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Mercy Welcomes Two New Faculty


Jim Mayberger is our new business and technology teacher.  He comes to us from OPS where he was a curriculum specialist.

He managed the Business Marketing and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Skilled and Technical Science, and Robotics departments.

“I am excited to teach in a faith-based school. I really enjoy being in the classroom and I look forward to being part of the Mercy community.”




Jenna Saraka joins our math department.  She comes to us from Omaha Central, where she taught for five years.  

“I am most excited about joining a staff and community that offers strong educational opportunities and many extracurricular activities for students that are centered around faith. 

I am also excited to work with students who are eager to learn in and out of the classroom!”

Two New Hires for the Advancement Team

Sammie Emsick Becker ’05 has accepted the Director of Events position at Mercy High School and began her new role on June 13, 2022.

Since graduating from Mercy, Sammie earned a bachelor in elementary education, a certificate in Catholic School leadership, and most recently, a Master of Science in educational leadership. Outside classroom teaching, she has served as the athletic director for St. James for the past three years where, in conjunction with supervising all things athletics, annually planned the “Spring Fling” fundraiser where dollars raised went straight to the athletic program. Her most recent “Spring Fling” event set a record for money raised for St. James. She further has event planning experience by way of her time at Dundee Bank, where she was the community involvement coordinator and worked closely with various Omaha businesses to promote and grow relationships with key stakeholders of the bank via special events.

She’s married to Tyler Becker and has two boys Ty (12) and Drew (10). 
Welcome back to Mercy Sammie!

Brian Altenhofen began his new position as Director of Marketing and Communications on July 5th.

He comes to Mercy with a wealth of knowledge having earned a doctorate degree in communication and technology studies from Texas A&M University and teaching at Truman State University for the past five years. He also served as the Director of the Truman Leadership Scholars, mentoring and programming leadership experiences for Truman Scholars. Prior to his academic career he spent five years as a Jesuit Scholastic.

He is married to Michaela Cullan Altenhofen who will return to Mary Our Queen Catholic School teaching 3rd grade. They have four children Dylan (16), Lily (9), Dominic (7), and Clara (3). 



20 Students Inducted into NHS

November 05, 2020
By Deb Daley

Twenty students--two seniors and 18 juniors-- were inducted into Mercy High School’s McAuley Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) on November 10. 

Inductees are invited to apply based on 3.7+ cumulative GPA and exhibit excellence in leadership, service and character.

Featured speaker was Jeni Jaworski Martinez ‘88, a 1988 graduate and Mercy mom with daughters Jade ’20 and Cecilia ’21 attending Mercy.  She is the current Director of Loyola Scholars at Creighton Preparatory High School.

New members of the National Honor Society include:


1.    Anou Akot
2.    Molly Vankat


1.    Katheryn Austin
2.    Jessica Baumker
3.    Josie Browning
4.    Korissa Dyche
5.    Clare Jandrain
6.    Makayla Kennedy
7.    Macy Lakeman
8.    Sophia Mace
9.    Tessa Malesker
10.    Josie Pellerito
11.    Karina Rief
12.    Jena Robertson
13.    Elizabeth Rosenthal
14.    Katie Smith
15.    Lilee Surdell-Eichten
16.    Abigail Wessling
17.    Lindsey Wessling
18.    Simone Willson

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