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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

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

Three St. Mary's Academy Seniors Win Top Honors as National Merit Scholars; Total of 7 Students Recognized


St. Mary’s Academy seniors Rishika Kartik, Emma Seneshen, and Natalie Tatar have been named National Merit Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Program, the greatest number to be honored by the Academy in an impressive group of seven Academy students receiving special recognition from the program in this year's graduating class.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

Rishika will be attending Brown University with an independent major of Design, Disability and Education; Emma will be attending Duke University to study business; and Natalie will be attending Carleton College to study mathematics and philosophy and to play for the golf program.

Two other St. Mary’s Academy students were named as National Merit Finalists earlier this year, including Natalie Burnham and Julia Cole, and two additional students were named as National Merit Commended Scholars, including Carlyle Najarian and Anna Peragine, in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. From the pool of Semi-Finalists, approximately half make it to Finalist level to be considered for scholarships and Merit Scholar distinction.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education.

St. Mary's Academy Rishika Kartik named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar


St. Mary’s Academy senior Rishika Kartik has been named a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of two honored in Colorado. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced today the 58th class of  U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

As part of the award program, Rishika nominated her Spanish teacher, Dr. Amy VonCanon, for the Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award for "spreading passion about her subject, demonstrating dedication to the student learning experience, and going above and beyond in making an impact in the classroom and school community." 

“Our 2022 Presidential Scholars represent the best of America, and remind us that when empowered by education, there are no limits to what our young people can achieve," said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. "Today, I join President Biden to celebrate a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit, and exceptional talents bring our nation tremendous pride. Throughout one of the most trying periods in our nation’s history and amid our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and that they have so much to contribute to our country. Thanks to them, I know America's future is bright."

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.

Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2022 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations and Young Arts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists.

As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education. 

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,900 of the nation’s top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Rishika’s distinguished 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar award follows the recent announcements that she has been named a National Merit Scholar, a Coca Cola Scholar, and a Taco Bell Live Más Scholar. Earlier this year, she was also recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the extraordinary time dedicated to her work as an advocate for and teacher of tactile art for the blind through national and local organizations.

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program.

This is the third time an SMA student has received this distinguished award. Anne Kerwin '81 and Mary Berger '85 share the honors.

St. Mary's Academy is Denver's premier independent, Catholic, coeducational 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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