Two MSM students named National Merit Semifinalists
(September 2015) - The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced that two seniors from Mount St. Mary Academy have been named as Semifinalists for 2015. Darcey Collins and Lauren Joseph from Mount St. Mary Academy were among the 16,000 Semifinalists selected from the 1.5 million juniors across the nation who entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT last year.
MSM OM Team Places Third in World Finals
Mount St. Mary Academy students placed third out of sixty teams in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals from May 19-21 at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan, rewarding the year-long planning of the all-girl creative problem-solving team.
“This is the highest achievement of any Mount St. Mary Odyssey of the Mind team to date,” said Karen Flake, President of Mount St. Mary Academy. “We are so proud of this incredible accomplishment and the imagination and creativity put forth by our students each year.”
The Odyssey of the Mind (OM) program provides students, ages kindergarten to college, multi-stage problems that range from technical in nature to ones more artistic or performance-based. Each interpretive solution combines long-term problem-solving as well as spontaneous problem-solving, presented to students on-the-spot at competitions, and creativity or “style” of the team’s solution.
This year’s Mount St. Mary OM team, one of 847 at the World Finals, worked on the “Pandora’s Box” problem, which required them to tell the story of the classic Greek myth through its interpretation as a video game.
MSM Congratulates 2015 Graduates
The Class of 2015 completed their Commencement from Mount St. Mary Academy on Thursday, May 21 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
The Class of 2015 compiled 5,432 hours of service to their community and received scholarship offerings from 58 colleges and organizations. In addition, 58% of the Class of 2015 achieved the status of honor graduate and 84% of the 118 graduates received offers totaling over $10 million in scholarships from colleges and other institutions.
For photos from the 2015 Graduation, please see the MSM Flickr page.
Parker Accepts Appointment to United States Naval Academy
Mount St. Mary Academy senior Rachel Parker accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at a signing ceremony held on April 30th at Catholic High School. The United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy each anticipated 10 high school graduates from the state of Arkansas to accept appointments to their respective institutions this year. Of the over 300 high schools and tens of thousands of graduates in the state, Catholic High School and Mount St. Mary Academy produced five of these highly competitive students.
The keynote speaker at the signing ceremony was Catholic High School and West Point alumnus Colonel Shawn Daniel, United States Army, who is also Rachel's uncle.
Also honored at the event were two Catholic High students who were awarded Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships and students who committed to military service following graduation.
Bailey Family Distinguished Teaching Award Honors MSM Math Teacher
Mount St. Mary Academy math instructor, Lynette Durbin, was named recipient of the 2015 Bailey Family Distinguished Teaching Award, which is given each year at the Underclass Awards Ceremony in May.
John and Patricia Bailey established the Bailey Family Distinguished Teaching Award to recognize a Mount St. Mary teacher who exhibits overall excellence in teaching during the school year.
Hanson Receives 2015 Stephens Award
Mount St. Mary Academy senior, Savannah Hanson '15, was named recipient of the 2015 Stephens Award by the City Education Trust at an awards ceremony on Monday, April 20th.
The Stephens Award was established in 1985 to recognize outstanding educators and students in Little Rock. This year only eight students with proven records of excellence were awarded $5,000 scholarships toward their post-secondary education.
Belles Defender Joins Hendrix Warriors
Mount St. Mary senior Melissa Miller signed a letter of housing and enrollment on Thursday, April 23, 2015, to continue her academic and athletic careers at Hendrix College with plans to play soccer for the “Warriors.” Defender for the Belles soccer team and a three-year varsity team member, Melissa competed in the 7A State Playoffs and State Championship title match and defended for the Belles in the 2014 7A State Semifinals.
While at Hendrix, Melissa plans to study biology with a goal of becoming a physical therapist. She is the daughter of Elaine and David Miller of Little Rock.
Howell Signs Collegiate Letter of Intent
Mount St. Mary Academy senior Kristen Howell signed a letter of intent to play soccer for the John Brown University Golden Eagles. As forward and outside midfielder for the Mount St. Mary team, Kristen scored 124 points (42 goals and 40 assists) entering her senior season. She was named to the 7A All-Conference High School Team in 2012 and the 7A All-State High School Team in 2013 and was selected as a 2013 and 2014 All Arkansas Preps athlete.
Kristen led her club team in scoring in 2014 and averaged 18-23 goals per season with the Northwest Arkansas Comets. She played for the Comets for three years (2012-14) and the Little Rock Futbol Club (now Arkansas United Soccer Club) for four years (2008-2012). She was a member of the Arkansas ODP Showcase Team in 2012.
Kristen is the daughter of Cristina and Rob Howell of Little Rock.
MSM Science Department Chair Recognized for Outstanding Teaching
On April 11, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and DuPont Public Affairs Manager, Ms. Mary Kate Campbell, recognized four Little Rock Science Educators as DuPont Office of Education Scholarship Recipients. Scholarship recipients received trips to the National Science Teachers Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in April, 2014.
Dr. Tina Hendrickson, Chemistry instructor and Science Department Chair from Mount St. Mary Academy, was one of the recipients, attended the National Science Teachers Conference April 3-6 as an NSTA DuPont Office of Education Sponsorship recipient.
DuPont is in its 13th year of Partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). Through the multi-faceted program, DuPont brings science, education and resources to assist mayors in making their cities safer, smarter and healthier. Since 2013, DuPont has provided more than 50 science educators with access to national professional development programs that will enhance their ability to bring science to life in their classrooms through this program.