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Mount Mercy Academy Announces Its Valedictorian and Salutatorian


   At the recent Third Quarter Honors Assembly, Mount Mercy Academy Principal Margaret Staszak named the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2019.  Madeline Szwed and Kaitlyn Morris were honored for their outstanding four year academic records.

    Szwed, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Szwed of Cheektowaga, finished her four years with the highest cumulative average earning the right to be the Valedictorian for the Mount Mercy Academy Class of 2019.  Szwed is a student ambassador and is the president of the McAuley Chapter of National Honor Society. In addition she is a section editor of the school yearbook, a member of the Health and Science Academy, environmental and foreign language clubs and a McAuley Scholar. Szwed is a four year member of both the soccer and lacrosse programs.   She plans to attend Rochester Institute Technology in the fall to study chemistry. Szwed received an Air Force ROTC Type One scholarship which will cover her tuition and room and board in full.  She has also received a Presidential Scholarship to RIT. She will enter the Air Force as a second lieutenant and will work as a chemist.

    Morris, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morris of Orchard Park, completed her years at Mount Mercy with the second highest overall average in the class, and was named as the Salutatorian for the Class of 2019.  Morris is the vice-president of student government, a member of the National Honor Society and a McAuley Scholar. She is a section editor for the school yearbook and is a member of mock trial, Pure Magic Show Choir and foreign language club. Morris plans to attend Mercyhurst University in the fall and will major in music therapy.  She has earned four scholarships from the university, including the Mercyhurst Music Scholarship, Herriman Merit Award, Heritage Award and Erie Diocese Award.

    Mount Mercy’s 114th graduation will be held on May 22, 2019.

"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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