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 volunteering, event participation, social networks, financial support, and, of course, with much joy at annual reunion weekends.

You can connect as well through our SMA Alumnae Connection networking site. See below for more information!

Thank you for being a part of our SMA community!

SMA's Alumnae Networking Website

Join your fellow SMA Alumnae on the SMA Alumnae Connection. Network with those in your field, find alumnae in your area, learn about upcoming events, post job opportunities, and reconnect with old friends!

Use THIS LINK to visit the website. If you do not have an account, click "sign up" at the bottom of the login area.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SMA News

Ignaugural DECA Team Posts Wins at First Invitational
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Three SMA students took home trophies as SMA’s inaugural DECA team made a great showing at the North Metro DECA Invitational in Northglenn on October 20. The future business leaders and entrepreneurs sat for a 100-question DECA exam and competed in individual and team events.

Pictured are 1st Place winner Sydney Tatar (Gr. 10) at center in the Marketing Communications Individual Event, and 2nd Place winners Kat Adam (Gr. 11) at left and Kate Kotowski (Gr. 10) at right in the Hospitality and Tourism Team Event.

SMA Business Teacher and DECA Sponsor Jim Konrad said, "I was so impressed with our students' maturity, responsibility, and overall demeanor." 

The team is now preparing for the District #5 DECA Conference at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in mid-November. Members also include freshman Jackie Sevilla, sophomore Marlow Blanchard, junior Naomi Conrad, and seniors Claire Qualls and Sofia Xie.

Five SMA Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
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Five St. Mary’s Academy students, an all-time record for SMA, were named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists this week. Seniors Natalie Burnham, Julia Cole, Rishika Kartik, Emma Seneshen, and Natalie Tatar are among the 1% of more than 1.5 million students from approximately 21,000 high schools who entered the scholarship program via the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The National Merit Scholarship Program “works to identify and honor academically talented U.S. high school students and encourage them to pursue rigorous college studies and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education.” 

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 2022 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 our outstanding St. Mary's Academy scholars!

 

SMA Lower School Team Named Among the Best in Destination Imagination Global Finals after Ranking 1st in Denver and 2nd in State
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  • Lower School News

When most students were packing for the pool, vacation, or camp, four recent graduates of the fifth grade were about to begin three challenging weeks of international competition. Jasmine Lugo, Declan Koerper, Faith McPherson, and Elle Smith represented St. Mary’s Academy at the Destination Imagination (DI) Globals over the summer – an international competition to test creativity, spontaneity, engineering, writing, video production skills and more. They placed 7th in the world in their category, one of only a few Colorado teams to achieve top ten honors. 

Earlier this year, the SMA team was ranked 1st in Denver and placed 2nd in the state tournament. Two additional students, fourth graders Hal Hart and Isabella Montes de Oca, also participated in these local competitions. The team was coached by parents Tiffany Archer and Amy Smith.

A second SMA team also participated in the DI Globals, including rising fourth grade students Charlie Clevenger, Lachlan Nack, Gaby Pruitt-Fuentes, and Connor Webb, with parent team managers Amy Clevenger and William Webb.

The journey to globals for the world finishers was a long one. In initial competitions, SMA students selected DI’s scientific category for their challenge. They were tasked with identifying a scientific law and illustrating how it could be broken. Unlike past in-person competitions, this year’s solution was packaged in a professional five-minute video, without adult intervention.The SMA production focused on the periodic table of elements – a topic inspired by Science Specialist Clark Addington's fifth grade science class. In a unique twist, the students examined the periodic table through the lens of music, injecting humor, art, and creative puns throughout the story.

To prepare for the Global competition, the industrious inventors put in extra hours over Zoom to make improvements to their solution – which happened to coincide with the last week of school and graduation! Without pause, they maintained their enthusiasm and began meeting at the start of summer break to compete in a brand-new DI global challenge called the “Fast Flex”. The team was given 10 days to produce another 5-minute video about a scientific device. Their Fast Flex solution was one of the highest rated in the entire international competition.

Sponsored by SMA teacher BJ McDonald, St. Mary's Academy Lower School had six DI teams this year, three competitive and three Rising Star teams (Grades K-2). 

The St. Mary's Academy Destination Imagination program at SMA was established with the founding of the organization in 1999; the Academy participated in a similar Odyssey of the Mind program before that. SMA won 1st Place in the Global Finals in 2014 and has seen nearly 30 teams participate at that level.

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. 

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