The Institute of Notre Dame (IND), Mercy’s beloved sister and rival school, is closing at the end of this academic school year. What this means for us is no more big game to look forward to. Each year in January, “The Big Game” occurs and our cheerleaders, Mercy supporters, Pep Squad and basketball players all come together to play our friendly rival, IND. The past few years, IND has won The Big Game.
I have interviewed Annie Boyd ‘20 from IND to see what her experience was like at IND. Judging from her answers to my questions, she had a delightful experience at the school. Annie says her favorite memories were meeting her IND little sister and the big game. She loved singing in the choir, and she specifically remembers Ring Day, as her mother was class of 1994 and was able to put her ring on her. I asked her who her favorite teachers were and she said, “it was hard to pick just a couple.” She said their dean of students, Helen Bruns Armstrong, helped her through a lot and was always someone she could look up to seeing that she was an alum as well. She also looked up to her teacher Mr. Brown who worked at IND for 25 years. She called him a “staple to the community.” Annie marveled at how much the teachers cared about students’ learning and well being and how they always made sure you were doing okay. Annie’s favorite part about going to school was seeing all of her teachers and friends each day. She loved that the traditions at IND and making friends showed her who she truly is. Annie, like her other classmates, will miss all the memories and experiences IND has provided them over these many years.