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Mercy Named Apple Distinguished School for 2015-2017

Mercy High School Named Apple Distinguished School

Farmington Hills, MI - 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 a clear and consistent vision of exemplary learning environments.

Decades of dedication: Mercy principal sets out on 'Act 3' of life

For more than four decades, Carolyn Witte has held every role that can be held at Farmington's Mercy High School.

She graduated from there (1967), so she's been a student. Her daughter went there, so she's been a mom. She taught English there and, for the last 16 years, has served as the school's principal.

With the close of the 2016/17 school year Witte is trying a new role on for size.

Retiree.

Witte, a Livonia resident who has spent 42 years (and that doesn't count her time as a student) roaming the halls and ensuring the needs of the Mercy student body are met, closed the door on her education career when the school year ended.

Bartels sisters make huge impact at Mercy

The Bartels sisters made quite an impact at Farmington Hills Mercy this past season.

Amelia, a 17-year-old senior, and Libby, a 16-year-old sophomore, played ice hockey and lacrosse for the Marlins. On each team, Amelia was the shutdown defender and Libby the high-scoring forward.

The sisters from White Lake helped lead Mercy to an ice hockey state championship and a state semifinal appearance in lacrosse. The Marlins captured the ice hockey state title in March with a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory over Ladywood and earlier this month defeated neighboring Farmington to win the lacrosse regional title before falling to East Grand Rapids in the state semifinal.

All-around athlete Coe leads by example with Mercy team

Novi — If you ask Farmington Hills Mercy’s athletic program about Katie Coe, you’ll find out pretty quickly that there isn’t much the senior can’t do.

That much was evident on Tuesday at the Catholic League A-B track finals at Detroit Catholic Central.

Coe, who is known for being a star on the school’s basketball team, has also dabbled in volleyball, soccer and this year, track.

She was on the fourth-place 4x200 meter relay team and participated in three individual events. Coe was a finalist in the shot put, finishing seventh with a 30-foot, 2.25-inch throw, and took ninth in both the high jump (4-foot, 8-inches) and discus (76-feet, 5-inches).

Defending state softball champs looking to get in gear with postseason approaching

FARMINGTON HILLS — They were semifinalists two years ago.

Then in 2016, the girls on the Farmington Hills Mercy softball team put it all together and took the next step, winning the Division 1 state championship.

So, just what’s in store for the 2017 edition?

We’re about to find out.

After winning it all last spring and then going through a major roster turnover, the Marlins appear ready for another run toward East Lansing — if a lot of things fall into place, as coach Alec Lesko put it.

“We have to continue to get better in all phases of the game,” Lesko said last week. “We’re pitching better, we’re having good looks at the plate, and our defense is strong. It’s what you want at this time of the year.”

Riveting Robotics at Worlds

The Riveters were off to the World Championship this past weekend in St. Louis, MO.  Qualifying as the 38th best robot in the State of Michigan out of 450 teams, team 1481 easily met the district point requirement to qualify for the World Championship.

This is the first year FIRST Robotics features two World Championships.  The first was held in Houston on April 20 – 22 and the second was held on April 25 – 27 in St. Louis. 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.

D1 Champs Sweep Past Blazers

Farmington Hills Mercy takes twinbill from CHSL rival Livonia Ladyood.

Defending Michigan Hihg School Athletic Association Division 1 softball doubleheader sweep of Catholic High School League rival Livonia Ladywood on Friday, April 28, 2018 at Mercy.

Mercy won game one 18-5 in five innings and game two 14-4 in five innings.

Freshman Olivia Iafrate won the first game, striking out five in five innings. Freshman Samantha Shea earned the win in game two, striking out three in five innings.

Senior Sophia VanAcker had six hits and scored seven runs in the series, includin ga triple, home run and five RBI's.

Junior Anna Dixon had three hits and drove in six runs.

New Principal

Dear Friends of Mercy,

I hope you had a restful and wonderful Easter break! I'm delighted to announce that Mrs. Patricia Sattler, Dean of Students at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in Riverview, will be the next Principal of Mercy High School beginning July 1, 2017. Mrs. Sattler has served as a team chair for the AdvancED accreditation process, has elementary through high school experience, and expertise in instructional improvement and technology. She is a dedicated Catholic, family member, lifetime learner, and Catholic educator who embraces the Mercy charism.

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