Mount Mercy Academy honors local graduates at 113th baccalaureate

BUFFALO — On May 21, Mount Mercy Academy’s 113th graduating class held its Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony at the Regional Sisters of Mercy’s Chapel. The evening began with the class sharing its last mass together and concluded with the recognition of student accomplishments, the presentation of special awards and culminated in the announcement of all the academic monies earned by the Mount Mercy Class of 2018.

Paris Green of East Aurora delivered a reflection during the mass during which she highlighted how her faith has grown and developed as she became a woman of Mercy. She commented that she believes a Mount Mercy education is the most beneficial education for young women and that it helped to touch and change her mind in so many ways. Green believes that she is ready to take on the world thanks to her Mercy education.

Gifts, medals or certificates were distributed to the officers of various clubs, the editors of the school publications and members of the music department who participated for either three or four years. Also recognized were the students with perfect attendance during their senior year.

The Mount Mercy Science Academy provides an advanced academic track for students interested in health/science professions, which exceeds the New York State Regents program. Seven students have completed a four year journey which has included a rigorous course of study, attending experiential field trips, learning from the advice and guidance of guest speakers in the medical sciences, rotations of shadowing healthcare professional at Mercy Hospital, 30 hour internships, and written work reflecting these experiences. They completed all components of the Mount Mercy Science Academy program and have earned a white lab coat signifying their accomplishment.

Mary Barnes of Fredonia, has completed all components of the Mount Mercy Science Academy program and have earned a white lab coat signifying her accomplishments. The Science Department recognized Barnes for her interest, dedication and scholastic effort in the Sciences.

McAuley Scholars are those students who through their career at Mount Mercy Academy maintained a minimum of a 95 average. These students are required to take at least 2 AP or college level courses beginning in their sophomore year. The McAuley Scholars from the Class of 2018 are Barnes and Catherine Roth of Fredonia.

The Theology and Campus Ministry departments presented the Service Award to Roth for her extraordinary commitment to service work, both in her school and community. She has demonstrated incredible work ethic and dedication in servicing the needs of those around her.

The entire senior class was recognized for successfully completing the Leadership Program, a program offered to students to learn more about varied aspects of leadership since it is one of the five hallmarks of a Mercy Education.

The Ryan Purcell Memorial Foundation was established in 2012, in honor of Ryan Purcell, whose life came to a tragic end. Ryan was a well liked and compassionate student, who through tireless efforts devoted his short life to empowering other student to believe in themselves and reach their full potential, both in and out of school. On behalf of Dr. Peter and Lisa Purcell and their family, Mount Mercy was honored to present the Ryan Purcell Memorial Team Spirit Scholarship to Barnes.

The 63 young women of the Mount Mercy Academy Class of 2018 earned over $14 million in merit based scholarships and grants.