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Future Bright for Graduates

May 17, 2018
By Deb Daley

Sixty-five percent of Mercy High School’s senior class, who graduated May 16, have received more than 165 scholarships to attend colleges and universities throughout the country.  The 83 students earned college awards valued at nearly $4 million.

In addition to these achievements, there are several other interesting facts about the Class of 2018:

  • The Student Council, leading the efforts of the student body, set a record in raising the most money ever to support the Mercy Network’s Mission work to educate young girls in Africa --$20,400, and surpassing their own goal by about $4,400.
  • 8% of the Class of 2018 received a 30 or above on their ACT.
  • These seniors completed close to 11,000 service hours over four years; parish/church hours were close to 2,400 and 100% of the class completed more service hours than were required to graduate.
  • There were several sets of multiples in this graduating class.  Bianca, Faith and Miranda Santiago, sisters who are part of a set of quadruplets.  Three of their classmates, originally from China ,Yiyang Cao, Yutong Dun and Shuchen Zhang also graduated.  There are also a set of twins, Casey and Margaret Moyer. 

Addresses were given by both the salutatorian and valedictorian. SalutatorianAnnika Muse expressed admiration for her welcoming and inclusive class. She said, “One of the most important parts of these last few years, in my eyes, is that we have gotten to pursue passions alongside people who are just as passionate as we are.  Although we might have our own groups, we are lucky enough to have the chance to be in a diverse community that allows everyone to give their own opinions and be respective for them.”

Gabriela Caito, this year’s valedictorian, reminded the audience that “being thankful is about so much more than simply saying ‘thank you.’ “It is about living a life of purpose inspired by the people, places and events we are grateful for and turning that gratitude into action.  It is about being driven to make a difference, as we were taught to do in our four years at Mercy.” 

By living gratitude in action, she said, “One day when we look back we will remember that our dreams came true not because we wished them to happen but because we made them happen.”