May Crowning Held
One of the most meaningful traditions at Mercy High School is May Crowning. It was held May 6 . The ceremony honors Mother Mary by selecting a senior who exemplifies the qualities of Mary as May Queen, and having her crown Mary’s statue with a circlet of flowers. The May Queen is accompanied by the May Court, which includes representatives from each class.
This year’s May Queen was Allison Vana who is President of the Senior Class. She has been a class officer all of her four years at Mercy, run Cross Country since sophomore year, and is in Track. A member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior year, she has also participated in Art Club and Math Club and was on the tech crew for Alice in Wonderland. She was chosen to the Nocturne Court as a sophomore. Her service activities include volunteering at St. Gerald Elementary School, participating in the JDRF One Walk, and helping with FIESTA. Vana belongs to St. Gerald Catholic Church and is joined at Mercy by her sister, Ann, who is a sophomore. Vana is making final plans for college and is hoping to major in education.
When asked about being chosen, Vana expressed gratitude for her role models that have sacrificed for her, especially her mother.
“I am extremely honored and somewhat taken aback that I was selected. It is thanks to the wonderful people around me that I am receiving this recognition,” she said.
Joining her on the May Court were:
Seniors: Jennifer Carpenter and Claire Fink
Juniors: Kayleen Gruhn and Gianna Jergovic
Sophomores: Kateri Pantoja and Kelliaine Villalava
Freshmen: Cecilia Galardi and Aluel Mareng
The ceremony includes class processions and a blessing from Father Mike Eckley, Board of Trustees member and Servant Minister of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Each class recited a decade from the rosary. Then, the final decade was led by faculty, staff, and the May Court. In addition, seniors wore their caps and gowns for the first time.
Two Outstanding Seniors were announced at the conclusion of the ceremony. They are kept secret until that evening.