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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 Tradition Continues     

April 21, 2020
By Deb Daley

Watch the video for May Crowning. 

One of the most meaningful traditions at Mercy High School is May Crowning.  This year, due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the ceremony will be adjusted, videotaped and replayed on May 11 at 7:00 p.m. The annual ceremony honors Mother Mary. A senior who exemplifies the qualities of Mary is chosen to be May Queen. She crowns Mary’s statue with a circlet of flowers. The May Queen is accompanied by the May Court, which includes representatives from each class who all exemplify Mary.  

This year’s May Queen is Katie Geist. She is a Student Ambassador, a member of National Honor Society, Pro Life Club, and Board Game Club. Katie is a Mercy High Singer and also plays the flute, sometimes accompanying the Mercy High Singers on her instrument. She was selected to portray the younger Catherine McAuley in the 2019 Mercy Day play. Katie participated in volleyball and track. Last year, she set a new school record in discus, throwing 111 feet and 7 inches. She was also a princess on the Nocturne Court. She was inducted as an EMHC last fall and is a member of Pastoral Council. The Mary Our Queen parishioner is also a Mercy legacy. Her mother, Sandra Kuncl Geist, is a graduate of the Class of 1989 and her sister, Ellie, is a freshman. 

Katie has received numerous college scholarships and was recognized as a Runza Student of the Week last fall. She will be attending Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, majoring in in Secondary Education and Theology.

When asked about this honor, Katie said, “I’m so honored to have been chosen to be May Queen. I’ve always had a special connection with Mary, and I hope I can share a bit of her love in this difficult time.” 

Joining her on the May Court are: 
Seniors: Anna-Marie O’Donnell and Madeline Rozmajzl
Juniors: Abigail Verkuilen and Anna Youell
Sophomores: Tessa Malesker and Willavena Tokporo
Freshmen: Valeria Figueroa Garcia and Rose Wallich

The two Outstanding Seniors will also be announced at the conclusion of the ceremony. They are kept secret until May Crowning.


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