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Homecoming – November 2020
Greetings Dear Maryite Sisters!
Our New Year is moving fast! But we will not get left behind! Our Alumnae Association is ROARING and SOARING!
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My name is Sheridan Cooper and I am a proud member of the class of 1987. For the last four years, it has been my pleasure to represent the Alumnae Association as President.
When I first graduated from St. Mary’s, I was so happy to be gone and grown with no one telling me how to dress or how to behave that it took me some years to realize if not for St. Mary’s where would I be? I was kind of on the outside looking in during the beginning years of the Association when the founding members diligently worked to ensure that what they were creating was sturdy and unwavering. They realized that as graduates an independent alumnae group had to be formed with its own governing body that was able to make its own decisions as to how they would give back to the school. I can say with 100 percent certainty that all of the members of the Association work tirelessly to assure that our mission is carried out. We do it for the love of St. Mary’s Academy and the love of each and every young lady that walks through the doors of 6905 Chef Menteur Highway.
Since its inception, the Association has worked hand and hand with the school by providing yearly scholarships and cash awards to entering students and students already in attendance. Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, the Alumnae Association has provided over $25,000 in scholarships and cash awards. We have also provided limitless financial assistance and support to the school.
The Association exists to provide the principal link between St. Mary’s Academy and its worldwide network of alumnae. We are committed to making the school aware of the value of its alumnae and alumnae aware of their vital role in the school’s future. Our goal is to promote a shared spirit among alumnae, students, faculty, staff and administration through projects that benefit our school and to engender in our students, as future alumnae, a sense of pride and loyalty to St. Mary’s Academy.
Because this is our mission, I implore each and every one in this room to bring back another Maryite. St. Mary’s Academy has existed for 151 years. There is no reason that this room should not be packed to capacity. We see schools closing every year and I know that none of us would ever want the day to come where we would risk losing our beloved school. We want to stay proactive in our resolve. We want to make sure that St. Mary’s Academy exist for generations to come. But in order to do this, we not only have to give financially, we have to send our girls. Yes, times have changed and opportunities are different but one thing remains the same and that is the solid foundation and moral principles that St. Mary’s Academy has instilled in each Maryite in this room.
Thank you once again and it has been my pleasure to serve you.
With sisterly love,
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