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).
Art Students Honored
Mercy Art students received several honors in late April 2020. Senior Anna-Marie O'Donnell earned an Honorable Mention with her painting titled "Star Gazing" in the Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Don Bacon made the announcement on this video.
Twenty Mercy artists were also accepted into “Celebrating Art's” spring edition. They include:
Carmen Aguilar – Paper Rose; chalk pastel
Valentina Arriola-Tirado – Wild Flower; chalk pastel
Olivia Behrens – Mountain Sunset; acrylic
Josie Browning – Ajar Light – tenebrism acrylic
Sarah Cordwin – Balance Your World – tenebrism acrylic
Maeve Crowley – Summer Mountain View – oil
Reese Drake – A Lonely Pear – acrylic
Lacee Houghtaling – Reality of Our Bodies – reduction print
Makayla Kennedy – Freedom – illuminated acrylic
Carolyn Klein – Weinbach Waves – oil
Cecelia Martinez – Jaded – tenebrism acrylic
Olivia Miller – The Sting – illuminated acrylic
Mary Mitzlaff – War Solves Nothing – reduction print
Mia Norton – Pineapple Wonder – chalk pastel
Sulema Nungaray – The Pain of Child Abuse – relief print
Anna-Marie O’Donnell – Hope; charcoal
Sarah Ronanye – Fake Smile – reduction print
Dani Stolze – Grace – acrylic
Jo Torneten – Pumpkin – acrylic
Kelly Villalva – Peaceful Surrender - acrylic
The editor of the book stated, "Students of your school should feel honored as thousands of entrants were not invited to be published."