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SMS Grads in Mount St. Mary Academy Class of 2020 Earn Honors         Going to Harvard and Notre Dame

CONGRATULATIONS to Abby Karaszewski and Ashley Masci, who attended St. Mary School (SMS) from preschool through eighth grade. After excelling academically and taking part in numerous extracurricular activities and service ministries while at SMS, each received a scholarship to attend Mount St. Mary Academy. They chose “The Mount” because they were looking for a school that emulated St. Mary School: Catholic, small, close-knit, nurturing, with rigorous academics and opportunities to develop themselves into well-rounded faith-filled leaders. Both young ladies shared that their experiences and education at SMS had a direct effect on their success at Mount St. Mary Academy and provided the foundation for continued success in college and beyond.

Ashley Masci, Valedictorian - Harvard University

Ashley is the recipient of the Harvard Faculty Scholarship. She plans to study Molecular and Cellular Biology and continue her studies abroad
and at Harvard through graduate school.  Her interest in science, was first discovered in her SMS middle school classes and further developed at Mount St. Mary’s.

Ashley tells us, “I wholeheartedly feel that SMS prepared me extremely well for high school because the academic rigor that I experienced at SMS, specifically throughout my middle school years. The advice and instructions from my teachers at SMS, as well as their assignments and assessments taught me time management skills and increased my knowledge. I also learned how to effectively deal with stress in academic situations and how to balance school work with extracurricular activities.”

Ashley volunteered at St. Mary’s Vacation Bible School during the summers as a student at SMS and throughout high school. She plans to continue as a college student. “VBS is an activity I truly enjoy because it enables me to interact with young children by strengthening their faith in God,” stated Ashley.

Abby Karaszewski, National Merit Commended Scholar - Notre Dame University

Abby received the Notre Dame University Scholarship. She plans on continuing her education after college, with her goal to do research in Astrophysics or Particle Physics field.

While at SMS, Abby loved Music, Art, and performing in the school musicals. She fostered her love of the Performing Arts in high school by performing in four musicals and two dramas with St. Joe’s and playing in Mount St. Mary’s (MSM) marching band, concert band, and jazz band. She hopes to continue playing in college bands.

Abby swam on the SMS swim team for as long as she can remember, and swam for MSM for two years. Abby recollected, “I also loved playing sports all of my years at SMS. There was always a sense of community on the teams, and even though I wasn’t the most athletic, I still had a lot of fun.”

She also shared that, “At SMS, I was able to take classes that challenged me and started to get me ready for the amount of work I could expect in high school. I also was able to take a few high school classes in eighth grade, which helped me get ahead in my high school coursework and get me ready for the type of work I would have to do in the next few years.”

St. Mary's Created a Solid Foundation

Ashley’s mother, Connie Ferreira Masci shares, “St. Mary’s was truly a blessing that created a solid foundation for my children and encouraged them to follow their dreams and hopes. Throughout Ashley’s ten years at St. Mary’s, she excelled in her work and carried high honors all the way through eighth grade, and she also became the Class President of her Eighth Grade Class. As her journey continued at Mount St. Mary Academy, she continued to excel and became the Valedictorian of her senior class. She will be attending Harvard University this fall, and her success is a direct result of the education she received at St. Mary’s. I couldn’t be any prouder of the decision I made to send Ashley to St. Mary’s.”

Prepared for Transition to High School

Abby is the daughter of Karen and Joe Karaszewski, who said, “Abby enjoyed doing everything at St. Mary’s. From sports in every season, to band, to musicals, to Future City, to altar-serving, she was always busy with activities. The challenges of advanced classes in middle school prepared her for the rigors of high school, and she was more than prepared for the transition. She owes a lot to St. Mary’s.”