The time has come for Omaha Gives! and Mercy High School is looking forward to participating again this year.
Omaha Gives! is a one-day online fundraising event on May 23rd from midnight to midnight, powered by the Omaha Community Foundation to support nonprofits in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.
The event is all about raising awareness and spreading the word to donate. Since 2013, Omaha Gives! has raised $35 million for more than 1,000 nonprofits. Last year nearly 200 Mercy supporters pledged close to $33,000 to the school. We are hoping to exceed that goal this year.
How can you get involved? You can simply donate or schedule a donation to Mercy or your favorite nonprofit on May 23rd. Update your social media and Tweet #OmahaGives to spread awareness. Tell your family and friends and be sure to cheer Mercy on in the challenge
Every dollar counts, and donating to Omaha Gives! makes Mercy proud!
Mark May 23rd on your calendar and donate to omahagives.org.
One of the most meaningful traditions at Mercy High School, and a Catholic ritual, is the school’s May Crowning. It will be held on May 7 at 7 p.m. in Mercy’s gymnasium, 1501 S. 48th St. The ceremony honors Mother Mary in the month of May by selecting a May Queen, a senior girl who exemplifies the qualities of Mary, and having her crown Mary’s statue with a circlet of flowers. The May Queen is accompanied by a May Court, which includes representatives from each class.
This year’s May Queen is Madeline Elsasser who is part of a family legacy at Mercy. Her mother, Aryn Vacanti Elsasser, graduated in 1998 and was a member of May Court her freshmen year and her grandmother, Teresa Vancura Vacanti graduated in 1973. She is the oldest of three children; her younger sister, Emma is a freshman at Mercy, and her younger brother, Andrew attends Holy Cross.
Elsasser has been a Student Council representative her junior and senior year. She has played soccer all four years, at the forward or mid-field position, and ran cross country her sophomore and junior year. A member of the Core Team for Operation Others, an organization of Catholic high schools in Omaha, Council Bluffs and Bellevue who put together food boxes for those in need for two years, she also participates in many service opportunities through the school. She plans to attend the Dominican Republic this summer for the service immersion trip. She was chosen to be on the Nocturne Court both her sophomore and junior year and was a member of the Scrapbook Club. Elsasser plans on attending Creighton University where she plans to major in nursing with a focus on pediatrics, following in the footsteps of her mother.
When asked about being chosen, Elsasser described it as a “incredibly, humbling surprise.”
“I like the tradition and I think it’s neat how it has evolved over the years. Hearing stories from my relatives has been touching, and being chosen myself is a huge honor,” she said.
Joining her in the May Court are:
Seniors: Molly Bartek-Miller and Hope Fett
Juniors: Anne Laferla and Faustina Szalewski
Sophomores: Sabori Cervantes and Katherine Geist
Freshmen: Samantha Burns and Clara Jones
The ceremony includes class processions and a blessing from Father Mike Eckley, Board of Trustees member and Pastor, St. Pius X. Each class recites a decade from the rosary. Then, the final decade is led by faculty, staff and the May Court. In addition, seniors wear their caps and gowns for the first time.
Two Outstanding Seniors are announced at the conclusion of the ceremony. They are kept secret until that evening.
Mercy High School has taken a transformational step forward on its promise is to empower young women to achieve their full potential in a diverse, supportive and academically-centered community. The school is hiring staff with specific skills--an English as a Second Language Specialist and an additional Guidance Counselor--to better serve the immediate and post-graduate academic goals of students.
Mercy’s inclusive and growing student enrollment mirrors the ethnic, socio-economic and racial profile of the Omaha metro area. With that increased diversity, especially in the Latina community, and Mercy’s commitment to provide a college preparatory education for every girl regardless of her family’s financial means, an ESL specialist becomes imperative in supporting the needs of many of the students and families the school attracts. Working with ESL learners and their families is challenging for many mainstream teachers and administrators, so having this support will be transformational for these students. The ESL Specialist will strategically work with the students, teachers, and parents to ensure success for their future.
“Students whose native language is not English, but who have exceptional academic ability, can often struggle with understanding subject area concepts due to language differences. Having a culturally sensitive and trained support person who also understands education and learning styles will be invaluable,” said Sarah Regan, Principal.
The growing enrollment also necessitates the addition of a second counselor. Mercy’s counselors will both continue to assist adolescents as they navigate the unique educational, social and behavioral obstacles related to attending high school, but she also guides them through the college preparation process. College acceptance is competitive, with a complicated enrollment and financial aid process. At the same time, Mercy is now offering the OnToCollge ACT prep curriculum for all students. The additional guidance counselor will enhance Mercy’s efforts implement this program, with a goal of achieving higher ACT scores and more opportunities for scholarships for students.
“Educating women and providing all students the opportunity to be successful are major focuses of the Sisters of Mercy,” said President Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM.
Mercy is actively recruiting qualified candidates to begin in the fall of 2018. Funding for these positions was made possible by the generosity of our donors.
Mercy High School will host its 13th annual “Clash of the Classes,” Varsity Soccer Invitational April 17 and April 19 at Creighton University’s Morrison Soccer Stadium.
Teams included in this year’s event are: Burke High School Bulldogs, Marian High School Crusaders, Mercy High School Monarchs and the Lincoln Pius X Thunderbolts.
The match schedule is:
- Game 1, Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m.: Burke vs. Pius X
- Game 2, Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Mercy vs. Marian
- Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1, Thursday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.
- Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1, Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. The winner of this game will be the champion.
Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for high school students or below. Soccer Internationale is providing the game balls and Center Trophy the tournament awards.
Mercy High School has received a generous in-kind donation of a transport chair from HELP Adult Services. The organization provides in-home family care support for 10,000 individuals annually and high-quality medical equipment at a fraction of the retail cost to those living in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
“Mercy is dedicated to an outstanding education of our Mercy Girls. In-kind gifts like this provide tools and resources that fall outside our normal academic budget but are needed to provide services to our students,” said Holly McCoy, Assistant Principal for Student Life.