SMA High School Celebrates 142nd Commencement Exercises
On Saturday, May 20, St. Mary's Academy celebrated its 142nd commencement exercises inside the Bishop Evans Sports Center.
This year's graduates of aspiring engineers, writers, doctors, and other interesting careers will move on to an impressive range of colleges and universities across the country. High School Principal Kathryn McNamee presented the seniors to Interim Academy President Vicki Schwartz SL and the Board of Trustees Chair Bob Flynn who bestowed the diplomas before the festive recessional.
Alumna Banafsheh Lari '08 delivered an inspiring Commencement Address, and student speakers Gillian Burnham and Gabby Lorance shared memories and aspirations.
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and to their families and friends who have challenged these young women to be courageous and powerful agents of change!
Jennifer Koskinen from Merritt Design Photo took amazing pictures of the graduates getting ready, the ceremony, and the post-ceremony celebration. These pictures are available for purchase here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMA is so grateful for the many volunteers who helped throughout this school year. They stuffed envelopes, worked at the Golf Tournament, created decor for the Gala, helped at carpool, and much, much more. SMA couldn't do what we do without our amazing volunteers. Thank you!
Jackie is the Administrative Assistant in the Lower School. Jackie loves working with the great teachers and wonderful students of St. Mary's Academy. Watching children learn and grow is the best part of her job.
Jackie enjoys the outdoors, hiking, exploring new places, watching the Broncos win, and going to Rockies games.
Please stop by the Community Center and check out third, fourth and fifth grade art and design projects. Tomorrow is the last day to view the beautiful art work!
JK enjoyed the talented musicians in the LS orchestra. It was a great alternative to outside recess on a snowy, cold day!
June 1; Last Full Day, No EDC, ASA or JKAS
June 2; Fifth Grade Continuation Ceremony
Middle School News & Events
Last week, Ms. Cencula's CAT visited St Elizabeth of Hungary's Church church to serve lunch to people who are homeless. The students served sandwiches, boiled eggs, and cookies and then handed out socks and t-shirts. The MS has been visiting St. Elizabeth's for over 20 years. It was a great, great day!
Pictured left to right, Paree Sharma, Gigi Alvariza, Lola Sehl, and Maggie Gesler enjoyed pizza and laser tag with Mr. Garcia, Mr. Hood, and Ms. Schmitt. They had a great off-campus experience, thanks to a winning bid on an auction item at the Gala.
11th Door Photography will be at the Eighth Grade Continuation Ceremony to document this important milestone for students and their families. The studio will take pictures of the pre-ceremony, processional, tributes, and recessional. All photos are available to purchase online June 6 - July 31. Please visit: www.11thDoor.com.
June 1; Last Full Day of Classes, no ASA
June 2; MS Continuation Ceremony
High School News & Events
Last week, the Ceramics 1 class completed another successful raku firing. This type of firing creates a reductive atmosphere resulting in dynamic changes to the copper within a glaze.
Travel the world, improve your language skills, and have the time of your life with SMA! The World Language Department is sponsoring three immersion trips for HS students in June 2018. Please use the following links for more information and sign up procedures. The trips are to Argentina,France, and China.
Shooting Stars is Molly Newman's fun, spirited comedy about a women's traveling basketball team that takes on a men's team in a small Midwest town. The team members, mostly Southerners, engage in fast-paced, clever dialog and silly high jinks that reveal their lives before baseball, and, unexpectedly, a universal message audiences will resonate with.
Save the Dates!
Tuesday, May 30: Director Jennifer Condreay will meet with interested students in Mrs. Mueller's room during lunch.
August 17 and 18: optional audition workshop (Time and place TBA)
Early September: auditions; rehearsals begin
Performances: November 2, 3, and 4
Admissions News & Events
Reminder! JK/K Play Date
Next year's junior kindergarten and kindergarten students are invited to the LS playground on Wednesday, June 7, from 10:00-11:00 AM to meet their classmates and get to know their teachers for next year! Keep an eye out for an invitation coming soon. If you haven't already RSVP'd, please contact Kim Siffring.
Anna Sophia Williams Competes at the State Golf Tournament
Congratulations to sophomore golfer Anna Sophia Williams who is participating in the Colorado State Golf Tournament this week. Best of luck as she competes at the Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield. Pictured left to right: Coach Ann Wolta Blackstone, Anna Sophia, and Athletic Director Kelli Logan.
Spring Sports Awards
Congratulations and thank you to our spring sport student-athletes, parents, coaches, and fans. SMA sincerely appreciates your support and energy each and every season. A special congratulations to our academic and athletic award winners, who were honored this week for their dedication and commitment to their perspective teams.
First Academic Team Ciela Vega Allie Lupiba Raegan Rychecky Caoimhe Bryant Sarah Burkeholder Julia Hartman-Teske Celine Rojel Audrey State Annie Tobler Ambar Solis-Fuentes Annie Hess Avery Butler Gabby Grant Lexi Maerz Nicolette Ohlsen Sarah Sutherland Ali Leen Viridiana Bonilla Daria Boulos McKenzie Davis Gabby Lorance Adriana Ribota Yuliza Saucedo
Honorable Mention, Academic Drew Johnson Gaby Lopez Morgan Naake Kiersten Leo Erin Curley Lizzy Fehr Kate Golinvaux Daisy Simpson Katherine Crise Sarah Emmanuel Delaney Huffman Anel Oaxaca
Team Academic GPA Averages Varsity tennis team GPA average is 3.56 Soccer team GPA average is 3.57 Golf team GPA is 3.57 Lacrosse team GPA is 3.74
Varsity and Coaches Awards
Varsity Award: Lily Loftus, Soccer
Coaches Award: Rachel Cella, Soccer
Coaches Award: Evie Barton, JV Soccer
Varsity Award: Lexi Maerz, Lacrosse
Coaches Award: Sarah Sutherland, Lacrosse
Coaches Award: Hayden Jones, JV Lacrosse
Varsity Award: Ali Leen and Katherine Crise, Tennis