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McAuley President Receives National Honor

Dan Andriacco
Communication & Mission Promotion


Cheryl Sucher, president of McAuley High School, has been named a recipient of the Secondary Schools Educational Excellence Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). The award is given each year to educators who demonstrate a commitment to fostering excellence in secondary schools. Ms. Sucher was nominated for this prestigious award by Sr. Helen Lucille Habig of the Catholic Schools Office.

“Cheryl has been a big part of the success of McAuley High School,” said Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. “Through her many years of service to the school, Cheryl has acted as an outstanding leader and role model to generations of women of McAuley. This award is a tribute to her tremendous gifts, contagious enthusiasm, and sincere faith.”

Ms. Sucher began serving McAuley as principal in 1987 and was appointed president in 2009. She is retiring at the end of this school year.

As announced previously, two other local Catholic educators also have been given NCEA Awards. Beth Siemer from St. Ignatius Loyola was named a National Distinguished Teacher and Marianne Rosemond from St. Mary (Hyde Park) was named a National Distinguished Principal.

“To have three individuals receive national awards in the same year is tremendous, and clearly reflects the high quality of Catholic education found within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati,” said Dr. Rigg.

All three educators will receive their awards during the NCEA Conference in April in Pittsburgh.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 213 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.