Monthly Archives: February 2020

More than 30 MSM students tour campuses during College Trip 2020

Thirty-two Mount St. Mary juniors, along with two members of the MSM counseling staff, spent February 2-5 touring a handful of college campuses during the school’s annual College Trip. The four-day road trip – which included visits to a total of eight colleges and universities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee – provided students with the opportunity to explore a variety of campuses, speak with school admissions representatives and learn about some of the different college options that exist in the region.

 

“We had an excellent college trip this year,” Emily Coffey, MSM college counselor, said. “The students enjoyed learning about the different types of colleges, getting a peek into college life, and comparing the pros and cons of different institutions. They left the trip with a better idea of what size, type and location they prefer for college.”

 

Junior Ava Atwood, who participated in this year’s trip, agreed that the experience was a worthwhile one. “I chose to go on the trip to expand my knowledge about college,” she said. “I had a general idea of what college was like beforehand, but after attending eight totally different schools, I now have a much better understanding of what I am looking for in a college.”

 

The annual college trip ultimately aims to help Mount St. Mary students find success during the college search and application process by introducing them to the process before their senior year. “Visiting different types of colleges and universities during a student’s sophomore or junior year helps her narrow her college search, prepare for the application process, and understand the importance of her GPA and extracurricular commitments in high school,” Mrs. Coffey has said of the annual trip.

 

This year’s itinerary included visits to the following schools: Louisiana Tech University, Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana State University, Millsaps College, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi and Rhodes College.

 

A special part of the experience each year is getting the opportunity to visit with MSM alumnae at many of the colleges the group visits. Mount St. Mary Academy thanks Caroline Barnhill ’19 at Loyola New Orleans; Emma Holloway ’19 at LSU; Darcey Collins ’16 at Mississippi State; Dominique Darion ’14, Georgia McGahee ’18, Lindsey Taylor ’19 and Grace Webb ’19 at Ole Miss; and Anya Ranaraja ’19 at Rhodes College for their hospitality, which helped make the trip a memorable one for the participating students and counseling staff.

 

Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.

Senior Concert Belle selected for All-State Choir for third time

On February 7, five students from Mount St. Mary Academy traveled to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia to audition alongside hundreds of Arkansas’ best singers for spots in this year’s All-State Choirs. For the third time in four years, Anne Lashbrook ’20 was selected for All-State.

 

Anne earned 13th chair out of the more than 110 top Alto IIs in Arkansas who auditioned for the 50-member choir this year. She made All-State during her freshman and junior years at Mount St. Mary, as well. Concert Belles Gracie Limmer ’22, Mari Negrete ’22, Cabe Parrish ’21 and Natalie Vailes ’22 also participated in the February 7 All-State auditions.

 

As part of this year’s All-State Choir, Anne will spend February 20-22 in Hot Springs at the All-State Clinic. She will participate in intense rehearsals alongside the state’s other top vocal performers, directed by some of the country’s most prestigious and acclaimed choir directors. The All-State Clinic will conclude with a public concert on Saturday afternoon showcasing the music the students learn during the week as well as their incredible talent.

 

“I knew Anne was going to make in into All-State. She works tirelessly outside of class, and her knowledge of music theory is advanced for her age,” said MSM Choral Director Chelsea Allman. “Earning a spot in an All-State choir is a great honor. It means that you are the best of the best, and it is something highly sought after in the choir world.”

 

The Concert Belles and the Harmony Belles will perform at the regional Choral Performance Assessment in mid-March with the hopes of becoming eligible to participate in the Arkansas Choral Directors Association’s State Festival in April.

 

Congratulations, Anne, and best of luck to the Concert Belles and Harmony Belles in next month’s Choral Performance Assessment!

 

Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.

MSM seniors named National Merit Finalists

Mount St. Mary Academy is proud to announce that seniors Isabella “Bella” Boyd and Anna Palmer have been named National Merit Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Bella and Anna are among approximately 15,000 high school seniors nationwide who have met all the requirements to advance to Finalist standing and continue in the competition for one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered later this spring.

 

More than 1.5 million students nationwide entered the National Merit Scholarship Program as juniors by taking the PSAT last fall. High scorers were designated as Semifinalists in the fall by scoring in the top one percent among students taking the qualifying test.

 

Congratulations, Bella and Anna!

 

Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.

Mount St. Mary to host annual Lenten Evening of Reflection

Mount St. Mary Academy invites our community of alumnae, parents and friends to our annual Lenten Evening of Reflection on Tuesday, March 3. We are happy to welcome back Sr. Deborah Troillett, RSM ’73, executive director of the Arkansas House of Prayer, as our guest speaker to help lead the evening’s reflection and discussion.

 

“As a Catholic school, we share our faith with our students every day. Our annual Lenten Evening of Reflection is just one way we are able to do the same thing with our community,” said Chelle McKenzie McCarroll ’02, director of alumnae relations, who is helping organize the event.

 

This year’s Lenten Evening of Reflection will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Mount St. Mary Academy. There is no cost to attend the event, and a light meal will be provided. Please register online by Wednesday, February 26.

 

Questions? Contact Chelle at 501-664-8006 ext. 118 or cmccarroll@mtstmary.edu.

 

Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.

MSM sophomore named a top youth volunteer

Sophomore Haley Draeger was recently recognized as one of Arkansas’ top youth volunteers of 2020 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As one of the state’s four Distinguished Finalists, Haley will receive an engraved bronze medallion. Her community spirit and exemplary volunteer service also qualified her for the program’s President’s Volunteer Service Award.

 

A member of the Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, Haley organized and runs Kid’s Korner, a twice-monthly event that has given more than 1,300 outfits to 240 families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock. Haley solicits, washes and organizes donated clothing, has helped recruit additional volunteers, and works directly with families who benefit from her initiative.

 

Though appreciative of the honor, Haley was quick to acknowledge all volunteers and the importance of community service.

 

“A project’s success is driven by all the volunteers who participate and contribute in various ways. It can be hard work and time consuming, but the payoff of helping others is worth it,” she said. “As a volunteer, you can directly impact another person’s life or a cause for the better. There is also the personal reward of knowing your actions made a difference. I think everyone should find a cause that is important to them and volunteer. The benefits to those you serve and within yourself are remarkable.”

 

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 25th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). It represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. Since the program began in 1995, more than 130,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level.

 

“In our 25th year of honoring young volunteers, we are as inspired as ever by the work students are doing to address the needs of a changing world,” said Charles Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. “We hope that their resolve, their initiative and their perspectives on society’s challenges move others to consider how they can make a difference, too.”

 

“Middle level and high school students are doing remarkable things to shape the future of their communities through volunteer service. They inspire all students and schools to drive learning with real-world challenges,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Congratulations to each of the 2020 honorees – it’s an honor to celebrate your commitment to creating positive change.”

 

Congratulations, Haley, on this well-deserved honor. You are a wonderful example of living Mercy, and we are very proud of you!

 

Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.

Mount St. Mary celebrates Founders Day, 169 years

Wednesday, February 5, represented a special day for Mount St. Mary Academy. It marked 169 years since the Sisters of Mercy founded what was originally known as St. Mary’s Academy in 1851, at the request of Arkansas’ first Catholic bishop, Andrew Byrne. Recognized as the oldest continuously operated school in Arkansas, and the third oldest of the secondary schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy worldwide, Mount St. Mary Academy has been providing Mercy education to young women in Arkansas ever since.

 

On Tuesday, February 6, the Mount St. Mary Academy community gathered in the school’s McAuley Center for the annual Founders Day and Sophomore Pin Mass. As students entered the gymnasium, senior Student Council members rang the Angelus Bell 169 times in honor of the school’s 169-year history. The bell was given to the Sisters of Mercy by Bishop Byrne at the school’s first location in downtown Little Rock. At the conclusion of the all-school Mass, the members of the Class of 2022 received their Mercy pins, which serve as reminders to the sophomores to live the Mercy values in their everyday lives.

 

View photos featured in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette here.

 

Happy birthday, Mount St. Mary Academy!

Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.