The Mission of Saint Mary's Catholic High School is to provide a liberal arts education that forms virtuous young men and women who know the Truth and love the Good.
3rd Term - 2020-21
Ms. Tanya Bartlett will be returning to serve as the Principal of Saint Mary’s Catholic High School beginning with the 2021-22 year.

Ms. Bartlett is a distinguished educator with nineteen years in Catholic education in the Diocese of Phoenix. She began her teaching career at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School as a middle school science teacher. She found her niche working with high school students at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale. For over ten years she taught Social Studies and English, later serving for five years as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She has also served as principal of Saint Gregory’s Catholic School and interim principal at Saint Mary-Basha Catholic school. Ms. Bartlett also taught in the Humanities department at St. Mary’s High School.

With her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, Ms. Bartlett brings a wealth of experience in increasing student achievement, teacher development, and community building, all while honoring the Catholic liberal arts tradition established at St. Mary’s. She was awarded the Program of the Year from the Center for Arizona Private Education for the "Legislative Action Project," a program that empowered students to engage in the civic life of their communities and local government. She also worked with the superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Mbeya, Tanzania to help open a new Catholic teacher’s college.

Ms. Bartlett is a native Arizonan and a product of Catholic education herself. In her free time, she loves to read the classics and history, bake bread and desserts, and learn something new every day. She loves to travel and regards her time studying Dante’s Commedia for a summer in Siena, Italy as the current high point of her adventures. “Living the experience of the Catholic Church, no matter where you are in the world, helps me understand the significance of the family of God. It’s amazing,” she states.

The foundational passion that guides Ms. Bartlett’s life is providing opportunities for young people to encounter Jesus Christ and grow in their understanding of this relationship and their purpose in life. She says, “Catholic schools provide hope for a world that needs it desperately right now. The world needs the true and beautiful message that these teachers and students bring to it, along with the authenticity of living it out daily. St. Mary’s High School has a long tradition of being a faithful and compassionate witness to the community and I hope to continue its incredible legacy.”

We congratulate Marlene and Francis Moreno and Tierra Martinez Williamson on their baptism and confirmation with Fr. Wetzel on April 3rd.
We congratulate Davian and Alex Andrade/ Michael Rangel on their First Communion and Confirmation at Most Holy Trinity! Alexis Gonzalez received sacraments last week at St. Agnes 
Saint Mary's Youth for Life Update
Youth for Life completed a diaper drive for woman in crisis. Club members were able to collect 12 extra large boxes of diapers and $250 in cash, which was donated to First Way Women Pregnancy Center in Phoenix. Mrs. Wing, the Center Director, was very grateful and happy to our school and students for their consistent yearly support and help. Donations were delivered during Holy Week.
2021 Taste of Saint Mary's a Huge Success!
Saint Mary's hosted its annual Taste of Saint Mary's event as the city and state began to climb out of COVID. The fantastic food was provided by Spinning Pigskins, and chef, Saint Mary's head football coach Jose Lucero! The event also featured a wonderful bar with an array of drinks, roulette, blackjack, and craps tables, fantastic silent auction and raffle items, music and friendly atmosphere that was enjoyable to all! The event raised over $40,000 for Saint Mary's, despite a city mandated cap of 200 people.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors who helped us in making this year's Taste of Saint Mary's a success:
And Special Thanks To:
Peter and Emily Burch
Nikki Cunningham
Rudy Ramirez - A&R Companies
Ronald and Larissa Rogers
Andy and Sonja Rubalcava
Tom and Angela Shellenberger
Darlene Sullivan
Scott and Lisa Whitfield

Mock Interviews for Saint Mary's Students Prepare them for the Future!
The Career Club organized Mock Interviews this past February to help prepare students for success in applying for jobs, college, and scholarships. Students learned how to make a resume and practiced answering interview questions with a panel of volunteer teachers and staff. Seven students participated in-person or through Zoom. We are all very proud of these students’ hard work.

Thank you to the Saint Mary's teachers and staff involved: Mrs. Voita, Mr. Fahrendorf, Mr. Gartonzavesky, Mr. Rollo, Ms. Larios, and Mrs. Kennedy.

Student participants: Foune Doucoure, Arnold Santiago, Melissa Montoya, Alan Campos, Meron Teame, Evangelina Sai Pen, and Alecs Maglupay.
Congratulations to House of the Year:
John Paul II
House Dean: Mr. Thomas Coast
Mentors: Mrs. Linda Voita, Mrs. Christine Swingle, Mr. Bill Grimm, Mr. Jose Lucero, Fr. Estevan Wetzel
Final House Standings
John Paul II
955 points
Junipero Serra
742 points
715 points
648 points
Catherine of Siena
603 points
Thomas Aquinas
601 points
Thank you for your prayers and support throughout our admissions season. It was a busy time filled with High School Placement Testing (HSPT), prospective freshman interviews, first round acceptance letters, and Merit Scholarship awards. We were so excited to host the Class of 2025 at our Freshman Welcome Event! Students had the opportunity to meet their guidance counselor, play games with future classmates, pick up their class t-shirts, and have their picture taken at the Saint Mary’s Arch. We are continuing to accept application for both our incoming freshmen class, as well as for transfer students. If you know of anyone that is considering Saint Mary’s send them our way!
For more information, or to recommend a student, please contact Mary Pivonka, Director of Admissions or Jacquie Kennedy, Director of Recruitment.
Sports Has Banner Gold Seasons!
Pierce Vittone (pictured left with head coach Don Durkee) won a gold medal when he became the State DIII Champion in the 800 meter run. Pierce broke the school record this season with an excellent time of 1:54.42. His time was second overall in the state regardless of division. He also broke the school record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:26.12. In addition, Pierce brought home a silver medal from the State Meet in the 400 meter dash, and bronze medals in the 4 x 400 meter and 4 x 800 meter relays.
Current St. Mary’s High School Freshmen, Starry Hopkins, competed in the USA Gymnastics Level 8 state gymnastics competition and won first place in Vault with a score of 9.6, first place in Uneven Bars with a score of 9.35 and third place all around with a score of 37.025.

Congratulations Starry!
St. Mary's rallies past Paradise Honors for 4A boys...

Damin Lopez watched his father David win an AIA title in 2009 as basketball coach at Phoenix St. Mary's. Now he's part of the school's legacy as well. The No. 1 Knights secured their first since that one, turning back a pesky No. 2 Surprise...

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Congratulations to:
Head Coach Damin Lopez
Skyline Region Coach of the Year 4A Coach of the Year 4A Coach of the Year

Keiren Brown - 6'3" Senior
All Arizona Honorable Mention -
First Team All State - 4A Conference
Skyline Region Player of the Year
Skyline Region 1st Team

Garrison Phelps - 6'5" Junior
All Arizona First Team -
First Team All State - 4A Conference
Skyline Region 1st Team

Jason Fontenet - 6'4 Sophomore
All Arizona Honorable Mention -
First Team All State - 4A Conference
Skyline Region 1st Team

Jeremiah Cherry - 6'10" Junior
All Arizona Honorable Mention -
All State Honorable Mention - 4A Conference
Skyline Region 2nd Team

Foune Doucoure - 6'8" Junior
All State Honorable Mention - 4A Conference
Skyline Region 2nd Team

Styles Phipps - 6'1" Freshman
All State Honorable Mention - 4A Conference
Skyline Region 2nd Team
Congratulations Saint Mary's Baseball - State Tournament Participants!
Congratulations to:
David Galindo
Skyline Region 1st Team Pitcher & Position Player
Skyline Region Defensive POY

Alonso Contreras
Skyline Region 1st Team Position Player
Skyline Region Offensive POY

Adrian Perez
Skyline Region 1st Team Position Player

Alex Perez
Skyline Region 1st Team Position Player

Andre Valdez
Skyline Region 2nd Team Position Player

Roman Valenzuela
Skyline Region 2nd Team Position Player
Congratulations Track and Field - State Tournament Participants!
Nine members of the Saint Mary’s track and field team competed in the State Meet at Desert Vista High School on May 14-15. Brothers James and Luke Atkinson joined Pierce Vittone (pictured above) on the medal stand as members of both relays. Alex Bouchard was the fourth member of the 4 x 800 that broke the school record with a time of 8:13.85. Julian Pompa was the fourth member of the 4 x 400. James Atkinson added to the team’s score by placing sixth in the 800 meter run. The girls 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kristen Keating, Lily Fairbanks, Hope Whitfield, and Spirit Phipps went into the State Meet ranked 13th. They improved their time by six seconds to finish sixth, scoring points for Saint Mary’s.
4x800 Relay Team pictured from left:
James Atkinson, Alex Bouchard, Luke Atkinson, and Pierce Vittone
Congrats to Coach Durkee! He started as the cross country assistant for two years before becoming the head coach. This 2021 season marked his 20th season for track. He re-established the program after it being gone from the school for about 25 years. You will greatly missed on the track! Happy retirement from all of in the Saint Mary's community.
Congratulations to the following student-athletes on their post season awards:
Girls Basketball
All Region:
Marlene Moreno – 1st Team
Evelyn Lopez – 2nd Team
Gianna Brittain – 2nd Team

Boys Soccer
All Region:
Alejandro Lopez – 1st Team Midfielder
Rafael Garcia – 2nd Team Defender
Miles Youngkin – 2nd Team Defender
Angel Morales – 2nd Team Defender
Girls Soccer
All Region:
Marissa Sinohui – 1st Team Defender
Miranda Castro – 1st Team Midfielder
Arianna Dominguez – 2nd Team Forward
Lydia Garcia – 2nd Team Goalie

Boys Volleyball
All Region:
Levi Herrera – 1st Team Hitter/MB
Neko Hernandez – 1st Team Libero
Joseph Olivarez – 2nd Team Hitter/MB
Clayton Spina – 2nd Team Setter
Neko Hernandez – Region Defensive POY
Saint Mary's Drama Club Presents Macbeth
Saint Mary's Drama presented Macbeth this past spring in Wiegand Auditorium. It is one of William Shakespeare's most intense and often performed plays. The play chronicles the life of Macbeth as he seeks power by any means necessary. He is supported in his thirst for power by his wife, Lady Macbeth. But as Macbeth learns, his power comes at a severe price, ending with his own world collapsing. Macbeth is defeated and a new king is declared.

Congratulations to Isak Bond and all the cast members for this riveting interpretation of Macbeth!
Students in the performing arts and in the freshman art classes were pleased to share their work, Covid-style, through our Virtual Performances and Presentations, recorded in the Weigand Auditorium and sent out electronically in March, April, and May. If you missed it, here are the links!
Advanced Painting and Ceramics
Foundations in Art
Saint Mary's Choir
Saint Mary's Choir - Virtual
Guitar, Band Performance
Theater Arts - P3
Theater Arts - P4
Spring Fine Arts - Freshman Girls
Theater Arts - P7
Spring Fine Arts - Freshman Boys
The process for selection of new members for the Seat of Wisdom Chapter of the National Honor Society has been completed. Congratulations to our new members:
Isaac Mendoza
Kahleah Kentera
Alexander Bouchard
Reagan Neighbors
Alecs Maglupay
Arianna Dominguez
Imanol Saldana
Grace Tanner
Catherine Fairbanks
Victoria Shellenberger
Meron Teame
Darlene Herrington
Christopher Horn II
Paul Lewis
Andrew Phelan
Joy Samuel
Emma Sullivan
Mia Sullivan
Carter Watt
Anne Wells
Thomas Zbiegien.
Blood Drive a Huge Success!
On behalf of Vitalant and the Saint Mary's National Honor Society, the members of the NHS Blood Drive Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the April 14 blood drive at St. Mary's. Your support of this drive will help to assure that blood is available for patients in need.
At the blood drive, 41 lifesaving donors stepped up to donate, resulting in 30 procedures for our community and reaching 100% of St. Mary's blood drive goal!
Your efforts and the support of the entire St. Mary's community are greatly appreciated and will go a long way toward assuring a strong blood supply, and ultimately saving lives. Watch for our next blood drive in the fall!
It's not too late to register for financial assistance!
Click on the link below and visit our website for more information.
If you have completed your 2020 tax return and need assistance with financial aid applications, please contact the Business Office to make an appointment.

Business Office:
Mrs. Veronica Acosta or call 602.251.2507
Mrs. Michelle Hernandez or call 602.251.2510
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Be on the lookout for our next Greenstreak, our year end edition celebrating our Seniors!