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Junior Class Ring Day

by Pat Burns

Mount Mercy Academy Holds Its Annual Ring Day


The day that every Mount Mercy student eagerly awaits occurred on Thursday February 4th.  The juniors from the Class of 2023 received their school rings in a ceremony held in the Mercy Center Auditorium.  At this event, students placed the distinctive Mercy ring on their fingers for the first time.

Tina Webster, Director of Admissions and Junior Class Moderator, as well as an alumna from the Class of 1991, served as the mistress of ceremony for the evening.  Junior class president Alexis Garmong (Buffalo) welcomed the parents and classmates to the ceremony.  Bridget Doherty (Buffalo), junior class vice-president, explained the history of the ring.

The signature Mercy Ring, a rite of passage and responsibility, was first worn in 1916. The ring is a reminder of the virtues held dear by Mercy students and Alumnae. The gold band represents loyalty to God, country, and school. The seven pearls represent faith, hope, charity, obedience, humility, patience, and joy.

Readings were proclaimed by juniors Kayla Pietrkiewciz (Buffalo) and Kennedy Cerrone (Colden).  Ellie Godsoe (Buffalo), who is the student government vice-president presented a reflection on what the ring means to her and her classmates.

The students received their rings from Mrs. Michele Melligan, the school’s Head of School.  Melligan, a 1992 Mount Mercy graduate, also shared her own reflections on the meaning of her Mount Mercy Academy ring.

Ms. Maureen Robertson McOwen, a 1990 graduate of Mount Mercy, addressed the members of the class of 2023 about what her ring has meant to her and the significance of the Mount Mercy Academy ring for the newest ring recipients.

Mount Mercy Academy is a distinctly Catholic college-preparatory high school dedicated to educating young women for academic excellence, compassionate service, Christian leadership, global awareness and life-long learning. Rooted in Catherine McAuley's vision for women and those who are poor, Mount Mercy affirms the uniqueness and dignity of individuals and fosters faith with a commitment to the challenges of building a just society.

"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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