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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). 



Graduates Earn $6M in Scholarships

April 30, 2019
By Deb Daley

Sixty-six students will graduate from Mercy High School on Wednesday, May 15th.  The 7:00 p.m. ceremony will take place at the Joslyn Witherspoon Concert Hall. Seventy-five percent of the graduates have earned more than $6 million in scholarships and as a whole, the class has been accepted at 59 higher education institutions.  

This year’s valedictorian is Emma Weis. She is a Senior Class officer, Student Ambassador, member of Mock Trial, National Honor Society (NHS), and Yearbook.   She also serves as President of the Baking Club and Math Club.  She has played soccer all four years and is a current co-captain of the varsity squad.  Emma volunteered at the Munroe Meyer Institute, where she is now currently employed, and attended the service trip at Misericordia in Chicago her junior year.  Emma is part of a Mercy legacy.  Her mom, Francie Riedmann Weis '81, and her grandmother, Rita Ostblom Weis SJ ’54, and four of her aunts attended Mercy. She has received numerous academic honors and seven scholarships from various colleges.   She plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney, majoring in Biology on a Pre-Medicine track.  She has also signed a letter of intent to play soccer there.  

Alexia Rains is this year’s salutatorian. She has been a member of Student Council for three years, NHS, served as a Student Ambassador, and was in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  The student-athlete has played soccer all four years and has been a co-captain of the varsity squad for two years. Alexia was the Mercy Day Director her senior year and has participated in service-related projects including Operation Others.  Alexia’s sisters  Kaleena ’14 and Malia ’16 graduated from Mercy.  She plans to attend the University of Nebraska Omaha and major in Biotechnology.  She received nine scholarships from several colleges.    
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