Monthly Archives: February 2017

Forensics Team Continues Competition Season

Congratulations to the Mount St. Mary Academy Forensic Speech team on their spectacular performance in the Searcy Lion’s Pride Classic Tournament this weekend.


Eighteen members of the Forensics team competed, with many of them earning recognition and awards:


Breaking to Semi-finals which qualifies for State:


Dramatic Interpretation:  Abby Todd

Prose:  Amalie Shollmier

Poetry:  Jayme Swillum

Duo Improvisation:  Karina Singh/Victoria Volpi





Humorous Interpretation:  Lily Eagan (3rd Place)

Storytelling:  Lily Eagan (3rd Place) and Holly Marr (1st Place)

Original Oratory:  Victoria Volpi

Extemporaneous Speaking:  Kassidy Reyes




Odyssey of the Mind Headed to State

The Mount St. Mary Academy Odyssey of the Mind team competed in the Regional competition at MLK Elementary on February 25. The team won first place in their first competition of the year and will advance to the state competition on April 1.

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international problem-solving competition designed for pre-school through college-age students. Unlike Quiz Bowl or other like competitions, OM has a creative interpretation element and an interpretive solution to a multi-stage long-term problem. This year’s problem involves an original performance about time travelers looking to discover the inspiration for great works of art.

Mount St. Mary Academy has participated in Odyssey of the Mind since 1996.  Its teams regularly have been awarded first or second place in regional and state competitions since 1999, and teams have placed in the top six at the World Finals consecutively for the past three years.

MSM Basketball Academy for grades 4-8

Spring Basketball Academy at Mount St. Mary Academy gives players in 4th through 8th grades the opportunity to build a basketball skill foundation and love of the game. Instructors will focus on fundamental basketball skills including dribbling, shooting, passing, defense principles, team and individual competition.


Sunday & Wednesday, March 29 – May 17*
MSM McAuley Center Gym


Grades 4, 5 & 6:   5:30-7:00 p.m.

Grades 7 & 8:   7:00-8:30 p.m.

*will not meet on Sunday, April 16 (Easter) or Wednesday, May 10


Cost: $250 (8 week session)

Each player will receive a t-shirt and individual instruction.


Download a registration form here.


For more information, contact Coach Lauren Ramsey at






SPIRIT BELLES CAMP for girls in grades K-6

Come learn a routine and perform at a Mount St. Mary Varsity Basketball Game!  At Mount St. Mary Academy’s Spirit Belles Camp, girls in kindergarten through 6th grades gain experience in school spirit from the Belles spirit squads.



Monday, February 20

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., MSM McAuley Center (Gym)
K – 2nd, Tues., Feb. 21, MSM Gym, 5:15 p.m. (between JV and Varsity games)
3rd – 6th, Tues., Feb. 21, MSM Gym, 6:00 p.m. (halftime of Varsity game)


Cost: $20.00

*T-shirts will not be given out this year. MSM merchandise will be on sale at the camp and performance game.



Deadline to Register: Friday, February 17th

Download the Kid Camp 2017 Registration Form here.


Questions? Email Carrie Burkhead at


Mercy & Me Jewelry February Offer:

Teacup and Teapot set, $30-$50 ($70 regular price)


“Make sure they have
a comfortable cup of tea before I go.”

– Catherine McAuley


You can now remember Catherine McAuley’s “comfortable cup of tea” with one of our very special Mercy & Me custom jewelry pieces that feature MSM student artwork of a teacup and teapot. During the month of February, receive TWO FOR $50 – the Teacup bracelet and Teapot necklace (regularly $70) or teacup and teapot pendants – TWO FOR $30.


Learn more about the Mercy significance of tea from Erica ’17, creator of this year’s Mercy & Me cast pendants, or purchase Mercy & Me jewelry here.






MSM celebrates 166-year birthday

2017 marked 166 years since Mount St. Mary Academy was founded on February 4, 1851. Founders Day celebrations started with members of Student Council ringing of the Angelus Bell 166 times to wish the school a Happy Birthday. The Founders Day Mass/Sophomore Pin Mass also celebrated a special day for MSM sophomores, who received their Mercy pins and were invited to a special reception with their families and classmates.



View photos from Founders Day: