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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). 



Mercy Artists Win at Nebraska State Scholastic Competition

February 11, 2022
By Anne McGill '00

Mercy artists have earned an impressive 19 awards from the Nebraska State Scholastic Competition!

Honorable mention: Mary Euteneuer, Lydia Heaston, Nora Rennels, Sabrina Pier, Sarah Ronayne, Jo Torneten, Makayla Kennedy, Karina Rief, Jena Robertson, and (with two honorable mentions) Lindsey Wessling.

Silver Key Awards: Emily Browning, Annabelle Carney, Makayla Kennedy, and Tessa Malesker.

Gold Key Awards: Josie Browning and Emma Huss.

Two students earned recognition for their portfolios consisting of 6 artworks: Sarah Cordwin received an Honorable Mention and Makayla Kennedy was awarded a Gold Key.


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