Alumnae Newsletter May 2020
A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those who are vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
Class of 2020 earn $8.7 million in scholarships
The senior class earned more than $8.7 million in college scholarships. All 93 seniors plan to attend higher education institutions and have been accepted at 79 different colleges. Seventy-five percent of the class has received scholarships. This year’s valedictorian was Madeline Riesberg. Stephanie Aleman-Maldonado is this year’s salutatorian. Read the full story.
Outstanding Seniors named
Mercy students Sophie Harvat and Madeline Riesberg were named Outstanding Seniors at the school’s virtual May Crowning on May 11. Read more.
Seniors receive honors
Review the booklet that outlines year-end honors for the Class of 2020.
Caravan celebrates Class of 2020.
Watch the video as faculty, staff and students celebrate our seniors on the last day of classes.
Fifty-eight students receive art recognition
Mercy students received art recognition at various levels this year. Watch the virtual art show.
Big Sisters/Little Sisters tradition continues
Big Sisters/ Little Sisters have been set for the 2020-2021 school year. This beloved tradition is designed to help freshmen with the transition to high school and to forge a network of support and friends. On May 1, Big Sisters introduced themselves to their freshmen Little Sisters by mailing a personal letter to each. Read more.
Alumnae items for Mercian
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We feature interesting stories of Women of Mercy and the impact they have on the world. Read about an alumna working in a local grain industry business, a college student helping non-profits during COVID-19 and much more.
Once a month we will post names of Mercy graduates who have passed away. This list is compiled from official notifications and will only include Women of Mercy. If you have a loved one who passed away, please contact Naomi Chambers, Database Coordinator, at email@example.com or call her at 402.553.9424.
Marguerite Fangman Stejskal SJ ’45
Helen Sullivan Coonce SJ ’54
Margaret H. Semin SM ’54
Mary Ann Ourada Gaddie ’58
JoAnne Smisek Seaman ’59
Margaret Cottone Klenda ’61
Mary Guziec Mendenhall ’62
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Supporting Mercy High School
During this year’s Omaha Gives, we raised $19,101 through the generosity of 198 donors! All money raised will support the Negotiated Tuition Program to ensure that any girl who wants to attend Mercy can, regardless of her family’s financial circumstances.
A generous donor has pledged to match your regularly scheduled MX-12 gift up to $1,200 if five (5) people register for this program by the end of June. Your gift can be as little as $10 per month. Learn more about the MX-12 program by clicking here.
It is the time of year when we often find ourselves thinking of others. In addition to giving to your family and friends, remembering Mercy High School in your estate plan means that we can continue promising students of all backgrounds a fulfilling education and solid preparation for a changing world.
Click here to let us know if you have already included Mercy High School in your estate plan, OR if you would like more information about making a bequest and creating your legacy.