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Senior Class Service Project Updates

  The Mount Mercy Academy students and staff continued to participate in many service opportunities in March, just as they have for the past five months.  This year Campus Minister and senior theology teacher Mary Colby is asking members of the senior class to plan and coordinate a service project. During March nine seniors initiated service projects.

    Haley George (Elma) organized a cook out to benefit SMART (Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Team).  George and a team of volunteers raised $520 for SMART.

    Zoe Gonez (Hamburg) took a group of seniors to Harvey Austin School to volunteer and were able to enjoy the school assembly to honor Black History Month.

    Cecelia Lauciello (Orchard Park) organized an afternoon of card making in the school cafeteria.  Students gathered to create cards for patients at Roswell, hoping to provide a smile to the patients during their treatments.  Emilie Harper (Buffalo) encouraged students to create cards for the children at Oishei Children’s Hospital and Makayla McLaughlin (Orchard Park) had students create cards to accompany supplies collected for patients at BryLin Hospital.  

    Julia Orcutt (West Seneca) led an event at the Mercy Center.  Students and Sisters gathered to do some spring planting, a service event that targeted one of the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns, Reverence the Earth.  

    Ryan Robinson (Buffalo) gathered students to volunteer at the after school program at Discovery School.  The volunteers helped students with homework.

Alesia Hamm (Buffalo) gathered gifts for a Pro Life baby shower at St. Teresa’s parish and hosted the event with the help of a few student volunteers.  

Leiann Elminowski (Buffalo) led a team of volunteers in an event at Compeer West Inc.  Elminowski and her team of volunteers helped out with an art class helping the guests to make bird houses.  

The Mount Mercy community continues to follow foundress Catherine McAuley’s vision of compassionate service and affirming the dignity and uniqueness of individuals.


"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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