July 17, 2020
135th Annual Commencement Exercises
On Thursday, July 16, 2020, thirty-five seniors received diplomas from St. Mary’s Academy. In a ceremony marking the 135th graduation of St. Mary’s Academy, Sr. Jennie Jones, SSF, Principal conferred the diplomas to the young ladies on the picturesque campus of St. Mary’s Academy. Father Daniel H. Green, pastor of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church gave a blessing to the class and also delivered a great message of hope to the young ladies as they journey to college and career.
The members of the Class of 2020 have been accepted to more than 70 colleges and universities around the country and earned more than $5.1 million in scholarships and awards.
Monet Irvin, daughter of the late Monique Irvin of New Orleans, was the Valedictorian. Monet consistently maintained Honors status throughout her tenure at St. Mary’s Academy. She has earned a Tops Scholars Award and many top achievements. Monet was a legacy student who is a member of the SMA Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society, and the MLK Chapter of the National Honor Society. She was a SMA Ambassador who participated on campus as a member of the Color Guard, French Club, Senior Chorus, Science Club, Library Club, Media Production Team, and Math Club. Monet has been accepted to various Colleges and Universities and plans to attend in the Fall of 2020.
Salutatorians of the class were Tia Bishop and Canada Jones.
Also earning Honors distinctions were Dionne Atkins, Kayla Belfield, Bria Field, Braxia Reynolds, Marissa Aguillard, Nya Boyd, Mia Dace, Caitlyn Banks, Kadria Montgomery, Alexis Powell, and Passion Shaffer.
In addition to the honors graduates, other graduates are: Aaliyah Bailey, Kathy Blake, Jonte’ Cannon, Chloe’ Ford, Onje’ Galle’, Jada Green, Casey James, Taja Johnson, Victoria Martin, Toni Nash, Brion Polk, Jada’ Richardson, Camryn Robinson, Maliyah Santee, Harley Temple, Ja’Niya Terrance, Deja’Nae Tolbert, Jhynita Townsend, Jayasia Walker, Rayne Williams and Mya Wisham.
Congratulations Class of 2020!
February 5, 2020
2020 Debutante Court
Introducing, St. Mary’s Academy 2020 Debutante Court & Queen
Queen Rayne T. Williams
1st Maid – Kayla Belfield
2nd Maid – Tia Bishop
2019-2020 Student Leadership
2019-2020 New Student Leadership at SMA
We proudly introduce to you our new Student Body Leaders!
The student body of St. Mary’s Academy is pleased to announce the election of the Student Council Officers for the 2019-20 school year.
Pictured from left to right – Treasurer-Deja’Nae Tolbert; Secretary-Taja Johnson; President-Canada Jones; Vice-President-Rayne Williams; and Chaplain-Tia Bishop.
Welcome to the Cougar Cave!
Welcome to the Cougar Cave!
Welcome to our Bookstore – the Cougar Cave!
Today the Administration, Faculty and Students celebrated the opening and naming of the SMA Campus Bookstore. Mrs. Duncan’s 8th Grade Homeroom had the honoring of coming up with the name of the bookstore – Cougar Cave.
Please visit the Cougar Cave to get all things SMA!
SMA Parent Update
Please check your email, the school’s website, and all official school social media accounts regularly for updates.
- SMA Website: smaneworleans.com
- SMA Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryitecentral
- SMA Instagram: @maryitecentral
- SMA Twitter: @maryitecentral
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- Student Email/RenWeb accounts or ParentsWeb account Inquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Communication #1 – covid-19 letter to stmarysacademy community
COVID-19 Communication #2 – covid-19 letter2 to stmarysacademy community
COVID-19 Communication #3 – covid-19 stmarysacademy letter3 to the community
COVID-19 Communication Information & Update – SMA Parent Update Info from Website Spring 2020
2020-21 School Reopening Information – Parent’s Letter 20-21 Reopening School Info
CPR Training for High School Students at SMA
The Health & Physical Education Department at St. Mary’s Academy partnered up with New Orleans East Hospital to provide CPR training and certification for high school students. The students are now CPR & First Aid Certified. CPR is the acronym for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation which is a lifesaving technique. Young ladies learned that CPR performed within the first 6 minutes of the heart stopping can keep someone alive until medical help arrives. They gained lifesaving skills that helps to respond to emergencies.
The certification is good for two years.
St. Mary’s Academy Mock Trial Team
WINS MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
Congratulations to our Mock Trial Team they are the winners of the ARBTAW 2019 High School Mock Trial Competition.
Pictured here are the members of St. Mary’s Academy Mock Trial Team … Selena Mason, Demi Youngblood, Jailan Magee and Trinity Jackson; and Kevin Guillory, Eusi Phillips, Brian Woods and Tony Tran.
Trinity Jackson also won the award for best advocate (best overall attorney).
Thank you to the coaches and Mr. Keith Haywood, the Moderator for the team this year.
2020 Spring Semester Creative Writing Essay Contest
Unlike the Fall semester’s creative writing contest, for which students volunteered, the Spring semester’s essay “contest” began with a writing assignment originally assigned in November. The topic was based around “Pros and Cons of using Social Media.”
Because the goal of the writing project is to approach writing in an interdisciplinary manner, and the topic rooted in a STEM-related subject area, the sole modification to the original assignment was to research and include a paragraph on cyber security. This would give the essays the needed STEM-related angle and
- afford students an opportunity to conduct research;
- include that research in an existing piece; and,
- apply basic citation/documentation skills.
I’m happy to announce the following winners:
English I Honors & English I College Prep Students –
Strongest Skills – Robyn Bush
Most Creative Ideas – Laelah Cruse
Overall Skills & Ideas – Eryn Vance
Honorable Mentions – Kendreka Alridge (Ideas), Rozale Barnes (Overall), Keira Gibson (Overall), Kristen Holmes (Ideas), Shelby Jones (Ideas), Janai Lowe (Overall), Maxine Montrell (Overall)
Special Award – Focus Group – Calcea Johnson
All young ladies received a monetary gift award. Congratulations Ladies!
St. Mary's Academy - Sisters of the Holy Family
Paving the Way Project
St. Mary’s Academy – Sisters of the Holy Family
Paving the Way Project
Hosted by: Fundraising Brick
Engraved Brick Order Deadline: May 25, 2020
For additional information regarding our engraved brick campaign please contact Sr. Alicia Costa, S.S.F. at email@example.com or call 504.241.3088 ext. 105.
For over 150 years Saint Mary’s Academy has instilled in our children moral values, and a love of God and Community while receiving excellent academic preparation. The Sisters of the Holy Family is working with St. Mary’s Academy to raise funds for the school which is in urgent need of basic building maintenance, repairs, school supplies (e.g., paper, printing, science lab supplies, lunch), utilities costs, etc. Please help us help them by purchasing a brick or more now. All proceeds will go directly to SMA for the immediate needs stipulated above. Tuition costs do not cover every need of the school; we depend a great deal on donations. We are a private school; thus, we do NOT receive income from the Archdiocese as some believe. Please support our efforts to continue the SMA legacy for our students now and into the future. God bless you for your generosity.
Paving the Way Project
Growing up in New Orleans, Natalia Veronica developed an appreciation for art and culture at an early age. The daughter of a seamstress and an architect, she spent countless hours at either a sewing machine or drafting table learning how to sketch and fashion garments. Recognizing their daughter’s tremendous gifts, Natalia’s parents encouraged her artistic development.
In 1994, Natalia enrolled as a freshmen at St. Mary’s Academy where she participated in the Journalism Club and created artwork for class events and competitions. Following her graduation in 1997, she moved to Dallas to study fashion design at The Art Institute of Dallas. Upon earning a degree in fashion design, Natalia continued to create artwork and designs and worked for luxury based companies including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Prada.
After a lifetime of sketching and painting, she decided to start exhibiting her artwork in various art shows. “As I began showing my paintings in galleries, I realized I wanted more people to be able to appreciate and attain my work,” said Natalia who also started creating limited edition prints of her original works. “I also wanted to find a way to incorporate my love of fashion design, that is when Natalia Veronica was established.”
All of Natalia’s merchandise is named for a personally significant street or moment. She even designed a hand painted handbag called the “Maryite” as a nod to her alma mater. The collection has been featured in many publications and selected for the Kimbell Museum of Art in Fort Worth, Texas.