Every girl has a story

Life of a Mercy Girl

Mercy Girls possess a moral compass, they are risk-takers, they demonstrate a growth mindset, they are globally-ready, they are resilient problem-solvers, and they are excellent communicators. But it’s not just these shared skills and attributes that bind our students, it is also the sense of sisterhood and support you won’t find in any other school.

Over 13,000 young women have graduated from Mercy’s hallowed halls. Each has a story – unique to themselves but shared among their classmates. They are stories of success, compassion, resilience, and confidence. Mercy Girls have done more good on this Earth than we can possibly imagine.

Allyson Farnand ’21

As a self-described introvert, Allyson Farnand ’21 was the quintessential shy middle schooler, keeping mostly to herself with only a few friends. Whether this shyness emanated from herself or from her experience at her previous school, she decided it was time for a new academic environment — so she enrolled at Mercy as a sixth […]

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Dorothy Pecoraro ’59 and Sister Pat Prinzing ’58

The phrase ‘life-long friends’ has never rung truer than for Dorothy Pecoraro ’59 and Sister Pat Prinzing ’58. Circumstance may have brought them together at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in the 1950s, but it was their affinity for each other that maintained their bond of sisterhood for 60 years. Similar to […]

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Andrea Davis Zopp ’74

A deep love of learning brought Andrea Davis Zopp ‘74 to Mercy, where she found herself the youngest member of her freshman class. But any worries about her age disappeared after her first day as she quickly made connections with classmates that have lasted a lifetime. “At Mercy, we were able to form a unique […]

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Julia Tedesco ’01

While she credits her parents for instilling in her the values of faith and service, Julia Tedesco ‘01 said it was her time at Mercy that more fully developed her social conscience. A social justice class with Sister Pat Beairsto, Mercy theology teacher and Campus Minister, led her to pursue an undergraduate minor in Peace […]

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Ashley Amalfi ’02

When she arrived at Mercy as a seventh grader, Dr. Ashley Amalfi ‘02 was mostly interested in art, and she was very good at it. But during the next five years at Mercy, she also found herself drawn toward the field of medicine. While she didn’t see it at the time, encouragement from her teachers […]

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Anne Hurley Marguiles ’74

Anne Hurley Marguiles ‘74 was destined to become a Mercy Girl. Her three older sisters attended Mercy, and when it was Anne’s turn, there was no doubt she would join the “sisterhood.” She loved every minute of her time at Mercy.  While there, Anne joined Ski Club and worked on The Quill student newspaper. But […]

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Sandra Uwiringiyimana ’13

After attending public schools over the years, Sandra Uwiringiyimana ’13 came to Mercy in 2008 eager to better her life and the world around her.  Without the means to pay for private schooling, Sandra was grateful to receive a scholarship through Mercy’s Frances Warde Fund, an endowment that provides need-based aid to young women who are recent immigrants to […]

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Claire Mongeau ’07

Claire Mongeau ’07 began her education at Mercy as a shy 7th grader. Claire always knew she wanted to do something to change the world, but at age 12, she didn’t know exactly what that would be. Her combined love of education, instilled in her by her mother, as well as her desire to travel […]

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Isabelle Sakmyster ’23

Mercy 9th grader Isabelle Sakmyster ’23 excelled in her studies when she attended public school; she was nearly always at the top of her class in her subjects. Because of this, Belle struggled to find ways to challenge herself academically. She wanted to be pushed, and she needed inspiration. Belle and her family knew it […]

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Heather Goodbody ’87

The first moments of inspiration for Heather Hanson Goodbody ’87 were drawn from her parents – both thriving business people – who taught Heather at a young age that she could achieve anything she wanted out of life. Heather’s mom attended an all-girls school and experienced the life-long benefit of that environment. Wanting to give […]

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Jalisa Egues ’21

When Jalisa Egues ’21 was in primary school, she never dreamed she would ever attend a school like Our Lady of Mercy – the opportunity seemed too far out of reach. Even though she had all the makings of a Mercy Girl, Jalisa felt Mercy was for “other girls, not me.” But in 2014, something […]

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Melanie Pitcher ’19

Recent graduate Melanie Pitcher ’19 will be the first to tell you, quite excitedly, that she loves being a Mercy Girl. Melanie always felt like she was a part of the family – her mother, aunts, and cousin all called Mercy home. In fact, her desire to come to Mercy was so strong, Melanie transferred […]

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Peggy Growney ’74

Mercy graduate Peggy Growney ’74 has made her mark on the world as a strong, confident, and compassionate woman. She credits her family, gospel values, and her education at Our Lady of Mercy for helping her choose the right path. Growing up, Peggy shared a home with her parents, two brothers, and six sisters. It […]

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Chansocphentra Salcido ’20

Chansocphentra Salcido, a senior at Our Lady of Mercy, never thought her dreams of attending college and becoming a conceptual artist would ever become a real possibility. Even though she is exceedingly bright, ‘Pat’ struggled in her elementary school. She found it difficult to interact with her classmates who did not share her passion for […]

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