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.

Farmington Hills Mercy edges Birmingham Marian in five sets

It took five hard fought sets Wednesday night to determine who would be sitting atop of the CHSL Central Division but in the end, Farmington Hills Mercy was able to squeak by Marian 25-20, 20-25, 17-25, 27-25 and 15-7 to take the 3-2 victory and move to 4-0 in the league.

In the first set, Mercy opened up a 21-14 lead but Marian slowly began to chip away at the lead closing the gap to 24-20 before eventually falling 25-20 to the Marlins.

Related: Photo gallery from Mercy vs. Marian

Mercy head coach Loretta Vogel wasn’t happy with her team’s performance even after the first set victory.

Marlins the team to beat at annual Oakland County meet

"The mindset for us is going in and swimming the way we are capable of swimming," second-year Mercy head coach Mike Venos said. "We want to treat it as if it were the state meet. It's as much a mindset as it is anything else.

"Our girls have to race in a championship setting against, let's face it, some of the best swimmers in the Midwest, if not the nation," he added. "This meet has always been, for the 20-some years I've been at Oakland County, a great gauge for how we're going to do at states."

A fast meet expected

Seaholm head coach Karl Hodgson agrees that the meet is one of the fastest outside of the state championship meet.

"We live in a fast county and I expect this meet to reflect that," Hodgson said. "Mercy should be the favorite this year.

Road to state volleyball finals goes through No. 2 ranked Mercy

Farmington Hills Mercy's volleyball program has been nothing short of sensational this millennium.

Watch some practice coverage here.

Since 2000, the Marlins have captured 16 district championships – 14 straight since 2004 — four regional championships and they have played in two final fours. In 2010, Mercy lost the state championship game to Catholic League rival Bloomfield Hills Marian.

Veteran head coach Loretta Vogel, in her ninth season after taking over for Ed Moeller in 2007, believes continuity has keyed the program's success.

Mercy volleyball off to a flying start to season

FARMINGTON HILLS — There was an understanding that this team had potential when the season officially launched.

That potential has given way to a proven winner. So far, anyway.

The Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team reached the Class A regional finals a year ago before falling to eventual state champ Novi High.

When this season began, eight varsity veterans were back in the mix. When this season began, the Marlins hit the ground running.

“Coming off the year we had and having the girls back that we do is very helpful,” coach Loretta Vogel said. “It’s been a good start for us, and a lot of it has to do with the type of team we have. They are a great fit. They are very close, and you can tell by the way they play.”

Accent on Mercy Alumnae Podcasts

We are proud to announce the launch of "Accent on Mercy Alumnae," a podcast series proudly bringing you voices of Mercy graduates.

In each broadcast, host Larry Baker, Apple Distinguished Educator and Associate Principal of Mercy, interviews an alumna who is making a difference in her walk of life. Popular topics include career paths, volunteerism, leadership, and the Mercy High School Difference.

Subscribe to "Accent on Mercy Alumnae" on Apple Podcasts so that you don't miss upcoming interviews with Jennifer Paxton '08, Julia Siciliano Trevino '01, Bridget O'Donnell '05, Cari Curtiss Marino '95 and many more! First uploaded interview, the lovely and talented Gabriela Santiago-Romero '10.

Mercy Swim & Dive named Michigan Chocolate Milk Mustache Celebrities

The dog days of summer are behind us, school is back in session, and a local sports team has started their season as celebrities…Chocolate Milk Mustache Celebrities. Mercy High School's Swim & Dive team has been named one of United Dairy Industry of Michigan’s (UDIM) Chocolate Milk: Nature’s Sports Drink grant recipients, which emphasizes good nutrition.

This fall, over ninety Michigan high school sports teams were awarded funds to purchase and provide low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk to help their student athletes get the nutrition that they need after practices, games and competitions.

AP Scholars 2017

Congratulations to Mercy 2017 AP Scholars!
The AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on AP Exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Foley, Lauren
Jones, Edith
Zaremski, Giavanna
AP Scholar with Honor

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.


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.