Awards & Highlights 2016 - 2017

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.

Congratulations to art teacher and art department chairperson Ms. Susan Smith who was named Serra Chevrolet Teacher of the Month! Check out this feature on State Champs Network.


CONGRATULATIONS CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

Basketball scored big and captured the Catholic League Title, beating Birmingham Marian, 45-36, at Wayne State on Sunday, February 19th. It's their third CHSL title in seven seasons. Check out all the Marlins Basketball headlines here.

Pompon & Dance Team won the Catholic League Championship last month!


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.


Scholastic Writing Awards - Mercy students independently submitted writing to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and this month the winners were announced. In the poetry category, Mary Marquette won three honorable mentions, Clarisa Russenberger won one honorable mention, and Anastasia Warner won a silver key and an honorable mention.


Solo & Ensemble - The Mercyaires and four soloists performed for District Solo & Ensemble Festival last month and everyone advanced to state!

The soloists were Cara Forfinski (11), Nathalie Gijsbers (10), Kylie Kreucher (10), and Alana O'Donnell (11). The Mercyaires and these soloists will go on to compete at State Solo & Ensemble in March.

Special congratulations to Kylie Kreucher '19 who was selected to perform with the 2017 All-State Choir. She will be part of a choir made up of the top 100-120 voices in the state at Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo May 19-21.

Vocal Music - Kylie Kreucher '19 performed with the SSAA State Honors Choir at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids January 19-21. She was selected from the top singers in our region to perform at the State level. Congratulations, Kylie! The Mercyaires will perform at District Solo & Ensemble Festival on January 27 at Detroit Country Day HS. Good luck, Mercyaires!

Orchestra - Congratulations to the orchestra students who participated at the District IV Solo and Ensemble Festival at Brighton High School January 13th.

The following students received Division I rating for their performances: Ellie Janitz, violin solo; Sophie Vanderweele and Emily Susitko, cello duet; Kathryn Wolf and Cinya Hou, violin duet; Lydia Gier and Maddy Reckkart, flute and clarinet duet; Kathryn Wolf, violin solo; Elise Scarchilli, Samantha Schubert and Lydia Gier; flute trio; Kathryn Wolf, Cinya Hou, Mackenzie Farrow and Sophie Vanderweele, string quartet; Marissa Ernat, piano solo. These students will go on to the state solo and ensemble.
 
The following students received Division 2 rating for their performances: Lydia Gier, Charlotte Syke and Lili Omilian, flute trio; Ellie Janitz and Courtney Weaver, violin duet; Sarah Maxey, clarinet solo; Sophie Vanderweele, cello solo; Isabelle Fanning and Lili Omilian, flute duet; Hannah Blakey and Peyton Babb, violin duet; Lilian Lebednick, trombone solo; Sarah Maxey, Maddy Reckker, Carolynn Shuring and Lilian Lebednick, wind ensemble.
Fabulous Forensics - The Mercy Forensics team competed on Saturday, January 21 in their first tournament of the season at University of Detroit Jesuit High School. The team performed exceptionally well and was awarded the following ribbons: 
In Oratorical Declamation: 
1st place: Ghable Bell 
2nd place: Sarah Kriko 
3rd Place: Molly Makarewicz 
4th Place Tie: Sabrina Yono and Abby Cataldi 
6th place: Hannah Juday 

 

In Original Oratory: 
1st place: Abigail Hembree 
2nd place: Isha Ganguli 
5th place: Kathryn Wolf 

 

In Extemporaneous Speaking: 
1st place: Saveri Nandigama 
2nd place: Dani McClain 

 

In Oral Interpretation: 
1st place: Olivia Fras 

 

In Dramatic Duo: 
1st place Tie: Ryann Rapson/Amelia Carlson and Avalon Barr/Nathalie Gijsbers 
3rd place: Caitlin Parsons/Supreet Nirman 

 

In Dramatic Performance: 
1st place: Cara Forfinski

Pulsera Project - The Spanish Honor Society participated in the Pulsera Project January 30 through February 3rd.  The project raises money and empowers artisans from Guatemala, Nicaragua, and other Latin American Countries. This year we raised $1,580 for the organization. More information is listed on the pulseraproject.org.


iWizards Wonderful Workshop - The Mercy iWizards spent a busy day at their in-service workshop Friday, February 17th. They created resources for the New Student iPad Orientation in August; spent an hour coding with Mr. Janusch; and conducted five Google Hangouts / Skyps with other student tech teams. See photos here.


Business Professionals of America - Mercy members were among the 700 students who competed at the Region 6 Regional Leadership Conference on January 6, 2017, at Henry Ford Community College. Saveri Nandigama presided over the conference as the state president. The following students placed in the top 10 in their events:

1st place Human Resource Management - Jill Yassay
4th place Medical Office Procedures - Supreet Nirman
5th Small Business Management Team - Bri Buchanan, Supreet Nirman, Sarah Pegler
7th place Prepared Speech - Ava Senkowski
7th place Economic Research Team - Brooke O'Brien, Kylie Ritchie and Sophie Sawicki
10th place Legal Office Procedures - Peyton Black

 

In addition, the following students received their Diplomat Torch Award, recognizing their involvement in activities that promote leadership, service, patriotism, friendship and knowledge:

 

Mariam Khadr
Courtney Langan
Supreet Nirman
Brook O'Brien
Sarah Pegler
Ava Senkowski
Carolyn Suero
Kate Zablock

Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to the 12 students from Mercy's Art Department who won 13 awards in this year's Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.  
 
Special congratulations to Bianca Seely and Katelynn Smith. They won gold keys (first place) in the individual photography (Bianca) and ceramics (Katelynn) contests. Their pieces will compete in New York for national awards in March.
 
The College for Creative Studies sponsors the Southeastern Michigan Art Region, which, this year, received nearly 6000 individual entries from students in Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. Jurors selected 1100 individual category works to receive gold key, silver key, and honorable mention awards.
 
Regional winning entries will be on display in the exhibit at the College for Creative Studies, Walter B. Ford II Building from Monday, February 6th - Friday, March 3rd. 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 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theater of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
 
Elise Almquist - Drawing, Silver Key
Morgan Brietzke - Ceramics and Glass, Silver Key
Gabrielle Byrnes - Painting, Honorable Mention
Evelyn Dahmer - Photography, Silver Key
Mary Elizabeth Dunstone - Photography, Silver Key
Kaitlin McHenry - Painting, Honorable Mention
Bianca Seely - Photography, Gold Key
Yiran Shi - Drawing, Honorable Mention
Katelynn Smith - Ceramics and Glass, Gold Key
Annie Treharne - Fashion, Honorable Mention
Katherine Wildern - Photography, Honorable Mention; Digital Art, Honorable Mention
Jacquelyn Wilson  Photography, Honorable Mention

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


Congrats College Bound Athletes!

The Mercy Athletics Department hosted a group signing day on Tuesday, December 6th to celebrate all athletes committing to play a sport next year at the college level. Congratulations to Liz Susitko - Volleyball, Adrian College; Mila Fons - Hockey, Davenport University; Natalie Vaitas - Hockey, Aquinas College; Isabella McDonald - Volleyball, Lawrence Tech University; Samantha Kleedtke - Soccer, University of Wisconsin; Sarah Clark - Soccer, Purdue University; Alaina Skellett - Swimming, University of Miami; Sophia VanAcker - Softball, Lehigh University; Gianna Parlove - Soccer, Grand Valley State University; Caitie Baron, Soccer - Xavier University.


Robotics Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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.


Youth Mercy Associates - God Bless the newly inducted Youth Mercy Associates Celia McGrath; Abbey Hembree; Madeleine Byrnes and Danielle McClain and current members Rochelle Chezick; Claire Johnston; Molly Lyons; Josephine Wenson; Katherine Colleran; Sarah Kurpiers; Sarah Pegler; Nicole Belans; Sydney Van Acker; Brooke O'Brien; Madison Reckker; Bridget Kenney; Lauren Lytle and Lauren Foley who made their re-commitment at Mass on December 8th. Along with bringing the girls closer to Catherine McAuley and to the community of the Sisters of Mercy, the Youth Mercy Associates wish to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.


Congrats Jordyn! Varsity Quiz Bowl player, Jordyn Kreucher received her varsity letter in an informal ceremony at the regular Quiz Bowl practice after school on December 13th. Jordyn accumulated most of the necessary varsity points for her letter while participating her sophomore and junior years as a key player on the Novice and JV teams. As a Varsity player, her stellar performance in meets resulted in qualifying totals and her enthusiastic participation ensured she receive her letter. For Jordyn, participation in Quiz Bowl has followed her demanding schedule as a key player on Mercy's volleyball teams.


Wow, Katie! Katie Minnich is girls MLive Detroit Swimmer of the Year. As the state champion in the event as a freshman and sophomore, Minnich returned for her junior season this fall with every intention of defending her title. Not only did Minnich defend her title, she also posted the fastest 100-yard backstroke time ever a Division 1 championship meet, swimming a time of 53.99 in the prelims.


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.


Way to go, Varsity Basketball 2015-16! The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) and Pure Sweat Basketball named the Mercy Varsity Basketball Team as one of the recipients of the 2015-16 Top 100 Sportsmanship Award. This award for good sportsmanship is given during the basketball season. After each regular season girls' game and boys' game, the basketball officials that worked the game were asked by the MHSAA to evaluate the sportsmanship of each school's players, coaches, administrators and fans. At the end of the regular season these evaluations were ranked for all MHSAA schools. We are Mercy!


Welcome to Student Government! Congrats to these Freshwomen Class of 2020 Representatives:
Class Officers
Julia Canty

Courtney Langan

Gabriella Pluszczynski

Suha Qashou

Asha Telang

 

Human Relations Council

Brooklynne Bates

Macey Earle

Katie Kim

Elise Sikora 


New Tree!
The GREEN Club's mission is to make students aware of environmental issues and to provide them with information on sustainable living as well as opportunities to make a difference in the community through environmental service, beginning with the recycling efforts at Mercy.

This year, they are focusing on a theme of trees and will initiate activities surrounding the idea of keeping oxygen in the world clean and keeping our forests strong. On Thursday, November 10 they planted a tulip tree by the flagpole entrance. The tulip tree is special because the roots are balled up and not attached to any dirt, so the GREEN Club members dug up a five foot radius to let the roots spread out and take root. More tree activities like field trips, hikes and other fun events are being planned.


Serra Chevrolet Teacher of the Month for September Mr. Gary Morris

CONGRATULATIONS to Social Studies Teacher Mr. Gary Morris on being selected as the Serra Chevrolet Teacher of the Month for September as featured on STATE CHAMPS! https://youtu.be/kbgc3t6K8mw

Yearbook

 
The 2017 yearbook is already creating a buzz. At the ybKickstart camp over the summer seniors Maddy Byrnes, Jordyn Kreucher and Sam Schubert received the silver award for their theme designs. Mercy was among the top five schools of more than 30 in attendance.

Miss Farmington Grace Murphy '17

Miss Farmington is a Mercy Girl! Grace Murphy '17 was crowned Miss Farmington 2016 this past summer on July 13th. Along with her title and crown, Grace also took home several other awards, including the Samantha Steckloff Leadership Award, Interview Award and the Mayor’s Essay Award. Bravo, Grace!


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

Summer 2016 Art Award Winner

Congratulations to Katie Wildern '19 who received a First Place in her age group and also a First Place Best in Show award for her "Art Room" painting at the Oakland County Fair held over the summer. This earned her two Blue Ribbons, a Trophy, and a small monetary award. The Best in Show award is a top honor and her painting was in a special display with the other Best in Show awards for each art category. Her "Skull" drawing earned a First Place in her age group and also a Second Place in Show award.  


Haiti Mission Trip

Mercy girls made a difference in Haiti over the summer! Claire Murray, Hailey Sygiel, Lauren George, Sydney VanAcker, Julie Lilly, Jackie Kaminski, April Seilo and Kristen Misfud went on a mission trip with Good Girl Comeback. Good Girl Comeback is a nationally recognized nonprofit that empowers teens to set goals which build confidence, kindness, and personal fulfillment.


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.