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).
National History Day
Mercy High School participated in the annual National History Day competition for Douglas County, along with several other high schools in the metro area, on February 27. Held at The Durham Museum, 34 girls attended the event.
The Mercy students who earned a top spot in each category are listed below. The top four qualifiers in each section are now eligible for the state competition on April 6. The teacher/sponsor was History Teacher Brooks Humphreys.
Senior Individual Performance
2nd Place- Anna Youell
Senior Group Documentary
3rd Place- Cree Howard, Cecilia Martinez, and Alexis Hernandez
2nd Place- Abigail O’Connor, Sabrina DeGeorge, Caici Barnhart, and Carina Muse
Salem Witch Trials
Senior Individual Exhibit
3rd Place- Erin Epp
Tuskegee Institute Syphilis Experiment
1st Place- Carolyn Hire
The Battle of Alesia
Senior Group Exhibit
4th Place- Charlotte Kimsey and Baylin Davis
Japanese Brutality Against the Chinese in WWII
3rd Place- Clare Euteneuer and Elizabeth Walsh
2nd Place- Carolyn Klein and Carlee Lee
The Great Fire of London
1st Place- Bridget Koley and Megan Streff
The Price of Being Poor in Victorian England