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Mercy Senior Named to 2014 All-Western New York Academic Team

by cnewman

A Mount Mercy Academy senior has been named to Business First's 2014 All-Western New York Academic Team. Caitlin Matuszak (First Team) has qualified for this year's list of the 100 most outstanding high school seniors in the eight-county region.

Winners were chosen for their records of academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement. The top 25 were named to the First Team, 25 runners-up to the Second Team, and another 50 to the Special Mention list.

"This is a highly competitive award," said Jack Connors, president and publisher of Business First. "Think of it this way: We have about 20,000 high school seniors in Western New York this year, and we've picked only 100 for the Academic Team. That puts them in the upper one-half of one percent. They're the best and brightest students anywhere in this region."

Schools throughout the eight-county area were asked to nominate their smartest and most accomplished students for consideration by an eight-member committee, which included six admissions directors at area colleges and two Business First editors. A total of 122 schools responded with 419 nominees. (Each school was limited to four candidates.)

The complete list of 100 honorees -- along with their photos and profiles -- will be published in Business First's 2014-2015 Guide to Western New York Schools, which will hit newsstands on June 13.

"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."

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