The awards were interspersed with a showcase of some amazing artistic talent. Some of the highlights included the combined Mercedes/Trinity Orchestra, one of College's six Shield winners at this year's Catholic Performing Arts Festival, who began the showcase with a beautiful rendition of Cinema Paradiso. This was followed by the Video Pesentation of student life for 2012 - always a hit with the students and a silent film, The Adventures of Sly and Nut produced by a very talented group of Year 11's, which provided a comical interlude for guests before the formal proceedings commenced.
President of the Mercedes Ex-students' Association, Carol Mitchell (Class of '82) presented the MESA Year 12 Award "Living the Mercy Values" to Janelle Thexiera. This is a new award in recognition of the practical ways Mercy has been lived by a Year 12 student throughout her College life.
There were many wonderful academic achievements with Kimberlee Baldry receiving the Proxime Accessit, runner up to the Dux. Hannah Matthews received the coveted Dux award for 2012. This award goes to the highest achieving student with a minimum of five Stage 3 courses.
The Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, Cr Janet Davidson presented the City of Perth Awards - Student of the Year and Leadership in the Community, to Andrea McLure and Emily Hunt respectively. Over the last few years ties with the College and the City of Perth have grown from strength to strength with partnerships across many areas. Senior student leaders are mentored by the Lord Mayor who provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge and ideas from business and industry leaders to help them improve their own leadership skills. Sponsorship is also provided for many important College programs including; LEAP in the United States, Reflection Days and Poverty Immersion.
With the awards completed, it was time to farewell the Year 12's. A group of Year 12 singers performed a moving rendition of Rhianna's Farewell, before the Year 7 Massed Choir performed Unwritten to an emotional group of young women. Following the Head Girl's Valedictory Address, Principal Mrs Barber announced to the very excited group of 2013 Prefects and the audience, that the Head Girl for 2013 was Georgia Wilson; a very worthy recipient. Deputy Head Girl went to Abby O'Rourke.