Tonight’s Feature Presentation: Graduation 2020

As the world continues to navigate “new normals” due to COVID-19, St. Mary’s High School wanted to find a way to celebrate our seniors in a grand way! So, after exploring several options to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and other guidelines set forth by NYS and the CDC, St. Mary’s held there 116th Commencement Ceremonies at the Drive-In.

 

To watch the graduation video in its entirety, click here.

If you would like to get a feel for the night, please check out the stories below:

Tonight’s drive-in movie: St. Mary’s High School Graduation (WKBW)

St. Mary’s Seniors Graduate at the Transit Drive-In (Spectrum News)

Socially-Distant Graduation (Lancaster/Depew Bee)

Graduation Hits the Big Screen (WGRZ)

Hundreds of hours of planning and execution went into the production of the video, and you can also check out the piece on the official announcement from WIVB here:

St. Mary’s High School Looking to Hold Graduation at Transit Drive-In

 

 

Six Lancers Named to Youth Bureau Hall of Fame

We recently received some very exciting news from our friends at the Town of Lancaster Youth Bureau! A big congratulations goes out to seniors Brendan Murty, Carolynn Steffens, and Kerry Sullivan and juniors Sean Brown, Katelyn Laistner, and Lillian Mikula on being named to the Youth Bureau Hall of Fame. These six Lancers join the ranks of dozens of St. Mary’s students before them who have been inducted over the years. Although the ceremony has been postponed, we could not be more proud of these students for their contributions to the Lancaster community, and we look forward to being able to celebrate with them soon!

Senior Oishei Foundation Scholarship Recipient Reflects on Time at St. Mary’s

The John R. Oishei Foundation has been a beacon of hope and opportunity for hundreds of students in Western New York over the past two decades. The Class of 2020’s Oishei Scholarship recipient is Jasmine Brundage. Listen to Jasmine speak about all of the doors that have been opened to her since she began her high school journey at St. Mary’s four years ago. She is a Dean’s List student, has taken several AP classes, is a 2-time All-WNY Volleyball Player, and is a Student Ambassador for St. Mary’s. Jasmine is forever grateful to the Oishei Foundation for providing her with the opportunity to go to St. Mary’s, and we are forever grateful that she will be always be a Lancer.

Listen to what Jasmine had to say about her time at St. Mary’s here.

 

St. Mary’s Comes Together to Help One of Our Own

George Morgan is a beloved member of the Lancer Family, as he volunteers his time helping out with athletics and is just a “go-to” guy for things around the building. George then collects bottles and cans after lunches and sporting events. Like all of us, George has been missing the days of full hallways and gym bleachers. So, the St. Mary’s and Lancaster communities really came out over the past week to show George what it means to be a member of this family, donating thousands of bottles and cans to the cause. Take a look at the story here.


St. Mary’s Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Congratulations are in order for a couple of very special seniors! Jeffrey Zoyhofski has been named the Class of 2020’s valedictorian and Jillian Szeluga has been named the class salutatorian.
Jeffrey will go on to continue his academic career at Cornell University to study Applied Economics and Management and Jillian will head to Daemen College to begin her journey to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Congratulations to both of these Lancers!

Memory Project Leaves Lasting Impression

Here’s your daily dose of smiles! Prior to the pandemic, St. Mary’s art students participated in The Memory Project, creating portraits of children living as refugees in Malaysia. As part of a coordinated effort among high school art students throughout the country, students created handmade portraits for children living in refugee camps, orphanages, and in similar situations around the world. Right before the world took a pause due to COVID-19, the portraits were able to go out on a plane from the U.S. to Malaysia. As you can see from this video, the portraits were a once-in-a-lifetime gift for the children who received them. Definitely worth the watch!

https://vimeo.com/402225080/20bc2e30cc
Video Credit: The Memory Project

 

Distance Learning Rolls Out

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, St. Mary’s students are taking on distance learning. The St. Mary’s faculty and staff had prepared for weeks leading up to the pandemic in case these steps were necessary, so we are incredibly fortunate for their planning and dedication to ensure lesson plans were in place and accommodations to their current teaching methods were made in order to most effectively communicate the material to their students.

St. Mary’s follows a collegiate model, which works on a weekly cycle. All material is assigned to students on Monday, which they then have the week to complete, with assignments due on Sunday evenings. Teachers then offer office hours and virtual classes via Google Classroom for students to attend.

It has been an adjustment, but one all students and faculty members are taking in stride!