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Curtis Cockenberg '67 and Susan Kelly O'Neill '92 Recipients of 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Award

Mrs. Sam Stricklan (Pierce) is honored with Sister Suzanne Gallagher Award

Science teacher, Mrs. Samdai Stricklan  (Pierce), was named the 2017 recipient of the Sister Suzanne Gallagher Award for Distiguished Teaching at the faculty year-end luncheon in June. This award was established by alumni Peter ’95 and Thomas ’98 Farnese (pictured at right with Nell Stetser and Peter's wife, Lily) to honor a current WMA faculty member for excellence in teaching. Following in the footsteps of their father, Andrew Farnese, Esq. '60, who established the Sister Mary Cephas Award for Distinguished Teaching decades earlier, Peter and Andrew initiated the Sister Suzanne Gallagher award seven years ago. We congratulate Mrs. Stricklan on this achievement!

Stephen Gleason '09 Delivers Inspirational Speech at Achievement Assembly

Waldron Mercy Academy students in grades three through seven gathered in the Dixon Gymnasium for the annual achievement assembly. Stephen Gleason '09, was chosen as the speaker, and encouraged the students to "live in the moment, have an open heart and mind, and be grateful."

Accoring to Stephen, "No matter how well you plan everything out, you’re going to get some curveballs now and again. I think WMA taught me how to step out of my comfort zone and come out a better person when things don’t go my way. My teachers here always asked us to think outside of the box and use what we learned in class and apply it to real life. I remember building bridges in Mrs. Kuzan’s science class, learning about current events with Mr. Fogarty, and answering Mrs. Guarini’s reflection questions. Waldron also made me think outside of our WMA Bubble. I remember when I went to the Catholic Worker for the first time, I didn’t understand why there were homeless people outside. When I went to the Clymer School a year later, I wondered why there were bars on the classroom windows."

Stephen started Waldron Mercy in fifth grade and was a member of the soccer and baseball teams for each of his four years. After graduation, he went on to St. Joe’s Prep, where he was a member of the track and cross country teams, wrote for the school newspaper, and was a part of the mission and ministry team. While at the Prep, Stephen volunteered during the founding of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School and spent a gap year between high school and college working there full-time. Stephen’s two younger brothers, James and Michael, both graduated from WMA. His mom was on the parents’ association and his dad was a member of the board of trustees. This fall, Stephen will begin his senior year at Harvard, where he studies Government.

Class of 2013 Returns for Volley Ball and Pizza Night before Heading Off to Colleges Coast to Coast

From the University of Arizona to Yale University and the University of Southern California to Temple University, the WMA Class of 2013 will enter colleges and universities far and wide this fall. We are proud of their many accomplishments in high school and wish them continued success in their chosen schools.





Bill '84 and Ann Marie Frio are Honored at Annual Golf and Tennis Classic

The Mother Patricia Waldron Award honors a person "for faithful service in the spirit of mercy with compassionate dedication and devotion to the Waldron Mercy Academy community." Bill '84 and Annmarie Frio embody such faithful dedication and service.

Bill's passion for athletics and service came together in his dedication to WMA. Since 2008, the Golf and Tennis Classic committee has reaped the benefits of Bill's dedication, as he has been one of our most committed volunteers. While attending college at Villanova University, Bill coached the Waldron Mercy JV football team, winning championships two of four years, and the varsity basketball team, winning the championship one of two years. He returned to the coaching arena in 2008, while his son was in grade six, and of course, won the championship that year as well. He passed on his love for Waldron Mercy and coaching to his son Joey '11 who is now in college and comes back to coach football and baseball.

A long-time member of the Parent-Teacher Cooperative (now the Parents' Association), Ann Marie spent countless volunteer hours serving on committees and creating opportunities for other parents to become involved. Over her tenure, she served as Vice President, President, and Social Committee Chair, a role that allowed her to launch many events that we still enjoy, including Snack with Santa and fall hay rides. Annmarie was a familiar face that could always be seen volunteering at Homecoming, Winter Carnival, and Tigerfest, just to name a few. It is with deep appreciation for their dedication, service, generosity and loyalty that we honor Bill and Annmarie Frio with this award.

Bill Kuharich '67 Establishes The Class of 1967 Scholarship

Bill Kuharich 67

"Waldron made a difference in my life and I now want to help make a difference for others," says Bill Kuharich, who has established The Class of 1967 Scholarship. This scholarship will provide tuition assistance to a deserving sixth, seventh or eighth grader for whom a Waldron Mercy Academy education would not otherwise be possible. The core values taught at Waldron Mercy are the same as they have been for more than 90 years. Mercy is at the center of education and the foundation for learning that inspired graduates to succeed in high school, in their choose careers, and in life. For students then and now, WMA is the trajectory for a lifelong love of learning and helping others. We appreciate Bill's classmates who have joined in this endeavor and encourage fellow classmates to make their gift today.  Bill is pictured with Aaron Nuble '15 and Payton Fox '15 on a recent visit to Waldron Mercy Academy.


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