School News


Congratulations, Class of 2021!

The Class of 2021 rounded out their time at SMA over the weekend, and we couldn't be more proud. These last few weeks have been filled with many traditions like the senior party, alumnae induction ceremony and senior assembly. The events culminated with an outdoor, in-person graduation at Marylhurst Commons on Saturday, June 5.

Meet your new Alumnae Director, Mary Hrkac '86

We are pleased to announce that alumna Mary Hrkac ’86 has joined St. Mary’s as our new Director of Alumnae She cannot wait to get started. You can get to know Mary with this short Q&A and learn what she looks forward to most in this role.  

A Tribute to the Class of 2000

As we head into the holiday season, our hearts and thoughts are with the Class of 2000. This year should have included the celebration of their 20th reunion. We look forward to gathering next year in celebration of the Class of 2000.

SMA Seniors named 2nd & 3rd place at PSU Challenge Young Historians Conference 2021

On Wednesday, May 19,  seven students from the PSU Challenge History of Modern Europe class taught by Mr. Vannelli presented research papers at the 31st  Annual Young Historians Conference at Portland State University. The PSU Challenge Program and PSU History Department hosted this exciting event with over 150 students, teachers, faculty and parents attending via webinar. St. Mary’s had another strong showing for best overall papers with Charlotte Cody’s taking second place, and third place was awarded to Ruby Lewis.

St. Mary’s Academy junior Zumee Hasan speaks at TEDx Youth

St. Mary’s Academy junior Zumee Hasan, a self-described “eternal optimist armed with empathy”, gave a TED Talk last Friday with TEDx Youth at Lincoln Street. In her talk, Zumee challenged the characterization that Gen Z “cares too much”, a notion she countered by stating “We care because we have to. Gen Z has been left with a world where we experience so much so early.”

The Royal Brazile Family

On Friday, April 16, Aundrea Brazile ’21 became the Rose Festival Princess for St. Mary’s Academy. This news comes two years after Mya '19, her older sister, was crowned as the 2019 Rose Festival Queen. This year, Aundrea and Mya could make history as the first set of sisters to both serve as Rose Festival Queen. This historic possibility would mean “everything and more” to the Brazile sisters.

STEM, the Arts and MUN!

Both St. Mary’s Model United Nations (MUN) and Science Olympiad Teams performed very well in State competitions this year.  Several student musicians competed in this year’s Oregon Music Education Association/OSAA Solo & Ensemble Music Contest and placed at Districts. Great job, Blues!


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