Mercy 'Miracle': Actors bring Helen Keller's story to the stage

Kathy Sill was in Tuscumbia, Ala., in July, visiting the home of Helen Keller, the author, political activist and lecturer who became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree and whose story was told in the Academy Award-winning movie, "The Miracle Worker."

While she was there, she viewed a production of the play of the same name on the grounds of Keller's home, Ivy Green. The experience, Sill said, was an amazing one.

"I stood at the water pump where she uttered her first word and was overwhelmed by the experience," Sill said.

Mercy slams Marian again to claim regional championship

Mercy never forgot the sting of losing to Marian in last year's Class A state semifinal tournament match. The Marlins turned that disappointment into a season-long revenge tour against their Catholic League rivals.

Number-one ranked Mercy defeated No. 6-ranked Marian for the sixth time this season Thursday evening to claim the Division 1 regional championship. The Marlins won in three straight sets, 25-17, 25-20, 25-13, to complete the sweep.

Mercy also defeated Marian in the championship matches of the Stoney Creek and Dakota tournaments, twice in Catholic League regular-season play and then in last month's Catholic League tournament title game.

Mercy gets postseason payback over Marian with three-game sweep

BLOOMFIELD HILLS >> Five regular season wins over Birmingham Marian were certainly welcome achievements, but only a payback victory in the playoffs was going to satisfy Farmington Hills Mercy’s volleyball program this year.

The two rival schools’ inevitable postseason meeting came Thursday in a Division 1 regional final. In control from start to finish, Mercy kept its winning ways going with a three-set sweep of Marian, 25-17, 25-18, 25-13, to help make amends for being eliminated by the Mustangs a year ago.

Marlins Earn District Crown

Farmington Hills Mercy sweeps Livonia Stevenson to earn MHSAA district championship.

Division 1 No. 1-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy rolled past Livonia Stevenson 3-0 to win the Michigan High School Athletic Association District 25 volleyball championship on Friday, Nov. 2, at Farmington.

Mercy cruised 25-13, 25-10, and 25-16 to improve to 50-2-0 on the season.

Junior Jess Mruzik had 13 kills, six aces, and two blocks. Senior Logan Beyer had seven kills. Senior Mallory Conrad and sophomore Kaylin

Collins both had five kills. Sophomore Julia Bishop had 30 assists and four kills. Senior Maddy Benoit had nine digs.

Mercy beat North Farmington 3-0 in the district semifinals.

Mercy stops Marian again to win Catholic League volleyball title

Mercy's had Marian's number all season. It was no different in Monday's Catholic High School League A-B Division championship volleyball match hosted by Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

The Marlins again had little problem with the Mustangs, winning in three straight games by the scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-20, to capture their second straight CHSL crown and seventh in program history. It marks the fourth time this season they've beaten the Mustangs without dropping a game.

"We've always been competitive. We just look at it as if we can play our game, we should accomplish this," said Mercy's veteran head coach Loretta Vogel. "I don't mean it like we're above everyone. I just mean that if every one plays to their ability, there should be a level of success."

Madame Campbell Receives Prestigious Award

Barbara Ort-Smith Award

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.

2018 Barbara Ort-Smith Recipient
Joyce Smetanka Campbell

Farmington Hills Mercy claims another Oakland County swim championship

The Farmington Hills Mercy girls swim team claimed another Oakland County championship on Saturday at Waterford Mott, scoring a total of 394 points for first place.

The Farmington Hills Mercy swim team poses with the Oakland County championship on Saturday at Waterford Mott after winning the county title with a score of 394 points. (KEN SWART - For Digial First Media)

Harrison/Farmington came in second with 277.5 while Rochester Adams placed third with 200.5.

The Marlins won two events in the meet. The team of Kylie Goit, Coutney Connolly, Julia Coffman and Greta Gidley won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:35.71. Ciara McCliment was the county diving champion as well, winning last night’s competition with a score of 397.25.

No. 2-ranked Mercy continues volleyball mastery over No. 7 Marian

Mercy continued its volleyball mastery over Marian Tuesday evening.

The Marlins completed a sweep of the Mustangs in Catholic League regular-season action by winning in three straight games for the second time this year. The final scores were, 25-19, 25-18, 25-23.

Mercy also defeated Marian in two straight games in the Dakota Invitational in late August.

Although Marian has dropped eight straight games to Mercy so far this year, first-year head coach Mayssa Cook believed this was her team's best effort against its Catholic League rival.

Mercy sweeps Marian in CHSL rivalry match

FARMINGTON HILLS – The Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team is making it clear that it’s going to take a great effort to beat them in 2018.

The Marlins showcased their potential again on Thursday night when they defeated Catholic League rival, and 2017 Class A runner-up, Birmingham Marian in three sets.

“The team is playing well and playing together and I think they have strong beliefs in what they can do as a team,” Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said after her team’s 25-16, 25-16, 27-25 victory. “We are progressing as we should be and (Thursday) was another example of that.”

Top volleyball players: Mercy's Jess Mruzik has Olympic dreams

Jess Mruzik couldn’t hold back the tears this past July when she learned she had made the United States Youth National Volleyball Team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Mruzik, a 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter at Farmington Hills Mercy, was among 20 players competing for 12 spots for the U.S. Youth Team that would be competing in Honduras to try and help the team qualify for the World Championships next summer.

Mruzik didn’t just earn a spot on the U.S. team; she also was named a captain and then earned MVP honors for leading her team to the 2018 NORCECA Girls U-18 Continental Championship.