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HVAC Renovation

June 22, 2017
By Deb Daley

In the summer of 2017 you will see the building abuzz with the sights and sounds of construction. The work will take place in three phases: heating systems renovation, air conditioning upgrades and installation of centralized control systems. Mercy is converting the steam heat system to a more efficient hot water heating system.

Workers began the Thursday before Memorial Day and started on the third and second floors, as well as in the boiler room. The rooms with old radiators will have them replaced with new units and those with window air conditioners will have a unit placed in the ceiling tile.

The building is a bit messy, so we apologize for any inconvenience or disruptions this may cause. Project timelines call for the majority of work to be completed by the new school year in the fall of 2017.

These efforts are the culmination of an 18-month campaign to renovate Mercy’s HVAC systems and to raise funds to support this $2 million effort. Our tenacity paid off thanks to a generous $1 million matching grant and inspired support from donors, alumnae, family and friends of over $760,000. Mercy is confident that additional monies will be given by the matching grant deadline to complete this campaign.

If interested in donating to this effort, please contact Jim Pogge, Vice President for Advancement at












Keller Scholarship Supports Math, Theatre Students

May 30, 2017
By Deb Daley

Jane Keller had a passion for math and drama who never forgot Mercy High School.

When Jane Keller ’66 passed away in 2016, she put Mercy High School in her will as a beneficiary. Her brothers Paul and Richard decided to create an endowed fund in their sister’s name for math and theatre students. The fund will provide two $500 scholarships annually. The announcement was kept secret until the annual Underclassmen Honors Assembly in May. These awards are given to juniors to be used during their senior year. The bequest will fund about half the endowment with the brothers making up the rest.

“Jane was a Mercy Girl in her heart and was grateful for her education. She wanted other girls to have an opportunity for a Mercy education,” Paul said.

While at Mercy, Jane was a member of the Math Club, McAuley Club and Library Club. She went on to college at both College of St. Mary and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jane taught math for 40 years at several Omaha high schools as well as Metro Community College. For 20 years she was the stage manager for the annual Omaha Press Club Show as well as countless shows at the Chanticleer Theatre in Council Bluffs, and the Bellevue Little Theater.

Paul also sent his daughter Amy (Keller) Thomas to Mercy and she graduated in 2007.

“Of course we had the ringing endorsement of Jane to consider when my daughter was looking at high schools. But after we looked at Mercy, the one word our family used to describe Mercy was ‘friendly.’ The decision was made,” Paul said.

Paul, representing the Keller family, presented the two inaugural scholarships this past May to Natalie Harsh for Math and Grace Finn for Theatre. The Juniors were nominated by their respective Math and Theatre Department instructors for their long-term passion, enthusiasm, and commitment in supporting that subject.

Thank You Omaha Gives!

May 25, 2017
By Deb Daley

Preliminary results are in, and 194 supporters pledged $32,735 to Mercy. You surpassed last year's tally by $5,885, and your average gift was $169.  Thank you!

Knowing that over 900 nonprofits participated in this charitable challenge, we are extremely grateful that you continue to believe and support the mission of Mercy High School. 

Our Mercy Girls and our entire Mercy community thank you.

Proud Participant of Omaha Gives!

May 22, 2017
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School is proud to be participating in Omaha Gives!, a 24-hour charitable challenge on Wednesday, May 24th from midnight to midnight! We will be joining more than 800 local nonprofits to raise money together and compete for prize money—the more donors we get to give to us, the more likely we are to win prizes.

Schedule a gift! You can schedule your gift now and through May 24.

Donate to Mercy High School on May 24!

Spread the word! Tell your friends that you will be giving to Mercy High School during Omaha Gives! on May 24 and that you need their help. Don’t forget to use #OmahaGives.

Cheer us on! On May 24, watch the leaderboard on and stay up-to-date on our progress via social media

MAKE US PROUD! Show your Mercy pride to others.

Senior Honors & Awards

May 17, 2017
By Mary Coyle




Outstanding Student Award: Lynden Hoge

Award Outstanding Effort: Madeline Daley

Omaha World-Herald Key Staffer: Kaylie Daniels

Foreign Language

Outstanding Student Award: Sarah Blaylock         

Outstanding Effort Award: Lynden Hoge


Outstanding Student Award: Rachel Pugh        

Outstanding Effort Award: Grace Wagner

Physical Education

Outstanding Student Award:  Anna Wilson     

Outstanding Effort Award:  Madison Swanson


Outstanding Student Award: Megan Micek  

Outstanding Effort Award: Grace Wagner

Social Studies

Outstanding Student Award: Rachel Pugh        

Outstanding Effort Award:  Grace Heinert


Outstanding Student Award: Madison Richter-Egger       

Outstanding Effort Award: Naomi Dang

Campus Ministry

Pastoral Council: Lynden Hoge, Rachel Pugh, Madison Richter-Egger

Operation Others: Heather Helms

Service Hour Recognition for 2016-2017 Over 150 Service Hours: Heather Helms (160), Rachel Dethlefs (188.5), Ava Blessie (192.5), Erin Jones (194)

Catherine McAuley Award for Extraordinary Service: Erin Jones

Sr. Jeanne O’Rourke Award: Rachel Dethlefs

Spirit of Mercy Award: Lynden Hoge

National Honor Society

Lily Bayer, Sarah Blaylock, Ava Blessie, Isabelle Brown (President), Madeline Daley (Treasurer), Rachel Dethlefs, Erin Goltl, Alexis Hansman, Samantha Harvat, Grace Heinert (Vice-President), Selena Hemsley, Lynden Hoge, Claire Johnson, Erin Jones, Clare Kendall, Natalia Kruszczak, Nina Kudirka (Secretary), Megan Micek, Katherine Moragues, Grace Novak, Julia Pechar, Rachel Pugh, Madison Richter-Egger, Christina Rossell, Madison Schaefer, Sydney Stolze, Madison Swanson, Patience Swiney, Alyssa Turnquist, Grace Wagner, Meghan Wolbach

Student Council

Senior Representatives: Erin Goltl, Sam Harvat, Lynden Hoge, Julia Pechar (President), Meghan Wolbach

Outstanding Senior Representative:  Julia Pechar (President)

Assistant Principal’s Presentations

Good Samaritan Award: Madilyn Brekel, Destiny Wheeler

2016-2017 Perfect Attendance: Lily Bayer (3 years), Shea Childs (2 years), Preethi D’souza (3 years), Sarah Nebel (2 years), Lauren Traggiai (2 years)

Principal’s Presentation

Senior Class Officers: Grace Wagner (President), Maria Cihacek (Vice-President), Kaylie Daniels (Secretary), Madison Richter-Egger (Treasurer)

Academic Letters—First Honors all four quarters

Four Years: Lily Bayer, Ava Blessie, Nicole Erlbacher, Erin Goltl, Grace Heinert, Selena Hemsley, Lynden Hoge, Erin Jones, Claire Johnson, Clare Kendall, Natalia Kruszczak, Katherine Moragues, Grace Novak, Rachel Pugh, Madison Richter-Egger, Madison Swanson, Lauren Traggiai, Alyssa Turnquist, Grace Wagner

Three Years: Sarah Blaylock, Madeline Daley, Rachel Dethlefs, Alexis Hansman, Samantha Harvat, Nina Kudirka, Megan Micek, Julia Pechar, Christina Rossell

Two Years: Isabelle Brown

One Year: Madilyn Brekel, Kaylie Daniels, Madison Schaefer, Lauren Theiler

Presidential Education Award for Academic Excellence:

3.5+ GPA & ACT 24+

Lily Bayer, Natalia Kruszczak, Sarah Blaylock, Megan Micek, Ava Blessie, Katherine Moragues, Isabelle Brown, Grace Novak, Madeline Daley, Julia Pechar, Rachel Dethlefs Jennifer Pugh,Nicole Erlbacher, Rachel Pugh, Samantha Harvat, Madison Richter-Egger,Grace Heinert, Madison Schaefer, Selena Hemsley,Sydney Stolze, Lynden Hoge Alyssa Turnquist, Claire Johnson, Grace Wagner, Erin Jones, Meghan Wolbach, Clare Kendall

Omaha World-Herald All-Academic Team: Isabelle Brown, Rachel Dethlefs, Selena Dobles-Kunkel, Lynden Hoge, Megan Micek, Grace Novak





VALEDICTORIAN: Rachel Dethlefs

OUTSTANDING SENIORS: Lynden Hoge and Julia Pechar

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