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Academy of Science & Healthcare Celebrates Second Reunion

Home from college and excited to share with friends, recent MMA alums gathered with the members of the Science Academy at Mercy Hospital on January 14th.   Mercy Hospital Volunteer Coordinator, Anne McGillicuddy, and C.J.Urlaub, President and CEO of Mercy Hospital, hosted the gathering as the college  students shared their journeys from MMA's program to their college preparation for many healthcare  careers, both clinical and non‐clinical. The enthusiasm was high as each one spoke of her personal  discernment and how MMA's exposure to health‐related careers and hands‐on experience prepared her  for this journey toward the fulfillment of her goals in service of others. 

Graduates of MMA and of the MMA Science Academy reunited this evening to meet with current MMA students involved in the partnership program between the school and Mercy Hospital. The college students base most of the success they are now experiencing on the unique opportunity they participated in during their Mount Mercy days. Pictured are Mrs. Ann McGillicuddy, Director of Volunteer Services at Mercy Hospital, Class of 2014 Erin Kelleher, Jordan Huss, and Shannon Moran, Mercy Hospital CEO CJ Urlaub, MMA Class of 2012 Kaitlin Hess, Emily Diaz and Janelle Lauciello, and MMA President Sr. Mary Ellen Twist.

"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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