St. Mary’s Senior Gives Back to the Community

The season of giving continues! In conjunction with the entire women’s basketball team and the Generation to Generation Club, senior Lauren Nawojski collected funds from friends, family, neighbors, teammates and Lancer families to purchase basketballs for community centers in the city of Buffalo. When all was said and done, 100 basketballs were donated and dropped off to Gloria Parks on Main Street! A special thank you goes out to St. John Fisher College’s Women’s Basketball for their donation of 30 basketballs!

The Season of Giving

Santa came to St. Mary’s today! Thanks to the St. Mary’s Family, two families from St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy will have a very merry Christmas. Their Christmas lists were taken care of thanks to donations from the St. Mary’s students, parents, faculty, and staff. Families helping families is a beautiful thing this time of year!

Art Club Welcomes Gary Wolfe

The St. Mary’s Art Club hosted artist Gary Wolfe to speak to students about vocation and how his calling has informed his work over the years. He gave a presentation on portraits he did of people from the Matt Urban Center. According to Mr. Wolfe, “the disenfranchised, the poor, the problems of pain, suffering, and alienation consistently inform my work.” It was a powerful presentation that taught all who attended about how to convey life and meaning.

Lancers Compete in Cybersecurity Competition

Eight St. Mary’s students competed in the Lockdown Cybersecurity Competition for high schools at the University at Buffalo. According to the competition’s website: “Student teams will be tasked with defending a small network of systems from attack and will be scored on how well their services remain available (service uptime). Teams will also be assigned and scored on various timed tasks to complete throughout the event.”

According to their moderator Mr. Meyerhofer, Chair of the Computer Science Department, “Our students accomplished three goals: learned something, didn’t give up, and had fun!” Congrats to all of those who participated!

Little Women Is a Production for the Ages

St. Mary’s opened the curtain on this year’s fall play, Little Women November 1st and 2nd. The performances given by the entire cast was one for the ages. Here is the official cast list:

Jo – Vincenza LaMagna Lawrence – Dylan Gurnari
Meg – Molly Callahan John Brooke – Ben Stegmeier
Amy – Riley O’Malley Mr. March – Matt Walter
Beth – Mackenzie Kwilos Professor Bhaer – Alex Walter
Marmee – Krystal Vealey Harold – Eric Ridolfi
Aunt March – Emma Ridolfi Maid – Ashleigh McCoy

Bus to Bona Is a Success

Earlier this week, the Head of School and Center for College & Career Counseling organized the annual “Bus to Bona,” where interested juniors and seniors were able to take a bus from St. Mary’s to St. Bonaventure University to spend the day on campus and meet with admission counselors. We’re thrilled to offer this opportunity to our students each year.

Seniors Participate in Day of Caring

Our entire Senior Class participated in a Day of Caring this past week, volunteering at one of five different organizations to help make things a little easier on them. Students went to The Teacher’s Desk, the Food Pantry, Our Lady of Pompeii, Hull Family Home & Farmstead, or Harvest House to spend the day cleaning, stocking, filling backpacks in honor of all the donations that came in memory of Poncho Billa, and doing whatever else was needed. The Day of Caring is now an annual tradition at St. Mary’s for our seniors as we continue to find ways to stress the importance of service and the feeling that comes when we give of our time and talents. What a day!