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Last month St. Mary’s Academy seniors attended Metanoia, a beloved SMA tradition and the culminating retreat for these young women before they graduate. This unique weekend experience is designed to inspire and provide a space for graduating students to reflect on their time at St. Mary’s Academy, the connections and friendships they’ve made and how these past four years will influence their goals and lives beyond our campus doors.

Leave it to St. Mary’s girls to figure out a way to combine science, art, service and innovation in order to positively impact our community and eliminate waste in the environment. During the past few months, students in Liane Rae’s TA class have been diligently working on crocheting sleeping mats constructed from plastic bags to provide a valuable resource to Portland’s homeless population and reduce waste caused by these common household items.

St. Mary’s Academy’s Beta Blues have been making waves these past few years. As the only all-girls robotics team in Oregon, they are continuously demonstrating the impact of women in STEM . This past year, our team had an exciting season and built a sophisticated robot which shows off their hard work and growing expertise.

Summer is the perfect opportunity for your daughter to find a new hobby or partake in fun activities that will help strengthen her leadership skills, allow her to explore new interests, and provide a space to build new friendships. With so many programs and camps available, it may be hard to figure out which one is right for her. To make your family’s search easier, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite all-girls camps around Portland that focus on empowering young women!

For the third year in a row, St. Mary’s Academy students received three of the five awards for the Garaventa Center Catholic High School Essay Contest. This incredible achievement demonstrates the intellect and talent of St. Mary’s Academy’s students as well as the school’s emphasis on integrating concepts of faith and spirituality into its curriculum.

As a member of the Rose Festival court, Jenny will volunteer and perform community outreach at local events, meet with business leaders, and visit hospitals, senior living centers, youth organizations and civic groups. We cannot wait to report back on the many extraordinary things Jenny accomplishes in this role. In the meantime, we leave you with a few fun facts to better get to know our new Rose Festival ambassador. 

It’s well known that St. Mary’s Academy’s mock trial team is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. In the last five years, the team has twice made it to the national championships and placed third in last month’s state competition. With an impressive list of accomplishments like that, we definitely would not want to be the team opposing these girls in a court of law. To learn more, we sat down with team members Kyra Lauersdorf ’18 and Tabatha Foxwell ’21 for a brief interview, who gave us the details on this year’s competition and the fun world of mock trial.  

We believe that there has never been a better time to attend an all-girls school and there has never been a better time to be a St. Mary's Blue! We have exciting news to share with you for the 2018-2019 school year as we continue to expand and evolve our curriculum to bring your daughters innovative, creative, and relevant programs for today's world.

Last month, twelve of our students traveled to Jonestown, Mississippi for a week of service and learning. Our girls spent time with Sr. Kay Burton learning about life in the rural Delta region, volunteering with youth, and gaining skills and experience that will prepare them to become service leaders in their community. 

Learn more about how our Mississippi Immersion trip prepares students to go out into the world and make a difference! 

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