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Seniors Earn $8.8 M in Scholarships

May 04, 2020
By Deb Daley

The Mercy High School Class of 2020 earned more than $8.8 million in college scholarships. All 93 seniors plan to attend higher education institutions and have been accepted at 83 different colleges. Eighty percent of the class has received scholarships.

This year’s valedictorian is Madeline Riesberg.  Madeline is an officer and a member of Student Council, National Honor Society (NHS), Pastoral Council, and participates in track and field, serving as a captain her sophomore and junior years. She has been on the Core Team for Operation Others for two years. Last fall, she was chosen to portray the older Catherine McAuley in the Mercy Day play. During her sophomore year, she was on the Nocturne Court, and she was on the Prom Court her senior year.  Madeline is a member of St. Gerald’s Parish. Her older sister, Makayla, graduated in 2013 and her younger sister, Megan, is a current freshman.  A recipient of numerous scholarships, Madeline is planning to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney and will double major in chemistry and psychology. She works part-time at a veterinary clinic. 

Stephanie Aleman-Maldonado is this year’s salutatorian. She is a member of NHS and currently serves as vice president.  She also participates in track and field and is a team captain. Stephanie is active in the Math Club and is a tutor at Mercy. A soon to be first-generation college student, Stephanie is finalizing her college choice.  As a member of El Buen Pastor, she is fluent in both English and Spanish.  Also a recipient of numerous college scholarships, Stephanie plans to major in either chemistry or mathematics and eventually become a doctor. 
Here is a video that highlights where our seniors are going. 

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