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Mount Mercy Academy Helps Build Future Leaders

by Pat Burns


Mount Mercy Academy, under the direction of Mrs. Suzanne Overdorf, is once again offering its Leadership Program to females in eighth grade from local Catholic, Public and Charter schools. The program meets once per quarter at Mount Mercy Academy. The Institute will culminate with a graduation ceremony in May.

All local grammar schools were invited to participate. Twenty-six girls received recommendations from their principals to be part of The Mount Mercy Academy Leadership Academy. Participating schools in this exciting program are: South Buffalo Charter School, Notre Dame Academy, Queen of Heaven, St. John Vianney, West Seneca East Middle School, Southtowns Catholic, St. Monica at Nativity Miguel, Our Lady of Victory and Discovery School.

The program is designed to develop and refine inherent leadership skills. Public speaking is one of the main areas of focus during the program as it is an essential component of leadership.  Students are instructed on how to identify strong role models through the use of literature, film, poems and inspirational quotes.  Another facet of the program is learning about the moral responsibility that comes with leadership.  This includes the onus to use one’s gifts to improve the world.

Students create a vision board to help them realize their short term and long term goals for the future.  The future leaders are charged with the task of creating a service project based on a need in their schools or in the community. 

Overdorf, who is also a member of Mount Mercy’s Board of Trustees, commented, “Each year I witness the transformation in students when high behavioral expectations are set.  These students enter the program a little unsure of themselves and leave very confident with a better sense of who they are, where they want to go and what their responsibilities are in making our world better.”


"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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