Welcome Kate Hoelmer, New Athletic Director!

Mercy McAuley is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Hoelmer as Athletic Director! Kate previously served as a physical education teacher at John Paul II Catholic School in Finneytown since 2018 and a softball coach for Mount St. Joseph University since 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management, with a Minor in Business Administration, from Mount St. Joseph University, where she also played softball and earned All-Academic All-Conference honors. She has also served as a youth camp instructor with various organizations since 2013.

“I am extremely excited to join the Mercy McAuley community as the Athletic Director,” said Kate. “High School athletics empowers student athletes and prepares them for the next stages of life. I cannot wait to use my passion for sports and this position to positively influence the students and families at Mercy McAuley.”

Welcome Sam Gagnon, New Head Varsity Volleyball Coach!

Mercy McAuley is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Gagnon as head varsity volleyball coach! Sam has served as the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at Mercy McAuley since the school opened in 2018. Prior to that, she coached various levels at Mother of Mercy High School for six years. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, where she played volleyball. Sam is a 2007 alumna of Mother of Mercy High School, where she was a 4-year varsity volleyball starter and holds the school record for most career assists.

“Our coaching staff is excited to lead this talented program,” said Sam. “We are proud of the foundations laid by our Mercy McAuley and legacy alumnae, and we are energized to continue the tradition of volleyball excellence. Go Wolves!”

Congratulations, Latin Students!

Congratulations to our Latin students on their outstanding achievements on the National Latin Exam! Click the images below to see their honors! Highlights include:

  • Sophomore Maggie Kiefer earned a Perfect Score
  • Students in Latin I-IV earned 6 Gold Medals and 6 Silver Medals
  • 10 Latin students received Bronze Magna Cum Laude Certificates
  • 4 more Latin students received Cum Laude Certificates
  • Honorable Mentions were given to 9 Latin Wolves
Congratulations, NHS Inductees!

Congratulations to the following students, who were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) on April 12:

Class of 2023

  • Jessica Berwanger
  • Alexis Denman
  • Madelyn Hautman
  • Kylee Heidemann
  • Brooklyn Lonneman
  • Leah Mezger
  • Jiya Patel
  • Elizabeth Stafford
  • Morgan Waters
  • Mar'Kia Williams

Class of 2024

  • Carly Acito
  • Sophia Adkins
  • Lauren Birkle
  • Emma Blaut
  • Samantha Bollin
  • Hayley Cook
  • Elly Drake
  • Sarah Enginger
  • Elizabeth Ernst
  • Lauren Ferrier
  • Lilly Finamore
  • Margaret Kiefer
  • Ruby Klusman
  • Grace Koenig
  • Karli Moeller
  • Sydney Neyer
  • Marin Ruffner
  • Ashley Williams
  • Chloe Wright


Summer Camps Registration NOW OPEN!

Mercy McAuley is thrilled to offer a variety of Summer Sports and Enrichment camps in 2022! CLICK HERE for camp details and to register! We can't wait to welcome our campers this summer for learning and fun!

Congratulations, Language Honor Society Inductees!

Congratulations to the following students, who were inducted into the Spanish, Latin and French Honor Societies!

Spanish Honor Society

Sophia Adkins
Lauren Birkle
Georgia Doyle
Elly Drake
Elizabeth Ernst
Lauren Ferrier
Lilly Finamore
Helena Hennessy
Mayson Humpert
Natalie Jostworth
Lauryn Lambert
Emily Makumbi
Kathleen Ringel 
Marin Ruffner 
Jocelyn Smith 
Ashley Williams 
Claire Woods 

Latin Honor Society

Lucille Baier
Samantha Bollin
Abigail Cheeseman
Sarah Enginger
Rebecca Fantetti
Alexandra Jovicic
Grace Koenig
Margaret Kiefer

French Honor Society

Hayley Cook
Kathleen Frazee
McKenna Seng
Mary Sims

Latin Students Succeed at State Latin Convention!

Congratulations to our Latin students, and to Latin teacher Mrs. Rachel Kless, on an outstanding competition at the recent Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) Latin Convention in Columbus! Mercy McAuley was ranked 2nd of all the schools in Ohio! The convention brings together over 800 students, teachers, and parents from across the state of Ohio to celebrate the study of Latin. There are a variety of competitive activities at the convention, including academic tests, art contests, certamen, and creative performances.

Here are a few highlights of our students’ successes:

  • The Latin I Certamen Team advanced to the State Finals and finished 2nd in Ohio!  (Team members included Emma Chapman, Catherine Foster and Sydney Neyer.)
  • The Latin II Certamen Team also advanced to the State Finals and finished 3rd in Ohio! (Team Members: Lucy Baier, Maggie Kiefer and Grace Koenig.)
  • Junior Grace Ellis received a Best in Show Award for her motorized working model of The Clashing Rocks from the Jason and the Argonauts myth.
  • Senior Eliza Russo also received a Best in Show Award for her Hercules "Heroes of Glaze" Bakeshop constructed poster in which she created clever cupcake flavors for each of Hercules' 12 Labors.

Click HERE for a listing of all the honors achieved by Mercy McAuley students at this year's convention.


Jim Comarata Named Head Varsity Basketball Coach

Mercy McAuley High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Comarata as the Head Varsity Basketball Coach. Jim has over 20 years of basketball coaching and training experience with area grade schools including St. James, St. Ignatius, St. Jude, Queen of Peace, St. Margaret of York, and Sacred Heart. He has also coached several grade school and high school level AAU teams.

“We are excited to welcome Jim to Mercy McAuley,” said Denise Harvey, assistant principal for student programs, including athletics. “Jim has a wealth of experience in coaching and training basketball players and brings tremendous skills, passion and enthusiasm to our program. We are looking forward to an exciting 2022-23 season under Jim’s leadership.”

“I am excited and blessed to be a part of Mercy McAuley’s basketball program and a school and community with a noteworthy and proven tradition of educational excellence and community service for young women,” said Jim. “Our team will be characterized by great effort and consistent execution. Our results will be driven by our commitment to fundamentals and teamwork.”

Jim is an alumnus of La Salle High School, where he played basketball and baseball. He also played baseball in college at Christian Brothers University. In September, he is retiring from his 39-year tenure at idX Corporation, where he currently serves as Executive Vice President for Global Sales.

Congratulations, National Merit FINALISTS!

Congratulations to Mercy McAuley seniors Rose Hewald and Ellye Steinberg, who were named National Merit FINALISTS in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship competition!

In September 2021, Rose and Ellye were among the approximately 16,000 students across the country who were named Semifinalists in the competition  for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million. They are now among 15,000 students who have advanced to Finalist standing in the competition. The selection of 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of 15,000 finalists is now in progress.

Rose and Ellye entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of US high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

At Mercy McAuley, Rose participates in Student Council, Philanthropy Club, Women Lead Medicine, Student Ambassadors, CRS Global High School Club, Academic Team, and Key Club. Ellye participates in Women Lead Engineering, Philanthropy Club, Student Ambassadors, Key Club, Academic Team, and CRS Global High School. Both Rose and Ellye say they are interested in pursuing science-related majors in college.

Rose attended elementary school at St. James in White Oak. Ellye attended elementary school at Bridgetown Middle School.

We are so proud of Rose and Ellye for their tremendous academic achievements!

Brianna Birkle Named Finalist in Overture Awards Competition

Congratulations to senior Brianna Birkle, who was named a Finalist in the 2022 Overture Awards Competition! The awards ceremony will be held on March 12 at the Aronoff Center.

The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student’s academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts. The Overture Awards Competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music.

Four Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent!

Congratulations to the following Mercy McAuley seniors, who on February 2 signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level!

  • Raelyn Sanders - Volleyball - Northern Kentucky University
  • Megan Pierani - Lacrosse - Thomas More University
  • Madison Henry - Softball - Thomas More University
  • Ashton Elbe - Softball - Thomas More University


Congratulations, Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners!

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition! 

Brianna Birkle 

Gold Key Drawing & Illustration | Right on Target 

Honorable Mention Drawing & Illustration | Tinkering

Gold Key Art Portfolio | Seeing the Present Through the Past 

Honorable Mention Drawing & Illustration | Precious Moments 

Silver Key Photography | Lemon Posset

Maddie Dietrich

Honorable Mention Painting | Within the Tree

Isabel Hess

Honorable Mention Printmaking | 3D Copy

Maddie Junk

Honorable Mention Printmaking | Heart and Soul 

Gold Key Design | Sunset Bakery: Business Design

Avery LaGory

Honorable Mention Photography |  Night at the Beach

Anna Melchers

Gold Key Photography | Reconstructed

Grace Ellis

Silver Key in Science Fiction and Fantasy for her work "A Fate Worse than Dying" 

Honorable Mention for her Short Story "Rusted Dreams."

Maggie Kiefer 

Honorable Mention for her short story, "The Devil's Iron Hand."


There will be an exhibition of the visual artwork which is open to the public at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from February 14 - 18 (Monday- Sunday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.). Winners will be recognized in the Scholastic Awards Recipient Celebration on February 18 at the Art Academy.


The annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative students (grades 7-12) and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

Congratulations, Honor Roll Students!

Congratulations to all the students who were named to the Principal's List or achieved First or Second Honors during the first semester of the 2021-22 school year. Click HERE to see the full list of Honor Roll students!

Welcome Dave Nissen, Director of Ministry!

Mercy McAuley is thrilled to welcome Dave Nissen as our Director of Ministry! Dave brings many years of youth ministry experience to Mercy McAuley; he has been working as a youth minister in full-time and volunteer roles since he was in high school himself!

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time in parish life but am excited to be here at Mercy McAuley High School and to serve this community," said Dave. "I have always valued Catholic education both as a product of it myself, and as a parent who invested in it for my daughters. My oldest daughter is a graduate of McAuley High School, and my younger daughter was part of the first graduating class of Mercy McAuley. I see the value my family has received from a Mercy education. I am very happy to be here and to help the young women of Mercy McAuley to grow in their faith and to draw closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Dave also believes it is important to know who we are and for our lives to have meaning. He says, "I believe a Catholic education helps determine our identity and to inform our purpose. A verse that you will hear often from me is 1 Peter 2:9. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 

Welcome, Dave!


White Oak Coffee House Opens 2nd Location at Mercy McAuley

Mercy McAuley is thrilled to welcome White Oak Coffee House to our campus! Special thanks to 1992 McAuley alumna Nikki Hudepohl, owner of White Oak Coffee House, for setting up her second location in Mercy McAuley's cafeteria for our students and employees! The coffee bar is open from 6:30 am through the lunch period Monday - Friday; credit cards and White Oak Coffee House gift cards are accepted (no cash). High top tables and stools are coming soon to provide a comfortable seating area for our Wolves to enjoy their favorite drink with friends.

Grace Schreyer Selected as Youth of the Month by Northwest Exchange Club

Congratulations to Mercy McAuley junior Grace Schreyer, who was selected as the Youth of the Month by the Northwest Exchange Club! The selection is based on academics, leadership, school activities and community service. Grace was honored at a special awards breakfast on November 17 at Clovernook Country Club. Mercy McAuley President Denise Krueger, Principal Connie Kampschmidt, and School Counselor Bridget Rottinghaus were on hand to celebrate with Grace and her parents, Jim and Judy. 

Congratulations to Emily Acito and Lizzie Sexton!

Congratulations to Mercy McAuley seniors Emily Acito and Lizzie Sexton, who on November 10 signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level! Emily signed to play volleyball at Thomas More University, and Lizzie signed to play soccer at the University of Louisville! We are so proud of these Wolves!!

Junior Brooke Hube Accepted into Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra!
Congratulations to Mercy McAuley junior Brooke Hube, who was accepted into the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) as a percussionist for the second year in a row! The CSYO consists of two full orchestras made up of 200 of the region’s most talented young musicians. Brooke was accepted into the CSYO Philharmonic Orchestra, which is the most advanced youth orchestra offered by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This group rehearses weekly and will perform in Music Hall and at Washington Park, and will perform with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on the annual Side by Side concert. CSYO accepts students in grades 8 -12 who successfully pass a competitive audition and are members of their school’s band or orchestra program. As a member of the CSYO, Brooke will be coached and mentored by musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Way to go, Brooke!
Students Donate Hair to Locks of Love

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, thirteen students and one staff member at Mercy McAuley donated their hair to Locks of Love in support of those battling cancer. All students also helped raise awareness for all types of cancer by wearing a shirt in the color designated for a specific cancer type. We are so proud of our students for making a difference!

Thank you for an amazing Raffle!

Our annual student Raffle concluded on October 22. Together, the Mercy McAuley community raised $77,585 for our school! We are so thankful to our students and employees and to the many parents, grandparents, alumnae and friends who purchased tickets in support of this important fundraiser and spirit raiser.

Our Wolves did an amazing job selling tickets, and each class achieved over 100% of its goal! The class with the highest percentage of tickets sold was the seniors (221%). The freshmen came in 2nd place (205%), followed by the juniors in 3rd place (166%) and the sophomores in 4th place (142%). The seniors also won the award for best hallway decorations.

Congratulations also to the following top sellers:

  • May Humpert - Top Seller in school ($1,980)
  • Julia Parsons - 2nd Top Seller in school ($1,615)
  • Re'nir Barton - Top Freshman Seller ($1,170)
  • Lilly Finamore - Top Sophomore Seller ($1,230)
  • Josie Feldman - Top Junior Seller ($965)
  • Anna Horton - Top Senior Seller ($920)
  • Students who sold $500 or more - Molly Brunner, Madison Dobbins, Rachel Heinz, Halee Novak, Grace Zazycki, Grace Johnson, Delaney Rodriquez, Grace Eisele, Anna Olding, Natalie Smith.