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Eight St. Mary's Academy students selected for the Oregon All-State Choir, one freshman selected for the Oregon All-State Orchestra - 10/29/14
Eight St. Mary's Academy students have been selected to sing in the Oregon Music Educator's All-State Choir, and one freshman has been accepted into the Oregon Music Educator's All-State Orchestra. These nine students will be joining some of the best student-musicians from across the state to perform at the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA) Conference on Sunday, January 18, 2015 in Eugene, Ore.

"I am so proud of the number of students who have been selected for this elite choir and orchestra. All of our students work really hard on their craft, and it is a great honor to be recognized and chosen to perform in front of Oregon's Music Educators. I am excited to see them on stage next January," said Kathy Briggs, St. Mary's Academy's director of choral music.

OMEA is comprised of approximately 900 members who are dedicated to the music education of Oregonians of all ages. A majority of members are educators ranging from elementary school music teachers to college professors. Students were asked to send their audio track to OMEA this fall, under the supervision of their teacher-member of OMEA. Auditions were held online by screeners who reviewed student recordings. To learn more about the OMEA and to purchase tickets to the OMEA conference in January visit

All-State Honor Orchestra
Maeve Nagel-Frazel (violin - freshman)

All-State Honor Choir
Larissa Banitt (Alto II - senior)
Iris Cohn (Alto I - sophomore)
Grace Hermes (Mezzo-Soprano - sophomore)
Lindsay Hope (Alto II - junior)
Caroline Immroth (Alto I - senior)
Maddi Nelson (Soprano - senior)
Megan Piggott (Mezzo-Soprano - senior)
Sydney Wagner (Soprano - sophomore)
SMA students on the Blues Bridge Walk
SMA students on the Blues Bridge Walk
St. Mary's Academy students raise record-breaking $110,000 through Blues Bridge Walk fundraiser (Photo) - 10/16/14
St. Mary's Academy students raised a record-breaking $110,000 in support of the school's annual Blues Bridge Walk fundraiser, which took place on October 9.

The Blues Bridge Walk provides students with an opportunity to support their school while teaching and fostering a culture of philanthropy. Starting in mid-September, students are challenged to collect donations. Their fundraising efforts culminate in a three-mile walk over the Steel and Hawthorne bridges, one of the many advantages of the school's downtown location. The funds raised through the Blues Bridge Walk support St. Mary's Academy students in every aspect of their educational experience, including academics, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, and the tuition assistance program.

"This year's Blues Bridge Walk was very successful. We made a point to involve the whole school and keep the spirit up with banners, pep-times and other fun activities. We challenged our student body to raise $150 each. I am so appreciative of the families, alumnae, faculty, staff, and other donors who invested in our school and the future of our students," said Hilary Baker, St. Mary's Academy's director of special events.

Students not only fundraised by traditional means of reaching out to family, friends and neighbors, they also used online fundraising to procure donations for the school. Students were encouraged to share with potential donors why they value the experiences and opportunities offered by a St. Mary's Academy education.

"I am so proud of our students for working hard to reach their goal and support the school. To raise what we did is an impressive feat. From rigorous academics to cultivating a spirit of philanthropy and understanding the importance of giving, I am consistently impressed by our students' ability to rise to meet any challenge they are presented," said Principal Kelli Clark.

Although the support of the entire St. Mary's community is necessary for the success of the Blues Bridge Walk, it is first and foremost a student-led fundraiser and event. The Blues Bridge Walk Student Committee partnered with the staff members to come up with creative ideas to make it successful and exciting for the entire community. "I was so excited about this year's student fundraiser! The best thing about the Blues Bridge Walk is bringing the whole school and community together to engage in fundraising for our great school," said Blues Bridge Walk committee member, senior Sydney Thompson.

The Blues Bridge Walk is the first of many important fundraising events that happen at St. Mary's Academy each year. The success of this student-led fundraiser sets the tone and serves as inspiration for the rest of the school's fundraising efforts throughout the year.

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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