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Meet Your 2021-2022 St. Mary Athletic Council Members! Meet Your 2021-2022 St. Mary Athletic Council Members!

Meet Your 2021-2022 St. Mary Athletic Council Members!

A huge thank you and congratulations go out to this year's SMAC members. Thank you for stepping up to be leaders in promoting Crusader athletics! Let's have a great year!

President: Hannah S.

Council Members: Avery, Caitlyn, Dillan, Emily, Emma, Evan, Grace, Joseph, Julia, Leyla, Melinda and Noah

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A City Championship for the Girls, and a Nail-Biting Finish for the Boys, as an Action-Packed Season of Crusader Hockey Comes to a Close A City Championship for the Girls, and a Nail-Biting Finish for the Boys, as an Action-Packed Season of Crusader Hockey Comes to a Close

A City Championship for the Girls, and a Nail-Biting Finish for the Boys, as an Action-Packed Season of Crusader Hockey Comes to a Close

It was an exciting few days of hockey for the St. Mary Crusaders as both the girls' and boys' hockey teams vied for city championship titles at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena this past Wednesday and Thursday. Fans made their return to the stands in full force, decked out in blue and gold with noisemakers, ready to support their hockey teams as they returned to the city championship stage.

The girls were up first, playing at 2pm this past Wednesday. Their 3-2 victory over St. John Henry Newman secured the city championship title, as their undefeated season came to a triumphant close. SMAC would like to congratulate all the players and coaches on an amazing championship run. The victory marks St. Mary’s 7th city championship of the school year as an amazing year of Crusader athletics continues.

Next up were the boys, who played at 2pm last Thursday. The team fought hard in a nail-biting overtime thriller, but unfortunately came up slightly short in a 5-4 loss to the Bishop Ryan Celtics. SMAC would again like to congratulate the boys’ hockey team on a great run and would like to thank the coaches for all their work throughout the season.

Congratulations to both teams on outstanding seasons. Go Crusaders!
Celebrating Black History Month Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

This February, the St. Mary Athletic Council celebrates Black History Month as a time to honour and acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Black Canadians, past and present. Black Canadian athletes have contributed significantly to Canadian sport, achieving success at the highest level and breaking down racial barriers.

Donovan Bailey - Donovan Bailey is a former Jamaican Canadian sprinter, and former 100m world record holder. He won two gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and is one of only two men to hold titles of Olympic champion, world champion, and world record holder. He became known for his title as “world’s fastest man" and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Donovan Bailey is a Canadian treasure, who served as an inspiration to many and changed the landscape of Canadian athletics forever.

Willie O’Ree - Willie O’Ree is a former Canadian hockey player who made history by becoming the first Black player to play in the NHL. He played 45 games for the Boston Bruins between 1958-1961 and has won numerous awards for his contributions to breaking down racial barriers in hockey, including the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2003. Willie O’Ree was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 and his courage continues to inspire reform and inclusion in hockey today.

Sarah Nurse - Sarah Nurse made history this past week by becoming the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in Ice Hockey! During the 2022 Beijing Olympics (her second games), Nurse also set a record for most points scored within a single Olympic tournament and became one of the most recognizable faces of Canada’s women’s hockey team. Born in Hamilton, Sarah Nurse is a hometown hero and her inspirational journey from local talent to Olympic superstar makes her an inspiration for so many of us who call Hamilton home.

Ray Lewis - Another native of the Hammer, Ray Lewis was a Canadian track and field athlete, best known for being the first Canadian-born black Olympic medalist. Lewis won a bronze medal in the 4x400 metre relay at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California and gained the nickname “Rapid Ray” for his incredible speed on the track. Ray Lewis’ accomplishments helped to break the race barrier in Canadian sport and paved the way for decades of black excellence to come in Canadian athletics.

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Welcome to Semester 2!

Welcome to Semester 2!

On behalf of the St. Mary Athletic Council, I would like to extend my best wishes to our entire school community as we enter 2022.
The past year has brought about many unprecedented challenges, but the spirit of St. Mary has lived on through resilience and compassion.
Despite an absence of sports last year, our student athletes continued to train hard with determination during the time away, and we were all so excited to see everyone back in the fall on the field, ice, and pitch.

It truly inspires me that despite everything in our world, our student athletes and coaches were still giving it their all every day and refusing to allow the challenges we all face to stop them from doing what they love. In the Fall sports alone, St. Mary brought home City and GHAC Individual and Team Championships in Cross Country, Field Hockey, Junior Football and Senior Football.

I am so excited to have the honour to serve as President of the St. Mary Athletic Council (SMAC) in my grade 12 year. This is my fourth consecutive year on SMAC, and fully appreciate as a Crusader student athlete and competitive skater in my community, how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to lead our amazing crew of SMAC members this year to help organize, advertise, and run athletic initiatives allowed in the school.

Like with all tough times, this too shall pass, and I know we all will come out stronger on the other side.

Keep training, keep pushing, keep getting out there and being active. We got this!

Wishing everyone a great second semester!

Hannah Schneider
President - St Mary Athletic Council (SMAC)
SMAC spreads cheer with Christmas Kahoot!

SMAC spreads cheer with Christmas Kahoot!

Classes at St. Mary put their Christmas knowledge to the test as they participated in the 2021 SMAC Christmas Kahoot this past Tuesday morning. It was a tight race for the crown, as the Kahoot saw participation from classes across all departments; a great way to spread Christmas cheer!

Coming out on top was Mrs. Rzazewski’s class, followed by Mr. DiPaolo’s class in second, and Mr. Kokoski’s class to round out the podium in third. It was awesome to see some healthy competition between the classes as we gear up for an exciting spirit-filled week. Mrs. Rzazewski’s class even celebrated their victory with some delicious Christmas Smarties!

Huge shoutout to SMAC’s Leyla for taking the lead on this project and to Emily, Noah, Evan, Melina and Emma for their enthusiastic help as well.

Special thanks from SMAC to Mr. Macaluso for his enthusiastic announcing, the tech crew for ensuring everything ran smoothly, and to the entire school community for their participation.

SMAC wishes everyone a safe and merry Christmas and is excited for new initiatives to come in the new year. Stay tuned!

By: Hannah Schneider
St. Mary Masks Now For Sale!

St. Mary Masks Now For Sale!

St. Mary masks are now for sale! Visit School Cash Online from Dec 1st to Dec 12th to order your two-pack of masks (one blue and one white) featuring the St. Mary logo. Only $6 for two, high-quality, reusable masks. Orders will be given out during school on Wednesday Dec 15th. Buy a set for yourself, or as a gift. They make excellent stocking stuffers!
SMAC Commemorates Canadian Veteran Athletes SMAC Commemorates Canadian Veteran Athletes

SMAC Commemorates Canadian Veteran Athletes

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SMAC Application Now Available!

The St. Mary Athletic Council (SMAC) is a sports leadership and athletic promotional student council in the school. It has been a part of the St. Mary community since 1970! Interested in getting involved with this program? Click the link below to complete the application.

Congratulations SMAC Graduates! Congratulations SMAC Graduates!

Congratulations SMAC Graduates!

SMAC would like to congratulate our 6 graduating members and sincerely thank them for their years of service to the St. Mary school community. Lachlan Perigord, Isabella Bauman, Nifemi Adeoye, Kiera Brennan, Claire Van Es and Ethan Ryall - during your time as Crusaders you thrived as leaders among your peers. Even during these past two difficult years, you continued to demonstrate commitment to your call to make the school a better place by providing the student body with opportunities to get active and create a feeling of connectedness. Thank you! We know you will go on to do great things in the future and wish you all the best in your next chapter. St. Mary will miss you.

We would also like to congratulate our award winners from this year. Lachlan and Isabella have been awarded the prestigious OFSAA Colin Hood School Spirit Award for leadership in athletics, academics and community involvement. Nifemi has been recognized for her significant contributions to the school community this past year by being named the 2021 SMAC MVM (Most Valuable Member). Way to go everyone!

Finally, SMAC would also like to congratulate two of our finest who will move into new positions for the 2021-2022 school year. Veteran member Hannah Schneider will serve as SMAC president and Ian Dekker has been elected Student Council president. We look forward to many great event collaborations between the two councils next year.

Have a safe summer everyone!

The Inaugural SMAC Easter Egg Hunt a Huge Success! The Inaugural SMAC Easter Egg Hunt a Huge Success!

The Inaugural SMAC Easter Egg Hunt a Huge Success!

Spring was in the air this past week at St. Mary as the Athletic Council geared up to host our first ever outdoor Easter egg hunt! The event included 18 classes across two cohorts and was a great success, involving the school community in a safe and engaging outdoor Easter event. Classes of different sizes and subjects took to the football field with hopes of being crowned the inaugural “St. Mary Easter Egg Hunt Champion.” Classes had five minutes to collect as many colourful Easter eggs scattered throughout the field as possible. However, no SMAC event would be complete without an extra challenge! Hidden carefully in the tree line that surrounds the field were the coveted “golden eggs,” which would decide the winner of the egg hunt in the event of a tie. Because of the variety of class sizes this year, there were two winners crowned per cohort: one win for the class the collected the largest total number of eggs and another win for the class that collected the most eggs per student. With the field set-up and the rules in place, it was time to let the competition begin!

The event kicked off on Tuesday, March 30 with our cohort B classes making their way out to the field for some intense egg hunting. It was a fierce battle between all participating classes, as students hustled around the field to bring in as many eggs (and golden eggs) for their classes as possible. After an exciting day of searching and hunting it was Mrs. Grubisic’s class that came out on top, collecting a total of 232 eggs. The winner of the ratio competition was Mrs. Saturnino’s class, who collected a whopping 42 eggs per student. SMAC sends congratulations to both classes on your amazing victories and great attitudes. Way to show some Crusader Easter spirit!

After a couple of unfortunate rain delays, cohort A eagerly got out onto the field for their egg hunting on Wednesday, April 7. All classes came ready to hunt with lots of enthusiasm and excitement from both students and teachers! After a long, engaging day of hunting and school spirit, it was Mr. Traszik’s class that came out on top, grabbing 263 eggs (the most eggs of any class across either cohort)! Mrs. Saturnino and Mrs. Ovcjak’s classes tied in the ratio competition, with each class grabbing an amazing 44 eggs per student. Huge congratulations go out to these classes for their strong victories and spectacular spirit.

It was so exciting to see everyone smiling (behind their masks of course) and enjoying the nice weather, while celebrating the Easter season! SMAC would like to give a special thanks to everyone who made this event possible, including the teacher and student volunteers, the teachers who brought their classes out to take part, and all the students who were very enthusiastic and stayed safe. Stay safe, stay active, and stay tuned for more exciting SMAC initiatives on the way. Go Crusaders!

Written by: Hannah Schneider

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SMAC celebrates the contributions of outstanding Black Canadians! SMAC celebrates the contributions of outstanding Black Canadians!

SMAC celebrates the contributions of outstanding Black Canadians!

“History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own”- Michelle Obama

Black History Month celebrates Black historical figures who have demonstrated courage, hope, dedication, and resiliency. By overcoming obstacles to thrive in their fields, they are beacons of hope and an inspiration to all. In this year's memorial, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians that have shaped Canada’s legacy and society. The theme for 2021 is “The Future is Now”, to remind us that Black history should not just be remembered but used as a source of inspiration to activate change.

Written by: Nifemi Adeoye

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SMAC promotes safety and spreads Christmas cheer! SMAC promotes safety and spreads Christmas cheer!

SMAC promotes safety and spreads Christmas cheer!

Winners were crowned and masks were sold as St. Mary geared up to celebrate our first COVID-19 style Christmas season. St. Mary Athletic Council was so excited to present our first ever Celebrity Mask and Christmas Kahoots, and wow did the school community respond! With every department participating and many classes represented, the Celebrity Mask and Christmas Kahoots were a big hit and helped everyone get in the spirit of the season.

We kicked off the fun with our December 7th Cohort A celebrity mask kahoot which saw 22 classes participate as classes attempted to guess which celebrities were hiding behind our St. Mary masks. The competition was FIERCE and saw Mrs. Rzazewski take the gold, followed by Mr. Joseph in second place, and Ms. te Boekhorst rounding out the podium in third. The excitement was carried into Cohort B on December 8th where 26 classes participated. Ms. te Boekhorst moved up the podium into 1st, Mrs. Saturnino took second, and Ms. Fernandes finished in third.

The kahoots aimed to spread fun around the school and encourage the sale of our St. Mary masks. SMAC was extremely excited to initiate, design, and campaign the sale of our school’s very own masks to help encourage student safety and school spirit!

That was not the end of kahoots however, as we still had Christmas to celebrate! SMAC finished off the week with Christmas trivia kahoots to help get everyone into the Christmas spirit despite the season looking a little different this year. These kahoots also saw great participation across both cohorts and allowed for some healthy school-wide competition!

Twenty-three classes participated in our Cohort A Christmas kahoot on December 9th and after a tight battle, Mrs. Fidanza came out victorious, followed by Mr. Giudice in the silver spot and Mr. Ivinac finishing third. Our December 10th Cohort B Christmas kahoot drew our largest amount of participation with 28 classes joining in on the Christmas fun. In our final kahoot of the week, Mr. Ivinac moved up into first place, followed by Ms. Pettorossi-Castellan in second, and Mrs. Gallagher in third place. The participation in this kahoot was awesome and we were so happy to see the Christmas fun and competition!

Special thanks from SMAC to Mr. Daly for his enthusiastic announcing, Mr. Pados for his technical expertise, and to the entire school community for their participation.

Stay safe, stay active, and look forward to more SMAC initiatives to come!!

Written by: Hannah Schneider

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SMAC salutes Veteran athletes! SMAC salutes Veteran athletes!

SMAC salutes Veteran athletes!

As a contribution to Remembrance Day activities at St. Mary, SMAC members recognized a few elite Canadian Athlete Veterans who not only impacted their sport and left their legacy, but made the ultimate sacrifice. Lest We Forget.

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SMAC brings Halloween spirit to St. Mary! SMAC brings Halloween spirit to St. Mary!

SMAC brings Halloween spirit to St. Mary!

Hey St. Mary Community! In this year of crazy restrictions, SMAC was tasked with the challenge of finding a fun way for the school to safely celebrate Halloween. And what did we come up with? Think socially distanced, creative, and scary!

We introduced the new "TikToks and Terror" challenge encouraging both staff and students to submit their Halloween themed TikTok using #maryshalloween. With many great entries it was a tough call for the judges, but ultimately Grade 10 student Madelaine captured 1st place and a Fortinos gift card with her creative Halloween makeup video. In a close 2nd place was Ms. Hart and Mrs. Ovcjak, this year's best teacher costume winners, with their Neverland-themed dance. Finally, we had our very own Principal, Mr. Daly, in 3rd place chilling, cruising, and skateboarding in some fall weather. Thank you to all the participants for making "TikToks and Terror" a great Halloween experience!

To continue the Halloween celebrations SMAC hosted a school-wide Kahoot contest on October 28th and 29th with almost all the classes participating! Leyla and Abby got creative with tricky questions for both cohorts, and in the end it was Mrs. Newberry's Cohort B class and Ms. Hewak's Cohort A class that were crowned as champions. Congratulations! We hope everyone had a fun-filled, safe and spooky Halloween!

Stay tuned for more great SMAC initiatives!

Written by: Nifemi Adeoye
Meet the 2020-2021 Athletic Council Meet the 2020-2021 Athletic Council

Meet the 2020-2021 Athletic Council

We are pleased to announce the following individuals will be serving as members of SMAC again this year!

Lachlan Perigord (President)
Nifemi Adeoye
Isabella Bauman
Kiera Brennan
Ethan Ryall
Claire Van Es
Julia Bakker
Ian Dekker
Dillan Morphet
Hannah Schneider
Leyla Spennato
Abby Felkai
Joseph Giammichele

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Message from the President

Message from the President

On behalf of the St. Mary Athletic Council, I would like to welcome everyone in the St. Mary’s community back to a new year. I would like to extend an especially warm welcome to the grade 9 students who I know will have a fantastic experience in our school environment. St. Mary’s has always had an exceptionally strong athletic presence in our board, despite having the smallest population. Our athletic success can be credited to great coaches, a fierce competitive nature, and a strong school spirit. We are also known for our sportsmanship and clean conduct on and off the field, court, course, rink or track. It is your duty as students, athletes, and ambassadors of our school to uphold this reputation.

Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Lachlan Perigord, and I am a grade 12 student at St. Mary. I have been a consecutive honour roll student and enjoy all subjects, with maths and sciences being my favourite. I am heavily involved in the athletics program, both as an athlete and behind the scenes serving on SMAC (St. Mary Athletic Council) since grade 9. I have been a member of the cross-country, volleyball, basketball, indoor track, and outdoor track teams, as well as the rowing team (which I joined last year). This year, I have the privilege of serving as president of the Athletic Council.

In previous years, SMAC has played the role of organizing, advertising, and running athletic events, as well as promoting school spirit, rallying the troops, and recognizing athletic excellence amongst our student body. This year, things will inevitably be different. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in effect, school sporting events have been put on hold. With that being said, hopefully sports that can be run with social distancing will proceed. This does not mean that athletics no longer have a place in our school community. As president of the St. Mary Athletic Council it is my goal to keep our athletes working, practicing, getting better and preparing for when this does end. Like all things, these hard times will pass, and when they do, we want to come out stronger than ever.

I sincerely look forward to making the most of the year ahead.

Lachlan Perigord