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).
Students Recognized for ACT Scores
Mercy High School is continuing its tradition of recognizing and celebrating ACT achievements by inducting students into special ACT academic clubs. They are the 30+ Club (for girls with a 30 or above on the ACT) and the 3 Point Jump Club (for girls who increased their ACT score by three or more points). On November 30 and December 1 eight students were inducted into the clubs, via a Zoom Presentation, with one student being honored in both clubs. Additional recognitions will take place throughout the year as other students meet the criteria.
Mercy students are:
3 Point Jump 30+ Club
Samantha Burns Samantha Burns
Clare Euteneuer Sophia Mace
Carlee Lee Abby Wessling
Irene Lee Maisie Wieser
“We created these clubs as a way to create a culture shift at the school. Mercy wants to shine a light on these achievements to show our younger students the importance of doing well and what an honor it is to do well,” said Laura Powers, School Counselor.
Mercy is the only high school in the Omaha area that offers ACT preparation during all four years of high school free-of-charge through OnToCollege with John Baylor. This program has been made possible through a generous donation from American National Bank.
Two students this year increased their ACT scores by four points. They were Samantha (Sam) Burns and Carlee Lee. Both girls took the test multiple times but had to adjust test timelines because of COVID-19 cancellations.
“ OnToCollege taught me what was and wasn’t important to spend time during ACT. The practice tests were great,” said Sam. Carlee added, “I believe without OnToCollege prep, my score would not be where it is today.”
The students recognize how important the scores are in applying to colleges and are grateful that Mercy is celebrating and honoring their hard work. Both are in the midst of the college selection process.
“I knew that jumping four points meant that I’d be eligible for more scholarships which is a huge piece of the college process for me,” said Sam.
“It is such a fulfilling honor to receive and I’m so fortunate to be able to celebrate it with my loving family at Mercy,” said Carlee.