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Matt Schardine Named Head Volleyball Coach

Mercy McAuley High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Schardine as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach. Coach Schardine has been a part of the volleyball coaching staff at Mercy McAuley since 2019 as an assistant coach for the Varsity and JV teams. He also served as assistant volleyball coach at Mother of Mercy High School from 1998-2001.

In addition to his coaching roles at Mercy McAuley and Mother of Mercy, Coach Schardine has spent the past 24 seasons as an assistant varsity coach for St. Xavier High School’s volleyball program. He also previously served as head coach for both Northwest and Purcell Marian High Schools, assistant coach at Oak Hills High School, and a volunteer assistant for the University of Cincinnati volleyball program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Schardine to his new role as head varsity volleyball coach at Mercy McAuley,” said Sierra Millar, Athletic Director at Mercy McAuley. “Matt brings many years of experience in coaching volleyball, both at Mercy McAuley and in the broader Cincinnati community, along with tremendous skills, passion and enthusiasm for our program. We look forward to an exciting 2024 volleyball season under Matt’s leadership.”

“I am excited to lead Mercy McAuley’s volleyball program, which is characterized by teamwork, effort, commitment, success, and school spirit,” says Schardine. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that our students, parents and community have come to expect from Mercy McAuley’s volleyball program.”

Mercy McAuley’s Varsity Volleyball Team won the Division 2 State Championship in November 2023.

Incoming 7th & 8th Grade Girls are invited to our GLOW PARTY July 30!

Incoming 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to join us for a fun-tastic summer GLOW PARTY on July 30, from 5:30 - 9 p.m.! Guests will enjoy a pizza dinner, dessert, activities, games, and a glow-in-the-dark dance party - all led by our amazing Student Ambassadors! Gather your friends, get ready to meet new friends, and join us for a night of summer fun with the Wolfpack! Space is limited and registration is required. Please register HERE by July 23.

Questions? Contact Kevin Brinkman, Director of Admissions, at (513) 681-1800 x2272 or brinkmank@mercymcauley.org.

Mercy McAuley Wins 5 Cappie Awards for "Once Upon a Mattress"

Congratulations to the critic team and cast and crew of our spring musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," on winning FIVE Cappies Awards at the Cappies Awards Gala at the Aronoff Center! Our awards included:

  • Catherine Foster - Returning Critic
  • Costumes
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Ali Lewis - Lead Actor in a Female Role in a Musical
  • BEST MUSICAL!

The cast and crew even had the opportunity to perform a song from the show on the Aronoff stage at the ceremony! We are so proud of our critic team, cast, crew, theatre director Kate Geckle, and ALL who make our theatre program the best in the city! Thank you and congratulations to ALL who made this amazing show possible! Bravo!

Summer Musical, The Lost and Found, is June 28 - 30!

Save the Date for our summer musical, The Lost and Found, June 28 - 30! This original musical was written by Mercy McAuley junior Ali Lewis! Don't miss the exciting premiere of this student written and directed musical! Set in 1953, The Lost and Found follows a newly divorced mother as she tries to fit into a society that only praises families and traditional households. However, her family finds a new challenge with their home: they're not the only ones living in it! Join us for this show to see what's lurking between the walls and haunting this not-so-perfect family!

Check back soon for more details and the link to purchase tickets online!

Kat Bowman Wins Marvelous Youth Award from American Red Cross
Congratulations to junior Kat Bowman, who was recently awarded the American Red Cross Central & Southern Ohio Region's (CSOR) Marvelous Youth Award at the organization's end-of-year recognition event! The organization presents this award each year to one outstanding youth volunteer in the region.
 
Kat is the Founder and President of Mercy McAuley's Red Cross Club, and this school year, she also served on a youth leadership board as the CSOR youth outreach lead. In this role, Kat served as the contact for youths across the region interested in starting a Red Cross Club at their school and for youths needing assistance in planning a club event. She volunteered 100 hours and helped register 8 new Red Cross Clubs in the region! Next year she will continue to serve on the leadership team as an engagement lead for the CSOR region!
 
Congratulations, National Latin Exam Honorees!

Congratulations to the following Latin students for their exceptional results on the National Latin Exam!

 

Senior Lauren Birkle Wins National Essay Contest!

Congratulations to senior Lauren Birkle, winner of Founding Forward's National Youth Essay Contest! Lauren's essay answered the questions, "Why are responsible citizens important to our system of government? What can I do to develop the necessary traits to become one and encourage others to do so as well?" As the winner, Lauren received a George Washington medal and certificate, and Mercy McAuley Social Studies teacher Mrs. Lisa Heiert was on hand to congratulate her! Lauren also recently participated in Founding Forward's Spirit of America Youth Leadership conference at Valley Forge. Way to go, Lauren!

Vocal Ensemble wins FIRST Place in Show Choir with Superior Rating at Music in the Parks

Congratulations to our Vocal Ensemble, led by Music Director Mrs. Shawn Wyatt! They earned FIRST place in Show Choir with a Superior rating at the Music in the Parks competition at Kings Island! We are very proud of these talented vocalists!

"Once Upon a Mattress" Receives 24 Cappies Nominations!

CONGRATULATIONS to the cast and crew of our spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress” and Mercy McAuley’s Critic Team on 24 Cappies Nominations! We are so proud of their hard work and cannot wait to celebrate at the Cappies Gala in just a few weeks!

Our 24 nominations are:

🔸Best Critique (Catherine Foster)
🔸Up and Coming Critic (Ella Adams)
🔸Returning Critic (Catherine Foster)
🔸Returning Critic (Ali Lewis)
🔸Graduating Critic (Helena Hennessy)
🔸Mercy McAuley’s Critic Team
🔸Marketing & Publicity
🔸Hair & Makeup
🔸Sound
🔸Props
🔸Costumes
🔸Sets
🔸Stage Management & Crew
🔸Featured Actor Female Role Musical (Madalyn Emery)
🔸Dancer Female Role (Rachel Heinz)
🔸Vocalist Female Role (Lydia Wright)
🔸Vocalist Male Role (Sofia Schaffer)
🔸Comic Actor Male Role Musical (Niki Essen)
🔸Supporting Actor Female Role Musical (Grace Koenig)
🔸Supporting Actor Male Role Musical (Abby Sewell)
🔸Lead Actor Female Role Musical (Ali Lewis)
🔸Lead Actor Male Role Musical (Andrew Childers)
🔸Song (Song of Love)
🔸Musical

Ali Lewis Wins Youth of the Year Award!

Congratulations to Mercy McAuley junior Ali Lewis, who received the Youth of the Year Award from the Exchange Club of Northwest Cincinnati! This is the 2nd year in a row that the winner was a Mercy McAuley student!

The Northwest Exchange Club’s Youth of the Month program recognizes the area’s most outstanding high school juniors. Monthly winners are selected throughout the school year by an interview team from the Northwest Exchange Club. The selection is based on academics, leadership, school activities and community service.

At the conclusion of the school year, all the monthly winners return for the Youth of the Year Banquet, which was held April 25. At the banquet, each student presented an essay on the topic “How has the increasing emphasis on diversity and inclusion impacted American youth?” Additional criteria include school activities, grades and community involvement. At the conclusion of the banquet, a Youth of the Year was selected - and this year, the award went to Ali Lewis!

As the 2024 Youth of the Year winner, Ali was presented with a personalized plaque and a $1,000 cash prize. She will also have an opportunity to compete as a senior for additional scholarship awards at the district, state and national levels.

Join us in congratulating Ali on this tremendous achievement! We are so proud of her!

Ali is a graduate of St. John the Baptist School.

Students Honored at Academic Awards Night!

Congratulations to the following students, who were honored for academic excellence in specific courses at the April 24th Academic Awards Night!

 

Three Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent!

Congratulations to the following student athletes, who on April 17 signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level!

  • Hayley Cook - Softball - Franciscan University
  • May Humpert - Track & Field / Cross Country - Kennesaw University
  • Lauryn Lambert - Golf - Thomas More University

We are so proud of these Wolves, and we look forward to following their collegiate athletic careers!

Welcome, New NHS Members!

Congratulations to the following students, who were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) on April 11, 2024!

Class of 2025

  • Shelby Binder
  • Molly Brunner
  • Emma Chapman
  • Claire Childers
  • Anna Heitz
  • Marie Hoelzle
  • Lillian Niehaus
  • Isabella Sweeney
  • Isabella Ventre
  • Elaina Ward

Class of 2026

  • Lydia Abay
  • Emma Adkins
  • Ama Baako
  • Rylie Bates
  • Aubree Bernecker
  • Olivia Braun
  • Lilly Cho
  • Maria Disbennett
  • Julianna Duker
  • Lauren Enginger
  • Brinley Fearn
  • Cassandra Harp
  • Jaden Jordan
  • Brooke Katterjohn
  • Adyson Kreimer
  • Quinn McGuane
  • Norah Meyer
  • Mya Mullis
  • Haley Murphy
  • Elise Overstake
  • Kara Reder
  • McKenna Rischmann
  • Ryleigh Simonton
  • Reagan Strickler
  • Madeline Sucietto
  • Michaela Tegge
  • Sophia Vincent
  • Josie Woeste
  • Atlas Zimmer
Latin Students Win STATE CHAMPIONSHIP at OJCL Convention!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Latin students, who are the STATE CHAMPIONS of the 2024 Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) Convention! Our Latin Wolves defeated the reigning state champions, Summit Country Day, by over 200 points! Senior Grace Koenig and Junior Catherine Foster were the #1 and #2 ranked Latin students in Ohio, taking the top two spots in the Overall Convention Sweepstakes! Our Latin students brought home over 200 ribbons, medals and trophies from the convention and earned our first ever Latin State Championship!
 
The 73rd Annual OJCL Convention was held in Columbus March 8 - 10 with over 25 schools and 500 delegates in attendance. We are so proud of these students, our amazing Latin teacher, Mrs. Rachel Kless, and Ellie Kammerer '19, Latin Teaching Assistant & OJCL sponsor!
 
WAY TO GO, WOLVES!!!

Lauren Clements Named 2024-25 Principal

Mercy McAuley High School is pleased to appoint Lauren Thiery Clements as Principal, effective July 1, 2024. This appointment comes after a months-long, nationwide search launched in the fall of 2023.

Lauren, a 1999 alumna of McAuley High School, currently serves as Principal at Corryville Catholic Elementary School, a role she has held since 2019. Before serving as Corryville Catholic’s Principal, Lauren was Assistant Principal at St. Clement School in St. Bernard for three years, where she also spent the 14 years prior as a first and second grade teacher.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as the Principal of Mercy McAuley High School, says Lauren. “My Mercy education planted and nurtured the seeds of leadership potential within me, and I am excited to lead the young women of Mercy McAuley on their academic and spiritual journey during their formative high school years. Mercy McAuley’s curriculum and programs are exceptional, and I look forward to getting to know the members of our school community and helping to take Mercy McAuley to even greater heights.”

As Principal, Lauren will serve as the instructional leader within the Mercy McAuley community and will lead a dedicated team of educators and staff to ensure the success and continued growth of the school. She will also serve in partnership with the school’s President, Brigitte Foley, to develop strategic initiatives to help guide the school to the next level of excellence.

“I am thrilled to welcome Lauren as our Principal,” says Brigitte Foley, President, Mercy McAuley High School. “The search committee and I are very impressed with Lauren’s passion for Mercy, Catholic education, her tremendous leadership skills, her school administration and academic experience, and her ability to cultivate strong relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, and community members. Lauren demonstrates empathy, trust, and compassion, all of which are among the hallmarks of a Mercy education. She will undoubtedly have an incredible impact on our students and school community, as Mercy McAuley embarks on an exciting future ahead.”

Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from The Ohio State University. She completed her Master of Arts in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph, and she completed graduate coursework in English as a New Language at the University of Notre Dame.

Lauren participated in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Aspiring Leaders Program from 2017-2019. She has served in a variety of parish and faith formation volunteer roles, including Eucharistic minister, children’s liturgy teacher, parish council member, Education Commission member, capital campaign committee member, and volleyball coach. Lauren and her husband, Joe Clements, Principal at St. Francis Seraph, have three children - Caitlyn, Jack and Joseph.

Please join us in welcoming Lauren to Mercy McAuley!

Congratulations, Scholastic Art Award Winners!

Congratulations to the following students, who were named winners in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition:

  • Lauren Birkle - Gold Key
  • Alayna Holley - Honorable Mention
  • Bella Meyer - Honorable Mention (2)
  • Kennedi Pankey - Honorable Mention
  • Gauri Thoduvayilnelliot - Gold Key
  • Isabella Ventre - Honorable Mention

These students' winning pieces will be showcased in the Regional Scholastic Exhibition at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from Feb. 9 - 18. As Gold Key winners, Gauri's and Lauren's pieces will move on to the national competition!

 

Welcome, Class of 2028!
January 31 was our Commitment Day (or Registration Day) for the Class of 2028! Per Archdiocesan regulations, January 31 was the FIRST day that high schools could begin to accept registrations from incoming freshmen. We are thrilled to announce that on the first day of the registration period, 96 eighth graders officially registered to attend Mercy McAuley next year! This represents a 37% increase compared to the first day of the registration period last year. We expect to receive additional registrations over the coming weeks and months leading up to the start of the 2024-25 school year.
 
Our newest Wolves come from 23 different elementary schools. They are talented, bright young women, and as we witnessed firsthand at the Commitment Day festivities, they are excited and proud to be part of the Pack! They are eager to be challenged by our outstanding academic, athletic, and fine arts programs. They will be known by every one of their teachers and classmates. They will be part of a community, not part of the crowd. They will be a part of Mercy McAuley’s exciting future ahead!
 
We thank the 96 families who have already chosen a Mercy McAuley education for their daughter. Please join us in giving them a very warm welcome to the Mercy McAuley community!
Mercy McAuley Receives $1.1M Gift - Largest in School History!

Mercy McAuley High School is pleased to announce it has received a $1.1 million gift, the largest in school history. The gift is in the form of a bequest made by a long-time supporter of Mother of Mercy and Mercy McAuley High Schools. The Mother of Mercy alumnae family wishes to remain anonymous.

Mercy McAuley President Brigitte Foley said, “We are sincerely grateful for this incredible gift, which will have a significant impact on our students. We extend our sincerest appreciation to the donor and family, who for many years have supported our mission of educating young women in the Catholic faith and with the Mercy Charism. We are blessed and humbled by this generous gift, which will help us to continue our mission for generations to come.”

The $1.1 million gift kicks off the school’s transformational capital campaign designed to fund campus improvements and faith and academic program enhancements. The school plans to use part of this bequest to fund campus improvements that are slated to begin this summer. Specific details of the campus improvement plans are in the initial stages of development and will be disclosed once finalized.

Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Congratulations to the following seniors, who on December 20 signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level:

Michelle Hornsby - Soccer - Concordia University Chicago

Chloe Gildea - Softball - Rochester University

We are very proud of these student athletes!

Volleyball Team Wins 2023 Division II State Championship!

Congratulations to our Varsity Volleyball Team, who won the 2023 Division II STATE CHAMPIONSHIP on Saturday, November 11, 2023! The top-ranked Mercy McAuley Wolves defeated Gilmour Academy in a thrilling five-set match at Wright State University, with the scores of 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 22-25, 16-14. This is Mercy McAuley's first team state title in school history.

Mercy McAuley's varsity team is coached by Sam Gagnon (head coach), and assistant coaches Greg Samuels and Zach Meyer. Varsity players include:

Emma Adkins
Sophia Adkins
Kristen Berwanger
Jadyn Carle
Devin Carter
Elly Drake
Maria Drapp
Ava Engelbrink
Ruby Klusman
Caroline Moore
Ruby Ortman
Lydia Sanders
Ashley Sess