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McAuley Drama's summer musical, Singin' in the Rain, is July 7 - 9. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, and $5 for children under 10. Check back for ticket information soon! Click HERE to view the cast and crew list.

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.

Must be pre-ordered by May 23

Seniors who wish to order Graduation DVDs must pre-order a copy by May 23. Click HERE for the order forms and for more information.

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.
Junior Ruthie Hewald Named Mother Catherine McAuley Award Winner

McAuley was pleased to recognize over 250 students during the 38th Annual Academic Awards Banquet on April 26, 2017. The event began with a buffet dinner in McAuley's cafeteria, followed by the presentation of nearly 600 awards and certificates in the school's state-of-the-art Performing Art Center.

Junior Ruthie Hewald received the Mother Catherine McAuley Award, the evening's most prestigious award that recognizes one student who exemplifies the spirit of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy. At the event, it was stated that Ruthie "is a very gracious, extremely humble, and a very determined, hard-working individual. She excels academically because of her motivation and her hard work. Her first priority is serving and helping others including any and every student in the building; a perfect candidate for the Catherine McAuley Award." Ruthie is an Ambassador for McAuley and is member of the volleyball team. She is also in Women In Technology and an active member of the recyling crew. She also coaches a grade school volleyball team.

Junior Tiffany Manning was awarded the Ken and Jeannine Hammel Honorarium Scholarship. Ken Hammel was a much beloved guidance counselor at McAuley in the 90s. He had already retired from the public school system when he was persuaded to continue his legacy here. Although he retired again in 1998, he returned continuously to McAuley as a substitute teacher until Mr. Hammel moved with his wife to Texas to be close to their daughters. In 2003, the Hammels created a scholarship to be given to a McAuley student. Mr. Hammel passed away in the fall of 2013, but his wife and other donors have continued this scholarship for several more years.

Junior Amanda Popp was awarded an Alumnae Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship was created to honor the traditions of McAuley High School, the values of Catherine McAuley, and the mother/daughter relationship. To qualify for the scholarship, the mothers and daughters created projects that exhibit knowledge and understanding of the traditions of Catherine McAuley and how this legacy lives on today.

The following seniors were recognized for achieving First Honors for 15 quarters: Abigail Albrinck, Claire Alverson, Kathryn Bergmann, Janie Burwick, Julia Cardinal, Alexah Chrisman, Olivia Dillman, Abigail Ewald, Emma Fitz, Sophia Hamilton, Nicole Kerth, Abigail Koenig, Grace Mattingly, Tiffany Nguyen, Eleanor Nieman, Erin Parsons, Kathryn Rost, Rachel Seibert, Hannah Smith, Audra Stueve, Kristen Stueve, Emma Verkely, Grace Wells, Amanda Wood.

Students with the highest weighted average in each class include senior Hannah Smith, junior Nora Honkomp, sophomore Danielle Nissen, and freshman Morgan Gabriel.

Congratulations to all the students who were honored for their outstanding academic achievements! Click HERE to see the full list of honorees!

This school year, McAuley High School's team of eight Cappies Critics attended, and wrote reviews of, 13 theatrical plays produced by area high schools. Twenty of their written reviews– a record number for the school - were chosen for publication on Cincinnati.com. Through the Cappies program, high school theatre and journalism students attend shows at other schools and write reviews. At the end of the year, the student critics vote for awards that are presented at a formal Cappies Gala.

McAuley's team of Cappies critics includes: Samantha Baxter, Shannon Burdett, Emily Driehaus, Jen Fohl, Emma Grace Geckle, Nora Honkomp, Raelynn Snodgrass and Amanda Wood. The team is led by McAuley Drama Director Katie Geckle, a 2011 McAuley alumna. The published reviews can be found on Cincinnati.com HERE, and all of the Cappies reviews from the school year can be found at www.cincicap.com/reviews.

"Being a Cappies critic this year has been so much fun," said junior Emily Driehaus. "I've met so many new people and have seen incredible high school productions all over the Cincinnati area! I have a greater appreciation for the many different aspects that go into creating a production and how vitally important each and every person in the cast and crew is in making a show successful. Cappies is such a fun community, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it!"

The Cappies Program is an international organization whose mission is as follows:

  • to provide a unique collaborative learning experience for high school theater students
  • to encourage, and advance the training of, student writers, performing artists, and technical crew
  • to inspire creativity and critical thinking
  • to offer constructive critical feedback for student theatrical endeavors
  • to foster more community recognition of student achievement in theater arts, and to enhance, celebrate, and add excitement to high school theater across America.

The Cappies of Greater Cincinnati is one of the nation's largest Cappies programs, and strives to recognize our talented community of young people by upholding the mission of this international organization.

Part of Branson on Stage Live Musical Showcase

Over spring break, the combined Vocal Ensembles of McAuley and LaSalle High Schools, under the direction of Mary White and Cindy Webb, experienced the "ultimate performance" with Branson on Stage LIVE in Branson, Missouri. The students took center stage and performed in Dick Clark's American Band Stand Theatre, The ShowBoat Branson Belle and the Clay Cooper Theatre.

Branson On Stage LIVE is a musical showcase where students discover the professional world of the entertainment industry. Students participated in a pre-show sound/lighting check with clinicians and experts in the field.

Members of McAuley's Vocal Enemble include: Jill Allaben, Janie Burwick, Emily Driehaus, Kristin Elchynski, Lynsey Ficker, Maria Huey, Lauren Humpert, Kylie Montgomery, Gabrielle Mouch, Amber Schmuelling, Madeline Smith, Raelynn Snodgrass, Mirey Taite, Amanda Wood, and Jordan Zulli.

Members of LaSalle's Vocal Ensemble include: Bryan Barry, John Craycroft, Michael Fiore, Michael Hausfeld, Andy Kathman, Connor Kluesener, Joe Kroger, Conner Liette, Logan Montgomery, Alex Prinzbach, Mason Sillies, Stephen Schwemberger, Daniel Uetrecht, Owen Wittich, and Josh Woodward.

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