St. Mary-Oak Ridge sixth-grader takes first in essay contest

James Lutz, a sixth-grader at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge, was awarded first place locally in the recent Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay contest. The VFW’s annual youth essay contest invites students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grades to submit essays reflecting on yearly themes concerning patriotism. Student …

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Making space for Christ to teach

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program engages children in learning a love of God By Emily Booker “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” — John 7:16 There are lots of methods and theories about how to best teach a child, but when it comes to religious …

Sister shares love of woodworking with students

Dominican Sister Maria Kolbe’s pupils have made candle holders, stools, plaques, and more           By Gabrielle Nolan The first time Sister Maria Kolbe Rossi, OP, worked with wood, she was in the sixth grade. “It was a woodworking class in school that you took during the day, and it was once …

Father Shelton, Orthodox rector speak to St. Mary-Oak Ridge class

The seventh-graders at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge received two guest speakers for a unique religion class Nov. 18. Promoted as a day to discover different faiths during the National Catholic Educational Association’s Discovering Catholic Schools Week, students had questions ready to go for two local clergy: Father Brent …

Schools return this fall with new leadership

New president comes to Notre Dame; NDHS, Sacred Heart, St. Mary-Oak Ridge have new principals By Bill Brewer The search for Notre Dame High School’s new leader led the Diocese of Knoxville all the way to Chicago’s suburbs. But that two-month search proved fruitful as the diocese and Notre Dame …

Leading, learning, proclaiming leads to national award

St. Mary-Oak Ridge pastor Fr. Brent Shelton receives National Catholic Educational Association leadership honor By Bill Brewer Father Brent Shelton is both a student and a teacher, which explains his love for education. Catholic education in particular. Anyone who attends his Masses can attest to how the pastor of St. …

St. Mary-Oak Ridge students once again place high in UT-Knoxville science fair

Students at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge continued their tradition of success at the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF), this year held virtually because of COVID-19 on March 30. The annual St. Mary School middle school science fair was held Feb. 6. Projects were divided into two …

AI expert Dr. Kai-Fu Lee returns to alma mater

St. Mary-Oak Ridge honors the internationally known venture capitalist and author at a school assembly  By Dan McWilliams What a difference a sister can make in the life of one of her students. Before he became the internationally known venture capitalist, artificial-intelligence expert, and bestselling author that he is today, …

St. Mary-Oak Ridge golfers finish strong

The golf team at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge competed in the state tournament at Avalon Country Club on May 14, concluding an exceptional year. The boys team tied for first during the District 1 Tournament at The Greens of Deerfield in LaFollette. They ultimately took second place after …

St. Mary students shine at UT science fair

Of the 57 projects at the St. Mary School-Oak Ridge science fair Feb. 9, 19 received awards making them eligible to enter the regional Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF) at the University of Tennessee on March 28-30. The SASEF is sponsored by the University of Tennessee and numerous …

St. Mary chess team continues to succeed

St. Mary School in Oak Ridge competed in the Secret City Chess Tournament on Nov. 5 at Oak Ridge High School. The tournament hosted 42 teams composed of 76 students. Both unrated and rated levels included teams from grades K-3, 4-6, and 7-12. St. Mary’s Genevieve Robinson, Elliot Barnes, and …

Lego Crusaders advance to ET Championship

The Lego Crusaders of St. Mary School in Oak Ridge competed with 27 other Lego teams Dec. 3 to qualify to advance to the East Tennessee Championship. The annual Lego Challenge requires participants to identify and research a real-world problem, develop and implement a solution, and communicate their results to …