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14 Mercy Girls Qualified for National FBLA Competition

On Tuesday, April 17, 46 Mercy girls participated in the state FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) competition at the Galt House.

Congratulations to the following girls who qualified for the national FBLA competition in California this June:

Sophie Burke '17, Ashley McClure '17, Meredith Theineman '17: Banking and Financial Systems
Rebecca Dever '17: Coding and Programming
Bailey Recktenwald '17: E-Business
Maddie Lentz '17: Economics
Lilly Kramer '17, Morgan Rohleder '17, Meg Tompkins '17: Global Business
Jenna Ebel '19: Introduction to Business Procedures
Jill Vorreiter '18: Networking Concepts
Amanda Beavin '17: Public Speaking 2
Grace Walsh '17: Sales Presentation
Josie Woods '17: Website Design

Tiffany Cooper Allen '88

Where did you go to school after you graduated Mercy? What did you study?

I hold a BS degree in Speech Communications and Theatre with a Dance Minor from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky (MSU). I chose MSU because it had a great Theatre and Dance program, which prepared me for a career in the arts.

How did you end up in your career?

My passion and love for the arts started early on. I fell in love with music, dance and acting, while watching the Mickey Mouse Club TV show in the late 70s. I was a hyper child that didn't fit in, so the arts gave me self-confidence and peace. Also, I had very encouraging parents that enrolled me in dance and music classes early on. The rest is history.

What do you love most about your job?

Well, I have several careers. I'm a Broadway/TV Actress, Singer and Dancer, Executive Speaker Coach and Arts Educator. As a Performing Artist, I love telling stories that make people think, heal and create positive change. I believe this is the power of the arts. It can bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots. As an Executive Speaker Coach, my job is to help people communicate effectively and bring out their unique perspective. I love watching my clients transform into to engaging storytellers. As an Arts Educator, I enjoy teaching and passing on what I have learned as a professional performing artist. It's about encouraging and preparing the next generation for success.

When and why did you move to NYC?

I moved to NYC in 1992 because I wanted a professional career in Film, TV and Broadway. I didn't know anyone in the city, so I had to be strategic about the move. After my senior year in college, I decided to work at Hershey Theme Park in Pennsylvania because it was close to NYC and I could make connections before moving to the big city. I'm glad I had a strategy because it paid off and made my transition a lot easier. My advice to any creative person moving to NYC or Los Angeles, HAVE A PLAN!

How have you and your sister pursued your dreams together and how have you pursued them individually?

We have always had shared interests and supported each other but we never pursued our careers together because we're different people. I started working in theater immediately after moving to NYC, followed by a European tour of Grease Das Musical in Germany. Soon after, I started performing on cruise ships and doing concerts, TV, film and Broadway. My sister, Nicole, began by performing in Children's Theatre in college, then advanced professionally to regional theaters, cruise ships and eventually touring all over Europe in an international tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. The last show we did together before was Porgy and Bess in Bregenz, Austria. Overtime, Nicole's passion for food and cooking became her number one priority. Today, she is happy as a private chef in NYC, educating her clients about food and making beautiful highly nutritious meals. I went from performing and living over 20 years in NYC to living and performing in Alaska. I currently live and work in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. Ashland is the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and much, much more including many fabulous wineries. I never thought a rich artistic life outside of NYC or LA would be possible, but it is. In some ways, my life is richer now because I allowed myself to live outside of my comfort zones.

How did Mercy prepare you for this career?

Mercy has given me the discipline and spiritual foundation I draw upon today. My personal relationship with Christ is the center of my life. I thank Mercy for being so supportive in offering these gifts. I never understood what it meant to be a "woman of Mercy" until I left and realized how much the academy did to encourage being spiritually rooted and having a sense of purpose.

What advice would you give other Mercy girls who may be interested in pursuing a career in the arts?

The advice I would give to young performing artists is that talent is half the equation because it takes more than talent to make it in this business. You have to treat it like a business and have a marketing plan. It's called show 'business', not show 'art' for a reason. Learn everything about how this business works, don't be naive. Make MARKETING AND BUSINESS classes as much of a priority as the acting classes. You will need the business and marketing savvy to navigate a career in the performing arts. Here's an interesting fact about the business by an acting business coach expert: 97% of actors entering the show business market place leave within the first 3 years because they couldn't figure it out on their own.

What have been some of your favorite memories you've made working in theatre arts productions?

Wow, I have so many great career memories. Highlights include booking my first Broadway show, Bombay Dreams, my Broadway National Tour of Guys and Dolls, understudying Adelaide with Maurice Hines and appearing on All My Children several times. I recently recorded my debut solo EP/album Satin Mood, a jazz tribute to Julie London. Also, I'm shooting videos to accompany the songs. This project will be released to the public within the next few months.

What is your favorite Mercy memory?

My favorite memory at Mercy was performing in my first musical, Cinderella, during my freshman year. I played the evil step-sister, "Portia". But what stood out about this musical is how diverse the cast was and how the director embraced non-traditional casting. I learned so much about listening, holding the stage and character development. This is when I truly fell in love with the "craft" of acting and singing.

Any other closing thoughts?

GO AFTER YOUR DREAMS AND NEVER GIVE UP! Just remember that in order to have a successful and fulfilling career, you have to be a balanced person. Keep your body and mind healthy. This business is full of ups and downs and if you don't have other healthy interests and passions you could fall into bad habits. It's also important to remember that people are not overnight sensations. You will pound the pavement. There is no set timeline; just enjoy the process and the hustle. Embrace a spirit of service. I truly believe we are blessed by how much we give of ourselves, not by what we get. Invest in relationships!

Check out her website: www.Tiffanycooper.com.

Rivals Unite 4 Girls

Thank you to everyone who participated in the second annual Rivals Unite 4 Girls campaign!


Mercy had the highest alumnae participation percentage (20.34%) at the end of the two-week giving period. The challenge raised over $245,000 across the four schools in a 12 day period, with close to 3,900 total alumnae participating.

We are so thankful for our alumnae. You truly make the difference and impact the lives of many Mercy girls to come.

Once a Mercy girl, always a Mercy girl!

Rivals Unite 4 Girls

Mercy Academy will join forces with Assumption High School, Presentation Academy and Sacred Heart Academy for our second annual Rivals Unite 4 Girls Campaign, a two-week alumnae giving challenge. While we are rivals, both academically and athletically, we all share a long history of graduating students prepared for college and beyond.

The challenge begins Monday, March 13 and concludes Friday, March 24 at midnight. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 28.

During this two-week blitz, we encourage you to give back to your alma mater. Your donation is a great way to show support for Mercy. No gift is too small.

Click here to donate.

The school with the highest alumnae participation percentage at the conclusion of the challenge wins the "Golden Piggy Bank" and a year of bragging rights.

Last year's challenge raised over $130,000 across the four schools in a 17 day period, with 2,942 total alumnae participating. We received amazing support with 17.7% of our alumnae giving back to Mercy! We finished in second place behind Presentation by just 0.3%, who took home the pig.

Now is the time for all Jaguars and Missiles to come together in support of our Mercy girls. Your donation goes directly to the tuition assistance program, which aids over one-third of our student body. Your gift truly makes a difference.

Once a Mercy girl, always a Mercy girl!

"Now more than ever, we need to invest in the education of our young women. Through the Rivals Unite 4 Girls challenge, we teach young women that spirited and fun competition can happen between rival schools for the good of all. Women graduating from Catholic schools in Louisville are part of a unique sisterhood."
-Beth Feger Garr '86

2017 Summer Camps

Mercy Academy offers a wide variety of summer camps for elementary and middle school students. The camps offered range from volleyball and field hockey to aviation and dissection - there is something for everyone!

Check out our Summer Camp Guide below, and then click here to register your daughter or son for camps.

A Day in the Life of Taya Senn '17

Today I had a great day at Mercy.

I woke up and put on my comfy senior sweatshirt, then got to school by 7:40 so that I could hang out and talk with my friends before class. Every morning, we sit in the same spot in the hallway and catch up with each other before we start our days.

For first block, I went to AP Government and Politics with Mr. Napper, who I've had for three years in a row now. I really enjoy the class, because we get to connect what we learn about the government to what's currently happening in U.S. politics.

Next I had my study period in the Learning Commons. Mr. Boyd, the librarian, had some order out forms already printed out, which was really nice. He always has everything you need, whether it's an envelope or a ponytail. I filled out the order out form so that I can have Penn Station brought to me this Friday at my senior class meeting. Every month we have a class meeting that gets catered. Last month we had Canes. Anyways, at prep I sat at a table with some friends and listened to my headphones while I got some homework done.

Next was lunch, where I had my favorite Mercy meal. I had broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl, which, if you ask me, is way better than Panera's. Every day at lunch I sit with my friends Bailey and Katie. Lunches are always filled with laughs and good music playing on the cafeteria speakers. Occasionally, our favorite Taylor Swift song called "All Too Well" will come on and we can't help but scream it at the top of our lungs, which tends to draw a lot of attention to our lunch table.

I headed to AP Art after lunch with my favorite teacher, Mrs. Belvoix. Some of my AP art pieces are hanging up right outside the Learning Commons, which is pretty cool because everyone sees them when they walk to study hall.

After art is World Religions. We have a few presentations left to go still, because everyone in class researched a Hindu god or goddess. We all dressed up as our chosen god and presented as if we were the gods themselves, which was really interesting and fun.

After school I headed to my Peer Leaders meeting. We just got done with National Drug Facts Week. All of the Peer Leaders gathered research about the dangers of drugs, and we designed posters that got printed out and hung up all around the school.

Today I had a great day at Mercy.

2017 Benefit Off Broadway Winners

$25,000 Capital Prize

Kevin Kramer

Class Raffle Baskets

Dining Out: Theresa Mulhall

Kate Spade: Sally Kupper

Lottery: Barbara and Dennis Mooney

Shop Until You Drop: Natalie and Will Thomas

Stock the Bar: Sheila Reiss

Yeti: Bruce and Cheryl Salyer

Wheel of Chance

Apple iWatch 35mm: John Harris

Barrel of Booze: Delene Detinger

Bellarmine Tuition Voucher: Cheryl Rothgerber

Blairwood Summer Membership: Sue Roberts

Bose Wave Radio IV: Cynthia Andres

Brown-Forman Basket: Teresa Mulhall

Calphalon Contemporary Cookware Set: Lauren Gunter

Catered Dinner for 10: John Simms

Dinner and a Show: Steve Kamber

Downtown Date Night: Karen Crouch

Dyson Multi-Floor: Ricky Brown

Graduation VIP Seating: Kelly Thaler

Kitchenade Mixer: Mary Sue Doran

Kingsley Meats: Melissa Gunter

Kingsley Meats with Deep Freezer: Mike Hellmueller

Lottery Basket 1: Cathy Graas

Lottery Basket 2: Judy Magre

Lottery Basket 3: Ruth Eagle

Mercy Cornhole: Sherry Milliner

Miller Package: Patricia Newton

Shopping Spree: Lisa Rohleder

Student Package 1: Pat and Sandy Wright

Student Package 2: Ronnie Sanders

Smoky Mountain Cabin: Linda Herp

Take a Break from the Kitchen 1: Lisa Rohleder

Take a Break from the Kitchen 2: Lynda Degrella

Take a Break from the Kitchen 3: Geraldine Brechtt

Taylorsville Lake: Teresa Davis

T-Shirt Quilt: Maria Baumgartner

UK Tickets: Brigid Morgan

Weber Smoker: Mark Kupper

Wine Cooler and Six Bottles of Wine: Laurel Wyatt

Woodford Reserve Basket: Brennan Greene

Yeti Tundra 35 Marine Cooler: Lisa Courtney

3-Piece Luggage: Carol Hebel

$150 Best Buy Gift Card: Shirley McCullum

$200 Kroger Gift Card 1: Nita Blevins

$200 Kroger Gift Card 2: Mary Teresa Payne

$200 Meijer Gift Card: Diana Buckheit

$200 Meijer Gift Card 2: Zella Fraze

$250 Macy's Gift Card: Tammy Durbin

$250 Pottery Barn Gift Card: Ann Kupper

Specialty Drink iPad 4

Barry Seidel

Prom Queen and King

Joy Evans

Bryan Wiegandt

Mercy Academy senior's compassion leads to restoration of cemetery

By Aaron Henry
Digital Content Specialist
Common Ground


We often look at a cemetery and think of loved ones that have passed on from this life. Unfortunately, some individuals do not have a family to remember them when they pass. River Valley Cemetery is one of Louisville's final resting places for the homeless, often referred to as an Indigent Cemetery. It is one of 5 different cemeteries managed by the Metro Parks and Recreation department.

Each person in River Valley Cemetery is given a proper burial and a marker with their names and life span. Unfortunately, over the years many of these markers have been lost due to natural erosion and weathering. This has resulted in a number of grave sites with missing identification. Although heartbreaking, one local Girl Scout felt compelled to search for those whose identity had been lost to the elements.

Rebecca Dever, a senior at Mercy Academy made it her mission to help restore River Valley. She was first introduced to the site over Labor Day weekend while praying over those residing at River Valley. This was during a Cardboard Village project with her youth group at St. Gabriel The Archangel Catholic Church. The project is designed to raise awareness about the homeless the struggles they face day to day.

Over the last year, Rebecca has worked diligently towards the identification and rehabilitation of unmarked grave sites at River Valley. As a member of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana for 14 years, Rebecca is completing this massive undertaking for her "Gold Award" project. It is the highest achievement in the organization, and the equivalent to the Eagle Scout award in the Boy Scouts. Rebecca began this initiative one year ago and continues diligently working.

Rebecca has worked alongside Metro Parks Volunteer Coordinator and AmeriCorpsAdministrator Laura Ryan, and various Coroners offices throughout the city to identify each person buried at River Valley. Rebecca has even collaborated with Kroger, by collecting 400 pounds of plastic in order to produce a bench to be installed at the cemetery. She has also discussed plans of headstones for each grave with Kirk Dolan, who oversees the cemeteries maintenance.

She has found most of her information from the Joseph of Arimathea Society. An organization connected to the catholic high schools that participate in the burials of the deceased homeless. She continued her search by contacting numerous homeless shelters around town, such as St. Johns Center and St. Vincent de Paul. She often referred to the National Coalition of the Homeless to provide answers to possible gaps in names.

Rebecca's research was also aided by a directory located at River Valley. She coincidently discovered that the directory was created by her substitute teacher's son. The Directory was his initiative in order to earn his Eagle Scout award.

Next Year is the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. To celebrate, Rebecca plans to dedicate 100,000 service hours with the help of her troop for the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Rebecca wishes to make River Valley not a resting place where individuals are forgotten, but rather a memorial to the less fortunate. Rebecca Dever has shown an insurmountable level of compassion and determination to hold onto the memory of those who have gone before us.

The make-up high school placement test is Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • There is a $10 fee and students are asked to bring two #2 pencils

Mercy offers an extended time version of the test for those with learning difference's accommodations. In order to sign up, parents must call Deana Padgett at (502) 671-2010. For those unable to make the original test, a make-up test is offered in January. For more information please call Allison Morris at (502) 671-2021 or email her at amorris@mercyjaguars.com.

Welcome, Class of 2021! Click the image below to expand a letter from our principal, Amy Elstone.

Mercy Academy Campus Upgrades for Fall 2017

State-of-the-art additions to Evans Park and Stock Yards Bank Theatre

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor and many members of our Mercy community, we are thrilled to announce we have campus upgrades that will be ready by the fall of 2017! The Mercy Stock Yards Bank Theatre and Evans Park athletic fields will receive numerous renovations to better the facilities and provide more opportunities for our students. We thrive as a small school with big opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Thus, these upgrades will allow our students to excel in all aspects of a well-rounded education.

The upgrades to Mercy's Stock Yards Bank Theatre include:

  • Acoustic treatment to the ceiling and walls to absorb external noise.
  • New flooring with portable risers that provide a variety of performance and stage configurations.
  • Sconce lighting that offers an authentic theatre look and feel.
  • A sound and light control booth with better access and usage located just above the highest portable riser.
  • Additional lighting systems that allow for greater flexibility and variety of productions.

For those involved in our theatre program, these upgrades are extremely exciting!

"Our theatre program is blossoming. We involve students in all aspects of production," Michael Johnson, Mercy's president, said. "These enhancements will provide students with the space and tools necessary for maximum learning and the best possible experience for all, while still maintaining a very flexible space that can serve the needs of the school in many ways."

Our theatre director, Amanda Simmons, also anticipates the renovations. "The upgrades coming to our theatre are very exciting! It's an incredible opportunity for the growth of the department, and it will be wonderful to see how they transform our space!"

Evans Park will upgrade the softball field, the main turf field and track. These updates include:

  • Two press boxes: one for McAuley Field (softball) and one for the turf field and track. An observation deck will also be included at the top of the turf field's press box for videography and photography opportunities.
  • Two state-of-the-art sound systems to allow the National Anthem to play at the start of all games.
  • Stadium seating that will include Mercy blue chair backs for comfort and school spirit.

"Additional seating, sound systems and press boxes for the softball field, turf field and track will allow us to accommodate larger crowds, particularly for regional contests, and provide a quality experience for all," Mr. Johnson said. "Evans Park is a premier high school outdoor sports venue with a central location that is rapidly becoming a favored site for competitions of all sorts. It is also a great resource for area Catholic grade schools and the entire Metro Louisville area."

We will break ground over the summer of 2017 so that all renovations are complete by the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.

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