Save the Date!

The 2023 Mercy Honors Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023. We hope that you join us for a wonderful evening celebrating amazing women and men of Mercy. 

We are currently accepting nominations!

Description of Awards

The Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna Award is presented to an alumna of Mount Mercy Academy who has distinguished herself as a woman of faith, knowledge, integrity and compassion. A woman whose accomplishments in all areas of her life - family, community, career - reflect the legacy and mission of Catherine McAuley, the Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

The Spirit of Mercy Award is an annual presentation of Mount Mercy Academy to those who exhibit the Spirit of Mercy in their professional and personal lives. The recipients are honored for their outstanding commitment and dedication to their community.

The Sister Sally Walz Memorial Award is presented to a woman, strong in Faith, who is distinguished in her family and career, a woman who shares her talent with the Mount Mercy Academy community, a volunteer who brings that generosity of time and talent that marked Sister Sally’s life. This award is given to an alumna who, like Sister Sally, has “an expansive heart that is always welcoming and a generosity of time and talent for what needs to be done.”

The Mercy Devotion Award is presented to a faculty or staff member at the Academy who has served as an inspiration for, and has earned the respect and admiration of students and colleagues over the years.  

The Mount Mercy Academy Sports Hall of Fame. The distinction of being named an inductee into the Mount Mercy Academy Sports Hall of Fame will bestowed on individuals who accomplished outstanding athletic achievements during their time at Mercy. In addition to athletics, recipients will be those who have represented themselves in good character both professionally and in their community and shown a commitment to Catholic and Mercy values and sportsmanship.

2022 Mercy Honors Recipients

Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna Honorees

  • Kelly O’Connell Kinderman ’95
  • Mary Kate Zebracki Loftus ’95
  • Elizabeth Beiring Kim ’83
  • Lauren Dunford Kuwik ’00

Spirit of Mercy Honorees

  • Suzanne Fox Overdorf ’60
  • Terry O’Dea Michalek ’71

Sister Sally Walz Memorial

  • Vincenetta Ventresca O’Donnell ’61

Click here to view the listing of past honorees


Thank you for your continued support!

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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