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SMA Alumna, Lauren Yanase '19, Wins Girl Scout Gold Award

Congratulations to alumna Lauren Yanase '19, for winning the Girl Scout Gold Documentary Award. Her documentary titled Shikata Ga Nai: An Inconvenient American, follows the story of the Kato family during World War II as Japanese Americans along the West Coast were being forcefully relocated into internment camps. 

Beta Blues Earn Second Place at Girls Gen

At the beginning of October, some of the returning and new Beta Blues robotics team members took last year’s robot to a small off-season competition, called Girls Gen, and had an outstanding performance. At the end of qualifying play, they were chosen to an alliance that went on to earn second place.

In Their Own Words

While summer means a break from school for St. Mary’s students, it doesn’t mean a break from pursuing their interests and passions. From opportunities in the Portland metro area to programs across the country and abroad, our students took advantage of the summer months to participate in activities that enriched their lives and left them with memories for a lifetime. In our first edition of “In Their Own Words”, students describe what some of those experiences were like.

Faculty Feature: Quincy Robinson

Among the newest members of St. Mary’s Academy faculty and staff this year is algebra and geometry teacher, Quincy Robinson, who is a former musician, theologian, and current self-taught mathematician. 

Finding Community from Within: SMA Clubs and Affinity Groups

When asked what they love most about St. Mary’s Academy, both current and former students often respond by mentioning the amazing community of women that surrounds them.  They have consistently shared that regardless of their background, the middle school they attended, their selected classes or areas of interest, they are immediately welcomed into a network of friends that offers camaraderie, support and inspiration once they step foot on the campus of St. Mary’s.  One of the key elements of the SMA experience that delivers this sense of community are the myriad activities, clubs and affinity groups.

Fall Sports Preview

We're kicking off fall sports and here's everything you need to know from current standings to new athletes and exciting upcoming events.

Pushing the Boundaries of Creativity at St. Mary’s Academy   

The Stanford at Stanford University in Palo Alto was founded on the belief that everyone has the capacity to be creative.  Its mission is to be a place where people use design to develop their own creative potential.  Over the summer, St. Mary’s Information Sciences and Social Sciences teacher,Alexa Duda, had the chance to experience the firsthand and is excited to bring what she learned, to her St. Mary’s Academy classes.

Ashley Spitzer Petersen ’98 on Getting 'Lost in the Crowd’ and her journey to PBJ’s Forty Under 40

Ashley Spitzer Peterson, graduate of St. Mary’s Academy’s class of 1998, can officially mark herself in the “game-changers, move-makers and forces of nature” category. That’s because last winter Ashley was chosen from a pool of over 300 nominees as an award recipient for Portland Business Journal’s 2019 Forty Under 40. The list, recognized for years as an astounding accomplishment, showcases Portland’s most influential professionals, including local CEO’s, founders, directors and presidents, all under the age of forty.

Mya Brazile ’19: Student, Athlete, Leader, Queen

It took seconds for Mya to hear her name announced as Rose Festival Queen, but years Mya spent dreaming of that very moment.

This past June, Mya Brazile ’19 won Portland Rose City Festival Queen among fourteen other nominees from local high schools, making her the sixth student from St. Mary’s Academy to be crowned Queen. “I am happy that I could give St. Mary’s another Queen. Their love and support through all of this has been nothing short of amazing,” Mya said.

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