Two teams of students representing Merion Mercy Academy won highest honors in year-end standing of the 2016-17 school year WordWright Challenge, a national competition for high school students requiring close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry. Participating with 640 school teams from all across the country, the school's current juniors tied for fourteenth place in the nation. MMA’s current seniors placed ninth in the nation. The teams were supervised by English Department Chair, Patricia Sack.
Several of the students won highest honors for individual achievement: Megan Stevens ’19 was the third-highest scorer in the entire country, while her teammate Ava Pecora ’19 was one of 22 highest scorers at her grade level. Caroline Hecht ’18 was one of the 11 highest scorers at her grade level; Erin Daly ’20 was one of the 21 highest scorers.
Students who excelled in the year’s final meet include Maisie Grogan ‘20 (who earned a perfect score); Megan Stevens ’19 (who earned a perfect score), Avé Burke ’19, Rebecca Naser ’19, Ava Pecora ’19; Julia Halas ’18; Maggie Roccato ’18; Leah McCray ’18; Morgan Lamb ’17; Maida Pannepacker ’17; and Chiara Mancuso ’17.