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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

 

Six Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent!

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

  • Sophia Adkins - Volleyball - Providence College
  • Maria Drapp- Volleyball - Bradley University
  • Ruby Klusman - Volleyball - Morehead State University
  • Jadyn Carle - Lacrosse - Thomas More University
  • Lauren Ferrier - Lacrosse - Thomas More University
  • Karli Moeller - Soccer - Siena Heights University

We are so proud of these Wolves, and we look forward to following their athletic careers at the next level!

Cross Country Wolves Compete at STATE!

Congratulations to our Cross Country Wolves on a fantastic season that concluded at the STATE competition November 4! We are so proud of these Wolves!

Varsity Volleyball Wolves are Regional Champs!

Congratulations to our Varsity Volleyball Wolves, who won the Regional Champs title! They will compete in the STATE Semi-Finals at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, at Wright State University!

Board of Directors Appoints Brigitte Foley as President

Mercy McAuley High School's Board of Directors, with the recommendation of its Presidential Search Committee and with the support of the Mercy Education Board of Directors, is pleased to appoint Brigitte Foley as President of Mercy McAuley High School, effective October 23, 2023. This appointment comes after a months-long search launched by the Mercy McAuley Board of Directors in the spring of 2023.

“The opportunity to return to Mercy McAuley and empower young women to fully realize their potential and their impact on the world around them brings me an immense amount of pride,” said Brigitte. “I am absolutely honored to work alongside such an amazing team of passionate educators and staff to lead Catholic education into the future. My Mercy education set me up for success, and I’m ready to pass along to our young women just how important it is to take Mercy into the world.”

Brigitte, a 1989 alumna of McAuley High School, has over 10 years of experience in Mercy education, having served as the Managing Director of Advancement at Mercy McAuley High School from 2018 – 2021, and Director of Advancement and Vice President of Advancement at McAuley High School from 2010 – 2018. Most recently, she served as Director of Transformational Giving with United Way of Greater Cincinnati since 2021. Brigitte’s prior experience also includes roles as Director of Development at the Center for Hearing & Speech in St. Louis, MO, and Director of Sponsorships and Grants and Annual Fund Manager at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.

As President, Brigitte will serve as the spiritual and administrative leader of Mercy McAuley High School and will be responsible for the overall management of the school, including its development and growth as a member school of Mercy Education. She will play a lead role in furthering the school’s mission, developing long-range strategic plans, guiding enrollment growth, and building relationships with students and families, faculty and staff, alumnae, and members of the Greater Cincinnati community. She will be at Mercy McAuley’s Open House on Sunday, October 29, and meet and greet sessions will be scheduled soon.

“Providing our students with a Catholic, Mercy education of the highest quality remains our top priority,” said Board Co-Chair and 1992 Mother of Mercy alumna Stefanie Ferraris Godbey. “We are confident that Brigitte’s experience and leadership, coupled with her passion for Mercy education, make her the perfect fit to advance our mission of educating young women in the spirit of Mercy now and in the future.”

Brigitte earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Fine & Performing Arts from St. Louis University, and a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Notre Dame. She has served as a lecturer and/or teaching instructor in the subject areas of art and art history at St. Louis University and Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, and at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, AL.

Brigitte’s commitment to serving the community is evident in her involvement with several community organizations including OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Jimmy Heath House. She is a board member and chair of the fundraising committee with Mission Partners Guatemala and has served as a Big Sister mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, has coached girls’ soccer, and more.

Please join us in welcoming Brigitte to her new role as President!

Congratulations, Harvest Home Fair Winners!

Congratulations to the following Mercy McAuley students and teachers who entered artwork and/or took home awards for their pieces in the Harvest Home Fair!

Youth Hobby - 3D

  • Mackenzie Arens - 1st Place
  • EJ Burke - Honorable Mention & 2nd Place
  • Gauri Thoduvayilnelliot - 3rd Place
  • Grace Koenig - 2nd Place

Photo

  • Bella Meyer - Honorable Mention (4)
  • Grace Koenig - 3rd Place
  • Elise Overstake - Honorable Mention (2), 2nd Place, 3rd Place
  • Jaylen Haas - Honorable Mention (2), 1st Place
  • Rachel Vineyard - 1st Place, Best in Show

Adult Photo

  • Debbie Brodbeck - Honorable Mention (2), 1st Place

Miscellaneous

  • Ayla Thompson - Honorable Mention
  • Alex Fischer - 3rd Place

2D Original Artwork

  • Hayley Cook
  • Alexandra Jovicic
  • Bennita Quaye - Best of Show
  • Rachel Vineyard - Honorable Mention
  • Maddie Burkhart - Honorable Mention
  • Elizabeth Ramirez
  • Grace Koenig - 1st Place
  • Ava Keller
  • Elise Overstake
  • Mackenzie Arens - Honorable Mention
  • Piper Frame
  • Emily Makumbi - Honorable Mention
  • Alayna Holley
  • Alex Fischer - Honorable Mention
  • Ayla Thompson - Honorable Mention
  • Emily Makumbi

Youth Needlework

  • Alex Fischer - 3rd Place
  • Emily Makumbi - 1st Place
  • Brynn Gardner - 3rd Place
  • Alexandra Jovicic - 3rd Place

Additional

  • Lauren Birkle - Honorable Mention (2), 2nd Place
  • Natalie Scheper - 1st Place

 

Welcome, New Athletic Director Sierra Millar!

Mercy McAuley is pleased to welcome its new Athletic Director, Sierra Millar! Sierra previously served as the Athletic Director at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic school in Illinois. She has also coached softball, volleyball, and track and field in previous roles. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Cincinnati and her master's degree in sports management from West Virginia University.

 “As the 2023-2024 school year and fall sports start to take shape, we start to see the beginning of what is going to be an amazing year for Mercy McAuley athletics," said Sierra. "I am very excited, and honored, to have the opportunity to lead, guide, and support our athletic programs, as well as continue the growth and development of women and girls in sports for the Cincinnati area. I cannot wait to celebrate all the successes of our teams, coaches, and student-athletes in this coming year! GO WOLVES!”

Cast and Crew of "Seussical" Win Two Cappie Awards!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of our spring musical, "Seussical" on winning two Cappie Awards for Best Costumes and Best Lead Actor in a Female Role in a Musical (Ali Lewis).

The Cappies Program strives to recognize Greater Cincinnati’s talented community of young writers, performers, and technical crews. High school theatre and journalism students who participate in the Cappies program are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, and write and publish reviews. 

At the end of the school year, the student critics vote to give awards to their fellow students for outstanding productions, group and individual performances, and achievements in technical categories. Awards are presented at the annual Cappies Gala at the Aronoff Center.

Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent!

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

  • Jordan Birdsong - Volleyball - Mount St. Joseph University
  • Hannah Campbell - Bowling - Thomas More University
  • Keelin Elmer - Cross Country and Track & Field - Western Kentucky University
  • Josie Feldman - Cross Country and Track & Field - Marian University
  • Cheyanne Haake - Dance - Thomas More University
  • Izzy Rotert - Basketball - Thomas More University
  • Megan Sunderman - Diving - University of Indianapolis
  • Julia Verhoff - Cross Country and Track & Field - Northern Kentucky University
Nour Shalash named Youth of the Year by Exchange Club of Northwest Cincinnati!

Congratulations to Mercy McAuley junior Nour Shalash, who was named the Youth of the Year by the Exchange Club of Northwest Cincinnati!

The Northwest Exchange Club's Youth of the Month program recognizes the area's most outstanding youth who are high school juniors. Mercy McAuley is one of seven area high schools that participate in the program. 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.  At the banquet, each student presents an essay on a topic furnished by the National Exchange Club. Additional criteria include school activities, grades and community involvement.  At the conclusion of the banquet, a Youth of the Year is selected - and this year, the award went to Nour Shalash!

As the 2023 Youth of the Year winner, Nour was presented  with a personalized plaque and a $500 cash prize.  She will also have an opportunity to compete as a senior for additional scholarship awards at the district, state and national levels.

We are so proud of Nour! Congratulations!

Register for May 12 Golf Outing!

Join us for our annual Wolves Classic Golf Outing on May 12 at Pebble Creek Golf Course! The event includes lunch, golf, dinner and awards, and all proceeds benefit Mercy McAuley Athletics. Sponsorship opportunities are also available! For more information and to register, click HERE.

Congratulations Grace Schreyer, Winner of Congressional Art Competition!
Congratulations to senior Grace Schreyer, whose painting titled “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" was the overall winner of the 2023 Congressional Art Competition! An awards ceremony was recently held with Congressman Greg Landsman in attendance. Grace's winning piece will hang in the tunnels of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.! Grace and a guest will also receive full accommodations for a 2-night stay in D.C. and will attend the winners’ luncheon!
 
Congratulations also to Adelaide Lindner, whose piece “Conspiracy of Silence” was a semifinalist in the Mixed Media Category!
Three Students Earn Perfect Score on National Latin Exam!

Congratulations to Latin students Emma Chapman, Catherine Foster, and Sydney Neyer, who earned a Perfect Score on the National Latin Exam! Less than 1% of the 100,000 students who took the National Latin Exam in all 50 states and 13 countries earned a perfect score.

As a school, Mercy McAuley had 9 Gold Medalists, 4 Silver Medalists, 12 Bronze Certificate Winners and 4 Cum Laude Award Winners. Lucy Baier and Maggie Kiefer each earned their third consecutive Gold Medal on the exam, which puts them in the running for a $10,000 scholarship next year and the Oxford Classical Dictionary Book Award!

See images below for the full list of honors. We are so proud of all our Latin students and our Latin teacher, Mrs. Rachel Kless!

"Seussical" Receives 21 Cappies Nominations!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of our spring musical, "Seussical," on 21 Cappies nominations! 

  • Up and Coming Critic (Catherine Foster) 
  • Returning Critic (Helena Hennessy) 
  • Graduating Critic (Jessica Roell) 
  • Critic Team: Mercy McAuley High School Critic Team 
  • Marketing and Publicity (Emma Chapman, Catherine Foster, Katie Frazee, Ali Lewis) 
  • Hair & Makeup (Abby Campbell, Rachel Heinz, Elaina Ward, Crew) 
  • Props (Claire Erion, Kallie Toon) 
  • Costumes (Isabella Cassaro, Adelaide Lindner, Sabrina Warren, Crew) 
  • Sets (EJ Burke, Niki Essen, Grace Schreyer, Crew) 
  • Stage Management & Stage Crew (Jessica Berwanger, Sydney Neyer, Ava Sand, Crew) 
  • Ensemble in a Musical (Bird Girls) 
  • Featured Actor in a Female Role in a Musical (Grace Koenig) 
  • Dancer in a Male Role (Elaina Ward) 
  • Comic Actor in a Female Role in a Musical (Abby Sewell) 
  • Comic Actor in a Male Role in a Musical (Olivia Duker) 
  • Supporting Actor in a Female Role in a Musical (Lydia Wright) 
  • Supporting Actor in a Male Role in a Musical (Madalyn Emery) 
  • Lead Actor in a Female Role in a Musical (Ali Lewis) 
  • Lead Actor in a Male Role in a Musical (Dora Gehrum) 
  • Song (Finale Act 2: Oh The Thinks You Can Think!) 
  • Musical
Congratulations NHS Inductees!

Congratulations to the following students, who were inducted into the National Honor Society on April 4:

Class of 2024

  • Lucille Baier
  • Jaydyn Carle
  • Claire Erion
  • Helena Hennessy
  • Emily Makumbi
  • Allison Newcomb
  • Kathleen Ringel
  • Jocelyn Smith

Class of 2025

  • Kristen Berwanger
  • Katherine Bowman
  • Payton Coop
  • Ava Engelbrink
  • Catherine Foster
  • Bianca Gonzalez
  • Isabel Hess
  • Kenya Howard
  • Annabelle Keith
  • Alexandra Landin
  • Kaitlyn Leon
  • Shaylin Lester
  • Ali Lewis
  • Abby Montgomery
  • Caroline Moore
  • Halee Novak
  • Ruby Ortman
  • Lydia Sanders
  • Sofia Schaffer
  • Kaitlyn Senger
  • Ashley Sess
  • Abigail Sewell
  • Kallie Toon
  • Carly West

National Honor Society (NHS) membership has been the true mark of student achievement for over 100 years, but it goes far beyond a report card. By empowering, championing, and recognizing well-rounded students, NHS provides schools with a values-based framework to elevate a culture of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

NHS chapters operate in all 50 states and many schools around the world, engaging and serving more than one million students.

Mercy McAuley Ranked Top All-Girls School at State Latin Convention!

Mercy McAuley was once again named the Top All-Girls School at the 2023 State Latin Convention - an honor the school has held every year since it opened in 2018! Mercy McAuley's Latin students ranked 2nd in Ohio overall, a tie for their best finish in school history. Four Mercy McAuley students finished in the Top 10 Latin students at the Convention: Catherine Foster (4th), Maggie Kiefer (7th), Grace Koenig (tie for 8th), and Adelaide Lindner (tie for 8th).  All of the Mercy McAuley Certamen Teams advanced to the State Semi-Finals, with the Latin II Team making it all the way to the State Finals. Twenty-three Mercy McAuley Latin students brought home 197 different academic and artistic awards in total. Congratulations to all of our Latin students and to our Latin teacher, Mrs. Rachel Kless!