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Graduates Earn $6 Million in Scholarships

April 30, 2019
By Deb Daley

Sixty-six students will graduate from Mercy High School on Wednesday, May 15th.  The 7:00 p.m. ceremony will take place at the Joslyn Witherspoon Concert Hall. Seventy-five percent of the graduates have earned more than $6 million in scholarships and as a whole, the class has been accepted at 59 higher education institutions.  

This year’s valedictorian is Emma Weis. She is a Senior Class officer, Student Ambassador, member of Mock Trial, National Honor Society (NHS), and Yearbook.   She also serves as President of the Baking Club and Math Club.  She has played soccer all four years and is a current co-captain of the varsity squad.  Emma volunteered at the Munroe Meyer Institute, where she is now currently employed, and attended the service trip at Misericordia in Chicago her junior year.  Emma is part of a Mercy legacy.  Her mom, Francie Riedmann Weis '81, and her grandmother, Rita Ostblom Weis SJ ’54, and four of her aunts attended Mercy. She has received numerous academic honors and seven scholarships from various colleges.   She plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney, majoring in Biology on a Pre-Medicine track.  She has also signed a letter of intent to play soccer there.  

Alexia Rains is this year’s salutatorian. She has been a member of Student Council for three years, NHS, served as a Student Ambassador, and was in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  The student-athlete has played soccer all four years and has been a co-captain of the varsity squad for two years. Alexia was the Mercy Day Director her senior year and has participated in service-related projects including Operation Others.  Alexia’s sisters  Kaleena ’14 and Malia ’16 graduated from Mercy.  She plans to attend the University of Nebraska Omaha and major in Biotechnology.  She received nine scholarships from several colleges.