Sporting colorful posters, Student Ambassadors lined the drop-off lane to welcome Mercy students back on the first day of school. New and returning Monarchs were finally able to reconnect with one another after summer vacation. The vibrant atmosphere buzzed through the newly renovated classrooms as Welcome Week festivities began. The freshmen received their first taste of Mercy spirit at the Greenie Parade, where they showcased creative costumes designed by their senior Big Sister groups. Afterwards, the entire student body trekked to a nearby park for the Welcome Picnic. Students had the opportunity to potluck and participate in a variety of competitions such as flag football, a donut eating contest, and a chalk drawing competition.
Throughout the first months of school, Mercy’s fall sport athletes began their competition season. Our pep club, called the Golden Girls, packed the stands at the volleyball and softball games, and cross country and golf brought standout performances as well. Students eagerly dressed in fun themes to support their peers at the games. In September Mercy students celebrated Mercy Day, a beloved tradition. Two seniors represented Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, in a play and mass put on by the senior class. Honoring the spirit of Catherine McAuley, students were encouraged to share a comfortable cup of tea with their friends after the early dismissal.
For most, Spirit Week was the highlight of first semester. Spirit Week is a week dedicated to showing Mercy pride and having fun! Student Council reveals the Nocturne theme, which is Mercy’s homecoming dance, the week before and students dress in a unique theme every day of Spirit Week. This year the theme was “A Bingeworthy Nocturne”, and each spirit day had movie and Netflix related themes. In addition, competitions are held between each grade. Each grade competes for Spirit Points which are earned through a canned food drive, hallway decorations, a class dance performance, and stellar costumes throughout the week. The week commences with an all school movie watching party and Nocturne the next day. Just a month later, winter break begins. First semester at Mercy High School is a welcoming and exciting experience.