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Aquira DeCosta Garners More Honors


St. Mary's outstanding basketball star, Aquira  DeCosta has been named First Team All American and First Team All California by USA Today High School Sports. Aquira has committed to Baylor where she will be a business major. She has also been named a McDonald's All American and a Naismith player of the year finalist.






Four Sign Letters of Intent



Four Saint Mary's Student Athletes signed their national letters of intent on April 11th with family and friends celebrating this milestone in their lives. They are:


Maddie Berry, VMI (Water Polo)

Mia Garcia, UOP  (Water Polo)

Hannah Ketcherside, UOP  (Tennis)

Karl Winter, Pepperdine  (Cross Country)



Choirs Shine at Forum



St. Mary's Music Director, Mr. David Tanner and his Concert Choir, Prima Voce and Symphonic Band all received "Silver Ratings" at the Forum Music Festival In Anaheim.


Marvin Ramos, Gabriella Azevedo, Abigail De Ocampo, and the entire flute section also received awards for superior musicianship.


Justin Lee Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Justin Lee, Class of 2021 earned  his Eagle Scout Rank on April 8, 2018. Justin completed and installed 7 redwood signs throughout St. Anne Church in Byron. Justin is a member of Boy Scout Troop 514 in Discovery Bay.

"Be who you are and be that well."  - St. Francis de Sales



Aquira DeCosta Gets Max Preps Honor


Aquira DeCosta was selected as a MaxPreps 2nd team All-Amercian Team The site described Aquira as follows: DeCosta's marvelous athleticism and intensity on the glass helped keep St. Mary's in the national rankings for almost the entire season. Her 18.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2.9 steals a game are a testimony to her abilities.


Interestingly Aquira has already been named a Naismith Player of the Year Award Finalist and a McDonald's All-American.





Mission Team Heads to Camden New Jersey



The annual  Mission Trip left  bright and early Easter Monday! The group is working with DeSales Service Works, serving the poor in Camden, New Jersey and returning late Saturday night.


Students: Emily Delgado, Maddie Berry, Gabe Gonzalez, Feliz Gomez-de  Perio Adults: Kevin Costello, Lynee Monckton. Please keep them in your prayers!


The first mission trip was to Mission Texas, led by Margo Kozina, who has been instrumental in promoting social justice at St. Mary's. That year, the students and adults  refurbished a home for a poor family that had been destroyed by weather.


The second trip was to New Orleans where St. Mary's students again helped refurbish homes for the poor.





Ben Heffernan Named Male Athlete Of The Week


Ben Heffernan was named The Records Male Athlete of the Wekk. The article is as follows:


"Senior scores in bunches for Rams


Lacrosse player Ben Heffernan took a few minutes away from lacrosse practice on Wednesday to talk about lacrosse, while wearing a shirt that simply read “lacrosse.” It’s safe to say he’s a fan of the sport.


“It incorporates all sports. It’s a fast-paced, high-intensity and high-contact game,” Heffernan said. “I love it. I can’t get enough of it.”


Heffernan, a senior for the Rams, has been doing his part this season, especially on the offensive end. In St. Mary’s 16-6 win over Bella Vista last week, Heffernan scored seven times. Heffernan has been playing lacrosse for eight years, and he gravitated toward it after trying a number of other sports. Hockey wasn’t as accessible in the area, and basketball and baseball just didn’t have the physicality that lacrosse offered.


Nearly a decade into his career in the sport, Heffernan is a captain on head coach Mike Mulvihill Jr.’s Rams squad. Mulvihill Jr. said Heffernan is a natural leader, and possesses both a great lacrosse mind and an unselfish attitude. “He’s not a guy who needs to get his goals,” Mulvihill Jr. said. “He’s happy getting assists, making a play or being a decoy. Whatever he needs to do.”


Heffernan may not need the goals, but he’s had no problems racking them up this season. Heffernan credits midfielders Dominic Schenone and JT Macedo for finding him on the outside . “We lost a lot of crucial players from last year,” Heffernan said. “I’m just trying to fill their shoes the best I can and put some numbers up on the board.”


St. Mary’s heads to San Diego next week, and Heffernan said the goal is to take care of business down south as the Rams move towards the playoffs. Asked for his personal goals as he closes in on his senior year, Heffernan said he has hopes of continuing his playing career. “I’d like to play in college. I’m not too sure where I’m going yet, but I’m optimistic,” Heffernan said. “Walking on anywhere would be a dream of mine.”


Think Pink Donates Blankets


Our SM "Think Pink Club" distributed their hand made blankets to the patients of The Sister Mary Pia Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital. May these blankets add comfort to the patients and a reminder that our entire SM community has them in our thoughts and prayers as they stay strong during their difficult journey.


2018 All Prep Nominees


The Record published its list of Fall Sport Nominees for the 2018 All Prep Award. Fourteen St. Mary's student-athletes were chosen.


Max Barth and Tre Jenkins Honored by Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame


The Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame is honoring Tre Jenkins with the Soloman Award as the Outstanding Defensive Back and Max Barth with the McKay Award as the Outstanding Offensive Lineman at the annual Jack O'Keefe Benefit Dinner, named after former Stockton Police Chief Jack O'Keefe a tireless supporter of youth sports.


The Jack O’Keefe Benefit Dinner, along with the Stockton Hall of Fame Awards Banquet are the only two sponsored activities of the Hall of Fame for the purpose of raising funds to help support the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame’s Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program provides over $25,500 per year to outstanding seniors of the over twenty public, private and charter high schools in the Stockton and  surrounding areas to assist them in furthering their college education


Logan Baer Gets Honor


The Northern California Junior Hockey Association (NORCAL), honors the memory of Jordan Kocian each year by presenting the Jordan Kocian Award to a final year player who exemplifies desire, determination, dedica- tion, leadership and inspiration in their approach to playing hockey and living. The award, which is for accomplishments outside hockey as well as inside hockey, is for older players who have been role models to their peers and given their time back to the game and exemplified the spirit of Jordan Kocian. The award was presented this season at the Norcal High School Championships held in Vacaville, CA and includes $1000 scholarship. The winner of the award this season is High School Varsity player Logan Baer. Logan, the captain of the Stockton Colts Varsity Team, is the first Stockton player to receive the award. Logan lives in Lodi and attends St. Mary's.  Logan has donated countless hours over the last 4 years to coaching mini-Mites, Squirts, and the Try Hockey for Free program which introduces the game to new players. 


Logan plans to attend a 4 year university in the Fall for a degree  in Photography.


Guys and Dolls Reboot



Members of the very successful Guys and Dolls musical that was put on by St. Mary's Theatre this spring, did a reboot of "Luck be a Lady Tonight" for the public on the Miracle Mile. They then continued to sing as they walked along Pacific Avenue to the delight of passerby.


Campus Ministry Team Attends LA Congress



The St. Mary's Campus Ministry Team attended the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference in Anaheim where they participated in Youth Day.


Calli Grace Recognized

Calli Grace, aka Calli Ortega, Class of 2020 was recognized by Stanford Health for her dedication and support with her music and volunteering with the patients and families at Stanford Children's Health.













Aquira DeCosta Named Athelete of the Week


St. Mary's star player, Aquira DeCosta was named The Record's Player of the Week. The article stated the following:


"The St. Mary’s girls basketball team wrapped up its 11th straight Sac-Joaquin Section championship

over the past weekend. It was also Aquira DeCosta’s fourth section title with the Rams, but it doesn’t sound like she wants her senior send-off to end there.


DeCosta, the Baylor commit, McDonald’s All-American and finalist for national player of the year, had 22 points, five blocks and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s title game, which came after Acosta put up a line of 30 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in the semifinal round.


“The last three or four games, she’s been ridiculous,” said St. Mary’s coach Tom Gonsalves. “She’s played at such a high level.”


DeCosta, who credits her father - a former college basketball player himself - for introducing her to the game, has spearheaded the Rams’ senior trio along with Neenah Young and Ariel Johnson on the way to a 26-2 overall record. The numbers have certainly been there, too, but the 6-foot-2 star said she’s been focused on winning more than anything. “Every game, I’m trying to come out with the win,” DeCosta said. “No matter what it takes for me to do that.”


Starting Friday, DeCosta and the Rams will find themselves exactly where they planned on being since this season’s start; in the CIF State open division, with a shot at a state title. No. 2 St. Mary’s will host No. 7 Cardinal Newman at 7 p.m., and DeCosta said every day’s worth of practice this week is aimed at preparing the Rams for thei Santa Rosa opponents. “We’re just trying to get better at what we do,” De Costa said. “Hopefully we’ll do everything we can to get the win.”


Gonsalves praised DeCosta not only for her athleticism and basketball IQ, but for her knack for stepping things up when needed. He’s said before that he believes she’s the best player in the country, and part of that lies in her ability to take her game to another level. On Friday, Gonsalves said he’s hoping for more of the same from DeCosta. “We’re looking for her to dominate,” Gonsalves said. “If shedoes that, we’re in good shape.”

Randy Laforteza, Caleb Sylvia and Sam You pictured competing on behalf of the  St. Mary's STEM Club in the San Joaquin Regional Science Olympiad in the Helicopters and Towers Competition

Cheer Competes in Nationals

The Varsity Cheer Squad competed in the USA Spirit National Competition in Anaheim and represented St. Mary's on the national stage.


Aquira DeCosta named to Naismith 1st Team, Jordan Classic


Aquira DeCosta was selected to the Naismith Trophy All American first team today. She is also one of five finalists for the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year award. The 6-1 Baylor signee is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 class by


DeCosta has led the Rams to a winning season and success in the post season and was a key piece for the Cal Stars EYBL, one of the top club teams in the country. She has played internationally as a member of the United States Basketball Team in tournament play in Europe and in China.


Another Honor for Aquira as she was selected to play at the Michael Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in NYC. Aquira DeCosta Height: 6-2 Weight: Position: Wing St. Mary's H.S Stockton CA College: Baylor DeCosta can do it all. She is an explosive 4 who attacks the rim and looks to draw the contact, making her an offensive force and a hard player to defend. Her athleticism, height, and quickness makes her a versatile defender. Relentless on the glass, DeCosta is physical and tough to contain in the key. Next year, Aquire DeCosta will be playing for the Baylor Bears next year.




Bryce Johnson: Player of the Week


When he was two-and-a-half years old, Bryce Johnson was playing basketball at home on a mini hoop. By age three, he was playing organized ball with the YMCA. And at 17, he’s helping the St. Mary’s High squad make a run in the Division II playoffs. Johnson, a 6-foot-7 junior for the Rams, posted two double-doubles in the first two rounds of the Sac-Joaquin section playoffs last week, putting up 25 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Stagg and a 22-12 stat line as the Rams beat Burbank. In the regular season, Johnson led St. Mary’s in five different categories.


Yet, Rams head coach Ken Green said, the forward is a kind of reluctant star in many respects. “He really affects the game, and he leads our team in scoring, assists and steals,” Green said. “But he’s really unselfish, and he sometimes yields a little bit to his teammates. His nature isn’t to bring a lot of attention to himself.”


Green said Johnson’s guard-like skills at his size make him stand out. He can take the ball out, and he can grab a defensive rebound and lead the fast break. “He’s really adept at finding teammates in transition,” Green said. “He’s a real weapon for us, not only in the half court but the full court as well.”


Statistically, Johnson has improved across the board from his numbers as a sophomore

at the varsity level last season.


When asked, though, Johnson said this season really hasn’t been about padding the stat line. “Whatever the team needs,” Johnson said, “whether that be scoring or buying in on defense. Just things like that.”


For Green, Johnson’s shining moment this season came on Jan. 4 against the recently top-ranked Salesian, where he had 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Rams lost 68-60 to the Pride, but it was a game where Johnson really showed what he was capable of, Green said.


Johnson, meanwhile, points to the Santa Cruz tournament just before the new year, where the Rams came back in two straight games to win. It showed St. Mary’s the importance of valuing every possession, something that’s helped Johnson and the Rams make it to this point.


“It’s about focused in practice and getting after it,” Johnson said. “We’re having fun but we know when to get serious. It’s going to take consistency and focus. “When the game comes, it’s everyone doing the part they need to do to get the W.”


Rotary Read-In



Students from St. Mary's were joined by members of administration, faculty and staff to participate in the annual Rotary Read-In that reads to students from Preschool-3rd Grade This community event brings together college organizations, high school volunteers,  business groups, church groups, and many community leaders and citizens to brighten the day for the children and inspire them to discover the wonders of reading books. Each of the participants purchase an age appropriate book and, after reading it, donate the book to the school library.


Spring Signings


Five St. Mary's student-athletes made it official by signing national letters of intent. All five had GPA's of 3.5 and four of the group have GPA's over 4.0. All are going to Division I universities.


They are:


Drew Jenkins - San Jose State

Marcus Aponte- Sacramento State 

Tre Jenkins- San Jose State

Max Barth- San Jose State

Dusty Frampton- Cal Poly






The Empowering Young Women Club visited Presentation and Annunciation schools to provide information and to answer questions for the young women that attend.


National Evangelical Team Visits St. Mary's


Saint Mary's Campus Ministry has been honored to have members of the NET Ministries Team (National Evangelical Team) come to provide a retreat to Juniors in two sessions. The first was held on campus Tuesday, February 6th and the second session will be held on Thursday February 8th.


NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Every August, 175 young Catholics aged 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with the National Evangelization Teams (NET).


Divided into 16 teams, they travel across the U.S. for nine months to share the Gospel with young people and their families. Since 1981, NET teams have led over 32,000 retreats and ministered to more than 1.9 million young Catholics.


NET Ministries fulfills its mission by:

  • Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through a personal witness of faith

  • Inviting young people to live for Christ

  • Forming young people in Christian character through the study and practice of their faith

  • Equipping youth workers and young adults with the ministry skills needed for evangelization

NET Ministries is under the ecclesiastical vigilance of the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. NET is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Minnesota funded through individual donations, program fees and grants and is governed by a national board of directors.


Catholic Schools Week 2018



St. Mary's Student Council attending Catholic School Mass at St. Anne's.



Fr. Matt Issac takes on rock climbing challenge presented by U.S. Army



The student body took time out to thank and honor the faculty and staff at St. Mary's for the exceptional people that they are, teaching, mentoring, and assisting students. A "Are You Smarter Than Your Student" game was played between students and faculty.


The highlight of the event was Art Zannini being specially honored by the St. Mary's Student Council and by the  California Highway Patrol,  both recognizing Mr. Zannini for his selfless dedication  to St. Mary's and the community.


Riley James Performs on Fox40


Riley Jane also known to as Riley Richmond, Class of 2019, for her amazing performance on Fox 40 on February 1, 2018.

Riley will also perform at Cast Iron Trading Company in Stockton.






Students Take Top Awards at Rotary Speech Contest


Gabrielle Rodriguez, Sarah Chui, and Mitch Arburua  took First, Second, and Third Place respectively in the Stockton Rotary Club's Student Speaker Contest held on January 23, 2018. 


Gabrielle Rodriquez will move on to the next level of competition with her speech on "Making a Difference". 








Giving the "Gift of Life" the St. Mary's community turned out in large numbers to donate to the Red Cross blood drive.



Once again, the students, faculty, staff and administration stepped up to the plate and donated a large quantity of clothing for the CROP Clothing Drive proving again that "St. Mary's Cares!"


Ceballos and Mahnke Perform in San Joaquin Honor Choir


A job well done to freshman, Stella Mahnke and junior, Isabelle Ceballos, on their selection and participation in the San Joaquin County Honor Choir!









Campus Ministry Performs "Gloria, the Christmas Angel"



15 students from the Campus Ministry Team spent 3 hours after final exams performing "Gloria the Christmas Angel" for children at St. Luke's and St. George Schools. The students practiced for a week during finals and sacrificed a great deal of their time during that very busy week. Children and staff at both schools were VERY impressed!  Students participating were: Carina Barney, Maddie Berry, Julia Cardona, Isabelle Ceballos, David Cornish, John Costello, David Dal Porto, Spencer Loewen, Ellon Madill, A.J. Manandic, Emery McKee, CiCi Montesinos, David Okekenta, Miriam Okekenta, and Katie Sanguinetti.



Ninah Young: Athlete of the Week


St. Mary's Princeton-bound Nina Young has been named the Athlete of the Week by The Record, sponsored by Chase Chevrolet. The accompanying article stated the following:


St. Mary’s girls basketball head coach Tom Gonsalves described senior forward Neenah Young as an intelligent individual with a true competitive drive on the court.


It goes without saying, then, that Young’s hobbies outside of basketball would fit the bill. “Can it be another sport? Then volleyball,” Young said. “And then reading, if that works.”


Young, along with fellow seniors Aquira Decosta and Ariel Johnson, have led the Rams to a 17-2 mark so far on the season, including back-to-back wins in St. Mary’s MLK Showcase of the weekend. In the tournament, Young had games of 21 points and 18 points, respectively as the Rams beat the top-ranked team in Nevada followed by a win over Los Angeles-Ribet Academy.


Young, a Princeton commit, has been playing basketball since the fifth grade, when Johnson’s father was her first coach. The part of the game she loved the most, Young said, was the opportunity to compete against the best players on the court. Now, as a Ram, she’ getting to do just that.


“She’s very competitive,” Gonsalves said. “She’s such a good shooter and a real solid rebounder. She’s got so much to offer, and she’s a really good athlete. She will be battle tested for Princeton.”


 It seems that even with what’s ahead, Young hasn’t looked past her senior season. She said the team’s holiday road trips to Arizona and Washington DC helped St. Mary’s see what needs to be improved as it searches for a state title. As for Young, she said she’ll do whatever’s necessary to help the Rams get there. “I’ve been trying to do the little things, rebounding, improving my shooting,” Young said. “Anything that can help my team.

Aquira De Costa: All American


Aquira De Costa, star forward for the St. Mary's women's basketball Team has been named to the McDonald's All-Ameircan West Squad for 2018. Aquira has played internationally in Europe and last summer in China, helping Team USA win the gold. A Baylor University commit, Aquira is to be congratulated for her success. She joins SM Alumni European Basketballs's Jackie Gemelos, WBNA Star Chelsea Gray and Afure Jemerigbe as Ram McDonald All Ameicans.



Football: All Section Team


Dusty Frampton, Tre Jenkins  and Max Barth received First Team Honors in the Max Preps All Section Team. The accompanying descriptions were as follows:


Dusty Frampton: A likely Stockton Record two-time first-team pick, Frampton set scores of school rushing records, and he went for 1,647 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.


Tre Jenkins: A standout over two seasons, Jenkins had 90 tackles and played big on special teams and at receiver when needed for a team that played for another section title.


Max Barth: A rock in the trenches, Barth helped lead the way for the Rams, who returned to the section Division I finals.

Matt Hosmer Featured on Channel 10 Unlimited Sports Standout


St. Mary's Matt Hosmer has played internationally and is a key to the success of the men's water polo team. ABC10 featured him as the Unlimited Sports Standout January 11, 2018. The article below accompanied the honor.


"He's one of the best water polo players in the state and his talents have taken him all around the world. Matthew Hosmer, a junior attacker for St. Mary's High School in Stockton, is making waves in the sport he hopes can take him to the Olympics.


"When I was in about fourth grade I was watching the Olympics with my dad and I figured to myself I like this sport a lot and I should try it out," Hosmer said.


A passion for water sports runs in Hosmer's family. His mother, Christy, was a swimmer and his father, Todd, played for the U.S. National Water Polo Team during the 1996 Olympics. The University of Pacific Hall of Fame inductee was a big influence on Matthew's love of the sport.


"I also played other sports," Hosmer said. "I played baseball [for 12 years] but I felt that water polo was in my heart and I liked it more."


Rams varsity water polo coach, Jeff Hoornaert, has been working with Hosmer since he was 12 years old as a member of his club team.


"He's a great kid. He's a great athlete, he works his butt off," Hoornaert said. "He has all the talent in the word but he works just as hard."


Hosmer is taking the steps toward achieving his Olympic dream as a member of the Team USA Men's Youth National Team. He has competed at the highest levels available for him but he remains humble as a member of the Rams varsity squad.


"He's a great leader," Hoornaert said. "All the kids on the team work well with him, they look up to him, and he does a great job of leading by example."


"Being a part of St. Mary's is a dream come true," Hosmer said. "I'm always a team player, I'm not just in it for the stats, I'm just in it to win the game. That's all I'm working for."


The Rams season ended with a 12-7 loss to Davis in the semifinals of the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Hosmer finished his season leading the state in goals this season with 161 and finished second in points with 200.


"I'm in awe every time I watch him play," Hoornaert said. "He has an uncanny ability to score, he's incredibly fast and has the ability to completely take over a game. He's pretty phenomenal to watch."


After high school Hosmer would like to continue his water polo career at Cal, UCLA or stay local by attending Pacific. While he hasn't decided on a major, he is interested in studying business management or sports management.


Jared Gipson and  Todd Beatty on US U-17 Football Team

Jared Gipson and Todd Beatty, Class of 2019, played in the International Bowl at the AT&T stadium in Arlington Texas the home of the Dallas Cowboys on January 19, 2018 as members of the U.S. National U-17 Football Team against British Columbia.




CROP Garden Clean Up



One of St. Mary's unsung heroes, Juan Torres volunteered, along with  Mrs. Kozina's grandson,  Andrew, a 5th grader at Presentation,  to clean up the CROP garden and get it ready for planting so that the weekly produce deliveries to Catholic Charities can continue uninterrupted.


CROP Donates Sleeping Bags


Thanks to the generosity of students, faculty and staff in participating in  soup sales and cookie sales by the Christian Relief Outreach Project (CROP) enought money was collected that, with the kind help of the Stockton Big 5 Sporting Goods manager Shawn, 120 sleeping bags were purchased for the homeless and delivered to St. Mary's Dining Hall.


Hannah Ketcherside Coordinates Sock Drive


Hannah Ketcherside, coordinated the 10th Annual White Gold Drive for St. Mary's Dining Room. Hannah, her family and friends who donated more than 3,000 pairs of socks for the poor and needy.



















Senate Cabinet Toy Drive



The Senate-Cabinet Toy Drive that was conducted as part of St. Mary's Blue Mass for law enforcement charities, was a huge success once again attesting to the generosity of St. Mary's students, faculty, staff and administration.  Toys were provided to the California Highway Patrol, Stockton Fire Department, Stockton Police Department and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office (which also received a donation of money for their chosen charity the Women's Shelter)



Student Charity


One of our seniors, Chandler Sanguinetti, collected a large number of new socks, undergarments and other essentials for the St. Mary's Dining Room clothing drive. These donations will help the poor and the homeless to be better clothed. "Be who you are and be that well".

















The Annual Chips4Kids CHP-Faculty game took place at Morrelli Gymnasium on November 27th. The action was fast paced and the crowd enjoyed Myree Bowden''s spinning backward dunks, Fr. Mathew Issac's athleticism and the remarkable outside shooting of Ms. Kim Gillespie as the Rams eked out a narrow victory against the CHP Golden Bears. The real winners? The needy of our community who will benefit from the toys that were donated. Please remember to be generous during the Senate Cabinet Toy Drive as well since that will benefit even more children in our area.


Harrison Heath Named Athlete of the Week


The Record named Harrison Heath as it's athlete of the week. Harrison is a senior and a  linebacker for the Rams and is the teams second leading tackler, to name a few. According to The Record "The most concise description, perhaps, comes from head coach Tony Franks. “He’s tougher than a bent nail,” Franks said.


Harrison has 71 tackles and a team-leading three interceptions on the year, "For Franks, it’s no secret as to why. The coach said Heath is the type of athlete to sit in the front row at every meeting. He’s an intense competitor, Franks said, and a natural choice to serve as a leader on the Rams. “He’s got great passion for the game, and he understands how to play the position,” said Franks of Heath’s skillset as a linebacker. “He gets where he’s supposed to, and he gets there in a little bit of a bad mood.”


According to The Record: " Heath said that on a relatively young St. Mary’s team, he’s tried his best to lead by example. But he’s not quite ready to hand things off to the lower classmen yet, with Saturday’s

championship looming. “It’s going to take just about everything we’ve got,” Heath said. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing. And we have to treat this like every other week.”


With that said, Heath is nearing the end of his high school career. Asked for a defining moment in his

career, Heath didn’t have one to nail down. “I couldn’t tell you the scores of every football game that I’ve played,” Heath said. “But I could tell you the songs we sang on the bus rides home, or the shenanigans we do out here at practice. “It’s the little things I’m going to miss the most.”


CROP Canned Food Drive



The generosity of St. Mary's students, faculty, staff and administration was shown again as the CROP Canned Food Drive brought in 3,000 lbs of food for the poor. The food is given to Catholic Charities for distribution to the needy of our community. "Be who you are, and be that well."


Making Thanksgiving Great


This year, in hopes of spreading some Thanksgiving cheer, our St. Mary's Clubs along with our staff and faculty worked together to provide over 20 Thanksgiving Baskets to help local families within our own school and St. George's community. Items such as stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, green beans and corn, and pumpkin pie mix were included to help make someone's Thanksgiving a little sweeter.



Anya Green Named Athlete of the Week

From the Record


"When it comes to volleyball, Anya Green is a hit.


The sophomore middle blocker from St. Mary’s has used her size, strength and stunning accuracy to help the Rams move deeper into the regional postseason, and along the way she has put up a hitting percentage which other only dream of.


Green is hitting .425 this season. That’s a really good number, but pales in comparison to her freshman season when she competed at the junior varsity level.


“On the freshman team she hit .625, and a good middle should be at about .350,” St. Mary’s coach Jayne McHugh said. “It’s pretty amazing.”


She’s been one of the most reliable players on a talented St. Mary’s team which is continuing its trek through the postseason.


The Rams (26-11) beat Patterson and Rocklin 3-1 last week in the first two rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs, and on Tuesday lost an upset bid against No. 1 Ponderosa 3-2. By making it to the semifinals, the St Mary’s advances in the NorCal Regionals and will play on Tuesday against an opponent to be determined.


Green, 15, started playing volleyball in the sixth grade, and is a member of the Rage Volleyball Club based in Ripon.


“My Mom played volleyball and said she liked it, so I decided to try it,” Green said. “I really liked it. The thing is to keep working hard and to get better. It helps because I have such great teammates.”


St. Mary's Student Athletes Commit on National Signing Day


Following the advice of St. Francis de Sales to Be Who You Are And Be That Well, twelve St. Mary's student athletes signed their National Letters of Intent on November 8, 2017. They are:

  • Kiana Parrish - Cal State Fullerton  (Softball)

  • Christian Almanza - University of Utah  (Baseball)

  • Emily Delgado - Stanislaus State (Cross Country)

  • Natasha Mich - Stanislaus State (Volleyball)

  • Carley Morfey - San Jose State (Softball)

  • Hailey Williams - UC Davis (Water Polo)

  • Miranda Padilla - UOP (Swimming)

  • Abigail Parises - University of Tennessee(Softball)

  • Ariel Johnson - University of Florida (Basketball)

  • Aquira De Costa - Baylor University (Basketball)

  • Neenah Young - Princeton University (Basketball)

  • Tyler Lozano - USC (Baseball)

  • Alexandra Preston Fresno State (Softball)

Congratulations and may God bless you.!


Social Justice: More Than A Class



St. Mary's Social Justice classes, taught by Mrs. Kozina, have gone to St. Mary's Dining Room three times this fall to serve, stay and listen to and show compassion to the poor and homeless.


SM Student Garner Awards at Art Expressions



Congratulations to the following ART 3-4 and AP Studio Art Students of Mrs. Aguilar who won awards at the Art Expressions of San Joaquin's High School Student Art Show.

1st Place: Lily Johnston

2nd Place: Madison Cornish

3rd Place: Ellon Madill


1st Plac: Ellon Madill

Hon. Mention: Feliz de Perio

1st Place Lily Johnston...



Kathryn Faull Collects for Charity


Kathryn Faull who organized her 5th Annual “Birthday for a Cause” charity drive. Kathryn gathered 3 car loads worth of clothing, hygiene items, shoes & food donations from friends and family for Saint Mary's Dining Room.








Be Who You Are, And Be That Well.


Senate Cabinet Pumpkin Carving



Honor Choir


St. Mary's was honored to have six highly talented members of the Prima Voce and Regular choir chosen for the San Joaqin County Honor choir.  They are:

Isabelle Ceballos  


Kelline Fontanilla


Stella Mahnke    


Marvin Ramos  


Melody Respicio


Felicity Smith  


Congratulations to these talented students or their acceptance into the San Joaquin County Honor Choir!  St. Mary's is so proud of them as they represent SM at the Honors Concert January 13th.





King Tre Jenkins III Queen Mia Garcia

Princesses and Princes

Princess Kalani Cox

Prince James Herrera

Princess Ellon Madill

Prince Jonathan Herrera

Princess Cicely Montesinos

Prince Max Kirby

Princess Emily Nauman

Prince Nick Rossi

Princess Marissa Patrick

Prince Nathane Zarzuela


Hannah Ketcherside Named Prep Athlete of the Week


Hannah Ketcherside, St. Mary's star women's tennis player was named the Record's Prep Athlete of the Week on October 11, 2017. The Record wrote:


"Ketcherside, a senior tennis player at Saint Mary's High, has gone 7-0 in TCAL play and 12-3 overall with three matches left in the regular season. With Ketcherside as a captain, the Rams have an undefeated 13-0 regular season mark, as well as 7-0 in TCAL play.


Tennis is nothing new to Ketcherside, who adopted the sport at 5 years old and played in her first tournament when she was eight. She played other sports, Ketcherside said, but made a choice in middle school to focus on tennis.


"I like the individuality of it," Ketcherside said. "It's just you out there. If you're down, you have to fight and come back."



Think Pink Club Raiser Fund for Cancer Awareness


The Think Pink Club raised $523 for breast cancer research in a Lucky Draw at the girls volleyball game versus Lincoln on Thursday night October 5. Theyalso sold pink awareness bracelets for the cause at the football game vs. West.

Every Wednesday, year round, the produce of the CROP garden is harvested and brought to Catholic Charities for their food distribution to the poor. The Club also holds soup sales, bake sales, canned good drives, clothing drives and runs a peanut butter drive during the year. The proceeds are used to purchase sleeping bags for the homeless, provide food stuffs for the poor and clothing to the needy. The dedication and hard work of the members of the club help to improve the lives of those in our community and shows that St. Mary's students take to heart St. Francis de Sales saying "Be who you are and be that well."

Karl Winter Featured In Record Article


STOCKTON by Scott Linesburgh — Karl Winter has been a consistent winner since he began to run cross country. And along the way, he’s fallen in love with the sport.


The St. Mary’s High senior admits he didn’t always feel that way. But in the past few years his passion for running has grown.


“There’s always a joy at the end of the race, especially if you win, but it’s more that I get something lifelong out of this,” Winter said. “This is something I want to do my entire life.”


Winter said he is hoping for a return trip to the state meet this season, and he already has racked up several victories. St. Mary’s coach Felicia Rowley said Winter’s talent was clear when he first came out for the team. The passion for running, however, arrived a little later.


“My freshman year I joined cross country because that’s what my family has always done,” Winter said. “When I first started to run, I just liked to win. I really didn’t like to run. But I’ve grown over the four years of high school to enjoy the activity, not just winning.”


Rowley said Winter showed his dedication during his junior season when he overcame a foot injury to finish third in the Tri-City Athletic League meet and qualify for the state meet.


“He said to me he wanted to come back this year to win TCAL, and that’s what he intends to do,” Rowley said. “And another goal he’s striving for is to get back to state and get into the top 25, which he can.”


Among Winter’s highlights this season is a victory in the Lodi Flame Invitational, where he bested 212 other runners. Winter has four additional wins, including the TCAL events on Sept. 13 and 27.


“There are kids who are naturals, and he’s a natural,” Rowley said. “But to be a good runner it takes a lot of commitment and a lot of hard work. And he has that commitment.”


Winter also is a member of the St. Mary’s track team, competing primarily in long-distance events. He plans to continue competing after high school.


“I’m in contact with a lot of college coaches, but I have not made a decision,” Winter said. “I’m hoping to be able to do it at the Division I level.”


SM Has Heart



St. Mary's student body and staff collected donations during football games and school dances for Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep that suffered damage during Hurricane Henry in Houston. A check for $2,500 is being sent to help the school recover.




Student Honors


Congratulations to Jonathan Herrera &   Chris Marquez  who scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region













Congratulations to Drew Cockerham and Karl Winter for being named as a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  

 Commended Students are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.



St. Mary's Theatre Elly Awards


20 students from St. Mary's High School attended the 35th annual Elly Awards ceremony at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, sponsored by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA).  


St. Mary;s was in competition with high schools in a ten county region. The two productions from 2016-2017 were nominated for a total of 5 Ellys (St. Mary's has received 95 nominations in the past 9 years). St. Mary's won one Elly this year.


Annette Mackay, for Best Costume Design for a play for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Congratulations to Annette for her win, and for giving St. Mary's Theatre its 24th Elly! 


Our other nominees for The Hunchback of Notre Dame were Rich Matheson (Best Sound for a Play) and Craig Vincent (Best Lighting for a Play). Hunchback was also nominated for Best Overall Production of a Play.  


Abrefi Adubofour was the only student nominated for the Elly Award for her role in The Wiz, for Best Supporting Actress for a Musical.


Freshman officers Elected


The class of 2021 took part in their first election at St. Mary's. These officers and class representatives will help govern their class and assist with Student Body matters.






























Fabian Cebalos, Jr. Refurbishes Statue of Blessed Mother


Thank you so much to Fabian Ceballos Jr., Class of 2020 for sharing his time and talent with St. Mary's High School on restoring our beloved Mother Mary Statue that stands in front of our Mary, Queen of the Angels Chapel.





















Hana Oshima Selected to Participate in HOBY


Hana Oshima was selected to participate in HOBY this past summer. 


Founded in 1958, HOBY's mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. 

HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.  The HOBY is open to high school sophomores. 


Congratulations Hana and thank you for representing St. Mary's so well.



Rams TV Gets Award


For the second year in a row, SM Rams TV, mentored by Mr. Paul Scheet, has been chosen as an Elite School by the NFHS for the quality and content of their productions.









Sadie Fisher Plays at Music Teacher's Convention

Sadie Fisher, a freshman at St. Mary's High School was a Level 6  young pianist invited to play at a statewide convention of music teachers this summer. She was chosen based on their certificate of merit exam scores and had the opportunity to play on a Steinway grand piano during the 107th Music Teachers Association of California annual convention June 30-July 4 in Santa Clara








Elly Nominations Announced


The Elly nominations were announced in Sacramentoby the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA).


Congratulations on our 5 St. Mary's Theatre nominations! Winners will be announced on September 10 at 7:00 pm at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove


4 Nominations for The Hunchback of Notre Dame:


Annette Mackay for Best Costume Design for an Education Play...


Craig Vincent for Best Lighting Design for an Education Play Rich Matheson for Best Sound Design for an Education Play Best Overall Production of an Education Play


1 nomination for The Wiz:


Abrefi Adubofour for Best Supporting Actress for an Education Musical


St. Mary's has now received 95 nominations since we joined the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance 9 years ago!


International Students Arrive



International students have begun arriving for the 2017-2018academic year. We will have 11 international students at St. Mary's this year: two from Brazil, one from Hungary, one from Australia and seven from China. Welcome to the St. Mary's High School community.


Cheer and Dance Receive Awards at USA Camp



This summer the St. Mary's spirit leaders attended an elite Cheer and Dance camp at the Hyatt regency in Santa Clara.


The cheer program was headed by our very own alumni Conner Huber who now runs the cheer programs and camps for the United Spirit Association.  Conner was coached by our very own Margo Kozina who was the varsity cheer coach when he was in high school.  The cheer team was very lucky to have Conner at the camp and Margo was very proud to see one of her former cheerleaders excelling.


Our cheer team won two Spirit sticks, the most improved award through camp and had two girls Heather Riggle and Brianna Stahl win the All Star award which earned them the opportunity to perform in London over the New Year's holiday.


Our dance team won two Spirit sticks and the unity award which is voted on by other schools at the camp. We had three girls Gabrielle Stephens, Lindsey Wyatt, and incoming freshman Brooke Eastwood win the All Star award and are invited to go to London during New Years and perform as well. We also took a master class from Tony G who has choreographed for all the Bring it on movies!


Trap Team Gets State Championship-Top Ranking Nationally



After winning the State Championship, members of the trap team participated in the Youth Shooting Sports US Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the course of 2 days, they shot 200 targets. Their team score was 911/1000, good enough for 4th place in the nation!


The students were Clay Campbell, David Cornish, Isabella Dentoni, Leonard Jaramillo Giianna Lagorio.


Hosmer Gets Gold, Hooneart Leads Team in Junior Olympics


Matt Hosmer competing on behalf of the Big Valley Waterpolo Academy, directed by St. Mary's own aquatics director, Jeff Hoorneart in the Junior Olympics, the largest water polo tournament in the world. Teams from around the world won gold as the U-18 team dominated the tourney.













Incoming Freshman William Bensch and Skyler May in Golf Teen World Championship'


Incoming Freshman William Bensch and Skyler May competed in the U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Championship from July 27-29 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Skyler Mary tied at 15th place out of 40 contestants after the 3 round match shooting shooting 84, 75 and 86 respectively and William Bensch tied at 76th out of 136 contestants shooting 84, 82 and 78 respectively at the three day international tournament played at Pinehurst Golf Course.


According to the Record they met at Annunciation school in kindergarten and have been friends since. They do play golf together, but also competitively and both have been playing golf since the age of 5.


Prior to this Bensch and May took part in the U.S. Kids Invitational regional competition this June in Stockton. Bensch was eighth in the boys 13-14 division and May was ninth in the girls 12-14. The event featured golfers from California, Hawaii, Nevada, Florida and the Philippines


Aquira DeCosta Gets Gold Medal In International Competition, Named MVP


Aquira DeCosta was tournament MVP in the U18 World Cup playing for the 2017 USA Women's 3x3 U18 World Cup Team in Chengdu, China. USA Women defeatedHungary and Japan to start the  FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup with a record of 2-0. Aquira was the leading scorer in game vs Japan. USA then dominated both Australia and Switzerland winning both games on July 1st. The US completed play with statement wins against France and the Czech Republic to capture teh gold

Aquirra's Interview with USA Today High School Sports:


Q: How did you get involved in 3×3 and being part of Team USA?


DeCosta: My coaches and I were discussing 3X3 Basketball at a point in time so I was very interested in trying it out and seeing how it goes. When I found out that USA Basketball had a 3X3 team for U18, I was immediately wanting to be a part of it. And when they picked me I was very excited to see how it goes.


Q. How is 3X3 basketball different?


DeCosta: 3X3 basketball in general is very fast-paced and more dependent on defense over regular five-on-five basketball. I’m more focused on defending my defender one-on-one and trying to score and beat people off the dribble and look for the open shot.


Q: Does playing 3X3 help you when you return to the more traditional five-on-five game?


DeCosta: It most definitely helps me when I return to regular five-on-five basketball because I’ll be quicker both offensively and defensively. Also, my communication is improving because of 3X3 basketball so I should be able to become more of a leader on the court.


Salesian Camp


Kevin Costello led five St. Mary's students, members of  Campus Ministry to a week long camp in Michigan run by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The week featured time for retreat, spiritual growth, discernment and offered important information on how to best serve the St. Mary's High School Community.




St. Mary's Brother James Ram Center has a variety of school supplies at a reasonable price.  Your purchase at our student store directly supports our school.







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













The dates for the Shadow-A-Ram program for the school year 2017-2018 are as follows:


November 15

December 6

January 17

February 7

March 7

April 18


Please Contact Margaret Stephens, Director of Admissions and Communications at 209-957-3340, Ext., 187 for more information.



Campus Construction


Cortopassi Aquatics Center


The generosity of the Cortopassi family made it possible for St. Mary's to co nstruct a preier, top level pool center that, since its completion in 2007 has not only served St. Mary's but the surrounding community and has been the venue fo inter-collegiate and state water polo tournaments and games as well as the Stockton City League swimming championships.


Basso Family Tennis Complex


Due to generous donation by the Basso Family, the tennis complex at St. Mary's has been completely rebuilt with the courts completely redone.




St. Mary's venerable chapel remodeling began in the summer of 2011 thanks to the generosity of the school's alumni and friends.  The remodeling has been completed and the chapel of Our Lady of the Angels again serves as the focus of the campus.

Chase Family Fitness Center


The Chase Family Fitness Center has been completed due to the generosity of the Chase family. This new building takes the place of the St. Bonaventure structure and provides a center for fitness training for the students with trainers, classroom and locker facilities.


Progress To Date


The Chapel has been remodeled and was re-dedicated in the 2012. The Cortopassi Aquatics Center is open The new upgrade of the football field is complete as are the tennis courts. The Lagorio  Administration, Library and Technology building is open. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 28, 2005 and construction was completed in September, 2006. The building was dedicated in February 11, 2007. The Chase Family Athletic Fitness Center is in full operation, dedicated in 2014.


The "Generations of Educational Excellence" project that will re-build and re-vitalize the Saint Mary's campus Three new portables were installed in the north side of the campus to provide additional classroom space and to house the Development Office. 


Prior to the official start of the project, the Sprague family  donated a new field house used by baseball, wrestling and cheer, the baseball field, through the significant efforts of Coach Pete Pijl, became a "Field of Dreams" and the Thompson family had generously donated funds to create the Thompson Sports Complex.



Faculty & Staff News


Mr. Gherardi Honored by Alum Gianna Gotterba '14



Gianna Gotterba, Class of 2014, a volleyball player at West Virginia University. named Luigi Gherardi as a teacher who influenced her and contributed greatly to her development in high school. Gianna was herself honred as a "Big 12 Champion for Life".


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In the annual faculty service day, the staff, administration and faculty of St. Mary' spread out across Stockton serving the poor at St. Mary's Dining Hall,  TLC, Gospel Mission, Shelter for the Homeless, and the Emergency Food Bank to show that they are, as Fr. Matthew Issac stated at the Mass that began the day, the face of Christ.


Mrs. Cheryl Best 11-2-17


It is with great sadness that St. Mary's announces that Mrs. Cheryl Best passed away on November 2, 2017. For many years Mrs. Best introduced computing to St. Mary's students. She was responsible for bringing in outside resources including speakers and presenters to enhance student understanding of computers and programs, including a vice president from Microsoft. May eternal light shine upon her and my she rest in peace.

A message from Fr. Fallon ...


"Today the St. Mary's School Community comes together in prayer with the Best Family in remembering Cheryl. Her years of faithful service at SM are a testimony to her dedication and concern for her vocation as a teacher and mentor of our students. WE thank the Lord for Cheryl's years at SM. May she Rest In Peace ."


Cheryl Best was a beloved teacher at St. Marys from 1984-2014.


In Mary's Grace We Pray.


Sister Marie Molini, O.P. June 11, 1928-Oct. 13, 2017

St. Mary’s is holding a special open house for all students and families interested  in attending St. Mary’s High School. This is a great opportunity to learn  about admissions and financial aid, take a campus tour, talk to our academic  and athletic departments and watch performances by our band and cheer teams. Visit our campus and learn what it’s all about! 5648 N. El Dorado Street in Stockton (209) 957-3340, Ext 190


Sister Marie Molini, formerly Sister M. Benet, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael for 69 years, died peacefully at San Joaquin Hospice House in Stockton on October 13, 2017.


Marie was born in Stockton, the third child of Charles Martin Molini and Catherine Barosso Molini. After a visit from the pastor, Father William McGough, Mrs. Molini enrolled all of her children at St. Agnes School. Marie went on to Saint Mary's High School. During her senior year, when several sisters were ill, the principal asked Marie to go to St. Agnes and fill in. The experience sparked Marie's vocation to religious life as a Dominican Sister and to the ministry of education.


She entered the convent and began her life as Sister M. Benet. She taught for many years in California: at St. Anne's in Lodi, St. Dominics and St. Rose in San Francisco, at Dominican Convent Lower School in San Rafael, at Annunciation School in Stockton, at Siena High School in Napa, and at her alma mater, Saint Mary's High School in Stockton.


Her proudest achievement as an educator was in 1978 when she was a presenter at the National Catholic Education Association conference, sharing about Saint Mary's High School Community Involvement Program, a model for high school student service that was visionary for its time.


In 1996, Sister Marie became the caregiver for her mother and a ten-acre walnut ranch. She became an accomplished agrarian and shared her harvest with friends and other religious. She continued to minister at Saint Mary's High School until 2016, assisting students seeking financial aid for college or high school, outreach services, and publications editing, and with the alumni office.


New Faculty and Administration



Mr. Tipton, Teacher, Coach, Mentor Retires


The history classroom and the football field will be a bit empty with the retirement of St. Mary's long-time teacher, coach and mentor, Mr. Dave Tipton.


Mr.Tipton, who played for the NFL and was both an assistant coach at Stanford and adjunct professor of history, came to St. Mary's after leaving Stanford and took on the role that made him one of the most beloved members of the St. Mary's High School community.


As a teacher he was excellent, both knowledgeable and entertaining. As a coach he made the Rams defense one of the best, if not the best in California. As a mentor, he helped not only student-athletes but all students who sought his advice and counsel.


St. Mary''s thanks Mr. Dave Tipton and wishes him a long, happy and relaxing retirement.



General Announcements





Dear Senior Parents,


One of the fun and much anticipated traditions for our seniors is the annual Senior Brunch. This year the Senior Brunch will take place on Friday, May 18th from 8:30~11:00 am.  There is no cost for students to attend.  Held in the Peter Morelli Gym, it is the last time the students will gather as a class for a morning of fellowship and fun.


During the brunch, we will have a variety of breakfast food stations and games for the students to play as well as yearbook signing!  We will also have prizes raffled off and our goal is to have EVERY senior leave with a prize valued at $25 or more!


This is where you, the parents, come in!!  We are looking for donations to purchase items a student would enjoy now OR for college.  We are asking each family to donate at least one prize valued at $25 or more.  In that way, EVERY student will receive a prize at the brunch.  If you don't have time to buy a prize, please feel free to make a monetary donation in any amount.  In past years, two or three parents combined their donations and purchased prizes from the list below.  Of course, donations are optional and are not mandatory.

Here are just a few suggestions for prizes we would like to include in the raffle:

  • Gift Cards (Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Airlines, Gas, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Visa, Ulta, Uber, Starbucks, In 'N Out, Chipotle, Panda Express, Safeway)

  • Hydro Flask                 

  • Headphones (wireless/noise canceling)  

  • Bike(s)         
    Wireless Printer

  • Mini refrigerator                 

  • Small TV                                           

  • Mini-microwave                                 

  • Small Keurig                                                                     

  • Wireless  Speakers (H2O proof

You may send in prizes or money (checks payable to St. Mary's High School~please write "Senior Brunch" in the memo) with your student to one of our class advisors, Mrs. Jean Aguilar (Room 12) or Mrs. Lisa Pijl in the Christian Service Office. You may also contact any committee member and make arrangements to have your prize picked up.  The Prize Committee will be responsible for wrapping all prizes.

In addition to prizes, we are also seeking underwriting to help offset the cost of decorations, food and games.  Underwriting forms will be available at our mandatory senior meeting on April 10th at 7:00 pm., in Mrs. Aguilar or Mrs. Pijl's office, or you can contact our Underwriting Committee, Sylvia Vargas or Hilary Sanguinetti.  Please know that this event is solely funded by the senior parents and any donation of time or money will be very much appreciated!!

Finally, the committee members are looking for parents interested in helping with set up on Thursday, May 17th, in the gym starting at 10 am.  If you are not available, we could use your help on the day of the Senior Brunch serving breakfast, working games, or cleaning up.  We will have sign-up sheets for specific jobs at our mandatory senior meeting or you may contact a committee member and let her know how you'd like to participate in this memorable event for the SMHS Class of 2018!   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!


Committee Co-Chairs 

Suzanne Long  (209) 481-8569        

Tracey Spybrook  (209) 224-7750 



Laura Lozano (209) 639-1658       


Danette Lopez (209) 642-0115


Christine Heffernan (209) 715-2498    


Games & Attractions
Melinda Fields (209) 559-8131 


Sylvia Vargas (209) 598-3462           


Wrapping & T-Shirts
Amber Baer (925) 980-5277 

Hilary Sanguinetti (209) 993-2271 




]Applications for the Summer Work program are available outside the Scholarship office and in the Athletic office. Applications are available until April 16th.

Completed applications are due to the scholarship office no later than  April 16th.

Questions please call Jennifer Giannini 957-3340, Ext. 121.



· • Detailed analysis of your writing                   

· • Textbooks and numerous practice tests        

· • Tips on handling every question type            

· • Personalized assessments and feedback

· • Through review of common vocabulary         

·• Better handling of the trickiest math

·• Shortcuts to save time and points

·• Tricks for avoiding common SAT & ACT traps

·• Comfortable learning environment

·• And more Importantly: IMPROVED SCORES!!


Daily from 8 am to 12:00 pm

Three week ACT/SAT workshop is $325

To register, use the link or contact Mr. Harrison Brehm  or (209) 957-3340 ext 261



Prayers For Fr. Fallon



The St. Mary's community is asked to continue praying for Fr.Fallon who is struggling with health issues and is in hospice care. Fr. Fallon has served our school for over 40 years with selfless commitment to the success of our students and St. Mary's High School.













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The annual Crab Feed played to a  full house as people enjoyed good food, good wine and good company at St. Mary's on February 3rd.




The St. Mary's High School campus was the scene of a two-day Explorer Competition hosted by the Stockton California Highway Patrol Explorers. Multiple agencies participated including California Highway Patrol Explorers from the Stockton, Modesto and Sacramento areas; Stockton Police Department, Elk Grove Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, Am track Police, and  Railroad Police. among others. Officer James Smith and his team of officers including Doug Carothers, Charles Katzakian and Eliseo Alatorre taught everything from DUI stops, to Officer Down, Felony Car Stops, Building Searches First Aid, Self Defense, and Critical Incident Response. In addition Court Testimony was taught by Judge Richard Vlavianos . The Explorers also participated in close order drill events, finishing up the weekend exercise with drill competition..


St. Mary's was honored to host this First Annual Event and was recognized in the Challenge Coin that commemorated it.


A special thanks to Mr. Art Zaninni who gave up his weekend to make sure that the Explorers were properly accommodated.


Annual Blue Mass


The Blue Mass, which has a long history in the Catholic Church, reminds us to be thankful to those who serve our community as first responders. During this Thanksgiving season, St. Mary's  invited local law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency personnel to this special Mass on Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m.


Saint Mary's recognizes the dedication and self-sacrifice these officers make for our public health and safety.  


Our students were present in celebrating these officers   whose profession is so noble and enduring, and pray for those  who have given their lives in the line of duty.


As a reminder of the courage that first responders show, Msgr. Ryan discussed his experience of having to wear a bullet proof vest for a ride along which experience truly made him understand how each day the women and men that protect us face danger. 





Stop Human Trafficking



Anyone that is victimized can go into any San Joaquin County McDonald's. The staff is trained to provide immediate contact with the appropriate authorities and to provide a safe space. San Joaquin County Regional Transit has a policy that anyone who is a victim of Human Trafficking may go to any bus, inform the driver who will immediately alert the police and if there is a delay will go off route in order to bring the victim to safety.


Rededicating the Franciscan Cross; Honoring a Good Man



On October 27, 2017, after the Football team Mass, Mr. Dave Luchetti, '63 was escorted by the team captains to the Chase Family Athletic Center to be honored as the special guest for the placement and re-dedication of the cross that had been first brought to St. Mary's with the Franciscans and for many years has been a fixture in the Oblate's residence. As Fr. Matthew Issac, O.S.F.S. stated in his comments: the cross, no placed in the training room of the Chase Family Athletic Center stands as a reminder not only of the great sacrifice the Jesus made for each of us, but that God is always with us.


Mr. Luchetti, who, despite having provided a significant portion of the materials and funding for the center, has shunned recognition. He did, however humbly accept the honor of being the special guest at the ceremony re-dedicating the cross.


Vaping Issues


We at Saint Mary's High school are committed to educating the whole student, spiritually and morally, and with this commitment comes the responsibility to you as parents, in addressing issues that may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable to discuss, but are essential for the protection and success of our students.


One of these issues that has come to our attention is the use of "Juul" on and off campus. "Juuling" is a vape that looks like a flash drive, but it is essentially an e-cigarette. These can be purchased online (legally available to adults 18 and older) and can be concealed very easily. The cartridges are inserted into the device and come in a wide variety of flavors. They typically give off very little smoke, but one cartridge contains the same amount of nicotine in a full pack of cigarettes. For your reference, you can check the following website:


To be clear, these devices and/or smoking are prohibited on campus and are grounds for suspension. We encourage you to have a conversation with your son(s)/daughter(s) about the addictive dangers of nicotine, as well as the possible consequences at school. We all want the best for our students in the present as well as the future, and together we can make a difference in their lives and in the greater community.


Thank you for your attention and cooperation.


Kathy Smith




Safe Home Pledge

Dear Parents,


We need your help. An issue of vital importance that confronts our families today is teen drinking and drug use. High school years are a time of new challenges as well as new adjustments. In a society where the allure of drug and alcohol use may be quite compelling, we, as parents must help prepare our children to meet those challenges and to make those right decisions. Looking at our own values and behaviors is a primary step.


What can you do? As parents you can follow these guidelines when you host a party or hear of one:


  • Set your ground rules with your teen before the party.

  • Establish rules for your home and/or property. It will not be a site at which alcohol/drugs will be available, tolerated and/or served to young people (those under legal age of 21).

  • Always be home when young people are visiting your home.

  • Properly supervise any and all gatherings of young people in your home.

  • Welcome other parents to call or drop-by.

  • Notify the police when planning a large party.

  • Notify your neighbors of the party.

  • Limit party attendance and set starting and ending times. 

  • What is your homework? As parents, set the following rules for yourself when your son or daughter is attending a party.

  • Be sure you know where your teenager will be.

  • Contact the parents of the party-giver.

  • Set times teens are expected to return home.

  • Avoid spontaneous "sleep-overs" when possible.

  • Encourage your child to call if they need a ride home.


Click here to take the  SAFE HOME PLEDGE online. We ask you to read the following pledge. If you agree to participate, your name will appear in the Tele'Ram.  Thank you. 




Thank You Parents Who Have Already Pledged

Felipe & Marci Arredondo 

Rudy & Leticia Mendoza 

Helen Ballucanag 

Doug & Natalia Murray 

Paul & Rachel Bettencourt  

Joanna Ortiz  

Mario & Rosa Caballero

Mrs. Ortiz-Wilson  

Kimberly Camello  

Sharon Paul

Robert & Paula Case

Phil & Julie Ramirez 

Anthony & Angela Contreras 

Jeff & Suzanne Podesto   

Kevin & Elizabeth Costello 

Joann Reed 

Kevin & Mila Dal Porto 

Brian & Erica Sarantos

Melissa Degadillo  

Steven & Rita Seeman

Tina Duncan

Rob & Monica Selna

Victor & Christina Fong 

Theresa Semillo  

Heather Fontes

Julian & Martha Sepulveda 

Lewis & Candice Gale 

Steve & Stacie Sherbondy 

Eloy & Michelle Galvan, Sr.

Adeyinka & Olufunke Somotun  

Claudia Gomez 

Mr. & Mrs Torres 

Earl & Julianne Harper

Felisa Umana

Greg & Denise Heli

Leon & Denise Walker 

Janine Kaeslin 

Leo & Sylvia Warmerdam  

Scott & Janice Kyles 

Greg & Sabrina Wheatley 

Virginia Lavagnino

Jim & Athena Willis

Mark Low 





eTranscripts are here!  St. Mary's High School is making the college application process easier.


Are you getting ready to start the college application process? St. Mary's has teamed with Parchment to make the process easier for families


One of the required documents you will need when applying to college is an official high school transcript, a student's academic record. St. Mary's High School has a new, online service where you can request an official high school transcript and send it to the college of your choice with just a few clicks.


Parchment sends your transcript securely, accurately and confidentially to any college or university.  The best part is you can request your transcript anytime from anywhere.  Just click the "order transcript" link on the SM website to visit


Just follow these 3 easy steps to get started:

1.   Register for a free account at

2.   Request your transcript

3.   Track your transcript


The fee for eTranscripts is $5. When registering with Parchment you will be prompted to put in your payment of choice information.


Sending the transcript electronically is easier, safe and saves money! Because it's online, it is processed much faster; your high school can send it instantly, and the college or university receives it immediately.  You no longer have to wonder if your transcript was sent by St. Mary's, or received by the college or university to which your child is applying.  Now you can track it all online at your account on  That's peace of mind!


University of California campuses do not want a transcript until final grades are complete in June. CSU campuses and private and/or out of state colleges will vary. Please check with each campus and check all emails sent by the universities. Students applying via the Common Application will automatically have the initial and midyear transcripts submitted by their counselor. In June, ALL seniors must request a final transcript to be sent to the college they will be attending.


If you have questions about e-transcripts you can contact the appropriate school counselor or Registrar.  Don't delay!


Sign up for your account today at



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24 Hour of Giving Helps Education


Due to the generosity of alumni and friends of St. Mary's during the 24 Hour Day of Giving, Mr. Swanson's classroom no sports a 65" Smart TV enhancing technology use in the classroom.








Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima


May 13, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to three poor shepard children Lucia de Jesus Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto from the village of Aljustrel, Portugal in the parish of Fatima.. Our Lady's message sought for people to pray for the conversion of the world and asked that the world be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. This was part of the "secret" message given to the children.


Pope John Paul II, for his part, asked for the envelope containing the third part of the “secret” following the assassination attempt on 13 May 1981.


As is well known, after reading the message, Pope John Paul II immediately acted to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and he himself composed a prayer for what he called an “Act of Entrustment”, which was to be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on 7 June 1981, the Solemnity of Pentecost.


“Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most await this embrace, and also those whose act of entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family, which with affectionate love we entrust to you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice and of hope”.


In order to respond more fully to the requests of “Our Lady”, the Holy Father desired to make more explicit during the Holy Year of the Redemption the Act of Entrustment of 7 May 1981, which had been repeated in Fatima on 13 May 1982. On 25 March 1984 in Saint Peter's Square, while recalling the fiat uttered by Mary at the Annunciation, the Holy Father, in spiritual union with the Bishops of the world, who had been “convoked” beforehand, entrusted all men and women and all peoples to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in terms which recalled the heartfelt words spoken in 1981: 


“O Mother of all men and women, and of all peoples, you who know all their sufferings and their hopes, you who have a mother's awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the modern world, accept the cry which we, moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to your Heart. Embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, this human world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are full of concern for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples. 


In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be thus entrusted and consecrated. 


‘We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God!'  Despise not our petitions in our necessities”. 


The Pope then continued more forcefully and with more specific references, as though commenting on the Message of Fatima in its sorrowful fulfillment: 


“Behold, as we stand before you, Mother of Christ, before your Immaculate Heart, we desire, together with the whole Church, to unite ourselves with the consecration which, for love of us, your Son made of himself to the Father: ‘For their sake', he said, ‘I consecrate myself that they also may be consecrated in the truth' (Jn 17:19). We wish to unite ourselves with our Redeemer in this his consecration for the world and for the human race, which, in his divine Heart, has the power to obtain pardon and to secure reparation. 


The power of this consecration lasts for all time and embraces all individuals, peoples and nations. It overcomes every evil that the spirit of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our times, in the heart of man and in his history.


How deeply we feel the need for the consecration of humanity and the world—our modern world—in union with Christ himself! For the redeeming work of Christ must be shared in by the world through the Church. 


The present Year of the Redemption shows this: the special Jubilee of the whole Church. 

Above all creatures, may you be blessed, you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obeyed the divine call! 


Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son! 


Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, hope, and love! Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting. Help us to live in the truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world. 


In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples, we also entrust to you this very consecration of the world, placing it in your motherly Heart. 


Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future! 

  • From famine and war, deliver us. 

  • From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us. 

  • From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us. 

  • From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. 

  • From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us. 

  • From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us. 

  • From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us. 

  • From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. 

  • From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us. 

  • Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies. 

Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world', sin in all its manifestations. 


Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”.


In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady in Fatima, St. Mary's has placed her statue in Our Lady Queen of Angels Chapel. The St. Mary's community is invited and urged to take the time to pray a rosary for the intentions our Blessed Mother gave to the three shepherd children in 1917.



Mass Intention Requests


The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice. The Church's reasoning was well explained by Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical "Mirae caritatis" (1902) emphasizing the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass: "The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints. For the communion of saints is simply ... the mutual sharing of help, atonement, prayers and benefits among the faithful, those already in the heavenly fatherland, those consigned to the purifying fire, and those still making their pilgrim way here on earth. These all form one city, whose head is Christ, and whose vital principle is love. Faith teaches that although the august Sacrifice can be offered to God alone, it can nevertheless be celebrated in honor of the saints now reigning in Heaven with God, who has crowned them, to obtain their intercession for us, and also, according to apostolic tradition, to wash away the stains of those brethren who died in the Lord but without yet being wholly purified."


If you would like to request that Mass be offered for a particular intention, a request form can be found at this <link>



The dates for the Shadow-A-Ram program for the school year 2017-2018 are as follows:


November 15

December 6

January 17

February 7

March 7

April 18


Please Contact Margaret Stephens, Director of Admissions and Communications at 209 957-3340 ext. 187 for more information.

Shadow-A-Ram Form


Students trying out for a Fall Sport need to have a physical performed after July 1, 2017.


Forms are available on the SM website. The completed physical forms must be brought to the Athletic office to receive a Try Out card. Students will not be able to try out for any sport without a Try Out card. Please do not give the forms directly to the coach.


Questions about Fall Sports?? Contact Your Coach:


Cross Country (boys & girls) - Felicia Rowley:


Football (boys): Varsity - Tony Franks:


Sophs - Ted Howze:


Frosh - Tim Gildea:

Golf (girls) - Betty Anne Urbick:


Tennis (girls) - Chino Chiene:


Volleyball (girls) - Jayne McHugh:


Water Polo (boys & girls) - Jeff Hoornaert:


Saint Mary's High School Handbook


The St. Mary's High School handbook contains information of academics, athletics, clubs, organizations, Honor Code and academic requirements, regulations and expectations regarding use of technology and media, disciplinary and dress code matters, along with valuable information related to the school community. Use the hotspot link on the graphic to access the handbook in pdf format.





The Journey to the 150th Anniversary 


St. Mary's has completed its 140th year as a leading provider of Catholic education. Our  challenge today is to keep Catholic education affordable and accessible to our families. I think you would all agree that in order to be successful academically, spiritually, creatively, socially and physically. we must be financially responsible and fiscally stable.We have therefore established the Father Fallon Endowment so that current and future generations of students and their families can enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education at St. Mary’s. The Father Fallon Endowment is a permanent source of income invested for growth and stability by the St. Mary’s High School Foundation.  A maximum of 4.5% of the principal will be used for tuition assistance each year. 

St. Mary’s High School Annual Appeal

The Saint Mary's High School annual appeal invites your support for Saint Mary's High School on an annual basis.  We have persevered over the years to keep tuition affordable despite the reality associated with the growing costs of a Catholic education.  Your donation to the annual appeal goes towards tuition assistance to help our students who families struggle financially and who work hard to achieve academic excellence and grow in our faith filled environment.  Your gift will enable students to graduate from St. Mary’s and join the 99% of our students who pursue a higher education. In addition to the Father Fallon Endowment, our annual appeal allows for the option to give to immediate need tuition assistance. 


Please go to to designate your donation to either the Father Fallon Endowment (for tuition assistance) or tuition assistance for immediate need.


Three Ways To Make Your Donation To the Annual Appeal


1) Make a safe and secure online donation to:


2) Mail check to:


St. Mary's High School

P.O. Box 7247

Stockton, CA  95267 


3) Or call us if you would like us to take your credit card information over the phone and answer any questions.  209-957-3340 ext. 180


St. Mary's Endowment Fund


You've been a part of our past. We invite you to continue to be part of our future. This is a historic endeavor and we welcome everyone to participate.


Your kind donation in any amount is very much appreciated.


Green Auxiliary


St. Mary's has started a volunteer community of friends, families and alumni that help with special events and projects. Please join us! Contact Stefani Delucchi at (209) 957-3340, ext 195 or email.










Rams TV


Broadcasting is proud to announce that is the internet website that is affiliated with the new St. Mary's Broadcasting I class. broadcasts various sporting events and a magazine show twice a month entitled St. Mary's Today. 

Subscriptions are available to, just go to the website for information on how to join this network.  A third of your subscription fee goes back to St. Mary's Athletics. 

Broadcasting students are producing commercials that air during our sports broadcasts.  Prices are $20 for a single game appearance, $80 for appearances on eight different events, and $500 for an appearance on all sports events and also ads on all editions of St. Mary's Today. 

If you are interested in being an advertiser on then contact Paul Scheet at or call (209) 986-1916.


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


Parent E-Mail Communication


In conjunction with our "Go-Green" campaign, much of the school to home communication will be via e-mail. Therefore it is imperative that parents keep an accurate e-mail address in Powerschool.



Volunteers are needed in several areas for many school events. Come join our St. Mary's community.   It's a great way to meet new people while helping us make St. Mary's such a unique place. Attending our school events is a great way to support our students and build community.


Please click on the volunteer form (Click Here) and let us know if you are interested in helping with Athletics, Crab Feed, Dances, Development, Fundraising, Speech or Theater.


We invite you to explore ways that you

can join the St. Mary's family or strengthen your connections to SMHS. There are many more upcoming events on the horizon, so please watch your email. You can also get more information on this website


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.


For more information please contact Margaret Stephens Phone: 209-957-3340



St. Mary's Chapel Hours



Daily Mass

Monday - Friday

7 a.m.



7:00 a.m.




SchoolPoP Program Helps Support St. Mary's


Schoolpop’s name-brand online merchants contribute up to 20% of every purchase you make to Saint Mary's High School. Use the link to begin supporting the school.



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