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News of Note 11/23

by Pat Burns


Morning Announcements


This year Mount Mercy Academy is once again presenting its morning announcements live via you TUBE. The students are preparing and reading the announcements as well as producing the graphics for the show. Eight students, along with Jackie Roberts, Director of Community Relations and Advancement and Linda Silva, Network Administrator/Technology Coordinator produce the programming. 

On-Air personalities include senior Kyra Soto (Buffalo), juniors Paige Lapadat (Orchard Park), Alison Mysiak (Holland), and Kayla Pietrkiewicz (Buffalo), sophomore Vayana Stoyanova (Gowanda) and freshmen Gabrielle Bauerlein (Orchard Park) and Isabelle Reaszka (Orchard Park). Technical support is provided by Megan Amicone (Buffalo) and Trinity Kehoe (Derby), as well as by the on-air students.



Mount Mercy Academy Sponsors Blood Donation


Last Thursday Mount Mercy Academy held its annual blood drive. The drive, sponsored by Connect Life, was coordinated by Catherine Luhr, Mount Mercy’s Dean of Academics and Student Life and Donate Life moderator. Mount Mercy had twenty-seven donators and their donations have the capability of saving 75 local lives.

The students were proud to do their part to help the Western New York Community. Junior Madison Serafini Buffalo) has donated blood twice at Mount Mercy. "This year was my second time donating blood during the Connect Life blood drive. I decided to give blood because I read that my one donation can save up to three lives," Serafini stated. "I am in good health and able to give blood to others who need it. If I needed blood, I would want someone to donate it for me."


Mount Mercy Continues to Address Social-Emotional Needs of Its Students



One of the many components that New York State stated should be included when schools reopened was addressing social-emotional well-being.  Mount Mercy Academy continues to go well above and beyond this mandate.

The school once again has a daily extended homeroom to facilitate social-emotional development. Mondays are usually reserved for emotional check-ins and bonding activities. Wednesdays are designated as Wellness Wednesdays and have included activities such as a school-wide walk around Cazenovia Park, presentations about beneficial health practices and guest speakers. 

So far this year, speakers have included Christy Widman who spoke about the dangers of vaping and smoking, Jennifer Sullivan who talked about skin cancer prevention, Carolyn Bell who presented about self-esteem, Tonya Coyle discussed nutrition, Becky Ventre educated the students about substance abuse and breast cancer awareness, Kristen Mazur of the Orchard Park Police Department spoke about social media safety and Kimberly Bovo informed the students about the importance of proper posture.

The Monday and Wednesday activities will continue throughout the school year.

"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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