St. Mary’s Receives Three Buffalo News Prep Talk Award Nominations

St. Mary’s received THREE nominations for The Buffalo News Prep Talk Awards on June 14, 2017.  The Women’s Volleyball Team was nominated for Team of the Year, Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Don Pieczynski for Coach of the Year, and the entire St. Mary’s Athletic Department, including all of our teams, for Program of the Year! Our Lancers are remarkable!

The Prep Talk Awards took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Buffalo, where the volleyball team and Coach Pieczynski were in attendance along with St. Mary’s Athletic Director Brittany Heist.

Take a look at the article from The Buffalo News for all of the details:

St. Mary’s Team of the Year and Coach of the Year Nominees with former Buffalo Bills great Fred Jackson 

St. Mary’s Ranks 9th in Business First Poll of WNY High Schools

St. Mary’s is thrilled to take its place as one of the top 10 high schools in Western New York, according to Buffalo Business First’s rankings.  Measuring students’ abilities in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies based off of Regents exam scores, Business First complies a yearly ranking of 135 high schools in Western New York.  St. Mary’s also moves up 5 spots from last year’s ranking.

For the complete list of high schools, you can read the full story here.













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Chris Griswold Memorial Run Recap

The 25th annual Chris Griswold Memorial Run on May 20th was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out- SMH students and faculty, alumni, members of the Lancaster community, friends, and those who just love to run. Can’t wait for next year!




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Prom is as Star-Studded as a Night in Hollywood


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On May 18th, St. Mary’s held their annual Junior-Senior Prom.  This year’s event was at Acqua on Niagara Street.  The beautiful venue on the river was the perfect setting for a night to remember. After walking through the receiving line of faculty, administration, and Board members, the students found their tables, had dinner, and then spent the night on the dance floor!

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Of course, no Prom is complete without the crowning of the Court!  In Lancerville, Matt Ciezki and Danielle Norton were named Prince and Princess and Matt Pietrzak and Gina Appenheimer were named King and Queen.

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Student Senate Gives Back to Women and Children’s Hospital

St. Mary’s High School’s Student Senate completed their year-long service project this week and delivered the fruits of their labor to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The students chose to hand-make 50 blankets so that newborns can go home from the hospital safe and warm!



Here are Collin Tytka ’17 and Ryan Tytka ’18 with Sue from Child Life Services at the entrance to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Sophomores Take On Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge


Two Lancerss will be spending their summer learning about surgical robotics.  Sophomores Athena Mohamed (left) and Emily Molnar (right) have been selected to participate in the Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge (JRSC) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo.

Mohamed and Molnar were selected from a highly competitive field of candidates, between the ages of 16-19 and from across the country, in order to participate in the program. St. Mary’s AP Biology teacher Mrs. Kathleen Walh-Henshaw is extremely proud of the girls and the hard work they have displayed all year: “The application process alone for the robotics program is extremely rigorous,” Walh-Henshaw said. “This whole experience is a wonderful opportunity for Athena and Emily to really expand their knowledge in the science and medical fields and to learn the intricacies of robotic surgery, which is an incredibly fascinating field.”

Through the JRSC, students will be exposed to the Fundamental Skills of Robotic Surgery curriculum- also known as the primary method used to train robot-assisted surgeons at Roswell Park.  In addition to this exposure, students will have access to workshops and job fairs to really get a feel for the opportunities that await them in the fields of science, technology, and medicine.  At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion in Introduction to Robotic Surgery.

St. Mary’s Annual Fashion Show

17973589_10155328774567139_3099812874239624698_oThe Lancer Parent Partnership held its annual Fashion Show at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on April 25th.  The event was a huge success thanks to our wonderful student models, vendors who donated the beautiful clothing, and parents and staff who spent countless hours planning and executing the event.  Don’t these kids clean up nice?!

St. Mary’s voted for Donald Trump

votinga16St. Mary’s High School recently participated in the Presidential Voting Process through a series of events sponsored by the Social Studies Department.
In October, senior Participation in Government students visited other social studies classes to discuss the election process and share the platforms of the candidates.
On Monday, Nov. 7, the day before the rest of the nation voted, students and faculty who had pre-registered cast their votes. “Electoral” votes were then tabulated based on the size of the homeroom.
The results – taking the Electoral Votes 63-32 and the Popular Votes 65%-35% – was Donald Trump.
Thank you to all who participated in this project.