St. Mary’s Academy Welcomes Bill Barrett
The St. Mary’s Academy community formally welcomed new Academy President, Bill Barrett in a joyful and celebratory ceremony on Tuesday, August 19. The audience included current and former members of the Board of Trustees, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends.
Senior Mariah Horvath was the emcee and Pearl McGivney SL, Loretto Community President, offered the opening prayer. SAIMARAC, St. Mary’s Academy’s honor choir, entertained the audience by singing “Let the River Run.” Senior Idali Rodriguez, gave the student reflection saying, “No matter what time, what event, St. Mary’s Academy will always have love and hopeful arms for each and every one of their past, present, or future students.”
After being introduced by Bob Flynn, Chair of the SMA Board of Trustees, Mr. Barrett shared his reflections on his first two months at the Academy, “I have seen you be kind to each other, care for each other, serve others, take risks, and push yourselves – both in and out of the classroom. You model our Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect, and you all have the capacity to be, and some of you already are, leaders and agents of change in a world where we desperately need to work together to show compassion, express empathy, model common decency, and find peace.” Following Mr. Barrett’s remarks, Lower School students Julia Hoody, Dylan Livadariu, Ellen Porter, Selah Riehl, Brianna Stetson, and Nick Wiley explained the top five things the new Academy President should know about the Lower School including, “We take care of each other every day.” Middle School representatives Jack Furman and Victoria Perez explained the unique familial relationship the Middle School has to the other divisions, “We support and admire our older sibling, the High School, and love our younger sibling, the Lower School”. Mariah Horvath presented Bill Barrett with the Loretto High Schools’ Leadership Statement. The ceremony concluded when Father Marty Lally, Pastor of Holy Family Parish, invited all present to join him in blessing Mr. Barrett. A reception followed the ceremony on the newly built High School Café Patio.