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SMA News

St. Mary’s Academy Junior Maddy Bante was honored with the United States Golf Association (USGA) - American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Presidents’ Leadership Award. The Award honors just one male and female junior golfer from the country each year.

Awardees are selected based on their demonstrated leadership, character, and community service through their involvement with the Leadership Links program. Leadership Links is a joint initiative founded by the USGA and AJGA in 2005 to further develop junior golfers through volunteerism. 

Bante was honored for her volunteerism through the First Tee - Colorado Rocky Mountains, the National Charity League, and The Food Bank of the Rockies. At First Tee - Colorado Rocky Mountains, she teaches kids how to play golf and raised more than $14,000 in 2021. That money will provide scholarships for teenagers to go to college and free tuition for children to attend First Tee programs.

“As a balanced student, golfer, and friend, I am able to make time for those that matter to me. Volunteerism is extremely important for the future of golf because the game is not possible without it,” Bante said. 

The second recipient is Matthew Lin of Orinda, CA. 

“The future of golf is in great hands with the likes of Matthew Lin and Madeline Bante Through their service to help other in their community, dedication to strong moral character, and leadership among their peers they are making a big impact in the lives of those around them as they exemplify the essence of the USGA-AJGA Presidents’ Leadership Award,” said AJGA Director of Youth Development Beth Dockter. 

Nora Montross named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist

Congratulations to Nora Montross for being named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist! 

Nora is co-president of the Outreach Club and a Leadership Representative for the Student Association. She feels passionate about the service learning work she performs at Habitat for Humanity, and is considering the possibility of majoring in Chemical Engineering. 

Ths mission of the National Merit Scholarship is to recognize and honor academically talented students through nationwide academic scholarship programs.

Over 1.5 million students from approximately 21,000 high schools enter the scholarship program each year. The nationwide pool for Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 362,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
Congratulations and best wishes to Nora!


ST. MARY’S ACADEMY WINS 3A STATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW Sophomore Maddy Bante Wins 1st Place Individual with Par Score of 144 in Two-Day Tourney

Update: July 19, 2022

After winning the 3A State Golf Championship for the second row in a year, the St. Mary’s Academy Golf Team received an invitation to the Girls High School National Invitational. Coached by Ann Wolta Blackstone, students Maddy Bante, Reese Brown, Janey Nollsch, and recent graduate Natalie Tatar ‘22 traveled to the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC, in June to compete. 

Two golfers ended the tournament in the top 100. Maddy's three-round score of +20 was the 22nd lowest score which landed her tied for 54th place, out of 225 competitors. Natalie’s 29th lowest score of +27 resulted in a tie for 81st. Reese and Janey scored +103 and +105 respectively. Pinehurst Resort is a world-renowned golf resort, and will be hosting the 2024 US Open on it’s famed No. 2 course.

Receiving an invitation to the National Invitational is quite an honor since only the best high school golf teams and individuals receive the invites based on state championship performance. The Invitational brings together a wide variety of golfers from nearly all 50 states. The Girls Invitational is a three-day, four-hole stroke play event including team and individual competition.

June 1, 2022

St. Mary's Academy won the 3A State Golf Championship today by 43 strokes over runner-up Prospect Ridge in the two-round tournament at the Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield, giving them the trophy title for the second year in a row. Their mind-blowing win margin is just shy of the 45-stroke lead they held over Vail Mountain in last year’s tourney.

On the individual leaderboard, sophomore Maddy Bante won 1st place with a two-day par score of 144, having shot one over yesterday and one under today, including six birdies today . She placed second in last year’s tournament and came back from an injury late this season to win the title.

Senior Mallory Hopper tied for 6th place in the tourney with a 165 (+21) , and fellow senior Natalie Tatar finished in 11th place with a 171 (+27). Both recent grads are signed to play in college. 

Sophomore Reese Brown finished in 46th place. The same four student-athletes won the trophy last year.

As with last year, the team donned different uniforms yesterday, bearing pink ribbons and pink Wildcat logos, in honor of Coach Ann Wolta Blackstone, a three-time breast cancer survivor. Coach Blackstone was recognized with the 2022 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award and won Coach of the Year last year. The coaching staff also includes Russell McFall, SMA teacher at the High School. 

St. Mary’s Academy snagged the regional golf title last week at Spring Valley Golf Course in Elizabeth by 15 points over Prospect Ridge. Both Hopper and Tatar were named to 1st Team All Conference, and Bante named by the league as Honorable Mention for her comeback from injury.

“I am so proud of the grit, hard work, and determination of our 2022 State Golf Champions,” said SMA Athletic Director Dr. Kelli Logan. “They turned in a brilliant defense of the 2021 title.”

St. Mary's Academy is Denver's premier independent, Catholic, Co-Ed Pre-K to Grade 8 and All-Girls High School, founded in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto. Based in Cherry Hills Village, St. Mary's Academy inspires leaders to act with integrity, seek justice, build community, and change the world.

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Pictured Left to Right: Coach Blackstone, Reese Brown, Maddy Bante, Mallory Hopper, Natalie Tatar, Coach McFall

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