Awards & Highlights 2015 - 2016

Mercy girls Make a Difference! Check out our 2016 Impact Report here.

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.

Honors Convocation 2016

Leadership. Service. Character. Excellence. The entire Mercy school community convened for the annual HONORS CONVOCATION to recognize all the stellar students of 2016. 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 ~ Lilly Blake
Principal's Leadership Award ~ Kristen Hiser
Garn Griffin Athletics Award ~ Abby Krzywiecki
Salutatorian ~ Lucy Devine
Valedictorian ~ Taylor Lombard
Teacher of the Year ~ Mrs. Sara McGavin

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Science Teacher Mrs. Sara McGavin on being named the Mercy High School 2016 Teacher of the Year!

Heart of Mercy

Mercy High School rejoices for 2016 Heart of Mercy Award recipients Olivia Collins '16 and Social Studies Teacher Mr. Gary Morris who live out the values of Human Dignity, Service, Justice, Mercy, and Option for the Poor. Thank you for being faithful and compassionate people of God who make a difference to everyone in our Mercy family!


Here is just some of what students had to say about these inspirational school leaders: Olivia makes everyone feel welcome and important. She believes in people more than they believe in themselves. She has no idea of the impact she makes on students each and every day. Mr. Morris participates in all aspects of Mercy and volunteers his time and effort to support his students. He wants everyone to succeed. Mr. Morris has a huge heart. God's compassion is in everything he does.

Class of 2016

207 young Mercy women will soon enter college and go on to make a difference. Congratulations for earning over $23 million in college scholarships and serving over 27,000 hours of community service. CONGRATULATIONS to Valedictorian Taylor Lombard and Salutatorian Lucy Devine who will take the stage to speak at graduation. 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.

Hats off to the following seniors who were selected as Valedictorian and Salutatorian Finalists: 

Cydney Ayad
Theresa Benton
Elizabeth Blake
Carly Camp
Marie Camp
Natalie Cieslak
Bridgette Conniff
Caitlin Delevie
Lucy Devine
Colleen Hadley
Lauryn Hauncher
Hannah Hembree
Audrey Jones
Erin Judd
Taylor Lombard
Hannah Lunsford
Maureen McGough
Christina Schira
Alana Sullivan
Brianna Woodbeck
Sabrina Yancey

Robotics Team, The Riveters Successful Season!

The Mercy High School Robotics Team (The Riveters) competed at the FIRST World Championships held April 27th- April 30th in St. Louis, MO. With a robot designed and built by the students the team placed 48th out of 75 teams on the Carver Field. They finished in the top 12% of all robotics teams worldwide. The robot’s unique climbing mechanism was ranked in the top 3% worldwide in points achieved. They were recognized by FedEx as one of three teams to achieve superior Imagery and were awarded a new MakerBot 3D printer. See The Riveters Team 1481 in action at

At the state championship qualifiers, The Riveters were awarded the Jack Kamen Imagery Award, which recognizes them as the number 1 team for Imagery in the State of Michigan.  The Riveters were the highest placing all-girls high school in the state of Michigan!

Mercy Seniors will continue Athletic Careers in College

Congratulations to these Mercy High School senior athletes who committed to play a sport in college!

Jordyn Schluter, Basketball -Calvin College; Zora Pullen, Basketball - Lake Forest College; Abbey Przekop, Soccer - Assumption College; Cari Padula, Softball - Western Michigan University

CATCH Outstanding High School Graduates Program
Congratulations to Theresa Benton '16 who has been named a runner-up in the Language Arts category of this year’s Detroit News/2016 CATCH Outstanding High School Graduates Program. Each year, The Detroit News and CATCH, Sparky Anderson's Charity for Children, recognize outstanding graduating high school seniors in Michigan. Based on her outstanding work in Mercy’s English classes these past four years, Theresa, who is also Copy Editor of Newsprint, is one of a select group of high school students to be honored.

Long Jump Record Broken
Wow! Mia Flynn '18 jumped 16'11 1/2" at the Grosse Pointe South Track & Field meet yesterday to take first place and break the school long jump record from 1981!
National Merit Finalist
Congratulations to Alana Sullivan '16 who has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the over 100 new members who were inducted into Mercy's Chapter of the National Honor Society on April 6th. Special recognition to newly installed officers for the Class of 2017: President: Edith Jones; Council: Saveri Nandigama, Hannah Hamilton,Julie Lilley, Nicole Belans, Hanaa Saleh. Click here to see all the outstanding juniors who are now a part of NHS.

Congratulations Mercy High School ICE HOCKEY Division 1 2016 STATE CHAMPIONS!
Photo by / Oakland Press
Farmington Hills Mercy 3, Grosse Pointe South 2
Emmie McCann, Makena Duval, and Sophie VanAcker scored for Mercy in the victory. Caitlin Somerville earned the victory in goal.

Scholar Athlete 

Allia McDowell, Newsprint's editor-in-chief, was recognized as a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) scholar-athlete of the year for the state of Michigan for 2016. This is awarded annually to just seven female high school athletes (in Class A) in the state, selected from more than 123,000 female high school athletes. Farm Bureau Insurance gives the $1,000 college scholarships to individuals who represent their member schools in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament. Allia was also honored as a Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP) Scholarship recipient. This is awarded to four soccer players statewide for the best combination of soccer, academic and community service. Read more about Allia here.

UPromise Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Rochelle Chezick '17 who received a "GoEnnounce Yourself" Scholarship provided by Upromise. Read more about Rochelle and the scholarship here.

National Scholastic Art Awards 2016

We are pleased to announce that Mercy High School seniors Miranda Stano, Jinghan Hu and their teacher, Ms. Susan Smith, have earned national recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2016. Miranda won a gold medal and an American Visions Medal for her drawing titled “Grandmother”. Jinghan won a silver medal for her drawing titled “My Grandmother” and a silver medal for her portfolio titled “People In My Eyes”. These students have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists in the nation. This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. Miranda and Ms.Smith been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 2.

Congratulations to the 12 students from Mercy's Art Department who won 39 awards in this year's Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.
Special congratulations to Jinghan (Molane) Hu, Miranda Stano, and Erin Tisdel. Their portfolios made finalist status and will compete in New York City for talent scholarships. These three seniors also won thirteen gold keys (first place) in the individual photography, drawing, painting, and mixed media contests. Their pieces will also compete in New York for national awards.
Most excitingly, Jinghan Hu and Miranda Stano won two of the five elusive American Vision award nominations. The American Vision Award winners are chosen as the "Best of Show" from all of the artwork entered in this year's Southeastern Michigan Regional competition. Each regional program across the country selects the five most outstanding works of art from their gold key recipients. These five young artists represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees. In spring, a national panel will select one of the nominated works from each region as the American Vision Award Recipient for 2016.
Jinghan's portfolio is also one of seven "best of show" portfolios that will be displayed as a whole at this year's exhibit at the College for Creative Studies.
The College for Creative Studies sponsors the Southeastern Michigan Art Region, which, this year, received nearly 6000 individual entries and more than 300 senior portfolios from students in Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. Jurors selected 1093 individual category works to receive gold key, silver key, and honorable mention awards. 90 gold key portfolios were selected from 300 submitted, seven were selected "Best of Show" and five Gold Key works were selected as American Vision Nominees. All Gold Key work will be judged at the national level in March.
Regional winning entries will be on display in the exhibit at the College for Creative Studies, Walter B. Ford II Building from Monday, February 8th - Friday, March 4th. Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, noon - 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. The regional ceremony for Oakland County Private schools will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theater of the Detroit Institute of Arts. To see the full list of all winners, click here: lists of winners.

Honor Roll Fall 2015

Business Professionals of America 

Chapter members traveled to Henry Ford Community College on Friday, January 8, 2016 to compete at the Region 6 Regional Leadership Conference. Grace Rogers, Bridget Eusebi, Katelynn Smith and Saveri Nandigama were recognized with the Diplomat Award for their leadership and service activities. Also receiving awards were:


Katelynn Smith - 2nd place in Presentation Management Individual
Jill Yassay - 3rd place in Human Resource Management
Grace Rogers - 6th place in Human Resource Management
Bridget Eusebi - 7th place in Human Resource Management
Ally Coklow and Asha McElroy - 7th place in Video Production Team
Lauren Jackson and Taylor Jackson - 9th in Small Business Management Team

Orchestra District Solo & Ensemble

The following students received medals for their performances at District Solo and Ensemble held January 15th: Cinya Hou received a II rating on her violin solo; Alia Fuqua and Sophie Vanderweele received a II rating on their cello duet; Shannon Sheridan and Caitlin Ryan received a I rating on their violin duet; Lilian Lebednick received a I rating on her trombone solo; Sophie Vanderweele received a I rating on her cello solo; Kathryn Wolf received a I rating on her violin solo;  Sarah Maxey received a I rating on her clarinet solo; Madison Reckker and Lilian Lebednick received a II rating on their duet; Sarah Maxey, Carly Camp, and Madison Reckker received a II rating on their clarinet trio; Lydia Gier, Elise Scarchilli, and Samantha Schubert received a I on their flute trio; Lydia Gier and Madison Received a I rating on their flute, clarinet duet; Cinya Hou, Hannah Blakey, Mackenzie Farrow and Sophie Vanderweele received a I rating on their quartet. Those receiving a rating of I on their performance will go on to State Solo and Ensemble at Harrison High School on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Congratulations to all medal winners!

Fab Forensics

On Saturday, January 23rd, 38 Mercy students competed in the first Forensics tournament of the season. The team did extremely well and won the overall sweepstakes award. Individually, the team earned 26 top scores as listed below. We look forward to the rest of our 2016 season!


Original Oratory
Elizabeth Brousseau - 6th
Rochelle Chezick - 5th
Blair Cha - 3rd
Theresa Benton - 1st


Oratorical Declamation
Luma Qashou - 5th
Laurie Clayton - 4th
Emma Tomsich - 3rd
Abbey Hembree - 1st


Extemporaneous Speaking
Megan Hutter - 6th
Dani McClain - 3rd
Catherine Best - 2nd
Saveri Nandigama - 1st


Oral Interpretation
Reena Jankowski - 6th
Summit Dempster - 4th
Madison Leake - 3rd
Maureen McGough - 2nd
Lucy Devine - 1st


Dramatic Performance
Annie Acho Tartoni - 6th
Regan Castle - 5th
Astrid Lopus - 3rd
Audrey Ledermann - 3rd
Bryanna Lee - 2nd


Dramatic Duo
Ellie Gouvia/Ava Zaremski - 4th
Summit Dempster/ Vivienne Greenleaf - 3rd
Mallory Demeter/Sophia Lamphier - 2nd

Cara Forfinski/ Ryann Rapson - 1st

Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade

Stephanie Hosko '17, Natalie Forster '17, Emma Jakowinicz '17, Kaitlin Yaldo '16, and Maddie McSweeney '19, members of MidAmerican Pom, took part in the 2015 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, and the inclusive events, which marked the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII. They had the opportunity to tour the USS Bowfin, a fleet attack submarine that fought in the Pacific during WWII, and even got to ring the Freedom Bell. The Freedom Bell is an exact replica of the original Liberty Bell, and was presented to Hawaii by the US Treasury Department on July 4, 1950.
These Mercy girls were selected to perform for 39 Pearl Harbor survivors and their families at the Opening Ceremonies. Their group marked the start of the parade with a show in historic Fort DeRussy, and continued their Pompon routine throughout the parade route on the scenic streets of Waikiki.


2015-2016 MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award Finalists

Congratulations to Allia Marie McDowell who was announced as one of 32 Finalists in the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Awards. To honor the Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, a ceremony will take place during halftime of the Class C Boys Basketball Final, March 26, at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. 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.

Youth Mercy Associates

God Bless the new members Sarah Pegler, Madison Reckker, Brooke O'Brien, Benicia Booker, Lauren Foley, Lauren Lytle, Sarah Kurpiers, Gloria Nuemann, Sydney Van Acker of the Youth Mercy Associate USA Program and the 7 current members Claire Johnston, Josephine Wenson, Meaghan Fortney (Charter Member), Katherine Colleran, Rochelle Chezick, Molly Lyons and Nicole Belans who made their re-commitment at Mass held December 8th. Joining them in the commissioning ceremony were Pastoral Minister Judi Dennis, Sr. Nancy Thompson, President Dr. Cheryl Kreger, Associate Principal Colleen Rozman and Social Studies Teacher Cindy Richter.

College Bound Athletes

Congratulations to all the Mercy Seniors who will continue their Athletic careers in college! Morgan Jones, Swimming - Florida Gulf Coast University; Julia Shaw, Golf - University of Detroit Mercy; Kathryn Dunleavy, Tennis - St. Francis University; Andrea Elmore, Softball - Mississippi Valley State University; Ellyse Conn, Swimming - Indiana University; Katy Kouvaris, Swimming - University of Findlay; Abigail Krzywiecki, Softball - University of South Alabama.

Oakland County Swim Champions

Marlins win 11th Oakland County Swim Title in a Row

Ellyse Conn Athlete of the Week

Mercy High School senior swimmer Ellyse Conn was named the Observer & Eccentric’s Athlete of the Week for Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

National Merit Semifinalists

Congratulations to seniors Lucy Devine and Alana Sullivan who were named Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition. 

Staff Successes

Way to go! Mercy Golf Coach Mrs. Vicky Kowalski was named the Oakland County Division 1 Golf COACH OF THE YEAR!

Happy 70th Anniversary, Mercy!









This school year, we are proud to celebrate 70 years of Mercy! Mercy High School hosted over 500 alumnae and guests to commemorate and celebrate 70 years of educating women who make a difference at our Then. Now. Forever. Grand Reunion.

History Display

A new history display honoring the Mercy tradition was unveiled during the 70th Anniversary and Grand Reunion.

Check out more awards and accolades from the 2014 - 2015 school year here.