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Mother of Mercy High School

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Alumnae Magazine | Spring 2013

Special Feature: Remembering Ms. Joan McGuire

M essage from the President

What Makes Her Beautiful? H ave you ever heard of a business charging less for a product than it costs to produce? Can you even imagine Nike, for example, designing a new running shoe to then only charge 74% of what it actually costs to make that shoe? No company would endorse such a plan, but this is precisely the model in which Mother of Mercy operates.

Next school year Mercy’s tuition will be $9,750, yet our real cost to educate a student is close to $13,000. We are not in business to make a profit. Mother of Mercy is in the mission-based business of Catholic education that simply, and not so simply, seeks to raise enough resources to continue doing what we do so well – educate and empower young women with the values of Mercy. Our Foundress, Catherine McAuley said, “No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women.” Notice

Catherine’s use of the word “careful” because herein lies the key differentiator in a Mercy education. It is not enough to instruct our girls in math and writing and history. It is not enough that they know a world language and the periodic table. Our girls must also grow to know themselves and discover the strength that lies within them. They must be challenged to think critically, expected to have an opinion and encouraged to always excel. Women and children remain the most vulnerable in our world, where a girl’s future is one of either poverty or promise, and the outcome is influenced mostly by their “careful instruction.” Though women continue to increase their ranks among men in the workplace, our advances are undermined by the continued proliferation of women as sex-objects, and today, it begins at even younger ages. In the face of Victoria’s Secret’s new line of “sexy” undergarments and beachwear now targeted at pre-teen and teenage girls, what we do here at Mother of Mercy MATTERS all the more. Our society poses a growing risk to every girl’s self-worth where her choice for college and career is distracted by choices for words on her underwear.

To combat messages that intentionally exploit the most fragile aspects of our daughters, the answer lies not only in shielding and protecting them, but also in strengthening and shaping them into women who know their true value, into women who know what is beautiful. There is currently a display in one of the halls at Mother of Mercy that asks “What makes me beautiful?” and the posted




responses reveal the empowering work being done at our school: I am smart. I am talented. I have a great family. I am kind to others. I love God. God loves me. The girls of Mercy surround themselves with their own powerful messages – words that promote who they are as human beings. Through all that we do and who we are at Mother of Mercy, our students gain the confidence and courage that comes from knowledge; they grab hold of life and with God as their compass, steer their own course toward futures filled with promise. The “careful instruction” provided by Mother of Mercy takes significant resources and our true cost far outpaces affordability for the majority of families. Mission calls us to keep such valuable education accessible to as many young girls as possible and therefore, we rely on people like you to help us. The answer is not in raising tuition to $13,000 but in seeking help from those who appreciate our work. While many choose to invest in the profitable potential of a company, we ask that you invest in the potential of young women … “for there is no greater good to society.” How Can You Tell Them They Are Beautiful? There are so many significant ways in which you can express your support for Mother of Mercy and the girls whom we serve: • Make an annual gift that is appropriate for your means to the Mercy Fund. These gifts have the greatest impact on our annual operating budget and help

maintain our most valuable academic and extra-curricular student programs. • If you are blessed with extraordinary financial capacity, a Major Gift to the school can truly transform Mercy’s offerings and extend our sphere of influence. From facility improvements to scholarships or new programming, your name could underwrite a pivotal strategic initiative of the school that will help us continue to grow and prosper. • Arrange for a Planned Gift to this fine school which helps ensure prosperity for Mother of Mercy long into the future. Whether you are forty or eighty, you can create a mutually-beneficial plan today

that will keep giving to the mission of Mercy for generations yet to come while also providing for your loved ones. • Dedicate your time in service to Mother of Mercy as our need for volunteers is growing. This is a very rewarding way to become involved in the life of this school and actively support an institution that is moving forward in dramatic ways. • Commit yourself to prayers for Mercy, for our students, our teachers, our leadership and our future. This is one of the most profound ways in which you can show your love of our mission and support our school’s needs.

As commitments to Mother of Mercy grow, so too will the influence of our good work. All young women deserve the experience of Mercy. Why? Because God made them beautiful.

Kirsten MacDougal President




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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.




Cowboys and Cowgirls packed Mother of Mercy for the school’s annual gala, MERCYWEST, on February 16. The evening of “Denim, Diamonds and Donations” brought almost 500 people - Mercy’s largest auction crowd to date - and grossed over $200,000! Turn to page 26 for more photos and a recap of the evening.






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The following letter ran in the December 26 issue of the Western Hills Press.


Thank You to our Extended Mercy Community While much of the success at Mother of Mercy High School is due to our hard working students, dedicated faculty and staff and supportive parents, we also have an extended community of alumnae and friends of Mercy who help us shine as that “gem on the West Side.” I would like to offer a big thank you to everyone within the walls of Mercy, around the West Side, across the city and beyond. Thanks to so many of you we had a record canned good drive this fall, a generous toy drive this winter and we made quite a run in the Clorox Power a Bright Future Contest, due in large part to all the votes we received from our supporters. While we didn’t win the $25,000 grant, we finished 17th out of 2,500 schools in the country!


A look at what else you can find online! We look forward to the success of our students and our school this spring. It takes a village to raise a child and there is no doubt that the entire Mercy community is behind every student who walks the halls of Mother of Mercy - supporting their education, enabling their services to the community and allowing them to thrive at their fullest potential.

Jenny Kroner Jackson ‘00 Editor Communications & PR Specialist

Basketball fans and Mercy friends alike packed the gym for the 3rd Annual Mercy Madness & Monte Carlo event on March 23. Organized by Mercy’s Dads Club, 100% of the proceeds from the evening go directly to support the Mercy Fund, which includes tuition assistance for many deserving Mercy families. The evening included live NCAA Basketball Tournament action, games of chance and an exciting reverse raffle with a $10,000 grand prize! View photos and winners online at

Let’s Connect ! Facebook: Become a fan of our official Alumnae Facebook page at LinkedIn: Network with Mercy alumnae businesswomen by joining the Mother of Mercy Alumnae LinkedIn Group. Twitter: Receive instant updates on awards, events, results and more. Follow @MMHBobcats1.

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Senior Success Last Fall Mercy announced that Katherine Ruwe ‘13 was a National Merit Semifinalist. We are pleased to announce that she has moved on as a National Merit Finalist! Katherine is one of 15,000 high school students in the country with this honor having scored in the top 1% of the students who took the PSAT. “The Mercy community is very proud of this distinction that Katherine has achieved through her hard work. With her combination of academic accomplishment and her good heart rooted in Mercy values, Katherine will surely make the world a better place,” said Mercy Principal, Dave Mueller. As stated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Winners of the Merit Scholarship awards will be announced in the spring. Recipients are chosen based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.

In December, the Western Hills Exchange Club named Anna Lynd ‘13 as their Student of the Month. The award is based on her academics, extracurriculars and community service. Anna is a Freshman Focus leader, serves on the Executive Board of the National Honor Society, has been co-chair of Mercy Works service club the past three years as well as a member of the Student Council Class Committee the past three years. Athletically, Anna played three seasons with the Bowling Team and four seasons with the Golf Team, most recently leading the Varsity Golf Team as a co-captain. She is also a member of the Leadership Council of the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, the working advisory council reporting directly to the Executive and Associate Directors of INTERalliance. Additionally, Anna is the Vice President of CiciServes, a club that visits different organizations, carrying out unique service campaigns every month.

Record Canned Good Collection The Mother of Mercy community answered the call and collected the most canned good donations ever this past fall. Mercy’s Campus Ministry team lead the Canned Good Drive, which supports Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Food Pantry in Walnut Hills. Campus Ministry encouraged students to challenge one another in a race to see who could collect the most

canned goods. Amongst class competitions, the Freshmen dominated collecting over 1,100 canned goods. Mercy’s Winter Sports teams also had a bit of rivalry going. The basketball team held a collection during their scrimmage against Notre Dame Academy on November 14 and the swim team organized a collection at the Kroger store on Ferguson Avenue on Saturday, November 17. “Many of our students really took the time to think of ways to boost our collection from previous years and support the food pantry,” said Johanna Becker, Director of Campus Ministry. “I’m very proud of the Mercy community and everyone who stepped up to the challenge.” Mercy alumnae even jumped in on the challenge, holding a quick collection on November 17 at the school and collecting almost 500 canned goods in two hours. All donated items were piled into the gym prior to Mercy’s Thanksgiving Prayer Service on Tuesday, November 20 and then loaded into a truck to be delivered to Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. SPRING 2013



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Student Awards

Carolyn Kesterman ‘14 authored a ballet adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for Kinderballet’s Winter performance. Carolyn has been a longtime dancer with AvO Ballet and was a lead performer in A Christmas Carol. Megan Corso ‘14 and Lauren Leesman ‘14 had their photos selected for awards in the Hamilton County Library’s Teen Photo Contest. Megan received a 2nd place award and Lauren received Honorable Mention. Their work can be seen on the Hamilton Country Teen Space web page. Photos by Anna Kessler ‘14 and Alexis Bauer ‘14 were selected in a juried exhibition for the Westwood Photo Contest. The theme was Westwood in the Fall. Anna (artwork pictured) received $25 for 1st place and Alexis received $10 for 2nd place. Twin sisters Kellie and Brooke Leonard ‘14, along with eight McAuley students, are part of the La Salle High School Cheerleading squad and were invited to perform at half-time of the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL on January 1. Thirty-eight students attended the 40th March for Life in January. Students attended the Youth Rally and Mass on Friday, and heard speakers on Mall grounds before participating in the March for Life. The group also visited the Smithsonian Museum and White House.

A dozen students participated in Mercy’s first-ever Poetry Out Loud competition. After the first round, judges’ scores moved Ellen Baverman ‘16, Taylor Maas ‘14 and Gabby Discepoli ‘13 to the second round. Taylor was named Mercy’s finalist for her outstanding recitation of “Football” by Louis Jenkins. She advanced to the State Championship in Columbus, Ohio on March 16. Alena Flick ‘14 won three Regional Awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition! Alena was the only student from a Catholic Cincinnati High School to receive a writing award. She was awarded a Silver Key and two Honorable Mentions in the Midwest Writing Region-at-Large. Twenty-two artists were named regional winners in the 2013 Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Scholastic Art Competition. The artists’ combined 35 winning pieces were selected from a pool of more than 5,000 regional entries, with five students receiving 8 Gold Keys, the highest level of achievement at the regional level. Gold Key: Beth David ‘13, Hannah Donnellon ‘13, Jessica Flamm ‘14, Amy Pellegrino ‘13, and Callie Talbot ‘13. Silver Key: Kristen Bauer ‘13, Kelly Cline ‘15, Hannah Donnellon ‘13, Emily Friedmann ‘13, Molly James ‘13, Catherine Kneip ‘14, Amy Pellegrino ‘13 and Sara Staggs ‘13. Honorable Mention: Katie Brossart ‘13, Kelly Cline ‘15, Beth David ‘13, Gabriela Discepoli ‘13, Hannah Donnellon ‘13, Jane Eby ‘13, Emily Friedmann ‘13, Madalyn Hardig ‘16, Emma Hatch ‘14, Jamie Heidel ‘13, Amy Pellegrino ‘13, Madison Russell ‘13, Zoe Scott ‘13, Grace Simpson ‘13, Danielle Stahl ‘14, and Ashley Sullivan ‘16. To view artwork of Scholastic winners please visit The Mock Trial Team advanced to the Regional Competition for the 6th year in a row! They were one of 11 teams out of 50 in the District Competition to advance to Regionals. Katherine Ruwe ‘13 won best attorney and Marissa Long ‘15 won best witness.




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Teacher Achievements The Outstanding Teachers Award Program has named Mercy Science Teacher Sharon Harris an Outstanding Educator! Ms. Harris was honored at an awards dinner in February at the University of Cincinnati. The Cincinnatus Foundation, Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University sponsor the awards program. A graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a Master of Science in Biology, Ms. Harris has been a member of Mercy’s faculty since 1995. She is also an adjunct instructor in Microbiology and Anatomy & Physiology at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Principal Dave Mueller nominated Ms. Harris for this year’s Outstanding Educator Award. “Sharon is an outstanding teacher and role model for her students and colleagues,” said Mr. Mueller. “I have observed her teaching solid course content while giving students continual practice in 21st Century skills such Mercy congratulates Mr. Greg Bouman and Mrs. Kim Zang who have earned the designation of Master Teacher through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Ohio Department of Education. “This is well-deserved recognition for Kim and Greg,” said Mr. Mueller. “Both are experts in their fields, use effective and innovative teaching methods, and build caring relationships with students. I’m grateful that they participated in the rigorous application process for this honor.” Ms. Zang has been leading Mercy’s Music Department for the past 26 years. She has led Mercy’s Vocal Ensemble to outstanding performances at the Kings Island Music Showcase Festival since 2003, where they have won the Women’s Choir Competition the past 10 years. Mercy students also have a reputation for performing exceptionally well at the Ohio Music Educators Association and National Federation of Music Clubs competitions under the direction of both Mrs. Zang and Mercy vocal coach Michelle Wells.

as inquiry, collaboration, data gathering and interpretation, and communication. Her devotion to her students, her commitment to ongoing learning and her spirit of discovery and adventure are evident in the fact that she has been the recipient of two highly competitive professional development experiences.” In 1999, Sharon was one of only eight teachers in the United States chosen for the Teachers Experiencing Antarctica Program, a scientific expedition where she conducted bacteriological research with a team of scientists from Princeton University. More recently, Sharon was one of 65 teachers in the country to participate in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, a professional development program funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Beyond the classroom, Sharon is engaged in a variety of volunteer opportunities and she coordinates opportunities for students to shadow health professionals at Mercy Hospital Western Hills through a career exploration program. Mr. Mueller concluded his nomination by stating that he is “grateful the students of Mercy have the opportunity to learn biology, chemistry and 21st Century skills from Ms. Harris. I am grateful, too, that students have an opportunity to learn to be like Ms. Harris.” Mr. Bouman has been a member of Mercy’s English Department since 1996. He specializes in Shakespeare, classical literature and film studies and teaches senior AP literature, for which students earn college credit through Thomas More College’s Dual Credit Program. Additionally, Mr. Bouman is the Yearbook advisor and has helped coach Mercy students in the Cincinnati Shakespeare Competition for high school students in collaboration with Mercy’s drama teacher Lisa Bodollo. Mercy has placed in the Cincinnati finals 14 of the past 17 years, and won the competition six times. In 2011, Mercy had a student place in the top 10 at the national competition. Both teachers were recognized for their classroom leadership and their commitment to ongoing professional development. They will be honored in late April. SPRING 2013



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More Than Just Numbers

Focusing on individuals, Math Department opens window of opportunities for students.


hen we think of high school Math classes, many of us groan remembering lengthy lessons on polynomials, trigonometry, and quadratic equations from Algebra and Geometry classes. Some of us still might even break into a sweat if asked about taking a Pre Calculus class with Mr. Baker. We survived though. We mastered radical functions and rational exponents, we conquered logarithmic and exponential functions and some of us even went on to major in the Actuarial Science Program of The Ohio State University or became Engineers in aerospace programs and at companies including General Electric. In reality, Math isn’t that scary and at Mother of Mercy that is what our Mathematics Department strives for, to educate young women in the field of numbers, to allow them to apply mathematical concepts in other disciplines and in everyday life and to further develop thought processes. In a 2012 USA Today article, contributor Patrick Welsh wrote, “I worry that we’re pushing many kids to grasp math at high levels before they are ready. When they struggle, they begin to dread math, and eventually we lose thousands of students who could be the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. If we held back and took more time to ground them in the basics, we could turn them on to math.” That is precisely what Mercy’s Math Department is doing. Lead by a team of seven dedicated faculty members, Mercy’s Math Department is committed to meeting the needs of all students with a focus on challenging every




individual while making sure not to overwhelm them. In addition, they strive to make sure each student is placed according to her ability. As students choose their math courses, they are encouraged to consider their own ability, goals and motivation along with recommendation from their math teacher. “Each student is encouraged to study all the mathematics appropriate Above: Technological tools such as graphing calculators and the use of Smartboards in the classroom enhances the math curriculum allowing the department to her ability, interest, to offer a wealth of knowledge essential in many careers. and ambition,” said Judy Jones, Math Department Chairperson. “This allows our students Bley ‘13 shared, “My math classes at Mercy to see job and career opportunities that are have gone above and beyond in preparing open to them and they can also meet the me for a future in engineering, which heavily challenges of the educated citizen of our depends on math and science. I am conficountry.” dent that the course offerings, faculty and Last year, when we invited alumnae to share who inspired them, Megan Fisher ‘02 was quick to respond. “Mrs. (Pam) Donohue and Mrs. (Tracey) McCall were fantastic teachers who gave me confidence in two subjects I struggled with the most, Algebra and Science. I have since graduated with a Bachelor of Science and am now working towards a Master of Science, both of which I never thought I could achieve. I cannot thank them enough.” Focusing on the individual, echoed in Mercy’s mission statement, opens the eyes of young women to fields of study that were previously dominated by males. Ellen

cocurricular opportunities have contributed to my success as a student, and prepared me for my college coursework ahead.” What else makes Mercy’s Math Department unique? Aside from the fact that Mercy’s block scheduling allows for ample time to complete mathematic lessons, Mercy offers a range of support in mathematics that allows students to grow in the subject. ACT/SAT test prep is incorporated into the curriculum and Marian Johnson has been offering Math Support at Mercy for almost 20 years, a phenomenal resource in helping students navigate their way through math

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courses. Dual-credit opportunity is available through the College of Mount St. Joseph for AB and BC Calculus and Mercy offers a fullyear Statistics course. Additionally, students have the opportunity to take part in two different extracurricular programs that integrate mathematical concepts. The Technological Student Association (TSA) Team (formerly JETS) challenges teams of students to collaboratively solve practical problems encountered in various fields of engineering, while INTERalliance introduces students to the field of Information Technology. These are both opportunities that encourage young women to excel in math and science. Currently, the entire department continues to build upon their knowledge of high school students and math. Later this month they will take part in the Common Core Standards workshop with other Archdiocesan math

teachers “to gain a clearer understanding of what students are expected to learn, so that teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” Sound familiar? It’s no surprise that Mercy’s Math Department has already been focused on preparing individuals to the best of their ability so we look forward to what else they will bring to the subject of mathematics in the future!

Right: Math is fun! Every year students celebrate Pi day on March 14, a celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi) which begins with 3.14. The day includes pies, snacks, songs and creative crafts reflecting pi.

Message From the Principal A lesson plan that involves experience, reflection, and action helps people to learn deeply. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, relied on the interplay of these three ways of knowing in his spiritual exercises; and Catherine McAuley demonstrated through her life how powerfully experience, reflection, and action moved her to learn. Her sensory experience – the sights, sounds, and smells – of poor people in Dublin confronted her with immediate realities that troubled her and urged her to help. Then she reflected on what the experiences of her poor neighbors meant to her until she realized how she could use her talents to help. Finally she willed herself into actions that first helped people at her original House of

Mercy in Dublin and led over time to the works of the Sisters of Mercy around the world. I have seen the power of lessons involving experience, reflection, and action in classes I have visited recently: • In AP English, Greg Bouman shows students various English translations of the same French sonnet and challenges them to reflect on the nuances expressed by different word choices. Students then act by presenting small-group reports on their findings. • In Prayer and Spirituality, Maureen Bird creates a classroom full of sights, sounds, and textures that move students to reflect on who God is calling them to be and how they ought to act in response to that call. Every day Maureen sets up a fresh display of intriguing objects that launch students into prayer. The prayer often moves students to take action to help others.

• Shannon Smock’s classroom, wall-towall with images of France, is a French province in Westwood. Each student needs to answer a question in French as she enters the classroom. During my visit Shannon showed students pictures of faces and called on them to improvise extended descriptions of the depicted people. • Marcus Twyford’s midterm in a technology class immerses students in data about the launch of a small business and challenges them to organize the data and recommend decisions in light of the data. Deep learning that results from lessons involving the interplay of experience, reflection, and action is taking place at Mercy.

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BOBCATS IN ACTION Winter Sports Wrap Up BASKETBALL Emily Budde ‘14: GGCL 1st Team, Southwest District Honorable Mention, District 16 Coaches Association 2nd Team Haley Dannemiller ‘14: GGCL Honorable Mention Allie Ramsey ‘14: GGCL 2nd Team Rebecca Tumlin ‘13: GGCL Honorable Mention, City All-Star Game Kelley Wiegman ‘13: GGCL 1st Team, 2nd team AP Southwest District, State AP Honorable Mention, North/South Game District 16 Rep, Kentucky/OH Game April 2013, District 16 Coaches Association 1st team

BOWLING Mike McDonald: GGCL Coach of the Year Sarah Corso ‘14: GGCL 1st Team Rachel Horn ‘14: GGCL 1st Team Andrea Sizemore ‘14: GGCL 1st Team Sabrina Weibel ‘14: GGCL 1st Team and GGCL Player of the Year DIVING & SWIMMING Taylor Hayes ‘13: GGCL Diver of the Year Rachael Hester ‘13: GGCL 1st Team

*As of print time, the Cincinnati Enquirer Winter All-Star list had not been released.

Hall of Fame & Bobcat Spirit Award As announced last issue, in addition to Mother of Mercy’s Athletic Hall of Fame Awards, the Bobcat Spirit Award has been introduced. The Hall of Fame seeks to honor outstanding student-athletes who are graduates of Mercy as well as coaches, administrators and friends of Mercy who have had a major impact on Mercy athletics. The Bobcat Spirit Award honors those who have given outstanding service or continue to show outstanding support to Mercy athletics.

Former Hall of Fame Inductees.




Criteria and selection process details are now available on Mercy’s Athletic web site. Additionally, you can now nominate individuals for either award online throughout the year. Please visit Mercy’s web site for full details or contact Mercy’s Athletic Director, Denise Ortman Harvey ‘91 at 513-661-2740 ext. 325.

The Wegman Family, Bobcat Spirit Award Recipients,

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees Angie Scarlato Hawley ‘02 and Angie Heintz Hummeldorf ‘01

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Record Setting Winter S everal Bobcats didn’t waste time this winter leading their teams and setting records. In the gym, Kelley Wiegeman ‘13 and the entire Varsity Basketball Team had an impressive season finishing with a 19-5 record overall and 8-2 in the GGCL. Over the Christmas Break, the team enjoyed traveling to Baltimore for the annual Sisters of Mercy Basketball Tournament which brought Mercy schools across the country together. The Bobcats swept the tourney winning all three games. If guard Emma Bley’s ‘15 buzzer beater in overtime against Sycamore wasn’t the highlight of the year, then it was a simple free throw shot made against St. Ursula at Mercy on January 31. Kelley Wiegman ‘13 was shooting the front end of two freethrows and when she sunk the first shot the crowd went wild. With that basket Kelley broke the record for All-Time Leading Scorer! She went on to finish her 4-year basketball career at Mercy with 1,150 points! Kelley now owns the record for AllTime Leading Scorer, Best Field Goal %, Most 3-point Field Goals in a Game and Most 3-point Field Goals in a Career.

Two seniors made quite a splash in the swimming pool this winter too. Mercy’s lone diver, Taylor Hayes ‘13, pushed herself and finished her career at Mercy as the GGCL Scarlet Division Diving Champion! Taylor also holds both dive records for Mercy. Last season she set the 11 dive record with a 349.25 and this year she set the 6 dive record with a 226.65. While Taylor was nailing dives, senior classmate Rachael Hester ‘13 was gliding through swimming pools across the city setting records. In just the second meet of the season, Rachael broke two meet records at the Mason Invitational in the 100 Yard Freestyle and 500 Yard Breaststroke. Rachael also owns Mercy’s school records in the 200 Yard Free Style, 1650 Yard Free Style and 100 Yard Breaststroke. She finished her season qualifying to State for the second year in a row in the 500 Yard Free style and the 100 Yard Breast. Hitting the lanes, the Bowling Bobcats finished their season with an impressive 22-3 record overall and 15-0 in the GGCL. A core group of juniors lead the team to Districts. Sarah Corso, Rachel Horn,

Above: Kelley Wiegman ‘13 shoots a free throw in the 2nd quarter of the January 31 games against St. Ursula Academy. The point tied her for Mercy’s All-Time Leading Scorer record. Kelley finished the game with 13 points and became Mercy’s All-Time Leading Scorer, the fourth basketball record she holds.

Andrea Sizemore and Sabrina Weibel were all named 1st Team GGCL. Sabrina was also GGCL Player of the Year while Bowling Coach Mike McDonald was named Coach of the Year! We congratulate all our Winter Sports athletes for an outstanding season!

Signing Day Ceremonies Below: February 6, 2013: Melina Artmayer ‘13 (left) will run Cross Country and Track at Cedarville University and Nicole Stephan ‘13 will play soccer at the University of St. Francis.

Above: November 14, 2012: Kelley Wiegman ‘13 will play basketball at Northern Kentucky University, Rachael Hester ‘13 will swim for the University of Toledo and Katie Cosker ‘13 will play volleyball at John Carroll University. SPRING 2013



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The Art of Touching Lives

Remembering Ms. Joan McGuire – 1956 - 2013


n January 25, the Mother of Mercy community celebrated the life of Ms. Joan McGuire, long-time art teacher, who passed away in the early morning of January 22 surrounded by several close family members and friends. With news of her declining health over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, memories and notes of thanks began flooding a Facebook prayer page set up to honor her dedication to the arts and education of young women. The news of her passing hit everyone hard, but in true Mercy fashion, we gathered as a community to pay tribute to the quiet, funny, passionate woman with beautiful, long flowing gray hair that so many of us remember. Alumnae filled the halls of Mercy to pay their final respects during her visitation and current art students lined the aisle of St. Martin Tours church as her life

was celebrated during a touching Mass. Flowers, cards and posters signed by students from schools across the city were placed throughout the cafeteria and postings continued to fill her Facebook prayer page as over 900 alumnae, coworkers, family members and friends grieved her passing. We wrapped her family in the circle of Mercy and exchanged stories on the childhood-Joan with whom her five siblings grew up and the educator-Joan who touched the lives of hundreds. Ms. McGuire was from Utica, Michigan, where the majority of her family resides. After graduating from the former Edgecliffe College in Cincinnati, she quickly settled into Mother of Mercy where she spent her entire 34 year career. She was instrumental in growing Mercy’s art department, along with Theresa Murphy, with whom she taught side by side for over 25 years. Throughout the years, the number of student art-

Above: Ms. McGuire joins Megan Patrick ‘07 for a photo during Mercy’s Annual Art Show.

ists recognized in prestigious exhibits, including the Overture Awards, Scholastic Art Awards and Ohio Governor’s Awards, helped Mother of Mercy’s art program grow in to the regional leader of high school art programs it is today. Just two weeks after her death, it was announced that Mercy had twenty-two students awarded as regional winners in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Scholastic Art Awards Competition, with five students advancing to Nationals in New York City. During the awards ceremony, with over 600 people in attendance, Jennifer Baldwin, Director of Scholastic Art Awards, recognized everyone in the room who had a connection to Ms. McGuire and followed with a tribute to her dedication to the arts. In addition to guiding high school artists, Ms. McGuire led a summer art camp for grade school children for the past several years, giving them an opportunity to tap into their creative side and advance their knowledge of art. Described as a kind and patient woman, Ms. McGuire was known for instilling confidence and inspiring every student with whom she crossed paths during her tenure at Mercy. To those Left: Ms. McGuire and Ms. Murphy pose in front of Mercy’s infamous still-life set up in the art department.




S pecial Feature uncertain of their artistic abilities she simply replied, “everybody can do art.” “She had rare insight into students,” said Sr. Nancy Merkle ’62. “She was universally non-judgmental. She said it a million times: ‘Everybody can do art.’” Ms. McGuire was known for creating an ambiance in her basement art room, playing everything from Simon and Garfunkel to classical music. She was never hesitant to lend an artistic hand to any event taking place at Mercy from set designs for theatre performances to signs for Mercy’s annual gala, and she was quietly enthusiastic about all things Mercy, attending basketball games and Mock Trial Competitions and rallying students during the school’s raffle. She truly touched everyone she encountered. As this school year comes to an end, we ask that you join the entire Mercy community in continuing to offer up prayers of thanksgiving for a woman who was part of the circle of Mercy, and who touched so many lives with her artistic gifts, kind heart and tender ways. Please visit MsMcGuire to view a slide show of images throughout her years at Mercy and for a link to the touching tributes left in her memory.

Continuing the Memory of Joan McGuire Mother of Mercy is pleased to announce that several initiatives are underway to keep the memory of Ms. McGuire alive! JOAN MCGUIRE ART SCHOLARSHIP FUND Joan never wanted resources to prohibit a young woman from exploring or furthering a love of art. It is our hope that through this scholarship, others will come to experience the beautiful world of art and help continue the legacy of a very special teacher for years to come. To make a donation in Ms. McGuire’s honor please visit ART SHOW & POSTER SALE Mother of Mercy’s Annual Art Show, to be held on Sunday, May 5 from 1-4 p.m., will include a tribute to Ms. McGuire. In addition, Mercy will be selling poster prints of a series of art

work created by Ms. McGuire. All proceeds will go to support the Joan McGuire Art Scholarship Fund. Posters will be available for purchase at the art show and will also go on sale online May 1. Be sure to visit ALUMNAE ART EVENT Mercy’s Art and Alumnae Departments are currently planning a Fall Alumnae Art Event to celebrate the artists of Mercy and the life of Ms. McGuire. Stay tuned as details will be posted later this summer on Mercy’s web site, Facebook page and the Summer issue of BLUEprint.

From Joan’s Family “There are no words to express the gratitude our family has to all of you in making Joan’s final tribute and farewell from Cincinnati so beautiful, dignified and love-felt as it was for us.“ Sincerely, Jim, Andy, Ellen, Gwen and Matt McGuire

Left: A photograph from Ms. McGuire’s earlier teaching years shows students intently listening to one of her art lessons. SPRING 2013



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The Day Mr. Horton Cried By Sr. Lucy Beischel, RSM ‘48 Y es, it is true – Mr. Richard Horton did cry the day my retirement from Mercy, after 25 years of service, was celebrated in the gym at the awards ceremony. That I retired and that Mr. Horton cried is not important; what is important, however, is spreading the message of faith, hope and love found in the lives of the people – students, faculty, administration and staff – who walked and are walking the halls of Mother of Mercy High School. To believe in God, to believe in each other, takes faith. The faith that knows you are good, you are here to help me walk paths that only faith can traverse. The faith that knows and understands that if I fail you will help me up.

Without hope, our days are spiritless. The spirit of hope gives us courage to take another’s hand and know God in that person. Hope is only true if it is born of grace. And so we “call on God” to grace us with hope. There are numerous stories of LOVE; Mother of Mercy High School shows love is from God, with God and for God. What a powerhouse of faith, hope and love are “stored” in all the people in our circle of Mercy, past and present. And so it seems most fitting that we all do a “thumbs up” and shout………..

“GO God GO!” (Sister Lucy often did this cheer with students.)

Left: Mr. Horton honors Sr. Lucy for 25 years of service during Mercy’s Awards Day Ceremony in 2005.




Celebrating Grandparents! Due to an overwhelming response for our inaugural grandparents day celebration during the 2011-2012 school year, Mercy held two celebrations this year to accommodate all those wishing to attend! Freshmen and seniors celebrated All Saints Day with their grandparents, while sophomores and juniors enjoyed a Mass of celebration during Catholic Schools Week.

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pring is a busy time of the year for our service program! We had the honor of welcoming Sister Marilyn Lacey R.S.M. on the afternoon of March 20th. She is the foundress of the non-profit organization, Mercy Beyond Borders, which serves displaced women in South Sudan and Haiti in ways that helps eliminate their extreme poverty. Our first connection with Mercy Beyond Borders was in 2010, when a portion of the WALK proceeds were donated to the organization to provide tuition assistance for girls in South Sudan. Students in Kate Mitchell’s ‘93 HerStory classes also read Sr. Marilyn’s book, This Flowing Towards Me, which chronicles her work over the years with refugees both in the U.S. and abroad. The entire student body had the opportunity to hear some of Sr. Marilyn’s experiences. Through her stories she shared her message to be more attentive and compassionate towards everyone we come in contact with because there is no telling the depth of impact we can have

on each other. One story told how she was standing on a dirt road wearing sunglasses and a giant straw hat, barely recognizable, when a van zoomed past her. Suddenly it stopped, backed up, and a man got out eagerly asking if she was Sr. Marilyn. Shocked and confused, she confirmed it. He then joyfully revealed that when he was a young boy in a refugee camp, she had taken the time to talk to him for an hour. It had such an impact on him he had been looking for her all over the country of Sudan for the past twelve years, just to thank her. Sr. Marilyn’s work is very inspiring and if you are interested in more of her stories visit her website: In February, the sophomore class traveled to Over-the-Rhine to participate in their service retreat. In the morning the girls volunteered at an OTR service agency and then reflected on their experiences in the afternoon. Since retreat, the sophomores have been planning a celebration that will happen at the end of April. They have been busy making invitations, decorations, and an iMovie

to highlight the service they did. At the celebration, the service agencies where they volunteered will be recognized with a thank you note and handmade gift. Each girl will get a teacup pin to represent Catherine McAuley’s wish for women of Mercy to show hospitality towards everyone with whom they interact. This new event for the sophomores has been created to complement the Freshman Family Mass and Picnic, Junior Pin Ceremony and the Senior MotherDaughter Liturgy. Looking forward to May, the freshmen class will have their final face-to-face visit with their little buddies from St. Boniface. All year the girls have been working in groups to create a museum exhibit. The groups were assigned a science topic and each is responsible for creating a hands-on activity, artifact, video, and trifold board about the exhibit topic. At our visit in December, the girls taught a short lesson to their buddies to introduce their topic. For the last visit all of the exhibits will come together and our students will take their buddies through the Mercy Museum!




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Faith, Family, Education “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”

--Winston Churchill


t can be said that Lois Kock ‘59 lived simply throughout her life. To Winston Churchill’s quote (above), Lois would have added these three single words: faith, family, education. An only child, Lois lived in the same house for her entire life, even the same bedroom. She never had a house payment or a car

payment, never bought anything that she truly could not afford. She went to grade school, high school and college and became one of those teachers that students long remember. Although she was an only child, Lois was very involved in the lives of her extended family and really was the lynchpin that kept the various branches of the family in touch with one another. Upon the death of her parents, Lois was fortunate to inherit a significant portfolio of Procter & Gamble stock from her father, a frugal and hardworking P&G factory foreman. In diversifying the portfolio, she often used a simple technique to pick a new stock – family; more specifically, she would pick the company for whom a family mem-

ber was working! In making her own estate plan, Lois provided for family, of course, and several charities that were important to her. Considerately, she included the schools and institutions that nurtured her: St. Ignatius Church and School, Mother of Mercy High School and Edgecliff College (now Xavier University). Upon her untimely death last September, Mercy received a generous bequest from Lois, which will allow Mercy’s – and Lois’ – legacy of education for young women to continue. If you would like to follow in Lois’ footsteps and make a planned gift to Mother of Mercy, please contact President Kirsten MacDougal at 513-661-2740 ext. 483.

I’m inspired to give back ... Tina Hoffman Wocher ‘86 This series highlights alumnae who support Mother of Mercy financially, as well as give of their time. Tina is a Class Agent, alumnae who encourage classmates to carry on the tradition of supporting Mercy.

What inspires you most about Mercy? My daughter, Abby, is currently a junior at Mercy. Watching her grow spiritually, intellectually and emotionally into the beautiful, independent, young woman she is today inspires me. Mercy’s commitment to academic excellence and service to the community is truly outstanding. Mercy has given my daughter so many opportunities through her education and extracurricular activities, allowing her to find out who she is and what she is made of. She is constantly challenged by her teachers, coaches and coursework to live to her fullest potential. I know that Abby will be successful in life due to the strong foundation Mercy has created for her.




Why do you feel it’s important to continue supporting Mercy? I have a strong commitment to my faith, to my family and to my job. This commitment was instilled in me by my parents and by the education I received from Mercy. The foundation these two entities created is very solid and strong. Life at times can be challenging; however, I have never felt overwhelmed due to my faith and my family, both which keep me well grounded. I will continue to support Mercy in the hopes that others will experience the positive impact Mercy has had in my life and my daughter’s. Why did you agree to become a Class Agent? When I graduated from college and got my first job I always made sure that I participated in Mercy’s Annual “BlueCard” Drive. Now that my daughter attends Mercy, I have become so much more involved. I volunteer a lot of my time and energy regularly because I truly love the school. It feels like coming home every time I walk up the back steps and through the doors.

I get to see so many of my (old) friends and many of the teachers that once taught me (yes, some of them are still there). I want others to remember the good times we had together, and the great education we received. We are all very fortunate. Your daughter, Abby, will graduate next spring. How do you feel about her experience here at Mercy? Abby has had a wonderful experience at Mercy. She has been the President of her class the last 3 years. She has been on many sports teams and participates in many extracurricular activities, including mission trips. I feel she is a very well rounded individual who truly enjoys life, cares about her classmates and appreciates the gifts she has been given. I believe her time at Mercy has strengthened her character. As I said before, I know she will be successful because of the strong foundation Mercy has created for her.

A lumnae L ife Our journey through life can take us around the block or around the world. This issue, our Alumnae Spotlight focuses on two Mercy graduates who each answered the call of a different place, pretty far away from Westwood! Sue Draud Schneider ‘74 “On November 30th, my husband and I drove for six days (with our seven cats) to get to our new home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We have been living in the land of warmth, sunshine and the beach since December 6, 2012, in a small house we bought seven years ago in a very small Mexican neighborhood. Life is very different here, but not in a bad way. We can walk to the market a few blocks away and buy fresh fruit/veggies. It’s amazing how cheap it all is here. A few pounds of oranges, a pineapple, some bananas and maybe some tomatoes might cost us $5 US. Try to beat that in Cincy! We have been busy working on our house so we only get to the beach once a week. It’s much needed R&R. Living near the ocean is wonderful. It just brings such a peace to you that you wish everyone you know could experience. (If anyone would like to visit the west coast of Mexico, just send me an e-mail and I would be more than happy to show you around.) We have already met a number of “ex-pats” that live here so that has definitely helped our transition. In early January we joined about 20 other people and took two boats to a small village called Quimixto. Twenty years ago, a new friend of ours from San Diego (Marcy) started bringing little gifts to the children there. Her effort has grown by leaps and bounds since then. In January, we brought over bags and bags and bags ... of toys, shoes, boogie boards and piñatas full of candy; each school child received a gift that they had asked for. We had Santa with us and the young ones were so excited. Kids only go to school there until sixth grade. In order to continue, they have to go to another small village, Boca, either by boat or some very bad roads. Needless to say, not many continue their education. Marcy started a scholarship program with the help of the Puerto Vallarta Rotary Club and other local organizations. This year, six 6th-graders will receive a scholarship to continue on with their education. It was a great day and the kids were so adorable. If anyone would like to sponsor a child, please contact me. The cost is $250/year and it is truly appreciated.”

Danielle Chouteau ‘05 “I was adopted by horses when I was 10 years old. That’s when I started volunteering at a horse farm off of Bridgetown Road. Horses saved me. I didn’t know who I was at that time in my life, but the horses taught me quickly. I broke my first colt at 11 years old. The rush of being the first person to be accepted on an animal’s back became intoxicating -- I was addicted! All through high school, I was more worried about the horses than I was about parties, dances, or anything else. Looking back, it probably kept me out of a lot of trouble! I decided I would go to college at the University of Findlay, in Findlay Ohio, because they have the number one horse training program in the country. I learned a lot there! I got to train young horses how to ride and then show them and show off my ability to work with them. One of the horses I “broke” has actually gone on to win some shows! I followed a boy and a dream to Oklahoma and have been here since September 2010. I went out on a limb to a new place full of opportunity and I couldn’t have made a better decision. I’m now engaged and thanks to him, have started my own business “Hooves N’ Harmony” which is starting off to be very successful. I work full time at an office job and spend my weekends and nights training horses and giving children riding lessons; teaching them as much as they are willing to learn about my passion! I currently have one horse named Bailey and will work on breaking her out in the spring. I was never the popular girl and never the smartest girl, but with horses, I ALWAYS fit in.”




A lumnae L ife Phyllis Shofner Howell ‘44 sends news from Sarasota, Florida! Phyllis and husband Richard celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on January 30, 2013. Their six children are all living. They have 12 grandchildren (two died) and one great grandchild. Mary Anne Einhaus Backscheider ‘59 and husband Tom are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and a family Disney cruise and Disney World vacation. Mary Anne and Tom were married December 29, 1962 and have been blessed with son Tom and daughter Anastasia, along with three wonderful grandchildren, Isaac, Elijah and Rhea. Tom retired from the US Army and Mary Anne retired from Civil Service; they now live in Maryville, Tennessee. Betty Teal Hall ‘63 is the proud grandmother of eleven and great-grandmother of three. Sherri Kempf ‘82 recently moved to Durham, North Carolina with her husband and 8-year old son. Sherri’s husband took a job at Duke University. Sherri would love to connect with any Mercy alumnae in the Durham area – feel free to send her an email at Sue Minges Polanka ‘86 is the head of reference and instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio, president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio and a member of the ALA Council. She created the award-winning blog, No Shelf Required®, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers, which has led to a series of best-selling




publications and speaks internationally on the topic of e-books. The American Library Association announced Sue as one of the co-editors of eContent Quarterly, a new online journal which launching in Fall 2013. eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Dana Furey Buckley ‘89 writes “After living in Central Illinois for five wonderful years with lots of visits to Cincinnati, we have returned to California! We are living in Orange County and are enjoying the sunshine, the beach and Disneyland! I am volunteering with the PTA including chairperson of the ‘Teachers Holiday Cookie Exchange’ and helping out with the book fair and science fair. I love staying in touch on Facebook!!”

Maura Binder Clapper ‘97 graduated from University of Dayton and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is an attorney with Manley Deas Kochalski LLC in Louisville, KY. “Maura and her husband Cy just welcomed their first child, David Joseph. David was born at 12:12 p.m. on 12/12/2012 (in room 12!) The local news team came to welcome him to the world on his special birthday!” Nikki Deters Niemann ‘97 writes “Brian and I welcomed our 4th child on October 15, 2012. Margo Murphy Niemann joins brothers Brody (6) Frankie (3) and Gus (2). Things are busy but we love it!”

Erin O’Brien ‘91 hit a milestone within the last several months. “On September 9, 2012, in Findlay, Ohio I completed my first century bike ride! Yes, that is 100 miles of bike riding in one day. I can’t wait for next year’s ride.” Angela Littelmann Meyer ‘95 has been Staff Development and Education Geriatric Care Supervisor at the Christ Hospital for 13 years. Angela has also been married for 13 years to Stacy Meyer of Aurora Indiana. They have two children - Chloe, 9 years old and Charlie, 6 years old. Renee Dison Yee ‘95 “married Brian Yee on October 24, 2010 and we had a beautiful baby boy, Griffin Jack, October 3, 2012. After working at Fidelity Investments and then the IRS, I’m now excited to stay at home with Griffin full time.”

Elizabeth Dehne Hartlaub ‘98 got married in 2008 and had daughter, Maeve, in April 2012. “My sister, Maria Dehne ‘02 loves being an Aunt and one of Maeve’s Godparents.” Sara Stark ‘98 is a clinical research coordinator for the University of Cincinnati. She qualified for the Boston Marathon and will be running April 15, 2013!

A lumnae L ife Tammy Rigas Papathanasiou ‘99 is living in Delhi and is a very busy woman! Tammy is the owner of Zorbas Gyros in Lawerenceburg, Indiana and also works at Tangles Hair Designers in Western Hill. She has been “married for 5 years now to my wonderful husband Kostas, and have a beautiful baby boy named Yianni who was born July 2, 2011.” Sara Krummen Gehring ‘01 has a BA in History from Miami University and an M.Ed and Educational Administration licensure from Xavier University; she is in her 7th year teaching for Mount Healthy City Schools as an Intervention Specialist. Sara married Chuck in July 2011 at Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University, with Sarah Rodenbeck Kathmann ‘01 and Krista Krummen Stenger ‘97 as bridesmaids. Sara and Chuck welcomed Elizabeth Blythe into their family on May 2, 2012. The Gehring family currently lives in the Mount Washington area of Cincinnati. Angie Scarlato Hawley ‘02 welcomed son, Liam Patrick, on December 26, 2012. Proud grandmother is Judy Scarlato, Finance Operations Coordinator in Mercy’s Business Office!

Tricia Jones Christman ‘03 and husband Pete celebrated the arrival of their daughter, Hadley Mae, on October 27, 2012. Hadley’s proud grandmother is Kathy Gerdes Jones ‘76. (Photo at right.)

Shana Kay ‘03, with a BA in Psychology from Thomas More College under her belt, received her MBA, with a concentration in Healthcare Management, from Sullivan University in 2010 and a Postgraduate Internship in Clinical Effectiveness from Norton Healthcare in 2012. Shana is an Investigator for Risk Management at River Valley Behavioral Health, Hazelwood Center (ICF/MR) in Louisville, KY.

Sarah Schaefer Jones ‘06 married Nick Jones in November 2012. After an island honeymoon in Fiji, the new Mr. and Mrs. Jones are living in Western Hills; Sarah is a pharmacist for Kroger.

Amy Kessler Brunner ‘05 was pleased to share that “my husband, Grant Brunner and I welcomed our first addition to our family! Rylee Elizabeth Brunner was born March 20, 2012 at Good Sam Hospital. She weighed in at 6 lbs. and measured 20 in. long. She was born with a condition called Gastrochisis (her intestines were outside of her body). After spending 6 weeks in the Cincinnati Childrens NICU she got to come home. She is now one year old and doing amazing!”

Megan Molleran Abbott ‘07 married her “wonderful husband, Matt” on October 27, 2012. Megan and Matt are enjoying married life in Oxford, Mississippi.

Please keep us posted of your updates and achievements by submitting an update online at or email our Alumnae Office at




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Upcoming Reunions These classes already have plans in the works: --The Class of 1963 is planning their 50th Reunion on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Manor House, 7440 S. Mason Montgomery Rd., Mason, OH. For more information, please contact the committee at or call Jane Schell Yost at (513) 398-0911 or Helen Welge Rohrer at (513) 738-5422. Looking forward to reconnecting with all of our classmates! --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 1973 is planning their 40th Reunion for the fall of 2013. Look for more details to come! Contact Susan Ruehl Bischoff at or Tina Putz Gorman at for more information.

--The Class of 1978 is planning their 35th Reunion for the fall of 2013. Look for more details to come! Contact Lisa Mahon Fluegeman at for more information. Many classes meet on a regular basis throughout each year – check these out: Class of 1956 – dates for 2013 – June 26, September 25 and December 18 at Nick and Tom’s at 6:30 pm. Contact Jan Gibson Mathews at or (513) 481-0468 for more information. Class of 1965 – last Wednesday of March and September (March 27 and September 25) at LaRosa’s on Boudinot. Contact Peggy Kleimeyer Tonnis at 513-923-4256 for more information. Now It’s Your Turn – Classes of 1943, 1953, 1958, 1968, 1983, 1988, 1998, 2003 and 2008! Contact Lisa Mahon Fluegeman ’78, Alumnae Coordinator for assistance in planning a special event for your class.


GOLDEN GUILD A society honoring alumnae graduated more than 50 years, cordially invites the classes of 1919 - 1962 to attend a celebration luncheon on

Saturday, May 4, 2013 Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Sr. Mary Carlos Theatre. Brunch will be served at noon in Mercy’s cafeteria followed by a performance by Mercy’s Vocal Ensemble.

Please RSVP to Mercy's Alumnae Office at 513-661-2740 ext. 304 or e-mail Visit for more details.




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Athletic Reunions Mercy Golf Outing August 9, 2013 Grand Oak Golf Club West Harrison, IN

Alumnae Volleyball Game August 10, 2013 11 a.m. Mercy’s Gym

Alumnae Soccer Game August 15, 2013 6 p.m. Mercy’s Field

Alumnae Cross Country Race

Due to construction at Rapid Run Park, a date and time has yet to be determined. Please email Coach Ridder at to receive more details.

Reunion Recap From our Young Alumnae Raid the Halls to basketball and individual reunions, graduates from all decades have been getting together. Take a look at a few shots from these recent reunions!

Several members of the Class of 1955 celebrated their birthdays together on February 15. A picture of “The Spirit of ‘76” adorned their table as classmates were given mementos of “76 Trombones” from Music Man since it was their 76th birthday!

In November, the Class of 2002 gathered for their 10 year reunion!

Left to right: Mary Rebold Williams, Violet Neiheisel Larbus, Patricia Blair Curry, Zita Klett Jeanmougin, Daria Korte Luebbe, Mary Jo Matacia Schuld, Carol Blair Brockman and Jeanne Riemen Wagner.

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Reunion Recap Over 100 young alumnae from the classes of 2008 - 2012 came to Mercy’s Annual Young Alumnae Raid the Halls event. They joined the school for our Christmas Prayer Service before visiting classrooms and even squeezing in for a ride on the elevator!

Dancing Dad

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Jerome C. Meyer on November 19, 2012 at the age of 89. Mr. Meyer holds the record for attending 24 consecutive Father/Daughter Dances from 1960 - 1983 in addition to attending several alumnae dances with his daughters! He and his wife Dorothy, who passed away in 2009, valued Catholic education and undoubtedly made many sacrifices to send their nine daughters to Mercy. He will be missed by many friends and family members including these 15 alumnae: SISTERS: Ruth “Susie” Meyer ‘52 and Rosemary Meyer Gramann ‘54

Varsity basketball players Rebecca Tumlin ‘13 and Kelley Wiegman ‘13 were joined on the court by their grandmother’s Vera Schmutte Klopp ‘45 and Ginny Imbus Mendel ‘45 in January.

DAUGHTERS: Mary Meyer Staun ‘64, Virginia Marie Meyer ‘66, Christine Meyer Rettig ‘68, Alice Meyer Sills ‘71, Elizabeth Meyer King ‘74, Bernadette “Bernie” Meyer ‘76, Teresa Meyer Ringel ‘78, Rose Anne Meyer Tempel ‘81 and Helen Meyer ‘84. ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS: Debbie Meyer ‘76, Mary Beth Niedhamer Gramann ‘76, Karen Gramann Sweeney ‘78 and Katie Lewnard King ‘06.

Alumnae Basketball Reunion.




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More Upcoming Events

Spring Concert

May 17 & 18 at 7 p.m.

Mercy Art Exhibit May 5, 2013 1 - 4 p.m. Please use the Epworth Entrances

Join Mercy’s Freshman/Sophomore chorus, Junior/Senior chorus, Vocal Ensemble and Handbell Choir for an evening of song. Performances will be held in the Sr. Mary Carlos Theatre. Tickets are $6 and will be on sale in Mercy’s Main Office the week of May 13.

Contact 513-661-2740 for more details.

Pinkies Out! A pre-Mother's Day Treat! Saturday, May 11, 2013 Mothers and daughters (1st-4th grade) are invited to a tea party brunch from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Attendants will indulge in quality girl time, which will include scrumptious bites, crafts, make-up and a fashion show! Dress to impress in pink party wear. Admission: $6/person RSVP:

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MERCYWEST Mother of Mercy’s Annual Gala, Mercywest, was a huge success this year. The evening of “Denim, Diamonds and Donations” brought almost 500 people - Mercy’s largest auction crowd to date! The gymnasium turned western and guests arrived in droves wearing their finest cowboy boots and hats or patriotic colors. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour with music provided by the Pete Wagner Orchestra. The silent auction booths were packed with bidders before all guests enjoyed a sit down dinner provided by Montgomery Inn. The evening opened with stellar performances by Elvis and Mother of Mercy’s Sapphire Girls. The live auction show was non-stop action as Julie Leis Raleigh ‘82, Mercy FUNdraiser, and her husband and emcee for the evening, Steve Raleigh, Chief Meteorologist for Chan-

nel 9 News, energized the crowd with their lively performance that included bidding on over 20 phenomenal auction packages from vacations and Bengal events to autographed guitars and celebrity golf outings. The live auction also honored newly-retired Sheriff Simon Leis for his long-time dedication to Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The evening concluded with guests supporting Mercy’s crisis fund, headed up by Mercy’s very own angel, Sr. Marjorie Rudemiller ‘61 who was decked out in her cowgirl attire! All funds raised throughout the evening are essential in sustaining the many academic, religious and extracurricular programs offered at Mother of Mercy.

Men & Women of Mercy In honor and recognition of those in the Mercy community who have demonstrated the highest levels of long-term, continual support for Mother of Mercy High School, the school is pleased to introduce its most prestigious benefactor award, “The Men and Women of Mercy.” Every year, up to two members may be inducted as “The Men and Women of Mercy” at Mercy’s Gala Auction. During MERCYWEST, President Kirsten MacDougal was pleased to announce that the late Robert Driehaus and his wife Rita Driehaus were the recipients of the 2013 Inaugural Men & Women of Mercy Award! Mrs. Driehaus was joined by several family members in accepting the honor and her daughter Barb Driehaus ‘76 spoke on behalf of the family.




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 March 31, 2013.) Alumnae: Rosemary Moorman Barkalow ‘37 Sr. Mary Clarissa Crowe RSM ‘37 Mary Hughes ‘38 Patricia Mulholland Castelli ‘42 Betty Schille Backscheider ‘47 Lucille Erdman Suddendorf ‘47 Mary Joan Carroll Stolz ‘50 Dorothy Kroger Whetstone ‘50 Mary Bischoff Alexander ‘54 Nancy Harp Montgomery ‘54 Marilyn Zenz Nann ‘56 Fran Osterhues Middendorf ‘57 Beverly Iasillo Turner ‘57 Joyce Niehaus Ramey ‘60 Joan Hizer Ackerman ‘61 Mary Joan Frey Stemen ‘62 Marcia Hill Hutzel ‘63 Mary Ann Krauz Keith ‘65 Husband of: Inez Linehan Herbert ‘38 Jeanne Hellman Schottelkotte ‘43 Betty Brielmaier Tierney ‘45 Eleanor Schrand Linneman ‘46 Catherine Peterman Kenkel ‘53 Antoinette Palmire Minges ‘53 Patricia Simon Schlimm ‘53 Jane Bell Sunderhaus ‘54 Mary Ellen Heitfeld Fariello ‘56 Barbara Kemme Hoffmeister ‘57 Arlene Kamphaus Stuhlreyer ‘58 Jo Anne Blazer Zureick ‘58 Dorothy Kalus Nieman ‘59 Carol Brabender Schradin ‘59 Peggy Dunigan Schwoeppe ‘65 Karen Lockard Striet ‘65 Barbara Cruse Baker ‘73 Peggy LeSaint Schlanser ‘73 Son of: Amber Curry Windsor ‘01 Mother of: Carol Arzman Wiesman ‘55 Doretta Grieshop Gillott ‘57 Georgia Hennekes Burt ‘60 Christine Seithel Hannon ‘61

Pauline Grieshop Dangel ‘62 Kate Seithel Hannon ‘62 Brigette Reichrath Beiersdorfer ‘63 Judith Yunger Heile ‘64 Elaine Meiners Westrich ‘64 Mary Ann Riga Lively ‘65 Valentina Prechenenko Remig ‘65 Patricia Cleary Scharf ‘65 Ann Rischmann Becker ‘66 Kathy Riga Reid ‘66 Diane Yunger Rottinghaus ‘66 Barbara Guethlein Stallmeyer ‘66 Debbie Allgeier Giesting ‘67 Leslie Lazaron Korbee ‘67 Sharon Metz Hildebrand ‘68 Margaret Rischmann Muddiman ‘68 Martha Rischmann Smith ‘68 Linda McFarland Wheeler ‘68 Carol Ann Guethlein Cahill ‘69 Joyce Overberg Caravella ‘69 Sara Lazaron Duffy ‘69 Beverly Allgeier McKenna ‘69 Judith Sue Rigacci Davis ‘70 Mary Jane Overberg Felland ‘70 Mary Jo Kist Kienzle ‘70 Geralyn Riga Tengler ‘70 Judy Rohrkasse Burks ‘71 Carol Overberg Erb ‘71 Nancy Guethlein ‘71 Donna Metz Rauf ‘72 Cherie Fichter Ryan ‘72 Janet Overberg Edwards ‘73 Kathy Kist Hatke ‘73 Kathy Stolz Kearney ‘73 Vicki Prechenenko Mayall ‘73 Elizabeth Rischmann Cullum ‘75 Susan Foppe Hoffman ‘75 Candy Chastang Laub ‘75 Marianne Kreinest Sommerkamp ‘75 Joni Overberg Trotta ‘76 Mary Ellen Schroth McBride ‘77 Marilyn Mayer Taylor MD ‘78 Brenda Niemann Todd ‘78 Juli Rigacci ‘79 Julie Overberg Niehoff ‘80

Sally Schroth Ebersole ‘81 Colleen Seithel Kniep ‘81 Beth Mayer O’Connell ‘81 Tammy Chastang Re ‘81 Barbara Seithel Nieman ‘82 Carol Schalk Teetz ‘82 Sheri Kist Allan ‘83 Mary Foppe Riffe ‘83 Colleen Byrne Bailey ‘84 Donna Kaeser Bischof ‘84 Debbie Foppe LaRocco ‘84 Jennifer Seithel Hoffman ‘85 Christy Byrne Tiernan ‘86 Cathleen Byrne Bethea ‘89 Sherry Kaeser Smith ‘91 Father of: Patricia Mayer Klapper ‘60 Carol Distler Link ‘64 Juanita Dickman Massa ‘64 Mary Meyer Staun ‘64 Lois Herbert Elbe ‘65 Linda Mayer Merk ‘65 Lynn Guenthner Buckley ‘66 Mary Jo Schiesz Cini ‘66 Virginia Marie Meyer ‘66 Mary Lou Stock Roether ‘66 Sharon Metz Hildebrand ‘68 Rita Schiesz Miller ‘68 Christina Meyer Rettig ‘68 Helen Herbert Wysong ‘68 Carol Hehemann Ahr ‘69 Janet Guenthner Hunter ‘69 Mary R. Linz ‘69 Mary Jo McMullen ‘69 Gail Veeneman Yost ‘69 Judith Sue Rigacci Davis ‘70 Terri Burden Krier ‘70 Carolmarie Stock ‘70 Maribeth Gamm Zucker ‘70 Carol Anderson Jordan ‘71 Donna Metz Rauf ‘72 Kathy McMullen Enderle ‘73 Nancy Schiesz Harnish ‘73 Judy Herbert Weberding ‘73 Wendy Wolf Findley ‘73 Alice Meyer Sills ‘71

Elizabeth Meyer King ‘74 Diane Vonderhaar Skierkiewicz ‘75 Paula Backscheider-Anderson ‘76 Mary Ann Schneider DiStasi ‘76 Gayle Guenthner Hoenke ‘76 Bernadette Meyer ‘76 Monica Kurzhals Dechering ‘77 Bonnie Cornelius Bresnen ‘78 Peggy Backscheider ‘78 Jean Lynch Lim ‘78 Amy Herrmann Pelphrey ‘78 Teresa Meyer Ringel ‘78 Patricia Hehemann Palusak ‘79 Juli Rigacci ‘79 Pat Lynch Bell ‘80 Lisa Herrmann Cullen ‘80 Maryann Schlimm Gamel ‘80 Rebecca Ritter Graber ‘80 Aimee Wolf Reilly ‘80 Julie Herrmann Fite ‘81 Margee Schlimm Garbsch ‘81 Pam Backscheider Patty ‘81 Rose Anne Meyer Tempel ‘81 Kathleen Coors Helbling ‘82 Trina Anderson Niemer ‘82 Helen Meyer ‘84 Martha Stocker ‘84 Nancy Kenkel Pacetti ‘85 Amy Breeden Dunlop ‘86 Nancy Martini Howard ‘86 Rhonda Gerhardstein Komar ‘86 Sue Stocker Melaragno ‘86 Jennifer Herrmann Crim ‘88 Suzanne Kenkel Shamsi ‘89 Erin Bennett Adler ‘90 Shelli Schlanser Homan ‘95 Sarah Gramann ‘96 Betsy Schlanser Haynes ‘98 Alexandria Arguedas ‘01 Shannon McKenna Bowling ‘01 Cindy Schlanser Tabler ‘01 Alison Baker ‘09








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Registration is now open for 2013 Summer Camps! For campers ages 3 - 15 for the 2013 - 2014 school year.

Mercy offers a variety of summer camps for grade school boys and girls. With eight different athletic camps to choose from and six academic and extracurricular camps, your child will be sure to find at least one camp that meets their interest!






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