I interviewed Chris Wulff, my grandmother, on January 17th about her high school experience at Mercy because I wanted to know more about how our school has changed, and how it has stayed the same. Here is what she had to say.
Q: From what you know, having sent your daughters and your granddaughter to Mercy, what is the biggest difference at the school from when you were a student?
A: There are a lot of differences from when I was in school and I think that you kids are a little bit more focused. At least your class is. I mean, the differences between what I saw when my daughters went there, and now that you’re there is that it just seems like maybe you girls take it a little more seriously. I also think one of the difference that I’ve noticed, especially with you being on Student Council and with Betty being on Student Council, is that I think students have more of an influence on the way the school is run. I think students have more of a voice now than what they did when I went there.
Q: What is the biggest similarity between now and when you were a student?
A: Oh, that’s an easy one. School spirit. Definitely, the school spirit. I found school spirit with your mom’s class, with Betty’s class. My class had it, and your class definitely has it. And there’s always just a lot of pride. There’s just something that kind of runs through everybody’s veins when you go there. It’s a sisterhood. It’s very strong and I think the fact that my siblings went there made an even bigger bond for me there.
Q: If you could bring back one Mercy tradition that has been done away with, what would it be?
A: Selling shamrocks! Yes, the shamrock sale. We used to always have St. Patrick’s Day off and we would sell shamrocks for a fundraiser. And I can’t remember what the money went to, but I do know we had more fun selling those shamrocks than ever.
Q: What is a tradition we have now that you wish you could have experienced when you were at Mercy?
A: Well, I keep bringing up my daughters too, because they did this but my class didn’t do it. When you guys have your assemblies, and all the classes bang on their legs and say that they love each other… I love that. I like that communication with all four of the classes. I think that is really cool. We sang our song and prayed our prayer too. And one tradition that I’m sorry to see you guys don’t do anymore—even though I love your school song, it’s a gorgeous school song, it’s a beautiful school song… I just wish you were still singing the same school song that we sang.
Q: What is the most important thing about Mercy to you?
A: Well, there are a couple of things. And the most major thing is that you always feel like you’re coming home. It’s the school spirit. It’s the spirit that I will always feel. I will always hold my time there as one of the favorite four years of my life. I loved it there. I always felt welcome there and I still do. I think that the fact that two of my daughters went there and that you’re going there now is just gravy. I mean, it just adds to my pride in that place and it adds to my happiness. I can see you feel the same way, too. I can see it in your face, I can see it in your demeanor that this is where you feel at home. And that’s really very gratifying for me to see that. It truly, truly is. That is a bond that the four of us will always have: your mom, your aunt, and you and me. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me, and I love telling people I went to high school with, ‘You know, my granddaughter’s graduating from there this year.’ It just gives me a real sense of pride to say that and to know how well you’re doing there. Mercy’s got a big place in my heart too.