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McAuley High School students Elizabeth Belleman and Emma Feist were selected to attend the recent Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference in Urbana, Ohio. For over five decades, HOBY has inspired young people to make a difference and become catalysts for positive change in their home, school, workplace, and community. HOBY aims to inspire and develop our global community of youth & volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. The four-day event focused on HOBY's core values of Volunteerism, Integrity, Excellence, Diversity and Community Partnership.

Students from McAuley and Mother of Mercy recently participated in a summer Immersion Retreat with St. Vincent de Paul's Ozanam Center for Service Learning in Over-the-Rhine. St. Vincent de Paul's immersion experiences, which promote Catholic social teaching, are designed for groups of Cincinnatians to raise awareness, encourage mutual respect and promote solutions that bring impactful and lasting change to our community.

During the four-day retreat, students prayed, worked, ate and slept at St. Vincent de Paul's Bank Street location, and immersed themselves in the neighborhoods of Over-the-Rhine, West End, East Price Hill and Lower Price Hill. They served and enjoyed lunch with visitors at Our Daily Bread near Findlay Market; served in the food pantry; pulled weeds in the community garden; visited and talked with people in Washington Park; visited the Women's Shelterhouse; made home visits to the poor; played with children through the Boys and Girls Club; and attended Mass at St. Joseph Church in the West End.

The students also participated in a poverty simulation exercise, to experience what it is like for people who are on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The students were placed in small groups and were given $6 (the equivalent of one day's worth of food stamps) to buy a healthy dinner for a family of four from the Vine Street Kroger. They then cooked and ate the food at the Bank Street location.

Through the Homeless Coalition, the students listened to speakers who talked about their life as homeless individuals. They also learned about advocacy efforts for the homeless. The retreat concluded with a prayer service and a commissioning ceremony.

McAuley students who attended included: Caroline Kinney, Megan Threm, Katie Schreyer, Emily Dillman, Cecily Batdorf. Mother of Mercy students who attended included: Olivia Meister, Elena Popejoy, Madison Coombs, Erin Toon, Abby Scola, Catherine Hoferer, Grace Hoeting, Emily Ridder, Natalie Zeller, Evelyn Larkins, Brooke Craynon, Allison Moellinger, Leah Jungkunz.

Several McAuley students and faculty members recently participated in two different summer service trips. One group traveled to to Kissimme, Florida, to the Give Kids the World Village, a 70-acre, nonprofit "storybook" resort where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to week-long, cost-free fantasy vacations. The students performed various tasks such as helping the families get their meals with ease, serving food and snacks, working kids' rides such as the train and carousel, as well as helping with a variety of kids' games.

"What I found most rewarding was putting a smile on the kids' faces and seeing how happy they are even though they are sick," said McAuley senior Ashley Hartig. "My favorite part of the trip was interacting with the families and doing everything possible to help them have the best week of their lives. At Give Kids the World Village, the answer is always 'yes' and everyone is so happy and nice! One day we were serving dinner, and a little girl wanted a hot dog and a side of scrambled eggs. Even though we weren't serving that food at the time, the cooks made her a hot dog with a side of eggs"

Those who participated in the trip to Give Kids the World Village included Katie Geckle, Campus Minister & Theater Director; Lisa Heiert, Social Studies Teacher, as well as the following students: Holly Berrens '18, Ashley Hartig '18, Lily Clark '18, Nicole Armbruster '17, Katlyn Havlin '19, Brooke Ryan '18, Allison Koenig '18, Holly McGarvey '18, Elena Kluener '17, Hanna Creighton '18

Another group of students, alumnae and chaperones travelled to Jamaica, where they served children at the St. John Bosco Center for Boys, located in the town of Mandeville. St. John Bosco, established by the Sisters of Mercy and opened in 1960, is home to nearly 160 boys in need of structure, care, education, and support for personal development. During their trip, the McAuley students performed tasks such as scraping and sanding the metal bars that covered the school's windows, weeding the garden, and interacting with the boys at the school. They played sports and games with them, danced, flew kites, and other fun activities. One day, they also attended Mass in Mandeville and had their photo taken with the Archbishop.

"These boys loved people unconditionally and didn't judge people by their looks," said McAuley senior Jaclynn Ruberg. "They were so grateful for the littlest things! We would make kites from garbage bags and play with muddy cards. I'm glad I had this humbling experience to get closer to God."

Those who participated in the trip included: Cassie Fulks, '17, Katie Ernst '17, Annie Klare '18, Jaclynn Ruberg '18, Elizabeth Belleman '19, Emma Brunst '18, Jill Allaben '19, Samantha Roll '18, Sydney Jung '13, Allie Klare '18,

McAuley Technical Theater Director Randy Kent, and his wife, Mary Kent.

McAuley High School received five Cappie Awards for its spring musical, All Shook Up, at the Cappies Awards Gala held on May 27. They received awards for Costumes, Stage Management and Stage Crew, Choreography (Maria Huey '17 and Nora Honkomp '18), Female Dancer (Maria Huey '17), and Female Critic (Emily Driehaus '18). The cast performed their song 'Burnin' Love' during the actual awards ceremony at the Aronoff Center.

All Shook Up All Shook Up is a musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It takes place in a small middle American town in 1955, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a guitar-playing stranger help the town discover the magic of romance and the power of Rock & Roll.

McAuley's All Shook Up received 24 total Cappie nominations, including: Critic Team, Female Critic (2), Marketing & Publicity, Hair & Makeup, Props, Sets, Costumes, Lights, Sound, Choreography, Stage Management & Stage Crew, Ensemble, Featured Actor, Featured Actress, Female Dancer, Male Dancer, Comic Actress, Comic Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actor, Song, and Musical.

McAuley's 2016 spring musical, Mary Poppins, won eight Cappie Awards for Best Musical, Best Song, Lead Actress in a Musical, Lead Actor in a Musical, Female Dancer, Choreography, Ensemble in a Musical, and Costumes.

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

McAuley High School will present its 2017 Summer Musical, Singin' in the Rain, July 7 – 9. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on July 7 and 8, and at 2 p.m. on July 9. Visit www.mcauleyhs.net for details.

As the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's appearance at Fatima this month, past Marian Award recipients from McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools honored Mary in a special May Crowning on May 20 at Mother of Mercy. The ceremony was designed to bring together freshmen and sophomores at each school who will be upper class-women together at Mercy-McAuley High School. The Mercy students provided the McAuley students with a tour of Mother of Mercy. Sitting in a circle with McAuley campus minister, Katie Geckle, looking on, these young women talked, laughed and made friendship bracelets.

The girls assembled in Mother of Mercy's exquisite foyer to conduct the ceremony inside. Using a Mary statue from the school collection and fresh flowers, this image received two crowns. One Bobcat and one Mohawk were selected to place the crowns on Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth. A bible reading, music, prayers and a procession, including floral tributes in memory of Cristina and Anna (two Mother of Mercy students who recently passed away), rounded out the event.

Students in the photo (L to R) include: Grace Miller, Katelyn Freese, Kaylie Frede, Ellie Kammerer, Katherine Rust and Ellen Stevenot.

McAuley High School congratulates its Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Hannah Smith, and Salutatorian, Olivia Dillman!

Valedictorian Hannah Smith will attend Ohio Northern University in the fall, where she will major in business and psychology. She plans to pursue Ohio Northern's 3+3 law program and hopes to become a contract attorney. At McAuley, Hannah was involved in volleyball, National Honor Society, Cards for Courage, Women in Law, Ambassadors Club, Key Club, and tutoring.

Hannah says her favorite class at McAuley was AP Latin, and her favorite McAuley tradition was raffle. "The thing I will miss most about McAuley is the school masses. The music sung by the Vocal Ensemble is always amazing, and you can really feel a sense of sisterhood when we are gathered together to worship. Joining hands to sing the Alma Mater at the end is also uplifting," said Hannah.

"McAuley has pushed me to achieve my full potential," Hannah said. "When I entered McAuley, I was a shy freshman. I am now emerging as a confident, strong and empowered young woman."

Hannah attended grade school at St. James White Oak. She is the daughter of Scott and Niccia Smith of White Oak.

Salutatorian Olivia Dillman will attend the University of Cincinnati, where she will major in medical sciences, as she plans to become a physician. At McAuley, Olivia was involved in Women In Medicine, National Honor Society, National History Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Key Club, Traveling Science Show, Soccer, and Adopt-A-Grandparent Program at Llanfair Retirement Community. She also served as Student Council Senior Class President, a Student Ambassador, NHS Secretary and Treasurer, and she participated in a Service and Immersion trip to Jamaica.

Olivia says her favorite classes at McAuley were Anatomy & Physiology, Honors Chemistry and Honors Pre-Calculus. Her favorite McAuley tradition is singing the Alma Mater after every mass. "It reminds me of the unbreakable bond of our sisterhood: past, present and future," said Olivia. "I can say, without a doubt, that I will miss all the friendships I have made throughout my four years at McAuley. It is each friendship – whether it be with a fellow student or a teacher or faculty member – that makes McAuley truly unforgettable."

"McAuley gave me opportunities in academics, service, and extracurricular activities that I would have never been able to discover myself," said Olivia. "These opportunities have truly shaped me into the woman of faith, compassion, service, leadership and excellence that I am proud of today."

Olivia attended grade school at St. Catharine. She is the daughter of Bradford and Margaret Dillman of Westwood.

On May 16 at a special luncheon held at Clovernook Country Club, five McAuley seniors were each awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Mercy Hospital West Auxiliary. Each year, the Auxiliary awards annual scholarships to talented area students embarking on health care careers. Congratulations to these five students, all members of McAuley's Women in Medicine program:

  • Olivia Dillman, who will attend the University of Cincinnati and plans to become a physician.
  • Emma Fitz, who will attend Ohio State University and plans to become a surgeon.
  • Kathryn Rost, who will study biochemistry at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Audra Stueve, who will attend Ohio State University, where she plans to study pre-med.
  • Grace Wells, who will study nursing at the University of Cincinnati.

McAuley's Women In Medicine Program is an academic program in partnership with Mercy West Hospital. Through the program, students are given the opportunity to explore careers in the health fields through monthly seminars and volunteering. In addition to Women in Medicine, McAuley's Women In Program also offers areas of concentration in Law, Engineering and Technology.

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French and Danish Student Exchange Programs

Several McAuley students and chaperones spent their spring breaks travelling abroad through two different exchange programs. One McAuley group travelled with a group from La Salle High School to Toulouse, France, where they stayed with French host families. "This was the first trip to France in McAuley history that included a family stay, which provides students with a truly authentic, unforgettable language and culture experience that creates life-long international friendships," said McAuley French teacher Rachael Gosdin.

Students ate meals at the French dinner table, attended school at General Royer Clemenceau High School, and truly lived the life of a French student. The group spent several days in Paris exploring the city of lights and visiting classic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Galeries Layettes, Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris Catacombs, Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur Cathedral. They also visited Carcassonne, a fortress from the 6th century BC, which served as inspiration for the castle in Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty, and was where Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was filmed. The group enjoyed a scavenger hunt and tour of Toulouse on the last day. This past October, McAuley had welcomed several of the French students as part of the exchange.

"This trip was such an incredible experience for me and I would do it again in a heartbeat," said McAuley junior Sara Roell. "The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower was absolutely breathtaking, especially at sunset! The family I stayed in with Toulouse was very welcoming and taught me a lot about everyday life in France."

Students who travelled to Paris included: Cameryn Lipscomb '18, Emma Barbee '17, Elena Kluener '17, Corey Yenke '17 (La Salle), Hailey Tensing '18. Front, L to R: Sara Roell '18, Erin Lucas '19, Maggie Castelli '19, Rachel Hoffman '17, Christina Turnage '17.

Another group of seven students and chaperones spent nine days in Aalborg, Denmark, with host students and families. The Danish hosts were girls who had come to McAuley this past October. While in Denmark, the McAuley students went to school with their hosts at Hasseris Gymnasium, a public co-ed high school. They attended classes, including a gym class with dancing! The week also included a city tour as well as a pizza party at school with all the Danish students who had been at McAuley in the fall. Our students experienced Danish culture and history, Danish food (including chocolate for breakfast), and some even rode a bike to school. On the weekend, they took day trips to Aarhus, a nearby city, and the beach at Skagen on the northern coast of Denmark where the Baltic and North Seas meet. During the last two days of the trip, the group ventured to Copenhagen via train for a tour that included the Parliament buildings, the Queen's residence and the statue of the Little Mermaid. On their last day in Copenhagen, the girls visited Rosenborg castle, the National Museum, and Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world.

"Going to Denmark was an amazing experience," said McAuley junior Josie Smith. "I walked on the other side of the world and spoke with people much different from me. I think this is what travel is all about - experiencing new things, getting out of your comfort zone, and opening your mind. And that's exactly why I love it so much."

Students who travelled to Denmark included: Annie Klare '18, Mia Raleigh '17, Alexis Fehring '17, Allie Klare '18, Jenna Lustenberger '17, Annie Schindler '17, Josie Smith '18.

Congratulations to McAuley Drama, who received an astounding 24 Cappies nominations - including Best Musical - for the spring musical, All Shook Up! The nominations include:

1.Critic Team

2.Female Critic: Emily Driehaus

3.Female Critic: Amanda Wood

4.Marketing & Publicity

5.Hair & Makeup







12.Stage Management & Stage Crew

13.Ensemble (Special Dancers)

14.Featured Actor (Conner Liette)

15.Featured Actress (Amanda Wood)

16.Female Dancer (Maria Huey)

17.Male Dancer (James Blum)

18.Comic actress (Madeline Smith)

19.Comic Actor (Joshua Woodward)

20.Supporting Actress (Jordan Zulli)

21.Supporting Actor (Brendan Wells)

22.Lead Actor (Seth Mobley)

23.Song (Can't Help Falling in Love)


Members of the cast will perform the song "Can't Help Falling in Love" at the Cappies Awards Gala on May 27 at the Aronoff Center.

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