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 Pre–Prom 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 Pre–Prom 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.
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!
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)!
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.
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!
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.
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.