Montgomery Academy Economics students success in Alabama Stock Market Game

Photo: MA Economic students excel in Alabama Stock Market Game.

The Alabama Stock Market Game (SMG) is an exciting 10-week, online trading experience sponsored by the Alabama Council on Economic Education (ACEE). Students begin with $100,000 and may purchase stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and make any number of trades with their available funds. The teams with the most valuable portfolios at the end of the 10 weeks win their division. Montgomery Academy students made up half of the top ten winners in the South Alabama region! Second place: Hunter Rives, Third place: Anderson Crane, Fourth place: Bennett Griffin, Seventh place: Tucker Ayers, Ninth place: Lee Sahlie. They are all economics students in Dr. Scott Morris‘ class.

The major purpose of the Alabama Council on Economic Education is to promote a better understanding of the American economy and its relationship to international, national, state and local economic issues. The activities and programs of ACEE are to be directed toward objective, comprehensive and balanced economic and educational programs.

In the promotion of economic understanding, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, ACEE serves as a resource for schools and teacher training throughout Alabama as well as an advocate for economic education and financial literacy. Through the development of partnerships among all educational institutions and systems, professional organizations of teachers and school administrators, ACEE has the purpose of promoting greater understanding of the principles, practices and values of America’s free enterprise heritage and economic system through teacher education.


Grand Story Hour celebrates with seasonal gingerbread houses

Trinity School recently hosted a Christmas-themed Grand Story Hour. Grandparents, parents, and preschoolers enjoyed a special time of storytelling and the children created spectacular gingerbread houses. Trinity alumna Mary Martha McLemore Walker and Forever Gingerbread, donated the little wooden gingerbread houses. Working with the Isaiah 55 ministry, each gingerbread house is handcrafted in Reynosa, Mexico and can be reused every season.

Montgomery Catholic holds groundbreaking for new gym


Photos: Top (L-R) – Justin Castanza, Gwendolyn P. Byrd, Earl Ryser, Archbishop of Mobile Thomas J. Rodi, Anne Ceasar,  and Michele Manry prepare for the groundbreaking ceremony.

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Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s athletics and performing arts departments are getting a major boost thanks to a $3.5 million capital campaign. The school is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of a new gymnasium and renovating the current gym into a state of the art performing arts building. The event was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Middle/High School campus located at 5350 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36116.

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s capital campaign, Building on Faith, Family and Tradition raised over $3.5 million dollars in just eleven  months, allowing Montgomery Catholic to look towards the future and realize the dream of a new 31,000 square foot gymnasium with stadium seating and capacity for 800. The gym will have two regulation basketball courts, a weight room, concession area, offices, locker rooms and conference rooms. Perhaps one of the most noticeable differences for visitors will be air  conditioning-a luxury the current Father Pat Delahunty gym (built in 1968) does not have.

Special guests at the event included: the Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, Archbishop of Mobile; Gwendolyn P. Byrd Executive Director, Department of Catholic Education Archdiocese of Mobile; Michele Manry, Executive Director Financial Services Archdiocese of Mobile; Earl Ryser, Owner, Central Contracting, Inc.; and Anne Ceasar Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School President.

Each MCPS campus was represented with members from the SGA who participated in the signing ceremony and blessing of the building site by Archbishop Rodi. The students were: Aaron Gilbert, St. Bede Campus Student Council President; Mally Barranco, Holy Spirit Campus Student Council President; Gibson Souriya, Middle School SGA President; Paige

Rentfro, High School SGA President; and Chloe Newell, Senior Class President.

Other distinguished guests included: Reverend Victor Ingalls,

Reverend Nicholas Napolitano, Reverend Alex Valladares, Holy Spirit Campus Principal Nancy Foley, St. Bede Campus Principal Laurie Gulley, Middle School Assistant Principal Julie Wood, Athletic Director Daniel Veres, Band Director Alex Johnson,and Seawell McKee, McKee and Associates Architecture and Interior Design who were joined by the Capital Campaign volunteers, parents, students and larger Montgomery Catholic community. All were happy to witness the start of the project with Archbishop Rodi’s blessing of the work site.

“Along with building a new gym, plans also include converting the current gymnasium into a dedicated performing arts building to enhance the performing arts program. This area will be completely remodeled and create critically needed practice, storage and office space for our highly regarded band program and emerging choral program. More space means students will be able to better focus on all aspects of their practice. It will also increase the breadth of our performing arts program to include a state-of-the-art choral/drama classroom. This will allow us to provide a vibrant and supportive environment for current and future students with an affinity for the performing arts. A high school student lounge and meeting space will also be added looking onto the courtyard, giving Montgomery Catholic students a comfortable meeting space on campus,” said Ceasar.

Founded in 1873, by the Sisters of Loretto Montgomery Catholic Preparatory school celebrates 144 years of Catholic education in Montgomery this month. Founded as an all girl’s school, St. Mary of Loretto became co-educational in 1929. The high school moved to its current location in 1965. The last expansion at the campus was in 2007 with the addition of the Dolly Barranco Student Activity Center and Cafeteria. Today, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School is a K4-12 college preparatory program, with an average student enrollment of 800 at three campuses in Montgomery