During its annual Commencement Exercises held on May 19, 2011 St. Mary's Academy bestowed its highest awards on seven of it graduating students. The PTA Award is given to students who give tirelessly of their time and talent to support the efforts of the school through the PTA. This year's recipients are Nehlita Moody and Chelsi Stevenson. Both received monetary awards of $250.00.
The possession of one of life's greatest gifts is that of song. Sister Marie Juliette exemplified these characteristics. She placed a song in the hearts of those she encountered; she eased the pain and lifted the burden and brought a smile in the words of a song. The Sr. Marie Juliette Memorial Award recipient is Alyssa James. She received a monetary contribution of $150.00.
From 1962-1990 the school thrived under the leadership of Sister Mary Demetria Williams. During this period she served as the principal of St. Mary's Academy. She was a strict disciplinarian and never wavered on the rules. She served as a vivid example of the motto of St. Mary's Academy "No Excellence Without Hard Labor." The student who is the recipient of The Sr. Demetria Williams Award worked hard and sought excellence. She is Allyson Brown. Allyson received a monetary award of $350.00.
The Principal of St. Mary's Academy is a visionary and blessed leader. She has been placed at the helm of leadership since 2002. After Hurricane Katrina she led the charge to rebuild St. Mary's Academy. She possesses the innate ability to work her plan. This award is presented to the senior who demonstrates school spirit and leadership in school and community activities. The recipient of the Principal's Award is Taeja Mitchell.
Dedication, Determination and Vision are words that describe the President of St. Mary's Academy. The President of St. Mary's Academy was instrumental in the vision of rebuilding the school. The recipient of the President's Award possesses the traits of good citizenship, academic excellence and outstanding community service. She is Unja LeBlanc.
Venerable Mere Henriette Delille is the Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family. She was a devout and determined to help those in need. Venerable Mere Henriette Delille bore many crosses and encountered numerous obstacles in her efforts to spread the gospel. The senior selected for this award has demonstrated unselfish service and has a strong belief in the dignity and worth of every human being and embraces causes greater than self. The recipient of the President's Award is Bria Whiticar. She received a monetary award of $500.00.
Saint Mary's Academy's long tradition continues as a private Catholic college preparatory co-educational elementary and a middle/ high school for young women. In a family oriented atmosphere, Saint Mary's is committed to educating the whole person. Students are taught to live Christian values, think critically, give service and act responsibly in a global society.
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