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St. Mary’s Academy Scholastic Writing Awards Gold Key winners Kathryn Blessington ’16, Ivy Long ’16, Marika Meijer ’17, Zoe Felix ’16, Claire LeBlanc ’19, Lauren Yanase ’19, Madeleine Adriance ’19 (not pictured: Mary Bachman ’16, Alicia Hannigan ’17, Kate
St. Mary’s Academy Scholastic Writing Awards Gold Key winners Kathryn Blessington ’16, Ivy Long ’16, Marika Meijer ’17, Zoe Felix ’16, Claire LeBlanc ’19, Lauren Yanase ’19, Madeleine Adriance ’19 (not pictured: Mary Bachman ’16, Alicia Hannigan ’17, Kate
St. Mary's Academy students win 146 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (Photo) - 02/12/16
Portland, Ore. -- With more than 70 students recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, St. Mary's Academy is standing out for its exceptional arts and writing programs. Twenty-six students received 61 regional Scholastic Art Awards and a record 47 students received 85 regional Scholastic Writing Awards.

"We are so proud of our students," said Principal Kelli Clark. "This level of recognition is a wonderful reflection of the strength of our programs and the importance of the arts to our St. Mary's community. It is gratifying to know that so many of our students are developing their gifts and talents in the arts."

Since its founding in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of our nation's youth, allowing creative teens to be celebrated. Through the awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

Forty-eight St. Mary's students entered 195 individual pieces and eight senior portfolios to the Scholastic Art Awards. Of these submissions, 61 pieces received awards, including 11 Gold Keys, 17 Silver Keys, 31 Honorable Mentions, one Gold Key portfolio and one Silver Key portfolio. The best works submitted to local programs are awarded Gold Keys, which then advance to national-level recognition. The Portland Gold Key winners are also featured in an exhibit at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

"It's wonderful to have these artists' hard work recognized beyond our community," said St. Mary's art teacher Kathy Mitchell. "These awards will be a big boost for our students to envision creative careers."

St. Mary's Academy, participating in the Scholastic Writing Awards' West Region at Large, had more student-writers recognized than any other school in Oregon. Of the St. Mary's students recognized for their writing, a record-breaking 47 students received awards -- 11 Gold Keys, 30 Silver Keys and 44 Honorable Mentions.

"This astounding achievement highlights our students' incredible creativity and passion for writing," said St. Mary's English teacher Sara Salvi. "They will be the writers of the future!"

In addition, St. Mary's Academy student literary magazine, Escribe Maria, won a First Place Award from the American Scholastic Press Association's annual magazine competition. Escribe Maria, which features students' creative writing and art, was one of two school publications in Oregon to receive this honor.

Scholastic Art Award Winners
Sonja Bales Three Gold Keys, Two Honorable Mentions
Lumi Barron Four Gold Keys, Three Silver Keys, Four Honorable Mentions
Gold Portfolio, Silver Portfolio
Maya Bennett Two Honorable Mentions
Natalie Briare Honorable Mention
Hanna Brush Silver Key
Claire Coleman Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Stevie Dod Honorable Mention
Jean Elliot Silver Key
Rose Gibian Two Gold Keys
Malia Hee Silver Key
Nissa Jensen Two Honorable Mentions
Lilly Landis-Croft Two Silver Keys
Luciana Lenth Honorable Mention
Jhanea Massier Honorable Mention
Pepper Mionske Silver Key, Three Honorable Mentions
Bernadette Phan Honorable Mention
Remy Rogers Silver Key, Three Honorable Mentions
Emma Rosenthal Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Lucy Sagoo Honorable Mention
Sydney Stark Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Mia Truman Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Natalie Ware Three Silver Keys
Julia White Honorable Mention
Olivia Wilson Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Devyn Wilson Gold Key
Phoebe Woofter Silver Key, Three Honorable Mentions

Scholastic Writing Award Winners
Madeleine Adriance Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Mary Bachman Gold Key
Maya Bennett Silver Key
Kathryn Blessington Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Grace Bragdon Silver Key
Lena Breda Two Silver Keys, Two Honorable Mentions
Emmersen Cohn Silver Key
Emma Connelly Silver Key
Kara D'Ascenzo Honorable Mention
Skylar Deitch Two Honorable Mentions
Willa Grund Silver Key
Zoe Felix Gold Key, Two Silver Keys, Honorable Mention
Maria Gray Honorable Mention
Caroline Hall Silver Key
Alicia Hannigan Gold Key, Silver Key
Roni Heyman Silver Key
Annie Jamison Silver Key
Lydia Kramer Two Honorable Mentions
Urmi Kumar Three Honorable Mentions
Kyra Lauersdorf Honorable Mention
Eliza Lawrence Silver Key
Claire LeBlanc Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Anna Lipari Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Ivy Long Gold Key, Honorable Mention
Clare McLeod Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Marika Meijer Gold Key, Two Silver Keys, Honorable Mention
Claire Newsom Silver Key
Vanessa Palma Aispuro Honorable Mention
Sarah Perry Honorable Mention
Abby Place Honorable Mention
Ann Ramsey Honorable Mention
Effy Reavis Honorable Mention
Josette Red Thunder Honorable Mention
Sam Safirstein Honorable Mention
Kate Samuels Two Gold Keys, Silver Key, Five Honorable Mentions
Finola Schmahl-Waggoner Silver Key
Somers Smith Silver Key, Four Honorable Mentions
Kaitee Steiert Three Honorable Mentions
Kai Tamashiro Silver Key, Honorable Mention
Miriam Thielman Silver Key
Bethan Tyler Two Honorable Mentions
Ames Vinson Honorable Mention
Jacqueline Viteznik Two Silver Keys
Isabel Williams Silver Key
Katie Woodhouse Honorable Mention
Abigail Woods Silver Key
Lauren Yanase Gold Key

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St. Mary's Academy is a Catholic high school for young women located in the heart of downtown Portland that provides a challenging college-preparatory education with a focus on developing the whole person. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy is Oregon's oldest continuously operating secondary school and offers a supportive learning environment to a diverse student body from more than 35 cities in urban, suburban and rural Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information about St. Mary's Academy, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org.
All-girls team from St. Mary's Academy places second at largest Science Olympiad tournament on the West Coast - 01/25/16
As the only all-girls varsity team in the Camas Science Olympiad Invitational, St. Mary's Academy made a big impact, placing second out of 30 high school teams. The Camas Invitational, held on January 16, is also known as the SW Region C Invitational Tournament and is the largest high school Science Olympiad invitational tournament on the West Coast this year.

St. Mary's Academy also received three event-specific medals: sophomores Beatrice Pickett and Caitlyn Ark placed first in fossils; senior Jamie Hamilton, junior Peyton Tierney and sophomore Helen Rossmiller took first place in protein modeling; and senior Jamie Hamilton and junior Darcie Semler placed third in the chemistry lab event.

"The outcome at the Camas competition is a result of the hard work of our girls and their awesome volunteer coaches," said St. Mary's Academy science teacher and Science Olympiad adviser Molly Marra. "The Washington Science Olympiad is extremely competitive; this allows our students to better prepare for the state championships and, hopefully, nationals."

Since St. Mary's Academy formed its Science Olympiad club in 2007, the school has been awarded first or second place at state championships each year. St. Mary's students have also appeared at nationals seven times.

St. Mary's Academy brought a large presence to the Camas Invitational. Forty-two St. Mary's students competed on three teams, nearly doubling last year's showing of 23. Many attribute the increase to St. Mary's impassioned focus on innovation, STEM education and maintaining a supportive academic environment.

"The whole team bonds so well together, especially amongst the different grades," said St. Mary's Academy junior and Science Olympiad co-captain Amelia Myers. "As a captain, I love to help new freshmen and sophomores experience the same feeling of excitement as I have."

On February 6, St. Mary's Science Olympiad team will compete in the NW Region C Invitational Tournament at Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington. This will be the team's last competition before the Oregon state championships, which will be held at Oregon State University on April 9.

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St. Mary's Academy is a Catholic high school for young women located in the heart of downtown Portland that provides a challenging college-preparatory education with a focus on developing the whole person. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy is Oregon's oldest continuously operating secondary school and offers a supportive learning environment to a diverse student body from more than 35 cities in urban, suburban and rural Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information about St. Mary's Academy, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org.
Students at St. Mary's Academy use Google Cardboard to view the deep sea.
Students at St. Mary's Academy use Google Cardboard to view the deep sea.
Google Expeditions Pioneer Program Uses Virtual Reality to Enrich Curriculum at St. Mary's Academy (Photo) - 01/19/16
Mary'sny'srd boxes pressed to their faces, hundreds of St. Mary's Academy students explored the deep sea and visited ancient European ruins without leaving their downtown campus. On January 6, representatives from Google, Inc. came to St. Mary's Academy as part of the company's innovative Expeditions Pioneer Program. This gave students the unique opportunity to use Google Cardboard, a virtual reality platform, while their teachers taught lessons based on the immersive video content.

Launched in September 2015, the Expeditions Pioneer Program is currently touring the U.S. and training select schools on how to give virtual field trips using Google Cardboard. Participating schools are invited to improve the program by filling out feedback forms about their experiences.

"Our school continues to try new educational technologies as they become available," said St. Mary's Academy instructional technology coach Alyssa Tormala. "Being a part of Google's beta testing and getting the chance to give our own feedback helps put us on the cutting edge."

Megan Carroll, Google Expeditions West Coast Project Lead and a former teacher, demonstrated how to use the devices before letting St. Mary's teachers take the lead.

Each class had an entirely different experience; videos were chosen according to coursework from a library of more than 100 virtual reality field trips. English students preparing to read The Odyssey used Google Cardboard to journey around Greek ruins. Theology students discovered the holy sites of Jerusalem. Science classes looked at the rainforest canopy along the Congo River. World language students took French-guided tours of the Palace of Versailles and Spanish-led explorations of the Galápagos Islands.

"It's a great way to visit a foreign landmark without actually getting on a plane," said St. Mary's Academy Spanish teacher Dena Stock-Marquez. "I can see Google Cardboard becoming an effective tool for teaching."

During their virtual reality field trips, several St. Mary's students commented that using Google Cardboard was beneficial for visual learners and a fun departure from traditional textbooks.

"I am optimistic that this technology could be a good addition to our lexicon of educational tools," said Tormala.



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St. Mary's Academy is a Catholic high school for young women located in the heart of downtown Portland that provides a challenging college-preparatory education with a focus on developing the whole person. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy is Oregon's oldest continuously operating secondary school and offers a supportive learning environment to a diverse student body from more than 35 cities in urban, suburban and rural Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information about St. Mary's Academy, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org.