SHA plans alumnae celebration for Feb. 7

Record Staff Report

Sacred Heart Academy will honor Nanette Mershon, a graduate of the class of 1967, as Alumna of the Year at the school’s 29th annual Alumnae Awards Celebration at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

The Alumnae Association will present the Heart Award to 1987 graduates Jenny Hundley Alvey and Angela Chamberlin Leet and 1989 graduate Mary Jennifer Peet Hempstead. The Heart Award is given annually to graduates or individuals who have contributed significantly to their community at large or the Sacred Heart Academy community and faculty.

Three people will be inducted into the Valkyrie Hall of Fame — Katie Wetterer Spenlau, a 2005 graduate; Leah Ryan Stark, a 2006 graduate; and Jim Luebbe, the Academy’s swim coach.

Ellen Montgomery Burton, a member of the class of 1983, will receive the Ursuline Teaching Legacy Award. This award was established in March 2008 to honor the Ursuline Sisters’ 150 years of teaching in Louisville. Burton has been a teacher for nearly 30 years and has spent the last 20 as an educator in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

An honorary diploma will be awarded to Barbara Brown Horton, whose devotion to the school “is equal to those who graduated from Sacred Heart,” according to an announcement from the school.

The Feb. 7 celebration will include a reception, dinner, a cash bar and the awards ceremony. Dinner tickets are $45 per person. Tickets for children age 5 to 12 are $15 and for children 4 and younger are free. Reservations may be made online at


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