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The Kohl Mansion, home to Mercy High School, is located on 40 acres of land in the Burlingame hills. The 63 room rose brick mansion was to be the central building in a grand estate which would include tennis courts, green houses, a rose garden, a large carriage house, and a 150,000 gallon reservoir. In 1924 the Sisters of Mercy bought the Kohl Mansion as their Motherhouse. The Sisters opened the high school in the Kohl Mansion in 1931 after building a new Motherhouse on the lower campus.

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Our French students are leaving this Sunday after spending two weeks with Mercy families and attending classes. They leave amazed at the beauty of the campus, the wonderful weather, and the warm and friendly rapport of both students and teachers. Families were generous with their time bringing their adopted French daughters to Yosemite, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Santa Cruz. They left Mercy teary-eyed with fond memories and promises to come back as well as inviting their American sisters to visit them in Argenteuil, France. Along with their souvenirs from Mercy, they also take back the tastes of burritos, In n Out burgers, and brownies.

Students in pictures are Eme Dawes hosting Célia; Itzel Velasquez and Astrid; Salma El-Badry and Margaux; Clarissa Baldocchi and Marion.

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Congratulations to Mercy High School Senior Madison "Maddy" Gomes, '16 of Pacifica who recently signed to play water polo for Santa Clara University.

Maddy, is a three sport athlete at Mercy, having participated in water polo, basketball and swimming. She has excelled in water polo and has held the position of Team Captain in her senior year.

Maddie is looking forward to becoming a Bronco and playing for Santa Clara and we at Mercy wish her the best as she continues on with her collegiate sport experience!

Photos: top left: Maddie signing with her parents, Laurie and Fred Gomes and Bottomleft: Water polo teammates supporting her at her signing!

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...And what a night it was....the tent was blowing in the wind and "Mai Tai's at the Mansio" was soon to become known as "Monsoons at the Mansion" as the largest storm of the season rolled into the Bay Area! A little rain didn't stop this group, as Mercy parents and friends came out to support Mercy.

The mansion was fully decorated in a fun Hawaiian theme, people enjoyed the wonderful food stations and bartenders served up a mean Mai Tai which people enjoyed as the bid big for Mercy!

It was an amazing night and special thanks go out to everyone who helped to make this a great night for Mercy. We could not have done this without you! To see photo of this year's event, click here.

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This March, the Mercy Dance group traveled tLas Vegas to compete in the Jamz School Dance Nationals. The competition included 41 dance categories and over 100 schools both public and private.

Mercy Dance did not disappoint! While competing in 4 categories the Jazz team took 2nd place being edged out by .66 of a point and a 3rd place finish in JV Pom.

We are so proud of the Mercy dance teams and wish them a well deserved "Congratulations!"

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Don't Miss TriSchool Productions' Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which opens this Friday, March 11th with shows running on the weekends through March 19th.

Join Mercy sophomore Erin Murphy as she takes the audience back in time to tell the tale of Joseph and his 11 brothers including Marissa Gimbal as Simeon and Michelle Curran as Benjamin, in true Andrew Lloyd Webber style! Mercy girls Cat Bigelow, Maggie Grogan, Julia Hurley, Ariana Mitha, Alexis Solorzano, Isabella Torre, and Yasmine Dudum play just a few of Jacob's 11 wives, while Julianna Bencze, Maddi Rozansky, Olivia Siri, Amadis Welch, and Gabrielle Zaslove round out the ensemble.

Mercy girls also have a strong technical showing as Graeson Fee, Sarah Feller, Carolina Salame, Emily Kelly, Kiana Loo, Sarah Salame, Natasha Koo, Kat Gardner, Sarah Grace Boland, Uma Dowd, Vivian Bright, and Jailyn Lee add their expertise to the Run Crew of the show.

This fast-paced, fun show is also the last show in which Mr. Jordan from Serra will serve as Artistic Director and Pit Conductor, so if you or any of your family was in a TriSchool Production come celebrate Mr. J on closing night.

Come support your friends and the TriSchool family! Tickets are available at trischoolproductions.com.

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Mercy High School Burlingame was happy to be able participate in this year's Youth Day. Youth Day is held annually on the Thursday of the Religious Education Congress weekend in Los Angeles, CA. Mercy was thrilled to send eight girls to this year's conference!

This conference is a day just for youth from many different backgrounds from throughout the Archdiocese and beyond to participate in a Rally, Liturgy and Workshops focused just for them and is designed for all students from public and Catholic schools, grades 9 through 12.
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This past weekend the FIDM Fashion Club and Students in Action clubs presented their first Spring Awakening Fashion Show.

This was the culmination of many months of planning, production and collaboration. It was a completely student driven Fashion Show, which featured jewelry made by Mercy students from Swarovski crystal. Student models wore clothes from GAP, Weston Boutique and Styling Fabulous Consignment Boutique.

All money from the event was raised for Manthan School in India, which was created by Hannah Sidhu ('16) and her grandmother. It was a fantastic event and we could not be prouder of our Mercy Students for Making Mercy Real!!

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The Mercy High School - Burlingame Visual Arts Department hosted the 2nd Annual Fabulous Works of Art Contest on February 24th, 2016. The contest was open to 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls. This year, we had seven schools with over 70 participants! Participating schools included: Holy Angels, Good Shepherd, The Nueva School, Corte Madera School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Dunstan School.

Mercy Burlingame's Visual Arts Department is committed to encouraging girls to build confidence in 2D and 3D Art creation with an emphasis on exploring the many different elements of Art. Congratulation to the following contest winners: Two Dimensional category: First place awarded to Andi Mercado from Holy Angels School, Second place awarded to Snowy Sable from Corte Madera School, Third place awarded to Audrey Hirschman from The Nueva School. Winners in the Three Dimensional Category were: First place awarded to Alison Wong from St. Catherine of Siena School, Second place awarded to Mia Arruda from Corte Madera Schoo, Third place awarded to Ananya Lyer from The Nueva School.

Nadine Baroudi, Visual Arts Teachers who started this program two years ago stated that "This was an exciting and impressive display of local talent and we look forward to many more contests to come!"

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Thinking about career changes in an ever changing world can be a daunting task, and yesterday, Mercy students were given the opportunity to hear from over 20 Alumnae and Friends about their different career paths.

The event, set up like small "Ted Talks" let the presenters talk about what they do and how they discovered this career path and gave the girls the opportunity to ask questions in a small setting. Students were given the opportunity to sign up for 3 choices that interested them, then rotated every 15 minutes to hear another presenter.

Special thanks to all of the Alumnae and Friends of Mercy who took the time out of their busy days to come a speak with our girls and to the entire Counseling Department for putting on this great event!

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Mercy High School Burlingame Soccer player Sarah Feller of Half Moon Bay signed a National Letter of Intent on February 3, 2016 to play for Colorado Christian University. Sarah, who has been playing soccer since she was about 5, is thrilled to be realizing her dream to continue to play the game that she loves in college!

Sarah plays midfield and/or forward is looking forward to helping great team get better, as well as grow in her own skill set. Colorado Christian Coach McPherson in his press release stated that " Sarah is a very well rounded player with the technical ability it takes to impact every aspect of the game. Her set pieces are dangerous with either foot, her ability to finish will impact our success, and her tactical awareness with consistent execution will create dangerous scoring opportunities for others."

We at Mercy High School congratulate Sarah for all of her hard work, and wish her well as she begins her new journey at Colorado Christian University!

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Freshman students accompanied by Mr. Peter Diaz and Mrs. Christine Folan recently experienced "Urban Plunge." The Urban Plunge is a learning course designed to give students a brief but important opportunity to engage with communities experiencing poverty in US Cities. Students spend two to four days in a city close to their hometown with the chance of spending time with people who face the challenges of poverty and those organizations and folks who work to support them and or work to eradicate this inequity.

Mercy High School Burlingame has been participating in Urban Plunge for many years. This year the group served the students and staff of St. Peter's School with classroom, playground and after school assistance.

Mercy students were exposed to the many colorful murals of the San Francisco Mission and discussed their messages. They also toured the city comparing various areas and their great economic disparities.

The girls, worked hard and made bag lunches and delivered them door to door in the Tenderloin providing nourishment and fellowship with the homeless and those in SRO's.

At the end of the Plunge, the group visited Mission Creek which is a wonderful Mercy Housing facility. There they met David, the "paper marbling artist." David shared his story of living on the streets and his new life through the miracle of Mercy Housing. It was a wonderful faith filled weekend with eager freshmen students who were excited to be able to serve those in need.
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After being pen pals since the beginning of the school year, Serra and Mercy French students gathered together today to celebrate Mardi Gras and all things "French!". Following the popular practices on Mardi Gras, the group enjoyed experiencing different foods, learned various dances, played games and performed for the crowd!

This was a wonderful time for the students to come together, as they had also been pen pals throughout the year, writing letters to each other to practice their French just for this occasion. Special thanks to Madam Dowden and Madam Barthe for all of their help in putting on this wonderful annual event which the students enjoy so much!

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In preparation for the Super Bowl, 25 Mercy High School Burlingame students, Sisters of Mercy and Associates joined forces to help young women who are being trafficked. On Jan. 28, the group gathered at Mercy Center, watched a documentary on how to identity those being trafficked, shared a potluck supper, and then labeled 2,000 bars of soap. These soap bars will be distributed to Bay Area hotels by the organization S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) and will provide people being forced to prostitute themselves with a number to call for help. The label alerts the recipient that services are available for those being trafficked. An increase in prostitution and associated human trafficking is expected to occur in the Bay Area over the next couple of weeks before and during the Feb. 7 Super Bowl.

Associates previously visited hotels in the area to speak with managers about obtaining training for their employees about trafficking in general. The training will help hotel staff recognize signs that may indicate that a person is forced to work or engage in sex against their will.

The hope is that someone being trafficked will pick up the soap and see the help-line number attached to the underside of the packaging. All two thousand bars of soap were then delivered to S.O.A.P. Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution for hotel delivery. - Sandy Flaherty, Director of Mission Integration

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A huge thank you to those from our Mercy community that participated in our first ever Red Cross Blood drive hosted by our newly organized Red Cross Club.

The Mercy mansion dining room was converted into a blood donor room with 6 beds and several areas to register and many Red Cross personnel all to take our blood. It was a huge success with members from our local community, parents of our Mercy students, Mercy students as well as many of our faculty and staff participating to donate 43 bags of blood.

The Red Cross was amazed at the response and very pleased given the recent blood shortage that has hit our area. Many of our Mercy girls donated and/or volunteered to help make this event run smoothly, and all of their hard work and blood donations are greatly appreciated.

The Red Cross Club is hoping to hold a similar blood drive each year in order to help our community. Special thanks to all who gave or help make this event so successful!

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Mercy-Burlingame goalkeeper Alyssa Parodi keeps her eye on the ball to make one of her 12 saves in the Crusaders' 3-2 win over Crystal Springs in a key WBAL Skyline Division matchup.

The Crystal Springs girls' soccer team controlled every aspect of the game as they played Mercy-Burlingame in a key West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division showdown at Skyline College Tuesday afternoon. Both teams were undefeated in division play and the winner would take control of the standings midway through the league season.

The Gryphons dominated possession, the midfield, the attack, shots and generally overwhelmed the Crusaders at times.Crystal Springs did everything necessary to win the game — except put the ball in the back of the net consistently.

Mercy, meanwhile, had only a handful of dangerous chances — and the Crusaders converted three times to beat Crystal Springs 3-2.

"It's huge for us," Mercy coach Joel Snyder said of the win. "It's a big vote of confidence going into the second half of the season.".

Photo - Mercy-Burlingame goalkeeper Alyssa Parodi keeps her eye on the ball to make one of her 12 saves in the Crusaders' 3-2 win over Crystal Springs in a key WBAL Skyline Division matchup.

For Full Article in The Daily Journal by Nathan Mallat please CLICK HERE.

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