THE BIANNUAL MAGAZINE OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL, SAN FRANCISCO, SPRING/SUMMER 2019
IN THIS ISSUE
La Merced Gala
Caring for Earth
LETTER FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL Dear Alumnae, Families, and Friends of Mercy High School, I invite you to reflect with
develop learning strategies that enable their success in
me, as we enter our 67th
any learning environment. We celebrate as we send the
year, the ways in which
majority of these students on to successful college lives.
Mercy is San Francisco's outstanding private, allgirls Catholic high school.
I need to tell you how impressed I am with Mercy's young women. As each girl grows into her own identity, all come together in our Mercy community to share a
We continue to embrace
sisterhood in which lifelong friendships are made, where
our Mercy mission and
self-confidence is built, and where each is given the
charism, the same
opportunity to find her voice and nurture her talents.
mission begun in 1952 by Sister Mary Grace and the pioneer Sisters who opened Mercy's doors and carried on by all of their successors, including our present teachers. Motivated, too, by the gospel of Jesus, we educate young women "to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world." We continue to send our graduates, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college, to outstanding universities; in fact, we proudly proclaim that one-sixth of the Class of 2019 plans on attending the University of California. Supported by research, we persevere in our belief in the value of women's education and in challenging our students to fulfill all of the gifts God has given each of them. We are proud of our four dedicated programs: Women in Science and Healthcare (WISH), Women in Technology (WiTech), Women in the Arts (WITA) and Women in the Performing Arts (WIPA) programs. Each is designed
As I begin my second year as Head of School, I thank each and every one of you for seeing and supporting the distinct value of a Mercy education. Our students continue to benefit from your generous gifts of time, treasure and talent as you create your legacy here at Mercy High School. We look now to a vibrant future, renewing and strengthening our commitment to Catherine McAuley's vision of "the careful instruction of women." We dare to persevere in enlivening that vision in todayâ€™s world. We thank you for being part of our exciting journey and making an impact on the lives of our dynamic young women. May you and your families know the love and care of our God of Mercy! In Mercy,
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Sister Carolyn Krohn '65, RSM, Ph.D.
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CLASS OF 2019
BOARD OF TRUSTEES | 2018-19 CHERIE THIBODEAUX, Interim Chair
BATTLE OF THE AVENUES
SISTER MARY WASKOWIAK, RSM, Vice Chair
KATHY BARULICH RYAN '78, Secretary/Treasurer
DR. LISA WAYNE HARRIS '79
CHARLOTTE WATSON KIESEL '64
LA MERCED GALA
CARING FOR EARTH
ART & SOUL/VPA FESTIVAL
OUR MISSION Mercy High School educates women to pursue lives of spiritual and intellectual depth, determination, and daring action to improve our world as an inclusive, Catholic college preparatory community enlivened by the gospel of Jesus and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy.
Mercy High School 2019 graduates Angely Binauhan and Krystal Trinidad
TINA PANDOLFI MCGOVERN '76 BECKY VANDENBOSCH SISTER CAROLYN KROHN '65, RSM, Ph.D., Ex Officio
ADVANCEMENT DEPARTMENT BEKAH PAIGE, Director of Development GEORGIA WASLEY, Alumnae Development Officer THERESA V. POON, Communications Coordinator MONINA D. ENAGE, Communications Associate
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CLASS OF 2019 On June 1, Mercy High School graduated 80 young women at Holy Name of Jesus Church in San Francisco. More than 127 colleges and universities throughout the United States accepted this year's graduates, who earned more than $12 million in scholarships toward their college education.
Jasmyn Mei, Adriana Zamora, Krystal Trinidad
Tiffany Copenhaver, Anna Gabriella Oliveira, Clarissa Madar
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Mana Macaraeg, Tatiana Jimenez
Mana Macaraeg, Angel Benjamin, Jolly-Johwyn Curameng
Front: Pamela Montiel Torres, Rosalina Cuevas; Back: Nancy Valdivia, Tara Kent, Shakira Garcia
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Olivia Del Rosario, Angely Binauhan
Yongzan (Mandy) Shao, Monica Soper
Lingyi (Linda) Li, Reyna Santos, Sky Houston
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Krystal Trinidad, Jasmyn Mei
Raegan Ortega, Rachel Gan, Haley Sao
Jolly-Johwyn Curameng, Kamille Fernando, Esiah Gomez
Preciosa Rios, Raegan Ortega
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Margaret Lee VALEDICTORIAN GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD for Academic Achievement ANN MARIE "MURF" MURPHY AWARD
Tatiana Jimenez | Clarissa Madar | Jessica Lewis SALUTATORIANS Clarissa Madar VALEDICTORY ADDRESS 8 | ANCHOR
Kamille Dyan Fernando
CATHERINE MCAULEY AWARD
STEM SCHOLARSHIP in honor of Sr. Mary Lois Corporandy
CAROL CASEY '56 MEMORIAL SCIENCE AWARD
Elizabeth Dick | Alexandra Major
Raegan Ortega | Kassidy Corbin
SR. PATRICIA TOOLAN AWARD for Inspiration & Achievement in Theatre
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COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES Adelphi University · Albion College · Allegheny College · Azusa Pacific University · Bates College · Beloit College · Bryn Mawr College · California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · California State Polytechnic University, Pomona · CSU, Bakersfield · CSU, Channel Islands · CSU, Chico · CSU, Dominguez Hills · CSU, East Bay · CSU, Fresno · CSU, Fullerton · CSU, Long Beach · CSU, Los Angeles · CSU, Monterey Bay · CSU, Northridge · CSU, Sacramento · CSU, San Marcos · CSU, Stanislaus UC, Berkeley · UC, Davis · UC, Irvine · UC, Los Angeles · UC, Merced · UC, Riverside · UC, San Diego · UC, Santa Barbara UC, Santa Cruz · Carleton College · Chaminade University of Honolulu · Chapman University · City College of San Francisco Clark University · College of San Mateo · College of the Holy Cross · Colorado State University, Fort Collins · Columbia College Concordia University, Chicago · Concordia University, Irvine · Concordia University, Portland · Cornell College · Creighton University DePaul University · Dominican University of California · Earlham College · Emory & Henry College · Fairmont State University Fisher College · Fordham University · Gonzaga University · Guilford College · Gustavus Adolphus College · Hawaii Pacific University Hendrix College · Hofstra University · Holy Names University · Hope College · Humboldt State University · Kenyon College · Knox College · Lawrence University · Lehigh University · Lewis & Clark College · Linfield College · Loyola University, Chicago · Loyola University, New Orleans · Macalester College · Menlo College · Michigan State University · Mills College · Notre Dame de Namur University · Oregon State University · Pace University, New York City · Reed College · Regis University · Ripon College · Saint Martin's University · Saint Mary's College of California · San Diego State University · San Francisco State University · San Jose State University · Santa Clara University · Seattle Pacific University · Seattle University · Skidmore College · Skyline College · Smith College · Solano Community College · Sonoma State University · Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville · Southern Oregon University · St. John's College, Annapolis · St. John's University, New York · St. Mary's College of Maryland · St. Olaf College The College of Wooster · The King's College · The University of Tampa · Trinity College Dublin · University of Arizona · University of Hawaii at Manoa · University of La Verne · University of Mary Hardin, Baylor · University of Missouri, Columbia · University of Nevada, Reno · University of New England · University of Northern Colorado · University of Oregon · University of Ottawa University of Portland · University of Puget Sound · University of Redlands · University of San Francisco · University of the Pacific University of Washington,Seattle Campus · Ursinus College · Utah Valley University · Washington State University · Wentworth Institute of Technology · Wheaton College · Whitman College · Whittier College · Whitworth University · Woodbury University 10 | ANCHOR
In celebration of four years of Mercy sisterhood and pride, graduating seniors and their families attended this year’s Senior Dinner on May 31. With pins and smiles, Mercy’s Alumnae Association welcomed the Class of 2019 into their fold. This year’s graduates join more than 11,000 Mercy alumnae worldwide. The induction ceremony began with alumnae faculty and staff pinning alumnae mothers. They, in turn, pinned their graduating daughters as the rest of the seniors bestowed the alumna pin on one another.
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A LU M N A E S P OT L I G H T
aving always needed to figure out how things work kept Veronica Aguirre '04 fully engaged in her high school chemistry and physics classes at Mercy. Today, she uses her curiosity and talents to address the Sisters of Mercy's Critical Concern for the Earth. As Presidio Trust's Utilities Project Manager, Aguirre serves the national park's 3,000 residents who depend on her to keep the water clean and flowing. "Mercy provided a conducive environment for me to develop solid... problem-solving skills that were foundational to me throughout college and my professional career," Aguirre said. "I use problem-solving in my job to ensure things keep working well so that disasters do not happen." At the Presidio, she provides civil/environmental engineering support for the water, sanitary sewer, and storm drain utility infrastructure. She also supports the Presidio Water Treatment Plant, the second oldest water treatment plant in California. "The work I do keeps the water running, toilets flushing, and the Presidio roads stable and safe from flooding," Aguirre said. She credits her Mercy instructors for helping her discover that math and science are her strengths. This aided her in making life-changing college and career choices. Further, Aguirre believes Mercy's single-gender educational experience was pivotal in her career success. "If it were not for Mercy, I believe the gender skew would have deterred me from pursuing engineering even as early as high school. It did not occur to me that my interest in engineering was unusual for girls until I realized I was only one of a few females in my university engineering classes," Aguirre explained. "Mercy allowed me to gain confidence in my skills and understand the fundamentals such that I felt able to master the challenging university engineering courses regardless of the fact that engineering is a male-dominated industry." Currently living in San Francisco, Aguirre, enjoys a variety of hobbies in her off time. She shares her interests on her blog, verycraftygirl.com.
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YVET TE BORJA
order and immigration issues are not just headlines for Mercy alumna, Yvette Borja '10, who works tirelessly to defend the rights of asylum seekers at the Southern US/Mexico border. An attorney with the ACLU of Arizona and founder of Radio Cachimbona, Borja embodies Mercy's mission, making it her life's work to take daring action to improve our world. Her passion project, Radio Cachimbona, is a podcast that follows her work as a civil rights attorney. As a first-generation professional whose parents are Salvadoran immigrants, she prioritizes uplifting the voices of Central Americans. "I storytell the fierce ongoing migrant resistance occurring in these borderlands," she said of the podcast that captures the ears of several thousand listeners per episode. Through the platform, Borja shares her legal knowledge, highlights local activism, and begins conversations on topics like abolishing prisons. A graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law, she takes pride in being a life-long Skipper who works towards social justice in whatever capacity she can. Borja credits Mercy's all-female learning environment and her understanding of the Sisters' Critical Concerns as having helped shape her career path. "Mercy's emphasis on social justice was a seed planted in me," Borja explained. "Seeing campus organizations led exclusively by women normalized women being in leadership positions and provided me with healthy self-esteem that allowed me to excel in college." A summer spent working with the Southern Poverty Law Center documenting conditions in Georgia and Alabama detention centers had her deciding to focus her law school studies on detained deportation defense. "In some instances, I was one of the only people who had visited these detained individuals," Borja said, "Some of [them] had not seen sunlight in over two years." One of her proudest accomplishments was as a staff attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. There, she helped win the cases of six detained asylum seekers. A proud Mercy alumna, Borja encourages all young women now attending Mercy to "take advantage of the great resources that the school has to offer and dream big." W W W.MERC YHS.ORG | 13
La Merc On April 4, more than 200 guests joined us for Mercy's annual La Merced Gala. Through the generosity of sponsors, donors, and bidders, we raised more than $186,000 for the Mercy Scholarship Fund. This commitment to our students affords them the opportunity to receive a Catholic Mercy education. Auction revenue increased by 22% from last year because of our community's generosity. The live auction alone increased by nearly 60%! We are humbled by the overwhelming support from alumnae, parents, and friends who continue to strengthen the Circle of Mercy. Gala guests enjoyed Mercy's Chamber Choir; being led in prayer by special guest Sr. Lisa Griffith, RSM, Executive Director of MESA; reminiscing with Co-Chairs and alumnae sisters Kathy Barulich Ryan '78 and Theresa Barulich Rutledge '80 as they shared their fond memories of Mercy; and hearing from extraordinary student Tatiana Jimenez '19 about how significant her Mercy experience has been in her life. Co-MCs San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White '82 and Associated Student Body President Kamille Fernando '19 did a fantastic job keeping guests focused on the spirit of Mercy. To paraphrase our incredible student speaker Tatiana, a young woman's place is exactly where she wants it to be â€” and she wants it to be at Mercy. Remember... Once a Mercy girl, always a Mercy girl!
CAR I NG F O R E A RT H The Reason for WITA’s "Repurpose Purpose" Project Mercy's Visual Arts Program, which includes Mercy’s Women in the Arts (WITA), incorporates making connections to the Critical Concerns of Mercy in its curricula. Caring for Earth was identified as an increasingly vital issue that was addressed in curricula and classroom practices this year. WITA students traveled to Recology San Francisco to meet Artists-in-Residence who explained how they used materials from the city's trash in their work. This new perspective moved to the classroom through a mixed-media drawing lesson, called the "Repurpose Purpose" project. Students
observed out-of-place trash, created and photographed a still life arrangement out of what they found, and then used other media to create artworks based on these compositions. “We are continually investigating ways to raise awareness through our art-making, for critical concerns of ours and our students, with an added focus on those identified as Critical Concerns of Mercy,” said Jane Mauchly, Women in the Arts Co-coordinator.
JOURDAINE GONZALEZ '20
CAITLYN LOK '20
ANAIS GONZALEZ '20
CHLOE TRINIDAD '19
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MANY HANDS MAKE MERCY'S FIRST CRITICAL CONCERNS MOSAIC The Earth Mosaic that now hangs in Mercy's most traveled stairwell was a project lovingly pieced together by Ms. Danielle Hoang '03 with her beginning ceramics class and a number of enthusiastic, more advanced, ceramic students who wanted to join in its creation. From conceptualization to actualization, the project took a year to develop. "I want the girls to create one for each of the Sisters of Mercy's Critical Concerns," explained Hoang. "As I was observing them work on the project, I was most struck by the fact that the students really believe in this critical concern of protecting the earth. I am proud that they were able to make something they obviously care about and were able to express themselves while sharing it with the community."
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ART & SOUL / VPA FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS IMPRESSIVE SKILLS Student paintings, photographs, ceramics, drawings, and fashion designs were on full display in the Fine Arts Wing and theater lobby in May for Mercy's annual Art & Soul, Visual and Performing Arts Festival. The first two evenings saw impressive performances from Women in the Performing Arts (WIPA) students, Dance Ensemble and Chamber Choir. WiTech students screened their short films in Mercy Theatre on the final evening. "Make Mercy Real" a short film by Pamela Montiel '20, Kassidy Corbin '20, Andrea Lopez '21, and Jessalyn Fukumoto '21 won an Honorable Mention in MESA's 2018-19 video contest. The three-night event concluded with Ms. Liz McAninch, WIPA Program Director, and Mr. Josh Ornelas, Dance Program Director, hosting the Red Carpet Awards ceremony that honored their programs' talented artists, especially recognizing the Third Wave Dance Ensemble. "Itâ€™s been an amazing experience this year to work with these students," said Ornelas, who just finished his first year teaching at Mercy. "I get to direct and do what I love with people I love in a place that I love."
Cece Gonzalez '20
Anna Gotuaco '20
Mikayla Hale '21
Kaylee Yiakis '20
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SPECIAL PROGRAMS RECAP WiTech
This year, the Women in Technology (WiTech) program graduated its first two students, Pamela Montiel and Reyna Santos. During the spring, WiTech visited Spotify's San Francisco headquarters, participating in discussions with some of Spotify's female engineers. WiTech students also produced a regular Skipper TV series called, "Illumination," spotlighting Mercy student artists and athletes. "The girls thrive because WiTech provides them with a purpose that speaks to the future of our world â€“ one in which technology will be at the forefront of all industry," explained Mr. Matt Evearitt, Director of Educational Technology and WiTech Coordinator. WiTech will welcome nine new students in the fall. New projects will include more short film series highlighting Mercy student life and expanding Skipper TV into Skipper Media.
Now in its 12th year, Women in Science and Healthcare (WISH) is the oldest Special Program at Mercy. This year there were 36 WISH students. Four freshmen and several current Mercy students will enter the program in the fall. "The program expands the minds and vision of students who are interested in entering healthcare and other scientific fields," said Ms. Karina Mathisen, WISH Moderator. This year, St. Mary's hosted monthly student visits to various departments of the hospital. In May, WISH students observed three surgeries: a knee replacement, a spine surgery, and a hernia repair. In April, as they do annually, WISH seniors ran Mercy's Blood Drive. Next year, incoming freshmen will have new requirements, including courses in Anatomy and Physiology.
This year students of Mercy's Women in Performing Arts Program (WIPA) wrote and performed a showcase of their personal stories at San Francisco's Marsh Theater. Their Summer Teen Conservatory project is a Harry Potter parody. WIPA students "have an opportunity to focus on developing skills that help them succeed on stage, in film or in the job market," said Ms. Liz McAninch, English Department Chair and WIPA Coordinator.
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MARY CELEBRATED AT MERCY
CALL FOR MULTICULTURALISM
The Mercy community honored our upperclasswomen during the celebration of Mary at our annual Marian Prayer Service and Junior-Senior Transition Ceremony on May 13, in McAuley Pavilion.
On April 11, Mercy held its first Multi-Cultural Event. It was a student's suggestion for a food fair that blossomed into this year's popular all-school assembly. Fact-filled, interactive workshops helped students celebrate each other's cultures. While students auditioned for a place on the stage, Ms. Avi Peer, Ms. Raquel Oliva-Gomez, and Carmen Diaz '20, worked with members of BSU, FilAm and Fuerzas Latinas to ensure the event was a learning one that avoided cultural appropriation.
During the ceremony, the juniors gave the seniors roses in appreciation for being excellent role models as women of mercy. The seniors, in turn, gave the juniors candles which they lit as a symbol of enduring sisterhood and the Circle of Mercy. All ten alumnae faculty and staff and three alumnae mothers participated in the candle lighting ceremony. This new tradition was born of studentsâ€™ desire to have a more meaningful way to commemorate these significant moments in their high school lives. "Itâ€™s a new ceremony but the impact we want it to have for the future is that the students value themselves as strong women of Mercy," said Georgia Wasley '09, and Mercy's Alumnae Development Officer. The Core Team planned the prayer service. Special thanks are offered to Sr. Carolyn Krohn '65, Liz McAninch, Courtney Rosen '99, Sarah Manzano '10, and Georgia Wasley '09 for their help in making this such a special day.
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Prayer began the day, asking that eyes be opened to the larger world and to the value of women everywhere. "For Mercy, this is a call to action," the presenters said, "multiculturalism means addressing the critical concerns of racism and immigration in our community." While the event allowed students to recognize their role in the global community, the day would not have been complete without participating in Mr. Josh Ornales' "How to Make Salsa" workshop in the courtyard.
MERCY'S RETREAT PROGRAM Mercy's Department of Campus Ministry sponsors retreats for each class to help nurture each student's self-awareness, her relationship with God, and her relationships with others. Mercy's four-year, mandatory retreat program is integrated in our Religious Studies program and is a vital way students experience our identity as a Catholic, Mercy school. This spring, the junior class participated in an all-day service retreat. They went out into the community, as Catherine McAuley did, to help those in need: the poor, the elderly, the abused, the homeless, the disabled, those whose rights have been compromised. This year, the entire senior class participated in a 3-day, 2-night Kairos retreat. Mercy deeply values the Kairos retreat program which promotes spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of the people and world around us. The retreat program encourages students to develop and find roots in adult spirituality as they graduate and bring their faith into the larger world.
BATTLE OF THE AVENUES On March 8, the Riordan Crusaders met their match during the annual Battle of the Avenues. Mercy hosted this year's benefit rally in McAuley Pavilion and the Skippers regained the trophy. It was in good fun that teachers and students threw themselves into the games while the mascots, Riordan's Crusader and Mercy's Flipper, kept the crowds cheering. This year, together with Riordan, Mercy raised more than $7,000 for The San Francisco Foster Youth Fund. Last year, Mercy contributed $2,800 to the youth fund. Students from both schools chose the beneficiary of this year's gift. The charity strives to improve the quality of life of foster children and other children at risk whose families are or have been under the supervision of the San Francisco Human Services Agency, Division of Family & Childrenâ€™s Services. It is their belief that no child should be deprived of essential life experiences and enriching activities.
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WELLNESS CENTER It's rare to see a teenager unattached to a device, but at Mercy's Wellness Center, students leave their digital gadgets at the door to pick up a yoga mat. The welcoming space invites students to relax and let go of the day's problems.
"Mercy stresses the importance of supporting the whole student," said Yen Hui '95, Director of Wellness. "Our faculty and staff prioritize the well-being of our students, as we understand the link between mind, body, and spirit." Located near the Counseling Center, the Wellness Center is open to all students during school hours. Students can initiate a visit, or teachers and staff can refer students to the center. Either way, the Wellness Center is a popular place on campus. Here, students benefit from one-on-one time with a licensed therapist. Additionally, students can find resources to support all dimensions of personal health, including emotional, mental, social, and spiritual. Next year, the Wellness Center will host monthly Wellness Workshops about stress management, the mind & body, and mental health. Mercy will also continue its partnership with the One Love Foundation to educate students about healthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid unhealthy relationship behaviors and learn how to love better.
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS Mercy's 2019 musical, Cinderella, a 2013 Broadway revival, was no Disney version of the famous fairy tale. Mercy's cast of young women successfully staged this 21st-century musical rendition which reveals a royal couple who appreciate each otherâ€™s strengths and work together for the good of their country. The director and cast are grateful to Tim Mahoney, Steve Nori, Antonio Gonzalez, generous parents and their valiant Tech Crew who rallied together to build, paint and execute technical cues before opening night.
Mercy High School San Francisco presents
Shakespeare: Then and Now
November 8, 9, 15 & 16 | 7 p.m. November 17 | 2 p.m. Mercy Theatre Tickets: Mercyshakespeare.eventbrite.com
Mercy High School's Dance Ensemble presents
ODE & HOMAGE
January 24, 25, 31 & February 1 | 7 p.m. Mercy Theatre Tickets: Mercyodeandhomage.eventbrite.com
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MERCY ATHLETES CELEBRATED AT SPORTS AWARDS NIGHT Despite an unusually rainy Saturday, more than 230 guests filled McAuley Pavillion on May 18 to honor Mercy's outstanding student-athletes. Seniors Reagan Ortega and Brenda Escobar began the evening with prayer. As the stage was set for Jennifer Azzi, the night's keynote speaker, honorees enjoyed viewing the year-end video recap of Mercy sports. Azzi, an Olympic Gold Medalist, is a much-honored athlete and is locally acclaimed for having coached the University of San Francisco women's basketball team from 2010-2016. She spoke of the not-so-straight trajectory to success, emphasizing that achievement is found in discovering one's passion, having a vision for success, embracing obstacles and never limiting oneself. Her message emphasized living one's truth. The night saw an unveiling of two WBAL banners announcing Mercy as Skyline Division Champions and honoring Amira Lama '20 as WBAL's Skyline Divison Most Valuable Player of the Year. Coaches presented honorees with awards and posed for pictures. Members of the Varsity Softball Team bid Coach Michelle Dizon '10 a fond farewell, and graduating senior athletes were all honored for their sportsmanship and dedication to Mercy athletics. The three young women pictured below, received awards recognizing their standout achievements on and off the field.
WBAL Skyline Division MVP Amira Lama '20
Varsity Basketball, Skyline Division Champions
Under Armor Women of Will Graduation Award Brenda Escobar '19
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VARSITY BASKETBALL CLAIMS WBAL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP Claiming this year's WBAL Division Championship banner was hardly a hope at the start of Mercy’s 2018-19 Varsity Basketball season. Having graduated six seniors and left with very few who had Varsity experience, everything indicated otherwise. Yet, raucous applause greeted the banner's unveiling during Mercy's annual Sports Awards Ceremony on May 18. This year's young squad embodied the essence of Mercy Athletics Department’s mission to build a team around six core values: discipline, accountability, integrity, communication, commitment, and community. "We hit it well," said Mercy's Athletic Director and Varsity Basketball coach Sheri Sam with a smile as she recalled the team's tumultuous season. "We’d just come off of some really bad losses. During a team meeting, freshmen admitted being afraid of letting the seniors down. The seniors told them it was OK to make mistakes. Not to be afraid. That we were a team. I recall one senior, Adriana Zamora, pointing to the banners, saying that they’d already accomplished everything and they could not let them down. Hearing this, I responded,
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'Everything? Why can't we hang a banner this year?' That was the moment claiming the championship banner became our goal." The team turned it around when league games began. The team captains showed their leadership after Mercy lost its first game, uplifting the younger players. "Basketball is all about teamwork and sisterhood," said Amira Lama '20, this year's WBAL Skyline Division Most Valuable Player. "Basketball requires contribution and cooperation from every member in order to play well and win. Not only do we have to do our part on the court, but the team chemistry off the court is just as important." The season's game against Mercy Burlingame was not without its drama. One of the team's key contributors, Jasmine Cortes '21, broke her lower fibula late in the fourth quarter. With 2.1 seconds left, the team thought they were losing by two. Zamora's mom flagged Coach Sam to ask for a score review, revealing a tie. On the ensuing inbounds play, Mercy SF stole the ball. Zamora passed it to Lama for the layup who made the shot, winning the game at the buzzer.
MERCY ATHLETES READY FOR SUCCESS OFF THE COURT This last season saw team victories in the achievement of Mercy Athletics Department's core mission. The department's vision is to develop teams that embrace the six core values of discipline, accountability, integrity, communication, commitment, and community. "My objective has been to provide leadership and give our athletes the opportunity to better themselves," explained Sheri Sam, Mercy's Director of Athletics. "I want our program to help students build a foundation of confidence to be themselves and to dream big." The Mercy athletic experience represents a strong sisterhood of trust and respect where all believe in one goal, one mission, one Mercy. "The achievement of Mercy's vision for the Athletics Department is evident in this year's successful volleyball and basketball seasons and are even more noteworthy in player and team improvements across the board, particularly in soccer and tennis," Sam said. "It has been gratifying to see our programs build stability through our coaches' hard work and daily sacrifices. I’ve enjoyed watching them win in so many different ways."
Sam credits Mercy's families, calling them a crucial part of the Mercy sports program. "Parents are just as committed as the players. They make such a difference," Sam said. "Yes, food and drink sustain the players' energy but seeing Mercy families in the stands, cheering on their daughters along with Mercy students and faculty and staff, that's the sort of support that is most gratifying to see. It’s something our players feel and that comes out in the way they play." Participation in Mercy Athletics is an educational activity that contributes to the physical, personal, social, and spiritual growth of the student-athletes involved. Lessons learned in practice and during games aid in the comprehensive development of our student-athletes. "It is gratifying to hear parents speak of the confidence and change they see in their daughter," Sam added. "They tell me, 'she has confidence now that I didn't see before. She's excited even though she's never worked this hard. She's having fun.' Responsibility, accountability, enjoyment of the game and being part of a team of strong women — this is the Mercy sports experience."
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as of July 2019
Gael Beresford '63 Kathryn Dowd Brady '60 sister of Elizabeth Dowd '58✝, Ann Dowd '62 Maureen Cronin Bryant '56 Marilyn Murphy Burke '61 Jill Lazzareschi Cunningham '76 mother of Marcie Cunningham Canty '99, sister of Terri Lazzareschi White '77 Loretta DiRienzo '58 Janice Zamlich Erickson '61 sister of Judi Zamlich Maxnell '58✝ Janice Schneider Farr '59 sister of Geri Schneider '61 Patricia Gallagher Rock Devencenzi '63 sister of Mary Timothy Gallagher, RSM '56
Art designed by Lorraine Cabral '19 Angela Barbagelata mother of Anna Barbagelata-Arata '76, Elisa Barbagelata Swenson '78, Marina Barbagelata Woods '79, mother-in-law of Marina Alphonso Barbagelata '87 Patricia Boudoures mother of Christine Boudoures '67, Irene Boudoures Bergman '70 Patrick Brosnan father-in-law of Lori Castiglioni Brosnan '82 Laurent Broussal father of Lauren Broussal '68, Renee Broussal '72 Albert Bucci father of Marian Bucci Waddell '73, Carol Bucci '75 Don Burdusis husband of Linda Swensen Burdusis '65✝ Samuel Chicos father of Tina Chicos Vrionis '83 Burk Him Chung father of Amy Chung '71 Rose Cirimele mother of Bonnie Cirimele Efimoff '62
Art designed by Angelica Colmenares '19
Art designed by Nawayra Patras '19
Carolyn Lucy Mayer '61 Christine Masio Sigillo '68 sister of Suzanne Masio '79 Gaye Winans '71 sister of Debie Winans Caldwell '73
Higinio Abuan father of Leah Abuan '82, Rowena Abuan Mazza '84, Christine Abuan '86, Marian Abuan Metz '89, grandfather of Natalie Mazza '13, Danielle Ellis '18 Ernie Asten husband of Martha Sullivan Asten '66 Mary Balestreri mother-in-law of Kathy Page Balestreri '74
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(Thomas) Gregory Collins father of Suzanne Collins Kuller '64, Teresa Collins Bookwalter '66 Kevin Conroy father of Amy Conroy '79, Lucy Conroy '81 Sheila Corry mother-in-law of Megan Murphy Corry '82 Robert Cunningham father of Mary Christine Cunningham '68, Sheila Cunningham Kenney '70, Virginia Cunningham Baefsky '75, Roberta Cunningham '79, Lisa Cunningham Hettinger '82 Tony de Bellis husband of Joan Lauder de Bellis '57 Oscar Degiovanni father of Melina Degiovanni '89
Art designed by Carmen Diaz '20
Dorothy Dempsey mother of Mary Colleen Dempsey Needham '82, Kathleen Dempsey Dodge '85 Joseph Devine father-in-law of Sue Houghton Devine '72 (former MHS Board Member) David Dixon brother of Carol Dixon Edwards '78, Nancy Dixon Alvarez '85 Kathy Drury-DeDood sister of Cecilia Drury Smith '60 Mary Dudley mother of Kathleen Dudley Sheehan '71, Mary Dudley O’Brien '79, Dolores Dudley Matteucci '81 Alexander Dudoroff father of Elizabeth Dudoroff Magee '77, Larissa Dudoroff Swanson '78
Leslie Langlow father of Sandra Langlow '65âœ? Patricia Lawson mother of Nancy Lawson Washmeera '72âœ?, Lori Lawson Frischerz '78 David Lavelle, Jr husband of Carol Roberts Lavelle '64, brother of Peggy Lavelle '78 Joan Lerma grandmother of Jessica Stewart '91, Christina Jajeh '01 Joseph Lombardi brother-in-law of Diane Reidy Lombardi '58 Giovanna Masnada mother of Loretta Masnada '73, Anne Masnada Assereto '84, grandmother of Kiara Assereto '20, godmother of Sonia Simi Neal '80
Art designed by Rizline Jew '22 John Fiore grandfather of Melia Sugitan Gee '02, Jasmine Suguitan '04 Thomas Flowers, Sr. grandfather of Nicole Flowers '01 Mary Fogarty mother of Sue Fogarty Sanchez '73, Lorrie Fogarty '75, Terry Fogarty '78 Madeline Gaul mother of Michele Gaul '83 Robert Hage husband of Ellen Hopkins Hage '69 Frank Jasinski father of Nina Jasinski Kelly '72, Deborah Jasinski Carey '73 Jeremiah Keohane husband of Cheryle Barden Keohane '75
Art designed by Sophia Lucero '20
Neal Moynihan father of Christine Moynihan '85 Eloise Nava-Feccia mother of Mary Feccia '84, Danielle Feccia '87 Monica Olsen former MHS Theology Teacher Marcel Ospital father-in-law of Susan Kosewic Ospital '79 Sululagi Palega, Sr. father of Lalonnie Palega '94 Merlin Porter father of Katy Porter-Hirsch '92 Juliette Puts grandmother of Natalie Elicetche '93 Lee Sample former MHS Social Science Teacher Richard Schadt step-father of Loreen McAllister '85, Julie McAllister Popovic '87 Maureen Schaefer wife of Charles Schaefer former MHS English Teacher Mark Van Tricht brother of Laurie Van Tricht Power '77, Lynn Van Tricht Porter '79 Paul Valigni father of Laura Valigni Schmidt '81, Paula Valigni Freeman '88 Sylvia Walsh mother-in-law of Teresa Burke Walsh '62, Denise Derham Walsh '69 Jackson Weller son of Lisa Praeger Weller '82 Robert Sean White former husband of Joanne Hayes-White '82, brother of Lori White Rolovich '72, brother-in-law of Terri Lazzareschi White '77
Art designed by Daniella Martinez '22 William McCarthy father of Julie McCarthy Mahon '69, Joan McCarthy Callaghan '71, Laurie Mullan Tandy '72, Peggy McCarthy Cronan '74, Ginny McCarthy Romanowski '76 Daniel McHugh brother of Patti McHugh Rames '67, brother-in-law of Mary Farrell McHugh '73 Marianne McLoughlin mother of Patricia McLoughlin Ferrero '79 David Monfredini brother of Janet Monfredini Plumley '71 Bruno Morelli husband of Mary Terheyden Morelli '59, brother-in-law of Lani Terheyden Dillon '65
Art designed by Kenya Alcantara '22
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Mercy High School
UPCOMING EVENTS Back to School Night September 19, 2019
Mercy Day Eucharistic Liturgy September 24, 2019
Alumnae Homecoming Tea November 2, 2019
Open House for Prospective Students November 3, 2019
November 7, 2019
November 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 2019
Holiday Boutique December 7, 2019
Winter Dance Concert
January 24, 25, 31, February 1, 2020
February 8, 2020
WITA Annual Art Exhibit February 27, 2020
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