Mercy in the News

Mercy Mock Trial Moves On to Districts!
Congratulations to the team, and good luck in the next round!

Mercy says... Thank you!
In honor of Catholic Schools Week, we want to say thank you to everyone in the Circle of Mercy!

Mercy Basketball Overcomes Slow Start
Mercy basketball gains confidence after a slow start. 

The Reviews are In!
Hot off the press!  Reviews from the Cincinnati Cappies on Mother of Mercy's production of The Sound of Music. 

Senior Gives Back to Children in Her Homeland
Hemen Aklilu is raising money to buy Kindles for kids. Read her story on!

Swimming Season Preview
Big expectations from the Bobcat swimmers this season! Read a preview of their season on

Students Lend a Hand at Food Pantry
Students helped more than 50 families pick out canned food, produce and bakery items at the Mt. Healthy Alliance.

Curtain to Rise on The Sound of Music
Mercy students are taking on a classic for their fall musical. Read about their experience on 

Bridging the Divide
Mercy students are featured in story about the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati's 20 year history. 

Mercy Volleyball Makes Post Season Push
Read about Mercy's volleyball team in the Cincinnati Enquirer!

Mercy, McAuley Students Learn about Homelessness
About 60 students from sister schools Mother of Mercy and McAuley spent the night outdoors to learn about homelessness. Read about it on 

Students Work Together for Good
Students from 3 major religions worked together to build a butterfly garden. Watch their story on Local 12!

2012 Grad Determined to Help Animals
Lindsey Weesner-Cuellar '12 spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning what it's like to be a veterinarian! Read her story here.

Mercy Hosts 2015 Paint the Town
Mother of Mercy was proud to host the volunteers for Paint the Town 2015. Check out a recap of the event on WLWT. 

Grad Determined to Help Others
Recent Mercy Grad Nancy Nzobigeza was featured in The Catholic Telegraph! She's come a long way and wants to help others do the same. 

Mercy Names Top 2 Graduates
Congratulations to Mercy's Valedictorian and Salutatorian! Read about their next steps on 

OpEd: Initiative Combats Misconceptions
Communications director Ellen Daniel writes about the Interfaith Day of Service Mercy was recently part of in an Enquirer opinion editorial. 

OpEd: Initiative Combats Misconceptions
Communications director Ellen Daniel writes about the Interfaith Day of Service mercy was recently part of in a Enquirer opinion editorial.

Enquirer Announces Winter All Stars
Several of Mercy's winter athletes made The Enquirer's list of All Stars!

Mercy, McAuley Vocalists Perform with Amy Grant
Singers from Mercy and McAuley's Vocal ensembles got the rare opportunity to perform with Grammy award-winning artist Amy Grant at a Mercy Health event.  Click to see a portion of their rehearsal!

Amy Grant to Perform for Mercy Health Event
Grammy-winning artist Amy Grant in town to perform for a private Mercy Health event.  Mercy and McAuley Vocal Ensembles will perform with her!

Lacrosse Young but Promising
Read about the start of Mercy's Lacrosse season on!

Pope Declares Year of Mercy
The Catholic Beat went right to the local source after Pope Francis declared next year will be a jubilee year dedicated to mercy. 

Spring is Here! A Preview of Mercy Softball
The Community Press takes a look at the upcoming Softball season, including Mother of Mercy's efforts to rebound from a tough 2014 season.

Mercy Gymnast Competes at State
Did you know Mercy has a gymnast? Read about freshman KiKi Carle, her trip to State, and her unlikely training partners on

Mercy Turning 100 Years Old
Read about Mercy's long history of excellence on!

Celebrating 100 Years with Haunting Production
The cast of The Addams Family had an early morning wake-up call to appear LIVE on Local12 news!  Check out their performance!

Spring Musical Preview
Get a sneak peak of Mercy's spring musical The Addams Family from!

Mercy Swimmer 'Dyeing' to Get to State
Read about a Mercy athlete who is "dyeing" to make it to State this year!

Mercy Welcomes Quispe as Varisty Soccer Coach
Read more about Mercy's new Varsity Head Soccer Coach on!

Mercy Seniors Deliver 500 Toys to Orphanage
Read about two Mercy seniors' efforts in The Catholic Beat!

Senior Part of District 14 Honor Band
A Mercy senior is named among the best musicians in Hamilton and Clermont Counties. 

Mercy Wins $25K in Safe Driving Contest
Read about the $25,000 grant Mercy won in a safe driving contest sponsored by State Farm. 

Inaugural Mercy Health Classic Tips Off
Mercy will compete in inaugural Mercy Health Tipoff Classic. 

Mercy Hoops Aim to Top GGCL
A preview of the Bobcats' 2014-15 Basketball season.  The team is aiming high!

St. Jude Helps Boost Mercy Music Program
Thanks to the St. Jude 8th graders who raised money for the Mercy Music Boosters at The Wizard of Oz! Read about their efforts in The Catholic Beat. 

Mercy XC Continues to Impress
Mercy's cross country team can be very proud of their Fall season! Read about it on!

Principal Answers #Layup4Lauren Challenge
Mercy's principal takes the #Layup4Lauren challenge. Watch the video! And read about the original challenge on Local 12.

There's No Place Like Home!
A preview of Mercy's classic yet modern performance of The Wizard of Oz!

Harvey Reaches Milestone 250th Win
AD and Volleyball coach Denise Harvey wins her 250th match at Mercy. Read about her accomplishment on!

Students Learn Powerful Lesson about Genocide
The Mercy community was inspired by the story of Rwandan Genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza, in a moving event at Seton High School.  Three schools - Mercy, Seton and McAuley - collaborated to bring the powerful speaker to Cincinnati. 

Rwandan Genocide Survivor to Address West Side Students
Immaculee Ilibagiza will share her inspirational story of faith and forgiveness. Read about her visit on!

Mercy Kicks Off Centennial Celebration
Local 12 was there as Mercy kicked off its Centennial Celebration on Mercy Day. 

Mercy Tops Seton in Neighborhood Rivalry
Check out a slideshow on  Mercy beats Seton in volleyball!

Mercy Student Wins Best in Show
Mercy's art students are featured on for their excellent showing at the Harvest Home Fair art show!

Mercy Artist Wins Best in Show
Congratulations to 13 Mercy artists who took top prizes at this year's Harvest Home Fair!

Mercy Runners Aim for the Moon!
The Mercy Cross Country team is trying to defend its GGCL title this season. A great write-up in the Cincinnati Enquirer about their efforts!

Simon Lazarus, Jr. Human Relations Award

Congratulations to junior, Nancy Nzobigeza, and senior, Teresa Rust who were Mercy’s nominees for the Simon Lazarus, Jr. Human Relations Award.

Students Attend Peace Conference
Mercy students join over 300 high schoolers across the city to discuss peace and justice.

Theatre Presents Guys & Dolls
Community Press reporter Kurt Backsheider recently interviewed several cast members from Mercy's Fall Musical.

Mercy Soccer Aims for Big-City Shine
Community Press reporter Tom Skeen recently interviewed junior soccer player Sam Mattlin on her career and the current season for the Bobcats.

Top Students Grateful for Experiences
Kurt Backsheider of the Community Press recently interviewed Mercy's Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2012. Click here to read the full article.

School Library Journal Highlights Mercy
The School Library Journal, the world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens, recently wrote a technology article featuring Mercy's library media specialist, Mrs. Behen, and our new iPad program. Click here to read the full article.

Mercy's iPad Program Receives Blog Post
No Shelf Required, a blog about eBooks, recently gave a nod to Mercy's iPad program. The blog moderator is Mercy grad Sue Minges Polanka '86. Click here to view the entry.

Mercy to Host Free Tech Sessions
Mercy will host FREE technology sessions for senior citizens 55 and older. 

Theatre Department Prepares for Spring Musical
Community Press reporter Kurt Backsheider recently interviewed cast and crew members of Mercy's upcoming Spring Musical, Songs for a New World. Click here to read the full article.

Bobcat Buddies
Click here to read an article about Mercy's Bobcat Buddies program with St. Boniface.

Students Paint Murals
Community Press reporter Kurt Backsheider recently met with several students who painted murals at the Cincinnati Police Personal Crimes Division Offices. Click here to read the full article.

Mercy Presents "Hairspray"
Community Press reporter, Kurt Backsheider, recently interviewed several cast members of Mercy's Fall Musical "Hairspray." Click here to read the full story.

Amanda Philpot SEC Player of the Week
Amanda Philpot '09 was recently selected as SEC Offensive Player of the Week.

Alumna Recognized as Outstanding Educator
Kathy Bromer '61 recognized as an outstanding educator by Cincy Magazine.

Katelyn Groh joins Irish American Theater Company
Katelyn Groh '05 is the newest member of the Irish American Theater Company and takes the title role in "What Happens Bridgie Cleary?"

Ms. Bodollo Named Theatre Educator of the Year
Congratulations to Performing Arts teacher Ms. Lisa Bodollo who was named the Acclaim 2011 Theatre Educator of the Year!

Enquirer Announces Winter Sports All-stars
Mercy Winter Sports Athletes are among the top athletes chosen by the Cincinnati Enquirer as winter sports All-Stars.  (Cincinnati Enquirer 4/27/2011)

Basketball - Kelly Wiegman, Honorable Mention
Bowling - Katie Minning and Amy Feie, 1st Team
               Kelsey Schaible and Sarah Tabelman, Honorable Mention

Press Preps Blog of lists: Softball’s diamonds on the mound
The Community Press and Recorder sports reporters Nick Dudukovich, Tony Meale and Scott Springer put together a list of Ohio pitchers and hitters they’ve covered in their beats who have stood out to them so far in softball.  Mercy's Anna Eggleston, Amy Feie and Erika Leonard all make his list! ( 4/28/2011)

Marine pays a surprise visit to Mercy High School
ST. LAWRENCE DEANERY — As juniors and seniors left Mother of Mercy High School at the end of the school day on April 1, there was excitement in the air. Most were looking forward to getting ready for their prom but as they approached the senior lobby to head to their cars, they caught on to something else... (Community Press 4/6/11)

Anna Egan Performed in NKU's Opera Workshop
Anna Egan '09 sang the role of Dorabella in Northern Kentucky University's Opera Workshop performance of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" ("Women are like that").

Mercy Teachers Recognized in Ohio Magazine
Four teachers at Mercy were acknowledged in Ohio Magazine's 2011 Excellence in Education - Private High Schools recognition program: Steve Baker, Bob Bonnici, Rose Koch, and Theresa Murphy.

Allie Hart noted as an "Unsung Hero of Winter Sports"
"Our goal with this week’s list is to shine a light on athletes who have made an impact on their teams, but might not be mentioned as much as their teammates or counterparts in larger schools. Again, these are lists based on Community Press sports writers’ interaction with their sources, seeing the athletes and speaking with coaches..." (Community Press 3/10/11)

Alum Katie Kee's
Sophomore forward/center Katie Kees (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) as named honorable mention. She led the team in rebounding with 7.6 rpg and blocked shots with 60, which ranked second in the PAC. Kees also averaged 5.3 ppg, and had 30 steals and 41 assists... (Community Press 3/2/11)

Shakespeare Holly Reckers

The finals of the 25th annual Shakespeare Competition sponsored by the Cincinnati branch of the English Speaking Union (ESU) are slated for Saturday at, appropriately, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Congratulations — and good luck — to:  Margot Plum,  Cincinnati Country Day;  Holly Reckers, Mother of Mercy;  Eric Torres, Covington Catholic;  Claire Beauchamp, Walnut Hills;  Beth Seeley, Anderson High School; and Kyle Quinlivan, School for the Creative and Performing Arts.... (Community Press 3/3/11)

Alumna to Help Lead Drama Program
Allison Hinkel is a performer, stage manger and box office assistant at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.

Stars in Cincinnati and Around Mercy!
An enquirer writer uses Mercy student photos from the Tino concert to describe her excitement of meeting actor Ryan Goesling who is in town shooting scenes in George Clooney's movie. More photos from the concert will be in next Thursday's Hometown section of the Enquirer... (Community Press 2/24/11)

Mercy senior selected as National Merit Finalist
The College Board has formally named Mother of Mercy senior Elizabeth Ruwe as a National Merit Finalist. She is one of 16,000 high school students in the country with this honor...(Western Hills Community Press 2/15/11)

Mercy students honored for strong character
Two Mother of Mercy High School students were selected to be honored at the 2011 YMCA Young Character Awards. (Community Press 2/14/11)

Mercy swim team hosts first meets in more than eight years
Mother of Mercy High School’s swim team hosted McAuley and Walnut Hills in a tri-meet at Gamble-Nippert YMCA on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Although Mercy fell to both teams - Mercy 49, McAuley 53, Walnut Hills 68 - it was a very successful meet. The 2010-11 season marks the first year in over eight years that Mercy has been able to host a swim meet.. (Community Press 1/27/11)

Mercy students fair well at engineering challenge
A group of students from Mother of Mercy High School proved women are just as good, and even better, than men when it comes to engineering and construction... (Western Hills Press 2/2/11)

Huismann retiring as Mercy AD
Mary Jo Huismann announced that she will retire as Mercy athletic director, after 39 years. Huismann, also one of the top coaches in Cincinnati prep sports history, will continue as Mercy head basketball coach... (Community Press 2/8/11)

Mercy's Mock Trial Team advances to regional competition
Mother of Mercy High School’s Mock Trial team beat St. Ursula 138-112 and Princeton 105-87 at the district match held on Tuesday, February 1 at the Hamilton County Courthouse. They are one of 13 teams out of 40 to advance to the regional competition. ...(Western Hills Press 2/3/11)

Record-setting day for Mercy bowling team

"The Mercy bowling team had a school-record 2,846 pins in a match against Fairfield on Wednesday at Fairfield Lanes. Mercy (14-1) defeated Fairfield 2,846 to 2,544. The previous school record for a match was 2,730 against Seton at Western Bowl in 2010, according to Mercy coach Mike McDonald."... ( Community Press 1/20/2011)

Mary Jo Huismann gets win #600
"Mary Jo Huismann had won 599 games and lost 250 going into tonight’s matchup at Hughes High School..."
(Channel 9 -

Mercy Students Earning College Credits
"Mother of Mercy High School is leading the way among area Catholic high schools that give students an opportunity to earn both high school and college credits...." (Community Press 11/26/2010)

Milestone Only the Beginning
"Every day, Mercy basketball coach Mary Jo Huismann makes the short walk downstairs from her office onto Huismann Court...." (Cincinnati Enquirer 11/17/2010)

Bobcats to return 6 of top 7 next season

"It's tradition. 

With a fourth-place finish at the Division I District Championship Oct. 23 at Voice of America Park, the Mother of Mercy High School cross country team advanced to regionals for the 15th time in the last 18 years..." (Community Press 11/1/2010)

Mercy taking stage to 'Chicago'
"Mother of Mercy High School's performing arts students are bringing the award-winning Broadway musical "Chicago" to the West Side...."

(Community Press 10/29/2010)

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