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Meet Our National Merit Semi-Finalists

September 16, 2021
By Roz Parr '09

Abby Wessling '22 and Maisie Wieser '22 were named National Merit Semi-Finalists on September 15, 2021. 

National Merit Semi-Finalists qualify based on their PSAT scores. Approximately 16,000 students of the top 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT are notified that they have qualified as Semi-Finalists.

The whole school celebrated their accomplishments with this special announcement. 

Let's learn a little more about these outstanding students.

Maisie (left) & Abby (right)

Abby Wessling: 

What is your intended major/future plan? 

I don’t know for sure what I’m planning on doing or where I’m planning on going to college. I’m thinking on doing engineering of some form. I’m looking at biomedical engineering, specifically 3D bioprinting human tissues. I’m also looking at chemical engineering because I’ve really enjoyed my chemistry classes at Mercy. 

Where are you considering for college?

I’m looking at Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Oklahoma, Johns Hopkins, Iowa State University, MIT, Purdue University, Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, and University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 

What is your favorite thing about being a Mercy student?

There are so many. I love getting to play volleyball and eat Fazoli’s on Fridays. I think all of our traditions make Mercy very special to me. I love the surprise of PA and the energy at Masses. I have loved working on Mercy Day. I think my favorite thing about Mercy is how involved the students are in everything the school does. 

What is your favorite Mercy memory?

In general, I loved my classes at Mercy. I will always remember Mr. Beran’s chemistry classes being so fun and Mr. Humphreys’s little bits of information that he would impart upon us. Having my mom teach my AP Computer Science class has been an experience that I never thought I would have, but it’s been fun. I will always be especially grateful for the excellent math education I received at Mercy. I have loved my math classes through the years, even when I was stressed about my Calculus tests, I loved the feeling of being challenged to push myself to succeed.  

 

Maisie Wieser: 

What is your intended major/future plan? 

Right now I would really like to go into film because it combines a lot of my passions which include theatre, creative writing, and photography. I also have other interests though, so I look forward to college being a time when I can figure out what my calling is in life. Some of my other interests include astrophysics, political science, journalism, and psychology. 

Where are you considering for college?

I am looking at Columbia University, UCLA, NYU, USC, Emerson College, MIT, Loyola Chicago, Columbia Chicago, and the University of Iowa. It’s quite a few, but I am not quite certain about what I want out of my college experience yet. 

What is your favorite thing about being a Mercy student?

I have a lot of favorite things, but I especially love our traditions. It’s wonderful to feel surrounded by the Mercy community and our history during them. Just these past few months, it has been so fun and fulfilling to be a Mercy Day director. Mercy Day has been one of my favorite traditions since I was a freshman, so it is humbling to be able to bring my own take on Mercy Day to life. This day is so, so special to me because I love going Mercy, and I am incredibly grateful for the Sisters of Mercy for the opportunity to do so. 

What is your favorite Mercy memory?

My favorite Mercy memory is performing on dance team during the varsity volleyball and basketball games. It’s exhilarating to do something I love in front of my Mercy community with them cheering me on. I also have a lot of fond memories from my AP Calculus class because I felt truly challenged, and it was so rewarding to see my hard pay off for which I have Ms. Gonderinger to thank. My English classes have been really fun as well, and I have loved seeing my writing skills grow since freshman year.  

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ACT Successes

September 13, 2021
By Roz Parr '09
3 Point Jump Club

We have two clubs dedicated to celebrating our students' ACT successes: 

  • The 30+ Club honors students who have scored a 30 or above on the ACT.
  • The 3 Point Jump Club honors students who have increased their ACT scores by three points or more. 

On September 9, the following students joined these clubs!

3 Point Jump Club members : Josie Browning, Macy Lakeman, Landry Lehan, & Meghann Plumb
30+ Club members : Josie Browning, Landry Lehan, & Meghann Plumb

30+ Club

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. 

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Mercy's New EMHCs

September 09, 2021
By Roz Parr '09

During Mass on September 9, six Mercy students were mandated by Fr. Jeff Mollner as our newest Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC):

  • Jessica Baumker
  • Clare Jandrain
  • Makayla Kennedy
  • Tessa Malesker
  • Ellen Veys
  • Maisie Wieser


In preparation to become EMHCs, these students had to attend a series of training sessions to better understand their role in the Mass. We are so proud of them for following this call from God. 

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A Welcoming Tradition

August 27, 2021
By Kailey Anson '23

The Mercy Welcome Picnic was on Friday, August 20. It was a fun-filled half-day with lots of activities, games, and food. After the Greenie Parade, all students walked down to the park to have a picnic. All of the Mercy girls had the option to potluck with their friends, or bring their own lunch. The Welcome Picnic is held for everyone to get to know each other and celebrate the upcoming school year.

The Student Council tries to get every student to participate in different activities. The whole idea of the picnic is to make everyone feel like they belong at Mercy. Our picnic shows how the different grades can come together as one to play games. It especially makes the freshmen feel more comfortable as they begin their journey at Mercy High school. They can become more familiar with their classmates and the other students. It is a perfect way for everyone to make new friends, and show their talents in the different activities. Additionally, all students are encouraged to get involved by joining in different activities. Each class tries to get as many participation points as possible to be the winners.

Finally, the Welcome Picnic is an excellent way to have fun! At the picnic,  students can be seen having an enjoyable time by participating in the different activities and talking to their friends. There are mini-games for people to enjoy, and there are also bigger games against the different grades. So many teachers join in on the activities, and it makes the day feel special. All the grades have a friendly competitive kickball, basketball, and flag football game. Each grade tries their best to win, and even if they don’t, they still have a great time. The Mercy Welcome Picnic is such a welcoming, engaging, and entertaining experience!

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Happy First Day!

August 18, 2021
By Roz Parr

At the beginning of each school year, the Student Ambassadors give our students a big, warm welcome! 

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