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Friends of George take the stage with signs in support of drag and the LGBTQ community.
Tennessee’s blocked drag ban brings theater communities closer together
Kim Huang, Reporter • November 13, 2023

At first Sandy Kozik couldn’t believe it. Memphis theater company Friends of George’s, on whose board Kozik serves, had just won their hard-fought effort to strike down the 2023 Tennessee drag ban. He and his group learned of their victory the day before the Memphis Pride parade, and the news made the parade even more celebratory. “People...

Junior Abigail Fernandez wraps herself in her blanket to ward off the cold.
Baby, it's cold inside
MC Hitt, Reporter • November 10, 2023
Director of College Counseling Beverly Brooks prepares for her role coordinating the digital PSAT. Freshman, sophomores and juniors took the digital PSAT for the first time on Oct. 11.
SAT goes digital
Eve Pai and Emily Cole October 13, 2023
Youth in Government, an annual state-wide event enabling high school students to get involved in civics, was held in the Tennessee state capitol. The event was held in Nashville on March 30 to April 2 in 2023.
Robots Take Over YIG
Lily Mirza, Reporter • May 2, 2023

It was like something from science fiction. St. Mary’s delegates who attended the 2023 Youth in Government (YIG) conference saw ChatGTP...

Reflections on Ramadan
Reflections on Ramadan
Eshaal Hassan, Editor • April 21, 2023

It is the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims, and it is time to hear our Muslim students reflect on Ramadan! Here is what they...

Students gather in the dining hall along with Environmental Club President Naisha Guar (right) for a bake sale fundraiser. Gaur organized this event to raise money to have compostable plates at lunch for two weeks.
Out with Styrofoam!
Eve Pai, Reporter • April 13, 2023

According to Ms. Courtney Gillespie, the Environmental Club sponsor, the Upper School dining hall uses 700 styrofoam plates a day, or 126,000...

The Red Cross Club will hold its first event on April 21st during ALAPP at 10:15 in the Morrow Room.
New Red Cross Club aims to bring awareness to health
Eshaal Hassan, Editor • April 8, 2023

There have been many new clubs created this year, but there is one that students may not have heard of yet: the Red Cross Club.  This is...

Students in the junior commons use their backpacks as a mobile locker.
Off the hook
Callie Wittmann, Reporter • March 8, 2023

Walking down the hallway at the beginning of the school year, a person would see rows of backpacks hung onto hooks in the connector area from...

Sarah Moon and other members of the All-West program perform at the end of the conference at the Cannon Center.
All-West brings together young musicians for a life-changing experience
Kim Huang, Reporter • March 7, 2023

Every year, the West Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association (WTSBOA) organizes the All-West Clinic and Convention, a prestigious two-to-three-day...

The pandas at the Memphis Zoo, Ya Ya and Le Le, were scheduled to leave Memphis this year and return to China.
Conservation or Captivity?
Lily Mirza, Reporter • March 7, 2023

This article has been updated to reflect the recent autopsy report.    On Feb. 3, the Memphis Zoo announced that Le Le, a 24-four-year-old...

Back in my day
Back in my day
Sabine Wood, Reporter • February 27, 2023

Several freshmen are taking AP Human Geography as they enter upper school.
Freshmen reflect on taking their first AP class
Molly Kirshbaum, Reporter • February 24, 2023

Is freshman year too soon to be worrying about college? Some members of the class of 2026 definitely do not think so. As some freshmen begin...

Launched in November of 2022, ChatGPT has grown in fame and infamy. Academia is reconsidering use of technology, while also exploring the possibilities artificial technology holds.
Kate Wolfkill, Editor • February 7, 2023

ChatGPT is a powerful and highly-efficient language generation model developed by OpenAI. It is based on the GPT (Generative Pre-training Transformer)...

Students can submit their service hours on Mobile Serve to get credit for volunteering. The goal of the new century award is to encourage students to get to one hundred accumulated hours in a year.
New century award will recognize students who serve the community
Kim Huang, Reporter • February 7, 2023

Twenty minutes of community service per day, two hours per week, or 10 hours per month. That’s what a student would need to get the new Century...

Calling all juniors and seniors: our teachers went to college, too
Calling all juniors and seniors: our teachers went to college, too
Averie Howell, Reporter • December 5, 2022

As decisions come out, seniors worry about what their lives will look like in the upcoming months. And juniors are now reaching the beginning...

Mother Miranda Cully plans chapel in her office. She previously worked at St. Johns Episcopal Church.
Mother Miranda has big hopes for chapel
Brennan Seltzer, Co Editor-in-Chief • November 28, 2022

Chapel is a time for busy students to settle into their pew for a speech, some songs or a meditation. Seniors pass on their wisdom, bands and...

Using Google Calendar and the Schoology calendar page are two great ways to organize assignments and schoolwork.
Four tips to stay on top of schoolwork
Mary Elizabeth Dyer, Reporter • November 14, 2022

It is time to turn your stress into an organized mess! Although we have all settled into our classes by now, we are not far from the end of the...

Using tote bags and reducing, reusing and recycling are great, small lifestyle changes to live more sustainably.
Five ways to be more sustainable in high school
Sophie Wallace, Reporter • November 14, 2022

While everyone can agree that preserving our planet is important, it often seems too large a goal to be able to make a personal impact. “Saving...

You Snooze, You Lose
You Snooze, You Lose
Lily Mirza, Reporter • November 9, 2022

Getting enough sleep is a luxury most St. Mary’s girls can not afford. A recent poll from 132 St. Mary’s high school students revealed...

First up, meet Physics teacher Ms. Margo Huber’s dog named Millie! An experienced trickster, Millie once jumped up at the door and locked herself in the bathroom. After searching for Millie for quite some time, Ms. Huber finally located her. Door = busted down.
Meet the teachers' pets of St. Mary’s
Hannah Kerlan, Staff Editor • November 9, 2022
The new mock trial coach Mr. Whet Smith leads the first practice, preparing the team for this season. Veteran Mock Trial seniors Fia Arbelaez and Camille Smith returned, excited to see what their last year holds.
A year of change for Mock Trial
Blaney Rowe, Reporter • November 9, 2022
Seniors gather in front of the school on their last first day.
Class of 2023 senior year time capsule
Want to see some Derby Day flashbacks?
Cam Hart, Editor-in-Chief • October 31, 2022
Sustainability comes at too high a cost in the dining hall
Ella Curlin, Editor • October 31, 2022
Students gather in front of the Eiffel Tower for the first abroad trip since before the pandemic.
France trip launches revival of Global Education Program
Averie Howell, Reporter • October 31, 2022
To eat or not to eat?
To eat or not to eat?
Students review school lunches
Molly Kirshbaum, Reporter • October 17, 2022
Lynn Hitchings Albano (77) speaks in honor of her grandmother, Gilmore Lynn.
New Founder’s Day tradition celebrates the St. Mary’s legacy
Kim Huang, Reporter • September 28, 2022
The new tool section of the Makerspace has everything from pliers to wire. The room was filled with jump ropes and medicine balls during the construction, but it’s back to being used as a Makerspace.
Makerspace reborn
Ms. Meagan Michael takes charge
Kate Wolfkill, Editor • September 28, 2022
When walking from the Windland Smith Rice building to Buckman, you will pass a wall full of Tatler papers from years ago. But you may not know the full story behind the many copies of the St. Mary’s newspaper.
Tatler through the centuries
Lea Thomas, Reporter • September 23, 2022

Two homecomings, one night
Two homecomings, one night
Eve Pai, Reporter • September 19, 2022

Every year, both Memphis University School and Christian Brothers High School have a homecoming dance on the 24th of September. Students from...

Though prom isnt happening for another seven months, the junior class leadership team has begun fundraising so they can make it the best prom yet.
2023 prom will not happen without you
Wallis Rogin, Co Editor-in-Chief • September 13, 2022

Though the school year has just started, it is already time to think about the year’s most anticipated event: prom.  Raising enough funds...

Freshmen mingle at Victory Ranch late at night. The retreat lasted from Aug. 17-19, giving the freshmen time to get to know each other before classes started.
Freshmen branch out at retreat
Molly Kirshbaum, Reporter • September 11, 2022

When Mia Soefker (12) came to St. Mary’s as a freshman, the majority of her first interactions with her grade occurred at the freshman Victory...

With a new learning management system, students are figuring out how Schoology works, after saying goodbye to Powerschool.
Redirect notice
Lily Mirza, Reporter • September 10, 2022

St. Mary’s is kicking off the school year with a brand-new online learning management system (LMS): Schoology. Before Schoology, St. Mary’s...

Senate Bill 1257 bans most abortions in Tennessee and is put in place on Aug. 25, 2022.
Trigger law bans almost all abortions in Tennessee
Hana Barber, Reporter • August 29, 2022

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – On Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, the trigger law for a complete abortion ban went into effect in Tennessee, prohibiting abortions...

Dusting off the old and bringing in the new
Dusting off the old and bringing in the new
Brennan Seltzer, Co Editor-in-Chief • August 26, 2022

The soccer players run up and down the field as the sun beats down on the turf. Meanwhile, cross country girls’ sweat drips onto the red track...

Freshmen pose after a successful game of laser tag.  Unlike the senior kickball team pictured earlier, freshmen from both laser tag teams were able to unite for a picture after a competitive game.
Freshman and seniors do first week of school Victory Ranch style
Hannah Kerlan, Staff Editor • August 26, 2022

For both the class of 2023 and the class of 2026, the first week of school didn’t actually entail much “school” in the traditional sense. ...

A seniors advice to freshmen
A senior's advice to freshmen
Maggie Akers, Staff Editor • August 26, 2022

Student council plans to build on past success
Student council plans to build on past success
Averie Howell, Reporter • August 26, 2022

The job of student council is to plan and coordinate school events, including spirit weeks, pep rallies, Derby Day, Mr. Valentine, the Halloween...

Upper School welcomes new teachers
Upper School welcomes new teachers
Anna Smith, Reporter • August 26, 2022

Ms. Margo Huber  Role:  Honors and AP Physics teacher  Favorite TV show? “I Think You Should Leave” and “America's Next...

St. Marys students run for student council positions and spend Campaign Week dressed up like their theme.
Learn about St. Mary's Stuco candidates and the winners
Reeya Sharma and Averie Howell April 12, 2022

The idea for this article came from our best friend Amsey Liebenow, who wrote about campaign week in 2021. We feel honored to remember her through...

Sophomore Claire Ledbetter creates this graphic to use for advertisement, putting it on posters and even T-shirts that the group is selling at St. Marys and MUS.
St. Mary's students organize Thrive Fashion Show
Hannah Kerlan, Staff Editor • April 7, 2022

On April 13 at 5:30 pm in the Rose Theater, the Thrive Fashion Show will occur, featuring Thrive’s participants as models in local Plato’s...

Hannah Kerlan (23) smiles for a picture as a flower girl with her senior Meriwether Adams back in 2011 at St. Marys graduation.
Current junior reconnects with her senior... 11 years later
Hannah Kerlan, Staff Editor • March 28, 2022

I miss kindergarten. I miss the bridge to caring chapels and the hexagon-shaped cookies. I miss compliment parties and hour-long afternoon naps....

Upper School art project displays the importance of recycled fashion
Upper School art project displays the importance of recycled fashion
Holden Taylor, Social Media Manager • March 5, 2022

Upper School art students have recently started a new jewelry fusion unit focusing on recycling and sustainability. Using recycled plastic bags,...