Middle School Girls Basketball Captures Another Championship

The junior lady knights earned their second championship in 3 years back on February 21st, defeating ICB2 by a score of 28-18 in the championship game. MRA overcame the height of Mont Vernon in the semifinal on February 18th – a very familiar foe – after receiving a first round bye.

MRA finished the season as the #1 overall seed in D2 of the Merrimack Basketball League (7/8 girls division). MS Girls MBL Scoreboard

The team was comprised of girls in grades 6-8. Their best strength throughout the season was team defense, allowing the fewest points in their division. A healthy complement of experienced and novice players allowed for team growth and achievement. The experienced ladies helped others grow in their knowledge of basketball, and as the season progressed, the team performed well together.

The girls finished 11-3 overall, and 6-1 in the league.

Mount Royal Academy Inducts Four Into National Honor Society

Mount Royal Academy welcomed four students into membership of The Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, in a ceremony held at the school on February 20. Members were selected by a council comprised of facultyMRA 2015 National Honor Society Inductees members for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Cooper McCrillis, Naomi Nelson, Hannah Everitt, and Daniel Fitzgibbons met all of the requirements necessary to obtain this honor. As part of their induction and election into office, the students must collaborate on a community service project to be completed by the end of the school year. The students must also remain in good standing in all four criteria to remain in the National Honor Society.

“As advisor of our chapter, I am so pleased to see these four young people join our exceptional group of leaders,” said Mr. Andrew Mihaly, Faculty Advisor. “These students enrich our school on a daily basis and we are excited to see where the future takes them.”

The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 60 percent of the nation’s high schools and since its inception in 1929; millions of students have been selected for membership.

MRA Swimmers Finish Strong in NHIAA DII Championship Meet

Matthew and Miriam Caveney have long awaited their opportunity to return to the state meet. It seems as if year after year, the weather derails their hopes at capturing first place.

Matthew and Miriam are of course siblings, but they are also extremely competitive and successful swimmers. During the seasonal meets, they both regularly post the lowest times in their respective events.

As a freshman, Miriam finished in first place in the 50 yard freestyle event, winning the first ever individual championship for the MRA swimming team (a team currently consisting of 2).

In 2015, Matthew and Miriam faced off against very strong competitors at the DII Championship meet, which took place at the University of New Hampshire on February 14th.

Matthew stated, “That was the best meet we ever went to! We competed against swimmers who have a real shot at qualifying for the Olympics.”

Intimidation proved to be a non-factor.

Miriam Caveney finished 4th in the 50 freestyle (25.79). The winning time was 25.10. She also finished 7th in the 100 backstroke.

Matthew finished 5th overall in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 23.13. In the 100 freestyle, Matthew also finished 5th overall (52.50).

The Caveney’s are certainly training to return to the podium in 2016, which will be the final campaign of their high school career.

JV Lady Knights Complete Best Season in Program History

The MRA JV girls basketball team just finished the best season in the history of its young program. The high school girls basketball team is only three years young (after a period of several years without girls basketball), but the rapid improvement in the 2014 – 2015 season signifies a bright future. Moreover, the middle school girls basketball team has won 2 of the last 3 championships in the Merrimack Basketball League.

The lady knights finished the season 14-2 overall. The team entered the 14th Annual JV Girls Basketball Tournament at Pittsfield as the #1 overall seed. After receiving a first round bye, MRA defeated PCA by a score of 34-17. Team defense proved critical, as MRA only allowed 2 points in the second half. A balanced scoring attack (5 out of 7 players scored) led the lady knights into their first ever championship game.

MRA watched as Moltonborough defeated Epping. Moltonborough entered the tournament as the #2 seed (16-2), and proved to be a formidable and skilled opponent. MRA lost the championship game by a score of 37-22. Although the lady knights were out-rebounded by a significant margin, the girls fought hard until the last buzzer.

Coach Tremblay said “Our girls have come a long way. In the first season we lost every game but one, and last year we finished well under .500. I think our improvement this season is due in large part to the goodness of our girl’s hearts; we never lost sight of our commitment to each other.”

Several girls received individual accolades: Naomi Nelson (17′) finished 2nd in the 3-point shooting contest; Alexis Matte (20′) and Becky Thibault (16′) were both honored with 1st Team selections; and Marylin LaRose (17′) received 2nd Team honors.

The team dedicated their efforts to Helen Sherman, a loving supporter and generous woman who passed away during the season. At the end of each prayer before and after games, “St. Helen” was invoked to seek supernatural assistance.

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Headmaster’s Lenten Message

Dear Families,

Today marks the beginning of Lent. Our word “Lent” derives from a Germanic word meaning “springtime.” It is easy to question the timely arrival of spring as we remain surrounded by snowbanks several feet high. Moreover, how can we consider Lent a period of refreshment and rejuvenation when we are forced to give up worldly items that we cherish? Isn’t Lent supposed to remind us of our sinfulness? “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” 

Well, not exactly. Catholicism is the great both/and; the paradoxical nature of our faith is what stretches us to become excellent people. There is a great essay written by Father Allan James White in this month’s Magnificat that captures the real purpose of this so-called springtime:

Christian self-denial has to do with growing into a new “me”, but on this journey I do not become other that what I am but I become entirely what I am, which is made on the day of my baptism when I was forged into a new creation. What is the new “me” in Christian terms? How do I grow into it? The possibility of the new humanity is offered to me in Christ who is the true face of humanity. As I am drawn into communion with him and grow into his image I am becoming truly human. This is not a process of acquisition but of dispossession. When I am giving things up, I am stripping myself of the little self-protected certainties that hide me from myself and interrupt my life with others. In giving things up I am not showing how strong I am, but where my strength lies – in God who made me, shaped me, and holds me in the palm of his hand.

In giving things up, we make space for the one thing that is necessary, and what is that but God? Self-denial is not about achievement; it is about charity, love… At the heart of our life is the possibility of beginning again. In each new beginning we find the changeless, faithful fire of divine love. 

Therefore, Lent is spring insofar as it represents a new beginning.
It is my prayer that all of your families will experience the revolutionary newness of divine love, which never stops surprising us. In these surprises, may we willingly surrender to the unconditional love of our merciful and humble Savior.

Prayerfully,

Derek Tremblay

School Choice Scholarship Organization to Visit MRA

On Thursday, February 19th, Kate Breaker from the Network for Education Opportunity will be offering an informational session at Mount Royal Academy, beginning at 2:30pm.

The purpose of the event is to support parents interested in utilizing scholarship assistance to help send their children to an alternative school.

This event is open to the public.

The NEO believes that “The liberty that drives action, the ownership that results in caring, and a community of united, like minded individuals is a recipe for success. It’s the recipe for true education reform — reform that does not just tweak the status quo and hope the storm will die down for a while, but a renewal that changes the very ways we define and deliver education and the outcomes we expect. Parents empowered by ownership and liberty and working in union with people they trust form the foundation that will give us the education we want and that our children deserve.”

For more information on the mission of NEO, please visit www.networkforeducation.org/vision.

Catholic Schools Week Message from the Headmaster

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Dear Families,

As we celebrate our Catholic identity, the faculty decided to follow the direction ofBishop Peter Libasci, selecting “The Year of Our Lord” as our theme. This was inspired by his message in the Parable Magazine.

While we were attending a rally with 5,000 youth last Thursday before the March for Life, a white robed army of seminarians, priests, and bishops processed to the altar before Mass. With such a large gathering of the church universal, I was reminded of just how much our familial bonds extend.

Bishop Peter invited the faithful of our diocese to reflect on families and the consecrated religious during “The Year of Our Lord.” Classrooms are discussing both of those topics throughout the week.

In an apostolic visit to Sri Lanka last week, Pope Francis stated that “Families have an indispensable mission in society. It is in the family that children are trained in sound values, high ideals and genuine concern for others. But like all God’s gifts, the family can also be disfigured and destroyed. It needs our support.”

The mission of Mount Royal Academy is to support parents as primary educators. We are so thankful for each one your children. This is truly a special place, and as we look to the future, we can’t help but trust in God’s plan for our school. I have seen so many surprises and unexpected gifts to ever consider that He will withdraw his loving care for our school.

May the intercession of the Holy Family dispense an outpouring of grace on our school community; and, may the hearts of youth both in our school and around the world feel the comfort and unconditional love of that great ocean of mercy in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Once we know we are loved, all things become possible!

Yours Truly In Christ,

Derek Tremblay


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