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Mercy McAuley Students Earn College Credit through Dual Credit Courses

This year, 87 Mercy McAuley students are earning college credits by taking Dual Credit courses through our partnership with Mount St. Joseph University. Through this program, students earn high school and college credits simultaneously. These 87 students will earn 607 college credit hours combined!

Several of the students are earning 15 or more college credit hours, which is equivalent to at least one full semester of college classes. Lilly Wiesman, a senior at Mercy McAuley, is earning 19 college credit hours by taking English, Biology and Chemistry Dual Credit courses.

“It’s great that Mercy McAuley offers Dual Credit courses,” says Lilly. “Taking these courses allows me to challenge myself academically, plus it is going to save me a lot of time and money. Earning some college credits now will give me more time next year to focus on the classes I’ll need for my major. And, the college credits I’m earning now are transferable to many other colleges.”

Students taking Dual Credit courses through our partnership with Mount St. Joseph University can do so for just $50 per credit hour, a very small fraction of the cost of a traditional college course.

“We feel very fortunate that Lilly has access to the Dual Credit courses offered at Mercy McAuley High School,” says Jeana and Tom Wiesman, parents of Lilly. “We are so proud of Lilly for her hard work and for taking advantage of this opportunity.”

Lilly hopes to major in Life Sciences next year at either Xavier University or the University of Cincinnati. She’s working toward a career in the medical industry; possibly pharmaceutical sales.

Senior Kaitlyn Sansone Named National Merit Semifinalist!

Congratulations to Mercy McAuley senior Kaitlyn Sansone, who has been named a Semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program! Kaitlyn is among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists across the country who now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Kaitlyn was one of the over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools who entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 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.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

At Mercy McAuley, Kaitlyn participates in cross country, swimming, track, Certamen, orchestra, and Ambassadors Club. She has also been part of the Women Lead program. Kaitlyn's career goal is to become a physical therapist.

Kaitlyn attended Sacred Heart School in Fairfield. She is the daughter of Brian and Angie Sansone of Fairfield.

We are so proud of Kaitlyn for this tremendous academic achievement!

Congratulations, AP Award Recipients!

Congratulations to the following members of our Classes of 2020 and 2021 who received an Advanced Placement (AP) award for AP exams taken this year!

STUDENT NAME

SCHOLAR AWARD

CLASS YEAR

Bigner; Mollie

AP Scholar

2021

Bley; Leah M.

AP Scholar

2020

Busken; Jennifer G.

AP Scholar with Honor

2020

Conway; Elizabeth M.

AP Scholar

2020

Driehaus; Erin R.

AP Scholar with Distinction

2020

Erion; Emma M.

AP Scholar

2021

Farrow; Claire A.

AP Scholar with Distinction

2020

Flynn; Madison M.

AP Scholar with Honor

2020

Gabriel; Morgan J.

AP Scholar

2020

Hess; Annaselena

AP Scholar with Honor

2021

Hornsby; Kaitlyn M.

AP Seminar and Research Certificate

2020

Kemble; Alexis G.

AP Capstone Diploma

2020

Kemble; Alexis G.

AP Scholar with Distinction

2020

Krieger; Abigail M.

AP Scholar with Distinction

2020

Krieger; Hannah A.

AP Scholar with Honor

2020

Kumar; Rachel

AP Scholar with Distinction

2020

Noe; Abigail

AP Scholar

2021

O'Connor; Grace

AP Scholar

2021

Page; Shelby

AP Scholar

2021

Penderghast; Josie E.

AP Scholar

2020

Sansone; Kaitlyn

AP Scholar with Distinction

2021

Schutte; Elizabeth M.

AP Scholar

2020

Schutte; Lauren N.

AP Scholar

2020

Shalash; Dalal M.

AP Scholar

2020

Tegenkamp; Caroline R.

AP Scholar

2020

Tekulve; Sofia K.

AP Scholar

2020

Toon; Erin R.

AP Capstone Diploma

2020

Toon; Erin R.

AP Scholar with Distinction

2020

Villamagna; Lucia M.

AP Scholar with Honor

2020

 

An explanation of these awards is below:

The AP Scholar award is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

The AP Scholar with Honor award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

The AP Scholar with Distinction award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

Doug Robertson Named Head Varsity Basketball Coach

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Robertson as Mercy McAuley's head Varsity Basketball Coach. Doug has over 15 years of basketball coaching experience and most recently served for two years as the varsity girls basketball coach and a social studies teacher at South Dearborn Community School Corporation. Prior to teaching and coaching at South Dearborn, he served as the varsity girls basketball coach for four years with Franklin County Community School Corporation, where he also taught social studies. Doug has also coached freshman girls basketball with Michigan City Area Schools, varsity girls basketball and softball with Covenant Christian Schools, varsity basketball and JV softball  at Bishop Noll Institute, and JV girls basketball at Andrean High School.

“We are thrilled to welcome Doug to Mercy McAuley’s basketball program,” said Denise Harvey, assistant principal for student affairs, including athletics. “Doug brings tremendous experience and skills to our program, and we are looking forward to an exciting 2020-21 season.”

“I am excited for this new opportunity to continue the tradition of excellence at Mercy McAuley,” said Doug. “I look forward to developing and growing the program and to learning more about the youth basketball programs in the area. Our hope is to produce a highly competitive, exciting, up tempo style of basketball."

Doug received his B.A. in History from Purdue University Northwest and his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Concordia University Irvine. He earned his teaching certifications from Bethel College.

Mercy McAuley Academic Team Recognized for Successful Season

Congratulations to our varsity Academic Team, who recently received its well-deserved trophies and awards in recognition of an outstanding 2019-20 season! The team competed against 15 other Cincinnati and Dayton area Catholic high schools throughout the season. Their season highlights include an amazing 7-0 record against Moeller, St. X, and LaSalle combined! The team finished 2nd in the Fall Tournament (behind Carroll), 2nd in the Winter Tournament (behind Chaminade-Julienne), and tied for 1st in the A Division for the season. Erin Toon ’20 (shown in the photo with Principal Connie Kampschmidt and Academic Team Moderator Greg Bouman) was also named to the 1st Team All-League team. Members of the 2019-20 varsity Academic Team included Erin Toon (captain), Francine Crowe, Erin Driehaus, Rachel Kumar, and Dajanae Phillips.