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Saint Martin de Porres High School Graduate returns to Cleveland to begin her dream career.



9th Grade: Mercedes enrolls at Saint Martin, but has difficulty acclimating to the school culture at first. She later recalls that she frequently found herself in the Principal’s office during this time.


10th Grade: After a behavioral infraction, Mercedes and her parents meet with the Principal and she realizes that she needs to change her behavior in order to remain at Saint Martin. This meeting is a turning point for Mercedes.


11th Grade: Mercedes’ co-workers at her CWS job make it possible for her to attend a pre-college summer program at Cornell University. This experience allows Mercedes to realize her passion for hospitality management.


Senior Year: Mercedes researches sustainable restaurants and locally-sourced food for her senior capstone project. She graduates from Saint Martin and directly enrolls at Penn State.


When she is home in Cleveland on a break from school, Mercedes begins an internship at Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade.


Mercedes is awarded a micro-grant from Saint Martin de Porres High School in recognition of her persistence in college and to help her "cross the finish line." Mercedes earns her Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Penn State.


Mercedes completed the Operations Corporate Management Trainee Program at Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade and now serves as the Assistant Operations Manager. She has offered to mentor younger Saint Martin students. She is "transforming urban Cleveland one student at a time."


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