On April 9, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce (AACC) honored several community members for their outstanding work and commitment. McNicholas High School senior Carly Fehr was named Student of the Year, and theology teacher Mrs. Mary Beth Sandmann was honored as Educator of the Year.
Carly Fehr has compiled an impressive and diverse list of activities and accomplishments as a student at McNicholas High School driven by an unparalleled work ethic. No matter the challenge or adventure, she gives her whole self to its success and is passionate about the results. Carly is a four-year member of the Service Club with the majority of her service hours going toward Matthew 25 Ministries. She was a two-year member of the lacrosse team and received the most improved award in 2017. Carly is also a four-year member of the Ski Club and has been a part of the school’s Improvisation Club and Student Ambassador program.
Carly is a four-year honor roll student and has been named Theology Student of the Year. She has been a Freshman Retreat leader and a Kairos leader. Well-respected by peers and teachers alike, Carly was on Homecoming Court and a nominee for Eastern Hills Student of the Month.
One of Carly’s teachers Val Combs says, “I've had the unique privilege of working with Carly every day since her freshman year, and she is an exceptional young lady. Of all of Carly’s gifts (and there are many!), I am most impressed with her genuine love and concern for others. Carly is a natural leader who lives by her Christian beliefs and ideals. She is kind, compassionate, genuine, and so very humble. She has greatly enriched the McNicholas community, and I know she will go on to make our world a better place.”
Mary Beth Sandmann graduated from McNicholas High School in 1979 and returned to her alma mater in 1994 where she has taught theology ever since. In addition to teaching religion, Mary Beth is also the Director of the Kairos Board which plans, coordinates, and executes the Kairos retreats that every senior at McNicholas goes on before he or she graduates. She is a member of the Campus Ministry Team and Mardi Gras Committee and moderator of the Art Club.
“Mary Beth works tirelessly for the students to help them develop their faith,” said Teresa Davis, fellow theology teacher. “She works long hours and weekends behind the scenes covering a multitude of both mundane tasks and thoughtful details that others do not see. She asks for nothing, does not want praise or affirmation, but seeks to see signs of growth in students and to improve retreats.”
In her 25 years at McNicholas, she has been both teacher and mother to all Rockets, including the seven she and her husband Bob Sandmann have sent to McNicholas. Mary Beth is an advocate for peace, understanding, and collaboration among all faiths in our Greater Cincinnati communities. She is the youth coordinator for the Festival of Faiths and a member of the Bridge of Faith Trialogue, each with goals to increase understanding, empathy, and compassion in our youth.
According to fellow teacher and last year’s Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year John Norman, Mary Beth is the heart of the McNicholas community. “Mary Beth works for the good of others. The students love Mrs. Sandmann and her kind and gentle manner,” Norman said. The love of Christ shines through her warm smile, her compassion, her service, and her example of faith.”
Additionally, Light Up McNick and McNick at Night chairs Sharon Tobin and Karen Veeneman ’84 were honored as Volunteers of the Year; Beth Hamad ’07 was named Young Professional of the Year; and Jersey Mike’s owned by Keith McCarroll ’89 was honored as Business of the Year.
(Left to Right) Carly Fehr, Karen Veeneman, Sharon Tobin, Mary Beth Sandmann, Beth Hamad, and Keith McCarroll