack Ridl.

Mercy students excelled at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Musical Theatre Solo and Ensemble Festival in Howell. Participation Recognition: Marisa Maino '15; GOOD Rating: Cristina Gee '14, Jacqueline LaPres '13, EXCELLENT Rating: Natalie Apollinari '15. SUPERIOR Rating: Maggie Malaney '13, Jaclyn Godwin '13.

Freshwomen Gina Mazziotti, Anna Julien, and Elon Pendleton were invited to be part of theMichigan School Vocal Music Association's STATE Middle School Honor Choir and will join other singers from the state of Michigan for a performance at the Michigan Music Educator's Conference in Grand Rapids in January.

2011 Scholastic All-Catholic Award Recipients
Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014
Courtney McKay Lisa Bojczyk Anjali Alangaden
Kelly Redmond Katie Coerdt Katharine Baird
  Gabriella D'Agostini Teagan Dillon
  Megan George Mackenzie Elkow
  Jaclyn Godwin Katie Erdman
  Christina Hadley Kelsey Fischer
  Erin Hand Christa Greenwood
  Anna Hinrichs Lindsay Hiser
  Jamie Jeffries Sarah Hoffman
    Sarah Kane
    Kristina Lyons
    Gina Ruggirello
    Patricia Wallace

The newly elected officers for the Class of 2015 are: President Taylor Babcock; Vice President Julia Swoish; Secretary Abby Rosler; Treasurer Julia McAree; Class Rep Anna Kiafoulis.

Semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Seniors Colette Berg, Elizabeth Eagle, and Elaina Weber were named Semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition to earn a Merit Scholar title. About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of US high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced beginning in April. Good luck, girls!

Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Program

Senior Ellen Lezotte was named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for the expetional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and place among the top five percent.

Semifinalists in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program

SeniorsKellie Brue and Imani Gunn were named Semifinalists in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship program, an academic competition for Black American high school students. Some 160,000 high school juniors who took the PSAT/National Merit Test last year requested consideration in this achivement program and of that number only 10% were selected.They may continue to compete for Finalist status and the possibliity of earning an achievement scholarship.

Outstanding Participants in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program

Cherima Chungag and Mimi Norwood were named Outstanding Participants in the 2012 National Achivement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students who took the PSAT/National Merit Test as juniors last year. These girls scored in the top 3% of more than 160,000 students. Their names are sent to 1,500 colleges and universities across teh country in recognition of their academic success.


129 students took 165 AP exams in May 2011. Highlights: English Lit & Comp: 88% scored 3 or better; U.S. Gov't & Politics: 91% scored 3 or better; U.S. History: 50% scored 4 or better; Macroeconomics 100% scored a 4. We salute these girls who have earned the honorary distinction of AP SCHOLAR in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP Exams.



Erin Burke
Shannon Carpenter
Kimberly Carson
Christina Hadley
Jane Huffman
Bridget Johnson
Kathryn Kemp
Alyson McAdams
Mackenzie Murphy
Carolyn Philip
Lauren Roberts
Madeline Ross
Lauren Wilson
Emily Walsh








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