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Mercy Girls are part of a more than 85-year-old tradition of inspiring young women to achieve great things. Here, a girl occupies every role: every seat on student council, every position on a team, every club leadership role. Each day, our students see girls learning, growing and achieving – and take advantage of the myriad of opportunities to do the same. At Mercy, young women are known, challenged and transformed.

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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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Brooke Barron ‘22 Finished 1st in the WBAL Championship
Caroline Ocampo

Huge congratulations to Mercy’s junior Brooke Barron ‘22, who finished FIRST in the West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) Championship yesterday at Los Lagos in San Jose.  This is a very strong golf league and Brooke finished five strokes ahead of her nearest competitor with a score of 69–one stroke over par. This automatically qualifies Brooke for CCS in Laguna Seca on June 9. Also participating today in the finals were sophomore Eva Denten ‘23 and freshman Jaylyn Remolona ‘24. 

Mercy Senior Wins Youth of the Year
Stephanie Jewett

Mercy Senior Scarlett Aramburu Alvarez '20 has earned the title of Youth of the Year for Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club (MPBGC)! Scarlett was nominated last May, and prepared for months working with a coach and attending workshops to strengthen her public speaking skills. In November, she competed against others in her Mid-Peninsula clubhouse which included individual interviews with a panel of eight judges and ultimately giving a speech to a packed audience about an issue she felt needed addressing in her community. 

An active member of the Boys & Girls Club since 7th grade, Scarlett's participation has evolved as she took on more of a leadership role. In middle school, her Torch Club activities included event planning for Halloween haunts and Thanksgiving parties, organizing Christmas gifts for members, and designing the Teen Center. "Now, I have a higher leadership role in the club and volunteer in the broader community, organizing clean-up projects in different cities and helping to design other teen centers," she says. 

Over the years, Scarlett's experiences at Mercy have influenced the way she views service to her community she says, encouraging her to be intrinsically motivated and acknowledge the worth of time. "It is important to give back to the community that holds you up and that you represent." 

Scarlett is also motivated to grow as a leader through her involvement with Junior Statesmen of America, a club at Mercy. Finding her voice and becoming comfortable making her opinions heard has helped her encourage fellow students to express their opinions during meetings or through participation in events like the student-organized Gun Control rally.

"Scarlett is an active community member and leader on our campus. She has been a leader of JSA and represented Mercy at their State Conferences. We are so proud of the work she has done at our school and in the broader peninsula community," says Claire Rietmann-Grout, Assistant Head of School for Student Life at Mercy.

As a graduating Senior, Scarlett is excited to see what her future holds; "It's time to put myself in new situations where I can apply the knowledge I gained at Mercy in order to create new opportunities and experiences!"

The Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year program continues beyond the Clubhouse level to Regionals and ultimately, Nationals. Regardless of the extent of her future participation, Scarlett is grateful for the opportunity to hone her public speaking skills and for the mentorship and recognition she has received. 

Photo by Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club

Alumna Athlete Spotlight for National Girls & Women in Sports Day!
Stephanie Jewett

It's National Girls & Women in Sports Day! Since its inception in 1987, National Girls & Women in Sports Day has offered an opportunity to recognize the influence of sports participation for girls, acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, and honor the progress and continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. Mercy recognizes the benefits and skills that athletic participation brings to our students including confidence, resilience, leadership, and collaboration. 

Sara Bermudez '18, a star soccer player at Mercy, is now a sophomore and starting defensive midfielder at Brown University. She recently finished her 2nd season with the Bears, where they had a historic run in the women's soccer program (read more here). She talked with us about the transition to collegiate-level athletics and the impact soccer has had on her life. 

Sara Bermudez '18 pictured holding the Ivy League trophy they won this year!

How was last year's transition to college and collegiate-level soccer? Was it as you'd anticipated?
It was an exciting experience, one that I had been anticipating since I was a sophomore in high school. However, it was much more difficult than I expected. Adapting to collegiate-level soccer took patience and discipline. I had to trust my coaches, become more mentally tough, and accept the physical demands. I realized my first year was going to be more about growth and gaining experience than accomplishments. As for transitioning into the academics and the social scene of Brown I absolutely loved it. I loved the freedom of choosing my classes and the excitement of meeting individuals from all over the country and world. I still stop to take it all in sometimes when I am walking around campus. 

Now in your 2nd year, do you feel that you've found your stride in balancing sports and academics? 
Absolutely. I have found my major and the realm of what I want to study. School is much more enjoyable now because I got the hang of what I need to succeed, like my optimal study spot and time management. I feel more confident in reaching out for help as well from professors, teaching assistants, and deans. I earned a starting spot as a defensive midfielder this year and was able to lead my team to the second round of the NCAAs. Compared to my first year, I was much more capable of balancing school and sports, mainly because I had a year of experience under my belt and I knew what to expect and how to better take care of myself. 


What are the top 3 things you love about playing at the collegiate level?

  1. I love representing my university. I am proud to attend Brown. It is so much deeper than just myself. I am there for my family and every teacher, friend, mentor, and teammate who helped me get here. When I put my jersey on I am reminded of why I put myself through adversity in collegiate-level sports, which makes success that much more rewarding. 
  2. Pregame nerves. I have learned to love the nerves. Before every game, I am very serious and zoned in. I keep headphones in and my head down because it helps me process the anxiety I get before games. Once I get outside for warm-up and touch a soccer ball I am brought back down to reality. The anxiety then becomes adrenaline and I am ready. 
  3. It has made me stronger in every aspect of my life. I have pushed myself in ways I never imagined. Through injuries, through failures, in fitness tests, my body always amazes me with what it can handle - with what I can handle. As expectations increase, so do the demands. But going through it once and coming out okay, in the end, makes the next time easier. I have learned that mentality is so important. What I accomplish in sports and the ways I get stronger reflects in everything else I do. 


How did Mercy prepare you for the challenges and rewards of being an athlete at an Ivy League school? 
What I put in at Mercy I got out. The same holds true with where I am now. The teachers I was fortunate to have at Mercy have had a strong influence in shaping me into the person I am today. I owe it to their guidance for my ability to take advantage of and keep up with being at an Ivy League School. Mercy has prepared me to maintain a level head through the highs and lows of being an athlete at an Ivy League School. While Mercy instilled in me the value of being independent, it reinforced lifting others as I climb and staying in touch with where my journey began. It is why I enjoy coming back and talking about my experiences with current Mercy students.

Tri-School Productions presents Lord of the Flies
Stephanie Jewett

Lord of the Flies

When a plane crashes on a remote island, a group of students are the sole survivors. From the prophetic and virtuous, to the lovable and brutish, each attempts to establish control as the reality of their situation sets in. The conflicts that arise throughout the story reveal both the students' capacity for empathy and hope, as well as illuminating the darkest corners of the human spirit. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the characters decide who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be.

The struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites the audience to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks.

Presented with Two Casts

This world-famous novel was written solely about boys. But almost 70 years later, with a greater understanding of the equal nature of all people, Director Lawrence Long and the Tri-School Productions casts feel that using both single-gender casts give us equal yet distinct impressions of modern society as a whole. 

Before jumping in to rehearsals, Long asked his cast to consider the origins of perceived differences between males and females as they bring the show to life, "What needs to happen for modern audiences to stop noticing our differences and see us all only as human?" The show's cast and crew will encourage the audience to explore with them: When you take away social pressures and expectations, at what point does it not become a story about boys or girls, but about all of us? 

Mercy is well represented with 19 Mercy Girls in the cast and crew. Don't miss the opportunity to see this unique and compelling show!

Female Cast: October 26 & November 2 • 7:30pm

Male Cast: October 25 & November 1 • 7:30pm

Gellert Auditorium, Junipero Serra High School

Tickets are on sale now! Buy them HERE.

ARC Program Unites Mercy Departments in Holistic Approach to Mental Heath
Stephanie Jewett

Mercy strives to support our students and community by raising awareness about mental health and providing resources to directly and indirectly help overcome challenges. Nicholas Smith with the Catholic San Francisco sat down with Lauren Conklin - Assistant Head of School for Academics, Joy Phillips - Wellness Counselor, and Sandy Flaherty - Director of Catholic Identity and Religion Teacher to discuss a new initiative called the ARC Program. The program is a collaboration between departments marking a united effort to care for the whole student and advocate for their well-being. Read the full article here!

(Photo by Nicholas Wolfram Smith/Catholic San Francisco)


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