St. Mary's Academy photo
The class of 2011 from St. Mary's Academy.     
St. Mary's Academy photo
The class of 2011 from St. Mary's Academy.

The 142nd graduating class departs from St. Mary's Academy in Portland at a ceremony set for Saturday, June 4. There are 129 seniors at the venerable all-girls school.

Elizabeth Peterkort is valedictorian and Micaela Deitch is salutatorian.

At St. Mary’s graduation symbolizes the culmination of four years of making life-long friends, learning gospel values and discovering passion on the field, in the science lab, on stage  or at a service location.  

“It is difficult to walk away from a community and a place where so much growth has occurred," says Patricia Barr, principal. "Four years ago these students were excited fourteen-year-olds. Now they are confident, intelligent, amazing women."

To help with the transition to life beyond high school, St. Mary’s Academy tries hard to stay connected to alumnae.
Two days before graduation, the class of 2011 will be inducted into the Alumnae Association and follow in the footsteps of more than 10,000 women. The induction ceremony includes wise words from a recent graduate, a recognition of legacy families, and the pledge, lead by Marcia Moore Forman ’67, formalizing the passage.

The St. Mary’s Alumnae Association was originally founded by alumnae celebrating the 25th anniversary of the school’s inception in 1884. Graduates from 1870-1884 collected $50 in donations thanking St. Mary’s. For the past 127 years, graduates still give, via time, talents and resources. Through the school’s Alumnae Mentorship Program, graduates of all ages help current students, share life lessons, career and collegiate information and their St. Mary’s experience. In addition, the Alumnae Council works diligently to lead and inspire graduates to be involved in the school’s strategic priorities.  

“In this fast-paced life, we want to keep our graduates connected to one another and to the school even when they find themselves at colleges on opposite coasts,” says Coralynn Arrigotti Petrie, a 1983 graduate and director of institutional advancement. “We want to celebrate their milestones and pray for them when they experience loss.”

“Being a St. Mary’s alumna carries with it a great honor,” said senior Lauren Fischer.

“We learned for four years the importance of our education, and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life, ever mindful of my time on Fifth Avenue.”

Here are the graduates: Isa Almy, Alix Amo, Natalie Amo, Laura Anastasiadis, Sophia Anguilla, Merilee Avery, Nadia Azhar, Tia Bangura, Morgan Bassford, Katherine Baumgartner, Netanya Beard, Claire Benson, Erin Bergmann, Mackenzie Berkman, Megan Biggi, Molly Blanchard, Maya Booth-Balk, Hannah Bown, Tara Scarborough-Briggs, Rose Buchanan, Janelle Burch, Simone Butler, Frances Cameron, Bridget Chan, Haylee Corvi, Brittney de Alicante, Erica Deffebach, Micaela Deitch, Rosalie Doak, Bronte Dod, Sarah Donaldson, Alexis Fields, Lauren Fischer, Ariana Garay, Marlena Gilbert, Anna Gilles, Akemi Go, Karen Gordillo, Caitlin Grant, Kathleen Grotzinger, Rose Guth, Angela Hajihashemi, Megan Healey, Dana Heintz, Nina Hernandez, Courtney Hutton, Marisa Ikert, Anna Janowsky, Candace Johnson, Wanjiru Karanja-Senge, LaCrisha Kaufman, Meggan Kennedy, Allyson Knapper, Justine Kovak, Meredith Krages, Kathleen Krauel, Haley Kruell, Cameron Kwan, Marquiah Ladd, Emily Langston, Naevey Lawrence, Samantha Lee, Geneva Li, Greta Lickteig, Amanda Lim Shi Yuin, Cora Lindholm, Catherine Lucas, Margaret Marquard, Halie Marsh, Li Mattson, Caitlyn  McCutcheon, Anne McFadden, Elyse McGrath, Bridget McNamara, Alexandra Merrill, Rebecca Millar, Brianna Mishler, Claire Mitchell, Zoë Mullins-Bowman, Alexandra Murphy, Anne Nienow Birch, Rachel Oedewaldt, Eleanor Oken , Leslie Ostlund, Danielle Owenby , Jennifer Pacheco , Stephanie Pacheco, Anna Pedersen , Haleigh Penca , Caitlin Perri , Elizabeth Peterkort , Hadley Petros, Olivia Ponzetti , Margaret Popick , Sandrina Powell , Sarah Puzas , Amy Rathfelder , Alyssa Renck , Raquel Reyes , Christy Richards , AnnaLena Robinson, Mekyla Robinson, Maria Romero, Haley Rosenberg, Laura Rottiers, Emily Schoen, Emily Schultz, Sarah Schwartz, Rachael Scoggins, Sophie Serber, Sarah Sherrington, Zoe Snedeker-Short, Tara Stark, Sydney Strauss, Mildred Sturtevant, Jessica Sutter, Katrina Swope, Chelsea Thomas, Ericka Thompson, Madeleine Thornburg, Alheli Tica-Figueroa, Claire Vlahakis, Anne Vlossak, Kelsi Watts, Madison Wenzlick, Madeline Wilson, Melissa Wong, Chloe Zimmerman