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Hillery Named Mount Mercy's Outstanding Senior Athlete

                Abigail Hillery of Hamburg was named Mount Mercy Academy’s Outstanding Senior Athlete of the year at the school’s recent Baccalaureate Mass.  Hillery participated in soccer, basketball and lacrosse for the Magic.

                She played soccer for four years, including three on the varsity team.  During her sophomore year she scored 2 goals and had 3 assists.  In her junior season she was a First Team All-Catholic selection and notched 6 goals and 7 assists.  She returned to the All-Catholic First Team as a senior and finished with 8 goals and 10 assists.  She served as a captain as a junior and senior.  “During her three years on Varsity, Abby only missed two practices. She was not only accountable, but worked hard at every practice and game. Abby would give 110% effort everyday while at the same time giving constructive feedback and encouragement to her teammates,” Coach Brittany Myers commented.  “The underclassmen looked up to her. She is a well-rounded player with speed, endurance, and technical skills. Despite her size, she could match up against the toughest players in the top division.”

                Hillery also played basketball for four years, including two on the varsity.  She was a hard worker who never gave up or got down and always did whatever was asked of her. She showed remarkable improvement throughout the years.

                In addition, she was on the lacrosse team for two seasons.  She played as a freshman and then concentrated on travel soccer for two years before returning to the team for her senior year.  She had thirteen goals and an assist this season and was a Second Team All-Catholic selection.  Hillery was a captain of the team and a very dedicated leader according to Coach Kristi Reed.  “Abby always lifted up players around her and helped those who seemed to be struggling. Her attendance at practice was impeccable.  She was a very unselfish player.  She would go for the good pass before taking a poor shot.  Stats didn't mean much to Abby, she just wanted to be the best team mate she could be,” Reed commented.

                Not only is Hillery a talented athlete, she is also a top student.  She was a member of the National Honor Society and a McAuley Scholar.  Hillery, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hillery of Hamburg will attend Niagara University in the fall where she hopes to continue her soccer career.

"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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