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May 2017

OLMA Goes Purple for Polio

By OLMA Headlines

Since 1988, Rotary International has joined forces with it’s partners, governments and communities around the word to reduce the cases of Polio by 99.9%.  With just one-tenth of one percent to go, the Interact Club members, students, faculty, and staff of Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA), held a Purple Day to raise funds in support of this important cause.

“In addition to raising funds, the students wanted to raise awareness of this disease and the fact that it still exists,” said Sr. Margaret Curcio, D.M. and OLMA Interact Adviser.  “Thanks to their efforts, nearly everyone in the school on Friday came dressed in purple, which I learned is the color used to mark the pinkies of children in third-world countries once they are immunized.”

Students also promised to lend their support by placing a purple hand print on a large banner that now hangs in the school’s cafeteria.  Together, the school raised more than $300 — a gift that will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in support of Rotary’s Polio Plus program.

According to facts provided by Rotary International, there are only three countries where polio remains endemic — Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.  Unless the disease is completely eradicated, within 10 years we could see as many as 200,000 new cases each year, all over the world.

Interact clubs, youth-sized versions of Rotary Clubs, bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of service. Rotary International is comprised of 1.2 million neighbors, friends and community leaders who make positive, lasting change in communities worldwide.  For more information on the Tri-County Rotary Club (sponsor of OLMA Interact), email trictyrotarygroup@gmail.com. Our Lady of Mercy Academy is South Jersey’s premier, Catholic High School for young women.  To find out more, visit www.olmanj.org.

Alumnae to Hold “Happy Hours” Social on June 3

By Alumni, OLMA Headlines
Invitations to OLMA’s Alumnae “Happy Hours” Social are out!  If we have your email address on file, it will be in your inbox.  A link to the invitation  is also posted on Facebook, Twitter and in the Alumnae section of the OLMA website.
 Please take a look and RSVP by May 26.  We are going to have a great time celebrating the “old days” and finding out about what’s new.  See you there.

OLMA Senior Get’s 100th Hit

By OLMA Headlines

On the afternoon of Monday, May 1, OLMA Senior Madison Hagerty made history.  Not only was it her birthday, but she also celebrated her 100th hit as an OLMA softball player — the first ever to earn this honor. Congratulations Madison!

outward bound day for OLMA sophomores

OLMA Sophomores Go Outward Bound

By OLMA Headlines

OLMA Sophomores went “Outward Bound” on Tuesday, May 3. The experience resulted in a combined lesson on sisterhood, teamwork, perseverance, and leadership. Along the way, they strengthened their bond as friends — and had a blast. Here are some photo highlights from their day on campus.

OLMA Makes the Grade at Annual Stock Market Trading Competition

By OLMA Headlines

If ever there was an example of “girl power” at work, it was at the annual Trading Day Stock Market competition held at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.  It was there on Friday, April 28, that the team from Our Lady of Mercy Academy was the one to beat amidst a nearly all-male playing field.

The competition provides students with an authentic, live trading experience that’s located right across the river from the real thing. Each team began with $1 million and followed a set of rules with the goal of being as profitable as possible by the closing bell.  Throughout the competition, teams used TD Ameritrade’s Thinkorswim trading simulator program.
“We walked into the competition and quickly realized that our students were among the only women on the trading floor,” said Brooke Coyle, Head of School.  “While some young women may be intimidated by that, our girls jumped right in and quickly took the lead against 22 other high schools from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Rhode Island. We proudly accepted a 2nd place win and couldn’t have had a better time.”