May 17, 2018
Thirty-eight seniors from St. Mary’s Academy received diplomas from Sister of the Holy Family Clare of Assisi Pierre, president, and Sister Jennie Jones, principal, in ceremonies marking the 133rd graduation of St. Mary’s Academy on May 17 at Austin Gymnasium. Father Sidney O Speaks, SSJ, parochial vicar of St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church was the principal celebrant and homilist of the Baccalaureate Mass that preceded the graduation ceremonies. Concelebrant of the Mass was Father H. Daniel Green, parochial vicar at Blessed Trinity Parish and director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries.
St. Mary’s Academy alumna Dr. Lakiesha Claude Williams, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at Mississippi Valley State University served as the commencement speaker.
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May 8, 2018
Elementary Hosts Its Royalty
SMA held its annual Elementary Pageant on Saturday, April 28th in Austin Gymnasium. The royal entourage included Queen Johns Schnyder, King Thomas Brown, Ms. St. Mary’s Academy Micah Price, First Princess Malaysia Smith, Second Princess Madison Taylor and Third Princess Jodi Sylvester.
May 1, 2018
World of Wonder
Making their formal presentation to society were the 38 members of the Class of 2018 who were beautifully dressed in white gowns of lace and pearls.
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May 8, 2017
Elementary Students Visit Hermann Grima House
Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, the Hermann-Grima House was built in 1831 and boasts the only stable and functional outdoor kitchen in the French Quarter. The restored mansion accurately depicts the lifestyle of a wealthy Creole family from 1830 to 1860.
Students learned about free people of color as well as slaves who inhabited the house and surrounding area.
Dr. Lakiesha Claude Williams
Since she was a young girl growing up in New Orleans, LA, Lakiesha Claude Williams dreamed of becoming a physician. She always had an aptitude for science and loved caring for others in need.
Yet her plans to work as a medical doctor changed during her senior year of high school at St. Mary’s Academy, when a teacher introduced her to the world of mathematics.
Fast-forward to present day, Dr. Lakiesha N. Williams is an associate professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University. She was the first African-American to get a graduate degree in biological engineering from Louisiana State University , the first African-American to earn a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Mississippi State University, and the first female faculty member in her current department.