In June 2017, Hannah Gilges, a rising senior at Mercy, was invited to speak at a UN Conference entitled "The Future and Ocean: Children and Youth Perspective on Everything Ocean." This UN conference was organized by a variety of international youth organizations, one of which was KinderEnergy, a non-profit international organization whose mission is to improve the lives of young children in rural areas by offering more opportunities and access to basic education. Last fall, Hannah and her classmates launched a KinderEnergy Club at Mercy, and hosted a 6th grade family Ride-a-thon fundraiser which brought our new 6th grade families together and raised $1,600 for KinderEnergy. One hundred percent of the revenues were used to purchase bikes for students in Cambodia. Nice job, Hannah!

Congratulations to all Mercy girls who made the Honor Roll!

2016-2017 Q4 Scholarship and Honor Roll


Congratulations to Marchella Leone '18, Rian Gray '18, Melanie Pitcher '19, and Natalie Laiosa '19 for being accepted into the 2017 Monroe County Sheriff's Teen Police Academy! The Academy is designed to give teens across the county an introduction to law enforcement training. Our girls will gain an understanding of law enforcement’s role in our community. The training will include classroom instruction, actual role-plays, and rigorous physical fitness training. Nice job!


The Mercy/McQuaid sailing team came in first place at the Cleveland Foundry regatta on May 20. Way to go!


We are very happy to announce that Mercy seniors Emma Weber and Diana Colpoys were recognized as Exceptional Senior Scholar Athletes by the Private Parochial League. Congrats!


Congratulations to Mercy senior Megan Kilmartin who signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Mercyhurst University in the fall where she will major in Forensic Science and row for the Lakers. Rowing is a huge part of Megan’s life – she has been a member of Mercy’s crew team since 8th grade. In her career, she has made major contributions toward multiple Mercy championships. Megan is an honor roll student and has earned recognition as a scholar athlete in 2014, 2015, and 2016. She has also been a member of Mercy’s chapter of the National Honor Society since her junior year. Nice job, Megan!


Congratulations to the following Mercy students for winning prizes in Brighton Memorial Library’s Annual Alice B. Wilson Teen Literary Awards Contest: 8th Grader Grace Kurzweil, Sophomore Julia Cilano, Juniors Olivia Laniak and Sarah Neubecker, and Senior Kelly O’Connell. Each of the girls were awarded a certificate, check, and a book of winning entries. Nice job!


Congratulations to Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women’s Mock Trial Team for being crowned the 2017 Monroe County Mock Trial Sectional Champions in April. Competition was fierce this year – our girls had to defeat the formidable teams from Hilton, Brockport, Brighton, and McQuaid. Mercy’s most recent win occurred in a courtroom at the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building on State Street in downtown Rochester. Mercy’s Mock Trial team includes President Jacqueline Napier and Vice President Tara Powell, along with Madeleine Bianchi, Carlie Clarcq, Caroline Dejoy, Carly Fanning, Anika Fischer, Lindsey Green, Candice Pinniam, Megan Reilly, Gabrielle Schlehr, and Erin Taffe. The team spends about five hours together each week planning their legal strategies... and countless hours on their own. Several of the girls are interested in pursuing a degree in law. The team travels to the 2017 Region 1 Competition in Buffalo at the end of April to compete for the title of Regional champion.

EDIT: Mercy's Mock Trial team had an excellent performance at regionals in Buffalo. After defeating Frewsburg and Pembroke High Schools, our team headed into the final round still undefeated for the entire season. Mercy faced another undefeated team, Iroquois High School, who won the final round. Mercy finished in Second Place for the season in the Western New York Region! Our team was commended for having a 'beautiful style,' being cordial and courteous, as well as possessing a very impressive command of the material. The judge of the final round mentioned that Western New York would be “incredibly well-represented” by either team at States, and we couldn’t agree more! Congratulations!


Congratulations to all Mercy girls who made the Honor Roll!

2016-2017 Q3 Scholarship and Honor Roll


In April, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women hosted our annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, where we welcomed 46 juniors and seniors into the Society. It was a joyous celebration for all in attendance as we recognized the accomplishments, service, hard work, and character of the inductees. Each member is required to maintain a minimum grade average of 93% and model Mercy’s values of character, service, and leadership. Congratulations to all the new NHS Mercy girls!

Isabella Barbagallo
Julia Blatter
Traiva Breedlove
Sarah Chew
Coumou Lindsey
Tess Creatura
Ashley Cummings
Diana Colpoys
Emily Davis
Grace Fjermedal
Johanna Gertin
Hannah Gilges
Elisabeth Hanley
Isabel Hartzell
Lauren Hassett
Kaitlin Hobler

Ramitha Jonnala
Alexandra Klimek
Leah Koonmen
Olivia Laniak
Elena LaRocco
Leah Lawson
Meghan Loftus
Jacqueline Mang
Madison McIntee
Madalyn Meisenzahl
Summer Mills
Caroline Mollenkopf
Sarah Neubecker
Natalie O’Hern
Bridgit Patterson
Julia Pawelek

Tara Powell
Elizabeth Reyda
Natalie Ruppel
Bridgit Ryan
Danielle Salina
Laura Seeger
Madelyn Sherrill
Jessica Siragusa
Grace Taylor
Olivia Tette
Madeline Valvo
Samantha Waidl
Pamela White
Liliana Zucaro








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Congratulations to all Mercy girls who made the Honor Roll!


Congratulations to Mercy 8th graders Leah Sisson and Allison Caines for recently winning the ‘Conserve and Protect Our Water’ poster contest sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Leah and Allison were chosen along with 12 other winners from 833 submissions across New York State. Their posters will be part of a statewide 2018 calendar. Nice job, ladies!


Our Lady of Mercy exceled at the recent New York State DECA competition against 2,300 other participants (the largest event ever). Our girls had a lot of fun and represented the school and themselves exceptionally well (as they always do). Our biggest win came from Jessica Siragusa in Marketing Communications. Jess placed Top 10 in her test, her first and second role plays, and ultimately was awarded 2nd place in all of New York. Quite an accomplishment!

The team of Corinne Madigan, Olivia Maier, and Pam White placed within the Top 10 (out of 30 teams) in their Sports and Entertainment Promotional Plan event. Two first year DECA members were also awarded for their hard work – Jackie Klebes placed Top 10 for her Principles of Marketing test and Colleen Kosanke placed Top 10 in both her Hospitality exam and overall in her sales event. Shirley Ying, also a first year member, did not place but had a tremendous increase in her role play score over the previous score at the regional event. Congratulations to all!


Mercy had a very good showing at the Model UN Conference at St. John Fisher. Eleven students attended (nine of which were new to the club). All of them stepped out of their comfort zones to work on resolving world problems diplomatically with other students. Issues ranged from the use of bio-terrorism to the disposal of radioactive waste in Japan. Julia Leahy and Emily Daggar won the award for best new delegate in their committees. Elizabeth Meisenzahl won best delegate for the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural committee. Nice job, ladies!


Congratulations to Mercy senior Ellie Barrera! The short film she co-wrote, "Decay," is a winner in Rochester’s Fast Forward Film Festival! The film covers one of The Sisters of Mercy's most critical concerns, the environment. Her film debuts at the Little Theater on March 31. Way to go, Ellie!


Last week, the Mercy indoor track team competed in the Class B Indoor Track Sectionals at RIT. The Monarchs placed second with 61 points! In addition, the 4x800 relay team of Julia Spagnola, Julia Wade, Kitty Bogdan, and Emma Weber placed first in their race. Great season, girls!


Rachael Nelson signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Nova Southeastern University next fall where she will major in computer information technology and play volleyball for the Sharks. Rachel chose Nova Southeastern University because the school offers a challenging environment both athletically and academically, as well as entrepreneurial and scholarship opportunities. Congratulations, Rachel, on this great achievement!


Senior Lizzy Glynn signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Le Moyne College next fall where she will major in business and play soccer for the Dolphins. She chose Le Moyne because of its academic and athletic programs, as well as its Jesuit background. Lizzy will be a legacy student as her parents, John and Leslie, attended Le Moyne as well. Congratulations, Lizzy, on this great achievement!


Six members from the crew team at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women set the record for continuous hours on a rowing machine while raising $2,000 in support of Rochester Community inclusive Rowing (RCiR). The ‘Erg-athon,’ named after the rowing machine the girls used, took place at Our Lady of Mercy School.

Seniors Megan Kilmartin, Izzy Lafler, and Ally Seymour; junior Bridey Ryan; sophomore Olivia Schaertl; and graduate Mary Kosanke rowed (‘erged’) for 24 hours straight, rowing a total of 268,133 meters (166.6 miles). In doing so, they set an endurance Concept 2 world record in their age category!

In support of girls’ efforts, Mercy P.E. Teacher Stephanie Barbero also set a Concept 2 world record in her age group during the Erg-athon. Barbero edged out a rower from Australia by rowing 188,962 meters (117.41 miles) in 25 hours.

RCiR creates inclusive opportunities for people with barriers to the sport of rowing. All proceeds from the Erg-athon benefit RCiR’s capital campaign supporting the construction of a new boat house to help military veterans enjoy their offerings. Excellent work, girls!


Congratulations to the Mercy girls who recently made All Greater Rochester in their respective sports: freshman Julia Andreach (tennis); senior Christina McAlpin (volleyball), and junior Laura Seeger (volleyball). Julia is also All Greater Rochester Player of the Year and Class BB State Runner-up. In addition, Diana Colpoys was named Private Parochial League Player of the Year (soccer). Congratulations, girls!


Congratulations to Esther and Emma Moore for participating in their first triathlon in March! They trained diligently prior to the event, pushed through each discipline, and gave it their all! All of Mercy is proud of them for completing this very challenge event.