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Congrats to these members of the Class of 2020 who earned top honors and distinctions!

Valedictorian Alena Pedroza completed her senior year with the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) among her classmates. She will address her classmates at graduation. Alena is president of the National Honors Society, a member of the National English Honors Society, the National Science Honors Society, and a Catherine McAuley Honors Scholar. She also competed on the Math Macs team, is a member of the orchestra and served as co-captain of the varsity volleyball team. She is a National Hispanic Scholar and an Illinois State Scholar. She is a graduate of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin grade school. She will attend the University of Chicago.

The class salutatorian, Megan Howley, holds the second highest GPA among her classmates. She is a member of the National Honors Society, the National English Honors Society, the Spanish Honors Society, serves as treasurer for the National Science Honors Society, and served as the director of the Catherine McAuley Honors Scholars. As a Mighty Mac athlete, Megan competed as a member of the cross country and track teams. Megan is a National Merit Commended Scholar and an Illinois State Scholar. She is a graduate of Most Holy Redeemer grade school. She will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Allie Duffy was elected by her classmates as the student speaker. Allie is a Student Ambassador and member of the varsity club/dance club. Outside of school she is involved with the Youth Ministry program at Queen of Martyrs parish. She is a graduate of Independence Junior High. She will attend the University of Iowa.

Grace Ellerbeck is the recipient of the Sister Mary Brian Costello, RSM scholarship, named in honor of the former English teacher, curriculum director, and principal of Mother McAuley. Grace receives a $2,000 toward her college tuition. She will address her classmates and guests at the baccalaureate mass. Grace is a member of the National Honors Society, National Science Honors Society and a Catherine McAuley Honors Scholar. As an athlete she was a member of the Mighty Mac golf team. She served as co-consul president of the Junior Classical League-Latin Club, as a member of Primary Colors and as a student ambassador. She is an Illinois State Scholar. Outside of school, Grace has worked as a summer volunteer at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of Queen of Martyrs. Grace will attend Loyola University Chicago.

Unveiling and Blessing of New Heritage Wall

On Wednesday, September 4, Mother McAuley welcomed students, faculty and staff, and special guests, including the Sisters of Mercy, for a special blessing of its new Heritage Wall. The project was underwritten by William and Anne Edwards Cotter ’73 of Cotter Consulting. Anne is the former chairperson of the Mother McAuley Board of Trustees and a 2014 inductee into the McAuley Hall of Honor.

The Heritage Wall is located inside the school’s main entrance, at 3737 W. 99th Street. It features panels and an illustrated timeline, including nearly 100 photos accompanied by captions. Soon to come is an interactive video with digital-search tools. English department chairperson, Sister Nancy Houlihan, RSM, wrote the introduction that is featured on the first panel of the wall, and also led the blessing of the piece. Read more...

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Honoring Sister Rosemary, RSM

On October 17, Mother McAuley High School held its Fall Festival to benefit Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a home for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This annual event is hosted by the McAuley National Honors Society. Students are invited to donate $5 to dress in costume. 

Prior to this year’s assembly and performance, McAuley’s NHS and administration honored Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM, for her 50 years of service to Misericordia as its Executive Director. This year she also celebrated 70 years as a Sister of Mercy. Read more...

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