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St. Mary’s Alum Named to 100 Best & Brightest

Colton Calandrella, a 2013 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, has been named one of the 100 Best & Brightest undergraduate business majors of 2017 by Poets & Quants. Calandrella attends Olin Business School…


Added by St. Mary's High School on April 26, 2017 at 4:22pm — No Comments

St. Mary's Gala Auction Features Jewelry Designed by Engineering Students

Ahoy! It's almost time to join your hearties for some grub as you search for treasure. It can all be yours at the St. Mary’s High School Annual Gala on…


Added by St. Mary's High School on April 13, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

St. Mary's Actors Tackle Challenges of Staging 'Singin' in the Rain'

Students at St. Mary’s High School don’t back away from challenges. In fact, they often seek them out. Such is the case with this year’s spring musical…


Added by St. Mary's High School on March 29, 2017 at 8:28pm — No Comments

St. Mary's Students Learn Engineering While Making Toys

Service goes hand-in-hand with education at St. Mary’s High School. As the only Catholic high school in southern Colorado, St. Mary’s teaches students how…


Added by St. Mary's High School on March 6, 2017 at 10:04am — No Comments

St. Mary's Event to Help Youth Discern God's Will

Living out one’s faith is the number one priority of Christians everywhere. However, busy lives and an array of choices can make it…


Added by St. Mary's High School on January 17, 2017 at 10:40am — No Comments

St. Mary's Students Discover Greenhouse Gas

Last fall, a chance meeting between Al Hartzell, teacher at St. Mary’s High School, and representatives from Arduino, an electronics company that makes both hardware and software, set a small group of St. Mary’s High School students on a path to real scientific research. They gained valuable experience, not just about science but about working as a team to complete a project. Plus, they may have stumbled onto signs of global warming.

It was at a science conference in November 2015…


Added by St. Mary's High School on December 2, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Mayor Suthers Named St. Mary's 2016 Marian Award Winnter

John Suthers, current mayor of Colorado Springs and 1970 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, has earned many prestigious titles during his career. Next month he adds to that list when he receives the Marian Award during a special Mass with Bishop Michael Sheridan at St. Mary’s High School.

Each year members of the St. Mary’s community nominate individuals deserving of the Marian Award. The award, which has been given annually since 2001, is presented by the St. Mary’s High School…


Added by St. Mary's High School on October 20, 2016 at 3:05pm — No Comments

40th Golf Classic Benefits St. Mary's Tuition Assistance

The St. Mary’s High School Golf Classic is fun and fellowship in the Colorado sun while supporting a good cause. This will be the 40th year that St. Mary’s families and supporters have gathered to celebrate and support the mission of St. Mary’s.

Mike Biondini has been a fixture at the event for more than a decade. Biondini is a St. Mary’s graduate and has served as a counselor and principal with the school since 2002. But this year instead of just participating, Biondini is one of…


Added by St. Mary's High School on September 12, 2016 at 2:23pm — No Comments

St. Mary's High School Hosts Second Red Rose Run in September

Celebrating Catholic education and kicking off Respect Life Month, the second Red Rose Fun Run 5K, sponsored by St. Mary’s High, is again set for the last Sunday in September. In addition, this year’s event will honor Father Bill Carmody, a leader in the southern Colorado’s pro-life movement who passed away in February.


“Father Carmody was the quintessential pro-life leader,” said Mike Kloenne, the St. Mary’s teacher who has organized the Red Rose Run. “He was able to attend…


Added by St. Mary's High School on August 12, 2016 at 11:54am — No Comments

St. Mary's Senior Obtains First-Degree Knight Status

When St. Mary’s High School senior Andrew Maal began his journey with the Knights of Columbus in 2010, the road seemed long as it stretched before him. But in December 2015, as he became a first-degree member of the Shrine of Saint Therese Parish Council of the Knights of Columbus, the first leg of Maal’s journey was complete.

“This experience of becoming a Knight has allowed me to realize just how far I’ve come within the organization,” Maal said. “It’s hard to believe that I’ve been…


Added by St. Mary's High School on March 4, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

St. Mary's Students Gain Valuable Experience Through Ambassador Program

When students sign up to be Ambassadors at St. Mary’s High School, they do so with a variety of goals in mind. Some are looking for personal growth; others are looking to be of service. But the one constant is that each Ambassador graduates having gained experience through a program that provides skills that will carry them through life.


Each year about 80 St. Mary’s students, including students in their freshman through senior years, are named SMHS Ambassadors. Once assigned…


Added by St. Mary's High School on February 19, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mercy Alive Service Program Allows St. Mary's Students to Live Out the Gospel

Living out one’s faith in a tangible way is paramount to growing in Christ. And starting this semester, St. Mary’s High School students have another way to give back through the new Mercy Alive community service program.

The Mercy Alive program springs from the belief that justice, care for the poor, and reverence for human dignity are core elements of living the Gospel. Motivated by the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in December 2015,…


Added by St. Mary's High School on February 4, 2016 at 11:24am — No Comments

Trivia Night Allows Middle Schoolers to Experience St. Mary's

The choice of where to attend high school is a big one for Colorado Springs families, and being comfortable with the choice is important. That’s why St. Mary’s High School reaches out to middle school students, providing social events that allow the students to experience St. Mary’s culture. While middle school dances and shadow days have been offered for years, in January area middle schoolers will have another chance to get to know St. Mary’s and each other during the school’s first Middle…


Added by St. Mary's High School on January 6, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

St. Mary's Programs Help Students Succeed

The words “college-prep school” might intimidate some high school students and their families. Few would debate that such a curriculum is rigorous and challenging for most students. However, students considering St. Mary’s High School have no reason to shy away from the challenge since the school has programs in place to help their students succeed.


The Back on Track program, which assists students who have had frequent or extended absences from school, is unique to St.…


Added by St. Mary's High School on December 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Engineering Club Provides Engineering, Business Experience for St. Mary's Students

High school clubs exist for all sorts of reasons. But the new Engineering Club at St. Mary’s High School may be unique in its mission of providing real-life experience in both engineering and business as it brings together students from across the schools demographic.

The purpose of the Engineering Club is to create engraved or 3D printed products using the school’s laser engraver and 3D printer. The hope is that the profit brought in by these products will allow the engineering…


Added by St. Mary's High School on November 24, 2015 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Community Service Hours Set St. Mary's Apart

A college-prep education is just one part of what St. Mary’s High School sets out to give its students and their families. The school’s faith component is put into practice through the St. Mary’s Community Outreach Program.

The Community Outreach Program trains students in “doing unto others” in the way Jesus taught. The program requires a proscribed number of community service hours each year of high school, with a total of 150 hours performed before graduation. Freshmen and seniors…


Added by St. Mary's High School on November 10, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

St. Mary's Marian Award Presented to Colarelli Family

When Nick and Margaret Colarelli and their family decided they wanted to do some kind of service together, they had no idea it would lead to establishing the Fostering Hope Foundation, an organization that supports foster children and their families. Nor did the Colarellis ever think starting the organization would lead to them being awarded St. Mary’s 2015 Marian Award.

“It’s hard to describe how we feel about receiving the Marian Award,” Nick Colarelli said. “One, we were surprised.…


Added by St. Mary's High School on November 6, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

500 Participate in St. Mary's First Red Rose Run 5K

Blue, cloudless skies greeted runners and walkers at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Monument Sunday, Sept. 27, as they converged to take part in the first Red Rose Run and Pancake Breakfast, hosted by St. Mary’s High School. Racers of all ages took part in the event that celebrated Catholic education and pro-life beliefs.

“For our first event, I think it was quite successful,” said Mike Kloenne, organizer of the event and a teacher at St. Mary’s. “I’ve heard nothing but compliments…


Added by St. Mary's High School on September 29, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Golf for St. Mary's This Friday

For 38 years, supporters of St. Mary’s High School have come out each fall to support the school at the annual Golf Classic. This year’s event is less than one week away and there is still time to take part—either as a competitor or a sponsor.

The 39th Annual St. Mary’s High School Golf Classic will be held at the Country Club of Colorado on Friday, Sept. 25. Check-in is at 11 am, and the shotgun start happens at 12:30 pm.

“We still have room for players,” said Penny Heiniger,…


Added by St. Mary's High School on September 21, 2015 at 9:26am — No Comments

St. Mary's First STEM Summer Camp Deemed a Success

St. Mary’s High School’s first STEM summer camp was extremely well received, said Mike Kloenne, math and engineering teacher at the school. STEM programs emphasize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


The camp, held earlier this month, maxed out at 48 middle school students. The students represented 22 local middle schools. Over the three-day camp, the students were involved in several activities including a LEGO robotics program provided by Challenger Learning…


Added by St. Mary's High School on July 29, 2015 at 4:37pm — No Comments



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