Category Archives: School News

Drain Smart

Mount St. Mary will be participating in Drain Smart again this year. Junior Art student Grace C.’s design “A Day in the Creek” has been selected for installation on the storm drain located at Kavanaugh and Ash in front of Hangers in Hillcrest. Art students will be painting the design as a group so keep your eyes peeled for us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert Belles – State Festival Results

The Concert Belles were AMAZING at the State Festival April 6, 2017!  They received a Division I plaque and TWO best in class awards:  “best medium female chorus” AND “best medium chorus OVERALL” for the 6A division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiz Bowl Honors

The Mount St. Mary Quiz Bowl team competed in the state Quiz Bowl tournament on Saturday.  The team performed admirably. 

Katie S received All-State honors and she will be invited to play in the state All-Star tournament in May.

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.

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

 

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 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/

 

 

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.

 

 

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!