April 26, 2016
Allison Henry Reigns as Queen of Debutante Ball
Thirty-two young ladies were formally presented to society recently as
St. Mary’s Academy held its 57th annual Debutante Ball at the Pontchartrain Center. Themed “Carnival in Venice,” the festivities transported guests on a flight of mystery, intrigue and elegance to the beautiful city of Venice.
Reigning as queen of the ball was Miss Allison Elisa Henry, daughter of Ms. Lori Jefferson. The royal entourage also included First Maid Miss Selvanna Logan, Second Maid Miss Deja Dupart, Third Maid Miss Taylor Encalarde, Fourth Maid Miss Leondra Batiste, Fifth Maid Miss London Kennedy and Sixth Maid Miss D’Aryn Thomas.
Also making their formal bows were Alexis Jasmine Anderson, Ariyan Ge’Lea Brister , Barbara Marie Bush , Brittany Jasmine Bush, Karla Shantell Castro, Ashley Ann Celestine, Chrishel Crenise Crawford, Brionna Monique George, Erica Octavia Hall, Vinisa Juanita Howard,
Avi’ance Leah Jarreau, Angelle Dominque Jones, Thierra Marie Lemieux, Jaylen Mariah Matthew, Jace’ Damaria Miles, Terriel Chanel Miller, Mia Jae Petty, Tia Mone’t Pierre, Adianna Michelle Powell, Kaila Cierra Ashanti Rentas, Jourdan Jo’Lan Rogers, Alexis Janee’ Scott , Brandi Monae’ Stevens, Kennedy Iman Stewart and Ciera Mae Weaver.
January 15, 2016
Honor Society Induction Ceremony
St. Mary’s Academy is proud to announce its annual induction ceremony for the National Honor Society and SMA Honor Society. The much-anticipated event took place on Friday, January 15th at 2:00p.m. in Austin Gymnasium. At that time, 26 students were inducted into the National Honor Society while 20 students were ushered into the Martin Luther King Chapter of the SMA Honor Society. Assistant principal and SMA alumna Class of 1978 Cheryl Ross-Brown was the keynote speaker.
According to moderator Tamiko Massey-Haynes, the induction ceremony is a time-honored tradition at SMA that recognizes students for high academic achievement and service. “Both the NHS and SMA Honor Societies prepare our students for leadership and lifelong success,” said Massey-Haynes adding that the induction ceremony also boosts self-esteem and enthusiasm for service to the community. “We applaud the efforts of our students and encourage them to continue to strive for excellence.”Read More
April 26, 2016
SMA Hosts Mother Daughter Tea
The much-anticipated Mother and Daughter Tea took place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the lavish Windsor Court Hotel. A prelude to the Debutante Ball, the “Southern Charm inspired event featured a sumptuous array of delicacies, tributes, vocal selections and presentations to the court.
Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham
The Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD) Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of SMA alum Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham as both the new Executive Director and new Medical Director. She will officially join the agency on Monday, March 14, 2016.
Native to New Orleans, Head-Dunham is no stranger to MHSD as she has often served as medical consultant to the agency as far back as its early inception, under the leadership of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHH), through its transition into a Local Governing Entity (LGE).
“It feels absolutely wonderful to serve as the Executive Director and Medical Director for Metropolitan Human Services District – this is actually a partnership that has been long in the making. I certainly feel that at this place in my career, and given my experiences, I could really be of true benefit to the District and I am looking forward to working with the staff, the community, as well as liaising in any way that I can between the District and the State,” said Head-Dunham.