Several MSM Seniors Recognized for Academic Achievement

As the school year winds down this time each year, news announcing the deserving recipients of various awards and honors tends to pick up. Mount St. Mary Academy is proud to have had several members of this year’s graduating class recognized for their academic accomplishments over the past two weeks.


In late April it was announced that Anna Kate Manchester was selected as one of 621 semifinalists, and one of only eight semifinalists from the state of Arkansas, to advance to the final round of the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholarship competition. One of the nation’s highest honors for high school students, the candidates qualifying for the U.S Presidential Scholar award represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. They are selected annually based on their academic success as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.


Sophie Chier and Angel Sagardui were among a group of high school students honored at the Governor’s Scholastic Honors Day on Saturday, April 27, at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. The day serves to recognize Arkansas’ “best and brightest students” and included tours of the mansion and gardens as well as visiting with Governor Asa Hutchinson and the First Lady.


Anna Kate, Sophie and Angel were also featured in the May 2019 issue of Little Rock Family. The magazine’s special Head of the Class section recognized dozens of top graduating seniors from Central Arkansas’ public, private and parochial schools and applauded the “superstar scholars” for their achievements.


Angel’s academic achievement was honored again on Friday, May 3, this time through Congressman French Hill’s Educational Award Program. Nearly 30 honorees from 16 schools in Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District were recognized during a special ceremony held at Mount St. Mary with Congressman Hill, who instituted the program in 2015 to recognize students in Central Arkansas who have demonstrated a commitment to academic achievement and community engagement.


Finally, Bekka Ureta was named a recipient of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, underwritten by 3M, on Wednesday, May 8. Bekka is one of just 21 Arkansas high school seniors, and 2,500 seniors nationwide, to be selected for this prestigious scholarship from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2019 National Merit program. The finalists in each state are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.


We applaud these four graduating seniors for their hard work and academic achievement, and congratulate them on the recent well-deserved recognition.


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.