The fall season of athletics has come to a close, and all three of our fall sports saw athletes competing at the state championship level. We are so proud of all our Blues athletes who worked hard this season. Varsity soccer and varsity volleyball both took their teams to the second round of OSAA 6A State Championship playoffs in their respective sports, and two of our cross-country runners, senior Sadie Drucker and sophomore Rocky Flores, represented St. Mary’s at the OSAA 6A Cross Country State Championships. We are also proud to celebrate the following athletes and coaches who are Three Rivers League All League.
Last month the SMA community celebrated Founders’ Day. October 21 marked the 163rd anniversary of the twelve Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary’s arrival in Portland. This year, for the first time since 2019, we were able to celebrate Founders’ Day in our traditional way; inviting alumnae celebrating their 50-year reunions (including the classes of 1970, 1971, as well as 1972) to campus for an all-school Mass in the Auditorium, and a special luncheon.
To open one’s door is not enough, one must also open one’s heart, according to St. Mary’s Academy foundresses, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary.
On July 15 and 16 we welcomed back alumnae from 27 celebrating classes for a Grand Reunion weekend on campus. During the celebrations, alumnae walked the halls again, reminiscing and reconnecting with classmates, catching up and sharing memories with former teachers and enjoying the campus tours led by current Student Ambassadors.
The St. Mary’s Athletics Department is proud to welcome two new head coaches leading fall sports programs for the Blues, and several new assistant coaches. Soccer coach, Greg Martin and volleyball coach, Wendy Stammer.
St. Mary’s Academy’s Board of Directors and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Province Ministries has named alumna, Emily Niedermeyer Becker ’86, as the next president of St. Mary’s Academy. The selection caps a comprehensive search following the announcement of Christina Friedhoff’s retirement after 30 years of distinguished leadership at St. Mary’s Academy. Becker will be transitioning into the role this month.
Rising senior, Lily Segna ‘23, been selected for the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship to be held at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research.
Saturday, June 4th St. Mary’s celebrated the commencement ceremony for the class of 2022 at the University of Portland. The ceremony included speeches from Valedictorian, Noopur Barve, Salutatorian Anja Jolin, and the Commencement Address from President Christina Friedhoff as well as performances by The Marian Singers.