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Spirit Shop Holiday Hours
The Spirit Shop at school will be open during the following hours for you to shop for your favorite Wolf or Wolf fan!
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 5:30-7 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 12 - 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 15 - 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 16 - 11 am - 1 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 19 - 11 am-1 pm & 5-6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 - 5-6:30 pm
If you placed an online order with our pop-up shop, orders will be delivered to school sometime the week of Dec. 12. You will receive an email when your order is ready for pickup.
 
Four Senior Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent!

Congratulations to the following student athletes who on November 9 signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level:

  • Alexis Denman - Thomas More University - Lacrosse
  • Jessica Drapp - University of Louisville - Volleyball
  • Jocelyn Obszarski - Ohio Northern University - Volleyball
  • Kylee Heidemann - University of Dayton - Golf

We are so proud of these Wolves!

Kylee Heidemann Named Golf STATE CHAMP!

Congratulations to senior Kylee Heidemann - Golf STATE CHAMP!

THANK YOU for an amazing Raffle!

Thank you to our students and employees, who raised a phenomenal $70,573 in our student Raffle! The Senior class came in first place, and every class achieved over 100% of its goal. Top sellers in each class were Bella Meyer, Molly Brunner, Lilly Finamore, and Josie Feldman. Top seller in the school was May Humpert. Big congratulations to the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner, Debbie Ward, and the $1,000 First Prize Winner, Connie Helmers. We are so grateful to our students for their tremendous school spirit! To all who supported our Raffle...THANK YOU!

Congratulations, National Merit Semifinalists!

Congratulations to Mercy McAuley seniors Lizzie Schloss and Lindsay Woodard, who have been named Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit® Scholarship Program! Lizzie and Lindsay are among the over 16,000 Semifinalists across the country who now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.

"We are incredibly proud of Lizzie and Lindsay for their tremendous academic achievement, and we can't wait to see what these bright and talented young women accomplish in college and in their careers," said Connie Kampschmidt, Principal, Mercy McAuley High School. "The National Merit Semifinalist honor reflects Mercy McAuley's commitment to providing students with innovative, challenging academics of the highest quality."

Lizzie and Lindsay entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 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. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. 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, Lizzie is a Student Council Senator, a Student Ambassador, and a member of National Honor Society, Women Lead Medicine, Women Making History Club, Philanthropy Club, and Key Club. She is also captain of the softball team. Lizzie says she is considering chemical engineering as her major in college.

Lindsay is a member of National Honor Society, Women Lead Medicine, Philanthropy Club, Key Club, Women Making History Club, and is a Student Ambassador. She also plays basketball and softball. Lindsay plans to major in biology in college and also plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Lizzie attended elementary school at St. James in White Oak. Lindsay attended elementary school at St. Ignatius in Monfort Heights.

 

Congratulations, National Merit Commended Students!

Congratulations to Mercy McAuley seniors Olivia Duker and Brooke Hube, who have been named National Merit Commended Students! Olivia and Brooke received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Olivia attended elementary school at Our Lady of the Visitation, and Brooke attended St. Ignatius.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year.

Class of 2022 Graduates Earn AP Capstone Diploma and AP Seminar & Research Certificate

Mercy McAuley High School congratulates the following members of the Class of 2022 who were awarded the AP Capstone Diploma or the AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2021-22 school year:

  • Taylor Bays, Christina Chu, and Rebecca Kelhoffer were awarded the AP Capstone Diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on 4 additional AP Exams.
  • Jackie Nichols and Ellye Steinberg were awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research.

Taylor Bays and Jackie Nichols are currently attending The Ohio State University. Christina Chu, Rebecca Kelhoffer, and Ellye Steinberg are currently attending the University of Cincinnati.

The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are critical for academic success.

“We proudly recognize the achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program,” said Connie Kampschmidt, Principal, Mercy McAuley High School. “Our AP Capstone™ students and teachers showed extraordinary commitment while facing historic challenges. This is a meaningful college readiness program that will serve our students well after high school.”

Over 2,200 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2021-22 school year. Approximately 14,100 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma, and 9,200 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. 

Unlike traditional AP® subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year. Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary: students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest. Students are assessed on the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects.

“I’m thrilled to congratulate these motivated students, who worked hard to earn the AP Capstone Diploma and AP Seminar and Research Certificate,” said Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement® Program. “These students have enhanced the foundation for their future academic and professional careers by honing their ability to manage long-term projects, collaborate with teams, and deliver effective presentations on topics they’re passionate about.”

The College Board Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money. Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align with their high standards.

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!