On Wednesday, May 24th, the Class of 2017 graduated from St. Mary’s High School, with the ceremony held at the school for the first time in decades. Click on the photo below to see the moving video on our Facebook page of the ceremony.
Videography courtesy of Mr. Adam Herr ’11
The 25th annual Chris Griswold Memorial Run on May 20th was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out- SMH students and faculty, alumni, members of the Lancaster community, friends, and those who just love to run. Can’t wait for next year!
On May 18th, St. Mary’s held their annual Junior-Senior Prom. This year’s event was at Acqua on Niagara Street. The beautiful venue on the river was the perfect setting for a night to remember. After walking through the receiving line of faculty, administration, and Board members, the students found their tables, had dinner, and then spent the night on the dance floor!
Photo Credit: Dan Rosati
Of course, no Prom is complete without the crowning of the Court! In Lancerville, Matt Ciezki and Danielle Norton were named Prince and Princess and Matt Pietrzak and Gina Appenheimer were named King and Queen.
St. Mary’s High School’s Student Senate completed their year-long service project this week and delivered the fruits of their labor to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The students chose to hand-make 50 blankets so that newborns can go home from the hospital safe and warm!
Here are Collin Tytka ’17 and Ryan Tytka ’18 with Sue from Child Life Services at the entrance to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
St. Mary’s Juniors, Eric Brown (left) and Andrew Wargo (right), were recently inducted into the Town of Lancaster Youth Hall of Fame.
Two Lancerss will be spending their summer learning about surgical robotics. Sophomores Athena Mohamed (left) and Emily Molnar (right) have been selected to participate in the Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge (JRSC) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo.
Mohamed and Molnar 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. St. Mary’s AP Biology teacher Mrs. Kathleen Walh-Henshaw is extremely proud of the girls and the hard work they have displayed all year: “The application process alone for the robotics program is extremely rigorous,” Walh-Henshaw said. “This whole experience is a wonderful opportunity for Athena and Emily to really expand their knowledge in the science and medical fields and to 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.
The Lancer Parent Partnership held its annual Fashion Show at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on April 25th. The event was a huge success thanks to our wonderful student models, vendors who donated the beautiful clothing, and parents and staff who spent countless hours planning and executing the event. Don’t these kids clean up nice?!
St. Mary’s High School recently participated in the Presidential Voting Process through a series of events sponsored by the Social Studies Department.
In October, senior Participation in Government students visited other social studies classes to discuss the election process and share the platforms of the candidates.
On Monday, Nov. 7, the day before the rest of the nation voted, students and faculty who had pre-registered cast their votes. “Electoral” votes were then tabulated based on the size of the homeroom.
The results – taking the Electoral Votes 63-32 and the Popular Votes 65%-35% – was Donald Trump.
Thank you to all who participated in this project.
After an extensive application process, the St. Mary’s High School Theater Department has been notified that they have been nominated for a 2017 Kenny Award.
Now entering its 24th year, the Kenny Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding high school musical productions in the Western New York region. The volunteer Kenny judging panel, made up of area theatre and education professionals, views the productions of the program finalists throughout the year and selects nominees and award winners based on the productions they see.
This is the first time that St. Mary’s has been nominated for the Kenny Award.
The Department, as part of the nomination process, announced that the musical for Spring 2017 will be Fame.
Fame tells the story of several students who attend the High School of Performing Arts, among them fame-obsessed Carmen, ambitious actress Serena, wisecracking comedian/bad boy Joe, quiet violinist Schlomo, “talented but dyslexic” dancer Tyrone, determined actor Nick, overweight dancer Mabel, and poor dancer Iris. St. Mary’s last presented Fame in 2001.
Because of the amount of work necessary in preparing for the musical, the department has decided to change the audition dates. Auditions will now take place on Monday, Dec. 12, and Tuesday Dec. 13, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Call Backs will be on Wednesday, Dec 14. from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This past summer, my family and I embarked on our very first mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Along with other members from CenterPointe Community Church, we traveled for a week in August, to serve with SCORE International. Our mission was to reach out and be the body of Christ for those in need. Our main focus was to share the Gospel wherever we went. We shared the Gospel in words and actions by serving in areas such as vacation Bible school in remote villages, working with children in orphanages, visiting a nursing home, several work projects, and providing food to families.
The Monti Cristi Nursing Home and Casa de Luz (House of Light – an orphanage for severely handicapped children) are two of the ministries that we served. Our purpose was to love them and provide loving physical touch. The elderly at the nursing home and the children at the orphanage are there because no one else will care for them. We brought the love of Jesus to them and prayed that others would come to do the same.
Going into the villages for food distribution was something I will never forget. The food bags we distributed cost $10 and provided enough food for a family for two weeks. Each box included items like rice, pasta, beans, and canned fish. Even though that does not seem like it would feed a family for two weeks, families make it last by only eating one meal a day.
To prevent hunger they chew on sugar cane and often feed the kids “mud pies.”
We blessed others by serving and we were also blessed in the process. The smiles on people’s faces and the laughter of the children when we played are memories that we will cherish forever.
“To glorify God through missions in obedience to the Great Commission.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Written by Rachel Cichocki ’18, Miranda Cichocki ’20, Connor Cichocki ’23, Mrs. Dianna Cichocki, & Dr. Jason Cichocki