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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 Day

September 30, 2021
By Roz Parr '09

Celebrating Mercy Day on September 24 is a long-standing Mercy tradition. It's the day when we gather for Mass as a school in celebration of the life and work of Mother Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy. The senior class then treats the entire school to a play that outlines Mother McAuley's good deeds.

Willa Tokporo and Ellen Veys were chosen by their classmates to portray Catherine McAuley, a significant senior honor. 

This year's theme was "Opening Doors," and the Class of 2022 illustrated the ways that Mercy opens doors to all sorts of opportunities for faith, knowledge, and compassionate service. Directed by Makayla Kennedy and Maisie Wieser, the play featured some well-known Mercy faces including President Sr. Delores Hannon, Principal Kristi Wessling '88, and Office Manager Ruth Harre '76. Seniors also portrayed a series of Mercy alumnae who are living Mother McAuley's mission: Amy Keller '07, Brittany Willmore Kuehl '08, Kelly Nystrom '86, Helen Holmes Giambrone '97, Hannah Yelinek '11, and Hannah Wyble Vlach '05. 


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