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Leadership Challenge Class of 2019

Standing: Julia Walsh, Bridgit Hayes, Elise Miller, Catherine Russo, Amanda Radwan, Makayla McLaughlin, Kaitlyn Morris, Emily Eberl, Lauren Zimmer, Olivia Nasternak; Seated: Cecilia Lauciello, Madelyn Bentokowski, Clare Miller, Madeline Kotwica, Camryn Warren, Marisa Warren

On November 13, 2014, proud participants attended their final session of the Mount Mercy Academy Leadership Challenge.

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.

Principals, from grammar schools throughout the area, nominate two students from their 8th grade 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 2014. 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.

"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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