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Mother of Mercy High School

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Alumnae Magazine | Fall 2012

Special Feature: Servant Leaders Throughout Mercy

M essage from the President

Mercy - Servant Leaders for the Future I t has been said that the future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. Therefore, the future belongs to Mother of Mercy High School. In the fall of 2011, over 150 constituents of Mercy convened to discuss the strengths and challenges of this fine school in scope of our Vision for the future, and the ideas that surfaced at that time continue to propel us forward. Inspired by our work together that weekend, I am delighted to write that Mercy has since made real strides in becoming Greater Cincinnati’s preferred academic choice for individual excellence that forms faith-filled women leaders for the 21st century. We are poised at a point of strength, capitalizing on the momentum we have gained in recent years and preparing ourselves to usher in our 2015 centennial as a school reborn. While still having implemented one or more ideas from every planning area (as

noted on the next page), our focus this past year has primarily been on the recommendation to develop a robust, mission-aligned school culture for our faculty and staff, key to carrying out any major new programs. Today, we are now prepared to move forward in dramatic ways so the good work of our community is currently under strategic review by the committees of the Board of Trustees and school’s leadership.

The leaders of such a strategic planning process are critical to success and I am blessed to be surrounded by such dedicated professionals as found here at Mercy. Our strong Board of Trustees is led by Chair, Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM, PhD, currently Senior Vice President, Mission and Values Integration with Catholic Health Partners. Sister Doris was the first president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and has served on numerous international committees and boards for Catholic initiatives. Her experience in developing and leading strong boards is exceptional. Furthermore, having been a chemistry teacher at Mercy early in her career, she brings a devotion not only to the legacy of Catherine McAuley but to Mercy education in particular. In Dave Mueller’s short time as our Principal and given his long familial relationship with the school, he already demonstrates a sincerity and loyalty to the charism of Mercy as well as commitment to strengthening our future. He brings a fresh and informed perspective to our organization and, armed with his many years working in education as well as serving on the Mission and Planning Board Committee of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, I am certain his




participation in Mercy’s Centennial Strategic Planning will be invaluable (please read more about Dave on page 10). Beyond our school’s independent strategic endeavors, I am pleased that the Sisters of Mercy, who sponsor both Mother of Mercy and McAuley High Schools, see the future for Mercy education in Cincinnati strengthened through collaboration between the two schools. This fall the Sisters announced “Stewarding the Mission –Sisters of Mercy Education in Cincinnati Initiative” to bring forth an enduring, sustainable future for Mercy education in our city. Currently we are working with a shared consultant “to gain a greater understanding of existing foundational structures at the schools in order to identify areas for short-term collaboration; to surface deeper, long-term collaborative possibilities; and to act on those collaborative opportunities.” (Read the Sisters’ entire letter on our web site under About Us/Sisters of Mercy.) This is an exciting moment for Mercy – to look not only at our future but to the future of our sister school and realize the potential that exists for all of us through collaborative ministry. This effort infuses Mother of Mercy’s strategic plan with even greater opportunities and can ultimately take both of our schools to a whole new level of educational excellence and prominence. It’s always been gratifying to see the number of both McAuley and Mother of Mercy graduates now working here in our school, attracted to that shared Mercy charism and reputation for excellence (see who they are on page 14). It will be all the more satisfying to now reach outside our walls and work to move Mercy education ahead together. Recently, we had such an opportunity when our two schools came

together to co-host the international Mercy Secondary Education Conference right here in Cincinnati for a weekend focused on developing Servant Leadership. When I look at our rising stars, the students at Mother of Mercy High School, I see them blossoming in an environment where trust, foresight, listening and collaboration are encouraged; I see them inspired by the dedication of their wonderful

teachers; I see them growing into women of Mercy, modeling the empowering characteristics of our Foundress, Catherine McAuley; and I see them as the future of our world, giving light to all those around them. They are true Servant Leaders. Countless many of you support this school in profound ways – by your resources, time and prayers you are helping build a strong and vibrant school of Mercy where

leaders are born. Thank you for your commitment and for inspiring others to follow you as a Servant Leader of Mercy.

Kirsten MacDougal President

Centennial Strategic Planning Update Listed below are just some of the improvements made to Mercy as a result of our convocation gathering. Planning and strategy now continues with our Board of Trustees and we will keep our community updated as we move Mercy ahead! SPIRITUAL LIFE • New Spiritual Life Board serves as recognition of students’ faith involvement, promotes core elements of Mercy values and communicates Catholic formation opportunities both on and off campus. • Main foyer developing into a “center” of faith with a display of our Catholic leaders, mission and life of Catherine McAuley. STUDENT LIFE • New monthly Mercy Learning Communities (MLC) helps provide dedicated time for service learning and balancing the workloads of our students. • Enhanced student experience by providing hallway clusters of comfortable seating for study and collaboration after school and allowed cell phone use during lunch time. FACULTY and STAFF • Paused in the implementation of major new programs in order to develop a mission-aligned school culture based on collaboration, trust and transparent communication. Continuing this year to use a professional facilitator to guide this work and further strengthen working relations.

• Effectively using Mercy’s Faculty and Staff Council to engage with the Executive Team on topics of mission and communication. ACADEMICS • New Oceanography course is providing Mercy’s first hybrid-learning opportunity second semester. • Mercy has subscribed to National Student Clearinghouse to now track not only college matriculation but also continued enrollment and graduation success rates. TECHNOLOGY • Launched standardized iPad component of overall Individual Excellence and TechAgility programs with designated project time for both students and teachers to meet and train. • Improved technology infrastructure and wifi access throughout facility. FINE ARTS • Increased promotion of the program with revamped website for the Fine Arts which includes a photo gallery and videos.

ATHLETICS • Reinvigorated the Boosters program with purposeful agendas, guest speakers, seasonal kick-off parties and a new name – the “Bobcat Athletic Club.” • Strengthened our public image with many new uniforms, brand-consistent colors and standardized warm-up gear for all teams. ADVANCEMENT • Giving greater visibility of our Sisters of Mercy in the school and on our website, targeting annual fund goals within specific strata, and using social media to bolster interest in Mercy. • Building a culture of giving and philanthropic awareness among students by aligning the school’s annual Walk with mission-based Mercy Day and by initiating a Senior Promise program where graduates of 2012 already pledged $1,625 to the Mercy Fund. BUILDINGS and GROUNDS • Conducted a first phase building safety audit and initiated an aesthetic improvement plan for highly visible areas of the school.

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BLUE print Vol. 31, No. 1, Fall 2012

BLUEprint is published three times a year for alumnae and friends of Mother of Mercy High School by the Office of Institutional Advancement. Executive Administration Kirsten MacDougal President Dave Mueller Principal Heather Wagner Associate Principal Dan Bley Director of Finance Editor Jennifer Kroner Jackson ‘00 Board of Trustees Mary Jo Barnett Sue Driehaus Broerman ‘72 Ted Bross Eric Chermely Sally Connelly Sr. Doris Gottemoeller, RSM Judi Yunger Heile ‘64 Patrick Kowalski Maggie Lund Kirsten MacDougal Ken Workman Mother of Mercy High School 3036 Werk Road Cincinnati, OH 45211 Phone: 513-661-2740 Fax: 513-661-1842 e-mail: Please direct all address changes or correspondence to the above address. This magazine is printed on FSC certified mix paper from responsible resources. Cover Photo: Mother of Mercy is led by Sr. Doris Goettmoeller, RSM, President Kirsten MacDougal and Principal Dave Mueller. Leading the students this year are Student Council co-presidents Emily Kurzhals ‘13 and Amy Dirksing ‘13.




Students rallied to raise funds for Mercy’s 38th Annual Walk. Sponsored by Student Council, the Walk supports student scholarships and our sisters in East Timor as part of Student Council’s Global Action Project. A two week campaign of donations and class dinners at local restaurants resulted in over $36,000! Mother of Mercy’s walk is truly a community effort. To read more about who supported Mercy and see photos please turn to page 18. FA L L 2 012





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Leading the Way At a time when individuals are heavily focused on the leaders of our country, state and city, this tiny little niche of Westwood is thriving with the leadership of Mother of Mercy High School. From our Executive Administration to homeroom representatives and everyone in between, the men and women of Mercy are pulling their weight to make this school a shining star on the map of excellent high schools. Within the pages of this issue you’ll read what our executive leadership is doing for the wellbeing of Mother of Mercy and how the students within our walls are representing their school at the highest level. Tucked amongst these great articles you’ll also hear about our alumnae who are serving and leading the way Catherine McAuley intended for women of Mercy.

It is inspiring to witness the determination and perseverance of our exceptional educators, hard-working students and dedicated families who are doing all they can to make Mother of Mercy one of the best Catholic institutions in Cincinnati. We know there are hundreds of Mercy alumnae out there leading organizations, rallying for a cause or simply putting their best foot forward. We couldn’t be prouder of the inspiring stories we hear each and every day. Continue to share your stories and continue to enjoy reading ours.

Jenny Kroner Jackson ‘00 Editor Communications & PR Specialist


A look at what else you can find online!

Mother of Mercy celebrated their Foundress, Catherine McAuley, on September 24 with dozens of Sisters of Mercy institutions around the world. A replica of Catherine’s House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland was created by current Mercy parent Kevin Smith and past parent Jack Hinkel. Faculty, staff, alumnae and students took turns lighting candles for each Mercy foundation and placed them in Catherine’s house. To see more photos from our Mercy Day Celebration please visit

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Senior Success Once again, Mother of Mercy is pleased to announce that one of our seniors has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. Katherine Ruwe ‘13 is one of 1,600 high school students in the country with this honor. About 1.5 million juniors entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. Recipients are chosen based on their strong academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and honors and awards received.

Additionally, six seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Principal Dave Mueller presented a Letter of Commendation from Mercy and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) to Sarah Bailey, Haley Baker, Ellen Bley, Christina Schmidt, Kelsey Watts and Jenna Zappasodi. “These young women recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program,” commented an NMSC spokesperson.

Katherine’s older sister Elizabeth Ruwe ‘11 was announced as a National Merit Finalist in the spring of 2011. Mother of Mercy is also pleased to announce that 13 seniors were named AP Scholars this past summer. The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.

The AP Scholar designation is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Mercy’s AP Scholar’s are: Sarah Bailey, Haley Baker, Kristen Bauer, Ellen Bley, Laura Burkart, Erin Glankler, Caroline Meyer, Kim Reynolds, Katherine Ruwe, Maggie Walsh, Kelsey Watts, Kelley Wiegman and Jenna Zappasodi. Several 2012 graduates were announced as AP Scholars this past summer as well: Jennie Boehm, Anna Bross, Kiarah Chrisman and Sarah Cole. Emily Diersing ‘12 was named an AP Scholar with Honor for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Mercy also had four 2012 graduates named AP Scholars with Distinction: Brianna McCrea, Sarah Schwab, Lauren Seibert and Amber Volmer received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. Mercy congratulates all of our AP Scholars! FA L L 2 012



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Student Awards

Mercy’s Yearbook editors for the 2013 yearbook, Gabby Discepoli ‘13, Caroline Meyer ‘13 and Maggie Walsh ‘13, took the top prize at Yearbook Camp this past summer for Best Overall Theme Package. To win the prize, the students had to use English and Journalism skills in writing and editing copy, artistic skills in creating designs and layouts, communication skills in describing (over the phone) exactly what they wanted to their cover artist, and technology in switching effortlessly between different devices, platforms, and complex computer programs. “Two of the three editors are rookies and they outperformed staffs that had students with as much as 3 years experience,” said Yearbook moderator and English teacher Greg Bouman. “These young ladies are fine leaders and excellent ambassadors of the Mercy spirit.” The Pride of La Salle Marching Band, which includes several Mercy students, defended their Bishop Fenwick Invitational Class AA winning streak, which is now up to four consecutive years and won the Mid States Association Championship. The marching band has 66 total members, including 11 Mother of Mercy students: Becca Bradley ‘14, Erica Brewer ‘14 , Georgie Close ‘16, Sara Dressman ‘15, Jordan Dukes ‘16, Kate Eichhold ‘14, Jessica Flamm ‘14, Emily Fromhold ‘16, Kristen Gandenberger ‘15, Emmy Hartmann ‘13 and Alex Zeller ‘15. Mother of Mercy congratulates all of our artists who had artwork on display at the Harvest Home Fair Exhibition. The following students received ribbons for their artwork: Amy Pellegrino ‘13 - 1st Place and 2nd Place, Liz Kenkel ‘13 two Honorable Mentions, Lauren Leesman ‘14 (pictured) - 1st place and Honorable Mention, Beth David ‘13 - Honorable Mention,




Hannah Muddiman ‘15 - Honor able Mention, Zoe Scott ‘13 - 3rd Place and two Honorable Mentions, Gabriela Discepoli ‘13 Honorable Mention, Anna Kessler ‘15 - Honorable Mention, Becca Kaiser ‘13 (pictured) Honorable Mention, Molly James ‘13 - 3rd Place, Grace Simpson ‘13 - Honorable Mention, Carolyn Kesterman ‘14 - two 1st Places.

Alex Zeller ‘15 has been selected to be a performer in this year’s Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE) at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Alex is a member of the Pride of La Salle Marching Band. “Alex joins a group of some of Cincinnati’s finest musicians,” said Brian Fischer, Pride of La Salle Band Director. This year CYWE will be under the direction of Dr. Ann Porter with continued assistance from Ms. Danielle Gaudry. Student interns from the Music Education Division assist at all rehearsals, offering additional instruction to members of the group. Caroline Enwright ‘16 performed with the Cincinnati Ballet in their regional premier of Alice (in Wonderland). Caroline, daughter of Kelly Brogan Enwright ‘86, had two roles in the production - a Junior Card and the Key Girl. Caroline has been dancing at the Cincinnati Ballet Academy for the past 10 years and has performed in several of their productions including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cinderella.

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Teacher Achievements Social Studies teacher Kelli Blum and Religion teacher Lauren Schroeder were recognized for their leadership of student services by Children, Inc., a Mayerson Service Learning Initiative. Principal Mueller nominated both teachers for their exceptional leadership roles in providing an array of service opportunities for Mercy students. Amongst their many roles, Ms. Blum serves as moderator for Key Club and Mrs. Schroeder organizes a yearly ARISE summer service trip to South Texas. They were honored at the Celebration of Service event on September 13 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The Children, Inc. Service Learning Initiative is to empower youth, and help them become active citizens today, and valued community members for life.

First year English teacher Chris Collins has published his first book of poems, Gathering Leaves for War. The poems grow out of Mr. Collins’ multiple deployments as a soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. Franciscan priest and author Fr. Murray Bodo, O.F.M writes, “In this powerful, heart-rending collection, Christopher Collins makes poems out of what has been unmade by war. Brave and unsettling, the poems of Gathering Leaves For War struggle to articulate and redeem one soldier’s experience of the wars in Afghanistan and their personal and collateral damages. In the end, the gathered leaves of this chapbook do redeem by saying the unsayable in bright and brittle honesty.”

Mercy Librarian Linda Behen will soon publish her second book Recharge Your Library Programs with Pop Culture and Technology: Connect with Today’s Teens. Mrs. Behen’s message to school librarians: Transform the school library to become the finding, acquiring, accessing, designing, assimilating, creating, and experiencing information station. The scope of coverage includes overviews, rationale, and specific examples of methods and devices being discussed and tested in today’s school libraries. She urges school librarians, and librarians who work with teens, to recharge their programs with what interests today’s teens. While using subject content as the structure, Mrs. Behen promotes the use of instructional games using pop culture, and encouraging educators to help create tech agile students who will move on to the next stage of their education with tech skills and confidence. The students, who she is hoping will ultimately benefit from the book, are digital natives who have grown up with the Web and Google, but who are lacking the skills and knowledge to find, evaluate, understand, and assimilate information for both academic and personal purposes. Mr. Collins served 12 years in the US Army Reserves having completed three overseas combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. His poetry has been published in the anthology Against Agamemnon: War Poetry, and in various journals such as The Licking River Review, The Chaffin Journal and The Heartland Review. Additionally, two of his poems will be published in the anthology Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors that will be published by Southwest Missouri State University in November. Gathering Leaves for War will release January 5, 2013 by Finishing Line Press. Because the poems deal with war in rather raw and honest ways, they are intended for mature readers. To learn more about Mr. Collins please visit

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Meet the Principal

Mr. Mueller reflects on the start of the school year.


s announced this past June, the academic direction of Mother of Mercy is under the new leadership of Mr. Dave Mueller. He comes to Mercy from St. Xavier High School where he served as Principal for 19 years. Mr. Mueller’s connection to Mother of Mercy High School is very close to home with three generations of Mercy women in his life: his mother Pat Bradley Mueller ‘49, wife Barb Klopp Mueller ‘72, daughter Hannah Mueller ‘10, as well as his mother-in-law Vera Schmutte Klopp ‘45. In addition, all of his sisters and sisters-in-law and many of his nieces attended Mercy. Mr. Mueller took some time to share what he has learned at Mercy so far. In your short time at Mercy, what is the greatest strength you’ve now observed about its academic program? Teachers are committed to both sustaining the essentials of a traditional liberal arts education and innovating ways to develop skills crucial for the future. As a result they give students plenty of practice in timehonored skills such as critical reading, expository writing, and math reasoning while also planning opportunities for students to practice teamwork, innovation, problemsolving, and service learning. Teachers actively share pedagogical strategies with each other, especially about uses of technology that help students learn.




What, in your opinion, most distinguishes Mercy among other high school institutions in Cincinnati? Along with our sister Mercy school McAuley, we are inspired by the example of Catherine McAuley. The more I learn about this remarkable woman, the more I realize what a powerful role model she is for young women facing the challenges of our times. Catherine was a courageous entrepreneur driven to find sustainable solutions to complicated social problems. Her empathy with poor pushed her to learn as much as she could so she could help others as well as she could. Given the extensive works of Mercy that continue to spring from the work of the original Catherine, think of the blessings for the world if each Mercy and McAuley grad becomes a Catherine in her own right. What characteristics or strengths in your daughter do you attribute to her years here at Mother of Mercy? Mercy gave Hannah the foundation to become the loving, capable, curious, service-oriented young woman she is. Mercy prepared her to qualify for a competitive college program. Mercy gave her

a disposition towards service. I appreciated Mercy’s influence on her recently when she took initiative to raise funds for research about autism. What is your most immediate hope or focus for Mercy’s future? In broad strokes, it’s important for Mercy to wisely finalize its strategic planning document and then carry out the plan with determination. The emerging plan has the benefit of broad stakeholder input during the Convocation last fall. I’m looking forward to the continuing conversation about strategic directions that will ensure that Mercy only grows stronger as an asset to the community. A more specific focus for me is to ensure that everything we do focuses on student learning. That begins

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know that people learn well when they feel known and cared for. And so much of people’s efficacy depends on their ability to relate well. I’m inspired, too, by the strong relationships among the adults in the extended Mercy community.

In addition to Mr. Mueller, Mercy has welcomed several new faculty and staff over the past two years.

How would you sum up and describe a Mercy girl? Joyful. Learning. Thoughtful. With it. Reflective. Asking good questions about important matters. Concerned about social justice. Seeking authentic relationships, including a relationship with God. Able to hold a good conversation with an adult. Open to new experiences and willing to take risks. Reliable. Curious. Growing in confidence.

Student Council leaders, Emily Kurzhals ‘13 and Amy Dirksing ‘13 commented that “Mr. Mueller is a great addition to the Mercy community and it’s clear to see he has an enthusiastic approach toward change within our school. It didn’t take long for him to adjust from an all-boys school to an all-girls school, and we have already seen his excitement and leadership abilities portrayed with the students and in school events.”

Kylie Blackburn Science Department Assistant Swim Coach

Mercy’s tag line is Be Inspired … in what ways has this community inspired you? The value that people at Mercy place on relationships inspires me to be even more attentive to how I interact with others. As I visit classes, meetings and games, I’m struck by how well students and teachers know each other and how much they care about each other. This atmosphere is so important in a school because we

President MacDougal added, “Not every man could come in this school and so quickly fit in as the first male principal. Dave has an approachable, easiness about him that lets him connect with the girls and at the same time, he makes his expectations of them clear, inspiring them to a high-level of self. Between the two of us, I feel we have discovered a good balance of leadership for the school and a synergy that will serve our future well.”

Linda Behen Library Media Specialist

Jen Stacey Brady ‘03 Athletic Office Assistant Christine Brinkman Health & PE Department GAA Moderator Chris Collins English Department Renee DeJaco ‘73 Consumer Science Department FCCLA Moderator Cara Herman Hyland ‘01 Director of Admissions Megan Kruse Knapke ‘06 Director of Service-Learning Erika Lundstedt Social Studies Department Academic Team Moderator Diana Minnelli Math Department Kelly Mullen World Languages Department

Left: Mr. Mueller greeted families at a Meet the Principal event in August.

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BOBCATS IN ACTION Fall Sports Wrap Up CROSS COUNTRY Melina Artmayer ‘13: GGCL 1st Team Natalie Geraci ‘14: GGCL 2nd Team Emma Hatch ‘14: GGCL 1st Team Maria Waters ‘15: GGCL Honorable Mention Tori Weckenbrock ‘14: GGCL Honorable Mention GOLF Emily House ‘15: GGCL Honorable Mention, Southwest Ohio Golf Coaches Association Honorable Mention Maddie Sheridan ‘14: GGCL Honorable Mention SOCCER Mike Rust: Coach of the Year, Southwest Ohio Private School Coach of the Year Macey Anderson ‘14: GGCL 2nd Team Taylor Hayes ‘13: GGCL 2nd Team Sam Mattlin ‘14: GGCL 1st Team, Southwest Ohio Soccer Coaches Association 1st Team Nicole Stephan ‘13: GGCL 1st Team Brenna Mueller ‘14: GGCL 2nd Team Rebecca Tumlin ‘13: GGCL 1st team Kelley Wiegman ‘13: Kolping Scholar Athlete Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Senior Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.7 GPA: Jamie Heidel, Tess Herzog, Caroline Meyer, Nicole Stephan, Liz Trentman, Kelley Wiegman Southwest Ohio Soccer Coaches Association Academic All Southwest for maintaining a 3.7 GPA: Jamie Heidel ‘13, Tess Herzog ‘13, Caroline Meyer ‘13, Nicole Stephan ‘13, Liz Trentman ‘13, Kelley Wiegman ‘13, Macey Anderson ‘14, Emily Budde ‘14, Lauren Cummings ‘14, Sam Mattlin ‘14, Brenna Mueller, ‘14 Holly Willard ‘14

VOLLEYBALL Katie Cosker ‘13: GGCL Honorable Mention, Southwest Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association (SWOVBCA) 2nd Team Katie Klusman ‘14: GGCL 1st Team, SWOVBCA 2nd Team Emily Wagner ‘14: GGCL 2nd Team SWOVBCA Senior Academic Award: Haley Baker, Katie Cosker, Abby Dinkelacker, Kristi O’Conner and Kim Reynolds The entire 2012 Volleyball Team received the SWOVBCA Team Academic Award for maintaining a team GPA of 3.867.

HOMECOMING and HALL OF FAME January 5, 2013

Come cheer on the Bobcats as they take on McAuley at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. Following the Varsity game, Dawn Hildebrand ‘99 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame! New This Year: The Bobcat Spirit Award This award will honor those who have given outstanding service or continue to show outstanding support to Mercy athletics. This year’s honoree is The Wegman Company. Read more about the Wegman sisters on page 19.

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his fall, Mother of Mercy had three

athletes from three different sports perform at high levels of competition, but each agreed they wouldn’t have made it as far without the support of their entire team. Cross Country, Golf and Tennis are team sports at Mercy. However, when it comes to post-season tournaments, athletes can advance as individuals, as was the case three times this Fall. The Tennis Team entered the 2012 season coming off a 3rd place finish at the GGCL last year. The young team only had two seniors this year, allowing for lots of room for learning and while the wins didn’t show it, the Bobcats worked really hard this past season. Elizabeth Staley ‘14 made a run to the district tournament after setting the record for most singles victories in school history, her career record sits at 44-18 with one year still ahead of her. With tennis being an individual sport at most levels, the team aspect at the high school level really provides a circle of support and encouragement. Elizabeth has played in U.S. Tennis Association tournaments for years but being on a team has added a completely new experience. “The team bond is something I have never had in tennis. Our team

was so strong and I cannot tell you how much it helps your mental and physical state when you are out there.” Mercy’s Golf Team has also had a great run in more recent seasons. Last year, the Bobcats finished off with an 11-7 season breaking a streak of two consecutive losing seasons. This year the Golf Team broke even with a 10-10 record. While the Bobcats didn’t qualify for districts as a team, Emily House ‘15 represented Mercy well as an individual with a 33rd-place finish after shooting a 94. One of the key factors in Emily’s success has been the leadership of seniors Emily Wernke, Brittney Welborne, Anna Lynd and Lydia Fischesser. “It was a great experience advancing to Districts. The team really came together this season for each other. The seniors helped me to stay calm and keep it all in perspective but to have fun at the same time. Next year I am looking forward to the team advancing to the District Tournament.”

a record throughout the season. The Bobcats compiled a 115-37 record this year, having won the Covington Catholic Invitational and placing 2nd at the GGCL Meet, extending their streak of finishing in the top three to 24 years in a row. Mercy went on to qualify to Regionals with a 3rd place finish at Districts. The team finished the season with an 8th place finish at Regionals while Emma placed 10th individually earning her another trip the State Meet. Just like Elizabeth and Emily, Emma credits her entire team for pushing her to run her best. “The team is the most important part of cross country,” said Emma. “We all support each other and that’s what makes it so great. Every season their support is what pushes me. I could never have made it to State without my team there with me.” Editors Note: Tom Skeen, Community Press Reporter, contributed to this article with his reports throughout the Fall sports season.

The most exciting post-season run of the Fall season, though, was in fact a runner. Emma Hatch ‘14 qualified to the State Cross Country Meet for the second year in a row, but first, the entire Cross Country team racked up quite

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We Are One in Mercy A

s we approach our centennial in 2015, we have to marvel at the exceptional educators who have led the young women of Mother of Mercy. For almost 100 years, young women across the west side, and more recently across the city, have been taught, mentored and guided by some of the finest educators and staff members Cincinnati has to offer. Among these outstanding professionals are over two dozen graduates from Mother of Mercy and McAuley High Schools – Sisters of Mercy institutions. Currently, Mercy has 26 women who have come back to their alma mater, or sister school, to instill the same values of faith, compassion, service, leadership and excellence shown to them during their high school careers.




As we gathered the faculty and staff at Mercy who have graduated from either high school for a recent photo shoot, we asked what it meant to have attended a Sister of Mercy school and then come back to serve the same institution. One theme was consistent no matter which school: home. “To me it felt like coming home,” said Melissa Antons ’99, Social Studies Department. “I always held a special place in my heart for my years at Mercy. There is truth to the statement, ‘The Circle of Mercy is Timeless.’ While some might find it a little difficult to work with your former teachers, I found the faculty, staff, and administration to be welcoming and supportive. The charisms of

Catherine McAuley are still alive and evidenced by our students every day. I feel blessed to be able to teach at my alma mater.” McAuley graduate Judy Jones ‘83, Mathematics Department, echoed the same feelings. “I was thinking about when I interviewed for the math teacher position at Mercy with Sr. Nancy (Merkle RSM ‘62). I immediately felt “at home” due to my connection as a McAuley grad. The missions of the school are similar and even some traditions are the same. I knew this was the right position for me.” Expanding on the feeling of Mercy being a second home, a few alumnae

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shared the values of a Mercy education they have carried with them. “Sr. Mary Carlos was one of my favorite teachers-always graceful and kind, with an unexpected sense of humor,” reminisced Barbara Littner David ‘83, English Department. “She didn’t really teach us how to act in terms of drama, but taught us how to act as young women, with poise and self-confidence.” Cara Herman Hyland ‘01, Director of Admissions, “hopes to serve as a positive role model, pillar of support and breath of encouragement for today’s generation of young women,” just as being a part of the Mercy family and a member of an all-girl student body provided her with a level of confidence that

has shaped her life in remarkable ways. As Mercy and McAuley journey the Sisters of Mercy initiative – “Stewarding the Mission – Sisters of Mercy Education in Cincinnati,” noted in President MacDougal’s message, we should feel confident that we are already on our way to improving the success of both schools in the future. We have worked side by side with one another for years and the plans put forth by the Sisters of Mercy will allow us to strengthen our bond and continue to advance the mission, charism and faith of Mercy even further.

of women,” a powerful quote that holds deep meaning for the students of any Sister of Mercy school. It is a statement that holds even deeper meaning to those who reaped the benefits of “careful instruction” and then turned around to offer the same instruction in the very environment from which they came. Our community is blessed to have a legacy of women so dedicated to perpetuating the mission of a strong Mercy education.

Catherine McAuley said “No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction

Who are our alumnae turned faculty/staff? FRONT ROW Lisa Mahon Fluegeman ‘78 Alumnae Coordinator

Chris Keller ‘95 (McAuley) Math Department

Cara Herman Hyland ‘01 Director of Admissions

Kim Sunberg Zang ‘83 (McAuley) Music Department

Nancy Conway Jamison ‘85 Director of Annual Giving

Carolyn Rost ‘69 (McAuley) Science Department

Jenny Kroner Jackson ‘00 Communications & PR Specialist

Debbie Riehle Brodbeck ‘76 Health & Phys. Ed. Department

BACK ROW Kathy Gerdes Jones ‘76 Advancement Assistant

Kate Mitchell ‘93 English Department

Terri Rosskopf ‘82 (McAuley) Executive Assistant

Karen Kron ‘90 (McAuley) Science Department

Megan Kruse Knapke ‘06 Director of Service-Learning

Jen Dryer Obert ‘99 Guidance Counselor

NOT PICTURED Sharon Frey Kroger ‘81 Director of Technology

Renee DeJaco ‘73 Consumer Science Department

Jen Stacey Brady ‘03 Athletic Office Asssistant

Tracey Ackerman McCall ‘85 Science Department

Melissa Antons ‘99 Social Studies Department

Kelli Blum ‘03 (McAuley) Social Studies Department

Heather Wagner ‘90 (McAuley) Associate Principal

Chris Dearing Kroner ‘80 Social Studies Department

Denise Ortman Harvey ‘91 Athletic Director

Barbara Littner David ‘83 English Department Judy Jones ‘83 (McAuley) Mathematics Department

Julie Leis Raleigh ‘82 Mercy FUNdraiser

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other of Mercy would like to pay tribute to Sister Mary Perpetua Overbeck RSM ‘41. Sr. Perpetua, who dedicated most of her life and ministry to Mother of Mercy and McAuley High Schools, passed away on October 22 at the age of 89. Sister Perpetua was a proud alumna of the Class of 1941, known then as Eva Jean Overbeck from Pleasant Ridge. She joined the Sisters of Mercy after her graduation from Our Lady of Cincinnati/Edgecliff College and taught English, Latin and

religion at her alma mater from 1949 to 1963, then served as principal from 1964 to 1968. She became assistant principal at McAuley in 1969, a position she held until 1990. In recent years, Sister was an invaluable assistant in McAuley’s development office. Her fellow sisters have said, “those who knew her well describe her as the essence of hospitality and a perfect lady with a good sense of humor. She was wise, well spoken and kind, with an amazing ability to remember everyone’s name.” In her faithful attendance at events and reunions at both Mercy and McAuley, her former students found this to be very true. In fact, the Mercy Class of 1962 enjoyed her company at their 50th reunion just a few days before her death. Sister Perpetua touched the lives of hundreds of Mercy and McAuley girls, showing them the essence of a “woman of Mercy” and living the Mercy values every day. We pray that God welcomed her joyfully and that she is rejoicing in the presence of the Lord. Left: Graduates from the Class of 1966 gathered around Sr. Perpetua during their reunion last September.

“The spiritual and corporal works of mercy which draw religious from a life of contemplation, so far from separating them from the love of God, unite them more closely to Him and render them more valuable in His holy service.” Catherine McAuley The spiritual works of mercy are: • Instruct the ignorant; • Counsel the doubtful; • Admonish the sinner; • Bear wrongs patiently; • Forgive offences willingly; • Comfort the afflicted; • Pray for the living and the dead.




The corporal works of mercy are: • Feed the hungry; • Give drink to the thirsty; • Clothe the naked; • Welcome the stranger; • Visit the sick; • Visit the imprisoned; • Bury the dead.

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any new and exciting things are happening with our service program this year. The school as a whole has introduced Mercy Learning Communities (MLC), an opportunity for faculty and students to meet in like-minded groups and work on a specific project. A few times each month classes are shortened and there is a portion of time set aside at the end of the day to work in MLCs. For the students, some of these times are designated for working on their grade level service-learning projects. Freshman will be working on a project connected to the Blazin’ Bobcat Buddy program. Each student is matched with a grade school student, K-4th grade, at St. Boniface. They have four visits with their buddies and the girls write them letters throughout the year. In addition, the freshmen will be working in groups of five to create a museum exhibit on a topic they have been assigned. All year they will be working in connection with their first-year courses to create a handson activity, video, artifact, and written description of their topic. In May, for their

final visit, all of the exhibits will come together to create a Mercy Museum. The girls will be able to share what they created with their buddy by taking them through their museum. Over the past few years, Sophomore Retreat has morphed from solely faith based, to a service retreat in Over-theRhine. In February, the girls go through one day of preparation and reflection about the Over-the-Rhine community. On a second day, they travel to OTR and volunteer at a service agency. MLC time this semester is being used to familiarize the girls more with the social issues and neighborhoods of OTR. MLC time second semester will be used for additional reflection after retreat and to plan a reception for the service agencies in the spring. The junior class is partnering with Magnified Giving’s Student Philanthropy Program. Magnified Giving is a not-forprofit educational organization whose “mission is to educate, inspire and engage students in philanthropy, and to touch the hearts and minds of teens,

lighten the concerns of others, and magnify the impact of philanthropy.” Magnified Giving has given Mercy a $1,000 grant. Throughout the year, the girls will learn the basics of philanthropy, grant writing, functions of not-for-profits, and will serve at a variety of agencies. They will have to choose, as a class, one service agency to receive the grant. Seniors have been given the opportunity to leave the building during MLC time and volunteer at a service agency of their choice. Allowing them to have this time provides them with the opportunity to serve at some locations that only have hours during the school day. Throughout the year they will be completing reflection assignments connected to their social studies curriculum. At the end of the year, the seniors will put on a Mercy Service Fair at school. They will be responsible for having a table set up with information and visuals about their service agency. Students from the other grade levels will be able to attend and get a taste for what service opportunities are available to them in the Cincinnati community over the next few years.

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Mercy Walk 2012 38th Annual Event Brings Community Together O n a cool, sunny September 24 morning, Mother of Mercy students took to the streets for their annual six-mile trek through Westwood and Cheviot for the 38th Annual Mercy Walk. The two weeks prior to the Walk, students solicited family, friends and neighbors to help support this Student Council-led event that supports student scholarships and a Global Action Project of the Sisters of Mercy, which was aiding our sisters in East Timor this year.

From the start of the fundraiser to the end of the Walk, community businesses and restaurants also supported the Bobcats in their quest to raise over $36,000! Panera Bread, Penn Station, Chick-fil-A and Subway-Westwood, owned by Melissa Pickerel ‘05, held Mercy Spirit Night dinners, donating a portion of sales back to Mercy; Lenny’s Fruits &

Vegetables in Cheviot provided fruit for the entire school prior to the Walk and Cone Zone, owned by Mindy Perrino Sweeney ‘96, served $1 ice cream cones to students during the Walk. In addition, more than half a dozen other local businesses provided incentive prizes for top fundraisers. While the seniors came out on top as the overall winner having raised $78.12 per student, the junior class won the dunking booth incentive taking turns drenching several teachers and administrators prior to the start of the Walk. Mother of Mercy thanks all our families, alumnae and friends of Mercy who supported the Walk in one way or another. The support shown for our students and school is greatly appreciated.

I’m inspired to give back ... Beth Koppenhoefer Zwergel ‘79

This series highlights alumnae who support the Mercy Fund financially. Beth has agreed to become a Class Agent, alumnae who encourage classmates to carry on the tradition of supporting Mother of Mercy. She took some time to answer a few questions. What inspires you most about Mercy? What inspires me most about Mercy is the feeling of family. When we came to Mercy’s open house in 2007, I felt like I never left. Most of the school was the same; the wooden lockers, the breezeway, the theater, the cafeteria and of course the stairs! When I walked around the school, several teachers who taught me were still here and remembered my name. I was shocked they could recognize me after 28 years! Why do you feel it’s important to continue supporting Mercy? I want my daughters and others to feel like they belong to a family long after they graduate from high school. My daughters and I have special memories from Mercy. I want them to proudly say that they went to Mother of Mercy High School. Why did you agree to become a Class Agent? I agreed to become a class agent because when my son was at Elder I would see all their alums at the games or other events proudly showing how they belonged to the Elder family. I thought how wonderful would it be if the women of Mercy would proudly show their support for their Mercy Family. Your daughter, Kelsey, graduated in 2011 and Arynn is graduating this spring. How do you feel about their experiences here at Mercy? Both of my daughters have wonderful memories from Mercy. I am so proud that of all the schools that my girls could have attended, they decided to attend Mercy. We share a special bond that is unique to our relationship. It is fun to share my experiences with them and theirs with me.




A lumnae L ife For the Love of Mercy

When trying to find another word for support, one could substitute the words donate, represent, build, or endorse. When one thinks of the Wegman sisters, there are no others that could ever take their place! All top athletes and active in other extra-curricular activities, Melissa Wegman ‘86, also known as Mertz, Jennifer Wegman Smith ‘87 and Krissy Wegman Onorato ‘90, have long continued their involvement in Mercy now as graduates. They’ve also donated their time and talents beyond treasure alone, all the while not having daughters here. A Wegman girl isn’t expected to walk the halls of Mercy until the year 2020! For the past 12 years, the three sisters have chaired the annual Golf Outing raising over $250,000 in critical funds for Mercy. Through the Wegman Company, they have donated design time, installation labor and furniture for many of the school’s offices. The Wegmans have also offered their family condominium in Florida as an auction item to Mercy’s annual gala. If you ask them why they continue their steadfast support of Mercy, there is one common thread that rings true. Mercy built a foundation of excellence in them, and they all know how privileged they were to have the opportunity to attend Mercy. Mertz is honored to be able to assist young women to obtain the same education she and her sisters had. She said “If I can give at least one girl the chance to enjoy the plethora of opportunities Mercy provides along with the Blue Ribbon education while forging bonds of friendships for a lifetime … then it is all worth it to me.” Jennifer hopes that today’s Mercy students “know how truly fortunate and blessed they are to be connected to Mercy. The Mercy spirit still

lives through me and teaches me every day: celebrate our differences, reach for our dreams and our goals, and know when our help is needed and simply LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. These keep me grounded and focused on how my life is being led.” Krissy has three sons, ages 15, 13 and 8. “If I can show my boys my support for Mercy, then they will continue this support for their alma mater,” she feels. “If you want your children to succeed, they must be led by example.” Mercy has given her a strong Catholic foundation and she is passing those qualities to her sons. Supporting Mercy with their time, talent and treasure is what the Wegman sisters do without hesitation. They each have fond memories of the people they’ve met, and they cherish every experience Mercy afforded them. They ask themselves one question we all should ask. “If not me, who?”

Exchange Students Come Back to Visit

Wally did get to meet with many of her classmates during two days of her Cincinnati stay. One group of classmates met Wally at Mercy and spent a great afternoon touring the school and reminiscing. Just a few weeks after Wally’s visit, Mercy heard from Rachel Carvalho, who spent five months at Mercy during the 1975-76 school year as an exchange student from Brazil. Today, Rachel lives in Belo Horizonte in the southeastern region of Brazil, a city completely surrounded by mountains. Rachel was visiting Cincinnati with her family and especially wanted them to see the place she remembered with great fondness. Rachel, her husband, her daughter and daughter’s friend toured the school and were most interested in the mix of vintage and new spaces and the places that Rachel remembered.

Waltraud Lange Schweitzer ‘54 came to the United States from Germany in 1953 as an exchange student and spent her senior year at Mother of Mercy, proudly graduating with the Class of 1954. The family of Mary Berger Kelly ‘54 welcomed Wally for the whole year and she still keeps in contact with the family. After many years, Wally and her husband traveled from their home in Gaienhofen, Germany (near the Swiss border) to Cincinnati in July 2012 and visited for three weeks. She wrote to Mercy this summer: Every year in the past, we planned to come to Cincinnati, but then there was always something ‘very important’ which had to be done first ... Suddenly, I realized that we are 75 – it seemed like last year we were 30!?! The time goes by so fast. I have to be grateful for a wonderful year with all of you at Mercy. I will never forget this highlight of my life. I hope the dream to meet you comes true – sharing many school memories.”

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A lumnae L ife Cathy Davis Jacob ‘68 writes that “my husband of 40 years, Gary Jacob (LaSalle ‘68) died last October 31, 2011 of cancer after a 3 week illness. He left 3 grown children, 3 grandchildren and one on the way. As for me, after being employed for the USPS for almost 10 years, our plant closed. I have since been working in child care with 2 year olds. It is like being grandma all the time because you can leave at the end of the day!”

brought him home. The time in China was an amazing experience, and Quin is adapting well to being with us in his new family. We feel so blessed, and have enjoyed being parents of a little one again. After taking the semester off last spring, I am glad to be teaching at Mercy again this year.” Quin’s grandmother is Roberta Knepfle Ackerman ‘62 and great-grandmother is Rita Massa Neville ‘38.

Sister Deborah Kern RSM ‘72 was elected over the summer to the Leadership Team for the Sisters of Mercy South Central Community. She will serve on the team until 2016.

Debbie Lampe Morris ‘94 and her husband are the proud parents of son, Andrew Edward. “We’re having a great time watching him grow, but hopefully he won’t grow up too fast.” Andrew is the grandson of Ann Flick Lampe ‘55.

Marianne Eismann Becker ‘75 is a proud grandmother! Her newest addition, Kylie Elizabeth was born October 4, 2011 and was welcomed home by big brother Easton, age 3. Kylie “is always smiling, such a happy baby.”

Tracy Ackerman McCall ‘85 received a joyful addition to her family right after the new year. “After waiting five years, we adopted our new son, Quin, in China on Jan. 15, 2012. The wait was long, but well worth it! Our older daughter, Leah, is 11 and couldn’t be happier to finally have a new brother. He was 23 months old when we




Sara Steinwert Hartlage ‘95 and husband Matt are living in Louisville, Kentucky and welcomed son Cooper Matthew on June 29, 2012. Sara has worked as a marketing specialist for Aon, a commercial insurance broker, for the past nine years, after leaving retail management.

Angie Murphy Wheeler ‘97 and husband, Mike, welcomed their first baby, Logan Michael, on March 25, 2012. They are enjoying every minute with him!

Jenna Jones Campbell ‘00 and husband, Greg, welcomed daughter, Lucy, on May 20, 2012. Lucy joins big brother Dominic at the Campbell’s Knoxville, Tennessee home. Proud grandmother is Kathy Jones Gerdes ‘76. Lara Mendel ‘01 and Rawleigh Pyne were married on June 23, 2012 at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. They honeymooned in Bali and reside in Denver, Colorado. Megan Schlomer Baird ’02 is a newlywed! “Nick and I were married on Friday, September 28th! We are so thankful for everyone’s kind words and well-wishes! We feel so blessed to finally be reunited again and starting our life together!”

A lumnae L ife Liz Bockerstette Gaitley ‘02 writes that she “has been married to my husband, Ben, for three years and we have a 10-month old daughter, Maggie.” Liz is a physician assistant for Tristate Gynecologic Oncology at Good Samaritan Hospital.

also in her second year as Mercy’s Director of Service-Learning. “I love being back in the halls of Mercy and enjoy sharing the spirit of service and compassion with current Bobcats!”

Alyssa Hautman ‘06 married Mark Doellman on June 30, 2012. Bridal party included Emma Chermely ‘06, Amy Whittle Feck ‘06, Emily Hautman ‘08, Katie Hautman ‘11, Rachel Hautman ‘14 and alum-to-be Maddie Hautman ‘23.

Katie Lewnard King ‘06 was married to Brad King (St. X ’06) on June 16th at St. Monica/St. George in Clifton followed by a reception at Pebble Creek Event Center. Katie is the daughter of Mary Jo Kuhlman Lewnard ‘80 and Brad is the son of Liz Meyer King ‘74 – keeping that Circle of Mercy alive! Katie currently is a chemical engineer with P&G and Brad is in his 3rd year at UC Medical School.

Megan Kruse Knapke ‘06 married Eric Knapke on September 29, 2012. “We had a beautiful wedding day and were blessed to be surrounded by our family and friends, including a number of fellow Mercy coworkers and grads. We are extremely happy to be starting our life together.” Megan is

Emily Hautman ’08 has a brand-new white coat. Emily is now a 1st-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. She officially began her med school career on August 10, 2012, at the white coat ceremony at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Maggie Schad ‘09, a junior biology major at Bellarmine University, earned All-American Scholar honors from the National Golf Coaches Association. 585 women collegiate golfers from NCAA Division I, II and III were recognized with this prestigious honor, based on stringent selection criteria. Mariele Fluegeman ‘11 spent part of the summer in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest theater festival in the world. Mariele is a sophomore doublemajor (English and Dramatic Arts) at Centre College, and with 12 fellow students, wrote, produced and performed in the play “After Orpheus” at the Fringe. She enjoyed the bustling atmosphere of the Festival and also had time to appreciate the beauty of the Scottish highlands. Mariele is looking forward to adding more stamps to her passport when she studies abroad in London for the spring semester 2013.

Lindsay Noell ‘08 sends greetings from South Korea! Lindsay graduated from Loyola University (Chicago) in the spring and “began teaching English in South Korea at the end of August. It has been an amazing post-grad experience thus far! I am living in the beautiful city of Busan. This has been a wonderful way for me to travel and make money at the same time. I thank Mercy for giving me the confidence to pursue so many adventures in my life. Going to Jamaica with Mercy in 2008 showed me how passionate I am about seeing the world and the courage to do it.” Please keep us posted of your updates and achievements by posting an online class note in the new alumnae online community, launching this winter or send an email to our Alumnae Office at

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Reunion Recap Several reunions were held this past summer and early fall. From athletic gatherings to fashion shows, graduates from all decades have been getting together. Take a look at a few shots from these recent reunions! Note from Class of 1962 50th Reunion “The Class of 1962 celebrated its 50th reunion on September 21 at the Clovernook Country Club. Eighty graduates and five teachers enjoyed a delicious dinner and viewed a commemorative video of past reunions. The room was loud with chatter and cameras snapping. The group was entertained with a surprise exhibition from the Class of 1962 Senior Olympic Synchronized Swim Team!�

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Upcoming Reunions Now It’s Your Turn – Classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008! Contact Lisa Mahon Fluegeman ‘78, Alumnae Coordinator for assistance in planning a special event for your class. These classes already have plans in the works: • The Class of 1964 is planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their commencement with a trip to Washington, D. C. in spring 2014 and a dinner on September 20, 2014, at the Western Hills Country Club. Classmates are urged to SAVE THE DATE. New this time is that guests are invited. Questions may be directed to reunion co-chairs Judy Hall Wernicke at 513-741-3308 or and Mary Jo Niklas Dangel at 513-481-0001 or Further details TBA. • The Class of 1993 is ahead of the game and has plans for a 20th Reunion on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Mercy. SAVE THE DATE!! Contact Liz Schreiber Geiger at cincylizard@ for more information and if you would like to help.

The Circle of Mercy Award The Alumnae Circle of Mercy Award is presented annually to a Mother of Mercy alumna who best reflects the Mercy values of faith, compassion, service, leadership and excellence. Nominations are now being accepted for an alumna who meets one or more of the following criteria: • • • •

Notable achievement in her profession or career Exceptional support of church or parish activities Personal achievement in the arts, sports or public service Volunteerism to one or more activities on a continuing basis

To nominate an alumna today or to download a nomination form, please visit *** Deadline: March 1, 2013 ***



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Last year’s event was a huge success. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better! You won’t want to miss it!

• NCAA Second Round - Round of 32 action live on multiple TV’s in Mercy’s Gym • Monte Carlo games including poker tables

• Grand Prize Reverse Raffle of one year FREE tuition or $10,000 cash. • Beer, soda, fantastic food grilled by Mercy dads and lots of fun!

March 23, 2013

All proceeds benefit Mother of Mercy High School. This event is hosted by Mercy’s Dads Club. Ticket sales will begin in early 2013, be sure to visit

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Upcoming Events Mother of Mercy

Christmas Concert

Young Alumnae Raid the Halls 12.21.2012

"A Christmas Auld Lang Syne" Join Mother of Mercy's Music Department on Friday, December 14 or Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. for their annual Christmas Concert. Tickets are $6 and will go on sale in Mercy’s Main Office in December. Alumnae between 1987 and 2012 are invited to come on stage and sing Merry Christmas With Love. RSVP to Kim Zang at

Graduates from 2008 - 2012 join Mother of Mercy’s Christmas Prayer Service at 9:15 a.m. in the gym and then “Raid the Halls” and visit your favorite teachers, classrooms and offices!

RSVP online to help us plan for seating!

Future Bobcat Events Future Bobcat Spirit Game! Basketball vs. Oak Hills January 22, 2013

Christmas on Campus

January 10 & 11 @ 7 p.m.

Friday, December 7

Sleepover event for 8th grade girls. Pizza, Holiday Activities, Movie, Gifts and More!


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Come sing and dance along with the Best of Broadway!

Christmas Campus Ticket sales will begin the first of

Purchase $5 tickets at DATE: FRIDAY,online DECEMBER 9,2011 TIME: 8PM - 8AM on


Come celebrate the awesome talents of Mercy’s sophomore drama students and grade school students who are a part of Mercy’s Young Actors Academy (YAA).



the year in Mercy’s Main Office.

Cheer with Mercy students on a highintensity, energetic night! Activities | Prizes | Bobcat Spirit! FREE admission for grade school girls.

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Buckle Up For MERCYWEST! Saddle up for a night of denim, diamonds and donations as Mercy’s gymnasium is transformed yet again for another fabulous Mercy Gala. Last year’s auction was a huge success, with a sellout crowd, more items to bid on, a new live auction show and fabulous after-party. This year we’ll have even more excitement as we honor two special friends of Mercy, Robert Driehaus and Sheriff Simon L. Leis. Mr. Driehaus will be remembered with a special “Men of Mercy” posthumous presentation to his family for all of his generous support to Mercy over the years. During the live auction show, we’ll also honor Sheriff Leis who is retiring as Sheriff of Hamilton County after 25 years. True to the MERCYWEST theme, dinner will feature barbecue ribs and chicken from the legendary Montgomery Inn. In addition, there will also be an open bar throughout the evening with a signature Margarita drink. Mike Davis, America’s number one Elvis impersonator will be on hand to kick off the exciting evening, hosted by Channel 9’s Chief Meteorologist, Steve Raleigh.

There are many ways you can support Mercy’s largest fundraising event:

1. Join us for our pre-party events. 2. Buy a Super Split-the-Pot ticket sheet or increase your chances for the big prize and buy several! 3. Be a sponsor, there are many different levels and you can even have your company name on the Walk of Fame the night of the event, or year-round in the halls of Mercy. 4. Attend MERCYWEST!

Be sure to turn the page for details on these opportunities and please remember how important it is to support your alma mater. Funds raised by MERCYWEST are essential in sustaining the many academic, religious and extracurricular programs offered here at Mercy. We couldn’t do it without your support! Look forward to seeing you at MERCYWEST. Julie Leis Raleigh ‘82 Mercy FUNdraiser


2. COWGIRL UP! Girls’ Night Out January 18, 2013 Bobby Mackey’s Cincinnati’s Greatest Country Night Club! $20 includes cover charge, bus ride, beer and wine!

Try Your Luck For Some Cash! Enter the

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Sponsorships include table for 10, special cooridor naming rights all year, recognition on invitation, program ad, logo/ name on event t-shirts, logo on Mercy’s web page, Star on the MERCYWEST Walk of Fame, plus more!

Sponsorships include one to four tickets to MERCYWEST, program recognition and mention on Mercy’s webpage.

For full sponsorship details please visit or contact Julie Leis Raleigh '82, Mercy FUNdraiser at 513-661-2740 ext. 401


LASSO UP ... MERCY Tickets are now on sale for

A night of denim, diamonds and donations! Saturday, February 16, 2013

Reserve your seat today ... before they sell out! MERCYWEST logo design courtesy of Aimee Wolf Reilly ‘80. 26



S piritual L ife We profess our common faith and our hope of eternal resurrection for those who have passed through death to new life. (Mercy has been notified of these deaths through October 15, 2012.) Alumnae: Dorothy Volk Atkins ‘40 Jean Focke Faeth ‘40 Sr. Mary Perpetua Overbeck RSM ‘41 Bettiejean Benjamin Luken ‘46 Marilyn Meyer Hoesl ‘48 Carol Zetzel Hunt ‘48 Marilyn Kreutzer Smith ‘48 Joan Ventre Rimele ‘48 Phyllis Minella Clyde ‘49 Betty Rudemiller Goosman ‘50 Jo Ann Colina Jansen ‘54 Lois Kock ‘59 Arlene Blinkhorn Baker ‘60 Bernice Danner Thomas ‘60 Cheryl Tusch Pettit ‘62 Marybeth Hunzeker Friedhoff ‘64 Kathleen Roney Haglage ‘65 Sharon Barkalow ‘71 Husband of: Rose Ann Palmire Sabin ‘48 Lavern Wagner Russo ‘54 Ruth Ann Lingers Klosterman ‘57

Lois Stiles Thien ‘69 Linda Gerding Bergtholdt ‘70 Mary Dolan Fichter ‘72 Pamela O’Brien Peters ‘79 Daughter of: Rosemary Moorman Barkalow ‘37 Syliva Decarlis Ambrosius ‘54 Mary Lynn Lockwood Copeland ‘72 Son of: Jean Berding Purtell ‘48 Mother of: Jane Weil Maher ‘51 Ann Weil Greisdorn ‘60 Sandy DiCiero Parfitt ‘60 Diana Angner Ryan ‘60 Rita Weil Caldwell ‘61 Phyllis Foertsch Hubert ‘61 Mary DiCiero ‘62 Patricia Brennan Loftus ‘62 Rose Sailer Gramaglia ‘64

Frances DiCiero Hagen ‘64 Sue Voellmecke Kolasinski ‘64 Maureen Foertsch Alexander ‘65 Mary Lou Voellmecke Fette ‘65 Mary Jo Schiesz Cini ‘66 Cathy David Kesterman ‘66 Rita Schiesz Miller ‘68 Cathy Haass Birkenhauer ‘69 Marilyn Amend Holder ‘69 Clare Voellmecke Tasset ‘70 Barbara Amrhein Brown ‘71 Patricia Foertsch Hubert ‘71 Linda Witteride ‘72 Nancy Schiesz Harnish ‘73 Pattie Hoehn Stacey ‘73 Jeanne Foertsch Matlin ‘73 Denise Angner Haskamp ‘74 Laura Amrhein ‘75 Cynthia Hoehn Lucas ‘75 Mary Elizabeth Luken Tazari ‘78 Annette Amrhein Bagot ‘80 Amy Luken Richter ‘80 Heidi Luken Panzeca ‘81 Lisa Ibanez Smith ‘81 Michelle Hoehn Iori ‘82

Patricia Amrhein Wells ‘83 Amy Waldeck Boehm ‘90 Father of: Rita Schutte Griffin ‘52 Ruth Schutte Wheatley ‘57 Nancy Wagner Sander ‘61 Janet Schutte McGrath ‘67 Sharma Painter Browning ‘69 Diane Dattilo ‘70 Molly Moran Federle ‘71 Debra Crofton Diliso ‘72 Angela Telscher Koth ‘72 Maura Moran ‘73 Kim Russo Joseph ‘74 Marjorie Moran Pater ‘74 Mollie McDevitt Jameson ‘76 Patti Crofton Thomas ‘76 Sandy Crofton Zang ‘77 Nancy Russo Schladen ‘79 Cindy DeZarn Yauch ‘81 Deborah DeZarn ‘82 Renee Townley ‘84 Julie Russo Renner ‘86 Jaime DeZarn ‘95

Prayer Requests Our Mother of Mercy High School community is happy to keep you in our prayers. We are pleased to list your prayer requests and/or special intentions in the petition book located in the Chapel as well as online and will remember them at our school prayer services and liturgies. Please contact: Lisa Mahon Fluegeman ’78 at 513.661.2740 ext. 304 or email mail to: Mother of Mercy High School Prayer Request, 3036 Werk Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio, 45211 Or submit your request online at

Due to space constraints of our newly designed magazine, we will be printing the names of those who have lost a loved one in their immediate family – husband, children, parents - only. All others (grandparents, siblings, in-laws, etc.) can be found on our website at

“If we are humble and sincere, God will finish in us the work He has begun. He never refuses His grace to those who ask it.”

Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy foundress

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LASSO UP...MERCY! Announcing this year’s auction gala.

MercyWest A night of denim, diamonds and donations!

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