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MSM Shows Mercy Spirit with a Day of Service

Mount St. Mary Academy students, faculty and administrators reported for work at 15 service organizations to “Make Mercy Real” on a day of service known as Mercy Day. Around the world, Mercy Day is celebrated to commemorate the day the school’s founders, the Sisters of Mercy, opened the first House of Mercy in 1827 to serve the sick and the poor in Ireland. Mount St. Mary Mercy Day activities included cleaning up parks, picking up trash, and helping out at schools, hospitals and organizations throughout Greater Little Rock who serve the poor and sick in our community.

 

2017 Mercy Day Service Site Assignments:

 

Access Schools – Breckenridge and Mississippi locations
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Arkansas Foodbank
Calvary Cemetery
Camp Aldersgate
CHI St. Vincent
Easter Seals Arkansas
The Helping Hand of Greater Little Rock
Little Rock Compassion Center
Our House
Recycle Bikes for Kids
St. Joseph Center of Arkansas
St. Theresa Catholic School
Susan G. Komen

 


 

 

 

 

2017 CHS Homecoming Court Announced

Congratulations to the 2017 Catholic High School Homecoming Court!

 

Front Row (Left to Right): Macy J., Rockette Representative; Sydney C., Caroline J., Liza M., and Sydney W., Varsity Cheer Representative

 

Back Row (Left to Right): Rieves P., Lauren W., and Mallory W.

 

The Catholic High School Homecoming game will be Friday, September 22nd, at War Memorial Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m. The Homecoming Ceremony will be held during half-time.

 

Go Rockets!
See Photos from 2017 Homecoming Pep Rally on the MSM Flickr page.

 

 

 


 

Mercy Education Launches Initiative for the Future

The Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA), a new initiative for education ministries sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, launched on July 3, 2017, formalizing a system of relationships for the 58 Mercy education ministries in Argentina, Belize, Guam, Honduras, Jamaica, the Philippines and the United States. The new educational system was formed in order to promote, support and advance the Mercy calling and Catholic identity into the future by connecting across all borders to share the charism of the Sisters of Mercy founder, Catherine McAuley, and to address the critical concerns of the Sisters.

 

Day-to-day operations at Mount St. Mary Academy will not change, and local administration and the local board will remain in place. While all Mercy educators are united by their dedication to reveal God’s love through service in the Mercy tradition, the Mercy Education System of the Americas will also encourage and enable educators to share resources and best practices in order to prepare students for an accelerated culture and a global society. In the past Mount St. Mary students, faculty and staff have partnered with fellow Mercy ministries through service projects, leadership conferences, video contests and a pilgrimage to the House of Mercy in Ireland.

 

Leaders from all Mercy education ministries gathered at a forum convened on March 9, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia, expressly to set the stage for this collaboration. Even with a full agenda, many participants made time to express their enthusiasm for Mercy Education System of the Americas and the opportunity it represents.

 

Their witness and anticipation of the new extension of the Mercy mission may be viewed in a video at the following links:

 

English: https://youtu.be/W0Tjuqbh08s  Spanish: https://youtu.be/vH9rI_k4UXA

 

Class of 2017 “on their way” after graduation

Mount St. Mary Academy students faculty, staff and their families and friends celebrated the Class of 2017 graduation at the Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Robinson Auditorium. The words of the class song, “On My Way” by Phil Collins, described the feelings of excitement and anticipation felt by the 120 graduates, who received their diplomas from the Reverend Bishop Anthony Taylor as MSM president Karen Flake announced each graduate and the college she will attend. They were joined on stage by superintendent of Catholic schools, Mrs. Vernell Bowen; MSM principal, Mrs. Angie Collins; and chairman of the MSM Academy Board of Directors, Mr. Phillip Gillam.

 

Commencement Speaker Patti Drake urged the Class of 2017 to stay centered in faith as they enter a new chapter of their lives. Ms. Drake’s daughter Mary, a member of the Class of 2011, suffered a debilitating car accident in 2009. Ms. Drake spoke to the class about trusting the Lord in times of difficulty because God causes all things to work together for good for those who follow Him. She pointed out to them that His plans may not be the same as their plans but “God is good. All the time.”

 

 

Congratulations to the Class of 2017:

 

92% of 120 SENIORS offered scholarships from colleges and other institutions

 

More than $14 MILLION in college scholarships awarded to the Class of 2017

 

10,945 HOURS of service to the community completed during their junior and senior years

 

Members of the senior class offered acceptance to 207 COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES

 

 

More photos from the 2017 Mount St. Mary Academy Commencement Exercises:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskW8dUt5

 

 

 

 

Senior Recognition Ceremony awards accomplishments, inducts 120 alumnae

The Mount St. Mary Academy Alumnae Association gained 120 new members at the Senior Recognition Ceremony held on Monday, May 22. Attended by MSM families, alumnae relatives, and alumnae board members, the ceremony honored the accomplishments of the senior class and inducted the Class of 2017 into the MSM Alumnae Association.

 

Sixty-eight percent of the senior class earned the academic status of Honor Graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The top five honor graduates in the class who will speak at the 2017 Mount St. Mary Commencement Ceremony on May 25th are: 5th honor graduate Anne Thibault, 4th honor graduate Chloe Beall, 2nd honor graduates Katie O’Malley and Caroline Coplin-Chudy, and 1st honor graduate Claire Althoff.

 

Four MSM students received recognition by the National Merit Program during the 2016-2017 school year. Hannah Isaacs and Chloe Beall were selected as National Merit Finalists, Katie O’Malley was selected as a National Merit Commended Student and Rosemarie Ochoa earned the status of National Hispanic Scholar. Each of these young women represent the top five percent of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the National Merit competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test as 11th-graders.

 

A number of academic honors, merit awards and scholarships were awarded to many deserving MSM students in the Class of 2017. Caroline Coplin-Chudy received the 2017 Principal’s Award for living the Mercy values at Mount St. Mary. The Flora Bittner Croft Scholarship was given to three MSM students attending Catholic universities, and the Judith Wrappe Scholarship honored one senior for her artwork depicting this year’s theme of “Sisterhood.”

 

Melanie Parham Fox ’81 was recognized as the 2017 Mount St. Mary Academy Alumna of the Year for her contributions to the school and the community in the educational arena and for her volunteer work with MSM spirit groups and booster club initiatives as well as leadership in spearheading the merchandise system for Mount St. Mary.

 

More photos from the Senior Recognition Ceremony:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskVUJMDT

 

 

Two MSM students accepted to UAMS HEALERS program

Must be Mount Girls!  Cameron H. ’19 and Lexi C. ’18 were accepted to the UAMS HEALERS program (Health Education Active Learning Experience for Regional Scholars). The HEALERS program is a hands-on, interactive program open to high school students in Pulaski County who are interested in serving the community through the medical field. Out of hundreds of applicants only twelve students are selected each year to participate in the program; this year’s HEALERS program will be held from June 12 to June 23, 2017.

 

The HEALERS program allows students to:

 

  • Learn and ask questions about a variety of medical careers directly from a professional in that field.
  • Learn how to administer first aid to accident victims to include bandaging, control of bleeding, splinting and spinal immobilization.
  • Learn how to administer Basic Life Support (CPR).
  • Demonstrate a better understanding of medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of teenage health-related issues, enabling each individual to make better informed decisions based on scientific data.
  • To gain experience in a clinical setting through active volunteering.

 

Congratulations, Cameron and Lexi!

 

 

Summer Camps at the Mount for 2nd to 9th grades

Mount St. Mary Academy will be offering eight fun and exciting summer camps for both girls and boys entering 2nd to 8th grades as well as sports camps for girls entering ninth grade.

 

Camps include volleyball, basketball, math, pinterest/crafts, drama, media, creative writing and cooking, so keep up your skills this summer or try something new! Most camps are half-day camps and may be combined for a full day of camp fun with an hour lunch break provided.

 

Pricing and information may be found on the downloadable registration form at http://mtstmary.edu/summer-camps/ 

Questions?

Please email summercamp@mtstmary.edu
and mention the camp name to find out more information!

 

 

 

Three MSM Athletes Sign with Colleges

Mount St. Mary Academy would like to recognize and celebrate the athletic and academic accomplishments of three senior athletes who signed their letters of intent over the past two weeks. Mary R., Lizzie A. and Maggie S., surrounded by family and friends, made the public decision to continue their 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. signed 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. signed 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.

 

Maggie S. signed 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 three years as the middle blocker for the Belles. She was selected to All-Conference her senior year.

 

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.

Seniors Win Art Competition

Congratulations to Erica V. and Isabella G. Both of the students’ artwork were selected as winners in the 2017 Governor’s Young Artist Competition, and will be displayed at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, April 12 – May 13, 2017.

Teen Poet Wins 1st Place

Hannah B. won 1st place at the McMath Branch Library for her written poem, which she entered into the teen poet laureate contest.  She will be representing the McMath Library Branch at this year’s Arkansas Literary Festival, which is put on by the Central Arkansas Library System.  Her written poem will be competing against the written poetry winners from all of the branch libraries April 27th through 30th.  Congratulations, Hannah,  and good luck!

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

2016 Arkansas Girls State Teaches Citizenship and Leadership

Congratulations to our Arkansas Girls State delegates, MSM rising seniors Lizzie Allgood, Vivian Boe, Maddy Frazior, Kirsten Hawkins and Kathryn Studer!

They represented MSM well last week at Girls State, a program that provides citizenship training for young women and gives them the opportunity to learn about city, county and state government by experiencing it themselves. Through participation in a mock government, these MSM students elected officials, held a variety of leadership positions and heard from their respective counterparts about their roles and responsibilities here in Arkansas.

 

 

 

Three Mount St. Mary teachers among 2016 Stephens Award winners

Three faculty members and one student at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock have been named recipients of the 2016 Stephens Award by The City Education Trust. Mount St. Mary Academy instructors Kathy Smith, Maureen Stover and Jenny Moses make up three of the five teachers who have been selected to receive an $8,000 cash award recognizing their outstanding and inspirational teaching. Senior Darcey Collins, a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, is among the eight student recipients who have been selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship for their proven records of academic excellence. Congratulations for such an incredible achievement!

MSM HoneyBelles Win $25,000 Helping the Environment

The HoneyBelles, a team of six science and art students from Mount St. Mary Academy, advanced in March to win a $15,000 first place award in the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national contest that encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities.

After carefully studying the local environment, the HoneyBelles developed an Action Plan. They created a pollinators habitat on the school campus to protect the dwindling bee population so vital to modern agriculture. They also started a composting system to help sustain the garden and began spreading awareness about the importance of bees to the greater community.

Sixteen teams in each challenge, including Mount St. Mary Academy, won $10,000 in grants and scholarships at the end of November. All the winning teams were invited to participate in the Final Challenge for a chance to win one of two $30,000 grand prizes and eight first place prizes of $15,000. In all, $500,000 in scholarships and grants was awarded, with a total of $25,000 awarded to Mount St. Mary Academy.  

The HoneyBelles plan to use the prize money to help fundraise for two organizations – The Bee Cause, a grant program aimed to educate young people about the importance of bees, and Bee Abroad, an organization that seeks to reduce poverty in developing countries throughout the world through beekeeping.