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Mercy High School holds May crowning

Students, faculty and staff at Mercy High School in Omaha honored the Blessed Mother May 8 during the school’s annual May Crowning.

Leading the traditional ritual of crowning a statue of Mary with a circlet of flowers was senior and May Queen Isabelle “Izzy” Brown, president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, who was chosen by students as the girl who exemplifies the qualities of Mary.

During the ceremony, the school also announced its two outstanding seniors – Lyndee Hoge and Julia Pechar. Hoge, this year’s salutatorian, is a National Merit Scholarship finalist and Student Council secretary, and Pechar is president of the Student Council and a student ambassador.

The ceremony included class processions, praying of the rosary and a reflection by Father Michael Eckley, pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Omaha and member of Mercy’s board of trustees.

“Not only is this ceremony a beautiful tradition, it is a reminder to our students that it is important to recognize and share their gifts of faith, knowledge and service with those around them, as Mary did,” said Sarah Regan, principal.

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