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Wildcat Weekly
A Weekly Newsletter from St. Mary's Academy 

To the Class of 2016 from the Academy President:

Graduation is on Saturday. Members of the Class of 2016 are getting ready to put on their academic robes and mortarboards, and walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. They have completed their course of study here at St. Mary's Academy, they are ready to leave and move into their next chapter, their next adventure. 

Community News
  • Stop by the Coyle Art Gallery! The Class of 2016 includes some extraordinary artists. The Visual Arts Department is pleased to complete the exhibition schedule for the 2015-2016 academic year with a focus on these exceptional young photographers, illustrators, and ceramicists. These students have all grown tremendously over their tenure at SMA, and their accolades include Gold and Silver Keys in the Scholastic Art Awards, participation in the Empty Bowls Project, and completed AP portfolios that are of the highest caliber. 
  • Academy Parents are looking for various volunteer roles for next year's board. If you are interested in helping in any capacity please contact Academy Parents President Rhondi Clark.
  • Save the date! All SMA families are invited to participate in Catholic School night at Elitch Gardens on Friday, May 20 from 5:00 - 10:00PM. Tickets are a reduced price of $24.99 and must be purchased in advance. If you have a season pass, you may use it, but you must mention that you are part of St. Mary's Academy as only Catholic Schools students will be allowed entrance on this night. Click here to purchase tickets online: Catholic Private Night or click here to fill out a ticket order form and mail to Elitch Gardens. This will replace SMA Lakeside Night. 
Lower School News & Events
  • The Astronomy Club visited Kindergarten to teach the students about the planets and space. Each student colored their favorite planet. Astronomy Day was celebrated on May 13.
  • The Lower School band, orchestra and choir had a wonderful concert Monday evening. They also performed at the Wednesday assembly. The choir performed songs from Matilda and Les Miserables.
  • Save the date! Please come visit the Lower School hallway and library for the End of Year Art Exhibit. May 23- May 27. Come take time to enjoy our students' artwork before or after school. Each student was asked to consider an artwork this year that would best share the greatness of who they are. 
  • Wednesday, May 25; Band and Orchestra Open House: click here for more information.
  • Thursday, June 2; Last day of school
  • Friday, June 3; Fifth grade Continuation Ceremony
Middle School News & Events
  • The Middle School CAT program visited for the fifth time (once a year) Denver Health last week to help their Newborns in Need program. Thanks to donations made by St. Mary's Academy, the Middle School students we were able to give the following: one baby outfit, 23 baby lotions, 18 onesies, and 34 sleepers. The students had a great time. The students were also able to visit the nursery and glance at a couple of babies.  
  • Let the games begin! The Middle School students enjoyed a day of Olympic style events to close out the school year. A lot of prizes were handed out and fun was had by all. Mrs. Sanders Team won first place!
  • The Middle School May Crowning took place this morning. May Queen Adeline Harrington and Attendant Fisher Mahoney led students and faculty in prayer to honor Mary. A new addition this year was a reading of short reflections on Mary and the Loretto school values which were written by members of the 8th grade class. After Adeline crowned Mary, 8th graders placed carnations at her feet, and the prayer service closed with "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman."  
  • Thursday, June 2; Last day of school
High School News & Events
  • Friday, May 13 was the last day of school for seniors. The Seniors celebrated by "slamming doors," a St. Mary's Academy tradition that occurs on the last day of school. The St. Mary's Academy Community congratulates you and will miss you!
  • St. Mary's Academy celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass honoring our graduating seniors on Saturday, May 14. Fr. Marty Lally, Pastor of Holy Family Church, Loretto Co-Member and Trustee Emeritus of the SMA Board of Trustees presided. Senior Samantha Flower and SAIMARAC along with musicians from Most Precious Blood parish provided the music for this celebration. As is our tradition, at the end of Mass, graduating seniors were blessed by the faculty and staff, and then by their parents and families. It was a beautiful celebration!
  • The High School's World Visions class skyped with Ruth Ebenstein, an American Israeli woman (in Israel) who met her best friend in a breast cancer survivor's group that was composed of Israeli and Palestinian women. Ibtisam Erekat a Palestinian woman was in that group and they quickly bonded. They have learned from each other and have come to bring their families together despite the problems between the two countries. She shared her story of how she discovered her breast cancer and the support she found in her friend. She has traveled to other countries with her friend sharing their story of healing the moves beyond religion, politics, and socio economic issues. 

  • Dr. John Tentler, a professor at the Anschutz Medical Campus at The University of Colorado visited Ms.Baker's AP Biology class. Dr. Tentler is in charge of the research cancer lab and has a PhD. Dr. Tentler works with Medical Doctors and Biotechnology specialists (computer people who also are trained as biologists). He has authored many technical papers on the subject of cancer research. Click here to read his professional profile.  
  • Saturday, May 21; High School Graduation Ceremony
  • Thursday, June 3; Last day of finals
Admissions News & Events
  • New JK/Kindergarten families, save the date!  SMA will be hosting a JK/K play date on Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 AM. Parents and future Wildcats are invited to join us on the Lower School playground to meet fellow families who will be enrolling next year. The JK/K teachers, Mrs. Swanson, and the Admissions team will also be available to help answer any other questions you might have as you prepare for school in the fall.
Advancement News
  • We have gift cards for dorm shopping! Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, The Container Store and other gift cards are available for purchase in the Business Office in the Sanders House. Stop on by!

Alumnae News
  • This May alumnae are matching pride, honor and checkbooks against eight decades of SMA graduates in our first Alumnae Decade Giving Competition. Look for next week video video featuring Julie May '84, Lisa Weinberg '97 and Nina Ehrlich '02 racing to the giving finish line in the halls of SMA! 
  • The second week's giving results are in! The 1960s jumped ahead of the 1970s with total amount raised, while the 2010s are still in the lead with most donors! Donate and get your decade closer to the goal!
Athletic News
  • SMA Tennis at States:
  • Last week, the Wildcat tennis team took their post-season momentum to Pueblo, CO for the CHSAA state championships. #1 doubles (Daria Boulos and Chloe Armstrong) and #4 doubles (Gabby Lorance and Delaney Huffman) ran into some stout competition in the first round, losing in straight sets. At #1 singles, Emma Morrissey went down to the eventual state finalist from Pueblo West. Overall, the girls represented SMA with class and passion. Four of the five state qualifiers will be back next year.
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    MA Soccer to second round in Playoffs: 
  • Our SMA Varsity Soccer team fought tough through two rounds of playoffs last weekend. Head coach Larissa comments: "We knew that we had nothing to lose and had a strong hunger to upset some teams. The first round we matched up against Frontier Academy, who we already suffered a loss against earlier in the season. We knew they were a tough opponent, but we also knew that we could bring a better game than we did before. After a very tight game, we were able to achieve the upset in a shootout, beating FA 4-3 in penalty kicks! The following day, we brought the same intensity and determination against Liberty Common but we were unable to come out with a win. This season we matched up against some tough opponents. This team was so inspiring to watch no matter who they came up against. They played with fearlessness and determination every single game." 
  • Spring 2016 Athletics Awards
    JV Soccer- Ciela Vega
    V Soccer- Rachel Cella
    JV Tennis- Kandyce Sanchez
    Varsity 2 Tennis- Alaina Masood
    Varsity Tennis- Emma Morrissey
    Golf- Eden Kim
    JV Lacrosse- Emily Shepardson
    V Lacrosse- Lexi Maerz
    Soccer- Morgan Mahre
    Varsity 2 Tennis- Alexandra Ferguson
    Varsity Tennis- Sophie Finke
    Golf- Josephine Klefeker
    PAM BENT Varsity AWARD
    Lacrosse- Ambar Solis-Fuentes
    1st Academic Honors
    Morgan Mahre
    Isabel Forward
    Maddie Bredehoeft
    Sophie Finke
    Daria Boulos
    Chloe Armstrong
    Viridiana Bonilla
    McKinley Hamilton
    Gabby Lorance
    Delaney Huffman
    Lauren Clarke
    Maddie Shepardson
    Ahtziri Rodriguez
    Annie Hess
    Lexi Maerz
    Ambar Solis-Fuentes
    Kate Golinvaux
    Sarah Sutherland
    Reese Hopp
    Josephine Klefeker
    Maggie Longenecker
    Celine Rojel
    Hannah Staker
    Alex Ferguson
    Ciela Vega
    Honorable Mention:
    Bimpe Thillot
    Marla Loya
    Alaina Masood
    Gaby Lopez
    Daisy Simpson
    Caroline Osborn
    *must be 3.5 or higher
    Varsity Soccer- 3.62
    Varsity Tennis- 3.82
    Varsity Lacrosse- 3.63
    Varsity 2 Tennis- 3.52
    Three Sport Athletes:
    Isabel Forward- cross country, swimming, soccer
    Raegan Rychecky- field hockey, basketball, soccer
    Vera Logan- field hockey, basketball, lacrosse
    Ambar Solis-Fuentes- Volleyball, basketball, lacrosse
    Marla Loya- volleyball, basketball, lacrosse
    Emily Shepardson- volleyball, swimming, lacrosse
    Frances Forward- field hockey, swimming, lacrosse
    Nina Brinkman- cross country, swimming, track and field
    Katherine Hueston- cross country, dance, track and field
    Khaili Rowan- volleyball, basketball, lacrosse
    1st Team All Conference
    Lexi Maerz
    2nd Team All Conference
    Sarah Emmanuel
    Vera Logan
    Gabby Grant
    Honorable Mention All Conference
    Ambar Solis- Fuentes
    Lauren Clarke
    Annie Hess


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