Nate Driml has been appointed Vice President of Advancement at Mercy High School. Driml will be responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive advancement program for the school to include fund raising and alumnae engagement. He most recently served as the Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Nursing, School of Dentistry, as well as the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. Prior to that, he was the Alumni and Development Operations Director at Creighton Preparatory School for nearly 10 years.
While at Creighton, he was responsible for growing and managing the fund-raising prospect portfolios for his assigned school and colleges to maximize charitable support.
An alum of Creighton Prep, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Journalism. He is working toward his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Creighton.
Nate has plenty of connections to Mercy as his mother, Marrianne Safranek Driml ’65, aunts Barbara Safranek Kratky dec. SM ’55, and Rita Safranek Schneider ’58, as well as his sister Josah Driml Powers ’98, are all Women of Mercy. In fact, Josah will be one of the school’s new Guidance Counselors this fall.
“Nate brings to this position a strong development, alumni relations, event management, writing and communications background and an equally important understanding of our mission and values,” said Mercy High School President, Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM.
He is a current advisory board member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and a former member of the Jesuit Partnership Council of Omaha. He and his wife Janet are active at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish where their three children currently attend school.
Jim Pogge, former Vice President for Advancement, has moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
Mercy High School is pleased to announce three new staff joining the faculty in the 2018-2019 school year. Two positions --an English as a Second Language Specialist (ESL) and an additional Guidance Counselor—were made possible by generous donations and are designed to enhance the immediate and post-graduate academic goals of students. The current Guidance Counselor position is also being filled as the current Counselor, Georgina Morse, is retiring after 25 years.
Mercy’s inclusive and growing student enrollment mirrors the ethnic and socio-economic profile of the Omaha metro area. With that increased diversity, especially in the Latina community, the ESL Specialist will strategically work with the students, teachers, and parents to ensure success for their future.
Katherine Davis will serve as Mercy’s new ESL specialist. She holds endorsements and certifications from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) -Teacher Academy Program and has been an educator for 11 years. She has served in educator positions in La Vista, Neb. as well as Valparaiso, Chile and Jaipur, India. Most recently she was a Spanish teacher at Benson High School. Her community outreach work includes a year with OneWorld Community Health and as a member of the National Civilian Community Corps in Maryland. A graduate of the College of Saint Benedict, she holds degrees in Political Science and Hispanic Studies.
Although not related, Josah Driml Powers ’98 and Laura Powers will serve as the school’s Guidance Counselors. Mercy’s enrollment continues to grow and the need for counselors to help adolescents as they navigate the unique educational, social and behavioral obstacles related to attending high school, and guide them through the college preparation process, has become more and more complex.
Josah has worked in advising, counseling and student leadership development primarily on the college level. She is currently the Pre-Health Advisor for the Health Careers Resource Center at UNO. She has also worked in Student Development Services at Nebraska Methodist and Southern Illinois University. Josah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Psychology from St. Louis University. She also holds a Master’s in Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
A member of the National Academic Advising Association since 2012, Josah was also active in the National Student Personnel Administrators for five years. Recognized with the Staff of the Year Award twice, she is very involved in St. Wenceslaus Church volunteer activities.
Laura Powers has served as a College Counselor at Millard South High School since 2003. During that time, she coordinated the counseling center’s website, implemented an alumni support network for students, enhanced college access programming and served on the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Counselor Advisory Committee. She has also been a Social Studies teacher in the Bellevue Public Schools as well as a teacher in the Ralston Public Schools.
A graduate of UNO, Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Secondary Counseling.
“Mercy is committed to providing a community of support for its students that allows them to reach their full potential. These positions will be instrumental in achieving that goal,” said Sarah Regan, Principal.
Students from the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes at Mercy were recognized on May 21 at a special honors assembly. Awards were given for academics, service, and more. Special donor scholarships were also presented.
The complete program is available here.
Sixty-five percent of Mercy High School’s senior class, who graduated May 16, have received more than 165 scholarships to attend colleges and universities throughout the country. The 83 students earned college awards valued at nearly $4 million.
In addition to these achievements, there are several other interesting facts about the Class of 2018:
- The Student Council, leading the efforts of the student body, set a record in raising the most money ever to support the Mercy Network’s Mission work to educate young girls in Africa --$20,400, and surpassing their own goal by about $4,400.
- 8% of the Class of 2018 received a 30 or above on their ACT.
- These seniors completed close to 11,000 service hours over four years; parish/church hours were close to 2,400 and 100% of the class completed more service hours than were required to graduate.
- There were several sets of multiples in this graduating class. Bianca, Faith and Miranda Santiago, sisters who are part of a set of quadruplets. Three of their classmates, originally from China ,Yiyang Cao, Yutong Dun and Shuchen Zhang also graduated. There are also a set of twins, Casey and Margaret Moyer.
Addresses were given by both the salutatorian and valedictorian. SalutatorianAnnika Muse expressed admiration for her welcoming and inclusive class. She said, “One of the most important parts of these last few years, in my eyes, is that we have gotten to pursue passions alongside people who are just as passionate as we are. Although we might have our own groups, we are lucky enough to have the chance to be in a diverse community that allows everyone to give their own opinions and be respective for them.”
Gabriela Caito, this year’s valedictorian, reminded the audience that “being thankful is about so much more than simply saying ‘thank you.’ “It is about living a life of purpose inspired by the people, places and events we are grateful for and turning that gratitude into action. It is about being driven to make a difference, as we were taught to do in our four years at Mercy.”
By living gratitude in action, she said, “One day when we look back we will remember that our dreams came true not because we wished them to happen but because we made them happen.”
Mercy High School received the Class B Sportsmanship Award for the State tournament in soccer. It was given based on our school creating such a positive environment, and showing such great school spirit.