School & Student Successes
The entire Mercy school community convened on May 23rd for the annual HONORS CONVOCATION to recognize all the stellar students of 2019. 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!
Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for earning $13+ Million in college scholarships and volunteering over 16,000 hours of community service.
Congratulations to these Catholic League Class of 2019 Scholar Athletes who were honored at the 44th Annual Recognition Dinner! Maggie Dwyer - Field Hockey; Francesca Schena - Swimming; Olivia Evans - Ski (winner); Sophie VanderWeele - Golf (winner) and Tennis; Jasmin Hudson - Bowling. Vicky Kowalski received the award as Golf Championship Coach and Mike Kowalski picked up the award for Bowling Championship Coach!
Teacher of the Year
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 Mercy Teacher of the Year Mrs. Lisa Wilson! Mrs. Wilson goes above and beyond the call of duty in her Biology classroom.
Counselor of the Year Award
Congratulations Mrs. Holly Markiecki-Bennetts recipient of The Joyce Ivy Foundation 2019 Counselor of the Year Award! "My role as a counselor is to meet students where they are and help them to become the young women they are meant to be." Read more here.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, 12 Mercy forensics students competed at the Grand National Tournament of the National Catholic Forensics League. Over 2000 students and 65 dioceses were represented. Three Mercy students broke to the octofinal round of the tournament, placing them in the top 48 in their category: Sophomore Yasmine Branch in Declamation, junior Caitlin Griffin and senior Avalon Barr in Dramatic Duo. Congratulations also to teacher Ms. Isabelle Moore. We are incredibly proud of this wonderful achievement!
Way to go, Libby Bartels '19 who was named a winner for 2018-2019 Most Positive Athletes in Michigan!
Congratulations to Macey Earle '20 who received the Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club Leadership Award.
Hats off to Madeline Keuten '20 who participated in the 36th Annual Michigan Regional Chinese Schools Speech Contest and won 1st place for the Chinese as Foreign Language group!
Heart of Mercy
|Let's Hear it for the STAFF
Here's to these super staff who achieved a milestone in years of dedicated service to Mercy High School!
|Val/Sal Candidates - Hats off to the following seniors who were selected as Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Finalists! This distinction considers not only academic record but also leadership, service and extracurricular involvement.
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the National Honor Society and commended for exemplary scholarship, character, leadership and service!
College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program - Congratulations to Genesis Gonzales '20 who scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in the region. She is invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program administered by College Board.
The Riveters Mercy Robotics Team brought home a blue banner with a 1st place finish at the FIRST Robotics Jackson District Event. The Riveters finished with a 11-1-0 record after 80 qualifying matches in 2nd place. They went 2,0, 2-0, 2-0 in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals and beat the 1st place alliance to become the District Event Winner with a 1st place ranking. The team also earned the Engineering Inspiration Award and are currently ranked 13th in the State! Plus...check out this cool video feature about our amazing Robotics Team from "FIRST Robotics Women in Stem powered by DTE."
2019 Miss Hockey
Congratulations to Libby Bartels '19 who was named the 2019 Miss Hockey Michigan! Libby also received the prestigious Hobey Baker High School Character Award! The Hobey Baker award honors high school hockey players who exemplify the ideal that "Character Builds Excellence" and recognizes outstanding individual performance on and off the ice.
Click here to view the 2018-19 Semester 1 Honor Roll. Good work, ladies!
Youth Mercy Associates
God Bless new Youth Mercy Associates Maggie Dwyer, Isabelle Fanning, Angela Rea, Anna Rimatzki and Alexis Dickie who made her re-commitment at last month's Foundation Day Mass commissioning ceremony.
Business Professionals of America
Mercy students were among the more than 400 students who competed at the Business Professionals of America Region 6 Leadership Conference on January 4, 2019 at Henry Ford College. The Mercy chapter had multiple students place in several events and took home three 1st place finishes. Students who placed in the top 10 at the conference include:
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!
|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
|SWIM & DIVE DIVISION 1 STATE CHAMPIONS
SWIM & DIVE CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Did you know Mercy has been Catholic League Swimming & Diving Champions 51 of the last 52 years?!
VOLLEYBALL DISTRICT AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONS AND STATE SEMIFINALISTS
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.
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.