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Mount Mercy Inducts 45 McAuley Scholars

In a tradition that dates back to 2002, Mount Mercy Academy inducted 45 students as 2018-19 Mount Mercy McAuley Scholars. McAuley Scholars are students who distinguish themselves through their academic rigor by maintaining an average of 95% or above throughout the school year.  Students who are awarded with this honor exemplify a commitment to the Hallmarks of a Mercy Education, including Dedication to Christian Values, Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Commitment to Compassionate Service. McAuley Scholars pledge to live a life of integrity according to the spirit of Mother Catherine McAuley and to imitate her gentleness, her compassionate service, and her respect for the dignity of all people.

Sixteen seniors from the Class of 2019 were inducted: Madelyn Bentkowski (Buffalo), Kathleen Collopy                (Buffalo), Megan Cycon (West Seneca), Emily Eberl (West Seneca), Cecilia Lauciello  (Orchard Park), Alyssa Lickfeld (Buffalo),  Allison Mazurkiewicz (Blasdell),  Kaitlyn Morris (Orchard Park),  Angelina Pacholczak (Orchard Park), Katherine Pappas (Buffalo),  Abbigayle Reid (Buffalo), Mariah Rullan (Buffalo),  Josslynn Strang (Westfield),  Alana Szumla (West Seneca),  Madeline Szwed (Cheektowaga) and  Grace Willert (West Seneca).

Seventeen juniors from the Class of 2020 were also inducted: Kathleen Ball (Buffalo), Brigid Burke (Buffalo),                Hannah Dierolf (West Seneca), Madeline Fecio (Buffalo),             Grace Harrington (West Seneca), Elizabeth Higgins (Buffalo), Erin Jackson (Buffalo), Lily Kasperek (Forestville), Jillian Kotwica (Orchard Park), Olivia Larson (Orchard Park), Chloe McHugh-Freedenberg (Lakeview),  Evelyn Nowak (Orchard Park), Allysyn Pajek (West Seneca),  Natalie Redmond (Buffalo), Jenna Shalloe (West Seneca),  Jessica Shaw (Buffalo) and Christina Zambron (Lackawanna).

                Completing the list of inductees were twelve sophomores from the Class of 2021: Lara Groves (Buffalo), Megan Jozwiak (Springville), Emily Kessler (West Seneca), Angelina Larivey (Lackawanna), Madeline Lickfeld (Buffalo), Claire Mullen (Orchard Park), Megan Quinn (Hamburg), Megan Reilly (Hamburg), Emily Rhoads (Orchard Park), Victoria Trzaska (Buffalo), Hannah Vattes (Buffalo), and  Rheanna Welsh (Lackawanna).

"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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