Diplomas were bestowed on 142 seniors at Marian High School’s 55th annual commencement exercises at St. Hugo of the Hills Church, Bloomfield Hills. Valedictorians of the Marian Class of 2017 are Katherine Gordon (Farmington Hills), Elli Johnson (Huntington Woods), and Eliana Margherio (Bloomfield Hills).
Barbara Spreitzer-Berent, Class of 1970, was selected as Marian High School’s 2017 Distinguished Alumna for her professional accomplishments, her spirit of generosity in her volunteerism, and her commitment to her high school. As Distinguished Alumna, Barbara addressed the Class of 2017 at its commencement ceremony at St. Hugo of the Hills Church.
Each year, Marian High School celebrates STEM Week with special projects or activities in science and math classes, in addition to hosting a STEM Career Night for Marian students and junior high school students.
Four Marian senior athletes made college commitments when they recently signed national letters of intent. Rebekah Irwin signed to swim at Washington and Lee University, while Maria Kaschalk, Hannah Redoute, and Elaina Eckert agreed to play soccer at three different colleges. Maria signed with Troy University; Hannah signed with Western Michigan University, and Elaina signed with Marquette University.
Twenty seven members from Marian High School’s Spanish Honor Society (SHS) traveled to Neinas Elementary School in southwest Detroit to work with third grade students and celebrate the holidays. The Marian students, accompanied by Mrs. Stacey Cushman, SHS moderator, were welcomed by the 33 students of Mrs. Amy Lazarowicz.
Two Marian High School seniors recently made college commitments. Sophia Schott and Kailyn Swantek signed national letters of intent to swim in college. Sophia signed with Northwestern University, and Kailyn signed with the University of Pittsburgh.
While voters from two Bloomfield Township precincts were voting in the front of the building on Election Day, Marian High School faculty and administrators were participating in a full-day workshop presented by Laura Arndt, a consultant from McREL International, in the school’s library media center.
Marian Senior Danielle Videtich’s original artwork took first place at the Student Art Town show sponsored by the Birmingham Community House. Her monochromatic self-portrait took the show’s top award, earning her an art set.
Three Marian High School art students won top awards at the “Care for our Common Home” juried student art exhibit, sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The exhibition, held in conjunction with Earth Week, follows the environmental theme of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. The art exhibit runs at the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe, MI through May 22.
Marian’s Spanish Honor Society (SHS) recently visited Detroit’s Neinas Elementary School for what has become an annual visit. Neinas Elementary is a preK-5th grade, public, dual language learning academy in southwest Detroit. More than half of the students who attend Neinas are bilingual, while some speak only Spanish.
Marian High School recently recognized the volunteer contributions of five alumnae parent at the National Philanthropy Day Dinner sponsored by the Greater Detroit Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). These five individuals were honored for a combined 48 years of service to Marian High School students by serving as volunteers for the school’s drama program, the Marian Rice Players.
Two Marian students, Senior Anne Koziara and Junior Katie Schulz, came back to school with top honors after competing at the Michigan Thespian Festival at Saginaw Valley State University, December 4-5. Over 1,900 students participated in the festival which featured workshops and plays in addition to the competition.
Marian High School’s long-awaited Marian Commons, 20,000 square feet of student gathering spaces and food services, opened to the public during the school’s Class Reunions Weekend. Alumnae, families, and friends were able to get a “sneak peek” at the renovated facility before the Commons opened its doors to students the following day.
Bloomfield Hills – Three Marian High School seniors recently signed national letters of intent to play their sports in college. Colleen Grombala signed with John Carroll University to play lacrosse; Lauren Ogurek will also attend John Carroll University to play softball, and Maria Hickey will be playing basketball at Lake Forest College.
Marian High School announced that Sera Stevens has been named a commended student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Vivian Christy, academic dean, to this scholastically talented senior.