Hometown Life 2018 Academic Top 6 - Oakland County

Public and private high schools within the coverage area of & Eccentric Newspapers were invited to submit their Top 6 students to be honored for academic achievement. Each school was encouraged to submit the criteria for choosing its students and are presented in the order submitted, with many listed in alphabetical order.

In total 30 schools responded, 17 from Oakland County and 13 from Wayne County. In all, 176 students are represented. Of those that submitted test scores, the average SAT score is 1,494.93 and the average ACT score is 33.72. There were 17 students with an ACT score of 36 and one had an SAT score of 1,600.


(alphabetical order)

Rebecca Heaman

Honor Society Inductions

¡Felicitaciones! - On April 25th, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (the Spanish Honor Society) held its annual induction ceremony and awards banquet.37 new members were *inducted and 25 seniors will graduate this year. Pictured are some seniors with their honor cords.
*Elise Almquist
*Leann Alyas
Holly Ashworth
Madeleine Ballard
Victoria Bates
*Elizabeth Chevalier
Catherine Coffman
Jessica Dillon
Ashley D'Souza
*Macey Earle
Tiffany Ellison

Ashe aims to keep winning ways as Mercy's new softball coach

Jerry Ashe has been associated with the Mercy High School softball program in some coaching capacity for the past 22 years, but never as a head coach.

That changes this year.

Ashe, who was officially given the job in January, takes over the program from Alec Lesko, who coached the Marlins to their only state championship in 2016. This marks Ashe's first job as a high school varsity head coach.

"It's a totally different animal," said Ashe, a 1971 Detroit Catholic Central graduate. "It's a challenge, especially taking over for Alec, because he's so knowledgeable and that kind of thing, but I'm welcoming the challenge.

Flying high: 'Poppins' soars onto Mercy stage

There are nearly 60 students in the cast of the Mercy High School production of "Mary Poppins" that hits the stage Friday night.

But it's the performance of two crew members who never set foot on stage that could determine the success of the play. That's because, for the first time since 2004's production of "Peter Pan," Mercy actors will be flying through the skies.

And after training with experts from Las Vegas-based Flying by Foy, it'll be the responsibility of junior Melissa Kurpiers and senior Abbey Hembree to make sure those who fly land safely.

To this point in their careers, the two have only flown "drops," inanimate objects that help set the scenes. Now, those are people they'll be flying.

Mercy hangs on for 51-48 district win over Groves

FARMINGTON HILLS - In one of the dreaded playoff-opening matchups pitting two accomplished teams against each other too early in the tournament Monday, Farmington Hills Mercy knocked off Birmingham Groves, 51-48.

Repeatedly sent to the line for free throws in the final minute, Mercy made just 4-of-10 shots, but it ultimately proved to be just enough to prevail.

Down two points with 11 seconds remaining, Groves’ leading scorer, senior Sha Carter, brought the ball up the court and launched a deep 3-pointer from the top of the arc, narrowly missing before Mercy corralled the rebound.