Katalina Mendoza spent most of her summer getting a taste of the working world. The senior worked two summer internships simultaneously, met San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and began preparing to become the first in her family to attend college.
“This summer showed me that hard work pays off and I was doing these internships at the same time - I’m very thankful for these opportunities,” she said. “The most important is knowing that I'm capable of working in any environment - I worked in corporate and in retail which are different but they’re much the same. Knowing how to communicate is crucial and establishing good relationships is so important and having a good network.”
If you spent time on campus, chances are you’ve seen Kamille Fernando’s artistic work. From performances in the fall play to the flyers she’s designed around school to the club sweatshirt for Skipper TV, the junior’s work is on display.
“I taught myself to draw from a young age, since my siblings also had an interest in art,” Kamille said. “Since I grew up with technology, I have always roamed the Internet, searching for artistic inspiration, especially on media sites like Tumblr, Instagram, and Google.”
Kamille’s latest design is seen school-wide on the t-shirts students and staff are wearing in support of this year’s theme: Embracing Our Roots: Rooted in Love, Rooted in Mercy.
In classroom 205, Avi Peer is at her desk preparing for her AP Spanish students to arrive at any moment. It’s the second week of school and Ms. Peer is quickly adjusting to her first full year as a Mercy teacher.
“I feel like I’m right where I should be, doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” she said. “I’ve been preparing my whole life for these moments.”