School Spirit 2021: Mercy High School

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Poised to complete their Mercy education, seniors ARRYN and EMMA have contributed to nearly every aspect of their school through their work in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the theater, and on the debate stage. They share their experience at the entrance to the Sisters of Mercy Field, the only Catholic girls’ school field in the area with stadium lights and a digital video scoreboard, which also served as an outdoor gathering place for the entire school when the girls returned from COVID.

How do you feel that you best represent your school?
Arryn: I think I best represent my school in two areas. The first being when I participated in the Science Olympiad Regional and State competition this year, and when I speak about the Fine Arts and International Baccalaureate Personal Project during high school fairs and Mercy’s information sessions as an admissions ambassador.

Emma: I represent my school through my wide range of activities in which I participate. As a three-season athlete at Mercy, I have become quite involved in Mercy Magic Athletics. However, I also am involved in the arts at Mercy, from Footlighters, our theater group, to Mercy Mezzos, our select choir, to the Art Club and National Art Honor Society. Not only are the arts and sports important to me, but I also love to participate in student leadership and academic teams, such as Model U.N. and the Ethics Team. As a member of the class steering committee and a Student Council officer, I can reach out to students and create a more well-rounded perspective that considers the majority vote, while never leaving out other perspectives. Through my commitments, I represent widely different activities while also bringing students together through their hidden connections and commonalities.

This has been an unusual year and a half due to the pandemic and its effects on schools. What did you most miss about being on campus when schools were shut down?
Arryn: When we were not able to be in person when schools were shut down, I missed the atmosphere that my friends and the community created on a day-to-day basis. I missed simple things like going to my locker and walking with my friends to our classes.

Emma: The aspect of on-campus learning that I missed the most was the more engaging nature of the content and environment. In the classroom, it is much easier to stay on task and in a productive mindset, which was more challenging in virtual learning.

If you had to give one piece of advice to your younger/ lower school self, what would it be?
Arynn: I would tell my younger self that it’s okay to embarrass yourself and put yourself out there. Everything that you do is a part of your journey of finding yourself and maturing to who you will be in five to 10 years.

Emma: Being the only one attending Mercy High from my middle school meant that I had to start over again, but in many ways, it was a blessing. I found that I did not have to worry about any rumors or expectations from others and could create my own path.

What is the biggest lesson you will take away from your school experience?
Arynn: The biggest lesson I learned in my school experience is to create and cherish the memories with the people you have. Study all you can, but enjoy the simple moments to the fullest.

Emma: The biggest lesson I will take away from Mercy High School is that expectations and stereotypes should never be used to determine course of action or type of behavior. An initial impression of a person, group, or place should not be the defining factor of interaction. It is important to be more knowledgeable about a situation before settling on a way to handle it. Adaptability is key. I have learned not everything is in my control, so it was important that I worked with what I was given. This lesson will serve me well as I transition into college life and independent living.

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