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Middle schools students participate in Mount Mercy Academy Leadership Challenge

standing: Rosemary Cole and Jane Kent of West Seneca and Queen of Heaven School, Mia Posey of Buffalo and St. Monica Scholar, Alexis Sandor and Megan Michalski of Buffalo and St. Vincent de Paul School in Elma, Naomi Parisi and Sophia Robinson of Buffalo and Notre Dame Academy, Shea Halpenny of Lackawanna and South Buffalo Charter School. seated: Bria Posey of Buffalo and St. Monica Scholar, Gabrielle Sikorski and Olivia Harrington of Buffalo and Our Lady of Victory, Sara Zasowskiof West Seneca and Mya Forster of Colden - both students at St. John Vianney, Cierra Balbuzoski of Buffalo and Lorraine Elementary.
SOUTH BUFFALO - True Leadership develops as a result of confidence, resilience, knowledge, wisdom, and the courage

to step up to opportunities that are presented. Simply put, leadership skills matter and Mount Mercy Academy offers your middle school students an opportunity to gain an advantage today, in high school, in college and beyond.

Mount Mercy Academy proudly announces the start of the exciting new program – the Mercy Leadership Challenge. Fourteen eighth grade students from various grammar schools throughout Western New York were selected by their principals to participate. The program provides these students the opportunity to gain a competitive edge by learning, developing and experiencing leadership.

Students attend a full day program at Mount Mercy Academy during their normal school day and throughout the fall of 2013. They are studying topics such as: Leadership in High School and College, How to be a Leader Every Day, Turning Leadership into Service, Rachel’s Challenge: A Message of Kindness & Compassion. Students work with Mount Mercy Academy’s faculty and students to create a memorable and educational experience.

On September 18, 2013, participants attended their first session and worked with Empower Girls Buffalo on a project to help each student discover their own strengths with being a leader and build on essential life skills to help them grow socially, emotionally and academically. Empower Girls Buffalo was created by Michele Sixt Melligan, MMA Class of 1992 and Janine Galante and their motto is “embrace the positive.”

In the next session, the Mercy Leadership Challenge students will participate in activities relating to Rachel’s Challenge – a program designed to teach kindness and compassion with a strong anti-bullying message, directly with Mercy students.

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