Information For  SM Students



We will be live streaming the 141st Commencement Exercise on  May 27, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. for family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the ceremony at University of the Pacific.

Be sure to like our FaceBook page at

to access the live stream. 

 Just before 9:00 A.M., the live stream will start on our

Facebook page



Offered over the summer exclusively for St. Mary's students, this workshop enables students to improve their scores on both the new SAT and the ACT.  We accomplish this through detailed study of the tests, practicing the tests, and personalized feedback.  Based on research and numerous years of experience, Mr. Brehm will guide students through these notoriously difficult tests, review all of the shortcuts, and also examine individuals' strengths and weaknesses.  This is a great course for elevating low scores or for pushing high scores to get even better!


The workshop will be offered from June 26-July 14, 2017.  Tuition is $220 and includes the cost of the books.  This offering will depend on enrollment.  Please submit your application to the main office before Friday, May 26. 


For any questions, please contact Mr. Brehm at or  (209)957-3340 x. 261.


Application Form



2017 Summer Reading List





9TH GRADE:              THE PEARL by John Steinbeck

in 2017-18


10TH grade  

CP:                             SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana DeRosnay 

Honors:                      LOST CITY RADIO by Daniel Alarcon

       in 2017-18                          



11TH grade:              OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck

in 2017-18


12TH grade:              BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

       in 2017-17



All students (10-12) must read a second

book of their choice from the elective list.



*I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World " by M. Yousafzai & P.McCormick:

     *Young Readers Edition



*Classic Palmer by J. Feinstein



*The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Science Fiction:

*The Martian by Andy Weir



*Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich 


*The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw


Historical Fiction:

*All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren



*Leaping at Shadows by Megan Atwood


     All students EXCEPT incoming freshmen are expected to read two books for summer reading. One book is from the required list above by grade level. Incoming freshmen are to read the REQUIRED book only.


 The second book is the student's choice from the elective list above.


All books will be a major part of the student's first quarter grade in English. The required book will be tested and it will be 5% of the student's first quarter English grade.



 The elective book will also be tested and it will be 5% of the first quarter English grade.  


The above books are available at Barnes and Noble.  St. Mary's High School will not stock these books either in the main office or in the Ram Center.



Senior Transcripts


Seniors: If you haven't already done so please register for an account with You will need the registration code that was emailed to you last Thursday. 

This is mandatory as all colleges/universities (Jr. College included) require an official transcript.


Please sign up today for a Parchment account so your transcripts can be sent electronically to the college(s) of your choice!  You can also use Parchment to print your transcript for CSF.




Senior class parents and students are reminded to log on to and to register for the SAT and ACT Tests.


Students and parents are advised to read and study the requirements for initial eligibility formulated in the Guide for the Collegebound Student Athlete.  Access to this guide is available on the NCAA website at


SAT / ACT Junior class parents and students are reminded to log on to and to register for the SAT and ACT Tests. 


Each year the master (SMHS) calendar includes the dates of the ACT and SAT.  These college admissions tests are not offered on the SM campus.  We promote the dates as a courtesy to our students for planning purposes.  Students are required to register for these tests through an online portal.  At that time, test takers may choose a location that serves as a national testing site.


Kaplan Test Prep is offering St. Mary's High School free access to their Online Prep Courses for the PSAT, SAT and ACT.  Information on how to register is provided on each counselor's faculty website. If you need further assistance with any of these programs, please contact Kaplan at 1-800-KAPTEST or contact our Kaplan representative, Katherine Plommer via email at  


Do You Have A Vocation?


Is God calling you to be a priest, a brother or a  member of a religious community?  Have you felt a need to serve God's people, to minister to their needs and help them find out about the love of God?

Ask Fr. Matthew Issac or go to for more information.


Are you ready to Wake Up the World?


Vocations Prayer Card










Christian Service


The program is designed to encourage and facilitate students’ active involvement in service, faith development, personal leadership and giving back to the community. Students will be required to complete 10 hours of Community Service during their freshman year, and continue with annual service hours throughout their 4 years at St. Mary’s. Sixty hours of service must be completed to participate in graduation. All sixty hours must be completed by the end of the Fall Semester, of the senior year. Requirements per year are as follows: Freshmen-10 hours; Sophomores-10 hours; Juniors-20 hours; and, Seniors-20 hours. Christian Service Link

When You Turn 18 Guide


As students turn 18 years old, the law views them differently with respect to both rights and responsibilities. This publication offers an overview of how your world changes when you become a legal adutl.


To order the guide free of charge, send an email to Please specify the number of guides desired and include a complete mailing address (p.o. boxes are not acceptable). There is no charge for the guide or for shipping, nor is there a limit on how many can be ordered.



We are working to create a positive game environment for our student athletes and our student spectators. We would love to see students from every grade level involved in the campus life at St. Mary's and this is one of the best ways that we can offer such an experience. Here's what every member of The Machine will receive.

  • Free admission to all home, non-CIF games for ALL sports, all year.

  • Choice of one of three, limited edition Green Machine t-shirts in green, white, or black that can be worn to school on Fridays and, of course, to games.

  • Be eligible to take advantage of give-a ways like free food, free t-shirts, free play-off tickets, even some free play tickets and much more. 

  • Priority seating in our student section - the whole Ram Fam is welcome there!

  • Getting the most out of your high school experience and creating life-long memories. 

You can stay updated on everything Green Machine by following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine @SMGreenMachine. We post game updates and pictures to showcase the Rams and their fans. 


*These links are not not officially sponsored  nor under the control of St. Mary’s High School. The links are provided solely as a convenience to the user. The inclusion of this link is not a recommendation of nor an  endorsement of the views expressed within them. The views and opinions are solely those of the authors of the content contained therein. St. Mary’s is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in the site.

The cost for the Green Machine is $30 but it will save you lots of money over the course of the year. The more you get involved, the more you save.  If you attend only 4 football games and 2 volleyball games in the fall you will already have participated in more than $30 in SMHS activities.


You can sign up in the Athletics Office at any time but the sooner the better so we can make our shirt order. If you have any questions, you can contact me,  Sarah Buhr, the Green Machine Moderator,  via email at  



Refer a Student


Current students, parents, alumni, and friends play an important role in our student enrollment. We encourage you to e-mail or call us directly to recommend a prospective student to St Mary's High School. Once we receive the information from you, we will send the prospective student all of the appropriate admission information. Email: aknowles@ or Phone: 209-957-3340


Scholarship Information


Several private universities require the PROFILE form. The PROFILE application form can be completed online at GPA verifications will be sent automatically for all seniors.


Parents wishing to receive periodic announcements and updates from the Scholarship Counselors may join a group email through our school website at the scholarship page.


Volunteer Opportunities


St. Mary's students have many opportunities to volunteer to help the community, the world and themselves. Some possible opportunities include:



Catholic Charities

Provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of the local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.




Saint Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room

Serving the needs of Stockton's poor and homeless by providing food, medical care and clothing.





Red Rhino Orphanage Project


The Red Rhino Orphanage Project’s mission is to house and educate some of the most desperate and unfortunate children in Kenya, enabling them to become contributing members of society and leaders of the next generation






Your Local Catholic Parish


Numerous volunteer opportunities present themselves from youth ministry to liturgy.




News For And About SM Students


Neehah Young Given Award


Neehah Young, a standout player for the Rams women's basketball team was awarded the Scholastic Athletic Achievement Award by the Jesters Club of Stockton recognizing her remarkable academic performance while still being an incredible athlete.


Mission Reflection


13 students and 3 adults recently went on St. Mary's 2nd Mission Trip to New Orleans, Louisiana during Easter Break, April 17-22, led by Mr. Kevin Costello. The first trip, to Mission, Texas was led by Mrs. Margo Kozna in 2016.


In an area still recovering from the devastation of Hurrican Katrina 12 years ago, they painted the home of a local pastor who had a horrifying experience during Katrina and whose message of faith in the Lord and perseverance moved everyone to tears.


Say's Director of Campus Ministry, Kevin Costello: "I could not have been more proud of our students for their positive attitude, work ethic, exemplary behavior and expression of faith throughout the trip. It is an experience that will carry with all of us throughout our lives."


Below are some testimonials of students that participated in the Mission Trip:


"The Mission Trip to New Orleans was even better than I expected it to be. I never thought I would learn so much and become deeply attached to the culture of the city as I did. The welcoming attitude and thankfulness of the people we met made the hard work and sacrifice worth it, and I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone who is considering going." -Maddie Orlando


"Going to New Orleans for  this year's Mission Trip was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Seeing the people we helped being so grateful and hopeful and witnessing their connection to God gave me a whole new perspective. I was able to form close relationships with people I had a share experience with, as well as grow closer to God. I truly feel blessed to have had this opportunity, and I am so grateful to everyone involved who made such a huge impact on me." -Brooklynn Quinn


The Mission Trip to New Orleans this year was absolutely amazing. Even though many of these people live in poor conditions, they care for one another and have an immense faith in the Lord. By simply painting a house, a bunch of high schoolers were able to have an impact on the New Orleans community and spread Christ's message of service." Maddie Berry


2016-2017 Rammys


St. Mary’s Theatre 2016-2017 “Rammy” Awards were given during the 10th annual Theatre Dinner held at the Stockton Golf and Country Club, along with the announcement that next years productions would be Romeo and Juiliet in the fall and Guys and Dolls in the spring.


SM Theatre 2016-2017 “Rammy” Awards

  • Most Promising Male Newcomer: David Stoner

  • Most Promising Female Newcomer: Hallie Sullivan

  • Best Cameo Actor The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Cy Ustach as Death

  • Best Cameo Actress The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Hallie Sullivan as Claire

  • Best Cameo Actor The Wiz: Timothy McGuire as Yellow Brick Road

  • Best Cameo Actress The Wiz: Janell Parnell as The Tornado

  • Best Shift Crew The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Krystal Hortizuela

  • Best Support Crew The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Rebecca Atienza for Makeup Team/ Dresser

  • Best Shift Crew The Wiz: Trey Novara

  • Best Support Crew The Wiz: Lauren McEnerney for Follow Spot

  • Best Ensemble The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Sophia De Ocampo

  • Best Male Ensemble The Wiz: Spencer Loewen

  • Best Female Ensemble The Wiz: Uche Nwabuzoh

  • Best Character Actor: David Stoner as Winged Monkey in The Wiz

  • Best Character Actress: Abrefi Adubofour as Yvonne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Chan as Scarecrow in The Wiz

  • Best Supporting Actress: Adelaide Hicks as Glinda in The Wiz

  • Best Lead Crew The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Suzi Scelzi as Shift Head

  • Best Lead Crew The Wiz: Julia Lara as Deck Manager

  • Best Lead Actor: Benji Albala as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Best Lead Actress: Victoria Vicuńa as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Gypsy Robe Award: Cassie Robinson

  • Director’s Award: Adelaide Hicks

  • St. Genesius Outstanding Crew Award: Michael Lara



Navinder Singh and Sharon Dong

who received Special Recognition Awards at the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.

The award ceremony took place May 6th.


Record Pinnacle Awards Honors Top Students


The Stockton Record honors seniors in our community who have demonstrated academic ability and service to school and community with the annual Pinnacle Awards. St. Mary's Lindsay Essoyan, with a  4.71 gpa was chosen as a Pinnacle Award Recipient.

Lindsay, in addtion to the full load of AP classes was also a multi-year member of the St. Mary's women's volleyball team and is  involved in many clubs at St. Mary's

In addition to Lindsay, the following students were given the award of "Distinguished Student":

Zoe Bautista

Marina Georgies

Timothy McGuire

Siddharth Saharan

Caroline Stephens

Anais Tsai

Congratulations to all of these wonderful students!




May Crowning


The St. Mary's Community gathered in front of the beautiful statue of Mary, the patroness of our school, to honor her with a centuries old Catholic tradition of May Crowning. Fr. Matthew Issac led the students, faculty and staff in prayer, a beautiful rendition of Hail Mary was sung during the crowning with the blessed wreath followed by a decade of the rosary reflecting on the life of Christ.




















Powder Puff Game



Powder Puff Game


The 2017 Powder Puff game between the Senior and Junior classes was a hard fought contest between two equally strong opponents. After a pitched battle, the Juniors eked out a 19-18 win over the Seniors to claim this years title.










Choirs Get Forum Music Festival Awards



Congratulations to our Prima Voce Choir, Band and Concert Choir, directed by Mr. David Tanner, for all receiving a Silver Rating at the Forum Music Festival in Southern California yesterday . They now rank in the top 20% of the overall high schools in the country.



Honors for Women's Basketball Players


St. Mary's stellar women's basketball phenom Aquira DeCosta was chosen for the USA Basketball squad that will compete in the 2017 U18 3 X 3 World Basketball Championships this summer in China.


Last year Aquira competed in the U-17 team for the United States, playing in Europe and bringing home a championship for our country.


Aquira  has also been named a fourth-team All-American by MaxPreps.  DeCosta,averaged 18 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions.










Neenah Young, the steadying hand on the team, has been named the Sac-Joaquin Section Player of the Year by NorCalPreps. Young put up 15.5 points and 5.9 boards per game, making a team-high 64 3-pointers. She has also been named First Team for Northern California by Yahoo Sports.


















Hosmer and Williams on US Olympic Development


Matthew Hosmer and Hailey Williams, both Rams water polo players, have been selected for the USA


Water Polo Olympic Development National Team Selection Camp at the end of the national championship tournament. Hosmer and Williams both recently competed for the Central Zone boys and girls teams at the Olympic Development National Championships in Livermore.


Both Hosmer and Williams are former USA Cadet National Team members.


First Annual Best of the Record All Star Preps


The following student-athletes have been named to the Best of the Record AII-Star Preps team for the 2016-17 school year. By achieving this, they have earned an invitation 10 the Best of the Record AII-Star Preps awards banquet June 15th at the Stockton Arena. The banquet will feature Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr as the celebrity speaker

Popo Aumavae - Football

Tre Jenkins- Football

Marcus Aponte - Football

Parker Jory - Water Polo

Dewey Cotton - Football

Hannah Ketcherside - Tennis

Jake Dunniway - Football

Sydney Marks - Volleyball

David Ford - Football

Natasha Mich - Volleyball

Dusty Frampton- Football

Cole Norgaard - Football

Keaton Hampton - Football

Hailey Williams - Water Polo

Matthew Hosmer - Water Polo

Karl Winter - Cross Country


2017-2018 Student Body Officers



Neenah Young Athlete of the Week

The Record


Neenah Young is a major headache for opposing teams to defend. The St. Mary’s junior is the height of many high school centers, at 5-foot-10, but uses long strides t o run the floor like a point guard. Most importantly, Young can bury 3-pointers with ease, and often in bunches.


Young displayed that stroke by hitting four-of-five 3-point tries, in a 73-57 win over Sacramento McClatchy in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship Saturday at Spanos Center. She added eight rebounds and five blocks in that game, two days after scoring a team-high 16 points (along with Naje Murray) in a rout of Lincoln in the semifinals.


She’s got tremendous experience, as Young was part of the Rams’ CIF State Open Division champion in 2014-15. The then-freshman Young hit two 3-pointers in the championship game against SantaAna-Mater Dei. She took a starting role last season and earned All-Area honors with The Record.


Young is The Record’s Female Athlete of the Week for Feb. 27-March 4. Age: 16 Birthplace: San Jose Position: Guard/forward Years playing basketball: 6 Height: 5-foot-11 Class: Junior Favorite basketball player: Kevin Durant Best basketball player you’ve competed against in high school: Katie Lou Samuelson (Santa Ana-Mater Dei graduate, current UConn starter) Describe coach Tom Gonsalves: “Coach Tom is intense, but it is only to push us to be our best. He has a lot of passion for the game and this team.” How has it been playing with your sister Nicole? “It’s been great. We both know how to motivate each other on the court.” Perfect pregame meal: Pasta What’s your ritual or superstition: “I have one special headband that I wear every game.” Funniest teammate and why? “Jada (Moss) because I can always count on her to make me laugh.”


Students Participate in Rotary Read In



St. Mary's students participated in the 2017 Rotary Read-In on February 23, 2017, St. Mary's read and donated a book to Kindergarten-3rd grade classes at SUSD's King Elementary School. St. Mary's participation in this community-wide event is a long-standing tradition.


A big thank you to our Rotary Read-In Superstars:


Ariana Arceo, Angelo Bingham, Hunter Cordova, Emily Enstrom, Sean Gildea, Feliz Gomez-dePerio, Dean Heath, Delenn Johnson, Gian Lombardi, Ellon Madill, Janell Parnell, Rose Rodgers, Laura Schletewitz, Felicity Smith, Caleb Sylvia, Maddy Zevallos.


St. Mary's Broadcasting Covers Sac-Joaquin Playoff Games at UOP



SMRamsTV was selected by the CIF Sac Joaquin Section and the NFHS Network to broadcast all 12 section championship basketball games live on March 3-4 from the Spanos Center at UOP.  This was a tremendous honor for our program.  The students who work on these games were paid and will be receiving experience they can list on their resume.  In addition, the SM broadcasting program is receiving an honorarium for its efforts.


Tre Jenkins III Athlete of the Week


The Record has chosen Tre Jenkins III as its Athlete of the Week. The paper wrote: "Tre Jenkins III does athletically, as a receiver, safety and kick returner on the St. Mary’s football team, and a versatile forward on the basketball team, 3-point shooting is not usually one of them.


Entering Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal against Folsom, Jenkins had made just two 3s this season. Usually when the unselfish Jenkins had a look beyond the arc, he’d drive or pass the ball to a teammate. But down 53-50, Jenkins drilled a trey at the buzzer as a packed Morelli Gym erupted.


St. Mary’s won in the second OT on Bryce Johnson’s layup via Carson Simi’s steal and assist.


“I’m not known for my 3s,” Jenkins told The Record, “but I’ve been practicing every morning so I think that helped.” Jenkins finished with a team and career-high 20 points, plus nine rebounds, and in a Wednesday rout of Stagg, Jenkins had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.


Jenkins is The Record’s Male Athlete of the Week for Feb. 20-25:


Age: 16 Birthplace: Stockton Height: 6-foot-1 Position: Small forward Class: Junior


Football or basketball? “I love football more because it was the f rst sport that I fell in love with. I also loved playing ‘tackle the dummy.’’’


You’d made two 3s in your varsity career before the big one against Folsom. What was going through you mind on that play? “I wanted to try to get it to one of our many shooters, but once Simi gave me the ball, I knew that I was going to take the shot. I didn’t want our team to go home early and I was confi dent it was going in.”


Describe coach Ken Green: “A coach that understands his players. He knows their strengths and weaknesses and knows how to fire up a team while also keeping us calm.”


Favorite NBA player: “Russell Westbrook because he goes to the rim with authority.”


Perfect pregame meal: Honey ham sandwiches with Sun Chips.


Pregame ritual: “Listening to the same playlist before every game.”


Funniest teammate and why? “Tommy (Rigdon) because of his comments in any situation.”


Dedication of Statue of St. Francis De Sales



On January 26, 2017, Fr. John Fallon, O.S.F.S., the President Emeritus of St. Mary's High School dedicated the statue of St. Francis De Sales that now graces the courtyard of the school. Fr. Fallon prayed that the statue would serve as a reminder to all of the spirituality of St. Francis, known as the "saint of the ordinary" and follow his example in their daily life.


The sculptor and artist who designed and made the statue, Mr. Tony Ramirez, SM Class of 1969 was also present to celebrate the event, joining the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales who have served the school for 46 years.



Making Valentine's Cookies



Nicole from Three Little Birds Cakes visited the C & D period cooking classes and taught the students how to make homemade Valentine's Day cookies.   Thank you Nicole for sharing your talent with us.


Ted Ravago Wins Ameri-Asian Lions Club Speaking Contest


Congratulations to Junior Ted Ravago who won the Amer-Asian Lion's Club Speaking Contest on Tuesday Night.  Ted will advance to the next level of competition to represent Saint Mary's High School.


Crystal Milk Honors SM Football Season on Milk Carton


Crystal Dairy has honored the achievement of the 2016 SM Rams Football Team for being the D1 section champions by imprinting their milk cartons recognizing the championship.









Drumline Celebrates Catholic Schools Week


The SM Drum Line, led by Mr. David Tanner, celebrated Catholic Schools week by giving a performance at Annunciation School on February 3rd to help cap off a week of recognizing the value of our Catholic Schools.


Junior Retreat

Half of the junior class attended a retreat on January 31 at St. Michael's parish in Stockton. The day began with Mass led by Father Mathew Isaac, O.S.F.S.. Following Mass, Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Kevin Costello and a team of senior Campus Ministry Team students led the juniors in a series of activities and talks centered on the theme  "Celebrating Our Diversity."    The rest of the juniors will attend their  retreat on February 7.



Men's Varsity Soccer Shows Spirit of St. Francis De Sales


The Rams' Men's Varsity Soccer Team donated over 600 pairs of socks to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. CEO Adam Cheshire accepted the donation on behalf or the residents. He thanked St. Mary's on Facebook, stating "that it is so wonderful to see so many young people interested in helping the homeless, and in a way that shows such compassion for the challenges of homelessness. Thank you, Saint Mary's High School - Stockton."

Catholic Schools Week Mass



Members of St Mary's Campus Ministry Team with Mr. Kevin Costello and Ms. Laura Howze represented the school at the annual Catholic School Week Mass.


Student Athletes Sign



Eight SM Student Athletes Signed their national letters of intent at St. Mary's on February 1, 2017 with a large crowd of supporters cheering them on.  They are


Popo Aumavae, Football, U of Oregon

Dewey Cotton, Football, CSU Sacramento

To's Heck, Football, Southern Oregon University

Parker Jory, Water Polo, Cal Lutheran

Natalie Kromm, Soccer, University of Jamestown

Cole Norgaard, Football, Washington University

Michael Prefling, Football, Tabor College

Alexis Vilarino, Soccer, UOP


SM Sports History Made: Newest Sport Begins



St. Mary's history was made with the first practice for the newest sport held at the Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club. Led by Coach David Tanner along with assistant coaches Greg Bahr and Dean Heath, more than 20 SM Student Athletes began practice for the Trap Shooting season in the CYSSA.


This organization is a Scholarly group, and values academics as well as shooting.  In fact, in the last 8 years, more than a dozen shooters from the CYSSA program were sent to 4-year universities (ASU, Purdue, Lindenwood University) on full or partial shooting scholarships.  The program has also produced several junior Olympians, as well as 2 shooters at these last Olympics in Rio.


Model UN



The St. Mary's Model UN Club, moderated by Mr. Bart Dykezul is joining 47 other high schools representing 55 nations for a two-day Model UN conference at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose.


Science Camp Volunteers



St. Mary's students volunteered at the annual San Joaquin County Science Camp in Santa Cruz. They assisted as camp counselors during the week, leading nature hikes, dorm monitors and helping instruct the students about natural sciences.


A Visit From Notre Dame and LA Lakers Star Tommy Hawkins



The Notre Dame Club of San Joaquin brought former Notre Dame and LA Laker's basketball star Tommy Hawkins to  Stockton on Friday, January  20th.


Mr. Hawkins came to town to meet with Allison Silva's ('04) fourth grade class. Mr. Hawkins stopped by St. Mary's to talk with some students about his own civil rights story, the value of education and Notre Dame's Fr. Ted Hesburgh.


Mr. Hawkins is a great motivational speaker and has a remarkable personal history which he was kind enough to share with St. Mary's students. He has a unique perspective on  civil rights  due to his life experiences as a prominent athlete at Notre Dame in the late 50's and  then as a pro player and public figure in Los Angeles in the early 60's.


A 6'5" forward, Mr. Hawkins played at the University of Notre Dame, where he became the school's first African-American basketball star. He was then selected by the Minneapolis (later Los Angeles) Lakers in the first round of the 1959 NBA draft, and he had a productive ten-year career in the league, playing for the Lakers as well as the Cincinnati Royals as he registered 6,672 career points and 4,607 career rebounds.


Mr. Hawkins later worked in radio and television broadcasting in Los Angeles and served as vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.


Crop Clothing Drive a Success


The generosity of St. Mary's Students, Faculty and Staff provided a large quantity of new and gently used  clothing for the poor during the annual CROP Clothing Drive. It will be given to St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Hall to distribute to the homeless and needy of our area.





Alisha Miller Gets Honor


Congratulations to Alisha Miller who has been selected as a 2016/2017 Cocal-cola semi-final scholarship recipient.   


Only 1914 were chosen from nearly 86,000 applicants this year because of their outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to their community.   



The Record Article Features Naje Murray

Thomas Lawrence


STOCKTON - She still performs special pregame handshakes with her teammates, wears her black Nike headband and spends every practice, game and moment she can with St. Mary's girls basketball.


But senior guard Naje Murray has been hurting - recently, more emotionally so than physically - for six months. Murray tore the ACL in her right knee in an AAU game in July at Oregon State, and is in the latter stages of recovery and rehabilitation.


While Murray plans on receiving and wearing her brace, and resuming to full-contact practice this week, she had to sit idly as the Rams competed in their annual MLK Showcase on Monday. Murray was a special addition to the pregame starting lineup announcements.


She even forced a smile.


And make no mistake, Murray said, she's made the feigned smile an art form during her recovery.


Murray learned it from former Rams forward Angel Johnson, who missed St. Mary's state championship game in March 2015 while academically ineligible.


"She said, 'Just keep faking a smile, which I've been doing,'" said Murray, donning a long-sleeved, green St. Mary's warmup shirt after the Rams' win on Monday. "There's nothing anyone can say or do ... there's nothing that can fill the void."


Murray has more than just the Rams' impending playoff run to consider. She's signed with San Diego State women's basketball, and has a scholarship and potential four-year college career awaiting her. Murray is still awaiting medical clearance to play.


Her love of hoops and her competitive motor are making her wait feel like an eternity. Those closest to Murray, whether it be her mother Natalia Murray, father Doug Murray, her friends or even Rams coach Tom Gonsalves, are trying to respect the medical process.


"I'm taking doctor's orders," Gonsalves said. "It is important that she's healed."


While Murray hasn't played with St. Mary's since last March, she has played since she tore her ACL.


The trainer at Oregon State believed it was a hamstring pull, and so Murray played AAU ball again soon after in Nashville, Tennessee. When she returned to California for Cal Stars (AAU) practice, and the pain lingered, she underwent an MRI which uncovered the devastating news.


"I was driving to a friend's house" when her mom called her to tell her the prognosis, Murray said. "I pulled over on the side of the road sobbing hysterically."


Once Murray made the news public on social media, word spread quickly. That night, Jacki Gemelos, a McDonald's All-American with St. Mary's in 2006 who's torn her ACL five times, called Murray for support.


"That was a very motivating call to have someone of that stature and experience ... call her and give her a little boost," Doug Murray said. "That was really nice."


Murray, Delta College football's defensive coordinator, has seen a slew of ACL tears and knee injuries in his career. So he's learned to stay grounded as he watches an athlete - this one happens to be his child - recover.


"We want to support her enthusiasm and excitement as it relates to expediting the rehab process, so that she stays on it, stays open-minded and on-track," he said. "...;Ultimately, it will be a medical decision."


Naje Murray began her physical therapy the day after surgery, and early on, did two physical therapy sessions per day.


"Which no one does. I had to," said Murray, who averaged 13 points per game as a junior. "I did aquatic therapy for awhile. My days are long."


Murray currently does one physical therapy session daily, and goes through non-contact drills in practice.


"The minute I hurt myself, I realized that I have to become fearless. I have to be able to play again, and I have to play like myself again. I have so many more years left of basketball," she said.

For four months, Murray's inner circle told her to call it a high school career and recover before college ball.


"A lot of my close friends and family were telling me just sit this year out. Be a leader from the sideline. Over time, they saw how much it was taking a toll on me," she said. "My teammates, they saw...; a lot of tears and heartache that come with sitting for so long."


Murray crouched at half court and surveyed those teammates before Monday's game, and sat near the coaching staff on the bench thereafter. While Murray is reserved in her temporary role, she occasionally bites her nails like teenage LeBron did.


Murray's future in basketball is uncertain. But Murray, who turned 18 on Jan. 7, refuses to be pessimistic.


"I'm just different. I don't have any fear," Murray said. "I trust that it was supposed to happen, and I did it the way I was supposed to do it."



Rampage Club Donates


The Rampage Art Club, made clay ornaments during December and donated them along with a Christmas tree to the InnerCity Action Center in Stockton. The club also held a Candy-Gram Sale with the $250 proceeds also going to the center.

InnerCity Action helps others through difficult times such as homelessness, poverty, addiction, and other life controlling issues.

















Cauldron Gets National Honor


The  2016 Cauldron Yearbook "Living the Legacy" received a First Class ranking from the National Scholastic Press Association. In addition, the 2016 Cauldron yearbook was honored with a Mark of Distinction for Writing and Editing as well as a Mark of Distinction for Photography.










CROP Soup Sales = Sleeping Bags For the Poor


CROP Club's "Soup Sales" that ask for a $1 donation from students, faculty and staff  are part of the Christian outreach on behalf of the St. Mary's High School community. The funds generated are used to assist the homeless and the poor of our community, This Christmas the CROP club, was able to purchase and deliver 80 sleeping bags rated to 5 degrees and deliver them to St. Mary's Interfaith for the homeless in the Stockton area. CROP thanks Big 5 Sporting Goods  and their manager Sean, (mother, Dorothy Blain '72)  who was kind enough to provide a discount to assist in the purchase. Pictured are CROP moderator Margo Kozina and her grandson, Andrew, delivering the sleeping bags.







Sydney Marks Featured in Lodi News Sentinel

David Witte/Lodi News Sentinel


Sydney Marks used to be a softball kid. But by the time she hit high school, she was ready to hang up the cleats.


What she found instead was volleyball, and by her sophomore year at St. Mary’s in Stockton, she knew she belonged on the court.


Sydney was chosen for the 33rd annual Optimist All-Star Volleyball Game at Rio Americano High, where she helped the Division I South Team to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 victory on Saturday.


“It was really fun,” said Marks, the only player outside the Sacramento metro area selected to the game. “My team had a good time playing together, and we ended up winning in three games. They were pretty close.”  Read More >>


Campus Ministry Performs "Gloria"



The students at Annunciation and Presentation received a special Christmas treat as Kevin Costello and the members of the St. Mary's Campus Ministry team presented the play "Gloria" that tells the story of the one angel who, though not fitting in as a singer, not being able to quite accomplish all of the angelic tasks expected, was nevertheless given the honor of announcing the birth of Jesus.


Annual CHiPs$Kids Game



Both sides came ready to play and battle they did in a nip an tuck contest that ended up with a one point win for the Golden Bears of the CHP over the Rams of St. Mary's, 48-47.


The Rams were led into the game by Fr. Matthew Issac, whose on court prowess saw him battle for the ball, rebounding and getting assists. Mrs. Kathy Smith used her authority as principle to make the CHP back away, while Ms. Katherine Esau was hot on the outside shooting.


The Cheer and Drill Teams generously came to cheer the sides on and perform at half-time, something that was truly appreciated by the crowd.


In the end, the goal of getting more toys for the CHiPs4Kids Toy Drive was met as the generosity of the SM community filled up two CHP Patrol units. This in addition to a truck load of toys that was delivered to Stockton CHP from the Senate-Cabinet Toy Drive and given after the Blue Mass.


Thank you to all of the coaches, parent volunteers, the remarkable SM announcers and gym staff, bur most of all to Mrs. Barbara Harada who worked so very hard to get players, coordinate volunteers and helped to publicize the game. Thanks also goes to all of the Faculty who inspired students to attend the game in their own way.


Linemen Feature in The Record


Thomas Lawrence

The Record

You can drool over the Rams' speed and record-breaking offensive statistics all you'd like.


But the biggest (quite literally) reason why St. Mary's football is on the brink of a state championship is 1,925 pounds of pure brawn.


That near ton is the combined weight of the Rams' eight starting linemen, offensive and defensive, but sheer size isn't the key. St. Mary's has gargantuan players, sure, like 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior Popo Aumavae. But the more modest-sized Rams, like 5-8, 215-pound Jordan Stinhilver, pack as much venom as anyone.


Stinhilver, a rabid fan of Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, has a team-high 12 sacks.

"'Stiny' is like a badger," said Rams coach Tony Franks, a former offensive lineman at St. Mary's High and UC Davis. "He's just a fierce, low-to-the-ground, hard-playing, coming-after-you, son of a gun."

St. Mary's and its ferocious lines face San Diego-Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA championship at 8 p.m. Friday at Sacramento State.


Stinhilver and fellow senior Keller Salmon - the 6-3, 250-pound menace who teammates lovingly call "Killer" - hold down the end positions. On the interior are Aumavae, the Sac-Joaquin Section's Lineman of the Year, and junior Anthony Rosales Jr. (5-11, 225).


Rosales has a knack for the big play, like a first-half fumble recovery in St. Mary's section finals win over Folsom. Read More >>


Football: Rams Get Section Honors


St. Mary's Jake Dunniway was chosen as Player of the Year by the National Football Foundation's All-Sac-Joaquin Section team, while Popo Aumavae is Lineman of the Year.


First-team offensive honors went to  lineman Cole Norgaard, receiver Dewey Cotton and running back Dusty Frampton.


First-team defensive honr was given to  is cornerback Keaton Hampton.


Jenkins Twins Featured in The Record


Thomas Lawrence

The Record


Stockton. Drew Jenkins and Aaron "Tre" Jenkins III, junior defensive backs on the St. Mary's football team, were born at Dameron Hospital in central Stockton. The fraternal twins are the son of Aaron Jenkins Jr., a standout at Edison and a running back at the University of Washington from 1985-1988.

Their grandfather, Aaron Jenkins Sr., also an Edison alum, received a basketball scholarship to Iowa State.


Now, the 16-year-olds are pivotal parts of the Rams' defense, as St. Mary's faces San Diego-Cathedral Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA championship game at 8 p.m. Friday at Sacramento State.


"They're from a great sports family, a great Stockton athletic family, and to be involved with that lineage is quite an honor," said Rams coach Tony Franks  Read More >>


Dusty Frampton Featured in The Record


Thomas Lawrence

The Record


STOCKTON - Dusty Frampton speaks softly, and his touchdown celebrations are nonexistent. Frampton, a backbone for the St. Mary's offense, doesn't need to be demonstrative.


He shows his competitive fury through his relentless running.


Frampton and St. Mary's entertain Oakley-Freedom in the CIF NorCal Division 1-AA bowl game at 7:30 p.m. today at Sanguinetti Field. The junior tailback is one of the biggest reasons why the Rams (13-1) are still afloat.


"He's another very tough hombre," St. Mary's coach Tony Franks said.


Frampton used every drop of strength and endurance in his 5-foot-11, 214-pound frame, in taking 30 carries for a career-high 283 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday. As a result, St. Mary's manhandled Folsom 56-25 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship for the third title in program history.


"When I woke up the next morning, I was probably the most sore I've ever been," Frampton said.


Frampton doesn't let fatigue bother him, but he couldn't help but notice the turf burns and stiff neck.

But he's handled it fine. After all, whether he knew it or not, Frampton forged himself into an gritty running back through his upbringing. Read More>>



Aquira DeCosta Named Athlete of Week

Thomas Lawrence

The Record


Aquira DeCosta wasted no time showing why she's ESPN's top-rated prospect for the Class of 2018.


DeCosta, a 6-foot-2 junior forward for the St. Mary's girls basketball team, was named the MVP of the Cardinal Newman Classic on Saturday in Santa Rosa. The Rams won the tournament by beating Menlo-Atherton, Chico-Pleasant Valley and Cardinal Newman in succession, and all by double digits.


DeCosta put up a combined 57 points and 42 rebounds over the three days, including a 20-and-20 game against Menlo-Atherton. The two-time, first-team All-Area pick has taken a more pivotal role this year as guards Mi'Cole Cayton (Cal) and Kat Tudor (Oregon State) graduated and Sierra Smith transferred to Richmond-Salesian. Her final six college programs that she's considering are UCLA, Tennessee, Washington, Baylor, Louisville and Oklahoma.


So DeCosta, who's averaging 19 points and 14 rebounds early on, is The Record's Female Athlete of the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 3.


Jake Dunniway Featured in Record Article


Thomas Lawrence

The Record


STOCKTON - Technically, Jake Dunniway's football career could be on borrowed time.


Dunniway, a senior and the starting quarterback for St. Mary's, has yet to field a scholarship offer from a college program despite throwing for nearly 3,500 yards with 42 touchdowns for one of Northern California's most dangerous offenses.


His and his fellow seniors' home finale is this week, as St. Mary's entertains Oakley-Freedom in the CIF Northern California Division 1-AA bowl game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sanguinetti Field.


St. Mary's has seen its share of talented quarterbacks in the past 15 seasons under coach Tony Franks.

While Dunniway hasn't been sought after like Willie Tuitama - who quarterbacked the 2004 Rams to the program's first section title before starring at Arizona - Franks believes Dunniway is in that upper echelon.


That's why Franks, a former college assistant and recruiter himself with UC Davis, believes programs everywhere are underestimating Dunniway.


"Huge, huge, huge mistake. I find it hard to believe. I really do," Franks said after the Rams' Monday practice. "We've had a lot of quarterbacks who have come through this program ...; Jake is right up there with those guys, in terms of his skill level, his command of the game, his knowledge, his intelligence."

Sure enough, Dunniway succeeded Noah Righetti - The Record's All-Area Player of the Year in 2014 - and flourished quickly.


Dunniway was slowly but steadily brought along. Early on last season, St. Mary's focused more on a horizontal passing game - viable with the speed of guys like Dewey Cotton. It took the pressure off of Dunniway as he grew comfortable as a varsity starter. Read More>>


Julian Sepulveda Goes to FBI Teen Academy


Julian Sepulveda, SM Class of 2018, recently experienced the FBI Teen Academy.  Julian was not able to take a camera or his phone into the FBI building so he didn't get many pictures. He had a really great time there and learned a lot. 33 kids were chosen out of the hundreds that applied from the 36 counties that the FBI Sacramento Headquarters covers.


The students had a full day of classroom and interactive experiences learning about the various departments and jobs at the FBI. They learned about terrorism, active shooter situations and current civil rights matters. They participated in controlled evidence response scenarios and bomb technology scenarios. Julian was very excited because he was able to drive a bomb retrieval drone. They also talked to them a lot about Internet safety. The level of security at the FBI Headquarters was very high.


Julian is ultimately not sure if he wants to make a career with the FBI but really appreciated the experience and learned so much. They did emphasize the fact that they have jobs for all college majors, not just the obvious ones.


The Wiz Cast Announced


The Wiz Cast In Order of Appearance

Aunt Em





1st Munchkin

2nd Munchkin

3rd Munchkin


5th Munchkin

6th Munchkin


Yellow Brick Road







Tin Man


Kalidah Queen

1st Mouse

2nd Mouse

Royal Gatekeeper

1st Citizen

2nd Citizen

3rd Citizen

4th Citizen

The Wiz

The Wiz Escorts



Lord High Underling

Soldier Messenger

Winged Monkey

1st Winkie


Glinda's Quadling Escorts  

Abigail De Ocampo

Blackberry Hicks

Carina Barney

Kris Hidalgo

Janell Parnell

John Costello

David Stoner

Spencer Loewen

Thomas Hole

David Okekenta

Chibueze Nwabuzoh

Felicity Smith

William Brown, Tim McGuire, Logan Ramos-Fortes, Kwame Satterfield

Chris Chan

Kassidy Green, Becca Parrino, Payton Sandoval

Victoria Vicuna

Kellinne Fontanilla, Cicely Montesinos, Miriam Okekenta,

Madison Ramirez, Madeline Sahagun, Hallie Sullivan

Niko Navarro

Kaz Ustach

Victoria Vicuna

Hailey Crothers

Addie Duncan

Chibueze Nwabuzoh

Kassidy Green

Asante Azevedo

Kiersten Stevens

Jason Cutler

Weston Wheatley

Sophia De Ocampo, Lindsey Morrison, Uche Nwabuzoh,

Marissa Patrick

Abrefi Adubofour

Sean Gildea

Joey Grimaldi

David Stoner

Benji Albala

Addie Hicks

William Brown, Tim McGuire, Logan Ramos-Fortes

Kwame Satterfield


Tornado Dancers, Munchkins, Kalidahs, Poppies, Emerald City Citizens, Winkies, Monkeys, Strangers in Forest, Glinda’s Quadlings): Benji Albala, Asante Azevedo, William Brown, John Costello, Hailey Crothers, Jason Cutler, Sophia De Ocampo, Addie Duncan, Kellinne Fontanilla, Natalie Gil, Sean Gildea, Feliz Gomez de-Perio, Kassidy Green, Joey Grimaldi, Kris Hidalgo, Thomas Hole, Delenn Johnson, Spencer Loewen, Tim McGuire, Cicely Montesinos, Lindsey Morrison, Uche Nwabuzoh, David Okekenta, Miriam Okekenta, Janell Parnell, Becca Parrino, Marissa Patrick, Madison Ramirez, Logan Ramos-Fortes, Cassie Robinson, Madeline Sahagun, Payton Sandoval, Kwame Satterfield, Kiersten Stevens, Hallie Sullivan, Cy Ustach, Victoria Vicuna, Kelly Williams


SM Football Players Featured in Media


St. Mary's senior football players Jarett Carl and Dewey Cotton were featured in The Record and Channel 3 regarding their commitment to play, motivation and accomplishments off the field.


Jarett Carl Story Link 


Dewey Cotton Story  Link











CROP Canned Food Drive A Success Due to Student Generosity


The annual CROP Canned Food Drive was an overwhelming success with two van loads of food collected. The canned goods were given to Catholic Charities who will distribute them to the poor of our community.


Once again, students, faculty and staff of the St. Mary's High School Community showed a depth of generosity for others that follows within the school's motto: "Be who you are and be that well"



St. Francis De Sales Club Brightens Stockton Shelter for the Homeless



Members of St. Mary's St. Francis de Sales Club gave up most of their Veteran's Day holiday to paint and decorate the walls with murals so that the children who are at the center will have a bright and comfortable place to spend their time.




Congratulations to all of the St. Mary's students who participated in this wonderful event. 

Congratulations and gratitude also, to Mrs. Jean Aguilar for her hard work and dedication to these young artists.


Winning Artists


1ST PLACE - Kaelani Nawatami
2ND PLACE - Mackenzie Absher
3RD PLACE - Madeline Palmer

1ST PLACE - Elisabetha Johnson

1ST PLACE - Gabrielle Rodriguez
2ND PLACE - Lauren McEnerney
3RD PLACE - Madeline Martinez

MIranda Walker
Julian Samonte


Elisabetha Johnson 



St. Mary's Welcomes Exchange Students


Jiayu (Lillian) Li  and Yushan (Fiona) Chen


Saint Mary's welcomes our international exchange students. Their presence and participation in the St. Mary's community enriches us and helps to build friendships around the world.


The students are:

  • Dominik Soos -  Hungary

  • Luiza Johannpeter  - Brazil

  • Jiayu (Lillian) Li - Shanghai  China 

  • Yushan (Fiona) Chen -  Fijian  China

Popo Aumuavae Named Athlete of the Week


Popo Aumavae has been named Record player of the week. they wrote:


 "Popo Amuavae epitomized a do- minating night for the St. Mary’s football team’s offensive and defensive lines.


Aumavae, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior, was unmerciful in a 69-13 win over rival Lincoln on Friday, as were his teammates. The reigning first-team All-Area pick Aumavae had two sacks, and was part of a run blocking scheme that led to a three-touchdown night for tailback Dusty Frampton.


Aumavae has been a juggernaut on both sides of the ball for the Rams, and is The Record’s Male Athlete of the Week for Oct. 31-Nov. 5."



CROP Club Featured in Record Article

The CROP Club and its garden were featured in The Record on Sunday, November 6, 2016 as unsung heroes. The club, moderated by Mrs. Margo Kozina, provides fresh produce each week to Catholic Charities to distribute to the poor.  Read Article  Video



Twenty Six St. Mary's students entered in the "Express Yourself" High School Student Art Show 2016 this year that runs from  Tue Nov 1st 9:00am - Mon Dec 5th 5:00pm  at the County Administration Building 44 N San Joaquin St. Stockton.


Homecoming 2016



Homecoming King Christopher Chan, Queen Grace Lin-Cereghino



2016 Homecoming Court: Timothy McGuire, Grace Lin-Cereghino, Kayvan Ghavami, Lindsay Essoyan, Collin Dougherty, Julia Duncan, Christopher Chan, Julia Delucchi, Celesté Constancio, and Christian Beltran.


Seniors Feed the Poor

Mrs. Kozina's senior religion classes have been volunteering to feed and clothe the needy at St. Mary's Interfaith Dining room.  These visits have been productive for all involved. 

Great job students.  What a great way to live the Gospel.













Kid's Taking A Stand



Lexey Seligman Class of 2017 and  Mason Merin Class of 2019 helped with the "Kids Taking A Stand" program that helped countless people in our community and raising awareness for breast cancer .They are pictured with Mrs. Jackson.  


Multi-Cultural Club Wins SPUF Award


On October 8, 2016, the Multicultural Club participated in the annual  High School Friendship Games hosted by Kilusan Pilipino of UOP.  Students from various local high schools participated in friendly competition of picnic, relay games, and dance.  Students also received a presentation promoting higher education from a UOP college representative. 


St. Mary's Multicultural Club was awarded the "SPUF" award for displaying the most spirit, pride, unity, and friendship among all of the participants..


Popo Aumavae to Play in Polynesian Bowl


Popo Aumavae has been selected to play in the The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame "Polynesian Bowl" a high school all-star football game that feature's the world’s elite players of Polynesian heritage and other ancestries. The Polynesian Bowl will be played Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:00 pm HST at Aloha Stadium in O’ahu, Hawai’i as part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.












Sydney Marks Named The Record Female Athlete of the Week

Thomas Lawrence • The Record


Sydney Marks is a matchup nightmare for the St. Mary's volleyball team's opposition.


Marks is a 6-foot senior who plays middle blocker, but has the accuracy, power and timing of an outside hitter. She's the Rams' most dangerous blocker and attacker, and proved so last week in a pair of Tri-City Athletic League wins at Morelli Gym.


Marks posted a match-high 20 kills with 11 digs in a four-game win over Lodi on Oct. 5, and was dominant with 12 kills and four blocks in a sweep of rival Lincoln on Thursday.


That's why Marks, a returning second-team All-Area pick for The Record, is our Female Athlete of the Week for Oct. 3-8.




National Merit Scholarship Program 


Four St. Mary's students were designated as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Their high selection index places all four of them them in the top 50,000 of over 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 National Merit Program Scholarship by taking the 2015 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 


These students are among approximately 34,000 Commended students nationwide who have shown exceptional academic promise.

Congratulations to Adriana Duncan, Grace Lin-Cereghino, Timothy McGuire, and Anais Tsai.   


Grace Lin-Cereghino Nominated for NCEA Award


SM would like to congratulate Grace Lin-Cereghino, Class of 2017. Grace has been nominated for the NCEA Youth Valor, Vision, and Virtues Award Program for her involvement and contributions to our CROP program. Grace is a true example of our Salesien motto... "Be who you are and be that well"- St. Francis de Sales
















Profiles in Courage: Brooklyn Silva


From The Record: St. Mary’s junior Brooklyn Silva, center front, stands with teammates Sydney Marks, left, Marisa Flores, Lindsay Essoyan, coach Jayne McHugh, teammates Paris Sprague and Lucianna Salazar. Silva is battling, and seems to be beating, an incredibly rare form of pancreatic cancer. She’s gotten help from her friends, teammates and coach Jayne McHugh, who herself is a breast cancer survivor. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD


St. Mary's has it's own role-models for courage in fighting cancer. Brooklyn Silva has fought a rare form of cancer with grace and fortitude, supported not only by her family, but her teammates and her coach, Jane McHugh, a cancer survivor herself.  A front page article explores Brooklyn's profile in courage. More…


Cooking Class Gets Alumni Chef Visit



Visiting Chef Lauren O'Leary, Class of 2007 who received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College of Moraga. joined the SM Culinary class to speak about her experiences as a private chef and sommelier. In addition, Ms. O'Leary gave a demonstration on how to prepare Mediterranean humus to the students.


Eric Madrid, '17, Helps Little Free Libraries


Eric Madrid has successfully completed his 3rd Annual Feed The Need To Read BookDrive and has donated the collection to Little Free Libraries in our community!

Here are the stats:

  • In 2014, Eric collected 1,056 books

  • In 2015: 1,212 books

This year, along with community partner Ben Mackie Fitness, he knocked it out of the park collecting a whopping 1,630 books from May through July!





Congratulations to Mr. Paul Scheet and the St. Mary's Broadcasting 1 class for being recognized by the NFHS Sports Network as an Elite School for the 2016-2017 school year. Elite schools are considered the best of the best when it comes to producing, broadcasting, promoting and covering their school’s activities. St. Mary’s program was distinguished as a leader among the 1,500+ schools across the nation involved in the School Broadcast Program. Congratulation


St. Mary's Theatre received the following Elly nominations:


Nominations for "My Sister Eileen"

Costume Design for a Play (Annette Mackay)

Set Design for a Play (Brian Johnson)

Lead Actor for a Play (Joe Spooner)


Nominations for "Hello Dolly"

Supporting Actor for a Musical (Joe Spooner)

Choreography (Evelyn Barney and John Thiel)

Musical Direction (Josh Landin)

Direction of a Musical (Kevin Costello)

Overall Production of a Musical


SMHS Theatre has now received 90 nominations over the past 7 years!


Charles Washington Award Features Rams


Several St. Mary's Student Atheletes were honored by the Charles Washington Award Committee. They are


Baseball: Jarron Silva

Nickname: “Silky”

Accomplishments: Member of 2015 Area Code Games, All-Area Player of the Year

College plans: Playing baseball at UCLA

Where I hope to be in fi ve years: Anywhere playing baseball still

Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter

Favorite book: “Beyond Belief”

Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”

Favorite quote: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 22:11

Favorite musical artist: Thomas Rhett

Favorite hobby: Fishing


Diving: Carson Guendert

Nickname: “Cars”

College plans: Attending Cornell University to dive and pursue a civil engineering degree

Where I hope to be in five years: Working or interning in New York as an engineer

Favorite athlete: Greg Louganis

Favorite book: “The Catcher in the Rye”

Favorite movie: “Good Will Hunting”

Favorite quote: “The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” – Niels Bohr

Favorite musical artist: The Whale Watchers

Favorite hobby: Skywalking


Diving: Alisha Miller

Nickname: “Leesh”

Accomplishments: Qualifi ed for AAU Nationals for Junior Olympic

diving, competed in CIF State diving fi nals

College plans: Dive for NCAA Division I program, major in biomedical

engineering, minor as American Sign Language interpreter

Where I hope to be in five years: Completing bachelor’s degree and

moving on to grad school, working as biomedical engineer at

hospital or genetic research company

Favorite athlete: Jordan Spieth

Favorite book: “The Giver”

Favorite movie: “Forrest Gump”

Favorite quote: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know who holds the future.” – Tim Tebow

Favorite musical artist: Zac Brown Band

Favorite hobby: Golfi ng


Water Polo: Madasonne Butler

Nickname: “Sandwich”

Accomplishments: USA Women’s Cadet National Team, All-America

Honorable Mention, TCAL MVP

College plans: Cal State Northridge to play water polo and major in deaf education

Where I see myself in five years: Hopefully in Buffalo, NY, teaching or interpreting for the deaf

Favorite athlete: Jim Kelly

Favorite book: “No Limits” by Michael Phelps

Favorite movie: “Lion King”

Favorite quote: “Work like an underdog, play like a champion.”

Favorite musical artist: Carrie Underwood

Favorite hobby: Learning about the sign language culture




Bronze Medal for Aquira DeCosta


Stockton's Aquira DeCosta capped a record-setting performance at the FIBA Under-17 World Championships with a bronze medal beating China 65-50. The team kept China from scoring in the last 3:34 of the game to cap off an excellent run. The U-17 Team USA record is 29-1.


DeCosta set the team mark with 71 rebounds in the tournament for USA Basketball, which beat China 65-50 on Saturday in the third-place game in Zaragoza, Spain.


She set the USA under-17 mark with 71 rebounds, including a squad record 17 in a 104-45 win against South Korea on June 22.


Aquira DeCosta broiught down six rebouinds, had two blocks and six rebounds along with 4 points to help Team USA beat France 59-45 in the quarterfinal round of the FIBA U-17 World Championships.


Prior Results


Team USA had a down day in the semi-finals, losing to Australia 73-60.

Team USA beat Brazil in Round of 16 play 79-62. The first quarter ended with Brazil ahead 20-18 but the intrepid women of Team USA owned the rest of the game to take the win. Aquira De Costa had only 4 points in 21 1/2 minutes of play but brought down 8 rebounds to help the American team win.

In Zaragoza, Span, Italy led at half time but Team USA came back strong with Aquire DeCosta scoring 10 of her 12 points in the 4th quarter to lead the USA Team to a 59-55 win. Aquira also contributed 12 rebounds to the win


Aquira Decosta came Through for USA in 72-63 Win Over Czech Republic With the USA leading 59-56 in the fourth period, Aquira DeCosta scored on an offensive rebound and then stole the ball, getting an assist by passing it to a teammate for an easy score to give the USA some breathing room, 63-56 at 5:17. Aquira   finished with 16 rebounds.


The 2016 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team (1-0) took advantage of its five-inch-average height advantage to overpower South Korea (0-1) 104-45 in its first game of the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship on Wednesday night in Zaragoza, Spain. En route to its overwhelming victory, the Americans set four USA women's U17 records.


Aquira DeCosta  finished with 12 points, set a U.S. women's U17 record with 17 rebounds, during the USA win.


Aquira DeCosta led Team USA with 19 points and 13 rebounds  to a  58-46 win on Saturday evening at El Hogar gym in Anglet, France.


The first quarter saw the USA trail 11-6 before the team put together a 9-1 run to close the quarter with a 15-12 lead. In the first 10 minutes, In the second quarter DeCosta came alive for the USA, scoring eight points in the period to help the USA improve upon its lead.


Quoted in, Aquira said: “I’m excited. We played well. It was our first game. We can get better, but I’m really excited to play with this team and to see what could happen.”


In international play at Zaragosa, Spain, against Australia, Team USA was down 59-40 2:33 into the third quarter, but they fought back and took their first lead of the second half when Aquira DeCosta was fouled on an attempt after an offensive rebound and made both free throws to put the USA up by one, 68-67, with 15.2 seconds remaining in the game, leading to a 70-67 win.


Aquira DeCosta Featured in Sports Illustrated


Aquira DeCosta was fetured in the Faces In The Crowd section of Sports Illustrated for her record setting performance in the FIBA U-17 World Championship game between Team USA and Team Koriea where she snached 17 rebounds and 12 points in a US win.


Students Share Salesian Spirituality



Michael Reyes, Alisha Miller, Grace Lin-Cereghino, Tim McGuire, and their moderator Mrs. Sharion Piasecki participated in the 2016 Salesian Leadership Camp. They were joined by other representatives from Salesian High Schools from across the country in Michigan. Thecamp provided a week of faith building, sharing ideas and new friendships.


The students will share share their new experiences with the St. Mary's student body. In true Salesian fashion they live out our school motto: Be who you are, and be that well" - St. Francis de Sales


Soyini Adams Advocates Health Issue Through Slam Poetry


Soyini Adam, a member of With Our Words, an 11-year-old slam-poetry group is involved with a competition to raise awareness of Diabetes Type 2 particularly with the level of sugar in soda and other process food that can lead to the disease.


SM Students in 4-H Competition


Christian Borges and Gianna Lagorio participated in the 4H Clubs at the 2016 AgFest, Junior Show & Auction at the San Joaquin County Fair Grounds.


The event includes the showmanship class and breeder class along with the market competition


The Lodi News Sentinel reported as follows: "Christian Borges, 17, a senior at St. Mary’s, showed his pig Bear. He said he took his pig home when it weighed about 40 pounds. Over the next few months he fed it and took care of it, which included daily walks to build muscle, and frequent baths to keep the hog clean.

“You want it to be long and lean in the belly, and more muscular in the rest, with big hams. The judge likes them stocky and stout,” Borges said.


The top placers in each category get prime spots when they go to market at Saturday’s auction.

After spending so much time caring for the pigs, it can be difficult to part ways.


“Last year was harder,” Burges said. “It’s almost like having a dog. People think pigs are dirty, but they are really caring. They are loving animals — they like to lick you and cuddle with you. They like to play around.”


Gianna Lagorio, 17, said raising her pig has taught her valuable lessons.


“It teaches life skills and responsibility for something other than yourself,” she said. “It’s almost like she’s my daughter — if I don’t feed her, no one will.”


Europe Trip Takes Off



St. Mary's students accompanied by faculty chaperones have taken off for a 2 week trip to Europe where they will visit England, France, Switzerland and Italy.  Bon Voyage and God bless.


Matt Hosmer Helps Team USA Get 2nd In International Play Championship



Matt Hosmer, who is on the USA Water Polo cadet team, scored 3 goals in the US 8-7 win over Dubrovnik in international competition in Hungary, which was then followed by wins over Szeged 10-5, and Szolnoki 13-9 to reach the tournament final. In the title match, team USA lost 12-5 to Team Hungary to take second place in the water polo tournament in Budapest, Hungary.


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