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.