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McAuley High School's spring musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, is March 16 – 18 in McAuley's Performing Arts Center, located at 6000 Oakwood Ave. in College Hill. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.mcacin.booktix.com or at the door.

Thoroughly Modern Millie is set in New York City in 1922 during the height of the Jazz age. It tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her plan is to find a job as a secretary to a wealthy man and marry him for money instead of love, but her plan goes awry.

McAuley's 2017 spring musical, All Shook Up, won five Cappie Awards for Costumes, Stage Management and Stage Crew, Choreography, Female Dancer, and Female Critic. 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.

Congratulations to McAuley seniors Anna Kerth and Lydia Snow, who signed National Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level. Anna will play soccer at Urbana University, and Lydia will golf at Cincinnati Christian University.

McAuley High School senior Josie Smith has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her four poems titled Wanderlust, Love Letter to Myself, The World That Was, and A Hurricane of a Girl. She also received a Silver Key in the art category for her photo entitled "Shadows and Silhouettes." This is the fourth year in a row that Josie has been honored with a Scholastic Art & Writing Award - the nation's longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Over the past 90 years, the awards have recognized and encouraged artists and writers such as: Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Tom Otterness, Zac Posen, among countless others. Josie is among the 1500+ students from throughout Iowa and the Midwest Region who will be invited to participate in the annual Belin-Blank Center Scholastic Celebration at the University of Iowa on March 10.

Josie's award-winning poems and photo are below.

There is a yearning in my soul
For so many far-off things.
There is an ache in my heart
For a sky filled with stars.
Each day I stand and wait
For when my wings will come.
And I love having dirty feet
From walking dusty roads.
The maps seem so small
While the world is so big.
There are a thousand things to see,
But not enough time to see them all.

Miles and miles I've traveled
Yet I always long for more.
The lovely, wide-reaching horizon.
I hope that I will never reach it.
I hope the journey will never be done.
I hope to always be on the run.
To those who are always moving,
There will never be anything better
Than aching feet and bright eyes.

Once I had tasted flight,
There was no going back.
Wander and roam and rove.
There is no escape.
There is no cure.
There is no greater joy.
There is no better affliction.
Those who settle think me crazy.
And I am glad to be so.
I don't know how it began.
Only that my love started when
Traveling along an open road
Began to feel like home.

Love Letter to Myself
He does not deserve you
And you deserve someone better.
You deserve someone
Who can see the fire in your eyes.
The passion in every action you make.
The exuberance with which you take each breath.
The wild in your smile.
The love in your heart.
The wanderlust in your soul.
The stardust in your veins.
You are lovely and wonderful and strange.
You are whole entirely on your own.
Something most people will not know how to love.
But one day, sometime soon or maybe far from now,
He will come into your life.
And he will stare at you with wonder.
He will give you his heart
And you will give him yours in return.
He will love you the way you've dreamed of.
Perhaps he will be as strange and wonderful as you
Or perhaps he will be an ordinary boy
Who happens to fall in love
With an extraordinary girl.

The World That Was
The stars used to shine much brighter.
Now we just have city lights.
And the pavement on the way to school
Is where all the flowers used to grow.
It feels like something's missing
And I'm not really sure what.
You can almost hear the earth sigh
Underneath all of her weight.
And maybe like me
She longs to be free.

The birds used to sing a hundred songs.
Now the horns drown them all out.
I used to dream about the sunrise.
And I would love to admire it too.
But now there's buildings blocking the view.
There was a different world here before this one.
I've dreamed about it,
But never got to see it.

What it must have been like
When the earth was new and young.
When the mountains were covered with pines
And reached up to touch the sky.
It seems the world is dying.
Soon the mountains will be gone.
I feel like I've missed out.
I guess I was simply too late.
The view is still quite grand,
But will it ever be like it was?
At what point do I embrace the world I have
Instead of wishing for the world that was?

A Hurricane of a Girl
I only wanted a little rain,
But that girl was a hurricane.
And while thunder crackled across the skies,
You could also see it in her eyes.
A hurricane since the day she was born,
The girl was less human and more sea and storm.
While some could only handle a summer breeze,
I stood fascinated by her rough and roaring seas.
When her eyes sparked and wind danced through her hair,
All I could do was stand and stare.
There had always been something beautifully wild in her smile.
Seeing her like that made all the pain worthwhile.
And when she was most like a tempest?
That was when I loved her best.

Shadows and Silhouettes

Congratulations to McAuley juniors Katlyn Havlin, Katelyn Freese, and Emma Feist on being invited to the Health Collaborative's TAP MD program, and to junior Abby Ramsey, who was invited to the TAP HC program!

The TAP MD and TAP HC programs are part of the Health Collaborative's TAP HEALTH initiative, an innovative group of programs to help build the next generation of health care professionals in the Greater Cincinnati region. The mission of TAP MD is to seek and find "untapped" talented high school students to potentially increase the number of future Tristate urban and rural physicians. Starting in January of their junior year of high school, TAP MD students attend monthly experiences throughout the year which offer exposure to a variety of specialties, practice settings, information about medical school, and more. Though students will be exposed to other healthcare careers, learning the ins and outs of a career as a physician is the focus. This competitive program is currently in its seventh year.

The mission of TAP HC is to seek and find "untapped" talented high school students to potentially increase the number of future Tristate health care professionals. Starting in January of their junior year of high school, TAP HC students attend monthly experiences throughout the year which offer exposure to a variety of healthcare professions – such as healthcare IT, nursing, home health, paramedics, athletic training, occupational therapy and so on. This will be the inaugural year for this competitive career exploring program.

To be invited to either program, students must be academically strong, motivated, mature, dependable, and have a positive attitude. Participation in the programs is a year-long commitment, from January – December 2018.

Congratulations to McAuley senior Katie Schreyer and junior Grace Munro, who were selected to be part of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 14 Honor Band! They performed in the Honor Band Concert at Princeton High School this past weekend. Katie plays the flute, and Grace plays the clarinet.

OMEA is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. One of the largest state music education associations in the United States, OMEA is a federated state affiliate of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. The Ohio Music Education Association espouses a philosophy of music education that values artistic/musical experiences for every citizen. OMEA District 14 includes music education programs from Hamilton and Clermont counties in the state of Ohio.

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!

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