Pre-Prom Assembly Leaves Lasting Impression

The Lancer First Responders (LFR) brought their program called “Every 15 Minutes” to St. Mary’s High School for the third consecutive year.  The program was the centerpiece of St. Mary’s PreProm Assembly, which demonstrated the true dangers of drunk driving in the hopes to get students to think twice before getting into a similar situation on prom night.

Several St. Mary’s students participated in the drill and acted as the drunk driver, passengers in said car, passengers and the driver in another car involved in the accident, and friends/bystanders of the accident.

Local fire stations and EMT personnel were also on-hand to create the scene. Twin District Fire Company, South Line Fire District, Lancaster Police, and Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps helped really set the tone for the drill and brought a sense of realness to the scene. Mercy Flight also landed on the St. Mary’s football field to complete the scene, with one of the injured passengers being loaded into the helicopter.

The PreProm Assembly has been a staple at St. Mary’s High School, but has grown in scope and scale as the Lancer First Responders club took over the assembly at the school three years ago.

Spring Training In Full Swing

Both the baseball and softball teams headed south for a week of spring training while on Spring Break.  The week offered some much-need sunshine and dry fields for the teams to really get some game action in before heading back home for the start of league play.

The softball team took on Walt Disney World and played their games at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. The team had quite the showing and went 7-0 and had two freshmen pitchers throw perfect games!

National Honor Society Completes Service Project

The Marian Chapter of the National Honor Society completed their year-long service project, which included organizing a school-wide clothing drive for the Response to Love Center. Members of NHS dropped off the clothes and spent the day volunteering in the center’s clothing storage room. Students were also fortunate enough to be taken on a tour of the center with Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz CSSF, the head of the facility. The Response to Love Center focuses on the holistic treatment of poverty: loving care of the economically deprived, the spiritually poor, the emotionally battered, the isolated, the wounded and the broken.

Lancers Take on Europe

A group of St. Mary’s students and chaperones spent Easter Break in several different European cities. One of the highlights of the trip was the opportunity to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in Assisi. As a school that prides itself on the guiding principles of St. Francis, this was an experience of a lifetime for our students.

This group of students also checked out the sites in Florence and Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were also some very cool Lancer legacies along for this trip! Head of School Mr. Kelleher ’89 is pictured with his mom and fellow Lancer alum, JoAnn Kelleher ’63 (right), and longtime Social Studies teacher Mrs. Connelly ’71 and Dean of Student life & Enrollment Mrs. Drabik can be found enjoying some pizza on the streets of Italy with them as well (left)!

Homeless Hangout Raises Money for Food Pantry

St. Mary’s National Honor Society participated in a Homeless Hangout, raising awareness and funds for those suffering from homelessness in the area. Students had to sleep inside the school with only limited access to food and just the clothes on their backs… and no cell phones… learning to experience just a fraction of what it means to be without. In total, our students raised nearly $500 for the Tri-Community Food Pantry in Lancaster.

Seniors Visit Basilica

In late March, the seniors took part in a walking tour of the Our Lady of Victory Basilica & National Shrine as well as the Father Baker Museum. After learning about Father Baker’s legacy and taking in the beautiful architecture and art of the Basilica, the Class of 2019 had an enjoyable afternoon lunch at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility! Thank you, Deacon Robb and Mrs. Powers for setting up a great afternoon for the seniors!

College Tour Program Gives Families Glimpse Into the Future

The St. Mary’s College Tour Program is one of the best opportunities a St. Mary’s student is able to participate in over their four-year high school experience. A group of students and their parents signed up to tour universities in the Philadelphia area run by the Center of College and Career Counseling. Day 1 of the tour featured Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, and University of Pennsylvania. The second day of the tour included stops at Villanova University and some Philly classics, like Pat’s – King of Steaks and the Rocky steps!

Visiting so many schools over a couple day’s period in a student’s junior year is incredibly helpful to students and families while they begin the college application process.

 

The Addams Family Is a Smash

St. Mary's High School Performing Arts Department put on quite the spring musical this year with their production of The Addams Family March 14th-16th.

The cast is quite the kooky, impressive bunch:

Dylan Gurnari '22 as Gomez

Vincenza LaMagna '20 as Morticia

Mackenzie Kwilos '21 as Wednesday

Marten Linnan '21 as Lucas

Julia Hartloff '19 as Fester

 

 

Maggie Kellner '20 as Alice

 

Matt Walter '21 as Mal

 

 

 

 

 

Tori Wipperman '19 as Pugsley

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Ridolfi '20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac Stearns '20

 

Faculty and Staff Participate In Day of Caring

The St. Mary’s faculty and staff participated in their second annual Day of Caring, in which all members of the St. Mary’s working family spend the day volunteering at a very deserving organization. This year, we decided to pitch in and do some spring cleaning at Cradle Beach in Angola. Our faculty and staff were hard at work cleaning out cabins and activity rooms and cleaning up the grounds to get ready for this year’s campers. We thank the wonderful staff at Cradle Beach for being so welcoming, and we look forward to working with them in the future!
At St. Mary’s, we constantly tell our students how important service is, so we feel it is vital for the adults in the building to practice what we preach with days like today. It is so powerful to put some good into the world, and the feeling you get from giving – your time and talents – is a pretty powerful feeling as well.

Donate Life Club Holds Successful Blood Drive

Look at all of the lives we saved thanks to these donors and volunteers at the Unyts – Donate Life Blood Drive on Friday! Thank you to Mrs. Junik, Mrs. Connelly, and the Donate Life Club for organizing last week’s drive and giving the St. Mary’s community the chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of so many.