SPOTLIGHT: Hockey goalie scores ‘Favorite’ for Mercy H.S.

Daria Rorick wins 4Frenzy Award for Favorite Sophomore

Favorite Subject: Science, mostly Biology

Favorite place in Northville: Custard Time with friends

Favorite Artist: Country music; Thomas Rhett or Morgan Wallen

Role Model: Dad because he is very busy but he always finds time for his family

Daria Rorick, goalie for Mercy High School’s hockey team, is the winner of Favorite Sophomore in the Girls Hockey category of the 4Frenzy Fan Choice Awards. Daria convinced her mom to let her start playing hockey as early as 3rd grade!

Daria and The Team

Susan Smith Receives Inspiring Art Teacher Scholastic Award

Mercy alumna visual arts teacher and department chair, Ms. Susan Smith '84, was selected as this year’s recipient of the Inspiring Art Teacher Scholastic Award. Students cited Ms. Smith’s commitment to art education and the customized support she dedicates to each student as the reason she was overwhelmingly nominated. Congratulations to Ms. Smith on this well-deserved professional recognition!

About the Inspiring Art Teacher Scholastic Award

Mercy basketball learns from past to move forward

Gary Morris, like many head coaches, is focused on the day-to-day journey of a season. The 15-year head coaching veteran at Mercy High School tries not to dwell on long-term goals or what "could be." The focus is on the next game. 

But when looking at his current roster, he can’t help but think back on 2013. 

Finishing the regular season with a 15-6 record, the Marlins cruised through districts, beating each opponent by double digits. That success continued into the regional semifinals, beating Southfield-Lathrup by 19. 

However, a five-point overtime loss to Detroit King in the regional final thwarted the Marlins’ chance of getting to the state semifinals. 

But they had another summer. 

Mercy High Students Receive Scholastic Regional Art Awards

Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition 2019-2020

Congratulations to the 19 students from Mercy’s Art Department who won 36 awards in this year’s Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.

Special congratulations to seniors Angela Rea and Lili Omilian who had award winning portfolios. Angela’s portfolio made finalist status and will compete in New York City for talent scholarships.

Mercy High Becomes First Catholic School to Adopt Prepare U

The results were dramatic, with students reporting a significant positive mental and emotional impact

Mercy High School, an all-girls college preparatory school in Farmington Hills, MI, is the first Catholic school in the country to complete the Prepare U mental health curriculum. The evidence-supported, experiential program is being taught at dozens of schools across Michigan and nine other states. Approximately 100 young women took part in the 15-class program, facilitated by Mercy’s 10th grade health teachers.

Mercy's Bishop digs volleyball but basketball is a slam dunk

Farmington Hills — In the fall, it was all about finesse and skill for Julia Bishop, who helped Farmington Hills Mercy to its first state volleyball championship along with the nation’s top player, Michigan-bound outside hitter Jess Mruzik.

Bishop, a 5-foot-10 setter, had 1,556 assists, including 54 in the Division 1 championship match win over No. 2 Lowell, to help Mercy finish 59-1.

Bishop started playing volleyball as a third grader, then knew she wanted to attend and play the sport at Michigan State when she was 10 and made multiple trips to East Lansing with her parents to watch the Spartans volleyball team play.

Bishop has already been offered … and is committed to MSU, and she is now thrilled to be playing another sport she loves, basketball.

Mercy’s Mruzik named Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year

FARMINGTON HILLS –– The emotion was hard to miss as former Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball player Jess Mruzik walked into the school's auditorium.

Coming from the University of Michigan, where she is now competing for the Wolverines, Mruzik was in for a surprise. Her dad, Jeff Mruzik, walked her into the school and guided her to a room full of people ready to celebrate.

BREAKING: Mercy’s Jess Mruzik, Michigan’s Miss Volleyball, named the 2020 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year

FARMINGTON HILLS — It might be a while until Jess Mruzik trusts any requests she gets from her former athletic director at Farmington Hills Mercy, Nancy Malinowski, and her parents, Jeff and Jackie.

That trio has managed to hoodwink her twice with major bombshells in the last few months, keeping it secret from the now-graduated Mercy volleyball star that she’d won a pair of highly coveted awards.

After keeping it under wraps that she’d won Michigan’s Miss Volleyball award until shocking her at the school’s signing day ceremony, they pulled it off again on Wednesday, when they got her to come back to school so that could spring it on her that she’d been named Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year. 

Mercy's Jess Mruzik named Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year

Awesome. Incredible. Selfless. 

When asked to describe Jess Mruzik, these are the words that came to the minds of her former Mercy Volleyball teammates. However, for junior outside hitter Charli Atiemo, one word encapsulated every feeling: superhero. 

“I thank God every day that I was able to live this with her,” Atiemo said. 

Despite leaving Mercy to enroll early and play volleyball at Michigan, Mruzik returned to Mercy High School Wednesday to officially cap off her high school career, being named the Gatorade Volleyball National Player of the Year. 

Through this award, Gatorade recognizes the nation’s most elite high school athletes in 12 different sports. Past winners include Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach and Derek Jeter.