Sr. Gwynette Proctor, SNDdeN kicks off Catholic Schools Week

Maryvale welcomed Sr. Gwynette Proctor, SNDdeN, director of the Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, today for a special gathering to kick off Catholic Schools Week. In keeping with Monday’s theme of celebrating our community, Sr. Gwynette spoke about how each person connected with Maryvale can be a part of any positive solution for change. 

“Don’t focus on the outside packaging,” Sr. Gwynette advised. “Celebrate and appreciate our differences as opportunities for learning and growing.” 

Following Sr. Gwynette’s presentation, 12 Maryvale students addressed the school community and offered examples of how they plan to spearhead change in an effort to create a more compassionate, productive and respectful environment in our global society.   

Catholic Schools Week celebrations continue at Maryvale

Maryvale debuted an exciting lineup of events this week to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Students, faculty and staff welcomed Sr. Gwynette Proctor, SNDdeN, to campus on Monday, Jan. 30 for special presentation to celebrate our community. The Maryvale Mothers’ and Fathers’ clubs organized a delicious breakfast for the Maryvale faculty and staff on Tuesday, Jan. 31, as part of Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, to show gratitude for everyone’s continuous hard work and commitment to the school. Many parents and special friends then joined us on campus Wednesday, Feb. 1 for Parent Visit Day, where guests had the opportunity to attend their daughters’ morning classes. To close out the week, the Maryvale community will gather together for a prayer service Thursday, Feb. 2 to recognize and honor everyone’s unique gifts and talents. Then, on Friday, Feb. 3, the community will celebrate Student Appreciation Day. The girls will be showing their school pride in their new Maryvale spirit shirts, and they will come together in the afternoon for a pep rally and special treat.

Maryvale swimmers earn medals at IAAM Championships

Maryvale’s Lexi Kolodgie ’17, Kenley Hewitt ’20, Abby Lancaster '18 and Isabella Mawry '18 each earned a medal as they represented Maryvale at the IAAM Swimming Championships on Sunday, Feb. 5. Lexi captured first place in the 200 Free and second place in the 200 IM while Kenley placed second in the 100 Back and third in the 50 Free. Isabella placed third in the 100 Back, and the relay team, which was comprised of Lexi, Kenley, Abby and Isabella, placed third in the 400 Free Relay. After a stellar performance by each swimmer, Maryvale earned fifth place overall. Maryvale debuted its Varsity swimming team during the 2016-17 school year, and the girls continue to earn impressive victories. Lexi finished first in the 200 IM of the National Catholic Invitational Championships just two weeks ago.

Leadership, STEM lessons come to life for Maryvale Middle Schoolers

Thanks to Maryvale’s signature Leadership Institute, all of the students in Maryvale’s Middle School transferred their studies outside of the classroom and ventured to the movie theater for a reserved showing of “Hidden Figures.” The girls had the opportunity to view firsthand examples of the importance of gender equality in the workforce, leadership and women in STEM-related careers. After returning to Maryvale, the girls broke off into discussion groups and shared their insight regarding the movie’s central themes.

Maryvale alumna addresses girls about Engineering opportunities

Maryvale Upper and Middle schoolers welcomed alumna Gabby Lago ’14, who spoke to the girls about life in the College of Engineering at Purdue University, incredible internships and her upcoming academic trip to Australia. “There are so many great opportunities for women in the Engineering industry after college; this is the main reason why my sister and I both selected Engineering for our major,” Gabby told the girls. Justine Lago ’12, Gabby’s older sister, will graduate this spring from the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Although the two Maryvale alumnae study similar subjects, they follow different paths. Gabby’s concentration is in Mechanical Engineering whereas Justine will put her Chemical Engineering background in action this fall for her recently-landed job at Anheuser-Busch.

Maryvale eighth graders use technology to illustrate leadership

As part of the Middle School Leadership curriculum, Maryvale’s eighth graders teamed up for the Leadership Institute Eighth Grade Leadership Video competition. The teams were tasked with creating a video that portrays their outlook on a specific leadership quality. Congratulations to the following filmmakers from the Class of 2021 on creating remarkable videos about leadership:


“What Does Teamwork Mean?” by Claire Jones, Victoria Miller, Lauren Ronald and Vanessa Vaughan

“Strength” by Brianna Caines, Taylor Pristoop and Ella White

Honorable Mention

“How to Be a Leader Tutorial” by Annalee Nelson, Maggie Sanders, Maddie Simmons and Christina Storzer

“Leaders Big & Small” by Maeve Diemer, Molly Kinkead, Maria Miller and Sophia Savick

“Student Leaders at Maryvale” by Abby Emory, Holly Miller, Naomi Lauderbaugh and Molly Wagner

“The Importance of Leaders” by Erin Ali, Elizabeth Pakula, Haley Philips and Arabella Tiskiewic

Maryvale students bond through Big Sister-Little Sister event

Maryvale’s Upper Schoolers took a brain break and gathered in the Erinn McCarthy Humanities Hall during Advisory for a few exciting rounds of bingo. Upon walking into the 500-plus-seat theater, the girls broke off into their Big Sister-Little Sister duos and had some fun together while continuing to learn more about each other. Prior to the first day of Upper School at Maryvale, each ninth grader is paired with an eleventh grader, who serves as the Big Sister. In this role, the Big Sisters offer support, advice and encouragement for their Little Sisters to ensure that their days at Maryvale are extraordinary. Whether it’s through a Big Sister-Little Sister game, a school-wide event such as Gym Meet or even a classroom activity, each Maryvale student develops lifelong bonds with her sisters and creates memories that will last forever.

Maryvale students celebrate Valentine's Day at Marian House

Maryvale students enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration this week with the women at Marian House. Maryvale has partnered with Marian House for many years, and the gatherings continue to be highly anticipated events for the girls. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, students and faculty brought dinner and spent time with the women, who are recovering from life-altering incidents and learning skills to get their lives back on track. The girls planned activities and distributed roses to all of the women to encourage them and remind them that they are valuable members of society.

Nine Lions earn IAAM Indoor Track & Field All-Conference honors

After a commanding performance by each athlete, Maryvale’s Indoor Track & Field team added another A Conference title on Jan. 27 to the school’s championship roster. The incredible win marked the Maryvale Athletic Department’s eighth championship title since the fall of 2015.   

Congratulations to our nine Lions who were named to the IAAM Indoor Track & Field All-Conference team. 

Paige Adams ’17 – High Jump and 55 Hurdles
Emma Buchanan ’20 – 4x800 Relay
Emily Craig ’17 – 3200 Meter and 4x800 Relay
Allemai Dagnatchew ’18 – 4x800 Relay
Ally Furnari ’18 – 4x200 Relay
Courtney Kenny ’17 – 4x200 Relay
Sydney King ’17 – 4x200 Relay
Alex Martinez ’18 – 4x200 Relay
Mary Christa McWright ’19 – 4x800 Relay

Maryvale swimmer Lexi Kolodgie '17 named to All-Conference team

Congratulations to Maryvale senior Lexi Kolodgie, who was named to the IAAM Swimming All-Conference team after her standout year in the pool. Lexi’s latest accomplishments include finishing first in the 200 IM of the National Catholic Invitational Championships with a time of 2:11:16 and first in the 200 Free and second in the 200 IM of the IAAM Swimming Championships. Lexi will continue her swimming career at Seton Hall University this fall.  

Maryvale's athletic offerings provide opportunities for students

At Maryvale, opportunities exist everywhere for every student. No matter her talents or passions, each girl can learn, lead and succeed in the classroom, on the field and in the theater. Maryvale’s Middle Schoolers were recognized today for their excellence in winter sports while maintaining impressive academic standings. More than 70 percent of our students participate on an athletic team and perform as key contributors to the Athletic Department’s mounting success.

Maryvale Middle Schoolers thrive in JHU engineering challenge

In honor of National Engineers Week, Maryvale’s Middle Schoolers put on their engineering hats and eagerly participated in Johns Hopkins University’s “A Tower of Power in a Half Hour” challenge. The Middle Schoolers were divided into teams of no more than three students, and within their groups, the girls were tasked with building the tallest freestanding tower made entirely out of uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. The teams were given only one box of spaghetti and two bags of marshmallows to use, and they also had only thirty minutes to complete the challenge. 

Members of the first place team will have their names submitted to Johns Hopkins University for the opportunity to participate in the Champions Tower of Power competition on the university’s campus and recreate their tower in competition with undergraduate students, alumni and faculty teams. 

First PlaceNaomi Lauderbaugh ’21, Lauren Ronald ’21 and Tristen O’Brien ’23 (129.54 cm)

Second PlacePeyton Bowes ’22, Anna Welsh ’21 and Caroline Welzant ’23 (125 cm)

Third PlaceHannah Mayne ’23 and Victoria Miller ’21 (120 cm)

Maryvale Middle Schoolers present at Leadership Summit

Eight members of Maryvale’s Middle School ventured to Baltimore City, where they participated in a Middle School Leadership Summit. Prior to hearing from the students, the many guests had the pleasure of listening to Baltimore City Councilman, District 7 Leon Pinkett III, the event’s keynote speaker. Following Councilman Pinkett’s presentation, Maryvale’s seventh and eighth graders showcased their leadership skills and presented a workshop on “collaboration,” which was centered on the summit’s theme of inclusive leadership, and led small group discussions. Thanks to the guidance and training under the signature Leadership Institute, the girls proudly represented Maryvale as the only all-girls school in attendance to lead a workshop presentation.

Maryvale tech student experiences a day in the life of an engineer

Maryvale’s Isabella Mawry ’18 transferred her studies outside of the classroom on Feb. 22 and spent the day enhancing her STEM skills at JMT, an engineering/architecture firm in Sparks, Md. Through the SAME–Baltimore Post “Day with an Engineer” program, Isabella was paired with this local firm to work side-by-side with experienced engineering professionals and learn firsthand about the industry. Isabella participated in variety of hands-on engineering and scientific activities, including brainstorming sessions, design consultations and client-requested procedures. She also gained valuable insight regarding internship and career opportunities to propel her ahead in her educational journey.
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