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

St. Mary's Academy seniors were presented with the Class of 2021 awards of distinction at a High School ceremony last week.

Tess Hayden and Grace Murphy received the Marian Award, granted by the faculty by the seniors most outstanding in leadership, loyalty, and academic achievement.

Jessica Garofalo and Yelena Montesinos received the Jessie Forshee Award, in honor of the first graduate of SMA in 1875, for outstanding academic achievement and a general interest in all school activiies.

Mariangela Acosta and Saera Chung received the Sanders Citation, presented in memory of Helen Sanders SL, Class of 1925, for exemplary courage, initiative, and the generous gift of self.

Emily Monzon received the Shepherdess Award, given to seniors who have attended SMA for the longest consecutive period of time. Emily has attended since Kindergarten.

Congratulations to all. In a class and school full of leaders, you have demonstrated exceptional qualities worthy of special commendation.

High School Affinity Day Inspires, Educates

Personal stories and information shared by the six affinity groups in the High School at SMA's second annual Affinity Day brought new understandings, awareness, and admiration for the student presenters from their peers and faculty on Thursday, April 22.

Of the Latina Affinity Group's documentary featuring their personal experiences and viewpoints, a fellow student said, "It was full of heart, honesty, and even gratitude. It will stay with me forever." The group, comprised of 55 students, shared immigration and border statistics, the story behind the Caravan, and reasons for migration to the United States. 

The students felt that all the presentations were honest and thoughtful, a commenter noting that the Black Affinity Group presentation was moving and very educational, making a space for everyone to have difficult but important conversations.

The schedule also included: the Adoptee Affinity Group explaining different types of adoptions and what it means to be growing up as an adoptee; the Asian Affinity Group discussing Xenophobia and the current rise in hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islander community members and ways to help; the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group providing definitions, shared statistics, and offering ways to be allies; and the Mixed Affinity Group presenting personal reflections on how it feels to have a mixed identify and suggestions of what "not to say" to people with a mixed affinity.

"Education is the only way to combat the discrimination and bigotry we see today," said a peer. "Thank you to all the leaders for sharing your stories." Another added, "I learned so many things today, and I think that it was so meaningful to have this SMA community to be able to be vulnerable."

SMA's Affinity Groups were created to provide intentional spaces for students who identify within often marginalized or minoritized groups. The student-led, faculty-sponsored communities meet throughout the year to support effective communication around the diversity of experiences among our student body. SMA believes that in a multicultural society, developing cultural competency is crucial to being a responsible and compassionate world citizen. As an independent school in the Catholic tradition, rooted in the Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect, St. Mary’s Academy is committed to diversity in its many forms. 

Zoom Grid with 7 SMA students and several judges

(Top Row from Left: Lilly Humber, Grace Murphy, Alexandra May, Tess Hayden; Center Row from Left: Saffron Bennett-Spurlock, Carolyn Johnsen, Lola Faix, with judges. Not pictured: Emma Seneshen.)

Preparation, performance, professionalism. After five undefeated rounds against challengers in Zoom courtrooms in Colorado High School Mock Trial on Saturday, St. Mary's Academy was declared the winner among 20 teams representing 17 high schools in the finals. They will represent Colorado at the national competition in May. 

"it was a very competitive tournament this year and all of the students were great, so the winners should be very proud, said Amy Streenen, State Coordinator. "The national event will also be virtual, so they should be well prepared for the platform."

In addition, two SMA students received individual awards:

  • Witness Awards
    • Best Avery Becker: Saffron Bennett-Spurlock (2nd Place)
    • Best Overall Witness: Saffron Bennett-Spurlock (2nd Place)
  • Attorney Awards
    • Best Overall Attorney: Lilly Humber (8th Place)

Both SMA and their final round contender, Regis Jesuit High School, received top ratings for professionalism. "What goes with professionalism is integrity," said Denver County Court Judge Gary Jackson, who brought 50 years of experience as an attorney and judge to the competition.

St. Mary's Academy had three teams totaling 29 students in the Arapahoe Country regional competition, where SMA fielded the 2nd place team that advanced to the state championship. More than 900 students representing 78 teams from 45 high schools across the state participated this year. 

Since 1985, the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) has proudly sponsored the Colorado High School Mock Trial Program. Hundreds of attorneys, judges, teachers, and other community leaders volunteer their time to instruct students about the judicial system and the trial process through the program where students play the role of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case. Students develop life skills such as team work and collaboration, goal setting, strategic planning and implementation, productive argumentative and persuasive skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to face challenging obstacles with enthusiasm, professionalism and confidence.

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