Each year, Mercy students are invited to enter the Social Justice Video Contest and put their creative ideas and skills to work by sharing stories of the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns. The Grand Prize Winner receives $500.

2022’s First Place Winner!

Meena Balaratna, Elizabeth Romano and Kristen Yezzi
“Protect our Earth”
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

Second Place Winner

Kathryn Mor
“Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind”
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Rochester, New York

Who Can Enter

Any and all students, high school age or older, who attend Mercy high schools, colleges/universities, or who are involved in a Mercy-affiliated ministry.


Use the medium of video to explore one or more of Mercy’s Critical Concerns. As you consider the topic of your video, we encourage you to reflect on events of the past year, including:

  • What racial inequities have been made clearer to society at large since the killing of George Floyd? In the suffering of the pandemic?
  • How are we practicing nonviolence as we practice social distancing?
  • How are more intense natural disasters, a consequence of climate change, affecting the lives of vulnerable people?
  • What does it mean to be an immigrant or a refugee in a time of escalating violence, border walls and denied asylum?
  • How has your understanding of one or more of the Critical Concerns deepened in light of the pandemic? How have you been able to respond?

While we encourage you to explore these timely topics, all videos that address a topic affiliated with the Critical Concerns are eligible for consideration.

More information, updates and reminders about the upcoming contest will be posted here when the next contest is announced.

Previous Winners


Tristen Hasson, Melanie McGill, & Sydney Pasceri
“Women Make Mercy Real”
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania


The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic


Grace Wettengel, Morgan Lee, Michelle Delgado & Nina Bennett
Injustices in India’s Villages
College of St. Mary
Omaha, Nebraska


Alyssa Dela Cruz
Make Mercy Real
Academy of Our Lady of Guam
Hagatna, Guam


Kenzie Uhr
Change the Narrative
Mount St. Mary Catholic High School
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  USA