Students in Ms. Mathisen’s Intro to Coding and AP Computer Science classes visited Pinterest to meet a panel of four female engineers who spoke on many topics, including: being a female in the software development industry, a day in the life of a software engineer, and what classes to pursue in college.
On Saturday, February 9, nearly 250 alumnae, parents, and friends packed McAuley Pavilion for this year’s Crab Feed at Mercy, raising more than $16,000 for our students.
Guests were served the best crab in the City by Mercy students and enjoyed a balloon pop raffle, performances by the Mercy Choir, a photo booth, and more! The energy in McAuley Pavilion was infectious and the evening was filled with incredible company as memories were made by all.
Parents, alumnae, faculty, staff, and community members gathered at this festive event and shopped for unique gifts from our artisans and local businesses and enjoyed festive food and drinks, a photo booth, activities, and more! Thank you to everyone who helped raise essential funds that directly support our school and our students.
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Through the generosity of parents, alumnae, sponsors, donors, and friends we raised more than $160,000 for the Mercy Scholarship Fund, exceeding our goal, during our annual La Merced Gala.
We received more sponsorships than ever before and the amount raised during our Fund-a-Need doubled from last year. It’s these generous contributions that form the foundation of Mercy’s 65-year legacy of educating more than 11,000 alumnae who now serve as leaders and influencers nationally and internationally.
Hope and mercy come in all different shapes and sizes. For Arianna Barajas, it comes in a green bag filled with all the essentials to support people living on the streets.
Since July, the senior has spent her weekends under the Potrero Hill footbridge, which spans Highway 101, providing the homeless with much-needed supplies to survive. It’s not a place you would typically finds a teenager, however it became the center of Arianna’s Senior Culminating Service Project. Every senior is required to complete a community service project they plan and implement in partnership with a local non-profit.
“When I was younger, my grandpa always taught me to help others and be thankful for what you have,” Arianna said. “I grew up learning to always help others and this seemed like the right thing to do because it would serve the poorest of the poor.”
Come in, unplug, and recharge. This is the unofficial motto of Mercy’s new Wellness Center which was created this year as a “safe space” for students to escape stresses of the day and give them a chance to recalibrate themselves.
“The Wellness Center is available for students to come and unplug and it’s a safe space for them to reset and prepare for what’s next in their day,” said Elizabeth Heuser, Mercy’s Director of Wellness. “It’s a quiet place and students are learning to detach from their electronic devices and from the anxieties and stresses of school and other expectations that are just with them all the time."
Three compost bins, one scale, and a whole bunch of food scraps are all the ingredients that two seniors need to create a sustainability plan at Mercy High School.
A couple weeks ago, Alex Lewis and Phoebe Georgiades enacted an idea they learned years prior in the Girl Scouts in which girls would put their food scraps in a bin and then weigh the contents to determine the amount of waste being produced. The effort at Mercy is dubbed the “Ort Report” because ort is defined as “a scrap or remainder of food from a meal.”
Every holiday season, Ms. Cindy Ovares mobilizes her students to spread Christmas cheer by sending holiday cards to people to let them know they are loved and appreciated.
Typically, her students send cards to military service members deployed throughout the world. This year, Ms. Ovares found a young man on Facebook with a special wish for Christmas.
Alice Su, Miss Australia International 2017, recently visited Mercy to share a message of female empowerment with the hopes of starting young women “on a journey of self-confidence that will last all throughout your lives.”
About 50 girls gathered after school to meet Alice, wear her tiara and sash, and listen to her personal story about becoming the first Asian-Australian to represent Australia for the Miss International Pageants.
Two seniors on the varsity volleyball team recently received Honorable Mention awards for their efforts this season on the court.
Mhakela Inguillo and Lauren Trinh were recognized by the West Bay Athletic League Central Coast Section.