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Saturday, April 8th @ The Propcellar Warehouse

Join us on Saturday, April 8 at The Propcellar Warehouse to celebrate St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School at the Sun by Day & Stars at Night Gala!

Get ready for a wonderful evening of delicious food, an open bar, live and silent auctions and dancing! All proceeds from the Gala & Auction benefit the immediate needs of St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School including student educational programming, campus upgrades and professional development.

Please join your fellow parents, friends, family and alumnae/i for a great time with a great cause!

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Saturday, April 1 @ 8:00am
Test Date is Saturday, April 1, 2017. Test begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m. in the Distance Learning Center.
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March 30th-April 2nd

Get ready for an entertaining evening of musical theatre as the St. Agnes Academy Theatre Department presents Sister Act March 30-April 2. When disco singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed in protective custody in a convent, her unique brand of funk comes face-to-face with the traditions of the church. Someone's habits are about to change.

The curtain rises at 7:00 pm on March 30th and 31st and at 2:00 pm on April 1st and 2nd. Performances are in Hook Theatre in Siena Hall on the St. Agnes-St. Dominic campus. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by contacting Ann Neal at 901-435-5837, aneal@saa-sds.org or Avis Roby at 901-435-5819.    

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David Thomas, nationally known speaker, author and expert in family counseling, will offer insights on raising boys in his presentation Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 pm at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. 

This presentation is packed full of practical suggestions for how to parent, teach and discipline more in tandem with the way a boy is designed rather than in opposition to it. Mr. Thomas will provide fresh insight and much needed encouragement on the road to raising boys from birth through adolescence.  He will look at the different stages of a boy's development and define what he needs in each of those stages and the vital role adults play along the journey to manhood.

Mr. Thomas has over twenty years of experience counseling kids and families. He is the Director of Family Counseling at Daystar in Nashville, Tennessee, the co-author of six books, and a frequent guest on national television and radio. 

The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Veritas Research Center on the St. Agnes-St. Dominic campus located at 4830 Walnut Grove Road.   Tickets are $5 and seating is limited. For more information call 901-435-5819. Mr. Thomas’ appearance is presented as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of St. Dominic School and is sponsored by Grace Construction Co and Albertine Co., LLC.

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Congratulations to the SAA-SDS Wordsmith winners who competed in three writing events with the top writers from private, public and parochial schools from across the city and county.
Persuasive Writing: 120-word letter to the editor on a current news headline
Grade 7: 2nd place Luke Shah
Grade 9: 2nd place Olivia Berntson
Grade 10: 1st place Katie Ryan

Narrative Writing: 80-word narrative based on a black and white photograph
Grade 8: 3rd place Karis Pepke
Grade 10: Honorable Mention Amelia Hancock

Descriptive Writing: 40-word description of an object
Grade 8: HM Reese Sellers
Grade 11: 3rd place Amelia Hancock

Congratulations to the following teachers who served as coaches:
Jenn Fristick, Linda Ricci, Jennifer Lovelace, Elizabeth McIngvale, & Heather Valdez
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St. Agnes Academy senior Leesa Gavin was crowned Miss St. Agnes 2017. Miss St. Agnes is a special honor bestowed annually since 1947 on a senior who has been nominated by her classmates and voted on by the student body. The nominees exhibit integrity, strength of character, and respect for self and others, as well as a devotion to St. Agnes that is exemplified by leadership and support for the school.  

Leesa is the President of the Student Government Association and the Assistant Editor of Calliope, the school's award-winning literary magazine. She is captain of both the track team and the cross-country team. Leesa has competed in Mock Trial and as a member of the school's Mathletes team. She is a member of the National Beta Club, STEM Club, Pep Club and Habitat for Humanity Club, and she has been inducted into the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. 

Congratulations to Leesa and all the members of the 2017 Miss St. Agnes Court. Caroline Conrad was first alternate, Karen Sanchez was second alternate and Ladies-in-Waiting were Julie McGlaughlin, Halle Novarese, Alexis Seward and Brianna Williams. Class Representatives were Madeline Forsdick SA9, Abby Williams SA10, Savannah Stovall SAA11and Abigail Schubert, SA12.

          

The 2017 Miss St. Agnes Court pictured from l. to r. Alexis Seward, Julie McGlaughlin, Halle Novarese, Miss St. Agnes 2017-Leesa Gavin, Caroline Conrad, Karen Sanchez. Not pictured: Brianna Williams. 

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Congratulations to the St. Agnes Academy Bowling team who captured the 2017 Division 2-AA state title.

Congratulations to the St. Agnes Academy Bowling team who captured the 2017 Division 2-AA state title at the tournament in Murfreesboro defeating Friendship Christian School with a score of 17-10. SAA senior Caroline Conrad was named 2017 Ms. Tennessee Bowler of the Year, and sophomore Grace Becker was the individual state runner-up. 

The Stars are back-to-back champions having won the state title in 2016 and 2017. This is the fifth state title in bowling for the Stars in school history. 

 

 

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Fourteen St. Agnes Academy students have traveled to Washington, DC, where they are witnessing history. The students, all juniors and seniors, are joining the crowds gathered on the National Mall to watch as Donald Trump takes the presidential oath of office.

In addition to attending the inauguration events, the students will also visit many historic sites in Washington including the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Pentagon, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the 9/11 Memorial and the WWII Memorial. They also plan to visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean-Vietnam Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, Changing of the Guard, and the Kennedy Gravesite.

The students are accompanied by Upper School Social Science teacher Mark McDonald. 

"To witness firsthand the peaceful transition of power, the hallmark of American democracy since 1796, is a tremendous opportunity for the girls at St Agnes - one we hope will light the spark of political engagement as informed, moral, and compassionate citizens," said Mr. McDonald. "Too often today Americans shirk their responsibility to safeguard our democracy through the polls and other means, and it is our hope that our girls learn and embrace what it means to be active citizens of this great nation."



 

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St. Dominic School continued its 60th Anniversary celebration with the recent induction of the school's first Hall of Fame class.

 

St. Dominic School continued its 60th Anniversary celebration with the recent induction of the school's first Hall of Fame class. The inaugural St. Dominic Hall of Fame honors those outstanding individuals who have been a fundamental part of shaping the school's history and laying the groundwork for St. Dominic's bright future. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees are St. Dominic School Founders John Ford Canale, Austin Hall, L.K. Thompson and William Fay, and school leaders Sister Nora Rita Mudd O.P, Rose Ferrante, Jim Mathis, John Murphy and Matt Bond '75.

"The long history represented in this inaugural group of Hall of Fame inductees created the foundation upon which St. Dominic School stands today," said St. Dominic Dean Chris Burke. "We are grateful for the vision, hard work, dedication and commitment of these individuals and for the many other alumni, former faculty and friends who helped shape our school," Dean Burke said.

 2016 St. Dominic Hall of Fame Honorees:

Founders John Ford Canale, Larry Thompson, Austin Hall and William Fay 

This group of visionary men saw that, in 1956, our city needed something it never had, a Catholic elementary school that would offer the same individualized attention and outstanding academics for boys that St. Agnes provided for girls. The Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine offered land on the 19 acre St. Agnes campus in East Memphis and Mr. Canale, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Hall and Mr. Fay traveled to Nashville to seek approval from Bishop Adrian. On October 4, 1956 the state of Tennessee issued the school’s charter – to be named for St. Dominic, considered one the greatest contributors to the church’s intellectual life and founder of the Dominican Order. It is no exaggeration to say that, because of these men, their vision and perseverance, and the many others who backed them, St. Dominic School exists today providing academic excellence for boys in the Dominican tradition.

 

Jim Mathis 

Jim Mathis is a name synonymous with St. Dominic School. Coach Mathis began coaching in 1961 and remained in the position for 35 years. He earned accolades for his remarkable ability to help each boy find success within his own physical capabilities.  Coach Mathis challenged the boys with physical fitness workouts and helped them hone individual athletic skills. During his tenure, the number of team sports grew to include soccer, football, cross-country and golf. The school’s athletic facilities also expanded with a regulation football/soccer field and quarter mile track added in 1986. Coach Mathis semi-retired in 1996, handing over the whistle to his son, Jay. Even in retirement, he could not stay away, opting instead to continue coaching the SAA track team and serving as an assistant coach for the SAA basketball team. The track he helped to add to the St. Agnes – St. Dominic campus is named in his honor.

Rose Ferrante

Rose Ferrante taught second grade at St. Dominic School for 35 years, exuding a passion, creativity and dedication that touched the lives of everyone lucky enough to be around her. She had a knack for developing lessons and activities that specifically motivated boys. Famous for choreographing elaborate stage productions, she built a life-sized donkey for the boys to ride, camel and stable that are still used for the annual St. Dominic Christmas pageant. By the time Mrs. Ferrante retired in 2003, she was teaching the sons of boys she had taught in earlier years. During her tenure, she received the Albertus Magnus award, one of the highest honors St. Agnes-St. Dominic bestows on teachers, and a scholarship was named in her honor.

Sr. Nora Rita Mudd, O.P. 

In the 1970’s, the Dominican Sisters took the first step toward uniting St. Agnes – St. Dominic as one entity, a move that would give students more educational opportunities. The schools had operated independently since St. Dominic’s founding, but the campus had always felt like one family. With the help of Sister Nora Rita Mudd, who was the St. Dominic School principal at the time, a coordinated program between the seventh and eighth grades of both schools was introduced. This approach, though unheard of among other co-educational schools in the region, was well-received academically, fiscally and socially. Almost 45 years later, St. Agnes Academy – St. Dominic School is still one family united in the Dominican traditions thanks to the visionary leadership of Sister Nora Rita Mudd.

John Murphy

John Murphy was named Dean of St. Dominic School in 1988 after previously teaching physics, chemistry and biology at St. Agnes.  His energy, sense of humor and appreciation for St. Dominic’s traditions, coupled with an exuberant understanding of boys, made him perfect for the job. He had a unique way of showing kindness, trust and leadership to faculty and students. During his time as Dean, the school building was renovated, the Early Childhood Center was opened, and generations of students, families and faculty were impacted by his selflessness. Students will never forget the many hats he wore – including junior high dance chaperone, travel companion to Camp Marymount and Heifer, disciplinarian, mentor and friend. In 2016, he left St. Dominic School to assume the role of Head of School for Bodine School.

Matt Bond, Class of 1975

Matt Bond graduated from St. Dominic School in 1975 and has never lost sight of the foundation he was given in grade school. After graduating from Christian Brothers High School and the University of Memphis he launched a successful career making him worthy of being the first St. Dominic alumni represented in this inaugural Hall of Fame class.  Perhaps more than his business success is his place as a supporter of St. Agnes Academy – St. Dominic School and the Memphis community. Matt and his wife, Carmen, are generous supporters of the University of Memphis, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, MIFA and The Memphis Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Matt served on the St. Agnes – St. Dominic Board of Trustees and was an instrumental donor to both the Creating the Dream and Reaching for the Stars & Suns Capital Campaigns. He, in every way, embodies the Dominican charism of service in his devotion to the Memphis community and to his alma mater.

 

 

Hall of Fame inductee Matt Bond '75 is pictured with Jim Lassandrello, SAA-SDS Athletic Director, Chris Burke , St. Dominic Dean, and Tom Hood, President, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School.  

 

Pictured are St. Dominic alumnus Bobby Daush, Rose Ferrante, Chris Burke, Dean, St. Dominic School, and Tom Hood, President, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. 

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St. Agnes Academy seniors Destini Berry and Abby Heck signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

St. Agnes Academy seniors Destini Berry  and Abby Heck signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Destini Berry will continue her volleyball career at Christian Brothers University competing for the Buccaneers. Destini, who has attended St. Agnes Academy for 12 years, has competed as a member of the STARS volleyball team for four years. During her senior year she was named a team captain. Destini had an outstanding senior season posting statistics that included 91 kills, 38 solo blocks and 18 assists for blocks. In addition to playing for St. Agnes Academy, she also competed with the Memphis Metro and Memphis Juniors volleyball programs for eight years. Destini was named to the 2015-16 American Coaches Volleyball Association Phenom List.

Destini is a leader in the classroom as well as on the court. She served as homeroom representative and as Field Day Coordinator. She is a participant in Bridge Builders. She is a member of the SAA vocal group, the Starlettes, and a participant in Facing History and Ourselves. Destini plans to pursue a degree in medicine.

Abby Heck signed a letter of intent to play golf at the University of Notre Dame. An exceptional golfer, Abby began playing golf when she was only six years old.  She has competed as a member of the SAA Stars golf team for five years and helped lead the STARS to state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Abby won individual back-to-back state titles in 2014 and 2015. She was named a Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps Finalist for four years and named Golfer of the Year for two years.  Abby competed in the 2016 U.S. Girls Junior Championship advancing to the Round of 64. She was named to the American Junior Golf Association 2015 Junior All-Star Team, and was the 2015 Bubba Conlee National Junior Champion. 

An outstanding student and leader, Abby is a National Merit Commended Student and has earned AP Scholar honors.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. She is a four-year member of the Beta Club and served as President, and she is a member of the STEM Club.  Abby plans to study Pre-Med at Notre Dame. Abby has attended St. Agnes Academy for 13 years.

 

 

 

 

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St. Agnes Academy senior Alexis Seward has been named as a State Finalist for the Wendy's Heisman Award.  The Wendy's High School Heisman program recognizes the nation's most esteemed high school senior men and women for excellence in academics, athletics, and community involvement. Alexis is one of only 10 high school seniors throughout the state of Tennessee to receive state finalist recognition.

Throughout high school Alexis has distinguished herself as an outstanding student, leader and athlete. She is a four-year member of the St. Agnes varsity soccer team and was named captain of the team as a senior. She has served as president of her class for four years. She is the founder and president of the St. Agnes Debate Club, president of the Latin Honor Society, and a founding member of the Barbara H. Daush Leadership Institute. She is a member of the National Beta Club, Habitat for Humanity and the Pep Club.

Alexis has been inducted into the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Social Sciences Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. She earned AP Scholar recognition for her performance on AP exams, and she was selected to participate in the St. Jude Scholars of Tomorrow Program.  Strongly committed to community service, Alexis is the founding member of Brian's Touch, a nonprofit organization she started in memory of her uncle. She serves as a
Special Needs Buddy, volunteers in the ECC at St. Agnes-St. Dominic, and tutors students at St. Michael's School. 

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Congratulations to our 6th-8th grade students for their outstanding academic achievements in the classroom.

Congratulations to our 6th-8th grade students for their outstanding academic achievements in the classroom.
View the 1st Quarter 6th-8th Grade Honor Rolls

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Congratulations to the following St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School faculty and staff who were honored for their dedication and service at the recent Diocesan In-Service conference.

Congratulations to the following St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School faculty and staff who were honored for their dedication and service at the recent Diocesan In-Service conference.

20 years of Service: Bobby Ireland, Jim Lassandrello, Mary McNelis, Becki Slattery, and Kathy Zanone

25 years of Service: Chuck Henry, JoAnn Lynn, and Maria Smith

St. John Bosco Award for the Total Christian Formation of Students - Kelly Mungle

St. Sebastian Exemplary Coaching Award - Cynthia Giannini

St. Cecilia Fine Arts Award - DeEtta Jones

St. Maria Goretti Counseling Award - Cathy Bennett

Good Samaritan Award - Elizabeth Bennett

Christ the Teacher Award - Kathy Boccia

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Twenty-six St. Agnes and St. Dominic 7th graders were identified in the Duke Talent Search this year.

 

Twenty-six St. Agnes and St. Dominic 7th graders were identified in the Duke Talent Search this year. Every year Duke’s 7th Grade Talent Identification Program identifies academically qualified students and invites them to take above–level college entrance examinations (SAT or ACT) alongside high school students to learn more about their abilities. To qualify for this program, students must score in the 95th percentile on specific portions of their achievement tests. Eligibility for enrollment is an honor and indicates outstanding intellectual ability.   

Congratulations to our Duke Scholars. St. Agnes Academy:  Claire Berkenstock, Isabella Beyer, Meaquaria Bishop, Aubrey Bubrig, Emma Coady, Micah Cross, Daijah Dailey, Corinne Emanuel, Addie Heehs, Ella Hershberger, Avery Holdeman, India Stout and Anna Zanone.

St. Dominic School: Cade Brigance, Tim Bula, Asher Hodge, Zach Kuntzman, Hardy Lamberson, Thomas Miller, Caleb Mulrooney, DR Nunn, Harper Poppenheimer, Hayden Roe, Sean Rogers, Luke Shah and William Simonton

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St. Agnes Academy seniors Abby Heck and Allison Raney have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

St. Agnes Academy seniors Abby Heck and Allison Raney  have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Abby Heck is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. She has earned AP Scholar honors, granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. She is a four-year member of the Beta Club and served as President, and she is a member of the STEM Club and participates in the Star Connection Program.

An exceptional golfer, Abby has competed as a member of the SAA Stars varsity golf team since she was an eighth grader. She is a two-time state champion. She has been named a Best of the Preps Finalist for four years and named Golfer of the Year for two years. Abby competed in the 2016 U.S. Girls Junior Championship advancing to the Round of 64. She was named to the American Junior Golf Association 2015 Junior All-Star Team and was the 2015 Bubba Conlee National Junior Champion. Abby has committed to play golf at the University of Notre Dame where she plans to study Pre-Med.

Allison Raney is the captain of the St. Agnes Mathletes team and Vice President of the STEM Club. During the summer of 2016 she was one of only 40 students accepted to the prestigious Tennessee Governor's School for Computational Physics at Austin Peay State University. During this three-week camp she studied college level topics combining physics, calculus and computer science and visited the National Space Science Technology Center, a part of NASA, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Allison is a member of the National Honor Society and National English Honors Society. She serves as the President of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society as well as Treasurer & Secretary of the National Latin Honors Society. She earned AP Scholar with Distinction honors, which is granted to students who receive an average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and at least a 3 on five or more exams.  Allison has played the violin for nine years, and she has been a member of the Memphis Youth String Orchestra and the St. Agnes Ensemble. She is a four-year member of the SAA Trap Team. Allison plans to study Physics and Computer Science in college.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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