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Mercy Offers a Place for Everyone

August 07, 2017
By Deb Daley

As Mercy High School opens it doors this school year on August 11, the earliest of any Omaha school, the nearly 360 young women in the student body will truly represent “ a slice of Omaha” with some additional unique family and non-family connections.

Some highlights that spotlight the diversity of the school:

The student body represents many ethnic groups including: 73% White, 11 % Hispanic; 6 % Black, 2 % Asian, 1 % Native American and under 1 % Hawaiian.

Students are members of all socioeconomic levels--families with incomes from 100,000 plus (40 % or more) to families who qualify for low income and qualify for free and reduced lunches (29% or more).

The young women emanate from all residential zip codes in Omaha.

“ With representation from every residential zip code and our socioeconomic and ethnic diversity, our students learn that the best ideas come from different perspectives,” said Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM, President, Mercy High School.

At the same time, family connections are strong with 19% having sisters or cousins currently enrolled. There are also three sets of twins in the freshmen class. Many students also are legacies with great grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, aunts, and others graduating from the school.

Ironically, Mercy also has four freshmen girls with the same last name as Hernandez or derivative of that name, but they are not related; two who have Lee and two who have Rangel as last names, but are not related.

As is tradition, Student Council members, Student Ambassadors, Dance Team Members and Cheerleaders will welcome new students beginning at 7:20 a.m. on August 11 in the front of the school.