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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 www.stmaryspdx.org.
Seventeen St. Mary's Academy seniors named as 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, commended students - 09/26/14
Portland, Ore. - Three St. Mary's Academy seniors have been named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high schoolers taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Fourteen young women from St. Mary's have been named commended students in the 2015 National Merit Program, placing among the top 50,000 of the 1.5 million students who took the test nationwide.

Semifinalists will continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth approximately $33 million that will be offered next spring. About 15,000 of the 16,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level. They will be notified of this designation in February.

"The number of St. Mary's students who have earned national recognition for their academic talents is outstanding. The accolades awarded to these 17 young women recognized as either National Merit semifinalists or commended students speaks to the caliber of our students, programs and community. We are extremely proud of our students and look forward to seeing the list of finalists in February," said Principal Kelli Clark.

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. St. Mary's Academy celebrates its students' performance in the competition.

To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation visit www.nationalmerit.org.

St. Mary's Academy's 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
Sally Butzer (North Portland)
Caroline Immroth (Southeast Portland)
Abigail McManus (Southwest Portland)

St. Mary's Academy's 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students
Alison Brennan (Longview, WA)
Caroline Cassinelli (Tigard)
Ursula Clausing-Hufford (Southeast Portland)
Coeli Fleming-Kelly (Northeast Portland)
Annalise Helm (Beaverton)
Julia Kaempf (Southwest Portland)
Molly McCullough (Southwest Portland)
Megan Piggott (Southwest Portland)
Elenore Reid (North Portland)
Jillian Rix (Northwest Portland)
Natalie Shea (Northeast Portland)
Erin Sussex (Aloha)
Lindsay Swanson (Southwest Portland)
Devon Thompson (Northwest Portland)

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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.