Welcome (back) to another year at St. Mary's Academy. It was such a pleasure to have you at our annual Back to School Night—72% of our families were able to attend, which is testament to your commitment to support your daughters. During my welcome address, I mentioned a few of the texts we are working with as a faculty, and I wanted to mention one more.
Taking the number three spot in the OSAA’s Three River League standings and number eight overall in the state are the girls of St. Mary’s Varsity Soccer team. Thanks to early wins, including a knock off of the undefeated Tigard team last week, the girls have much to celebrate this early in the season. It also happens to be the first season under new head coach, Rochelle Hearns, but she has no hesitation when it comes to giving credit where she thinks it’s due. “The girls on the team are great. They are very coachable and committed to success.
Thanks to the generous contributions of our community members, our Spirit Walk fundraiser was able to raise over $125,000. These funds will support academics, athletics, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, as well as financial aid at St. Mary's Academy.
Dedication, perseverance and an insatiable desire to learn and excel are traits that have enabled our 2018 Valedictorian Bea Pickett to succeed throughout her time at St. Mary’s. Bea has displayed a strong sense of focus and determination ever since she stepped foot in SMA as a freshman, and it’s no surprise that these traits have put her at the top of her class and earned her a spot in Yale’s Class of 2022.
When asked what she loves most about St. Mary’s, Salutatorian Kara D’ascenzo said, “I really enjoy that the St. Mary’s community is loving and supportive, and that everybody is also willing to hold you accountable to work hard and challenge yourself. It’s very inspiring to be part of a group of women that are accomplishing great things, which inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.”
You can depend on St. Mary’s Science Olympiad team to prove that women can excel in STEM. This year’s program consisted of three 12-person teams that completely dominated at the state competition. This group of science experts competed in a variety of challenging tests and labs to take home 1st, 5th and 6th place, collectively earn thirty 2nd and 3rd place medals, and secure them a spot at the National Tournament. If that’s not impressive enough, this was the first year competing for many members of the team, demonstrating that no challenge is too big for St. Mary’s girls.
As a student at St. Mary’s Academy, Jennifer Schulte Masi ’94 envisioned a world of opportunities and considered possibly pursuing a career in architecture. Little did she know that her background as a student athlete and the skills she was acquiring would take her in a different direction, leading her to a career that would allow her to work with some of the biggest brands and sports teams in the nation
For St. Mary’s students, learning does not stop inside the classroom thanks to the many organizations, resources and institutions available just a few blocks away from our campus. Recently, students in Theresa McAffrey’s 2D Design class were able to visit the highly acclaimed Pensole Footwear Design Academy to learn how the skills they’ve acquired in class apply to our city’s thriving athletics industry.
As a student at St. Mary's Academy, Mya Brazile '19 has excelled in the classroom, as a student leader and on the court as member of the accomplished Blues Basketball team. It's very obvious to all who meet her that she is destined for many more great things to come.
At our recent Scholarship Luncheon, Mya gave a speech in which she thanked our many generous donors for making this opportunity possible. Learn about Maya's story and why she thinks it's important for community members to support St. Mary's.
Students from our PSU Challenge History of Modern Europe class taught by Mr. Vannelli attended and presented research papers at the 28th Annual Young Historians Conference at Portland State University on Wednesday, April 18.