AMY PARTAIN

AMY PARTAIN
April 3, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. In the last month, life has changed for Americans. Our current situation of social distancing and stay-at-home orders has, at the very least, disrupted plans and, at the worst, has completely changed lives. Life for those who attend St. Mary’s High School has, of course, also been affected. As plans are shifting, one thing remains consistent for those associated with St. Mary’s — the community.


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March 20, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. If life were going according to schedule, this week St. Mary’s High School students would have been working to stay focused as they approached spring break. On Wednesday, most would have participated in the sacrament of reconciliation, and Friday they would have celebrated Mass together before parting ways for the last break before the end of the school year. Instead, students have been at home this week, continuing their studies through online learning as the COVID-19 virus has, at least temporarily, changed the face of life in the US.


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March 6, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Two events that happen only once every four years — the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and Leap Day — occurred on the same day this year, Feb. 29. Yet, the United States’ most exclusive marathon was especially memorable for Colorado Springs runner Stephen VanGampleare, a 2008 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, who qualified for the trials for the first time. Van Gampleare finished 58th out of 175 men with a time of 2:20:15 at the trials, which were held in Atlanta.


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February 7, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. On Jan. 24, St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Paul Weatherly, class of 1974; Lanny Whiteside DeRoeck, class of 1990; Andy Nigro, class of 2004; Rachael Broerman Friedrich, class of 2007; and Andrew Cornella, class of 2011. The St. Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame honors those who have made outstanding contributions to St. Mary’s athletics.


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January 17, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Four years ago, the 57 seniors who made up the St. Mary’s High School class of 2016 left a big mark on the school and the surrounding community.


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December 20, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Christmas break has begun for students at St. Mary’s High School, but in the weeks leading up to break, the students were busy spreading the love of Christmas throughout the Colorado Springs community. Some of these holiday service projects are long-standing, while others are new, but through them all, the St. Mary’s students showed that they are inspired by their faith to live out the love of Christ to those around them.


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November 15, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS.  In his quest to invent the light bulb, Thomas Edison was quoted as saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” St. Mary’s sophomores and Corpus Christi alums Cameron Baker and Justin Fauson can relate. They experienced many failures as they worked to use 3D printing technology to support two local multiple sclerosis practices. However, just as Edison did, Baker and Fauson persevered, and now their design will help area multiple sclerosis (MS) patients better understand their disease.


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October 18, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. As area eighth graders are contemplating their high school choices, St. Mary’s High School invites them to join the Pirate student body for a day during one of the school’s upcoming Eighth Grade Shadow Days.

The first shadow day of the 2019-2020 school year is Wednesday, Oct. 23. Parents can join in that day, too, with a parent open house from 9-11 a.m., when they will hear from current students about the St. Mary’s difference.


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October 4, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. When Americans think of poverty, lack of material needs is usually what first comes to mind. Yet, humans can experience poverty in a number of different ways. That is the premise of a project undertaken by Father Joe Dygert’s Catholic Social Teaching class at St. Mary’s High School. When three current seniors reflected on their experiences with the project last year, they found their perspectives changed as they encountered the homeless of Colorado Springs through the project.


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September 20, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. Since it was dedicated in 2006, The Grace Center has always been about community. In fact, the community aspect of the center was so important that it is part of the facility’s proper name: The Grace Center for Athletics and Community Service.


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August 2, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. In September of 1885, the Sisters of Loretto opened the doors of their first Colorado Springs school, which would eventually become St. Mary’s High School, with the desire to provide a Catholic education in an intimate environment. The goal to bring affordable Catholic education to the Colorado Springs community has not changed in 134 years. This September St. Mary’s will host its 43rd Golf Classic, an event that started in the 1970s to raise funds for tuition assistance, continuing to support the original mission of the school.


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June 7, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. Middle School STEM Camp at St. Mary’s High School is going to be bigger and better than ever — literally. The 2019 camp has been expanded to five days and the hours have been extended too, running 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day from July 8-12.
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May 17, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. When Colleen Carroll Campbell arrived at St. Mary’s High School in the fall of 1989 as a sophomore, she thought nothing about her drive for perfection. In fact, if anything, she thought striving for perfection pushed her to achieve her goals. Her dream was to become an actress and those first-place finishes at speech and debate tournaments would only help her on the quest. Now, as a journalist and mother of four, Campbell explores perfectionism in her new book, “The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s,” which will release on May 21.
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April 19, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. As Ben Bodnar and Daniel Zill entered their second season on the forensics team at St. Mary’s High School in the fall of 2018, both knew they wanted to try a new event, duo interpretation. Together they looked at pieces and chose Wayne and Shuster’s “Rinse the Blood Off My Toga,” a parody of ancient Rome and Julius Caesar with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in, for its general story and fun lines. As they began those early practices of the piece in the fall, they had no idea that it would take them to the finals in the CHSAA State Speech and Debate Tournament in February, where they eventually placed fourth.
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April 5, 2019  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. In 1969, Neil Armstrong famously made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when he became the first person to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Fifty years later, St. Mary’s High School, inspired by that famous scientific event, hopes to make one giant leap for its students at this year’s “Out of This World”-themed Annual Gala. Funds raised during the 2019 special Gift from the Heart appeal at the gala will be used to bring the school’s science labs into the 21st century. The gala is Saturday, April 27, at The Antlers Hotel and will include dinner, a silent and live auction, dancing and more. For more information about the gala, to register online or to donate to the Gift from the Heart appeal, visit www.smhscs.org.
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