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A Message From the President...

I am grateful for the privilege of serving as President of Mount Mercy Academy during these past six and 1/2 years. Throughout this time I believe much has been accomplished with the help and support of our Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, parents and benefactors to bring the systems of our school to a new level of functioning and better efficiency; for example, our academic programs, with extensive advanced classes and programming for career development, the finance office with updated policies and procedures, the advancement efforts including Alumnae relations, endowments, significant sponsorships, scholarships and grants as well as marketing and recruitment, beyond the traditional boundaries.

Within these six years we have been challenged by a significant drop in the demographics of the Western New York region as well as a severe recession. Yet our benefactors continue to support the school, allowing us to grow through the challenges and prepare strategically to face the future.  Each area has been a focus of attention of the Board and the support of active, working committees as well as our faculty and staff.

I will always treasure my long-standing relationship with MMA and will continue to support this very important ministry in any way I am able.  I am convinced that Catherine McAuley's mission of educating young women is being realized more now than ever in the history of Mount Mercy.   Our girls are flourishing, are happy to come to school and are well prepared for college and career.

It is time for me to withdraw from the leadership position and allow someone new to continue to work with you for the future of our school. I am planning to resign my position on June 30, 2015 and seek some sabbatical time. I will miss our MMA family so very much, yet trust that God is leading our school forward under the guidance of Mother McAuley.

Thank you for your support,
Sister Mary Ellen Twist, RSM '60
President, Mount Mercy Academy


"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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