On December 8, in a joint pep assembly of all students, faculty and staff from both McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools, the school colors, mascot, logo and tagline were revealed for the new Mercy McAuley High School, which opens in August of 2018. The new school's official colors are orange, white and gray, with orange serving as the primary color. The school's mascot is the wolf. The new school's logo is shown above, and the school tagline is: Opening Hearts. Opening Minds. Opening Doors. Please see the one-page "Identity Essentials" document HERE for an explanation of why these branding elements were chosen.
The Mercy McAuley Transition Committee partnered with Madison Design, a local branding agency based in Covington, Kentucky. Madison Design Co-Founder Jackie Roberto, a Mother of Mercy alumna, led the Mercy McAuley Transition Committee through a comprehensive process that began with extensive research and input from students, parents, faculty/staff, and alumnae from both school communities, along with prospective students and families as well as grade school principals. Both qualitative and quantitative research was conducted, along with a comprehensive competitive analysis. All of the data received helped the team develop the brand position and ultimately, the visual expression of the brand – logo, colors, mascot and tagline.
"We are confident that the brand effectively reflects the Mercy Charism and represents who we are, who we serve, and how we are different from other schools. We believe these branding elements will position Mercy McAuley for success for many years to come," said Tom Otten, Chair of the Mercy McAuley Transition Committee. "We are grateful to Jackie Roberto and her team of branding experts at Madison Design for leading us through a very thorough and systematic approach to Mercy McAuley's brand development, and we thank the many individuals who provided valuable input and feedback throughout the process."
"The new school will be an amazing growth opportunity for young women," said Jackie Roberto, Co-Founder, Madison Design. "Therefore, it needs a bold, innovative and unique identity to strategically communicate the essence of the Mercy McAuley education experience." Mercy McAuley High School, a new all-girls Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, will open in August of 2018 at 6000 Oakwood Avenue in College Hill. The new school will bring together the best of two outstanding schools – McAuley High School and Mother of Mercy High School – taking their already strong academic, athletic and arts programs to even greater heights. Mercy McAuley High School will be led by Patty Ragio, President, and Connie Kampschmidt, Principal.
Throughout the month of November, McAuley students, faculty and staff collected food items and cash to donate 149 Thanksgiving meals to Christ's Community in College Hill, serving College Hill residents. Each year, the McAuley Community of students, faculty and staff pulls together as Family Homerooms to provide Thanksgiving meals to College Hill families in need. This year's donation surpassed last year's total of 128 meals. Each meal is bagged in a reusable shopping bag and includes stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, fruit, green beans, evaporated milk, macaroni and cheese, yams, corn muffin mix, and $20 for the purchase of a turkey.
Christ's Community is a united group of churches, whose vision is to build, shape and serve College Hill through teaching, training, and transforming today's youth, in addition to providing social awareness, involvement and activity.
Hallie Will Play Basketball at Ashland University
On November 8, McAuley Senior Hallie Heidemann signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Ashland University in Ashland Ohio. Hallie has received numerous awards during her sophomore and junior years at McAuley, including 1st Team All-GGCL, 2nd Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-City. During her junior year, she was also named High School Female Athlete of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hallie plans to study psychology at Ashland, and she hopes to have a career in sports psychology.
According to McAuley Varsity Basketball Head Coach Dan Wallace, "Hallie is a tremendous all-around player with a very high basketball IQ. She is a consistent shooter from 3-point with a quick release, which allows her to really put pressure on the defense. She is a great rebounder for her size and position and averages at least 1-2 charges taken every game. Hallie is a great student, and is a leader by example through her tremendous work ethic and high morals. She is one of the most caring young women I have ever coached, and she's a great teammate to have in the locker room."
Congratulations to Hallie and her family!
On Tuesday, September 26, McAuley Social Studies Teacher, Lisa Heiert, volunteered to take part in an Honor Flight to Washington, DC through Honor Flight Tri-State, a Cincinnati-based non-profit organization created to celebrate America's veterans and honor their sacrifices. Honor Flight Tri-State provides veterans age 65 and older with one-day charter flights from the Greater Cincinnati Airport (CVG), allowing those who served the United States to visit the memorials in Washington, DC.
On the flight, Mrs. Heiert served as a guardian to Vietnam Veteran Jerry Dishman, an Air Force Ranger who enlisted at the age of 17 and served three tours. Their flight included 72 veterans, 69 guardians, three medics and several tour guides. The group received a send-off ceremony at CVG in the morning. When they arrived in Washington, DC, they were greeted by crowds who cheered and sang for them. The group received a guided tour through the city and visited the Pentagon, the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, National World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. When they returned home to CVG, the group was greeted by hundreds of people, including volunteers, Cub Scout troops and many others, in a special "welcome home" celebration ceremony.
"I am so grateful for the opportunity to travel with Jerry and all of the veterans who were part of this Honor Flight," said Mrs. Heiert. "As a history teacher, it was such an amazing experience to meet the veterans, spend the day with them and listen to their stories; it truly made history come alive. The wonderful treatment the veterans received throughout the flight was unbelievable. It was truly an honor to be a part of the flight, and it is an experience I will never forget."
Honor Flight Tri-State provides honor flights through the generosity of donors. Mrs. Heiert was able to travel on the flight thanks to funds provided by the Northwest Exchange Club.
Honor Flight nationwide has made this dream come true for more than 180,000 veterans since it was launched in 2005. Today, the Honor Flight Network makes these celebration flights from 133 hubs in 42 states. Honor Flight Tri-State serves Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.
McAuley seniors Lindsay Cook and Nora Honkomp have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Lindsay and Nora are two of the 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Congratulations to Lindsay and Nora!
Students, faculty and staff members at McAuley High School pulled together as a community to collect items and funds to aid in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. They collected a total of 1,788 items, including non-perishable food, personal care products, cleaning supplies, paper products, baby and infant supplies and first-aid items, as well as $850 in cash. The items and funds were sent to Matthew 25: Ministries, for distribution to those affected by the hurricane.
Special thanks to all our students, faculty and staff, for their gifts of service and compassion!
Halloween Party for Children Before Oct. 22 Show
McAuley High School is pleased to present its fall play - Ramona Quimby - October 20 - 22. Show times are:
- Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21 - 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 22 - 2 p.m.
Tickets for the shows are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $5 for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased at www.mcacin.booktix.com or at the door.
Join us for Ramona Quimby's Halloween Party on October 22!
Children and parents are invited to join us for Ramona Quimby's Halloween Party at 12:45 p.m., right before the 2 p.m. Sunday show on October 22! Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, and there will be Halloween treats and activities with the cast members. Tickets for the Halloween party are $5 for adults and $10 for children.
**SPECIAL PACKAGE DEAL - You can purchase tickets for the show and the party for just $12 total (adults and kids). Tickets for the party must be purchased ahead of time at www.mcacin.booktix.com.
Proceeds Benefit Mom & Dad's Club
McAuley High School's Mom & Dad's Club is sponsoring its eighth annual Mattress Sale on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McAuley. Brand new, name brand, top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties will be on display in the cafeteria. All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway are available. All proceeds benefit the Mom & Dad's Club.
A flyer for $50 off a purchase of $500 or more can be found HERE.
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McAuley High School is pleased to congratulate the following students who were named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars for 2017. The AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on AP exams. The College Board's Advanced Placement Program allows high school students to earn college credit at thousands of universities.
AP Scholar with Distinction - Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
- Abby Albrinck
- Katie Bergmann
- Olivia Dillman
- Emma Fitz
- Grace Mattingly
- Kathryn Rost
- Audra Stueve
AP Scholar with Honor - Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
- Hannah Smith
- Kristen Stueve
- Grace Wells
AP Scholar - Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
- Julia Cardinal
- Alexah Chrisman
- Sophia Hamilton
- Nora Honkomp
- Maria Huey
- Nicole Kerth
- Abigail Koenig
- Tiffany Nguyen
- Elizabeth Riedel
- Claire Roell
- Sara Roell
- Emily Seigel
- Kasey Siciliano
- Kira Staubach
- Clare Sunderman
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.