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Three MSM Athletes to Sign Letters of Intent

Mount St. Mary Academy would like to recognize and celebrate the athletic and academic accomplishments of three senior athletes who will sign their letters of intent over the next two weeks. Mary R., Lizzie A. and Maggie S. each, surrounded by family and friends, will make the public decision to continue her education at the university level while also pursuing athletic careers.

 

“The entire Athletic Department and school community is extremely excited for Lizzie, Mary, and Maggie to have the opportunity to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level,” said Athletic Director Marilyn Lenggenhager, recognizing the Mount St. Mary four-year athletes and honoring the decision made by each student and her family. “Their hard work here at Mount St. Mary Academy has paid off and we wish them well!”

 

Mary R. will sign a letter of intent to play basketball with Hendrix College on Tuesday, April 18. Mary played varsity three years for Mount St. Mary Academy and was a member of the AAU basketball team Arkansas Elite. As a dual sport athlete, she also played on the Belles volleyball team. Mary is a scholar athlete and president of the National Beta Club at Mount St. Mary.

 

Lizzie A. will sign a letter of intent to play basketball with Lyon College on Tuesday, April 25. A three-year varsity starter for the Belles, Lizzie was selected to All-Conference her junior and senior years and to the 2017 All-Metro Classic girls basketball game. She is also a scholar athlete and multi-sport athlete who participated on the volleyball team.

 

Maggie S. will sign her letter of intent to join the Lyon College volleyball team on Thursday, April 27. Maggie played volleyball four years at Mount St. Mary, playing varsity two years as the middle blocker for the Belles.

 

Photos from these events can be found on the MSM Flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtstmary/albums

 

MSM Artists Highlighted at Annual AYAA Competition

Forty-five Mount St. Mary Academy students competed at the annual Arkansas Young Artist Association (AYAA) Convention and Competition on April 12, 2017, where more than 50 schools and 2,000 student members were represented.

 

In addition to viewing student exhibits and listening to the convention speakers, the Arkansas Young Artist Association annually awards at least ten $500 scholarships to current AYAA members in good standing.

 

Congratulations to these MSM students:

 

Erica Vanhaute and Kristin Divino both received scholarships from AYAA and Breanna Freeman received a renewable scholarship from Kansas City Art Institute.

 

Erica Vanhaute – 1st place Oils Abstract/Non-Objective, 4th place Sketchbook
Giselle Trejo – Honorable Mention Cut Paper/Collage
Jasmine Rico – 3rd place Sculpture Realistic
Emily Delfos – Honorable Mention Scratchboard Expressive
Audrey Caruthers – 3rd Place Pen and Ink, Honorable Mention- Sketchbook
Elizabeth Bell – 1st place Digital Art Computer Generated
Vivian Boe – 1st place Fiber Arts Expressive, 4th place Fiber Arts Realistic
Amelia Ochoa – 4th place First Year Dry Color Media
Isabella Boyd – Honorable Mention- First Year Painting
Olivia Bice – 4th place First Year Painting

 

The Arkansas Young Artist Association (AYAA) is a state-wide organization of high school students grade 9-12. The mission is to encourage the visual arts in Arkansas students through professional speakers, competitions and exhibition.

 

 

 

June Basketball Camp for 2nd through 9th Grades

Girls entering 2nd through 9th grades are invited to attend the Mount St. Mary Belles Basketball Camp. This day camp will provide instruction to develop individual  basic fundamental basketball skills.

 

WHEN

June 12-14 ,  2017

9:00-11:00am → girls entering 2nd-5th grades for Fall 2017

1:00-3:00pm → girls entering 6th-9th grades for Fall 2017

 

WHERE

MSM McAuley Center – 3224 Kavanugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR

 

COST

$65 includes camp t-shirt*  (*If registered by due date of June 5)
$50 for Basketball Skills Academy participants

 

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

You will need to wear a t-shirt,  shorts, and tennis shoes.  Refreshments will be sold.


INSURANCE

Each camper must be covered by a family’s insurance policy.

 

Space is limited! To register for camp, download the registration form and return by June 1 with cash or check made out to MSM.

Mount St. Mary Academy to Honor Mercy Legacy

During the month of May, as Mount St. Mary Academy celebrates the gift of the past school year, the oldest ministry in the former St. Louis Region will be celebrating with hearts of gratitude another time of special importance.

 

To honor the Mercy legacy at the school, Mercy Moments on Our Journey will be held at Mount St. Mary Convent on Sunday, May 7th from 4 to 6 p.m. with comments at 5 p.m. Light refreshments, libations and tea will be provided.

 

Two Sisters in residence at the school, Sister Mary Ann Hardcastle and Sister Mary Jolitta Konecny, will be recognized in light of their significance. Both are graduates and former members of the faculty who have reached the graceful wisdom of 80 years this March. Due to multiple circumstances for community and ministry, the Sisters will be relocating to Catherine McAuley Convent in Barling, Arkansas. The South Central Leadership Team has communicated their wish to deed the Mount St. Mary Convent residence to the ministry leadership at Mount St. Mary Academy.

 

As with all Mercy experiences, Mount St. Mary is blessed to continue to have the presence and ministry of Sister Joan Pfauser bringing the daily gift of Mercy presence as a school counselor. The school is also privileged to have six Sisters of Mercy actively serving on the Academy and Foundation boards.

 

With deep thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness and for the courage of those who have helped bring Mount St. Mary to this point, all who have been a part of her history are invited to celebrate these Mercy Moments on Our Journey. Guests attending should RSVP to Shannon Tanner at 501.476.3367 or stanner@mtstmary.edu.

 

 

June Volleyball Camp for 4th through 9th Graders

Girls entering 4th through 9th grades are invited to attend the Mount St. Mary Belles Volleyball Camp. This day camp will provide instruction to develop individual  basic fundamental volleyball skills.

 

WHEN

June 5-7 ,  2017

 

9:00-11:00am → girls entering 4th-6th grades for Fall 2017

1:00-3:00pm → girls entering 7th-9th grades for Fall 2017

 

WHERE

MSM McAuley Center – 3224 Kavanugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR

 

COST

$65.00 includes camp t-shirt*  (*If registered by due date of June 1)

 

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR

You will need to wear a t-shirt,  shorts, knee pads and tennis shoes.  Refreshments will be sold.

 

INSURANCE

Each camper must be covered by a family’s insurance policy.

 

Space is limited! To register for camp, download the registration form and return by June 1 with cash or check made out to MSM.

 

MSM Teams See Success at State Competitions

Mount St. Mary Academy teams performed well in several State Tournaments held during the weekend of April 1.

 

Mount St. Mary Latin students received eight first-place awards and 24 awards for top-three placings at the State Latin Competition held at Harding University. The competition included a variety of categories, such as Poetry Recitation, Latin Extemporaneous Reading and Vocabulary Bee.

 

At the Arkansas Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament, the Mount St. Mary team placed first for their creativity and problem-solving abilities applied to this year’s problem, “It’s Time, OMER” in Division III. The seven team members will advance to the World Finals at Michigan State University in May.

 

The Mount St. Mary Quiz Bowl team competed admirably in the state Quiz Bowl tournament held at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Katie Strickland received All-State honors, and she will be invited to play in the state All-Star tournament in May.

 

Fourteen Mount St. Mary forensics team students qualified for and competed at the State Tournament of Champions. The forensics team focuses on developing students’ public speaking and communication skills. The team received charter member status in February.

 

 

 

MSM Forensics Team Earns National Charter Status

Mount St. Mary Academy recently received the prestigious national charter member status in the National Speech & Debate Association along with three other Arkansas schools: Crossett High School, Har-Ber High School and North Little Rock High School. This is the highest school membership honor you can achieve in the National Speech & Debate Association.

“Charter membership reflects sustained commitment to speech and debate,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association. “We are extremely proud of our charter schools, coaches, and students for their hard work and passion for speech and debate.”

Schools earn charter membership status after receiving at least 50 degrees within a three-year period. Students and coaches earn points in the Honor Society through speech and debate competition, community service, public speaking, and leadership activities.  The more points earn higher degrees of recognition.

Every school within the National Speech & Debate Association is designated a provisional chapter, member chapter, or charter chapter. Each status determines voting privileges, a district’s strength of chapters, and number of qualifiers to the annual National Speech & Debate Tournament.

About the National Speech & Debate Association

The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 150,000 students and coaches every year. For 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org.

Fathers and Daughters Compete at Family Feud

The first-ever March Madness Father-Daughter Family Feud event created quite a stir in the McAuley Center on Saturday, March 4th at Mount St. Mary Academy. Presented by the Belle Booster Club, the event benefited Mount St. Mary student clubs, organizations and athletic teams. Following rules of the popular game show, teams of dads and daughters faced off to answer popular survey questions and try for their chance to enter the final round.

 

Congratulations to the Clark/Wahlgreen/Crow team, winner of this year’s March Madness Family Feud! And thank you to the extremely creative and hardworking event chairs, MSM parents Kelly and Roy Snook, and the student committee for all of their vision and planning for this event.

 

 

Mock Trial Team Comes Close at State Competition

Five Mount St. Mary Academy students joined forces with nine Catholic High boys to compete in the annual Mock Trial State Tournament hosted by the Arkansas Bar Association on March 3-4, 2017.

 

The two teams have been practicing twice a week since shortly after school began last fall.  The Junior Team (Freshmen Sarah Meeks and Naomi Moreland) made the semi-finals but lost to a team from Springdale Har-Ber High School. Senior Team (Juniors Clara Cordell, Sydney Eagan and Katie Strickland) lost in the second round to another team from Springdale Har-Ber High School, who competed against the other Har-Ber team for the state championship title.

 

The Arkansas Bar Association Mock Trial Competition gives high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisers, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Arkansas in the national competition.

Students Celebrate Grandparents Day at MSM

Hundreds of grandparents joined their granddaughters for a special Grandparents Day celebration held on March 3rd at Mount St. Mary Academy.

Granddaughters gave their grandparents personalized tours, introducing them to teachers and friends and showing them around the campus. Grandparents participated in activities and demonstrations with different classes and school organizations, such as Quiz Bowl, Forensics, Odyssey of the Mind, Family and Consumer Science, Robotics, Latin Club, and they even were able to take part in a Chemistry Lab making “fake snow.”

Thank you to LeMay Photography for the photo booth keepsakes and to all of the grandparents and their granddaughters who made this such a special day!

Photos of the event:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskVk6p7y

Another Superior Rating for MSM Concert Belles

It is no small feat to continually earn Superior ratings at the annual Choral Performance Assessment, but leave it to the Mount St. Mary Academy Concert Belles to do it again! They earned Division I (Superior) ratings in both performance and sight-reading and received some incredibly humbling comments from the judges, who said they were highly impressed and blown away by their performance.

 

Beginning in late February and early March, the majority of secondary school choirs in Arkansas participate in one of the region Choral Performance Assessments sponsored by the Arkansas Choral Directors Association. Concert Belles consistently earns a superior rating at the annual assessment, and they will again advance to the State Festival in April. The ensemble sings a variety of choral repertoire at a number of concerts and events throughout the year and is well-known throughout the Central Arkansas region.

 

Congratulations to the Mount St. Mary Academy Concert Belles: 
Raehana Anwar, Megan Brown, Annalise Bush, Lexi Caruthers, Clara Cordell, Rylee Gibson, Maya Giuffria, Chloe Harper, Cameron Heslip, Emily Hester, Lexie Holley, Christina Kaufman, Anne Lashbrook, Mary Chandler Lindsey, Anna Kate Manchester, Regan Moss, Maricarmen Negrete, Amelia Ochoa, Rosemarie Ochoa, Leah Paige, Emma Parker, Olivia Parker, Daniela Ramos, Hannah Smith, Carol Stover, and Ana Thompson

 

Choral Director: Chelsea Daughety

 

Belles Basketball Team Competes at State Tournament

Congratulations to our Mount St. Mary Basketball Belles for an awesome season. The Belles won four conference games this season and competed at the State Tournament in Van Buren this week. This season marks the first conference win for the Belles since 2012-2013. We are proud of all these young women, Coach Ramsey, and Athletic Trainer Mr. Stotts. #GoBelles

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

 

 

Finalists:

 

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 lramsey@mtstmary.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

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)
Performances:
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 cburkhead@mtstmary.edu

 

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: http://tinyurl.com/jjf9yz6

 

 

 

Mount St. Mary senior wins QuestBridge College Match Scholarship

 

Mount St. Mary Academy senior, Caroline Coplin-Chudy, has been awarded a full college scholarship to Duke University through QuestBridge’s college match program.

 

Caroline was one of 5,338 students who were selected as finalists out of an application pool of 14,491 in the college match program. Of those finalists, she was one of 767 matched to a QuestBridge partner and one of 32 selected nationally for admission to Duke University. She will attend Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on a $290,468 scholarship award that will cover full tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies and travel expenses for four years.

 

QuestBridge is a national program that pairs high-achieving, low-income high school seniors with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. Students selected for the College Match are “matched” to one of QuestBridge’s 38 college partners that include top liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Colby, Pomona, and Williams and research universities such as Brown, Columbia, Duke, Stanford, and Yale. Students must demonstrate high academic achievement that meets or exceeds the admissions standards of the partner colleges; they are selected as finalists based on their academic, financial and extracurricular credentials.

 

More information about the program may be found on the QuestBridge website at: https://www.questbridge.org/

 

 

Basketball Skills Academy

Grades 3, 4 & 5

 

Build confidence, skills and love of the game at this Fall Basketball Skills Academy for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders. Instructors will focus on fundamental skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense principles and team and individual competition.

 

Fall Basketball Skills Academy is held in the McAuley Center Gymnasium.

November 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

*November 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (time change for holiday break)

December 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

December 11, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

December 18, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

 

$40/participant (includes t-shirt and free admission to MSM home basketball games when t-shirt is worn)

Space is limited. Download the registration form and return to Mount St. Mary Academy. 
(3224 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, Arkansas 72205)

 

For more information, contact Coach Lauren Ramsey

(501-664-8006 or lramsey@mtstmary.edu)

 

 

 

Miracle League High Five Awards given to three MSM students

Rachel Chenault, Sarah Forester and Madison Fox were awarded High Five Awards from Miracle League of Arkansas for their volunteer work with the organization over the last four years. The Chris Anderson “High Five” Scholarship was formed in 2015 in honor of Chris’ tireless dedication to the Miracle League players, their families and the volunteers. Usually, only one scholarship recipient is awarded; however, this year it was expanded to include all three girls because of each one’s amazing dedication to the kids and families at Miracle League. Rachel, Sarah and Madison each donated more than 400 hours of service, and they each received a scholarship of $2,000. The Miracle League of Arkansas encourages all Mount St. Mary Academy students to be as giving of their time as these three students and to demonstrate the same commitment to service within the community.

MSM teacher named Little Rock Family Amazing Educator

Congratulations to Mount St. Mary Academy history teacher Mary Logan! At a special assembly on October 17, she was presented with the Amazing Educator award by Little Rock Family for making a difference in the lives of her students.

 

Little Rock Family surprised the student body with the special recognition, narrowing down the identity of the award recipient by describing her as one of the department chairs at Mount St. Mary Academy who has been teaching for over 30 years and is also a Stanford Fellow of International History. Ms. Logan is also the Model United Nations team sponsor and a student travel sponsor. One of Ms. Logan’s former students nominated her for the award, inspired once again by her phenomenal teaching now that her daughter is taking a history class taught by one of her own most memorable teachers.

 

Along with educators from elementary school, middle school and special needs, Ms. Logan will be featured in an Amazing Educators section in the January issue of Little Rock Family. Thank you, Little Rock Family, for recognizing that outstanding teachers like Ms. Logan prepare our students for college and inspire their dreams for the future.

 

 

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Opens November 3

Mount St. Mary Academy Fine & Performing Arts Department presents the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, November 3rd, 4th, 5th & 7th at the Catholic High School Auditorium. Join us for this family-show and watch the beloved comic strip come to life!

 

Tickets are available at the door.

$5/students and seniors; $10/adults

 

 

 

MSM students receive national recognition

Two more Mount St. Mary Academy students have been honored this month for exceptional academic promise, and we couldn’t be prouder.

 

The 2016-17 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) selected Rosemarie Ochoa from the Mount St. Mary Academy Class of 2017 as a National Hispanic Scholar. Rosemarie scored in the top 2.5% on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) test among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in the region. Established in 1983, the National Hispanic Recognition Program is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic/Latino high school seniors and identifies them for post-secondary institutions. In order to be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino, as defined by the NHRP, meet the minimum PSAT cutoff score by state, and achieve a minimum grade point average requirement.

 

Katie O’Malley was named a Commended Student in an announcement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Katie joined approximately 34,000 students throughout the nation who received the distinction. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT®.

 

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

 

We congratulate Rosemarie and Katie for the academic commitment they have demonstrated; these awards will enable them to highlight their outstanding educational achievements to top colleges and universities. They join the two Semifinalists from Mount St. Mary Academy recognized in September by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

 

 

Pink Out game brings important win for VolleyBelles

The Belles delivered a mighty victory against Fort Smith Northside at the Pink Out volleyball game on October 4. In front of a crowd of parents, classmates and friends decked out in pink to support breast cancer awareness, the varsity team battled it out to a fifth-set win that upset Northside’s four-way tie for first in the 7A Conference. Fort Smith Southside lost on Tuesday as well, so the Belles are set to play the two remaining contenders, North Little Rock and Conway, on October 6 and October 13 at home.

8th Graders are invited to “Be a Mount Girl for a Day”

It’s not too late to register for Mount St. Mary Academy Shadow Days! Eighth graders can experience the Mount by walking through a typical day with a student hostess. You can request a hostess, or be assigned one of our Mountie Messenger student ambassadors, who will show you around and answer any questions you may have. Enjoy two class periods, homeroom and lunch, and make sure to let us know your interests, so we can tailor the experience just for you!

 

Top 5 Activities for a “Mount Girl for a Day”
1) 7:45 a.m. Meet your hostess, who will be your personal guide to all things Mount (and give you a t-shirt to take home with you!)
2) Take time to pet the school golden doodle, Sadie
3) 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Attend two 90-minute classes, meeting teachers and observing class discussions and technology
4) 11:05 a.m. Watch Belle TV student broadcast during homeroom
5) 11:40 a.m. Share lunch and make new friends

 

Upcoming Shadow Days:
November 2, 11, 16, 30 and January 12

8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Share with a friend or register here: http://tinyurl.com/NovShadowDays

 

 

Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists!

Two students from Mount St. Mary Academy have been named Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. Chloe Beall ’17 and Hannah Isaacs ’17 are among the 16,000 Semifinalists who represent the top one percent of the Class of 2017. Last fall, about 1.6 million juniors across the country entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the PSAT qualifying test.

“These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring,” according to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

 

Steps in the 2017 Competition

About 15,000 seniors will be announced as Finalists in February. To advance to the finals of the scholarship program, students must show a record of consistently high academic performance throughout high school while also earning SAT scores that confirm their earlier performances on the qualifying test. Their high school principal must also write a recommendation.

 

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2017. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

 

Best of luck to Chloe and Hannah!

 

Don’t miss out on MSM Chills & Thrills, October 29

 

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Mark your calendar for Chills &Thrills, the spook-tacular new event by the MSM Booster Club to benefit co-curricular programs at Mount St. Mary Academy. Join us as we celebrate a day full of Halloween fun on the Mount St. Mary campus to include a 5K Monster Dash, “Mount Scary Academy” haunted house, Boo-tique shopping, frightful feast and an adults-only party.

 

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

 

Event Time:  5K Monster Dash, 8 a.m.; Tricks-n-Treats Family Fun, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Twilight Bash, 7 to 10 p.m.

 

Tickets and information: http://mtstmary.edu/chills-and-thrills

 

Get your tickets before October 22 – You’ll scream if you miss this!

 

Sisters of Mercy inducted into Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame

 

Congratulations to our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, who were inducted into the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame last night at a reception held at the Statehouse Convention Center. Along with eight women from across the state, the Sisters were recognized for making a significant impact on the lives of others and helping to elevate the status of women in our state, our nation, and, in some cases, around the world.

 

The number of lives the Sisters have touched over the years is overwhelming! Here’s a quick look at the far-reaching ministry of Mercy in Arkansas.

 

The Sisters of Mercy have opened, maintained and managed:

  • five hospitals
  • three schools of nursing
  • twenty-two schools
  • a women’s spirituality center
  • a teen education center
  • retirement homes
  • a ministry for women in prison

Today in Arkansas, the Sisters of Mercy still run/sponsor two schools, two retirement centers, four hospitals, and numerous medical clinics.

 

Learn more about the history of the Sisters of Mercy in Arkansas.

 

Photo:  Arkansas Catholic photo by Aprille Hanson