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Middle School Students Participate in the Mount Mercy Academy Leadership Challenge

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Standing: Rosemary Cole, Jane Kent, Mia Posey, Alexis Sandor, Megan Michalski, Naomi Parisi, Sophia Robinson, Shea Halpenny. Seated: Bria Posey, Gabrielle Sikorski, Olivia Harrington, Sara Zasowski, Mya Forster, Cierra Balbuzoski
Standing: Rosemary Cole, Jane Kent, Mia Posey, Alexis Sandor, Megan Michalski, Naomi Parisi, Sophia Robinson, Shea Halpenny. Seated: Bria Posey, Gabrielle Sikorski, Olivia Harrington, Sara Zasowski, Mya Forster, Cierra Balbuzoski

True Leadership develops as a result of confidence, resilience, knowledge, wisdom, and the courage to step up to opportunities that are presented. Simply put, leadership skills matter and Mount Mercy Academy offers your middle school students an opportunity to gain an advantage today, in high school, in college and beyond.

Mount Mercy Academy proudly announces the start of the exciting new program - the Mercy Leadership Challenge. Fourteen eighth grade students from various grammar schools throughout Western New York were selected by their principals to participate. The program provides these students the opportunity to gain a competitive edge by learning, developing and experiencing leadership.

Students attend a full day program at Mount Mercy Academy during their normal school day and throughout the fall of 2013. They are studying topics such as: Leadership in High School and College, How to be a Leader Every Day, Turning Leadership into Service, Rachel's Challenge: A Message of Kindness & Compassion.  Students work with Mount Mercy Academy's faculty and students to create a memorable and educational experience.

On September 18, 2013, participants attended their first session and worked with Empower Girls Buffalo on a project to help each student discover their own strengths with being a leader and build on essential life skills to help them grow socially, emotionally and academically. Empower Girls Buffalo was created by Michele Sixt Melligan, MMA Class of 1992 and Janine Galante and their motto is "embrace the positive."

In the next session, the Mercy Leadership Challenge students will participate in activities relating to Rachel's Challenge - a program designed to teach kindness and compassion with a strong anti-bullying message, directly with Mercy students. 

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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