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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). 



May Crowning Held

April 12, 2019
By Deb Daley

One of the most meaningful traditions at Mercy High School is May Crowning.  It was held May 6 . The ceremony honors Mother Mary by selecting a senior who exemplifies the qualities of Mary as May Queen, and having her crown Mary’s statue with a circlet of flowers.  The May Queen is accompanied by the May Court, which includes representatives from each class.  

This year’s May Queen was Allison Vana who is President of the Senior Class.  She has been a class officer all of her four years at Mercy, run Cross Country since sophomore year, and is in Track.  A member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior year, she has also participated in Art Club and Math Club and was on the tech crew for Alice in Wonderland. She was chosen to the Nocturne Court as a sophomore.  Her service activities include volunteering at St. Gerald Elementary School, participating in the JDRF One Walk, and helping with FIESTA. Vana belongs to St. Gerald Catholic Church and is joined at Mercy by her sister, Ann, who is a sophomore.  Vana is making final plans for college and is hoping to major in education. 

When asked about being chosen, Vana expressed gratitude for her role models that have sacrificed for her, especially her mother.  

“I am extremely honored and somewhat taken aback that I was selected.  It is thanks to the wonderful people around me that I am receiving this recognition,” she said. 

Joining her on the May Court were: 
Seniors: Jennifer Carpenter and Claire Fink
Juniors: Kayleen Gruhn and Gianna Jergovic
Sophomores: Kateri Pantoja and Kelliaine Villalava
Freshmen: Cecilia Galardi and Aluel Mareng

The ceremony includes class processions and a blessing from Father Mike Eckley, Board of Trustees member and Servant Minister of the Archdiocese of Omaha.  Each class recited a decade from the rosary. Then, the final decade was led by faculty, staff, and the May Court.  In addition, seniors wore their caps and gowns for the first time.  

Two Outstanding Seniors were announced at the conclusion of the ceremony.  They are kept secret until that evening.

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