Check out this outstanding feature on SAA-SDS Jr. High teacher Juan Monserrat, named Memphis Parent Magazine Outstanding Teacher of the Month.
Click here to access the Upper School Summer ePacket for all information about preparations for the 2018-2019 school year. Upper School 2nd semester grades are posted on "My Backpack".
At the Orpheum’s annual High School Musical Awards, SAA junor Taylor Brown won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Asaka in Once on This Island.
Each year public, private, and parochial schools in Memphis and the surrounding area have the opportunity to submit a musical performance for adjudication and possible nominations in the Orpheum High School Musical Awards. This year 29 schools participated in the competition, and the St Agnes Theatre Department received six nominations for the performance of Once On This Island. Nominations included Best Small Ensemble - the gods, Best Front of House, Outstanding Artistic Element - the storm, Outstanding Lighting, Outstanding Technical Achievement, and Outstanding Supporting Actress - Taylor Brown as Asaka.
Fifty cast members, parents, and friends of the program attended the awards show on May 24 to cheer on St Agnes. SAA students Kennedy Hall, Kourtney Pryor, and Summer Edwards danced in the opening and closing numbers, and Taylor Brown performed with other nominees for Best Supporting Actors and Actresses, shining with a significant solo in the group song. Congratulations to these incredibly talented students!
The SAA Stars Track team won two state titles and finished 6th overall as a team at the TSSAA State Track Championships at Middle Tennessee State University on Friday, May 25. The Stars capped off a great season, breaking four school records.
Sophomore Kate Sander won the Division 2 Pole Vault title with a vault of 11’6”.
The 4x800 meter relay team of Marisa Lewis, Carolyn Barksdale, Abby Williams and Rebecca Calderoni ran a season best 9:46.0 to win the state title beating archrival Harpeth Hall in SAA’s signature race. This was the 4th SAA state championship in the 4x800 race in the last seven years.
Freshman Mya Rogers finished 3rd in the 400 meters with a personal best time of 59.5, and sophomore Keana Dotson placed 5thin the 100 High Hurdles.
The 4x100 meter relay team of CeCe Aaron, Olivia Berntson, Keana Dotsonand Mya Rogers came in 5thplace.
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Graduation Schedule Streaming Live at SAA-SDS:
- May 19 - SAA Upper School Graduation @ 9:30 am
- May 22 - SAA 8th Grade Graduation @ 10:30 am
- May 23 - SDS 8th Grade Graduation @ 10:30 am
- May 24 - Kindergarten Graduation @ 9:00 am
The St. Agnes Academy Class of 2018 was honored during a beautiful Baccalaureate Mass and Ceremony at St. Louis Church. Following the Liturgy, awards were presented, and the seniors were inducted into the Alumnae Association during the traditional candle lighting ceremony continuing the light of sisterhood. The Class of 2018 earned $9.6 Million in scholarships, and they were offered admission to over 70 colleges and universities from coast to coast. The class earned over 340 Scholarships for academics, arts, athletics, leadership and service.
The following awards were presented during the Baccalaureate:
HONORS IN THE CLASS OF 2018
The Barbara H. Daush Valedictory Medal
Third Honors Medal
DEPARTMENTAL ACADEMIC AWARDS:
Instrumental – Lauren Bean
Vocal – Abby Clark
Visual Arts Medal
The Mertie Buckman Medal
The Mr. Bill Cate Excellence in Social Sciences Medal
The Saint Agnes Medal
The Dr. Joy Maness Excellence in French Medal
The Mr. Frank R. Martinez Excellence in Spanish Medal
Colleges Offering Admission to the St. Agnes Academy Class of 2018
Arkansas State University
Austin Peay State University
California Polytechnic State University
Christian Brothers University
Clark Atlanta University
College of Charleston
College of Charleston Honors College, South Carolina
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
DePaul University Honors Program
Florida State University
George Washington University
Lake Forest College
Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College
Loyola University of Chicago
Loyola University of New Orleans
Marymount Manhattan College Honors Program
Middle Tennessee State University
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University Shackouls Honor College
Montana State University
Murray State University
New York University
Ouachita Baptist University
Oxford College of Emory University
Point Park University
Saint Louis University
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Methodist University
Spring Hill College
Texas Christian University John V. Roach Honors College
The New School
Thomas Aquinas College
Tulane University Honors Program
University of Alabama
University of Alabama Honors College
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas Honors College
University of Central Arkansas
University of Colorado
University of Colorado Boulder Honors Program
University of Georgia
University of Georgia Honors Program
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Memphis
University of Memphis Helen Hardin Honors College
University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi Lott Leadership Institute
University of Mississippi Provost Scholars Program
University of Mississippi Sally McDonald Barksdale Honors College
University of Missouri
University of Notre Dame
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee Chancellor's Honors Program
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Tennessee, Martin
University of Utah Honors College
University of Virginia
University of West Florida
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington and Lee University
St. Agnes Academy is pleased to announce the top honors in the Class of 2018. Congratulations to Valedictorian Caroline Melancon, Salutatorian Abigail Sellers, and the recipient of Third Honors Sophia Bufalino.
Valedictorian – Caroline Melancon
The St. Agnes Academy Valedictorian for the Class of 2018 is Caroline Melancon. A National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with distinction, Caroline will enroll at the University of Notre Dame in the fall where she plans to study astronomy and pursue a career with NASA.
An outstanding scholar and leader, Caroline is a member of the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, La Societe Honoraire de Francais, Bill Cate Rho Kappa National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and the National English Honor Society. She is a four-year member of the National Beta Club and Key Club. Active in the St. Agnes theatre program, Caroline has worked as production assistant, working lights and sound for the various school plays and musicals. Caroline has exhibited a deep commitment to community service and is a recipient of the school’s Gold Medal Presidential Volunteer Award for completing over 250 hours of service. She volunteers her time as a tutor in the Math Lab at SAA. She serves as a group leader on the retreat team that plans and coordinates retreats for the Upper School, as well as a Peer Mentor guiding freshmen through the transition to high school.
In addition to Notre Dame, Caroline was also admitted to Loyola University, Chicago where she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship. She also earned a Tennessee Hope Educational Scholarship and a General Assembly Merit Scholarship. Caroline is the daughter of Brent and Melinda Melancon.
Salutatorian – Abigail Sellers
St. Agnes Academy Salutatorian Abigail Sellers has distinguished herself as a scholar and athlete. A 15-year student at St Agnes, Abby is a National Merit Commended Student and earned recognition as an AP Scholar. She is a member of the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society as well as the Bill Cate Rho Kappa Social Sciences Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Abby is captain of the SAA Mathletes team, as well a four-year participant in Youth in Government and Model United Nations. She is also the captain of the cross-country team and the distance track team.
A talented equestrienne,Abby began horseback riding when she was only five years old, and she has been showing competitively since she was eight. She has qualified for the junior hunter championships the past four years, and last summer she won a team silver medal at the 2017 USHJA Zone Jumper Championships at the highest height offered, 1.35 meters. Following graduation Abby plans to spend a year competing internationally. In the fall of 2019 she will enroll in the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University where she received the Texas Christian University Deans Scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
Abby was also accepted to the University of Notre Dame, Auburn University, and the University of Georgia Honors Program where she earned a Presidential Leadership Scholarship and Waiver. She was also offered admission to the University of Mississippi State Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College where she earned an Academic Excellence Scholarship, an Academic Excellence Non-Resident Scholarship and a Holmes Scholarship, and she was accepted at the University of Memphis where she earned a Cecil C. Humphreys Presidential Scholarship. Abby is the daughter of Todd and Heather Sellers.
Third Honors – Sophia Bufalino
Sophia Bufalino earned Third Honors in the St. Agnes Academy Class of 2018. In the fall Sophia will enroll in the University of Virginia, and she plans to pursue a career as a doctor. Known by her friends and family as a “science girl,” Sophia has always had a profound interest in science, and during her senior she volunteered at the Pink Palace Museum. Using a microscope cart, she used her passion and knowledge of biology to teach children the difference between plant cells and animal cells.
Sophia earned honors as an AP Scholar with Distinction. She is a four-year competitor on the St. Agnes Mathletes team and serves as a tutor in the Math Learning Center. She is Vice President of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). Through her work with HOSA she has helped to raise awareness for mental illnesses. She has been inducted into the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Bill Cate Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. She has participated in Model United Nations, and is member of the Spanish Club, Key Club and National Beta Club.
Sophia was also accepted to Boston College, the Oxford College of Emory University, and the University of Alabama. She was awarded a Tennessee Hope Educational Scholarship and a General Assembly Merit Scholarship. Sophia is the daughter of Jim and Nikki Bufalino.
The Stars track team finished 2nd overall at the Division II West Regional Championship, and they are the Regional Runners-up for the third straight year. The Stars will compete at the state meet in Murfreesboro later in May. The Stars made school history by qualifying 11 athletes for the state meet. Go Stars!
Results of the Division II West Regional :
The 4x100 team of Mya Rogers, Olivia Berntson, Keana Dotson, and CeCe Aaron broke their just established school record and posted the second best time in the state at 49.78.
The 4x400 team of Mya Rogers, Marisa Lewis, Abby Williams and Carolyn Barksdale came in 1st with a time of 4:17.
The 4x 800 team of Marisa Lewis, Carolyn Barksdale, Abby Williams and Rebecca Calderoni came in 1stwith a time of 9:47.1. They improved their season best time by nine seconds and have the second leading time in the state.
Kate Sander came in first in Pole Vault. She is state leader with a height of 11’ 8” and is nationally ranked as a sophomore.
Keana Dotson finished runner-up in the 100 High Hurdles and the 300 Intermediate Hurdles.
Olivia Berntson came in the 2nd in the Pentathlon. She finished 1st in the 4x100, 4th in the 300 IM Hurdles, 4th in the 100 High Hurdles, and 3rd in the Long Jump
During the Feast of St. Catharine celebration students received the Dominican Torch Award - Pictured from l. to. r.: (Row1) Shuler Tidwell (SD3), Emma Casey (SA3), Luke Lucchesi (SD5), Mary Francis Berry (SA4); (Row 2) Jack McLaughlin (SD7), Kendall Stallings (SA12), Melody Green (SA10), and Megan Norsworthy (SA7).
Bishop Martin Holley was our celebrant as the St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School community gathered for the Feast of St. Catharine. As part of the celebration, students were presented the Dominican Torch Awards and Dr. Kathy Zanone was presented the Albertus Magnus Award, which recognizes an outstanding educator who demonstrates the four pillars of the Dominican tradition: Study, Prayer, Community and Service. Our Littlest Stars and Suns even had a special visit with the Bishop
St. Catharine is the saint associated with the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, KY who founded SAA in 1851. In 2010, our sponsorship shifted as seven communities of Dominican Sisters joined together to become the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The Dominican Sisters of Peace sponsor 4 elementary and secondary schools, three universities, and three literacy centers among their considerable missions.
Torch Awards Recognize Students Who Exemplify the Four Pillars
The Torch Awards recognize those students who exhibit, by their example, the four pillars of the Dominican charism: Prayer, Study, Community and Service. Students are nominated for this honor by their classmates and teachers, and the awards are presented twice a year. Below are excerpts from the nominations, which were submitted by classmates and teachers:
Emma Casey: “I think Emma is a good example to others because she is joyful, helpful, truthful and responsible.”
Shuler Tidwell: “I nominate Shuler because he is very kind and respectful. He is honest and helpful whenever anyone is in need. He even has good handwriting!!
Mary Frances Berry: “When I look to see what Mary Frances is doing on her computer, she is always on Quizlet, studying for a test. She also reads lots of books. She can put a smile on your face in 5 seconds! Mary Frances follows the Justice, Respect and Peace rules. She has a positive attitude and always tried to help people.
Luke Lucchesi: “I nominate Luke because he always has a smile on his face. He never argues with people and isn’t afraid to speak up and defend people when someone is picking on them.”
Megan Norsworthy: “She goes out of her way to be kind and helpful. Megan works hard to learn and succeed. She is a quiet, reflective person who is focused on God. Her calm spirit eases the stress and worries of those around her.”
Jack McLaughlin:“Jack represents the 4 Pillars to the world. He is the go-to person when someone needs help. He is like a brother to everyone.”
Melody Green: "She always greets you with a smile and is so positive. Her enthusiastic outlook is refreshing to anyone that is around her.”
Kendall Stallings: “Kendall is a beautiful model of graceful leadership. Her confidence and talents are laced with humility. She is a team player who is more concerned with success of the project than accolades for herself."
Students recently unveiled the 2018 issue of Calliope, the award-winning art and literary magazine published by the St. Agnes Academy Upper School.
The student- generated magazine combines creative literature, skilled artwork and defining photography. Calliope is dedicated to preserving and encouraging the arts. The publication is a means of expression for the students of St. Agnes Academy, allowing them to reveal their passions and talents and to have their works published and read by a wide audience. Students at SAA began publishing Calliope in 1986.
The 2018 Calliope Editor-In-Chief is Ellen Lemm, Art Editor is Mary Elizabeth Whittier, and the Literary Editor is Kendall Stallings. Staff members include Lauren Bean, Ruth Ellen Berry, Lucy Brennan, Kayla Cochran, Grace Gage, Denise Geronimo, Amelia Hancock, Gabi Nunnelee, Sarah Grace Price, Geneva Savage, Talia Shadroui, Emma Stark, Brittain Ross,Eliza White and Natacha White. Janis McCarty is the teacher sponsor.
St. Agnes Academy Upper School English teacher, Dr. Kathy Zanone, is the 2018 recipient of the Albertus Magnus Award. The award, presented annually by the St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School Board of Trustees, recognizes an outstanding educator who demonstrates the four pillars of the Dominican charism - Study, Prayer, Community and Service.
Dr. Zanone joined the Upper School faculty in 1997, and her dedication to her students and passion for learning are evident to all.
Members of the Class of 2018 submitted nominations supporting Dr. Zanone for the Albertus Magnus Award. Senior Kendall Stallings wrote, “Dr. Zanone’s passion for teaching is truly inspiring. As one of her current students, I can sincerely say that there is no teacher held in higher regard by students. She is by far the most influential teacher I have had at St. Agnes, and she has a gift for instilling in her students a desire to learn. She has an evident love for English, though she teaches as many life lessons as she does lessons about literature and writing. Finally, she demonstrates a clear commitment to the four pillars and an admirable dedication to teaching.”
Dr. Zanone serves as Chair of the English Department and teaches Honors and AP English 3 and 4. She is the yearbook advisor/journalism teacher, senior class sponsor, and the Upper School Summer Program Coordinator. Additionally she serves on the Teacher Excellence committee. Dr. Zanone earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of Alabama, and Doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi. Her daughter, Anna, is an eighth grader at St. Agnes Academy.
Dr.Kathy Zanone is pictured above with Jim McCullough, Chair of the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees, and Joy Maness, Dean of the Upper School.
On Friday, April 20, students at St. Agnes Academy joined forces with high school students around the country in the National High School Walk Out to rally against school gun violence and encourage the passing of laws to protect students. The Walk Out was held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, and over 2,000 schools nationwide participated.
St. Agnes Upper School students walked out of class at 10:00 a.m. and assembled on the front lawn of the school where they heard from several student speakers as well Gabby Salinas, a St. Agnes alumna and a candidate for Tennessee Senate District 31.
SAA junior Talia Shadroui told her fellow students, “You and I are love and strength and courage. You and I are powerful and resilient. Now is not the time for us to stay quiet. Now is the time to speak up. Now is the time to act.” She was followed by sophomore Veronica Thompson who told classmates, “I have had ENOUGH. Enough of the people who told us we didn’t have a voice. Enough silence. Everyone is stronger together.”
Students all signed a banner reflecting on the reasons they chose to Walk Out. Then they returned to their classrooms sending the message that high school students are taking back their schools – reclaiming schools from gun violence. Prior to the Walk Out, St. Agnes students participated in a series of workshops aimed at teaching the value in listening to another person, hearing their perspective, and attempting to reach a compromise. The workshops included several group activities focused on building empathy.
The Walk Out was coordinated by students in the St. Agnes Facing History and Ourselves program and the Justice, Respect and Peace program. Faculty coordinators are Lauren Boccia and Sara Nearn.
“Our students participated to walk out in solidarity with their peers across the country,” said Lauren Boccia. “Mrs. Nearn and I want to help our students teach other students how to voice their opinion in ways that inspire and motivate peaceful discourse, as well as recognize when to use their collective voice to enact change,” Ms. Boccia said.
St. Agnes Academy senior Alayna Jetton signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career as a Lady Buccaneer at Christian Brothers University.
Alayna has competed as a member of the STARS volleyball team for four years earning numerous honors throughout her career. She was named to the Best of the Preps All Metro team in 2016 and to the Division II AA West All Region First Team. She holds the best percentage for hits and kills in Division II AA and was named to MaxPreps Top 20 Players in Tennessee. In addition to competing for St. Agnes Academy, she also played with the Memphis Volleyball Academy and Memphis Juniors, helping lead her team to a first place finish in the Bluff City Festival and a 2ndplace finish in the Governor’s Games.
An outstanding student and leader in the community, Alayna has earned Summa Cum Laude honors for six semesters at St. Agnes and has been inducted into the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. She was recently accepted into the Volunteen Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Alayna plans to pursue a career in medicine.
The St. Agnes Academy Canstruction team won first place in the Structural Ingenuity category at the 2018 Canstruction competition held at the University of Memphis on April 6. The Structural Ingenuity Award, which is based on innovative structural design as shown through complexity and stability, is the Civil Engineering award for the competition.
The St. Agnes team competed against students from 17 area high schools. In the competition teams are charged with building creative theme designs with non-perishable cans of food, benefiting the Mid-South Food Bank. The theme of the SAA build was Sending Hunger Out of This World. The students began brainstorming the design of the structure in the fall and selected the type of cans to be used in the build. They collected 450 cans, or 422 pounds of food, which are being donated to the Mid-South Food Bank.
“The girls planned the design and then made alterations from the paper design to the actual build,” said David Tran, Upper School Faculty Advisor for the team. “Through trial and error, the girls determined the best way to support and balance all the cans in the structure accounting for the slight variations in the cans. They learned how to build a structure within a budget. They also learned how to balance forces to maintain structural integrity, while at the same time planning for environmental factors, such as wind, that that could compromise the structure,” said Mr. Tran
SAA Canstruction team members are Karis Pepke SA9, Veronica Thompson SA10, Valerie Williams SA11 (co-captain), Maria Thompson SA11 (co-captain), Cara Fagan SA11 and Caroline Woods SA11. The goal of the Memphis Canstruction Jr competition is to increase high school students understanding of civil engineering and the role of the civil engineer in society, as well as to raise awareness about hunger in the Mid-South.