Senior Alicia Mercado Receives Archdiocese of Los Angeles Christian Service Medal


Alverno Heights Academy senior Alicia Mercado ‘18 was Alverno’s recipient of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Christian Service Medal for 2018. Alicia received her award on Tuesday, March 20 during a special Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Alicia, a graduate of St. Luke’s Catholic School in Temple City, was chosen from among other seniors for this incredible award. As a member of Campus Ministry, Alicia has worked to help insure the success of a number of different projects on campus including Alverno’s Annual Cupcake Craze for She’s the First, which raised over $1,000 for girls’ education in the developing world this fall, and the Adopt-A-Family Project with the Children’s Law Center of California. Alicia has also worked through Campus Ministry to involve the entire campus community in the service projects, prayer services, retreats, and liturgies.

This year, Alicia participated as a student volunteer at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Annual Youth Day in Anaheim. Alicia, along with another student, introduced two special sessions to the thousands of youth attending the conference.

For her social justice service project during her junior year, Alicia worked with Project Linus which provides blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Alicia not only made blankets on her own but also organized a group of student “blanketeers” to help make blankets which were then distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, and other locations.

Outside of Alverno, Alicia volunteers at her home parish, St. Luke’s Church, with their youth group and Confirmation classes. This year she served as a Student Ambassador for the Tournament of Roses where she contributed over 40 hours of service to events and activities leading up to and following the Rose Parade. She has served as a volunteer soccer referee with AYSO for the last four years, has worked with Spark of Love and Toys for Tots, and contributed to countless other projects both on and off campus.

Senior midfielder Ally Mercado (23) with a throw-in

When not involved with volunteer work and Campus Ministry, Alicia is a committed member of the soccer and softball teams at Alverno and an active participant in Alverno’s Honors Independent Research in Science (HIRS) course. She is a committed and dedicated student who successfully balances her extracurricular commitments while enrolled in three Advanced Placement and two honors courses. In September, Alicia was recognized as an AP Scholar by the College Board for receiving a 3 or higher on at least 3 AP exams.

“Alicia is a perfect example of how one individual can make a lasting impact on her community,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “The Archdiocese of Los Angeles Christian Service Medal is a tremendous honor awarded to young women and men who are shining examples of service and commitment to others and we are proud to have Alicia represent Alverno Heights Academy as our recipient. Not only is Alicia an exemplary example of our mission but also a woman who demonstrates the wonderful values of our founders, the Sisters of St. Francis and Immaculate Heart Community.”

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