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McAuley High School congratulates its 2018 Valedictorian, Nora Honkomp, and Salutatorian, Sara Roell!

Valedictorian Nora Honkomp plans to major in Zoology and minor in Dance at Kent State University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school. Nora says her favorite classes at McAuley were Chemistry, Drama and World Religions. At McAuley, Nora was heavily involved in theatre, and was a part of 12 McAuley performances. She was also president of Drama Club, a Cappies critic, and a thespian. Aside from drama, she was president of knitting club for three years, a member of National Honor Society, a student ambassador, and a chair for the F.A.C.E. project. Nora attended grade school at John Paul II.

"McAuley has instilled in me a desire for personal excellence. I have learned to strive to be the best version of myself, to persevere even when faced with challenges, to gain knowledge from failures, and to celebrate my successes along with the success of others. McAuley has given me a community where I can comfortably practice leading and taking on responsibility without fear. I will cherish the multitude of relationships I have formed and all of the love, support, and growth that has come from them," said Nora.

Salutatorian Sara Roell plans to major in religious education with minors in pastoral leadership and French at Marian University. Her career aspirations include doing missionary work and being a high school religion teacher/campus minister. Sara says her favorite classes at McAuley have been Catholic Social Teaching, French, and Creative Writing. During her years at McAuley, Sara was involved in orchestra, varsity softball, MERFettes, Key Club, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, History Honor Society, Women In Technology, Ambassador Club, Traveling Science Show, and she was an Emmaus retreat leader. She was also in LaSalle's Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. Sara attended grade school at St. John the Baptist in Harrison.

"McAuley has taught me to truly be myself and pursue any and all of my interests. The countless opportunities for faith, service, and excellence are what have made my time at McAuley some of the best years of my life. I will always cherish the friendships I've made and the relationships that I've built among teachers, students, and my community. McAuley is such a radiant and loving community and I will always remember the memories I've created while becoming a compassionate and independent woman," said Sara.

McAuley's Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2018 will take place on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at McAuley. Commencement Exercises will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center.

On May 2, 2018, at a special luncheon held at Clovernook Country Club, McAuley seniors Kylie Montgomery and Megan Threm were each awarded a scholarship from the Mercy Hospital West Auxiliary. Each year, the Auxiliary awards annual scholarships to talented area students embarking on health care careers. Megan and Kylie are members of McAuley's Women in Medicine program. Kylie will attend The Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences next year, and Megan will study pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati.



McAuley High School received 23 Cappies Nominations for its spring musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. The nominations include:

  1. Musical - Thoroughly Modern Millie
  2. Song - "Forget About the Boy"
  3. Top Critique - Ally Knizner
  4. Critic Team
  5. Female Critic - Ally Knizner
  6. Up and Coming Critic - Lizzy Schutte
  7. Lead Actor in a Musical - Ben Mitchell
  8. Lead Actress in a Musical- Jordan Zulli
  9. Comic Actor in a Musical - Daniel Freeman
  10. Comic Actress in a Musical - Danielle Nissen
  11. Female Vocalist - Gabrielle Mouch
  12. Female Dancer - Nora Honkomp
  13. Featured Actor - Joe Kroger
  14. Featured Actress - Emily Driehaus
  15. Ensemble - Priscilla & Muzzy's Girls
  16. Stage Management
  17. Choreography
  18. Sets
  19. Costumes
  20. Props
  21. Hair and Makeup
  22. Special Effects/Technology
  23. Marketing & Publicity

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.

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.

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.

McAuley was pleased to recognize 254 students during the 39th Annual Academic Awards Banquet on April 25, 2018. The event began with a buffet dinner in McAuley's cafeteria, followed by the presentation of 586 awards and certificates in the school's auditorium.

Junior Emily Etris 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 Emily 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." Emily is a member of National Honor Society, History National Honor Society, Women In Law Program and recycling crew.

Sophomore Megan Hoffman and freshman MacKenzie Mechley were awarded Alumnae Legacy Scholarships. 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 their McAuley career: Paige Adams, Emily Anneken, Colleen Brugger, Emma Brunst, Lindsay Cook, Hallie Heidemann, Alia Heidorn, Ruth Hewald, Nora Honkomp, Caroline Kinney, Kylie Montgomery, Elizabeth Riedel, Sara Roell, Megan Threm, and Sarah Voit.

Students with the highest weighted average in each class include senior Nora Honkomp, junior Danielle Nissen, sophomore Elizabeth Schutte, and freshmen Eileen Jones and Kaitlyn Sansone.

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

Congratulations to McAuley junior Katelyn Freese, who was recently selected as the Youth of the Month by the Exchange Club of Northwest Cincinnati! Monthly winners are selected throughout the school year by an interview team from the Northwest Exchange Club. The selection is based on academics, leadership, school activities and community service. As a monthly winner, Katelyn was honored with a recognition breakfast at Clovernook Country Club and was presented with a personalized plaque and a $250 U.S. Savings Bond.

At the conclusion of the school year, all the Youth of the Month winners return for the Youth of the Year Banquet. At the banquet, each student presents an essay on a topic furnished by the National Exchange Club. Additional criteria include school activities, grades and community involvement. At the conclusion of the banquet, a Youth of the Year is selected.

The winner is presented with a personalized plaque and a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. In addition, the winner will have an opportunity to compete as a senior for additional scholarship awards at the district, state and national levels.

Forty-four McAuley sophomores and juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) during a special ceremony in McAuley's Performing Arts Center on April 17. NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Congratulations to our newest NHS inductees:

Juniors: Audre Frigge, Rebecca Laug, Bridget Lecher, Hope Lewandowski, McKenna Macke, Sarah Rauh and Carly Ritter

Sophomores: Anaya Allen, Jessica Bierman, Catherine Broering, Francine Crowe, Olivia Evans, Morgan Gabriel, Kathryn Goyette, Alana Hinton, Bridget Hoernschemeyer, Megan Hoffman, Sophia Imwalle, Shannon Jacobsen, Gabriella Kinne, Abigail Krieger, Hannah Krieger, Rachel Kumar, Emily Lawson, Gabrielle Litzinger, Leah McCall, Emily Merz, Danielle Montgomery, Dajanae Phillips, Amber Plogman, Madelyn Ranz, Cecilia Redd, Anna Riedel, Ellie Rohling, Isabella Rose, Amira Rowe, Emma Schulte, Elizabeth Schutte, Alexandria Smith, Jenna Strassburger, Grace Sunderman, Kayla Traum, Sydney Watkins

In addition to the 44 new inductees, there are 90 McAuley juniors and seniors who are also current NHS members. Co-Presidents are seniors Caroline Kinney and Ruthie Hewald. Senior Maddie Sayatovic is treasurer, and seniors Kylie Montgomery and Megan Threm are co-secretaries.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada.

McAuley freshman Eileen Jones earned a perfect score on the National Latin Exam. Each year, less than 1% of students who take the NLE earn a perfect score. This year, 143,000 students from all 50 states and 24 countries took the 2018 National Latin Exam. In the past decade, McAuley students have earned 20 perfect scores.

Senior Lindsay Cook was also named the Maureen O'Donnell Book Award Winner. Lindsay has earned four consecutive Gold Medals on the National Latin Exam for Latin I-IVAP. There are only a few hundred students each year out of the thousands who take the exam who earn this honor.

Many McAuley students also earned medals and certificates for their scores on this year's National Latin Exam. Congratulations to these additional honorees, as well as to McAuley Latin Teacher Mrs. Rachel Kless:

5 Gold Medals (Summa Cum Laude – Top 10%, including the Perfect Score)

  • Lindsay Cook – Latin IV
  • Katelyn Freese – Latin III
  • Ellie Kammerer – Latin III
  • Eileen Jones – Latin I
  • Clare Mattingly – Latin I

13 Silver Medals (Maxima Cum Laude – Top 20%)

  • Emily Bollin – Latin I
  • Mollie Bigner – Latin I
  • Katelyn Enginger – Latin I
  • Sydney Etris – Latin I
  • Emma Feist – Latin III
  • Grace Miller – Latin III
  • Elizabeth Mushaben – Latin III
  • Danielle Nissen – Latin III
  • Caroline Nash – Latin I
  • Grace Romer – Latin I
  • Helene Schaefer – Latin I
  • Emily Walden – Latin I
  • Megan Zerhusen – Latin I

6 Magna Cum Laude Certificates (Top 30%)

  • Francine Crowe – Latin II
  • Te'Omarie Doty – Latin II
  • Elizabeth Geers – Latin II
  • Katlyn Havlin– Latin III
  • Eleanor Keil – Latin I
  • Lucie Roell – Latin III

4 Cum Laude Certificates (Top 40%)

  • Holly Berrens – Latin IV
  • Cierra Blakeman – Latin I
  • Ashley Bushman – Latin III
  • Audre Frigge – Latin III

14 Honorable Mentions (Top 50%)

  • Cecily Batdorf – Latin III
  • Emily Dillman – Latin III
  • Celia Elfers – Latin II
  • Olivia Evans – Latin II
  • Summer Holt – Latin III
  • Shannon Jacobsen – Latin II
  • Abigail Krieger – Latin II
  • Grace Marie Munro – Latin III
  • Ellie Rohling – Latin II
  • Emma Schulte – Latin II
  • Ava Scott – Latin I
  • Hannah Shields – Latin II
  • Lillian Wiesman – Latin I
  • Eva Wright – Latin II

In early April, the Vocal Ensembles from McAuley and La Salle High Schools competed in "Festival Disney" in Orlando, where they received several awards. They received Superior Ratings for Show Choir, Men's Choir and Women's Choir, and an Excellent Rating for Mixed Choir. McAuley senior Kylie Montgomery also received the Outstanding Accompanist Award for her piano performance accompanying the La Salle men's choir.

McAuley's Vocal Ensemble, led by Mrs. Mary White, includes: Jill Allaben, Emily Driehaus, Kristin Elchynski, MJ Gabrielle, Katy Goyette, Megan Hoffman, Rachel Kumar, Amanda Meehan, Kylie Montgomery, Gabrielle Mouch, Danielle Nissen , Elizabeth Riedel, Elizabeth Schreyer, Raelynn Snodgrass, Jordan Zulli.

La Salle's Vocal Ensemble, led by Mrs. Cindy Webb, includes: Bryan Barry, Jonathan Crase, John Craycroft, Jack Curnutte, Adam Denney, Sean Feeley, Connor Kluesener, Joe Kroger , Andrew Martini, Owen Messerly, Matthew Newland, Hunter Nichols, Owen Wittich, and Evan Yeazell.

Congratulations to the following students who were recently inducted into the French, Latin and Spanish Honor Societies!

  • French - Kathryn Brucato, Emily Girmann, Hannah Krieger, Rachel Kumar, Emily Lawson, Erin Lucas, Katie Martini, Morgan Nadler, Leah Ostendorf, Dejanae Phillips, Cassidy Rose, Amira Rowe
  • Latin - Emily Dillman, Katelyn Freese, Emma Feist, Katlyn Havlin, Gabrielle Kammerer, Elizabeth Mushaben
  • Spanish - Bridgett Dillenburger, Anna Hergenrother, MJ Gabriel, Elizabeth Listermann, Carly Ritter, Brittany Sanchez, Lizzie Schreyer, Gracie Smith, Jenna Strassburger, Madge Vollmar

McAuley juniors and Latin Club Co-Presidents Ellie Kammerer and Katlyn Havlin finished in the Top Ten at the 68th Ohio Junior Classical League State Convention held March 9 - 11 in Columbus. Out of the 500 top Latin students competing at the convention representing 25 schools from all around Ohio, Ellie finished 5th, and Katlyn finished 8th. Katlyn was also elected to the OJCL State Board as the Treasurer. Ellie is also finishing her term as OJCL Historian.

In addition, McAuley's Latin students finished 3rd overall in the state, and McAuley was the Top All-Girls School in Ohio for the 13th year in a row. McAuley's Latin Club was also named the #1 Latin Club in Ohio, achieving 170 Club Contest points, the most of any Latin Club in Ohio. McAuley students were awarded over 100 ribbons, medals and trophies at the 2018 Convention.

The convention brings together 500 students from across the state of Ohio to celebrate the study of Latin. It includes a number of competitions, including academic tests, art contests, certamen (Latin Academic Team), and creative performances, along with social activities such as a dance, toga banquet and more. The OJCL is the state organization which promotes the study of the Latin language and classical civilization. It is part of the National JCL, which has over 47,000 members, making it the largest organization in the world dedicated to the study of classical civilization.

A full list of awards is below. Congratulations to Ellie, Katlyn and all our Latin students, and to Latin Teacher Mrs. Rachel Kless, on another outstanding year!


Club Contests

1st Place – Club Spirit
Gold Medal – Club Banner
Gold Medal – Club Project
Gold Medal - Club Service
Silver Medal - Club Scrapbook
Good Rating – Club Publication
Good Rating – Club Music Video

Certamen Team (Latin Quiz Bowl):
All teams advanced to the semi-finals and finished in the Top Ten in Ohio.

Latin I Team – Finished 8th overall. Captain Megan Zerhusen, Katelyn Enginger, Caroline Nash, Helene Schaefer.

Latin II Team – Finished 6th in Ohio. Captains Celia Elfers and Eva Wright, Lizzy Geers, Emma Schulte.

Upper Team – Finished 9th in Ohio. Captain Ellie Kammerer, Katelyn Freese, Katlyn Havlin, Elizabeth Mushaben.


Academic Tests: Ribbons Awarded for 1st-10th Place

Academic Pentathalon

3rd Place – Ellie Kammerer, Latin II
4th Place – Eileen Jones, Latin I
8th Place – Caroline Nash, Latin I
9th Place – Katelyn Freese, Latin III

Classical Mythology

3rd Place – Ellie Kammerer Latin III
4th Place – Katelyn Freese, Latin III
5th Place – Elizabeth Geers, Latin II
6th Place – Elizabeth Mushaben, Latin III
8th Place – Eva Wright, Latin II
10th Place – Celia Elfers, Latin II

Latin Grammar

9th Place – Ellie Kammerer, Latin III
10th Place – Francine Crowe, Latin II
10th Place – Megan Zerhusen, Latin I

Latin Vocabulary

9th Place – Katelyn Enginger, Latin I

Roman History

6th Place – Katelyn Freese, Latin III
7th Place – Eileen Jones, Latin I
8th Place – Elizabeth Mushaben, Latin III
10th Place – Katelyn Enginger, Latin I

Latin Derivatives

8th Place – Elizabeth Geers, Latin II
8th Place – Katlyn Havlin, Latin III
10th Place – Ellie Kammerer, Latin III
10th Place – Celia Elfers, Latin II

Roman Life

5th Place – Ellie Kammerer, Latin III
5th Place – Eva Wright, Latin II
7th Place – Katelyn Freese, Latin III
9th Place – Ashley Bushman, Latin III
9th Place – Katelyn Enginger, Latin I

Latin Literature

2nd Place – Ellie Kammerer, Latin III
5th Place – Katlyn Havlin, Latin III
5th Place – Eileen Jones, Latin I
6th Place – Shannon Jacobsen, Latin II
6th Place – Caroline Nash, Latin I
9th Place (tie) – Katelyn Enginger, Latin I
9th Place (tie) – Eleanor Keil, Latin I
9th Place (tie) – Helene Schaefer, Latin I
10th Place – Ashley Bushman, Latin III

Sight Latin Reading

2nd Place – Ellie Kammerer, Latin III
3rd Place – Clare Mattingly, Latin I
7th Place – Eileen Jones, Latin I


Graphic and Creative Arts Awards: Ribbons for 1st-10th Place

Drawn Chart

2nd Place – Emma Schulte, Latin II
10th - Place Eileen Jones, Latin I

Mixed Media

2nd Place - Katelyn Enginger, Latin I
6th Place - Summer Holt, Latin II
10th Place - Lizzy Geers, Latin II

Constructed Chart

1st Place - Clare Mattingly, Latin I
2nd Place - Eva Wright, Latin II
4th Place - Katelyn Enginger, Latin I
5th Place - Caroline Nash, Latin I
6th Place - Helene Schaefer, Latin I
8th Place - Ellie Keil, Latin I
9th Place - Francine Crowe, Latin II
9th Place - Emily Bollin, Latin I

Traditional Photography

1st Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III
2nd Place - Katlyn Freese, Latin III
5th Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III

Cartoon

3rd Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III
5th Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III

Constructed Map

5th Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III

Computer Enhanced Photography

1st Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III
3rd Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III
5th Place - Ashley Bushman, Latin III
7th Place - Katelyn Freese, Latin III

Comic Panel

5th Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III

Water Color

8th Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III
9th Place - Francine Crowe, Latin II
10th Place - Marie Munro, Latin III

Textiles

5th Place - Ashley Bushman, Latin III
8th Place - Katelyn Freese, Latin III
10th Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III

Woodworking

2nd Place - Clare Mattingly, Latin I
5th Place - Katelyn Freese, Latin III
6th Place - Eileen Jones, Latin I

Talent Show

2nd Place - Celia Elfers, Singing
Finalist - Megan Zerhusen, Beat Box
Opening Act - Lizzy Geers, Unicycle

Pastels

2nd Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III
4th Place - Francine Crowe, Latin II
5th Place - Marie Munro, Latin III
8th Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III
10th Place - Celia Elfers, Latin II

Dolls

8th Place - Marie Munro, Latin III

Pencil Drawing

9th Place - Katelyn Enginger, Latin I

Colored Pencil

3rd Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III

Couples Costume

5th Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III, & Summer Holt Latin III

Modern Myth

1st Place - Ashley Bushman, Latin III
2nd Place - Eileen Jones, Latin I
4th Place - Clare Mattingly, Latin I
5th Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III

Ink Drawing

8th Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III

Ceramics

10th Place - Katlyn Havlin, Latin III

Multimedia

3rd Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III

Poetry

2nd Place - Ellie Kammerer, Latin III

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