There are a wide variety of clubs and enrichment at St. Mary’s Academy for each division. As early as 1st Grade, offerings of Boy Scouts or Daisies to Lego Robotics which becomes more robust through the years. Middle School students participate in clubs recognized as Loretto Leaders. Honored by their peers and teachers for living the values of faith, community, justice, and respect every day, students are the directors of programs and projects. A highlight is the student-driven Spirit Week of friendly competition to benefit local charities.
When the girls are in high school, clubs meet during and after school enhancing the curriculum and their growth.
From Pre-med club to Model United Nations, it’s a great way to dig into ideas that stir curiosity. This year, the all-girl Robotics team caught national attention in their inaugural FIRST Robotics competition as the Best Rookie Team qualifying them for Worlds.
St. Mary’s High School Clubs
Advisor(s): Yun Chen
The Asian Culture Club’s goal is to learn more about the East Asian cultures (China, Korea, and Japan) by exploring their traditions, cuisine, and media. Club activities include trying new and exciting foods, watching popular TV shows and movies, and celebrating the holidays of these different countries.
Advisor(s): Lisa Weinberg
The A Cappella Club provides a chance for girls to experiment with a unique type of music and open up to various styles and genres. The goal of this club is for girls to become more capable musicians and develop a love for a cappella and all music.
Advisor(s): Peter Sniegowski, Iswari Natarajan
The Astronomy Club’s goal is simply to encourage students to learn about and investigate the vast universe humans inhabit. To that end, the club holds All Academy Star Parties as well as the occasional before school event in the darker months. Members of the club are involved in all-academy outreach events wherein they share their knowledge and telescopes with the greater St. Mary’s Community at large.
Advisor(s): Phil Gentry
The Backgammon and Cards Club provides an opportunity for members to learn how to play Backgammon, Hearts, and maybe one or two other card games for two to four players. These are great games to learn for when one heads off to college and needs something to do on a study break!
The Genetics Club is a fun and interactive way to learn about genetics and bioengineering. We will be learning about the fundamentals through videos and hands-on lab experience. In addition, genetic professionals will be explaining and talking to us about genetic diseases/disorders.
Advisor(s): Deborah Horning
The purpose of the Diversity Club is to bring awareness to the students of issues concerning diversity. Helping develop leadership skills and broadening perspectives on current events that surround diversity issues is a shared goal amongst the members. The club hosts a Diversity Day with a variety of speakers who discuss topics relevant to diversity, along with a dance in October to help raise money for Diversity Day.
Advisor(s): Christine Boss
Both clubs focus on how to care for the environment (aquatic and terrestrial), things that students can do to support recycling and composting, planning of events for Earth Day, fundraising for charities that support environmental conservation, supporting plans for building gardens at SMA, and educating the SMA community on what they can do to reduce their impact to the environment.
Advisor(s): Kelly Rogers
The SMA high school French Club seeks to foster interest in many aspects of the French culture for students of all world languages. This club is conducted in English and introduces members to cuisine, films, and traditions from all across the French-speaking world.
Advisor(s): Julie May
The Fund Run club is comprised of a group of smirls who dedicate their time and effort to run different races throughout Colorado that fundraise for a specific cause. This year, the girls plan to run The Santa Stampede, a race that raises money for a local food bank; Race for the Cure, a race that raises money for breast cancer research; and many more (one race per month). Although not all the girls in the club may be passionate about running, all are passionate about positive change in the community.
Advisor(s): Anne Evans
The Journalism Club is comprised of a staff of student writers and editors who publish pieces on St. Mary’s online newspaper, The Quill. Staffers publish on The Quill on a weekly basis, and many of the articles are customized based on the exciting things going on in the community. Students a part of the Journalism Club also learn about crafting articles, the editorial process, and what it’s like to be a real journalist.
Check out The Quill here: http://smaquill.com
Advisor(s): Celia Bard
The SMA chapter of the Colorado Junior Classical League provides students with an understanding of Latin, the culture associated with it, and the history of the Roman Empire. In doing so, students learn the building blocks of language, essential knowledge of the classics, and the evolution of human culture. And they have fun doing it, too!
Advisor(s): Kristen Ferguson
The Library Advisory Board (LAB) is a group composed of students who are dedicated to making the library a more diverse and modern place. From selecting new books, hosting events, and making the Fab Lab a more comfortable place to hang out, their overall goal is to encourage teen reading and to promote diversity.
Advisor(s): Andy Blair
Mock Trial is a program that allows students to simulate court cases. Students can be either witnesses or attorneys. By participating, you will meet new people, get better at public speaking, learn argumentation tactics, and have a ton of fun! Whether you enjoy Law and Order reruns and arguing or are just looking for a fun activity to meet new people (and eat great snacks), Mock Trial is the activity for you!
Advisor(s): Celia Bard, Anne Evans
Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the real United Nations. Participants (called delegates) are assigned a country and a topic. They then prepare to talk about the topic, in a simulation council. Participants learn about public speaking, writing, research, and current events. Competitions are held about once a month. There is also the opportunity to go to Washington DC for the largest MUN conference in the Western Hemisphere, NAIMUN.
Advisor(s): Tanya Komandt
Mouse Mischief is a group of girls who are dedicated to helping out the rest of the campus with matters involving technology. It is the only paid club at St. Mary’s and its activities include assisting staff and students, building ethernet cables, exploring new software, and managing the distribution of technology on campus.
Advisor(s): Kristen Ferguson
Nerd Club spends its time exploring popular culture and interests typically branded as ‘nerdy’. We strive to create a judgement free environment where members can freely discuss their passions with like minded individuals. Nerd Clubbers also have a lot of fun; we play Quidditch, have Hobbit themed feasts, and watch tons of cartoons. Ultimately, it’s a place where people can relax, have fun, and most importantly: be nerdy!
Advisor(s): Andrew Beckham
Open Studio Club provides students with time and space to create artwork outside of their regular coursework. As the name implies, the club is open to all kinds of artistic pursuits, giving students a creative outlet during their otherwise busy schedules.
Advisor(s): Jamie Sniegowski, Amber Summers
The Outreach/Loretto Hunger Fund Club is for students who are interested in going above and beyond the traditional service requirements to help others. Members of the club organize school-wide drives to gather items for people in need. The club also runs an annual fundraiser for the Loretto Hunger Fund.
Advisor(s): Greta Glugoski-Sharp
The Pre Med Club is intended for upperclassmen who are interested in a career in the health sciences. Activities include speakers from the medical field, informational lectures, and lessons on suturing. The goal is to help students better understand the process of applying to medical school.
Advisor(s): Dave Gesler
SMAbotics_AG is the only all-girl FIRST (www.firstinspires.org) robotics team in this region and competes yearly in the Colorado and Utah Regional competitions (both in March). Participants learn java, engineering, fabrication methods, and business development from professional mentors from Lockheed-Martin, Comcast, Rockwell, NCM Media, and Charter Communications. The team meets during the Fall for off-season training, and every afternoon after school and (most) Saturdays from early January through the end of March. More information can be found at smabotics.com.
Advisor(s): Michelle Hayden
St. Mary’s Ukulele Club is an opportunity to learn and play the ukulele with classmates and teachers. At each club meeting, they choose new songs to play and work on both chords and strumming patterns. In addition, they create individual song books, perform in the High School Talent Show, and bring some much-needed music into their lives!
Advisor: Tanya Komandt
The goal of the Web Design Club is to gain a basic understanding of the principles of HTML and CSS, and for each member to use these skills to build a portfolio website (or other website of their choice). Club time will be spent making a basic website together via live-coding, learning ways to improve code, and having independent work time.