One of the most beautiful and moving traditions at Mercy High School is the Catholic ritual of honoring Mary in May by crowning her stature with a circlet of flowers. This year May Crowning is May 8 at 7 p.m. in the gym at Mercy High School, 1501 S. 48th St. As part of the symbolic ceremony, a May Queen, a senior chosen by the students as the girl who exemplifies the qualities of Mary, places the crown and is attended by a May Court, which includes representatives from each class.
Mercy High School’s 2017 May Queen is senior Isabelle “Izzy” Brown. Brown has been involved in music and theatre during all four years at Mercy. She is a member of the award-winning Mercy High School Singers, was Dorothy in the school’s fall production of “The Wizard of Oz,” and a member of Trocaire, an Irish singing group. Brown is an outstanding scholar with a 3.8 GPA who currently serves as president of the National Honor Society. As a sophomore she was a princess in both the Nocturne and May Crowning Courts. Her community involvement includes being a member of the St. Patrick’s of Elkhorn ‘s Youth Ministry Team Core Team and Venture, a scouting leadership program where she was past president. She plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha and major in civil engineering. She has already received a Regents Scholarship and has been accepted in the Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community.
Other members of the May Court include:
Seniors: Shea Childs and Erin Jones
Juniors: Annabella Glatte and Lillian Kraft
Sophomores: Juena Laa and Audra Pflug
Freshman: Madeline Riesberg and Abbey Wilson
The ceremony includes class processions and a blessing by Father Michael Eckley, pastor St. Pius X Parish. Each class will recite a decade from of the rosary with the final decade led by faculty, staff and the May Court. It is also the first time seniors wear their caps and gowns. Also two Outstanding Seniors are announced at the end of the ceremony. This is kept secret until that evening.
“Not only is this ceremony a beautiful tradition, it is a reminder to our students that it is important to recognize and share their gifts of faith, knowledge and service with those around them, as Mary did,” said Sarah Regan, principal, Mercy High School.