Three Students Chosen for Roswell Summer Robotics Program

Three St. Mary’s High School students will be spending their summer learning about surgical robotics.  Junior Jeffrey Zoyhofski and seniors Nicholas Pronobis and Megan White have been selected to participate in the Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge (JRSC) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo.

Zoyhofski, White, and Pronobis were selected from a highly competitive field of candidates, between the ages of 16-19 and from across the country, in order to participate in the program. For the St. Mary’s group, the decision to apply to Roswell stemmed from a collective desire to learn more about the field of medicine at an early age: “I am fascinated by the medical field as a whole, but wanted the opportunity to be exposed to different fields before I decide on a college major,” said Zoyhofsi.

St. Mary’s AP Biology teacher Mrs. Kathleen Walh-Henshaw is extremely proud of these students: “The application process alone for the robotics program is extremely rigorous,” Walh-Henshaw said. “This whole experience is a wonderful opportunity for these students to really expand their knowledge in the science and medical fields to see if this is a path they want to explore in college and beyond as well as learn the intricacies of robotic surgery, which is an incredibly fascinating field.”

Through the JRSC, students will be exposed to the Fundamental Skills of Robotic Surgery curriculum- also known as the primary method used to train robot-assisted surgeons at Roswell Park.  In addition to this exposure, students will have access to workshops and job fairs to really get a feel for the opportunities that await them in the fields of science, technology, and medicine.  At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion in Introduction to Robotic Surgery.

All three St. Mary’s students are excited for the opportunity and hope to get a glimpse of what their future careers may hold. “I really want to immerse myself into the world of medicine and be reassured that it’s something I can see myself doing in the future,” Pronobis said.  White agrees, “Right now, I am looking to go into PT or sports medicine, so this opportunity with Roswell is the perfect chance to see different things and get more experience.”

Happy Independence Day!

This year, St. Mary’s participated in the Lancaster 4th of July Parade. Members of Lancer First Responders and St. Mary’s Wrestling took the Lancer bus out on the parade route with Mr. Weiss, throwing candy to our many supporters on a hot summer day. Thank you to all those who cheered us on!

Underclassmen Enjoy Darien Lake

After all the exams and classes have ended, the freshmen and sophomores headed off for their annual year-end trip to Darien Lake. From roller coasters and water rides to a picnic lunch and midway games, just another day of creating memories at SMH.

Beloved Teachers Retiring

Two favorites in the St. Mary’s faculty world are retiring at the end of this school year.

Mr. Gary Schulenberg will leave St. Mary’s after 33 years of teaching Social Studies before transitioning to become the school librarian in recent years.  Mr. Schu has been an educator for the past 45 years.

Mrs. Linda Aures has taught freshmen Earth Science and Physics at St. Mary’s for the past 41 years.

Both Mr. Schu and Mrs. Aures have built legacies at St. Mary’s that will live on even after their last classes are dismissed.  There are no words to describe the gratitude of the entire St. Mary’s community for the years of service and the profound influence these two remarkable educators have had at St. Mary’s for nearly four decades.

St. Mary’s Climbs to #7

Bye-bye #9! In this year’s Buffalo Business First’s rankings of 134 high schools in Western New York, St. Mary’s is pleased to announce we have jumped two spots to #7 on the list! The hard work and dedication of our administration, faculty, staff, and students is so inspiring.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

St. Mary’s honored the Class of 2018 at the school’s 114th Commencement Exercises on May 24, 2018.

Dean of Academics & Curriculum, Mr. Junik led the ceremony, introducing Mr. Fay to give the Invocation.  Class President, Shae Antonicelli, then gave an inspiring address, relating students’ time at St. Mary’s to the process of putting together a puzzle. Each year, the end picture starts to get clearer thanks to the help of the St. Mary’s faculty and the friends met along the way.  Valedictorian, Chelsea Okon also addressed the nearly 900-person crowd with a speech that focused on how the millennial generation, while considered underdogs, has the power to change the world.

At graduation, St. Mary’s also presents the Marian Award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a Lancer. The award goes to the graduating senior who displays qualities unmatched by their peers in kindness, service, and what it means to be a Lancer.  This year’s Marian Award winner was Andrew Wargo. Andrew can always be found on-campus, even after graduation, as the “go-to” guy for just about everything.  He DJs dances, runs clubs (like Lancer First Responders), emcees sporting events, leads Campus Ministry, and makes the day brighter for everyone he interacts with. St. Mary’s will undoubtedly miss his presence next year.

The names of the graduates were read, and students walked across the stage, accepting their diplomas from Mr. Junik, Board Chair, Mr. Fiume, and Head of School, Mr. Kelleher. The Class of 2018 moved their tassels, tossed their caps in the air, and entered the world as St. Mary’s alumni.

The graduates and their families were then able to take part in an after-party on the front lawn to chat, take some photos, and eat at one of the four food trucks present.

The Class of 2018 is comprised of 88 graduates—88 students who left their mark on St. Mary’s, making our school a better place because they were here.  Congratulations, Class of 2018!

National Honor Society Supports Make-A-Wish

Earlier this year, students in the Marian Chapter of the National Honor Society decided to raise money for Make-A-Wish Western New York through different fundraising activities and decorated folders for wish kids going on trips, meeting celebrities, and doing other fun things! Our Lancers are doing some great things in the community! Special thanks to Make-A-Wish Development Coordinator Laura Nutty who came out to meet our kids and accept the donations!

Top Three Seniors Honored

On May May 17, 2018, the top three students from schools around WNY were honored at the Erie-Niagara Schools Superintendents Association Scholastic Achievement Dinner. The best and brightest of the Class of 2018 represented St. Mary’s tonight, and we are so proud of them! From left to right: Ryan Tytka (third highest overall GPA), Chelsea Okon (Valedictorian), and Shannon Murty (Salutatorian).