Welcome, SMA Alumnae!!

Whether you attended St. Mary’s Academy for one year or you’re a “lifer,” you’re part of our legacy and you’ll always be part of our family. We welcome you to come back to campus and visit anytime. We also hope you’ll stay connected to your classmates, teachers, advisors, coaches, and the school.

St. Mary’s Academy alumnae represent an active, generous and global group. We engage in many aspects of SMA life — through financial support, volunteering, event participation, social networks and, of course, with much joy at annual reunion weekends.

We warmly encourage you to contact us with questions or suggestions. Thank you for all you do for the SMA community. We hope to see or hear from you soon!

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Anna Sophia Williams and Taylor Cave Compete in Golf State Tournament
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Congratulations to both Anna Sophia Williams and Taylor Cave for their outstanding performances at both the Regional Golf Tournament and the State Golf Tournament this week in Pueblo, CO. Both competed well and finished in the middle of the pack. We are immensely proud of their commitment to training and to the team this season. Well done ladies!

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St. Mary’s Academy Graduates the Class of 2018
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The weather was cloudy but spirits were high as St. Mary’s Academy High School graduated the school’s 143rd class of students.  The ceremony continued a graduation tradition that began in 1875 when St. Mary’s Academy awarded the first high school diploma in the Colorado Territory.


The Class of 2018 earned more than $9.3 million in scholarships, representing over 87% of the class.  Among the schools granting acceptance to St. Mary’s Academy students are American University, Boston College, Colorado School of Mines, The George Washington University, Notre Dame University, Seattle University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Puget Sound, and Villanova University.


Several students received special awards. Amy Burke, Madison Castle, and Maggie Dubus were given the Shepherdess Award for attending SMA since Kindergarten.  The Sanders Citation was presented to Gabrielle Grant in memory of Helen Sanders SL, a beloved visionary within the Loretto community.  Bianca Garcia and Raegan Rychecky received the Jessie Forshee Award for outstanding academic achievement and Mariah Horvath received the Marian Award, recognizing her as the most outstanding senior in leadership, loyalty, and academic achievement. 


During the ceremony, Gabrielle Grant gave the Invocation, Mariah Horvath gave a Student Address, Madison Castle sang This Time and Margaret Obourn performed Adoration on the violin. Brandi Dotson, SMA Class of 2009 gave the Commencement Address advising the graduates, “as you go forward and enter the next chapter in your life, I hope that you will use the values of faith, community, justice, and respect as your foundation to be powerful pillars of your community.”  Bill Barrett, Academy President, conferred the diplomas along with Jean Armstrong, a Board of Trustees member. In her last graduation ceremony as High School Principal, Kathryn McNamee told the students, “you have made a difference and I know you will continue to seek ways to be powerful agents of change.”  St. Mary’s Academy’s honor choir, SAIMARAC, concluded the ceremony by singing Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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