News Archive

2021

  • September

    Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    The first person who will walk on Mars has already been born, according to one of the instructors at the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program seniors Daniel and Henry attended. While neither one of them wants to be first in line for that mission, they both have their eyes on future careers in engineering.

    Before heading off to drumline practice earlier this week, Daniel and Henry stopped by to talk about their experience and to encourage this year's juniors to attend this challenging STEM program to plan an Artemis-themed mission to the Moon and Mars, mentored by NASA scientists and engineers. The year-long course looks at space exploration, Earth science, technology, and aeronautics.

    The course, which is offered free of charge to Texas high school juniors, begins in September and ends in the summer. From augmented reality to rocket launching projects, students are encouraged to become the next generation of explorers.

    "Taking the course adds a little to the regular school workload, but it's worth it for anyone who has a passion or interest in engineering or space exploration and in learning firsthand what it's all about," Daniel said. 

    Henry, who is focused on chemical engineering and applying to Texas A & M, was impressed by the nature of the engineering work culture. 

    "What impressed me the most was how collaborative they are and what it takes to actually work at NASA," he said.

    In discussing NASA's future missions, both young men were interested to learn that the focus isn't so much on discovering new technologies but on using and enhancing what is already in place.

    Daniel's college path is in mechanical engineering, and he is currently applying to numerous colleges and universities outside of Austin, which may include the University of Alabama at Huntsville where NASA has a presence.    

    The three-part High School Aerospace Scholars program includes a four-month online learning experience, a five-day gamified virtual summer experience, and a two-day residential experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Due to the pandemic, the final part was conducted virtually last summer, which didn't diminish the outcome for either student, although they thought the actual visit to Houston would have been cool.
    A brochure may be found from this link.
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  • Clubs, Clubs, Clubs! (By Will Cutrer, Dean of Students)

    The following 24 clubs have been proposed for this school year as we enjoy being on campus and back in person. Feel free to contact the club leaders for more information and to learn about the individual club missions. There's something for everyone's interest! 

    Club Name
    Club Leader(s)
    Club Leader(s) Contact
    Club Sponsor
    Art Club
    Rin Courtney
    courtneyr23@smca.com
    Ms. Mackenzie
    Bible Club!
    Jill Getman
    getmanj22@smca.com
    Ms. T.
    Check Mates
    Cadence Layne
    laynec22@smca.com
    Dr. Morgan
    Cinema Club
    Lucy Fuselier
    fuselierl22@smca.com
    Mr. Dziedzic
    Cultural Diversity Club
    Hannah Haas
    haash22@smca.com
    Mr. Meagher
    Current Events Club
    Audrey Griffith
    griffitha22@smca.com
    Mr. Meagher
    Debate Club
    Kate Brady
    bradyk22@smca.com
    Mr. Klousia
    Donuts and Documentaries
    Bridget Baile and Kate Metteauer
    metteauerk24@smca.com
    Dr. Bullock
    Dungeons & Dragons Club
    Caverlee Dahill
    dahillc22@smca.com
    Dr. Inman
    French Club
    Veronica Hodapp
    hodappv22@smca.com
    Ms. Conyngham
    Gardening club
    Violet Lee
    Leev24@smca.com
    Dr. Morgan
    Historical Simulation Board Game Club
    Bryan Carlson and Peter Williams
    carlsonb23@smca.com
    Dr. Morgan
    Literary Magazine
    Hannah Haas
    haash22@smca.com
    Dr. Trakas
    Mental Health and Wellness Club
    Devon Dye
    dyed23@smca.com
    Ms. Gavin
    Photography Club
    Melina Ustinov
    ustinovm22@smca.com
    Ms. Conyngham
    Pi Me to The Moon
    Jaeyeon Won
    wonj22@smca.com
    Ms. Pasher
    Service Strike
    Ashley Brophy and Kate Marcus
    brophya23@smca.com
    Mr. Aragones
    SMCA Anglers (Fishing Club)
    Abby Barber
    barbera22@smca.com
    Ms. Thames
    SMCA Astronomy Club
    Katelyn Peter
    peterk23@smca.com
    Ms. Thurman
    SMCA Book Club
    Mary Claire Fuselier
    fuselierm22@smca.com
    Ms. Davis
    SMCA Entrepreneurs
    Jennifer Fang
    fangf22@smca.com
    Mr. McCollough
    SMCA Sports Talk
    Josh Thar
    tharj23@smca.com
    Coach Sullivan
    Spanish Club
    Olivia Mireles
    mireleso22@smca.com
    Dr. Radpay
    Stocks & Investing
    Jack Rosenberg and Sebastian Vargas
    rosenbergj23@smca.com
    Mr. Aragones
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  • Infinity and Beyond with NASA for Juniors! (Compiled By Shannon Hudson, Director of College & Academic Counseling)

    NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) applications are now open! HAS is an authentic learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s mission to become the next generation of explorers.  Students learn about different STEM-related fields of study they might want to pursue in college.  Following a series of online lessons, highest achieving students attend a summer virtual experience. Selected participants plan a team-based Artemis-themed mission to Moon and Mars with the guidance of NASA scientists and engineers. Both the online and summer portions are free to participants.
     
    Applications are available for students through October 21, 2021. Visit their website at www.nasa.gov/has
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  • August

    Josh Jones

    Basketball Players Gain ESPN Attention (By Cooper Land, Head Basketball Coach)

    Three St. Michael's students generated plenty of buzz on the AAU basketball circuit this summer. Juniors Josh Jones and Ma'shy Hill (transfer from Pflugerville Hendrickson), and sophomore Jamie Vinson competed in tournaments and camps across the country and impressed an array of scouts in the process. Jones and Hill were recognized by ESPN as two of the top players at their positions in the entire country, coming in ranked at #26 and #20, respectively. 
     
    Vinson recently participated in the prestigious Chris Paul Rising Stars Camp in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and was recognized as one of the top prospects at the camp by evaluators. Jones, Hill, and Vinson all stand at 6'9 and have amassed ample attention from a variety of D1 schools.  Come out and support the Crusaders in what is sure to be another fun and exciting season of St. Michael's basketball!
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  • First Tournament for Varsity Volleyball (By Lauren Erler, Head Volleyball Coach)

    Last weekend, Varsity Volleyball played their first games of the season at the LGE Tournament at Leander High School.
     
    The first day, we started with a loss to Round Rock High school in 2 sets, 11-25 and 11-25. Considering this was our first match of the season, the girls hung in there and had some great rallies. In the second match we played Cleburne and won in two games, 25-17 and 27-25. The Crusaders played great! The third match of the day we played Elgin. Our size and physicality alone was tough for Elgin to handle. We won 25-22 and 25-12. Winning 2 out of the 3 matches on day 1 placed us in the top half of the tournament. 
     
    We struggled a bit to find our rhythm on day two, losing to Georgetown 15-25 and 23-25, Troy 21-25 and 16-25, and Copperas Cove 17-25 and 13-25. Even though we lost all 3, because we were in the silver bracket, the highest we would be able to finish is 9th, lowest is 16th.
     
    Day 3 we were in the Silver Bracket and it was a double-elimination day. We lost our first game to La Vernia 15-25 and 17-25, won our second game over Salado 25-23, 17-25 and 28-26 and ended the day with a loss to Eastview 15-25 and 16-25. 
     
    Overall, the girls played great! They made us proud with how they battled in some of the tighter matches. Every player was able to contribute on the court, and got better throughout the tournament.

    Our Freshmen and JV teams play a tournament at Ann Richards School this weekend, and then our first home game is next Tuesday against St. Andrew's! Come out and support!
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  • June

    DMV Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form Request Before Summer Break (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    IS YOUR STUDENT THINKING ABOUT LEARNING TO DRIVE OR READY TO TAKE THE TEST?
    You'll need a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) for the DMV.  We have an online form. Please be sure to allow enough time to request and receive the form, and avoid school breaks and summer vacation when sending your request. The form is available under the Student Life tab of the website. Note: The DMV will not accept electronic copies of the VOE. 
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  • May

    Baseball Post-Season TAPPS District & State Honors (By Caroline Anderson, Athletics Administrative Assistant)

    Congratulations to the following athletes who earned TAPPS honors during the 2021 baseball season:

    ALL-STATE
     
    1st Team
    Owen Moore ‘22
     
    2nd Team
    Jack Beiter ‘21
    Carson Frezon ‘22
     
    Honorable Mention
    Grant Fahrlander ‘22
    RJ Latkowski ‘21
     
    ACADEMIC ALL-STATE
     
    Eli Arrambide ‘22
    Jack Beiter ‘21
    Alex De Leon ‘22
    Grant Fahrlander ‘22
    Carson Frezon ‘22
    RJ Latkowski ‘21
    Owen Moore ‘22
     
    ALL-DISTRICT
     
    1st Team
    Eli Arrambide ‘22
    Jack Beiter ‘21
    Grant Fahrlander ‘22
    Carson Frezon ‘22
    Robert Latkowski ‘21
    Owen Moore ‘22 (District MVP)
     
    2nd Team
    Alex De Leon ‘22
    Ryan MacRae ‘24
    Glenn Smith ‘24
     
    Honorable Mention
    Zach Book ‘22
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  • Bright Future for Golf Team (By Coach Hudson)

    Both days were windy at the TAPPS 5A Golf Tournament in Waco, TX earlier this week, but our two finalists pulled through and gave it their all!

    Changing wind speeds and gusts forced Coach Hudson to shift his strategy for golfers Georgia H and Caroline W. The girls were steady in their efforts and held their own. After two days of play, Georgia finished the tournament in 18th place with a score of 195 and Caroline scored a 209 putting her in 25th place. 48 of the best girls in the state competed at this tournament, and Coach Hudson is so proud of all of his athletes!

    "We are very proud of our ladies and boys for a year well played! I am really pumped to get started this fall. We will be back at the State Tournament, next time with both teams," said Hudson.
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  • Spanish Club Publishes Stunning Inaugural World Languages Literary Magazine (By Dr. Daniela Radpay, Spanish Instructor)

    The Spanish Club is proud to present the inaugural edition of the SMCA World Languages Literary Magazine: Alebrije! The word "alebrije" describes colorful, fantastical creatures in Mexican folklore, but it also symbolizes the vibrancy and uniqueness of the student works within this magazine. This publication features student work from all five St. Michael's World Languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, French, and ASL. Submissions include poetry, short stories, artwork, and videos (and many feature translations).

    We are so appreciative of all of the students who submitted their work and our World Languages teachers for all of their help and support. I would also like to give special thanks to our student editors who worked tirelessly to make this stunning magazine: Fernanda Gonzalez, Grace May, and Sofia Rangel-Medina. To check out the final product, please click here: Alebrije | SMCA World Languages Literary Magazine.

    We hope you enjoy it!
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  • Decision Day at St. Michael's! (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    At last Friday's Decision Day event, seniors sported their new college affiliation. Seniors celebrated college decisions with lunch, t-shirts, caps and gowns, photos, and presentations. Colleges and universities reflect the "best fit" for our students and include schools from across Texas and the country, such as Texas A & M, University of Texas, Texas State, Baylor University, Texas Tech, St. Edward's, and Boston College, MIT, Northwestern University, Purdue, UCLA, University of Washington, Colorado State, and Southern Methodist University. 
     
    Congratulations to all our newly-minted alumni!
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  • April

    Academic Awards Ceremony April 26 (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    We have redesigned our approach to the annual academic awards program. Based on feedback from our faculty and extensive research on the subject, we have changed the program so that the awards are more closely tied to the school’s mission and core values.

    We will announce the award recipients at the Virtual Academic Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 26. The ceremony will be held via Zoom and award recipients will have received an email invitation during last week.

    The Bishop Konzen Award for Academic Achievement recognizes one student in each academic subject who most fully exemplifies authentic engagement and academic success in a course through positive and productive participation, consistent effort, a passion for learning, and academic achievement.

    The Father Vincent Lopez Departmental Awards are directly tied to our core values of Courage, Personal integrity, Intellectual Curiosity and Service. 

    St. Michael’s has also established a new leadership award that is named in honor of one of its most beloved and important figures. The Ann Dolce Leadership Award honors one freshman, one sophomore and one junior who demonstrate school leadership in a way that inspires others to reach their full potential. 

    We will continue to recognize student scholars with some of the same honors as past years, including Summa Cum Laude, Honors Inquiry Project, St. Teresa of Calcutta Service Award, TAPPS Academics & Speech State Finalists, and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
     
    We’re excited about the new look of our annual academic awards and look forward to honoring our amazing student scholars at the Virtual Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 26.
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  • Crusader Baseball Continues Perfect District Record (By Caroline Anderson, Athletic Administrative Assistant)

    An exciting night at the plate helped the Crusaders defeat TMI San Antonio 10-1 on Tuesday. The Crusaders were on the board in the first inning when Own Moore singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run. Carson Frezon and Grant Fahrlander also racked up multiple hits for the team. Frezon led St. Michael's with five hits in five at-bats, hitting two doubles and three singles throughout the game.

    St. Michael's also shone on the mound, with Eli Arrambide taking the win for the Crusaders. He went five innings allowing one run on four hits and struck out eight. RJ Latkowski and Jack Beiter entered the game out of the bullpen and helped close out the game in relief. The Crusaders also went without errors on the field.

    SMCA Baseball is currently 7-0 in district and has an overall record of 16-4. Their next game is away on Friday, April 16 against Regents starting at 7 p.m. Well done, Crusaders!
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  • Girls Lacrosse Victorious on Senior Night (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletic Director & Head Trainer)

    On Monday, April 12, it was Senior Night for six seniors: Mary Manley, Annika Prevost, Dori Takamatsu, and Anna Usleman on Girls Lacrosse as they hosted district opponent Bowie.

    The Lady Crusaders dominated Bowie the whole game and won by a score of 17-1 to increase their record to 8-1. Bridget Baile led the team in scoring with 4 goals. Kate Brady, Abby Moran and Fiona Tanis each scored 3 goals. Dori, Mary, Bonnie Daywood and Johanna Gunter each scored 1 goal.  Abby had 9 draw controls and 7 ground balls. The Lady Crusaders defensively caused 13 turnovers and goalie Lily Peter had 4 saves and only gave up 1 goal. 

    The Lady Crusaders clinched the second seed in the district and will be back in action on Thursday, April 22, in the THSGLL Division I Central District Semi-Finals at Crusader Stadium. Time and opponent TBA. 
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  • "Enchanted Forest" Prom April 24 (By Will Cutrer, Dean of Students)

    ST. MICHAEL'S PROM! ENCHANTED FOREST

    This year’s Enchanted Forest Prom on Saturday, April 24, is shaping up to be a lovely evening for our junior and senior classes. Our Prom Committee, comprised of a steadfast crew from the class of ‘22, has assembled a beautiful array of foliage, facilities, food, and festivities. The event will be held on campus at the Mark Felice Practice Field and will take place from 7:30 until 10 p.m. Guests should arrive no later than 8 p.m. Students will be asked to complete health screening questions and undergo temperature checks prior to entering. Masks will be required. 
     
    Students may bring guests from schools outside of St. Michael’s with the understanding that they will be required to adhere to the same safety protocol and guidelines addressed in the Student Family Handbook.
     
    This year, we ask that all students and guests either drive with limited carpooling or be dropped off by a family member with similar expectations in order to limit the possible spread of the novel Coronavirus. Tickets to Prom may be purchased here for students and guests.
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  • "Love in Action" Service Award Recipients (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    “YOU are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
    Matthew 5:13-16

    Service to the community is an integral part of the mission of St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. We are inspired by the many ways our students managed to reach out to those in need while in the midst of the pandemic and particularly want to recognize those who went beyond the 60 required hours during their four years of high school. They volunteered at a variety of organizations and events, including food pantries
    St. Michael's telethon, NHS Tutoring, Archangels Food Drive, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels, Inside Books, The Trail Foundation, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, among others.
     
    The following individuals contributed more than 200 hours and are recipients of the "Love in Action" St. Michael's Service Award. So proud of them!
    • Elissa Arguello
    • Gabrielle Bliss
    • Caroline Brutocao
    • Alyssa Garlepp
    • Fernanda Gonzalez
    • Ellie Greff
    • Ella Hudson
    • Sophia Linn
    • Grace May (371 hours!)
    • Anna Usleman
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  • Lacrosse Crusaders Triumphant on Senior Night (By Kevin Steen, Associate Director of Athletics & Head Trainer)

    On Wednesday, March 31, it was Senior Night for the Boys Lacrosse team as they hosted district opponent St. Stephen's. On a night when six seniors: Dylan Brucker, Joe Eichorst, Javier Garza, Brendan Lynch, Connor Mahon, and Brodie Maltrud, were honored, the team rallied from a 3rd quarter deficit to win 14-11 against  Spartans. 

    Every senior had a positive impact on the game as the Crusaders led most of the night until a flurry of six goals by the Spartans. That pushed St. Stephen’s to a 9-8 lead with 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. But St. Michael's counterpunched with a goal by Dylan Brucker to tie it then 3 more in the last 1:15 of the quarter to retake the lead 12-10. The Crusaders made that lead stand up despite having to kill two minutes of penalties in Q4. Senior Dylan Brucker led all scorers with a 6-goal Sherlock Holmes (double hat trick) and was awarded the game ball. Junior Caleb Eby nearly matched him with 5 goals. Junior Tad Brasher contributed 2 goals and 1 assist and Connor Mahon rifled in his first goal of the season. Jude Turbeville, normally a long stick midfielder, traded in his pole for a "shortie" and assisted on one goal and provided strong short-stick defense. Joe Eichorst won 17 of 28 faceoffs, and Brendan Lynch led the team by scooping 5 groundballs. Dylan and Brodie led the team with 2 caused turnovers. Javi chipped in with solid defense and 1 groundball. The team’s record now stands at 4-2 and with that victory over a previously unbeaten (in division) St. Stephen’s team moves our lads into third place (of 8 teams) and clinches a playoff spot.

    On Wednesday, April 7, the boys lacrosse team hosted Westlake Class B team. The Crusaders fell 13-7 but 
    highlights were Junior Goalie Eli DeVries, who saved 18 of 31 shots (58%) and Senior Midfielder Joe Eichorst’s 13-11 advantage during faceoffs. Dylan Brucker and Junior Caleb Eby each finished with 2 goals, and Juniors Jack Urano and Jude Turbeville, and Sophomore Quinn McGucken chipped in one each. Junior Tad Brasher beautifully assisted on Quinn’s goal. Jude led the team with 3 caused turnovers and Joe grabbed 9 groundballs. 

    The Crusaders are back in action this Saturday, April 10, at Crusader Stadium as they face Gateway at 1 pm. 
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  • Tennis Team Competes at State (By Kevin Steen, Associate Director of Athletics & Head Trainer)

    On Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7, Stephen Coffman and Sofia Rangel-Medina represented St. Michael's at the TAPPS 5A Tennis State Championship at the Waco Tennis Regional Center.

    In the TAPPS 5A Boys Single Bracket, Stephen Coffman won his first-round match in two sets and then faced the number one seed in the quarterfinals, Stephen lost the first set but rallied to win the second set 6-4 to force a 10pt tiebreaker third set, Stephen down 4-0, scoring six points in a row and won the third set 10-7. In the semi-finals, Stephen won 2-0 and then faced a boy from Regents, who he faced last week in the district championship. Stephen lost in two sets but he is the TAPPS 2021 5A Boys Single State Runner-Up. 

    In the TAPPS 5A Girls Single Bracket, Sofia Rangel-Medina won her first-round match in two sets and then lost in the quarterfinals against a girl from Frisco Legacy Christian, who was the TAPPS 5A Girls Single State Runner-Up. 

    Congratulations to all players on a great tennis season.
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  • March

    Baseball Clinches Lead in Eighth Inning Victory Over Brentwood (Compiled by Caroline Anderson, Athletic Administrative Assistant)

    Crusader Baseball nabbed the lead late in the game in an exciting 4-3 victory over Brentwood Christian on Tuesday.
     
    Jack Beiter pitched St. Michael's to victory. Beiter went two innings, allowing zero runs on one hit, striking out one and walking zero. After hitting a double and stealing home to score the leading run, RJ Latkowski threw one relief inning and recorded the last three outs to earn the save for the Crusaders.
     
    The Crusaders socked one home run on the day with Grant Fahrlander going yard in the fourth inning. Latkowski, Owen Moore, Beiter and Fahrlander each collected one hit to help lead St. Michael's victory.
     
    Their next game is Friday, March 26, at Hyde Park High School starting at 6 p.m.
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  • Boys Golf Finish Tied for Second at Regents Invitational (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletics Director & Head Trainer)

    On Monday, March 22, the St. Michael’s Golf team competed in the Regents Invitational at Lakecliff Golf Course. SMCA had two boys teams entered as team finished tied for second place, six shots out of first place, and the second team finished sixth. Individually, Brace Ryan finished 3rd with 74 and Luke Barnett finished 5th with 77. We even had a personal best, Jeremy McMahan shot 85.

    For the girls side, SMCA had two girls entered as medalists. Both girls posted a personal best. Among medalists, they finished 3rd (Rin Courtney) and 4th (Caroline White); against the field they finished 18th and 19th. Both just started competitive play this fall. The final results are below. Rin Courtney 116, Caroline White 117.

    Brace Ryan 74
    Luke Barnett 77
    Koke Dolce 85
    Jake Cuba 87
    Team 1, Total 323

    Jeremy McMahan 85
    Josh Thar 96
    Jude Turbeville 100
    August Brown 103
    Team 2, Total 374

    St. Michael's golf team will be back in action on Monday, March 29, at Hyde Park Invitational at Riverplace.
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  • Crusaders Comeback to Defeat Bowie

    In what was surely the most exciting boys lacrosse game in years, Junior Tad Brasher netted the game winner in overtime to win 9-8 vs. Bowie HS, completing a comeback from 4 goals down against the fighting Bulldogs.  District foe Bowie jumped to a 5-3 lead at halftime (SMCA goals by Juniors James Meigs, Caleb Eby, and Jack Urano) before the Crusaders began their fight back with 4 goals in Q3 (3 by Sr. Dylan Brucker and 1 by Urano) to tie the game at 7-7.  Q4 proved to be a real battle as both teams took penalties near the end of the game.  Eby scored the only SMCA goal in Q4 but the stout defense held Bowie to only 1 as well, even while killing off two penalties to end the game.  Overtime! 

    After not scoring early in the period when they had a man advantage due to the end of a Crusader penalty, Bowie lost its cool and committed five(!) penalties in less than one minute.  That left them playing several men short.  Dylan Brucker dodged to beat one man and as Tad’s man slid to cover him, Dylan flipped to an alert Tad, who came around the goal to score from close range.  This was the first overtime victory for the Boys in two years and the largest comeback in at least five years.  In the victory, Sr. Joe Eichorst won 14 of 21 faceoffs and led with 6 ground balls and Javi Garza led the team with 3 caused turnovers.  Long poles Garza, Brodie Maltrud, Brendan Lynch, Jude Turbeville, and Gavin Mahon all played excellent games.   The next game is Monday, March 22, 7 pm at Home against Round Rock. 
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  • Boys Basketball Advances to TAPPS Regional Finals (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletic Director & Head Trainer)

    On Tuesday, March 5, the district champs boys basketball team hosted the second-place team from the Houston district, Second Baptist, in the TAPPS 5A Boys Basketball Area Round at the Carter Athletic Center. It was a great game between two really good basketball programs. The Crusaders held onto the 55-49 victory to advance to the TAPPS 5A Boys Basketball Regional Finals. This is the third year in a row that the SMCA Boys Basketball program has been Area Champions and reached the regional finals. 

    The Crusaders are currently 18-7 overall and will face Brownsville St. Joseph Academy on Saturday, March 6, at A.C. Jones High School in Beeville, Texas. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
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  • Boys Basketball Reaches TAPPS Final Four (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletic Director & Head Trainer)

    After defeating Brownsville St. Joseph's Academy on Saturday, March 6, by a score of 71-49 in the TAPPS 5A Boys Basketball Regional Finals, the Crusaders faced The Woodlands Christian Academy in the TAPPS 5A Boys Basketball State Semi-Finals on Tuesday, March 9, at Bryan High School.

    The Crusaders played hard against the Houston district champions but fell by a score of 44-31. After two years straight of reaching the elite eight, the Crusaders were able to punch their ticket to the final four this year. The Crusaders finished the season with a record of 19-8.

    St. Michael's Catholic Academy is very proud of the boys basketball team reaching the final four, and we wish the senior class the best of luck in whatever they do. This senior class was a part of three district championships, three regional final appearances, and one state semi-final appearance.  Thank you Griffin Hahn, Kade Killeen, Max Lemke, Joseph Meyer, Michael Milliner, Austin Poer, and Daniel Serna.
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  • Girls Soccer Advances to the TAPPS State Championship Game (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletics Director & Head Trainer)

    On Tuesday, March 2, SMCA Lady Crusaders defeated Regents 2-0 in the TAPPS Division II Girls State Semi-Finals at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex Field #7. With the victory, the Lady Crusaders advance to the TAPPS Division II Girls Soccer State Championship game on Friday, March 5, at 10 a.m. against Faith Christian School of Grapevine at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex Field #1. This is the first time in school history that the SMCA girls soccer program has reached the TAPPS State Championship game

    The Lady Crusaders are 15-2 overall and went undefeated in district play. The Lady Crusaders have won four consecutive district championships and reached the state semi-finals in 2018-2019. The Lady Crusaders have scored 90 goals this season and only given up 12 goals. Junior Kennedy Hill has 30 goals and 8 assists on the season. Senior Caroline Brutocao was second-team all-state last year as a junior and has 10 goals and 17 assists this season. Junior Cadence Layne has 8 goals and 18 assists, while Senior Sophia Linn has 10 goals and 6 assists. Two-time second-team all-state Senior Jordan Sommers is the leader of a really good defense, and goalkeeper Skylar Mackey has 9 shutouts on the season. 

    St. Michael's Catholic Academy is very proud of this team for making history for the school. So please come out and support the Lady Crusaders as they take on the Lady Lions for the State Championship. Tickets can be purchased through https://tapps.biz/tickets/
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  • February

    SMCA Athletics in TAPPS Playoffs (By Kevin Steen, Associate Athletic Director & Head Trainer)

    The TAPPS Division II Soccer Playoffs started on Monday. The Girls Soccer team went undefeated in district and won four consecutive district championships, and hosted British International School of Houston in the TAPPS Division II Bi-District Round on Monday, February 22 at Crusader Stadium. The Lady Crusaders won by a final score of 14-1 to advance to the area round. It was a quick turnaround for the Lady Crusaders as the area round was on Wednesday, February 24, where the Lady Crusaders hosted Houston Second Baptist at Crusader Stadium. The Lady Crusaders defeated the Lady Eagles 7-0 to advance to the TAPPS Division II Regionals Round. Kennedy Hill scored 4 goals, Erika Jaimes, Katie Martineau and Sophia Linn each scored a goal. The Lady Crusaders will play Emery/Weiner this Saturday, February 27th at 3pm at Columbus High School. 

    The boys soccer team finished second in district and hosted Corpus Christi Incarnate Word on Monday, February 22, at Crusader Stadium and defeated the Angels by a final score of 9-1. The Crusaders earned another home playoff game and hosted Frassati Catholic on Wednesday, February 24. The Crusaders scored the first goal of the game and took a 1-0 lead into half. The Falcons responded in the second half and tied the game. The game was tied at the end of regulation and went into two ten minute overtime periods. No team scored in the overtime playoffs, which sent the game into penalty kicks. The Crusaders won 5-4 in PKs to advance to the TAPPS Division II  Regionals Game. The Crusaders will play Lutheran South Academy this Saturday, February 27th at 1pm at Columbus High School. 

    Wednesday, February 24, was the last game of the regular season for our boys and girls basketball team. Our girls basketball team lost to Providence by a final score of 41-36; despite the loss, the Lady Crusaders finish second in district and will host St. John Paul II Corpus Christi Friday, February 26, at the Carter Athletic Center in the TAPPS 5A Girls Basketball Bi-District Round. 

    The Crusaders traveled to St. Mary's Hall in San Antonio for their last district game of the season. The Crusaders lost to St. Mary's Hall first time around by seven points, which meant that the Crusaders needed to win by more than seven points to clinch a share of the district title and earned the #1 seed for playoffs. The Crusaders beat the Barons 70-61 to become co-district champs and earned the #1 seed and a first round bye. The Crusaders will host the TAPPS 5A Boys Basketball Area Round on Tuesday, March 2. Opponent is TBD. Congratulations to the Crusaders for their second district championship in the last three years and fourth district championship in the last five years. 
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  • Campbell and Ava Excel at Gymnastics with Eyes on College Scholarships (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communication)

    A letter Campbell E received in kindergarten inviting her to join a team started her on the path to gymnastics. When she was six years old, Ava B, whose mom had been a cheerleader at school, encouraged her to join a gymnastics competition team. Fast forward to 2021, they’re both still committed to the sport, and that kind of long-term commitment requires sacrifice.

    “The biggest challenge for me has been probably missing out on all kinds of things because I was always going to practice - like I couldn't do things with my family or friends sometimes. There’s also a lot of frustration with performing gymnastics in terms of falling and timing, but I have learned to just get up and keep going,” Campbell said.

    Campbell and her teammate Ava Bautch compete in all four gymnastics events: bars, vault, floor, and beam, although Ava favors competing in floor and learning new skills on bars. Both level 10 athletes – the highest level within the club – they are also team leaders.

    “Campbell and I have actually been like sisters since I met her about seven years ago, and we have always been together progressing through the levels. We were level 4 when I came to Crenshaw Athletic Club’s team, and now we are together competing in our second year of level 10,” Ava said.

    Ava agrees that the time commitment is a major challenge, but also acknowledges the mental aspect of being an athlete in the sport.

    “For me and many others, the fear of getting hurt is the biggest of all, as we know how dangerous everything we do can be. Tied with the time commitment, the more we miss practice, the scarier each skill becomes. It’s the repetition of each skill every day that creates muscle memory and helps us feel more controlled,” Ava said.

    Both athletes are focused on continuing the sport in college and are actively looking for gymnastics scholarships. Campbell said her number one priority and goal for gymnastics right now is to receive a scholarship. Ava is hoping to continue gymnastics at the D1 college level and has been talking to schools and working hard in and out the gym to make that opportunity possible.

    Being on the Crenshaw team has value on a personal level as well. According to Campbell, the team is large and yet they are all “super close.”

    “I have grown up there with my best friends from all over Austin. I also have had the same coaches since I came, and they are some of the most influential people in my life,” Ava said.

    Competition season runs from January to April and should have already begun, but the pandemic closed the gym, and their first two meets were cancelled, which has had a big impact on being able to get underway. Zoom workouts and conditioning sessions every day were the norm, but regular practice is vital.

    “While with some sports you can keep up with techniques at home, we didn’t have the opportunity to do that as we don’t have the equipment and it is pretty dangerous to do work without a coach and proper safety,” Ava said.

    Campbell and Ava are hopeful for a winning season despite COVID challenges. Being out of the gym for two months is the longest time Ava was away from the sport in the entire 13 years she has been a gymnast. Campbell stated that even though they’re back in the gym, things have changed. They now have to wear masks during their entire practice and wash their hands after every event and rotation.

    The most recent plan is for a competition in mid-February.
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  • January

    Cultural Diversity at St. Michael's: Interview Two (By Hannah Haas '22)

    INTERVIEW WITH GRACEN RAE GAMBOA
     
    HANNAH: Tell me a little bit about your cultural background.
     
    GRACEN: I am Mexican American with my mom’s ancestors being from Mexico and my dad’s from Portugal. My grandparents on my mom’s side were born in Texas, while my grandparents on my dad’s side were born in Mexico, so my dad speaks fluent Spanish because of that.
     
    HANNAH: That’s so unique. How has this influenced your identity?
     
    GRACEN: I feel like it really influences how I think. Because of my heritage, I’m more open to new cultures and have an empathetic mindset. The cultural aspects of my life have taught me a lot about love and care. Even with my immediate family, we uphold the importance of unity and kindness, so I have a lot of values surrounding that. Also, I’m more eager to learn about my heritage. Since I wasn’t born in Mexico and my parents aren’t directly from there, it’s difficult for me to learn about my culture, but our family still has many aspects of a Hispanic heritage. I’ve learned to appreciate that more as I grow older.
     
    HANNAH: How did you feel about your heritage when you were younger vs. now?
     
    GRACEN: I appreciated it very much when I was younger, but now that I’m older, I realize that not everyone has the same mannerisms, religion, and even food as me and my family. I think this lets me appreciate my own culture even more.
     
    HANNAH: Who are some people who ground you in your cultural roots?
     
    GRACEN: My grandma played a very special role in my childhood. When I was younger, she was always there to take care of me since we live in the same neighborhood, and when I was sick, she’d put her hand on my forehead and say a prayer in Spanish, and it actually made me feel better. She also always cooked traditional meals for us... bean and cheese tacos and papitas y salchicha, and chorizo in particular, which is a dish with potatoes and sausage. My grandpa is also a major role model in my life. He was the first generation of his family to attend college and has worked very hard all his life and was even an engineer. My grandparents on my mom’s side are truly very special to me when it comes to looking at my family ancestry as a whole.
     
    HANNAH: Tell me how experiencing your culture in Texas vs. Mexico might be different.
     
    GRACEN: I’ve lived in Texas my whole life, but if I lived in Mexico, I would be fluent in Spanish for sure. I think I’d also be more in tune with my traditions, like having quinceañeras, traditional weddings, even Dios de Los Muertos.. Actually when I turned 15, I didn’t have a quinceañera because I wanted to go to Disney World instead. Just living in Texas, though, I feel like we all have very similar values with the family in Mexico, like prioritizing unity and our bond.
     
    HANNAH: How important is learning Spanish to you?
     
    GRACEN: It’s very important because of how useful it is in day-to-day life. I continue to use Spanish phrases and sentences when I am at home. It also opens doors to so many new opportunities. I had an experience related to this not long ago during my service outing with NHS. A lady there during our food drive only spoke Spanish, and I was the only one in the group who spoke decent Spanish. I was really proud of myself because I actually knew what she was saying and could speak back. In professional careers, it’s very helpful to have that skill, which is why I want to practice and learn as much as I can around the house and with others.
     
    HANNAH: What a great opportunity! Tell me about some differences and similarities between Mexican and American culture.
     
    GRACEN: I think mannerisms and how we talk to each other are different. In Seguin where most of my relatives live, the family there is always very touchy and gives me a kiss on the cheek when they see me, and I really appreciate that because it draws me back to my Mexican culture. The whole setting is filled with Spanish speakers; the food, the conversation, and even the celebration of life in general. When I go to my cousins’ celebrations, there are huge spectacles full of cumbia dancing and mariachis in a dance hall. I don't think these are necessarily different or similar things to American culture per se, but it’s just the culture that unites my family.
     
    HANNAH: Do you ever feel conflicted about your identity, especially as someone who is more detached from their heritage than a first-generation immigrant?
     
    GRACEN: No, I’ve never felt conflicted, because I know as a person I am a full blooded Hispanic. In my middle school, there was a larger population of Hispanics, and SMCA was definitely a change from that. Since SMCA’s environment and community is less Hispanic-oriented, I feel that I get to really appreciate my culture and actually get noticed for it more because everyone was like me at my old school. There’ve also been a lot of great role models here like alumni and teachers that I can connect to, since we can relate to a lot of issues we Hispanics have.
     
    HANNAH: What are your favorite traditions/food in your culture?
     
    GRACEN: This is more of a family tradition, but every October, we go to San Juan. There’s this place called the San Juan Basilica, and we have a three-day weekend there to just go around the town and explore. It’s a great time to draw me back to my Mexican roots, religion ties, and give thanks for the blessings we’ve had as a family, as well. For food, there’s this soup called menudo that my dad makes with tripe, hominy, lime, and onion.
     
    HANNAH: That sounds so good!
     
    GRACEN: A lot of people don’t like it, actually, but I love waking up at 4 or 5 a.m. and smelling it in the kitchen. Whenever we make it, it’s like a small, happy family affair that we’re all excited for. We also have barbacoa tacos and fajitas. It’s some of my favorite traditional food. And on special occasions like birthdays and weddings we always make sure we have tamales.
     
    HANNAH: To what degree would you say your connection to your faith is tied to your culture?
     
    GRACEN: I don’t think culture has much to do with it, it’s more about my upbringing. My family and I pray together every day and go to church every Sunday, so I have strong ties to Catholicism. Though, I guess if we weren’t Mexican, we wouldn’t be going to the San Juan Basilica, so there might be a bit of a connection.
     
    HANNAH: Very insightful. Last question: what do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
     
    GRACEN: This is a little far-fetched, but my dream job would be to become a lawyer in the record label industry because I really love music. Or maybe even sign with some film industry, because I also like movies. I want to travel to Europe, specifically to Switzerland. I know it sounds so random, but it’s so scenic and beautiful. I would also love to see Spain, Italy, Ireland and Germany, since my mom was born there due to my grandpa being stationed there while in the army.

    About Hannah Haas:
    Hannah, herself, has a bi-cultural background. Her parents are Korean and American, and she lived in Seoul, South Korea from ages 3-8. She is an honor student and is enrolled in several AP courses. Hannah serves as secretary of the Cultural Diversity Club at St. Michael's, is a vocalist in the St. Michael’s music program, and a member of the Young Voices of Austin choir.
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  • Cultural Diversity at St. Michael's: Interview One (By Hannah Haas '22)

    INTERVIEW WITH MELINA USTINOV
     
    HANNAH: Tell me a little bit about your cultural background.
     
    MELINA: I’m half Russian and half Brazilian. My mom is Brazilian and from Rio de Janeiro, and my dad is Russian from Vladivostok. The mix of cultures created a really unique household environment since my dad would speak Russian to me while my mom speaks Portuguese, and their cultural backgrounds are completely different, too; so their ideas about things are different.
     
    HANNAH: Has there been a conflict with those two different cultures?
     
    MELINA: Not really. I believe that my parents really tried to foster a love of culture in me while I was young but also tried not to force it on me. They just gave me the ideas so that I could make my own decisions later. I basically got the best of both worlds.
     
    HANNAH: How often do you go to the countries?
     
    MELINA: I went to Russia when I was a baby and then again when I was six. Not recently, but I still remember a few moments here and there. Then Brazil, the first time I went was when I was eight and then again at twelve, so that’s a little more recent.
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  • Winter Formal Dance is Postponed (By Ellie Greff ‘21, Executive Student Council President)

    Dear St. Michael's Community,

    As both a member of the student body and leader in the Executive Student council, I strive to keep student life thriving and the excitement around campus humming.  However, in light of the continued rise in local Covid-19 cases, and after discussions with my peers, we believe it best, safest and most prudent to reevaluate our current plans revolving around next weekend’s Winter Formal.

    While we were all excited to come together as a community for our first dance since last February, we understand the realities facing our local and expanding community, and have decided to postpone until we feel it safe and moreover, responsible, to hold such an event. When the time is right, we will no doubt gather again as a community on a Saturday night and know that this event will be extremely special for all - especially our freshmen looking for the first glimpse of high school dances and my fellow seniors gathering for our last few moments before heading off to college.
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  • Students Ava, Katelyn and Lily Launch Leukemia & Lymphoma Society "Student of the Year" Campaigns (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    It says a lot about our students that we have two groups from St. Michael's participating in this effort to help fund the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's work on eradicating blood cancers, which is launched today and continues for the next seven weeks.

    St. Michael's twin sisters Katelyn and Lily Peter '23 have joined up with Team Yari, headed by St. Stephen's student and friend Yara Ben-Musa. You can read their statement and find the donation link here:
    https://events.lls.org/ctx/austinsoy21/yben-musa

    Junior Ava Bautch is leading a group of St. Michael's students as their candidate representative for "Students of the Year" that includes: Ginny Daboub,  Caleb Eby, Jen Fang, Cadence Layne, Avery Lindsey, Jude Turneville, Jack Urano, and Lily Watkins. You can read their statement and find the donation link here: https://events.lls.org/ctx/austinsoy21/abautch 

    According to their website, the Students of the Year Campaign is “a six to eight-week initiative in which nominated high school students, or teams of 2-3 students, participate in a fundraising challenge to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Candidates raise money in honor of a young, local patient hero who is battling or in remission from a blood cancer.”

    To lead, a student undergoes an application process, including answering essay questions, before qualifying as a candidate. For example, Ava's acceptance letter is included here.
    While campaigning, students practice leadership, communication, and marketing skills, and become familiar with finance and budgeting tasks.
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