At your service: MHS celebrates Spirit Week by helping others

Eighteen Mercy High School students put aside their laptops and books for a few hours last Tuesday and picked up pruning shears, sponges and squeegies to demonstrate what community service means to them.

The group of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors — led by their teacher Lynn Waldsmith — spent the morning freshening up the Dinan Home in Farmngton Hills, an "Angels' Place" group residence for developmentally disabled women. The effort was part of the school's annual Make a Difference Day, held during Mercy's Spirit Week.

"I think this is a really good opportunity to live out the Mercy values, with actual physical work, " said Rachel Wagner, MHS senior.

MHS junior Libby Lee agreed.

Marlins boast another powerful lineup of swim talent

Opposing coaches and people in the know see Farmington Hills Mercy as the team to beat once again in Division 1 girls swimming and diving.

The defending state champions have another talented team and are ranked No. 1 in the statewide poll of high school swim coaches.

It's a place the Marlins, who have won state titles in seven of the past eight years, are accustomed to being.

"It's nice to be respected by your adversaries, but I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock in anything tangible after that," Mercy coach Shannon Dunworth said.

"Based on recent history, they're going to select Mercy to be at the top, so we appreciate greatly the respect they show us. It's kinda looking at the past and not necessarily the present."

Making the ‘Pieta’ possible

Local Ukrainian artist’s forgotten design comes full circle

FARMINGTON HILLS — As a young man studying sculpture in Minsk more than 30 years ago, Sergei Mitrofanov was considering a design of the “Deposition of Christ,” also commonly known as the “Pieta.”

“That was the Soviet period of time in Russia,” explained Mitrofanov, who was born in Ukraine but today lives in Livonia. “The religious ideas (and other ideas) other than propaganda weren’t very popular at that time.”

Mitrofanov said his religious statue idea of Our Lady cradling her Son after his death on the cross, “wasn’t promoted by my supervisors and teachers,” but still, “I liked the composition.”

Mercy has outstanding start in 2014 volleyball season

If Farmington Hills Mercy continues on its current pace, the Marlins can anticipate 2014 being another outstanding year in the game of volleyball.

They already have established themselves as one of the top teams in the state and have the potential to do great things this season.

Mercy, ranked No. 2 in the latest coaches poll, has won three consecutive tournaments and compiled a 22-1-1 record to date.

The Marlins have won 18 straight matches since losing to Chelsea in the final round of the Ann Arbor Pioneer Invitational. Subsequently, they won tournaments at Lake Orion, Marian and Saline.

Oprah gives free tickets to Mercy High seniors for metro Detroit show

Oprah Winfrey has invited 222 seniors from Farmington Hills Mercy High School to attend her two-day “The Life You Want” extravaganza for free this weekend at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Mercy High senior Karli Winfrey, a distant cousin to Oprah, e-mailed her famous relative to invite her to speak at the 824-student, all-girls Catholic school. Instead, Oprah extended free tickets for the senior class, plus one adult guest each, to attend the event. The school’s staff also are invited.

Karli Winfrey, 17, said she sent an e-mail to Oprah’s staff two weeks ago and heard back from an assistant quickly that the invite would be passed on to Oprah.

Sister Pie Bakes Up Winning Recipe To Be $50K Hatch Winner

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Lisa Ludwinski has been baking since she was a child, making unique creations in professional kitchens and her own home.

Now, after winning  the 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by the Detroit Lions Wednesday, she will be able to bring her hand-made, seasonal pies and cookies to a larger audience through her bakery Sister Pie.

“I am just so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to be in such an amazing contest,” said Ludwinski, who credited the contest for focusing her dream for Sister Pie. “I have learned so much about what I want Sister Pie to be, and what it will continue to be when we open our  doors.”

Marlins get early start in swim pool

Defending state champion Mercy High School got an early jump on the competition and the 2014 girls swim season Wednesday morning.

When the clock struck midnight, the Marlins hit the water at the earliest possible moment on the first official day of practice.

The event was meant to build team unity and an esprit de corps among the 60 athletes--more than a third of whom are freshmen.

"They're young and impressionable and they want their first impression of an organization to be a lasting one," coach Shannon Dunworth said.

"We didn't invent this idea. College basketball teams have been doing it forever. It's a way to jump-start the season. We'll hae some fun with that."

Miss Farmington: Mercy junior Emma Feeheley will wear 2014 crown

Mercy High School junior Emma Feeheley was crowned Miss Farmington 2014 during the annual pageant ceremony Wednesday night at the Civic Theater.

Sponsored by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Feeheley, 16, had little time to enjoy the honor as she is expected to be visible and working during the Farmington Founders Festival, during which she will be seen in the Saturday morning festival parade.

“I’m so excited,” Feeheley said, Wednesday night as the other six Miss Farmington contestants gathered around her on the Civic Theater stage. “I had no ideas this was going to happen.”

Chosen as first runner up was Lea Cane, 17, and second runner up was Emily Trombly, 17, a Farmington High School senior.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Jones' last-second steal swipes CHSL title for Mercy

One coach gambled, and it resulted in a league title. One coach gambled, and it backfired.

Placed on the inbounder by her coach because of her long arms, Taylor Jones stole the ball with 4.2 seconds left in Sunday’s Catholic League A-B championship game, and swiped a CHSL title for the Farmington Hills Mercy Marlins.

The ball landed in her bread basket, right underneath the hoop, and her layup beat the buzzer, sending the No. 4-ranked Marlins to a 55-54 win over No. 3 Birmingham Marian.

“Ohhh, it was great. I was so happy. My happiest moment,” said Jones, who’d been on the roster for the title game two seasons ago, but did not play in the game at the University of Detroit’s Calihan Hall.