News Archive

2022

  • June

    Erin: The Literary Magazine of St. Michael's (By Dr. Deanna Trakas, English Instructor)

    As sponsor for the Erin: The Literary Magazine of St. Michael's Catholic Academy (online version), I am proud to announce the publication of this year's work. The magazine contains student-generated and student-selected poetry, short stories, essays, and art. It is named in honor of Erin Crowley, a student-writer who passed away during her time at St. Michael's, and it seeks to keep her memory alive. The magazine is also available as a PDF from this link.
     
    Editor-in-chief Hannah Haas has put in formidable efforts to run the magazine this year. Her introductory letter, which can be found in the first page, describes the selections perfectly. Thank you for your work this year, Hannah! 
     
    The magazine has also been a labor of love for the co-editor and editorial board, kind student servant-leaders all: Kate Brady, Caverlee Dahill, Amaris Garza, Emily Lewis, McKay Trulove. I am so grateful to all of these lovely and dynamic young women for keeping our literary culture thriving! 
     
    Thank you, too, to all of the student-authors and artists who submitted their work, and to you, kind readers, who I hope will relish, ponder, and discuss what you find in Erin
     
    Warm regards,
    Dr. Deann Trakas
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  • Marcus with Head of School Heidi Sloan

    Marcus Vondrak Award Knights of Columbus Scholarship (By Shannon Hudson, Director of College & Academic Services)

    Marcus Vondrak was selected to receive a 2022-23 Knights of Columbus College Scholarship!
    Marcus is a graduate of St. Ignatius Martyr School and St. Michael's Catholic Academy and was also the recipient of the St. Michael's Class of 2022 Crusader Award. We wish him all the best at Trinity University in the fall. Congratulations, Marcus!

     
    Marcus was also the recipient of the St. Michael's Class of 2022 Crusader Award. We wish him all the best at Trinity University in the fall. Congratulations, Marcus!
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  • Project Graduation Sponsor Thank You (By Suzanne Bautch, Director of Donor Relations)

    The Class of 2022 had a wonderful time at Project Graduation last Saturday night.  This year's chair, Kristin Eichorst and her team of super-moms put together an unbelievable SWAG BAG for the graduates to take to college with them.  Kristin also led the effort to rally the community for donations of time, treasure and talent to help create a successful, fun and safe event. During Project Graduation, the seniors won prizes ranging from mattress toppers to Athleta Gift cards to Apple Watches and TVs! 
     
    We would like to thank the senior parents who went above and beyond with donations specific to Project Graduation during the Crusader Fund this year, as well as in the weeks leading up to the event. Thank you to the following families:
     
    The Acosta Family 
    The Arrambide Family
    The Bannon Family
    The Barber Family
    The Bautch Family
    The Brasher Family
    The Brown Family
    The Brasher Family
    The Daywood Family
    The DeLeon Family
    The DeVries Family
    The Dunham Family
    The Eby Family
    The Eichorst Family
    The Esparza Family
    The Fahrlander Family
    The Fattouh Family
    Ms. Cara Fox
    The Fuselier Family  
    The Gamboa Family  
    The Getman Family
    The Gilbey Family
    The Gonzalez Family
    The Griffith Family
    Ms. Lilly A. Guerra - Layne
    The Hernandez Family
    The Keyes Family
    Chae Sung Kim
    The Lindsey Family
    The Mackey Family
    The Mahon Family
    The McClure Family  
    The Meigs Family
    The Mireles Family
    The Moyes Family
    The Murdough Family
    Ms. Staci Peterson
    Mr. Michael Phelan
    The Pinzon Family
    The Schneider Family
    The Schuchart Family
    The Smith Family
    The Stevens Family
    The Topfer Family
    The Tufto Family
    The Turbeville Family
    The Urano Family
    The Van Ackeren Family
    The Velasquez Family 
    The Vondrak Family
    The Zavala Family
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  • The History Journal (By Caverlee Dahill '22, Editor)

    This year’s Clio is composed of student articles concerned with the legacy of the Federalist Papers, the
    85 articles written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay to explain and promote the U.S.
    Constitution in the battle over ratification in the state of New York in the fall and winter of 1787 and 1788.

    Please take a few minutes to appreciate the work that has gone into this journal–from the students who labored over their term papers to the SMCA publication team who made this possible to the editors who have made something magical. Feel free to download the booklet from this link and enjoy!
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  • April

    Project Graduation: Student Photos (By Staci Peterson: Rylan '22 and Farren '24)

    The SMCA Graduating Class of 2022 will be having their Project Graduation Night after graduation on May 21, 2022! Fun and games, food and non-alcoholic drinks, amazing gifts, surprises, and a night filled with memories await them at a safe and secret location. And with over a 98% class participation rate, your senior will not want to miss this!!

    In preparation for this night, pictures are needed of your child for making an all-class-included senior video!

    Please use this form to upload pictures of your child by MAY 1, 2022 (even if your child does not plan on attending, please)!

    Contact Staci Peterson at sopete13@gmail.com for questions or issues.
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  • March

    Yay! "Decision Day" Yard Signs (By Cristina Feldott, Advancement Associate)

    Senior Decision Day yard signs are now available! They are personalized with your senior's name and college choice. All proceeds benefit Project Graduation. Orders are due April 20, 2022, and signs will be distributed at Decision Day. Signs cost $50. Click here to order.
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  • Lent, Spring Break + Service (By Rae Harrison, Registrar & Service-Learning Coordinator)

    It can be difficult to find time to volunteer with a busy high school academic schedule and extracurriculars but Spring Break, since it occurs during the Lenten Season,  may be a good time for you to serve the community and earn service hours.

    The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Alsmgiving is an outward sign of Christian love for others and involves a sacrifice on the part of the giver in order to provide for the needs of another. This activity forms and strengthens the bonds of community. 

    The benefits of almsgiving and volunteering are enormous as they offer vital assistance to people in need and support worthwhile causes; but service is also beneficial to you, the volunteer. The right match helps you build positive relationships with community members, learn new skills, and enhance your collaboration and communication skills. Volunteering also reduces stereotypes, facilitates cultural understanding, creates a sense of social responsibility, and fosters a long-term commitment to service. Service to others emphasizes critical thinking and personal reflection and offers opportunities for strengthening academic knowledge and skills by applying them to real-life issues. Giving to others can also provide a sense of purpose. 

    While it is true that the more you volunteer the more benefits you experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a significant amount of time out of your busy days. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need. Check out the Service Learning tile under Resources in your MySMCA for ideas on how you can give back to the greater Austin community during this Lenten Season. 
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  • Project Graduation Is Back! (By Kristin Eichorst, Alumni Mom + Senior Mom)

    The Project Graduation parent committee has organized a night of planned, supervised, substance-free fun as an alternative to student-run parties. Students will be transported to and from St. Michael's to a secret location on graduation night for an unforgettable experience filled with friends, food, fun, and lasting memories. All seniors attending will receive a fabulous swag bag and cool raffle prizes.  

    The committee’s goal is to have 100% student participation for Project Graduation.  While the ticket price of $125 is suggested to help cover expenses, it is not mandatory for attending.  There are opportunities to purchase a ticket, offer an angel ticket, and underwrite activities and prizes for the evening.  We thank you in advance for encouraging your student to attend and for joining with us to insure a safe and enjoyable graduation night for the class of 2022!

    Looking forward to a great celebration. For questions, please contact me. Thank you.

    Kristin Eichorst
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