News Archive


  • April

    EDIFY Speaker Kim Stanley Robinson

    St. Michael's welcomes highly-acclaimed author and environmental speaker Dr. Kim Stanley Robinson to present a lecture to coincide with Earth Week. Robinson is one of the most well-known and respected science fiction writers in the world and was named a Time magazine “Hero of the Environment.”
    Through the science-fiction genre, Dr. Robinson reveals some possible solutions to the environmental challenges that humanity faces, and that topic will be the focus of his lecture. Additionally, Dr. Robinson will meet personally with students in AP Environmental Science and English classes to further discuss the environment and the life of a writer.
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  • Lacrosse Teams Advance to District Play

    Men's and Women's Lacrosse teams both qualified for playoffs. The Lady Crusaders defeated Lake Travis 15-4 to secure the #3 spot in the central district of Division I Texas High School Girls Lacrosse League. The Lady Crusaders will play #2 Vandegrift on Thursday, April 25, at Round Rock Sports Complex. Time yet to be announced. The Lady Crusaders are 11-2 overall and 5-2 in district. 

    The Crusaders had their last game of the regular season on Wednesday, April 17, against McCallum. The Crusaders have already secured a playoff spot and will play Gateway College Prep at Gateway on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. The Crusaders defeated Gateway earlier 13-9 in a non-district game. The Crusaders are 6-6 overall and 3-2 in district. 

    Way to go Crusader Lax and good luck in your playoff games! 
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  • Lifetime Crusader Mitch Morse Credits Early St. Michael's Experience

    Lifetime Crusader Mitch Morse credits his early St. Michael’s experience for his athletic successes. Thanks for the shoutout, Mitch!

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  • Bringing Back the Bling! Music Students Excel at TAPPS (By Steve Moreland, Director of Fine Arts)

    This past Friday, April 5, music students traveled to the TAPPS Solo Competition hosted at Regents. The 13 students who competed brought back 10 State Gold Medals for SUPERIOR performances of their solos. The group ensemble competition will be in Waco on April 23.  Congratulations, all! (Right/left - Bottom /Top)
    1. Jillian Getman
    2. Alyssa Garlepp
    3. Carson Cardwell
    4. Enting Zhou
    5. Anna Usleman
    6. Veronica Hodapp
    7. Larrisa Berrios
    8. Mary Hodapp
    9. Baekki Ma
    10. Grade Usleman
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  • March

    Dr. Penny Weibly Now A Published Mystery Writer!

    Congratulations to Dr. Weibly on the publication of her book "Maybe Murder." The novel is a "cozy mystery," a subgenre of crime fiction written with humor that takes place in a small, socially intimate community. Her second book in the series is due out soon. 

    In "Maybe Murder," Benjamin Kalico, a young man who has opened a detective agency in Austin, Texas, forms an unlikely partnership with Emelia Winterjoy, a retired English teacher and amateur sleuth, to solve a murder “that hasn’t happened yet.” 

    Dr. Weibly earned her masters and doctorate in English literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught generations of St. Michael's students in her tenure here.

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  • Summer Camps at St. Michael's Registration Open!

    Sign up here for any camp listed below. For Film Camp, please use this link to sign up. 


    Basketball  |  Football  |  Strength& Conditioning |  Volleyball 

    Boys Basketball Camp
    Contact: Coach Land
    Email –
    Cost $100 per week
    June 10-13

    Grades 2nd-6th
    9:00am - 12:00pm

    Grades 6th-9th
    12:30pm – 3:30pm
    Strength & Conditioning Camp
    Contact: Coach Dicus
    Email –
    Grades 9th-12th
    7:00am - 9:00am
    Cost $300

    June 10- 13
    June 17-20
    June 24-27
    July 8 – 11
    July 15-18
    July 22-25
    SMCA Volleyball Camp
    Contact – Coach Silvernail
    Cost $125 per session

    June 24-27

    Grades 7th-9th 
    9:30am - 12:00pm

    Grades 9th-12th
    Boys and Girls Soccer Camp
    Contact: Coach Miller
    Email –

    Grades 3rd-5th
    Cost $145
    July 8-11
    9:30am - 12:30pm
    Grades 6th-9th
    Cost $145
    July 15-18
    9:30am - 12:30pm
    SMCA Football Camp
    Contact: Coach Dicus
    Email –
    Cost $250

    Grades 5th-9th
    July 22-25
    9:00am - 1:00pm

    Girls Lacrosse 5th-9th
    Cost: $150
    June 10-13

    8:30 am - 11:30 am
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  • 2019 Spring Musical: A Cabaret

    Join SMCA Theatre department students as they present a rousing spring musical revue! Come and hear many of your favorites as performers sing and dance their way through some classic and contemporary musical numbers. This highly entertaining performance also features student-composed monologues that will be sure to captivate audiences. Performances are scheduled for Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday May 5 at 2:30 p.m. 

    New this year! Enjoy a nightclub dinner theatre event!  Returning alumni will perform as Ms. T and her crew prepares a wonderful meal for guests. 
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  • Making Life Safer: Engineer Your World Students Study Building in Earthquake Zone (By Patti McLain, Physics & Engineering Instructor)

    The Engineer Your World I students are wrapping up the penultimate project of the year. This unit demonstrates the importance of acquiring and analyzing data to inform design decisions. Students use the engineering design process to redesign an apartment building for improved safety in an earthquake-prone region of northeast India.

    Through two rounds of building and testing scale models and analyzing the resultant data, students learn about the challenges of collecting, interpreting, displaying, and analyzing data to make and defend informed design decisions while considering necessary trade-offs between building height, building cost, and public safety. After testing their final designs, students document the results. Students opted to try two very different earthquake mitigation techniques: adding truss structures and tuned mass damper.

    "Developed by a team of University of Texas faculty, NASA engineers, and secondary teachers working with funding from the National Science Foundation, Engineer Your World is an innovative, student-centered curriculum that engages learners in authentic engineering experiences and inspires them to embrace an engineer’s habits of mind. Collaborative, student-directed projects build resilient problem-solving skills and empower students to think like engineers, to adopt engineering processes, and to pursue engineering disciplines for the betterment of our world." (
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  • Delightful Theatre Adventure for Partner School Elementary Students (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    Theatre students are excited to present our partner school theatre production, Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island, by Joshua Mikel on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This show is recommended for K-4th grades. 
    When a package bound for Good Good Island is mistakenly delivered to Bad Bad Island, the Bad Bads find something frighteningly horrible inside: a little girl named Rosa! Unable to choose between throwing her into a volcano or tossing her into the sea, the creatures of the island finally agree that their ruler, The Idol, should decide. He challenges Rosa with a series of impossible tasks -- but what happens when she starts doing the impossible? Join us for this wildly entertaining  adventure, as it shows that sometimes family and goodness can be found in the most unlikely of places.
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  • February

    Elena Earns a 36 on ACT - Just Perfect!

    Congratulations to Elena Meigs ’20, who earned a 36 – a perfect ACT score. Only two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the test, a curriculum-based achievement exam, score that high. For the ACT, 34 and up is the 99th percentile of test takers! A perfect 36 is the rarest score of all.
    From the soccer field to AP Calculus, Elena excels at being a well-balanced St. Michael's student. Great accomplishment, Elena.
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  • Vanessa Garlepp a National Merit Finalist

    Senior Vanessa Garlepp was recently notified officially that she has been selected as a National Merit Finalist from the approximately 1.6 million original entrants.
    She now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.
    “I’m honored to be a National Merit Finalist, which means being a part of a select community of high school students nationwide. Hard work sometimes goes unnoticed, so it is nice to get recognized for my dedication to academics and the college preparation process. This accomplishment is especially meaningful given the many other activities I've juggled during this semester, including a busy soccer season, competing for varsity drama, performing in music concerts, and filling out college and scholarship applications,” Vanessa said.
    Vanessa rounds out her senior year being the lead in the fall play, running Praise Band, and working as a National Honor Society tutor.
    “Vanessa is a natural leader for our school as a whole and in her classes. I’ve known Vanessa as my advisee and as a student for nearly three years and am impressed by her enthusiasm, discipline, maturity, compassion, and ability to always do her best at everything she does,” said Dr. Dennis Sheeter
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  • Madison Barrick '22 Releases Original Song

    Madison just released recorded a song last June at the studios of David Tyo in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is Recording Arts Department Chair at The New School of Radio and Television in Albany, New York. (To learn more about him go to his website ). She recorded with Kenny Kakaty who is also 15 years old ( ) and wrote the song. Madison will be back in the studio over spring break to record another original song and a few cover songs.

    You may listen to her song on iTunes from this link. Enjoy!
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  • Sean Tyler Sums Up Winter Term Experience in South Africa

    Sean Tyler used his Winter Term to volunteer at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center in Hoedspruit, South Africa, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species.
    After traveling 18 hours from Austin to Johannesburg, Tyler caught another flight into Hoedspruit (Afrikaans for Hat Creek), a small town near the northeast border of South Africa in the Limpopo province, where he billeted for three weeks at Nungu Camp.
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  • Women's Soccer Wins District Championship

    Back-to-Back District Wins! On Monday, February 4, the Lady Crusaders defeated Brentwood Christian 5-1 at Senior Night on Austin McMeans Field at Crusader Stadium to win the TAPPS Division II District 4 Championship. The Lady Crusaders finished district play with six wins and zero losses, outscoring district opponents 27-5. This is the second year in a row the Lady Crusaders have won district. 

    The Crusaders will host McKinney Christian in the TAPPS Division II Area Playoff Game on Monday, February 11, at 4:30 p.m. on Austin McMeans Field at Crusader Stadium. Please come out and support the Lady Crusaders. 
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  • Celebrating our 35th Anniversary: An Alumnus Returns to Teach at St. Michael's

    We continue St. Michael's 35th Anniversary by celebrating our community members. Our first profile featured Paula Priour, a 29-year veteran English teacher, whose own three children attended St. Michael’s. Next, we heard from Nicolette Cannata and her eight siblings — all St. Michael’s graduates, and Nicolette's son Alex, a current student. For this family profile, we feature an alumnus who returned to become a St. Michael’s teacher. Dennis Hodapp’s family is yet another example of a multi-generational legacy family with strong ties to St. Michael’s. Beginning with Dennis, five Hodapp siblings attended, and two currently attend, St. Michael’s — with one more to come!
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  • January

    Fall Culminating Projects in 3D Architecture Design Class (By David Meagher, Technology & Social Sciences Instructor)

    Architectural rendering has long been a part of the architect toolkit. Taking plans and converting them into a beautiful still image has been used by architects and designers for over 100 years. Students in Architectural Design in 3D class recently completed their final architectural renderings using a variety of software and approaches. This class places an emphasis on architectural design, function and the importance of correct scale. Students also learn how to design, populate and render architectural concept pieces. Projects this semester ranged from Micro Houses, Georgian streets, modern house concepts, and challenging designs.
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