Awards & Highlights 2018-19

School & Student Successes

Ethnic Bazaar 2018

Human Relations Council proudly presented Ethnic Bazaar 2018 "Together We Are" on Friday, November 30th in the Drama Studio. Ethnic Bazaar is a long standing Mercy tradition which highlights our diversity and unity through song, dance, prayer, food, and fashion. Congratulations and thank you to all of our wonderful performers. Together, We Are Mercy! 

MaxPreps Athlete of the Month Katherine Hutter '20

Wow! Kudos to Katherine Hutter '20 who was named the MaxPreps Semper Fidelis Athlete of the Month! This award is only given to one male and one female athlete a month throughout the entire nation. Katherine is the first student athlete ever awarded from Michigan!

Check out the article "Going the Distance" MaxPreps announcement here.
View video segment about Katherine here.

2018 Wendy's Heisman Competition
Way to go, Francesca Schena '19 was named a School Winner in the 2018 Wendy's High School Heisman competition.

Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalist
Congratulations to Colleen Thomson '19 who was named a Semifinalist in the 2019 Coca-Cola Scholarship Program! Students were selected from among 200,000+ applications for outstanding commitment to both their communities and schools.

Quiz Bowl

On Saturday, November 17, Mercy Quiz Bowl traveled to East Lansing to compete in the MSU Harvard Mirror Tournament. Mercy finished 8th out of 24 teams, with a 7-4 record. Junior Rachel Vinarcik finished 6th overall in a field of 110 competitors, earning 580 points for the team and placing highest for any female competitor. Lili Omilian placed 30th overall, earning 220 points for the team. Caitlyn Begosa placed 58th overall, earning 165 points. A special congratulations to freshman Caitlyn Begosa, who earned her varsity letter at this tournament!  You can view all tournament information here:


On Saturday, December 1, Mercy sent 2 teams to the annual UM Autumn Classic Tournament in Ann Arbor.  After 10 rounds of academic competition, beginning at 9 am and ending at 5 pm, the Mercy A team of Grace Kruse, Lili Omilian, Sophia Tesic, and Rachel Vinarcik finished 7-3 overall.  Juniors Lili Omilian and Rachel Vinarcik co-captained the team, leading them to an impressive finish. The Mercy B team of Caitlyn Begosa, Emma Dismondy, Lydia Walsh, and Christina Wollenhaupt finished 3-7 overall. Freshman Caitlyn Begosa captained the underclassmen team, in which all members answered questions at the "power" level. Junior Rachel Vinarcik placed 10th individually in a field of approximately 130 competitors from all over the state. A special congratulations to sophomore Sophia Tesic and sophomore Lydia Walsh, who earned their varsity letters at this tournaments! 

Did you know Mercy has been Catholic League Swimming & Diving Champions 51 of the last 52 years?!


College Bound Athletes
The Mercy Athletics Department hosted an event to celebrate all senior athletes committing to play a sport next year at the college level. We are so proud of our Marlin college bound athletes! Congratulations to these talented Mercy seniors. Maddie Benoit: Volleyball, Wayne State University; Sarah Cassidy: Softball, Cleary University; Courtney Connolly: Swimming, Howard University; Annette Dombrowski: Swimming, Michigan State University; Ella Loussia: Volleyball, Canisius College; Alexa Morello: Soccer, Fordham University; Sarah Smolinski: Soccer, Grand Valley State University; Emily Susitko: Volleyball, Hillsdale College.
Focus: HOPE Food Drive

Values in action! Mercy joined hearts and hands to help provide food and donations to Metro Detroit senior citizens in need for our annual Focus: HOPE food drive. We give thanks for our 30+ year partnership with Focus: HOPE and are proud to be their largest food donor during the holiday season.

Félicitations Madame Campbell!


2018 Barbara Ort-Smith Award Recipient Madame Joyce Smetanka Campbell


Each year, the Executive Board of the Michigan World Language Association nominates candidates for the Barbara Ort-Smith Award. This is the most prestigious award a professional in the field of world languages can receive in the state of Michigan. The award honors those who have shown a strong commitment to the profession, manifesting itself in leadership and the promotion of excellence in world language education. The first recipient of this award was Barbara Ort-Smith in 1988. She served as the first Foreign Language consultant in the state of Michigan.


Joyce Smetanka Campbell received her BA from Michigan State University in French Education and her MA from the University of Michigan in Curriculum Design and Instruction. She is currently Chair of the World Languages Department and senior French language teacher at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. As Department Chair, Joyce leads a vibrant team of language professionals offering French, Spanish, and Latin courses at all levels including Advanced Placement courses. In her role as Mercy teacher for 42 years, she has taught an array of French language and culture courses and also serves as Moderator of the French Honor Society and Co-Moderator of the French Club. In addition, Joyce was formerly an adjunct professor at Mercy College in Detroit and an instructor in adult education evening programs at local colleges.

Joyce is known for her innovative programs- including courses on French theater, opera, art and architecture, poetry and literature- and is an advocate for technology in language education and was instrumental in the installation of two language labs at Mercy. Of particular note is a program she introduced, Passport to France: An Immersion Experience, which proved to be successful in introducing middle  chool students to French as well as Mercy High School. She regularly conducts student field trips to special exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Art and local French restaurants, and she celebrates National French Week every year, focusing on a region of the Francophone world with guest speakers and cultural explorations of cuisine, art, cinema, music, and dance. She believes that such experiences contribute to her students' understanding of the local and global influence of French culture. In addition, Joyce is especially recognized for the high academic standards she establishes and the leadership skills she develops among students, many of whom have pursued successful careers in government, the law, business, and education using the French competence they achieved in her programs. Her efforts were recognized in 2009 when she was honored as Mercy High School's Teacher of the Year.

Joyce's contributions to the profession include her affiliations with the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, the American Association of Teachers of French, the Oakland World Language Advisory Council, the French Institute Alliance Francaise of Michigan, and, most notably, the Michigan World Language Association. She has presided at sessions and made several presentations at MIWLA meetings on project­ based learning experiences and thematic units of study with a focus on cultural understanding. She was awarded the MIWLA Teacher of the Year Award in 1995 and the Intercultural Student Experiences Language Matters Award in 2009.

Finally, Joyce has worked closely with the American Council on International Studies (ACIS) in Paris and the US in coordinating trips for students and adults to all regions of France and other Francophone countries.  She also designed and implemented for ACIS a unique immersion program for American students studying French in Paris during the summer. She truly believes that travel and living and studying abroad lead to a greater understanding  of other cultures and a greater sense of our shared humanity.

MI HEARTSafe School: Mercy has earned certification as an MI HEARTSafe School in recognition of our preparation and readiness for cardiac emergencies, an important achievement to protect the lives of our students, staff and visitors.
Our school has 9 American Heart Association Certified Instructors, 83% of our staff (and growing) are CPR certified, a process to provide CPR training to our coaches, 5 strategically placed AEDs, and a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan. We appreciate our team who has put much effort into this accomplishment, and are very grateful to the partnership we have with the Farmington Hills Fire Department - especially Lt. James Neufeld and Lt. Dan Wecker for all of their support and guidance.

AP Scholars 2018 - The AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on AP Exams.
AP Scholars with Distinction
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.
Abigail Hembree
Megan Hutter
Supreet Nirman
Anastasia Warner
AP Scholars with Honor
Students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Madison Bates
Mackenzie Farrow
Zoe Fish
Isha Ganguli
Aliya Hakim
Rebecca Heaman
Lauren Hunter
Jasmine Kaltenbach
Jessie Lauck
Elizabeth Miodonski
Lillian Wagner
AP Scholars
Students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
Hannah Blakey
Mary Cascarelli
Catherine Coffman
Margaret Delevie
Abigail Gowen
Olivia Hintz
Mary Marquette
Isabel Marrical
Caroline McLaren
Bessie Mikula
Sydne Price
Clarisa Russenberger
Alexa Rybicki
Shannon Seabolt
Alexandra Thomas

Congratulations to Katie Wildern '19 who won several art awards earlier this summer. She was awarded three 1st place and one 4th place Best In Show drawing awards and earned a prestigious Gold Ribbon Scholarship in July at the Oakland County Fair. As a result, she entered to compete at the Michigan State Fair over Labor Day weekend where she received more accolades including 1st place colored pencil; 1st place digital art; 2nd place pastel; 2nd place charcoal; 2nd place painting; 3rd place pencil and the Michigan State Fair $500 Art Scholarship!

CONGRATS to Lily Beasley '20 who won first place in the U.S. National Junior (under 18) Fiddle Championship at the Edinboro Highland Games and Scottish Festival.

Shout out to Jess Mruzik '20 Mercy volleyball star and member of the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team who was selected as the Most Valuable Player and Best Spiker in the 2018 NORCECA Girls' U18 Continental Championship. Jess and the U.S. team finished 5-0 and won Gold! Go Jess! Go USA! Plus Jess was named The Detroit News No. 1 area player and congrats to Julia Bishop '21 who claims No. 7.