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Mount Mercy Academy Announces Its Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Mount Mercy Academy Principal Margaret Staszak recently named the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2020.  Allysyn Pajek and Olivia Larson were honored for their outstanding four year academic records.

    Pajek, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pajek of West Seneca, finished her four years with the highest cumulative average earning the right to be the Valedictorian for the Mount Mercy Academy Class of 2020.  Pajek is very active in athletics and music at Mount Mercy.  She was a member of the varsity volleyball, bowling and tennis teams and a four year member of Pure Magic, the school’s show choir.  She is also a member of the McAuley Chapter of National Honor Society and a McAuley Scholar.  In addition she is a member of the school yearbook staff, a member of the Health and Science Academy, and the Steam club. She plans to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall to study biological science and Spanish. 

    Larson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Larson 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 2020.  Larson is the president of student government, a member of the National Honor Society and a McAuley Scholar.  She was the co-editor of the school yearbook for two years and is a member of mock trial, and a student ambassador. In addition, she has established a non-profit, For Every Little Handprint.  Larson has not yet decided on a college, but she plans to major in finance with a second major or minor in real estate.



"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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