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Megan Sheehan '13 Named National Merit Scholar Finalist

by cnewman

Megan M. Sheehan, a senior at Mount Mercy Academy was named a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has run its national awards program since 1955. The 2012-2013 semifinalists were chosen from an initial pool of 1.5 million students across the United States, who took last year's PSAT/NMSQT, the qualifying test. The 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, which are worth over $32 million, will be awarded in the spring.

Megan is one of only four girls chosen from the seven all-girl high schools in Western New York. She is currently enrolled in three AP classes and upon graduation, will have completed seven. She is the recipient of a full scholarship to MMA for the outstanding score on the Catholic High School Entrance Exam.

Megan is an active participant in the school community. She is a Mount Mercy Academy Student Ambassador, the Vice President of Student Government, the Co-Editor and writer for the Mercienne (school yearbook), a member of the National Honor Society, a McAuley Scholar, as well as enrolled in MMA's Academy of Science and Healthcare.

Sheehan is just as active on the field, as she is in the classrooms and hallways of MMA. She plays both Varsity Soccer and Basketball and was voted Captain of her Varsity Soccer team this year.

"I am not sure about college yet but I am considering a major in Biomedical Engineering, followed by medical school," states Sheehan. "My dream schools are Harvard or Stanford."

Mount Mercy Academy commends Megan Sheehan for this outstanding achievement.


"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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