Here at Merrillville Community School Corporation, we have a lot to be proud of:
- Class of 2021 earned more than $789,000 in scholarships*; 14.7% earned academic honors diplomas; 2% earned technical honors diplomas; 5.1% earned both academic and honors diplomas.
- Three students from the Merrillville Academic Teams earned their academic letters.
- 2021 is the first time at MHS that a valedictorian and/or a salutatorian earned their Certificates of Multilingual proficiency or CoMPs, let alone BOTH! The 2021 Salutatorian earned hers in Arabic/English, and she is the first ever Merrillville student to earn it. The 2021 Valedictorian earned his in Spanish/English
- Thirty-six Merrillville High School juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society.
- Miller Elementary School Principal Jennifer Griffin completed her second year reading books to families weekly on the Miller PTO Facebook Page, using Facebook Live.
- MHS Assistant Principal Candace Lillie was awarded the Indiana Association of Student Councils Administrator of the Year for the High School Division, 2019-2020. Administrator of the Year Award recognizes building administrators who have shown strong and continued support of student activities in their schools. She was chosen by a group of students, advisers and other school faculty who determined she has created an environment where the students and staff feel encouraged and appreciated.
- The Educational Theatre Foundation’s (ETF) new Thespian Relief Fund awarded Merrillville High School Thespian Troupe #1692 a grant of $1,500 to support theatre education and production during the 2020-21 academic year.
- Members of the Merrillville High School Thespian Troupe #1692 earned accolades at the Thespian Nation Live conference, a virtual multistate event.
- In individual event competitions, a freshman ranked superior in scenic design, qualifying to compete at the International Thespian Festival in the 2021 summer;
- Two duos were ranked excellent in duet acting;
- Two seniors were offered college scholarships: one earned more than $50,000 in scholarship offers from several schools across the country; one was recognized as a Distinguished Senior and was offered a full-ride scholarship to the University of Indianapolis.
- For the eighth year in a row, Merrillville will represent the state, as a junior was re-elected as State Thespian Officer. She is the first MHS STO to serve two terms.
- MHS Thespian Troupe was recognized for the third year in a row as a Gold Ranked Honor Troupe for its efforts in participation, community service and outreach.
- All 20 Merrillville High School choir students who competed in ISSMA state events received gold medal ratings. Students competed in 13 vocal solos, one piano solo and six ensembles, earning a total of 88 gold medals in all. In addition, eight of the 20 earned their golds with distinction!
- Poets of Permanent Ink were selected to compete in the Purdue University Northwest Impact Slam. MHS senior won second place for his piece. This was the fourth year in a row that Permanent Ink competed in a poetry slam at the university.
- Misc. Highlights
- For the first time in the history of the Board of School Trustees of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, women hold the majority. In addition, for the first time in the corporation’s history, two educators hold the top two leadership roles.
The new entrance of Pierce Middle School was completed. Construction over the previous months brought the administrative offices to the front of the building and changed visitor traffic flow through the entrance to increase overall security and add workspace. The new entrance allows visiting parents to have better access to administrators.
The James F. Giannini family donated seven and a half acres of land, located at 124 E. 73rd Ave., near Pierce Middle School, to the school corporation.