Natasha Alvarado, a senior at Mercy High School, San Francisco, was named state champion of the Voice of Democracy Speech Contest, in Sacramento on Jan. 18 and 19.
Voice of Democracy, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California, featured 13 students from 17 VFW districts across the state. Natasha represented District 10 and competed at the state level last year after winning her first district title.
Natasha was awarded $2,000, a VFW jacket, and plaque and certificate. She also receives an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete for the national title from March 3-7.
More than 100 tickets were sold for our first-ever Mother-Daughter Trivia Night, making the March 16 event a huge success. Barrett was transformed into a lively venue with fun and colorful decor and the room was energized as 19 teams of six Mercy moms and daughters tested their intellectual powers while battling it out to claim their winning medals.
A chorus of honks from drivers began almost immediately as Mercy students starting lining up along 19th Avenue for National School Walkout Day on Wednesday, March 14, where they stood in silence for 17 minutes to honor and remember the 17 victims of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The powerful demonstration - which included more than 3,000 schools across the country - marks a movement among young people who are saying, "Enough is Enough" and speaking out about the senseless gun violence that's ravaging and terrifying America's schools.
Students gathered on Thursday, Feb. 22 to share their individual thoughts and form a collective voice in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida leaving 17 people dead.
A group of more than a dozen juniors led a community discussion among students to make sense of the heinous gun violence plaguing America’s schools. The open forum-style discussion - which gets to the core of Social Advocacy Based learning - allowed students to share their perspectives on topics driving the national dialogue on gun violence such as race, mental illness, arming teachers at school, and gun laws around the world.
Jackie Wong spins through the air waving a two-foot sword over her head and around her body. A colorful sash unfurls from the end of the handle as Jackie leaps through the air, her bright clothing shimmering in the stage lights.
It’s the final act of the winter dance concert Quantum Leap when the senior shows off her well-rehearsed performance she’s learned through the art of Wushu, a modern form of Chinese martial arts.
These are moments more than 10 years in the making with practice 3-5 days a week for 2-3 hours at a time.
The Athletics Department celebrated the continued efforts and contributions of our faculty and staff toward our student-athletes during halftime of the varsity game on Feb. 7.
The leadership, guidance, and support that student-athletes receive inside and outside of the classroom greatly contributes to their success in athletics.
A plaque, designed by a Mercy parent, was given to attendees.
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Students in Ms. Paula McLaughlin's French class made their voices and thoughts heard during the Women's March in San Francisco on Jan. 20.
She asked students to pick positive messages that were personally important to them and the class brainstormed in French and English, and looked at photos of marches in French-speaking ideas to see if they wanted to use any of those slogans. Students were not allowed to use any of the vulgar language.
Thanks to our friends and partners in the Mercy community, we recently wrapped up one of the most successful crab feeds in recent years.
More than 220 attendees, including parents, employees, and alumnae, attended the Feb. 3 Crab Feed and enjoyed delicious food and great company. Attendees were served by more than 50 Mercy students and 20 parent volunteers. The event grossed more than $14,000 with proceeds supporting educational opportunities for our students.
One table was full of alumnae from the class of 1959 and one of them hadn’t been back on campus since her graduation!
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Students in Tifi Ak Tifi (our Haitian Club) raised $300 on Jan. 19 to support a lunch program in Gros Morne, Haiti, the community Mercy serves on the annual Haiti Immersion trip. Money was raised from the sale of Tpumps as well as donations from students, faculty and staff.
More than 800 people enjoyed four performances full of authentic and emotional dancing by 28 amazing Mercy women as they presented this year's Winter Dance Concert: Quantum Leap.
The ladies performed the shows during two weekends in January and the theatre was nearly at capacity on the final night with 330 people cheering on the dancers.