Nearly $60,000 was raised at Mercy High School’s 28th annual Driving for Excellence Golf Fest on September 9. The event supports the school’s Negotiated Tuition Program, which provides tuition assistance to students based on each family’s unique needs and income. More than 82 percent of families benefit from this program, and $1.8 million in tuition assistance is distributed annually.
With 156 golfers, the tournament featured a four-person scramble with a noon shotgun start. To help offset costs for the event, 40 generous sponsors and patrons provided support. J. Skinner Baking Company sponsors the annual golf outing. Other premiere sponsors are PI Midwest, the Heider Family Foundation, the Sisters of Mercy and TD Ameritrade.
Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM, President of Mercy High School, thanked the group for their participation and reminded them about the importance of raising money for the Negotiated Tuition Program.
“Your investment in Mercy has an impact. Our graduates are confident, compassionate Women of Mercy who will make an impact in our community,” she said.
First place finishers in women’s, mixed, and men’s teams were: [left to right in the pictures below]
Women’s: Jesse Gonderinger Sullivan ’05, Emily Gonderinger ’09, Christine Gonderinger ’12, and Jackie Roseland.
Mixed: Patrick Bresnahan, Kathy Burnham, Bobby Knowles and Annie Messersmith.
Men’s: John Tischer, Chris Tischer, James Tischer, James Tischer and Borck Partlow.
To see photos from this year’s tournament, check out https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGT3hG5.
Jane Langenfeld, Mercy’s Art Teacher, is one of 34 art educators throughout the state to be accepted into the 2019 Nebraska Art Teachers Association Educator Exhibit. This is a juried exhibit on display at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE through September 28. Selected artworks showcase a wide array of subject matter and media including photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and batik. Langenfeld’s digital photography work depicts the Grand Canyon and is titled “Layers.”
The Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA) was founded in 1923 with a mission to advocate for and advance art education in Nebraska to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. NATA’s Art Educators exhibition is presented in conjunction with their annual conference.
Mercy High School’s fall play will be Front by Robert Caisley, winner of the 1996 Kennedy Center/Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award. Set in England during the Blitz in World War II, a number of struggling individuals and families come to terms with war and loss. The cast includes 24 girls and three boys from neighboring high schools. The cast was revealed on August 26.
“ I chose this play because I felt it was important to address the perseverance of women during wartime,” said Mercy theatre director Mr. Joshua von Kampen. “With husbands and sons abroad on the war front, the women of London fought on their own front at home to survive bombing raids while trying to maintain a semblance of normal life. This show is a great opportunity for our students to create a gripping performance of historical drama. Though the subject matter is dark, a play like this can be an excellent tool to shine a light on understanding those who fight to persevere today, inspired by examples from the past.”
Performances of the play are October 25 and 26 at 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on October 27 at Franey Hall. Tickets will go on sale in early October. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for Mercy students.
On August 9, Mercy continued a time-honored tradition by welcoming new students amid cheers, shouts of welcome, and applause. Current students greeted a freshmen class of 107 and several transfers to join the nearly 400 girls in the student body. The class features students from 38 schools, all socio-economic levels, a diversity rate of 33 percent and girls from out-of-state.
“Out student body is reflective of the Omaha landscape and reinforces our belief that students learn best by being exposed to different perspectives. We are focused on each student’s success with an educational approach that differentiates to individual learning styles,” said Kristi Walters Wessling ’88, Principal.
Building on standardized testing and ACT prep offered through OnTo College with John Baylor, which is offered free to all students, Mercy will be expanding elements of a new initiative called Kaleidoscope. This immersive leadership coaching program, launched last year, is tailored to each high school year of development, and features strengths assessment, financial literacy, career exploration, skills opportunities and more.
Also new to the curriculum are several additional courses in technology focused on challenging students to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. Added to the world language program is another Spanish course that centers on Spanish in media and literature. Also new is a beginning piano course.
Mercy High School Senior Gina Troia will be attending The Sons and Daughters of Italy Foundation Student Summit in Washington D.C. August 1-4. Troia is among 20 candidates selected across the United States to attend the Student Summit.
The Student Summit of The Sons and Daughters of Italy Foundation offers students a unique opportunity to interact with their peers from across the United States and to learn about their rich Italian culture and heritage (including language and food), tour parts of our nation’s capital, and of network with others.
Troia’s selection was based on her commitment to Omaha and her involvement in the Italian community. She was the Queen of the 2018 Santa Lucia Festival and was recently accepted in the Greater Youth Omaha Council Bluffs Youth Salute and chosen to be a part of the Faces of Catholic Education. She is a member of the Sons and Daughters of Italy Colombo Lodge, Santa Lucia Festival Committee, and The Italian American Heritage Society. Troia also attended the Friends National Stuttering Conference and in March, she volunteered her time at Misericordia Home in Chicago through Mercy.
At Mercy, she is in the top third of her class, is a member of the speech team, cross country team, and track team. After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in exercise science and study speech pathology.