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58 McAuley Scholars Inducted

by cnewman

The Mercy Center Chapel was the setting for the ninth annual Mount Mercy Academy McAuley Scholar Induction Ceremony held on Tuesday, October 25 2011.

McAuley Scholars and Candidates, along with families and friends were welcomed by MMA Principal Mrs. Margaret Staszak. Sister Mary Ellen Twist, RSM, President of the Academy opened the ceremony with a special invocation. Mrs. Jean Campbell, Director of Ethics and Excellence at MMA, offered congratulations and words of encouragement to the students and their parents. Mrs. Staszak presented certificates to fifty-eight students who were inducted as McAuley Scholars.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are inducted into the McAuley  Scholar program by maintaining a 94% or better grade average each quarter of the academic year. The designation lasts one year and students must reapply to the program the following school year. A ninth grade student is considered for special recognition as a candidate if she scores 600 or better on the Mount Mercy Academy/High School Placement Exam and receives two  positive letters of recommendation from her teachers.

"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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