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  This past week students in the Women in Social Sciences Program at Mount Mercy Academy had the opportunity to interact with Kelly (Lotz) Sutton, a 1999 graduate of Mount Mercy and a licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She is the program director of Personalized Recovery Oriented Services at BestSelf Behavioral Health in Orchard Park. She informed the students about her program and mental health services and treatments. She also advised students about the various paths that they may take in college to become a social worker.

Junior Erin Jackson (Buffalo) commented: “It was very enlightening to learn about some of the types of careers in mental health that I was not aware of before.”


Mount Mercy sophomore Claire Mullen (Orchard Park) recently competed in and won the WNY Brain Bee Competition.  The competition was held at Canisius College and tests students’ knowledge on human brain topics such as anatomy, development, sensation, movement and neurological disorders. Students must answer multiple choice questions in round one, free response questions in round two and then they answer an oral question and face a panel of judges.

    This contest is held worldwide and is meant to motivate students to learn about the brain, captures their imaginations and inspires them to pursue careers in neuroscience.  There are currently contests in 50 different countries, spanning six continents.

    Mullen heard about the contest from Mount Mercy science teacher Kathleen Collins and decided to give it a try.  With her win, she earned 200 dollars toward college and will represent Western New York at Penn State’s Medical School on April 12-14.  There she will compete with 4000 high school students, competing for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship.

    The contest was sponsored by the Canisius College Biology Department and the Buffalo Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.  


Photo:  Kelly Sutton poses with some of the Mount Mercy students who listened to her presentation.

"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

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