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Administrative Team DANNY DORSEL SANDRA LIVSEY-MARTIN Principal Director of Admissions & College Guidance FATHER JIMMY ADAMS MUSANNA HOSKINS Chaplain Director or Guidance JOANN MCPHERSON MONICA HAALAND Assistant Principal Director of Advancement BILL SCHMITZ VINCE ANTONICH Athletic Director Director of Maintenance MARK BENO MARK ROSHAK Director of Finance Director of Information Technology The Annual Report is published by the Office of Advancement at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, Fayetteville, Georgia. Our Lady of Mercy extends a very special thank you to all individuals and corporations who appear on these pages. Our purpose is to gratefully recognize the generous gifts that the school has received during the 2009-2010 fiscal year. We sincerely apologize for any mistakes. If you should find an error, please bring it to our attention so we can make the proper corrections. For additional information, please contact: Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, Office of Advancement; 861 Evander Holyfield Highway, Fayetteville, Georgia, 30214. Phone: (770) 461-2202; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mercycatholic.org Amanda Miles diligently prepares for class. OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 2 From Our Principal The Mercy for Life student organization is our largest club with over 120 student members this year. This interest speaks volumes about what is happening at our school. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School is alive and well and the future is extremely bright. Due to the contributions of many past and present students, families, faculty, staff, and benefactors, Mercy’s position as one of Atlanta’s premiere high schools strengthens each day. Last year, we again witnessed Mercy excellence in academics with 100% of our graduates continuing on to colleges, universities or armed forces academies with an average scholarship amount of over $100,000 per student. Mercy families and benefactors make a tremendous investment and sacrifice to ensure that high academic standards at Mercy are maintained. Through their investment, we are able to recruit and retain the best educators for the children entrusted to us, educating not only the mind, but the body and the soul. During the last few years, like many other businesses and organizations, we have had to make tough budget decisions here Mr. Dorsel and his family show their support with Mercy red at Mercy; however, it is a testament to God’s presence and helping hand that we are given enough. Coupled with during a home football game. ambitious students and talented faculty and staff, Mercy is able to provide an educational setting in which students can flourish. As you will read in the subsequent pages, Mercy students have achieved much this past year and our community has given much as well. None of this would be possible without the prayers and support of the Mercy community. While we need your continued prayers most, I ask that you also prayerfully consider investing financially in Mercy through our Annual Fund. Strong schools have strong Annual Funds. As Mercy continues to strengthen in all areas, may we work together as a family to make the 2010-2011 Annual Fund the strongest one yet! May God continue to watch over you and your family and may His loving grace be always present in all you do. Daniel S. Dorsel Principal Mr. Dorsel tells Eric Morris to go back and rethink his strategy during a game at the Freshman Class Retreat. 3 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 Our Year in Review Junior Anthony Martinelli earned one of ten coveted spots for the 2009 Frank Ski Kids Foundation International Art Excursion—an all-expense paid trip to Florence, Italy. Students were selected based on art submissions and were able to experience the “cradle of the Renaissance” firsthand. Mercy’s student-led campus ministry group, F.L.A.M.E., hosted its tenth annual retreat in Anthony Martinelli (standing, second from right) enjoys a day in September. The theme for 2009 was IDENTITY. More than 100 students spent a weekend Florence with other art students from the Atlanta area. at Camp Cha-La-Kee in Alabama to build new friendships and a stronger relationship with God. Retreat activities included canoeing, low-ropes course, student-led talks, prayer and meditation, and Mass. In September 2009, Mercy parents and volunteers hosted its first Back2School Family MusicFest fundraiser. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed live Christian music on the football field from artists like Canton Jones, Kevin Wyglad, ManChild, and Mercy’s own Robert Gould. The Varsity Girls Cross Country team won its second consecutive State Championship led by seniors Jessica Adams, Alexis Fagedes, and Megan Malasarte. Sophomore Tayler Murray and senior Justin Prater were named to the 2009 GISA All-Select Band—an honor given to the best band students across the state. Sophomore Jayla Johnson and Senior Megan Malasarte take a break from the FLAME weekend’s activities. OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 4 Senior Nicholas Goodly was named as an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Nicholas scored in the top 3% of more than 160,000 Black students who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT. In April 2010, Our Lady of Mercy held its annual Multicultural Mass and Luncheon. Bishop Luis Zarama celebrated the Mass in which students shared prayers in multiple languages including Russian, Chinese, Italian, and Igbo. Students in traditional dress gather with Mercy hosted two new events that forged new partnerships for our school: Career Bishop Zarama after the Multicultural Mass. Day and the Mercy Business Expo. Career Day presenters included current parents as well as Mercy alumni. The Mercy Business Expo gave local businesses an opportunity to present their products and services to the Mercy community. In the national French language competition, Le Grand Concours, Mercy had 4 state winners of whom 3 placed nationally as well. On the French I exam, Nicholas Sapp tied for 9th place in Georgia and Katy Sage tied for 5th place in Georgia and 8th place nationally. On the French II exam, sophomore Kiela Pagsisihan tied for 7th place in Georgia and nationally. On the French III exam, Nicole Gagnier tied for 2nd place in Georgia and 3rd place nationally making her a national silver medal winner. The Class of 2010 was one of the most successful in Mercy history . The 54 members of the 7th graduating class garnered 287 acceptances from colleges, universities, and armed service academies and earned more than $5 million in scholarships. D’Arnca Bloodworth, Najgee Gatson, Jazmine Brazier, and Tracy 5 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 Daniels celebrate after the Commencement ceremony. Our Financial Accountability School Operating Budget Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Salaries & Benefits (66%) Archdiocesan Investment (44%) Facilities & Operations (12%) Net Tuition Proceeds (41%) Depreciation (10%) Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance (6%) Academics (6%) HP Grant (4%) Student Services & Fees (1%) Extracurricular (3%) Other (4%) Advancement (2%) Administrative (1%) REVENUES & OTHER SUPPORT (audited) Gross Tuition $2,854,685 EXPENSES (audited) Reductions to Tuition: Salaries and Benefits $2,856,834 Financial Aid <791,599> Academics 253,741 Scholarship Awards <111,000> Student Services and Extracurricular 127,181 Net Tuition Proceeds 2,535,086 Fees 62,250 Administrative 41,187 Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance 349,000 Advancement 75,986 Archdiocesan Investment 1,200,000 Facilities Operations 508,844 Archdiocesan Investment for Building 1,505,050 Archdiocesan Land Debt Service (Mortgage) 1,505,000 In-Kind Contribution (HP Grant) 256,314 Annual Fund and Parent Organizations 108,875 Other 168,636 Total Expenditures $5,805,031 Total Revenues $5,836,211 OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 6 Our Financial Accountability Advancement Summary 2009-2010 Advancement Revenues $60,000.00 The Importance of Advancement to Our Lady of Mercy $50,000.00 Cost to educate one student at OLM $24,075 $40,000.00 Tuition per student (2009-2010) $10,900 $30,000.00 Advancement Revenues Percent of families that received tuition assistance 54% $20,000.00 Average amount of assistance $5,265 $10,000.00 Continued commitments to the Annual Fund and participation in $0.00 fundraising events help us bridge the gap between the cost to 1 2 3 4 5 educate a student at Mercy and what is charged in tuition. Advancement Revenues - Gifts by Purpose (net proceeds): Successful advancement initiatives such as the Annual Fund and fundraisers are vital in helping us reach 3 main goals: 1. Annual Fund $53,231 Percent increase from 2008-2009 Annual Fund 27% 1) To keep tuition increases minimal Current Mercy family participation 42% Current Faculty and Staff participation 97% 2) To improve and increase academic and extracurricular programming for students and professional development for Home and School Association staff and faculty 2. Back2School Family MusicFest - September 2009 $10,586 3. Get Your Green On Old School Dance - March 2010 $3,358 3) To create and strengthen relationships in the community that can advance the mission of Our Lady of Mercy Mercy Athletic Association 4. Bicycle Ride Across Georgia hosting - June 2010 $9,898 7 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 5. Reverse Raffle and Dinner - June 2010 $5,801 Mercy Annual Fund The Annual Fund is Our Lady of Mercy’s annual giving program. The Annual Fund is integral to advancing the mission of our school. It allows our families and friends to connect to our cause and sustains and propels the life of the school through the enrichment of our academic, spiritual, and extracurricular programs. The Annual Fund also facilitates relationship-building that offers sustainable support and provides revenues that have an immediate impact on the diverse student programs that are the hallmark of the Mercy experience. Kenneth Revoredo and Josh Woolums have fun in the House of Fatima. Gifts made to the 2009-2010 Annual Fund were used to support major projects and provide needs benefitting the entire school including, but not limited to, the following: ▪ Website re-design and tech support ▪ Projection system and screen in auditorium ▪ Display case in Science hallway ▪ Continuing education for faculty ▪ Garden establishment and maintenance Annual Fund Honor Roll: July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010 The names listed on the following pages recognize those who have partnered with us to strengthen Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School. Through their generosity, we are able to provide continued excellence in our classrooms and beyond. Donors whose gifts were received between July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 are included in this honor roll. We are truly grateful and blessed by all those who made a gift to the Annual Fund. Thank you! OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 8 Addie Haney and Craig Sage display art for the Christmas holidays. Mercy Annual Fund Honor Roll Jim Winkler Lynn Black 2009-2010 Jeffrey and Kristin M. Woolums Maurice and Yvonne Campbell Mike and Rose Carroll Our Lady’s Circle Mercy Founders Club Tony and Donna Caruso $5,000 - $9,999 $250 - $499 Catholic Men’s Basketball League Anonymous Vince Antonich Glenda Cobb Pat and Janice Mannelly Kyle and Diane Bartels Sally Coleman Mark Beno Ann and Philip Consolino Archbishop’s Circle David and Debra Boivin Kathleen Cornin $2,500 - $4,999 Sergio and Dolores Burguet Tom and Sue Dorsel Rodney and Colleen Adams Fr. Paul Burke Andre and Rachel Farnet In memory of Phyllis Burke Anne Finlon Principal’s Roundtable Ian and Jacqueline Bustin William and Lori Finn $1,000 - $2,499 Charles and Dellia Collier Anthony and Jennifer Freeman Chris Greenwood focuses on the lesson. Mike and Nancy Buchieri Sonja and Ivori ’12 Douglas Kinch and Helene Gaede Mike and Mary Ann Denny Matt Hofkes Rocio Garcia Danny and Whitney Dorsel Brian Hutcheson Nicholas and Iris Goodly Jay and Nicole File Wade and Stephanie Johnston Keith and Keelyn Greenwood Rich and Monica Haaland Roderick and Teri McClure Drs. Chris and Jeana Griffith Randy and Nancy Sage Bill and Mary Piper Trang Hoang St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church Publix Musanna Hoskins Reit Management Nick Huck Father Burke Society Charles and Nkenge Gude Sapp Derek and Yvonne Jones $500 - $999 Nathan Watts Will and Colleen Jourdan Father Jimmy Adams Marie Lambert Wiliviginia and Leon Davis Red and White Society Franck and Cynthia Launay-Fallasse DeMello Family $100 - $249 Marianne Lecesne Mark and Linda Lethbridge Albert and Teresa Acejas Paul Longino Dr. and Mrs. Arturo Marchand Dan and Kay Ahern Ivonne M. Lushington JoAnn McPherson Rhonda Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Martin, Jr. Steven and Carolyn Reames Lynn Anidi Gisele McNeely Paul and Toni Schwahn Denise Mathis Bailey Janis Miles Darrick and Kim Stephens Rick and Marily Barfield Jim and Ana Morgan Philip and Karen Wesley Juanita Bell Scott and Meribeth Morris The Girls Varsity Cross Country team 9 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 prepares for the meet with prayer. Red and White Society Bridget and Cedric Dolman Benard and Judy Ryce $100 - $249 (continued) Jacob Donnay Teresa O. Sandolph Sue and Tom Nemchik Ben Eidson Bill and Holly Schmitz Dr. and Mrs. Vincent Nwogu Art and Peggy Ferreira William and Catherine Schmitz Bruce and Amy Payne Geno Finn ‘08 Josie Singletary Ginger Schilling Chad, Kelly, and Jack Flatt Kathy Smilie Sharon and David Shaw Mr. and Mrs. George Gagnier Anne P. Smith Chris Shivers Robert and Priscilla Garten Betsy Smith Jon and Lisa Shupenus Greg and Annmarie Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith Benard and Judy Ryce, Paul and Tony and Renee Goemaere Margarete and Charles Smith Toni Schwahn and Friends Kenya Graham Vernon Smith In memory of Selma St. Julien Kristen Grier Janet Speck Linh and Rosibel Vuong Jewelian Griffith ‘09 James and Diedra St. Julien Tim Wojcik Charlie and Sharon Haaland Toys ‘R’ Us Joyce and Jordan ’12 Hameen Cathy Weaver Bobcat Benefactors Kellie Hand Milton Wiley Hanging out on retreat (left to right): Emily Longino, Mary Catherine $1 - $99 Julie Holt Rochele Heflin-Wiley Schmitz, Kai Haaris, and Kaliyah Walker. Anonymous Nadine James Brian Williams Ashley Arominski ‘03 Roderick and Judy James Joan H. Williams Michele and Kenny Adams Satchel and Deborah Jester Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wright Curtis and Kim Anthony Debra and Robert Johnson Bernice Zellner Tracy and Deena Baker Lisa Jones Carlton Byrd Marion Jones Jennifer Cawley Keith and Bernadette Loncke Cynthia Chambers Dr. Eric and Maria Lund Restricted Gifts Michael Coleman Mark and Vi Martinelli Bob Chandler Agency Natoya Coleman Elsa McBean Waste Industries, LLC CAPT and Mrs. Peter Conley Eric and Leslie McGuffie Wal-Mart - College Park Mr. and Mrs. Clay Cushman John and Suzanne Nolte Tracy and Iva Daniels Marta Orraca Gifts in Kind Joseph Dean Camtuyen Pham Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lund Alex Denny ‘10 Philip and Rachelle Prevost Mr. and Mrs. Sergio Poyo Cassie Denny ‘12 William and Petra Raville Joanne Dirring Gary and Mary Rheingrover Lauren Woolums, Nick Goodly, and Alexis Fagedes OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 10 are all smiles after graduation. Gifts of Grace Pat & Janice Mannelly Pat and his wife Janice did not have any children that attended Mercy. They do not live near the school nor do they attend a church on the south side of Atlanta. However, the Mannellys have been tireless supporters of Catholic education and felt a call to help our school. And so they did—not once, but twice. Pat, a retiree from Coca-Cola Enterprises, learned about the Our Lady of Mercy community through visits to the school during his work promoting the GRACE Scholars program. It was during this time that Pat realized how special Mercy was and that he wanted to do something to help our students and energize our advancement efforts. First, Pat approached his parish, St. Ann Catholic Church in Marietta, to participate in the GRACE Scholars program. In addition, since St. Ann is not a parish school, he asked parishioners to designate Our Lady of Mercy as the beneficiaries of their GRACE contributions. With their enthusiastic support, Mercy was able to accept several GRACE scholars. This Pat Mannelly scholarship will support these students for the duration of their Catholic education at Mercy. Secondly, the Mannellys wanted to make a financial commitment to the school that would also encourage others to get involved. They decided to match any first-time gift to the Mercy Annual Fund for a total of up to $5,000. The Mercy community responded in a BIG way: first-time commit- ments to the Annual Fund skyrocketed and parent participation increased 7% overall from the prior year! We are grateful for the Mannellys and the many Mercy families and supporters who responded so generously to the call for stewardship. They helped make our 2009-2010 Annual Fund campaign the most successful one to date. Photo above by Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin 11 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 Guardians of the Mission The Guardians of the Mission is a group comprised of lead investors and supporters committed to the future of Guardians of the Mission: Anonymous Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School. Membership is open to all individuals, families, and organizations that Rodney and Colleen Adams make a minimum $1,000 annual gift to the school. Junior membership is given to those who make a $500 annual Father Jimmy Adams gift. Each year, the school counts on these leadership gifts to provide difference-making projects throughout the Mike and Nancy Buchieri Wiliviginia and Leon Davis campus and support student programming. DeMello Family Members of the Guardians of the Mission are honored at a private reception hosted annually by Mr. Dorsel in Mike and Mary Ann Denny Danny and Whitney Dorsel recognition of their leadership generosity. Jay and Nicole File Rich and Monica Haaland Mark and Linda Lethbridge Pat and Janice Mannelly Dr. and Mrs. Arturo Marchand JoAnn McPherson Steven and Carolyn Reames Randy and Nancy Sage Paul and Toni Schwahn St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church Darrick and Kim Stephens Philip and Karen Wesley Jim Winkler Jeffrey and Kristin M. Woolums From left to right: Guardians of the Mission members Jay and Nikki File, Jennifer Freeman, Wiliviginia Gwin-Davis, Jeff and Kristin Woolums, and Randy and Nancy Sage enjoy an evening of fellowship at the annual reception hosted this year at Mr. Dorsel’s home. OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 12 Mercy Angels serve at Honors Breakfast (left to right): Yvonne Heholt-Campbell and Mary Ann Denny and Lisa Shupenus Mary Piper and Vernon Martin get Theresa Bush, Janis Miles, Donya Sartor, and Rachael Farnet Marion Jones help at Open House lend a hand at Homecoming ready for the MusicFest. Family Stewardship Stewardship Stats Current parents who volunteered any hours to Mercy: 73% Each year, Mercy families are asked to give 25 hours of service to the school. Year af- ter year, current families, alumni families and community members alike go above and Of the families who volunteered in 2009-2010: beyond the call of duty, with some giving well over one hundred hours of service in the Families who volunteered 25 hours or more: 38% course of a school year. Through such selfless giving, Mercy is able to offer a wide va- Families who volunteered 50 hours or more: 39% riety of events and programs for our students and larger community. Total hours donated by Mercy parents in 2009-2010: 7,095.25 Stewardship has become a hallmark of the Mercy experience. We thank all of our families and supporters who have given their time and talent in support of Mercy Total estimated amount donated in volunteer time: $147,935.96 events. We could not be successful without their continued commitment and sacrifice. 13 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 Mercy Garden In May 2009, Our Lady of Mercy was awarded a Hewlett-Packard (HP) Innovations in Education grant valued at $265,000 which provided new technology to the school, from tablet PCs to scientific measuring probes. Our proposal was to create a garden and use it as an outdoor laboratory for our students to enhance their science and math skills. Tynese St. Cyr, Endia Yates, Kristin Work on the garden began in August 2009 and many weeks of hard labor followed to prepare the unused McClure, and Allie Capezzuto do their part. courtyard space within the school into a space that could sustain plant life. While the first stage of the garden plan is nearly complete, none of it would have been possible without the many parent, student, and community volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition. In addition, we have been blessed with the expertise and generosity of several local businesses and organizations that specialize in lawn care and management. We extend a spirit of gratitude to all those who have helped give Our Lady of Mercy a gift that will continue to bear “fruit” for years to come. Olivia Schmitz and Michael Anidi take Current and alumni parents St. Gabriel Catholic Church measurements for Geometry class. Volunteered many hours and donated plants, Donated new tiller. flowers, and financial gifts. Kate Wright, Bloom’n Gardens Landscape Knights of Columbus, Provided garden plan and installed drainage Holy Trinity Catholic Church system and pond. Donated various plants. Volunteered to till and prepare ground. Carlos Montano, Casa Montano Bloom’n Gardens Landscape installs a Donated refurbished statue of Mary. OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 14 drainage system into the garden. GRACE Scholars Formed in 2008, GRACE Scholars is a Georgia Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) with a mission to provide children from families with financial need with greater opportunities to secure a Catholic education. Scholarships are funded by Georgia residents who redirect their state tax payment to GRACE. The program gives contributors a dollar-for-dollar tax credit and provides eligible students scholarship funds set aside for the Colleen and Rodney Adams with their daughter entirety of their career in Georgia Catholic schools. Jessica ‘10. GRACE contributors can designate which school benefits from their assistance. Thus, with the help of Pat Mannelly, St. Ann Catholic Church, a Marietta parish of more than 4,000 families, partnered with Our Lady of Mercy. A campaign was launched to encourage Mercy families and St. Ann families to direct their GRACE contribution to support Mercy. The campaign was a great success and several students were awarded GRACE scholarships to Mercy this year. We are grateful to the Mercy community and our brothers and sisters at St. Ann who took a step in faith to help make Catholic education available for all. Father Jimmy Adams Mr. and Mrs. Allen Green Mr. and Mrs. Tilton Meuninck Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Adams Mr. and Mrs. Rubert Guenther Mr. and Mrs. Dean Nelson Marily Barfield with her children Richard ’10 Mr. and Mrs. Rick Barfield Mr. and Mrs. Michael Guhl Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nemchik and Rachel ‘14. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Busche Rich and Monica Haaland Mr. and Mrs. Sergio Poyo Mr. Robert Chaffer Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harrison Father Thomas Reilly Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Crosby Mr. and Mrs. James Herrel Mr. and Mrs. Jason Richmond Mr. and Mrs. Robert Davis Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jeffers Ms. Carolina Rodriguez Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DiBiase Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lambie Randy and Nancy Sage Danny and Whitney Dorsel Ms. Eileen Land Ms. Virginia Schilling Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Faber Mr. and Mrs. William Lyons Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schurke Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Fahrenkrug Mr. and Mrs. Frank Madonia Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schwahn Mr. R. Michael Ferzely and Mrs. Mullen- Pat and Janice Mannelly Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Taylor Ferzely Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Martin, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Turk Mr. Dean Fowler Ms. JoAnn McPherson Universal Tax Systems Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Weiland 15 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 Toni and Paul Schwahn with their son Derek ‘10. Back2School MusicFest 2009 The Mercy Home and School Association hosted two major events this year. The first was MusicFest, an outdoor concert on the Mercy campus focused on building community in addition to raising funds. The event featured the musical talents of local Christian artists including Canton Jones, Manchild, Kevin Wyglad and Chasing Grace, and Mercy student Robert Gould. Mercy’s own Robert Gould Local media personalities CoCo Brother and Jovita Moore emceed the event. inspires the crowd. It was a great success as more than 500 people sat on the Mercy football field to listen to inspirational music and celebrate our shared faith. The event brought our larger community together in fellowship to carry out the school’s mission. Our sponsors, vendors, and volunteers were vital to the execution of our inaugural music festival. Without their dedication, generosity, and enthusiasm, such a successful event for our community would not have been possible. Gold Sponsor - $2,500 Home & School Association MusicFest Sub-Committee Chairs Amigos for Christ Chair: Diedra St. Julien Michael Brazier Andrea Raville paints up patrons for the festivities. Steering Committee Members: Nancy Buchieri Silver Sponsors - $1,250 Wiliviginia Gwin-Davis Mike Buchieri Carroll County Nephrology Randy Sage Jeana Griffith Padgett Services Inc. Donya Sartor Vernon E. Martin, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Pagsisihan Toni Schwahn Meribeth Morris UpFront Megatainment Letrice Wesley Maria Pagsisihan Wal-Mart - Union City ($1,500) Bill & Mary Piper Josie Singletary Bronze Sponsors - $750 Valencia Terrell Citizens Trust Bank Manchild poses with Samantha Monique Thomas Humana MarketPoint OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 16 Morris after his performance. Get Your Green On 2010 On March 6, 2010, Mercy celebrated another successful Get Your Green On Old School Dance with nearly double the attendance of the year before. This fundraiser originated as a way for adults in the Mercy community to come together for a fun, social event. This year’s dance was held in the Mercy Nick Goodly, Whitney Dorsel, and Iris Goodly cafeteria decorated with lights, beads, and streamers in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. get ready to dance. Patrons enjoyed food catered by Your Special Event and dancing with music provided by a live DJ. Attendees competed in games to win cash and raffle prizes and bid on unique auction items including a Bible signed by Archbishop Wilton Gregory, 5 extra seats at graduation, and reserved on-campus parking for the entire school year. The Mercy Home and School Association wishes to thank all of our supporters and donors for the Old School Dance. Renee Goemaere (foreground) enjoys a round of line dancing. From left to right: Scott Morris, Mike Buchieri, Bill Piper, and Vernon Martin show off their St. Patty’s spirit; Elisa Yates demonstrates how to hula hoop; Wade Johnston takes home a 50/50 raffle prize. 17 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 Alumni parents Lori Finn and Ginger Schilling get a chance to catch up. Mercy Athletic Association BRAG and Reverse Raffle/Dinner The newly-formed Mercy Athletic Association (MAA) made its debut by hosting two great events. On June 5th, Mercy welcomed participants from the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG). The school served as a campsite for hundreds of cyclists during the week-long event. Parents manned concession stands and made sure that Coach Mike Earwood (far left) and his wife Susan with Coach Tony Caruso (middle) and friends the participants, vendors, and BRAG staff were welcomed and comfortable during their stay. To support the growing football program under new Head Coach Mike Earwood, the MAA also hosted a Reverse Raffle and Tuscan Dinner. The gym was transformed into a beautiful banquet hall where guests enjoyed a home-cooked Italian meal. In addition to cash prizes, special privileges like standing on the Mercy sidelines with the coaches during a football game were auctioned off. The Mercy Athletic Association extends its gratitude to the volunteers and vendors who made the event such a great success for our school. Ready to serve (left to right): Kenny Smith, Daphne Barry, Anne Bruno-Gatson, Rachelle Prevost, Kristen Grier, and Sheri Bradshaw Mercy hosts BRAG (left to right): The school is transformed into BRAG Central; MAA members Carolyn Reames and Jerome Terrell help with concessions; parent volunteers Bruce Smilie and Will Jourdan make a food run for the cyclists. The cooks in the kitchen (left to right): Phil Consolino, OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 18 Mary Bass, and Brad Anderson. Alumni Events Mercy welcomed back its alumni for several special events during the school year. The first was the annual Alumni BBQ during the Homecoming football game. Graduates reunited with friends and former teachers while enjoying a catered dinner courtesy of Brad Anderson, father of Owen Anderson ‘06 and husband of faculty member Rhonda Anderson. Teana Greathouse Shelton ‘03, John Cobis, and Pam Okoma ‘03 reminisce at the reunion. In January, alumni came home to Mercy for two inaugural events. Graduates were invited to a reception following the first home basketball game of 2010. More than forty alumni were in attendance. Also, the Classes 2003 and 2004 had their first reunion at Our Lady of Mercy. Despite the cold weather, many alumni returned to reminisce about the early years at Mercy. The evening opened with Mass followed by a casual dinner. Several former Mercy faculty and staff returned as well, including founding principal John Cobis. Colin Alexander ‘04, Ralph Woolfolk ’04 and Ana DeMello reunite. Mercy graduates hang out after a home basketball game. The Class of 2009 is well-represented at the 2010 Homecoming Game. 19 ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010 Melissa D’Souza Colson and Ashley Arominski ‘03 pose post-party.
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