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Living a Life of ServiceĀ 

July 24, 2020
By Deb Daley

Anne Mollner Stanley ’05 found her love of service while she attended Mercy High School. Now she serves as the Regional Director for Ignatian Volunteer Corps in Omaha.  It is a volunteer organization  for individuals over 50 who are looking to use their talents in service for non-profits in the area while participating in a faith community.  These individuals serve about 8-10 hours a week at various organizations throughout the city and gather together once a month for reflection and faith sharing. 

Anne considered Mercy on her short lists of high schools because her mom, Jayne Riedmann Mollner ’70, aunts, Margie Riedmann Sobczyk ’67, Mary Pat Riedmann Greene ’73 (deceased) , Kathleen Riedmann Kemler ‘78, and Francie Riedmann Weis ‘81, and sister, Katie Mollner Baumker ‘94, attended the school.  But at her first visit, she knew it was the place she belonged.

“I knew it was a place I would be comfortable being myself.  It was filled with so much welcoming energy,” she said. 

During her years at Mercy, Anne was involved in theatre, Student Council, Pastoral Council, National Honor Society (NHS), and many service activities. 

“The school had a major impact on me, and I often attribute both my path in life and who I am to Mercy.  I truly believe Mercy gave me confidence and welcomed me into a community of people who truly celebrated who I am.  My love of service was also instilled in me while attending school.  Thanks to the incredible teachers of Mercy, I also developed a passion for Spanish and journeying with others through service,” she said. 

After graduation, she attended Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio and majored in Spanish.  She did a year of service in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.  Anne went on to get her Master’s in Education from Creighton University in 2013.  She taught Spanish for five years at Mercy from 2014-2019.

“The young women that attend Mercy continue to be some of the kindest, funniest and most creative young people in our community,’ she said.

According to Anne, the organization she is with now pairs faith and service together, two foundations of Mercy education.  The job allows her to grow in spirituality while helping others and working with non-profits across Omaha.

“It is beautiful to see so many in our community working together to better the world around us,” she said.

Anne continues to talk to the teachers and follow along with what students are doing.
She tries to attend both alumnae events and school activities such as Mercy Day and P.A.

“I love keeping up with Mercy.  The school does so many things.  I would encourage alumnae to participate in the ways Mercy invites us to reach out to current students by writing letters, watching events, and celebrating the successes of the girls,” she said. 

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Virtual Tour

June 25, 2020
By Anne McGill '00

Mercy High School is excited to show you the new virtual tour of our school. There is so much happening at Mercy this summer from graduation on June 22 with our 2020 seniors, to construction occurring throughout the building that will be completed by this coming fall. We are so proud of our seniors who handled this pandemic with strength, grace and leadership. A few accolades of this class include:
· 100% accepted into post-secondary education
·  $8.8 million raised in scholarships
·   80% receiving college or university scholarships and were accepted into 93 institutions of higher learning
 
We will have opportunities this fall for parents and students to see the school in person, as well as an updated virtual tour showing footage of students back in the building and the completed Academic Success Center. There are still spots available in the freshman class for the upcoming school year.  We hope you and your family are staying healthy and we look forward to seeing you at Mercy High School soon!
 
Please contact Director of Admissions, Anne McGill ’00 at mcgilla@mercyhigh.org or call 402.553.9424 for additional information. 

Posted in Student News

Confidence to Pursue Her Dream

June 25, 2020
By Deb Daley

“Mercy is a special and unique place. It is hard to put into words, but I know that because of the school I am the person I am today. I have succeeded in a career I love,” said Hannah Yelinek ’11. She now is an Associate Veterinarian at the Fremont County Veterinary Clinic in Sidney, Iowa.

Hannah attended Holy Cross School across the street from Mercy. It made sense to her to stay in the neighborhood for high school. After attending several events at Mercy, it confirmed she had made the right decision.

While at Mercy, Hannah was a member of Pastoral Council for four years and Student Council for three years.  She was also involved in Operation Others, directed PA during her junior year, was the President of the National Honor Society and honored as class valedictorian. 

In reflecting on the effect that Mercy had on her personal development, Hannah said that there were four areas of impact that stay with her: academics, spirituality, community and personal development.

“Mercy’s academic preparation is second to none. I could write a college paper thanks to Mrs. Coyle’s amazing teaching. My Mercy years made college a breeze,” she said.

According to Hannah, spirituality was nurtured at Mercy as students were encouraged to be comfortable and confident in their faith. She loved going to Mass. 

She also developed lifelong friendships at Mercy. Hannah and seven classmates have created a close band who continue to be supportive of each other. 

She also acknowledged that Mercy helped her become a confident and committed citizen of the world: “When I entered Mercy, I was quite shy. I did not like to speak publicly. I developed my presentation skills and took on more leadership roles.” 

Hannah attended Creighton University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in theology. She entered the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State’s joint veterinary school program graduated in 2019.  Her first job was at the Fremont County Veterinary Clinic.

“During my studies at veterinary school, I remember attending an ethics class where we were asked what type of vet we wanted to be. I remember at Mercy when Principal Carolyn Jaworski always reminded us what Mother McAuley said, ‘Do ordinary things extraordinary well.’ That is what I strive to do each day.”

As a veterinarian, every day is different. Hannah might be seeing regular patients during business hours then be called in the middle of the night to deliver twin calves.

“I began to love science after having Ms. Newville as my teacher at Mercy. She made learning science so fun. I was able to shadow at the Humane Society and I even did an internship in college at the local Humane Society in Iowa. That is when I knew I wanted to work with animals,” she said.   

Hannah recently celebrated her one-year anniversary at the clinic. She shakes her head when she thinks of the timid girl who began Mercy as a freshman. 

“Mercy set me up very well. Academically, spiritually, with great friendships, compassion and confidence and belief in myself. The school helped me be successful and for that I will be forever grateful,” she said. 


 

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Faculty, Coaches Named

June 15, 2020
By Deb Daley

Nina Noronha will teach theology and music in the 2020-2021 school     year. Noronha most recently served as a Hall Coordinator at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She has an extensive background in music and was the music director and choreographer for show choir camps at Xavier High School; music director and co-founder of Jaybeats A Capella at Creighton University; President of The University of New Mexico Concert Choir; and judge and clinician for the Best of New Mexico A Capella Festival.  

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Creighton University in 2018 and is currently working towards her Master’s in Education from Creighton University. 

Paul Beran, who currently teaches science, has been appointed as the head cross country coach. He has served as the assistant coach for several years. He joined the faculty in 2017 and has been teaching science for over 30 years. He also coached cross-country, track and football at other schools. 

 He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education with endorsements in Natural Science, Biology and Physical Education from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. He holds a Master’s in Education from Peru State College. He will be assisted by Chris Rosenthal, biology/integrated science teacher. 

Nicole Lenczowski ’06 has been named the head varsity basketball coach.  The former assistant varsity basketball coach has been part of the Mercy basketball program for more than 20 years. She was first a spectator, watching her sister Kristin Lenczowski Roelfs ’03 play for Mercy. Lenczowski then played and is now a coach.  She currently serves as a project manager at Union Pacific Railroad (UP). 

She graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She will graduate from the University of Nebraska Omaha in December with a Master’s in Business Administration.

Susan Sloboth has been appointed as the tennis coach. She has been a tennis professional at Miracle Hill Golf & Tennis Center since 1995.  She also served as an assistant tennis professional at Champions Run since 2012. Sloboth holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has done practicum teaching in both elementary and middle schools.

A member of the Nebraska Tennis Hall of Fame, she has been a presenter and speaker at the Nebraska Coaches Association Annual Conference and received the Outstanding Contributor to Youth Tennis USTA Distinguished Service Award in 2010. 
 

Posted in Student News

Sr. Stevens Named to Board

June 05, 2020
By Deb Daley

Sr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, Ph.D. ’66 was appointed to the Mercy High School Board of Trustees by the Mercy Education System of the Americas in May 2020. Mercy High School is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy the Americas.   

The President of the College of Saint Mary since 1996, Sr. Maryanne began her ministry teaching high school math. Her leadership at the college has resulted in increased enrollment, expanded curriculum and improved fundraising. She also served as director of formation for the Sisters of Mercy from 1977-83 and taught at Creighton University for ten years. At Creighton, she was the first female to head the Theology Department.  

Sr. Maryanne serves on several national and local community boards including the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Tri-Faith Initiative. Sr. Maryanne has received numerous honors including the Omaha Business Hall of Fame, The Legacy Award for Women on a Mission for Change, and YWCA of the Midlands, Women of Distinction for Education. She has also been recognized with several teaching awards at Creighton as well as the Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award honoring her support of women.

Sr. Maryanne received degrees in sociology and mathematics from the College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania, in 1971.  She went on to get a Master’s in Theology from St. Louis University. She earned in Doctorate in Religion and Education from Boston College in 1987.  

“We are thrilled that Sr. Maryanne is joining our Board.  She brings a wealth of knowledge about administration, advancement and commitment to the education of women that will truly be an asset to Mercy High School,” said Nicole Hahn Jesse ’80 Board Chair.

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