Celebrating the Successes of 2019

January 4, 2020

The end of the year always finds the circulation of many lists counting down the major events that happened. And before we ring in 2020, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2019. It would be impossible to rank them in order […]

The end of the year always finds the circulation of many lists counting down the major events that happened. And before we ring in 2020, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2019.

It would be impossible to rank them in order of importance, so they are listed randomly:

  1. St. Patrick School hired Mrs. Cortney Smith as our new PS-8th grade principal. Mr. Hodge will work as the high school principal and oversee our new advancement and development program. Mrs. Jenny Garcia, who filled in during the 2018-19 school year in a part-time role was hired as our new full-time school counselor for the 2019-20 school year.
  2. St. Patrick School launched an advancement and development program which will provide our current generation the opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations of Shamrocks.
  3. During the spring of her senior year, senior Annalise Gunderman was the track and field Division IV state champion in the 400-meter dash.
  4. The Class of 2019 graduated in May with 24 out of the 25 students enrolling in higher education with $534,295 in committed scholarship money. Six had a grade point average over a 4.0 and 24 out of the 25 had a grade point average over a 3.0. Three signed letters of intent to participate in college athletics.
  5. As the 2019 year was winding down, senior Olivia Fogarty and our school counselor, Mrs. Garcia, created a week of activities which helped our students and staff with awareness of issues relating to mental health which we called Mental Health Awareness week.
  6. We fully implemented our 1:1 Chromebook initiative by adding Chromebooks for our 6th and 7th grade students. All students in grades 6-12 now have a Chromebook assigned to them that they use for academic purposes.
  7. The varsity football team finished as state runner up in 8-man Division II. They advanced to the state finals before losing to 2018 Division I runner up Pickford in the Superior Dome in Marquette.
  8. A number of major projects were completed at St. Patrick School and Parish over the summer. This includes the installation of a new roof on the school and a new floor in the school gym. The pole barn destroyed by the tornado of 2015 was rebuilt and many smaller projects were completed throughout the parish.
  9. Freshman Cozette (Cozie) Brown set the school record in cross country medaling in four invitationals. She is the first female runner in school history to finish second team in our conference (CMAC) and to qualify for the state meet. She finished 75th in the Division IV state meet out of 238 runners. These accomplishments led her to be named the Portland Beacon Student Athlete of the Month for October.
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