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Most people in the St. Mary’s Academy community know Niki Brooks as a member of our Physical Education and Health Department, but they will soon get to know her as Head Lacrosse Coach when she takes on this new role in the spring. Niki, an accomplished high school and college athlete herself, understands the importance that athletics play in nurturing the whole person and is dedicated to empowering our students.

As an engineer, Michelle Warner '09 has worked on a variety of creative and innovative projects, including developing a patent for a wagon canopy at Radio Flyer and designing a dress that uses LED lights to light up when you spin. 

Read how the all-girls experience and many opportunities to become immersed in STEM at St. Mary's Academy, empowered and inspired Michelle to pursue her unique career path. 

Many say that the young women of St. Mary’s Academy are natural born leaders. For freshmen Emma Francioch, Hanna Stokes and Lily Buckenmeyer, their leadership journey began in middle school. Although these young women have just completed their first semester at St. Mary’s, they are already community advocates and accomplished authors of the vegetarian cookbook “Saving Pan.”

During our MLK Day assembly, we listened to SMA students passionately speak up and speak out, just as Dr. King suggested, to be judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. We heard stories and statements to educate, inspire and ignite courageous conversations.

There are many exciting things happening in the world of SMA Blues sports! We have new coaches joining our team this spring, our alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and swim teams have had an eventful season and the Blues basketball team recently competed in the Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Tournament in Palo Alto. We also have CYO Basketball Night coming up on Friday, February 2. Keep on reading to learn more.

Last fall, 11 upper-level Spanish-language students traveled to the Mexican border city of Nogales for a week as part of our Cultural Immersion Program. Learn more about how this unique experience enabled them to practice their language skills and learn firsthand about issues affecting individuals living on the border. 

St. Mary's alumna, Charmika Schuster '94, has been making her mark on the Portland community and abroad as a nurse practitioner and founder of Global Mustard Seeds, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering communities in developing countries through mobile healthcare. Learn more about her amazing career and work in our latest alumna spotlight.   

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