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 Inducts 20 into NHS
Twenty students were inducted into Mercy High School’s McAuley Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) on November 6. The theme of the night was “Staying True to Yourself.”
Students were selected based on four key criteria
• Scholarship (a cumulative grade point of 3.7 or higher);
• Service (30 hours of service in the last 18 months),
• Leadership and involvement (extracurricular activities); and
Featured speaker was the Hon. Francie Reidmann Weiss ’81. The 1981 graduate of Mercy is a mother of Mercy senior and NHS member Emma. Judge Weis currently serves on the Court of Appeals in the 3rd Judicial District encompassing a number of counties in northeast Nebraska. For the past two years, Judge Weis has served as the Nebraska State Bar Foundation Mock Trial Coach for Mercy as well as the Nebraska State Bar Foundation Mock Trial Semi-Finals Judge in Madison County Nebraska.
New members of the National Honor Society include:
Erin Epp Madeline Riesberg
Katherine Geist Claire Schweikert
Anna Ham Rhys Slavik
Cate Huse Anna Sommers
Zoie Malesker Sadie Weiner
Carina Muse Seowon (Sunny) Yang
Abigail O'Connor Gabrielle Zuerlein