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Student Spotlight: Meet Jaiden Harris, Class of 2021

By OLMA Headlines

One look at OLMA junior, Jaiden Harris on the basketball court and you know she feels right at home. The same is true when off the court now that she is part of the OLMA Sisterhood.

Jaiden transferred in last fall after finding out more about OLMA from fellow basketball players and friends, Sydney Prescott and Ava Casale. “We’ve played on the same AAU team. I immediately liked what I heard about the atmosphere here and how the teachers really care about helping us succeed.” She decided to shadow and that sealed the deal.

Jaiden admits that she was very nervous at first but that the Big-Little Sleepover in late August calmed her down and got her excited. “The sleepover was mostly for new freshmen, but it didn’t matter,” said Jaiden. “The seniors made everyone feel welcome.” Five months later, Jaiden says she loves it here. “I have so many new friends, the kind that I know I’ll have forever.”

On the basketball court, Jaiden is, quite literally, having a ball! She and her teammates are on their way to a historic season of success with a current record of 10-1. Academically, her record is also a winning one. “The teachers here are hands-on and really supportive,” she said. “I didn’t have that where I was before,” Jaiden says she is also enjoying clubs. She’s active in the OLMA Interact and Art clubs and participated in Forensics last fall. “I want to be an FBI agent and work in forensics, so that club was a great fit for me,” she said. “My uncle is in law enforcement and has inspired me to do the same.”

Jaiden will have the chance to delve a little deeper into that career field in June as part of the Forensics Chemistry Mini-Mester course being offered at OLMA. In addition to participating in a lot of hands-on study, Jaiden will visit FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. She will also learn about the many notable women who have contributed to this exciting field. We have a feeling that her name could one day be on that list.

Have fun, Jaiden. We are so glad you’re here.

OLMA Junior Crowned Miss Garden State Teen 2020

By OLMA Headlines

OLMA students make us proud in so many ways — both on and off-campus. Junior, Morgan Kenny is no exception to this and was crowned MISS GARDEN STATE TEEN 2020, this past weekend. Morgan will be representing New Jersey (and OLMA!) at Nationals in Texas this Summer at International Junior Miss! Congratulations, Morgan!


By OLMA Headlines

Click on the photo below to watch the 6 ABC Newscast!

As part of the Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) Compassion Quest Mini-Mester course, 38 students hit the road yesterday morning spreading a bit of sunshine wherever they went. Their day began at the Church of the Incarnation where they gathered for Mass and surprised some unsuspecting parishioners with Smile Boxes on the way out. They also made stops at Cardinal Village assisted living facility, Goodwill Store, and ShopRite where they filled the aisles with smiles.

“Eight OLMA freshmen came together to plan this service project,” said Brooke Coyle, OLMA Head of school.  “The idea behind it is to help students embrace and understand the importance of service, as well as to learn how to manage a project of this scope from start to finish.  This was a major success on both fronts.  This group of 38 girls have big hearts and are passionate about helping others without expecting anything in return.”
Compassion Quest is an example of one of the Mini-Mester Courses offered at OLMA.  These courses represent experiential learning at its best and give students the opportunity to delve deeper into subject areas that intrigue and interest them.  Along the way, students learn a variety of life lessons including managing their money, navigating tours and hikes, thinking on their feet, handling cultural and language differences, solving problems, following directions, being on time, as well as how to push themselves further than they ever thought they could.  While most Mini-Mesters occur in June, there are a few, like Compassion Quest that span the regular school year. 

Our Lady of Mercy Academy is a Catholic, accredited, college preparatory school for young women located in Newfield, NJ.  OLMA empowers young women to lead a world of change, realize their dreams and reach their full potential.  OLMA provides challenging academics and diverse extracurricular programs in an environment that promotes faith, sisterhood, achievement, leadership, and service.  In 1962, the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy established OLMA as South Jersey’s all-girls Catholic high school.  For more information, visit OLMANJ.ORG or call (856) 697-2008.  


By OLMA Headlines

You are invited to participate in two special events at upcoming OLMA Basketball games.  The first is Chick-fil-A Night (Whiteout) on Friday, January 24, 2020, followed by Blackout Cancer on Friday, February 7, 2020.  

These games will be televised on BFA Productions. You can watch the games live via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube (on Comcast).  Want to advertise? If so, advertising opportunities are available for both broadcasts. We are excited to announce that the broadcasts will include a special feature on Our Lady of Mercy Academy, the OLMA Basketball team, and some individual player highlights.


You’re Invited to an Alumnae New Year Mass and Meet & Greet

By Alumni, OLMA Headlines

We invite you to join us on Friday, January 10, 2020, for a special Mass, followed by an informal update from Mrs. Coyle and current students, lunch, and tours. Please plan to arrive and gather in the Chapel entrance by 9:45 AM. Mass will begin at 10 AM and will include our entire school community. Alumnae who have not already done so will have the opportunity to sign the OLMA Sisterhood Book.

We hope you will join us for this special morning to reconnect teachers and friends, as well as to find out what’s new. Click here for more information and to RSVP by Monday, January 6, 2020.