19th Annual Mercy Honors Awards Dinner

Celebrating Mercy at Mercy!


Congratulations to our 2018 Mercy Honors Award Recipients! The 19th Annual Mercy Honors dinner was held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Mount Mercy Academy. This is the first time the event was ever held at our beautiful school and it was a huge success! We were so proud to honor Mercy alumnae and friends of Mercy right in our building. The gym was transformed into an elegant formal dinner setting and our guests were able to walk through the Mercy halls. Dinner was catered by the ever popular Frontier Catering and the food and service were both magnificent. It was truly a Mercy Magical evening!

The program started with a wonderful speech from our student speaker, Kaitlyn Morris from the Class of 2019. Kaitlyn, an Honor Roll student , a McAuley Scholar and member of the National Honor Society, participates in numerous activities at Mercy including Student Government, Foreign Language Club, Health Care and Career Club, the Pure Magic Show Choir and Mock Trial, just to name a few. Kaitlyn also finds time to volunteer countless hours for community organizations such as the YMCA, Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity. Mount Mercy is honored to have such amazing students like Kaitlyn who are carving out their own distinguished paths fueled by the spirit of Mercy!

Our mistress of ceremonies for the evening was once again Bonnie Kane Lockwood ’73. Bonnie has such a wonderful way with words and a presence that truly makes the night special and engaging. And of course, she always keeps us laughing!

Student Speaker Kaitlyn Morris ’19 with our hostess Bonnie Kane Lockwood ’73

The irrefutable and deserving focus of the night was on our amazing honorees. Each year we recognize deserving honorees with awards for Distinguished Alumna and the Spirit of Mercy Awards. As always, the evening was fantastic and inspiring.  The amazing accomplishments of our respected honorees gave us all a reason to celebrate.

Their achievements, ambition and commitment show us just how sincerely inspirational they are. They gave unbelievable speeches and hearing about all they have achieved left everyone in the room feeling excited and encouraged. All of our honorees show a dedication and commitment to their community, to their personal success and are truly ministers of mercy. Congratulations again to our Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna honorees: Catie Burke Gavin ’93, Stephanie Hnatiw ’66, Dr. Colleen Mattimore MD FAAP ’77 and Sharon Porcellio ’75. The Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna Award honors alumnae of Mount Mercy Academy who have distinguished themselves as women of faith, knowledge, integrity and compassion.  They are women whose accomplishments in all areas of her life - family, community & career reflect the legacy and mission of Catherine McAuley.  Congratulations to our Spirit of Mercy honorees: Karen Connors Erickson ’63 and Bob Hughes. The Spirit of Mercy Award honors persons who exhibit the Spirit of Mercy in their professional and personal lives, most notably for their commitment and dedication to their community. Thank you all for inspiring us! Please take the time to read the full biographies of these amazing honorees; they are all truly gifts from God. The event program is linked below.

The Honorees (L-R): Dr. Colleen Mattimore ’77, Catie Burke Gavin ’93, Karen Connors Erickson ’63, Stephanie Hnatiw ’66, Sharon Porcellio ’75 and Bob Hughes.

A sincere thank you goes out to the wonderful ladies of our Mercy Honors committee, without their hard work this event wouldn’t be possible. We especially thank Mary Waters McDonald ’81, the event chairperson, who works tirelessly on ensuring the success of our Mercy Honors dinner.


Click here to view the 2018 Mercy Honors Event Program


Each year we recognize deserving honorees with awards for achievement in their careers, community involvement, and dedication to Mount Mercy Academy. Do you know someone deserving to be honored? Please fill out THIS NOMINATION FORM to submit a potential honoree.


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.  They are truly ministers of Mercy who "live justly, act in tenderness and with humility journey with their God" (Micah 6).   

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 aninspiration for, and has earned the respect and admiration of students and collegues over the years.


Thank you for your continued support!





"Attending Mount Mercy Academy is one of the best decisions I could have made. Since day one they have challenged me academically, to strive and succeed. For the past two years at Mount Mercy, I received so much help from all the teachers. They are always open to help me with any questions I have. My teachers have even taken time whenever they can to help me to do well with upcoming tests and quizzes. With their help I have been on both honor rolls, and have been a scholar athlete."

Bella Longo

Class of 2019

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