Students Travel From Abroad To SMA
From the tropical island of Jamaica to New Orleans, LA, 16 year-old Britany Haye has always set her sights high. So when she decided to join her mother in the United States, Britany looked for a school that had equally high standards and a solid record of academic achievement for girls.
My mother, sister and I searched the internet and discovered the St. Mary’s Academy web site, adding that it was important to find an educational institution with similarities to her former school, St. Hilda’s Diocesan High of Jamaica. While my other school was Anglican, St. Mary’s is quite the same in terms of academics and the friendly environment.
Likewise, when Army brat Beautiful Lawson was presented with the opportunity to leave Mons, Belgium and live in New Orleans, she knew exactly what school she would attend. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, Phyllis Randall Jones,’68, Lawson enrolled this year at SMA as a junior. My grandmother always spoke so highly of St. Mary’s Academy and I knew it would be the perfect place for me, said Lawson, adding that like her mother Rhonda Lawson, she has always had an interest in programs that empower young women. I love to learn about aspects of finer womanhood that emphasize morals and proper etiquette.
Lawson is passionate about theater and dreams of one day becoming an actress. Her hobbies also include singing and playing tennis and volleyball.
Haye is also equally talented and excels in Mathematics which is her favorite subject. An avid soccer player, her hobbies also include net ball, dancing and playing the drums.
We are very happy that Britany and Beautiful chose St. Mary’s Academy to further their academic career, said assistant principal Cheryl Ross Brown, adding that both students are proven achievers both in and outside the classroom setting. Both young ladies bring a unique academic perspective to our school and are beginning to develop what we hope will be lifelong friendships with their Maryite sisters.